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AEW Dynamite wrestling matches at the HEB Center in Cedar Park, Texas on December 7, 2022. (Photo: Ralph Arvesen)

Dynamite Diamond Battle Royale
-“The Machine” Brian Cage
-ROH Six-Man Tag Champion Dalton Castle
-“All Ego” Ethan Page
-“Jungle Boy” Jack Perry
-Matt Hardy
-2022 Men’s World Title Eliminator Tournament Winner “Absolute” Ricky Starks
-Shawn Dean
-Lee Moriarty
-Kip Sabian
-Orange Cassidy
-Dustin Rhodes

The winner will face the AEW World Champion MJF at a later date for control of the Dynamite Diamond ring. Dustin Rhodes eliminated Kip Sabian after a Canadian Destroyer! Butcher and Dustin duked it out on the ring apron until Butcher blasted Dustin with a lariat to eliminate Rhodes. Starks eliminated the Butcher after ramming him with a shoulder. Jack Perry took out Lee Moriarty with a hurracanrana over the top rope. Jungle Boy was trying to hold onto the rope when W. Morrissey clubbed him down and then choke slammed Jungle Boy on the ring apron!

Ethan Page tossed Shawn Dean over the top rope. The remaining three wrestlers were Matt Hardy, Ethan Page, and Ricky Starks. Hardy and Page double teamed Starks. Hardy was looking for the Twist of Fate but Starks shoved Hardy over the top rope. Starks launched off the ropes with a DDT to Ethan Page! Starks got rocked by a roundhouse kick from Page. Ethan Page tried for a powerslam but Ricky Starks held on and Page was dumped over the top rope, getting eliminated.

AEW World Heavyweight Champ MJF’s music hit! MJF walked out to the ring.
MJF: “Bryan Danielson a little birdie told me you didn’t want to show up tonight and I think I know the real reason why. The real reason why is you’re scared of me, and after what I did to your boy Willie Regs, I’d be scared of me too. And that’s why next week I’m going to be a four-time Dynamite Diamond Ring champion and I’ll still be the holder of the triple B.

“Now Ricky these people seem to like you around here. You know they talk about you like you’re some underutilized god of professional wrestling. But you want to know the truth? The truth is in comparison to me, you’re the absolute drizzling s—ts. No offense Richard you ain’t nothing more than a dollar store Dwayne. So I’m going to start calling you the pebble. And here’s what going to happen next week in the main event of Dynamite. I’m going to put you in my pocket, hop in my Porsche, I’m going to drive you to the nearest body of water, and I’m going to skip you all the way back to Billy Corgan’s NWA where you belong. I don’t care that you’re ‘Absolute’ because I’m a generational talent and my reign of terror has just begun.”

Starks: “Well Max, I should have expected a fifth rate Roddy Piper wannabe who wanted to come out here. Every single week you come out here and smell and you think you’re better than me? Give me a break! Everything about you screams cheap. The cheap suit, the cheap shoes, the cheap heat.

“With that AEW Championship comes a big responsibility that you know nothing about. When these people got behind me I gave them a reason to keep going. But when it comes to Ricky I deliver on time, every night, every week, every month. And you can take your little ass to Greece because you didn’t get paid enough. I’ve remained here busting my ass. You avoid responsibility and pressure.

“You blow off meet and greets because you don’t care. There comes a lot of responsibility when it comes to people actually liking me. I live with dignity. I live with respect. You know nothing about that. When I lived in my car in South Austin, I was grinding. I knew the responsibility of taking care of myself. You think because you kiss ass you can get whatever you want? Please give me a break!

“Next week is a big deal because I’m putting up and I’m shutting you up for once in your life. You don’t deserve this but I do. I never needed a name to make it right here. Next week I’m stomping an asshole right into you and I’m taking that title! I’m going to do you a favor that you never had done in your life. I’m going to take the responsibility off your plate little boy!”
MJF kicked Ricky Starks with a low blow! Starks fired back, connecting with a running spear to MJF!
“What impact there!” said Taz.
Jon Moxley was backstage
Moxley: “Hangman Page did his talking last week with his fists. There’s not enough of that out here. This is the sport of kings. Tonight, myself, Wheeler, Claudio, this weekend at Final Battle, this Friday at Rampage, we bring back 100 proof ass kicking wrestling.
“I’m going to be out there tonight to make sure there’s no sports entertainment shenanigans. Hangman Page you want another piece? You know where to find me.”
TNT Championship Match: “King Of Television” Samoa Joe vs. Darby Allin
Sting and Wardlow were banned from ringside as part of the match stipulations. Darby took the fight right to Samoa Joe, trying to topple him, relying on his speed. Darby attempted the tope suicida but Joe stepped out of the way and Darby crashed and burned onto the arena floor! Samoa Joe grabbed Darby and began swinging him against the steel guardrail. Samoa Joe removed the padding from the concrete floor and then threw Darby right onto his hip on the cold floor!

Darby charged at Samoa Joe but Samoa Joe countered with a scoop slam onto the concrete floor! Samoa Joe sent Darby head-first into the steel ring post!
“Darby isn’t moving,” said Taz.
Darby managed to crawl back into the ring, breaking the count just in time. Samoa Joe kicked Darby in the face, and then across the chest. Joe nailed Darby with the Manhattan Drop and then a senton for a near fall!

Darby sent Joe knees first into the metal steps. Darby blasted Samoa Joe with a Coffin Drop! Darby landed a stunner in the ring and then the Code Red for a near fall on Samoa Joe!

Samoa Joe planted Darby with an STO out of the corner. Samoa Joe was looking for an avalanche muscle buster but Darby bit Joe. Darby tried for the Coffin Drop but Samoa Joe countered, catching Darby between his legs and then choking Darby out with a rear naked choke.

After the match, Samoa Joe grabbed Darby Allin’s skateboard. Samoa Joe spiked Darby with a muscle buster on the skateboard!
“Darby Allin just absolutely demolished by Samoa Joe,” said Excalibur.

“He’s sending a message to Darby,” added Taz.
Wardlow sprinted to the ring and Samoa Joe retreated out of the ring.

Tony Schiavone was backstage with All-Atlantic Champion Orange Cassidy and Kip Sabian
Orange Cassidy said if Kip didn’t want to fight him this Friday on Rampage, to find somebody who could. So this Friday it’ll be Orange Cassidy against somebody of Kip’s choosing.

ROH Pure Champion Daniel Garcia & Jake Hager vs. Claudio Castagnoli & Wheeler Yuta
Hager tossed a purple bucket hat to Claudio. Claudio punted it out of the ring. Yuta chopped at Hager, but Hager knocked Yuta to the mat with a shoulder tackle. Claudio tagged in and he and Yuta hit a double boot on Garcia. Claudio took control of Jake Hager with a headlock. Claudio used a hip throw on Hager. He tagged out to Yuta and Yuta nailed Hager with a double sledge off the top turnbuckle.

Yuta rocketed out of the ring with a tope to Hager and Garcia outside the ring. Sammy Guevara distracted the ref while Garcia shoved Yuta. Hager splashed Yuta with the Hager Bomb for a near fall. Moxley was pacing outside, watching the backs of Yuta and Claudio.
“This is a preview of what you’ll see this Saturday on Final Battle,” said Taz.
Yuta superplexed Garcia off the top rope! Claudio delivered uppercuts to Hager! Claudio sent Hager down hard with a hurracanrana! Claudio was looking for the Giant Swing on Hager but Garcia jumped on Claudio’s back. Claudio shrugged Garcia off and then Yuta splashed Garcia. Instead Claudio hurled Hager around the ring with the Giant Swing!

Sammy grabbed Claudio’s legs from outside the ring but Moxley was there to hit Sammy with a stiff strike! Back in the ring, Claudio sent Hager into Garcia and then landed an uppercut on Hager for the pin!

Tony Schiavone was in the ring to interview Claudio, Mox, and Yuta. Schiavone showed an interview he did with Regal a few weeks back. Regal explained that he took great exception to what MJF did to Schiavone. Regal said MJF should be careful what he wished for, because now that MJF is world champion, everyone will be gunning for him. Regal said the Blackpool Combat Club didn’t need him anymore and he needed to show them.
Regal: “The reason I did what I did was to lead by example and teach you the final thing: always stay one step ahead and keep your eyes in the back of your head. I’m Blackpool Combat Club until the day I die. Fellas, it’s been emotional.”
Schiavone said he recorded the interview with Regal two weeks ago, and now he wanted to get Moxley’s reaction.
Mox: “All I know is one thing for sure. The three men in this ring live and breathe for the sport of professional wrestling. You can call us whatever you want, but December 10th, Ring of Honor Final Battle, this war with the Jericho Appreciation Society is over. This Friday night on Rampage, I may a statement. I’m going to challenge any wrestler to come to this ring and find out where in the food chain you stand. Pro wrestling is about to make a serious statement!”
AEW Women’s World Champion Jamie Hayter had a sit-down interview with Tony Schiavone
Hayter: “Tony ask me some questions! What do you want to know?”

Schiavone: “Thoughts on your division right now?”

Hayter: “I’m going to do my duty as champion to defend. I’m going to have a close look at the match on Rampage between Shida and the Bunny. Whoever wins that match gets to wrestle me, if they dare. I’m a fighting champion, and a bloody good one at that.”
Trios Match: TBS Champion Jade Cargill & The Baddies—Red Velvet & Leila Grey vs. Kiera Hogan, Madison Rayne, & Skye Blue
“This is a big-time entrance right here,” said Schiavone.
Skye Blue and Red Velvet traded cradles and pinfall attempts. Red Velvet brought Blue down by the hair! Grey tagged in and nailed Blue with a running knee strike. Skye Blue clocked Grey with a kick to the head. Blue rocked Red Velvet with a thrust kick! Blue went for a dropkick but Red Velvet pulled the ring skirt off the apron, trapping Blue, and then clubbing Blue with forearms. Skye Blue and Red Velvet connected with thrust kicks on one another!

Jade tagged herself in, and Kiera Hogan blasted Jade into the corner with a shotgun dropkick. Jade grabbed Hogan and chokeslammed her! Rayne tagged in and rocked Jade with a kick behind the head. Cargill landed Jaded on Rayne and then pinned Madison Rayne!

Tony Schiavone was backstage with Saraya
Dr. Britt Baker interrupted the interview.
Baker: “You came to AEW and your first match was a pay-per-view match against the biggest star in the women’s division. Here’s one more thing handed to you. Tickets to the KIA Forum for Dynamite on January 11th. You can watch or you can step into the ring.”
Baker said Hayter was tagging with her, and Saraya better find a partner of her own.

AEW World Tag Team Championship Match: The Acclaimed (Anthony Bowens & Max Caster with Daddy Ass) vs. AAA/IWGP/ROH World Tag Team Champions FTR (Cash Wheeler & Dax Harwood)
Dax and Bowens locked up. Dax shoved Bowens into the corner and Cash tagged in. Jeff Jarrett, Sonjay Dutt, Jay Lethal and Satnam Singh were shown watching on the monitor backstage. Caster used a deep arm drag on Dax. Bowens tagged in and worked over Dax’s arm. Dax reversed the momentum of the match and chopped away at Bowens. Bowens and Dax exchanged chops. All four men brawled in the ring. Caster scoop slammed Dax Harwood. Bowens dropped down with the Scissor Me Timbers!

The Acclaimed had FTR in double sharpshooters. Dax made it to the ropes for the break. FTR catapulted Caster, who had his head under the ring. Caster’s head colliding with the ring apron! Bowens nailed Dax with a thrust kick and then a running knee strike to Dax’s jaw for a near fall. Bowens cracked Dax with a neck breaker for a near fall. The Acclaimed used a cutter combination on Dax for a near fall.

FTR smashed Caster with the Big Rig! Bowens broke up the pin attempt just in time! The fans chanted “This is awesome! This is awesome!” Bowens connected with the Arrival on Cash! Bowens attempted the Mic drop but Cash moved out of the way!
“God what a match!” said Schiavone.
Cash blasted Caster with three lariats! Cash powerbombed Caster but Caster rolled through, countering with a roll-up. Caster pinned Cash with the counter!
“Cash is shocked,” said Taz.
The Gunns were backstage, mockingly applauding FTR. The Gunns held up a holiday card and said it was from Dem Boys and said Dem Boys challenged FTR to a double dog collar match this Saturday at Final Battle! (Source: AEW)

About AEW
Founded by CEO, GM and Head of Creative Tony Khan in 2019, AEW is offering an alternative to mainstream wrestling, with a roster of world-class talent that is injecting new spirit, freshness and energy into the industry. “AEW: Dynamite” airs every Wednesday from 8-10 pm ET on TBS and attracts the youngest wrestling audience on television. The fight-forward show “AEW: Rampage” airs every Friday from 10-11 pm ET on TNT. AEW’s multi-platform content also includes “AEW Dark” and “AEW Dark: Elevation,” two weekly professional wrestling YouTube series, “Being the Elite,” a weekly behind-the-scenes YouTube series, and “AEW Unrestricted,” a weekly podcast series.

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