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 episode comes our way from the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, and brings us all the fallout from last Saturday’s eventful Worlds End PPV!
No shortage of things to follow follow-up on... and we’ll hear from new World champion Samoa Joe after he put former champ Maxwell Jacob Friedman to sleep, and Adam Cole will explain why he donned a Devil mask to torment MJF along with Roderick Strong, Matt Taven, Mike Bennett & Wardlow. Plus, TNT titleholder Christian Cage delivers his “State of the Union” address after using Killshot’s contract to regain the belt from Adam Copeland moments after losing it.
We’ll also get Swerve Strickland taking on Daniel Garcia, Orange Cassidy defending his International title against Dante Martin, Mariah May’s in-ring debut against Queen Aminata ... and more!
Come right back here at 8pm ET when the Dynamite live blog kicks off once the show starts on TBS. It will be below this line here.
Enjoy the show!
AEW DYNAMITE RESULTS AND LIVE BLOG FOR JAN. 3
Across infernal wastelands, many miles of sunburnt hell. Tribes are scattered, limbs and dust all laying as they fell. Open lies the challenge to all, but me? I’m just here to liveblog this pro wrestling show for you, folks.
The show opens with a promo Samoa Joe cut after winning the title last Saturday about how he keeps his promises and what Maxwell Jacob Friedman did to him, he revisits a thousandfold, and he turned everyone he loves against him, showed up to his neighborhood in front of his friends and family and took everything from him, and he’s a heartless son of a bitch in a world that’s not big enough for men like them to occupy at the same time and as a result he is now your AEW World Champion.
Adam Cole makes his entrance with a new tron that reads Undisputed and his pals Roderick Strong, Matt Taven, Mike Bennett, and Wardlow in tow.
Roddy tells everyone to shut up and listen to his best friend, Adam. Cole asks if we don’t have sympathy for him (nyuk nyuk nyuk) but he finds it so ironic that so many people were disgusted and shocked by what happened at Worlds End, and that tells him two things— 1, we’re all stupid, and 2, we don’t know right from wrong.
He talks shit about Max and says if turning on him makes him the Devil, buy him a first-class ticket straight to hell. He says everyone will thank him because fact is MJF is gone and he’s never coming back. “How could you, Adam?” Well there’s a lot of reasons, first of all, the second MJF felt like he didn’t need him anymore, he’d have done the same thing.
That’s the key word, “need”, because Adam Cole never needed Maxwell Jacob Friedman. He sacrificed everything in that friendship, for Christ’s sake that’s how he broke his damn ankle! Nobody would be chanting or cheering for MJF if it weren’t for him, that’s all Adam Cole.
He saved MJF’s title reign and he also ended it. In the beginning it was all about the title and then it turned into something so much more, about destroying a man to his core, about ripping out his heart and bringing him to his knees, and you can chant all you want, but boys and girls, MJF is dead.
The five of them are here to win championship gold, with the Kingdom having the ROH World Tag Team Championship, his real best friend Roderick Strong is going after the AEW International Championship, and with Wardlow finally surrounded by men who respect him, he’s going after the AEW World Championship, and when he’s healed, Wardlow will do the right thing and forfeit the title and give it to him.
He congratulates Samoa Joe and says it was pleasure doing business and he does sincerely hope that by the time Wardlow is ready to challenge him, he hopes Joe isn’t the champion, because it’d really suck to hurt a friend. Self-esteem is built on action and they took action.
They were sick and tired of waiting for things to change, because AEW needed change and they gave it to us. The Undisputed Kingdom starts a new chapter here in AEW, and the Devil is here to stay, bay bay.
Enter “Switchblade” Jay White.
He gets on the mic and shouts his good friend Adam Cole out and says he’s very impressed and happy to see he hasn’t lost his edge and he’s actually a big fan of what he did to MJF, but he doesn’t like being collateral for his cause. Luckily now we know it was him under the mask, and he’s not alone.
The Ass Boys join White and they rush the ring together and brawl with the Kingdom and Roderick Strong! Wardlow returns after securing Cole and turns the tide for the Undisputed Kingdom! The Acclaimed and Daddy Ass even the odds and send the heels packing!
The ringside doctor goes to bat for Cole, reminding everyone he’s not cleared.
The Acclaimed and Bullet Club Gold realize they just helped each other out and square up in the ring about it, and the Bang Bang Gang take their leave.
We get a video package built around that excellent backstage interview with Eddie Kingston after winning the Continental Classic.
Commentary hypes up tonight’s card.
“Red Death” Daniel Garcia cuts a promo about his main event against Shane “Swerve” Strickland tonight and the pressure that he’ll fight through to win.
Dante Martin vs. Orange Cassidy (c) (AEW International Championship)
Mat grappling, arm drag from Martin, Cassidy takes a breather. Bow and arrow reversed into a crossbody, side headlock from the champion, test of strength to block the pockets! Monkey flip, roll through, upkick from Dante, whip across, drop down, leapfrog, up and over, hands in the pockets blocked again!
Whip reversed, Martin stops in the ropes, up and over, backslide, cover for two! Small package, action to the floor, Orange throwing him into the barricade a few times, back inside to break the count and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Martin with an enzuigiri from the apron, suicide dive follows, throwing the champion back inside! Springboard crossbody for two, Dante giving Orange his own version of the lazy kicks, Cassidy sidesteps and blasts him with a superkick! Kicks in the corner, stomping a proverbial mudhole, satellite DDT follows!
Diving DDT... MARTIN KICKS OUT! Big knee from Dante... SO CLOSE! Orange rolls away, Martin cuts him off and goes up top, but again Cassidy rolls away in the other direction! Dante dives three-quarters of the way across the ring but can’t keep him down!
Half nelson slam reversed, crucifix, O’Connor roll and a handful of tights but Orange kicks out! Lining him up...
Orange Cassidy wins by pinfall with the Orange Punch, retaining the AEW International Championship.
Post-match, HOOK and Danhausen come to the ring for Orange as Darius Martin and Action Andretti check on Dante.
Orange shakes Dante’s hand.
Private Party are here! Marq Quen is back!
They get on the mic and reintroduce themselves and say they’ve been keeping an eye on the tag division and it’s been lacking some flavor and excitement and most importantly, Private Party. They get in the ring and says they’re putting every tag team on notice, FTR, the Young Bucks, even the Hardyz.
New Year, new champs, aw yeah!
Renee Paquette interviews Toni Storm backstage.
She’s headed to Manhattan where she’s gonna have a seance for Stephen Sondheim. Asked if she’s going to watch Mariah May’s match, she says she doesn’t watch wrestling and she might as well pay her dues by wrestling in New Jersey.
And so we go to break.
Back from commercial, the House of Black accept FTR’s challenge for Collision.
Renee Paquette interviews Shane “Swerve” Strickland backstage.
He says Daniel Garcia had a good showing in the Continental Classic and he respects him for being after the same things he is. He was talking about big pressure, but it’s not about diamonds, it’s about pain, and that’s what Daniel is going to go through tonight.
In 2024 he wants championship gold, and not just any, but it’s up to Samoa Joe to be ready.
Mariah May vs. Queen Aminata
May with a hard slap, tijeras, fired up, off the ropes, dropkick, cover for one! Off the ropes, dropkick to the back, Mariah poses in the ropes and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Aminata up top, May charges in, handspring, blocked, Queen with a boot! Duck a right hand, return one of her own, hammering Mariah with slaps! Big lariat, snapmare, kick to the spine! Off the ropes, Penalty Kick, she’s fired up! May cuts her off...
Mariah May wins by pinfall with Mayday.
Post-match, Renee Paquette interviews May in the ring.
She says she can’t believe she won her AEW debut and she’s wanted to be a wrestler since she was a kid and it’s surreal to her, and she hopes Miss Toni Storm, wherever she is, is watching and is proud. Her only regret is that they had to do this in New Jersey.
...DEONNA PURRAZZO IS HERE!
She says she’s not sure if Renee knows this, but she’s from New Jersey, and if Toni Storm doesn’t want to be here, we don’t want her here either. She has a message for Miss Storm— it doesn’t matter where she runs or hides, she’ll find her, because she is All Elite and we’re in the age of the Virtuosa.
Mariah says she’s not a messenger and Deonna should tell her herself, they trade slaps and Purrazzo blasts her to the floor with a big boot to send us to break!
Back from commercial, Christian Cage makes his entrance, flanked by Killswitch, Nick Wayne, and Shanna Wayne..
Tony Schiavone interviews him in the ring.
Shanna yanks the mic over to berate the crowd for booing her, a mother and demands they pay respect to the greatest TNT Champion that’s ever lived. Christian says it’s been 200 days since he first won the title, and it’s been a historic run. Tony tries to interrupt but Cage says if he doesn’t shut up he’ll have Mother Wayne put him over her knee and discipline him.
It’s no secret he went through a war to defend his title and there’s some people he needs to thank. First, Mother Wayne, the matriarch, for being so understanding, secondly, his pride and joy, his boy, Nick Wayne, who so selflessly put his body on the line and got put through a flaming table by Adam Copeland, and he tells him he loves him and kisses his forehead.
And lastly, he’d like to thank the man that sealed the victory at Worlds End, the man who put the final nail in the coffin that is Adam Copeland, he’d like to thank himself.
He addresses Adam Copeland for the final time, he’s 2-0 so it’s back of the line, no more title shots for him. He can stand here and talk about how Adam grew up without a father and his mother is no longer with us, but now he has to look in the mirror and realize what he’s been saying for years, that Christian Cage is superior to him.
He won’t deny that Copeland brought the fight and he likes to think they both left a little bit of their souls in the ring that night, and one of them doesn’t have a soul, and that’s why he’s still the TNT Champion. This is a warning to Adam and any other wrestler in the back with eyes for his title— Worlds End was just a glimpse of what he’ll do to hold onto his title.
He took the title and made it into the most prestigious title in this company, and he’ll remain the champion until he decides to hand it off to Nick Wayne to carry on the family legacy. He doesn’t want anyone to forget that they are the Patriarchy and they run AEW now and forever.
Renee Paquette interviews Ruby Soho, Harley Cameron, and Saraya backstage.
Ruby admits she thought another crazy blonde was a bad idea but she’s working out. Harley says she’d do anything for the Outcasts, like... anything, and Saraya rushes them off and tells Cameron to keep her cool.
Darby Allin vs. Konosuke Takeshita
Don Callis is on commentary for this one.
Allin with a go-behind, standing switch, huge waistlock takedown from Takeshita! La Casita from Darby, up and over, waistlock, shrug him off, back roll into a tijeras, deadlift wheelbarrow German suplex... ALLIN LANDS ON HIS FEET! Big back body drop, Konosuke with a bulldog headlock, takeover into a side headlock, wrenching it in.
Off the ropes, big arm drag, Takeshita to the floor for a breather, Darby with a suicide dive and Konosuke blasts him with a knee! CHAOS THEORY DOWN THE RAMP! He drags Allin to his feet and throws him back inside to send us to break!
Back from commercial, jockeying for position in the turnbuckles... DIAMOND DUST COUNTERS AN AVALANCHE POWERSLAM! SUICIDE DIVE SENDS TAKESHITA SPRAWLING INTO THE BARRICADE! Back inside, Yoshi Tonic reversed into a wheelbarrow Tombstone Piledriver... SO CLOSE! Takeshita lines him up, Allin bails to the floor!
Sidestep a charge and Konosuke goes knee-first into the barricade! Darby off the top... COFFIN DROP TO THE FLOOR! Takeshita barely beats the count, Darby is right on him, Yoshi Tonic... STILL NO! Off the top, Coffin Drop... THE KNEES ARE UP! Konosuke hobbles to his feet, thinking German suplex, slapping life back into his knee and he hits the suplex!
Another huge release German suplex, Darby gets a crucifix driver for two! Takeshita cuts him off, big lariat, Don Callis directing traffic, big boot connects! Setting Allin up top, German superplex! Lining Allin up...
Konosuke Takeshita wins by pinfall with a running knee.
And so we go to break.
Back from commercial, Renee Paquette interviews the Don Callis Family, who challenge Sting to something or other.
Brian Cage vs. Bryan Keith vs. El Hijo del Vikingo vs. Trent Beretta (AEW Continental Crown #1 Contender’s Match)
Eddie Kingston is on commentary for this one.
Cage bowls Vikingo over, double lariat on Keith and Beretta, Hijo back in, corkscrew kick takes the Machine out and he follows it with a suicide dive! Trent and Bryan trading elbows, the Bounty Hunter fires up and Trent nails him with a throat thrust! Off the ropes, Keith with a big boot, Vikingo back in with a kick combo, handspring, Bryan tries and fails to trip him up!
Springboard arm drag, off the ropes, tornillo tijeras and Vikingo takes a bow! Off the roeps, tijeras on Cage, blocked, powerbomb lift, reversed, block the sunset flip, overhead belly-to-belly suplex! Trent with a go-behind, duck a lariat, rising knee, half nelson suplex!
Beretta takes the Machine out with a plancha but Cage returns the favor with a sheerdrop brainbuster and we go to break!
Back from commercial, Cage and Vikingo going at it, missile dropkick, Hijo has him in his sights, corner knee, he goes up top, Keith cuts him off with a headbutt! Jockeying for position in the turnbuckles, Vikingo crashes to the floor, Cage cuts Bryan off, up top, Trent under them... GERMAN SUPERPLEX ON CAGE!
Brian dazes, Beretta with the Busaiku Knee... VIKINGO BREAKS IT UP! Bryan takes Hijo out with a falling lariat! Cage with a headbutt, F-5, Keith rolls out of the ring! Pop-up powerbomb on Beretta, revolution powerbomb... STILL NO!
Danhausen slides in the ring and curses Brian Cage! Superkicks cut the Machine down, Vikingo with an Orihara moonsault! Back inside, corner knee and a Saito suplex from Bryan Keith, battering ram headbutt... NOT ENOUGH! Drawing Trent up, underhooks, blocked...
Trent Beretta wins by pinfall with the Dudebuster on Bryan Keith, becoming #1 contender to the AEW Continental Crown Championship.
Backstage, Renee Paquette interviews “Daddy Magic” Matt Menard.
Before he can say anything, “Hangman” Adam Page rolls up and says he’s here to beat someone’s ass after Samoa Joe had goons put him through a windshield, and he doesn’t care who.
And on that note, we go to break.
“Red Death” Daniel Garcia vs. Shane “Swerve” Strickland
Daddy Magic is on commentary for this one.
Side headlock, shot off, shoulder block, Garcia pops right back up and steps to Strickland! Back to the headlock, shot off, shoulder block, drop down, leapfrog, back roll, Oklahoma roll for two! Tijeras, Swerve feeling it! Garcia in control on the mat, spanking Shane, trading piefaces, shot off, big knee lift from Red Death!
To the floor, putting Shane into the barricade, Prince Nana running interference and we get a dance-off! Strickland tries to cut Daniel off, Garcia blocks him, on the apron, Nana runs interference and Swerve blasts him with a boot... DEATH VALLEY DRIVER ON THE APRON SENDS US TO BREAK!
Back from commercial, Swerve in control, striking in the corner, capture backbreaker cuts a rally off, overhand chop from Garcia, inverted brainbuster... RED DEATH KICKS OUT! To the floor, Garcia hammering Strickland with strikes, clearing the announce desk... DRAGONSLAYER ON THE TABLE BUT THEY IMMEDIATELY FALL OFF!
Up top, jockeying for position, superplex from Garcia! Hanging on, roll through, Swerve hits a vertical suplex! Arm drag, huge short-arm knee from Garcia, off the ropes with a boot, Shane pops up with a jumping reverse STO! House Call connects... GARCIA KICKS OUT AT THE LAST FRACTION OF A SECOND!
Another House Call, JML Driver connects...
Shane Strickland wins by pinfall with the JML Driver.
Post-match, Swerve offers Garcia a handshake but as Red Death goes to accept, Prince Nana hits him low!
Daddy Magic gets up from commentary and attacks Strickland but gets his own low blow for his trouble!
Nana gets on the mic and says you’re looking at your next AEW World—
“Hangman” Adam Page is here and he’s ready to whip ass! He gets in the ring and squares up with Shane and they start trading forearms! Referees and security swarm the ring to pull them apart! Page and Strickland keep trying to get at each other as commentary hypes up our next week of shows!
That’s the show, folks.