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AEW Dynamite live results: Cody vs. Wardlow steel cage match

AEW Dynamite airs live tonight from the State Farm Arena in Atlanta, Georgia. 

Cody is set to take on Wardlow in a steel cage match. If Cody wins, he will have fulfilled all of MJF's stipulations and earn a match against MJF at Revolution on February 29.

Jon Moxley is scheduled to face Jeff Cobb in Cobb's AEW in-ring debut. Cobb was brought in as a mercenary by Chris Jericho on last week's episode. Jericho will defend the AEW World Championship against Moxley at Revolution. 

Kenny Omega & Hangman Page will defend the AEW World Tag Team titles against The Lucha Bros tonight.

A tag team battle royal will also be held, with the winners earning a title shot at Revolution. SCU, Private Party, Alex Reynolds & John Silver, Santana & Ortiz, Jack Evans & Angelico, Best Friends, The Butcher & The Blade, StrongHearts, Jurassic Express, and The Young Bucks will be the teams facing off for the championship opportunity. 

Our live coverage begins at 8 p.m. Eastern time. 

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The tag battle royal kicked off the show. 

THE YOUNG BUCKS WON A NUMBER ONE CONTENDERS TAG TEAM BATTLE ROYAL

Matt Jackson was the sole survivor. Both members of a team had to be eliminated, unlike a traditional tag team battle royal. 

Jack Evans was tossed first. Private Party hit T-Hawk with the Silly String and threw him out. SCU was distracted by Dark Order's spokesperson and eliminated by Reynolds and Silver. Dark Order's spokesperson said that the Exalted One is coming, and told SCU to take note that Chris Daniels is not there. Raven was there in the crowd, for whatever that's worth. 

The Bucks superkicked Reynolds and Silver out. 

Luchasaurus hit a pump kick and eliminated CIMA. Butcher tossed Nick Jackson. Santana and Ortiz eliminated Private Party. Luchasaurus eliminated Angelico. Jungle Boy and Luchasaurus got tossed out. Orange Cassidy saved Trent from being tossed. Chuck Taylor and the Blade got thrown out. 

The final five were Matt Jackson, Trent, Butcher, Santana and Ortiz. Matt and Trent did the Best Friends hug spot. Butcher tossed Trent. Matt hit a spear to Butcher through the ropes, eliminating him. 

Matt vs. Santana and Ortiz was the final three matchup. Matt hit a double northern lights suplex, but got cut off. Santana and Ortiz hit the Street Sweeper. Matt hit a superkick to Santana, a superkick to an interfering Sammy Guevara, then a superkick to Ortiz for the final elimination. 

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KRIS STATLANDER DEFEATED SHANNA

Britt Baker was on commentary. She brought Tony Schiavone a skinny latte. 

They began very slowly, trading holds. Then they went through a commercial break, still working holds. I think we went about 6 minutes without a bump. 

The pace picked up after the ad break. Statlander hit a blue thunder bomb for a near fall. Shanna hit a top rope rana and a DDT for a two count. Shanna hit a low dropkick for another near fall. 

The finish came out of nowhere. Shanna tried a tornado DDT. Statlander caught her, then hit her Big Bang Theory for the pin. 

This was just a match. I think the idea was more for the in-ring to serve as a backdrop for Baker's commentary, but she has been much more entertaining in this role in previous weeks.

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A video played, showing highlights of Nyla Rose winning the Women's title last week. A Nyla Rose promo is next. 

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Tony Schiavone interviewed Nyla Rose. She heeled on the crowd. She said she's the queen bee in this hive, no one can stack up to her, and she's only going to be a one-time champ, because she'll never lose the belt. 

Kris Statlander and Big Swole came to the stage. Statlander pointed at Rose's title. Swole got in Rose's face and they did a pull-apart while Statlander just stood there. 

Swole and Statlander have a ton of potential, but Statlander is number two in their rankings, while Swole is unranked. Why bother with rankings? 

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A Jeff Cobb video played with a recap of his introduction last week. Cobb vs. Moxley is up next. 

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Taz joined the commentary team for this match. I'm a fan of Schiavone, but Taz instantly became the best commentator at the desk.

Jericho, Guevara and Jake Hager entered and sat ringside, showing that they had tickets for the event. 

JON MOXLEY DEFEATED JEFF COBB

Cobb hit an overhead throw, then a dropkick. They exchanged strikes on the floor, then Cobb slammed Moxley's face into the ring steps. Moxley rolled inside, then hit a dive. Cobb hit a series of clubbing forearm shots. During a commercial break, Cobb sent Moxley over the baricade, where Jericho stomped him and hit him with the title belt. 

After the break, Moxley went to work on Cobb's left leg. Cobb responded with a Tour of the Islands. Cobb covered Moxley, but picked him before the three count. Moxley tried a dive off the post to the floor. Cobb caught him and hit an overhead belly-to-belly on the floor. 

Moxley blocked a Tour of the Islands. Cobb blocked a Paradigm Shift. The finish saw Cobb hit a superplex. Moxley trapped Cobb's leg on landing, turning it into a cradle for the pin. 

After the bell, Jericho, Hager, Guevara and Cobb started stomping Moxley. Dustin Rhodes entered to make the save, but fell victim to the numbers game. 

The lights went out. Darby Allin appeared on the stage to a huge reaction, then came to the ring via skateboard. Allin ran wild, using the board as a weapon. 

When the dust cleared, Jericho and Moxley were the last two standing. Moxley and Jericho traded a few strikes, then Jericho bailed. 

This was an effective segment to build to the pay-per-view. Well done. 

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AEW WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH: KENNY OMEGA & HANGMAN PAGE DEFEATED PENTAGON & REY FENIX TO RETAIN THE TITLES

This was a great, great match. 

Page and Omega established the early advantage, using a series of tandem moves. The illegal man interfered liberally, aiding their cause. Omega hit a Kotaro Krusher and a you can't escape, aided by a standing shooting star press from Page. 

Pentagon and Fenix began making a comeback before a commercial break. After the ads, it was Page and Omega back in front, until Fenix hit a tornillo to Page, then Penta hit a destroyer to Omega. 

Fenix ran the top rope and kicked Omega on the apron. Penta teased a piledriver on the apron, but Omega blocked. Fenix hit a rana out of the ring to the floor on Omega. Page hit a dive off the post to Fenix. This was an incredible sequence. 

Page hit a pop-up powerbomb to Penta. Omega hit a V-Trigger. Page tried a Buckshot Lariat, Penta moved, and Page hit Omega. This was a great tease for the big explosion that we all know is coming. 

Fenix hit a tornillo to the floor on Page. Penta hit a Penta Driver on Omega for a near fall. 

Omega was left to face both Fenix and Penta with Page down on the floor. Omega hit a V-Trigger, kneeing Fenix out of the air. 

The finish saw Omega and Page hit Fenix with a combination V-Trigger and Buckshot Lariat, Page covered and pinned Fenix. 

The Bucks ran down and helped Omega up. Page left the ring and drank beer with fans.

I can't say enough good things about this. Fenix and Pentagon are the best tag team in the galaxy and Omega and Page were every bit their equal tonight. 

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A video package played, highlighting the upcoming AEW action figure line produced by Wicked Cool Toys. 

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PAC vs. Omega in a 30 minute iron man match and Best Friends vs. Butcher and Blade were announced for next week. 

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A video package recapping the Cody vs. MJF feud played. The main event is up next. 

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The cage setup here was interesting. The bottom of the cage wasn't secured to the ring, so I don't think this thing is built for climbing. The truss supporting the cage can be climbed, as it's secured to the floor. 

STEEL CAGE MATCH: CODY DEFEATED WARDLOW

Rules were pinfall or submission only. 

Cody hit a high kick. Wardlow no-sold it. Wardlow hit a lariat, then lawn-darted Cody into the cage. Cody bladed along the hairline. Wardlow hit some clubbing forearms during the final ad break. 

After the commercials, Cody made a comeback. He hit a Cody Cutter, then ten punches in the corner. Wardlow hit a low blow, then something resembling an F-5. Wardlow tossed Cody into the cage door, which swung open. 

Arn Anderson approached the cage door. MJF tried to goad Arn into slamming the cage on Cody just as he did to Dusty years ago. Arn hit MJF with the cage door instead. 

Cody hit a powerslam. MJF hit a senton for a near fall. MJF tossed Wardlow the Dynamite diamond ring. Cody hit a low blow and hit Wardlow with the ring. 

On the outside, MJF started to climb the truss supporting the cage. Brandi Rhodes nailed him with a chair. Arn then threw MJF over the barricade. 

Inside, Cody hit Cross Rhodes for a near fall, then climbed the cage truss, hit a moonsault, then covered Wardlow for the pin. 

MJF retreated to the aisle. Cody climbed the cage and taunted MJF, then waved to the crowd. 

They didn't do a ton here, but they accomplished what they needed to. 

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Thumbs up to this show. The women's division continues to be something of a cluster, but the rest of the show was very good with a mix of great wrestling and storyline advancement.