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AEW Dynamite makes its debut on TBS tonight. And there’s a huge main event.
It’s Hangman Page defending the AEW Championship against Bryan Danielson - a rematch of a 1-hour time limit draw between these two just a few weeks ago. Judges will be on hand to decide a winner if that happens again. Max Caster tweeted Tuesday that he will be one of the judges.
Also on tonight’s show…Ruby Soho vs. Jade Cargill in the final of the TBS Championship Tournament.
Jurassic Express challenges the Lucha Brothers for the AEW Tag Titles.
Plus, Malakai Black vs. Brian Pillman Jr.
Pillman beat JD Drake on last night’s Dark.
Also on the show...Tony Nese beat Alan “5” Angels…Marina Shafir beat Valentina Rossi…and Powerhouse Hobbs beat Colt Cabana.
AEW announced Tuesday that Jake Atlas has signed with the company.
(STINGER: New Japan)
Night 2 of New Japan’s Wrestle Kingdom 16 is happening Wednesday in Tokyo Dome.
Kazuchika Okada defends the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship against Will Ospreay in the main event. Okada won the title from Shingo Takagi on Tuesday.
Another title match now set for Night 2…Toru Yano vs. Minoru Suzuki vs. Chase Owens vs. CIMA for the KOPW 2022 trophy.
Start time is 2 AM Eastern time LIVE on New Japan World.
Two more new champions were crowned on Night 1 of Wrestle Kingdom 16.
EVIL won the NEVER Openweight Title from Tomohiro Ishii.
Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI took the IWGP Tag Titles from Taichi & Zack Sabre Jr.
El Desperado had the only successful title defense of the night. He turned away Hiromu Takahashi’s challenge for the IWGP Jr. Title.
New Japan will have a new weekly series on AXS TV - airing Thursdays at 10PM - right after Impact Wrestling - starting March 3rd.
Staying in Japan…
All Japan will hold a one-night tournament for the vacant Triple Crown Heavyweight Championship.
It’ll be held on January 23rd. Suwama will face Kento Miyahara…and Shotaro Ashino will face Ryuki Honda…with the winners meeting that same night for the title.
Jake Lee vacated the title due to injury.
We have a new NXT Champion. Bron Breakker dethroned Tommaso Ciampa in the main event of last night’s New Year’s Evil special. Breakker finished Ciampa with a Rick Steiner bulldog from the second rope…and then forced Ciampa to tap out to the Steiner Recliner.
Carmelo Hayes won the title unification match against Roderick Strong - retaining the North American Title and absorbing the lineage of the Cruiserweight Title.
Mandy Rose retained the NXT Women’s Championship, reversing a rollup attempt by Cora Jade into one of her own…to win a 3-way that also included Raquel Gonzalez.
Also, Riddle & MSK beat WALTER, Marcel Barthel & Fabian Aichner. Riddle pinned Barthel with the RKO.
Grayson Waller issued the challenge…and he will go one-on-one against AJ Styles on next week’s NXT.
The Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic will return this year. The men’s tournament begins in two weeks. The women’s tournament will begin in February.
On last night’s NWA Powerrr…
Jamie Stanley won a 4-way “play in” match in the NWA Jr. Heavyweight Title Tournament.
Kylie Rae & Tootie Lynn beat NWA Women’s Champ Kamille & Missa Kate. Kylie forced Kate to tap out.
Homicide and the NWA Tag Team Champions Bestia 666 & Mecha Wolf 450 beat Jax Dane & The End Homicide pinned Parrow.
Also, Jordan Clearwater and Marshe Rockett beat Cyon in a 2-on-1 match…Natalia Markova beat Paola Blaze…and Matt Taven beat Wrecking Ball Legursky.
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