Live from the PNC Arena in Raleigh, North Carolina. Our hosts are Jim Ross, Tony Shiavone, and Excalibur.
Adam Cole and reDRagon come to the ring for Storytime. 2021 was a great year for the trio, 2022 will be even better, especially for the still-undefeated Cole. They're interrupted by the Young Bucks (with Brandon Cutler) who are back after Matt kicked COVID's @ss in 2 days. The Bucks admit that they overstepped boundaries with a recent assistance, unfortunately both the Bucks and reDRagon have sights set on the tag titles. Cole tries to shift their thinking to friendly competition being a good thing. They're joined by Orange Cassidy and Best Friends. Cole wants to know what important thing OC could possibly say, prompting a fierce spear from Cassidy! Best Friends clear the ring, Cassidy back drops Cutler onto the Bucks. Cole low blows Cassidy, but Kris Statlander steps in as a shield. Dr. Britt Baker runs in and puts Kris down with a curb stomp. Britt holds OC in place for Cole's superkick and knee to the head. Cole asks for a kiss, and gets one from Britt instead of the Bucks. Cole is getting everything he wants, but the Bucks and reDRagon still don't look too happy about working together.
Video package for Wardlow, set to classical music. Because he dishes out Symphonies of Powerbombs. Get it?
Commercial for the Go Big Show. The judges watch a guy set himself on fire and solve a rubix cube. Cody Rhodes looks disgusted in the moment, but you know he's thinking "That would look cool on Dynamite."
MJF berates Wardlow, and finally Wardlow has enough and grabs his boss by the finger. Shawn Spears runs in to play peacemaker, and it looks like they'll save this tough conversation for later.
Backstage interview with Chris Jericho and the Inner Circle (minus Sammy), who are now PWI's Faction of the Year. Jericho says that the prize is no surprise, because they set out from the beginning to take over the country, er company, by being the baddest blood brothers on the planet. Eddie Kingston saunters in because he wants a piece of Daniel Garcia. He thinks Jericho is the reason why Santana and Ortiz have not been Tag Team Champions, so Jericho tells him to scram. Santana, Ortiz, and Hager leave so Jericho and Kingston can get their sh!t together. Jericho will get his revenge on 2point0 and will kick Eddie's @ss too if needed.
MJF comes back to the stage to complain about CM Punk, the fans give him an "@sshole" chant. Every schmuck in attendance knows that Punk only beat Wardlow by a fluke. MJF is so irate that he'll give us the match we've all been waiting for, CM PUNK VS... Shawn Spears.
Adam Cole, reDRagon, and the Young Bucks talk to the camera. First, they have to argue if Cutler's name is Landon or Brandon. They're joined by Dr. Britt Baker, who wants to challenge Orange Cassidy and Kris Statlander to a mixed tag. She tells Brandon "Butler" to stop filming, and the entire group tells him to shut up.
AEW World Champion Hangman Adam Page comes to the ring to talk. He's poured sweat and spilled blood, enough to float a battleship, while battling Bryan Danielson for 90 minutes. Hangman needs a new challenger, and gets interrupted by Dan Lambert, who compares Hangman unfavorably to the cowboys he watched growing up. He calls Hangman an urban, east coast cowboy, so no wonder these fans relate to him. Hangman wants "walking Facebook profile" Lambert to send Men of the Year out themselves if they want their shots. Lambert thinks Hangman has earned everything in this business, but he's not a cowboy, because anyone can put on a costume and sing YMCA. Hangman makes his case for being a true cowboy, because he worked on a farm only 90 miles from here. Lance Archer returns and chases Lambert into the ring, but it's a predictable swerve, and Archer lays waste to Hangman with a Blackout through a chair!
Tony Shiavone interviews Arn Anderson, Lee Johnson, and Brock Anderson backstage. Arn is really proud of his guys, and says that smell in the air means they're in Horsemen Country. They're interrupted by Tully Blanchard and FTR, who try to recruit Lee and Brock, which sets up a match for Rampage. Arn and Tully shake hands, so it's on.
Deeb lights Shida up with repeated kendo stick shots until referees rush in to restrain her.
Tony Shiavone interviews Christian Cage and AEW Tag Team Champions Jurassic Express backstage. Christian wishes Rey Fenix a speedy recovery. Jungle Boy says they worked hard to get the titles and want to work harder to retain them, and put out a challenge to any Top 5 team. This brings over John Silver and Alex Reynolds, who just happen to be Top 5 guys, and the match is set for Rampage.
Big Money Matt Hardy and Private Party come to the ring to talk. Hardy takes credit for starting Lucha Bros.' downfall and invites Penta out to get deleted.
Alex Abrahantes and Penta turn their attention back to Malakai Black, who arrives via the lights out gimmick. Black takes Penta down with roundhouse kicks and goes for the mask. Varsity Blonds run in for the save, but Julia Hart calls them off. Malakai laughs it off, lights go out, and this time BRODY KING debuts and single handedly lays waste to the good guys. Julia feigns outrage from ringside safety. My fantasy booking scenarios are still alive and well, so I'm satisfied.
Tony Shiavone interviews Kris Statlander, Red Velvet, and Leyla Hirsch ahead of their trios match on Rampage, but wants to talk about Kris' upcoming mixed tag. Leyla thinks it's selfish of Kris to focus on her own business like this. Kris thinks Leyla is selfish for always trying to steal the pin in their matches, and Velvet wants them to get it together. Productive segment, but not exactly well acted.
Sting and Darby Allin arrive to repay The Acclaimed for their rap disses. Sting backs the Acclaimed back down the ramp so Darby can wipe them out with a skateboard assisted dive. Sting puts Caster down with a Scorpion Death Drop.
Video promo from Pac, who I'm guessing is stuck overseas again while COVID surges again. He feels alone and desolate, and appears blinded from Malakai' Black's blast spray. Pac's vision has never been so great, and he appears to be holding one of the tarot cards from Black's estate. PAC IS JOINING THE HOUSE OF BLACK, IT'S HAPPENING!!!!
Backstage interview with Matt Hardy, who is upset about losing to Penta. He thinks it might be time to focus on himself more than the Hardy Family Office. Andrade El Idolo struts over to make a business deal. Andrade loves money, Matt loves money, so perhaps they should work together for money! MONEY! Hardy is willing to talk off camera. Because money.
Crockett's nice moment with Guevara is ruined by another 2point0 attack. Jericho and Kingston manage to clear the ring, but then get into another shoving confrontation.
Final Thoughts: This was a show heavy with angles and storyline development, and they need to do more episodes like this in between their bigger shows. I'm ready for some feuds (Acclaimed vs Sting and Darby) to end, and I'm really interested in other long running angles (House of Black, MJF vs. Punk), and everything moved ahead here. It's also cool to see Britt and Adam Cole paired together on-camera, and see Brody King arrive in his ROH lifeboat. This Dynamite was too eventful to skip, I recommend you fire this up on your DVR.
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