AEW Dynamite Results – January 18, 2023 –

Date: January 18, 2023
Location: Save Mart Center, Fresno, California
Commentators: Excalibur, Tony Schiavone, Taj

We’re almost six weeks away from Revolution and that means Bryan Danielson is still on track to get his Iron Man match with MJF for the world title. Other than that, Orange Cassidy is defending the All-Atlantic Title against Jay Lethal and Ricky Starks continues his issues with the Jericho Appreciation Society. Let’s get to it.

In memory of Jay Briscoe.

All-Atlantic Title: Jay Lethal vs. Orange Cassidy

Cassidy is defending and there are no seconds, although here Jeff Jarrett, Satnam Singh and Sanjay Dutt are through the crowd to take the fans’ seats. They start quickly with Cassidy grabbing a small package and Lethal going back and forth for two before knocking him out. Cue Dannhausen, who is now an usher, demanding to see Jarrett and company’s tickets. Reason being, they hand them over, and Dunnhausen waves best friends (with discounts) to sit behind them.

In the melee, Cassidy hits a suicide dive but Lethal knocks him back without much effort. Now Danhausen is at ringside as Lethal takes Cassidy to the apron. A hard posting puts Cassidy in more trouble and turns fatal. Back in and the Hail to the King loads up but Cassidy kicks away, even as Lethal tries multiple buckles.

Sundog Millionaire and a Tornado DDT hit Lethal for two but he came back with the Lethal Combination. Lethal Injection connects, only for Cassidy to roll out. Although the referee went on to yell at Jarrett and company, Danhausen was allowed to steal the guitar. Lethal chases and runs into the Orange Punch to retain the title at 9:09.

result: Kamala Cassidy b. Jay Lethal – Orange Punch (9:09)

After the match everyone else tags in and Cassidy lazily kicks Dutt. Dutt has to be contained and we don’t get much physicality.

Video of Kushida vs. Derby Allen for the TNT title tonight.

Top flight vs Young Bucks

Brandon Cutler is here too. With Nick starting to crank Dante’s wrist and ditch traditional wrestling, they start trading flips until it’s a stalemate. Dante hits Nick in the face so goes to Matt, who gets taken down by a blind tag by Darius. Everything breaks and Dante gets caught in the middle rope. Darius is sent out and we take a break.

Nick comes back with a hot tag attempt breakup by slamming Darius to the floor. A bulldog/dropkick combination hits Dante and a 450/standing moonsault combination gives Nick two. Dante manages to get the hurricanrana out of trouble and the hot tag brings in Darius to clean house. A high crossbody gets two on the mat and everything breaks again. Dante hits a springboard downward spiral to Nick and springboard for a dive to the mat.

A powerbomb/nose dive combination gets two on Matt and Nick makes the quick save. Nick gets his rapid fire comeback, a slingshot into the Canadian destroyer Dante for two. Matt, after adjusting his JAY armband, loads a doomsday device on Darius for two and Dante makes his own diving save. The BTE trigger is loaded but Darius misses so a knee collides, allowing Darius to grab a rollup pin at 12:14.

result: Top flight b. Young Bucks – Rollup To The Mat (12:14)

Here’s the gun for a chat. Take credit for lauded successes (“We even gave them to our dad!”) and promise never to be embarrassed again. Cue Admired and, after an argument about whether Caster can rap, Caster raps about how songs are the baddest kid since Hunter Biden and… something that’s been censored. Gunn talks about how guns are pathetic and tells the admirers to start acting like champions. Next week: Family therapy. Billy leaves on his own.

Hangman Page is looking great after last week’s fight with John Moxley. Page said he would knock out Moxley if he had to, and then he did. As for his future, he won’t go into it, but Page asks Renee Paquette how Moxley is doing and seems sincere. He wants to tell her…never mind.

Jake Hager vs. Ricky Starks

Chris Jericho is on commentary and the rest of the Jericho Appreciation Society is at ringside. Hager, with the hat, starts off quickly but Starks takes the hat and they head out. Hagger posts him and Starks tries to dive through the ropes to avoid contact, only to crash into them to make it worse.

We take a break and come back with Starks on the ropes to the floor. A springboard crossbody hits Hager and a running clothesline takes him down again. Starks plants him with a DDT but takes too long to pose, allowing Society to get on the apron. This also fails, allowing Starks to hit the spear for the pin at 6:22.

result: Ricky Starks b. Jake Hager – Spear (6:22)

Adam Cole’s comeback video.

The Jericho Appreciation Society wants to finish Ricky Starks, so next week they are facing Starks and Action Andretti. Hold on even if Daniel Garcia wants to replace Sammy Guevara. Guevara says cool, but only if Garcia can beat Andretti at Rampage. Guevara, who apparently didn’t know in advance that this was happening, has new leather pants for Garcia.

Brian Danielson vs. Bandido

They shake hands to begin and we are ready to go. They quickly stalled until Danielson headlocked him. Back up and Bandido sets up the surfboard and takes him down for a change. It’s broken up and Danielson hits a double leg stomp. They trade finger guns until Bandido locks the legs and arms at the same time. Danielson sits up to escape but also gets out of a Texas Cloverleaf attempt.

Back up and Danielson knees away but gets hiptossed, setting up… something where he ties Danielson’s arms and legs and lifts him up. That can’t last long so Danielson rolls out, allowing Bandido to hit a running flip dive. We come back with a break and Danielson hits the ribs but gets the short package for two. Danielson uppercuts him in the corner to kick him in the chest.

Bandido doesn’t have that and hits a springboard twisting crossbody. A delayed vertical suplex takes Danielson down again but he drags Bandido into a tag lock. Bandido gets a leg on the ropes so Danielson fires off the Yes Kick. Big is blocked and Bandido X hits a knee. Danielson flips out of the 21plex though and La Magistral gets two.

Back up and Bandido is sent outside for a dropkick through the ropes. Running knees off the apron and they go back inside, where Bandido takes him up. A super fall away slam sets up the 21 suplex for two and they slug it out. Danielson can’t pull him back into the tag lock, allowing Bandido to pull him back up. It’s broken up and a running knee finishes Bandido at 17:53.

result: Brian Danielson b. Bandido – Knee Running (17:53)

MJF pops up on screen after the match to say that he doesn’t like the way Danielson is treating him. So far Danielson has only dealt with the masked Max, but the further Danielson goes down this road, the more unmasked he becomes. Even the dragon bears no resemblance to the monster behind the mask.

Saraya and Tony Storm are not happy about Hikaru Shida losing their match last week.

Next week it’s Brian Danielson vs. Brian Cage, so the MJF pays Cage a lot to hate on Cage. He even deliberately messes with Cage to anger him, which MJF is rather pleased about.

Tony Storm vs. Willow Nightingale

Saraya is here with Storm. Nightingale drops him on his shoulders to start and hits a spinning belly to back suplex. Hikaru backs up as Shida comes out and Storm slaps him in the face. We take a break and return as Nightingale hits a spinebuster, followed by a middle rope dropkick. Cannonball misses though and Storm comes back with a running hip attack. A tornado DDT plants Nightingale for two but she shoves Storm into the corner. Now the cannonball connects for two…but then Saraya gets on the apron for a distraction so Storm can roll her up for the pin at 7:12.

result: Tony Storm b. Willow Nightingale – Rollup (7:12)

After the match, Saraya and Storm beat down Nightingale until Ruby Soho made a run for the save. Shida was neutral in the whole matter.

Jungle Boy vs Ethan Page Video.

Konsuke Takeshita is honored to fight Bryan Danielson, and now he wants MJF. Takeshita lost the next match.

TNT Title: Derby Allyn vs. Kushida

KUSHIDA, New Japan Dojo with some students from Los Angeles here, with Sting in Allen’s corner. KUSHIDA misses some kicks to start and quickly gets pulled into a chinlock. With that break, Allyn hits a double leg sweep and rolls into an armbar attempt. The fight continues until KUSHIDA gets out of an armdrag, setting up a basement dropkick to send Allyn to the outside.

Back in, KUSHIDA kicks him in the arm. It’s broken and Allyn hits a quick Code Red, setting the dojo students up for a big flip dive on the floor. KUSHIDA uses the distraction to drop Aline with an arm though and we take a break. Back in with a kick to Kushida’s arm, which only shoots Allyn back. A Scorpion Death Drop plants Kushida for a double knockdown but he manages to send Allyn to the outside.

KUSHIDA goes after the arm, only to come back with a flipping stunner on Allyn on the apron. Allyn slams KUSHIDA into an open chair and goes up for the coffin drop, only to get pulled into a cross armbreaker. Back in, KUSHIDA cranks the arm up top, setting up an arm crank top rope superplex. The Hoverboard Lock goes off and the students offer to throw Sting in the towel. Sting wipes his face with it and throws it into the crowd. Allyn slips out and grabs the Last Supper to hold at 13:40.

result: Darby Allyn b. Kushida – The Last Supper (13:40)

Respect is shown after the match and Kushida wants to do it again. Excalibur gives another shout out to Jay Briscoe to end the show.

Orange Cassidy b. Jay Lethal – Orange Punch
Top flight b. Young Box – Rollup from the mat
Ricky Starks b. Jake Hager – Spear
Brian Danielson b. Bandido – Knee Running
Tony Storm b. Willow Nightingale – Rollup
Darby Allyn b. Kushida – Last Supper

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