1/6/23 AEW Battle of the Belts V Recap
Chris Jericho, Excalibur, Jim Ross, and Tony Schiavone are still on commentary, as Darby Allin slaps hands with fans around the ring after his successful defense of the AEW TBS Championship.
Match #1 – AEW World Tag Team Championship – No Holds Barred Match: The Acclaimed (Anthony Bowens and Max Caster) (w/Daddy Ass Billy Gunn) vs. Jay Lethal and Jeff Jarrett (w/Satnam Singh and Sonjay Dutt)
Lethal and Jarrett attack The Acclaimed at the bell and take them to the floor. Jarrett slams Caster into the barricade and hits him with a chair. Lethal takes Bowens up the ramp and applies the Figure Four, but they roll down the ramp and exchange the pressure of the hold all the way down. Bowens gets Jarrett in the ring and they exchange shots. Bowens kicks Jarrett in the face and drops him with a flipping neck-breaker. Bowens goes for the cover, but Jarrett kicks out. Lethal tags in, but Bowens delivers elbow strikes to the back of his head. Caster tags in and The Acclaimed deliver a double suplex. Caster goes for the cover, but Lethal kicks out. Caster goes outside, slaps Singh, and then drops Lethal with a dropkick back in the ring. Bowens tags back in, and The Acclaimed double team both he and Jarrett. Jarrett comes back and shoves Bowens to the floor, but Caster drops Jarrett with a right hand. Lethal takes Bowens out with a dive, and then Jarrett sends Caster to the floor as well as the show heads to a commercial.
Back from the break, Jarrett and Lethal double-team Bowens in the corner. Bowens fights back against Lethal and drops him with a clothesline. Caster and Jarrett tag in and Caster drops Jarrett and Lethal with clotheslines. Caster sends Lethal out and drops Jarrett with a kick to the face. Caster drops Jarrett with an Olympic Slam and applies an ankle lock and as Jarrett is about to tap, Lethal drops an elbow on the referee. Gunn pulls Lethal to the floor, but Singh attacks Caster and slams him into the steps. Bowens drops Jarrett in the ring and covers him, but the referee is still out. Another ref runs down and makes the count, but Jarrett kicks out. Lethal tags in, but Gunn slams him into the barricade. Jarrett grabs the guitar, but Gunn gets into the ring. Jarrett low blows him and Bowens grabs the boom box. Dutt pulls Bowens down and his face hits the boom box. Gunn steals the guitar, but Singh gets into the ring. Gunn hits Singh with the guitar and Jarrett drops Gunn with The Strike. Caster comes back and slams Jarrett, but Singh drops The Acclaimed with a double choke slam. Singh choke slams the referee now and Dutt gets into the ring.
Singh hands the referee jersey to Dutt, who puts it on. Lethal hits the Lethal Injection on Bowens and Dutt goes for the count, but Aubrey Edwards pulls him out of the ring. They both slid into the ring and stared down, then she broke his pencil and shoved him out of the ring. Bowens drops Lethal with the Arrival, Caster hits the Mic Drop, and Bowens gets the pin fall.
Winners and still AEW World Tag Team Champions: The Acclaimed
Powerhouse Hobbs cuts a promo. He says every single thing that has happened to him is in the Book of Hobbs, and everything that has happened to him will happen to everyone else.
Eddie Kingston and Ortiz cut a promo about The House of Black. Ortiz talks about The House’s riddles, and he questions Kingston why they are only talking about him. Kingston says they will meet The House on Wednesday, and then Ortiz can question him then.
Match #2 – AEW TBS Championship Match: Jade Cargill (c) (w/Leila Grey) vs. Skye Blue
Cargill shoves the title in Blue’s face, but Blue comes back with right hands as the bell rings. Blue goes for a cross-body, but Cargill catches her. Blue counters and slams Cargill down for a two count. Blue gets another quick two count, and then Cargill rolls to the floor. Cargill comes back, but Blue sends her to the corner. Blue charges, but Cargill dodges and sends her to the floor with a forearm shot. Cargill follows and kicks Blue in the midsection. Cargill choke slams Blue on the ramp and gets back into the ring. Red Velvet comes to the stage and stares down Cargill as Blue gets into the ring at the nine count. Cargill slams Blue into the turnbuckle a few times as the show heads to a commercial.
Back from the break, Blue fights back with a few quick shots and takes Cargill down. Blue delivers an enzuigiri and goes for a half-Nelson slam, but Cargill shoves her away and drops her with a kick to the face. Velvet walks to ringside as Blue gets back into the ring. Velvet slaps Grey in the face and Cargill goes for Jaded. Blue rolls through and gets a two count, and then delivers a superkick. Blue drops Cargill with Code Blue and goes for the cover, but Cargill kicks out. Blue charges, but Cargill puts her on the apron. Blue delivers a shot to Cargill, and then one to Grey. Blue comes back in off the top, but Cargill catches her and delivers Jaded for the pin fall.
Winner and still AEW TBS Champion: Jade Cargill
-After the match, Cargill flips Velvet off and mouths at her before leaving the ring.
Lexy Nair interviews Stokely Hathaway, Big Bill, and Lee Moriarty backstage. Hathaway says they will put Hook and Jack Perry in the dirt in LA on Wednesday since LA is where celebrities go to die.
Anna Jay A.S. and Tay Melo vs. Ruby Soho and Willow Nightingale is announced for a Tag Team Street Fight for next Friday’s Rampage.
Match #3 – AEW All-Atlantic Championship Match: Orange Cassidy (c) (w/Danhausen) vs. Kip Sabian (w/Penelope Ford)
Sabian dodges an Orange Punch and applies a side-headlock. Sabian takes Cassidy down a few times, but Cassidy comes back with a side-headlock. Cassidy drops Sabian with a shoulder tackle and delivers right hands on the mat. Sabian rolls to the floor and sits down in a chair. Ford puts Cassidy’s sunglasses on Sabian, and Cassidy goes after him. Sabian runs through the ring to dodge him, and then The Bunny comes to ringside as well. Sabian kicks Cassidy in the midsection and slams him into the barricade. Sabian gets Cassidy back into the ring and stomps him down in the corner. Sabian delivers an enzuigiri that sends Cassidy to the floor and then connects on a moonsault. Sabian shares a hug with Bunny and Ford, and then Danhausen tries to curse him. Sabian bites Danhausen’s finger, but Cassidy delivers an elbow shot. Cassidy gets Sabian back into the ring and connects on a diving cross-body. Cassidy goes for a DDT, but Sabian counters. Cassidy hits the Stundog Millionaire and Sabian goes to the floor. Cassidy goes for a dive, but Sabian catches him and drops him with a neck-breaker. Sabian rolls Cassidy back into the ring and tosses him right back to the floor as the show heads to a commercial.
Back from the break, Sabian slams Cassidy in the corner. Sabian charges, but Cassidy moves and Sabian hits the turnbuckles. Cassidy pulls Sabian up top, but Sabian delivers a few shots. Sabian goes for a sunset flip power bomb, but Cassidy counters and sets up for Beach Break. Sabian counters back, but Cassidy turns it around with a superplex. Cassidy takes off his elbow pad, but Bunny grabs his boot. Danhausen shows the referee and Bunny gets ejected from ringside. Sabian dodges the Orange Punch and goes for a back elbow, but they crack heads. The Butcher and The Blade come to the stage, but Danhausen tries to fight them off. They beat him down and drop him with a kick to the face as Cassidy looks on. Butcher and Blade grab some chairs and sir down on the ramp. Sabian and Cassidy exchange elbow strikes and then Sabian mocks Cassidy with a soft chop. Cassidy delivers a hard one, but Sabian comes back with soft chops and kicks. Cassidy delivers fast fire elbow strikes, and then Sabin comes back with a headbutt. Sabian delivers a trio of knee strikes and goes for the cover, but Cassidy kicks out. Sabian slams Cassidy down and goes for the cover, but Cassidy kicks out. Sabian tosses Cassidy to the floor and Butcher and Blade stand up. They try to slam him on the chairs, but Chuck Taylor and Trent Beretta make the save and attack Butcher and Blade.
Cassidy comes off the ropes, but Sabian catches him and delivers the swinging neck-breaker. Sabian goes for the cover, but Cassidy kicks out. Sabian delivers the Orange Punch, but Cassidy fires up and takes Sabian down with a swinging DDT. Cassidy delivers the PK in the corner and follows with Beach Break. Cassidy goes for the cover, but Sabian kicks out. Cassidy stomps on Sabian in the corner and then he accidentally knocks the referee down. Sabian gets a roll-up for two, and then delivers two Orange Punches for the pin fall.
Winner and still AEW All-Atlantic Champion: Orange Cassidy