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AEW Dynamite results, live blog (Dec. 21, 2022): Holiday Bash

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Here’s a place to check results and comment along with a new episode of AEW Dynamite, airing tonight at 8 pm ET on TNT.

Check out our Wednesday morning preview post to get caught up on what led up to, and what we’re looking forward to on, tonight’s show.

This week’s show is Tony Khan’s annual Holiday Bash, and comes our way from Freeman Coliseum in San Antonio, Texas. Jamie Hayter is promising to deliver another slobberknocker when she defends the Women’s title against Hikaru Shida, and The Elite try to stay alive in their best-of-seven Trios championship series with Death Triangle in a No Disqualification match five! Plus, FTR take on The Gunns, Keith Lee & Swerve Strickland have a face-to-face, Bryan Danielson speaks, Ricky Starks appears, Powerhouse Hobbs starts a new chapter, and more!

Come right back here at 8 pm ET when the Dynamite live blog kicks off once the show starts on TNT. It will be below this line here.

Enjoy the show!


Wasting the hours now, we’re all suckers for tragedies. And start this over again, and you bring us to our knees, but me? I’m just here to liveblog this pro wrestling show for you, folks.

The show opens with the intro video.

Ricky Starks comes down to cut a promo.

He says it’d be really nice to be standing her as the new AEW World Champion but things didn’t work out that way. He lost, and that’s on him, because he should have known better, but at least he lost like a man while Maxwell Jacob Friedman won like a coward.

He can stand here with respect and dignity, but MJF doesn’t have any of that. And they’ll meet again down the road, but this isn’t the end of the line for Ricky Starks, it’s just the beginning, and if he’s gotta work his way back to a title shot, line ‘em up so Stroke Daddy can knock ‘em down.

He’s gonna be the man around here, because he’s “Absolute” Ricky Starks.

Enter Chris Jericho, flanked by Sammy Guevara and Daniel Garcia of the Jericho Appreciation Society.

He gets on the mic and tells Ricky he’s been watching him for a long time and he saw him last week, and he’s right, he came this close to winning the title. Starks is a million dollar talent and Jericho will guarantee he’s gonna be a world champion someday, but he’s not ready yet.

He doesn’t want Ricky to be a flash in the pan, and after talking things over with his close personal confidants here, all he needs is a little influence, a little advice, a little Chris Jericho. So they’ve talked it over and they want Starks to join the Jericho Appreciation Society!

Starks says he’s honored that Jericho complimented him and offers him one in return, he likes that he stays relevant. Just a couple months ago he was coming out here built like an air fryer, but now he’s lean, mean, shredded and dressed like a single father on his fifth divorce.

And while the offer to join his little boy band is tempting, he’s gonna say “hell no”! He doesn’t want to be a part of club vampire and have a leash around his neck, and Jericho’s stock has dropped since that last loss to Action Andretti. The J in JAS might as well stand for jobbers!

These two little JASsholes haven’t done anything, and he asks Danny what Chris has done for him since he joined. And Sammy, he couldn’t care less about him, but if he really wants something to suck, well... Ricky of course gestures to his fly like he’s gonna unzip.

But he proposes a singles match for January 4, Chris Jericho vs. “Absolute” Ricky Starks.

Jericho tells him he just made the wrong decision and Jake Hager appears from out of nowhere to destroy him with a lariat! The JAS beats him down at some length but Action Andretti makes the save!

He ducks a baseball bat shot, springboard elbow takes Y2J out, big lariat for Guevara and a low bridge for Hager! Starks recovers and sends Daniel Garcia flying! Andretti hits a split-legged moonsault to get rid of Jericho and the babyfaces stand tall!

Death Triangle (PAC, Penta el Zero M, & Rey Fenix) vs. the Elite (Kenny Omega, Matt Jackson, & Nick Jackson) (Best of Seven Series No Disqualification Match Five)

Don Callis is on commentary for this one.

Wild chaotic brawling to start, taking full advantage of the stipulation, Michael Nakazawa does a run in, Alex Abrahantes gets into a fight with an elf that turns out to be Brandon Cutler! Match breaks down, everybody trading kicks and Kenny’s the last one standing as Penta returns to the ring and clobbers him over the head with a trash can!

Fenix laying elbows in over and over on Matt, triple dropkick connects, Nick fighting back from the apron, slingshot X-Factor sets up a moonsault but Penta drops him with a Sling Blade on the floor and we go to break!

Back from commercial, there’s a Christmas tree in the ring because why not. Penta leans it in the corner and Fenix whips Matt into it hard! Diving crossbody from Nick, running knee in the corner, big superkick, Matrix evasion for Rey but Jackson drops him with a kick anyway!

PAC sidesteps and Nick kicks a chair with his bad leg! Matt with an Orihara moonsault, Omega puts a trash can on the post and fireman’s carries PAC... FINLAY ROLL INTO THE MOONSAULT WITH THE TRASH CAN FOR TWO! Kenny gets a barbed wire broom and wallops Fenix with it, off the ropes, Kotaro Krusher into the broom!

Passing Penta to the floor, brawling, getting both he and PAC up on tables! MATT WITH A DIVING ELBOW AND NICK WITH A SENTON ATOMICO TO PUT THEM THROUGH THE TABLES! Omega with a Jay Driller on the broom... FENIX KICKS OUT! PAC rocks Kenny with a gamengiri, he breaks away, V-Trigger on Fenix, One-Winged Angel reversed into a Hurricanrana... NOT ENOUGH!

Abrahantes throws Rey the hammer and he clocks Kenny with it... OMEGA WON’T STAY DOWN! Brutalizer applied with barbed wire tinsel, Fenix traps Nick with a grapevine ankle lock, Penta and Matt fighting, Jackson gets away and saves his brother before breaking up PAC’s Brutalizer!

Zero brings his own hammer in the ring, PAC has one too, the Bucks pull them out of the ring and slide in for the finish...

The Elite win by pinfall with the Indietaker on Rey Fenix, bringing the series up to 3-2 in Death Triangle’s favor.

Post-match a brawl breaks out and Nick immediately gets busted open and bludgeoned with a hammer!

We get footage from last week of Maxwell Jacob Friedman cutting an angry promo at Bryan Danielson.

He calls him a gutless prick and a nobody and says he beat Ricky Starks clean in the middle of the ring but he had to stick his shitty little hipster nose in the middle of it. Everybody wants to ride his wave, to eat off of his plate, well guess what, when it comes to the reign of terror, you’ll eat less than you desire and more than you deserve.

And so we go to break.

Back from commercial, Action Andretti is interviewed backstage.

He says he had the upset of the decade last week, defeating Chris Jericho in the middle of that ring. His life hasn’t been the same, and he’s gotten so much love and appreciation from the AEW fans. He knows the Jericho Appreciation Society are gonna be after him and—

2.0 roll up to complimenta him, telling him he’s on a hot streak, and some would even say he’s on fire!


“American Dragon” Bryan Danielson makes his entrance for an in-ring interview with Renee Paquette.

He talks about how his training started right here in San Antonio by Rudy Boy Gonzalez and Shawn Michaels, but the man who turned him into the wrestler he is today was William Regal. And not just the wrestler he is today, but the man he is today, and he knows Mox and Wheeler and Claudio don’t have the same relationship with him, but when he was in the hospital with him, he cried.

Regal has made his life, his wrestling, his everything better. And one thing he learned from William is that life has consequences, and MJF will have to learn that there’s consequences to his actions. He’s been listening to every word Max has had to say, and he calls him to the ring, right now!

Enter Stokely Hathaway and “All Ego” Ethan Page.

Page chats with Hathaway, recounting all the big wins he’s had recently and saying he’d be standing here with the world title if he had wrestled Friedman last week, but for some reason vegetable man here gets to jump the line? Stoke says that’s crazy and Bryan should go home and be a family man and shop at Trader Joe’s for his gluten-free whatever.

Danielson asks Hathaway if he can grow some hair to help with the glare coming off his head and says he couldn’t hear over the crowd but asks if he really tried to insult him by calling him “vegetable man?” Stoke calls him a raggedy bitch, and All Ego says he didn’t call him vegetable man for his way of life or what he eats.

He yells at the crowd and continues, saying he called him vegetable man because if he jumps ahead of Page, he will literally turn him into a freaking vegetable. Bryan challenges him to try right here right now in San Antonio, Texas! Page says he’ll have no problem popping off the top but the pants stay on, so he’d rather have the match next week.

Jon Moxley cuts a promo about the Christmas battle royal on Rampage, saying he’d hate to miss it, so Hangman Page knows where he’ll be. They can do this as long as he wants, but he’s starting to wonder when exactly they’re gonna settle this in the ring.

But what is there to settle? Hangman got knocked out, and what did he think was gonna happen? Jon is sick and tired of the somber tones about the accident, poor Hangman Page woke up in the hospital? What did you think he was doing with that lariat, combing his hair?

He’s just doing his job, he ain’t the bad guy here and Hangman’s better than a play wrestler. Is Darius Martin’s injury his fault now too? He’s a teacher, so he’s gonna teach him a hard, hard lesson tonight.

And so we go to break.

Back from commercial, Samoa Joe cuts a promo from home to wish us all a happy holiday.

In particular, he has a special greeting for Wardlow. He wishes him the happiest and merriest of holidays filled with family and friends, because we all know he’s not going to have a happy new year, and next week he’s going to give him exactly what he’s asking for, and then he’s gonna take from him.

Come December 28, all the holiday cheer ends.

Exodus Prime vs. HOOK

HOOK controlling him with a front chancery, swinging punches in the corner, block a big hook from Prime into a judo throw, head-and-leg suplex out of the corner! Big lariat, crossface strikes and it’s over...

HOOK wins by submission with Redrum.

Post-match, Stokely Hathaway appears on the tron.

Lee Moriarty and Big Bill Morrissey are beating Jungle Boy down and Bill chokeslams Jack into a dumpster!

Jon Moxley makes his entrance and we go to break.

Darius Martin vs. Jon Moxley

Moxley puts him in the corner, shove, Martin shoves back and he’s not backing down! Waistlock, full nelson, snapmare into a kick to the back. Side headlock, reversed, shot off, shoulder block, shoulder block, Darius with a slap! Drop down trips Moxley up, waistlock, standing switch, back elbow, drop down, dropkick takes Jon off his feet!

Action to the floor, Moxley takes him into the crowd for a suplex on the concrete floor! Back to ringside, Martin with a violent suicide dive, throwing Jon back inside but he cuts Darius off and knocks him to the floor! Beating the count, Mox catches him with the Crash Landing!

Deathlock, wrenching the toe, up in the turnbuckles, back rake and a superplex! Moxley right into the MMA elbows, dragging him back up after a few, float over the suplex, chop connects but Jon slugs him right back! Trading strikes, Moxley kicks his knee out and tears at the brace but Darius trips him up!

Martin with forearms, whip reversed, double chop, lariat, corner uppercut, whip reversed, slide to a stop, go to the apron, shoulder block, jumping reverse STO... NOPE! Diving crossbody countered into wrist-clutch stomps! Overhead elbows, reverse chinlock, underhooks...

Jon Moxley wins by pinfall with Death Rider.

And so we go to break.

Back from commercial, we get a “Powerhouse” Will Hobbs vignette where he talks about his rough upbringing.

Ass Boys (Austin & Colten Gunn) vs. FTR (Cash Wheeler & Dax Harwood)

Topknot Ass and Harwood to start, tag to Wheeler after a confrontation, Atomic Drop, another one, big elbow sends Colten flying! Austin gets an Atomic Drop and a Manhattan Drop to send him packing, whip across, kick to the ass of the Ass Boy! Split screen as they brawl in pairs on the floor and we go to break!

Back from commercial, Wheeler sends Austin flying but he tags Colten in to cut him off before he can make the tag! Duck the charge, Gunn goes hard into the turnbuckles, Cash crawling... TAGS MADE! Harwood in with punches, double leg into the Sharpshooter but Colten yanks him out of the ring and smashes his face into the apron!

To the floor, Austin on the steps, they want a stump piledriver on the floor but Wheeler breaks it up with a suicide dive! Austin throws Cash into the barricade and Dax into the steps, back inside, Gunn with the crotch chop and the Sharpshooter but Wheeler breaks it up!

Ducking Colten, forearms and throwing him over the ropes, Cash dives but Gunn sidesteps him into the barricade! Austin with a front kick, Famouser blocked, piledriver aborted when Dax gets a cramp in his injured hip! O’Connor roll, reversed, Colten with some leverage...

Ass Boys win by pinfall with an assisted O’Connor roll from Austin Gunn on Dax Harwood.

We get a music video of Sonjay Dutt rapping to the Acclaimed’s theme song, talking trash and threatening that they’ll never scissor again.

Tony Schiavone introduces Rick Ross in the ring.

“Limitless” Keith Lee makes his entrance.

Rick gets on the mic and says the Biggest Boss is here to make history and they’ve got business to discuss. He wants to make things clear, and introduces the young legend, Shane “Swerve” Strickland, who makes his entrance after a few beats and Ross calling Keith a “big motherfucker”

Swerve says he didn’t realize they were doing this on Keith Lee time, and he’s not waiting for anybody and he’s gonna start doing things his own way. He really tried with Keith, because the two of them should own everything. But he can’t deal with all the accusations and Lee needs to keep his eye on the ball.

He can’t keep an eye on the tag titles or on his health, and honestly he needs to keep his eyes in the back of his head from now on.

Parker Boudreaux attacks Lee from behind! Keith shrugs him off and clotheslines him to the floor! Strickland just smiles and another guy in a Mogul Affiliates hoodie comes down to attack Keith! (I don’t recognize him but he’s got braids and he’s covered in tattoos.)

Parker recovers and the two of them beat him down against the ropes! They set Keith on top of the steel steps and put a cinderblock on his chest... SWERVE STOMP THROUGH THE CINDERBLOCK!

And so we go to break.

Back from commercial, commentary hypes up next week’s shows.

We get short interviews from Best Friends and Dark Order as to what they’d do with the prize money if they win, and Dark Order ask Hangman to stay out of it, to which he assents.

Hikaru Shida vs. Jamie Hayter (c) (AEW Women’s World Championship)

Trading hard forearms out the gates, Hayter knocks Shida down with a shoulder but eats a huge right hand that sends her flying! Turning Hikaru around, chops in the corner, trading with vigor, neither woman backing down! Shida with a scoop and a slam, taking her to the apron for clubbing and a running knee that sends us to break!

Back from commercial, Hayter in control, Jackhammer... NOPE! Both women down and out, back to their feet, right hands from Shida, whip across into a dropkick! Mounted punches in the corner set up a missile dropkick, jockeying for position on the apron and a snapmare turns the tide for Hayter!

Looking for a German suplex off the apron, Hikaru reverses, suplex off the apron and to the floor sends us to break!

Back from commercial, Hayter misses a moonsault, Shida off the ropes with the sliding knee... SO CLOSE! Suplex and a sliding lariat from the champion... STILL NO! Haytbreaker connects for another tight nearfall! Strike rush from Hikaru, Katana ducked, release German suplex connects and Dr. Britt Baker, DMD is on the apron with a kendo stick! Rebel running interference, Shida knocks Baker down with a kick and wallops her with the stick!

Shida charges in, Jamie under her, roll through a powerbomb reversal... SHIDA KICKS OUT OF A POWERBOMB! Off the ropes, lariat for a deep two, ripcord...

Jamie Hayter wins by pinfall with the ripcord lariat to retain the AEW World Women’s Championship.

Post-match, Team DMD beat Shida up but Toni Storm makes the save! Hayter hits her with the belt! Britt and Rebel hold Toni down... SARAYA MAKES THE SAVE! She lays Baker out with a kick and stands tall!

That’s the show, folks.

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