AEW World Trios Champions Death Triangle (Pac and The Lucha Brothers) def. The Elite (Kenny Omega and The Young Bucks) in Match #4 in the Best-of-7 Series
If you saw any of the first three matches these two trios had, you knew what to expect in this one as well. Although they attempted to tell a slightly different story, the overall match was different enough to get me personally invested. If nothing else, the crowd was into the action. Death Triangle winning puts them up 3-1 in the series, so every match The Elite have going forward is a must-win situation. They also announced that Match #5 next week will be No Disqualification.
Jay Lethal, Satnam Singh and Jeff Jarrett Attacked AEW World Tag Team Champions The Acclaimed
The Acclaimed were making their entrance for a match that was never announced when they were attacked from behind by the heels. This was kept short and sweet, but that doesn't mean it made me care. I realize they're a filler feud for The Acclaimed, but Lethal and Jarrett have no business being in the title mix given how deep AEW's tag team division is. Why build to this match while giving away Acclaimed vs. FTR on no build?
"Jungle Boy" Jack Perry def. ROH World Six-Man Tag Team Champion Brian Cage
The Embassy are fresh off winning the ROH World Six-Man Tag Team Champions at the Final Battle pay-per-view over the weekend, but Cage was back to being booked like a stepping stone here. Not to complain, though, because this was an enjoyable affair with a fun dynamic. Post-match, Perry called out Big Will (f.k.a. W. Morrissey) and was attacked by him and Lee Moriarty before Hook made the save. It was a random angle, but at least Hook is back on Dynamite after what feels like forever.
House of Black (Malakai Black, Brody King and Buddy Matthews) def. The Factory (QT Marshall, Aaron Solo and Cole Karter)
Amazingly, this marked the first six-man tag team match House of Black have had since All Out in early September. I'm happy they're back and they're a big boost to the six-man tag team division, but the key is ensuring they maintain this momentum going forward. Having them kill The Factory in dominant fashion was absolutely the right call. Here's hoping they aren't being built up just to lose to whoever comes out on top in the Best-of-7 Series.
Action Andretti def. Chris Jericho
Jericho bragged beforehand backstage about how this would be a warm-up for him before he got his ROH World Championship back from Claudio Castagnoli, but it turned into quite the competitive contest instead. Andretti more than held his own and had a strong showing. The final few moments were a bit awkward (and Andretti's standing shooting star press didn't completely connect), but it was awesome that he picked up the clean upset win. Whether they'll be able to properly follow up on this huge moment for Andretti is the question.
Ruby Soho def. Tay Melo
I liked that Melo attacked Soho and they brawled around ringside before the bell rang to emphasize the bad blood they have for each other. The crowd was quiet for a majority of the match, but it was good while it lasted. Soho winning was the correct outcome, but Melo and Anna Jay attacking her afterward indicates the feud isn't over yet. Where was Willow Nightingale to make the save for Soho?
AEW World Champion MJF def. Ricky Starks in a Winner Take All Match
The Dynamite Diamond Ring was on the line in this match in addition to the AEW World Championship. I don't think anyone actually thought Starks would win, but they went out there and had an entertaining main event. I appreciated that Starks (who the crowd was super hot for) was made to look credible in defeat as well. Bryan resurfaced afterward as expected to kick off what should be an exciting build to their upcoming championship clash, presumably at Revolution.
AEW is officially three for three with these Winter Is Coming specials. Along with Grand Slam, it's one of the biggest editions of Dynamite all year and it was once again a treat. The lively crowd in attendance was a huge help throughout the night as well. Don't go into this episode expecting anything super newsworthy (though the Andretti upset win over Jericho took me by surprise), but the two hours breeze by and everything served a purpose and/or was very well executed.