Thursday, December 2, 2021

‘AEW Dynamite’ Recap: Hangman Page Celebration, Tomohiro Ishii, TBS Women’s Title Quarterfinal, and More

Another week, another new episode of AEW Dynamite on TNT! This week’s episode included a special celebration for the new AEW World Champion “Hangman” Adam Page, about that featured Tomohiro Ishii, and the TBS Women’s Championship quarterfinal between Nyla Rose and Hikaru Shida. Read on for our recap of this week’s show.

Hangman Celebration

On National Cowboy Sh*t Day, Hangman says he’s usually shy and reserved but now that he’s AEW Champion, he’ll do whatever the heck he wants. Hangman says he knows the title carries a lot of weight and means a lot of responsibility but the next responsibility is Bryan Danielson. Bryan comes out to the ring to congratulate Hangman. He’s excited about their match but he’s surprised and disappointed Kenny Omega isn’t the one standing across from him in the ring.

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Hangman says that’s correct, he beat him at Full Gear and managed to do it in less than 30 minutes, unlike Danielson. Hangman says if he wants to challenge for the championship, there’s no reason they can’t do it tonight. Bryan, however, backtracks. Bryan’s ready for a fight, but Hangman isn’t in his gear. “I know Virginia’s for lovers but I’ll still fight,” Page says. Danielson and Page go after each other, but The Dark Order holds them both back. Bryan says they (The Dark Order) know Danielson will beat him up, so they’ll never let him go. Page breaks free momentarily making a b line for Danielson who hops out of the ring.

“I didn’t deserve it, “I effin earned it.”

Hangman Page

The Elite’s Full Gear sulk

Omega admits he hasn’t watched the match back when he lost his title. People are asking him where the rematch is and when he will get the title back. Omega is disgusted: not by Hangman, by himself. There are things he has to fix and change, so he asks them to hold down the fort while he’s gone. Cole interprets as him taking over, “Hey, don’t you worry cleaner. I got this.” Omega was referring to the Bucks, however. Matt quickly tries to amend the situation by saying they’ll all hold it down while he’s away.

Bryan Danielson vs. Evil Uno

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Bryan tries to put Uno away early by getting him in a crab position. Uno gets to the ropes to break the hold. The two trade shoulder tackles; Uno knocks Danielson down to the mat. Uno takes the opportunity to go for a quick roll-up. They then trade chops and kicks to each other’s chests. Danielson traps Uno in the corner and suplexes him. Danielson does his famed kicks; the crowd continuously boos him. Uno stands up to Danielson and calls for him to chop him but Danielson pushes his face away.

Angry, Uno strikes Danielson’s face and chest, transitioning into a step-up hurricanrana. Uno catches Danielson’s middle kick and turns it into a neck breaker. Once recovered, Danielson hits a rolling elbow strike into a flurry of palm strikes. Uno knocks Danielson down, and heads up to the top rope for the Senton Atomica; Danielson gets his knees up. Danielson hits a Busaiku knee. Softening Uno up with pounds to the head and hitting an exhausted Uno with a triangle sleeper, Danielson wins.

Bryan Danielson post-match promo

Bryan says he came out to congratulate Hangman, but because of his behavior, he ended up kicking Uno’s head in. Until Danielson fights Hangman for the championship, he’s going to fight every Dark Order member and kick all their heads in. Danielson calls for Colt Cabana to fight him next Wednesday on Dynamite in Chicago.

MJF backstage promo

MJF cuts a promo on half the locker room backstage. Says he doesn’t know what’s going on with his knee, but he feels great success. While the crowd hates him, they had no choice to admit how good he is. MJF wonders what’s next for him, hints at going after a championship.

Eddie Kingston’s backstage interview

2Point0 interrupt Eddie backstage and say he didn’t last as long as Daniel Garcia did in his match with Punk. Eddie says Garcia needs to be a real man and stand on his own. Eddie says Punk wanted to wrestle but he wants to FIGHT Garcia. Kingston storms off and says he’s on his way to catering.

The Butcher and The Blade vs. Orange Cassidy and Tomohiro Ishii

Tomohiro starts off in the ring with Butcher, who tags in The Blade. They face-off; Blade takes shots on Tomohiro’s face but quickly drops him to the mat. Orange Cassidy gets the tag and hits the rope for a splash. Cassidy hits Blade with his signature “hard-hitting” kicks as Blade blind tags in Butcher. Cassidy, now trapped in the corner, gets sent to the outside of the ring right in front of Matt Hardy, who takes a cheap shot at Cassidy. Rolling back in the ring, Cassidy desperately needs to tag. Butcher lands a hard right on the side of Cassidy’s face, knocking him down and putting his boot on Cassidy’s throat.

Cassidy knocks out Butcher from the ring, able to tag in Tomohiro who makes quick work with his right hand and hard chops to the chest of The Blade. Butcher tags himself in, both men exchanging strikes. Butcher hits Tomohiro with a wicked clothesline and hard chest chops. Tomohiro comes to and with one elbow strike, gets Butcher onto the top rope for a super plex. Orange tags in, but both Butcher and Blade double-team him. He hits a DDT on Blade for a two-count. He goes for the Orange Punch but gets planted.

Tomohiro breaks up the cover, dragging Cassidy to the corner to tag himself in. Tomohiro blocks a lariat attempt and is back on the combination of strikes. Matt Hardy and The Bunny try to distract Tomohiro. Rocky Romero pulls Blade out of the ring; Orange takes out the HFO and brings Blade back into the ring for Tomohiro to hit a brainbuster and pick up the win.

Andrade and FTR promo

Andrade calls out Cody and Pac. He proved he is a better wrestler than them. He beat them both clean. Now? He will show them his bad side. FTR says they’re frustrated. They were supposed to make history, but they were robbed of their opportunity. 

Nyla Rose vs. Hikaru Shida AEW TBS Women’s Championship quarterfinal match

Shida attempts a high knee. Nyla catches her and throws her into the corner. Shida fights out and lands a shotgun dropkick. Shida goes for a diving elbow strike and kicks Nyla’s head, who rolls out of the ring. As Shida runs out, Nyla performs chase. Shida realizes it, but Nyla catches her anyway with a boot to Shida’s throat. Nyla then uppercuts Shida. Nyla wraps Shida’s leg around the rope and immediately drags her to the other corner to hang her neck between the ropes.

Vickie uses the Kendo Stick to choke her. Shida reverses Nyla into the barricade. Shida, with a chair, attempts to launch off the chair but it ends up backfiring. Nyla plants Shida in the chair and attempts a diving senton; Shida moves out of the way as Nyla lands on the chair. Shida attempts to take out Nyla from the top rope, but she gets thrown into the ring. Shida is able to create momentary separation by throwing Nyla out of the ring. Shida hits a crossbody from the top rope.

Serena Deeb attacks Shida from behind. Nyla dives onto Shida’s neck with a knee, and Shida kicks out. Nyla attempts a Beast Bomb; Shida counters into an arm lock and rolls her into the center of the ring, but Nyla battles out into a powerbomb to break the hold. Shida attempts a pin, but Nyla kicks out and transitions it into a standing stretch muffler. Nyla wins and advances to the semi-finals.

MJF’s in-ring comments

MJF hands the mic to Shawn Spears, who says MJF would appreciate silence so he can speak. MJF says the crowd is looking at a guy that checks all the boxes as the most complete pro wrestler on the planet.

He says he’s the man who will start a bidding war in 2024 when his contract is up and rambles about being the past, present, and future of pro wrestling. If MJF wanted to, he could send their hometown horse to the glue factory; he could even take a cowboy sh*t on his title reign. He says that even though the people hate him, he deserves to be the next champion. Nobody in the locker room is as good as him or on his level. CM Punk interrupts to thunderous applause. The two have a staredown in the center of the ring. MJF attempts to shake Punk’s hand but Punk just laughs in his face and turns his back to him, walking out of the ring.

Darby Allin promo

Darby says Max didn’t break him mentally. He doesn’t know when or where, but they’ll have a rematch. He won’t take any time off; he wants the biggest and the baddest AEW has to offer. Billy Gunn interrupts and says he’s the biggest and baddest.

SuperKliq promo

They’re tired of Jungle Boy, Luchasaurus, and Christian. Matt is angry they tried to “end his life” on TV with his kids watching at home. Cole says the Bucks aren’t cleared to compete, so Bobby Fish and Cole will take on Luchasaurus and Jungle Boy on Friday’s Rampage. Fish nearly lets an undisputed joke slip, but they cut the promo.

The Acclaimed vs. Dante Martin and Lio Rush

Dante has had enough of The Acclaimed and their rap, diving out of the ring to take them out. Dante flips back into the ring, uppercutting Bowens’ double leapfrog. Dante tags in with a diving stop to Bowens’ elbow. Bowens slaps Dante’s chest and slams Dante into the barricade. Back in the ring, Caster stomps Dante’s ribs. Dante is struggling to fight out of the corner. Eventually, Dante gets enough momentum to tag in Rush, who is more than fired up. A hurricanrana takes out Caster and then sights are set on Bowens. Dante dropkicks Bowens. Lio crawls to the corner, but Caster puts a stop to the tag. Caster lands a lariat to Lio and then a mic drop.

Dante saves the match by breaking the pin. Bowens hits shots to the back of Dante’s head. Dante nose dives onto Bowens. On the top rope, Rush Frog splashes Bowens for the win.

Hook, Ricky Starks, Taz, and Powerhouse Hobbs interruption

They come out after the match to remind Dante he has a golden opportunity to join Team Taz. Starks says if he chooses to join Team Taz, it will be the start of a hall of fame career — or a mediocre one.

Sammy Guevara and Jay Lethal for TNT Championship

Lethal sweeps Guevara’s leg, who counters into a quick roll-up. Guevara hits a rising knee strike to Lethal. Guevara dives out of the ring onto Lethal and throws him back into the ring. Guevara sets up for the shooting star press; Lethal gets his knees up. Both men are down. Doc Sampson checks on Guevara and his ribs, making sure he’s alright to continue as Lethal waits on.

Eventually, Guevara makes it to his feet and pushes on to finish the match. Guevara takes a cheap shot to Lethal, and they exchange hard right hands. Lethal stomps on Guevara’s ribs. Lethal attempts the Lethal Injection; Guevara blocks it and hits the Spanish fly. Lethal sends Guevara to the outside going for a tope suicida on Guevara, who hits a brainbuster to Lethal.

Guevara goes to the top rope, Lethal moves out of the way as Guevara crashes through a table. Lethal tries to seize the opportunity by going for an elbow drop, but Guevara counters with a roll-up; Lethal kicks out. Lethal plants Guevara, who kicks out, but Lethal quickly transitions into a figure four leg lock. Lethal drags Guevara to the center of the ring to stop him from breaking the hold; Guevara is able to stretch to the ropes. Guevara calls for the end by hitting the GTH, retaining his title.

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Haley joined the Nerds and Beyond team in 2019 and is a writer, editor, and Instagram manager. Her main fandoms are Criminal Minds, Wrestling, The Vampire Diaries, The Walking Dead, and her favorite Chris in the debate is Chris Pine. You can find her on Twitter @haleyannemiller.

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