AEW’s New Year’s Smash Night 2 will air this Wednesday, January 13th on the TNT network at 8 pm EST.
Night one of AEW’s New Year’s Smash gave us a lot to be excited about heading into 2021. The show included the return of a former champion, an early match of the year candidate, a signature win for an up and coming big man, and an unexpected reunion to close the show.
What will AEW give us for an encore on night two? In addition to the Dynamite debut of Britt Baker’s Waiting Room, The Inner Circle announcing their New Year’s resolutions, and The Elite back together and in action, there is also a great card of matches. Here is a match rundown and what to expect from night two.
Jurassic Express vs FTR
This will most likely be the opening match as AEW likes to start Dynamite off hot with high action tag team matches. Unfortunately, this match lost a lot of its intrigue when Marko Stunt replaced Luchasaurus on the Jurassic Express side. Marko Stunt is talented and fun to watch, but his lack of size basically gives FTR a win whenever they decide to end it.
AEW would be smart to keep FTR strong and undefeated until they eventually challenge for the tag titles again. Looking to avenge their only loss in AEW would add another layer of storytelling in a rematch with the Young Bucks. Winners: FTR
Serena Deeb vs Tay Conti for the NWA Women’s Championship
Serena Deeb has been a solid NWA Women’s Champion since winning the title from Thunder Rosa. Deeb is a veteran of the sport and has the ability to put on a solid match with anyone on the roster.
Enter Tay Conti. Conti has shown improvement in recent weeks and is ready to step into the spotlight. Add in the fact that Conti’s best friend, Anna Jay, and most likely some other members of the Dark Order will be in her corner, the odds might seem to be in Conti’s favor to pull off the upset.
Looking at this matchup, the NWA title would better serve Conti at this point in her career. It would elevate her into a higher spot on the card and would allow AEW to see just what they have in her. But the fact that this match was only added to the card when Thunder Rosa became unavailable for her match with Britt Baker is a telltale sign that Deeb will retain. Winner: Serena Deeb
Miro vs Chuck Taylor
The hostilities between Miro, Kip Sabian, and the Best Friends continue as Miro and Chuck Taylor will culminate in a match that if Chuck loses he will be Miro’s young boy until Kip’s and Penelope Ford’s wedding on Feb. 3. Basically, if Chuck loses he will be at Miro’s disposal for anything that Miro might need over the next 3 weeks.
The outcome of this match is a foregone conclusion. Miro is a monster that will continue to rack up wins long after this “Best Man” storyline has come and gone. Not to mention, having Chuck at the beck and call of Miro over the next three weeks has the potential for some pretty funny television. The match will be competitive, but in the end, Chuck will be staring at the onset of the longest three weeks of his life. Winner: Miro
Eddie Kingston vs Pac
This match would probably be better as some sort of stipulation match. That is where Kingston thrives and Pac is good enough to be great in any type of match. Even so, the animosity between these two should be enough that it will translate into chemistry in the ring and give us an entertaining match.
Eddie Kingston and Pac have been at odds ever since Pac came back and broke up Kingston’s family by reuniting Death Triangle. Pac is the right person to go over here. Picking up a hard-fought win over Kingston would be a nice springboard into a possible program with Kenny Omega. Pac and Omega have history and getting these two incredible athletes back together would be a treat for any wrestling fan. But first, Pac will have to handle his business against Kingston. Winner: Pac
Darby Allin vs Brian Cage for the TNT Championship
The main event will pit Team Taz member Brian Cage against TNT Champion Darby Allin. Even though Allin won the title over two months ago, this will be his first title defense.
Being that this is Darby’s first defense of the TNT Title, it seems very likely that he will emerge victoriously. If Darby does retain, then AEW must do it in a way that protects Brian Cage. Cage only has one loss in AEW and it was to Jon Moxley when Tazz threw in the towel during their championship match.
This could be the week that we finally see Sting get involved in a match physically. Sting smacking Cage across the back with his baseball bat would be a great way to help Darby win while keeping Cage strong.
However, I like conspiracy theories. I want the AEW Revolution pay-per-view to include a cinematic match between Sting and Darby. And even though the odds are long, I feel like night two of New Year’s Smash should have a surprise ending that matches night one. Sting will turn on Darby enabling Brian Cage will walk out the new TNT Champion. Winner: Brian Cage