Inner Circle defeats Top Flight in tag actionThe Inner Circle was in action to kick off the show. The “Demo God” Chris Jericho and MJF were in action with Jake Hager at ringside. The duo would face off against Top Flight, which was set up following an altercation last week. The match would drag on a bit too long for an opening match, but MJF would get the winning pin. Following the match, MJF and Jericho cut a promo. However, technical issues would force a re-filming of the promo. Hager would express aggravation at the absence of Wardlow, who was absent due to a family matter. The aggravation would result in a match next week between Hager and Wardlow.
Sting promo interrupted by Team TazTony Schiavone would interview Sting inside the ring. Schiavone would inquire on what Sting’s motivation is in AEW. Sting would discuss the glory days of professional wrestling and coming up in the business with “The American Dream” Dusty Rhodes. During the interview, he would perform an impression of Dusty talk about “color”, a wrestling term for blood. He would further state that his entrance in AEW was because Dusty’s sons Cody and Dustin Rhodes are leading the charge. Additionally, he would note that he had to be a part of it. However, just as Sting was about to talk about TNT Champion Darby Allin, Team Taz would interrupt. Taz calls Schiavone a jabroni, blaming him for all the hype surrounding Sting’s arrival. He would even make a terrible impression of the “It’s Stiiiiing” catchphrase. Ricky Starks would take the mic and state he doesn’t care about how Sting feels about Allin or Cody. He would additionally note that he’s getting tired of Sting sticking his nose in their business. Just as Taz was urging his team to charge the ring and attack Sting, the lights went out. When the lights came back on, there was backup in the form of Allin. In response, Taz states that he would “take the high road”, calling off his team. However, it came with a condition. Allin will be defending his championship against Brian Cage on the January 6 broadcast.
Other AEW Dynamite momentsJurassic Express would defeat The Dark Order in trios action. Following the match, FTR and Tully Blanchard would cut a promo on the victors. As it appears, it is building towards a match or ongoing feud between the tag teams. PAC defeats The Butcher in singles action. A post-match confrontation between PAC and Lance Archer would take place. Before a fight broke out, Archer would walk away. Kip Sabian and Penelope Ford would come out with Miro for their kayfabe wedding announcement. While discussion took place, Best Friends would interrupt, angering Kip and Miro at first. However, it was a troll. Apparently, Trent was attacked, leaving in a stretcher while Chuck Taylor and Orange Cassidy stand at the back of an ambulance. The “wedding” will take place at AEW Beach Break on February 3 In other action, Dustin Rhodes would defeat Evil Uno, and AEW Women’s Champion Hikaru Shida would win a squash match. A further tease of a future title match between Shida and Abadon would occur. A bonus segment regarding some kayfabe spots, including a title change that didn’t really happen.
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