All Elite Wrestling comes our way from Jacksonville, Florida. Last week during the first night of New Year’s Smash, SCU confirmed that they will disband their team if they ever lose a match. Jon Moxley let off some steam. Wardlow showed Hager who the real big man of the Inner Circle is. Private Party signed a dubious contract with Matt Hardy. Sting, once again, came to his child’s rescue. Snoop Dogg sort of jumped off the top rope to help Cody Rhodes. Hikaru Shida slew the demon Abadon. Kenny Omega and Rey Fenix tore the proverbial house down in what is sure to be a match of the year contender. And The Good Brothers made their (non-contractional) Dynamite debut.
This Week’s Headliner:
It’s finally happening! It feels like AEW has been building to this TNT Championship match between Darby Allin and Brian Cage for years, which is saying something since Allin has only held the belt for a short time.
It’s a classic David vs. Goliath story, except this time, their dads are involved. In Allin’s corner lurks Sting - whether he wants him there or not - and in Cage’s, Taz runs the show.
Will Cage, who is literally about three times the size of Allin, be able to squash the champion like he wants and walk away the new champion, or will Allin’s relentless ability to not die work in his favor?
The Title Scene:
Kenny Omega, The AEW World Champion, and two of his best friends will be in action tonight in a six-man tag team match. Now...which set of best friends will he choose?
AEW Women’s Champion Hikaru Shida defeated Abadon last week in a championship match. That means that we won’t see her for a little while and that we won’t have a competent challenger for at least a month. Classic.
Meanwhile, Serena Deeb and the NWA Women’s division are always here to remind us what women’s wrestling on Dynamite could be. Tonight she puts her belt on the line against The Dark Order’s Tay Conti.
Last week, The AEW Tag Team Champions The Young Bucks, with the help of SCU, defeated TH2 and The Acclaimed. They then ended the show with a little Bullet Club reunion, leading us to wonder just where their loyalties lie. Perhaps we’ll get a little enlightenment on that issue tonight.
Other Things to Keep an Eye On:
-The Inner Circle shares their new year’s resolutions. “Number one: get along.”
-Eddie Kingston has ducked PAC for weeks, but tonight the two fiercest competitors on the AEW roster clash. This one is all about pride and is likely to end in bloodshed.
-Miro tries to make Chuck Taylor his young boy. Don’t google it.
-FTR feels left behind in the tag team scene, so they thought they would remedy that by beating up two of the smallest guys on the roster Jungle Boy and Marko Stunt.
-Dr. Britt Baker, DMD, hosts an installment of The Waiting with special guest Cody Rhodes. Presumably, Cody is there to talk about himself while Britt will ask him to take care of her Thunder Rosa problem. Too much ego for one waiting room. Reba better be prepared.
-Where is Shawn Spears and his feeeeeeeelings?
Tune into AEW on TNT at 8 p.m. EST to see how this all plays out!