This week’s AEW Dynamite featured the Trios Tag Team Titles on the line in a Ladder Match, Jon Moxley facing “Hangman” Adam Page and more.
It was earlier this week when AEW celebrated four years since they announced the formation of the company. Happy anniversary to them. I have reviewed every PPV along with nearly every episode of Dynamite and nearly every episode of Rampage. I don’t watch their YouTube shows, but I enjoy the AEW product a lot.
It’s Wednesday night and you know what that means. Excalibur welcomed us to the show with Taz and Tony Schiavone. I missed the first four minutes. It was right to the action as usual.
Jon Moxley vs. “Hangman” Adam Page
They have the new colors on the ring apron and covering the barricade. They had new barricades instead of the traditional guardrail too.
They were battling on the turnbuckle with Moxley hitting a superplex off the middle rope. Moxley was in control on the mat with an armbar on the left arm, but Page rolled out of it to break free. Moxley hit a German Suplex leading to Hangman landed on his head/neck. Moxley hit another release German Suplex. Page to the apron, Moxley knocked him down to the floor and into the barricade. Page hit Moxley with a lariat on the floor. Page ran right into the running lariat and this time Page did the flip bump better, so he wasn’t concussed this time. Moxley got a two count as they went to a picture-in-picture break.
The match returned with Page hitting a suplex followed by a clothesline. Moxley didn’t sell it with a flip, it was more of a back bump and that’s fine too. They got in eachother’s faces leading to Page hitting a fallaway slam across the ring. Page with a corner clothesline, there was a suplex counter with Page landing on his feet and hitting a lefty clothesline. Page kicked Moxley off the apron to the floor. Moxley was nice enough to stand there for ten seconds as Page hit a moonsault off the top onto a standing Moxley. Back in the ring, Moxley wasn’t selling much as he hit the Death Rider DDT for a two count. Moxley elbowed Page repeatedly followed by a Bulldog Choke submission, but it was more like a chinlock. Moxley got back up leading to a piledriver for just a one count. The fans were chanting “Cowboy Shit” so Moxley gave them the middle finger salute to boos. Moxley wanted another piledriver, Page got out of it with the Deadeye slam and Moxley did The Stomp as both guys laid on the mat for a bit to sell. They did the classic spot where they exchanged strikes, Moxley did headbutts without using his hand to do it, Page with his headbutt and they did overhead strikes with the fans cheering. Page bounced off the ropes with a lariat with Moxley selling a bit more than he did in the past. Page hit the Buckshot Lariat off the apron for the pinfall win. It went about 14 minutes.
Winner by pinfall: “Hangman” Adam Page
Analysis: ***3/4 A great match as usual from these guys. Lots of clotheslines, suplexes and counter moves throughout the match. It made a lot of sense for Page to get the win since he’s been out of action for a few months. It was a rare clean loss for Moxley. I don’t think he’s had more than five clean losses in his AEW career so far. I liked this a lot.
Post match, Dr. Sampson went into the ring to talk to Moxley, who was selling like he was concussed perhaps to continue the story with Page. Moxley asked: “What happened?” Anyway, Page was looking on and then he walked to the back as the winner.
Analysis: Maybe Moxley will get a well-deserved vacation while selling a concussion. I don’t know if that’s the plan, but it would make sense if that’s the story.
Tony Schiavone was in the ring and introduced somebody saying he takes no pleasure in welcoming the next guest…it’s Adam Cole…bay bay!
Let’s Hear From Adam Cole
Welcome back to Adam Cole with the fans chanting right along for his “boom” and “Adam Cole bay bay” spots that are part of his entrance. Tony left the ring instead of doing an interview. It was a loud pop as Adam asked us if we were ready for story time. Cole talked about how he’s been thinking all day about what he wanted to say when he came out there. Cole said it’s a “good news, bad news” type of conversation.
Cole said that the good news is that he’s got a whole new appreciation for not just pro wrestling, but for his life. Cole talked about how wanted to be a pro wrestler since he was nine years old and he’s been able to do some great things. Cole said it made him realize how he missed being here. Cole said that he had a shoulder that was torn to shreds, two very serious head injuries and he was seeing doctors all the time. Cole said if he was in a car for 15 minutes and felt like while noting he did vomit. Cole talked about how he couldn’t sleep while telling Britt (his girlfriend Britt Baker) that he would look at her with a tear in her eye because he didn’t know what was happening. Cole said he would read every day about how people missed him and people saying things like they didn’t care if he wrestled again, they just want him to be okay. Cole said that pro wrestling is about giving the fans a show and the fans take it in. Cole said he hasn’t given us anything for six months, but then he told the fans thank you. The fans chanted “Adam Cole” for him.
Cole said now it was time for the bad news. Cole said that the bad news is not for him, it’s for the AEW locker room because Adam Cole is back. Huge pop for that! Cole said that his career was over, he thought he was finished and now he stands there saying: “No way, I ain’t done yet.” Cole said he’s been one of the best wrestlers for the last 15 years and he will not stop until he’s the very best. Cole said he hasn’t scratched the surface of what he’s capable of. Cole said that this is the day when the “new Adam Cole is born.” Cole said one day one man will be at the top of the mountain here in AEW and his name is… “Adam Cole bay bay!” The fans said it for him. Lots of cheering.
Analysis: That was great. Lots of passion shown by Adam Cole there. He has been through a lot with serious concussion issues and that’s scary for anybody to deal with. I’m glad Cole is okay. I hope he accomplishes his goal of being an AEW World Champion some day because he’s got the talent to do it, that’s for sure.
The Acclaimed and Billy Gunn were backstage for a promo. Max Caster talked about celebrities. Anthony Bowens claimed that they got stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and we’ll see more of that on Rampage apparently.
Analysis: I guess that means some scissors on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Thrilling. It will be temporary, of course.
“Jungle Boy” Jack Perry & Hook vs. The Firm – Big Bill & Lee Moriarty (w/Stokely Hathaway)
Lee and Jack exchanged chops, Jack hit an armdrag off the ropes followed by a dropkick. Hook tagged in for a double back elbow. Hook ran over Lee with a shoulder tackle. Hook got a hiptoss takedown while Jack hit a dropkick. Hathaway caused a distraction, Jack tried a dive, Bill caught him and Hook kicked Bill to stop that. Lee rocked Jack with a forearm leading to Bill tagging in with a punch to the face. Jack avoided a charging Bill, but then Bill booted him off the apron and Lee hit a knee drop to the back. That led to a picture-in-picture break.
Lee took down Jack by the arm, but Jack powered out of it with a Powerbomb to get out of it. Hook tagged in with a clothesline followed by a Northern Lights Suplex, but Bill went into the ring to break up the pin. Hook had a staredown with Bill, the fans were cheering and Bill shoved Hook into the turnbuckle for a splash. Jack with a kick, then a leap off the ropes and Hook hit an overhead suplex on Bill, who sold it like he was shocked. Lee went back in for a rollup, Jack with his own rollup and Jack applied the Snare Trap submission so Lee tapped out. It went about seven minutes.
Winners by pinfall: “Jungle Boy” Jack Perry & Hook
Analysis: **1/2 It was solid for a shorter match with the key spot being Hook’s suplex on Bill that was treated like a big deal. It was not a surprise that Moriarty was the guy that lost since they are usually going to book Big Bill strong even though he doesn’t wrestle that much. Good for Jack getting the win in his hometown.
There was an interview with Orange Cassidy, Danhausen and Renee Paquette joined by actor Paul Walter Hauser, who won a Golden Globe award. Paul said he’d show the award on Rampage. Trent Beretta and Chuck Taylor arrived so they all did a Best Friends pose to end it,
They hyped up other matches still to come with Danielson vs. Takeshita up next.
They showed Renee Paquette outside of The Elite’s locker room saying there hasn’t been a Best of 7 series since the Lakers-Pistons in 1988. I guess that’s true.
Konosuke Takeshita made his entrance with Excalibur noting he has moved to the US. I’m so glad he’s full time in AEW.
Let’s Hear from MJF
Maxwell Jacob Friedman aka MJF made his entrance as the AEW World Champion. MJF said that the people think Takeshita is a big deal. MJF said he hasn’t seen a lick of his stuff, not even any of it. MJF said when he watches the shows back he only watches himself. MJF said his name is “Take A Shit-a” and told Takeshita not to take one in his pants tonight. Takeshita spoke in Japanese leading to cheers. MJF said that they speak American around here. Takeshita: “I said kiss my ass!” The fans popped for that. MJF shoved Takeshita, so Takeshita shoved back. MJF told referee Aubrey Edwards to make him leave the ring or MJF will have him fined somehow. MJF ripped on the fans for being nerds.
MJF said that people think he’s afraid of Danielson and afraid of lasting an hour in an Ironman Match. MJF said you should ask your mom, sister and skank girlfriend just how long MJF can last. MJF said he’s the real Ironman of professional wrestling. MJF said he’s about pinning shoulders on mats and banging rats (or his fiancee that he’s been with for a while). MJF said that much like Bryan Danielson, the fans are irrelevant.
MJF pointed out actor Ken Jeong in the crowd, who was Mr. Chow in the Hangover. MJF asked if that was 20 years ago (it’s 14). MJF mentioned Ken’s comedy series got canceled. MJF mentioned Freddie Prinze Jr. saying he wished he would get canceled. There were “Freddie” chants. MJF mentioned “She’s All That” as well saying he was born in 1996 and he’s not a dinosaur. MJF said that he remembered Freddie in a CGI role speaking to a talking dog. MJF called him a “Scooby Doo douchebag.” MJF said that Danielson will let you down tonight, there won’t be a one-hour Ironman Match because he’s Maxwell Jacob Friedman, he’s better than you…and here comes Danielson.
Bryan Danielson made his entrance, so MJF rolled out of the ring and ran up the ramp to the back.
Analysis: Awesome promo as usual from MJF. The guy works one day a week and rarely wrestles, so he has a lot of time to think of things to say. Since he did a lot of back and forth with Bryan last week to set up the Ironman Match (if Bryan wins every week on Dynamite, which he will), I figured they just let MJF say what he wants while furthering his storyline. MJF is friends with Freddie and I’m sure Ken knew it was coming because he reacted to it perfectly.
Bryan Danielson vs. Konosuke Takeshita
Takeshita went for a lifting slam, but Bryan countered it with a side headlock takeover. Bryan did his surfboard move leading to a dragon sleeper, but Takeshita got out of it. Takeshita with forearms to the head, Bryan with hard chops to the chest and Takeshita delivered forearms along with his own hard chop. They exchanged strikes again, Takeshita ran the ropes and hit a jumping clothesline. Bryan did a double underhook suplex leading to an armbar. Takeshita with forearms, Bryan went for a submission move and Takeshita got his foot on the bottom rope to force a break. Bryan hit two running dropkicks, but Takeshita came back with a Blue Thunder Bomb for two. Takeshita worked over Bryan with hard chops to the chest. Bryan ran the ropes leading to a jumping clothesline. They exchanged chops again leading to a picture-in-picture break.
The match returned with Takeshita suplexing Bryan off the top rope. MJF was shown watching on a TV backstage. Takeshita picked up Bryan, who gave Takeshita a hurricanrana out of the ring. Bryan jumped off the apron onto Takeshita, but then they didn’t do what they were trying to do. Bryan was favoring his left knee, but I think he told the referee that he was fine. Takeshita hit a brainbuster on the floor. Back in the ring, Takeshita went for a senton splash off the top rope, but Bryan got the knees up to block. Bryan went for a submission on the head/neck, but Takeshita got his foot on the bottom rope to break the hold. Bryan delivered kicks to the chest, Takeshita blocked a roundhouse kick and Takeshita hit a forearm to the head. They exchanged forearms again leading to Takeshita hitting a huge clothesline leading to Bryan doing a flip bump to sell it. Takeshita charged, Bryan caught him and delivered elbows. Takeshita got a hold of Bryan with a slam sitting on top followed by a German Suplex for a two count. Takeshita went for a German Suplex, Bryan landed on it, Takeshita went for a charging attack, Bryan avoided it and Bryan hit a Busaiko knee for a two count. Bryan hooked the legs and reached for the head/neck in an STF-like submission. That was it for the submission win. It went about 15 minutes.
Winner by submission: Bryan Danielson
Analysis: **** It was an excellent match as usual any time Bryan is in a longer match like this and Takeshita is more than capable as well. The fans are strongly behind Takeshita in every match he has, so I hope he gets a push at some point because he is so talented in the ring. I feel like they did the forearm/chop exchange spots too much. It’s not a major complaint by any means, but I think that some AEW matches do that too often like we saw Hangman/Moxley doing it many times and then we saw it again here. It just seems repetitive. This was still an outstanding match that I enjoyed immensely.
Post match, they showed MJF looking frustrated watching on the TV backstage. Bryan picked up Takeshita and they shook hands.
Juice Robinson was interviewed by Renee Paquette, who mentioned that she knows him and he’s not a compliment kind of guy. Juice said if Darby Allin is giving open challenges then Juice wants to challenge Allin for the TNT Championship on Rampage.
Toni Storm, who is married to Juice Robinson whom we just saw, made her entrance joined by Saraya, who is in her second match in AEW. The AEW Women’s Champion Jamie Hayter and Dr. Britt Baker D.M.D. were next with Rebel.
Saraya & Toni Storm vs. Dr. Britt Baker D.M.D. & Jamie Hayter (w/Rebel)
The fans were chanting for Hayter even though she’s a heel in theory. Storm looked like she had a sunburn maybe from a tanning bed. It just looked strange. Storm started with Hayter leading to Storm knocking Hayter out of the ring. Saraya tagged in and hit a diving attack on Hayter on the floor. Saraya with knees on Hayter and Saraya sent Hayter chest first into the ropes followed by Saraya tripping up Hayter. Storm tagged in and Hayter hit a double suplex on both women. Storm did a hair pull to take Hayter down. Baker tripped up Storm on the apron and Baker hit a neckbreaker on the floor. There was some brawling on the floor. Hikaru Shida made her way down to ringside to watch the match since she was mad that Saraya picked Storm over her.
The match continued with Saraya tagging in against Baker with clotheslines. Saraya with a knee strike followed by a neckbreaker. Saraya shouted “this is my house” for the second time leading to Baker kicking her in the head. Saraya with a knee strike to the face. Storm got the tag with a hip attack on Baker and a DDT out of the corner for two. Storm with a Texas Cloverleaf submission, so Hayter kicked her to stop that. Baker set up Storm on the top rope and Baker hit an Air Raid Crash off the middle turnbuckle for two. That almost looked bad, but it ended up okay. Hayter was back in with a backbreaker. Saraya made the save, so Baker sent Saraya out of the ring. Storm hit a German Suplex on Hayter and a Storm Zero for two as Baker made the save. Saraya and Baker were illegally in the ring with Baker hitting a sitout suplex. Storm kicked Baker out of the ring. Storm and Hayter exchanged forearms repeatedly and they both bumped to the mat. Rebel distracted the referee, Shida slid the kendo stick into the ring, Baker grabbed hit and hit Storm in the back. The referee didn’t see it and is apparently blind. Hayter hit a lariat on Storm for the pinfall win after 11 minutes.
Winners by pinfall: Dr. Britt Baker D.M.D. & Jamie Hayter
Analysis: *** A good tag team match with the heels benefitting from Shida tossing the kendo stick in the ring while Rebel was distracting. Hayter continues to be booked strong as the Women’s Champion while Saraya took her first loss in AEW even though it was Storm who took the pin. The crowd was into some of the match, but quiet at other points too.
Shida had a shocked face, which was some bad acting because she clearly tossed the kendo stick into the middle of the ring instead of toward Storm. The announcers didn’t even suggest that Shida had turned on Saraya/Storm by doing that.
Analysis: They should have had the announcers question if Shida was tossing the kendo stick to Storm or the others. Instead, they didn’t even mention it. Push the story, guys.
There was a rundown of what’s coming up on Rampage. They showed Eddie Kingston and Ortiz talking to eachother about their match against Kings of the Black Throne. I thought this meant that House of Black are called the Kings of the Black Throne, but I was informed that it’s only when Malakai Black & Brody King team up. Fine.
Next week on Dynamite:
* Bryan Danielson vs. Bandido. A win for Bryan there. Good match, though.
* Jake Hager vs. Ricky Starks. That’s a win for Starks since Hager rarely wins.
Let’s Hear from the Jericho Appreciation Society
Chris Jericho and the entire Jericho Appreciation Society made their entrance in gold jackets and black pants. Angelo Parker talked about how they look good because they are the saints of Los Angeles. Matt Menard did his yelling routine asking us if want to know what makes Daddy Magic hard. Menard mentioned that last week Jake Hager gave Ricky Starks a Powerbomb through a table.
Jericho talked about how they invaded PWG Battle of Los Angeles. Jericho talked about how Anna and Tay are going to kick some ass in a Street Fight. Jericho said that Starks was Powerbombed through a table, Action Andretti was sent to the minor leagues and here comes Starks.
Ricky Starks made his entrance joined by Action Andretti. Starks said they couldn’t get the job done because he’s standing tall right now. Jericho told Andretti to go back to the minor leagues. Andretti to Jericho: “Chris, shut the hell up.” Andretti said he’ll shove the baseball bat up Jericho’s ass. Daniel Garcia told Andretti to shut his mouth, so Andretti mentioned that Sammy was Garcia’s babysitter. Andretti said that Sammy can’t even keep control over his own wife. Andretti claimed that Sammy can’t keep control of his wife’s hands and last week they were on Andretti giving him a low blow. Garcia talked about being a sports entertainer.
Starks said “Jass-hole” so the fans chanted that. Starks shouted out “Gilligan” aka Jake Hager with the stupid hat. Starks called him a purple helmet-wearing idiot. Starks spoke about how Hager was a top college athlete and now he’s a village idiot. Starks ripped on Hager for having that dumb lisp. Starks wanted a match with Hager on Dynamite, which was already announced. Hager said that he liked his hat. Hager mentioned he’s a professional MMA fighter while telling Starks he knows he has balls because he can see them on his pants. Hager told Starks he’ll wipe his face off his face. Stark told Hager he’s getting in the ring with somebody that is absolute. That was it.
Analysis: This felt like it went on a bit too long for my liking, but it’s a case of them wanting to let most of the JAS guys talk. I don’t think we need to hear from everybody and I’d rather hear Jericho say more than he did. Starks needs a better line to end his promos. Think of a catchphrase, pal. Anyway, it was a bit awkward having Starks challenge Hager to a match when it was already announced, so they had Excalibur try to explain that Tony Khan already made the match.
The AEW Trios Tag Team Titles were hanging above the ring for this Ladder Match. The Elite trio were up first with the fans giving them a big pop. I think they showed the Young Bucks parents in the crowd since it’s their hometown or close enough.
Best Of Seven Series Match #7: Escalera De La Muerte (Ladder Match) For The AEW Trios Tag Team Titles: The Elite – Kenny Omega, Matt Jackson & Nick Jackson vs. Death Triangle – Rey Fenix, Penta El Zero Miedo & Pac
The series is tied 3-3 and the winners of this match become the AEW Trios Tag Team Champions. The announcers said only one championship had to be pulled down to win the titles. Don Callis joined commentary.
It started with about 15 minutes left in the show. Omega and Fenix delivered kicks to knock Fenix and Nick off the apron. Penta battled Matt, Penta kicked Matt in the head, then they all took turns doing big spots including a missile dropkick and a sitout facebuster by Nick. Pac with an assisted Cutter on Nick and Fenix hit a Frog Splash off the top on Nick. Penta and Pac used a ladder to knock Omega down, then Fenix hit a dive. Nick came back with his own running dive over the top onto Fenix on the floor. Matt countered a Fenix move with a move slamming him face first into the mat. Matt dumped Pac out of the ring and Matt hit a Destroyer on Penta. Fenix got an armdrag to pull Matt down and Kenny hit a suplex on Fenix. Omega hit a Snapdragon Suplex on Penta. Omega ran the ropes, but Pac stopped that with a missile dropkick. Omega with a Snapdragon suplex on Pac. Omega ran the ropes, jumped over the top, Pac moved and Omega did a somersault dive through the table. Matt jumped off the top with a cross body block to put Pac through a table. Nice spot going into a PIP break.
There were seven minutes left as Nick jumped off the top onto somebody on the floor. Matt gave Penta back body drop on the ladder. Nick went up top, then he had to wait for Fenix and Fenix gave Nick a hurricanrana off the top with Nick’s legs/ass hitting the ladder. The fans chanted “fight forever” for them. Pac tried a climb, Omega took him down and Pac hit a reverse rana. Pac with a German Suplex and Fenix jumped off the top with a Fear Factor stomp/piledriver on Omega. Fenix hit a running dive over the top onto Nick on the floor. Nick stopped his brother from being suplexed onto a ladder, then The Young Bucks hit a bunch of superkicks. Matt gave Fenix multiple Northern Lights suplexes into a ladder. Nick jumped off the top with a 450 Splash onto Penta, who was on a table, so Nick drove Penta through the table. Matt climbed the ladder, Fenix grabbed his foot and Alex Abrahantes pulsed the ladder, so Brandon Cutler sprayed some of his infamous spray on Alex. Omega hit a V-Trigger knee on Alex. Pac was back in with a hammer on Omega’s hand and a Falcon Arrow by Pac on Omega on the floor. Pac climbed the ladder, Matt was on the other side and Lucha Bros set up a platform to connect two ladders. Penta gave Matt a Fear Factor piledriver on the ladder that Fenix was holding. Fenix climbed up, Omega went up after him and Omega had Fenix on his shoulders. Omega gave Fenix the One Winged Angel from the ladder to the mat. Pac went up top and jumped with the Black Arrow, but Kenny got the knees up to block. Omega slowly climbed the ladder and Kenny pulled down the middle Trios Tag Team Title to become the AEW Trios Tag Team Champions. The Elite wins! It went 15 minutes.
Winners AND NEW AEW Trios Tag Team Champions: The Elite (Kenny Omega, Matt Jackson & Nick Jackson)
Analysis: ****1/2 It was an outstanding match just like all of their matches. Since their regular tag team matches frustrate me, I welcome chaotic matches like this ladder match because then I don’t have to complain about the lack of logic. In this case, it’s just a crazy spotfest with big moves. Omega getting the win for the team is certainly with me. I think they could have done more climbing attempts to build the drama, but I think they cared about hitting more big moves. Omega hitting the One Winged Angel off the ladder bridge and then blocking the Black Arrow right after was a great sequence of spots as a way to put an end to the match. The crowd being super hot for everything helped a lot too. They got the ending they wanted with The Elite winning the titles.
The Elite celebrated on the ladder with the Trios Tag Team Titles that they just won for the second time. They went about two minutes passed the top of the hour so if you recorded the show, maybe you missed the ending of the match or the celebration.
Analysis: The result didn’t surprise me at all. The Elite were the first Trios Tag Team Champions in September, then they got suspended for nearly two months and jumped right into this Best of Seven Series for the last two months. Of course they were going to get the titles again. Maybe they won’t get into a fight after the show and get suspended this time. Too soon? No.
Three Stars of the Show
- The Elite/Death Triangle
- Bryan Danielson/Konosuke Takeshita
- Adam Page/Jon Moxley/Adam Cole…bay bay
This Week: 9 out of 10
Last Week: 8
2023 Average: 8.5
It was an excellent show in front of a hot Los Angeles crowd that was into almost everything that happened. There were three outstanding matches with “Hangman” Adam Page beating Jon Moxley clean, which is very rare for Mox in AEW. I guess he’ll do a concussion story of his own so maybe they can give him a week off for once. The Bryan Danielson/Konosuke Takeshita math was outstanding. I’m so impressed by Takeshita every time I see him and this time he had to do it after MJF mocked his name. That MJF promo was a lot of fun too. Since the guy barely wrestles, he must have a lot of free time to think of promos, so good for him always delivering when it comes to that.
As I mentioned in the match review, I liked that match between The Elite-Death Triangle because their normal tag team matches are so chaotic, so when you do something like a Ladder Match, I welcome the chaos. There were a lot of big moves by both teams. Kenny Omega took a huge table bump in the match, but he came back to get the win for his team. I’m not surprised that The Elite regained the AEW Trios Tag Team Titles since they never lost them in the first place. That match was outstanding.
The women’s tag team match was okay, but nothing special. There was no Mercedes Mone at the show. I guess some people are disappointed by that due to people with too much time on their hands hoping it would happen. However, AEW had Saraya pick Toni Storm to team with her and Toni took the loss against Hayter/Baker. I’m glad Adam Cole is back. I missed that guy and it’s cool to see that he’s doing well after dealing with multiple concussions.
I rated last week’s show very high and this one was even better. Great job by AEW.
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