All Elite Wrestling presents Dynamite
From: Washington, DC
1.) Cody defeated Sammy Guevara
2.) MJF defeated Brandon Cutler
3.) PAC defeated Adam Page
4.) Riho defeated Nyla Rose to win the vacant AEW Women’s Championship
5.) AEW World Champion Chris Jericho, Santana & Ortiz defeated The Elite (Kenny Omega & The Young Bucks)
1.) Jim Ross, Tony Schiavone, and Excalibur are on commentary for the first episode of AEW Dynamite.
2.) There’s a video package promoting the first match between Cody and Sammy Guevara. Sammy believes that Cody is overlooking him. Cody doesn’t want to be embarrassed before Full Gear. Cody feels a loss to Sammy would change the title match.
3.) They lockup with neither man getting a clear advantage against the ropes. The crowd is heavily against Sammy. Sammy gets a headlock on Cody, but comes off the ropes and does a flip to avoid a monkey flip. Sammy takes Cody down to the mat and rolls through pushing Cody to the floor. Sammy taunts Cody and taunts Brandi on the floor. Cody elbows Sammy to get out of a waist lock, but Sammy nails Cody with a dropkick and a standing moonsault for a one count. Sammy keeps control with an arm lock, but Cody breaks free with a headlock takeover. Cody shoulder blocks Sammy, but Sammy responds with a slap. Cody drops down to throat thrust Sammy. Cody avoids Sammy in the corner and hits a snap powerslam for a one count. Cody locks in a figure four, but doesn’t get a submission even after rolling Sammy to the middle of the ring. Sammy reaches the ropes to break the hold. Cody wrenches on the arm followed by a strike to the back. Sammy fights back with a chop, but they trade chops in the corner. Cody drives Sammy down with a delayed front suplex for a two count. Cody does a few pushups in the ring, but Sammy nails Cody with a spin kick. Cody plants Sammy with a springboard cutter for a near fall. Sammy kicks out a second time.
Cody sends Sammy to the apron where Sammy delivers a kick. Sammy connects with a springboard cutter of his own, but Cody kicks out at two. Sammy kicks Cody from the apron, but is knocked off to the floor. Brandi taunts Sammy on the floor. Cody gets a running start and proceeds to accidentally hit Brandi with a suicide dive due to Sammy pulling her into the way. Sammy sends Cody into the ring post back first and they return to the ring. Sammy misses a moonsault, but lands on his feet to hit a standing shooting star press for a two count. Sammy tries for a Torture Rack, but Cody drops Sammy over the middle rope. Brandi hits Sammy with her shoe allowing Cody to hit the Disaster Kick, but Sammy kicks out at two! Ten minutes remain in the time limit. Cody crotches Sammy onto the top turnbuckle and delivers a strike to the back. Cody hits a reverse suplex, but Sammy kicks out at two. Cody tries for a Verterbreaker, but Sammy breaks free. Cody goes to the top, but Sammy leaps to the top rope and hits a Spanish Fly for a near fall! Sammy heads to the top rope trying for a shooting star press, but Cody got his knees up and pins Sammy with an inside cradle! (***1/2. An impressive showing for Sammy on a big stage. Sammy pulling out some big spots and showcasing his athletic ability, won over the crowd with their clear amazement of his abilities. Cody winning off of Sammy’s miscue works fine for not killing off Sammy on the first episode of the promotion. An effective way to start AEW, and clearly Sammy will be a fixture in the company.)
4.) Tony Schiavone enters the ring to interview Cody. Sammy confronts Cody, but offers his hand, and Cody shakes his hand to show mutual respect. However, the crowd erupts when Chris Jericho attacks Cody from behind. Sammy doesn’t do anything and leaves the ring. Jericho sends Cody into the corner and delivers a clothesline. Jericho shows off the AEW World Championship and hits the Codebreaker as the show goes to commercial. Jericho delivers another Codebreaker. Brandi is on the floor helpless. Jericho leaves the ring, but returns with the championship and decks Cody with it. Jericho grabs a camera and takes pictures of Cody and then himself. Jericho whacks Cody over the back with a chair on the floor. Jericho slaps Cody at ringside and sets up a couple of chairs. Jericho powerbombs Cody onto the chairs. Jericho shoves Schiavone and walks up the ramp. Jericho reminds the fans who he is.
5.) MJF doesn’t allow Justin Roberts to introduce him and insults the fans. MJF says the fans are poor and says they are looking at the youngest and fastest rising star in the history of professional wrestling. MJF says they have the honor to watch a star born. MJF says that Cutler got lost getting to his seat behind the guardrail. MJF thinks Cutler is a complete loser just like the fans are. MJF tells Cutler that Dungeons and Dragons aren’t real, but he’s better than Cutler and he knows it.
6.) MJF backs Cutler into a corner, but cleanly backs off. MJF trips Cutler to the mat and taunts Cutler. MJF slaps Cutler followed by a kick to the midsection. Cutler responds with a slap after leaping off the top rope. Cutler shoulder rams MJF from the apron and gets a two count with a sunset flip cover. MJF eye rakes Cutler to get off Cutler’s shoulders. MJF drops Cutler’s arm over the top rope. MJF sends Cutler into the ring post shoulder first. MJF stomps on Cutler’s arm followed by a hammerlock scoop slam. MJF continues to taunt Cutler and yanks on the arm. Cutler sends MJF to the floor and hits a suicide dive. Cutler pummels MJF with right hands. Cutler goes to the top rope, but loses his balance and holds his knee. MJF decks Cutler with a forearm strike and locks in the Salt of the Earth (arm bar) and forces Cutler to submit. (*1/2. This felt like an introduction to MJF and potential to being a major heel for AEW. MJF showed off some great heel work already in his first appearance. Cutler wasn’t bad, and I don’t think him falling off the top was a botch, but rather part of the finish.)
7.) Chris Van Vliet is at ringside is with Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes from Jay and Silent Bob. Chris Jericho will be in their movie. Smith says that Jericho plays a bad guy and puts over Jericho for his performance. Smith is excited to be there, but they are cutoff by Jack Evans and Angelico. Mewes says they aren’t good enough to win a match. Private Party join Smith and Mewes. They’ll be wrestling the Young Bucks next week in the tag title tournament.
8.) We get a graphic of the tag title tournament. Bucks vs. Party, Lucha Bros vs. Jurassic Express, Best Friends vs. SCU are the first round matches. Dark Order have a bye.
9.) SCU produced a home video standing outside of the White House. Scorpio Sky does a solid imitation of Barack Obama. They end up doing their Worst Town gimmick.
10.) Tony Schiavone is on the aisle with SCU for an interview. Sky puts over Dynamite and says the big question has been which two members will compete in the tournament. Sky says he’s going to sit this one out and allow the experience to compete. The Lucha Bros enter the segment to cut off Kazarian. Fenix reminds SCU they are the best tag team in the universe. They both do their taunts until Pentagon spits in Daniels face and they brawl until security gets involved.
11.) Backstage, the Elite are shown getting ready for their main event.
12.) Backstage, Jericho is talking with Santana and Ortiz saying that tonight is the biggest night in pro wrestling.
13.) PAC slides into the ring and kicks Page leading to them trading strikes in the middle of the ring. Page runs into a kick by PAC. Page responds with a big boot, but runs into a big boot. Page decks PAC with a discus clothesline. Page chops PAC in the corner causing PAC to bail to the floor. PAC is sent into the railing shoulder first a few times by Page. Page takes PAC out with a suicide dive. Page tosses PAC with a fallaway slam followed by a standing shooting star press for a two count. PAC forearms Page from behind and drops Page over the top rope throat first from the apron. PAC rams Page onto the apron face first and delivers a stomp to the head. PAC hits a springboard moonsault to the floor. PAC rolls Page into the ring and hits a springboard 450 splash for a two count. PAC stops Page with a kick to the midsection and stomps Page on the mat. PAC goes to the top rope, but Page rolls away. PAC delivers a running dropkick to Page in the corner. PAC goes to the top, but is stopped by Page. PAC punches Page a few times and is met with a superkick by Page. Page hits a middle rope fallaway slam. Page nails PAC with a running dropkick in the corner and hits a modified slapjack for a two count. PAC drops Page over the top rope and sends Page into the ring post shoulder first. Page crashes to the floor and PAC follows to send Page into the railing. PAC rolls Page into the ring and goes to the top rope.
PAC connects with a missile dropkick and kicks Page over the middle rope. PAC chokes Page over the middle rope and delivers a kick to the head. PAC kicks Page in the corner and taunts the crowd. PAC continues to control the match by stomping Page on the mat. PAC taunts the crowd some more and pie faces Page to the mat. Page responds with a flurry of strikes. Page plants PAC with a spinebuster and tries for the Dead Eye, but PAC holds onto the ropes and lands on the apron. Page counters a dropkick with a forearm strike and hits a powerbomb for a two count. Page goes to the apron, but PAC avoids the Buckshot by going to the floor. Page takes PAC out with a moonsault off the top to the floor. Page misses the Buckshot Lariat. PAC sneaks a low blow as the referee was out of position. PAC hits the Black Arrow and locks in the Brutalizer to win the match. (****. A quality match and even in defeat the showing by Page is a good one for the national TV audience. PAC is an absolute stud of a performer and all his offense comes across as if it is brutal. I would like to see these two go at it again.)
14.) Britt Baker is on commentary for the women’s title match.
15.) Rose charges Riho, but misses and Riho delivers several forearm strikes. Rose stops Riho with a strike. Riho delivers a couple of dropkicks to back Rose into the ropes. Riho hits a head scissors takedown. Rose shoulder blocks Riho and signals for a title win. Rose splashes Riho, but only gets a two count. Riho bridges out and stomps Rose. Rose shoves Riho away on a double stomp. Rose chokes Riho over the middle rope and delivers a kick to the back. Rose puts an STF on Riho in the middle of the ring, but Rose doesn’t get a submission. Riho struggles for the ropes, but manages to break the hold. Rose lifts Riho up for a delayed vertical, but Riho breaks free. Rose tries for a German suplex, but Riho elbows free. Rose elbows Riho against the ropes. Riho nails Rose with a running knee strike and knocks Rose to the floor. Riho leaps off the top, but is caught on the floor by Rose. Rose drives Riho down with a backbreaker on the floor. Rose grabs a chair from under the ring, but the referee stops Rose from using the chair. Rose sends Riho into the guard railing. Rose sends Riho into the railing a second time. Rose grabs a few chairs and places Riho on them.
Rose leaps off the apron missing a senton splash. Riho leaps off the apron to double stomp Rose. Riho leaps off the top to double stomp Rose on the back for a two count. Riho puts a Crossface on Rose, but doesn’t get a submission. Rose breaks free by rolling over, but Riho nails Rose with a running knee in the corner. Rose avoids a suplex attempt, but Riho rolls through to hit a double stomp. Rose counters a crucifix attempt and drives Riho down to the mat for a near fall. Rose puts Riho over the top rope and goes to the top rope. Rose leaps off the top to knee strike Riho for a near fall. Rose puts the STF back on Riho, but Riho refuses to give in. Riho appears to have passed out, but the referee didn’t call for the bell. Rose tries for a powerbomb, but Riho tries to backdrop Rose, but fails. Riho forearms Rose several times, but Rose strikes Riho to the mat. Rose big boots Riho and tries for a powerbomb, but counters with a rollup for a near victory. Rose decks Riho with a clothesline. Rose spikes Riho with a Death Valley Driver for a two count. Rose heads to the top rope, but Riho stops Rose with forearms. Riho hits a top rope suplex, but Rose kicks out at two. Riho misses a running knee strike, but hits a running knee to the back of the head. Riho hits a running double knee and pins Rose to become first champion. (****. That was a really good and fun match with both women showcasing their strengths. Riho is probably the ideal underdog character and a great first champion. Rose is going to be a solid heel contender and I could see Rose being AEW’s version of Awesome Kong in TNA. One of the better women’s matches I’ve watched.)
16.) Michael Nakazawa interviews Riho after the match. Rose attacks them both from behind to prevent an interview to be done in Japanese. Rose plants Nakazawa with a sit down powerbomb. Rose has Riho on the apron, but Kenny Omega runs down and saves Riho from further punishment.
17.) Omega and Santana kickoff the main event. Jericho wants tag before there is any contact and gets tagged in. Jericho proceeds to tag out to Santana. Omega forearms Santana several times and delivers a kick to the chest. Santana delivers a strike to the midsection. Omega dropkicks Santana on the knee and delivers a bulldog. Santana rolls to the floor. Omega takes Ortiz over with a hurricanrana. Jericho chops Omega several times and counters a hurricanrana, but the Bucks superkick Jericho. Bucks superkick Santana and Ortiz off the apron. Matt baseball slides Santana and Ortiz allowing Nick to dive to the floor. Omega is preparing for a dive, but Jon Moxley slides into the ring and Omega doesn’t know it. Mox attacks Omega and tosses Omega to the floor. Mox sends Omega over the railing into the crowd. Omega and Mox brawl in the crowd. Mox sends Omega into a barrier a few times. Jericho clotheslines Matt in the ring to gain control of the match. Mox sends Omega into the wall, but Omega hits Mox over the back with a broom. Omega whacks Mox over the back with the broom as they are near the concessions. Mox sends Omega into a door several times. Mox grabs Omega and hits a lifting double arm DDT through a glass table in the VIP section! Matt continues to be worked over in the ring as Jericho has gotten a microphone.
Santana stands on Matt’s hair while pulling him up. Jericho asks who tossed a weiner into the ring. Santana rams Matt into the corner and tags in Jericho to keep the momentum in their favor. Jericho elbows Matt to the mat and does his cocky cover, but only gets a two count. Jericho keeps a sleeper on Matt, but doesn’t get a submission. Matt counters a knee strike, but Jericho decks Matt with a clothesline for a near fall. Ortiz enters the match and pummels Matt on the mat with strikes. Santana returns to the match and hits a vertical suplex for a two count. Ortiz returns to the match, but Matt dumps Santana to the floor and Matt spears Ortiz. Matt tries to tag in Nick, but Santana pulls Nick off the apron. Santana hits a springboard crossbody on Matt and Ortiz delivers a senton. Santana hits a moonsault and Ortiz delivers a diving headbutt for a two count. Ortiz slams Matt and Jericho returns to the match. Jericho tries for a springboard moonsault, but Matt gets his knees up. Ortiz clubs Matt from behind and knocks Nick off the apron. Matt kicks Ortiz in the corner and hits a twisting stunner. Santana knocks Nick off the apron. Matt hits a series of northern lights suplex and finishes off hitting both Santana and Ortiz. Nick tags into the match and knocks Jericho off the apron. Nick kicks Santana and knee strikes Ortiz in the corner. Nick hits a bulldog/lariat combo on Santana and Ortiz. Nick kicks Jericho from the apron and double stomps Ortiz on the floor. Nick leaps off the top to take Santana out with a dive on the floor. Matt tags back in, but Jericho hits the Codebreaker on Nick to stop a springboard attempt. Santana cannonballs Matt in the corner. Jericho nails Matt with the Judas Effect to win the match. (***1/2. I was kind of bummed that Omega got taken out of the match, but it adds to the feud with Moxley, so I can live with it. For it essentially being a handicap match, I enjoyed the action. It was a solid enough main event to close out the show on a positive note.)
18.) Cody slides into the ring to make the save for the Bucks cleaning house. Sammy Guevara also slides in and low blows Cody. Dustin Rhodes runs into the ring and cleans house hitting a low blow on Guevara. Jake Hager decks Dustin with a clothesline and slams Dustin to the mat. Hager clotheslines Cody and Nick in opposite corners. Hager hits a middle rope splash on Cody. They setup the ring bell table, which is smaller than usual. Hager powerbombs Dustin onto the podium table. Cody is held up and slapped by Jericho. Jericho nails Cody with the Judas Effect. Jericho, Santana, Ortiz, Guevara and Hager stand tall over the babyfaces to end the program.
I’d say the TV debut for AEW was a success with plenty of quality action and a good focus on the major feuds such as Omega/Mox and Cody/Jericho. There were a few introductions to lesser-known talent on a national stage, too. For a two-hour show, it was a breeze to get through. Thanks for reading.
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