1/20/21 AEW Dynamite Recap
The opening credits roll. Excalibur, Jim Ross, and Tony Schiavone are on commentary from Jacksonville, Florida.
The show opens with Dark Order member -1’s birthday celebration. John Silver hypes him up and says they will get a new member in Adam Page tonight. He leads the singing of “Happy Birthday” for -1. Chaos Project and The Hybrid2 interrupt, and then a brawl breaks out. Page comes out and takes everyone out with a dive.
Match #1 – Eight-Man Tag Team Match: Adam Page and Dark Order (Alex Reynolds, Colt Cabana, and John Silver) vs. Chaos Project (Luther and Serpentico) and The Hybrid2 (Angelico and Jack Evans)
As I was covering the match, Word Press shut down on me, so it wasn’t saved. The match ended with Page hitting a Buckshot Lariat and Reynolds getting the pin fall.
Winners: Adam Page and Dark Order
-After the match, Dark Order helps -1 lay Serpentico out with a kendo stick shot. -1 throws the rolled up papers at Serpentico. Silver tells Page he is amazing and is a good wrestler. Silver calls Page handsome and says he has nice hair. Silver drops to a knee and asks Page if he will join the Dark Order. Page says he can’t join, but Dark Order already had a victory celebration geared up. Music starts playing, but Silver shuts it down. Page says he has had fun with them, but he has done the group thing before and it didn’t end well for him. He says he is sorry and walks away.
The announcers run down the rest of the card, and then Alex Marvez is backstage with Chris Jericho and MJF. MJF tells Marvez to stop talking and insults his breath. MJF says he is worried that the match tonight could put more dissension in The Inner Circle tonight. Jericho says that won’t happen because they all made an agreement last week that no matter what happens, they will move along as a unit.
Tony Schiavone is in the ring and introduces Sting and the AEW TNT Champion, Darby Allin. Sting says there is something about Allin that reminds him of himself. He says he kind of likes it, and congratulates him on being the champion. He says he was just trying to make sure Allin had a fair shot last week, but Team Taz interrupts. Taz says Sting had a baseball bat, and Ricky Starks brings up taking it to the streets. Taz says it is up to Sting and Allin and calls them bitches. Allin tells Team Taz to be careful what they wish for, because it just might happen.
The Young Bucks arrive at Kenny Omega’s house for a meeting. Alex Marvez is there, as well as Michael Nakazawa. They go into the living room, and they see an oil painting of Omega and Don Callis on the wall. Callis says he had it specifically made for Omega. He says Omega was unable to attend the meeting and The Bucks say they had tried calling him. Callis says his number was changed. Callis tells Nakazawa to take Marvez and the camera guy away, but Callis keeps the camera. Callis tries to cut them a check, and Matt says that looks good, but they made that much last week. He tries to cut them another one for merchandise, but they start arguing. Callis says they were good friends to Omega, but now they are holding him back. Matt says they used to work for the company that Callis is Vice President of, and they know the checks are no good. They rip them up and throw them at him as the camera cuts out.
Match #2 – Singles Match: Cody Rhodes (w/Arn Anderson) vs. “Pretty” Peter Avalon
Rhodes hits Cross Rhodes immediately, but music hits in the arena and Jade Cargill comes to the stage. Avalon delivers a low-blow and goes after Rhodes’ knee. Avalon delivers a chop block and continues to work over his knee. Avalon delivers a right hand and a few chops. Rhodes comes back with a chop of his own and delivers an uppercut. Rhodes goes up top, but Avalon cuts him off. Avalon delivers a superplex and Rhodes rolls to the floor. Avalon goes after him, but Rhodes shoves him into the barricade. Rhodes delivers forearm shots, but Avalon comes back with a cross chop. Rhodes gets back into the ring and Avalon follows. Avalon delivers a suplex and goes for the cover, but Rhodes kicks out. Rhodes comes back, but they drop each other with simultaneous clotheslines as the show heads to a commercial.
Back from the break, Avalon goes for a moonsault, but Rhodes dodges it. Rhodes delivers a few shots, but Avalon delivers another shot to the knee. Avalon throws Rhodes to the outside and sends him into the barricade. Avalon tosses Rhodes back into the ring, but Rhodes counters with the Cody Cutter. Rhodes drops Avalon with a power slam and locks in the Figure Four. Rhodes goes to slap Avalon, but Avalon taps out before he can.
Winner: Cody Rhodes
Tully Blanchard and FTR are backstage. Blanchard says they are the number one ranked tag team again, but they are interrupted by Jurassic Express. Jungle Boy challenges Dax Harwood to a one-on-one match next week, and Luchasaurus says he will be there to make sure no one gets involved. Harwood shakes Jungle Boy’s hand and Jurassic Express walks away. After they leave, Harwood breaks a glass.
Match #3 – Singles Match: Jon Moxley vs. Nick Comoroto
Comoroto shoves Moxley, but Moxley delivers a headbutt. Moxley stomps and chops Comoroto in the corner, and then delivers a clothesline. Moxley goes for a cross-body, but Comoroto catches him and slams him to the mat. Comoroto puts his knee in Moxley’s face in the corner and drops him with a clothesline. Comoroto keeps Moxley grounded, but Moxley comes back with a bite to the face. Comoroto delivers a knee strike, but Moxley comes back with shots. Moxley comes off the ropes, but Comoroto stops him and delivers a brain buster over his knee. Comoroto charges, but Moxley moves and Comoroto hits the corner. Moxley kicks Comoroto a few times and delivers a suplex. Moxley goes for a few clotheslines, locks in the bulldog choke, and then Comoroto passes out.
Winner: Jon Moxley
-After the match, Moxley grabs a mic. He says anything can happen on Wednesday nights on Dynamite. He says he can’t keep track of who’s in the Bullet Club, who’s in the Elite, and who’s in Impact Wrestling. He says all Omega did by bringing in his buddies was make it more fun and interesting. He says there will be more blood and more limbs to snap. He says he will climb back to the top and no one Omega brings in will go through him.
Eddie Kingston is backstage with The Family. He is informed he will take on Lance Archer next week. He says he doesn’t prepare, he just fights. Archer runs in, but Jake Roberts holds him back. Kingston and Archer argue and Kingston says one-on-one. He says The Butcher, The Blade, and The Bunny won’t be there, and Roberts says he won’t either.
Omega arrives to the arena and Marvez asks him about what happened earlier. Omega says he wasn’t there and doesn’t know. Omega finds Callis, who is sporting a black eye now. Omega asks who did it and what happened. Callis says Matt and Nick Jackson, and Omega freaks out. Marvez interrupts and Callis tells him to get out and shoves the cameraman out as well.
Match #4 – Six-Man Tag Team Match: Matt Hardy and Private Party (Isiah Kassidy and Marq Quen) vs. Matt Sydal and Top Flight (Darius Martin and Dante Martin)
Dante and Quen start the match with a handshake. They lock up and Dante drops Quen with an arm drag. Dante delivers a dropkick, and then Darius drops Kassidy with one. Top Flight drop Hardy with a double dropkick and then triple-team Quen with Sydal. Darius does a few moves to Quen and Sydal goes for the cover, but Quen kicks out. Quen tries to tag Hardy, but Hardy tells him to keep going. Quen delivers a few shots and tags in Kassidy. Kassidy takes down Top Flight on the apron, but Sydal and Top Flight come back and locks in Boston Crabs on Private Party. Hardy drops Sydal with a shot from behind as Quen tags back in. Quen splashes onto Sydal and goes for the cover, but Sydal kicks out. Quen stomps on Sydal and takes him to the corner. Kassidy tags back in as the show heads to a commercial.
Back from the break, Kassidy is in control of Sydal. Quen tags in, but Top Flight and Sydal come back. Hardy gets dropped with a dive on the floor. Top Flight drop Kassidy with a double team and Dante gets a roll-up for two. Darius tags in, but Quen counters and tags in Hardy. Hardy drops Darius with the Side Effect, and then does the same to Dante and Sydal. Hardy goes for a triple cover, but they all kicks out. Quen tags back in and kicks Sydal in the head. Quen goes for the cover, but Sydal kicks out. Sydal comes back with a kick and tags in Dante. Dante takes Quen to the mat and goes for the cover, but Hardy and Kassidy break it up. Hardy knocks Darius to the floor and Kassidy hits Dante with a chair behind the referee’s back. Quen hits the Shooting Star Press and gets the pin fall.
Winners: Matt Hardy and Private Party
-After the match, Sydal and Top Flight try to fight back, but Hardy and Private Party beat them down.
The Inner Circle is backstage, minus Chris Jericho. MJF says if he had it his way, the match wouldn’t be happening tonight, but Jericho is their leader. Sammy Guevara says if he had it his way, a lot of things would be different and gets in MJF’s face. Everyone stands up, but MJF says he is coming from a good place. MJF says to go out there, get the match out of the way, and get in a good place.
Match #5 – Singles Match: Leyla Hirsch vs. Penelope Ford (w/Charles Taylor, Kip Sabian, and Miro)
They lock up and Hirsch drops Ford to the mat. Hirsch goes behind and goes for a cover, but Ford gets a shoulder up. Hirsch backs Ford into the ropes, but Ford delivers a kick to the knee. Ford drops Hirsch with a shoulder tackle, but Hirsch comes back. Hirsch comes off the ropes, but Miro tells Taylor to trip Hirsch and he does. Ford comes after her, but Hirsch counters and locks in an arm-bar. Ford gets to the ropes and sends Hirsch to the floor. Ford kicks Hirsch in the face and slams her into the barricade as the show heads to a commercial.
Back from the break, Ford has Hirsch in the ring and gets a two-count. Ford delivers a shot to Hirsch’s back, but Hirsch comes back. They exchange a few shots and Hirsch delivers a knee strike. Hirsch drops Ford with a German suplex and delivers double knees and double kicks in the corner. Hirsch goes for the cover, but Ford kicks out. Hirsch climbs up, but Ford pulls her back down. Hirsch comes back with a clothesline, but Ford drops down on her and Sabian holds Hirsch’s feet so Ford can get the pin fall.
Winner: Penelope Ford
-After the match, Miro tells Charles Taylor to get into the ring. Miro says he can be as mean as he wants to Taylor, but he doesn’t want to do that. Miro tells Taylor to look at Orange Cassidy and tell him that Miro is his best friend now. Taylor says it, but not enthusiastically. They all give Cassidy a thumbs up, and Cassidy walks away.
Backstage, The Good Brothers and Kenny Omega beat down Penta El Zero Miedo.
Next week: Eddie Kingston vs. Lance Archer, Jungle Boy vs. Dax Harwood, The Young Bucks and The Good Brothers vs. The Dark Order, and Cody responds to Shaquille O’Neal.
In two weeks at Beach Break: Kip Sabian and Penelope Ford will marry, Dr. Britt Baker, D.M.D. vs. Thunder Rosa, and a Tag Team Battle Royal with the winners earning an AEW World Tag Team Championship Match at Revolution.
Match #6 – The Inner Circle’s Three-Way Tag Team Challenge; the winners will be the official tag team of the group: Chris Jericho and MJF (w/Wardlow) vs. Jake Hager and Sammy Guevara vs. Santana and Ortiz
MJF and Guevara start the match, but MJF tags in Jericho. They lock up and Jericho backs Guevara into the corner. Guevara gets the better of Jericho and sends him to the floor. Hager and Santana tag in and Santana gets the better of Hager. Ortiz tags in, and they double team Hager. Jericho makes a blind tag and takes down Ortiz. Santana comes back in and he and Ortiz double team Jericho. Santana connects with a moonsault press and goes for the cover, but Jericho kicks out as the show heads to a commercial.
Back from the break, Jericho and Guevara are back in the ring. Jericho has control and delivers a few chops. Jericho tries to slam Guevara into the corner, but Guevara counters and slams Jericho there instead. Hager tags in, and he knocks everyone off the apron. MJF tags in and Hager slams him to the mat. Guevara tags in and takes MJF down, and then Santana tags in. Santana and Ortiz take control of the match. Guevara takes MJF down with a reverse rana, and then drops Ortiz with a Spanish Fly. Hager gets in the ring and decks MJF before MJF can use the Dynamite Diamond Ring. Guevara hits a running Shooting Star Press on Ortiz, but MJF breaks it up. Jericho tags in and hits the Lionsault on Guevara after an MJF power bomb. Ortiz tags back in and he and Santana slam Jericho. Ortiz goes for the cover, but Jericho kicks out. Jericho drops Ortiz with the Codebreaker and goes for the cover, but Ortiz kicks out. Ortiz drops Jericho and MJF with a double DDT, but Hager slams MJF into the corner. Guevara tags in and hits a senton on MJF and goes for the cover, but Ortiz breaks it up. Guevara hits the GTH on Jericho, and then goes for it on MJF, but Wardlow gets involved. MJF rolls up Guevara with a handful of tights and gets the pin fall.
Winners: Chris Jericho and MJF
In two weeks at Beach Break, it is announced that Jon Moxley, Rey Fenix, and PAC will take on Kenny Omega and The Good Brothers.