By: Gavin Axelrod
The Dec. 16 edition of All Elite Wrestling Dynamite (AEW) was highlighted by a hardcore main event between Joey Janela and champion Kenny Omega
Dynamite had been on a streak of great episodes, but this week’s show didn’t meet that bar. Something about the episode just felt off and the show didn’t fly by as it did throughout the past month.
Wednesday’s Dynamite saw Cody defeat Angelico, Serena Deeb and Big Swole pick up a win in tag team action and The Inner Circle prevailed in a loaded 12-man contest.
Elsewhere on the card SoCal Uncensored (SCU) took on one of AEW’s newest teams, The Acclaimed. It was a match that had big implications in the AEW Tag Team title picture.
The Diffusing Dynamite team of Gavin Axelrod and Joseph Casciaro have you covered, make sure to keep reading to find out all about everything you need to know following the Dec. 16 edition of AEW Dynamite.
The Good, The Bad and The Hungee
Dark Order’s recruiting effort of ‘Hangman’ Adam Page rolls on. Wednesday’s show saw everyone’s favourite cowboy team with Alex Reynolds and John “The Meatman” Silver.
It was an entertaining contest and Page had great chemistry with his new allies. Fans can’t get enough of these three together, but it remains to be seen if ‘Hangman' will join the Dark Order.
Unfortunately, as great as it was to see Page, Reynolds and Silver together, things didn’t go as planned. Matt Hardy and company stole a victory over the crowd favourites.
Is this the last we’ve seen of The Good, The Bad and The Hungee? We sure hope not.
Nightmare Family building for the future
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There must be something in the air in Jacksonville because Brandi and Cody Rhodes announced on the show they’re expecting a baby this summer! One day we could see baby Moxley and baby Rhodes main event an episode of Dynamite.
AEW ring announcer Justin Roberts introduced Cody as the “Future Father” before he made quick work of Angelico.
Congrats to Brandi and Cody!
Sting, Cody and Darby Allin cross paths again
Ever since Sting debuted in AEW at the Winter Is Coming special, his path has overlapped with Cody and Darby Allin and tonight was no different.
Just as Team Taz was about to jump Cody, the lights went out, the snow fell and Sting emerged from the darkness. Powerhouse Hobbs tried to go after him, but Taz was smart enough to get his guys out of there.
Sting then turned his attention to Rhodes and pointed his bat at TNT Champion Darby Allin before leaving without saying a word. It was great to see the Stinger again, but at some point, he’s going to have to stop leaving us with more questions than answers.
The Bastard is back again
Eddie Kingston came down to the ring to address his enemies, which include the likes of Lance Archer, ‘The Bastard’ Pac and God. However, before he could continue his rant Lance Archer stormed his way into the ring.
Kingston’s friends The Butcher and The Blade came and made the save, while the Lucha Bros. came to even the odds. Then to everyone’s surprise ‘The Bastard’ PAC came out of nowhere to chase off Kingston and his family.
PAC returned to the UK after a short return stint on Dynamite prior to thanksgiving and he hadn’t been seen since, but it looks like he’s back for good. Death Triangle certainly has unfinished business with Kingston and another foe awaits ‘The Bastard.’
Lance Archer didn’t take too kindly to PAC stealing his chance to beat up Kingston and stared him down as the segment segued into a commercial break. Archer may have the height advantage, but PAC makes up for it with his anger and tenacity.
Baker-Rosa rivalry intensifies
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The night of returns continued as Thunder Rosa popped up once again on Dynamite. We last saw her on the Winter Is Coming episode of the show where she beat down Britt Baker after AEW’s resident dentist defeated Leyla Hirsch.
Rosa was adamant she belonged in AEW and cut a fiery promo. However, she was interrupted by Rebel and the Baker jumped her from behind.
Baker closed the segment by dumping water on Rosa and rubbing the paint off her face. A match between these two looms and it can’t come fast enough.
Kenny Omega’s AEW World Championship defence set
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Kenny Omega is the man who has held the AEW Championship for two weeks, he was on IMPACT! Wrestling this week and he was on two shows in the same weekend this past Saturday, which could be viewed live in the great state of North Carolina!
On Wednesday’s Dynamite Omega took on Joey Janela, whom he was supposed to face in the World Title Eliminator Tournament earlier in the fall. Janela was unable to compete in the match due to being in contact with someone who had COVID-19 and Sonny Kiss took his place in the tournament.
Omega was so confident he could beat Janela he agreed to a hardcore match. If Janela won, he’d get a shot at the title.
The match itself wasn’t anything to write home about, but Don Callis did live commentary during. No seriously, he did live play-by-play for the fans in attendance and Omega helped him do colour commentary while he wrestled.
This was a great touch and it was thoroughly enjoyed by the Diffusing boys. Omega defeated Janela with ease, but after the match, things got even more interesting.
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PAC came out to cut off Don Callis’ post-match promo. At first, it seemed as though we might be in for a six-man tag team match between Death Triangle and Omega and the Good Brothers, but PAC had other plans.
He reminded Callis and those watching Dynamite that Rey Fenix never lost in the World Title Eliminator tournament. Fenix won his first round match, but Penta El Zero M took his place because he suffered an injury.
Just as Callis tried to put PAC in his place, ‘The Bastard’ announced Kenny Omega had been signed to a match against Rey Fenix for the AEW World Championship Dec. 30 on the New Year’s Bash edition of Dynamite!
The show went off the air as Omega had a meltdown in the ring about what had just transpired. Omega versus Fenix is a match that is guaranteed to deliver and will be a great way to ring in the new year.