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Samoa Joe Retains TNT Title, Cuts Wardlow’s Hair On 12/28 AEW Dynamite

Samoa Joe retains on AEW Dynamite: New Year’s Smash.

In the main event of the December 28 episode of Dynamite, Samoa Joe defeated Wardlow to retain his TNT Championship. Early on in the night, Joe attacked Wardlow backstage by using a steel pipe to injure his knee. This put Wardlow in a vulnerable position the rest of the night as there were doubts the former champion would make it to the ring for his rematch.

Wardlow ultimately made his way to the ring despite security trying to intervene. He put up a lengthy fight, but it wasn’t enough to prevent Joe from tapping him out to retain. After the bell, Joe retrieved a pair of scissors from a toolbox under the ring and cut off Wardlow’s ponytail. It wasn’t long before Darby Allin made the save and struck Joe in the back with his skateboard. Allin held up the TNT Championship as the show went off the air.

Joe’s reign continues into the new year after he won the title at Full Gear in November in a three-way also involving Powerhouse Hobbs. New Year’s Smash marked his third TNT title defense as he has been dubbed “The King of TV” while also reigning as the ROH World Television Champion.

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