12/15/21 AEW Dynamite: Winter is Coming Recap
The opening credits roll. Excalibur, Taz, and Tony Schiavone are on commentary from Garland, Texas.
Match #1 – AEW World Championship Match: Adam Page (c) vs. Bryan Danielson
They lock up and Page backs Danielson into the corner. The referee calls for a clean break, but Danielson shoves Page away and does a few jumping jacks. They lock up with a knuckle lock, and Danielson goes behind with a hammer-lock. Page counters and takes Danielson to the mat. Page applies a wrist-lock, but Danielson counters with an underhook suplex. Page comes back with a side headlock, but Danielson sends him off the ropes. Page drops him with a shoulder tackle, but Danielson picks his ankle and does more jumping jacks. Danielson drops Page and applies a wrist-lock. Danielson delivers a knee strike and backs Page into the ropes. They shoves each other and Danielson backs into the ropes. They lock up and Page applies a side-headlock and takes Danielson to the mat. Danielson gets free, but Page sweeps his ankle and gets a one count. Danielson tries to sweep Page’s ankle, but Page dodges him and kicks him in the chest. Danielson extends his hand for a handshake, but Page sends him away and Danielson backs into the ropes. They lock up and Danielson applies a wrist-lock. Page turns it into a headlock, but Danielson sends him off the ropes.
Danielson goes for a cross-body, but Page catches him and slams him to the mat. Page delivers a chop, but Danielson trips him up and delivers a few knee strikes. Danielson ties up Page’s ankles and gouges his face, and then applies the Romero Special. Danielson turns it into a Dragon Sleeper, but Page punches his way free. Danielson delivers a few chops, followed by a headbutt. Danielson delivers another chop, but Page comes back with one of his own that sends Danielson into the corner. Page goes for a suplex, but Danielson blocks it and chops Page in the corner. Page counters back with a chop of his own, and follows with a series of right hands in the corner. Danielson picks Page’s ankle again and drops a few elbows on Page’s knee. Danielson delivers right hands, and follows with an uppercut. Danielson sends Page off the ropes, but Page comes back with a kick. Page charges, but Danielson sends him to the apron and drops him to the floor with an elbow shot. Danielson runs the ropes, but Page gets back into the ring and drops him with a kick to the face. Page clotheslines Danielson to the floor, and follows with a dive over the top rope.
Page tosses Danielson back into the ring and goes up top. Page comes off the ropes, but Danielson kicks him in the midsection. Danielson delivers another shot to Page, and then catapults him into the bottom rope. Danielson delivers a few back elbows in the ropes, and follows with kicks and chops to the chest. Danielson drapes Page over the middle rope and comes off the top with a leg drop. Danielson goes for the cover, but Page kicks out as the show heads to a commercial.
Back from the break, Page comes back and suplexes Danielson to the mat. Page chops Danielson in the corner, and follows with an elbow strike. Danielson comes back and runs the ropes, but Page catches him and drops him with a fall-away slam. Page chops Danielson in the corner and crotches him on the top rope. Page drops him with a springboard lariat, but Danielson falls to the floor. Page sends Danielson into the barricade with a dive and climbs up top. and takes Danielson out with a moonsault press. Page tosses Danielson back into the ring and goes for a basement clothesline, but Danielson counters with a crucifix cover for two. Page comes back with a Death Valley Driver and goes for the cover, but Danielson kicks out. Page chops Danielson in the corner a few times, and then sets him up top. Page delivers an elbow strike and climbs, but Danielson gets free and crotches Page on the turnbuckle. Danielson climbs, but Page sends him to the mat with a few elbow strikes. Page goes for a moonsault, but Danielson rolls out of the way. Danielson rolls Page up, but Page kicks out at two.
Danielson delivers a knee strike, and follows with body shots, against the ropes. Danielson sends Page off the ropes, but Page counters with a roll-up for two. Danielson comes back for the LeBell Lock, but Page counters with another roll-up for two. Danielson gets a roll-up for two now, and then locks in an Ankle Lock submission. Danielson kicks Page in the midsection and chops him in the corner. Danielson delivers the running kicks in the corner, but Page counters the last one with a Pop-Up Powerbomb. Page goes for the cover, but Danielson kicks out at two. Page goes to the apron for the Buckshot Lariat, but Danielson pulls himself out of the ring. Page dropkicks Danielson into the barricade and goes up top. Danielson cuts him off and shoves him onto the apron, and Page lands on his shoulder. Danielson slams Page’s shoulder into the ring post, and then pulls Page into the ring post a few times. Page has been busted open as the show heads to a commercial.
Back from the break, Danielson drops Page with a flying knee strike on the outside. Danielson goes after the open wound on Page’s head with a series of right hands, and then wraps his arm around the ring post. Danielson gets Page back into the ring and delivers a series of right hands in the corner. Danielson grinds Page’s face into the turnbuckle and then puts his boot on Page’s head. Danielson kicks the turnbuckle into Page’s face and works over his shoulder. Page comes back with an elbow strike, but Danielson comes back with a right hand. Danielson comes off the ropes, but Page catches him and goes for a suplex. Danielson counters and gets a two count, and then locks in the Cattle Mutilation. Page is able to roll to the ropes and they go to the apron. Danielson kicks Page into the ring post and goes for one more, but Page dodges it and Danielson kicks the post. Page slams Danielson’s leg into the ring post and drapes him over the barricade and traps his leg. Page deliver a kick to Danielson and tosses him back into the ring. Page delivers a shin-breaker and locks in the Figure Four. Danielson rolls through to reverse the pressure, and both men get to the ropes as the show heads to a commercial.
Back from the break, Excalibur announces this is now the longest match in AEW history. Danielson delivers a kick to Page, and they exchange shots. Danielson counters a power bomb and gets a two count. Danielson goes for an arm-bar, but Page doesn’t allow him to extend the arm. Danielson goes for a triangle choke, but Page comes back with a power bomb. Danielson keeps the hold applied, though, and delivers a series of elbow strikes. Page rolls to the ropes, but Danielson delivers a few kicks to the chest. Page comes back and drops Danielson with a Tombstone Piledriver and goes for the cover, but Danielson kicks out. Page sets Danielson up top and delivers a few chops, as Danielson counters with headbutts. Page climbs up top and goes for a superplex, but Danielson punches his way free. Danielson delivers a knee strike to Page’s arm and drops him with a shoulder-catcher suplex. Danielson goes for the cover, but Page kicks out. Danielson takes Page to the corner and sets him up top. Danielson delivers elbow strikes and drops him with a back suplex. Danielson slowly goes for the cover, but Page kicks out.
Danielson delivers elbow strikes and goes for an arm-bar, but Page makes it to the ropes. Danielson kicks Page in the head on the apron, and follows him out. Danielson goes for a Gotch-style Piledriver on the apron, but Page counters with Dead Eye and Danielson falls to the floor. Page goes to the floor, but Danielson backs into the timekeeper’s area. Page goes up top and dives, but Danielson dodges him and Page crashes into the timekeeper’s table as the show heads to a commercial.
Back from the break, the concrete was exposed during the break, and Danielson dropped Page with a DDT onto the concrete. Back in the ring, Danielson goes for a few shots, but Page drops him with a German suplex. Danielson comes back with a few kicks, and Page delivers a lariat. They exchange kicks and lariats, and then Danielson drops Page with one more big kick. Danielson puts Page up top and climbs up with him. Danielson delivers an elbow strike and goes for a back suplex. Page lands on his feet and drops Danielson with a big lariat. They get to their feet and exchange shots. Danielson delivers a series of headbutts and goes for a Snap-dragon, but Page rolls through and they exchange roll-ups for two. Page delivers a rolling elbow, but Danielson comes back with a roundhouse kick. Danielson goes for the cover, but Page kicks out. Justin Roberts announces less than five minutes remain in the allotted time. Danielson stomps on Page’s head around seven or eight times, and then goes to the corner. Danielson goes for the running knee, but Page counters and hits the Dead Eye. Page goes for the cover, but Danielson kicks out.
Page grabs Danielson’s arms and stomps Danielson’s head into the mat now, around ten times. Page goes to the apron and goes for the Buckshot Lariat, but Danielson ducks under and locks in the LeBell Lock. Danielson delivers cross-face shots and goes back to the hold, and Roberts announces one minute remaining. Page counters with punches to Danielson’s knee, but Danielson tries to go back to the hold. Page catapults Danielson to the apron, but Danielson pulls himself back into the ring. Page drops Danielson with a lariat and goes to the apron. Page delivers the Buckshot Lariat, but the bell rings as the time limit expires.
Match Result: Time-Limit Draw
Adam Cole, Bobby Fish, and The Young Bucks are backstage. Cole asks Best Friends when they are going to learn not to mess with The Super Kliq and Fish. Cole says they have embarrassed them and proven that they cannot hang with them time and time again. Nick suggests an eight-man tag on Rampage and then Matt suggests they superkick Sue and end her career. Cole says he has the best Christmas present for the Bucks on the Christmas episode of Dynamite next Wednesday.
Match #2 – Singles Match: Matt Sydal vs. Wardlow (w/Shawn Spears)
Sydal delivers a few quick kicks, but Wardlow tosses him into the corner. Sydal goes for a hurricanrana, but Wardlow counters him and goes for the power bomb. Sydal gets free and delivers a few more kicks. Sydal goes for a leg lariat, but Wardlow blocks it and delivers the power bomb. Wardlow delivers another one, and Spears tells Wardlow to pin him and get it over with. Wardlow delivers a third power bomb and gets the pin fall.
-After the match, Spears says that was one too many because they don’t get paid by the hour. Spears then hits Sydal with his chair a few times and then answers a call from MJF. Spears tells Wardlow that MJF said to go pick up some champagne for his post-match celebration after the main event. Wardlow looks pissed, but leaves the ring with Spears.
A video package for the feud between Penelope Ford and Tay Conti airs. Conti challenges Ford to a Submission Match, and Ford accepts.
A vignette for Malakai Black airs. It ends with a hooded member of the House of Black bowing to him, and Black saying, “Now you’re more than a king. The House always wins.”
Match #3 – Grudge Match: Hikaru Shida vs. Serena Deeb
Shida throws her kendo stick at Deeb, and the bell rings. They go to the mat and deliver right hands, and then Shida sends Deeb into the corner. Deeb comes back and delivers a few shots in the corner, but then Shida does the same to Deeb. Shida dropkicks Deeb down in the corner and tosses her to the other side of the ring. Deeb sends Shida to the apron, but Shida comes back with a cross-body. Deeb rolls through and locks in a knee-bar, but Shida makes it to the ropes. Deeb delivers shots to Shida in the corner, but Shida comes back and sends Deeb across the ring. Shida goes for a knee strike, but Deeb dodges it and takes Shida down in the corner. Deeb slams Shida’s knee into the steel steps and wraps Shida’s knee around the ring post as the show heads to a commercial.
Back from the break, Deeb goes for an uppercut in the ring, but Shida counters out with a few forearm strikes. Shida beats Deeb down to the mat and delivers an enzuigiri after Deeb comes off the ropes. Shida goes for the cover, but Deeb kicks out. Shida drops Deeb with a delayed vertical suplex and goes for the cover, but Deeb kicks out again. Shida goes up top, but Deeb cuts her off and hangs her in the corner. Deeb applies a single-leg Boston Crab in the ropes, and then exposes one of the steel turnbuckles in the corner. Deeb delivers a neck-breaker over the exposed steel and slams Shida to the mat. Deeb goes for the cover, but Shida kicks out. Deeb applies a submission, but Shida makes it to the ropes. Deeb delivers a pair of rolling neck-breakers, but Shida counters the third and delivers a Falcon Arrow. They exchange shots on the mat and Deeb goes back to a submission. Shida gets free, but Deeb delivers shots to Shida’s head. Deeb exposes another turnbuckle and tries to slam Shida into it, but Shida counters with elbow strikes. Shida gets a roll-up for two, as does Deeb. They dodge kicks, and then Shida sends Deeb into the exposed turnbuckle and gets the pin fall with a jacknife cover.
Winner: Hikaru Shida
Tony Schiavone interviews The Varsity Blonds. He asks about Julia Hart after Malakai Black spit the black mist in her face last week. Griff Garrison says she is not with them like she normally is, and calls Black a coward. He says he will bring the fight to Black, and Brian Pillman Jr. tells him to calm down. They argue a bit and Garrison says if Pillman won’t fight, he will. He tells Black he will break his jaw next week.
A look back at Hook’s debut from last Friday’s Rampage airs. Taz says Hook is all business and it just getting started.
Eddie Kingston cuts a promo. He says he will team up with Santana, Ortiz, Penta El Zero Miedo, and Rey Fenix against 2point0, Daniel Garcia, and whoever they get to team up with them this Friday on Rampage.
MJF says Texas sucks and insults CM Punk and his promo from last week. MJF says he didn’t realize that Punk having an undefeated record in underwhelming matches against underwhelming opponents made him a world title contender, but he thought it made him a new Ryback. MJF says he is the only top talent who is young that matters. MJF says Dante Martin might be a freak athlete, but he can beat him with a headlock take over. MJF says he doesn’t claim to be the best in the world, because he just is.
Match #4 – Singles Match for the Dynamite Diamond Ring: MJF (c) vs. Dante Martin
MJF drops Martin with a side headlock take over and goes for the cover, but Martin kicks out. They exchange shots and Martin applies a side headlock. MJF drops Martin to the mat, but Martin comes back and sends MJF across the ring. Martin delivers a 450 knee drop and goes for the cover, but MJF kicks out. Martin goes for the Nosedive, but MJF rolls out of the ring. Martin runs the ropes, but MJF walks around ringside to dodge him. MJF gets back into the ring and goes for an elbow drop as Martin does, but Martin dodges it. Martin goes for the Nosedive, but MJF sends him into the barricade. MJF slams Martin into the barricade as the show heads to a commercial.
Back from the break, MJF takes Martin to the mat and goes for the cover with his feet on the ropes, but the referee sees it and kicks MJF’s feet down. Martin comes back and drops MJF with a dropkick from the top rope. Martin dodges MJF’s charge and causes MJF to fall to the floor. Martin takes him out with a dive and gets him back into the ring. MJF rolls right back out, but Martin takes him out with another dive. Martin gets MJF back into the ring, but MJF rolls out again. Martin takes him out with another dive and rolls him back into the ring. MJF rolls out again, and Martin takes him out with a Shooting Star Press. Martin rolls MJF back into the ring and delivers a few forearm shots. Martin goes to the ropes, but MJF walks away from the corner. Martin delivers a right hand in the next corner, and follows with a series of ten rights. MJF shoves him away, but Martin connects with a leg lariat. Martin gets a roll-up for two, followed by a back-slide for two. Martin gets another roll-up for two, and then a small-packages for two. MJF drops Martin with a side headlock take over and gets a two count.
They exchange roll-ups for two now, and then Martin gets a side headlock take down for two. They counter two counts again and then MJF plants Martin with a Liger Bomb for another two count. Martin brings MJF in from the apron and hits the Nosedive. Martin goes for the cover, but Ricky Starks appears and gets MJF’s foot on the ropes. Starks backs away from the ring as Martin looks at him. Martin picks MJF up, but MJF locks in the Salt of the Earth and Martin taps out.
Winner and still holder of the Dynamite Diamond Ring: MJF
-After the match, FTR come to the ring and life MJF on their shoulders. The lights go out in the arena, and then Sting and Darby Allin appear in the ring. They beat down FTR as MJF escapes the ring. MJF comes back with a low-blow to Sting, and then he beats down Allin. CM Punk’s music hits, and he makes his way to the ring with Sting’s baseball bat. He rushes the ring, but MJF and FTR escape. Punk hands Sting his baseball bat and grabs a microphone. Punk says if MJF doesn’t want to go one-on-one, that’s fine, but next week it will be Punk, Sting, and Allin vs. MJF and FTR.