The Holiday Bash special of Dynamite saw AEW’s flagship show crack one million viewers for the first time in almost three months.
On December 22nd, the viewership for AEW Dynamite tipped back over one million for the first time since October 6th. On that occasion the episode marked the two-year anniversary of the show.
As reported by Brandon Thurston of Wrestlenomics, AEW Dynamite Holiday Bash drew an audience of 1,020,000. That figure is up from the 948,000 viewers who tuned in the previous week. The show scored a 0.37 rating in the highly prized 18-49 year-old demographic which works out at 480,000 viewers.
Again this is up from the previous episode which had a rating of 0.31 with 398,000 viewers.
AEW Dynamite last night on TNT:
P18-49: 480,000 (0.37 rating)
— Brandon Thurston (@BrandonThurston) December 23, 2021
The December 22nd edition of Dynamite started with a Kyle O’Reilly shaped bang. From the moment it became clear that Kyle O’Reilly would be leaving WWE and NXT, speculation ran wild suggesting that the former Undisputed ERA star would be heading to AEW.
Then on the December 15th edition of Dynamite, Adam Cole poured even more gas on the already well lit fire by promising that he’d got a Christmas surprise on the way.
Fans didn’t have to wait long to find out what that surprise was with Cole opening Dynamite by taking on Orange Cassidy. While the match had already seen run-ins aplenty, as the action headed towards a barn-storming conclusion, Bobby Fish ran to the aid of his friend. But with the referee distracted, Kyle O’Reilly snuck in the ring attacking Cassidy, allowing Cole to win the match.
However, this wasn’t the straight-forward Undisputed ERA reunion that it first appeared. While O’Reilly and Bobby Fish were back on the same page immediately, Cole looked perplexed rather than elated. Seemingly unsure of how to react or how to feel.
With the situation balanced on an already delicate knife-edge, the Young Bucks then arrived in the ring to muddy the waters even further. With his Elite teammates to one side and his former Undisputed ERA boys to the other, Cole was clearly conflicted. Although the former NXT Champion wasn’t quite ready to pick a side, simply rolling out of the ring.
Elsewhere it was announced that Bryan Danielson will once again challenge for the AEW World Championship on January 5th. However, at the insistence of Danielson, his bout with Hangman Adam Page will feature a judging panel.
The show’s main event saw Sting compete in Greensboro for the first time in more than two decades teaming with Darby Allin and CM Punk to defeat MJF and FTR.