AEW Dynamite Results and Review (1/4/23): Bryan Danielson Challenges MJF
AEW Dynamite was packed full of action. There were some really great matches, plus there were two titles on the line.
This was the first Dynamite of 2023 as AEW debuted its new look. They updated their entranceway and finally gave the announcers a proper desk, which were two things I said they needed to change with their new look.
This Dynamite felt special, and that was mostly due to the Seattle crowd, which was alive for the entire night and really added to the show. There were also a few hometown heroes wrestling on the card, so this show felt like a pay-per-view.
With so much that happened, let’s go over everything that went down on AEW Dynamite.
Ricky Starks def. Chris Jericho
The Acclaimed def. Jeff Jarrett & Jay Lethal
Bryan Danielson def. Tony Nese
Swerve Strickland def. AR Fox
Jade Cargill & Red Velvet def. Kiera Hogan & Skye Blue
Darby Allin def. Samoa Joe
Chris Jericho vs. Ricky Starks
Chris Jericho kicked off AEW Dynamite by fighting Ricky Starks.
Last week, Starks was cutting a promo about what’s next for him. He didn’t get far before Chris Jericho and the Jericho Appreciation Society came out and interrupted him. Jericho tried to get Starks to join the group, but Starks declined, leading us to this match. Jericho outsmarted Starks in the early goings, but Starks quickly gained some momentum and held his own.
But the numbers became too much for him to handle as Matt Menard and Angelo Parker came into play. Parker distracted the ref while Menard hit Starks in the head with Jericho’s baseball bat, Floyd. Also, Jericho had the Walls of Jericho locked in for this as well. Still, it wasn’t enough to put Starks out as he escaped the submission and went on the offense. The match went back and forth for a little before Starks got the upper hand and hit Chris Jericho with a spear to win the match.
Hangman Page Interview
Tony Schiavone was in the ring interviewing Hangman Page, who suffered a concussion at the hands of Jon Moxley a few weeks ago.
Page hasn’t been seen or heard from until recently and he wants revenge on Moxley. He said that he isn’t cleared yet to wrestle but was going to fly home and get another scan to see if he can challenge Moxley next week on AEW Dynamite. It wasn’t long before Moxley came out and met Hangman Page face-to-face. The two went back and forth in an epic promo that really helped build anticipation for this match.
AEW Tag Team Championship Match
Jeff Jarrett and Jay Lethal vs. The Acclaimed (c)
There has been a lot of hate built up between Jeff Jarrett and Max Caster from Caster’s new music video that aired last week on AEW Dynamite. He took some personal shots at Jarett and his wife, and they took the drama to Twitter. So, these two men finally had the opportunity to get their hands on each other.
The match was pretty even, but Jarrett and Lethal did have the numbers advantage on the outside. Also, they are way more experienced in the ring than Caster and Anthony Bowens and it showed. The two teams were constantly taunting each other throughout the match, but Jarrett and Jay Lethal outsmarted The Acclaimed to win the Tag Titles, or did they?
Lethal rolled up Bowens and put his feet on the ropes for leverage and won the match. But another referee saw this and overruled this decision. So, the match continued, but it wasn’t for long as Bowens rolled up Lethal and won the match.
Jamie Hayter and Britt Baker Interview
Schiavone had an interview with the AEW Women’s World Champion, Jamie Hayter, and Britt Baker. They talked about if they were scared about who Saraya was going to pick to be her partner next week on AEW Dynamite. But they didn’t claim to be scared and they looked more ready than ever before.
Backstage with Jack Perry
Jack Perry was backstage talking about how he didn’t think he would find another friend in AEW since his feud with Luchasaurus and Christian Cage. HOOK has been coming to the aid of Perry and so he challenged Lee Moriarty and Big Bill to a match next week on AEW Dynamite.
Bryan Danielson vs. Tony Nese
Bryan Danielson has his eyes set on the AEW World Champion, MJF. But this week he was taking on Tony Nese. Nese came out of the gates firing and threw Danielson off. But it didn’t take long for Danielson to regain himself and ultimately dominate the rest of the match. Danielson got the win in an easy fashion but didn’t waste any time calling out MJF. So out came MJF and Danielson told him he wanted to fight.
MJF told him he could challenge him for the AEW World Championship at Revolution if Danielson wrestled every week on Dynamite and won leading up to the pay-per-view. Danielson agreed if he could pick the stipulation for their match at Revolution. MJF agreed and Danielson announced it was going to be a one-hour Iron Man Match. An Iron Man Match is when they set a specific time limit on the match and whoever gets the most pinfalls in that time, wins.
Swerve Strickland vs. AR Fox
This was Swerve Strickland’s first match since leaving Kieth Lee and creating the Mogul Affiliates. Strickland really has turned his new attitude up a notch and took his frustrations out on AR Fox. Fox and Strickland have a long and rich rivalry that spans various promotions. The match itself was brutal and hard-hitting. Swerve hit Fox with a Death Valley Driver on the apron and then rolled him into the ring and hit his double stomp. Giving him the win on AEW Dynamite in a dominant fashion.
Saraya, Toni Storm, And Hikaru Shida Interview
Renee Paquette was backstage interviewing Toni Storm, Saraya, and Hikaru Shida. Saraya was going to announce who her partner was going to be for her match next week on AEW Dynamite. Ultimately, Saraya picked Toni Storm, but passive-aggressively threw some shots at Hikaru Shida as well. You could tell Shida was upset and even took to Twitter to air her frustrations.
Colten and Austin Gunn walked down to the ring with a sad attitude. They were walking out to FTR’s funeral. Colten and Austin went into the ring and acted as if FTR was dead since they beat them a few weeks ago. FTR isn’t really dead, Austina and Colten were just cracking jokes that their career was dead. FTR wasn’t in the building so the Gunns got to do everything they wanted. This was a pretty entertaining segment, but also despicable.
Jade Cargill and Red Velvet vs. Kiera Hogan and Skye Blue
Jade Cargill and Red Velvet have seemingly been having some issues in the Baddies as of late. While nothing has been aired, you can just tell by their body language. This week, they’re taking on a former member of the Baddies, Kiera Hogan, and Skye Blue. Cargill was bossing Velvet around for the entire match. But Velvet decided she had enough and left the match in the middle of it. That didn’t affect Cargill as she still got the victory and remains undefeated in AEW.
TNT Championship Match
Darby Allin vs. Samoa Joe (c)
Darby Allin was in his home in Seattle this week on AEW Dynamite. The crowd was fully behind him, which played a major part in the match. But it didn’t take long for the fight to begin. Samoa Joe put his hands on Nick Wayne, Buddy Wayne’s son, who trained Darby Allin. So Allin came flying out of the ring and the two were fighting before the bell even rang. They fought for a while on the outside but eventually made their way back into the ring.
Joe and Allin went back and forth, but Allin’s speed and resilience were too much for Samoa Joe. Darby Allin hit two coffin drops and became the new TNT Champion in his hometown. Out came Sting to celebrate with him as confetti rained down on AEW Dynamite.