Event: AEW Dynamite
Date: January 1, 2020
Location: Jacksonville, FL
All Elite Wrestling returned to action after missing out due to Christmas break last week, and the theme of this week’s episode was Homecoming, as the gang returned to Jacksonville, FL.
Cody (w/Arn Anderson) def. Darby Allin: Cody kicked off things for AEW in the new decade, with a new face in his corner. The Enforcer Arn Anderson made his first appearance after joining the company, as Cody and Allin reignited their rivalry. With Anderson’s guidance, Cody defeated the young upstart to start things off fresh in 2020.
AEW Tag-Team Champion SCU talked about the upcoming teams in the division, noting the rise of Dark Order and Santana-Ortiz. Sammy Guevara interrupted the team, talked trash to Christopher Daniels and set up a match for next week against the veteran.
AEW Women’s Championship | Riho(c) def. Hikaru Shida, Britt Baker & Nyla Rose: The four top superstars of the division excluding Kris Statlander, competed in the first championship match of the new decade. After minutes of back and forth, Riho once again sneakily picked up the win with a jackknife pinning predicament on Baker.
Post-match, Nyla Rose put Riho through a table with a big splash.
Joey Janela tried to talk about his upcoming year in the company but was hit with a low blow by Penelope Ford instead. Ford and her beau Kip Sabian shared a laugh over this incident to end the segment.
Jon Moxley def. Trent: The number one contender for the AEW World Championship, Jon Moxley, kicked off 2020 with a win over Trent with the Paradigm Shift. Moxley shared a moment with Trent’s partner Orange Cassidy, much to the delight of those in attendance.
Post-match, Sammy Guevara entered through the crowd and said he understood why Moxley loves doing this so much. AEW World Champion Chris Jericho cut a promo where he offered Moxley a 49% share in the Inner Circle leadership. Moxley said he’ll give his decision next week.
Sammy Guevara def. Dustin Rhodes: Guevara continued his extended presence on this episode with a win over the veteran Dustin Rhodes. Guevara found some help from Jake Hager, who landed a low blow on Rhodes and Guevara took advantage to pick up the pinfall.
Adam Page interrupted a promo from Private Party, with some trash-talking, which didn’t go down well with the young duo. Page resumed his drink, while Cassidy said Page will have to pay for his words.
MJF made his entrance along with his usual fun with the ringside fans. He announced his stipulations for his encounter against Cody, and said Cody will have to fight Wardlow in a Steel Cage Match. MJF said Cody can’t attack him anytime before their match at AEW Revolution and finally, Cody has to get on all fours so that MJF can whip him ten times.
Backstage: Jungle Boy was ecstatic after lasting ten minutes with the legend Chris Jericho and said 2020 will be the year of Jungle Express. In another backstage segment, Britt Baker was visibly frustrated after yet another victory for Riho with a sneaky pinfall.
The Elite def. Lucha Bros and PAC: A high-intense matchup with six of the best talents in the company featured as the main-event for the show. All the participants dished out some deadly offensive maneuvers along with tons of high-flying action. Kenny Omega landed the Onew Winged Angel on Fenix to win the match for his team.
Post-match, Cody joined the trio to celebrate and invited a drunk Adam Page (who was on commentary) to join them in the ring. Page refused and returned to the back to end the show.