Posted on 2/01/124 by Bob Magee

Tonight’s episode of AEW DYNAMITE was broadcast live from
the UNO Lakefront Arena in New Orleans, LA!

Excalibur, Tony Schiavone, and “The Human Suplex Machine”
Taz were the broadcast team for tonight’s event.

It’s Wednesday night and you know what that means!

Jeff Hardy vs. Blackpool Combat Club’s Jon Moxley!

CMLL’s Mistico, Hechicero, Mascara Dorada 2.0, and Volador
Jr. were watching from ringside.

Moxley backed Hardy into the corner and pounded him with
strikes. Hardy jumped off the apron and landed on Moxley.
Hardy choked Moxley with Hardy’s towel. Excalibur notified
us that the rules would be relaxed for this match.

Moxley drove Hardy down with a tope suicida! Moxley dumped
Hardy onto the guardrail and then knocked Hardy down with a
clothesline. Moxley stomped on Hardy’s hand. Moxley walloped
Hardy in the chest with round kicks. Jeff Hardy back dropped

Jon Moxley whipped Hardy hard into the turnbuckles. He
followed up by catapulting Jeff’s throat into the bottom
rope. Moxley hurled Hardy into the barricade right in front
of the luchadores. Hardy reversed another throw, this time
whipping Moxley into, and over, the barricade. The
luchadores shoved Moxley, and Mox flipped them off.

Jeff Hardy threw a steel chair into Moxley’s face. Hardy
jumped off the steel ring steps but Moxley anticipated it
and slugged Hardy in the face. Moxley took Excalibur’s pen,
put it threw Jeff’s earlobe, and then twisted it. Hardy had
enough and hit Moxley with a dropkick.

Hardy connected with the Manhattan Drop. Moxley retaliated,
spiking Hardy with a piledriver for a near fall. Hardy
nailed Mox with a Twist of Fate on the apron. Hardy climbed
to the top and flipped onto Moxley for a two-count. Hardy
climbed up again, but Moxley met him up there, raking
Hardy’s back. Moxley superplexed Hardy.

Hardy and Moxley traded strikes in the center of the ring.
Moxley escaped a Twist of Fate and countered with a cutter.
Hardy escaped the Paradigm Shift and countered with a
Russian Leg Sweep. Hardy hit Mox with a stunner and then a
Twist of Fate! Jeff climbed to the top turnbuckle and went
for the Swanton, but Mox moved out of the way. Jeff crashed
and burned. Moxley applied a choke hold and put Jeff Hardy
to sleep! Mox won via ref stoppage!

Moxley offered his hand to Jeff Hardy, but Jeff Hardy
flipped off Moxley.

“I did not expect that out of Jeff Hardy,” said Taz.

The CMLL wrestlers jumped the barricade and got into the
ring! Moxley tried to fend them off, but the odds were too
great. The BCC weren’t in the building tonight, so this was
a 4-on-1 beatdown! The locker room cleared out, forcing the
luchadores to exit the ring!

Dealer’s Choice Match!
“Hangman” Adam Page vs. Toa Liona!

Page was swinging with big right hands. Toa cracked Page in
the ribs with a knee strike. Hangman connected with a
sliding lariat on Toa, right on target. Hangman jumped off
the turnbuckles and delivered two lariats to Toa, but Toa
shrugged them off. Toa flattened Hangman with a diving
crossbody off the apron and onto the arena floor.

Toa pounced on Page with a running shoulder block. The force
sent Page over the top rope and crashing onto the floor. Toa
had Page in the Tree of Woe and then followed up with a
diving headbutt, smashing him like he was a human missile.
Hangman smashed Toa with a tope suicida.

Hangman hit a big cross body press on Toa for a near fall.
Hangman tried for the Dead Eye, but Toa was too much weight,
and he smothered Page. Toa rocked Page with a thrust kick in
the jaw for a near fall. Hangman blocked the Raw Mana and
then swung for the fences with a lariat. Page got Toa up and
drilled him with the Dead Eye! Toa got right back up and
clobbered Page with a headbutt! This time Toa hit the Raw
Mana, but Page kicked out at the two-count!

Toa connected with a running senton on the apron. Toa went
for a moonsault off the apron, but Page dodged it. Page
climbed to the top turnbuckle and hit his own moonsault on
Toa! Page attempted the Buckshot Lariat, Toa ducked it and
hoisted Hangman for a Samoan Drop! Page held on, cradled
Toa, and scored the pin!

“I was just informed by Tony Khan that after Dynamite
tonight, the rankings will be revealed!” said Excalibur.

Toa charged at Hangman, but Hangman ducked, sending Toa
spilling to the floor.

Footage was shown from earlier in the day of EVPs Nicholas
and Matthew Jackson—The Young Bucks—arriving at the arena in
their chauffeured limo!

A production assistant handed them the show format,
accidentally calling them Nick and Matt. Nicholas scolded
the PA, and told him to refer to them as Nicholas and
Matthew. Nicholas also said the PA would be fined because of
that slip up!

Up next: Wardlow (with the Undisputed Kingdom) vs. Komander
(with Alex Abrahantes)!

Adam Cole joined commentary for this match.

Wardlow flung Komander to the mat as Komander tried for a
collar and elbow tie up.

“That’s raw power,” said Adam Cole.

Komander fired back with a pair of dropkicks. Wardlow popped
up Wardlow and power slammed him! Wardlow threw Komander
across the ring, the force spinning Komander like a

Komander walked the ropes and dropkicked Wardlow, creating
an opening for himself. Komander hit the Phoenix Splash for
a near fall. Wardlow power bombed Komander and pinned him!

Roderick Strong: “Komander! You should have taken the deal
that I offered you on Saturday. But now you’re going to pay
the price!”

AEW International Champion Orange Cassidy and the Best
Friends stormed down to the ring to even up the odds!

The fans chanted “Freshly Squeezed! Freshly Squeezed!”

Roderick Strong: “Shut up! Hey, thanks for coming out here.
See ya later.”

Tony Schiavone had a sit down interview with Sting and Darby
Allin, and AEW World Tag Team Champions “Absolute” Ricky
Starks and Bill Big ahead of their title match next week on

Starks: “I just thought it’d be appropriate for both of you
to talk to us since this is about respect now. I wanted to
take this time out to personally tell you Sting, not to
forget that this journey in AEW started with me, Sting.”

Sting: “What did I do? You didn’t tell me what I did?”

Starks: “Well, you had your first win here over me. And that
does not sit right.”

Darby: “You want to talk about respect? That’s what this is
about, right? You’re saying you respect the Icon?”

Starks: “Absolutely.”

Darby: “That’s a load of crap. This is a stepping stone for
you Ricky. You don’t respect Sting. I don’t think you
respect anyone. This man’s career is not a stepping stone!”

Starks: “You’re the one who had to attach yourself to
someone like Sting! The point I am making is next week, two
things are going to happen, and I want you to know. I am
going to retain the AEW World Tag Team Championships, me and
Big Bill are going to be the AEW World Tag Team Champions.
And secondly, I’m going to get my lick back on you. The chip
on my shoulder? Guess what? It ends next week. I am going to
make sure you don’t even make it to your retirement. Darby,
you on the other hand, I have no respect for you. There is
no space in my body for respect for you. Who are you?”

Big Bill: I’m hearing a lot of talking out of Sting and
Darby. You two run your mouths. All you two have done is
brag about how you’re going to go into Revolution without
ever mentioning us. You have done what everyone else here
has done, you’ve overlooked us. Next Wednesday you two
represent everybody else here. And we’re going to take out
all of our frustrations on you two.”

Sting: “Ricky I guess I’ll start out with you. You said I
was the first one that got face to face with you. I kind of
admired something about you in those days because you were
the only one in those days who had balls to get in my face
and talk some smack. And as far as respect goes, you have to
earn that, Ricky. And you, Big Bill, I have faced many big
men before in the ring. The only difference between you and
them is they were killers. I’m not so sure about you yet.”

Darby: “Alright Ricky, I’m just going to end it here. Look,
I respect you, I respect what you do in this ring, but every
time you point the finger at somebody else, there’s only one
person to blame, and that’s you.”

Starks threw his drink into Darby’s face!

Starks: “Hit me!”

Sting: “I’ve always hated talk. Darby will hit you…in
Phoenix. Oh, and I will too.”

ROH World Television Champion Kyle Fletcher (with Don Callis
& Powerhouse Hobbs) vs. Chris Jericho!

Things broke down immediately with Jericho and Fletcher
pummeling one another with stiff shots. Fletcher planted
Jericho with a Michinoku Driver for a near fall! Jericho
connected with a dropkick off the turnbuckles.

Jericho charged after Don Callis outside the ring. Fletcher
caught up with Jericho and blindsided Jericho. Fletcher
kicked Jericho in the spine. Fletcher climbed to the top
turnbuckle, but Jericho met him up there! Jericho sent
Fletcher down hard with a hurricanrana!

Hobbs distracted the ref while Don Callis swept out
Jericho’s leg. Fletcher stomped on Jericho. Chris Jericho
was sent flying with a half and half suplex from Fletcher.
Kyle Fletcher blasted Jericho with a brain buster for a near

Jericho dropped a double sledge from the top. Jericho drove
Fletcher face first into the mat. Jericho was looking for a
lionsault, but Hobbs cracked Jericho while the ref was
distracted by Callis!

“They caught Jericho right in the middle of one of his
favorite moves,” said Schiavone.

Jericho countered a piledriver, sweeping out Fletcher’s legs
and putting on the Walls of Jericho! Fletcher lunged for the
ropes, grabbed them, and forced the ref to break the hold.
Fletcher stunned Jericho with a thrust kick.

Jericho smashed Fletcher with a Code Breaker out of nowhere!
Jericho climbed to the top turnbuckle, but Fletcher blasted
Jericho with a kick. Fletcher planted Jericho with a brain
buster on the corner for a near fall.

Fletcher kicked Jericho in the back of the head and followed
up with a thrust kick. Fletcher ducked the Judas Effect!
Fletcher rocked Jericho with a rolling roundhouse kick!
Fletcher rocketed outside the ring with a tope suicida, but
Jericho countered with the Judas Effect! Powerhouse Hobbs
charged at Jericho, but Jericho side stepped him, sending
Hobbs into the steel ring steps!

Jericho rolled Fletcher back into the ring. Jericho climbed
to the top turnbuckle and nearly decapitated Fletcher with a
Judas Effect off the top! Jericho covered Fletcher and
pinned him!

“Jericho earned that win,” said Schiavone.

“Boy, did he ever. But I want to point out that it took two
Judas Effects to put down Kyle Fletcher,” added Excalibur.

After the match, “The Alpha” Konosuke Takeshita, the man
that will face Jericho on next week’s Dynamite, walked onto
the ramp and stared at Jericho!

Out next: Ring of Honor World Six-Man Tag Team Champions
Bullet Club Gold— “Switchblade” Jay White, and The Gunns—
Austin and Colten…along with AEW World Trios Champions The
Acclaimed and Daddy Ass—The Bang Bang Scissor Gang!

Jay White: “Whoa, whoa, whoa! I love your guys’ thing. I’m a
big fan of scissoring. But don’t forget we have our own
thing, too. Guns up!”

Max Caster: “Yo! Yo! Yo! Listen! You’re looking at the six
men who have dominated trios wrestling for years. But it’s
not just the six of us. There is somebody missing. Bowens,
get Cardblade!”

Colten said they fired Cardblade a long time ago. “Austin,
get the Juiceboard!”

Austin: “If you’re not down with the Bang Bang Scissor Gang,
then we’ve got…”

Daddy Ass grabbed the microphone from Austin’s hands.

Daddy Ass: “I am literally standing right here.”

Austin: “Dad, this is kinda my thing.”

Daddy Ass: “Well it was my thing first. Shall we some him
how to do it? So, if you’re not down with the Bang Bang
Scissor Gang, we got two words for ya! Guns up!”

Taya Valkyrie (with Johnny TV) vs. “The Virtuosa” Deonna

AEW Women’s World Champion “Timeless” Toni Storm was on
commentary for this match. She was accompanied by Luther the
Butler and Mariah May.

Taya grabbed a handful of Deonna hair and pushed her back
into the turnbuckles. Deonna pulled Taya to the mat with a
wristlock. Johnny TV distracted Deonna while Taya speared
Deonna on the ramp!

Back in the ring, Deonna connected with two lariats and a
knee lift. Deonna blasted Taya with a pump kick. Taya fired
back with a sliding lariat. Deonna smashed Taya with a
sliding dropkick. Deonna grabbed Taya and whipped her into

Deonna smacked Taya with a pump kick. Deonna put Taya into a
submission while staring at Toni Storm and forced Taya to
tap out!”

“For the first time all night, Toni Storm with nothing to
say, but perhaps a statement victory by Deonna Purrazzo,”
said Excalibur.

Renee Paquette was backstage with Darby Allin!

Renee: “I would love to talk to you about your admiration
for the Young Bucks.”

Darby: “Excuse me?”

Matthew and Nicholas Jackson showed up wearing headsets.
They said it was a great question and Darby should answer
it. They told Renee she deserved a raise, clearly having put
her up to it.

Darby: “Did you tell her to say that?”

Matthew: “We love you Darb. You’re an AEW Original. ‘Change
the world.’ You fit that quote. Young. Hot. Star. Just like
us. I just have one thing I’m a little perturbed about. Why
are you letting a 65-year old blood sucking leech take more
money from you, out of your pocket. I mean, save some for
the rest of us, am I right, Darb? Once Sting is gone, I have
a really good idea for a new gimmick. Why don’t the three of
us get together and become a new, hot trio?”

Nicholas: “All jokes aside, Darby, we’ve been back for a
month now and you’re ducking, you’re dodging us, you’re
being unprofessional. You got a problem with us or what?”

Darby: “No offense but there’s only one thing on my mind and
that’s the AEW World Tag Team Championships.”

Matthew: “Is that right? I guess we’re going to have to get
his attention a different way.”

Main Event Time! Dealer’s Choice Match!

Swerve Strickland vs. Rob Van Dam!

AEW World Champion Samoa Joe joined the broadcast booth for
this match.

The fans chanted “RVD! RVD! RVD!”

Page appeared on the screen before the match and told Swerve
that not only did Page get to pick the opponent, but he also
got to pick the match. “So tonight, Swerve, you’re wrestling
RVD not in a normal match but in a hardcore match.

RVD hurled a steel chair at Swerve! RVD whipped Swerve into
the guardrail. RVD followed up with a leg lariat! And then
RVD blasted Swerve with a round kick. RVD smashed Swerve
with a leg drop on the apron!

The fans chanted “You still got it! You still got it!”

RVD hoisted Swerve onto the barricade and then rocked him
with a leg drop off the apron! Back in the ring, Swerve
rammed RVD into a steel chair that was propped between the
turnbuckles. Rob used a reversal and sent Swerve into the
chair. RVD followed up with Rolling Thunder.

RVD dropkicked a chair into Swerve’s face, crushing Swerve
in the corner. Swerve countered a monkey flip and power
bombed RVD onto a steel chair for a near fall. RVD deposited
Swerve on the top rope. RVD climbed to the top turnbuckle.
Out of nowhere, Brian Cage jumped up onto the apron and
shoved RVD to the mat!

FTW Champion HOOK sprinted to the ring with a steel chair in

HOOK waffled Cage in the back with a steel chair! HOOK and
Cage brawled ringside as RVD watched on. Swerve snuck up
behind RVD, but RVD reversed Swerve’s grasp and nailed him
with a kick. Swerve dodged the Rolling Thunder and planted
RVD for a near fall.

Swerve set up a steel chair outside the ring. Swerve backed
Van Dam into the chair with a kick. Swerve wrecked RVD with
a stomp from the apron onto the steel chair! The back of
RVD’s head hit the ring steps. Swerve climbed to the top
rope, but RVD threw a chair at Swerve, sending Swerve
crashing off the top rope and down through a table on the
arena floor!

RVD sandwiched Swerve between two steel chairs. RVD
attempted the five-star frog splash, but Swerve dodged it!
Swerve smacked RVD with the House Call Kick, while RVD was
holding a steel chair! The chair went right on target
against RVD’s head! Swerve covered RVD but RVD kicked out at
two! Swerve went to the top rope, but RVD met Swerve up
there. Swerve shoved RVD’s face into the turnbuckle,
knocking RVD to the mat! RVD flipped off Swerve, but
nonetheless, Swerve crushed RVD with the Swerve Stomp and
pinned Van Dam!

Hangman Page marched down to the ring with a microphone!

Adam Page: “Congratulations you evil bastard! Swerve later
tonight the rankings for the AEW World Championship come out
and despite my best efforts, we are both undefeated. So, I
can only assume that we are both at the top of that list.
And you said that you wanted Samoa Joe. You said you wanted
the AEW World Championship. I need you to look in my eyes. I
will never let that happen! Swerve I am the next World
champion. Not you!”

Swerve: “You still just don’t get it. I’ve beaten you twice
now! I got nothing to prove! Not to you, not to anyone else.
You just can’t beat me!”

Adam Page: “You keep saying that because I think you believe
if you say it enough it’ll be true. The two times we fought,
you didn’t beat me. It took all of the Mogul Embassy.
Swerve, I know that man to man, when it counts, you can’t
lace my boots.”

Swerve: “You know what? You must want suffering or
something. But I’ll give you what you want. Me and you! One
more time! This is the third time and after that we are
done! After I move past you, all I care about is that AEW
World Championship!”

Excalibur announced that Tony Khan just made it official!
Next week on Dynamite! Swerve Strickland vs. “Hangman” Adam
Page. The winner gets a shot at the AEW World Championship
at Revolution!

This Friday tune in to AEW RAMPAGE at 10pm ET on TNT

-Top Flight vs. Private Party!

-AEW World Tag Champs “Absolute” Ricky Starks & Big Bill vs.
Dark Order!

-Willow Nightingale vs. Queen Aminata!

-We’ll hear from AEW International Champ Orange Cassidy &
Best Friends!

- CMLL’s Mistico, Hechicero, Mascara Dorada 2.0, & Volador
Jr vs. Christopher Daniels, Matt Sydal, Angelo Parker, &
Matt Menard!

Don’t miss AEW Collision on Saturday on TNT at 8/7c from the
Bert Ogden Arena in Edinburg, TX featuring:

-Continental Crown Champion Eddie Kingston vs. “Bounty
Hunter” Bryan Keith!

- “American Dragon” Bryan Danielson vs. Hechicero!

-And so much more!

Catch AEW DYNAMITE on TBS next Wednesday live at 8/7ct from
the Footprint Center in Phoenix, AZ featuring:

-Trios Match: The Stars of CMLL vs. Blackpool Combat Club!

-Chris Jericho vs. Konosuke Takeshita!

-AEW World Tag Championship Match: Ricky Starks & Big Bill
(c.) vs. Sting & Darby Allin!

-Swerve Strickland vs. Hangman Adam Page: Winner Gets a Shot
at the AEW World Championship at Revolution!

-Plus, Tony Khan will have a HUGE announcement!

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