Following up their eight-man tag at Worlds End, Darby Allin & Konosuke Takeshita went one-on-one on the Jan. 3 Dynamite.
It was the proverbial banger, a real showcase for both men as Takeshita lived up to his “Alpha” nickname as Allin sold his offense like death...
...while making his own comebacks look believably impactful.
Takeshita picked up the win, putting Darby down on his manager Don Callis’ order... and with Allin telling the Japanese wrestler to bring it.
It was the kind of win Konosuke needed (probably closer to last year’s victories over Kenny Omega, but better late than never) — and the kind of match that leaves you wanting more. We won’t have to wait to see them mix it up again, because afterwards Callis and his Family declared that they want to be the ones to give Sting his first loss in AEW. So next Wednesday (Jan. 10), they want to Takeshita & Powerhouse Hobbs to face Sting & Allin.
Don Callis Family has issued a HUGE challenge for #AEWDynamite NEXT WEEK at the home of #AEW @dailysplace.— All Elite Wrestling (@AEW) January 4, 2024
Watch #AEWDynamite LIVE on TBS@TheDonCallis | @Takesoup | @TrueWillieHobbs pic.twitter.com/u86zpCtzro
Later in the episode, we were informed that Sting & Darby accepted the challenge, so it’s on.
How will this play into Sting’s retirement match, coming up in just two months at Revolution? It’s worth noting that neither of The Icon’s other Worlds End partners, Chris Jericho & Sammy Guevara, were on tonight’s show — which could be to avoid a rehash of the controversy that overshadowed last Saturday’s match, or just a way to separate the Tag title program they were starting with Ricky Starks & Big Bill from the Sting story.
No matter, it’ll be Sting & Darby Allin vs. Powerhouse Hobbs & Konosuke Takeshite on Jan. 10. Dig it?