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AEW Dynamite Recap: Adam Cole’s Bold Words, Orange Cassidy Defends, And AEW Rings in the New Year

3 Key Points

  • Adam Cole, now “The Devil,” explains his stunning betrayal of MJF, promising a new era in AEW under The Undisputed Kingdom.
  • Orange Cassidy successfully defends his AEW International Championship against Top Flight’s Dante Martin.
  • Swerve Strickland overcomes Daniel Garcia in an intense main event clash, signaling a new direction for 2024.

Adam Cole Speaks on Betrayal and New Beginnings

Adam Cole opened AEW Dynamite with a passionate justification for his recent actions. He referred to MJF as a narcissist and assured the locker room and President Tony Khan that they’d be thankful for MJF’s absence. Cole, flanked by The Undisputed Kingdom, firmly stated that their focus now is on acquiring all championship gold, adamant about a new era in AEW.

Interrupted by “Switchblade” Jay White and subsequently by Bullet Club Gold, a brawl ensued, requiring The Acclaimed and Daddy Ass to aid Bullet Club Gold, creating an unexpected alliance and electric start to the night.

Orange Cassidy Retains AEW International Championship

The night continued with high-flying action as Orange Cassidy faced off against Dante Martin. Both competitors showcased athletic prowess, but Cassidy’s experienced moves, including a diving DDT and the decisive Orange Punch, allowed him to retain his championship. Sportsmanship prevailed post-match with a handshake between the competitors.

Private Party Signals Return to Tag Division

Private Party’s Marq Quen and Isiah Kassidy returned, declaring their intentions to shake up the tag team division. They boldly placed all teams on notice with their sights set on the gold.

Toni Storm Brushes Off Competition

AEW Women’s World Champion Toni Storm dismissed the notion of watching Mariah May’s debut, choosing to end her night early and casting shade on New Jersey as a suitable venue for wrestling.

House of Black Accepts FTR’s Challenge

Malakai Black and Buddy Matthews accepted FTR’s challenge, setting the stakes high: if FTR loses, they must disband from their family and join the ominous House of Black.

Rising Tension: Swerve and Garcia’s Confrontation

Swerve Strickland, alongside Prince Nana, shared his ambitions for the year, aiming at championship gold and alerting current titleholders, including Samoa Joe, to be ready for a challenge.

Mariah May Debuts with a Win

Mariah May clinched a victory over Queen Aminata in her first AEW outing. Her post-match interview was crashed by Deonna Purrazzo, who seized the moment to send a warning to Toni Storm and declare her All Elite status.

Christian Cage Lays Out His Vision for 2024

Christian Cage, alongside his family, gave a dominative speech in his 2024 State of The Union, expressing his intention to retain the TNT Championship indefinitely and shaping his son Nick Wayne to follow in his footsteps.

Darby Allin and Takeshita Clash in the Ring

In a battle of wills, Darby Allin faced off against Konosuke Takeshita. Despite a Coffin Drop outside the ring and a Code Red for a near fall, Takeshita emerged victorious with a power drive knee, marking a strong start for the ‘Alpha’ in the new year.

Collision Course!

Trent Beretta earned a future shot at Eddie Kingston’s Continental Crown Championship by overcoming a frenetic four-way match against Brian Cage, Bryan Keith, and El Hijo Del Vikingo.

Main Event Madness: Swerve Strickland vs. Daniel Garcia

The main event featured Swerve Strickland battling Daniel Garcia in a hard-fought match. With decisive maneuvers and a stunning JML Driver, Swerve claimed the win. Post-match tensions escalated with Swerve and “Hangman” Adam Page involved in a fierce melee, hinting at future hostilities.

Join us next Wednesday for AEW DYNAMITE at Daily’s Place, showcasing the fallout from tonight’s explosive episode!

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