AEW Dynamite New Year’s Smash, Night 2 advertised a jam-packed show including The Inner Circle’s New Year’s Resolutions, “The Elite” appearing in action and a TNT Championship main event between Darby Allin and Brian Cage.
Last week’s broadcast of AEW New Year’s Smash Night 1 garnered 662,000 against record-breaking competition from mainstream cable news coverage. WWE NXT New Year’s Evil garnered 641,000.
- January 6, 2021—662,000
- December 30, 2020—977,000
- December 23, 2020—775,000
- December 16, 2020—806,000
- December 9, 2020—995,000
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AEW Dynamite YouTube Viewership Last Wednesday 4,090,829
- Most-Viewed: TNT Championship Match Weigh-In (877,848 views)
- Least-Viewed: AEW Gin and Juice, Snoop Dogg is in the House (93,847 views)
- Median Viewership: 303,148 views
AEW Dynamite New Year’s Smash, Night 2 Results: Wednesday, January 13, 2020
Pac vs. Eddie Kingston
Despite their roles, it’s hard to view the shredded, super athletic Pac as a babyface over a charismatic everyman like Eddie Kingston. It didn’t help that Pac slapped on the Brutalizer after he got the win.
Eddie Kingston’s facials helped carry this match.
Lance Archer showed up with only the sides of his head shaved.
Miro def. Chuck Taylor
I hate how much comedy is involved wit this Miro character, and having a young boy will only make it worse. To Miro’s credit, however, he looked like an absolute monster in this match. Hopefully Chuck Taylor takes this opportunity to to sabotage the wedding.
Chuck Taylor can use a tag team partner with Trent on the shelf, so maybe being a young boy will be good for him.
The Inner Circle Appears Live
MJF took exception to the limited-capacity crowd booing food after Santana noted his new year’s resolution was to learn how to make a family recipe.
Chris Jericho deciding the official tag team of the Inner Circle is an awful idea for team harmony. It’s almost like all members of the Undisputed Era entering the Dusty Rhodes Classic.
Kenny Omega and The Good Brothers def. Danny Limelight, Griff Garrison and Brian Pillman Jr.
The announce team was more offended by the Good Brothers being revealed as Kenny Omega’s best friends than the Young Bucks were.
Danny Limelight was the least-known person in this match but he might have been the most impressive.
Tony Schiavone pondering whether or not Kenny Omega and The Good Brothers were The Elite was wrestling politics at its worst.
Between The Young Bucks, The Good Brothers, Jon Moxley and The Lucha Bros, There were so many conflicting relationships in the post-match brawl.
The Waiting Room with Dr. Britt Baker
Jade Cargill simply towered over Red Velvet.
I’m becoming increasingly skeptical of Shaq getting involved in this feud. I think Cody now finds himself as a liaison in a Jade Cargill-Red Velvet feud, which is not what was on the books when this storyline first came together.
It looks like AEW is finally going to move forward with a match between Britt Baker and Thunder Rosa.
The Jurassic Express def. FTR
Jungle Boy’s expensive new theme song fits him like a glove.
Once the toast of the tag team division FTR seems to be in something of a holding pattern, but at least they keep winning.
Serena Deeb def. Tay Conti
Why does the NWA Women’s World Championship feel more important than the AEW Women’s World Championship?
This was Tay Conti’s biggest opportunity to date, and while she wasn’t perfect, she made good use of it.
Darby Allin def. Brian Cage—TNT Championship
Darby Allin was put through a table in near-record time just as this match started.
If you want to know whether or not Darby Allin is still taking insane bumps, at one point in this match Jim Ross said “stop the damn match!”
I hope “Best Guest Commentator” is an AEW award category, and I hope Taz wins it.
Darby Allin illegally used his belt and the referee did next to noting to stop it.
Sting finally did something other than staring down the opposition, so hopefully this leads to less complaining about how Sting is used.