2/9/22 AEW Dynamite Recap
The opening credits roll. Excalibur, Jim Ross, and Tony Schiavone are on commentary from Atlantic City, New Jersey.
Wardlow carries some cut-outs of MJF’s match with CM Punk from last week to the ring. The ramp is lined with a giant scarf, and FTR and Tully Blanchard make their way to the ring. Shawn Spears also gets an entrance. And, finally, MJF makes his entrance, but he is carried to the ring on a throne. Two girls lead him down, and one kisses him on the cheek and he makes out with the other one. He gets in the ring, and hops around with everyone except Wardlow as confetti falls from the rafters. MJF says he proved last week that he is the best wrestler in the world. MJF says it was bittersweet, and told Punk that he sucked when the match was over. MJF gives props to Spears and says he couldn’t have done it without him. Spears reveals that he made a new shirt for MJF, and it says “Better then the best in the world, and you know it.” MJF says it is about time that he becomes the new AEW World Champion, but Punk walks out to the stage. Schiavone joins him, and Punk says MJF’s win last week is about as suspect as his spray tan. Punk says he has some friends now, and out walk Darby Allin and Sting, along with a few baseball bats. Punk says he is either going to get what he wants, or he and his friends will beat it out of them. MJF says he beat Punk twice, and Punk says he isn’t talking to MJF, he’s talking to Wardlow. Punk says Wardlow can receive a beating, or grow some balls and leave The Pinnacle. MJF says he beat Punk all on his own and says Wardlow is with them because he is their best friend. Dax Harwood says he is the one who wants now and Punk says they agree to a rematch from Greensboro, because he gets his hands on MJF anyway. MJF says no way he is wrestling tonight, and says if Punk can beat FTR with any partner, he can have any match he wants any time he wants it against him. But, Punk’s partner can’t be Allin or Sting. MJF tells Wardlow to gear up for his match, and says he is better than the best in the world, and you know it.
Backstage, Andrade El Idolo is backstage with Jose. Schiavone, Sting, and Darby Allin are there, as well. Idolo says everyone knows Allin works for Sting. Sting and Allin laugh. Sting says Allin isn’t a kid and tells Idolo if he has a problem with Allin, he needs to speak to him mano-y-mano. Allin says he has bigger things to do than work for Idolo, like becoming the TNT Champion. Idolo says Allin will work for him, and says they have something in common, because he is the next TNT Champion.
Match #1 – Singles Match: The Blade vs. Wardlow (w/Shawn Spears)
Blade chop blocks Wardlow in the corner and works over his legs. Blade delivers a few more shots, but Wardlow drops him with a big clothesline. Wardlow tosses Blade across the ring with a few belly-to-back suplexes, and Blade rolls to the floor. Wardlow follows him and slams him into the apron. Wardlow slams Blade into the ring post as the show heads to a commercial.
Back from the break, Wardlow delivers a few shots and backs Blade into the corner. Wardlow drives his shoulder into Blade’s midsection a few times, but Blade comes back with a knee strike. Blade delivers another knee and goes for an enzuigiri, but Wardlow catches him and begins the Powerbomb Symphony and gets the pin fall with his boot on Blade’s chest.
-After the match, Spears gets into the ring and hits Blade with his chair. Spears hypes Wardlow up as they walk backstage.
A vignette airs for Penta El Zero Miedo. Penta is in a graveyard as Alex Abrahantes talks. Abrahantes talks about Malakai Black as Penta digs up a mask from a grave.
The Inner Circle comes to the ring for their Team Meeting, minus Santana and Ortiz. Chris Jericho says they haven’t seen them all day, but Santana and Ortiz then come to the ring to their own entrance music and not wearing Inner Circle gear. Jericho says they embarrassed him two weeks ago, and it was disrespectful to the fans who paid money to see them. Santana says enough of the phony shit, and it is evident that Jericho only cares about himself. Santana says anything the group has ever done has only been for the betterment of Jericho. Santana says they always have to shove things aside and come to Jericho’s rescue. Santana says the days of them playing second fiddle are over and done with. Santana says it was always Jericho who stood in their way, but it was the fans who kept them going. Santana tells Jericho to look Ortiz in the face and thank him for everything, because if it wasn’t for Ortiz he would have dropped Jericho a long time ago. Jericho asks Santana that Eddie Kingston put an idea in his and Ortiz’s heads, and asks what Kingston has ever done for them. Jericho says he is The Influencer in AEW and has made Santana and Ortiz relevant. Jericho says Santana and Ortiz had a shot at the AEW World Tag Team titles against The Young Bucks, and they lost, and that had nothing to do with him. Jericho says he brought them into the Inner Circle, and he can kick them out. He says maybe he invited the wrong two members of LAX to join the Inner Circle. He asks Jake Hager if he has Homicide and Hernandez’s number, but Santana goes after him. Sammy Guevara gets in between them and says they are a family, but Jericho tells him to shut up. Jericho tries to talk again, but Guevara tells him to save it. Guevara says he doesn’t know what’s going on, and he loves all of them, but he has to be honest. Guevara says one of his goals is to become one of the greatest champions, and all this bickering isn’t going to help. Guevara takes off his Inner Circle jacket and lays it in the ring. He says he has quit the group before, and unless they figure it out, he will quit again. Ortiz asks Jericho what did he think was going to happen by throwing around threats. Ortiz says Jericho couldn’t be more wrong about Kingston, and says Kingston is their brother in arms. Ortiz says where they come from, they don’t settle it with talking, but with their fists. Ortiz says next week, Santana and Ortiz vs. Jericho and Hager, and they settle it once and for all. Jericho says if they want a fight, they are going to get one.
Tony Schiavone is backstage with Roppongi Vice. They will face The Young Bucks this Friday on Rampage. The Bucks walk up and says they should fight right now, and then Adam Cole attacks Roppongi Vice from behind. Cole and The Bucks leave them laying as Jay White walks up. Jay White slams Trent Beretta into an 18-wheeler trailer and walks away as Cole and The Bucks look on.
Match #2 – Face of the Revolution Qualifying Match: Isiah Kassidy (w/Marq Quen and Matt Hardy) vs. Keith Lee
Lee backs Kassidy into the ring and throws him clear across the ring. Kassidy comes back with a forearm and a kick to the midsection, but Lee sends him off the ropes and takes him out with a cross-body. Kassidy goes to the outside, and Lee follows, but Quen tosses Kassidy back in. Lee slams Kassidy’s head into the corner and takes him down with a slingshot cross-body. Kassidy comes back with a dropkick, but Lee runs the ropes and sends Kassidy out of the ring with a shoulder tackle. Hardy leaves through the crowd as Lee gets Kassidy back into the ring. Quen grabs Lee’s ankle on the apron, but Lee kicks him away. Kassidy drapes Lee over the top rope and takes him down with a dive on the floor. Lee and Kassidy get into the ring, and Lee shoves Kassidy away. Kassidy comes back with a pump kick, but Lee swats him to the mat. Lee drops Kassidy with the Spirit Bomb and gets the pin fall.
Winner: Keith Lee
-After the match, Quen attacks Lee and delivers a dropkick. Private Party deliver a double dropkick and Kassidy dives, but Lee catches him. Lee tosses him to the floor and catches Quen on a dive as well. Lee power bombs Quen onto Kassidy, and then power bombs him on the apron.
Dr. Britt Baker, D.M.D. and Mercedez Martinez cut a promo and Baker says she brought in Martinez. Thunder Rosa says she is not surprised, and Baker says the rematch between Martinez and Rosa next week will be No DQ. Rosa says she is ready for it, and says Martinez doesn’t know what she has gotten herself into.
Match #3 – Tag Team Match: CM Punk and Jon Moxley vs. FTR (Cash Wheeler and Dax Harwood) (w/Tully Blanchard)
Punk and Harwood start the match. They lock up and Harwood gains the advantage. Wheeler tags in and applies a side-headlock on Punk. Punk gets free and drops Wheeler with a hip toss and then an arm-drag. Moxley and Harwood tag in and Harwood drops Moxley with a couple side-headlock take overs. Moxley sends Harwood off the ropes, but Harwood drops him with a shoulder tackle. Moxley comes back with a slam, and then kicks Harwood in the chest a few times. Moxley goes for the cover, but Harwood kicks out. Punk tags in, but Wheeler distracts him and Harwood takes him down with a chop block. Harwood works over Punk’s knee and Wheeler tags in. Wheeler continues the work on Punk’s knee and tags Harwood back in. Harwood takes Punk to the corner and delivers a few shots, but Punk takes him down. Wheeler and Moxley tag in, and Moxley takes him down with a back-body drop. Moxley kicks Wheeler in the midsection, and then drops Harwood with a German suplex. Moxley drops Wheeler with a German as well, and then drops FTR with a double DDT. They roll to the floor, and Wheeler trips Moxley up. Punk drops Wheeler with a springboard lariat and goes over the top, but FTR catch him. Moxley comes over the top and drops them with a dive as the show heads to a commercial.
Back from the break, FTR are in control of Moxley. Moxley gets back in the ring at a nine count, but Wheeler stomps on him. Wheeler puts a knee on Moxley’s throat and Harwood tags in. FTR double team Moxley in the corner and Wheeler goes for the cover, but Moxley kicks out. Harwood tags in and delivers a low dropkick to Moxley, followed by a few quick elbow drops. Harwood goes for the cover, but Moxley kicks out. Harwood applies a headlock, but Moxley fires back with shots. Wheeler makes a tag, but Moxley drops him with a side suplex. Punk fights Harwood on the apron and misses the tag, and then Wheeler sends Punk to the floor. Harwood tags in and FTR double-team Moxley and slam him to the mat. Harwood goes for the cover, but Moxley kicks out. Harwood misses a leg drop on Moxley, and Wheeler tags in. Moxley drops Wheeler with a lariat and tags in Punk. Harwood tags in as well, but Punk drops him with right hands. Punk delivers a leg lariat and a knee strike in the corner. Punk drops Harwood with a clothesline and goes for the cover, but Harwood kicks out.
Punk gets sent to the floor with an uppercut, but comes back and takes Wheeler to the floor. Moxley gets Harwood on his shoulders, and Punk dives off the top for the Doomsday Device. Moxley takes Wheeler out with a dive on the floor and Punk goes for the cover, but Harwood kicks out. Wheeler drops Moxley with a spinning DDT on the floor and grabs the ring bell. Punk gets a roll-up for two, and Harwood sends him to the ropes. Wheeler hits Punk with the ring bell and Harwood drops him with a Brain Buster. Harwood goes for the cover, but Punk gets a shoulder up. Harwood delivers an uppercut and Wheeler tags in. Punk kicks Wheeler to the floor and picks Harwood up for the GTS. Wheeler blocks in and FTR drop Punk with the Big Rig. Wheeler goes for the cover, but Moxley breaks it up. All four men exchange shots and FTR take advantage. They send Moxley to the floor and go for the pile-driver on Punk. Moxley locks Harwood in the Bulldog Choke. Punk gets Wheeler in the Anaconda Vice and Wheeler taps, but the referee doesn’t see it. Blanchard gets into the ring and hits Punk with his jacket, and then Punk drops Blanchard with the GTS.
Wheeler rolls Punk up with a handful of tights for a two count, and then Punk comes back with the GTS on Wheeler as Moxley drops Harwood with the Paradigm Shift, and Punk gets the pin fall.
Winners: CM Punk and Jon Moxley
Match #4 – AEW TBS Championship Match: Jade Cargill (c) (w/Smart Mark Sterling) vs. A.Q.A.
They lock up and Cargill applies a side-headlock. Cargill slams A.Q.A. to the mat and applies a wrist-lock. Cargill drops A.Q.A. again, but A.Q.A. kicks up. Cargill shoves her away, but A.Q.A. comes back and takes Cargill down. Cargill grabs a hold of A.Q.A. and slams her back to the mat. Cargill tosses A.Q.A. in the air, but A.Q.A. counters with a dropkick that sends Cargill to the floor. A.Q.A. goes for a dive, but Cargill drops her with an elbow strike as the show heads to a commercial.
Back from the break, Cargill is in control, but A.Q.A. comes back with a few shots. A.Q.A. drops Cargill with a Slingblade, but Cargill comes back. Cargill grabs A.Q.A., but A.Q.A. drops her with a DDT. A.Q.A. hits a Shooting Star Pres and goes for the cover, but Cargill kicks out. A.Q.A. goes up top again, but decides against it and comes back down. A.Q.Q. kicks Cargill in the face, but Cargill delivers shots in the corner. Cargill slams A.Q.A. to the mat, and then delivers Jaded and gets the pin fall.
Winner and still AEW TBS Champion: Jade Cargill
Adam Cole and The Young Bucks are backstage. The Bucks talk about their match with Roppongi Vice on Friday, and say they are on their way back to the AEW World Tag Team titles. Cole says Jay White will be in their corner on Friday, and Matt says they would have appreciated a text or something about it, and says White and Kenny Omega used to be at each other’s throats. Cole says everything will be fine and says he has some business of his own to handle and walks away.
Match #5: The Professor’s 5-Minute Rookie Challenge: Serena Deeb vs. Katie Arquette
They lock up and Deeb backs Arquette into the corner. Deeb pie-faces her a few times and delivers an uppercut. Deeb allows Arquette to go behind, but Deeb counters with a neck-breaker. Deeb takes Arquette down and applies the Serenity Lock, and Arquette taps out, the match only lasting one minute.
Winner: Serena Deeb
Announced for this Friday’s Rampage:
-AEW World Tag Team Championship Match: Jungle Boy and Luchasaurus (c) vs. Austin Gunn and Colten Gunn
-Roppongi Vice vs. The Young Bucks
-Dr. Britt Baker, D.M.D. vs. Robyn Renegade
-Hook vs. Blake Li
Announced for next Wednesday’s Dynamite:
-Chris Jericho and Jake Hager vs. Santana and Ortiz
-No Disqualification Match: Mercedes Martinez vs. Thunder Rosa
Match #6 – AEW World Championship – Texas Death Match: Adam Page (c) vs. Lance Archer
Archer and Page brawl backstage to start, and the bell rings when they come to the stage. Page throws Archer through a glass pane in the tunnel, and Archer is busted open. Page gets Archer in the ring and hits the Buckshot Lariat. Archer is down on the floor, but gets to his feet at the nine count. Page takes him out with a dive, and goes for another, but Archer counters with a shot with a trash can lid. Dan Lambert comes to the ring and unscrews the top turnbuckle, and Jake Roberts appears at ringside as Archer gets Page into the crowd. Page counters and takes Archer down with a moonsault from the barricade, and then gets him back into the ring. The top rope is all the way down, and Page grabs the turnbuckle. Archer comes back with a shot and gets control of the match as the show heads to a commercial.
Back from the break, two tables are set up on the floor as Page and Archer are fighting on the apron. Page gets back into ring and has been busted open himself. Page delivers a few kicks, but Archer blocks the last one and slams him into the middle turnbuckle. On the floor, Roberts drops Page with a short-arm clothesline as Archer exposes the concrete floor. Roberts goes for the DDT on Page, but Archer stops him. Page comes back and drops Archer with a DDT and rolls him back into the ring. Page hits Archer a few times with a kendo stick, but Archer gets to his feet. Page drops him with shots to the head with the kendo stick, but Archer blocks the last one and choke slams Page onto a trash can. Archer grabs a fork and begins stabbing Page in the face with it. Archer licks the fork and tosses it away as Page goes to the floor. Archer takes Page down with a cannonball senton and grabs the AEW title belt. Archer tosses Page back into the ring, and then tosses a few chairs into the ring. Archer grabs a barbed wire chair and licks the barbed wire. Archer tosses it into the ring and kicks Page in the head.
Archer sets the ring steps on their side and delivers the Blackout on them. Archer gets Page back into the ring and goes for a power bomb, but Page rips the barbed wire off the chair and hits Archer in the face with it. Page delivers more strikes with a barbed wire, but Page kicks him in the face. Page comes back with a German suplex and deliver the Buckshot Lariat over the referee’s back and sends himself and Archer through one of the tables on the floor. Page gets to his feet and back into the ring as the last second, but Archer does not answer the ten count.
Winner and still AEW World Champion: Adam Page
-After the match, Adam Cole comes to the ring. He grabs the AEW title from the referee and places it over Page’s shoulder. Cole and Page stare each other down, and then Cole turns his back on Page before he leaves the ring.