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AEW Dynamite results, live blog (Jan. 4, 2023): New year, new look

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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 is AEW’s Seattle debut, and the show from Climate Pledge Arena will give us our first full look at Dynamite’s makeover. It’ll feature Ricky Starks vs. Chris Jericho, and Darby Allin challenging Samoa Joe for the TNT championship, Allin’s not the only Washingtonian in action, as Bryan Danielson takes on Tony Nese, and Swerve Strickland battles an old foe in AR Fox. Plus, The Acclaimed defend the Tag titles against Jeff Jarrett & Jay Lethal, Jade Cargill & Red Velvet in action against Kiera Hogan & Sky Blue, an update on Hangman Page’s condition, a word from Jon Moxley, a contractually mandated appearance by MJF, 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!


I don’t want to grow slow with you suckers or play your game of fear of reflection. You’re not going to vanish if you stand on your own, but me? I’m just here to liveblog this here pro wrestling show for you folks.

The show starts with the (new) intro video, featuring LASERS.

Chris Jericho vs. “Absolute” Ricky Starks

Jericho with an arm drag and high fives with Daddy Magic on the apron, whip across, shoulder block, punches in the corner and Starks forces him to the floor! Following after, chops, throwing Chris into the steel steps! Back inside, lariats from Y2J, knucklelock, Ricky walks the ropes for Old School!

Slam gets two, Jericho sends Starks to the apron with a lariat but he counters the triangle dropkick with a right hand! Fighting on the apron, Chris hits a suplex off the apron and we go to break!

Back from commercial, Jericho with mounted punches in the middle of the ring, Starks gets fired up, mounting a comeback, Roshambo blocked, Chris backs him into the corner with punches. Whip across, front kick, Liger Bomb... NOPE! Off the ropes, Jericho takes him down with a cross chop, Lionsault... THE KNEES WERE UP!

Ricky up top, nobody home on the dive, block the Codebreaker, superkick for two! Codebreaker connects on the second try, Judas Effect blocked, Roshambo blocked, Walls of Jericho locked in in the middle of the ring! 2.0 running interference, one of them cracks Ricky with Floyd and referee Aubrey Edwards checks on him... STARKS WON’T BREAK!

Starks turns him around, palm strikes break, small package... NOT ENOUGH! Front kick from Y2J gets a tornado DDT, take 2.0 out with punches, off the ropes...

“Absolute” Ricky Starks wins by pinfall with the spear.

Post-match, Jericho Appreciation Society attacks Starks... ACTION ANDRETTI MAKES THE SAVE WITH A STEEL CHAIR! He runs roughshod over the heels until Anna Jay and Tay Melo take him out with a low blow and put boots to him! JAKE HAGER POWERBOMBS RICKY STARKS OFF THE APRON AND THROUGH A TABLE!

Commentary hypes up the rest of the show and we go to break.

Back from commercial, Tony Schiavone introduces “Hangman” Adam Page for an in-ring interview.

He says he’d love nothing more than to say that he’s good to go, but as of today he’s not medically cleared to compete. And he’s been told that if he gets into a fight with Jon Moxley, he’s gonna get set back at least one more week, and he doesn’t want that. He wants to fight Mox next week in the Forum, and if he takes a redeye home tonight and gets that last brain scan and it comes back good, he’ll be cleared for that match next week.

He doesn’t care if it’s in the ring, in catering, or on the roof, he’ll fight Jon Moxley and he’ll knock his dick in the dirt.

Enter Jon Moxley.

He says he’s surprised Page is out here tonight after everything he’s been through, and he’s sick of people treating something so beautiful like it was a tragic accident, of this candlelight vigil for Hangman Page. He gets detoured briefly by a bad mic but continues, saying when he thinks of everything he’s put his body through, nobody has gotten knocked down more times than him in this business.

The plates and plates of crap he had to eat and the miles and miles of crap he had to crawl through, and Hangman plays the victim because he got knocked out? That makes him sick. Adam asks if he thinks he’s mad that he got knocked out, but he’s been knocked out more times than he can count, by enemies, strangers, and by his best friends.

What he’s angry about is how Jon called him out and didn’t let him get a word in before he made a joke. He nearly took his career from him and changed his life and he wants to crack jokes? But Hangman thinks he knows why, he thinks Mox felt threatened in that moment.

He’s had a month to stew on what he said and two months to stew about being knocked out with a lariat, simple, brutal, and effective. He knows a thing or two about lariats, and he’s got two in the chamber with Jon’s name on them, and he gets them at the Forum.

Moxley says the only joke he thinks is funny is that Page thinks next time is gonna be any different. His little punk ass doesn’t belong in the ring with him, and next week he’s gonna make sure Adam doesn’t get back up.

Samoa Joe cuts a promo on Darby Allin in a video package.

Jay Lethal & Jeff Jarrett vs. the Acclaimed (Anthony Bowens & Max Caster) (c) (AEW World Tag Team Championship)

Bowens and Jarrett to start, Jeff goes after Caster and slaps him in the mouth! Anthony gets him in the corner, big chops, kicks to the midsection, gets away, tag to Lethal! Leapfrogs, kick combo, Bowens hits the Fameasser! Tag to Max, working Jay over, quick tags, Scissor Me Timbers connects but Jarrett gets between their scissor!

Scoop and a slam, Scissor Me Timbers for Double J! Lethal slides out to slap Billy Gunn, he runs in and gets admonished by the referee and ejected from ringside to send us to break!

Back from commercial, Lethal with a snapmare into a reverse chinlock on Bowens, scoop and a slam, Anthony rolls away from the elbow drop and Lethal tags Jarrett in! Caster manages to get in after some trials and tribulations, dragging Jay over, Bowens back in, but Jeff bowls Max over and to the floor!

Jarrett and Lethal with a wild double-team slam for two, Jay puts the figure four leglock on Bowens! Satnam Singh throws Max into the steel steps and he and Sonjay Dutt get ejected by the corps of referees! Anthony counters Lethal Injection with a rolling elbow but Jarrett hits the Stroke!

Bowens with a foot on the ropes but Sonjay runs over and knocks his foot down...

Jay Lethal & Jeff Jarrett win by pinfall with a lateral press from Lethal on Anthony Bowens.

Post-match the referees confer and the finish is nullified and the match must continue!

Lethal trying a folding press with feet on the ropes, Bowens reverses...

The Acclaimed win by pinfall with a victory roll from Anthony Bowens on Jay Lethal, retaining the AEW World Tag Team Championship.

Team DMD are interviewed by Tony Schiavone about Saraya’s mystery partner.

Dr. Britt Baker, DMD thinks a more interesting question is will Saraya ever really understand what AEW means and how things work around here. They’re AEW Originals and they’ve had very similar paths but they worked their way up from the top and now Jamie Hayter is your AEW World Women’s Champion.

Jamie’s the champion, Britt’s the boss, Hayter’s the killer, Baker is the pillar, and we’re going to break.

Back from commercial, “Jungle Boy” Jack Perry says for one night only, next week, he and HOOK will take care of business together.

“American Dragon” Bryan Danielson vs. Tony Nese

Josh Woods runs interference, Nese spikes Danielson, moonsault misses but the corner knee connects... NOPE! Bryan turns him around, chops and kicks in the corner, whip reversed, backflip up and over, criss cross, Axe Bomber connects! Tony with a schoolboy, one-arm powerbomb into the turnbuckles, knee pad is down but Danielson sidesteps and knee hits turnbuckle!

Charging in, Busaiku Knee connects! Wrist clutch stomps, deathlock applied and the Regal Stretch is in! IT’S OVER!

Bryan Danielson wins by submission with the Regal Stretch.

Post-match, Danielson gets on the mic and says it’s good to be home. He’s feeling a little froggy and he’s ready for another fight! He calls Maxwell Jacob Friedman down to the ring!

Enter MJF.

He asks if he’s got it straight, Bryan wants him to get in the ring and wrestle? How about no? He doesn’t get his rocks off entertaining these schmucks and he’s not a mark like Danielson, he knows he gets a check whether he wrestles or not, that’s what makes him a special attraction.

With all due respect, if Lance Storm and Dean Malenko had a baby, it’d still be more charismatic than he is. He tells Bryan he looks so much like a goat he wouldn’t be surprised if Mama Danielson couldn’t find a human suitor back in 1981.

Dragon says if they’re making jokes, all the boys in the back talk about how many human suitors Max’s mom has had, enough to fill this arena. He polls the crowd on who’s had sex with Friedman’s mom and MJF gets increasingly mad about it. Max talks about guys like Disco Inferno, Eric Bischoff, and the smartest of them all, Jim Cornette, who have put him over.

Bryan tells him to shut up, we’ve heard it a million times, but he hates Max and it’s time to fight.

Friedman literally runs away and tells him to slow his roll, this is pro wrestling, wins and losses matter, and he needs to become #1 contender if he wants a shot at the king. But he saw this coming and talked to that nerd Tony Khan in the back, and he said that if Danielson wrestles every week between now and February 8, he’ll be #1 contender.

Normally MJF would have a bunch of extra hoops for him to jump through, but he’ll be nice this time, and if he wins every week between now and then, he’ll give him a title match at Revolution on March 5. Danielson says nope, he’s just gonna wrestle when he wants, become #1 contender and then beat him for the title.

Friedman says if he doesn’t become #1 contender the way he wants him to, his lawyer will run a filibuster and he’ll never wrestle him for the belt. Danielson is skeptical of Mark Sterling’s legal prowess but says he’ll agree if he gets to make a stipulation for the match at Revolution.

MJF says he’ll be able to cheat openly with any stipulation but Danielson says he’s got the real test of being a pro wrestler... a one-hour Iron Man match! Max agrees and says Bryan won’t make it past week one because all he does is choke. Danielson says he’ll run through everybody in front of him and then he’s going to expose him in the Iron Man, show he doesn’t have the cardio, the footwork, that he doesn’t have what it takes to be champion and then he’ll kick his damn head in!

And so we go to break.

Back from commercial, we get a recap of the All-Atlantic Championship match from Rampage last week.

AR Fox vs. Shane “Swerve” Strickland

Both men go for forearms at the same time, Fox with the back body drop to the apron, backflip to the floor, duck a stomp, uppercut from Strickland! Tiger Feint, Shane ducks it, back inside, Ace Crusher blocked, fireman’s carry, AR slips out, backflip off the apron and they go face-to-face!

Fox with a pump kick and then the kickflip moonsault, back inside, Twister connects, only two and we go to break with fighting on the floor!

Back from commercial, Strickland with punches to the back of the neck, Fox rams him in the corner, trading big boots, an enzuigiri, a front kick, Matrix evasion and another enzuigiri and AR is running hot! Shane kicks out of a nearfall, up top, back elbows, Fox outsmarts him, Ace Crusher, pump kick in the corner, Iconoclasm rolled right through into another Ace Crusher!

AR off the top with the 450 splash... SWERVE KICKS OUT! Fireman’s carry on the apron, Shane fights to the turnbuckles, jockeying for position, Parker Boudreaux slips Swerve some knucks... DEATH VALLEY DRIVER OFF THE TOP AND INTO THE APRON! Strickland rolls him back inside...

Shane Strickland wins by pinfall with the Swerve Stomp.

We go backstage with Renee Paquette interviewing Saraya, Toni Storm, and Hikaru Shida.

They complain about Team DMD and talk turns to speculation about Saraya’s tag partner next week. She says she’s excited and since coming to AEW she’s learned so much about the roster and the matches and she says she’s sitting next to the best wrestler in the world and Toni is going to be her partner next week.

Shida looks suitably offended.

Somber Ass Boys make their entrance in funeral garb with graphics announcing the death of FTR as of December 21, 2022.

They get on the mic and say they’re here to pay respects to FTR’s legacy, talking up their world-traveling 2022 and say they were ten stars in their heart. Their decrepit, weak, old dad bods couldn’t handle it and they lost all their tag titles after the Ass Boys beat them, destroying their legacy in ten minutes.

They observe a moment of silence because FTR aren’t here tonight...

FTR’s music hits but they don’t come out and the Ass Boys laugh about it, saying FTR will never work for AEW again and they’re the best team in the world now.

We get some hype for Death Triangle/Elite match seven.

Jade Cargill & Red Velvet vs. Kiera Hogan & Skye Blue

Blue and Red to start, collar and elbow, sling aside, duck the dropkick, trading pinfall attempts. Velvet with a waistlock, Skye counters to a pin, trading more pin attempts, rising knee and a tag to Hogan! Hip attack sets up a step-up leg drop for two!

Skye back in, planting Red with a DDT, Cargill tags in and we go to break!

Back from commercial, Hogan slips out of a military press but gets caught by a spinning slam for two! Chickenwings, Cargill jawing at Velvet and tagging her in with a pat of the head! Kiera puts her off the ropes, head of steam around the ring for a sliding kick, only two!

Jade back in, chokeslam, telling Red to whoop ass but Velvet hops off the apron to deny the tag! Kiera with a schoolboy... SO CLOSE! Jade clocks her one...

Jade Cargill & Red Velvet win by pinfall with a big boot from Cargill on Kiera Hogan.

Backstage, Jeff Jarrett and company are mad about a no-holds-barred rematch at Battle of the Belts that just got booked.

Excalibur does his best Micro Machines guy to hype up the next week or so of shows.

Darby Allin vs. Samoa Joe (c) (AEW TNT Championship)

Before the bell, Allin wailing on Joe with his skateboard, fighting into the gutter under the stage... DOUBLE STOMP WITH THE SKATEBOARD OFF THE RAMP! Darby gets a huge ladder and sets it up, climbing, perching... SENTON ATOMICO OFF OF THE LADDER!

In the ring, we get a bell and Allin hits a shotgun dropkick! To the floor, Samoa catches him and Rock Bottoms him into the steel steps and we go to break!

Back from commercial, Joe in charge, hammering Allin with kicks in the middle of the ring! Chop across the back, chest kick, off the ropes for an elbow drop but Darby rolls away and tries for a sleeper hold! Countered with a senton, toehold, Allin bites his head to break!

Off the ropes, rolling legsweep, drawing Darby up, firing off body blows, crossleg shinbreaker from Joe cuts him off! Chest kick, a senton connects, Darby screaming agony but still able to kick out of a cover! Half-crab applied, Allin gets the ropes and forces the break!

Setting up the Muscle Buster, reversed, waistlock, Joe hanging onto the turnbuckles for dear life and the pad goes flying! Victory roll for two and Samoa has the Coquina Clutch! Darby counters, back elbow out of the corner, standing Diamond Dust blocked right back in the Coquina Clutch!

Allin fading but he won’t give up, fired up, he puts Joe into the exposed turnbuckle and hits the Yoshi Tonic! Darby off the top, Coffin Drop! Up top again...

Darby Allin wins the AEW TNT Championship by pinfall with a pair of Coffin Drops.

Post-match, Sting comes to the ring to celebrate with Darby.

That’s the show, folks.

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