This week's edition of AEW Dynamite was a stacked show that featured a Title match main event as well as a major debut.
We also saw CM Punk in action this week against Wardlow as well as the legendary Matt Hardy who wrestled Penta El Zero Miedo in singles action.
We also had Lance Archer making his AEW return and making a bid for the world championship. In women's division action we had a marquee matchup between Serena Deeb and Hikaru Shida.
Read on for full Dynamite results:
The Super Elite and ReDragon took out Best Friends to kick off AEW Dynamite
Adam Cole, Kyle O'Reilly and Bobby Fish came down to the ring to kick off the show. Cole said that 2021 had been great for the three of them and promised big things this year for the trio. The Young Bucks and Brandon Cutler came down to the ring and there was clearly some tension between the Bucks and ReDragon. Fish and O'Reilly revealed their intentions to win the Tag Team Titles when the Best Friends' music hit.
Orange Cassidy took down Adam Cole in the middle of the ring leading to a scuffle breaking out. Cole blindsided Orange Cassidy with a low blow when Kris Statlander came down to get in the way. Dr. Britt Baker ran out and hit Statlander with a Curb Stomp.
Cole then finished Orange Cassidy off with The Boom to end the opening segment.
CM Punk vs Wardlow (w/ MJF)
Wardlow dominated the opening moments of the match using his size and strength advantage well. The Pinnacle member rained down right hands in the corner before Punk attempted an early GTS.
He saw it coming and quickly broke free before attempting a Powerbomb. Although Punk blocked the powerbomb, Wardlow replied with multiple shoulder charges in the corner before tossing Punk out of the ring.
CM Punk vs Wardlow on AEW Dynamite (continued)
He followed it up with a rising Knee Strike in the corner but Punk got distracted by MJF who was at ringside, giving Wardlow the opening to hit a Powerbomb.
He followed it up with a second powerbomb before hitting a third. Wardlow then hit a fourth and a fifth powerbomb and went to pin Punk.
MJF got on the apron and stopped the count, saying that he wanted more. Wardlow followed it up with powerbomb number six and seven.
MJF then cleared the timekeeper's table and wanted Wardlow to powerbomb Punk through it and the Pinnacle member followed. CM Punk managed to beat the 10-count and crawl back into the ring just in time.
MJF urged Wardlow to keep powerbombing Punk but this time the former WWE star rolled up Wardlow for the pin and somehow got the win on AEW Dynamite from the jaws of defeat.
Result: CM Punk def. Wardlow
Dante Martin vs Powerhouse Hobbs on AEW Dynamite
He then went for a dive outside but Hobbs caught him midair and hit a spinebuster onto the floor. Hobbs then tossed Dante Martin back in the ring as he took control of the match.
Dante Martin hit a few left and rights in desperation but Hobbs took him down with a clothesline. The Team Taz member tried to lock in a Torture Rack but Dante broke free.
He couldn't capitalize on the opening as Hobbs took him down with a crossbody. Hobbs then Irish whipped Dante Martin so hard into the corner that he went crashing out of the ring.
Back in the ring, Powerhouse Hobbs hit a Sidewalk Slam before raining down more right hands. Dante Martin finally found the opening he was looking for and took Hobbs down with a dropkick.
Hobbs quickly took Dante down with a bodycheck. As Ricky Starks tried to get involved again, Jay Lethal came out and stopped him. Martin used this to hit Hobbs with his patented Springboard Moonsault and pinned his opponent to secure the win.
Result: Dante Martin def. Powerhouse Hobbs
Chris Jericho clashed with Eddie Kingston backstage on AEW Dynamite
Chris Jericho and The Inner Circle were backstage with Alex Marvez on AEW Dynamite. Jericho sent a warning to 2point0 to not get involved in Daniel Garcia's match against Sammy Guevara later in the night.
Eddie Kingston interrupted the interview and insinuated that Santana and Ortiz were not Tag Team Champions because of Jericho.
There was a very clear underlying tension between Kingston and Jericho as Le Champion warned him not to get involved in the Inner Circle's business later on in the night.
MJF calls out CM Punk again
MJF called out CM Punk, saying that Wardlow powerbombed him into oblivion before picking up a fluke win. MJF said that next week, we will get the match he has been waiting for all this while - CM Punk vs Shawn Spears.
Britt Baker and Adam Cole lay down the challenge
The Super Elite and ReDragon were backstage. Adam Cole said that they had whooped Best Friends repeatedly. Britt Baker then challenged Orange Cassidy and Kris Statlander to a mixed tag team match next Wednesday night on Dynamite.
Returning AEW star Lance Archer attacks Hangman Page
Hangman Page said that he had slayed the Dragon in 90 minutes. He added on AEW Dynamite that it was a new year and the records were clean and needed a new challenger.
Dan Lambert then interrupted Hangman Page and acknowledged that while he was the World Champion, Page wasn't a real cowboy and told him to stop disgracing the legacies of wrestlers like Blackjack Mulligan.
Lance Archer's music hit at this point and after it initially looked like he was going after Dan Lambert, The Murderhawk Monster ended up going for Hangman Page.
Archer set up a chair in the middle of the ring and hit Page with a Blackout through it. It clearly looks like Lance Archer will be the next challenger for the World Championship.
Tag team match announced for next week
Arn Anderson was backstage with Lee Johnson and his son Brock. They were interrupted by FTR and Tully Blanchard. FTR challenged Brock Anderson and Lee Johnson to a match next week on Dynamite.
Hikaru Shida vs Serena Deeb on AEW Dynamite
When the match officially started, it was all Deeb in the opening stages as she continued working on the knee. Deeb used her experience to systematically break down Shida, smashing her knee into the mat repeatedly.
Serena then locked in the Serenity Lock and forced the referee to call for the bell.
Result: Serena Deeb def. Hikaru Shida
Serena Deeb brought a kendo stick into the ring while the medical team was checking on Shida. She repeatedly smashed it into the knee of the former Women's Champion. Referees had to come out and restrain Serena Deeb and force her back to the back.
Tag team title match confirmed for Rampage
Christian Cage was backstage with Jungle Boy and Luchasaurus. Jungle Boy said they were ready to face any challengers when John Silver and Alex Reynolds interrupted and challenged them to a match on Rampage. Jungle Boy accepted the challenge.
Matt Hardy vs Penta El Zero Miedo on AEW Dynamite
We got some great showmanship between both men before the action started on AEW Dynamite. Penta started with a low kick before Matt Hardy hit back with a series of overhand chops.
Penta replied with a thrust kick, forcing Matt Hardy to roll out of the ring. The Luchador went for a dive but Matt Hardy stopped him with a right hand. Matt then leaped off the middle rope, hitting an elbow strike.
Penta hit back with a boot across the chest followed by a Slingblade. The former IMPACT Wrestling Champion went for the Fear Factor but Matt Hardy countered with a DDT.
Penta replied with a double stomp in the corner. Both men exchanged strikes on the apron before Hardy hit a Side Effect. Matt Hardy went for a moonsault but Penta rolled out of the way. The luchador capitalized and hit Hardy with the Fear Factor to pick up an impressive win.
Result: Penta El Zero Miedo def. Matt Hardy
Penta was cutting a post-match promo when the lights went out. When they came back on, Malakai Black attacked Alex Abrahantes before turning his focus to Penta. Malakai went for tear his mask off when Griff Garrison and Brian Pillman Jr ran out. Malakai Black looked outnumbered when the lights went off again.
When they came back on, Brody King was in the middle of the ring making his AEW debut. King cleared the ring easily and we may have seen a big change in the dynamics of AEW's tag team division.
The Acclaimed vs Bear Country on Dynamite
Bear Country used their size and strength advantage early on AEW Dynamite, dominating the opening stages of the match. Bowens tagged in Caster, who hit Bear Bronson with a crossbody.
The end of the match saw Bear Country go for the Bear Bomb. Bowens pulled Caster out of the way. He then sent Bear Bronson crashing out of the ring. Max Caster then hit Bear Boulder with a Mic Drop Elbow to pick up the win.
Result: The Acclaimed def. Bear Country
Sammy Guevara (C) vs Daniel Garcia [Interim AEW TNT Championship match]
The match was off to a fast start as neither competitor held back. Garcia took down Sammy with a right hand early on in the match. Daniel Garcia hit a stiff kick across the back but Sammy retaliated with a Palm Strike before hitting a dive over the top rope, catching Garcia on the head.
Sammy Guevara (C) vs Daniel Garcia [Interim AEW TNT Championship match continued]
Garcia took control of the match and quickly locked in a bow and arrow but Sammy countered into a pinning position. Garcia then disrespectfully stepped on Sammy's neck.
Guevara hit back with an enziguiri, forcing Garcia to roll out of the ring. Undeterred, Sammy hit a springboard dive out to ringside, wiping out Garcia.
Sammy was in control at this point as he rolled Garcia back into the ring and got on the middle rope. Guevara took too much time here and Daniel took the chance and sent him crashing to the mat.
Sammy attempted a roll-up before going for the GTH. Carcia countered it into a Sharpshooter but Sammy managed to crawl over to the bottom rope.
Guevara then hit Garcia with a Cross Rhodes but it wasn't enough to put the challenger away. He went to finish Garcia off with a springboard cutter, but Garcia caught him in a chokehold and followed it up with a piledriver for a nearfall.
At this point, 2point0 attacked Eddie Kingston and Chris Jericho at ringside. Sammy Guevara went for the GTH but Jeff Parker got on the apron for the distraction.
Sammy knocked him off before sending Garcia crashing into Matt Lee. Guevara then hit the GTH to pin Daniel Garcia for the three-count to retain the title on AEW Dynamite.
Result: Sammy Guevara def. Daniel Garcia
2point0 attacked Sammy Guevara after the match but Chris Jericho and Eddie Kingston came to the rescue. Jericho and Kingston then got in each other's faces as AEW Dynamite went off the air.