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AEW Dynamite results, live blog (Jan. 31, 2024): Dealer’s choice


Here’s a place to check results and comment along with a new episode of AEW Dynamite, airing tonight (Jan. 31) at 8 pm ET on TBS.

This week’s episode comes our way from Lakefront Arena in New Orleans, and will continue their build toward March’s Revolution PPV!

It’ll feature potential World title contenders Swerve Strickland and Hangman Page choosing each other’s opponents onn the night the Rankings return! Strickland has already chosen Gates of Agony’s Toa Liona for Page, but Hangman plans to make Swerve wait all night to find out his opponent (we think it’s RVD).

We’ll also see Jon Moxley go one-on-one against Jeff Hardy for the first time ever, Deonna Purrazzo take on a challenge from Tay Valkyrie under the watchful eye of Women’s champion Toni Storm, Chris Jericho in action against Kyle Fletcher... 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!


Don’t let these shakes go on, it’s time we had a break from it. Send me to the rear, where the tides of madness swell and been sliding into hell, and I’ll liveblog this here pro wrestling show for you, folks.

Jeff Hardy vs. Jon Moxley

Action to the floor, Hardy choking Moxley as Excalibur explains this match is being contested under relaxed rules. Action back inside, front kick, Jon with a suicide dive! Back inside, stomps, Crash Landing, chest kicks, putting Jeff into the post! Fighting on the floor again, Hardy whips Mox over the barricade and into the CMLL luchadors at ringside.

They jaw, Jeff takes advantage and pulls him back to ringside! Smashing Jon into the barricade, step-up off the steel steps... AND MOXLEY CUTS HIM OUT OF MIDAIR WITH A RIGHT HAND AS WE GO TO BREAK!

Back from commercial... MOXLEY JAMS A PEN INTO HARDY’S GAUGE HOLE IN HIS EAR AND TWISTS! Jeff fights out, spills to the floor, back inside, trading hits, off the ropes, Hardy ducks a lariat, Manhattan Drop, double leg drop, basement dropkick, elbow drop, only a nearfall!

Jon snaps off a piledriver... NOPE! Jockeying for position in the apron... TWIST OF FATE! Up top, Whisper in the Wind connects... STILL NO! Up top, Mox meets him with a back rake, superplex connects! Trading punches, Twist of Fate blocked, Jon hits the Ace Crusher! Paradigm Shift blocked, side Russian legsweep, leg-trap pin... MOXLEY BARELY KICKS OUT!

Twist of Fate, another, Jeff goes up top... NOBODY HOME ON THE SWANTON BOMB! Jon has him in a bodyscissors sleeper, nowhere to go...

Jon Moxley wins by referee stoppage with a bodyscissors sleeper hold.

Post-match, Jon offers a handshake and Jeff flips him off!

Hechicero, Mistico, Volador, Jr. and Mascara Dorada jump the barricade and attack Moxley, putting boots to him! The locker room opens with Blackpool Combat Club not here and the likes of Chrisoher Daniels, Matt Sydal, and 2.0 come down to save Mox from the CMLL men and we go to break!

“Hangman” Adam Page vs. Toa Liona (Dealer’s Choice Match)

Page backing Liona into the corner with punches, whip reversed, up and over, more punches from Hanger! Toa shoves him back, hip check, whip across, catch a crossbody, Page reverses into a cradle for two! Low bridge sends Liona to the floor, back on the apron and he chucks Adam over the ropes and to the floor one-handed!

Back inside, Banzai Drop... NOPE! Seated senton, slingshot in the ropes but Page gets a knee up! Right hands, hurting, off the ropes, Liona dodges a punch and pounces Hangman right to the floor as we go to break!

Back from commercial, Page with a boot up, Liona crotches him into the Tree of Woe! Headbutts on headbutts, holding Adam up to deliver them, off the ropes, diving headbutt into the corner! Senton on the apron but Page dodges and Liona crashes and burns! Plancha, he doesn’t get all of it, Toa passes him back inside, Hangman off the ropes, suicide dive connects!

Diving crossbody, only two, Deadeye denied! Off the ropes, lariat, Liona doesn’t budge, Hangman ducks a crossbody and takes him off his feet with a lariat! DEADEYE CONNECTS BUT TOA POPS UP! Wicked headbutt, discus lariat... SO CLOSE! Senton on the apron, back and forth, Hangman with the Orihara moonsault!

Up on the apron, slingshot, no deal on Buckshot, Samoan drop but Page reverses...

“Hangman” Adam Page wins by pinfall with a crucifix pin.

We see footage of Matthew and Nicholas Jackson arriving at the arena earlier and getting upset at a crew member for using their short names and they fine him $500.

Komander vs. Wardlow

Adam Cole is on commentary for this one.

Wardlow shrugging Komander off, tossing him around by one leg, catching him into a powerslam, and so on. Stomps, choking him in the ropes, fireman’s carry... F-5! Mr. Mayhem flexing for the tron, admiring himself, heading out after Komander to the floor.

The luchador swats him aside, Wardlow powers up but gets Frankensteiner’d into the steel steps! Komander on the apron, slingshot dropkick misses, second try connects, Wardlow leaps straight up on the apron but his opponent ducks him for more dropkicks! Up top, ropewalk dropkick connects!

Komander off the top, Phoenix Splash connects... NOT ENOUGH! Tossing powerslam, suplex into the corner, powerbomb lift...

Wardlow wins by pinfall with a powerbomb.

Post-match, Undisputed Kingdom roll Komander into the ring and Roderick Strong tells him he’s going to pay the price for not accepting the deal he offered on Saturday.

Orange Cassidy makes the save with Best Friends and Rocky Romero in tow! The heels thank Orange for coming out and leave to send us to break.

Back from commercial, Tony Schiavone presides over a sitdown between tag champs “Absolute” Ricky Starks & “Big” Bill Morrissey and their challengers, Darby Allin & Sting.

Tony reminds them that they agreed to no contact, and Starks lays out that his issue with Sting is that he got his first win in AEW over him. Allin contests that Ricky doesn’t respect Sting or anyone and the Icon’s career isn’t a stepping stone. Starks says Darby had to attach himself to Sting and they’re gonna retain the tag titles.

He says he respects Sting but there’s no space for respect for Darby in his body. Big Bill mocks all of Sting’s hype for Darby and says all they’ve done is brag about going into Revolution as tag champs without mentioning them once, overlooking them like everyone else does.

Sting addresses Starks and says he admired Ricky for being the only one with balls enough to get in his face and talk trash, but he has to earn respect. Sting says he’s faced many big men like Bill, but they were killers and he’s not sure about him.

Allin says he respects Starks but every time he points a finger he’s gotta know that there’s only one person to blame, and that’s him. Ricky throws his water at Allin, Darby fires up, Sting backs him down and says he’s always hated talk, but they’ll both hit Ricky in Phoenix next week.

Chris Jericho vs. Kyle Fletcher

Fletcher hard out the gates, Michinoku Driver for a nearfall, mounted punches, popping a half chub and Jericho low bridges him to set up the triangle dropkick. Action to the floor, up the ramp halfway, back inside, mounted punches, whip to the corner, big elbow, snapmare, kick to the spine, cover for two! Kyle putting boots to him and we go to break!

Trading elbows, front kick, Fletcher with a Tiger Suplex! Running kick in the corner, sheerdrop brainbuster... JERICHO KICKS OUT! Off the ropes, one-arm bulldog, Will Hobbs runs interference and Jericho is down and out! Looking for the Walls, stepping over and Chris has ‘em locked in!

Kyle posts up on his hands, crawling for the ropes and he gets ‘em! Codebreaker connects, slow to cover and Fletcher kicks out! Trading forearms on their knees and to their feet, whip to the corner, back body drop, Chris up top and Fletcher cuts him off with an enzuigiri! Delayed vertical twisting brainbuster into the top turnbuckle, shades of El Generico but Chris kicks out!

Y2J with a rana pin for two, roundhouse kick cuts him off and Jericho falls to the floor! Fletcher dives, Jericho clobbers him with a forearm, back up top... DIVING JUDAS EFFECT! IT’S OVER!

Chris Jericho wins by pinfall with a diving Judas Effect.

Post-match, Konosuke Takeshita appears on the stage to stare Jericho down.

We get a video package of Deonna Purrazzo explaining the ankle tattoo she shares with Toni Storm.

Bang Bang Scissor Gang make their entrance and Daddy Ass scissors with Anthony Bowens.

Max Caster gets on the mic and says someone’s missing and calls for Bowens to get Cardblade! Anthony goes and gets him but Colten Gunn says they fired him weeks ago and they chuck Cardblade out of the ring. Austin Gunn goes and gets the Juice Board and starts doing the “two words for ya” bit before his dad stops him.

Austin says it was his thing, Billy says it was his thing when Austin was still a... well he’s not gonna say it, and he takes over and does the “two words for ya” bit. But it’s not “suck it,” it’s “guns up,” and everybody scissors and we go to break.

Back from commercial, Toni Storm makes her entrance to join the commentary desk.

Deonna Purrazzo vs. Taya Valkyrie

Valkyrie with strikes in the corner, Purrazzo takes her down with an armbar, duck a lariat, back to a wristlock, duck another lariat and right back to the wristlock, then an arm wringer into a kneeling armbar! Taya reverses, Deonna regains control with an armbar, tijeras sends her to the floor and Johnny TV moves her away from Toni Storm posthaste!

Purrazzo with a baseball slide to the floor, heels run away, she chases Johnny and Taya takes advantage with a spear on the ropes! She and Johnny kiss about it and we go to break.

Back from commercial, off the ropes, forearms from the Virtuosa, big running knee sets up a side Russian legsweep, armbar reversed to a crucifix pin! Deonna with a pump kick on kickout, cover for two! Taya with a short Blue Thudner Driver, double wristlock stomp reversed into a heel hook!

Escape into a cover for two, deathlock, Deonna out with kicks, pass Taya through the ropes, baseball slide takes her out! Putting her into Toni at commentary, back inside, duck a lariat, pump kick, Storm complains that “someone” has pissed in her seat as Purrazzo puts it together...

Deonna Purrazzo wins by submission with Venus de Milo.

Renee Paquette interviews Darby Allin backstage but the Young Bucks interrupt before he can speak.

Matthew Jackson says Darby is just like them but why is he letting a 63-year-old bloodsucking leech steal his money? As soon as Sting is gone they want to trio up, but now Nicholas asks why he’s ducking and dodging their messages. Allin says no offense but the tag titles are the only thing on his mind.

The Bucks wish Renee a good show and we go to break.

Back from commercial, Samoa Joe makes his entrance and joins the commentary team.

Swerve’s mystery opponent is revealed... IT’S ROB VAN DAM!

Before the match can begin, Hangman Page appears on the tron and points out that Dealer’s Choice means not just the opponent but the match, and Strickland’s match against RVD is a hardcore match!

Rob Van Dam vs. Shane “Swerve” Strickland (Dealer’s Choice Hardcore Match)

Rob throws a chair at him and we’re off! On the floor, throwing Strickland into the barricade, whip across, leg lariat against the barricade, short whip into the corner, reverse roundhouse connects! In the ring, throwing Shane into the ropes, to the floor, suplex over the barricade, RVD leg drop off the apron and we go to break!

Back from commercial, Van Dam in control, rolling thunder senton connects, into the corner, Strickland traps him, powerbomb onto a steel chair... NOPE! Jockeying for position over a suplex, RVD with a wristlock, shift to a back suplex lift, crotch Shane on the ropes. Chest kick connects, Rob goes up top but Brian Cage appears out of nowhere and shoves him down!

HOOK makes the save and wallops Cage with a steel chair! They brawl up the aisle, Strickland stalks Van Dam, half nelson, Rob reverses, legscissors pin, only two! Pele kick, rolling thunder avoided, Shane pops up into the jumping reverse STO, only a nearfall! RVD to the floor, wobbly on his feet, Swerve blasts him wtih right hands!

Up on the apron, pump kick sets Rob down in a chair set up on the floor... SWERVE STOMP TO THE FLOOR! Drawing RVD up, putting him in the ring, up top... ROB THROWS A CHAIR AT HIM AND STRICKLAND CRASHES TO THE FLOOR THROUGH A TABLE! Back inside, RVD goes for the Frog Splash... NOBODY HOME!

Swerve with a Van Daminator House Call, up top, Van Dam cuts him off in the corner, jockeying for position, Shane bounces his face off the turnbuckle! Rob struggling to sit up, double birds... SWERVE STOMP! IT IS OVER!

Shane Strickland wins by pinfall with the Swerve Stomp.

Post-match, Hangman Page marches to the ring and slides in, mic in hand.

He says later tonight the rankings will come out and since they’re both undefeated they’ll be at the top of the list and he needs him to look in his eyes and know he’ll never let him be the next work champion. Shane laughs and says he doesn’t get it, he’s beaten him twice now and he’s got nothing to prove to him or to anyone else.

Hangman says he can’t beat him man to man, when it counts, can’t even lace his boots. Strickland turns around and gets in his face and says he’ll give him what he wants, one more time, the third and final, and then they’re done and all he cares about is the world title.

It’s official— next week, Swerve vs. Hangman III, winner faces Samoa Joe at Revolution!

That’s the show, folks.

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