AEW Dynamite Results: Christian Cage vs. Adam Copeland, Gold League matches

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AEW Dynamite

December 6th, 2023

By: John Siino

Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Commentary: Excalibur, Taz & Tony Schiavone

Continental Classic Gold League Match: Jon Moxley (6) vs. Rush (3)

They start the match by chopping and kicking at each other before Rush awkwardly throws Jon Moxley down on his arm. They take it to the outside before quickly brawling into the crowd. They go further into the crowd, as the referee is lenient with the ten count. They finally return inside, as the crowd is riled up and chanting for Moxley. Rush sets up for the Bull’s Horns, but ends up kicking away at Moxley and doing the Tranquilo pose. Moxley comes back with a flip-off, which then goes into a forearm exchange. Rush stops this with a power slam for a two-count before taunting the crowd for a bit, but Moxley stops all that with a cutter. They head to the top rope, where Moxley hits a superplex for a two-count They continue with the strikes, taking it to the apron and floor, as Rush sends Moxley into the barricade with a snap belly-to-belly suplex, as they head to picture-in-picture.

When we come back, Moxley takes out Rush with a DDT as the crowd continues to chant for ‘Moxley’. Rush comes back with a staling piledriver for two before he places Moxley on the top rope where he hits a superplex for another two count. Moxley sends Rush to the outside where he meets him with a dive. They both beat the ten count, before going into another forearm exchange. Moxley stops a Bull’s Horn attempt as they continue with strikes, headbutts, and chops before Moxley stops another Bull’s Horns attempt with a lariat and a Death Rider for two. Moxley hooks on the Bulldog Choke as the referee calls off the match.

Winner: Jon Moxley (9) by referee stoppage at 14:32, to get 3 additional points in the Continental Classic

Far Too Long

Renee Paquette is on the stage and brings out Roderick Strong & The Kingdom, as Strong has asked for this time. Strong talks about it being obvious that MJF will backstab Samoa Joe, but Joe is a big boy and actions have consequences and tonight Joe will put his hand on a hot stove and it will burn. Renee asks if MJF isn’t the man he thinks he is, as Strong calls her crazy and says he is in this wheelchair because of the decisions he’s made. Strong says he will live with the consequences of his decisions until now, as he stands up and says he will no longer be held back by this wheelchair, that Matt Taven tosses off the stage. Strong says the wheelchair held him back for ‘far too long’.

Is Hangman The Devil?

After the break, Renee is in front of MJF’s locker room before ‘Hangman’ Adam Page walks in and says he couldn’t fly for a couple of weeks after his match with Swerve Strickland. Page brings up what Swerve did at his home and he can concede after losing, and Swerve has beaten him. At Full Gear, he took something from Swerve he will never get back and they are bound by something bigger than both of them and this is not over. Page knows what Swerve wants and he promises that he will never have it. MJF walks in and says their match was impressive to see their battle on ‘who will get more STDs’, but Page stops and leaves. MJF makes a dig about Page putting people to sleep, as Page walks back in the picture. MJF says the last time they were eye-to-eye was when he verbally bent him over in front of Bret Hart. MJF brings up beating Page for the Dynamite Diamond Ring as Page says he went and became World Champion instead. MJF makes fun of Page’s reign as Page says MJF will be 70 years old by himself telling his ninth cat about his title reign. MJF says if there is one guy he thinks is the devil, it’s Page. Page is offended by this and says it’s probably just MJF and tells him to be honest with him. They get into each other’s faces, as Samoa Joe splits them up and says they have other issues tonight and it doesn’t involve Page.

Continental Classic Gold League Match: Mark Briscoe (0) vs. Swerve Strickland (6)

This is a must-win match for Briscoe, as he finishes elimination with a loss here. They take it to the mat, escaping out of each other’s holds before Mark Briscoe holds Swerve Strickland with a side headlock. Swerve keeps escaping as Briscoe keeps finding the hold on, before stopping Swerve with a high knee. Briscoe chokes out Swerve in the corner with a boot before hitting a suplex for two. Swerve takes control of the match, hitting a neckbreaker for a two. Briscoe hits a dropkick to Swerve on the outside but gets stopped on the apron where they trade strikes. They start brawling against the barricades where Swerve sends Briscoe into the crowd, where he suplexes Briscoe back inside and onto the mat as we go picture-in-picture.

After the break, Swerve is in control, hitting a neckbreaker before working on Briscoe’s left shoulder. Briscoe kung fu’s his way out, keeping Swerve in the corner with a boot, followed by a Fisherman’s Buster for two. They tussle a bit as Swerve hits a German Suplex followed by a Flatliner and a roundhouse kick for two. Swerve heads to the top rope, but Briscoe stops him and tries a Superplex. Swerve punches Briscoe off, but Briscoe comes right back by punching Swerve off to the outside where he meets him with a dive. Inside, Briscoe hits a lariat but gets a two-count. They go back and forth a bit until Swerve hits the House Call, heads to the top rope, and tries a 450 Splash but Briscoe puts his knees up and gets a two-count. Briscoe hits a rolling Death Valley Driver and goes for the Froggy Bow, but Swerve puts his knees up and rolls up Briscoe for two. They fight on the apron, where Swerve hits a Death Valley Driver, heads to the top rope, and hits the Swerve Stomp for the pin and the win.

Winner: Swerve Strickland (9) by pinfall at 15:44, to get 3 additional points in the Continental Classic

Tonight Is Toni’s Time

Renee Paquette is with Mariah May and asks about her meeting last week with Tony Khan. May says the meeting went well as Khan has watched her work in Stardom. Renee asks who her debut opponent will be May says it’s none of her business as tonight is all about Toni Storm and she’ll be watching her.

The Devil’s Masked Men

Samoa Joe goes to the ring for his tag team match with MJF against the Devil’s masked men, but the lights start to flicker before MJF can come out, as the masked men surround Joe outside the ring. When the lights come back on, Joe is by himself. We see the Devil’s face on the tron before we see MJF has been laid out backstage with a broken bottle around him.

9 Points

We see Jon Moxley backstage who says he’s humble before God & his mother but he knows exactly who he is and what he’s capable of as he expects to be 5-0 and win the Continental Classic. Swerve Strickland walks in and says he’s got 9 points also and says he’s willing to do whatever it takes to win and it doesn’t matter who’s in his way. Moxley says good, him too and they will see each other in Texas as the match is made official for next week at Winter is Coming.

Timeless Classic

We go to Ben Mankiewicz of Turner Classic Movies who starts hyping up all the ‘movies’ that Toni Storm has been in but says tonight might be her most important role ever and tees up her championship match for tonight.

AEW Women’s World Championship: Toni Storm (c) (w/ Luther & Mariah May) vs. Skye Blue

Toni Storm starts the match by bringing Skye Blue down to the mat with a headlock, but Blue rolls her up for a one-count. They have a little bit of a face-off before Storm knocks down Blue and starts stomping away at her. Blue knocks Storm to the outside, but Storm stops a diving attempt to Blue with a right punch. Luther puts Storm on his shoulders, as she tosses Blue to the outside. Storm corners Blue against the barricade and chops away before attacking her against the commentary table. Storm continues, by hitting a hip attack against Blue against the barricade, as we go to picture-in-picture.

Blue is mounting a comeback after the break, hitting a diving cross body for a two-count. Storm blocks a Skyfall attempt, with a German Suplex but misses the hip attack in the corner. Blue hits a hip attack of her own, followed by a running boot and the Code Blue, for a two-count. Blue heads to the top rope, but Storm stops her and joins her, hitting a superplex. Storm hits the hip attack, and tries the Storm Zero, but Blue counters it into a roll-up. Storm turns it right back around and holds on for the pin and the win.

Winner: Toni Storm by pinfall at 9:19, to retain

Riho Returns

Riho’s music hits and she hits the ring and goes after Storm, but before she can knock Storm off the apron, Luther is there to carry Storm out.

Canada Tour 2024

  • March 16th – Collision (Ottawa – Canadian Tire Centre)
  • March 20th – Dynamite/Rampage (Toronto – Coca-Cola Coliseum)
  • March 27th – Dynamite/Rampage (Quebec City – Centre Videotron)
  • March 30th – Collision (London – Budweiser Gardens)
  • April 10th – Dynamite/Rampage (Winnipeg – Canada Life Centre)
  • May 8th – Dynamite/Rampage (Edmonton – Rogers Place)
  • May 11th – Collision (Vancouver – Rogers Arena)
  • July 10th – Dynamite/Rampage (Calgary – Scotiabank Saddledome)

Continental Classic Gold League Match: Jay Lethal (0) vs. Jay White (3)

Another mathematical elimination on the line here, with Jay Lethal coming in with zero points. The crowd with a bunch of ‘Let’s go Jay’ and ‘Double Jay’ chants as Lethal & Jay White take turns taking each other down before Lethal tries a strut, which White stops. Lethal counters a hip toss and hits a dropkick, before finally hitting his strut. They go back and forth until White hits a DDT to get a two-count as we go to picture-in-picture.

When we come back, Montreal is continuing with the ‘Jay’ chants, as Lethal takes out White on the outside with a suicide dive. Back inside, puts on a Torture Rack, before rolling through and hitting a top rope elbow drop for a two-count. White holds on to Lethal’s leg to stop a Lethal Injection attempt before suplexing Lethal right into the bottom turnbuckle, followed by a brainbuster for two. They start chopping away at each other before White stops two Lethal Injection attempts. They go back and forth with pin attempts, as White holds on for the pin and the win.

Winner: Jay White (6) by pinfall at 11:24, to gain 3 more points in the Continental Classic

Continental Classic Gold League Standings

  • Jon Moxley (9)
  • Swerve Strickland (9)
  • Jay White (6)
  • Rush (3)
  • Mark Briscoe (0)
  • Jay Lethal (0)

Continental Classic Blue League Standings

  • Brody King (6)
  • Bryan Danielson (3)
  • Andrade El Idolo (3)
  • Claudio Castagnoli (3)
  • Daniel Garcia (0)
  • Eddie Kingston (0)

Rampage Line-Up

  • Powerhouse Hobbs & Konosuke Takeshita vs. Christopher Daniels & Matt Sydal
  • Abadon vs. Trish Adora
  • Orange Cassidy & Danhausen will appear
  • Blue League: Bryan Danielson (3) vs. Daniel Garcia (0)

Collision Line-Up

  • Blue League: Bryan Danielson (3) vs. Andrade El Idolo (3)
  • Blue League: Claudio Castagnoli (3) vs. Eddie Kingston (0)
  • Willow Nightingale vs. Mercedes Martinez
  • Ethan Page vs. Kenny Omega

Dynamite – Winter Is Coming Line-Up

  • Gold League: Swerve Strickland (9) vs. Jon Moxley (9)
  • Gold League: Jay White (6) vs. Mark Briscoe (0)
  • Gold League: Rush (3) vs. Jay Lethal (0)
  • We’ll hear from Samoa Joe
  • The Von Erichs return to Dallas
  • ‘Hangman’ Adam Page vs. Roderick Strong

AEW TNT Championship: Christian Cage (c) vs. Adam Copeland

The match starts with a ‘Holy shit’ chant before Adam Copeland smacks Christian Cage down and puts on a choke hold right away, as Christian gets his foot on the rope to break it up. Copeland starts the Ten Beats of the Bodhran (ala Sheamus) before knocking Christian to the outside where he follows him. Copeland starts smashing Christian’s face against the commentary table, before sending him back inside where Christian pleads for Copeland to stop. Copeland stops a low blow attempt and starts twisting on Christian’s fingers. Copeland continues attacking Christian on the outside, tossing him against the barricades. Christian takes control, sending Copeland into the ring post and over the barricade, into the crowd, as we go to picture-in-picture.

Christian is in control after the break, hitting the ten punches to Copeland in the corner, but he fights back by biting Christian’s hand and taking him down with a Russian leg sweep. Christian blocks Copeland trying to spear him off the apron, but Copeland fights him off and hits a clothesline off the corner to Christian. Back inside, Christian hits a frog splash for a two-count. Copeland stops a spear attempt and hits the Impaler for a two-count. Copeland heads to the top rope, but Christian stops him as they tussle on top for a while before Copeland hits a Liger Bomb for two. They go back and forth for a while before Copeland can put on the Crossface, but Christian backs up his foot onto the rope. Copeland sets up for the spear, but Christian leapfrogs him and hits the Killswitch, getting a two-count. Christian misses a spear attempt before taking out the referee with a low blow. Christian goes and grabs the TNT Championship, but Copeland ducks the shot as they both go for the spear and take each other out. Shayna Wayne makes her way to the ring, picks up the TNT title, and knocks out Copeland with it before leaving the ring. Christian follows with the Killswitch before stomping out Copeland’s neck and covering Copeland for the pin and the win.

Winner: Christian Cage by pinfall at 18:02, to retain

Mox and Swerve should be wrestling for the title. This devil BS is beyond bad. That storyline is dying a horrendous death.

Main event was total WWE. They should be fighting younger guys or teaming up - not each other. Creatively this promotion is such a mess right now

WWE and AEW television are such different programs right now that it’s hard to even compare.

AEW is having its own “Monday Night War” with marquee matchups like Edge/Christian and all of these Continental Classic matches happening on free television, whereas NOTHING happens on WWE television. They had a title match on Monday where nobody in the world thought the belt was changing hands, and it’s getting a wild amount of praise just because there was actually a finish.

The promotions only have two things in common right now: the PPV/PLE matches usually deliver, and most of their “stories” are awful.

So why is WWE selling tons of tickets and AEW isnt? I watch AEW and I watch every second of it. I think the wrestling is great on TV, not just on PPV, but they do have major story issues. With WWE, I fast forward most of the show. I cant get into 99% of the matches and I think the stories are more cohesive than AEW, but not great at all.

Why would anyone choose to go to a WWE show? I dont get it. Is it the ticket prices are just cheap? Or are WWE fans just suckers and accept whatever they are given and think its all great.

Because its an institution. Because there are generations of fans, and parents will take their kids. WWE is the Kleenex of wrestling. A 50 year head start, and 20 years of a mainstream monopoly, leads it to be trusted. For better or worse.

AEW will likely never unseat WWE on top of the industry, because its basically too big to fail. I mean, it could in theory happen I’m sure. It’s just unlikely.

That said, WWE’s current wave of popularity won’t last forever. It never does. And inevitably, AEW’s popularity levels will rise as momentum shifts. Just as it did over the last 18 months in the opposite direction.

At the end of the day, we really should be celebrating that a non-WWE company is drawing on average 4K or more, twice a week. Literally something nobody other than WWE has done in North America in 20 years. And, aside from a few years of WCW in the 90’s, nearly thirty years.

Unfortunately, there is a large group of WWE’s audience who will never switch over. They’ll chose the brand they know and love. Same as why they don’t go to indies, or what international wrestling. They like what they like.

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My impression is that a pretty high percentage of AEW fans are wrestling fans – they follow indies and international promotions and likely follow WWE to some extent as well.

WWE has fans like that too, but also has “WWE fans” who don’t watch or follow any other wrestling. The ratings show that. There are over a million people in the U.S. every week that watch Raw on Monday and/or Smackdown on Friday, but don’t watch Dynamite on Wednesday.

And to some of those fans (enough to have decent ticket sales), going to WWE live and singing along with catchphrases and filming entrances for their Instagram story is worth watching DQ and distraction finishes and staring at a guy standing in the ring like a goof for 10 minutes during a commercial followed by a backstage segment followed by another commercial. I honestly don’t know. I have zero interest in going to a WWE house show, and nearly zero interest in going to a TV taping at this point.

Neither is better than the other “morally” (or whatever the right word is). But financially, WWE’s position is clearly better.

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