Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2020. The show opened with a very athletic and fast-paced match between current AEW World Tag Team Champions The Young Bucks – Matt and Nick Jackson against The Hybrid 2 (TH2)-Angelico and Jack Evans.
Both teams had a great showing in this match, countermove after countermove, aerial move after aerial move. Until the Bucks isolated Angelico, connected with stereo superkicks, and finished him off with the BTE Trigger for the Victory!
Cody Rhodes enters the ring with Arn Anderson. TNT Champ Darby Allin is shown in his normal perch in the nose-bleed section of the arena.
Tony Schiavone is in-ring to ask Cody his thoughts about what happened one week ago.
Cody begins to speak when the snow begins to fall and once again The Icon Sting appears, giving a Stinger Shout to the raucous crowd he enters the ring!
Arn Anderson approaches the Icon and states, “Sorry, I just wanted to get a little close to make sure this is real,” and he exits the ring.
Sting hugs Tony Schiavone, mentions how Tony helped his career, and asked him to give him one more “Its Sting!”, which Tony happily obliges, then he exits the ring.
The whole arena chanted “This is Awesome!”
Cody stoically welcomes Sting back and says, “I have been waiting to share the ring with you for a very long time.”
Sting replies, “Cody, I ‘m not here for you, at least not right now. I feel at home in this place. Something really familiar about this place,” as he gestures to Darby Allin in the stands.
“This is the jungle,” Sting continues, “The Stinger has come full circle and is on TNT once again.”
Crowd chants “Welcome back!”
To which Cody sarcasticly replies, “Like I said sir, welcome back.”
“Cody,” Sting countered. “I know you know every single thing that goes on in this place, but, you know me too and you know what I say, the only thing that’s for sure about Sting, is nothing is for sure. Except this, I am signed officially with AEW and I plan on being close to the AEW wrestling fans and in this promotion for a long time. I plan on spending a lot of time right here. But the way I chose to play is my business. See you around, kid!” The two shared an awkward hug and Sting exited the ring.
I am truly excited that they are going this route with Sting, I love the “The only thing for sure about Sting” line, it really takes me back to the glory days of WCW, and what I feel is the true turning point in the career of Sting! Needless to say, I got the goose-bumps all over again.
Back to the rest of the show!
FTR-Cash Wheeler and Dax Harwood took on the Varsity Blondes-Brian Pillman Jr. and Griff Garrison. The Varsity Blondes showed well at times, but as par, the “top guys” got the better hand and hit the Goodnight Express for the win.
“Hangman” Adam Page agrees to team John Silver and Alex Reynolds, of The Dark Order, just for one time against Private Party and Matt Hardy next week.
“The Natural” Dustin Rhodes faced off against Dark Order’s 10 in a very short, but hard-hitting match with Dustin securing the victory with his running bulldog. After the match, Evil Uno of the Dark Order states Dustin is the third most important Rhodes, then offers Dustin the #7 spot in The Dark Order, to which Dustin responds with a slap across the face of Evil Uno who says “When you see the light. When you understand what I understand, you’ll come begging for it.” The Dark Order is always looking to recruit.
Shaq and Brandi Rhodes had a heated back and forth talk about Jade, ending when Brandi throws Tony Schiavone’s drink in Shaq’s face. Possible mixed tag coming in the future?
Everyone in the Inner Circle finally agreed to continue moving forward as a unit, Sammy Guevara and MJF begrudgingly shook hands. Jake Hager and Wardlow agreed not to stare at one another. Chris Jericho announced as a show of unity everyone would be at ringside for the MJF vs Orange Cassidy match. Jericho seemed happy and said it was time to look toward the future.
Lance Archer with Jake Roberts and The Lucha Bros-Rey Fenix and Penta El Zero Miedo went to battle against Eddie Kingston and The Butcher & The Blade with The Bunny in a really physical match, however when the Lucha Bros are involved speed and high-flying maneuvers are always present.
Finally, Butcher and Blade hit their Powerbomb/Neck Breaker on an isolated Rey Fenix for the win. Archer was lit, hit the ring, through Blade across the ring, went for his Black Out on Blade when Butcher pulled him to safety outside the ring.
Big Swole and Serena Deeb saved Brandi Rhodes from an attack by Jade Cargill and Nyla Rose.
The creepy Abadon squashed Tesha Price in a short match. The attack continued after the match until AEW Women’s Champion Hikaru Shida made the save with a huge kendo stick shot! As Abadon sat up, Shida helped Tesha out of the ring, both looking on in disbelief.
AEW World Champion Kenny Omega with Don Callis cooed how everything that happened last week, involving the AEW World title was all part of plan years in the making. Solidifying an Omega heel turn and again mentioning how he is a collector and the AEW World Championship is his favorite piece! Hmmm, could we see Omega “Many Belts” in the near future?
The Main Event was MJF vs Orange Cassidy for the Dynamite Diamond Ring! The Inner Circle outnumbered Best Friends-Chuck Taylor and Trent at ringside until Best Friends added some more friends until the ringside area looked like a Lumberjack Match.
A pretty even match played out, both combatants gaining and then losing advantages. Tons of interference and distractions from the Inner Circle. MJF damaged Cassidy’s right hand, really limiting his Orange Punch finisher. Back and forth the match went, finisher after finisher was hit on each man, followed by kick out after kick out.
Until Wardlow placed MJF’s foot on the rope to break up the three count, that prompted an all-out brawl from everyone at ringside. Miro then ran to the ring, clocked Orange Cassidy while the ref had his back turned. MJF draped an arm over Cassidy for the victory and the Dynamite Diamond Ring, for another year.
Best Friends, Miro and Kip Sabian brawled on the ramp until security got involved, then Miro tore through security, even throwing on guard off the ramp to the concrete floor.
Back in the ring, MJF boasted “I beat him clean smackdab in the middle of the ring!” while once again holding his Dynamite Diamond Ring!
All in all another solid Wednesday Night Dynamite. With Sting making another appearance I am curious if he is tipping the viewing scales in favor of AEW. I will look it up and get back to you on that.
MJF continues to be AEW’s number one heel, however with Kenny Omega making the heel turn who knows what is in store.