AEW Dynamite Results for January 4, 2023
Tonight’s episode of AEW DYNAMITE was broadcast live from the Climate Pledge Arena in Seattle, WA!
Excalibur, Tony Schiavone, and “The Human Suplex Machine” Taz were the broadcast team for tonight’s event.
It’s Wednesday night and you know what that means!
“Absolute” Ricky Starks vs. “The Ocho” Chris Jericho (with the Jericho Appreciation Society’s Matt Menard & Angelo Parker)!
Starks cornered Jericho and lit him up with rapid shots. Jericho retaliated with chops to Starks. Jericho and Starks battled on the ring apron, jockeying for position. Jericho suplexed Starks from the apron to the arena floor!
“A nasty landing for both!” said Excalibur.
Starks battled back to his feet, taking down The Ocho with a dropkick in the center of the ring. Starks nailed Jericho with a Liger Bomb for a near fall. Jericho attempted a lionsault but Starks countered by lifting his knees into Jericho’s ribs. Starks smacked Jericho with a thrust kick.
Jericho avoided a splash and landed a codebreaker on Starks. Jericho went for the Judas Effect but Starks had it countered. Jericho escaped the Roshambo and transitioned into the liontamer on Starks!
Angelo Parker jumped on the ring apron and distracted the ref while Menard walloped Ricky with Jericho’s baseball bat! Starks still had fight left in him though! Starks up kicked Jericho away and cradled Jericho for a two-count. Ricky followed up with a DDT to Jericho! Starks speared Jericho and pinned him in the center of the ring!
The rest of the Jericho Appreciation Society sprinted from the back, descending upon Ricky Starks with a beat down! Action Andretti ran to the ring with a steel chair and cleaned house of the Jericho Appreciation Society! Anna Jay pulled the chair away from Action and then Tay hit a low blow on Action. The Jericho Appreciation Society quickly jumped on Action Andretti!
Jake Hager powerbombed Ricky Starks off the apron and through a table on the arena floor!
“The story here is Chris Jericho has dropped two in a row,” said Excalibur.
Tony Schiavone was in the ring to interview “Hangman” Adam Page!
Hangman Page: “There is nothing that I wanted more than to come out here and tell you I’m good to go. But as of today I am not medically cleared to compete. And I’ve been told that if I come out here tonight or Friday night and get into a fight with Jon, it’ll set things back. And that’s not what I want. What I want is the same thing Jon wants, and that’s next week at the Forum.
“And I have a brain scan scheduled for tomorrow and if comes back good, I’ll be ok for the Forum next week. And Jon I’ll knock your dick in the dirt!”
Jon Moxley’s music hit! Moxley made his way to the ring!
Moxley: “I’m surprised you even made it here tonight after everything you’ve been through. I’m getting sick of the flowers and sympathy cards and this ongoing candlelight vigil for Hangman Page.
“Nobody has gotten knocked out more times in this business than me. To see you come out here playing the victim because you got knocked out…cowboy that makes me absolute sick.”
Page: “You think I’m mad at you because you knocked me out? I’ve been knocked me out more times than I can count. It’s an unfortunate part of what we do and I’d never be mad at you for that.
“What I’m angry about is how you called me out here. You didn’t let me get a word out before you made a joke.
“You nearly took my career, and you cracked a joke. And I think it’s because in that moment you felt threatened. Because if I know Jon Moxley the first thing he’d do if he got knocked out is he’d come back for revenge.
“I’ve had a month to stew on what you said to me, and two months to stew on how you knocked me out with a lariat. And I’ve had two in the chamber with your name on them. And you get them at the Forum.”
Mox: “The only joke around here that I think is funny is that you think next time is going to be any different. Your punk ass doesn’t belong in the ring with me. And next time I’m going to make sure you don’t get back up.”
AEW World Tag Team Championship Match!
The Acclaimed—Anthony Bowens & Max Caster (c.) (with Daddy Ass)
Jay Lethal & Jeff Jarrett (with Sonjay Dutt & Satnam Singh)!
Bowens stomped at Jarrett in the corner. Jarrett used a back elbow on Bowens and tagged out to Lethal.
Bowens landed a guillotine leg drop on Lethal and Caster tagged in. Caster put an ankle lock on Lethal, mocking Jarrett while doing it. Bowens cracked Lethal with the Scissor Me Timbers. They dropped one on Jarrett for good measure!
The ref ejected Billy Gunn after Lethal taunted Billy and Billy jumped into the ring!
Lethal tried for an elbow drop but Bowens dodged it. Bowens tried to tag to Caster but Jarrett jumped in and prevented the tag. Lethal and Caster tagged in but Caster cleaned house on Lethal and Jarrett!
Caster connected with a diving cross body on Lethal but Jarrett was there to make the save for Lethal. Caster grounded and pounded Jarrett and then served up a dropkick to Jarrett.
Lethal and Jarrett isolated Bowens with combination offense. Lethal locked on the figure four on Bowens. Satnam threw Max into the steel ring steps! The ref called for backup and the AEW refs ejected Satnam and Sonjay!
Bowens countered the Lethal Injection with a rip cord elbow but Jarrett was there to smash Bowens with the stroke! Lethal covered Bowens for the pin. Bowens got his foot up but the ref didn’t see it and counted the pin in favor Lethal and Jarrett.
Ref Aubrey Edwards alerted the ref that Bowens had his foot up and the match was restarted. Bowens rolled up Jarrett with a reversal and the Acclaimed were victorious!
Tony Schiavone was backstage for a sit-down interview with AEW Women’s Champion Jamie Hayter and Dr. Britt Baker, D.M.D!
Tony wondered who Saraya’s partner would be next week.
Hayter: Saraya doesn’t get it. We’re homegrown talent.
Baker: “We worked our way up to the top of the women’s division. Hayter’s the champion. I’m the boss. She’s killer, I’m the pillar. I don’t know that Saraya realizes that last week she had two of the best female wrestlers in the world next to her. She had Shida and Storm next to her. How has Saraya not picked her partner yet.”
The cameras caught up with “Jungle Boy” Jack Perry backstage!
Jack Perry challenged Lee Moriarty and Big Bill to a match next week on Dynamite against him and FTW Champion HOOK!
“American Dragon” Bryan Danielson vs. “The Premier Athlete” Tony Nese (with “Smart” Mark Sterling & Josh Woods)!
Woods grabbed Danielson’s boot from the outside and Nese cracked Bryan with a running knee!
“Nese shut down this audience!” said Taz.
“This audience went from elation for Danielson to stunned silence,” replied Excalibur.
Danielson fired back with chops and kicks to Nese in the corner. Danielson nailed Nese with a running elbow strike. Danielson battered Nese with round kicks. Nese grabbed Danielson and powerbombed Danielson into the corner.
Bryan charged at Nese with a running knee! Bryan Danielson grabbed Nese by the arms and began to stomp away at Nese, knocking him flat! Danielson locked on the LeBell Lock and ref Aubrey Edwards called for the bell as Nese was knocked unconscious!
Danielson: “It is great to be home! Do you know what? I’m feeling a little froggy. I’m ready for another fight! MJF, get your ass out here!”
“He’s calling out the World Champion,” said Taz.
AEW World Champion MJF strolled onto the ramp!
MJF: “Cut my music. ‘Brain damage Bryan’! You want me to come into that ring and wrestle you, right? How about no? See, unlike you Bryan, I don’t get my rocks off by putting my body on the line to entertain these schmucks. ‘Cause you’re a mark. I get a big fat check in the mail whether I wrestle or not. That’s because I’m a special attraction. Just because you look like a goat doesn’t make you the greatest of all time!
“You think you’re the best wrestler in the world? That’s impossible because my belt proves it. So who died and made you the king of wrestling? Journalists or these marks who don’t have one athletic bone in their parasitic bodies.
“I am touted as being the best in the world by some people who have actually been in this business. Top names, guys that put me over, like Disco Inferno, Eric Bischoff, and the smartest man of them all and my number one fan Jim Cornette. And that’s why—”
Danielson: “Dude just shut up. I hate you and I think it’s time for us to fight.”
MJF: One second! See you might not realize this Bryan but I came here as a favor for you. I’m trying to smarten you up kid. This isn’t play wrestling. This is pro wrestling. If you want a shot at the king and the number one prize of them all, you have to become number one contender.
“Now I had a feeling you were going to stick your nose in my business so I talked to that nerd Tony Khan in the back, and if you win every match from now until February 8th, you’ll become the number one contender. And if you can win every match between now and February 8th, I’ll give you a match March 5th at Revolution. What do you say?”
Danielson: “No, I’m just going to come out here, wrestle when I want, and become the number one contender.”
MJF: “No! I run this company. Not Tony Khan. Not the EVPs! I run this company! It’s my way or it’s no way! Got it?!”
Danielson: “Dude, I’ll agree to your cute little stipulation if you agree to let me make the stipulation for our match at Revolution.”
MJF: “Seriously? Please, pick any stipulation you want moron.”
Danielson: “In this stipulation you won’t be able to do anything to get yourself DQ’ed. This is the real test to see if you’re a real professional wrestler. My challenge is for a one-hour Iron Man Match! What are you scared?”
MJF: “You’re on! I’m not worried because you’re not even going to make it past week one. You’re a choke artist!”
Danielson: “Well, we’ll see because I’m going to run through every single opponent you put in front of me from now until February 8th and then on March 5th, I’m going to expose you. I’m going to expose that you don’t have the cardio. That you don’t have the footwork. That you don’t put in the work to come out here every single week to wrestle. And after I expose you in front of these people, I’m going to put you in the coffin and kick your head in!”
Swerve Strickland (with the Mogul Affiliates) vs. AR Fox!
Fox looked for a cutter but Swerve put on the brakes. Fox landed a pump kick into the jaw of Swerve and then vaulted off the ring post, rocking Swerve.
Fox spiked Swerve with a corkscrew brainbuster. After interference from one of Swerve’s Mogul Affiliates, Swerve caught AR Fox with a cheap shot!
Fox looked for another cutter but Swerve countered with a flatliner for a near fall. Fox baited Swerve and landed a low trajectory cutter and then hit another cutter on Swerve! Fox dropped a 450 splash on Swerve for a near fall!
“Wow, that was impressive,” said Taz.
The fans chanted “This is awesome! This is awesome!”
Parker passed Swerve a foreign object while the ref was distracted and Swerve quickly used it to get the edge. Swerve flattened Fox with a Death Valley Driver on the apron! Swerve dropped the double stomp on Fox’s throat and pinned him!
Renee Paquette was backstage with Saraya, Toni Storm, and Shida!
Saraya: “Since coming to AEW I have learned we have the best female roster in the world. I am sitting next to the best wrestler in the world. So that means, Toni, you’re going to be my partner.”
“Shida felt disrespected and overlooked there,” said Taz.
Austin and Colten Gunn walked onto the ramp looking somber.
The Gunns started to eulogize FTR’s career.
Austin: “We’re here to pay our respects to FTR’s legacy.”
Colten: “They had a hell of a year. They worked at a bunch of promotions. They called themselves 7-Star FTR but they were 10-Stars in our hearts.”
Austin: “Stand up and give a moment of silence to FTR.”
FTR’s music hit!
The Gunns mocked the crowd for believing that FTR were actually here.
Austin: “FTR will never work in AEW again!”
Colten: “We are the new living legends. Top Gunns, out!”
TBS Champion Jade Cargill & Red Velvet (with Leila Grey) vs. Kiera Hogan & Skye Blue!
Skye Blue landed a running knee strike to Red Velvet. Kiera tagged in and leg dropped Red Velvet for a near fall. Skye Blue spiked Velvet with a DDT!
“Jade is just kinda yelling at Red Velvet like ‘What are you doing?’”
Jade tagged in and planted Hogan! Jade yelled at Red Velvet and tagged her in.
“That’s the height of disrespect right there, tapping her on the head,” said Tony Schiavone.
Kiera connected with a sliding kick to Red Velvet in the corner. Cargill tagged back in and served up pump kicks to the opposition. Jade chokeslammed Kiera Hogan. Jade tried to tag out to Red Velvet turned away from her partner on purpose. Jade managed to finish off Hogan and pin her as Red Velvet walked away.
Main Event Time!
TNT Championship Match!
“King of Television” Samoa Joe (c.) vs. Darby Allin!
Nick Wayne was sitting ringside and Samoa Joe grabbed Nick by the throat. Darby jumped out of the ring and began to pummel Samoa Joe with the skateboard!
Darby pulled a massive ladder out from backstage. Darby climbed to the top of the ladder and somersaulted onto Samoa Joe. Darby’s leg buckled as his knee hit the ramp twelve feet below!
The bell finally rang as both competitors made it to the ring. Samoa Joe spiked Darby Allin on the steel ring steps!
“Play time is over,” said Taz.
Darby grabbed a rear naked choke on Samoa Joe and Samoa Joe splashed backwards with all of his weight on Darby! Samoa Joe dropped Darby with a double knee breaker!
“Joe is systematically, with poise, picking apart Darby Allin,” said Taz.
Samoa Joe sat back with a senton on Darby for a two-count. Samoa Joe applied a single leg crab to Darby but Darby reached the ropes with his hand. Samoa Joe was looking for the muscle buster but Darby slid out. Darby grabbed a waist lock but Joe held on to the turnbuckles, ripping the turnbuckle pad off in the process.
Darby went over the top with an attempted stunner but Samoa Joe applied a rear naked choke. Darby rammed Joe into the exposed turnbuckle, followed up with a Code Red. Darby nailed Samoa Joe with two coffin drops and pinned Samoa Joe!
New TNT Champion…Darby Allin!
“For the second time Darby is crowned the TNT Champion,” said Excalibur.
“He made history right here in Seattle,” replied Taz.
Sting came out and helped Darby celebrate with a hug!
“What a moment to cap off this new era of All Elite Wrestling,” added Excalibur.
Catch AEW DYNAMITE on TBS next Wednesday live at 8/7ct from the Climate Pledge Arena in Seattle, WA!
This Friday tune in to two hours of action for AEW RAMPAGE and Battle Of The Belts V on TNT beginning at 10pm ET from the Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Portland, OR!
And remember…the home of professional wrestling is All Elite Wrestling!