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This week’s show comes our way from UBS Arena on Long Island, in Elmont, New York. We’ll see if hometown guy Maxwell Jacob Friedman can keep fighting to keep the ring he won in 2019, and retained in 2020, by winning tonight’s Dynamite Diamond Battle Royal. Plus, Bryan Danielson gets ready to challenge World champion Hangman Page at “Winter is Coming” by taking on Dark Order’s John Silver, The Young Bucks go up against Rocky Romero & Chuck Taylor, Jaime Hayter deals with Riho … and more!
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It’s getting faster, moving faster now, it’s getting out of hand. On the tenth floor, down the back stairs, it’s a no man’s land. Lights are flashing, cars are crashing, getting frequent now. I’ve got the spirit, and I’m gonna liveblog this here pro wrestling show for you, folks.
The show opens with the intro video.
Maxwell Jacob Friedman’s entrance music plays but CM Punk makes his entrance.
Punk berates Long Island for not being as loud as Chicago and asks them if MJF is their boy, and to that the reaction is more mixed until he takes his jacket off to reveal a four pillars shirt with Britt Baker replacing Max, and criticizes Friedman for suggesting that he can’t support Britt without wanting to get into her pants.
He calls MJF an incel and says he’s not even as good as Roddy Piper in Hell Comes to Frogtown. He says he stepped to MJF two weeks ago and he ran away and so he’s taken aback that Max is Long Island’s guy but he gets it. Dennis Rodman was his guy back in the day, his worm, he gets it, but he just feels a little bit sorry for them.
He says he has his eyes set on the AEW World Championship next week and he wants next, and he has to believe that MJF wants next, too, but there’s this thing between the two of them, and they have to settle it before one of them goes on to fight for the AEW title.
He’s tried twice to get Max in the ring but he keeps running away, and he knows what this looks like to an outsider— two guys arguing and nobody can tell who the idiot is, so he wants to settle this. He doesn’t want to deal with Shawn Spears or Wardlow or FTR, it’s between him and MJF, who stooped as low as to bring his dog into this, who is neutered and somehow still has more balls than Friedman.
He wants MJF one-on-one and he doesn’t want him to run like they do in Long Island, he wants him to stand and fight like he’s in Chicago. He doesn’t really have an out for this but neither does Max, and he’ll fight him anywhere he likes, but he knows that’s not gonna be here tonight.
Commentary hypes up tonight’s card and we go to break.
Back from commercial, we get a hype reel of all of Maxwell Jacob Friedman’s accomplishments for Long Islanders to be proud of.
Lee Moriarty is eliminated pretty early, Bunny passes Matt Hardy some brass knucks to knock Lethal out with, Dante dumps Matt Hardy and gets into it with Lio Rush and then Wardlow with Will Hobbs go toe to toe! Mr. Mayhem dumps Hobbs to the apron and Lio swoops in to eliminate him with a handspring kick!
Ricky Starks tries to dump Rush and we go to break.
Back from commercial, MJF cheap shots Dante Martin and celebrates like he just won! Rush tries to eliminate Friedman but Wardlow intercedes! Lio and Lee Johnson work to eliminate Wardlow and MJF comes from behidn and eliminates all three of them! Max follows it up by eliminating Frankie Kazarian!
Friedman with a little strut as he turns to face Ricky Starks and Dante Martin for the final three… AND DANTE DUMPS STARKS!
Dante Martin and Maxwell Jacob Friedman advance to the match for the Dynamite Diamond Ring next week.
Martin tears off his Team Taz armband and Friedman offers him a handshake! Dante shakes MJF’s hand!
Max leaves and Ricky Starks hits the ring to beat Martin down! MJF is conflicted but decides to leave. He stops short on the stage and rushes back to the ring to get in Ricky’s face! They shove each other but then join forces to put boots to Dante Martin!
CM Punk makes the save but MJF runs away! Martin recovers, enzuigiri, Punk gets him up… GO TO SLEEP!
The babyfaces stand tall and we go to break.
Perry and Bowens to start, collar and elbow, go-behind, standing switch, Anthony with a side headlock, shot off, shoulder block! Off the ropes, drop down, leapfrog, catch the kick, duck the lariat, land a heavy chop! Chops in the corner, Bowens takes him over and tags Caster in!
The match breaks down with the heels on the floor, Garrison tags in, dropkick sets up a tope con giro! Double team spinebuster on Max, tag to Pillman, kick to the ribs to try and keep Caster isolated. Corner punches, Platinum Max turns the tide and Brian finds himself on the wrong end of some quick tags as we get into heat segment territory.
Pressing the attack at length, Bowens cut off the tag with a VICIOUS front kick to the mush! Hot tag to Luchasaurus, he cleans house on all the heels and stacks ‘em up to cut ‘em down! He chokeslams Bowens into Caster, tag to Jungle Boy and he takes Parker’s head of!
The match breaks down into “everybody do something cool” territory, Perry with a DDT, Snare Trap applied, Daniel Garcia gets up on the apron but Eddie Kingston makes the save and puts Garcia into the steel steps! Caster breaks the hold, off the top with the Mic Drop, Jungle Boy has the Snare Trap… IT’S OVER!
Jurassic Express & Varsity Blonds win by submission with Snare Trap from Jungle Boy on Max Caster.
Eddie brings a camera operator backstage and meets up with Ortiz and shouts inaudibly at the camera for a moment until 2.0 and Daniel Garcia rush after them! A brawl breaks out, the heels have the edge but referees break it up and we go to break.
Back from commercial, FTR cut a promo backstage.
Tully Blanchard says they’re gonna win the AEW World Tag Team Championship back once they can get the Lucha Brothers back in the ring. Cash Wheeler says they’ve never beat FTR fair and square and it’s time for them to take their spot as the torchbearers of pro wrestling now and into the future.
And they’re gonna prove it by winning the tag titles back on Friday night on Rampage.
Romero and Nick to start, little bit of feeling out grappling, Rocky with a dropkick and a shimmy! Turning up the speed, some lucha libre, tijeras into an arm drag into the armbar! Tags made, Taylor with an Oklahoma Roll for two, arm drag into an armbar! The Bucks get it together and clear the ring, Rocky with the fakeout, a suicide dive takes Nick out!
Matt with a wrecking ball dropkick, Bucks have Romero isolated, handspring back rake! Tag made, Rocky fires up, rolls under, tag to Chuck! Meeting of the minds, DDT / reverse STO combo takes the Bucks out! Off the ropes… TOPE CON GIRO! Romero with a double crossbody, the Bucks catch him and lay him out with a superkick!
Bucks off the ropes, fakeout to smooch Adam Cole, Nick tags in and kicks Taylor’s head off! Matt sets him up on the apron… SENTON ATOMICO TO THE FLOOR! Back inside, kicking away, working Chuck over and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Orange Cassidy with the distraction but Adam Cole takes him out with a pump kick! Taylor sidesteps a springboard, boot up in the corner, overhead belly-to-belly suplex puts Nick into Matt! Tag made, Rocky with the “FOREVER!” lariats in the corner, double back suplex, he lands on his feet, double Frankensteiner takes the Bucks out!
To the floor, step-up Frankensteiner off the steel steps! Back inside, the running turning shiranui… NO GOOD! Slingshot X-Factor cuts Rocky off but Sole Food takes Nick out on the floor! Romero with boots up, but Matt hits the rolling northern lights suplexes! Rocky counters with a tornado DDT, both men down and out!
Cutler sprays Matt’s back to distract referee Rick Knox, Cole gets in the ring, Cassidy right behind him with the disdainful kicks… BUT NICK SLIDES IN AND SUPERKICKS ORANGE! Matt and Rocky with standing switches, cold spray right in Matt’s eye, Chuck hits a piledriver, Romero with a jackknife pin… NICK BREAKS IT UP!
Back and forth, Rocky with a backslide… SO CLOSE! Black Magic enzuigiri, whip blocked, double pumphandle… MELTZER DRIVER! THAT’S IT!
Young Bucks win by pinfall with the Meltzer Driver on Rocky Romero.
Post-match, Cole and Cassidy brawl and Adam gets the upper hand! Wheeler YUTA slides in to make the save but he runs into a Superkick Party! PANAMA SUNRISE ON ORANGE CASSIDY!
SUE DRIVES UP IN THE MINIVAN! TRENT BERETTA IS BACK! AND BALD! AND HE MEANS BUSINESS! HE TAKES OUT THE ELITE WITH LARIATS AND A HALF NELSON SUPLEX FOR NICK! YOU GOT TO GIVE THE PEOPLE WHAT THEY WANT! GROUP HUG BABY! Kris Statlander and Sue get in the ring and join in the Best Friends / Roppongi Vice reunion and we get the snap zoom on a second hug!
Ruby Soho is interviewed backstage but the Bunny and Penelope Ford roll up before she can answer any questions.
Bunny says Nyla Rose said once she wins the TBS Championship they’ll be first in line for title shots, so they’re gonna have a trios match on Rampage against Ruby and two of her friends, which she doesn’t have any of. Soho doesn’t want to wait until Friday and she punches them!
Nyla arrives with a “Surprise, bitch!”, the brawl continues, and Tay Conti and Anna Jay make the save!
Sammy Guevara is interviewed by Tony Schiavone on the stage.
Before he can say anything, Cody Rhodes makes his entrance.
He says he didn’t want to blindside Sammy but from one good guy to the next, his Christmas Day edition of the open challenge is filled, and he’s taking it.
The Men of the Year appear in the crowd.
“All Ego” Ethan Page complains about Cody skipping the line and having to jump through hoop after hoop to get his title shot and that’s bullshit. But hey maybe if he was an EVP and kissed Tony Khan’s ass he’d get a title match faster, but Dan Lambert got him his title match.
And Dan’s coming back! Scorpio Sky mocks the idea of Sammy being a fighting champion when he won’t fight the guys in the top five and maybe he should get some balls!
And so we go to break.
Back from commercial we get a video package for Jade Cargill and Thunder Rosa’s tournament semifinals.
Hayter with a shove, collar and elbow, into the corner, referee Aubrey Edwards forces the break. Back to the lockup, into the ropes, duck under the lariat, right hands, whip reversed and she bounces off of Jamie! Scoop and a slam, one foot pin, no good!
Dropkicks blocked, backbreaker connects, Dr. Britt Baker, DMD running interference and choking Riho briefly, boot up in the corner, tijeras connects, drop toehold into the ropes! Off the ropes, Tiger feint kick, headed up top, diving crossbody… NOPE! Hayter heads to the floor for a breather, Riho off the top with a diving crossbody to the floor and she gets caught and put into the ringpost!
Back inside, pressing the attack, throwing Riho into the turnbuckles, cover for two. Reverse chinlock applied, straight suplex and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Hayter with another straight suplex, Riho with desperate forearms, whip blcoked, Jamie throws her into the corner but eats a boot! Tijeras reversed into a backbreaker, whip to the corner, Riho reverses into a stomp and both women are down and out!
Hayter back to her feet first, Riho meets her, floats over, schoolboy for two! Dragon suplex blocked, sidestep the charge, Dragon suplex connects on the second try… NOPE! Jamie gets her up, brainbuster… RIHO FINDS THE WILL TO KICK OUT! Hayter with windmill punches, a chokebreaker… STILL NO!
Half crab applied, reversed into a pin, Jamie with a boot, off the ropes, caught by a jumping knee! Riho gets a Yoshi Tonic for another nearfall! Up top… HAYTER KICKS OUT OF THE DIVING DOUBLE STOMP! Up top together, jockeying for position, Riho knocks her down, Rebel runs interference and Jamie slides right back in there!
Fireman’s carry, Riho blocks with elbows… AVALANCHE CRUCIFIX DRIVER! She charges in…
Riho wins by pinfall with the sliding knee.
Post-match, Britt Baker immediately slides in the ring and puts her in Lockjaw!
Commentary hypes up this week’s episode of Rampage.
Taz has a very big announcement for us, and says that Lio Rush and Dante Martin might have swerved them, but on Friday they’ll send Hook against Fuego del Sol for his in-ring debut!
AEW Revolution is announced for Sunday, March 6.
Commentary hypes up matches for Winter is Coming and we get a video package for Hikaru Shida vs. Serena Deeb.
Tony Schiavone interviews the Varsity Blonds, but the lights go out before they can answer.
They come up and Malakai Black is there and spits the mist at Julia Hart!
The lights go back down!
They come back up again and Black is nowhere to be seen!
And so we go to break.
Danielson with a side headlock into a wristlock, Silver reverses, Bryan rolls through and cranks his neck! Shot off, shoulder block, John with a back body drop and he flexes! Dragon with uppercuts, whip, Silver ducks a kick and lands a series of kicks of his own!
Bryan picks his ankle and drags him to the apron, smashing his leg into the corner of the ring and firing off a series of uppercuts! Up on the apron, diving knee across the back of his head! Danielson poses for the crowd and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Danielson is laying hard chops in in the corner, choking Silver, telling referee Bryce Remsburg he has until five! Drawing John up, uppercuts, whip reversed, boot up in the corner, off the second with a missile dropkick attempt… THE MEAT MAN WITH A COUNTER POWERBOMB!
Bryce with the standing ten count, both men back on their feet, trading chest kicks, Dragon catches one but the Raw Dog rolls through into a heel hook in the middle of the ring! Bryan tries to kick his way out but Silver just fires up more and wrenches back! DANIELSON GETS THE ROPES TO FORCE THE BREAK!
John with a cannonball off the apron, back inside, backslide into a series of basement superkicks but Danielson lands on his feet on the German suplex and takes his head off! He says it’s too easy and waits for Silver to get up… BUSAIKU KNEE COUNTERED INTO A SCHOOLBOY PIN FOR TWO!
John trips him into the ropes, pump kick to the back of the head, bridging German suplex… THE AMERICAN DRAGON WILL NOT STAY DOWN! Argentine backbreaker rack, Bryan gouges his eyes to escape, rolling elbow into the arm-trap elbows! Silver crumbles but that’s not good enough for him, gotch lift… GOTCH PILEDRIVER! Rolling him over…
“American Dragon” Bryan Danielson wins by referee stoppage with a Rings of Saturn.
Post-match, Danielson recounts— Uno, Cabana, and Angels? Heads kicked in, and John Silver? Oh wait, he’s a man of his word and he promised to kick his head in, just like he’s gonna kick Hangman’s head in next week! He waves off the medics and Remsburg, wrists clutched and he stomps John Silver’s head in!
HANGMAN PAGE MAKES THE SAVE!
Page grabs a mic and says next week he’s gonna stomp the cowboy shit out of Danielson!
That’s the show, folks.
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AEW Dynamite results, live blog (Dec. 8, 2021): Battle Royal – Cageside Seats