Welcome to Ringside News’ results for AEW Dynamite, the first Dynamite of 2020!
After a week long break, AEW returns on New Year’s Day with an action-packed episode. Cody will be in action tonight against Darby Allin. This marks the second time the two have fought in AEW but tonight Cody will have the Enforcer, Arn Anderson in his corner. Can Cody get back on the right track before facing MJF in February? We find out tonight!
Elsewhere tonight, Riho defends her Women’s Championship against Hikaru Shida, Nyla Rose, and Britt Baker in a Fatal 4-Way, Kenny Omega will team with The Young Bucks to face The Lucha Bros and PAC in a six-man tag match, Sammy Guevara faces Dustin Rhodes, and Jon Moxley will face Trent.
AEW looks to start 2020 on the right foot, and it should be a fun show. Remember to download the Ringside News app, and follow us on Instagram and Twitter. Enjoy the show!
The first AEW of 2020 opens with a video package that shows The Elite being beaten down since the first show until now. It’s suggesting The Elite might be on its last legs.
We go live to the arena, which has a slightly different look this week with the entrance diagonal to the ring. The announcers – Tazz is filling in for Schiavone this week – run down the card for tonight.
Darby Allin comes out with musician Ghostmane, who is wearing a Cody mask, then walks to the back. Cody is out second, accompanied by Arn Anderson, who is the “head coach of the Nightmare family”. Everybody’s wins and losses records have been wiped clean for the new year.
The match begins and there’s a feeling-out process. They lock-up and Cody takes a headlock, gets shot off, and drops Allin with a shoulder. They lock-up again and this time Allin rolls-up Cody with a crucifix pin, Cody kicks out, and they exchange pin attempts for a minute.
Cody takes a second to get some advice from Anderson at ringside. Allin hits a springboard coffin drop but Cody counters him. Allin looks for a float-over stunner but Cody throws him off and they’re at a stalemate again. Cody forearms Darby in the face and throws him into the ring post and he falls to the floor.
Cody goes to the apron but Allin swipes his feet and he crashes. Allin gets back in the ring and connects with the springboard coffin drop. Cody rolls from the ring but Allin hits a suicide dive, turning sideways as he did so. Cody acts like his shoulder is dislocated and hits it off the ringpost to put it back in. Allin gets on the apron and Cody hits the disaster kick, then takes a minute to regroup.
Allin gets in the ring and starts targeting the shoulder of Cody, slamming it into the corner. Cody applies a Figure Four leglock but Allin reverses the pressure, only for Rhodes to switch it back and Darby grabs the rope. Darby dropkicks Cody shoulder-first into the buckles. Allin applies a Fujiwara armbar to Cody.
Cody counters a slam to throw Allin over the ropes but he lands on his feet. Darby comes back in but gets caught with a powerslam. Cody puts Darby in the corner and unloads ten punches before hitting the Cody Cutter. Rhodes throws his weight belt into the crowd, then stomps the leg of Allin. Cody puts Darby on the top rope and hits a reverse superplex for a near-fall.
We return to find Darby getting to his feet and Cody down – during the break Allin hit a Code Red from the top rope for a near-fall. Allin hits a float-over Stunner, then heads to the top rope. Cody rolls to the apron to get away…but Allin hits the Coffin Drop to Cody on the apron! Both men are down at ringside.
They slowly get back in the ring and Cody looks for the springboard cutter again but Allin avoids it. Allin looks for the Stunner again but Cody counters with the CrossRhodes….but Allin kicks out! Cody runs for a splash in the corner but hits an exposed buckle thanks to Allin. Darby heads up top and looks for the Coffin Drop but Cody gets his knees up – which Anderson instructed him to do – and pins him for the win!
We go backstage for an interview with SCU. Scorpio Sky says everybody wants a piece of them, including The Dark Order. One thing he knows for sure though, nobody likes it when spooky perverts ruin your main event. Kazarian says Santana and Ortiz will be put on notice as well. Sammy Guevara walks up and says he doesn’t think so, he thinks Proud & Powerful will take the titles. Guevara points to Christopher Daniels and asks what he provides, anything but losses? Daniels says if he wants to know they can go face-to-face next week. Sammy agrees and Daniels messes with his phone.
It’s title match time between the women in AEW. Nyla Rose is out first, though one has to wonder how she got this opportunity when she was suspended for attacking an official.
As Riho enters the ring, Nyla Rose blindsides the Champion. Shida grabs a Kendo stick and hits Rose twice, then the referee inexplicably rings the bell to start the match. Rose knees Rose and sends her from the ring. Shida tries to arm drag Riho but she cartwheels through it and kicks Shida. Riho whips Baker to the corner but Shida kicks the Champion and whips her into Baker.
Shida is dragged from the ring by Nyla, who beats her down, then pulls out a table. As usual, AEW just forgoes the rulebook. Rose and Shida brawl around the table until Riho dives with a crossbody from the top onto Shida. Rose then slams Riho’s head into the table and looks to put her through it, but Shida prevents.
Back live and Rose looks to powerbomb Shida but she counters it with a back drop. Shida lifts Nyla and tries to suplex her but Rose dumps her on the top rope. Rose heads up top and and leaps with a knee to the draped Shida. Rose lifts Shida onto the table at ringside, and hits a senton through it.
Rose looks to get back in the ring but Baker hits her with a draping DDT for a two-count. Baker tries to apply Lockjaw but Nyla elbows her off. Baker gets Nyla in a triangle sleeper but Rose lifts and slams her. Riho comes back in with a flurry of attacks to Rose, then climbs up top for a double stomp. She pins Rose but Baker superkicks her to break it. Baker drags Riho to the corner and climbs the ropes but Shida returns – totally fine – and superplexes her.
Shida knocks Rose into the corner, then suplexes Riho into her! Shida lifts Baker and hits the fireman’s carry backbreaker but Rose German suplexes her before she can pin. Rose climbs to the top for a senton but nobody’s home. Shida grabs Rose and hits a Michonoku driver for a near-fall. Baker catches Shida with a superkick, then applies Lockjaw but gets rolled-up for a near-fall. Riho rolls-up Baker for the win.
After the match, Riho is celebrating when Nyla Rose attacks her. She brings a table into the ring and puts the Champion on it, then splashes her from the top rope through it! Next week, Riho will defend her Championship against Kris Statlander, the alien.
Joey Janela is interviewed backstage and he gets low-blowed from behind by Kip Sabian’s girlfriend, Penelope Ford. Sabian then approaches and smiles before walking off with Ford.
The match gets underway and they lock-up, with Moxley taking Trent down in a side headlock. Trent fights up and takes a headlock of his own. Moxley shoots Trent off and no-sells a shoulder tackle. Trent slaps Jon in the face, but Mox fires back with some knife edge chops. Trent lands a big chop of his own, then hits a running meteora.
Moxley counters Trent and lands a right hand. Trent rolls from the ring to the ramp but Moxley goes after him and suplexes him onto the ropes. Moxley gets fired up as the fans chant his name.
We’re back and Moxley is beating on Trent around ringside. He whips him into the barricade, but Trent bounces right back with a spear on the floor. Both men get back in the ring and Trent delivers some chops to the chest, but then gets whipped into the buckles.
Half-and-half suplex from Trent sends Moxley from the ring. Trent hits a big tope to Mox on the floor, the slides him back inside. Trent connects with a running elbow in the corner, followed by a tornado DDT for a two-count. Moxley fires back with a running knee, then a facebuster for a near-fall. Trent counters a powerbomb, looks for a roll-up, but gets countered and they go back and forth.
Jon drops Trent with a stiff clothesline, then looks for the Paradigm Shift but Trent counters. Trent connects with a stiff clothesline of his own for a near-fall. Orange Cassidy gets in the ring and comes face-to-face with Moxley, then puts his hands in his pockets. Moxley respons with hands in his own pockets. The distraction allows Trent to hit a running knee, followed by piledriver for a near-fall!
Moxley rolls to the ramp and Trent jumps at him from the top rope, but Jon kicks him in mid-air and hits a Paradigm Shift on the ramp! Moxley gets Trent back in the ring and hits a second Paradigm Shift for the win!
Sammy Guevara comes walking through the crowd and addresses Moxley on the mic. Sammy says he sees why Moxley comes through the crowd, you get free food and drink, then takes stuff from fans. Moxley grabs a chair from ringside but Guevara tells him to relax, he’s not here to fight. Guevara gets on the apron and puts on a pair of 2020 sunglasses. Guevara says The Inner Circle has a big surprise for him, then directs their attention to the screen.
Jericho is standing outside, leaning against a sports car. Y2J says Moxley was very impressive tonight again. And his option to join The Inner Circle still stands. He says he doesn’t just want Moxley to join, he wants him to lead alongside him. If he joins, Moxley gets 49% of The Inner Circle LLC, he also gets the Ford GT that Jericho is standing with. Jericho says he wants to stand with Moxley, and beat Cody so bad that they pull the pink tie from his ass. He wants them to beat Kenny Omega so bad that he’s as dumb as everyone else in Jacksonville. Jericho gets in the car and leaves.
Moxley grabs a microphone and says, fancy cars aside, he has always considered Chris Jericho a friend and mentor. So out of respect, he will give him his answer in person, next week. The fans boo.
Rhodes surprised Guevara from behind and attacks him. Rhodes drops Sammy with a clotheslines, then chops him in the corner. Dustin whips Sammy into the buckles, then throws him. Rhodes hits a lariat to Guevar to knock him from the ring.
Rhodes hits a cannonball senton from the apron to Guevara on the floor. Back in the ring, Dustin heads to the top rope but Jake Hager comes out to cause a distraction. Rhodes gets down to the outside but Guevara attacks him. Dustin counters Guevara with a snap powerslam on the floor, then sends him into the ring. Hager comes to face Rhodes at ringside, allowing Guevara to hit a dropkick through the ropes.
Sammy has Dustin in a headlock when we return from the break. Guevara earns a few two-count, then looks for a shooting star press but misses. Dustin connects with two lariats, an uppercut, inverted atomic drop, and a kick to the face. Guevara hits a running shooting star press for a two-count and Dustin rolls to the apron.
Guevara gets on the apron with Rhodes, but gets hit with a Canadian Destroyer! Rhodes throws Sammy to the outside and into Hager, then gets him back in the ring and looks for the unnatural kick but the referee stops him. Guevara distracts the referee, allowing Hager to low-blow Rhodes and Sammy to roll him up for the win.
Private Party are interviewed backstage by a bar. Before they get to talking, Hangman Page walks up and pours himself a shot of whiskey. Private Party take the drink and say they’re worried about Page. He says they should be worried because he could kick both their asses. They argue for a bit, then Hangman walks off.
MJF makes his way to the ring, accompanied by Wardlow. He will address Cody’s offer after the break.
MJF and Wardlow are in the ring. MJF says that if Cody wants a match with him it has to happen on PPV at Revolution because he doesn’t wrestle for nothing. That said, if Cody even touches him before that they will never face each other.
However he does have a few stipulations. The first of which, is that Cody will have to go one-on-one with an opponent and beat them to get the match, and it’s none other than Wardlow. MJF then pretends to talk to Wardlow – who doesn’t speak, just like Jake Hager – and says they’ve agreed to make the match a steel cage.
However there is one more stipulation. And that is that Cody will come to the ring and allow him to whip him with his belt not once, not twice, not three times etc, but ten times! And the scars his belt leaves will be a reminder that MJF is better than him.
Jurassic Express is backstage and they’re asked about the past few weeks. Jungle Boy says it’s been crazy; he faced Chris Jericho in both their last matches of the decade, and he went the distance. However this is a new year and they want a win to kick things off right. Music begins playing over them but Luchasauras says “life finds a way”.
Adam “Hangman” Page joins the commentary team. We’re sent backstage for an interview with Riho but the first half is hard to hear with music playing. Britt Baker interrupts and insults Riho for not being here every week. Riho can’t speak English, but she sure looked insulted.
Kenny starts the match with Pentagon Jr. and slaps him with his glove. Kenny tries to knock PAC from the apron but the Bastard is wise to it. Fenix tags in but Kenny knocks both him and Pentagon with a basement dropkick and tags Nick Jackson.
Nick catches Fenix with a hurricanrana, then sends him from the ring. Pentagon distracts Nick, allowing Fenix to superkick him. Jackson is sent out of the ring on the other side and the same exchange happens as before, but with Matt Jackson playing the role of Pentagon this time. Back in the ring, Matt and Fenix go back and forth with kicks and reversals, ending with both kipping-up and staring at each other.
Back live and PAC pulls Kenny from the ring, then hits a twisting plancha to the floor. Back in the ring, PAC kicks and chokes Kenny in their corner, while Pentagon and Fenix attack him. Kenny kicks PAC away and rolls to make a tag but PAC grabs him to prevent it. Kenny rolls under PAC and tags Nick, who ducks PAC and knocks the Lucha’s from the apron.
Nick kicks PAC into the corner and hits a bulldog and tags Matt. The Young Bucks hit a double-team, rolling Canadian Destroyer to PAC, then stereo Destroyers to the Lucha Bros. Omega returns to the fray against PAC and he offers the first shot. PAC hits Kenny but Omega fires back with a shot that drops him. They exchange until PAC hits the snap German suplex, then misses a kick and Kenny hits the V-Trigger. Kenny with the snap dragon suplex, followed by a sit-out powerbomb but Pentagon kicks him to break the pin.
Pentagon slingblades both Jacksons, then hits Kenny with a backstabber. Fenix tags in but the Jacksons superkick Pentagon. Fenix hits both of them with a rolling cutter, but Kenny hits him with a snap dragon suplex. Fenix no-sells it and hits a rolling cutter to Kenny. Tag to PAC, who hits a Black Arrow on Kenny but the Bucks make the save.
PAC locks in The Brutalizer on Omega but gets kicked by Matt Jackson. Double superkicks from the Bucks to Pentagon, then Fenix gets a tag from PAC. Springboard from Fenix but he gets caught with a V-Trigger. One-Winged Angel from Omega earns the victory.
As soon as the match ends, Cody comes out to celebrate with The Elite. They motion for Hangman Page to join them from the commentary table but he refuses.
And that’s it for AEW Dynamite. Let us know what you thought of the show on our Ringside News app, or on Instagram and Twitter. Come back tomorrow for more wrestling news. Until then, stay safe!