All Elite Wrestling (AEW) returns this evening with this week's episode of AEW Dynamite from the Landers Center in Southaven, Mississippi. Tonight's show features an "Anniversary Edition" label with an advertised "Tribute to Memphis Wrestling Legends."
AEW DYNAMITE RESULTS (1/8): SOUTHAVEN, MS.
The second episode of AEW Dynamite for 2020 starts NOW!
"Hangman" Adam Page & Kenny Omega vs. Private Party (Isiah Kassidy & Marq Quen)
Starting off tonight's Anniversary Episode of AEW Dynamite, Hangman Page makes his way down the ramp and enters the ring as his music blares in the Lander's Center Arena. Out next is Kenny Omega making his way down the ramp and entering the ring to join tag team partner Kenny Omega. Out next is Private Party (Isiah Kassidy & Marq Quen) as they make their way down the ramp and enter the ring as a clip from last week's episode is shown from backstage. Page fist bumps Omega as the referee signals for the bell to ring beginning the first match of the night!
After some back and forth action early on, Page kicks out at the first count, quickly making his way back to his feet. Kassidy tags in Quen as both men of Private Party team up on Page. Quen tags Kassidy once again and again they get the upperhand until Page makes his way to his corner where he tags in Omega who gets his first legal entrance into the match up tonight.
Omega gets a few good hits in on Kassidy before tagging Page back in. Page and Omega throw Kassidy at the ropes, Kassidy gets a low bridge off the ropes, knocking Page out of the ring. Kassidy flips Omega from the outside of the ropes to the inside head first. Omega tags Page in once again. Quen is tagged in and flips over the ropes onto Page, followed by running across the ring and flipping over the ropes onto Omega, then once again flipping over the ropes onto Page, landing on his feet.
Quen back in the ring with a 150 Splash on Hangman. Page almost gets the three count pin, Omega jumps in and breaks up the pin just in time. Quen goes for a Cross Body onto Hangman to no avail. Omega tags in, throwing Hangman into both members of Private Party, followed by a German Suplex on Kassidy. Then a pin attempt, Kassidy kicks out at two.
Omega looking angry at the last minute kick out, the crowd starts chanting, "Kenny! Kenny!" as he slams off the ropes and gets a Snap Dragon Suplex on Kassidy. Kassidy counters with the Silly String and pin attempt, Omega kicks out with less than a second to spare. Now Kassidy looks stunned as he makes his way back to his feet and tags in Quen who gets to the top turnbuckle. Quen with a high risk, no reward move off the top.
Omega gets the Gin and Juice from both members of Private Party and Kassidy goes for the pin, Page breaks up the count just in time, once again. Omega accidentally throws Quen into Page. Quen takes advantage of the moment and gets a high knee on Omega. Omega gets Quen up on his shoulders and hits his move for the pin and win.
Winner: Hangman Adam Page & Kenny Omega
After the Match
Backstage action is seen where PAC has snapped saying, "I've told you before, GIVE ME MY MATCH! Or this, will continue!" Referees trying to help Omega's friend backstage as Hangman Page is left standing on the outside of the ring, grabbing a cup of beer from a fan in the front row, guzzling the entire thing and making his way into the crowd where he cheers with fans during the commercial break.
Tony Schiavone, Jim Ross, and Excalibur speak about tonight's line up. Ross speaks on Moxley's decision being announced tonight about the Inner Circle. Next he announces the match up between Best Friends & Orange Kassidy who are set to take on Jurassic Express and Luchasaurus.
Also mentioned is Sammy Guevara vs. Christopher Daniels. Then the match up with Cody Rhodes and Dustin Rhodes teaming up for the first time against Lucha Bros. But first Kris Statlander vs. Riho. Brandi joins the three commentators for the match up.
Kris Statlander vs. Riho
Out first is Kris Statlander as she makes her way to the top of the ramp, stopping to pose before making her way down the ramp and enters the ring covered with designed face paint. Out next is Riho as her music sounds in the arena, making her way down the ramp with her normal huge smile and her championship belt around her waist. The bell rings and the match begins.
Statlander wastes no time as she goes after Riho, lifting her over her head and slamming her to the mat, trying to get a quick pin, Riho bridges out of the hold, sliding out from under Statlander and making her way back to her feet. Lots of quick moves and back and forth action between the two women, both fighting for the championship in this match up.
As Statlander is showboating on the top turnbuckle, she finally slams backwards onto the mat with Riho upside down above her head. Riho gets a Knee Strike, Statlander counters with a High Knee. Riho is pulled out of the ring by Mel and slammed into the baracade on the outside of the ring. Statlander flies through the second and top rope onto Kong. Brandi Rhodes excuses herself from the commentator's area and begins arguing with Statlander on the ramp. Luther comes out of nowhere, confusing Statlander. Statlander is knocked to the ground on the outside of the ring. Riho with a highflying Cross Body onto Luther.
Riho and Statlander back in the ring, Statlander goes for a pin. Riho goes for Running Knee Strike and Statlander gets Riho in a pin, Riho kicks out at two. Statlander's feet are pulled out from under her by Kong and Riho rolls her up for the three count pin and win.
After the Match
Running Clothesline. Kong with right hands to the face of Statlander. Riho tries to help Statlander and Mel knocks her to the outside. Britt sits back down in the audience as Big Swole and Sunny Kiss make their way into the ring to help against the Nightmare Collective.
Kip Sabian and Penelope Ford promo is shown sharing they bring "sex appeal" back to the show. Ford says, "When you wanna be bad, be super bad" ending the clip.
Zach Meyers is shown in the audience as the crowd is shown after the promo.
Christopher Daniels vs. Sammy Guevara
Christopher Daniels makes his way to the ring as a clip from last month is shown picture in picture. Daniels has a mic with stand in hand as he enters the ring and we go to commercial.
As we come back from commercial, Sammy Guevara makes his way down the ramp and enters the ring as his music sounds in the arena. The bell rings and the match begins. Guevara with effortless floating over Daniels and backflips before Daniels finally catches Guevara. Guevara thrown down with a Hip Toss by Daniels.
Daniels gets a massive chop to the chest of Guevara. Guevara with both feet to the chest of Daniels followed by a pin attempt. Daniels kicks out at two. Guevara circling Daniels as he tries to get back to his feet. Guevara with a Double Foot Stomp once again. Guevara lifts Daniels up onto his shoulders, falling backwards into a pin, Daniels kicks out once again.
Guevara getting a Headlock on Daniels in the center of the ring. Daniels makes his way to his feet and with a few elbows to the midsection, Guevara lets go. Guevara with a big kick and up to the top rope with a 450 attempt, nobody home. Daniels dumps Guevara over his shoulder onto the mat. Guevara once again with a chop to the chest. Daniels with a Back Body Drop followed by a Clothesline from Daniels. Daniels with a pin attempt of his own, Guevara kicks out at two.
Guevara with Double Knee Strike on Daniels. Guevara and Daniels both go down with a mutual Clothesline. Both men make their way back to their feet. Daniels sitting on the top turnbuckle, Guevara jumps down. Daniels gets an STO on Guevara.
Suddenly Pentagon asks for Daniels to show him an Arabian Moonsault. Guevara gets a shot the the back of the head on Daniels and the three count pin for the win.
Winner: Sammy Guevara
After the Match
Music sounds for the Dark Order. Christopher Daniels is called out. Dark Order make their way down the ramp with a microphone in hand. "This might seem out of the ordinary, if it weren't for you 15 years ago, I might not be what I am today. But, the AEW faithful do not share my high opinion of you. You see Chris, they do not believe in you anymore. Oh Boo all you want!"
The crowd "booing" as he continues, "But Chris, I can help you. I can make you the man you once were." as he pulls out a mask. The crowd begins chanting, "SCU! SCU!" "SCU is a thing of the past, be one with the Dark Order, and wear the mask..." Daniels takes the mask from his hand and throws it back and Daniels begins getting attacked in ring.
The members of SCU and Young Bucks come running down the ramp and enter the ring attacking Dark Order. Young Bucks uniting with SCU in the ring. Scorpio Sky with a high flying move over the ropes onto Dark Order on the outside of the ring. Chaos continues as we go to commercial.
Cody & Dustin Rhodes vs. The Lucha Bros
Out first is The Lucha Brothers as their music sounds in the arena and they make their way down the ramp, entering the ring. Next out is "The Natural" Dustin Rhodes who makes his way out to the top of the ramp wearing his sleeveless trenchcoat and red and black face paint. Dustin stands at the top of the ramp as the arena goes black, Cody Rhodes appears accompanied by Arn Anderson as all three men make their way down the ramp, entering the ring. Aubrey Edwards is the official for this 20 minute match up. The crowd chanting "Cody! Cody!" as the bell rings and the match begins.
Cody is in first with Pentagon. Pentagon gets in Cody's face, Cody unphased with a blow to the head as Cody drops to the mat with a second blow to the body of Pentagon. Fenix tags in going after Cody, Dustin quickly jumps in and there is a stare down between the Rhodes brothers and the Lucha Bros.
Quick action between Cody and Pentagon, then Fenix. Dustin tags in and goes after Pentagon. Action moves to the outside of the ring. Dustin makes his way back into the ring, followed by Fenix. Giant Foot Stomp from Fenix inside the ring onto Dustin as we go to commercial.
We come back from commercial, Dustin is in the ring with Pentagon. Pentagon with a big kick to the back of the knee of Dustin. A quick tag, by Fenix. Dustin with a Spine Buster on Fenix. Dustin struggling to get the tag to Cody. Fenix also inching towards Pentagon. Cody gets the tag first and comes in hot. A Power Slam onto Fenix, then flying through the ropes knocking Pentagon off the ramp.
Cody with blows in the corner of the ring onto Fenix as the crowd counts along, "one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten". Cody sets up for Cross Rhodes. Fenix with the Cutter, almost beheading Cody in the center of the ring. Pentagon tags in setting Cody up for Diving Foot Stomp. Cody bull rushes Fenix towards Dustin.
All four men in the ring, Dustin now the legal man in. Dustin with Destroyer. Dustin with Final Reckoning on Fenix for the three count pin and win.
Winner: Cody Rhodes & Dustin Rhodes
After the Match
The Rhodes brothers are seen celebrating in the ring. Tony Schiavone enters the ring with a microphone. "Alright Cody, wasn't that long ago that you threw everything down asking what would it take for MJF to enter the ring, what do you have to say?"
Cody goes to speak, Arn Anderson interrupts. "I don't know how MJF thinks he can make these demands, somebody died and made him God? We will talk about it this week, and we will get back to you." Both Cody Rhodes and Dustin Rhodes exit the ring. The crowd chanting, "Cody! Cody!" as we go to commercial.
Lanny Poffo and Alex Marvez speaking backstage, Lanny Poffo says he spent the day with many amazing wrestlers and says he wants to contribute to this amazing product.
MJF's music sounds in the arena as we go to commercial.
As we come back from commercial, MJF repeats "Cody Rhodes is a coward! Cody is afraid to face me. I will give you to the count of ten!" as he starts counting backwards from ten. MJF gets to one and says, "Oh that's right Cody, you're just a little bitch!" as he turns away from the ramp. DDP's music sounds in the arena as DDP makes his way out onto the ramp, heading down and sliding into the ring, looking MJF in the face then turning to the crowd throwing his hands up.
The crowd chanting, "DDP! DDP! DDP!" DDP begins, "It's me. It's D. D. P. The king of badabing the master of the diamond cutter. The three time winner and the founder of DDP Yoga. Better known today as DDPY. Now, now if you'd have told me 19 years ago that DDP would be back live on TNT with the hottest new wrestling promotion on the planet, AEW, what's it called?" The crowd chants, "AEW!" DDP continues, "I would have to have said, you're smoking crack. But look who's back. Live and in public if you will..." he blows a kiss to the sky.
DDP continues, "Motormouth Jackoff Friedman, and the big man, the guy with the cute little man bun in his hair. Ever since that night, my twitter @RealDDP blew up huge with one question. DDP, are you coming back? For one, more, match?" MJF interrupts, "Enough, let me explain something to you Dally. In your prime, you couldn't lace my boots. Now, with your arthritic hands, you couldn't hold my jock."
DDP steps towards MJF who says, "whoa whoa, I'm not gonna fight you, but these guys might." "I know you're getting senile, but WCW is dead. The same age as your fans. Now you're in a bit of a predicament. You can either A. kiss my ring or B. which is more fun, we can send you straight to hospice. Then I can take one of them Diamond daughters of yours and I can lay her down in my bed and we can do one thing and one thing only. DDP with Diamond Cutter on both men in the ring.
MJF with a low blow on DDP. MJF looks into the camera and yells, "Cody, what's about to happen to your mentor, that's on you" The referees and Dustin Rhodes enter the ring to check on DDP as we go to commercial.
Jurassic Express & Luchusaurus vs. Orange Cassidy & The Best Friends (Chuck Taylor & Trent)
Jurassic Express & Luchusaurus are already in the ring as we come back from commercial. Out next is Orange Cassidy & The Best Friends as their music sounds and they make their way down and into the ring. The bell rings and the match begins.
First in the ring is Jungle Boy and Trent. Back and forth action, Jungle Boy looks to Marko Stunt who is from the area, jumping up and down on the ropes reaching his hand in for the tag.
Marko Stunt gets the tag. Stunt psyching himself up, Trent knocking him to the mat. Stunt does his "Floss" dance at Trent. Jungle Boy with a Splash on Trent with the help of Stunt. Luchusaurus, Jungle Boy, and Marko Stunt in the ring with a stare down with The Best Friends, as Orange Cassidy is leaning, seemingly bored on the ropes as we go to commercial.
We come back from commercial Jungle Boy tags in Luchusaurus. Foot stomp onto Trent then a Round Kick across the face of Chuck Taylor. (Luchusaurus abbrev. as LS for the rest of this match, too long!) LS in ring with Orange Cassidy who taps LS with his left foot, then his right foot, then goes for left foot again, LS with a blow. LS pulled out of the ring by The Best Friends, Orange Cassidy with a Freshly Squeezed through the ropes, hands in pockets and all.
Back in the ring, Jungle Boy flies over as Taylor answers with a Spear. Diving Foot Stomp to break up the pin attempt. Marko Stunt being thrown around by his hair. Stunt attacks both members of The Best Friends. LS throws Stunt into both members of The Best Friends on the outside of the ring. Things gets hectic in the finish, Jungle Boy gets the pin for the win.
Winner: Jurassic Express with Luchusaurus
Chris Jericho makes his way down the ramp with the World Championship belt over his shoulder. During the commercial Sammy Guevara holds up cue cards with a recap of the prizes Moxley will receive if he accepts the deal with Inner Circle.
Jericho announces Jon Moxley as Moxley's music sounds and he makes his way through the crowd and enters the red carpeted ring. A table is set up in the ring as well.
Jericho says, "January 8th is always an important day here, not because it's Elvis's birthday, if he was here, I would kick his butt." Jericho reminds Moxley what is on the line and says once he accepts they will party all night long, and the fans aren't invited.
Jericho says once again, "Will you be a part of the Inner Circle?"
"I've had a lot to think about this week. A lot more went into this decision than you all may think. You may think you know my ambitions and my goals. Chris, I don't think you do either. You offered me a car, the money, and 49% membership, but I don't want any of it. I didn't join AEW because someone pulled a truck up to my house full of money. I came here to dominate, and that's why.. my answer is yes."
Moxley unzips his leather jacket revealing an Inner Circle shirt. "If you wanna be great, you have to learn from the greats. The peabrains might not want to admit it, but Chris Jericho is the greatest of all time. So I will stand with Chris Jericho and I will surround myself with the greats. There's only one thing left, Jericho, pop open the bubbly!"
Jericho repeats, "Moxley said yes! 2020 is gonna be the year of the Inner Circle". Jericho, Guevara, and Moxley all begin to shake bottles of champagne and shoot it everywhere. Jericho says, "This is the beginning of the Inner Circle taking over AEW! And all of you can shut up and watch us do it. What did you say? I suck?" They begin yelling towards the crowd. Moxley says, "They have a problem with Le Champion".
Moxley said, "Oh, you forgot something, I think you owe me a little something." Jericho says, "This car, worth 750,000 dollars, and Mox, it's yours. Registration, license plate, it's yours baby!" The crowd begins chanting, "You sold out!" Jericho said, "You DID sell out, every single night. The Inner Circle means money! Once again, hit that music! Come on now!!"
Once again the music sounds and they shake up the champagne and spray it in the ring. Guevara exits the ring, dancing around the ring. Moxley says, "Hey, cut the music. I forgot, one final thing. Chris my friend, I was just kidding. I would never join the Inner Circle. It's a stupid group. You have nothing that I want, except for that" (signaling to the championship belt) and breaks a bottle over Le Champion's head, then attacks Guevara before exiting through the crowd, throwing the shirt into the crowd.
Jericho seemingly passed out in the center of the ring being held up by Jake Hager. Moxley waving the keys with his tongue out in the crowd ending the show.
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