After the somber and incredible Brodie Lee tribute show last week, AEW Dynamite showcases their top talent on night one of their two night special New Year’s Smash. What is going to happen on the first night of this two night special? Let’s find out!
AEW Tag Team Champions The Young Bucks defeated The Acclaimed and the Hybrid2
Exactly the match these four teams would expect to put on, with high flying spots and incredible back and forth action. Christopher Daniels picks up the win for his team after the BME. Frankie Kazarian gets on the mic after the match, reminding us that if SCU loses again as a team, they are done as a team. They then challenge the champions to a title match. After, both teams celebrate in the ring.
Jon Moxley Returns!
Moxley makes his return to AEW, to remind us all how dangerous he is. He claims he will give what Omega has coming to him, but respects the career of Rey Fenix and that match he has with Omega tonight.
Wardlow defeated Jake Hagar
As expected, this match was power versus power from start to finish. Wardlow was able show off his incredible power moves, while Hagar resorted to his MMA skills during the match as well. Wardlow defeats Hagar with an F-10, after MJF’s bodyguard threw Hagar back in the ring after being dumped to the floor. After the match, bot Hagar and Wardlow shake hands in solidarity.
Weigh In for the TNT Championship Match Next Week
You could kind of see where this one was headed from the start. After the weigh in, Allin gets on the microphone and challenges all of Team Taz, with his skateboard in hand. However, when Team Taz approaches, the lights go out and the Icon Sting makes his way to the ring. The two share the ring as they have for the past few weeks, with Team Taz retreating once again. A stare down between Allin and Sting ends this segment.
“The American Nightmare” Cody Rhodes defeated Matt Sydal
A very decent match put on by Rhodes and Sydal, with Rhodes dominating early on. Sydal eventually turns the tide, hitting a number of solid offensive moves on Rhodes. Rhodes reverses a jumping knee strike by Sydal into the Cross Rhodes and picks up the win. After the match Rhodes is attacked by Serpentico and Luther. Snoop Dogg, who joined Cody’s corner for the match, hops in the ring to make the save. Snoop Dogg even hits a high flying move from the top rope to take out Serpentico and Luther!
AEW Women’s Champion Hikaru Shida defeated Abadon
Abadon dominates most of this match, including resorting to biting Shida, drawing blood not once, not twice, but three times in the match. Shida was also dragged under the ring at one point, where it was revealed that Abadon had bit Shida on the neck. Shida retains with the running knee strike for the victory.
AEW World Champion Kenny Omega (with Don Callis) defeated Rey Fenix
EXACTLY what you would expect from two world class athletes, this match was high octane from bell to bell! Numerous high spots and impactful moves showcased the talent of both wrestlers. Fenix, in my opinion, is one of the best on the roster, and he showed that in this match. After numerous near falls, Omega hits the One Winged Angel on Fenix to retain.
After the match Callis enters the ring and declares that Omega should finish the career of Rey Fenix. Jon Moxley enters the ring to make the save with a baseball bat wrapped in barbed wire. After Moxley gets a shot with the bat to Omega’s stomach, two men rush the ring. The two men are none other than Impact Wrestling Tag Team Champions Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson! The three men destroy Moxley with repeated stomps, punches and barbed wire bat shots. The AEW wrestlers at ring side try to stop the assault, but are dispatched by the three men. The Young Bucks make their way to the ring to try to reason with Omega, Gallows and Anderson, and in the chaos kick Griff Garrison and Brian Pillman Jr. in the face while they hold Kenny Omega. The end of the show sees all five men holding up the “Too Sweet” gesture!
ONE BAD: Abadon
I am an incredible fan of the character that is Abadon, but I’m not a fan of how she became the number one contender so quickly. Normally being showcased on AEW Dark, Abadon appeared a few weeks ago as a potential challenger to Hikaru Shida. Without a large number of women on the AEW women’s roster to properly push as a top contender, AEW went with Abadon. Was she ready for the match with Shida? Absolutely! However, I would have liked to see Abadon build up the character a bit more slowly, defeating a number of other AEW women’s talents before immediately being thrust into the title picture. Something tells me we won’t be seeing the last of Shida and Abadon this year.
ONE GOOD: THE ENDING
Holy moly, what an ending! The question on everyone’s mind is WHEN and WILL we see the reuniting of the Bullet Club?
THIS…..THIS is what wrestling fans live for! The possibilities here are endless, and the AEW and Impact relationship is just getting started! STRAP IN FOLKS! This is going to be a lot of fun!
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