“New Year’s Smash” preview, match card, predictions


All Elite Wrestling returns to Colorado for the first time since 2020 on Wednesday night when it broadcasts “Dynamite” live from the 1stBank Center in Broomfield.

The show, dubbed “New Year’s Smash,” features a bevy of matches, highlighted by a falls count anywhere match between Death Triangle and The Elite to help determine the fate of the AEW world trios championship.

Here’s a look at how you can watch and what to expect at the show:

How to watch

Date: Wednesday, Dec. 28

Time: Doors open at 4 p.m. Matches start at 5 p.m.

Location: 1stBank Center, 11450 Broomfield Lane, Broomfield


Tickets: $29-90 on axs.com. Floor seats are sold out, but tickets to the show are still available.

Announced match card and predictions

Ethan Page vs. Bryan Danielson
Singles match

How we got here: Page felt slighted after Danielson challenged AEW world champion MJF. Page feels he should be the next contender for the title.

Who should win: Danielson.
A Danielson-MJF feud has plenty on the line. The AEW champion took out William Regal — Danielson’s mentor and former leader of their faction, the Blackpool Combat Club — soon after Regal helped MJF win the title against Jon Moxley. While Page’s trajectory may take him to that top level one day, this feels like a stepping stone for Danielson.

Who will win: Danielson.

Ruby Soho and Willow Nightingale vs. Tay Melo and Anna Jay A.S.
Tag-team match

How we got here: Soho suffered a legitimate broken nose after her mixed tag team match against Melo and Sammy Guevara on Sept. 4. Now that she’s healed, it’s time to exact revenge the best way one can in the pro-wrestling world: inside the squared circle.

Who should win: Soho and Nightingale.
It feels set up for a feel-good win.

Who will win: Soho and Nightingale.

Top Flight vs. Claudio Castagnoli and Jon Moxley
Tag-team match

How we got here: A pseudo-rematch of sorts. Moxley defeated Top Flight’s Darius Martin on last week’s “Dynamite” in a one-on-one match. Top Flight with AR Fox last eliminated Castagnoli and Moxley on “Rampage” Friday in the (deep breath) “$300,000 Three Kings Christmas Casino Trios Royale.”

Who should win: Top Flight.
The tag-teaming siblings have had a rough start in their AEW run. Darius Martin has suffered numerous injuries over the years. Now that he’s finally healthy, it’d be fun to see the duo get some momentum rolling. And what better way than with an upset and taking out these two members of Blackpool Combat Club, especially with tensions rising from within the faction over the past few months.

Who will win: Top Flight.

Death Triangle vs. The Elite
AEW world trios championship
Best-of-seven series (Death Triangle leads 3-2)
Falls count anywhere

How we got here: The Elite — consisting of The Young Bucks and Kenny Omega — were the first AEW world trios champions after defeating “Hangman” Adam Page and The Dark Order in the finals of the championship’s inaugural tournament at All Out on Sept. 4. Their reign was short-lived, however, after they were stripped of the titles following a legitimate backstage altercation following the event involving then-world champion CM Punk. Death Triangle defeated the Best Friends on Sept. 7 to be crowned the new champions. On Nov. 9 at Full Gear, the two teams began a best-of-seven series to decide who will be champions. Death Triangle leads 3-2 entering Wednesday’s bout.

Who should win: The Elite.
Fans should win, too. These two teams have absolutely torn down the house in each of their five encounters and a match with a falls-count-anywhere stipulation adds more fuel to the fire. Look for a car-wreck of a bout that ends with The Elite forcing a seventh match that includes ladders.

Who will win: The Elite.

Samoa Joe vs. Wardlow
AEW TNT championship
Singles match

How we got here: These two hosses were tag-team partners. At Full Gear, Joe defeated former champion Wardlow and Powerhouse Hobbs to win the title after he attacked Wardlow with the belt in order to secure the victory.

Who should win: Samoa Joe.
Joe is one of the best in the industry on the mic and having him carry the belt a bit longer would do nothing but add prestige to the title.

Who will win: Samoa Joe.

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