AEW Dynamite Preview (Jan 26, 2022): Lights out, dude!

All Elite Wrestling comes our way from Wolstein Center in Cleveland Ohio. The perfect place for a beach holiday in January! Last week, healthy-looking Jon Moxley came back victorious. MJF Wardlow scolded. Brett Baker and Adam Cole defeated their mixed opponents, Orange Cassidy and Chris Statlander, proving that love truly conquers all. Tensions have risen in the inner circle. CM Punk blasted Shawn Spears with a GTS and quick 1-2-3. The Gunn Club robbed Christian Cage in a parking garage. Cody Rhodes cut out a promo for the adorable face/heels to get the audience to boo/encourage him. PAC didn’t join The House of Black.. Murderhawk killed Frankie Kazarian and summoned the hero. Legit Leyla was done with Red Velvet stepping in. Serena Depp committed murder on Sky Blue. Matt Hardy went on to work with Andrade Idol. Finally, Sting and Darby defeated Allen acclaimed when Sting said, “Age? I don’t know her.” He also threw himself across the field.

This week’s headline:

For weeks, Orange Cassidy and Adam Cole have been embroiled in a sinister feud. Tag matches, backstage brawls, singles matches, mixed tag matches… these two can’t get enough of each other! Except, of course, is Adam Cole, who has worked with Orange Cassidy and his cold vibes. Adam Cole is a man with a business plan. He’s a guy who always thinks about his twenty paces, which is why he’s one of the best players in wrestling. Imagine his frustration when all his machinations are tested by a man with a “sure-of-anything” attitude who wears sunglasses and stretch jeans! For his mental health, he needs to eat Orange Cassidy once and for all. What better way to do this than with anything that matches Lights Out?

Cole Orange has promised Cassidy that he’ll “end your stupid career,” but if there’s one thing we know about the laconic wrestler, it’s that he always rises to the challenge. Cole constantly underestimates Orange Cassidy, and this may be his downfall.

However, my money is on Cole winning this match. He’s still new to AEW, and as the de facto leader of 1.5 stables (?) he needs to look tough. Plus it’s a stub. The Lights Out game actually means anything goes, and while the OC is no stranger to dirty gameplay, it’s harder to play sloppy than The Elite & ReDRagon.

I hope WWE officials don’t watch because this guy is going to get bloodshot. Hey, look on the bright side. The sand is easy to clean when it thickens with blood.

Title scene:

One wonders why AEW executives thought a temporary coronation was necessary TNT Champion If the title was only going to be around for two weeks…but hey! At least now we get a unification ladder match! As the saying goes, if you end up with stairs, who cares how we got here. My money in Cody Rhodes I held an actual TNT Championship where he (a) just won it and (b) does this very confusing and interesting rope/heel walk that only benefits from his holding of gold. Sami Guevara was a fun champ, but he’s young and has more titles to come, so he’ll be okay with losing here. Plus, it looks like The Inner Circle will need him to play the “Divorce Child” sooner rather than later.

the World Champion Executioner Adam Page did not back down from Lance Archer’s “call” after his match with Frankie Kazarian. The duo gained a bit of physical strength in the ring when Paige came out to help get down to Kazarian, and while Murderhawk was able to wriggle out of a lariat, he still got his giant ass kicked out of the ring by the champ. Lambert and Jake can taunt the hero’s “cowboy shit” all they want, but the fact of the matter is when a cowboy is called, a cowboy comes along.

Jade Cargill defeated Anna Jay in an excellent match for TBS Championship employment frenzy last week. This makes her record clean 25-0. She is an undeniable strength in the women’s department. But who’s next? Looks like Kris Stadtlander will be the next contender for Women’s World Champion, Brett Baker, whom we’ll likely get to know tonight when she is scheduled to “speak.” Thunder Rosa is currently building a sprinter with Mercedes Martinez. Bunny and Penelope Ford seem to be an inseparable duo lately. Ruby Soho is somewhere licking her wounds. Serena Depp would be very devastating to Kargil’s reign with the title, and Hikaru Shida in Japan. But someone who has a lot to prove is like Lily Hirsch? This sounds like a safe bet. Hirsh is currently embroiled in a small feud with Red Velvet, but if the promo she took last week is any indication that she’s played the cutest and started working for herself. If you defeat Red Velvet tonight in their one-on-ones, the next logical step would be to try to beat the TBS Champion. Even if she loses to Cargill (which she will), she will still have a title shot under her belt and can continue to cement her presence in the women’s division.

Christian Cage, best friend and pseudo-father of Tag Team Champions Jurassic Express, jump from Gunn Club. Cage and Gunn have a history, and we love fighting an old man, but the real story here is the possibility of a tag team rival. Gunn club is hungry and sat on the sidelines for a while. Now it seems they are taking their future into their own hands.

Other things to watch:

Jon Moxley came back last week dynamite And cut the promo for his career. He made a backup of it frenzy When he defeated Ethan Page and put all those ‘Ring Rust’ rumors to bed. We’re all excited to see promoters of violence back on our screens, but it seems like no one has been more excited than Brian Danielson. Given Danielson’s losing tendencies in AEW, he’s an ideal player for Moxley’s comeback. And it’s definitely a match that will catch the eye of AEW! I bet Mox had a few wins in a lower card under his belt while Danielson watched from the sidelines for a while. This one can even stretch Revolution in March.

Santana and Ortiz from the inner circle, hearing that little Eddie Kingston on their shoulder, began to see Chris Jericho with new eyes. Tonight the trio will try to recreate some of their famous inner circle companion when they face off against Daniel Garcia and 2point0. You bet Eddie grabs his popcorn for this!

-Night, CM Punk (presumably wearing some borrowed cowboy) “talking”. One can only assume he’s mocking Shawn Spears for losing so quickly last week while encouraging Wardlow to leave MJF and MJF to “grow a pair” (these two are talking about genitals) and take it one-on-one.

– PAC promised to make Malakai Black a martyr. I hope he recruits Julia Hart on his crusade.

– We’d better get some boys and girls in bikinis, speedos, and ski goggles.


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