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AEW Dynamite Holiday Bash results, live blog (Dec. 20, 2023): Gold League wraps up


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

This week’s show is the promotion’s fourth annual Holiday Bash special, and comes our way from Oklahoma City’s Paycom Center. It will feature three matches from the Continental Classic tournament’s Gold League: Jay White vs. Jon Moxley, RUSH vs. Swerve Strickland, and Jay Lethal vs. Mark Briscoe! That last one is just for bragging rights, but the other two have major implications for who advances to the semi-finals.

We’ll also see Riho & Saraya fight to see who will challenge AEW Women’s World champion Timeless Toni Storm at Worlds End on Dec. 30. MJF & Samoa Joe will address their upcoming PPV match — and their various dealings with the Devil. Plus, Roderick Strong vs. Komander... 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!


We don’t want to fight you, it’s a lousy war, I tell you it’s murder out here. My best buddy got it in the eye, Now he ain’t seeing things too clear, but me? I’m just here to liveblog this pro wrestling show for you, folks.

The show opens right into the action!

Rush (6) vs. Shane “Swerve” Strickland (9) (Continental Classic Gold League Match)

Mat grappling to start, feeling out, back on their feet, Rush ducks a lariat and delivers a series of chops. Whip reversed, drop down, leapfrog, roll under, tijeras from Strickland! Trading arm drags, Shane with a fakeout but El Toro Blanco sees it coming! Rolling solebutt from Swerve, chops into the corner, whip across but Rush sidesteps!

Whip reversed, sidestep the charge, big forearm sends Strickland to the floor! Rush off the ropes... TOPE CON GIRO! Back inside, he’s got Shane down and out in the corner, fake the knees out, short kick and El Toro Blanco is feeling tranquilo! Swerve rushes into a cross armbar, Rush fights out, snap scoop powerslam for two!

Strickland picks the leg, uppercuts and a knee lift to the pit of the knee, charging in and destroying the leg with a running knee in the corner! On the floor, Rush throwing him into barricades, Swerve with a German suplex on the floor but El Toro Blanco pops up and dropkicks him into the barricade to send us to break!

Back from commercial, trading German suplexes, stereo rolling elbows into stereo big boots and both men are down and out! El Toro Blanco building up a head of steam with kicks, elbow in the corner, fired up but his knee gives out and Strickland pounces into a torture half crab with a knee to the back of his neck!

Wrenching the half-Liontamer in, shifting gears to a Stretch Muffler, Rush coutners with an inside cradle... SO CLOSE! Chops from Rush, Shane ducks a lariat but eats a rolling elbow, straitjacket... PILEDRIVE CAN’T KEEP SHANE STRICKLAND FROM GETTING ANOTHER CRACK AT JON MOXLEY!

Trading chops on the apron, Shane with a boot, Rush belly-to-belly suplexes him off the apron and Swerve catches the corner of the ring with the back of his head on the way down! Back inside, Shane puts him down, 450 splash... RUSH OUT AT ONE! Front chancery, brainbuster... STILL NO!

Back up top...

Shane Strickland wins by pinfall with the Swerve Stomp, earning three points for a total of twelve and a berth in the Gold League block finals against Jon Moxley.

Commentary walks us through the math and tells us that if Jon Moxley wins or draws against Jay White in our main event, the Gold League block finals will be a singles between Mox and Swerve, but if White wins, he makes the Gold League block finals a three-way match.

We get a hype reel for the Blue League and we go to break.

Back from commercial, Chris Jericho cuts a promo backstage.

He talks about Kenny Omega’s hospitalization with diverticulitis and the news that he’ll be out of AEW indefinitely, and that affects the Golden Jets’ tag title opportunity. While they decide what they’re gonna do, in the meantime, the most important thing is Kenny’s health.

Jay Lethal (0) vs. Mark Briscoe (0) (Continental Classic Gold League Match)

Feeling out, shoulder blocks, Briscoe with chops in the corner, Lethal throwing ‘em right back just as hard! Whip blocked, big right hand from Mark, whip reversed, cartwheel into a dropkick from Jay! Fighting over a suplex, neither man able to get the other over his head until Lethal completes it!

Action to the floor, Jay lays him out and struts on the apron, taking a bow for the sweathogs in the audience, suicide dive blocked, Briscoe with a straight suplex on the floor! Mark with the Nestea Plunge and we go to break!

Back from commercial, charging chops, reverse STO from Lethal! Fired up, La Atlantida into a Finlay Roll... NOPE! Lethal Injection countered with a back body drop, exploder suplex from Briscoe! Corner lariat, vertical drop fisherman buster... SO CLOSE! Off the top, Froggy Bow... KNEES UP!


Mark Briscoe wins by pinfall with Jay Driller, earning three points for a total of three.

Post-match, Jay and Mark shake hands.

We get a hype reel for Maxwell Jacob Friedman getting inducted into the National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame and we go to break.

Back from commercial, we get a hype reel for Wardlow’s crusade against Maxwell Jacob Friedman.

Samoa Joe makes his entrance and gets on the mic.

He says he’s here seeking answers once again, and even though Roderick Strong isn’t the brightest bulb in the box but he’s got a point, and he points out that we get footage of the Devil’s men beating the hell out of everybody he’s attacked... except for MJF, and that’s why he wants Max to come down and answer a few questions right now.

Enter Maxwell Jacob Friedman.

He asks if Joe is saying he’s the Devil, and Joe says he is, and he reminds Samoa of his promise to protect him from all kinds of attacks and even declaring him Joe’s property. So it’s pretty clear he cares about his property as much as he does his diet.

But since they’re throwing accusations around he’s got some of his own, he’s confused, why is he waiting for Worlds End when he can end Joe’s world right now?

The Devil’s masked men attack before Friedman can give Samoa what for, they fight them off but more goons surround the ring and the lights go out!

The Devil appears on the tron and Max’s ass appears bathed in blue light, very flattering. Words appear on the screen— where do you go, who can you trust, will you accept a challenge for the ROH World Tag Team Championship next week, are you a hero, Max?

The lights come up and Max asks Joe, he knows things aren’t great between them but he made a promise to his friend and he needs his help one more time, and Samoa accepts the challenge and says the best way to beat the Devil is to put hands on his boys.

Renee Paquette interviews Best Friends backstage about their increased momentum.

Rocky Romero says he just spent 329 days as CMLL World Historic Welterweight Championship and he’s looking for new international opportunities. Orange Cassidy jumps in and gives him a title shot on Friday and everybody leaves Rocky confused as to what just happened.

Toni Storm joins the commentary booth for the next match.

Riho vs. Saraya (AEW Women’s World Championship #1 Contender’s Match)

Saraya cutting her down early, big stomps, cover for two! We see Ruby Soho watching backstage, action to the floor, Saraya taking a breather but Riho drops her with a tijeras and follows it with a second and a third! Saraya hides behind a security guard to get a cheap shot in and we go to break!

Back from commercial, Riho with a bridging northern lights suplex for two, up top, double stomp, lining her up...

Riho wins by pinfall with the double knees, becoming #1 contender to the AEW Women’s World Championship.

Post-match, Toni Storm confronts Riho in the ring! Riho unloads on her with forearms, drop toehold into the Tiger feint kick!

Tony Schiavone reads a statement from Christian Cage on the stage.

Cage berates him to read the statement word for word and Tony does. Christian says after his career-defining victory over Adam Copeland he’s taking Nick Wayne on a well-deserved vacation and he’ll be back on Saturday where he will address Adam and any lingering questions about what happened in Montreal.

He expects nothing less than a hero’s welcome upon his return.

And so we go to break.

Backstage, Maxwell Jacob Friedman goes his separate ways from Samoa Joe when he finds a mask on the floor outside Mogul Embassy’s dressing room.

He knocks on the door and throttles Prince Nana when he answers the door. Shane Strickland rolls up and Max says they’ve got a lot of history most people don’t know about, making long car rides together and now Swerve is all grown up and beating some of the biggest stars this company has to offer, but the reason they’ve not crossed paths is because Swerve isn’t on his level.

Strickland says it’s funny he brings up those car rides, it was magical and Max was the best chaffeur he ever had. And he brings up the William Regal email, failing at a tryout and turning into a whiny little bitch, he’s right, there are levels to this, and MJF does tryouts but he signs contracts.

Careful how you talk because the last guy that stepped up he hung from his neck on pay-per-view. Friedman says it’s funny he keeps talking about Hangman Page and he needs to show the world champion some respect and pull those hand-me-down Flava Flav grills out while he’s talking.

And since Shane keeps begging for a world title match, why wouldn’t he keep trying to get inside his head and have his goons jump people left and right to clear a path to the world title? So is he the Devil? Part of him hopes he is, and if this is his house, he’s looking at the Big Bad Wolf of pro wrestling, and he’ll blow his house down.

And then he’ll break both arms so he always swerves when he drives. Swerve tells him if he keeps waving the title around, he’s gonna take it from him.

The door opens revealing Brian Cage, Gates of Agony, and Prince Nana waiting, and Samoa Joe rolls up to pull MJF out of harm’s way. Nana tells Strickland he forgot to talk to him about Collision last week and they go do business.

Komander vs. Roderick Strong

Mat grappling early, Strong with a wristlock, wrenching it in, taking him to the mat in a keylock! Komander springboards into a lucha arm drag, off the ropes, tijeras, dropkick, he’s fired up! Roddy catches him with a backbreaker, clawing at his mask, Komander takes him to the floor and we go to break!

Back from commercial, Komander reverses a backbreaker into a tijeras! Sidestep the charge, lay Roddy out, off the top... STRONG KICKS OUT OF THE PHOENIX SPLASH! The Kingdom pull Roddy out of the ring... KOMANDER WIPES ‘EM ALL OUT WITH A DIVE! Back inside, springboard, Strong cuts him down with a superkick!

Front chancery...

Roderick Strong wins by pinfall with an overrotated End of Heartache gutbuster.

Post-match, Strong and the Kingdom put up “MJF is the Devil” signs.

Renee Paquette interviews Roddy in the ring.

Strong calls Samoa Joe out and says it’s obvious now that Max is the Devil and tells him it’s time to wake up and believe him.

We get a recap of Thunder Rosa making the save for Abadon on Collision last weekend.

Commentary hypes up this weekend’s shows.

We go to break on a preview of Aquaman 2 phrased as a bunch of AEW talent commenting on a screening.

Back from commercial, Jim Ross joins the commentary team for our main event.

“Switchblade” Jay White (9) vs. Jon Moxley (12) (Continental Classic Gold League Match)

White stalling, Moxley ready to fight, he catches Jay in the hammer and anvil elbows and snaps off a piledriver... NOPE! White cuts him off, choking him in the corner, flipping the bird, big chops connect! Trading forearms in the middle of the ring, Jon choking him in the corner, Switchblade sidesteps a charge and hits a dragon screw in the ropes!

Mox struggling to his feet, he has a chat with referee Bryce Remsburg and White blasts him off the ropes and to the floor to send us to break!

Back from commercial, White applies a Muta Lock, following it up with chops, up in the turnbuckles and jockeying for position, deep back rake from Moxley! Biting Jay’s nose, superplex follows! To the floor, Jon clutching his knee, suicide dive connects but he comes up lame!

Drawing White up, but Switchblade reverses and suplexes him knee-first into the steel steps! Referee Bryce Remsburg checking on Mox, White grabs a chair, looking for plunder, a second chair, Bryce warns him off and he throws one chair in the ring! Remsburg goes after that chair and Jay nails Jon with the other one on the floor!

Moxley barely beats the count, reverses Blade Runner... PARADIGM SHIFT CAN’T KEEP THE SWITCHBLADE DOWN! White with a chop, Jon grabs the sleeper, into the corner to block, boot up! Dragon screw, small package, only two! Pass Jay into the corner, roll him through, Knee Trembler... SO CLOSE! Clutching the knee, Mox filled with fighting spirit, back on his feet and they trade forearms!

Ace Crusher puts White down, he comes back with a sleeper suplex and the uranage... STILL NO! Kiwi Crusher, another nearfall! Wristlock, calling for it, Moxley fighting out with punches so Jay adjusts with another sleeper suplex! Jon pops up, big lariat, fights out of Blade Runner, another lariat!

Fighting hard, feeling it, Blackout connects! Underhooks, White floats over, Blade Runner connects...

Jay White wins by pinfall with Blade Runner, earning three points for a total of twelve and ensuring a three-way Gold League block finals.

Commentary hypes up the remaining Blue League matches as well as the Worlds End card.

Shane Strickland comes to the stage to stare White down.

Jay lands a chop block on Moxley to send a message!

That’s the show, folks.

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