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All Elite Wrestling returns this evening from the Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Portland, Oregon with the first AEW Battle Of The Belts show of the New Year.
On tap for tonight's show is On tap for tonight's show is a No Holds Barred match for the AEW World Tag Team Championships, with The Acclaimed defending against Jeff Jarrett & Jay Lethal.
Also scheduled is a TBS Women's Championship match, with Jade Cargill putting her title on-the-line against Skye Blue, as well as Orange Cassidy putting the AEW All-Atlantic Championship up-for-grabs against Kip Sabian.
Featured below are complete AEW Battle Of The Belts V results from Friday, January 6, 2023. The following report was written by Rajah.com reporter Matt Boone (@MattBoone0709) as the show aired live from 11pm-12am EST. on TNT.
AEW BATTLE OF THE BELTS V RESULTS (1/6/2023)
We see the quick intro for the fifth installment in the quarterly AEW Battle of the Belts series and then the commentators welcome us to the show.
Jim Ross, Excalibur, Tony Schiavone and Chris Jericho run down the scheduled lineup for tonight's one-hour special and then send things down to the ring.
AEW Tag-Team Championship
The Acclaimed (C) vs. Jeff Jarrett & Jay Lethal
Now we hear the challengers introduced and out comes the duo of Jeff Jarrett and Jay Lethal. As the two make their way down to the ring, we see highlights of the previous meeting between Jarrett & Lethal and The Acclaimed.
The challengers are settled inside the ring and their music dies down. Now the familiar sounds of The Acclaimed's theme hits and the Portland crowd goes nuts. Max Caster begins his trademark freestyle rap as he and Anthony Bowens head to the ring for this scheduled title defense.
One of his rhymes straight up calls out Vince McMahon by name. The crowd eats this up with a spoon and then Anthony Bowens does his "scissor me, daddy-o!" line before he and Billy Gunn scissor with Caster to close out their epic ring entrance.
From there, the bell sounds and immediately Jeff Jarrett attacks Max Caster and Jay Lethal jumps Anthony Bowens. Both groups of two splinter out to the ringside area where this no disqualification match gets underway.
We see Lethal and Bowens rolling all the way down the ramp while in the figure-four leg lock. "It's a figure-four, scissor!" Chris Jericho quips on commentary. The action finally makes it into the ring and as Jarrett and Lethal establish a dominant offensive lead, we head to a mid-match commercial break as this opening title contest continues.
As we settle back in from the break, we see that Lethal and Jarrett are still dominating the match. Lethal is working over Bowens in the ring, however Bowens begins fighting back and finally buys himself enough time to make a much-needed tag to Caster.
Max Caster takes the hot tag and the crowd is on fire as he begins to take out both Jarrett and Lethal by himself. Finally we see Jarrett and Lethal using double-team offense on Caster behind the referee's back, despite this being a no disqualification match. Billy Gunn hits the ring to even up the numbers game.
Bowens and Jarrett are left alone in the ring and Bowens lays out Jarrett. He goes for the cover but the referee is still down and out. Another official sprints down to the ring and tries to make the cover, however Jarrett manages to kick out after the count of two.
Gunn and Lethal are shown laid out on the floor as Jarrett gets his hands on his trademark guitar. He looks to blast Bowens with it but instead he blasts him with a low blow and drops him. As Caster heads over to him, he picks up his trademark boombox and it looks like it's about to be a guitar versus boombox showdown.
Instead, Lethal attacks Caster from behind and he drops it. In the ring, Gunn grabs the guitar away from Jarrett. Behind him, however, is the massive Satnam Singh. Gunn whacks him with the guitar, which explodes. Satnam doesn't go down but stumbles in the corner.
Jarrett grabs Gunn and hits him with his Stroke finisher. Satnam Singh takes out everyone in sight with chokeslams including the back-up referee. Jay Lethal takes the shirt off the ref and puts it on himself.
Lethal hits his Lethal Injection and goes for the cover. Lethal goes to drop down to make the cover, however he is yanked out of the ring by AEW women's referee Aubrey Edwards. They go face-to-face in the ring and Aubrey yanks the pencil away from Dutt and breaks it in half.
The crowd explodes. Caster hits the Mic Drop on Jarrett off the top and The Acclaimed scores the pin to retain their title in a very, very entertaining title tilt here to kick off the AEW Battle of the Belts V special event.
Winners and STILL AEW Tag-Team Champions: The Acclaimed
Latest Chapter In The Book Of Hobbs
We shoot to Powerhouse Hobbs is shown holding a book and talking about The Book of Hobbs and how much it means to him. He says everything that has happened to me is gonna happen to you.
Excalibur says Will Hobbs has evil intentions on his mind. On that note, we head to another commercial break.
Ortiz Questions Eddie Kingston
As we settle back in from the commercial break, we see a quick Eddie Kingston and Ortiz response to the recent comments made about them. Ortiz questions "the Mad King" why his name wasn't ever brought up.
Kingston asks if he's really questioning him. He says when they beat The House of Black's asses next Friday on Rampage, question him then.
TBS Women's Championship
Jade Cargill (C) vs. Skye Blue
Now we head back inside the Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Portland, OR. where Skye Blue's theme hits and the promising, rising prospect in the AEW women's division makes her way out and heads to the ring.
As she settles inside the squared circle, her theme dies down. Now the undefeated TBS Women's Champion Jade Cargill comes out for her latest TBS title defense on TNT. The commentators point out that Red Velvet is noticeably absent from her side.
Cargill settles in the ring as the commentators continue to talk about The Baddies dwindling down to essentially nobody now. Cargill gets in Blue's face and holds the title up high.
Blue loses her cool and attacks Cargill. The bell sounds and our second of three scheduled championship contests is now officially off-and-running. We see Cargill start to fight back and easily take over. She goes on a dominant run of offense and as we near a mid-match commercial break, we see Red Velvet make her way out from the back.
Leila Grey is also at ringside when we return. Velvet ends up taking her out. In the ring, we see Blue nearly finish off Cargill on a few occasions, but ultimately, Cargill connects with her Jaded finisher for the pin fall victory.
With the win, Jade Cargill retains her TBS Women's Championship and her undefeated streak. The commentators sing the praises of Skye Blue after the match, calling this the best performance of her young career thus far.
Winner and STILL TBS Women's Champion: Jade Cargill
Stokely Hathaway Addresses Big Dynamite Tag-Team Showdown
Stokely Hathaway, Big Bill and Lee Moriarty are shown in the interview zone. Stokely talks on behalf of the duo ahead of their scheduled tag-team showdown against the team of Hook and Jungle Boy Jack Perry on next Wednesday's Dynamite.
He talks some trash and then we head to another commercial break.
AEW All-Atlantic Championship
Orange Cassidy (C) vs. Kip Sabian
When we return from the break, we see a graphic promoting Jon Moxley vs. "Hangman" Adam Page for Wednesday's Dynamite.
Excalibur runs down some more action scheduled for the show and then we return inside the Veterans Memorial Coliseum for our scheduled main event of the evening here at AEW Battle of the Belts V. A Street Fight is announced for AEW Rampage next week with Anna Jay A.S. & Tay Melo vs. Ruby Soho & Willow Nightingale.
Now we hear the familiar sounds of Kip Sabian's theme song as the challenger for our headline bout this evening makes his way down to the squared circle accompanied by Penelope Ford. He settles inside and his music fades down.
From there, the theme for the "Freshly Squeezed" one plays and out comes the reigning, defending AEW All-Atlantic Champion Orange Cassidy. We hear a "Freshly Squeezed" chant as the bell sounds to officially get this main event title tilt off-and-running.
The commentators question if fans forget how good Sabian is in the ring after his recent box-head phase. With his hands in his pockets and extra-relaxed, we see Orange Cassidy drilling the challenger with big shots and fast-paced offense.
Sabian decides at one point he's had enough and needs a break, so he goes out to the ringside area and sits in a steel folding chair as Penelope Ford comes over and puts his shades on for him. Cassidy finally loses his cool and goes out after him, only for Sabian to run away and avoid him again.
Sabian stands with Ford in the entrance ramp and they are joined by The Bunny, who skips and hops down the ramp. Sabian stands behind both ladies as Cassidy again goes out to confront him. Sabian uses the women to sneak in a cheap-shot to Cassidy. The camera pans over and shows an irritated Danhausen at ringside in Cassidy's corner.
Back in the ring, Sabian follows up on the offensive lead he established after sneaking in the cheap-shot between Ford and Bunny. Sabian and the aforementioned female duo all three do a reverse Best Friends hug, complete with the quick camera pan.
Danhausen ends up getting involved and puts a curse on Kip Sabian. It works enough to distract him and allow Cassidy to recover, as the "Freshly Squeezed" one comes sailing through the ropes and takes out the challenger for a big pop from the Portland crowd.
We see the action resume in the ring with Cassidy still in the offensive driver's seat. Cassidy ends up knocking Sabian out to the floor and he goes to dive on him again, however this time Sabian catches him and does a slingshot twisting snap-suplex on the floor. We see replays of what had to be a painful bump for the TNT Champion.
Kip Sabian rolls the champ back into the ring and then immediately throws him right back out to the floor with authority. On that note, Excalibur talks us into a mid-match commercial break as the main event of the evening continues.
As we settle back in from the break, we see Sabian in the middle of connecting on Cassidy in the corner with a cannonball splash. He backs up and sprints at him looking for another one, but this time Cassidy moves out of the way and Sabian collides into the corner violently.
Cassidy takes Sabian up to the top-rope and hooks the arm, looking for a super-plex. Sabian ends up fighting his way out of it. They each try some other high-spots from up there but in the end, it is Cassidy who does end up connecting with his originally intended super-plex.
Now we see The Bunny grabbing the boot of Cassidy from the ringside area just as he was setting Sabian up for the Orange Punch. The referee is informed of this by Danhausen so The Bunny gets ejected from ringside.
As Danhausen rubs it in and plays to the crowd from the entrance ramp, we see The Butcher and The Blade emerge from the backstage area. Danhausen tries to fight them off by himself, but they beat him down with ease and continue to head to the ring.
They each pull out steel chairs from under the ring and they unfold them and sit down right in front of the ring at the end of the entrance ramp. Meanwhile, in the ring we see Cassidy and Sabian exchanging elbow strikes and then punches as the crowd cheers and boos along with each shot that lands.
Cassidy takes his elbow pad down. He means business now. He and Sabian go at it and then have a stand-off. Sabian lures Cassidy in and connects with a head butt. He blasts the champ with a big knee soon after that and goes for the cover, however Cassidy kicks out.
Sabian hits a falcon arrow type of move into a pin attempt, only for Cassidy to again kick out at two-and-a-half. The camera cuts to show The Butcher and The Blade still seated at ringside just before Cassidy is thrown out there at their feet.
They put their chairs back-to-back and stand up to begin a two-on-one beat down of the champ at ringside. Instead, The Best Friends run down from the back and start brawling with The Butcher and The Blade. Back in the ring, Sabian tries to capitalize on all of the commotion but Cassidy manages to avoid being finished off.
Sabian thinks he has Cassidy finished off, so he shows off a double biceps pose to gloat. Bad move. Cassidy springs to life and starts flying all over the place, hitting Kip with everything in his offensive arsenal except his finishers. He hits a beach break just after that and goes for the cover but Sabian kicks out.
Cassidy gets Sabian in the corner and starts stomping the p*ss out of him. The ref tries to stop him and in a fit of rage, Cassidy shoves the ref down without thinking. The ref gets back up and Cassidy hits the Orange Punch on Sabian and goes for the cover.
He gets the pin fall victory and retains his AEW All-Atlantic Championship in a great main event here at the fifth installment of AEW Battle of the Belts. That's how the show goes off the air. Thanks for joining us!
Winner and STILL AEW All-Atlantic Champion: Orange Cassidy
— All Elite Wrestling (@AEW) January 6, 2023