Original Air Date: December 17, 2021
Event Date: December 15, 2021
(aired on TNT)
Commentary: Excalibur, Taz, Ricky Starks
Ring Announcer: Justin Roberts
Young Bucks w/ Brandon Cutler & Bobby Fish & Adam Cole vs Chuck Taylor & Trent Berreta & Rocky Romero & Orange Cassidy w/ Wheeler Yuta
(referee: Rick Knox)
Result: Trent Berreta pins Bobby Fish after Crunchy
This was fun. Fast-paced and all-over-the-place as you’d expect from these teams. Orange Cassidy had a really fun segment towards the beginning of the match where he had a lengthy exchange with Nick Jackson but never took his hands out of his pockets. Adam Cole got tired of that real fast though, and the match broke down from there. Lots of tags, lots of people running and flying without tags, the usual. A good opener though.
Dan Lambert is in the ring with Scorpio Sky and Ethan Page. Lambert complains about Tony Khan and calls him a con-man for saying he’s giving people what they want, when he’s really more interested in gifting title shots to his friends like Cody Rhodes. Lambert then says Cody Rhodes has been politicking his way into getting whatever he wants. Cody appears on the stage and makes his way to the ring. Cody and Lambert take turns snatching the microphone out of each others hands. Cody decides, rather than talking, he’ll just attack Sky and Page. The Men of the Year get the better of Cody, but Dustin Rhodes runs out to help his brother. Sky and Page get the better of Dustin as well, so Sammy Guevara runs out and chases The Men of the Year away from the ring.
Thunder Rosa, Jade Cargill, Ruby Soho, and Nyla Rose each say a few words about winning in the semi-finals of the TBS Title Tournament.
Tay Conti w/ Anna Jay vs Penelope Ford w/ The Bunny
(referee: Aubrey Edwards)
Result: Tay Conti wins vis submission with a choke hold
Pretty good match. Penelope Ford attacked first, but Tay Conti was able to fight back fairly quickly. Conti was very sure of herself when she was in control, but the match looked a bit labored when it was Ford’s turn to take over. Ford struggled somewhat to put on convincing submission holds, and she was just outclassed tonight.
Via split screen, Mark Henry talks to the competitors in tonight’s main event.
Santana & Ortiz & Lucha Bros. (AEW Tag Champs) w/ Alex Abrahantes & Eddie Kingston vs The Acclaimed & Daniel Garcia & 2point0
(referee: Bryce Remsburg)
Result: Daniel Garcia pins Eddie Kingston with a schoolboy (while holding Kingston’s pants)
Very good match. This was a chaotic tag match a lot like the first match of the night, but this felt like more of a fight. The battle started before the bell as Kingston’s team attacked their opponents on the ramp, and it was a few minutes before anyone made it into the ring to officially start the match. Once the match did start, it was mostly fought adhering to tag rules. There were lots of tags and lots of in-and-outs, but there were relatively few full match breakdowns. This was a good main event, and the finish was a good step in the ongoing feud with Kingston and Garcia.
After the match, Daniel Garcia and his team keep attacking Eddie Kingston. Bowens hits Kingston with his boom box. Jungle Boy, Luchasaurus, and Christian Cage then run in and clear the ring of Garcia and his team. Jungle Boy picks up the AEW Tag Titles and hands them to the Lucha Bros. Meanwhile, Eddie Kingston chases Daniel Garcia to the backstage area.
This was a pretty good show. The tag matches were fun, and they did a fine job of continuing their respective feuds.
Match of the Night
Main Event 10-Man Tag
This felt like more of a fight, and I found the anger and energy more entertaining than the opening tag match. The Submission match was just okay.