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TOMORROW on #AEWDark, we have a loaded card with thirteen matches featuring new debuts, returning athletes, a new episode of The Waiting Room, and much more!— All Elite Wrestling (@AEW) December 21, 2020
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Bear Country (Bear Boulder & Bear Bronson) vs. The Jurassic Express (Jungle Boy & Luchasaurus) (w/Marko Stunt)
#JurassicExpress @luchasaurus & @boy_myth_legend are in action as they take on the returning team #BearCountry @bearbronsonBC & @bear_boulder!— All Elite Wrestling (@AEW) December 23, 2020
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Bronson and Jungle Boy start things off with a collar and elbow lock up. Bronson sends Jungle Boy to the corner. Jungle Boy uses his quickness to evade Bronson, and after a few flips, Jungle Boy sends him to his corner with a few drop kicks. Luchasaurus and Boulder tag in and size each other up. Boulder tocks Luchasuarus with a few headbutts, but he counters with his won strikes sending him over to his corner. Bronson tags in, but Luchasaurus tags in Jungle Boy, and they hits a cazadora and flatliner combo. Jungle Boy with a diving senton, cover, 1-2-kick out.
Bear Country halt Jungle Boy's momentum. Boulder wears down Jungle Boy with a few strikes in the corner and a huge back body drop. Bronson tags in and tries to hold Jungle Boy down preventing him from tagging Luchasaurus. Luchasaurususes his quickness to tag in Luchasaurus who takes out Boulder and hits a German Suplex on Bronson! The numbers game does not affect Luchasaurus, and he hits a standing moonsault, cover 1-2-kcik out! Bear Country hold off Jurassic Express, and Bronson hits a sit-down piledriver on Jungle Boy on Luchasaurus. Boulder with a moonsault on Jungle Boy, cover, 1-2-no!
Bear Country set up Jungle Boy in the corner with one on the others shoulders, but Luchasaurus comes in for the Doomsday Device! Jurassic Express set up Bronson for their tag team combo for the win.
Winners: The Jurassic Express (Jungle Boy & Luchasaurus) (w/Marko Stunt)
Nyla Rose in action next!
Tesha Price vs. Nyla Rose (w/Vickie Guerrero)
'The Native Beast' @NylaRoseBeast is in action on Dark as she takes on the returning @MsTPrice.— All Elite Wrestling (@AEW) December 23, 2020
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Price tries for a friendly handshake, but Rose quickly takes down Price. Price catches Rose with a kick and hits a cartwheel kick. Rose counters a sunset flip by picking up Price. Price hits an elbow, but Rose is unfazed and knocks Price down with a stronger elbow. Rose hits a Samoan Drop then a fallaway slam. Rose with a few splashes in the corner, a clotheslines then a running knee to knock Price down. Rose sets Price up hanging on the middle rope and hits a top rope knee on Price, cover and victory for The Viscous Vixens.
Winner: Nyla Rose
Sonny Kiss goes one-on-one with "The Best Man" Miro next!
Miro (w/Kip Sabian) vs. Sonny Kiss
Before the big @TheKipSabian & @thePenelopeFord Wedding Date Announcement tomorrow night on #AEWDynamite, 'The Best Man' @ToBeMiro takes on 'The Concrete Rose' @SonnyKissXO.— All Elite Wrestling (@AEW) December 23, 2020
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Miro fakes a lock up attempt and hits a high head kick on Kiss. Miro tries for the Game Over, but Kiss rolls out and stuns Miro with his quickness. Kiss slaps Miro in the face, but Miro is not happy with Kiss getting the upperhand on him. Kiss tags Miro with a boot, roll up, kick out. Miro takes down Kiss. He softens him up with a few stomps on the back and wrenches in the Game Over. Kiss taps out, Miro wins.
- A special holiday episode of The Waiting Room with Britt Baker starts with an introduction from Reba (Rebel). Baker wishes everyone a Merry Christmas and thanks Tony Khan for fixing their wall that Scorpio Sky destroyed just "like he ruins every episode of Dynamite". She comments on the "holiday facial" they gave to Thunder Rosa last week. She announces Sting will be on The Waiting Room next week. Baker talks about tomorrow's Dynamite that will feature The Butcher vs. Pac. She does a Pac impression saying "no one understands what you're saying mate". She mocks Top Flight over how young they are and introduces her guests Christopher Daniels and Frankie Kazarian of SCU.
Kazarian says he's not in the mood for comedy. Kazarian notes that it was he and Sky that became tag team champions not he and Daniels. Kazarian says that despite a bad year, he could always rely on SCU, until now. He notes that Daniels lost to The Acclaimed. He also notes that it was always on Daniels when they lost. Kazarian says that being successful in this business means a lot to him as he talks about what pro wrestling has done for him and his family. He says Daniels isn't just his tag team partner, he's his best friend, his brother and his best man at his wedding. He apologizes for allowing professional frustration affect his personal relationship.
It's tough love from @FrankieKazarian to @facdaniels. But, it's that tough love that Daniels needed to hear to get back on track.— All Elite Wrestling (@AEW) December 23, 2020
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Daniels cuts him off and tells him not to apologize for being passionate. He praises Kazarian and apologizes for losing his passion. He calls 2020 "the worst year of my professional life" and a "wasteland of failure". He says he "hated coming to work every year". He says these past 10 months might be a sign for him to retire as he drops the mic and attempts to leave. Kazarian stops him and tells him he can't just quit not only for the fans and everyone else but for himself. He says Daniels is a fighter, and he's asking him to fight by his side. Kazarian says they will fight their way from the bottom and climb to become the AEW Tag Team Champions. He says the next time they lose as a tag team, they're "done as a tag team forever". Daniels fakes out leaving and agrees to Kazarian's ultimatum. SCU call out TH2 sitting in the crowd to a match. Baker tells Reba not to book them on the show because she didn't get a word in before wishing everyone a Merry Christmas.
More women's action up next featuring Thunder Rosa!
Thunder Rosa vs. Jazmin Allure
The former @NWA Women's World Champion @thunderrosa22 is in action as she squares up against the debuting @jazminallure— All Elite Wrestling (@AEW) December 23, 2020
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Rosa quickly takes down Allure and tells her to step her game up. They lock up again, and they exchange wrist locks. Allure escapes from the ki-lock and catches Rosa with a sweep of the leg and a drop kick. Rosa quickly gains back control with some strong strikes. Rosa hits a double knee strike with Allure hanging on the ropes, cover 1-2-kick out. Rosa carries Allure over her shoulders, slams her in two corners and hits a big powerslam, cover 1-2-kick out. Rosa wears down Allure with a few chops and elbows. Allure counters Rosa's corner strike with a few strong strikes of her own. Allure hits a facebuster, cover 1-2-no! Rosa gain back control with a single leg drop kick. Then she hits her Fire Thunder Driver for the win before calling out Britt Baker.
Winner: Thunder Rosa
The Nightmare Family and Dark Order go head-to-head next!
Stu Grayson (w/Evil Uno) vs. Lee Johnson (w/QT Marshall)
The Nightmare Family & Dark Order collide on Dark as @BigShottyLee takes on @stu_dos in singles competition.— All Elite Wrestling (@AEW) December 23, 2020
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Grayson goes on the aggressive early, but after a ref break, Johnson counters back. Fast-paced back and forth action. Johnson tries to springboard, but Grayson catches him with a kick and hits a his own springboard senton. Grayson with a few strikes followed up by a huge Uranagi, cover, 1-2-kick out. Grayson tells Johnson to bring it to him. Johnson obliges, but Grayson quickly takes him down soon after. Grayson continues to mock Johnson and takes him down each time Johnson tries to build momentum. Grayson keeps telling Johnson to fight him, and Johnson surprises Grayson with an enzuguri and starts to build some momentum.
Johnson hits a Blue Thunder Bomb, cover, 1-2-no! Grayson and Johnson fight for control, and Grayson hits a Dragon Suplex, backflip kick and a springboard 450, cover 1-2-kick out! Johnson tries for some quick roll ups but is unsucessful. Johnson hits a buckle bomb and hits a Cancun Tornado, cover but Grayson gets his foot on the rope. Johnson follows Grayson onto the outside, but Grayson counters, picks up Johnson in an Argentine Backbreaker position and throws him into the corner! Grayson with a bicycle knee strike then Nightfall for the win.
Winner: Stu Grayson
Post-match: Grayson gives Johnson a fist bump as QT Marshall gives a confused look.
More women's action next!
KiLynn King vs. Alex Gracia
'The King' @KiLynnKing is back in action as she takes on 'The Pink Dream' @alexgracia3 in singles competition.— All Elite Wrestling (@AEW) December 23, 2020
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Excalibur announces that the winner of this match will face AEW Women's Champion Hikaru Shida on tomorrow night's Dynamite. Quick back and forth, but King uses her power to get control and takes down Gracia with a few arm drags. King tries for some quick roll ups but Gracia kicks out each time. Gracia with an area code shot, cover but King kicks out. King hits come hard strikes, a drop kick, cover but Gracia kicks out. Gracia counters King's corner strike with a roll up and follows up the kick out with offense of her own. Big boot from Gracia into the corner, cover, King kicks out. Gracia tries for a cazadora, but King counters with a huge German Suplex. Gracia catches King with a neckbreaker for the upset win! Gracia will now face Shida tomorrow on Dynamite.
Winner: Alex Gracia
"Pretty" Peter Avalon in action coming up!
- Avalon says it's time to announce who will answer his "Pretty Peter's Pageant Provocation" and out comes Mike Verna who is making his AEW debut.
Peter Avalon vs. Mike Verna
Avalon fakes out a test of strength and gets Verna in a hammerlock. The two exchange holds and make their way into the corner for a quick break. Avalon pushes Verna, and Verna feints a punch to the face and gets Avalon in a full nelson and takes down Avalon. Avalon is on his heels, and Verna goes for four suplex slingshots before taking him down, cover 1-2-kick out. Avalon counters Verna in the corner and slingshots him into the corner post. Avalon hits a leg drop on Verna's left arm and goes for a half scissor submission. Verna escapes with a roll up attempt. Back and forth action as Avalon tries to wear down Verna's arm. Avalon hits a palm strike in the corner and tries for a superplex. Verna knocks Avalon down and hits a missile dropkick. He hits a series of clotheslines and hits a huge right hand. Verna with a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker, Fisherman's Suplex, cover, 1-2-no! Verna tires for a Swanton, but Avalon counters and hits Marti-knees for the win.
Winner: Peter Avalon
- Post-match: Avalon gives Verna a signed 8x10.
Red Velvet in singles action next!
Red Velvet vs. Vertvixen
Vertvixen fakes out a lock up attempt. Red Velvet with a few arm drags then a dropkick to the face. Red Velvet mocks Vertvixen as she puts her boot to her face in the corner. Vertvixen isn't fazed by Red Velvet's split and hits some hard strikes on Red Velvet. Red Velvet counters a step-up enzuguri and hits a some strikes then a big boot. Cazadora Stunner then a standing moonsault from Red Velvet, cover 1-2-kick out. Vertvixen not able to balance on the ropes and Red Velvet takes her down. She hits a double knee strike as Vertvixen is hanging on the ropes and a basement boot for the win.
Winner: Red Velvet
Dark Order in six-man tag team action up next!
Aaron Solow, Fuego Del Sol & Ray Jaz vs. The Dark Order (Five, Ten & Colt Cabana)
It's a big 6-man tag team match on Dark as @ColtCabana, @Alan_V_Angels & @Pres10Vance take on @aaronsolow, @KBW_KAGE & @thereal_RayJaz.— All Elite Wrestling (@AEW) December 23, 2020
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Del Sol and Cabana start things off for their respective teams. Cabana over powers Del Sol and flexes in front of him. Del Sol using his quickness and tries for a monkey flip, but Cabana counters Del Sol each time. Cabana feints a clothesline by yelling that he's going to hit a clothesline out loud, but Del Sol evades and tags in Solow. 5 tags himself in as he and Solow go back and forth. Solow rocks 5 with a dropkick, but 5 later answers back with a huge elbow. Russian leg sweep, cover but a quick kick out from Solow. 10 tagged in, but Solow evades their combo move and tags in Jaz.
Jaz tries to keep 10 down with a side headlock. 10 powers out and later hits a spinebuster on Jaz. He throws Jaz out of the ring and throws him into the barricade. He high-fives -1 sitting in the crowd. Cabana tagged in as Dark Order isolate Jaz wearing him down. Jaz hits a few elbows on 10. He flips over 10 to tag in Del Sol who goes to work on Dark Order. Dark Order pass around Del Sol as he tries for his tornado DDT and 10 drops him with a wheelbarrow suplex. Cabana and 5 set up Jaz for a intercepting spear. Dark Order hit their combo moves on Del Sol for the win.
Winners: The Dark Order (Five, Ten & Colt Cabana)
"Legit" Leyla Hirsch in action coming up!
Leyla Hirsch vs. Madi Wrenkowski
.@LegitLeyla is in action on Dark as she takes on the debuting Miss. Reality @Madi_Wrenkowski in singles competition.— All Elite Wrestling (@AEW) December 23, 2020
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Hirsch shoots on a double-leg takedown and tries for a cross armbreaker, but Wrenkowski gest the rope break. Hirsch has control of Wrenkowsk's wrist. Wrenkowski tries to escape, but Hirsch locks in another cross armbreaker, but Wrenkowski again gets the rope break. Wrenkowski catches Hirsh with a drop kick, cover, kick out from Hirsch. Wrenkowski tries to wear down Hirsch. Wrenkowski hits a splash in the corner then a facebuster, cover but Hirsch kicks out again. Hirsch back on the offensive again and works her way into a German Suplex, cover, 1-2-no! Wrenkowski counters a clothesline into a backslide but kick out from Hirsch. Wrenkowski slams Hirsch down, cover but Hirsch kicks out again. Hirsch catches Wrenkowski in an Olympic slam and locks in the armbar for the submission victory.
Winner: Leyla Hirsch
Second generation tag team battle next!
TNT (Terrell Hughes & Terrence Hughes) vs. The Gunn Club (Austin Gunn & Colten Gunn) (w/Billy)
Terrence and Colten start things off with a friendly handshake before a collar and elbow tie up. Colten and Terrence exchange a shoulder tackle and a hip toss as Terence does Gunn Club's signature. Austin and Terrence tag in, and Austin hits his won shoulder tackle. Terrence rolls Austin in a crucifix cover as they then exchange hip tosses. Colten tags in as Gunn Club hit a few combo moves on Terrence. Colten tries for a crucifix cover, but Terrence kicks out. Austin is distracted as TNT hold Austin's momentum down. TNT isolate Austin in their corner and Terrell uses his brother for a Death Valley Driver, cover but Austin kicks out. TNT try for another combo move, but Austin counters and tags in Colten who goes to work on TNT. Colten hits a drop kick, cover but Terrence breaks up the pin. Colten catches Terrell in the Colt 45 for the win.
The Gunn Club (Austin Gunn & Colten Gunn)
Our co-main event featuring Death Triangle's Rey Fenix coming up next!
Rey Fenix vs. Danny Limelight
IT'S YOUR CO-MAIN EVENT!— All Elite Wrestling (@AEW) December 23, 2020
.@ReyFenixMx of the Lucha Bros takes on the returning @DannyLimeLight in singles action.
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Some sportsmanship to start, but Fenix goes on the quick offensive early. Limelight catches Fenix in a few roll-ups, but Fenix kicks out. Limelight hits a few chops on Fenix, but Fenix shows his chops are stronger as he takes down Limelight with one chop. Fenix later drops Limelight with a dropkick. He pays homage to his brother Pentagon Jr. and tries for a package piledriver, but Limelight counters. Limelight gets caught by Fenix's quickness and a hook kick. Back and forth strikes between the two competitors. Limelight has Fenix down and hits some strong kicks and a gets a hanging neckbreaker off, cover, kick out from Fenix.
Fenix catches Limelight with a thrust kick then an enzuguri. Fenix locks Limelight's legs into the ropes, then a strike, cover, but kick out from Limelight. Limelight catches Fenix with a leaping double stomp, cover, 1-2-no! Limelight lifts Fenix into the top rope and hits a high knee on Fenix. Limelight and Fenix fight on the middle rope and hit each other with back and forth chops. Limelight bounces off the ropes but is met with a superkick! Fenix with a rolling kick then a musclebuster into a driver for the win.
Winner: Rey Feinx
Our main event with Matt Sydal next!
Matt Sydal vs. Serpentico (w/Luther)
?? IT'S MAIN EVENT TIME! ??— All Elite Wrestling (@AEW) December 23, 2020
Matt Sydal (@findevan) looks to keep his winning streak going as he takes on @KingSerpentico of the Chaos Project.
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Serpentico tries for a quick start, but Sydal evades Serpentico's takedown attempts. Sydal gets his own takedown as Sydal gets a few arm drags then a crucifix roll up, but Serpentico kicks out. Luther drags Serpentico and tries to pump him up and throws him back in, but he's met with more arm drags. Sydal gets a sunset flip then a neck crank submission. Serpentico counters his way out, but Sydal nails a kick to the mid-section. Sydal hits a sliding drop kick but falls outside. Luther picks up Serpentico and throws him onto Sydal as Serpentico now takes control of the match.
Serpentico hits a high kick then a springboard double stomp, cover, but Sydal kicks out. Luther takes advantage of a distracted ref to get an extra shot in on Sydal. Serpentico tries for a third attempt to slam Sydal's head onto the corner turnbuckle, but Sydal counters with a leg lariat. He hits a series of kicks and hits a fisherman's brainbuster, cover, 1-2-no! A series of counters, but Sydal hits the Slice Drive, cover 1-2-kick out by Serpentico. Serpentico counters another kick from Sydal and hits a short DDT, cover, 1-2-kick out. Luther yells at Serpentico to go up to the top rope. Serpentico obliges, but Sydal counters and hits a low angle suplex, cover, but Serpentico kicks out again!
Serpentico tries to escape with a few back elbows, but Sydal hangs on and gets a neck crank on Serpentico. Serpentico forces the break and transitions into a Sliced Bread #2, stacked pin, but Sydal kicks out! Sydal catches Serpentico with a knee strike then gets a swinging neckbreaker off for the win.
Winner: Matt Sydal
Excalibur closes out the show as he hypes up tomorrow's Holiday Bash edition of Dynamite as Dark closes out. That conclude this week's episode. Thanks for watching!