AEW Dynamite Results
February 16, 2022
Nashville, TN (Nashville Municipal Auditorium)
Results by: Josh Boutwell of Wrestleview.com
Cody Rhodes is no longer in the intro.
Dynamite opens with CM Punk sitting in the ring with a box. Punk recites his “I’m better than you” line from years ago and says that promo set the foundation of his career and he is proud of that career. He says he’s proud that he helped inspire the next generation of wrestlers and says some of those guys are in the locker room right now. He says that MJF tries to walk and talk like him but he will never think like Punk.
Punk says that when MJF beat him in Chicago you would think that would make him furious but the truth is he’s proud of MJF. He says that MJF looks at himself like Roddy Piper in Portland but in reality he’s just “shitty little Max from shitty little Long Island.” He says MJF’s foundation of his career is the ring he uses to beat others and the irony is that it’s a ring he won from help from others.
Punk thanks Moxley for the assist last week and says that now he gets to pick the time, date, place and stipulation for his rematch. Punk says it will take place at AEW Revolution and wonders about the stipulation. He mentions a cage but says he’s pretty sure Wardlow could still climb inside of a cage and says he’s been thinking about all the different kinds of matches he’s had. Punk says he’s won more cage matches than he’s lost but he started thinking about the toughest matches of his career, the ones that he lost because those matches are the one that teach lessons.
Punk says that since MJF wants to be tethered to Roddy Piper so badly, he will be tethered to Punk. He pulls out a chain from the match and says, “Piper had his… MJF will you be my (Greg) Valentine?” as he holds up the chain. Punk says no one wants to be in a Dog Collar Match and says he wants MJF to come out here so he can tell him one last thing.
Punk pulls out that infamous picture of MJF meeting Punk as a kid and says that was a special moment for MJF but for him it was just Friday. He says Revolution will be the worst day of MJF’s career but it’ll just be a Sunday to Punk. He says that the canvas at Revolution won’t be stained with MJF’s “shitty spray tan,” it’ll be stained with his blood.
MJF gets pissed off and starts to stay something but just drops the microphone and leaves.
A video package highlighting the Bryan Danielson/Jon Moxley stuff airs.
Backstage, Tony Schiavone says that Revolution will include a three-way for the Tag Titles.
“American Dragon” Bryan Danielson vs. “TIGASTYLE” Lee Moriarty
Danielson offers a handshake but when Moriarty reaches to shake his hand, Danielson pulls it away. Some beautiful mat wrestling from both guys to start off but Danielson shuts Moriarty down every time he tried to gain an advantage. Danielson also keeps trying to get in Moriarty’s head with things like slapping the piss out of him. He puts Moriarty in a Mexican Surfboard and bridges it into a Dragon Sleeper.
Moriarty rakes Danielson’s eyes and goes for the Border City Stretch but Danielson gets to the ropes and slaps the hell out of Moriarty again. Moriarty takes Danielson down and hits a Flying Knee to the arm of Danielson and then goes to attack the arm further. He puts Dragon in a Straight Jacket Choke but Danielson reverses it until Lee backs him into the corner and hits a series of strikes.
Danielson backflips over Moriarty but as he hits the ropes he runs right into an Uppercut from Moriarty. Danielson hangs Lee up in the ropes, though, and lays into him with round kicks. He drags Moriarty halfway into the ring and nails him with a big knee to the face.
An amazing sequence sees the two counter submissions on each other and while they’re still hung up with each other just start slapping the hell out of one another. Eventually, Danielson is able to roll Moriarty up and lock him in the LaBell Lock but Moriarty quickly gets to the ropes.
Danielson taunts Moriarty by booting him in the head but it just pisses him off and Danielson eats a Backdrop Driver! Moriarty and Danielson exchange strikes but Moriarty surprises Dragon with a Backslide for two. He goes for a Jackknife but Danielson counters into a Backslide. Moriarty lands on his feet and walks into a nasty slap. Moriarty gets fired up and they start exchange elbows!
Danielson hits a Roaring Elbow followed by a Roundhouse attempt but Moriarty catches his foot and backflips him. Danielson lands on his feet and goes for a Bear Hug but Moriarty counters into a Belly-to-Belly Suplex for two. Moriarty rains down elbows and strikes on Danielson and locks in the Border City Stretch.
Dragon manages to roll Moriarty over into a nearfall and then lifts him up into a Cradle Suplex! Danielson hits the Flying Knee! He traps Moriarty’s arms and stomps the hell out of him before locking in a Triangle Choke and Moriarty is out.
Winner: Danielson via KO (Triangle Choke)
Danielson says he came out here to teach Moriarty a thing or two about violence and then asks the fans if he passed. Danielson says he asked Jon Moxley to team with him to help create a whole new AEW to teach young wrestlers like Lee Moriarty about violence and he wants an answer now.
Moxley comes out and says a decade ago he was a lot like Moriarty and a lot of the other young wrestlers in the AEW locker room. He says he was young, angry and poor and he had nothing to lose. He says he took a shot at taking down the great Bryan Danielson at an Indy show in Ohio. Moxley recalls the match and how Danielson was late to the show because of his flight being late. He says he stood in the ring with the guy they called “The Best Wrestling in the World” and he says he went balls out in that match only to come out short.
Moxley says getting a taste of the best just made him meaner, angrier and made him want it more. He says he got more shots at Danielson over the years but he never was able to beat him. Moxley says that everyone else was intimidated when Danielson showed up but he was excited he would get a chance to slay the one dragon he never was able to do. Moxley says now Danielson wants to join forces with him instead of fighting.
Moxley says he’s listened to Dragon and he got to thinking about how awesome it would be and all the skulls they could cave in together. He says it would be a “Dynasty of unmitigated pure wrestling violence” and says that even more than that they could create something even better by giving up to the young guys they could bring along with them. Moxley says no matter how he hard he tried he couldn’t think of a single good reason to say no causing a “YES” chant.
Moxley then said he started to wander if the only reason that Danielson wants to stand by him is because he just doesn’t want to find himself standing across from Moxley again. Moxley says that Danielson knows that he would do to him what he’s done to every single person put in front of him in the last three years. Moxley says if that is the case then he’s already beaten Danielson and points to his mind. He asks Danielson if the truth is he wants to team because of what they could create or because Dragon doesn’t want to get destroyed.
Moxley says he isn’t saying yes but he’s also not saying no. He says it is up to Danielson because he doesn’t stand side by side with anyone until he bleeds with them first.
A vignette highlights Keith Lee.
Face of the Revolution Qualifying Match
Max Caster w/Anthony Bowens vs. Wardlow
Bowens trips Wardlow from the outside allowing Caster to get an early advantage on the big man.
Wardlow went for the Powerbomb but Caster hit him with a chain as the referee was dealing with Bowens. Caster hits the Mic Drop but Wardlow kicks out! Caster goes for a Piledriver but Wardlow backdrops him and then shoves him into Bowens before hitting the Powerbomb Symphony for the pin.
Winner: Wardlow via pinfall (Powerbomb Symphony)
Bowens attacks Wardlow as Shawn Spears just watches. Wardlow fights him off and Powerbombs him to hell. Spears comes in and hits Caster and Bowens with his chair..
In the back, Schiavone interviews Britt Baker and her crew about Mercedes Martinez’s match with Rosa. Baker tells her to finish the job and finish Rosa tonight. She says she’ll have the best crew in AEW with the best sensei as John Kreese from Cobra Kai walks up. He’s appeared by Baker in the past. Martinez says she knows what to do and leaves. Baker asks what she should do if Martinez loses. “Finish her, no mercy,” Kreese says.
Hangman Page comes out for an interview with Schiavone but before he can say anything else Adam Cole interrupts him. Cole applauds Page for the battles he’s had with Omega, Danielson and Archer. He says the Texas Death Match was one of the craziest he’s ever seen and screams at Schiavone to get the hell out of his ring.
Cole says that Page earned the right to call himself the World Champion. Cole says he has been a World Champion anywhere he’s been and it’s a shame that Page’s reign will have to come to an end pretty soon. Page wonders what it was like for Cole to leave and watch as all his friends built a wrestling empire without him and asks if it’s weird now looking at his ROH roommate and seeing the World Title that Cole will never hold.
Cole taunts Page for how he abandons friends and asks what kind of friend he really is. Page says he isn’t perfect but Cole doesn’t exactly have the best record of friendship. Page says he’s made some mistakes and the more Cole talks he realizes getting in the ring with Page might be one of his biggest mistakes.
Cole says that Page has become an amazing wrestler but now Cole is in AEW and every time they’ve been in the same promotion together Page has just been known as the “other Adam.” Page starts to get in Cole’s face but Cole says he has nothing but love and respect for Page and he wouldn’t want to share the ring with anyone more than Page. He says that when they face each other for the title it will be man-to-man and when that day comes may the best man win. He offers a handshake and Page accepts.
As Cole leaves, reDRagon runs out and attacks Page from behind. Security guards run out but it doesn’t stop Cole and reDRagon until Dark Order runs out and chases them off. Pres10 Vance gets pissed and starts beating the shit out of the security guards.
A video package highlights Guevara-Allin.
The Inner Circle (Chris Jericho & Jake Hager) vs. Proud-n-Powerful
Eddie Kingston comes out wearing a GZA T-shirt and stands in PNP’s corner. Santana starts off with Jericho and they start with some chops and slaps early on. Santana ducks a clothesline and hits one of his own. He hits a Flying Forearm in the corner but runs into a boon on the second attempt. Jericho and Santana exchange strikes again until Santana hits a Missile Dropkick off the middle rope to the back of Jericho.
Ortiz tags in and hits an Atomic Drop followed by a DDT on Jericho. Santana then hits a Moonsault off the back of Ortiz for two. Ortiz hits a Bridging Fisherman’s Suplex for two but then eats a Press Slam as he came off the ropes. Hager tags in and he and Jericho run Ortiz over. Hager pie faces Ortiz and gets in his face. Ortiz fights back but then eats a series of nasty slaps and elbows.
Ortiz hits a dropkick to Hager’s knee but then eats a Belly-to-Belly Suplex followed by the Hager Bomb in the corner for two.
Jericho hits a Vertical Suplex for two but Ortiz counters an Irish Whip and connects with a Lariat. Hager and Santana tag in and Santana hits a Pump Kick to Jericho. Santana hits a series of kicks on Hager capped off with a Basement Dropkick. Jericho comes in and catches Santana with the Codebreaker allowing Hager to hit a Spinebuster for two!
Jericho tags into the match and they work over Santana in the corner. Jericho whips Hager into Santana but he eats a backdrop. Santana hits a Knee Lift to Jericho but Jericho catches him with a Running Bulldog. Jericho goes for the Lionsault but Ortiz catches him allowing Santana to hit a Russian Leg Sweep off the ropes. Ortiz hits a Cannonball Senton onto Hager on the floor as Santana gets a nearfall in the ring.
Ortiz tags in and PNP hits the Street Sweeper on Jericho! 1…2…NO Jericho kicks out! Santana tags back in and goes for a Cannonball in the corner only for Jericho to catch him in midair and lock in the Walls of Jericho! Hager pulls Ortiz out of the ring and slams him into the ring steps. Santana is able to reach the ropes to break the hold.
Kingston gets on the apron and Jericho dropkicks him. Jericho goes for the Judas Effect but Santana ducks and Ortiz hits him from behind allowing Santana to hit a Spinning Lariat for the pin!
Winners: PNP via pinfall (Spinning Lariat)
Kingston and Jericho start fighting after the match until a bunch of referees run out and separate them.
In the back, The Elite talk about how the next several weeks are going to be big for them. The Bucks and reDRagon both say they’re going to win the battle royals to earn a shot at the Tag Titles. They start bickering and Cole separates them but both teams just walk away saying they’ll see each other n the battle royal next week.
No DQ Match
Mercedes Martinez vs. Thunder Rosa
Rosa is wearing gear inspired by Kill Bill. Rosa attacks Martinez with a chair as she comes to the ring and throws her into the ring post. Rosa pulls out a table but Martinez throws her into the ring steps. Martinez tosses a bunch of chairs in the ring but then Rosa throws Martinez through a barricade into the crowd. The fight throughout the crowd and Rosa climbs up onto some of the bleachers and dives onto Martinez in the aisle way.
Martinez hits a Fisherman’s Buster off the apron through the table at ringside! Martinez hits Rosa with the chair and rolls her back into the ring. She lifts Rosa up to the top rope and goes for an Avalanche DVD but Rosa elbows her and hits a Frankensteiner! Rosa throws a trashcan at Martinez and puts it over Martinez’s head before dropkicking her for a nearfall.
Rosa goes to the top but Martinez hits her with a trashcan lid. She climbs up and hits a Hanging German Superplex! Martinez dives off the top with a Flying Elbow Drop for two. Martinez piles up a bunch of chairs and goes for a Powerbomb but Rosa blocks it and hits a Crucifix Bomb. She hits the Fire Thunder Driver onto the stack of chairs for the pin.
Winner: Rosa via pinfall (Fire Thunder Rosa)
Rosa helps Martinez up after the match but Baker, Jamie Hayter and Rebel walk out. Baker talks to Creese and he tells her to finish Martinez. Rebel and Hayter attack Rosa. Baker grabs a pipe and tells Martinez to hit Rosa with it but Hayter attacks her from behind and Baker and her crew beat Martinez down.
In a vignette, Malakai Black rambles about violence begetting violence. House of Black will face Penta and PAC next week.
Jay White talks about beating Kenny Omega for the IWGP Title and says if it wasn’t for that, Omega may have stayed in NJPW so there would be no AEW. He says he is the “catalyst” and says he is the leader of Bullet Club.
“The Spanish God” Sammy Guevara (c) vs. Darby Allin w/Sting
After some mat wrestling, they speed things up and Allin connects with a series of dropkicks. He goes for a Monkey Flip in the corner but Sammy catches him and then climbs to the top still holding Allin. He goes for the Spanish Fly but Allin fights him off only to eat a NASTY Press Slam onto the top turnbuckle causing Allin to fall to the floor! Guevara hangs Allin up on the top rope and then hits a Somersault Senton onto Allin!
Allin pulls Sammy into the turnbuckles and hits a series of Coffin Splashes followed by a chop block to Sammy’s knee. He hits a Standing Coffin Splash to Guevara’s knee. Guevara injured his knee during the break. Allin continues to attack the knee hanging Sammy upside down in the corner. Allin pulls Sammy’s knee back and then pulls Guevara’s knee pad down and locks him in a Hanging Crab! Guevara headbutts Allin and hits the Spanish Fly but he immediately grabs his knee when he lands.
Sammy finally covers Allin but he kicks out at two. Sammy goes for a CrossRhodes but Allin blocks it and then catches a diving Sammy in a Figure Four! Sammy and Allin start slapping each other until Allin releases the hold after eating a palm strike. Sammy goes for a Flying Knee but Darby moves and goes for the Diamond Dust. Sammy blocks it and goes for the GTS but Allin counters into the Last Supper! 1…2…NO Sammy kicks out!
Allin hits the Diamond Dust but Guevara rolls to the floor. Allin goes for a Tope Suicida but Sammy catches him with a Diamond Cutter in midair! Sammy rolls Allin onto the apron and then goes to the top and attempts a Swanton Bomb only for Allin to move and Guevara eats every damn bit of the apron!
Allin rolls Guevara into the ring and goes up top for the Coffin Drop but Andrade’s assistant runs out and gets on the apron. Sting pulls him off and throws him into the barricade. The referee is distracted and Andrade hits Allin with his iPad. Guevara pulls Allin down into the GTH for the pin.
Winner & STILL TNT Champ: Guevara via pinfall (GTH)
Andrade and Matt Hardy beat Allin and Guevara both down until Sting chases them off with a bat.