Tonight on AEW Winter Is Coming Bryan Danielson challenges Hangman Adam Page for the AEW World Heavyweight Championship and MJF battles Dante Martin in the Dynamite Diamond Battle Royale finals.
AEW WINTER IS COMING
December 15, 2021, Garland, TX
Commentary: Excalibur, Tony Schiavone & Taz
AEW World Heavyweight Championship
Bryan Danielson vs. Hangman Adam Page (c)
Staredown before the bout begins. Danielson looks confident and cocky. “A-E-Dub” chants when bell rings. Lock up and we have dueling chants for our fighters. Danielson avoids an attack and does jumping jacks.
Danielson continues to be very cocky by evading and using the ropes for “time.” More jumping jacks even. It’s not until Hangman boots Danielson down does Bryan look flustered. Bryan goes for a handshake, but Hangman ain’t having it. “Let’s Go Hangman” chants. Hangman catches Danielson with a bodyslam and a hard chest chop. Ankle pick by Danielson and he turns it into a bow and arrow manuever as he grabs the face of Hangman until “five.” Romero Special by Danielson. He turns it into a variant of the dragon sleeper.
Hangman runs right through a Danielson chop to give Adam one of his own. “Cowboy Shit” chants. Danielson and Hangman trade chops in the corner and Hangman gets a ten punch in on Bryan. The crowd chants along.
Danielson does a leg lock variant before delivering mounted body shots on Page. Bryan gloats to the crowd. Hangman kicks Danielson in the chest and boots him on the apron. Hangman goes for a Buckshot, but Bryan elbows him up. Danielson charges at Page, but a boot downs Bryan. He kicks Danielson to the outside as Page leaps onto Bryan to the outside.
Back in the ring, Danielson nails Hangman with a kitchen sink and a kick to the back. He tangles Hangman up in the ropes for a flurry of strikes and kicks. Danielson goes up top and hits a diving knee to the back of the head Nyla Rose style. Two count. We go to picture-in-picture.
Back from it, Hangman is heating up and nails Bryan with a fallaway slam. Crowd goes wild. Hangman hits his big Asai moonsault to the outside on Bryan. Back in the ring, Danielson tries to fight out of DVD, but Hangman nails it for two.
Hangman hits an elbow strike while Bryan is propped up top. Hangman goes for a superplex, but Bryan slips free to attack Hangman. Hangman however, knocks Bryan back down. Moonsault press attempt misses and Danielson cradles him for a near fall.
Danielson locks in an ankle lock attempt but Hangman escapes. The damage is done however. Dnaielson hits some running calf kicks in the corner until Hangman pops him up for a sit-out powerbomb. Two count.
Hangman goes for a Buckshot, but Bryan bails. Sliding dropkick by Hangman. Page goes for another outside moonsault, but Bryan shoves him down. He then shoves Hangman into the ring post. He grabs Hangman by the arms and pulls him into the post repeatedly. Hangman is busted open as we go to our second picture-in-picture.
Danielson takes advantage of a bloody Hangman. Danielson focuses his attack on the right arm of Page. “Let’s Go Hangman” chants. Danielson soon gets in a Cattle Mutilation before Hangman makes it to the ropes. Big chest kicks by Bryan on the apron. Hangman avoids a big kick and Danielson connects with the ring post. Hangman plows Bryan’s knee into the post. He hangs Bryan knee over the barricade and running kicks it. We go to another break.
Back from it, Danielson and Hangman slug it out. Hurricanrana by Bryan for a two count. Traingle hold by Bryan. Hangman powerbombs him by Bryan holds on. Hangman makes it to the ropes. Hangman hits a tombstone piledriver for two. “This is awesome” chants. Chops from Page up top. Bryan punches the ribs. He drops a knee on Hangman’s arm before hitting a shoulder capture suplex for a two count. Super belly to back suplex by Danielson. He covers late for a two count. Bryan elbows Hangman’s chest. Sitting arm wrench by Danielson but Hangman makes it to the ropes, only for more attacks by Bryan. Hangman reverses a Gotch Piledriver for a Deadeye on the apron. “A-E-Dub” chants. Hangman leaps to the outside only to collide with the med table. We head to our third commercial break and Danielson DDTs Page on the open concrete.
Back from break, Hangman hits a German suplex in the ring. They trade strikes. Hard ones. Danielson punts the injured arm of Hangman. Danielson goes for another avalanche belly-to-back, but Hangman flips on his feet and turns Danielson inside out with a lariat. Strikes are traded again. Danielson headbutts Hangman down and nails a European. Quick pina attempts are traded. Rolling elbow strike by both men. Danielson catches Hangman with a roundhouse kick. He kicks Hangman for a pin attempt. Two count. Five minute warning.
Bryan stomps on Hangman’s face. He slaps Adam. Danielson sizes Page up in the corner for his running knee. Hangman catches him with a Deadeye. Two count and Hangman is frustrated. “A-E-Dub” chants. Hangman singles for the end by saying “Let’s fucking end it” says Hangman. He stomps on Danielson just like Bryan does to redeem his Dark Order brothers. Hangman pulls off his elbow pad and goes for a Buckshot Lariat. Labell lock reversal. Hangman is center ring. Crossface strikes to Hangman. One minute warning. Hangman tries to fight out of it. “Cowboy shit” chants. Hangman gets lsingshot into the ropes. Danielson gets back in and Hangman lariats him. He goes for the Buckshot. Nails it, but the bell rings. Time limit draw.
TIME LIMIT DRAW and STILL AEW World Champion: Hangman Adam Page
The Super KLIQ (and Bobby Fish) challenge The Best Friends to a four-man tag. They threaten to superkick Sue and destroy her 90’s van. They also have a surprise for the Christmas episode of AEW Dynamite next week
Wardlow (with Shawn Spears) vs. Matt Sydal
Matt Sydal tries for a hurricanrana but Wardlow nails him with several powerbombs. Spears gets on the mic and tells him to pin him. He nails him one more time with a bomb. 1-2-3.
Post-match, Spears nails Sydal with a chair before getting a call from MJF. Spears relays the message for Wardlow to grab some champagne for MJF to celebrate his eventual Dynamite Diamond win later. Wardlow is a little miffed.
Tay Conti challenges Pennelope Ford to a submission match.
Malakai Black is in a fancy place. He wants everyone to embrace violence. He gets handed a book by a hooded individual. He talks about the House of Black and it’s bigger cause.
Serena Deeb vs. Hikaru Shida
Shida mounts Deeb for some right hands and the two women go back and forth. Shida starts a ten punch in the corner before leaping off to nail Deeb with a dropkick. Deeb rolls through crossbody to lock Shida’s leg. She makes it to the ropes. Harsh uppercuts and strikes in the corner from Deeb. Running kick from Shida. She goes for a knee strike in the corner, but Deeb avodis and locks a figure four over the ring post Bret Hart-style.
Back from break, Shida strikes back at Serena. She hammers away at Deeb to a pop from Garland, TX. Dueling chants as Shida hits an enziguri. Delayed suplex. Two count. Shida is in a tree of woe. Soon, Serena hits a neckbreaker over the turnbuckle cable. High stack bomb for a two count. Bridging neck lock by Deeb. Soon, both women ae down after some attacks and a falcon arrow. Revesals occur. Deeb gets a single leg crab in. Shida fights, but Deeb drags her center-ring. Shida strikes herself off, but Deeb strikes her back. Deeb removes the turnbuckle pad. Pin attempts. Shida boots Serena into the exposed turnbuckle and flips over for the pin. 1-2-3.
WINNER: Hikaru Shida
The Varsity Blonds are with Schiavone. Julia Hart is not with them after being black misted, by Malakai Black. Griff Garrisson is fired up. Pillman Jr. tries to settle him down, but he doesn’t want any of it. Next week, he tells Black he’s going to break his jaw.
Eddie Kingston is gonna be tagging with Penta, PAC and Fenix on Rampage in a five-man tag.
MJF vs. Dante Martin
MJF runs down Texas before going after CM Punk. He makes fun of Punk for running down the Islanders last week. He calls Punk the new Ryback (winning a string of matches against mid-range talent). He says he can beat Dante Martin with a headlock takeover. He doesn’t claim to be the best in the world, he just is.
Side headlock takeover by MJF for two. Kick to the gut from Max before stomping on the back of Dante. Dante strikes back and gets some chants. Monkey flip and dropkick by Dante. Rolling thunder splash by Dante. Two count. MJF powders quite a bit from Martin. Max shoves Dante off the springboard and he hits the barricade on the outside. MJF tosses him into the barricade. We go to a break.
MJF tries to put his feet on the ropes for a pin attempt, but Bryce Remsburg kicks them off. Dante Martin flies over the top to land on Max. He hits a tope dive on Max next. He nails another one when Max powders once more. He powders again. Dante goes for a leaping shooting star press, but his knee only connects. Damte slugs at Max in the ring. Max walks out of the way of a springboard attempt from Max. Dante catches Max with a leg lariat in the corner. Sunset flip attempt by Dante and a backslide and two other pin attempts. All get two counts. Side headlock takeover by MJF for two. Many pin attempts. Sit-out powerbomb by Max. Two count. Dante gets his springboard moonsault on Max. Starks comes out and puts Max’s foot on the ropes. Max locks in the Salt of The Earth for the submission win.
WINNER and Dynamite Diamond Champion: MJF
Pinnacle goes to celebrate but the lights go out and in come Darby Allin and Sting. They attack them, but a low blow gives Pinnacle the advantage. Out comes CM Punk with a bat. Pnnacle bails. CM Punk issues a six-man tag next week for Dynamite.