Original Air Date: December 11, 2019
Event Date: December 11, 2019
(aired live on TNT)
Commentary: Jim Ross, Excalibur, Tony Shiavone
Ring Announcer: Justin Roberts
“Dynamite” by No One Hero
Alex Reynolds w/ John Silver vs Jon Moxley
(referee: Aubrey Edwards)
Result: Jon Moxley wins via pinfall after the Paradigm Shift
This was a two move match. A squash. This was more of an introduction to the show than it was an actual match. It still counts thought.
After the match, Moxley throws Reynold out of the ring. John Silver enters, but he is quickly met with a Paradigm Shift. After a few seconds, Chris Jericho comes out along with the rest of the Inner Circle.
Hager, Santana, Ortiz, and Guevara surround the ring as Jericho enters. Jericho say he is impressed with Moxley. He says Moxley is the top guy in AEW right now. Jericho also talks about his and Moxley’s history in another company. Jericho says he taught Moxley how to be a main-eventer, and he helped Moxley come over to AEW. He says Moxley is starting to harness his power in AEW, but he needs Jericho again. Specifically, Moxley needs the Inner Circle. Jericho offers an invitation to join. Moxley seems dubious, so Jericho tells Moxley to take his time and think it over. The Inner Circle will be waiting for his response.
A look at the ongoing feud between the Young Bucks and Santana & Ortiz leading up to tonight’s Texas Street Fight.
The Butcher & The Blade w/ The Bunny vs QT Marshall & “The American Nightmare” Cody
(referee: Paul Turner)
Result: The Blade pins QT Marshall after a tandem suplex (Butcher) and lung blower (Blade)
This was fun. It wasn’t necessarily the prettiest of matches, but Marshall surprised everyone (including Cody) with some nice offense. Cody also had some nice moments, but he was almost overshadowed by the spectacle of Marshall taking on The Butcher and The Blade. Eventually reality caught up to Marshall, but it was fun while it lasted.
After the match, as The Butcher, Blade, and Bunny head up the ramp, Darby Allin pushes past them on his way to the ring. Allin goes over to Cody who is sitting down at ringside. Allin offers his hand to Cody and helps him up.
Santana and Ortiz get ready for their fight, and Guevara helps out.
Brandon Cutler hands jackets to the Young Bucks.
MJF heads to the ring with Wardlow. MJF makes a crew member kiss his ring. Then he talks about Cody.
Alex Reynolds is spoken to by the TV in his hotel room. The Dark Order wants him to join.
Big Swole vs Emi Sakura
(referee: Rick Knox; at ringside: Hikaru Shida)
Result: Big Swole wins via pinfall after a ripcord discus elbow strike
Good match. Sakura always has fun, but she also seemed to take Big Swole too lightly. Sakura didn’t try to put Swole away, and that allowed Swole to build up some offense that lead to a nice finish.
Jenn Dekker welcomes Pac. Pac issues a final warning. Give Pac Omega for a rubber match, or he won’t be responsible for what happens next.
Kip Sabian w/ Penelope Ford & Shawn Spears vs “Hangman” Adam Page & Kenny Omega
(referee: Bryce Remsburg)
Result: Adam Page pins Kip Sabian after a Buckshot Lariat (and a blind tag)
Good match. As Tully Blanchard explained in a pre-match video, Spears was using this match to evaluate Sabian as a potential permanent tag partner. Spears controlled their side of the ring, but Page and Omega definitely had better individual performances. Blanchard, who oddly didn’t accompany Spears to the ring, showed up late in the match in a big of shenanigans orchestrated by Joey Janela. That took Spears out of the match and led to an unsurprising yet fun finish.
Brandi Rhodes talks about the AEW women’s division by running down Riho and Britt Baker. Brandi says the family is almost complete as she rubs the bald head of some guy whose face we can’t see.
Chris Jericho and Jake Hager kick Excalibur and Shiavone off the announce table so they can do commentary for the next match.
Sammy Guevara vs Luchasaurus w/ Jungle Boy, Marko Stunt
(referee: Aubrey Edwards; guest commentary: Chris Jericho, Jake Hager)
Result: Luchasaurus wins via pinfall after a facebuster
Pretty good match. Guevara tried to use speed and vlogging to get the win, but Luchasaurus used kicks and slams.
After the match, Jericho and Hager attack Luchasaurus. Jungle Boy ends up fighting Jericho, and he pins Jericho’s shoulders to the mat while Marko Stunt counts to three. The Jurassic Express get out of the ring as Jericho and Hager furiously pace inside the ring.
AEW Tag Team Title Number One Contender Texas Street Fight
The Young Bucks vs Santana & Ortiz
(referee: Rick Knox; stipulation: the winner will face SCU in a tag title match next week; at ringside: Scorpio Sky, Frankie Kazarian)
Result: Matt Jackson pins Ortiz after a Meltzer Driver onto two chairs
Very good match. The action and violence started during the entrances as Ortiz and Santana attacked the Young Bucks on the stage. From there, lots of tables were broken and lots of weapons were used. Most of the action did take place in and around the ring, and everyone used the environment to very good advantages. This was a very fun way to end the show.
After the match, SCU enters the ring and stands in front of their challengers for next week.
This was a fun show. A lot of the earlier part of the show felt like a buildup to bigger and better things, but the main event definitely made the show worth watching.
Match of the Night
Texas Street Fight
Fun violence. I liked it very much.