We are live from the Climate Pledge Arena in Seattle, Washington, as Chris Jericho’s music hits and he makes his way to the ring for our first match of the night. Ricky Starks is next.
Chris Jericho vs. Ricky Starks
Chris Jericho takes Ricky Starks down with a hip toss early on after flipping off the crowd, Starks fires back with a shoulder tackle but that leads to Jericho slapping him in the face. ‘Absolute’ doesn’t take kindly to that though as he unloads on the veteran, launching him out of the ring and into the steel stairs, but when tehy get back in it is Jericho who regains control with some chops.
Starks then gets hold of Jericho’s arm and walks the ropes before dropping down on him, but Jericho regains the upper hand after an assist from Matt Menard only for Starks to respond with a right hand of his own. Jericho sticks his thumb into the eye of Starks on the ring apron and then drops him onto the floor outside the ring. Starks attempts to get back into the match inside the ring, but a dropkick immediately brings an end to that.
Starks manages to level things with a big clothesline and then they go back and forth with chops and punches, but it is the younger man who wins out with a dropkick. He then connects with a Liger Bomb, but that only gets him a near fall. Jericho attacks the neck of Starks and then attempts a lionsault, but Starks gets his knees up and he looks for a second rope move but misses and lands on his feet, then hitting Jericho with a dropkick.
Starks then goes for a splash in the corner but misses, and as he bounces back he gets nailed with a Codebreaker. However, Starks then blocks the Judas Effect only to be put into the Walls Of Jericho instead. Starks manages to get to the ropes, but 2.0 plays a role as Angelo Parker distracts the official which allows Menard to nail Starks in the face with the baseball bat. Despite that, Starks still doesn’t submit when checked on, and he fights his way out and then almost catches Jericho out with a pinfall attempt.
Starks follows it up with a DDT after running the ropes and he takes out 2.0 and then connects with a Spear for the win!
Winner: Ricky Starks
After the match the rest of JAS attack him, but that leads to Action Andretti hitting the ring with a chair to attack the entire faction and level the odds until Anna Jay and Tay Melo get involved as Melo hits a low blow. JAS then dominate both men due to their numbers advantage. They then set up a table outside the ring as Jake Hager powerbombs him through it from the ring apron.
Tony Schiavone Gets Medical Update From “Hangman” Adam Page
We return from the break to see Tony Schiavone standing in the ring. He introduces his guest at this time, “Hangman” Adam Page. The former AEW Champion emerges to a huge pop from the Seattle fans and then heads to the ring, where he settles inside and his theme dies down.
Schiavone brings up Jon Moxley challenging Page to a showdown at the L.A. Forum on AEW Dynamite and asks if he’s been medically cleared. Page says he’d want nothing more than to come out and say that he is, but he says he is not cleared.
“Hangman” mentions how he’d like it for L.A. Forum but he’s got to pass one more exam before then. He says come hell or high-water, he’s going to knock Mox’s “dick in the dirt.”
With that said, the man who owns said-d*ck now makes his way out as “Wild Thing” plays and the fellow former AEW Champion makes his custom entrance to the ring through the crowd inside the Climate Pledge Arena.
Mox talks about how he’s sick of everyone feeling sorry for Page. The fans react with a very loud “We can’t hear you!” chant. Mox grabs another mic and then says “Seattle?!” They pop and then he goes to repeat the same line about being sick for feeling sorry for Page.
The fans again chant about not being able to hear him. Mox drops an F-bomb and then apologizes and says “Go Seahawks” and then says it’s time to get this show back on track. Mox then talks about what he’s been through and mentions how sick he is that Page is seeking sympathy for getting knocked out.
Page asks if Mox thinks he’s really upset with him because he knocked him out. He says he’s been knocked out more times than he cares to admit. He then talks about how he’s really mad at Mox for making a joke about him when his career could have been taken from him.
Page says if he knows Mox the first thing he’d do is look for revenge after getting KO’d and made fun of while he laid out with his career nearly over prematurely. Mox starts pacing and Page follows him around as he continues to talk about having two in the chamber with Mox’s name on it.
He says it’s on at the L.A. Forum. Mox holds himself back from unleashing on Page. He says the only joke he thinks is funny is that Page thinks the next time they fight things are gonna be any different. Mox says this time when they fight he’s gonna make sure Page doesn’t get up. He drops the mic and exits through the crowd.
amoa Joe Has A Message For Darby Allin
We shoot to a message from “The King of TV” himself, Samoa Joe. Joe is shown with the TNT Championship and ROH TV Championship over each shoulder as he talks into the camera.
He sends a message to Darby Allin, warning him what’s in store for him coming at the throne to the one true “King of television” in reference to their scheduled TNT title showdown later tonight.
AEW Tag-Team Championships
Jeff Jarrett & Jay Lethal vs. The Acclaimed (C)
We hear the screeching sounds of Jeff Jarrett’s familiar theme song and out he comes with Jay Lethal. The two settle into the ring and their music dies down.
Now the familiar sounds of The Acclaimed’s theme hits and out comes AEW Tag-Team Champions Max Caster and Anthony Bowens. Caster does another freestyle rhyme mocking the two with references to Dixie Carter and TNA Wrestling. Bowens finishes with the “scissor me daddy!” catchphrase.
Jarrett takes a shot at Caster while he’s on the apron to start, and that fires up Anthony Bowens who starts attacking him in the corner, but the veteran connects with an elbow and makes a quick tag out. Jay Lethal then eats several kicks before getting planted to the mat with a guillotine leg drop. Caster then comes in and works an Ankle Lock to Lethal as he goads Jarrett, and Bowens then comes back in with Scissor Me Timbers.
The champions look to scissor but Jarrett gets in the middle and stops it, but he is then taken down and hit with the same move. Outside the ring, Lethal slaps Billy Gunn in the face which fires him up, and he then gets ejected from ringside. While The Acclaimed react, Lethal attacks Bowens from behind, and Jarrett tags back in to retain control as he then mocks Caster.
Lethal comes back in and drops Bowens to the mat before looking for his Elbow Drop, but he misses, and before the hot tag happens Jarrett knocks Caster off the apron only to be dropped onto his back as the tag finally happens. Caster then attacks both men, vaulting over the top rope to take down Lethal, and back in the ring he nails him with a diving crossbody, but Jarrett breaks up the pinfall and then slaps him.
Caster takes him down and attacks with ground and pound before dropkicking Lethal as Bowens returns to action, yet Jarrett pushes Caster from the top turnbuckle to the floor to stop what the champions have planned. The challengers then work together with a double team, but Bowens kicks out only for Lethal to get the Figure Four Leglock set as Satnam Singh throws Caster into the steel stairs as he gets thrown out as more officials come down to the ring to deal with him.
As the distraction happens, Jarrett connects with The Stroke, but Bowens puts his foot on the ropes. However, Sonjay Dutt pushes it off and we have new champions! But, no! Aubrey Edwards saw it all and this one is continuing.
Bowens then hits Jarrett with a superkick but Lethal immediately goes for a roll-up, putting his feet on the ropes to try to cheat again. However, Caster pushes him off and Bowens reverses to defend the titles.
Winners (and still AEW World Tag Team Champions): The Acclaimed
Schiavone is then shown speaking to Jamie Hayter and Britt Baker, and they question if Saraya will ever get what AEW is. They claim to be originals who have worked their way to the top of the division, and Baker puts over Toni Storm and Hikaru Shida, so she’s not sure why Saraya hasn’t chosen her partner yet. Baker then claims that she is “the boss” as they close the segment.
The Killer & The Pillar Talk To Tony Schiavone
After the tag title match wraps up, we shoot to Tony Schiavone, who is seated with Dr. Britt Baker, D.M.D. and AEW Women’s Champion Jamie Hayter. He tells them the talk of the town is who is going to be Saraya’s tag-team partner for their big tag-team match next week.
The two talk about how long it took them to gel as a duo and mention they’ve finally found their groove. They point out that Hayter is the queen pin of the women’s division and Baker is the former top dog, so no matter who Saraya finds, she’ll still be standing across from two of the best, if not the best, the business has to offer.
Baker calls the duo the killer and the pillar and then the segment wraps up and we head to another commercial break.
Jungle Boy & Hook Extend A Challenge
We see Jungle Boy Jack Perry and Hook backstage in the interview zone by themselves. They mention their recent issues with Big Bill Morrissey and Lee Moriarty. They challenge them to a tag-team showdown next week in Perry’s hometown of Los Angeles, California.
Bryan Danielson vs. Tony Nese
The bell sounds and we’re off-and-running with this one-on-one contest. The fans nearly blow the roof off the building when the bell sounds to get this one started. Big fight feel all over this one.
Josh Woods grabs the boot of Danielson from ringside, which allows Nese to get a quick jump on the offense on Danielson. Nese takes it to the B.C.C. member as the fans boo their brains out.
Danielson fights his way back into the offensive driver’s seat and blasts “The Premier Athlete” with a billion “Yes!” kicks as the fans chant along with each shot that lands.
He avoids a knee from Nese in the corner and then runs off the ropes and connects with his own running knee. He does the Ronnie Garvin stomp-everything spot and then slaps on the LeBelle Lock for the victory.
Winner: Bryan Danielson
Bryan Danielson Calls Out AEW Champion MJF
After the win, the building nearly explodes again as the fans go nuts for their hometown hero Bryan Danielson. “The American Dragon” then gets on the microphone.
Danielson says it’s great to be home and then says he’s feeling froggy and wants another fight. With that said, he yells, “MJF, get your ass out here!”
MJF comes out and addresses who he calls “Brain Damage Bryan.” The AEW Champion says he takes it Danielson wants to fight right now. He says, “How about, no?” He then proceeds to brag about not being a mark and says he’s gonna get a big check either way.
He says if Lance Storm and Dean Malenko had a kid, it would still be more charismatic than Danielson. He says in 1981 in Abderdeen, WA., he wouldn’t be surprised if “Momma Danielson” couldn’t find a human suitor.
Danielson says it’s funny that MJF wants to tell jokes because in the locker room earlier, everyone was laughing about how many human suitors MJF’s mom has had over the years. He says possibly enough to fill this building. He even speculates that some are in the building now.
MJF then questions who died and made Danielson the best wrestler in the world — journalists who never left their mom’s basements, or these marks in the crowd. Friedman says he’s been touted by top names who have actually been in the business. He names some of them, such as Disco Inferno, Eric Bischoff and the smartest man of them all and his number one fan, Jim Cornette.
“The American Dragon” says he agrees with everyone in this building when he says, “Dude, just shut up.” Danielson says it’s just time to fight. MJF tells him to calm down and addresses the anger he has. MJF says he actually came here as a favor to him. He’s trying to smarten up Danielson.
He says this isn’t play wrestling it’s pro wrestling. In AEW, wins and losses matter. He says if Danielson wants a shot at the king, he’s gotta become number one contender. The fans chant “Shut the f*ck up!” MJF responds with a loud and firm, “NO!”
He says he talked to the “nerd” Tony Khan in the back and if Danielson wins a match on every show from now until February 8, he’d become number one contender. MJF says if Danielson can pull that off, winning every week until 2/8, he’ll give him a shot at AEW Revolution in March. Danielson asks MJF what he thinks.
Danielson says, “NO!” Danielson says he’s gonna come out and wrestle when he wants and become number one contender. MJF says Khan nor the EVPs run this company, only he does. He says if he doesn’t become number one contender the way he wants, he won’t get a shot at his title.
Finally, Danielson agrees to his stipulation only if MJF agrees that when he completes that goal, he can make the stipulation for the match at the PPV. MJF clarifies this and then Danielson says his challenge is for a one-hour Iron Man Match.
The fans chant “Yes! Yes! Yes!” MJF looks nervous. Danielson asks if “Maxi-Pad” is scared. The fans chant “Maxi-Pad” at him. MJF finally accepts by yelling out, “God damnit, you’re on!” He then reminds Danielson that since he’s arrived in AEW, he’s been a choke artist every time the big match comes.
Danielson vows to run through every single opponent that MJF puts in front of him from now until February 8 and then when they get into their one hour iron man match at AEW Revolution, he’s going to expose him. The segment ends after that and then we head to another commercial break.
Shane “Swerve” Strickland vs. AR Fox
The bell sounds and we’re off-and-running with this one. The commentators talk about the storied history between Strickland and Fox, with Excalibur talking about their rivalry in Lucha Underground.
As the match gets going, we see Fox faring well early on. Strickland ends up shifting the offensive momentum into his favor. Things build to a cool spot where Fox does a back-flip while Strickland does a big front-flip over the ropes. They both stop and stare nose-to-nose right as they land. Cool stuff.
Fox lands with a punt kick and then vaults off the ring apron for a moonsault splash onto Strickland on the floor. He brings the action back into the ring where Fox hits a crazy suplex / brain buster type move.
He hits a running clothesline on “Swerve” in the corner but then The Mogul Affiliates get involved on the floor. This leads to Strickland hitting a big running boot to the grill off the apron. After that, we head to a mid-match commercial break as the action continues in what is turning into an excellent match.
When we return from the break, we see Fox doing really well, nearly finishing Strickland off. Instead, The Mogul Affiliates get involved and we see Fox bounced off the ring apron with a Death Valley Driver. Back in the ring, Swerve comes off the top-rope with his finisher for the win.
Winner: Shane “Swerve” Strickland
Renee Paquette Talks To Saraya, Hikaru Shida & Toni Storm
We shoot backstage where Renee Paquette is seated with Saraya, Hikaru Shida and Toni Storm. She asks Saraya for her reaction to the recent comments from Dr. Britt Baker, D.M.D. and Jamie Hayter.
The three each give their thoughts on the aforementioned duo and then Paquette asks Saraya if she’s ready to reveal her partner for the tag-team match on next week’s show at the L.A. Forum.
Saraya goes on to call Toni Storm the best women’s wrestler in the world and says she’s gonna tag with her for the match against Baker and Hayter. Shida looks offended as Saraya and Storm chum it up.
The Gunns Pay Homage To FTR’s Legacy … In Their Own Way
The Gunns’ theme hits and out comes Colten Gunn and Austin Gunn. They look somber, as the commentators point out.
Their music stops and some funeral music plays as a graphic shows on the big screen that shows a tombstone that reads, “FTR.I.P.” The two head in the ring where a photo of Dax Harwood and Cash Wheeler are shown on standing tripods.
They say they’re out here to reflect and honor the legacy of FTR. They mock them for losing the ROH, IWGP and AAA tag-team champions and never becoming AEW tag-team champions. The commentators claim they aren’t here but then their music plays.
The Gunns act shocked but then as their music plays, nothing happens. They then mock the crowd and ask if they saw their own faces. The Gunns claim FTR can work in any promotion they want to but they’ll never work in AEW again. “Top Gunns — Out!”
Skye Blue & Kiera Hogan vs. Jade Cargill & Red Velvet
Red Velvet gets the match kickstarted with Skye Blue as they exchange pinfall attempts until Blue spikes her to the mat, but this leads to Jade Cargill tagging in who turns her inside out and plants Blue to the mat while telling Velvet this is what to do. The champion misses with a splash in the corner but does connect with her elbow strike which sends her opponent to the floor.
They walk around as Cargill remains in control with uppercuts, and they then get back to the ring as Cargill powers Blue above her head, but she shows off too long, and that allows a tag to be made. However, Kiera Hogan immediately runs into the Eye Of The Storm and she looks for Jaded but doesn’t hit it. Instead, she taps Velvet on her head, but that allows Hogan to gain control.
She charges her opponent into the corner and then hits a sliding kick, getting a near fall. Hogan hits a snap suplex, but that allows Cargill to tag in and both her opponents get nailed with pump kicks, which is followed by a Chokeslam to Hogan. Once again she sets things up and she looks to tag Velvet but she drops down and says no. Hogan then almost catches the champion with a roll-up, but she fires back with a huge pump kick for the win as she and Velvet stare each other down.
Winners: Jade Cargill & Red Velvet
Renee Paquette Talks To Jeff Jarrett & Jay Lethal
We shoot backstage where Renee Paquette talks to Jeff Jarrett and Jay Lethal in the interview zone. It is announced that the duo will get a rematch against The Acclaimed for the AEW Tag-Team Championships in a No Disqualification match at the AEW Battle for the Belts special event this Friday night.
Darby Allin vs. Samoa Joe (C)
It’s main event time as Joe goes one-on-one against Allin with the TNT title on-the-line here in the main event of the first AEW Dynamite on TBS show of 2023. As Joe settles at the ringside area, he grabs Nick Wayne in the front row by the throat. Allin attacks him from behind and then beats him up the entrance ramp with his skateboard.
All of this is taking place before the bell sounds. The fans chant “Darby! Darby!” as he knocks Joe off the entrance stage. He brings a ladder out from the back and sets up the super-sized ladder at the top of the entrance ramp. He climbs to the tip-top of the ladder and flips off of it, splashing onto Joe on the way down and immediately clutching his knee in pain.
We see replays as the commentators highlight Allin’s knee possibly getting injured on the landing. The fans chant “Holy sh*t!” as Allin gets up and limps down the ramp. He grabs Joe and brings him to the ring. He rolls him inside and follows in after him where the bell finally rings to officially get this match off-and-running.
As soon as it does, Joe rolls out to the floor to try and clear the cob-webs. Allin comes out after him but leaps off the apron into Joe’s arms. Joe spikes him back-first on the steel ring steps. After this, we head to a mid-match commercial break as the action in our main event continues.
When we return from the break, we are informed by the commentators that Joe sent Allin into the steel ring post with a vengeance during the commercials. We see Joe continuing to dominate the action with relative ease as we return to the live action in the ring.
Things build to one spot in the corner where Allin has a choke on Joe and when the two fling back, the padding comes off the bar that connects the turnbuckle to the ring post. Joe slaps his choke-finisher on Allin the middle of the ring and things look bad for the challenger as he goes lifeless.
Finally, he pops back to life and starts to pound his chest while still in the choke. Allin hits a Canadian Destroyer and then connects with his Coffin Drop off the top-rope. He heads back up and connects with a second one. 1-2-3. We have a winner and a new TNT Champion. Darby Allin!
Winner and NEW TNT Champion: Darby Allin
The fans go nuts for their hometown guy as he is announced as the new TNT Champion. His theme begins as the commentators point out that this begins the latest reign for Allin, who has held the title in the past.
“The Icon” Sting emerge from the back and he hoists Allin up with a big hug.
He and Allin have their moment as confetti shoots out of the ceiling and Excalibur can barely be heard wrapping up the show due to the insane noise from the Seattle fans as hometown hero Darby Allin soaks in his championship victory. That’s how this week’s show goes off the air.
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