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AEW Dynamite New Year’s Smash results, live blog (Dec. 27, 2023): Worlds End go home

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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 TBS.

This week’s show is the promotion’s fourth annual New Year’s Smash special, and comes our way from Addition Financial Center in Orlando, Florida. It will feature the semi-finals of the the Continental Classic tournament, with Jon Moxley, Swerve Strickland & Jay White in a Triple Threat to determine who wins the Gold League, and Bryan Danielson & Eddie Kingston going one-on-one to see who advances from the Blue League. The winners will wrestle for the AEW Triple Crown on Saturday at Worlds End.

We’ll also see Maxwell Jacob Friedman & Samoa Joe team up to defend the Ring of Honor Tag titles against The Devil’s masked men just days before MJF defends his AEW World championship against Joe at Saturday’s PPV... 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 have a killer migraine and threw up right before sitting down to liveblog this one for you, folks, I think that’s rock and roll enough for today— on with the show!

“Switchblade” Jay White (12) vs. Jon Moxley (12) vs. Shane “Swerve” Strickland (12) (Continental Classic Gold League Finals)

White ends up on the outside as Mox and Swerve go after each other, fighting out into the crowd, where Jay rejoins them and many chops are traded! Brawling at length on the floor, rotating through pairings, White and Strickland for a bit, then Jon and Shane, Swerve takes ‘em both out with a plancha and we go to break!

Back from commercial, Swerve trips Switchblade up and Mox dives on him right after! Shane holding court, powerbomb dropped into a powerslam cuts him off, Jon comes back in with Blackout and we go back to break!

Back from commercial, all three men are down in the ring, back on their feet and trading chops, Swerve sent packing, Moxley has a sleeper hold in on White! Strickland breaks it up with a House Call! Jon takes him out with a lariat, Jay hits Blade Runner, and Swerve has to break the cover up!

Shane going to work on Moxley, lariats, bite the hand to block the JML Driver, put Jon into the turnbuckles hard, up top but Switchblade cuts him off! Another Blade Runner reversed, big lariat, Mox picks him up, Death Rider... SWERVE’S TOO LATE!

Jon Moxley wins by pinfall with Death Rider on “Switchblade” Jay White, winning the Gold League of the Continental Classic.

A video package for the Blue League finals between Bryan Danielson and Eddie Kingston later tonight sends us to break.

Back from commercial, Tony Schiavone interviews Shane Strickland.

Strickland complains about being interviewed right after the match and says his arm is falling off but he wanted it so very bad. The Continental Classic breathed life back into the whole business and he proved he’s one of the best in the industry, and he says Keith Lee is looking for him and if he wants him at Long Island on Saturday, he’ll be there.

Tony has a contract that Keith left with him, Prince Nana has a fit about the contract not being approved by him, but Shane pats his shoulder and says he’ll see Lee on Saturday.

Renee Paquette interviews Mariah May on the stage.

She says her “brutal attack” was just supporting the greatest star of our time, Toni Storm. We’ve all waited so patiently for her debut and she didn’t feel like 2023 had the right energy, so next week she’ll make her debut, because 2024 is all about Mariah.

Enter Riho, sending May running! Toni Storm follows behind her to even the odds, Mariah runs away, Riho sets her up but Luther saves her from the Tiger feint kick! RIHO TAKES ‘EM BOTH OUT WITH A PLANCHA!

Action Andretti and Top Flight cut a promo about how they’re just getting started as a trio and issue a challenge to any—

Orange Cassidy and Roppongi Vice roll up and Orange says they’ll see them on Friday.

Christian Cage and the Patriarchy get into position for a sitdown and we go to break.

Back from commercial, Miro cuts a promo about his wife CJ Perry and how he’ll handle her clients and then he’ll kill everyone. He doesn’t want to fight Andrade because of his wife, he wants to fight him because he’s a [BEEP].

Tony Schiavone is in the ring for a celebration for Boxing Week, and he’ll be joined by (deep breath) Don Callis and the Don Callis Family.

Callis has something important to say, and as you may or may not know, lots of stuff has been going on outside the wrestling business and he just wants to say it’s been a very difficult two weeks for him. At times like this, you need your family, and he couldn’t have gotten through it without his family, and to say “thank you” and honor Boxing Week in Canada, he got them all gifts!

He unveils a portrait of himself and “Powerhouse” Will Hobbs, a portrait of himself and Konosuke Takeshita, and a portrait of himself and Kyle Fletcher beating up kangaroos before saying the Don Callis Family feels complete and finally, the whole family—

Enter Sammy Guevara.

Callis asks him what’s up like he wasn’t just excluding him from the family and Guevara says long time, no talk. Don asks if he got the gift for his kid, Sam shakes his head no, and Callis says he brought him a gift too just on the off-chance he shows up for work.

Don eggs him on to unveil his painting, and it’s a portrat of Sammy and his daughter together with the rest of the Family. Guevara gets in his face and asks who told him to put his baby on there? Callis tries to spin it as his whole family is there supporting him and let’s be honest, he’s not mentally capable of being a parent, so he’ll need all the help he can get.

Sammy says Hobbs beat Jericho and Takeshita beat Omega twice, but nobody cares because Callis makes it all about him, and Don never asked if he was okay after he got concussed. Callis says he’s disappointed because Guevara dropped the ball and blew the greatest opportunity he ever had by getting hurt and then didn’t show up to work for months.

Down to brass tacks, Guevara has a choice, either he chooses the other family or he chooses the Don Callis Family, and if he makes the wrong choice, he’ll be as much of a failure as a wrestler as he is as a father. Sam shoves Don, the Family attacks him from behind and beats him down—

CHRIS JERICHO MAKES THE SAVE, FLOYD IN HAND! He smashes three of the paintings before giving Guevara the bat to smash the fourth! They have a tense moment after, Jericho offers his hand... AND RICKY STARKS AND BIG BILL ATTACK!


Renee Paquette interviews Roderick Strong and he unveils a murderboard that “proves” that Maxwell Jacob Friedman is the Devil.

Commentary hypes up the Worlds End card for us.

“American Dragon” Bryan Danielson (10) vs. Eddie Kingston (9) (Continental Classic Blue League Finals)

Feeling out, Danielson taking a breather, back in it with probing leg kicks, staying away from Kingston’s heavy hands. Action to the floor, Eddie lines him and hammers him with chops against the barricade! Whip reversed, Kingston pops up with an axhandle that takes Bryan off his feet!

Alternating jabs and chops back in the ring, Danielson turns him around and alternates chops and chest kicks! Whip across, another explosive axhandle! To the apron, drawing Bryan up, looking for a half nelson suplex, headbutts, Dragon turns him around with a DDT on the apron!

Diving knee off the apron, Bryan in control as we go to break!

Back from commercial, Kingston with chops into the corner, Danielson takes him down into the omoplata but Eddie scrambles and gets the ropes to force the break! Kingston on the comeback, starting to feel it, Bryan blocks Backfist to the Future but Eddie counters with a DDT!

Machine gun chops, cutting Dragon down in the corner, choking him in the turnbuckles! Drawing him up, exploder suplex reversed, omoplata, and he’s got the full LeBell Lock! Eddie makes the ropes and forces the break, Danielson with a shoulder armbreaker rolled right into a snap suplex, smooth as butter!

Up top, Kingston cuts him off, Dragon slips out for some Tree of Woe kicks! Lining him up, basement dropkick, back suplex lift into the turnbuckles... THE BACK SUPERPLEX IS YOUR FIVE MINUTE WARNING BUT EDDIE REVERSES INTO A CROSSBODY THAT CRUSHES BRYAN’S BROKEN ORBITAL UNDER HIM AND WE GO TO BREAK!

Back from commercial, both men trading chops, Kingston getting the better of the exchange but Danielson digs deep and fills with steel resolve! Kicking the inside of his knees, cutting him down, Eddie firing back with staggering chops, Danielson blocks one... REGALPLEX ALMOST DOES IT! Kingston with a Northern Lights Bomb... STILL NO!

Powerbomb lift, Danielson reverses, reversed, duck the rolling elbow, duck the lariat, Busaiku Knee... EDDIE KINGSTON KICKS OUT! Dragon with the hammer and anvil elbows, Eddie fading to the point where referee Bryce Remsburg has to check on him but he’s not done! Wristclutch stomps, Eddie flips him the bird as proof of life and a smile cracks across Bryan’s face!

Waiting for him to get up... KINGSTON BLASTS HIM WITH THE BACKFIST TO THE FUTURE! Half nelson suplex, duck one backfist, the other one hits, another, powerbomb... EDDIE DID IT! EDDIE MADE THE FINALS!

Eddie Kingston wins by pinfall with a Tenryu Powerbomb, winning the Blue League of the Continental Classic and advancing to the finals.

Post-match, Jon Moxley comes to ringside to check on Bryan Danielson and confront Eddie Kingston ahead of their meeting in the tournament finals at Worlds End.

Jon gets on the mic and says all he’s ever asked of Eddie every time he put his neck on the line because he believes in him, all he’s asked is 100%, and for somebody who hates the world that’s against him, lots of people love him. AEW fans all across the country and the world loves Eddie Kingston, and they don’t care whether he wins or lose but they deserve his very best of everything in his heart and his soul.

Problem is, Moxley knows him better than he knows himself, and since they both know he can’t win, he’s already lost, he’s already given up, he’s already made his excuses. A couple years ago he gave him the shot of a lifetime and let him leave on his shield, a warrior’s death, but this time he’s not getting one single favor and he’ll have to earn every single inch.

Eddie yanks the microphone away and says Mox has talked enough and he can’t come out here and treat him like his young boy bitch YUTA, but the thing is he broke in before him, he’s his senpai, but on Saturday the King of the Bums is going to push him. One time when he tried to quit, Jon said he needed to be around to shape the younger guys, and he’ll give him everything he’s got, and he’ll show him his fighting spirit and he expects to see his.

He’s gonna bust Jon up and he’s going to enjoy it, that’s his out-line.

Christian Cage, along with Shanna Wayne and Nick Wayne, is ready to be interviewed face-to-face with Adam Copeland and he’s mad about it.

But us, we’re going to break.

Back from commercial, Adam Copeland eschews a face-to-face in favor of just attacking Christian Cage and beating him down until security makes the save!

He shrugs them off and keeps beating on Cage until the roster comes down to pull them apart! Copeland breaks away and chases Christian down again until they separate them!

Kris Statlander vs. Skye Blue

Stokely Hathaway is on commentary for this one.

Feeling out, Stat using her strength, Blue gets her to the apron, rocks her with a knee and trips her up to send us to break!

Back from commercial, Kris taking her down with lariat after lariat, shoulder block in the corner, big boot, Chaos Theory... NOPE! Skye turns her around, Code Blue... STILL NO! Off the turnbuckles, caught into a powerbomb lift, roll through, Statlander hangs on and hits the powerbomb... NOT ENOUGH!

Fighting in the corner, up top, jockeying for position, Blue slips under, Julia Hart runs in with a cheap shot, Skye back up top...

Skye Blue wins by pinfall with an avalanche Code Blue.

Post-match, Blue attacks Statlander while Hart watches and throws in a northern lariat of her own! Skye with a Dragon sleeper and Willow Nightingale makes the save!

The heels beat a retreat but run into Abadon on the stage!

Backstage, Renee Paquette interviews Ruby Soho and Saraya.

Before Soho can say much of anything Saraya cuts her off to give her a birthday present, which I’m pretty sure is whatshername from QTV, who “will do anything” and “is great with her hands.”


Ruby leaves to chat with Angelo Parker, Saraya’s pal waves a knife around, and Saraya promises to explain more later.

Commentary hypes up this week’s shows and we go to break.

Back from commercial, we get some hype for FTR being ESPN and PWI tag team of the year.

Justin Roberts introduces our ROH World Tag Team Championship main event and the devil’s men filter out through the crowd.

MJF makes his entrance but Samoa Joe is nowhere to be seen and we cut to Samoa screaming and clutching his knee backstage.

Max insists he’s going to fight!

Devil’s Masked Men (Devil 1 & Devil 2) vs. Maxwell Jacob Friedman & Samoa Joe (c) (ROH World Tag Team Championship)

Friedman taking the fight to the masked goons, stomps in the corner, big arm drag, fired up in the turnbuckles, but Devil 2 catches him and snaps his neck over the ropes before making the tag! Back body drop to the floor, Max follows after him and throws him into the steel steps!

A third masked man comes from under the ring with a steel pipe and clobbers MJF with it! Back inside, tag back to Devil 1, he hits Max’s own Heatseeker against him, feet on the ropes...

Devil’s Masked Men win by pinfall with a Heatseeker and feet on the ropes from Devil 1 on Maxwell Jacob Friedman, winning the ROH World Tag Team Championship.

Post-match, Joe hobbles down with a steel chair in hand and runs the Devil goons off!

The Devil appears on-screen as Joe helps Max up.

He says “pleasure doing business with you” and Joe wallops MJF across the back with the chair! He’s in league with Satan! He lays Max out with the Muscle Buster and pins him with one foot symbolically, holding the world title up!

That’s the show, folks.

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