January 8, 2020
Commentary: Jim Ross, Excalibur, and Tony Schiavone
Results by: Josh Boutwell of Wrestleview.com
Quick Match Results
- Adam Page & Kenny Omega defeated Private Party via One Winged Angel by Omega on Quen
- AEW World Women’s Championship: Riho (c) defeated Kris Statlander via rollup after interference from Awesome Kong
- Sammy Guevara defeated Christopher Daniels via superkick
- Cody Rhodes & Dustin Rhodes defeated The Lucha Brothers via Final Reckoning by Dustin on Fenix
- Jurassic Express defeated Best Friends & Orange Cassidy via hurricanrana into pinfall by Jungle Boy on Chuck Taylor
This week’s episode opens up with our usual commentators alongside longtime Memphis Wrestling commentator Dave Brown joining the team.
Adam Page & Kenny Omega vs. Private Party
Marq Quen and Page will kick this match off in the ring. After some early chain wrestling and counters, Page goes for a Mafia Kick but Quen sidesteps him and the two stare each other down. Page attempts a Vertical Suplex but Quen counters and hits a dropkick.
Isaiah Kassidy tags himself in and hits a Ghetto Stomp to Page and Quen hits him with a Suplex. Kassidy dropkicks Omega off the apron and gets a nearfall on Page. Quen tags back in and Private Party connects with an Atomic Drop/Enziguri combo. Kassidy holds Page in a Camel Clutch as Quen leapfrogs cover him and into a dropkick to the head of Page for another nearfall.
Kassidy tags back in and Page breaks a Double Clothesline attempt and then Suplexes Quen on top of Kassidy! Omega tags in for the first time and they light Kassidy up with a series of chops. Omega give each other a high five to show they are on the same page and then Omega hits a Backbreaker on Kassidy for a nearfall.
Omega tags Page and he blatantly chokes Kassidy in the corner. Kassidy tries to fight his way out but Page cuts him off and then connects with a High Knee after whipping him into the ropes. Omega tags in and Page/Omega whip Kassidy into the ropes. Kassidy slides under the ropes and then pulls Page to the floor. Kassidy sets up for a springboard but Omega cuts him off.
Kassidy then hits a Slingshot Flatliner over the top onto Omega in the ring. Both Page and Quen tag in as Quen hits a Springboard Flying Cross Body. Quen then hits a Tope Suicida onto Omega on one side and a Plancha onto Page on the other side. Quen then hits a Somersault Plancha onto Omega and a Fosburry Flop on Page!
Back in the ring, Quen hits a 450-Splash on Page for a close nearfall. Kassidy tags Quen and then Private Party hit an Assisted Head Scissors Takeover/Spanish Fly combo for a nearfall until Omega broke it up.
Kassidy attempts a springboard move but flies right into a High Knee from Page in midair. Quen dives off the top but dives right into a Fall Away Slam from Page! Omega tags himself in and then whips Page into a Clothesline on Private Party in the corner. Omega lifts Kassidy up into a High Angle German Suplex from Page and then a Pop-Up Powerbomb on Quen! Omega hits the V-Trigger on Kassidy! 1…2…NO he kicks out!
Quen runs in but eats a Snap Dragon from Omega. Kassidy dropkicks the legs of Omega and then hits the Silly String DDT for a nearfall of his own. Quen tags back into the match and goes up top for the Shooting Star Press only for Omega to roll out of the way.
Omega tags Page and then knocks Kassidy to the floor. Omega holds Quen for the Buckshot Lariat but Quen moves. Page stops himself but Quen shoves him into Omega. Quen hits each guy with forearms but eats a series of knee strikes from Page and Omega followed by a Discus Lariat from Page for a nearfall.
Page quickly tags Omega and then lifts Quen up onto his shoulders but Kassidy runs in and pulls him off. They dropkick Page into Omega, crotching him on the top. Private Party connects with Gin & Juice for a CLOSE nearfall but Page breaks it up just before the three-count.
Page clotheslines Kassidy to the floor and then walks into a series of forearms from Quen. Quen goes to kick Omega but Omega flips him right into a Pele on Page! Omega knees Quen in the head and then he and Page hit a Buckshot Lariat/V-Trigger combo! Omega hits the One Winged Angel for the pin as Page holds Kassidy back!
Winners: Omega & Page via pinfall (One Winged Angel)
PAC appears on the big screen choking Michael Nakazawa out and again demands his one-on-one rematch with Omega. Page urges Omega to go help his friend but Page stays at ringside and takes pictures with fans and drinks with them instead of helping.
AEW World Women’s Championship
Riho (c) vs. Kris Statlander
Brandi Rhodes joins commentary for the next match as Dave Brown has left the booth. He will do play-by-play with Excalibur on AEW Dark next week.
Britt Baker and Hikaru Shida are shown watching at ringside.
Riho kicks off the match with a series of forearms but eats a Shoulder Block from Statlander for a nearfall. Riho bridges out of it and connects with a dropkick. Riho tries to put Statlander in a side headlock but she powers out and takes her down again. Statlander goes for a Headstand Leg Drop but Riho moves and hits a Diving Rana off the top.
Statlander falls into the ropes and Riho goes for a 619 but Statlander blocks it and transitions into a TKO attempt, but Riho counters with an armdrag. Riho hits the ropes but walks right into a Backbreaker from Statlande for a nearfall.
During the break, Riho hits a Ghetto Stomp but Statlander comes back with an Electric Chair Drop and Headstand Leg Drop for a nearfall.
Statlander goes up top and attempts a Diving Moonsault but Riho moves and hits a Bridging Northern Light Suplex for a close nearfall. Riho goes to the top but eats a big right hand from Statlander. Statlander connects with a big Delayed Superplex.
Statlander sells it like she hurt her head on the way down and The Nightmare Collective is shown coming down to the ring. Riho and Statlander exchange strikes with Statlaner getting the better of the exchange with a Big Boot.
Statlander goes for a Michinoku Driver but Riho blocks it and sets up for a high spot. The Nightmare Collective trips Riho up as the referee checked on Statlander. They throw Riho into the guardrail but then Statlander hits a Tope Suicida onto both members!
Brandi Rhodes leaves commentary and gets in Statlander’s face and Statlander dares her to hit her. A bald man appears from under the ring and stops Statlander from hitting Brandi. Awesome Kong then kills Statlander with a clothesline. Excalibur says this man is a Japanese Death Match “legend” called Luther.
Evidently the referee was on the outside checking on Riho through this all because he is a dumbass. Riho dives off the top with a Plancha onto Luther on the outside! Riho goes back up and attempts a Ghetto Stomp but Statlander moves and goes for a clothesline. Riho counters with a rollup for a nearfall.
Statlander comes back with a Gorilla Press attempt but Riho counters into a Crucifix Bomb for a nearfall! Riho goes for a Flying Knee but Statlander ducks and hits a Lariat followed by the Michinoku Driver! 1…2…NO Riho kicks out!
Statlander attempts a Tombstone but Kong trips her legs while Brandi distracts the referee and Riho rolls Statlander up for the pin.
Winner & STILL Women’s Champ: Riho via pinfall (rollup)
The Nightmare Collective attacks both Riho and Statlander after the match but Shida and Big Swole run down to make the save.
Video: Kip Sabian, Penelope Ford
A vignette highlighting the tandem of Kip Sabian and Penelope Ford is shown.
Christopher Daniels vs. Sammy Guevara
Chain wrestling starts things off but they quickly speed things up and connect with armdrags and dropkicks on each other. Guevara backs Daniels into the corner and knees him in the gut to take control.
Daniels comes back with a series of armdrags followed by a Hip Toss and a Scoop Slam as he gains control now. Daniels whips Guevara in the corner but Guevara pulls the referee in front of him before Daniels can charge at him. Guevara then lays Daniels out and connects with a Missile Dropkick for the first nearfall of the match.
Guevara hits a Samoan Drop for another nearfall and then chokes Daniels in the ropes. Guevara tauns the crowd by doing the Fargo Strut and puts Daniels in a headlock. Guevara goes up top and attempts a 450-Splash but Daniels moves out of the way and connects with an Exploder Suplex.
Daniels hits a backdrop and then a dropkick followed by a Blue Thunder Bomb for a nearfall. Daniels attempts the Angel’s Wings but Guevara counters and rolls through into a Flying Knee followed by a Standing Shooting Star Press for a nearfall.
Guevara attempts to whip Daniels into the ropes but Daniels counters into a Backslide for a nearfall. Guevara gets a rollup and nearfall of his own and then both men clash with clothesline attempts.
Guevara lifts Daniels up to the top rope and climbs up with him but Daniels shoves him off. Guevara lands on his ropes and then charges at Daniels, but Daniels sidesteps him and connects with an STO. Pentagon Jr. comes out on the ramp and taunts Daniels about whether he can hit the Split Legged Moonsault.
Guevara Superkicks Daniels in the back of the head and gets the pin.
Winner: Guevara via pinfall (Superkick)
In-Ring: The Dark Order, Christopher Daniels
The Dark Order comes down to the ring and Evil Uno calls Daniels one of the best professional wrestlers of his generation. “Your finger prints are all over wrestling now a days,” he says. “Had it not been for meeting you 15 years ago I may not be what I am today.”
Uno says that the fans don’t appreciate or believe in Daniels anymore. He says that the fans spend their time dismissing Daniels and saying that he has lost a step. “I can help,” Uno says. “I can make you the man you once were.”
Uno offers Daniels a Dark Order mask as the fans chant “SCU.” Uno says SCU is a thing of the past and tells him to “be one with the Dark Order.” Daniels picks up the mask and starts to put it on but then throws it at Uno and attacks them!
Dark Order beats Daniels down until SCU and The Young Bucks run down and a big brawl ensues! Stu Grayson goes after all of them after they clean house and then he gets stomped down until the other members pull him out. Scorpio Sky hits a Somersault Plancha onto all the members and then one of the other members eats a Superkick Party followed by an STO.
Daniels goes to the top and hits the Best Moonsault Ever.
The Lucha Brothers vs. Cody Rhodes & Dustin Rhodes
Pentagon and Cody will kick things off here. As Pentagon gets in Cody’s face he eats an uppercut and then Cody goes for the Crossrhodes, but Pentagon blocks it and quickly tags Fenix in. Dustin tags in as well and they exchange counters with each other in a cool sequence.
Pentagon and Cody tag back in and the four get in each other’s faces until Fenix Superkicks Cody as he turned away. Pentagon goes for a Fireman’s Carry but Cody blocks it and hits a Superkick. Dustin tags back in and connects with a clothesline.
Pentagon backdrops Cody over the top rope and then Fenix comes in and hits a Tope Suicida on him before rolling him back in. Pentagon hits a Ghetto Stomp off the top as we head to a break.
Pentagon hangs Dustin’s knee up in the ropes and then field goal kicks it into the cheap seats. Fenix tags himself in and whips Pentagon into a Forearm Smash on Dustin. Dustin comes back with right hands on both Lucha Brothers and then backdrops Fenix over the top rope to the floor!
Fenix grabs a chair but Arn Anderson kicks it out of his hand. Fenix turns around right into a Spinebuster from Dustin. Dustin makes the hot tag to Cody but he comes in as Pentagon tags in at the at the same time. Cody leaps over Fenix and Frankensteiners Pentagon off the top!
Cody hits a Tope Suicida on Pentagon on the floor and then comes back in and takes Fenix out with a Bicycle Kick. Cody takes off the weight belt and throws it into the crowd. Cody goes for the Crossrhodes but Fenix blocks it. Cody tries to toss Fenix to the floor but Fenix catches the ropes and swings himself back in and kills Cody with a kick followed by a Rolling Cutter.
Pentagon tags in and goes for a Package Piledriver but Cody backs him into the corner and tags Dustin. Dustin hits a Missile Dropkick to Pentagon but Fenix hits the Tightrope Punt off the top on Cody. Pentagon hits the Package Piledriver!
Dustin catches a charging Pentagon with a Powerslam and then a diving Fenix with an Atomic Drop! Dustin hits an American Destroyer on Pentagon and then Cody hits the Cody Cutter! Dustin hits the Final Reckoning on Fenix for the pin!
Winner: The Brotherhood via pinfall (Final Reckoning)
In-Ring: Cody, Arn Anderson
Tony Schiavone comes down to ask Cody if he is going to accept MJF’s demands, but Anderson interrupts and says that he doesn’t know how MJF thinks he has the stroke to lay down the demands he’s made. Arn says they’ll talk about the match this week and will get back to him but they aren’t going to make any rash decisions.
Backstage: Lanny Poffo
Backstage Alex Marvez is with Lanny Poffo is a number of Memphis Wrestling stars are shown in the ring. Poffo puts AEW over and says he just wants to contribute to an exciting product like AEW.
In-Ring: MJF, Diamond Dallas Page, The Butcher & The Blade
MJF and Wardlow come out and MJF calls Cody a coward. He says that he will give Cody until the count of 10 to come out and face him like a man. Diamond Dallas Page comes out and interrupts him.
DDP puts the promotion over – along with his yoga deal – and then turns his attention to MJF. DDP calls him “Motor-mouth Jackoff Friedman” and then makes fun of Wardlow’s “man bun” in his hair. DDP says since he had the altercation with them a few weeks ago his Twitter and Instragram blew up with one question for him, “DDP are you coming back for one more match?”
MJF says that even in his prime, DDP could never even lace his boots but now he couldn’t even hold his jock strap. DDP gets in his face but MJF says he doesn’t want to fight DDP, but puts to the stage and says they do as The Butcher and The Blade come out.
MJF says that WCW is dead and so are most of DDP’s fans. He tells him he has two options, he can kiss MJF’s ring and get out of his company or they can send him to Hospice and he’ll take one of his “Diamond daughters” and lay her down in his bed and “bang.”
DDP grabs MJF by the throat and then kills Butcher with a Diamond Cutter! Blade attacks DDP but then eats a Diamond Cutter, too! Allie gets in the ring and distracts him as MJF goes to attack him. DDP goes for a Diamond Cutter but MJF shoves him into Wardlow. MJF then kicks him in the nuts. MJF says what’s about to happen to Cody’s mentor is on him.
They go to attack him further but Dustin Rhodes and QT Marshall run out and chase off the heels.
Jurassic Express vs. Best Friends & Orange Cassidy
Jungle Boy and Chuck Taylor start things off with some fast-paced counters. Jungle Boy hits a Triple Jump Lucha Armdrag followed by a Dropkick. Trent Barett and Marko Stunt tag into the match.
Marko paces and hypes himself up before charging at Trent only to get tossed across the ring. Marko dives at Trent but Trent catches him and sits him on the top rope. Marko kicks Trent and then dives off with a Flying Rana! Trent then lays Marko out.
Trent goes for a suplex but Stunt surprises him with a nearfall rollup. Stunt chops Trent which pisses Trent off so he tags Jungle Boy in. Jungle Boy hits an Atomic Drop on Trent and Stunt connects with an Enziguri.
Jungle Boy and Stunt hit a Somersault Senton/Leg Drop combo.
Taylor hits a Falcon Arrow on Jungle Boy for a nearfall. Taylor shoves Jungle Boy into the ropes but Jungle Boy rebounds off with a clothesline. Luchasaurus and Trent both tag in. Luchasaurus lays the Best Friends out with a series of strikes.
Luchasaurus hits a Spinning Enziguri on Trent and then connects with a Stomp on Taylor. Lucha hits a Tail Whip on Trent! Orange Cassidy tags himself into the match for the first time as Trent reached up.
Cassidy does his lazy kicks and then Lucha goes to toss him around but eats a Stunner out of nowhere from OC! OC hits a dropkick to jungle Boy after he blind tagged himself in. Cassidy then hits the Lazy Tope Suicida onto all the members of the Jurassic Express on the floor! Best Friends hug!
Jungle Boy takes Trent out with a dropkick but then Taylor lifts him up into the air and down into a Spear in midair! OC hits Jungle Boy with a Splash off the top for a nearfall! Taylor tags in and tosses Marko into the ropes only to eata a Spinning DDT!
Marko hits a Jurassic Destroyer on Trent! Marko climbs onto Lucha’s shoulders and Lucha tosses him over the top onto OC and Trent! Taylor goes for a Powerbomb on Jungle Boy but Jungle Boy catches him with a Hurricanrana for the pin!
Winners: Jurassic Express via pinfall (Hurricanrana)
Announced for next week:
– Pac vs. Darby Allin
– Kris Statlander & Hikaru Shida vs. Awesome Kong & Mel
– MJF, The Butcher & The Blade vs. DDP, Dustin Rhodes & QT Marshall
In two weeks on the Jericho cruise:
– Chris Jericho, Santana & Ortiz vs. Jurassic Express
In-Ring: Chris Jericho, Jon Moxley
The Inner Circle (Jericho, Guevara and Hager) make their way down to the ring.
Jon Moxley comes down and Jericho trashes Elvis for some cheap heat. Jericho holds up the Ford GT keys and says it’s gassed up and ready to go for him. He says that they will have a party all night long in Memphis when Moxley joins them.
Moxley says that he’s had a lot to think about and people probably think they know what makes him tick and what his motivations are, but they don’t. “Chris I don’t think you do either,” he says. “You offered me a car, money and 49% of Inner Circle, LLC but I don’t want any of it.”
Moxley says that he cannot be bought and he didn’t come to AEW for money. He says he came to AEW to dominate and run rough shot all over professional wrestling. “That’s why my answer is yes!”
Moxley says that if he is going to dominate then there is no better group to join than The Inner Circle. He calls Jericho the “greatest” and says he will stand by Jericho and The Inner Circle as they dominate AEW! Moxley grabs some bubbly and starts chugging it as Jericho says 2020 will be the Year of the Inner Circle.
The Inner Circle spray champagne around the ring as the fans boo. Jericho hands the keys to the Ford GT over to Moxley as a “you sold out” chant erupts.
Jericho says that he and Moxley won their matches at Wrestle Kingdom in Japan and now they’re going to continue to dominate AEW. Moxley says he forgot one last thing as The Inner Circle starts to leave the ring. “Chris, my friend, I was just kidding,” he says. “I’d never join you guys. The Inner Circle is stupid and you have nothing I want except that (pointing to the AEW Title.”
Moxley smashes a bottle over Jericho’s head and hits him with the Paradigm Shift! Paradigm Shift to Guevara and then he escapes through the crowd!