2/16/22 AEW Dynamite Recap

Feb 16, 2022 - by Michael Riba

The opening credits roll. Excalibur, Jim Ross, and Tony Schiavone are on commentary from Nashville, Tennessee.

CM Punk is in the ring. Punk says there is a locker room full of guys that looked up to him, but MJF isn’t one of them. Punk says MJF claims to be better than everyone, and he admits that MJF did beat him twice last week, but MJF will always be shitty little Max from shitty Long Island. Punk says because of the assist from Jon Moxley last week, he gets to pick the time, place, and match type the next time he and MJF meet. Punk says the match will take place on Sunday, March 6th at Revolution in Orlando, Florida. Punk says he thought about a cage, but he has won more cage matches than he’s lost. Punk says he had to think about matches that have taken the most out of him and that he has left parts of him in the ring. Punk opens a box that is in the ring, and he pulls out a dog collar. Punk says he is going to take years off of MJF’s career, and calls him to the ring. MJF comes to the stage, and Punk holds up an old picture of a younger MJF meeting Punk at an autograph signing. Punk says the price that MJF paid to meet him that day will pale in comparison to the price that MJF will pay at Revolution. MJF drops his mic and walks backstage without saying a word.

Tony Schiavone interviews Christian Cage, Jungle Boy, and Luchasaurus. They will defend their titles in a three-way match at Revolution. Once team will advance next week in a traditional battle royal, and another team will advance in two weeks in a Casino Battle Royale. Cage says a lot of thinks are about to change in AEW’s tag team division, but the one thing that will stay the same is Jungle Boy and Luchasaurus as the champions.

Match #1 – Singles Match: Bryan Danielson vs. Lee Moriarty
Danielson takes Moriarty to the mat and applies a front face-lock. Danielson backs Moriarty into the ropes and delivers a slap. Moriarty comes back and drops Danielson to the mat, but Danielson turns it around and works over Moriarty’s knee. Danielson applies a dragon sleeper, but Moriarty counters out. Moriarty goes for the Motor City Stretch, but Danielson makes it to the ropes and slaps Moriarty across the chest. Danielson comes off the ropes, but Moriarty trips him up and applies a straitjacket hold. Danielson gets free, but Moriarty sends him to the apron with an uppercut. Moriarty goes after him, but Danielson counters and delivers a series of kicks in the ropes. Danielson delivers a knee strike as the show heads to a commercial.
Back from the break, Danielson drives his knees into Moriarty’s midsection after a series of two counts. Danielson gets another two count, and then they lock legs and deliver body shots to each other. Danielson gets the advantage with elbow strikes, but Moriarty turns it into rights and lefts. Danielson counters back into the LeBell Lock, but Moriarty makes it to the ropes. Danielson kicks Moriarty in the face a few times, but Moriarty comes back with a side suplex. They exchange shots, but Moriarty gets a quick two count on a back-slide. Danielson delivers a knee strike, but Moriarty fires up and delivers rights and lefts to Danielson. Danielson comes back with a rolling elbow and goes for a kick, but Moriarty blocks it. Moriarty suplexes Danielson across the ring and goes for the cover, but Danielson kicks out. Moriarty delivers elbow strikes and applies the Motor City Stretch. Danielson counters with a roll-up for two, and then suplexes Moriarty to break the hold. Danielson delivers the Psycho Knee and stomps Moriaty’s head into the mat repeatedly. Danielson applies the triangle sleeper and Moriarty is out.
Winner: Bryan Danielson
-After the match, Danielson says he came out here to teach Moriarty a thing or two about violence. He asks if Moriarty passed or failed, and the crowd says he passed, and Danielson says that’s why he doesn’t trust the public with anything. Danielson says he asked Jon Moxley to team up with him to create a whole new AEW. Danielson says he wants an answer. Moxley comes through the crowd and gets into the ring. Moxley says a little over a decade ago, he was like Moriarty. He was young, angry, poor, and had nothing to lose. He says he took a shot at taking down Danielson and runs down what happened that night. Moxley says he fought tooth and nail, but he came up short. He says taking on the best made him want it more, and says he has come up short every time he has faced Danielson. Moxley says when Danielson came to AEW, he finally had another chance to slay the Dragon, but Danielson doesn’t want to fight him. Moxley says it could be awesome to team with Danielson and could not think of one good reason to say no. Moxley says he thought about it some more, and figured that Danielson wants to join him because he doesn’t want to stand across the ring from him. Moxley says if that is the case, he has already gotten in Danielson’s head. Moxley asks Danielson if he wants to be his partner because of what they can create or because he doesn’t want to stand across from him. Moxley says he isn’t saying yes and he isn’t saying no, and leaves it up to Danielson. Moxley says he doesn’t stand side by side with anybody until he bleeds with them first.

Keith Lee cuts a promo. He says he will be the Face of the Revolution, and the first phase of his impact is done, and phase two will be the ladder match.

Match #2 – Face of the Revolution Qualifying Match: Max Caster (w/Anthony Bowens) vs. Wardlow (w/Shawn Spears)
Wardlow goes for a quick power bomb, but Caster backs into the corner. Wardlow charges in, but Bowens grabs his ankle and trips him up. Caster gets Wardlow in the corner as the show heads to a commercial.
Back from the break, Spears is on the apron as Wardlow has Caster up for a power bomb. Caster hits Wardlow in the head with his chain, and then hits the Mic Drop. Caster goes for the cover, but Wardlow kicks out. Wardlow comes back with a back-body drop and knocks Bowens to the floor. Wardlow begins the Powerbomb Symphony on Caster, and stands on his chest for the pin fall.
Winner: Wardlow
-After the match, Bowens attacks Wardlow and stomps him in the corner. Wardlow comes back and drops him with a powerbomb. Spears finally gets into the ring with his chair as Wardlow celebrates in the corner.

Tony Schiavone is backstage with Dr. Britt Baker, D.M.D., Jamie Hayer, Mercedes Martinez, and Rebel. Martinez says there are no excuses tonight, and Baker reminds her that there is no losing. Baker says when Martinez wins, she will have the best crew in AEW and the best Sensei. Martin Kove (John Kreese in Cobra Kai) walks in, and Baker asks him what happens if Martinez loses. He tells Baker that she knows what to do.

Tony Schiavone interviews the AEW World Champion, Adam Page. Before Page can say anything, Adam Cole interrupts. Cole says Page has been through some battles in AEW, and his Texas Death Match last week was one of the craziest he has seen. Cole tells Schiavone to get out of the ring, and tells Page that he has earned the right to call himself the AEW World Champion. Cole says he has been a World Champion everywhere he has been, and it is a shame that Page’s reign will end soon. Page says he wonders how Cole felt when his friends left and built a wrestling promotion without him, and wonders how Cole feels knowing that the AEW World Championship will be the one that he will never hold. Cole wonders what kind of friend Page is, since The Young Bucks and Dark Order haven’t been around him in months. Page says he is not perfect, but Cole doesn’t have the best of luck with friendships either. Page says Cole getting into the ring with him might be a big regret that he has. Cole says Page is a great wrestler and an unbelievable World Champion, and says Page has always been “the Other Adam” when they are in the same promotion. Page drops his title and microphone and gears up for a fight, but Cole stomps him and tells him he has nothing but love and respect for him. Cole says someday they are going to fight for the title, and when that day comes may the best man win. They shake hands and Cole leaves the ring. Bobby Fish and Kyle O’Reilly rush the ring from behind and attack Page. Cole comes back to the ring and joins in on the attack, and then security guys rush out and try to stop them. Dark Order finally rushes the ring as Cole and reDRagon escape. 10 attacks all of the security guys as the rest of Dark Order try and calm him down.

A video package for tonight’s main event between Darby Allin and Sammy Guevara airs.

Match #3 – Tag Team Match: Chris Jericho and Jake Hager vs. Santana and Ortiz (w/Eddie Kingston)
Santana and Jericho start the match. Jericho pie-faces Santana, and then they exchange shots. Jericho chops Santana against the ropes, but Santana drops him with a clothesline and beats him in the corner. Jericho comes back with a boot to the face, but Santana backs him into the corner with right hands. Santana chops Jericho a few times and takes him down. Santana delivers a dropkick to Jericho’s neck and goes for the cover, but Jericho kicks out. Ortiz tags in and delivers a Manhattan Drop. Santana hits Jericho in the back and Ortiz drops him with a DDT. Ortiz goes for the cover, but Jericho kicks out. Ortiz delivers a fisherman’s suplex and goes for the cover, but Jericho kicks out. Jericho comes back and slams Ortiz to the mat and goes for the cover, but Ortiz kicks out. Hager tags in, and he and Jericho drop Ortiz with a double shoulder tackle. Ortiz fires back with elbow shots to Hager, but Hager drops him with one shot. Ortiz comes back with body shots and more elbows, but Hager throws him across the ring. Hager hits the Hager Bomb and goes for the cover, but Ortiz kicks out as the show heads to a commercial.
Back from the break, Jericho and Ortiz are in the ring. Jericho delivers a suplex and slaps Ortiz in the back of the head a few times. Ortiz comes back with a clothesline, and Hager and Santana tag in. Santana delivers quick shots and slaps him across the back. Santana kicks Hager’s knee and delivers a dropkick. Jericho delivers a Codebreaker to Santana, and then Hager slams Santana to the mat. Hager goes for the cover, but Santana kicks out. Hager takes Santana to the corner and tags Jericho in. Jericho and Hager double-team Santana in the corner, but Santana sends Hager to the floor. Santana delivers a shot to Jericho’s back and kicks him in the face. Jericho comes back with a kick and a bulldog. Jericho goes for the Lionsault, but Ortiz holds onto him and Santana drops Jericho with a Russian Leg Sweep from the ropes. Ortiz dives onto Hager on the floor and Santana goes for the cover, but Jericho kicks out. Ortiz tags in and he and Santana hit the Street Sweeper on Jericho. Ortiz goes for the cover, but Jericho kicks out. Santana tags back in and Ortiz delivers shots to Jericho in the corner.
Santana goes for the cannonball off Ortiz’s back, but Jericho catches him and locks in the Liontamer. Santana makes it to the ropes and Kingston gets on the apron. Jericho drops Kingston with a dropkick and Santana dodges the Judas Effect. Ortiz delivers a shot to Jericho, and Santana drops Jericho with a discus lariat and gets the pin fall.
Winners: Santana and Ortiz
-After the match, Jericho goes after Kingston and they exchange shots. Referees rush out and pull them apart.

Adam Cole, reDRagon, and The Young Bucks are backstage. They ask where the Bucks were during the beat down of Adam Page, and the Bucks say they have done that enough. Cole says he will beat down 10 pretty soon, and the Bucks and reDRagon talk about winning the same battle royal next week. They walk separate ways, and Cole doesn’t know which way to walk.

Match #4 – No Disqualification Match: Mercedes Martinez vs. Thunder Rosa
Rosa attacks Martinez with a chair and gets her into the ring. The bell rings and Rosa delivers a few chops. Martinez goes to the outside, but Rosa follows and slams her into the ring post. Rosa grabs a table, but Martinez comes back and slams her into the ring steps. Martinez tosses chairs into the ring, but Rosa throws her through the barricade. Rosa delivers a few kicks to Martinez and they brawl farther into the stands. Rosa dives off a riser and takes Martinez down with a cross-body as the show heads to a commercial.
Back from the break, the table is propped on the ring apron, and Martinez delivers a fisherman’s buster to Rosa through the table. Martinez grabs a chair and hits Rosa with it a few times. Martinez gets Rosa in the ring and puts her up top. Rosa counters with a hurricanrana, and then hits Martinez with a trash can. Rosa puts the trash can over Martinez and delivers a dropkick. Rosa goes for the cover, but Martinez grabs the bottom rope. Rosa goes up top, but Martinez cuts her off and drops her with a spider German suplex. Martinez connects with an elbow drop and goes for the cover, but Rosa kicks out. Martinez piles up the chairs in the ring and goes for a power bomb, but Rosa counters with a crucifix bomb. Rosa drives Martinez through the chairs with the Thunder Driver and gets the pin fall.
Winner: Thunder Rosa
-After the match, Rosa pulls Martinez to her feet and gives her a bow. Dr. Britt Baker, D.M.D., Jamie Hayter, and Rebel come to the ring. Martin Kove tells Baker to finish her. Rebel and Hayter get into the ring and attack Rosa. Baker gets into the ring with the lead pipe and invites Martinez over. Martinez grabs the pipe, but Hayter attacks Martinez and beats her down as Baker beats down Rosa. Baker, Hayter, and Rebel stand tall as Martinez and Rosa are down in the ring.

A vignette for The House of Black airs. Malakai Black says Death Triangle was the cause of him searching for Brody King, and then King asks who they are waiting for now. A close-up of Black’s face reveals two figures walking behind him in the darkness.

Announced for this Friday’s Rampage: Slam Dunk:
-Face of the Revolution Qualifying Match: Dante Martin vs. Powerhouse Hobbs
-5-Minute Rookie Challenge: Serena Deeb vs. TBA
-10 vs. Adam Cole
-Jay White vs. Trent Beretta

Announced for next Wednesday’s Dynamite:
-#1 Contender’s (AEW Tag Team Championship) Battle Royale
-PAC and Penta El Zero Miedo vs. The House of Black
-Chris Jericho and Eddie Kington face-to-face

Jay White cuts a promo. He says he is the leader of the Bullet Club and Kenny Omega left New Japan because of him, and because of that AEW exists because of him. He says he will take care of Trent Beretta on Rampage.

Match #5 – AEW TNT Championship Match: Sammy Guevara vs. Darby Allin (w/Sting)
They shake hands and lock up. neither man gains the advantage, and then they lock up again. Guevara backs Allin into the ropes, but Allin turns it into a side-headlock. Allin takes Guevara down, and after a few quick pin attempts, Guevara gets to his feet. Guevara gets free of the headlock, but Allin sends him to the corner. Allin charges, but Guevara dodges and delivers a kick to the head. Guevara slams Allin on the top turnbuckle and Allin falls to the floor. Guevara gets Allin back into the ring and goes for the cover, but Allin kicks out. Guevara drapes Allin over the top rope and connects with a senton that sends Allin to the floor as the show heads to a commercial.
Back from the break, Guevara and Allin exchange shots. Allin connects with a couple of Coffin Splashes and drops Guevara to the mat. Allin delivers another Coffin Splash, this one to Guevara’s knee. Allin continues to work over Guevara’s knee and gets him in the corner. Allin hangs Guevara upside down and stretches out his knee. Allin climbs up and applies a single-leg Boston Crab in the ropes. Guevara pulls himself up and delivers a headbutt. Guevara delivers an avalanche Spanish Fly and goes for the cover, but Allin kicks out. Guevara sets up for Cross Rhodes, but Allin shoves him away. Guevara comes off the ropes for a cutter, but Allin counters and drops him to the mat. Allin locks in a Figure Four, and they exchange the hold and reverse the pressure. They slap each other in the face repeatedly, and then the hold is broken. Guevara charges in the corner, but ALlin dodges it and goes for the Stunner. Guevara counters and goes for the GTH, but Allin counters into the Last Supper pin, but Guevara kicks out. Allin hits the Stunner and Guevara rolls to the floor. Allin comes through the ropes for a dive, but Guevara counters with a cutter on the floor.
Guevara puts Allin back into the ring and goes for a senton on the apron, but Allin dodges it and Guevara crashes to the floor. Allin gets Guevara back into the ring and goes up top. Jose gets on the apron, but Sting pulls him down and slams him into the barricade. Andrade El Idolo trips Allin on the top and hits him with the tablet. Guevara grabs Allin and delivers the GTH and gets the pin fall.
Winner and still AEW TNT Champion: Sammy Guevara
-After the match, Matt Hardy rushes the ring and beats down Allin. Guevara gets back into the ring and Hardy leaves. Idolo hits Guevara in the back with the tablet as Sting gets in Hardy’s face. Idolo picks up the TNT title belts as Sting gets into the ring with his bat. Idolo and Hardy leave the ring as Sting stares them down. Idolo holds the titles in the air and he and Hardy stare at Sting as the show comes to a close.

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