Results by Matt Boone of Rajah.com
January 14, 2022
Raleigh, NC – PNC Arena
Commentary: Excalibur, Taz, Chris Jericho & Ricky Starks
Quick Match Results
- Adam Cole defeated Trent Beretta via the Boom after a low blow
- Shawn Spears defeated Andrew Everett via C4 (quick squash match)
- Nyla Rose, Penelope Ford & The Bunny defeated Kris Statlander, Red Velvet & Leyla Hirsch via roll up by Bunny on Hirsch after Hirsch tagged herself in and argued with Statlander
- AEW World Tag Team Championship: Jungle Boy & Luchasaurus (c) defeated John Silver & Alex Reynolds via double team move to face plant Reynolds
Adam Cole vs. Trent Beretta
We hear the sounds of the popular entrance theme of Adam Cole, who makes his way out accompanied by Britt Baker, reDRagon (Kyle O’Reilly and Bobby Fish), as well as The Young Bucks (Nick and Matt Jackson). The crowd does the “Boom!” and then “Adam Cole … BAY-BAY!” routine with him and then his music fades down.
After that, The Best Friends music hits and brings out Cole’s scheduled opponent for tonight’s opening contest — Trent Beretta. He settles in the ring as Orange Cassidy, Wheeler Yuta, Chuck Taylor and Kris Statlander settle at ringside.
The bell sounds and we’re off-and-running with this one. Trent takes it to Cole straight out of the gate, blasting him with chops. Cole finally lands a kick and starts firing back with punches, however Trent answers back with more of his own.
Cole lands a knee to the gut, but Trent counters his follow-up attempt, leading to Cole getting scooped up and slammed down the hard way. Trent beats Cole down against the ropes with repeated punches and then knocks him out to the floor.
Once on the floor, we see all of Cole’s cronies flock to his side to check on him and help him out. Trent hesitates going out after him to follow-up on his attack, but ultimately decides to. This ends up backfiring on him, as Cole takes over on offense and brings the match back inside the ring.
With the action resumed inside the ring, Cole now finds himself in comfortable control of the offense, as he is now dominating the action. He hits a picture-perfect neck-breaker and then goes for the cover. After that, the action spills out to the floor again. Trent builds up a head of steam looking for a spear, but ends up gettnig sent into the steel barricade with a vengeance.
From there, Cole follows-up and beats Trent down some more as Excalibur talks us into a mid-match, picture-in-picture commercial break as the action continues inside the ring. When we return, we see Cole still in control, however not for long after Trent hits a big overhead release suplex. He follows that up with a tornado DDT, pushing off the ropes in the corner. He goes for the cover after that, but Cole kicks out at two.
Cole fights back and then heads up to the top-rope. The commentators speculate that Cole is looking for the Panama Sunrise, however Trent stops him and climbs up after him. He hits a big high spot once up there, bringing Cole down the hard way for a close near fall. He hoists Cole up in the fireman’s carry position but Cole escapes out the back door and hits a back-stabber that keeps Trent down and out on the mat.
Now we see Cole tuning up the band in the corner of the ring, teasing a big super kick, but he walks right into the grasp of Trent, who launches him with a half-and-half. He goes to follow-up but Cole counters with a big brainbuster for a near fall. The crowd starts to make a ton of noise as the action and intensity in this one is starting to reach another level. The two fight out to the hard part of the ring apron where Trent hits a wicked pile driver that sees Cole crash and burn down to the ringside area on the floor below.
Trent brings Cole back into the ring and looks for a big high spot, but Cole counters it and hits a Canadian Destroyer that almost went wrong, as Trent was spiked on the top of his head. Cole immediately goes for the cover, however Trent kicks out at two to keep this one alive. We see some immediate replays of that and then when we return live, Cole is on the top-rope. He leaps off with intentions of hitting his Panama Sunrise finisher, but Trent avoids it and nearly takes Cole’s head off with a follow-up lariat.
After that, Cole counters Trent’s next attempted move with a big super kick. He hits another one for good measure and then once again heads to the top-rope with designs on ending this one with his Panama Sunrise. Trent stops him and hits a big counter. He goes for the cover after hitting a semi-finisher, but Cole kicks out. All of The Best Friends and The Elite / Britt Baker start to brawl at ringside.
While that is going on, Cole hits a low blow and then follows that up by lowering the Boom on Beretta from behind for the pin fall victory. Excellent opener here tonight between these two.
Winner: Adam Cole
Video Package: Thunder Rosa, Mercedes Martinez
— All Elite Wrestling (@AEW) January 15, 2022
They air a video package looking at Mercedes Martinez’s AEW debut and ongoing rivalry with Thunder Rosa stemming from the quarterfinals of the TBS Women’s Championship Tournament.
Shawn Spears vs. Andrew Everett
Shawn Spears’ theme hits and out comes “The Chairman of AEW.” Accompanying him to the ring is Wardlow. Spears gets in the ring where his opponent, Andrew Everett, is already standing and waiting.
The bell sounds and we are now off-and-running with our second of four advertised bouts this evening. Spears takes it to Everett straight out of the gate and it doesn’t take long at all before he connects with his C4 to finish off what was a completely one-sided squash match victory for The Pinnacle member.
Winner: Shawn Spears
Once the match wraps up, Spears does his “Chairman of AEW” deal with the steel chair and then gets on the mic to deliver a message to his scheduled opponent on next week’s Dynamite — CM Punk.
Spears talks about seven years away from the ring being too long for Punk, whom he vows to expose next Wednesday night. He says he’s the guy you won’t see coming. He laughs and exits the ring to end the post-match segment.
Video: The Acclaimed
We shoot to the premiere of the official music video of The Acclaimed’s Max Caster. He raps in the setting of Sting and Darby Allin’s past cinematic style match.
Lots of disses towards Allin and Sting, incorporating references to the legendary career of “The Icon” and well-known moves and references regarding Allin.
Kris Statlander, Red Velvet & Leyla Hirsch vs. Nyla Rose, Penelope Ford & The Bunny
Once we transition back into the arena, we see Kris Statlander, Red Velvet and “Legit” Leyla Hirsch all standing in their corner without any ring entrances. The same can be said for their opponents, Nyla Rose, Penelope Ford and The Bunny, all of whom are also already standing-and-waiting for the bell to get this one started.
Finally, the bell does sound and we’re now off-and-running with our co-main event of the evening, as it’s time for a Women’s AEW Trios match. It looks like Statlander is going to start things off for her team, however Hirsch ends up tagging herself in before Statlander exits her own team’s corner. Hirsch comes in and immediately goes to work setting the tone in this one.
As Hirsch gets close to her side of the ring again, we see another blind tag result in a change in the legal woman in the contest. Statlander and Velvet each take a turn controlling the offense and then we see the heel trio finally start to take over as we head to a mid-match, picture-in-picture commercial break as the action continues.
When we return from the break we see Velvet and Rose are the legal participants for their respective teams. Rose grabs Velvet by the throat and hoists her up high before bringing her down the hard way for a devastating choke-slam. She goes for the cover after that, but Velvet kicks out at two. The match keeps going and as Rose looks to add more punishment to Velvet, we see Velvet avoid the onslaught and make it to her corner.
Velvet makes the much-needed tag to Statlander. Statlander takes the hot tag and comes into the ring like a woman possessed. She fires up on offense and takes over. Rose tags out and when Ford comes in, Statlander gives her the business as well until Ford rakes her eyes. She goes to follow that up with a cartwheel cutter, but Statlander avoids it. Now we see Statlander lock Ford in the spider crab.
She bends and yanks away at Ford, who is bent in half now, however Vickie Guerrero hops on the ring apron to provide a timely distraction. This allows Bunny to interfere with a cheap shot on Statlander. When the ref turns around, Ford tags in The Bunny. She looks to add to the onslaught, but Statlander counters with a blue thunder bomb. She goes for the cover but Bunny kicks out. Statlander backs into a corner and is stalking Bunny for her finisher, but Hirsch ends up tagging herself in.
She goes to try and win this one herself, even though Statlander seemingly had this one wrapped up, but it backfires as the heel trio end up stealing the victory with a quick roll-up of Hirsch for the pin fall.
Winners: Nyla Rose, Penelope Ford & The Bunny
Backstage: Men of the Year & Dan Lambert
— All Elite Wrestling (@AEW) January 15, 2022
We shoot backstage where The Men of the Year and Dan Lambert are shown. Ethan Page and Scorpio Sky address some ongoing issues they have with AEW talents and then we hear Sky address the TNT Championship.
He makes it clear that he’s got his sights set on the TNT title and outright lets Cody Rhodes and Sammy Guevara know that whenever they decide who the real TNT Champion is between the two of them, he is going to beat that person and establish himself as the true face of TNT.
On-Stage: Ricky Starks, Jay Lethal
— All Elite Wrestling (@AEW) January 15, 2022
We head back inside the arena where we hear the modified “Macho Man” Randy Savage-style theme song as Jay Lethal makes his way out with a microphone in-hand.
Lethal addresses Ricky Starks over at the commentary table, talking to him as he walks down the aisle. He says Starks cares more about what shirt he is going to wear than wrestling, and mocks him for caring so much about a title that AEW doesn’t even recognize in the FTW Championship.
As Lethal gets closer to Starks, who is getting increasingly frustrated with the insults from the former ROH World Champion, we hear Lethal make it clear that he’s got designs on capturing the FTW Championship.
He tells him to consult with Taz, who he refers to as Starks’ “daddy” and then says whenever they decide to let him know. Taz flips out, using a bunch of profanity as he loses his cool over the disrespect aimed at him from Lethal.
AEW World Tag Team Championship
Jungle Boy & Luchasaurus (c) vs. John Silver & Alex Reynolds
It’s that time of the show where we head to “The World’s Strongest Man” backstage, as Mark Henry is standing by and ready to conduct his usual pre-main event split-screen interview with the competitors involved in the final bout of the evening.
On that note, we see Jurassic Express and Christian Cage on one side of the screen, while The Dark Order’s John Silver and Alex Reynolds are shown on the other. Silver and Reynolds have some fun with kazoos, referencing the old Edge and Christian comedy days in WWE.
Cage acknowledges the reference and then has some fun of his own, taking some sarcastic shots at The Dark Order duo. The interview wraps up shortly thereafter and we head to another commercial break before we get to our featured match of the show.
When we return from the break, we are greeted by the sounds of the theme song for The Dark Order. John Silver and Alex Reynolds make their way out and head down to the ring accompanied by other members of the group.
The duo settles in the ring and awaits the entrance of the reigning, defending champions in this match. With that said, the popular theme song for Jurassic Express hits and out comes Jungle Boy and Luchasaurus. They head to the ring accompanied by Christian Cage.
Once in the ring, their music dies down as Chris Jericho briefly makes a joke on commentary about not liking when fans sing along with wrestlers’ theme songs. From there, the bell sounds to get our AEW Tag-Team Championship main event underway.
Early on, we see Jungle Boy dominating the action, using his speed-and-quickness to establish the early offensive control of this title contest. He hits some high-speed high-spots and then eventually tags in the big man. In comes Luchasaurus as Jericho references him just grunting and growling for his portion of the pre-main event interview with Mark Henry prior to this match getting started.
After hitting some big power-house spots, we see Luchasaurus tag Jungle Boy back into the picture. He picks up where the big masked-monster left off, taking it to The Dark Order duo. This doesn’t last for long, however, as Silver and Reynolds begin to take over just as we head to our final commercial break of the evening as the action continues in the ring.
As we settle back in from the break, we see Dark Order still in control, however this doesn’t last for long. Jungle Boy eventually makes the much-needed tag to bring the dinosaur of the duo back into the squared circle. He fares better than Jungle Boy was doing at the time of his tag, as it doesn’t take long at all before he is manhandling Silver and Reynolds by himself with ease.
Luchasaurus hits a double chokeslam and goes for the cover on the legal man, however Silver manages to kick out. He hoists Silver up over his shoulder and tags in Jungle Boy, however The Dark Order member manages to escape out the back door. He takes Luchasaurus off his feet and then blasts Jungle Boy with a big shot. He continues to settle into the offensive lead as he tags in Reynolds to pick up where he left off.
Silver and Reynolds look for the Road Warriors-style Doomsday Device, however Jungle Boy shows that he was playing possom. He takes out Silver and then turns his attention to the legal man in the match, as he climbs up to the top-rope where Reynolds is positioned. Luchasaurus also heads in the ring after Silver joins the mix. This results in Luchasaurus helping Jungle Boy hit a higher-than-the-top-rope elavated superplex that sets the crowd on fire.
We see some immediate replays of that unique high spot, but when the live action returns, we see Silver firing up like few people can, and he takes it to any-and-everything that moves. He hits a jackknife with Reynolds following up and going straight into the pin-attempt. This might be the new Guinness World Record for closest near fall that doesn’t actually get a three-count in the history of wrestling. The fans let them hear it with a super loud “This is awesome!” chant that quickly spreads throughout the PNC Arena.
Reynolds sends Silver into Evil Uno on accident, as he launches him out to the floor. Jungle Boy hits a Canadian Destroyer on Reynolds after that and goes for the cover, but this time we see it is The Dark Order who somehow manages to keep this one going after Reynolds kicks out at 2 and a half. Jungle Boy tags in Luchasaurus. He big boots Silver off the ring apron just as he was coming in to help out. Now he and Jungle Boy hit a big double-team finisher on Reynolds. Jungle Boy dives out onto Silver to ensure Luchasaurus has a clean pin attempt, and he does, as he gets the three-count this time.
With the win, Jurassic Express successfully retain the AEW Tag-Team Championships in their very first defense of their newly won titles. The two are joined by Christian Cage for a post-match celebration as Excalibur wraps up the broadcast and sends us off the air.
Winners and STILL AEW Tag-Team Champions: Jurassic Express