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AEW Dynamite: Holiday Bash Recap | 12/22/21 | From Greensboro, NC

It’s a Holiday Bash as we take a look back at AEW Dynamite, featuring Adam Cole’s big surprise and CM Punk joining forces with Sting in an exciting main event!

In Memory of Jimmy Rave

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Before we get into the Dynamite recap for this week, I want to offer some belated words about James Michael Guffey, better known to wrestling fans by his ring name of Jimmy Rave, who passed away on December 12th at the age of 39.

Over a career that spanned two decades, Jimmy Rave made a name for himself in promotions such as TNA Wrestling (where he formed the “Rock & Rave Infection” with Lance Rock, aka the future Lance Archer), New Japan Pro-Wrestling as part of the 2008 Best of the Super Juniors tournament, and in Ring of Honor as the “Crown Jewel” of The Embassy. Rave is remembered by fans and his peers for his unique in-ring style and infectious charisma.

In recent years, Rave grappled with drug addiction, which resulted in the amputations of his left arm and both of his legs just this year due to a MRSA infection. He is survived by ex-wife Felicia, his daughter Kailah, son James II, father James, and mother Toni.

On behalf of everyone here at RingCrashers and GateCrashers, we extend our sincere thoughts to the Guffey family and friends for their loss.

Donate to the Jimmy Rave Memorial here

Previously on All Elite Wrestling…

Results for AEW Dynamite: Winter is Coming (Episode 115)

  • “Hangman” Adam Page vs. Bryan Danielson ended in a Time-Limit Draw (60:00) in a memorable encounter.
  • Wardlow def. Matt Sydal via pinfall (1:25) after a Powerbomb Symphony. Post-match, Shawn Spears told Wardlow that MJF wanted him to get champagne for after the Dynamite Diamond Ring Finals.
  • Hikaru Shida def. Serena Deeb via pinfall (12:24) with a roll-up pin after causing Serena to hit an exposed turnbuckle.
  • MJF def. Dante Martin via submission (12:33) with the Salt of the Earth armbar to become a three-time Dynamite Diamond Ring holder. Dante seemed to have the match won, but Ricky Starks interfered to prevent the victory. Post-match, MJF and FTR were attacked by Sting & Darby Allin. CM Punk later showed up to even up the odds for the faces.

Results for 12/17/21 Rampage (Episode 20)

  • CHAOS (Chuck Taylor, Trent? Beretta, Orange Cassidy, & Rocky Romero) def. The SuperKliq (Matt Jackson, Nick Jackson, & Adam Cole) and Bobby Fish via pinfall (13:28) after Trent pinned Bobby Fish
  • Dan Lambert and Men of the Year talked trash about Tony Khan and Cody Rhodes in an in-ring promo. Cody showed up to fight Scorpio Sky and Ethan Page, but was overwhelmed by the two. Dustin Rhodes and Sammy Guevara came to Cody’s aid.
  • Tay Conti def. Penelope Ford via submission (5:20) in a Submissions Match by choking Ford out. The Bunny tried to attack Tay with the brass knuckles, but Anna Jay stopped her.
  • Information about the Owen Hart Memorial Cup was revealed. There will be a Men’s and Women’s tournament that begin in May 2022 and will end at Double or Nothing 2022.
  • 2point0 (Matt Lee & Jeff Parker), Daniel Garcia, and The Acclaimed (Max Caster & Anthony Bowens) def. Eddie Kingston, The Lucha Brothers (Rey Fenix & Penta El Zero M), and Santana & Ortiz via pinfall (8:31) after Garcia got the flash roll-up pin on Kingston. Post-match, the heel team attacked Kingston, but Jurassic Express and Christian Cage ran in for the rescue. Jungle Boy handed the Lucha Brothers their AEW Tag Titles afterwards.

It’s a Holiday Bash. You Know What That Means.

From the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, NOOOOOOORTH CAROLINA, it’s AEW Dynamite: Holiday Bash. Alongside Excalibur, Taz, and Tony Schiavone, it’s time to ring in Christmas with a packed night of AEW action.

Match 1: Adam Cole vs. Orange Cassidy

Orange Cassidy gives a thumbs up as only he can (Credit: All Elite Wrestling)

The Story So Far

Stemming from a beef that Adam Cole and Bobby Fish had with the Best Friends, Cole has specifically targeted his ire towards Orange Cassidy.

The Match

As the bell sounds, both men are at opposite corners. The two take turns drawing lines on the canvas before squaring up to one another. Cole tries to do his “Adam Cole Bay-Bay!” taunt, but Orange grabs his hands and puts it in his jean pockets instead. Side headlock takeover by Orange is followed by a kiss on Cole’s forehead. Right now, it’s just Orange taking control early with multiple side headlock takeovers. 

Lots of technical wrestling going on between Cole and OC at this juncture of the match. Orange rolls up Cole for a two-count. Cole intercepts Orange at the corner and hits a backstabber on him. Adam works over Orange on the corner before throwing him fiercely into the other corner. He strikes the double biceps in the middle of the ring to mock Orange.

OC fights out of the corner for a bit, but he’s left struggling on the top rope. Cole heads up and looks to try a superplex, but he’s pushed off nonchalantly by Orange. Diving crossbody soon follows, then the tilt-a-whirl DDT. 1, 2… NO! The Young Bucks & Brandon Cutler appear on the stage, looking to interject. They send Cutler to the ringiside area, where he’s taken down by a diving Orange Cassidy. The Best Friends – Chuck Taylor & Trent Beretta – as they fight with the Bucks.Orange flies into Matt & Nick with a suicide dive between the ropes as Best Friends wards them off. Adam Cole catches Cassidy by surprise and tosses him into the steel steps several times. He takes off his knee pad and looks to finish Orange off with a knee, but the Freshly Squeezed One avoids danger, causing Cole’s knee to collide with the steel steps! We take a picture-in-picture break at this point.

The action returns with both men down and rising to their knees. They trade punches for a bit as both men make it to their feet. Orange hits his lazy kicks and gets the follow through with a superkick to Cole’s face. Adam counters a suplex with the knee brainbuster. 1… 2… KICKOUT! Cole lifts Orange into a fireman’s carry position, but OC counters it. Into the ropes, and a pump kick by Adam Cole, followed by the suplex attempt. Orange counters it into a Stundog MIllionaire. Cassidy runs at Cole and rolls over the top rope and onto the apron. Up top, Orange with the diving DDT! 1… 2… COLE KICKS OUT! 

Adam catches Orange by surprise with the Ushigoroshi, followed by a low pump kick. He yells at Orange to stay down before dragging him near the corner. Cole heads to the middle rope and has his target locked for the Panama Sunrise, but Orange smartly crawls away to avoid it. Sneaky roll-up by Cassidy gets a near-fall. Michinoku Driver by OC only gets another near-fall.

Cassidy goes to the apron and puts on the shades. He heads up top and puts his hands in the pocket, but he ends up eating a superkick from Adam Cole instead! In position, Cole finally lands Panama Sunrise on OC! Cole puts his hands in his trunks to mock Cassidy with a lazy pin… 1… 2… KICKOUT! 

Showing signs of frustration, Cole sets Orange up for The Boom knee strike. Off the ropes, but Orange ducks and counters with the Beach Break! 1… 2… Cole kicks out yet again! Orange Cassidy takes off his other elbow pad and looks to finish Cole off with the Orange Punch. Cole rolls out of the ring right as Bobby Fish shows up to cause a distraction. With Orange distracted, a familiar figure sneaks up from behind…. good god almighty, it’s Kyle O’Reilly! The newest member of the AEW roster brings Orange to his knees with a kick and an elbow to the head. Cole gets back up and runs to connect with The Boom knee for the 1, 2, 3.

Adam Cole def. Orange Cassidy via pinfall – The Boom knee strike (17:06)

Post-Match

Kyle O’Reilly begins to lay in the punches on Orange Cassidy until Adam Cole pulls him off and stares him down. The Best Friends run into the ring to make the save, but Cole & O’Reilly beat Chuck & Trent down. Chuck is held up by Fish & O’Reilly as he’s superkicked by Cole. Fish & KOR have Trent and go high and low with Total Elimination. 

The Young Bucks step back into the ring and stare at the Undisputed trio, unsure of what to make about Cole’s old friends dropping by. After some awkward looks towards Cole from the Bucks, the trio exit the ring.

Big Rematch for Dynamite’s TBS Debut

The AEW World Champion, “Hangman” Adam Page, shows off his gold (Credit: All Elite Wrestling)

After a recap of last week’s incredible time-limit draw encounter between AEW World Champion Hangman Page & Bryan Danielson, we learn that the two will be facing off in the highly-anticipated rematch in two weeks time on January 5th, during Dynamite’s big TBS premiere.

Tony Schiavone is in the ring to introduce the AEW Champion himself. Here comes “Hangman” Adam Page to the ring (with the ever-observant lower-third stating that Page “doesn’t normally last an hour”). Schiavone says that in his opinion, Page would’ve won the match if it lasted past five minutes.

With the mic in his hand, Hangman says that after the match last week, he never felt like less of a champion due to not being able to do the deal. Out comes “The American Dragon” Bryan Danielson to interrupt. Bryan calls Hangman an “entitled millennial cowboy” and says that if anyone should be disappointed, it should be him because he beat Hangman’s ass for sixty minutes. 

Danielson makes an excuse, stating that the only reason Page survived the title match last week was because of an apparent leg injury he suffered against John Silver the night before. He says that he’s not going to wrestle until January 5th to address that issue. However, Bryan sees another issue in the form of Hangman stalling the match so that they’d be in this exact same position as tonight. He proposes that they introduce judges to decide the match should it go to a draw.

Page interrupts, saying that he had his own set of stipulations in mind. He says that Bryan dragged him into the deep waters of a lengthy match, but he would’ve drowned Bryan in the final seconds had h

He says that he’s fine with the judges, but they won’t be able to have their payday because Page didn’t come this far just and spilled so much blood just to have some prick at ringside saying that he wasn’t good enough and a B+ Player. So, when it comes time for the question of whether or not Hangman can beat The American Dragon in less than an hour needs to be answered… Page says that the answer is “yes”.

The Pinnacle’s Backstage Remarks

MJF and FTR, accompanied by Shawn Spears & Wardlow, talk about their main event match against CM Punk, Sting, and Darby Allin.

Match 2: Wardlow vs. Capt. Shawn Dean

Wardlow introduces the Captain to the Powerbomb Symphony (Credit: All Elite Wrestling)

The Story So Far

No pre-established story between our two competitors in this match, but the “main” story is, as always, Wardlow winning matches his way (by way of the “Powerbomb Symphony”), much to the protestations of his “accountabilibuddy” Shawn Spears.

The Match

Nothing much to this match, other than Wardlow doing what he does best: powerbombing an opponent into oblivion until the win. Not much else to say.

Wardlow def. Capt. Shawn Dean via pinfall – Powerbomb Symphony (1:14)

Post-Match

Shawn Spears enters the ring with a chair, yet again clobbering Wardlow’s defeated opponent with chair shots. When Spears tries to raise the hand of Wardlow, the big man yanks his arm away and gives Spears a look of annoyance.

Words of “Wisdom” From Dan Lambert & Men of the Year

We get a video about Cody Rhodes vs. Sammy Guevara for the TNT Championship this Saturday on a special Christmas edition of Rampage. Shortly after, we see Dan Lambert and the Men of the Year in the rafters. Lambert just says his usual things as he disses Tony Khan for using the “buddy system” to give those who he’s “buddies” with every opportunity to shine.

He hypes up Ethan Page and Scorpio Sky with their credentials. Lambert says that TK is apparently using him to get fans to cheer for Cody Rhodes… which is an impossible task because in his words, “Cody’s a bigger dick than I am!” He says that his only concern is that Scorpio and Ethan are next in line for the TNT Championship.

Dr. Britt’s Christmas Story

We’re backstage with Dr. Britt Baker, Rebel, and Jamie Hayter, and their friend Tony Schiavone. Britt talks about her upcoming AEW Women’s Title Match against Riho at Battle of the Belts, saying that she’ll have no chance against her.

A Tournament Fit For The King of Harts

With footage from Owen Hart’s time in New Japan Pro-Wrestling, as well as family home videos. We get a heartfelt tribute from Mark Henry, Matt Hardy, Adam Cole, the 2point0 duo of Matt Lee and Jeff Parker, Eddie Kingston, Dustin Rhodes and Shawn Spears to the wonderful man that was the King of Harts.

We’ll be having the Owen Hart Memorial Cup tournaments for men and women coming in May 2022.

Match 3: Ruby Soho vs. Nyla Rose (TBS Championship Tournament Semifinals)

“The Native Beast” Nyla Rose uses her strength to overpower Ruby Soho (Credit: All Elite Wrestling)

The Story So Far

Having earned a first-round bye, Nyla Rose defeated Hikaru Shida to advance to the semifinals (with some help from Serena Deeb). Meanwhile, Ruby Soho fought her way to the semis by beating Penelope Ford & Kris Statlander to get to this point.

The Match

Nyla doesn’t even wait for Ruby to get ready as she attacks her in the ring. She pulls the arms of Ruby’s jacket to trap her hands, which allows Nyla to gain an advantage. With her hands free, Ruby tries for an offensive flurry, but that’s shut down by Rose. Biel toss from the corner across the ring by Nyla. Ruby reverses Nyla into a keylock, but that’s countered with a choketoss. Beast Bomb attempt by Rose is countered by Ruby. The Runaway gets sent to the outside as Nyla claws at her face. Ruby fights back with lefts, rights, and repeated headbutts. With a full head of steam, Ruby tries for a charge, but Vickie Guerrero pulls Nyla out of the way at the very last second! Soho goes crashing into the steel steps as we head to picture-in-picture.

Back live on Dynamite as Soho tries to get the masive Nyla Rose off her feet with repeated strikes. She eventually succeeds with a DDT. 1, 2… NO! Nyla powders to the outside to recover, looking for a chair from underneath the ring. Big mistake, though, as Ruby flattens her with a dropkick to send the chair to Nyla’s face! 

Ruby goes to the top, but she’s tripped up by Vickie Guerrero as Nyla is being checked on by the referee. Now Nyla to the top rope with Ruby trapped above the top rope… flying knee strike connects! Ruby weathers the storm and applies the dragon sleeper on Nyla, but Vickie has the referee distracted. Ruby lets go of the submission and kicks Vickie in the face! This opens up Ruby for a Beast Bomb from Nyla Rose… 1… 2… KICKOUT!

Rose drags Ruby’s limp body near the corner and heads up top. Ruby recovers and turns it into a No Future kick! 1… 2… 3! Ruby Soho advances to the TBS Championship Finals!

Ruby Soho def. Nyla Rose via pinfall – No Future kick (10:38)

(Ruby Soho advances to the TBS Championship Tournament Finals)

Match 4: Malakai Black vs. Griff Garrison

Malakai Black takes out Griff Garrison with a wicked kick to the head (Credit: All Elite Wrestling)

The Story So Far

Two weeks ago, Malakai Black targeted Julia Hart of the Varsity Blonds with his infamous dark mist, doing so for unknown reasons. This prompted Griff Garrison to challenge Black to avenge Julia by beating Black in a match. In the midst of this, Malakai has been set on building the “House of Black”, as seen in a vignette last week where he sprayed his mist on an unknown figure. Black claimed that this mystery figure would 

The Match

Right as the bell sounds, Griff runs at Black, but gets a kick to the face for his troubles. Malakai runs against the ropes, but stops himself and heads outside to confront Brian Pillman Jr. at ringside. Griff seizes the opportunity and dives onto Black to regain control of this match. Inside the ring, Black goes low with the kicks, eventually locking a kneebar on Griff. The upstart reaches the ropes to escape Black’s hold. Griff gets cornered and clobbered by punches and kicks from Malakai. 

Garrison counters a whip and sends Black into the middle rope. He soon catches Black with a rolling elbow that lands right on the button! 1, 2… NO! Attempted backdrop by Griff is reversed into a knee smash to the face. Malakai looks to have Griff finished off with his roundhouse kick, but he instead applies the single leg crab to make Griff tap out.

Malakai Black def. Griff Garrison via submission – Single Leg Crab (3:15)

Post-Match

Brian Pillman Jr. steps into the ring to check up on his Varsity Blonds partner, but he falls victim to Malakai’s roundhouse kick. 

Always Pounding Ass?

In advance of Jungle Boy vs. Isaiah Kassidy on Saturday’s special Christmas edition of Rampage, we get remarks from the two opponents.

“Big Money” Matt Hardy says that Isaiah Kassidy will “pound” Jungle Boy’s ass on Saturday, mentioning that the number one contendership to the AEW Tag Titles will be gone if J.B. gets hurt.

Meanwhile, Jurassic Express and Christian Cage have their remarks for the match. Jungle Boy says that he’s going to shove a lump of coal up Isaiah’s ass and make him crap diamonds. Christian takes the time to plug the new Christmas shirt featuring him and Jurassic Express.

Match 5: CM Punk, Sting, Darby Allin vs. MJF & FTR (Dax Harwood & Cash Wheeler)

“Air Punk” takes flight, with targets locked on FTR’s Dax Harwood (Credit: All Elite Wrestling)

The Story So Far

In recent weeks, CM Punk and MJF have been engaged in a war of words, leading to an awaited showdown that’s to come. Meanwhile, Sting & Darby have their own history with MJF and FTR, having defeated the latter in tag team action at Dynamite: Grand Slam in New York. And of course, Darby fought MJF in an instant classic at Full Gear. As for the main event, this was set up last week after the Dynamite Diamond Ring Finals post-match ended in chaos.

The Match

The face team all have Sting-themed face paint (with CM Punk even sporting Surfer Sting-inspired face paint and tights), while the heels are wearing matching yellow attires.

Punk and MJF appear to start this match off, but Maxwell Jaxwell immediately tags in Dax Harwood and powders out to the crowd. Punk and Dax caught in a technical battle to start off. Eventually we get into slaps and shoves as the two teams square each other up.

Shoulder block by Dax is followed by a hip toss from Punk. Cash Wheeler tags in and is immediately scoop slammed by Punk, who tags Darby Allin in. Cash takes down Darby with a back elbow to the jaw. Darby slips out of a scoop slam and catches Cash with a dropkick and an arm drag. Cash escapes a wristlock and goes back to his corner. He tags in MJF. Darby knows what’s next and tags CM Punk in. Of course, Max runs away from Punk, around ringside, and tags Cash Wheeler back in.

Wristlock by Cash is countered by Punk, which allows him to tag Sting to a standing ovation from this Greensboro crowd. Stinger works over Wheeler’s arm and goes for a Scorpion Deathlock, but Wheeler rolls out of the ring to recover. Wheeler with the rope guillotine to Sting and a tag to MJF. Max chops Sting, but he just blocks it. Sting grabs MJF’s wrist and tries to drag him for a tag to CM Punk. Short-arm lariat by Sting to MJF allows for The Icon to finally tag in CM Punk.

MJF senses what’s going on and makes a run for it right through the crowd and the concourse, with Punk in hot pursuit! MJF slides into the ring to tag Dax Harwood in and we get a standoff between the two teams at ringside. The Pinnacle appear to have a 3-on-2 advantage, but Darby throws himself into all three members to take them out with a missile-like suicide dive to send us to break.

Back on Dynamite with Cash Wheeler tagging in Dax Harwood and Darby trying to fight off all three members of The Pinnacle, but to no avail. Cash deposits Darby to the outside as Dax whips him right into the barricade outside! Suplex on the apron by Dax prolongs the pain for Darby. While MJF tags in, he goes to CM Punk on the other corner and spits at him to get his attention, allowing for FTR to work over Darby as the ref’s distracted. The Pinnacle are putting the hurt on Darby at this point.

Darby counters a slam into a roll-up for a close near-fall. He dodges Cash and hits a scoop slam to create some separation. Tag to Sting and here comes the Stinger. He’s a house of fire on all three members of the Pinnacle, making short work of them all. Stinger Splashes to Dax & Cash. Darby joins in with the Coffin Splash and Punk with knees. Scorpion Deathlock applied to Dax, but MJF hits Sting from behind to break the hold. Final commercial break of the evening.

Cash Wheeler has Sting in a hold as we return to Dynamite, but The Icon escapes. Double down allows for Cash to tag in Dax Harwood. Scoop slam by Sting, but he’s exhausted. MJF tags in, but he’s scoop slammed right away. Sting flops right into MJF’s Dynamite Diamonds. Hot tag to CM Punk. Leg lariats to everyone from CM Punk and he’s on fire. Cross body on Cash gets the two-count. Time to go to sleep, perhaps? Dax tags in, but Punk is able to fight FTR off by himself. Kick to the back of the head. 

Punk goes to the top, but Cash holds on to the leg. Wheeler gets kicked to the side. Dax recovers and intercepts Punk at the top rope. Jockeying for position, Punk pushes Dax off to the canvas. Cash Wheeler with the tag, and here comes the Powerplex by FTR. 1… 2.. NO!

O’Connor Roll by Punk on Dax gets a two-count as we cut to the timekeeper’s table overturned, apparently due to something going on with Darby and MJF. Back in the ring, FTR catches Punk with the Big Rig, but Sting breaks up the pin. MJF slides back in and hits a DDT. Sting recovers immediately and throws MJF over the top rope, with Max having a bit of a rough landing on his head. Stinger to the top rope and hits a goddamned splash on The Pinnacle!

MJF is thrown into the ring and looks like he’s about to go to sleep, but Dax Harwood pushes him off and ends up the victim of a GTS, Scorpion Deathdrop, and the Coffin Drop. 1, 2, 3. This main event’s done.

CM Punk, Darby Allin, and Sting def. The Pinnacle via pinfall – CM Punk GTS on Dax Harwood (24:57)

Post-Match

The face team celebrates in the ring as MJF complains on commentary about Punk supposedly running from him. We go off the air with Punk, Sitng, and Darby still celebrating.

This Saturday on Rampage: Holiday Bash (12/25/21)

  • TNT Championship: Sammy Guevara vs. Cody Rhodes
  • Hook vs. Bear Bronson
  • Kris Statlander vs. Leyla Hirsch
  • Jungle Boy vs. Isaiah Kassidy

Next Wednesday on Dynamite: New Year’s Smash (Final TNT Episode; 12/29/21)

  • The Best Friends (Trent Beretta, Chuck Taylor, Orange Cassidy) vs. Adam Cole, Bobby Fish, Kyle O’Reilly
  • TBS Championship Tournament Semifinals: Thunder Rosa vs. Jade Cargill
  • Eddie Kingston and Santana & Ortiz vs. 2point0 (Jeff Parker, Matt Lee) & Daniel Garcia
  • Jim Ross returns to commentary

After The Bell

Adam Cole’s vaunted Christmas surprise turned out to be a real nice surprise indeed with Kyle O’Reilly officially into the AEW fold. When O’Reilly’s WWE contract expired, it seemed to be only a matter of when until it came time for him to show up inside an AEW ring, so it was really nice to see him here on Dynamite

The Young Bucks’ reaction to Cole palling it up with O’Reilly and Bobby Fish is an interesting one for sure, and one that’s certainly going to become even more of a story as we have Cole and his Undisputed friends turn against the Bucks. If Kenny Omega recovers from his various injuries and returns down the line, then we have an interesting trios feud brewing with The Elite versus the Artists Formerly Known as Undisputed Era. Lots to think about moving forward.

The main event six-man tag match was a fun sprint from start to finish, with the match laid out perfectly to keep CM Punk and MJF from actually exchanging a single punch, saving that for a future match. Of course, there’s Sting looking great as always and putting in his spots when needed. Since his arrival in AEW a year agod, Sting has been used so well, to a point where fears about his potential misuse have all been silenced.

Ruby Soho vs. Nyla Rose was a great TBS Championship Tournament match, with Ruby having to use her resourcefulness and fighting through a shoulder injury to put Nyla down for the count. With the tournament winding down, I really have to commend AEW for putting this together and giving us top-level women’s matches and I hope it means we get more of it in the new year.

Before I sign off, I just want to talk about something that’s been a significant problem at AEW shows as of late: people bringing signs with awful slogans on them. Last week in Garland, TX, a fan brought a sign that said “Vince kills more careers than COVID”. This week, we had a fan with a transphobic sign directed at Nyla Rose during her match with Ruby Soho. It should go without saying that there is absolutely no place in wrestling for hateful behavior from fans whatsoever.

AEW’s own Fan Code of Conduct states that fans who engage in “foul, harassing, or abusive language towards other fans and staff” will be subject to “ejection without refund and potential loss of the ability to attend future events”. There were reports that the fan with the transphobic sign was removed from the building last night, but consecutive weeks of fans making it on TV with these kinds of hurtful signs does not send the kind of message that AEW is a place that’s welcome for fans of all stripes. There’s still, unfortunately, a long way to go in that regard.

On a positive note, I want to offer congratulations to Nyla Rose for being named the new writer for Marvel Comics’ upcoming book Giant-Size X-Men: Thunderbird, alongside comics veteran Steve Orlando and artist David Cutler. The comic, due out in April 2022, follows the return to life of John Proudstar, aka the titular Thunderbird, who infamously died after the new X-Men team featured in the original Giant Size X-Men #1 had their second mission. With this comic, Nyla joins other notable wrestlers such as Raven, CM Punk, AJ Mendez, and Mick Foley, all of whom have written comics alongside their in-ring careers.

Finally, on behalf of the team at RingCrashers, I want to wish all our readers a happy holidays and a merry Christmas. We only started RingCrashers as a part of GateCrashers in September and it’s been a fun ride since then for the past three months. From the weekly AEW Dynamite & AEW Dark recaps, to retrospectives of past shows, an amazing look at the Hangman Page/Kenny Omega rivalry, and even a special interview with the minds behind DEADLOCK Pro-Wrestling, it’s just been all amazing. We thank our readers for their continued support of RingCrashers. Your support means the world to not just me, but to Barrett, Justen, MK, and everyone who’s contributed to RingCrashers. Thank you for reading.

Marc Quill is the editor of RingCrashers, GateCrashers’ home for all your All Elite Wrestling and indie wrestling needs. He’s also the web novelist behind Skye Emery: Bluebird, which you can read here. You can chat with him about wrestling, comics, and stuff in general on @MarcQuill on Twitter.

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