AEW Dark Results (01/10) - ROH Women's Championship Match, Ruby Soho & Willow Nightingale Vs. Diamante & Emi Sakura, The Firm In Action

Welcome to Wrestling Inc.'s results of "AEW Dark" on January 10, 2023, coming to you from the Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Portland, Oregon!

Ring of Honor Women's World Champion Athena will be putting her title on the line against "The Problem" Marina Shafir (with manager Vickie Guerrero in her corner). Athena has been on a winning streak over the past several weeks, but has no easy task ahead of her as Shafir has proven time and time again she is a force to be reckoned with. Will a new champion be crowned tonight, or will Athena be able to keep her winning streak going?


Elsewhere in the women's division, Ruby Soho and new ally Willow Nightingale look to score a win over Japanese veteran Emi Sakura and Diamante ahead of their upcoming Street Fight against Anna Jay A.S. and Tay Melo on this Friday's edition of "Rampage". While on the subject of Melo and Jay, they will be in action tonight against Teal Piper and Kel. Another member of the Jericho Appreciation Society will be competing in the squared circle, as Jake Hager will be going one-on-one with Steve Migs.

Matt Hardy and Isiah Kassidy have been under Ethan Page's thumb ever since Kassidy lost a match to Page to secure their fate. Hardy has seemingly accepted the position the pair are in while Kassidy persists in looking for a way out of their contracts. Tonight, the trio will be teaming up once again when they face Sebastian Wolfe, Caleb Teninty and Judas Icarus. Speaking of The Firm, two other members will be in action, as Lee Moriarty and Big Bill (with Stokely Hathaway at ringside) will be squaring off with The Voros Twins. Additionally, Juice Robinson will also be featured on tonight's episode of "Dark", as he takes on Travis Williams.


We are live! Taz and Excalibur greet audiences at home as Juice Robinson makes his way to the ring. Travis Williams already waits inside.

Juice Robinson vs. Travis Williams

The bell rings and the two lock up. They exchange submissions before Robinson delivers a boot and whips Williams into the corner. Williams delivers a dropkick and a back elbow, then follows it up with a forearm and another back elbow. He charges at Robinson, but Robinson moves out of the way and delivers a vicious kick. He follows it up with a cannonball and a senton, then goes for a pin. Williams kicks out, and manages to deliver a dropkick and a German suplex. Robinson fires back with a Southpaw Lariat and a modified DDT for the win.


Winner: Juice Robinson

Diamante and Emi Sakura head to the ring, followed by Ruby Soho and Willow Nightingale.

Ruby Soho and Willow Nightingale vs. Emi Sakura and Diamante

Diamante holds Nightingale and Soho as Sakura delivers a crossbody that sends them out of the ring. Diamante looks for a tope suicida, but Soho catches her with an elbow. She then sends her into the barricade while Nightingale delivers a series of forearms to Sakura. Diamante and Soho get in the ring before the bell sounds.


Soho delivers a knee, but Diamante fires back with one of her own. The pair spill to the outside while Nightingale levels Sakura with a Death Valley Driver. Diamante levels Nightingale with a dropkick, but Nightingale quickly recovers and sends Diamante crashing into the barricade. She then tosses her back into the ring, where Soho is waiting. She delivers Destination Unknown for the win.

Winners: Ruby Soho and Willow Nightingale

Jake Hager heads to the ring, with Steve Migs already waiting inside.

Jake Hager vs. Steve Migs

The bell rings and the two lock up. Hager delivers a shoulder tackle, then sends Migs into the top turnbuckle face first. Migs removes Hager's bucket hat, but Hager doesn't take kindly to this and sends him into the top turnbuckle repeatedly. Migs grabs Hager's hat and puts it on his head. Hager meets him with a vicious jumping lariat for the win.


Winner: Jake Hager

The Firm heads to the ring, with The Voros Twins already waiting inside.

The Firm (w/ Stokely Hathaway) vs. The Voros Twins

The bell rings and Bill delivers a splash to The Voros Twins. Bill delivers a knee to one of them, then follows it up with a pair of right hands and a Fallaway Slam. Moriarty tags in and delivers a knee, then slams him to the man and delivers a twisting elbow drop. He then delivers a dropkick and an uppercut. Bill tags in and delivers a running splash in the corner, followed by a big boot and a delayed chokeslam for the win.


Winner: The Firm

We then head backstage to Juice Robinson and Lexy Nair. Robinson gloats about his win before Dark Order walks in and congratulates him. Evil Uno says they were thinking to themselves that Robinson was cool, then offers him a spot in Dark Order. Robinson declines their offers and asks them if they're as stupid as he thinks they are. He says he already has Bullet Club and would never be friends with them. 

Teal Piper and Kel head to the ring, followed by Tay Jay.

TayJay vs. Teal Piper and Kel

Melo and Kel begin the action. The bell rings and Melo calls for Piper to get in the ring. She then delivers a knee to Kel, and follows it up with a snapmare. She whips Kel into the corner, then tags in Jay. Jay and Melo deliver a double suplex before Jay whips Kel to the mat and delivers a spinning heel kick. Melo tags in and delivers a jumping knee strike.


Jay and Piper tag in. Piper delivers an eye poke to Jay, but Melo levels her with a pump kick. Kel tags in and Melo delivers a DD-Tay. Jay then locks in the Queenslayer for the win.

Winners: TayJay

Matt Hardy, Ethan Page, and Isiah Kassidy dance their way to the ring as Sebastian Wolfe, Caleb Teninty and Judas Icarus already wait inside.

Matt Hardy, Isiah Kassidy and Ethan Page vs. Sebastian Wolfe, Caleb Teninty and Judas Icarus

Page and Wolfe begin the action. The bell rings and Page immediately tags in Kassidy. Kassidy gets in the ring and locks up with Wolfe. He delivers a dropkick that sends him to the outside, then follows it up with a crossbody over the top. Hardy tags in and delivers a leg drop as Page "encourages" Hardy and Kassidy. Icarus tags in and Hardy delivers a neckbreaker to him. Hardy tags in Page and the pair deliver a double back elbow. Page beats Icarus down, then tags in Hardy. Icarus sends Hardy into the corner, then tags in Wolfe. Wolfe beats down Hardy, then tags in Teninty. Hardy delivers The Three Faces Of Deletion, then follows it up with the Side Effect Kassidy tags in and delivers the Senton Atomico. Kassidy looks for the pin, but Page demands that Kassidy tags him in. Kassidy reluctantly obliges and Page hits Twist of Fate for the win.


Winners: Matt Hardy, Ethan Page, and Isiah Kassidy

Marina Shafir and Vickie Guerrero head to the ring, followed by Athena.

Athena (c) vs. Marina Shafir (w/ Vickie Guerrero) for the ROH Women's World Champion

Athena offers her hand to Shafir, but Shafir slaps it away. The bell rings and the two lock up. Athena delivers a forearm to Shafir, but Shafir quickly recovers and delivers a forearm of her own. Shafir delivers a series of knees to Athena's midsection, then knocks her to the outside. Athena sends Shafir's leg bouncing off the ring post, then delivers several right hands.


The two women get back in the ring before Athena rains down right hands. The two women go back and forth with submissions before Athena manages to deliver a powerbomb. Shafir fires back with a series of right hands and kicks. Athena manages to deliver a thrust kick, but Shafir sends Athena to the outside with a kick.

Athena grabs her title and looks to leave, but Shafir catches up to her and delivers a pair of hip tosses. She sends her into the ring apron, then tosses her back in the ring and hits a powerbomb. Shafir locks in several submission maneuvers, but Athena escapes them all. Shafir then fires off a series of elbow strikes and knees, but Athena targets Shafir's ankle. She delivers a vicious forearm and several right hands, but Shafir fires back with a series of forearms. Athena sends her to the outside, then goes flying and delivers a tope suicida. She tosses Shafir into the ring steps, then delivers a running knee. She gets her back in the ring, then locks in the Crossface. Shafir counters the hold into a pin, but Athena reverses the fall (while grabbing onto Shafir's tights) for the win.


Winner (and still): Athena

After the match, Shafir grabs Athena's hair, but Athena hits her with the ROH Women's World Championship.