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The John Report: AEW Dynamite 11/03/21 Review

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This week’s AEW Dynamite featured a World Title Eliminator match, Cody Rhodes facing Andrade El Idolo and more as we head on the road to Full Gear coming up on Saturday, November 13.

There was some pretty big AEW news on Tuesday night when AEW President Tony Khan announced that former AEW World Champion Jon Moxley is entering an inpatient alcohol rehab program. Moxley’s wife Renee Paquette also shared a message on Twitter about her husband’s rehab. We don’t know when he’ll be back, but I hope Mox gets through it okay and comes back stronger than ever when he’s ready. Good for Jon getting the help that he needs. I wish him the best with it.

This is AEW Dynamite episode #109 at the Cable Dahmer Arena in Kansas City, Missouri. Follow me on Twitter @johnreport. Happy birthday to me on Thursday. Let’s get to it.

The AEW Dynamite intro video aired to start the show.

“It’s Wednesday night and you know what that means.” The pyro went off in the building. Jim Ross, Tony Schiavone and Excalibur were on commentary.

The AEW World Champion Kenny Omega made his entrance with Michael Nakazawa by his side. Excalibur gave a shoutout with Jon Moxley hoping for his recovery and the AEW family supports him. Alan “5” Angels is from the Dark Order group. The announcers noted that in April 2020, Angels put Omega to the test in a match and it earned him an AEW contract.

Kenny Omega (w/Michael Nakazawa) vs. Alan “5” Angels

Angels with a running dropkick into the turnbuckle. Omega with a jumping kick followed by some chops. Omega ran the ropes right into a leg lariat from Angels. Omega tried a slam, Angels with an arm drag and then Omega came back with a leg drop to the back for a two count. Omega with a running palm to the face for a two count. Omega with a suplex into a backbreaker by sending Angels against the left knee. Omega went for the knee, Angels moved and got a rollup for two. Angels with a kick to the head, Omega charged, Angels moved and Omega to the floor. Angles with a tope suicida (suicide dive) to send Omega into the barricade. Omega sent Angels into the ring apron, barricade and apron. Angels with a spin kick to the face followed by a moonsault off the middle turnbuckle onto a standing Omega. Angels up top and he hit a diving cross body block for two. Angels up top again, this time with a Frog Splash and Omega got the knees up to block. Omega with a Buckle Bomb into the turnbuckle and a sitout spinebuster got a two count. Omega with palm strikes to the back. Angels with strikes, Omega got a hold of him going for the One Winged Angel, but Angels got a sunset flip for two. Omega hit a V-Trigger knee for two. Omega hit two V-Trigger knees against the ropes for the pinfall win after eight minutes.

Winner by pinfall: Kenny Omega

Analysis: **3/4 It was a competitive match, but the question is, should it be? Angels got a couple of nearfalls with a rollup and a sunset flip. Nobody believed Angels was going to win. I don’t remember the last time Angels was in a singles match on Dynamite and here he is going nearly ten minutes with the AEW World Champion. I get the story that they wanted to tell with Angels possibly having Kenny’s number since he nearly won in April 2020. That’s fine, but what about booking your World Champion in a dominant manner? That should be a bigger priority. Anyway, Omega winning with multiple V-Trigger knees instead of the One Winged Angel is a bit different, but that’s okay. It worked well for this match.

Kenny Omega did a promo saying that as a God of Pro Wrestling, he can give things and he can take things away. Omega asked Nakazawa for a chair. Omega picked up Angels for the One Winged Angel, but then “Hangman” Adam Page’s music hit while the fans were chanting “Cowboy Shit” and Omega let go of Angels. Page went towards the ring, Angels got the chair from Omega and Page went for the Buckshot Lariat, but Omega ducked to avoid it. Page was alone in the ring with AEW World Title while Omega was on the floor. Page said he’ll play nice, he put the title on the apron and said Kenny’s got ten more days. Page’s music played to end it. The announcers put over how confident Page was.

Analysis: It gave fans a happy visual with Page holding the title. Omega avoiding the Buckshot Lariat was the right move as well since it’s something they should save until the Full Gear match. That match is going to be awesome at Full Gear. I think Page might leave as the AEW World Champion as well. The announcers put over Page’s confidence is part of the story because in the past, Page wasn’t sure if he could do it, but now he knows he can and it shows how he has evolved in the story.

They did a rundown of what is coming up on Dynamite with Miro facing Orange Cassidy in the AEW World Title Eliminator Tournament. CM Punk is up next.

Malakai Black did a promo telling Tony (Khan) that his decision to ban Black from ringside won’t have an effect on the match between Cody Rhodes and Andrade El Idolo. Black said when they assassinated Julius Caesar, it wasn’t just Marcus (Brutus) that betrayed him. Black walked backwards to fade into the darkness.

(Commercial)

Let’s Hear from CM Punk

CM Punk made his entrance in street clothes with the fans cheering loudly for him. Lots of “CM Punk” chants as usual. Punk is 5-0 in his AEW career in his first two months with the company.

CM Punk said he’s not in the best mood, but if he can talk to us seriously for a few minutes that would be great. Punk mentioned two people that aren’t here tonight. Punk mentioned one guy and he wants them to chant his name – “Jon Moxley.” Punk said it’s important to him to hear those chants. Punk said that they aren’t super tight or the best of friends, but he was traveling in a car with Larry (the dog) riding shotgun and he heard the news. Punk talked about the grind and how you are on the hamster wheel sometimes, so it can be tough. Punk spoke about how he does not want anybody to criticize Jon Moxley because he is god damn proud of him. Punk said if you are in a place where you feel like you need help, ask for it and there’s nothing wrong with it. Punk said that there were times in his career where wished he asked for help, but he didn’t because he was trying to be a tough guy.

Punk mentioned another guy that wasn’t there – Eddie Kingston. Punk spoke about how he didn’t like being interrupted by Kingston. A fan shouted “fight him” and Punk said he would, but Kingston isn’t there. Fans were chanting “Full Gear” and Punk said he’ll be in St. Louis on Friday for Rampage, so he wants Eddie to apologize to him. Punk said he wanted to fill that spot in the World Title Eliminator Tournament, so now we won’t get to see him against Orange Cassidy and possibly against Bryan Danielson, but we can blame Eddie Kingston for that. Punk said he’ll see you on Rampage on Friday. Punk left to a good pop.

Analysis: Great stuff by Punk as usual. I loved what he had to say about Jon Moxley’s situation and they might not be that close, but maybe they will be in the future. I know Punk is good friends with Moxley’s wife Renee Paquette, so I’m sure she appreciates it too. Anyway, it was good to have Punk out there saying if you need help, reach out and get help. That’s right, man. Get help if you need it. As for Punk and Kingston, I’m a bit surprised they didn’t follow up on their incident on Rampage here, but I guess they are saving it for Friday’s Rampage, which is fine.

Miro did a promo speaking about how The Redeemer has been put in the title race all of a sudden. Miro wondered if God was helping him or toying with him. Miro said he needs to prove himself to “her.” Miro said he will be loved and then you will be forgiven. Sure.

Analysis: Miro is third-ranked in AEW’s precious rankings that are supposed to matter. He should have been in the tournament from the beginning. The ranking systems and tournament choices were very sketchy. Yes, I could say the same thing about WWE’s King of the Ring and Queen’s Crown tournaments. Wrestling companies need to explain tournament choices better. There’s a reason they don’t explain. It’s because they know the choices are flawed.

(Commercial)

Adam Cole and The Young Bucks were interviewed by Alex Marvez. Cole said that last week was a fluke. Cole said that they are going to remind everybody how dangerous they can be. Christian Cage walked up to them and Matt Jackson said if want a fight, they will kick his ass. Luchasaurus walked up behind Matt and they started to fight.

The wrestlers spilled out into the arena with Luchasaurus fighting both Young Bucks while Cole was fighting Christian. Young Bucks hit a low blow on Luchasaurus and threw him into the barricade. Jungle Boy hit an impressive flip off the ramp onto the heels. Christian went after Matt on the ramp and gave him a Spear. Nick saved brother Matt with a superkick on Christian. Cole was crawling on the ramp and Boy hit a headscissors on Matt. Luchasaurus cleared house on the stage by giving Nick a Chokeslam onto Cole’s back. Jungle Boy slapped on the Snare Trap submission on Cole on the stage. Christian had two chairs to tease a Conchairto attack. Christian put a chair under Cole’s head and Christian hit the chair to tease the idea of hitting the head even though it’s really just hitting the chair. Anyway, Christian hit the Conchairto on Cole. Christian, Jungle Boy and Luchasaurus stood tall on the stage.

Analysis: A good segment to set up a six-man tag team match at Full Gear with these guys having issues for a long time. I think they did a nice job of having the babyfaces in control of this since the heels were dominant in their past showdowns.

A video aired about the TBS Women’s Championship tournament. It featured Ruby Soho and Kris Statlander talking about their match.

Aero Star and Samuray Del Sol made their entrance for a AAA Tag Team Title match. Samuray used to be Kalisto in WWE. FTR made their entrance with Tully Blanchard as the AAA Tag Team Champions.

AAA Tag Team Championships: FTR – Dax Harwood & Cash Wheeler (w/Tully Blanchard) vs. Samuray Del Sol & Aero Star

Sol with an impressive headscissors, then kicks to clear the ring and FTR bailed to the floor. Star tagged in doing a bunch of cartwheels, so Harwood gave him the middle finger. Harwood is great. Harwood worked over Star with chops, Wheeler tagged in and Star hit a twisting attack. Sol tagged in with an assisted dropkick. Sol with an impressive splash off the middle rope onto Wheeler on the floor. Star jumped off the middle rope inside the ring and landed on Harwood on the floor. Star jumped onto FTR guys, they caught Star and hit a double team Stun Gun into the ropes. They went to a picture in picture break.

(Commercial)

The match returned with Star elbowing Wheeler off the top and then Star jumped onto Harwood on the floor. Star went back up top and hit a back splash onto Wheeler. Sol tagged in with a cross body block off the top for two. Harwood in illegally, Star in illegally and he was caught by both FTR guys, but then Sol hit a springboard dropkick for a two count. Sol and Star each did hurricanranas into pin attempts for a two count for Star on Wheeler. Star sent Harwood out of the ring with his legs. Wheeler and Sold fought over a bunch of moves and Sol hit a reverse bulldog off the ropes on Wheeler for two. Star, who looks like he hurt his right leg, with a splash off the ropes for two with Harwood breaking up the pin. Harwood with a brainbuster on Sol on the floor. Star kicked Harwood to knock him down. Wheeler battled Star by the ropes and they fought over a pin attempt with Wheeler sitting on top of Star while grabbing the ropes for the pin. It went nine minutes.

Winners by pinfall: FTR – Dax Harwood & Cash Wheeler

Analysis: ***1/4 A good tag team match. It was a bit more chaotic than some FTR matches since they broke the rules way too much, but I guess it’s okay to have the faces get their spots in. Sol is an awesome wrestler that would fit in well with AEW assuming there’s a contract for him and I don’t know as much about Star, but he did well too. FTR is always going to have a good match with anybody. I enjoyed it for the most part.

They showed a video of Hikaru Shida getting a trophy for getting 50 wins in AEW with Tony Schiavone trying to do an interview until there was an interruption. Nyla Rose and Vickie Guerrero congratulated Shida while also mocking Shida since Rose faces Shida next in the TBS Tournament. Vickie asked Shida how her leg was doing and Shida sold the leg injury. That was it.

(Commercial)

Let’s Hear from Chris Jericho and The Inner Circle

Chris Jericho and The Inner Circle group made their entrance to a good pop. The fans sang along with Jericho’s “Judas” song as usual.

Jericho commented on Sammy Guevara winning his TNT Title match against Ethan Page, so that means at Full Gear it’s Inner Circle against American Top Team in a 5 on 5 Minneapolis Street Fight. Due to that, Jericho’s team gets to pick who they face in that 5 on 5 match.

Dan Lambert led the American Top Team out onto the ramp. Lambert said he wanted to leave this shitstain city as quickly as possible. Lambert was with Ethan Page, Scorpio Sky and some of Lambert’s MMA fighters. Jericho called them an “ugly collection of dumb idiots” as usual. Jericho said it was “Dan Don’t Call Me Dipshit Lambert.” Lambert said the chants are ridiculous and his face isn’t even that fat. Lambert said he founded this team 25 years ago and made it the greatest gym in the history of this business and he has a collection of killers. The fans chanted “shut the f**k up” to Lambert, who said they signed an open contract and then it was handed to Inner Circle.

Lambert said that they have Scorpio Sky and Ethan Page while they have three selections of the MMA portion of the menu. Lambert mentioned Andrei Arlovski and Junior Dos Santos while noting that Andrei has the most victories in the history of the heavyweight division. Lambert mocked Hager having a big head. Lambert introduced us to Dalton Rosta and Austin Vanderford with a combined MMA record of 16-0. Austin is married to Paige Van Zant, who was also there.

Jake Hager (wearing an Atlanta Braves hat for the World Series Champions) chose Junior Dos Santos and ripped on him looking him like Popeye. Hager said that the Inner Circle will drop Junior faster than his last fight in 71 seconds.

Ortiz called out Arlovski saying he hears he calls himself the pitbull. Ortiz wondered what happened when he doesn’t have rules or regulations to protect him. Ortiz told him to “bite this.” Lambert said before they make selection number three, he pointed out that Chris had some awful things to say about Paige Van Zant saying her husband Austin wanted in this match.

Paige did a promo saying she didn’t need a fan to fight her fights for her. Paige said her schedule is wide open. Paige said that there isn’t an Instagram filter out there to hide the beating she’ll give them. Paige said judging by their tight pants, they don’t have the balls to take her on and she can take care of them all by herself. Jericho reiterated that asking if she wants to take on all five of them by herself and Jericho said that joke writes itself. Jericho: “Maybe you can put it on your Onlyfans page.” That drew an “ooohhh” reaction. Nice plug for her Onlyfans page, I guess.

Ortiz spoke up in Spanish, Paige asked what did he say and Sammy said that “he said you’re a bitch.” Jericho said that they can choose anybody they want and Jericho said he’s choosing Dan Lambert. Jericho pointed out that Lambert was the first member of the team. Jericho led a “Fat Faced Dipshit” chant, so Lambert was freaking out about it. Jericho said that they are going to kick their ass at Full Gear. That was it.

Analysis: I have liked the promos between these teams for the last month or two and this was no different. Good job by Paige Van Zant speaking up and delivering some good lines to shut up the Inner Circle guys. Lambert being part of the match isn’t that surprising although he’s an older non-wrestler so hopefully he gets through the match fine.

There was a backstage interview with Matt Sydal congratulating Dante Martin for beating him. Sydal didn’t mind if Martin trained with Lio Rush now because Sydal has Lee Moriarty with him. Sydal issued a challenge for a tag team match with Sydal/Moriarty vs. Rush/Martin. Rush said that they will take them up on that challenge.

Analysis: It’s weird seeing an AEW interview that doesn’t get interrupted. That’s rare. It should be a solid match whenever they do it.

Jamie Hayter entered for her TBS Women’s Title Tournament match with Britt Baker and Rebel by her side. Anna Jay was on her own as the opponent.

TBS Women’s Title Tournament: Jamie Hayter (w/Britt Baker & Rebel) vs. Anna Jay

Jay with a kick to the gut and a headlock. Jay with a back elbow. Hayter grabbed Jay’s gear and tossed her to the floor. Hayter followed Jay out of the ring, so Jay whipped Hayter into the barricade. Jay sent Hayter back into the ring where Hayter delivered a kick. They went to a picture in picture break.

(Commercial)

Jay started making a comeback with some hair whips to the mat and Jay sent Hayter into the turnbuckle. Jay with a spinning back kick and a DDT for two. Hayter got out of a sleeper attempt, Rebel on the apron, Baker grabbed Anna’s foot and Hater hit a forearm to the back followed by a running clothesline for the pinfall win after six minutes.

Winner by pinfall: Jamie Hayter

Analysis: *1/2 It’s a shame that it was such a short match. If you are only going to give them six minutes, time the commercial better and show the whole match instead of a commercial in the middle of the match. I get wanting to have picture-in-picture action to keep people from changing the channel, but if it’s six minutes you should show the whole match. Anyway, it was basic booking with Hayter getting the win due to the cheap win. There was nothing special here.

Post match, the trio of Hayter, Baker and Rebel attacked Jay. Tay Conti showed up to save her best friend and Full Gear challenger Baker. Conti delivered a jumping kick on Baker followed by some bad punches. The heels took control again, Baker wanted a Curb Stomp on Conti, but Thunder Rosa ran out there for the save. Rosa hit a dropkick on Hayter and the heels retreated.

Analysis: Rosa faces Hayter in the next round and has a long-term feud with Baker, so it makes sense for Rosa to make the save.

Jade Cargill did an interview with her manager Smart Mark Sterling. Cargill said she’s going to win the TBS Title and rename it That Bitch Show. Cool.

Let’s Hear from MJF

MJF made his entrance with Tony Schiavone saying he had a TBS for him: “The Big Shithead.” MJF called out Darby Allin sitting up in the stand. MJF said that they are pillars in AEW because without them, this company doesn’t work. MJF said they are top guys and they have “it.” MJF said that the fans know who they are and what they will become – legendary.

MJF wondered why they boo him and cheer Allin. MJF said that he loses sleep over this every night. MJF said that people hate him because they wish they could be like him, but they simply can’t. MJF called Darby an incel that can barely string together four words. MJF said that Darby knows he can’t be a normal functioning member of society. MJF said that Darby will never fit in and never win. MJF said that Darby goes from proficient wrestler to glorified stuntman. MJF called Darby “weak” and said that at Full Gear he will lose because MJF is better than him and Allin knows it. MJF continued to brag about how great he is while saying there’s a reason nobody has beaten him clean in this ring – because he’s that damn good. MJF said he’s so much better that he can beat Allin with a freakin’ headlock takeover.

Allin said that at Full Gear, he’ll keep his composure and they’ll have a wrestling match because he’ll let his anger out right here tonight. MJF went up the ramp to leave, but Sting was there with some random guys wearing Darby masks. The Pinnacle got into a fight with Sting’s guys.

MJF and Allin started brawling in the crowd. MJF with an eye gouge followed by MJF sending Allin into a barricade. They went to ringside with Allin whipping MJF into the barricade. Allin backed up about 20 feet, then he ran up and hit an impressive clothesline over the railing. Allin went up top, but MJF rolled out the ring and MJF ran away.

Analysis: This was an effective segment. Strong promo as usual from MJF while Allin fired back well with a promo about how he wants to have a wrestling match with MJF and prove he’s the better man. That makes sense to me. Two young guys with bright futures. They should have an awesome match at Full Gear.

(Commercial)

Andrade El Idolo made his entrance with Jose the assistant. Happy birthday to Andrade on Wednesday. Cody Rhodes made his entrance with the coach Arn Anderson by his side. It was a mix of cheers/boos as usual.

Cody Rhodes (w/Arn Anderson) vs. Andrade El Idolo (w/Jose)

They got into a brawl to start. Cody was sent to the turnbuckle, Cody over the top and Andrade went to the apron to stall. Cody tripped up Andrade so Andrade was in control briefly. Andrade jumped off the top with nothing, so Cody hit a dropkick. Cody went for a top rope attack, but Andrade shoved him off the top and Cody went crashing to the floor. That’s always a rough bump where a wrestler lands hard on their legs. They went to a picture in picture break.

(Commercial)

The match returned with Cody hitting a forearm, then a clothesline and Cody hit a powerslam. There were some cheers for Cody, but also boos as usual for him. Cody remembered to sell the knee. Cody with a forearm to the face, Andrade went for the kick that didn’t connect and Andrade hit a running back elbow. That’s a spot Andrade does all the time yet Excalibur tried to tell us that was a counter. Andrade charged, Cody with a clothesline and Andrade did a flip bump with the fans booing. Andrade with the two vertical suplexes and Andrade countered Cody’s block attempt by suplexing Cody into the turnbuckle. Andrade with a running double knee attack against the turnbuckle for a two count. Andrade took way too long going for a moonsault off the ropes, Cody moved and Andrade rocked Cody with a back elbow. Cody did some Dusty Rhodes-like elbows in a combination and Andrade kicked Cody in the head. Andrade did the Figure Four Leglock that his soon to be father-in-law Ric Flair was known to use in his career. Cody flipped it over to put the pressure on Andrade and Andrade got to the bottom rope. Jose was on the apron, Arn pulled him down and punched Jose. Cody went for a suicide dive, but FTR was there with their AAA Tag Team Titles and Cody went into the titles, so FTR smacked Cody in the head with their titles. It looked pretty good at least. Andrade sent Cody into the ring and hit a Hammerlock DDT for the pinfall win. It went 11 minutes.

Winner by pinfall: Andrade El Idolo

Analysis: ***1/4 A cheap win to end a very good match. I didn’t expect FTR in that spot, but the story was what the announcers said about how Andrade gave money to MJF for some help, so FTR got involved since they are part of MJF’s Pinnacle group. It protects Cody a bit because it wasn’t a clean loss, so maybe we’ll see this match again down the road.

Post match, FTR went into the ring with Andrade and Andrade hugged them. Andrade hit a running kick to Cody’s face. Arn Anderson went into the ring, he shoved his former tag team partner Tully Blanchard in the back and they teased a showdown. Lucha Brothers made their way down to the ring to brawl with FTR. Fenix kicked Wheeler off the apron to the floor. Lucha Bros each hit superkicks on Harwood, but Wheeler pulled Harwood out of the ring to save his partner. FTR celebrated with their AEW Tag Team Titles as the show went to break.

Analysis: This week had a few post match attack angles and saves. This was another one. It gets repetitive when you do it more than once on the same show.

(Commercial)

John Silver was in the ring for an interview with Tony Schiavone, who said he hopes Silver kicks his ass, but Tony didn’t say ass. Silver said it’s not him against Adam Cole in AEW, it’s Silver against Budge. Silver mentioned maybe Cole could be Dark Order’s manager (a reference to a WWE rumor) and Silver said that if Cole took his advance maybe he wouldn’t have got a Conchairto from Christian Cage. Silver said this Friday he’ll kick some Budge ass.

This Friday on Rampage in St. Louis:

* John Silver vs. Adam Cole

* CM Punk & Eddie Kingston face to face

* TBS Title Tournament Match: The Bunny vs. Red Velvet. They showed promos from both women.

Orange Cassidy facing Miro is up next.

Bryan Danielson made his entrance to a big pop from the crowd with Bryan wearing a plain white t-shirt. Danielson is in the finals of the AEW World Title Eliminator Tournament and Bryan joined commentary for this match. They showed highlights of Bryan beating Eddie Kingston in a grueling, great match on Rampage last Friday. After the match, Kingston got in CM Punk’s face and now they will have a showdown on Rampage this week.

Orange Cassidy made his entrance with a 20-2-1 singles record in 2021. Cassidy had his ribs taped to sell injuries over the last month. Miro was up next as the former TNT Champion and he’s got a 15-1 record in AEW. Miro had some tape on his right hamstring. Matt Hardy was watching in the crowd since he’s had issues with Orange Cassidy in the past.

AEW World Title Eliminator Tournament Semifinals: Orange Cassidy vs. Miro

There were only about nine minutes left in the show. Cassidy used his speed to run away from Miro and leave the ring. Miro went after Cassidy on the floor, Cassidy went for a suicide dive and Miro hit a belly to belly suplex on the floor. They went to a picture in picture break. Since it’s the main event I’ll recap that too.

(Commercial – Miro was in control as he sent Cassidy into the ring post and the ring apron. Miro with two vertical suplexes and a gutwrench suplex across the ring. Miro applied a bearhug followed by a body slam. Miro ripped off the tape on Cassidy’s ribs. Cassidy countered a move into Stunner, but Miro came back with stomps.)

Miro was in full control with repeated stomps to the body. Miro was in control for several minutes during the break. Miro sent Cassidy into the turnbuckle two times, but Cassidy came back with a forearm. Cassidy sent Miro into the turnbuckle and a dropkick. Cassidy with a spinning DDT for a two count. Cassidy teased an Orange Punch attempt, but Miro bailed to the floor to get away. Cassidy went up top and hit an elbow drop on through a table that was there. Referee Bryce Remsburg counted Miro out, it was a very slow count and Miro slid back into the ring at the count of nine. Cassidy went for the Orange Punch, Miro caught him and Cassidy slipped out of that to hit the Beach Break slam for two. Cassidy charged, Miro with a running body attack and a superkick. Miro slapped on the Game Over submission and Cassidy tapped out to give Miro the win after eight minutes.

Winner by submission: Miro

Analysis: **1/2 It was okay. I think it sucks for the wrestlers to only give them eight minutes with a commercial for a match that is supposed to be a big deal like that. I think they should have got more time. It felt rushed because of that. Most of it was Miro on offense until Cassidy got that flurry of offense in the last couple of minutes and nearly won by countout at one point. Miro looked dominant in picking up this victory.

The win by Miro means that he will face Bryan Danielson in the AEW World Title Eliminator Tournament Finals. The winner gets a future AEW World Title match.

Analysis: Miro went from not even being in the tournament (which was ridiculous based on their own rankings) to now being in the finals because he won one match. Yes, I know it was going to be Moxley in this spot. Miro is a good replacement.

Post match, Bryan Danielson went down to the ring. He extended his hand to Miro, who backed away to boos. That was the end of the show.

Analysis: I expect Bryan to win that. It should be a good match for sure. I don’t really remember any of their WWE matches, so this feels fresh to me.

 

Three Stars of the Show

1. Miro

2. Cody Rhodes/Andrade El Idolo

3. FTR

 

The Scoreboard

This Week: 7.25 out of 10

Last Week: 7.75

2021 Average: 7.38

 

Final Thoughts

A solid show as usual, but they were lacking in terms of memorable wrestling matches that stood out. Lots of brawling and post match attacks leading to saves too. I liked the angle with Christian/Jurassic Express getting revenge on Young Bucks/Cole as a way to build up to a match there. I liked most of the Full Gear build.

There was nothing that great on the show really, but also nothing that was that bad. A typically good Dynamite episode as usual.

The next AEW pay-per-view is Full Gear on Saturday, November 13. Here’s what we know so far.

AEW World Championship: Kenny Omega (c) vs. “Hangman” Adam Page

Finals of the AEW World Title Eliminator Tournament: Bryan Danielson vs. Miro

AEW Tag Team Championships: Lucha Brothers (Penta El Zero Miedo & Rey Fenix) (c) vs. FTR (Dax Harwood & Cash Wheeler)

AEW Women’s Championships: Britt Baker (c) vs. Tay Conti

Darby Allin vs. Maxwell Jacob Friedman

Minneapolis Street Fight 5-on-5 Tag Team Match: The Inner Circle (Chris Jericho, Sammy Guevara, Jake Hager, Santana & Ortiz) vs. American Top Team (Ethan Page, Scorpio Sky, Andre Arlovski, Junior Dos Santos & Dan Lambert)

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