1/25/23 AEW Dynamite Recap

Jan 25, 2023 - by Michael Riba

The opening credits roll. Excalibur, Taz, and Tony Schiavone are on commentary from Lexington, Kentucky.

Match #1 – Tag Team Match: Action Andretti and Ricky Starks vs. The Jericho Appreciation Society (Chris Jericho and Sammy Guevara) (w/Daniel Garcia)
Andretti and Guevara start the match. Andretti applies a side-headlock, but Guevara gets free. Andretti goes into a waist-lock, and then trips Guevara  couple times. Andretti gets a quick roll-up for two, and then they stand at a stalemate. Guevara delivers a thrust kick and chops Andretti in the corner. Andretti comes back with a hurricanrana, but Guevara rolls to the floor. Andretti delivers a springboard dropkick, but Guevara comes back with a dropkick of his own. Guevara chops Andretti and gets him back into the ring. Andretti comes back and takes out Garcia with a dive, and then Guevara takes Andretti out with a dive. Guevara gets Andretti back into the ring and goes for a hurricanrana, but Andretti lands on his feet. Andretti delivers a Spanish Fly and goes for the cover, but Guevara kicks out. Jericho and Starks tag in and exchange chops. Starks drops Jericho with a clothesline and catapults him into the turnbuckle. Starks knocks Guevara to the floor with an elbow shot, and then chops Jericho again. Starks walks the ropes, but Guevara comes back and drops him with a cutter. Jericho goes for the cover, but Starks kicks out.
Jericho drops Starks with a slam and tags in Guevara. Guevara delivers a few shots and Jericho tags right back in. Jericho slams Starks and tags Guevara back in. Jericho and Starks drop Starks with a double forearm shot. Starks comes back with a shot to Guevara and tags in Andretti. Andretti delivers an elbow strike and a clothesline to Guevara. Andretti delivers a shot to Jericho and drops Starks and Jericho with a back-breaker/neck-breaker combination. Andretti takes Jericho and Guevara out with a pair of dives and gets Guevara back into the ring. Starks drops Guevara with a DDT and Andretti takes him down with a springboard moonsault. Andretti goes for the cover, but Guevara kicks out. Guevara comes back and he and Andretti take each other down with simultaneous cross-bodies. Jericho and Starks tag in and Jericho drops Andretti with a shot. Starks delivers a Spear and goes for the cover, but Guevara breaks it up. Guevara hits Jericho with an accidental elbow, and Starks sends Guevara to the floor. Starks gets a roll-up for two, and then drops Jericho with a Liger Bomb. Starks goes for another cover, but Jericho kicks out again.
Andretti tags in and splashes onto Jericho with help from Starks. Andretti delivers an enzuigiri and goes for a split-legged moonsault, but Jericho gets his knees up. Guevara tags in and delivers a jumping knee strike to Andretti. Guevara goes for the GTH, but Andretti delivers a knee strike and an enzuigiri. Jericho pulls Andretti’s hair and pokes him in the eye, but Starks slams Jericho into the ring post. Andretti delivers a reverse-rana and a neck-breaker to Guevara and goes for the cover, but Guevara kicks out. Starks delivers Rochambeau to Jericho on the floor and Guevara delivers a knee to Andretti in the ring. Guevara goes for a cutter from the top, but Andretti catches him. Guevara shoves him away and Garcia hits Andretti with the baseball bat. Guevara delivers the GTH to Andretti and gets the pin fall.
Winners: The Jericho Appreciation Society

A video package in memory of Jay Briscoe airs.

Match #2 – AEW TNT Championship Match: Darby Allin (c) (w/Sting) vs. Buddy Matthews (w/Julia Hart)
It’s fast-paced from the start and Allin quickly sends Matthews to the outside. Allin goes for a dive, but Matthews catches him and slams him on the apron. Matthews tries to power bomb Allin, but Allin counters and sends Matthews into the barricade. Matthews tries to look for something under the ring, but Allin pulls him back and slams him into the barricade again. Matthews comes back and trips Allin up in the ring skirt, Matthews drops Allin with a Meteora on the apron and then goes for the cover, but Allin kicks out. Allin comes back with a stunner that sends Matthews to the floor, and then delivers a Coffin Drop on the floor. Allin gets Matthews back into the ring, but the lights go out. They come back on and Brody King and Malakai Black have Sting backed up at ringside. Ortiz comes out and hits King with a kendo stick. Sting delivers a shot with the baseball bat as Matthews slams Allin to the mat. Matthews goes for the cover, but Allin kicks out as the show heads to a commercial.
Back from the break, Matthews goes for a power bomb from the top, but Allin holds on. Allin delivers a series of right hands and drops Matthews with a reverse-rana. Allin slams Matthews into the barricade, and then slams his head into it a few times. Allin gets Matthews back into the ring and goes for a cross-body, but Matthews tolls through and gets a two count. Allin delivers the crucifix bomb and goes for the cover, but Matthews kicks out at two. They both get up at the seven count and Allin slaps Matthews in the face. Matthews comes back with a few kicks, but Allin dodges a knee strike and delivers a knee strike. Matthews counters the Code Red with a back-slide for a two count. Matthews power bombs Allin in the corner and delivers a curbstomp. Matthews goes for the cover, but Allin kicks out. Allin rolls through a pump-handle slam and gets a two count. Allin delivers the Code Red and goes for the cover, but Matthews kicks out. Allin goes for the Coffin Drop, but Matthews cuts him off and chops him up top. Matthews climbs up and goes for a superplex, but Allin counters with a Scorpion Death Drop. Allin goes for the cover, but Matthews kicks out.
Allin goes for the Coffin Drop, but Matthews rolls to the apron. Allin delivers a few shots and delivers the Coffin Drop as Matthews was draped over the middle rope. Matthews rolls back into the ring from the contact and Allin gets the pin fall.
Winner and still AEW TNT Champion: Darby Allin
-After the match, Schiavone interviews Allin. Before Allin can speak, Samoa Joe appears on the screen. Joe says crimes of theft used to be paid for by having your hand cut off. Joe says in his kingdom, he is coming to take what was his and what was stolen from him. Joe says the king will not be usurped by a man like Allin, and Allin will learn that taking the title was the biggest mistake of his career.

A new vignette airs for Adam Cole. He says his recovery process was one step forward and two steps back, but now all of his hard work and determination is paying off. Cole says he is working every day to become a brand new Adam Cole, and can rest easy knowing that he is going to have the chance to tangle with some of the very best wrestlers. Cole says he doesn’t know when that day is coming, but it is coming soon.

Match #3 – Tag Team Match: Ethan Page and Matt Hardy (w/Isiah Kassidy and Stokely Hathaway) vs. JungleHook (Jack Perry and Hook)
Perry and Hardy start the match, but Page immediately tags in. Perry delivers a few chops and drops Page with a hurricanrana. Page comes back and backs Perry into the corner, and Hardy tags in. All four men get face-to-face, and then Page pie-faces Hook. Hook chases Page on the floor, but Page slams him into the apron. Page goes for Ego’s Edge, but Perry drops Page with a dive. Perry delivers a few elbows to Hardy and kicks him in the chest. Page trips Perry in the ring and Hardy puts Perry up top. Page tags in and he and Hardy double-team Perry with a double-suplex as the show heads to a commercial break.
Back from the break, Page has Perry in a wrist-lock and tags in Hardy. Hardy delivers a double ax-handle and tags Page right back in. Hardy applies a wrist-lock and Page goes for a double ax-handle, but Perry kicks him in the midsection. Perry takes Hardy to the outside and tags in Hook. Hook delivers shots to Page and drops Hardy back into the floor. Page delivers a back-elbow, but Hook drops him with a T-bone suplex. Perry tags back in and Page sends Hook to the apron. Hook goes for the Redrum, but Hardy pulls Hook to the floor and slams him into the apron. Perry takes Page down and goes for the cover, but Page kicks out. Hardy tags in and drops Perry with the Side Effect. Hardy goes for the Twist of Fate, but Page wants to tag in. Hardy tags him in and Page goes for the Twist of Fate, but Perry rolls through and applies the Snare Trap. Hardy reaches for the tag, but Hook pulls him off the apron and Page tags out.
Winners: JungleHook
-After the match, Perry and Hook leave the ring together as Hardy argues with Page on the floor.

Billy Gunn, The Acclaimed, and The Gunns attended family therapy earlier this week. Gunn asks his sons when they became so entitled and turned into brats. They say he was never around when they were kids and asks him when they will come first. Anthony Bowens calls them pieces of shit and says they were jealous when Gunn gave The Acclaimed his attention. Max Caster says The Gunns wouldn’t be on their level even with their dad’s help, and The Gunns say they were always there to help The Acclaimed back in the day. Gunn gets everyone quiet and says his sons took the easy way out. The Gunns say their attitudes are due to his failure as a father. He asks what will make them happy, and they say the AEW World Tag Team Championship and walk away.

Renee Paquette interviews Adam Page. She says he was vague in his answers last week and asks him if he can explain more about what he meant. Page says his issues with Jon Moxley started in Ohio, and they are 1-1 against each other. He says next week they are in Ohio next week, and he wants to knock out Moxley. Wheeler Yuta walks up and says it’ll be impossible for Page to knock Moxley out and says Page is running his mouth a lot. Yuta challenges Page to a match on Rampage this Friday, and Page accepts and asks Yuta why he thinks what happened to Moxley won’t happen to him.

Match #4 – Singles Match: Brian Cage (w/Prince Nana) vs. Bryan Danielson
Cage shoves Danielson away easily, but Danielson comes back for a knuckle-lock. Cage powers Danielson down, but Danielson comes back and tries to trip Cage up. Danielson delivers a kick to the back of Cage’s knee, but Cage backs him into the corner. Cage delivers a few chops, but Danielson comes back with one of his own. Danielson delivers a body shot and quick kicks in the corner, but Cage shoves him away. Danielson ducks a clothesline and gets a crucifix pin for a two count. Danielson delivers elbow strikes, but Cage picks him up. Danielson counters and locks in the LeBell Lock, but Cage gets his foot on the ropes. Cage goes to the floor, but Danielson dropkicks him into the barricade. Danielson sends Cage into the barricade again, this time with a dive, and then dives onto Cage with a cross-body from the top. Danielson kicks Cage in the chest and the knee and gets him back into the ring. Danielson comes off the top, but Cage ducks and press slams him into the turnbuckles. Cage delivers a running back elbow and an enzuigiri in the corner. Cage drops Danielson with a German suplex and slams him shoulder-first onto the apron as the show heads for a commercial.
Back from the break, Cage has Danielson in a bear-hug, but Danielson comes back with a series of headbutts. Danielson delivers a series of kicks into the corner, but Cage comes back with a shot to Danielson’s arm and a running forearm shot. Cage catches Danielson off the ropes and delivers a shoulder-breaker. Cage drops Danielson with a German suplex from the middle rope and goes for the cover, but Danielson kicks out. Cage kicks Danielson in the face and climbs up top. Danielson counters with a few shots and forearms. Danielson delivers a corner dropkick and drops him with a superplex. Danielson delivers a series of kicks to the chest and then one to the head. Danielson goes for the cover, but Cage kicks out. Danielson stomps on Cage’s head repeatedly, and then goes for a triangle choke. Cage counters out, but Danielson rolls through and picks his ankle. Danielson delivers a German suplex, but Cage comes back with a clothesline. Danielson comes back with a rolling elbow, but Cage delivers a Buckle Bomb. Cage delivers another power bomb, but Danielson comes back and rolls through a third power bomb attempt and gets the pin fall.
Winner: Bryan Danielson
-After the match, Cage attacks Danielson and slams him to the mat. MJF comes to ringside. MJF clears off the timekeeper’s table and grabs a chair. Cage tosses Danielson to the floor and sets the chair up on the floor. Cage puts Danielson’s arm in the chair and slams it into the ring post. MJF tells Cage to get Danielson back into the ring, and he does. MJF gets into the ring and grinds his shoe on Danielson’s arm and wrist. MJF delivers right hands to Danielson and tells Cage to bring the chair in the ring. Cage puts Danielson’s arm in the chair again and holds Danielson down. MJF goes to stomp on the chair from the middle rope, but Konosuke Takeshita rushes the ring to make the save. MJF escapes, but Takeshita delivers shots to Cage and drops him with a jumping knee strike. Takeshita, the referee, and the doctor check on Danielson in the ring.

Backstage, Paquette enters the doctor’s room and the doctor says Danielson’s shoulder isn’t looking in. Danielson asks if he can wrestle or not, and the doctor says he can’t. Danielson sets he has wrestled sixty minutes with a separate shoulder, and nobody is going to stop him. He says MJF is afraid of him in every way and he is going to show the entire world that MJF is a fraud.

Match #5 – Singles Match: Ruby Soho vs. Toni Storm
Storm ducks to the floor before Soho can get to her. Storm comes back in and slams Soho down by her hair. Soho comes back and they exchange forearm shots. Storm kicks Soho in the face and chokes her with her boot in the corner. Storm goes for a DDT, but Soho counters and delivers a series of elbow strikes to Storm in the corner. Soho delivers a right hand, but Storm sends her to the apron. Soho delivers a right hand again, but Storm pokes her in the eye and sends her to the floor with a hip attack. Storm goes after her, but Storm delivers a right hand and slams her into the barricade. Storm slams Soho into the apron and then the ring post. Storm slams Soho into the barricade again and gets back into the ring as the show heads to a commercial.
Back from the break, Soho comes back with a back elbow strike. Soho slams Storm’s face into the turnbuckle, and then drops her with a suplex. Soho delivers another suplex and delivers a few shots and a spin kick to the midsection. Soho takes Storm down and goes for Destination Unknown. Storm counters with a roll-up with a handful of tights, but Soho kicks out. Soho comes back with a No Future and goes for the cover, but Storm kicks out. Soho goes up top, but Storm moves out of the way. Soho knees Storm in the face and the referee holds Soho back as Storm grabs at her face. Storm pulls Soho into the ropes and sends her into the corner. Storm delivers a hip attack and then a spinning DDT. Storm goes for the cover, but Soho kicks out. Storm sets up for Storm Zero, but Dr. Britt Baker, D.M.D.’s music hits and she distracts Storm from the stage. Soho delivers Destination Unknown and gets the pin fall.
Winner: Ruby Soho

MJF cuts a promo backstage. He talks about Takeshita. He says Takeshita is talented in the ring, but he is a bit of a smooth brain. MJF tells Takeshita to stay out of his business or there will be consequences. MJF says the fans think Danielson is a hero, but he knows Danielson is obsessed. MJF says the belt makes him better than Danielson, and Danielson knows it. MJF says Danielson has a hole in his soul and he is trying to fill it, but MJF isn’t the guy to fill it against. MJF tells Danielson tonight was just the tip of the iceberg, and he doesn’t want MJF to make the pain mental. MJF says he made a phone call to Danielson’s next opponent, and a video package airs for Timothy Thatcher.

Announced for this Friday’s Rampage:
-AEW Women’s World Championship Eliminator Match: Jamie Hayter vs. Emi Sakura
-Adam Page vs. Wheeler Yuta
-Powerhouse Hobbs in action

Announced for next Wednesday’s Dynamite:
-AEW TNT Championship – No Holds Barred Match: Darby Allin (c) vs. Samoa Joe
-Adam Page vs. Jon Moxley
-Bryan Danielson vs. Timothy Thatcher
-The Acclaimed in action

Caprice Coleman and Ian Riccaboni replace Taz and Tony Schiavone on commentary for the main event.

Match #6 – Singles Match: Jay Lethal vs. Mark Briscoe
They shake hands before the match and then lock up. Briscoe takes Lethal down with a side-headlock take down, but Lethal gets free. Briscoe applies a wrist-lock, but Lethal sends him off the ropes. Briscoe drops Lethal with an arm-drag and then follows with a scoop slam. They stand at a stalemate, and then Lethal backs Briscoe into the corner. Lethal delivers a chop, but Briscoe comes back with one of his own. They exchange more chops now and Briscoe clotheslines Lethal in the corner. Briscoe delivers a low dropkick and follows with an uppercut. Lethal comes back with a hip-toss and a dropkick, bit Briscoe backs him against the ropes and delivers a neck-breaker. Briscoe goes for the cover, but Lethal kicks out as the show heads to a commercial.
Back from the break, Briscoe throat punches Lethal into the corner and then goes up top after a couple of more shots. Briscoe comes down with a shot and delivers an enzuigiri. Briscoe connects with a splash in the corner and puts Lethal up top. Briscoe delivers an uppercut and slams Lethal back to the mat. Briscoe goes for the cover, but Lethal kicks out. Briscoe sets up for the Jay Driller, but Lethal fights out. Briscoe delivers a few open-hand shots and goes for a neck-breaker, but Lethal counters with the Lethal Combination. Lethal goes for the cover, but Briscoe kicks out. Lethal goes for the Figure Four, but Briscoe counters with a roll-up for two. Lethal delivers an enzuigiri and slams Briscoe down. Lethal delivers the Lethal Injection, but Briscoe rolls to the floor. Lethal follows him out, but Briscoe delivers a chop to the neck. Lethal slams Briscoe into the barricade and  takes him to the timekeeper’s table. Lethal puts Briscoe on the table and goes up top. Briscoe runs back in the ring and cuts him off, and then knocks him to the floor. Briscoe delivers a dropkick and drops Lethal with a Blockbuster from the apron.
Briscoe uppercuts Lethal and puts him on the timekeeper’s table. Briscoe goes up top and delivers an elbow drop. Briscoe gets Lethal back into the ring and goes for the cover, but Lethal kicks out. Briscoe goes for another quick cover, but Lethal kicks out again. Briscoe drops Lethal with a running clothesline and then delivers the Jay Driller for the pin fall.
Winner: Mark Briscoe
-After the match, the locker room empties and everyone stands on the stage and claps. Briscoe and Lethal hug in the ring, as an “In Memory” graphic for Jay Briscoe is shown on the screen. Lethal leaves the ring and hugs Sonjay Dutt on the stage, as Briscoe walks around the ring and thanks the fans. Briscoe leaves the ring and hugs Christopher Daniels, Tony Khan, and others on the stage. Briscoe holds the ROH World Tag Team titles in the air as the show comes to a close.

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