The John Report: AEW Dynamite 08/24/22 Review
This week’s AEW Dynamite featured a huge match with the AEW World Champion CM Punk facing off against the Interim AEW World Champion Jon Moxley to crown an Undisputed AEW World Champion as the company heads toward All Out on September 4. Plus, a chaotic Trios Tag Team Title Tournament main event.
This was AEW Dynamite episode #151 at the Wolstein Center in Cleveland, Ohio. Check out the AEW PPV listing archive only on TJRWrestling as well. Follow me on Twitter @johnreport. Let’s get to it.
It’s Wednesday night and you know what that means. Jim Ross welcomed to the show with Excalibur, Tony Schiavone and Taz. Four announcers is a lot with all of them as cheerleaders talking about how amazing everything is.
Let’s Hear from Chris Jericho and Daniel Garcia
Chris Jericho made his entrance to the “Judas” song as the fans sang along with it. Some fans really get into it. Jericho told the Cleveland fans that they sound loud while welcoming us to Dynamite. Jericho said that last week there was an issue with Daniel Garcia, so they were going to work them out face to face. Jericho introduced Garcia, who he called a future World Champion.
Daniel Garcia made his entrance wearing a “Buffalo Kids” shirt as he got into the ring with Jericho. The fans chanted “you’re a wrestler” at Garcia with Jericho telling them to shut up. Jericho told Garcia that last week he had a classic match with Bryan Danielson, but at the end of the match Garcia slapped Jericho’s hand away. Jericho said he knows Garcia was probably disappointed because he lost a match. Jericho wanted Garcia to apologize to him so the fans chanted “no” to that.
Garcia told Jericho how special that moment was for him to share that moment with his hero Bryan Danielson. Garcia said 30 minutes with his hero, people are calling it the best Dynamite match ever (I’m not calling it that but it was good) and Garcia added that he hung with him for 30 minutes. Garcia said that he always dreamt of having that kind of match and he got to have that match. Garcia wants kids like his nephew, cousin and any kid to feel the way he felt. Garcia noted that when Bryan wanted to shake his hand as a sign of respect, all he cared about was that moment and Chris ruined that for him. Jericho said that Garcia is the greatest technical “sports entertainer” (crowd boos) in the world today and Jericho said Garcia knows he’s a sports entertainer. Jericho wanted Garcia to say he’s a sports entertainer.
Here comes Bryan Danielson with the interruption in a plain white t-shirt like he tends to wear. Bryan got into the ring. Bryan talked to Garcia telling him that Jericho was trying to bully him into being a sports entertainer. Bryan told Garcia that he can be what he wants to be and Bryan agrees with the people that Garcia is a wrestler. Jericho told Garcia he wants him to say that he’s a “sports entertainer.” Garcia told Jericho to stop it. Garcia said that he can’t make that decision right here in public and Garcia told Jericho to leave him alone. Jericho grabbed Garcia’s arm, so Garcia shoved Jericho on his ass. Bryan laughed about it. Garcia left on his own as fans chanted “you deserve it” to Jericho.
Bryan got in Jericho’s face saying he’s saying he’s not the biggest fan of sports entertainment, but that was pretty entertaining. Jericho said it pisses him off that people say Bryan is the best wrestler in the world. Jericho said that other people might say that Jericho is the greatest wrestler of all time and Jericho said he just might be. Jericho said he remembers every hold that Stu Hart ever taught him, he’s Lionheart Chris Jericho and knows more about wrestling than Bryan ever will. Bryan said if we could ask Stu Hart who the better wrestler is, who would he say? Bryan wondered if we could ask Jericho’s hero Owen Hart, who would he say? Bryan said if they wrestled a match right here in Cleveland with the “Lionheart” Chris Jericho and “American Dragon” Bryan Danielson, who would win that match? Jericho said if you want that match then you’ve got it on September 4th at All Out. Jericho warned him that the last time he faced him, Jericho choked him out. Jericho warned Bryan to watch his back, so Jake Hager attacked Bryan from behind with a clothesline and a lifting powerslam. Jericho and Hager celebrated over Danielson.
Analysis: I thought it was a good segment with Garcia torn in the middle of being loyal to Jericho or earning the respect of Danielson. As for the Jericho/Danielson interaction, it was obvious that they were leaning towards doing that match at All Out, so that’s good. It’s amazing how much fans care about being called a sports entertainer or a wrestler. It’s such a minor thing that means nothing at all, but Jericho knows it gets heat, so that’s why it works and why Jericho is so smart. Danielson vs. Jericho should be an outstanding match.
The FTR boys made their entrance with Dax Harwood carrying the IWGP, ROH and AAA Tag Team Titles with Cash Wheeler going to the back while Harwood was cheered. Jay Lethal entered with Sonjay Dutt and Satnam Singh as Jay told his guys to go to the back.
Dax Harwood vs. Jay Lethal
Harwood with a shoulder tackle and hiptoss, Lethal with an uptick and his own armdrag. They each got takedowns, then back up quickly and stared at eachother. Lethal with a hiptoss followed by a low dropkick. They exchanged chops, then each guy did an eye poke and more hard chops from both guys. Harwood with a back body drop on Lethal. Harwood sent Lethal into the corner followed by a hard chop to the chest. Harwood with some corner punches, but then Lethal slipped out with a legsweep off the ropes as the show went to a picture-in-picture break.
The match returned with Harwood stopping Lethal from doing a top rope move, but Lethal managed to hit a front suplex off the top rope. Lethal jumped off the top, Harwood with a bunch and Harwood hit two German Suplex. Harwood hit a third German Suplex except this time Lethal flipped over so it was like a moonsault bump. Lethal with punches, then he countered a Harwood move and Lethal hit the Lethal Combination into a flatliner for two. They exchanged strikes again, then Lethal did a dragon screw leg whip against the ropes followed by a suicide dive into the barricade. Back in the ring, Lethal applied a Figure Four Leglock, but Harwood got to the ropes quickly. Harwood wanted a Sharpshooter, Lethal kicked out of it and Harwood got an inside cradle for two. Lethal kicked the side of the knee, then he wanted the Lethal Injection and Harwood avoided it. Harwood hit a slingshot into a Ligerbomb or sitout Powerbomb for a two count. Harwood countered a leg whip into a pin attempt. Harwood applied the Sharpshooter, Lethal was near the ropes and then Sonjay Dutt was on the apron. Harwood bumped into Dutt to knock him down and then each guy got nearfalls. Harwood got a cross body block off the middle rope for two. Harwood with an uppercut, Lethal went for a backslide and Harwood went for a pin, but Lethal pulled him over while grabbing the trunks for the pinfall win after 14 minutes.
Winner by pinfall: Jay Lethal
Analysis: ***3/4 That was a great match that was very even the whole way. The heel singles wrestler found a way to cheat to win with the referee not seeing the tights being grabbed. Good work by both guys. Harwood is awesome and Lethal is as very talented as well.
Post match, Sonjay Dutt said that at All Out, he said it was going to be a Trios Match, but he never said who was on Jay’s team. Sonjay said that Jay would be teaming with two close and personal friends of theirs. It was the Motor City Machine Guns duo of Alex Shelley & Chris Sabin. That’s a nice surprise.
Analysis: I didn’t expect the Motor City Machine Guns at All Out, so that’s cool to see them teaming with Lethal. It’s better than watching Satnam Singh in a match or Sonjay, who is retired. Shelley & Sabin are regulars in Impact Wrestling these days.
The AEW Women’s Champion Thunder Rosa was interviewed by Tony Schiavone. Thunder said that she can no longer be champion because she has an injury. Rosa said that at All Out on September 4, there will be an Interim Women’s Champion. Rosa wished her friend Toni Storm the best and hopes she wins. Rosa said that she’ll be back stronger than ever.
The announcers talked about with Excalibur saying it was going to be a Fatal 4-Way match to crown the Interim AEW Women’s Champion. They showed a graphic later saying the match was Toni Storm vs. Britt Baker vs. Jamie Hayter vs. Thunder Rosa.
Analysis: That sucks for Thunder Rosa. This company really likes the “interim” champion thing since the yare doing it again. I think Toni Storm will win.
Billy Gunn (w/Max Caster & Anthony Bowens) vs. Colten Gunn (w/Austin Gunn)
They showed Stokely Hathaway watching from behind the barricade at ringside. Caster did a pre-show rap about how Billy should have used a condom and mentioned the talent meeting from before the show. Billy ran over Colten with a shoulder tackle and Colten bailed to the floor. They went to picture-in-picture one minute into the match.
Billy was beating up Colten on the floor during the break, Austin tried to grab Billy back in the ring and that allowed Colten to knock down Billy. Colten missed a corner attack, then Billy came back with clotheslines and stomped on Colten. Hathaway used the boombox to knock down Bowens on the floor while Austin threw Caster into the steel steps. The inept referee Aubrey Edwards looked at the floor instead of in the ring, so Colten hit Daddy Ass with a low blow. Colten hit the Colt 45 slam for the pinfall win after about six minutes.
Winner by pinfall: Colten Gunn
Analysis: *1/4 It was more of an angle than a match in terms of what they were going for here. There wasn’t much action in the ring and we only got to see three minutes on the full screen. It made sense for Colten to win as the younger guy, but I really wasn’t that interested in the match or storyline.
Post match, Colten and Austin were handed a business card from Stokely Hathaway. Colten and Austin stomped on Daddy Ass a bit. Swerve Strickland & Keith Lee entered as the Tag Team Champions, so Gunn Club ran. Lee helped Billy back up as the champs stared at The Acclaimed as a sign of respect. That was it.
Analysis: I guess that means Gunn Club is with Hathaway now. I think there are a lot of teams they should use on TV more than Gunn Club. They’re okay, but not that interesting to me.
There was an interview with Death Triangle – Pac & Lucha Brothers standing across from Will Ospreay & Aussie Open. Lots of titles in the picture. Ospreay was cocky as a heel. Pac said that AEW is Death Triangle territory and they will find out the hard way.
Dr. Britt Baker D.M.D. (w/Jamie Hayter & Rebel) vs. KiLynn King
King is from Ohio and Baker is from Pittsburgh, so the fans liked King a lot. A women’s match at the end of hour one is not the usual spot for them. Baker bounced off the ropes with a Slingblade. King hit a dropkick off the middle ropes. Baker caught a charging King and drove her face first into the turnbuckle. Baker hoked King’s arms for a crucifix pin attempt. Baker charged going for The Stomp, King managed to come back with a kick to the head and hit a German Suplex. King with a Full Nelson slam style move for a two count. Baker sent King into the turnbuckle followed by kicks to the face and The Stomp. Baker put the glove on leading to the Lockjaw submission and King quit after about five minutes.
Winner by submission: Dr. Britt Baker D.M.D.
Analysis: ** Easy win for Baker going into the title match at All Out. King got a bit of offense, but she was not a threat to really win here. AEW books a lot of predictable matches on their TV shows. The women’s division continues to be booked poorly in AEW.
Baker did a promo saying it was a shame about Thunder Rosa. Baker said that she wrestled during her title reign with a broken wrist. Baker said now somebody will give a damn about Storm in a pay-per-view match because she’s against Baker. Toni Storm walked down to the ring and Jamie Hayter attacked Storm from behind with a forearm. Rebel hat a Terrible Towel of the Pittsburgh Steelers and the fans booed that as Baker posed with it. Hikaru Shida made the save for Storm, so the heels left.
Analysis: A simple promo try to make people care about the four-way women’s match for the Interim AEW Women’s Title.
Keith Lee & Swerve Strickland were there for an interview with Tony Schiavone while The Acclaimed was there as well. Lee said that The Acclaimed is ranked and he thinks they would be worthy opponents for the titles at All Out. Max Caster said that they are the best homegrown tag team in AEW and the winningest tag team. Anthony Bowens said they’ll take those titles because everybody loves The Acclaimed.
Analysis: It’s a fresh matchup for the titles. They are both babyface tag teams, so there won’t be much of a story other than trying to find out who the better team is.
They said CM Punk vs. Jon Moxley was next and the six-man tag team match was the main event.
Jon Moxley was shown walking in the back part of the arena with the Interim World Title and he had William Regal with him since they are part of the Blackpool Combat Club. Big ovation for Moxley. CM Punk made his entrance as the AEW World Champion and he got a huge pop as well. They stood in the ring for the championship introductions by Justin Roberts. Moxley was first and Punk was second. The referee Paul Turner held up both AEW World Titles.
Undisputed AEW Championship: CM Punk vs. Jon Moxley
The fans were chanting for both guys as they stood across the ring with Excalibur saying Punk’s last match was 84 days ago. Excalibur was rambling and JR spoke up to say they did a stiff tie up. That was awkward. Anyway, Moxley got control punching Punk repeatedly in the corner. Punk came back with forearms, then Moxley hit a headbutt and Punk came back with a right leg kick to the head. Punk went down grabbing the left foot that he had surgically repaired. Punk was yelling to try to sell how hard he was hurt. Moxley with a lariat followed by elbow smashes to the head/shoulder area. Moxley wrenched the left foot a bit. Moxley hit the Death Rider move that’s like a double underhook suplex. Moxley hit Death Rider again for the pinfall win. It went just over three minutes.
Winner by pinfall AND Undisputed AEW World Champion: Jon Moxley
Analysis: *1/2 That was not what I was expecting. Moxley winning is certainly fine with me, but I didn’t think they would do some injury angle for Punk to have Moxley become the Undisputed AEW World Champion. It’s obviously a case of AEW wanting to do an angle here rather than have Punk compete in a long match. I don’t know why they felt like this was the best option, but it’s a way to go back to the match in the future whenever Punk is ready to go again. Congrats to Mox.
Post match, Moxley celebrated with the two titles and then he dropped one title in the ring. Punk was getting checked on by doctors at ringside. Ace Steel, who works for AEW backstage, was also in the ring checking on his buddy Punk. Those two guys have been close friends for over 20 years. Moxley went into the crowd to celebrate while Punk looked back from the aisle.
Analysis: I’m not sure what’s next for Moxley or Punk. Maybe it leads to Punk going heel because he can say that he wasn’t ready for the match, but the fans encouraged him. Something like that could work if Punk is going heel. I don’t know if that’s the plan, though.
Christian Cage was interviewed by Tony Schiavone. Christian complained about how he said things about Jungle Boy, but he wasn’t coming from a place of malice. Cage said that Jungle Boy thinks he’s better and smarter than he is. Cage said he’s seen it all and done it all. Christian told Jungle Boy that he is not average, then mocked the crowd for being average and Jungle Boy will find out he is not in Christian’s league. Christian said he’ll accept Jungle Boy’s challenge for a match at All Out.
Analysis: It was obvious they would have a match at All Out and that’s fine considering the long-term story in place here. I think Jungle Boy should win.
Let’s Hear from Ricky Starks
Ricky Starks entered the ring for a promo. Starks said he’s hurt and pissed off from dealing with Team Taz being over, losing the FTW and Powerhouse Hobbs turning his back on him. Starks said he understands that this is not a business for friends, but he thought he was an exception and Hobbs was his friend. Starks claimed that when he broke his neck last year, Hobbs checked on him every week to make sure Ricky was okay. Starks said that people like that never want to see you do better than them. Starks talked about how Hobbs was playing background player when he was Britt Baker’s security guard and then Starks made sure that if he was in the spotlight then he brought Hobbs with him. Starks said Hobbs hit him in the neck and Starks ranted about how he was close to losing all of this again. Starks was emotional shouting “I considered you a friend” and he called Hobbs a friend saying where he’s from, they cut the head off the guy that’s a snake like Hobbs. Starks issued a challenge to a match at All Out.
Analysis: A lot of emotion from Ricky there. He’s one of the better talkers in AEW, especially among the younger talent on the show. This is another story that obviously was going to lead to a match at All Out. That’s one of the matches I’m looking forward to since they are two talented young guys with bright futures. It could go either way, but I think I’ll pick Starks to win.
They replayed Jon Moxley’s quick win over CM Punk to become the Undisputed AEW World Champion.
Jon Moxley did a promo in the backstage area saying was that not how that was supposed to go? Moxley: “Best in the world, my ass.” Moxley was fired up ripping about people that try to write him off saying that those people don’t matter and never did. Moxley said that he’s the answer to any problem while saying that he is not some guy, he is “THE GUY” in this industry. Moxley said that his time is right now, we’re living in his time and his time is right god damn now.
Analysis: I liked that better than his usual promo. Lots of intensity there.
This Friday on Rampage:
* AEW Trios Tag Team Tournament Quarterfinals (Rampage Semifinal): House of Black vs. Dark Order.
* Sammy Guevara & Tay Melo vs. Ortiz & Ruby Soho.
* TNT Championship Open Challenge: Wardlow (c) vs. Ryan Nemeth.
* Jade Cargill will speak.
* ROH World Championship: Claudio Castagnoli (c) vs. Dustin Rhodes.
Next Wednesday on Dynamite in Chicago:
* Jake Hager vs. Bryan Danielson.
* Toni Storm & Hikaru Shida vs. Britt Baker & Jamie Hayter.
On Sunday, September 4 at All Out:
* Bryan Danielson vs. Chris Jericho
* Trios Tag Team Tournament Finals
* Interim AEW Women’s Championship: Dr. Britt Baker D.M.D. vs. Jamie Hayter vs. Toni Storm vs. Hikaru Shida
* Jungle Boy vs. Christian Cage
* Wardlow & FTR (Dax Harwood & Cash Wheeler) vs. Jay Lethal & Motor City Machine Guns (Alex Shelley & Chris Sabin)
* Casino Ladder Match
* AEW Tag Team Championships: Swerve In Our Glory (Keith Lee & Swerve Strickland) (c) vs. The Acclaimed (Max Caster & Anthony Bowens)
* Ricky Starks vs. Powerhouse Hobbs
They showed a video about Kenny Omega coming back last week and getting a win with The Young Bucks. Shocking that they would win.
It was main event time with Will Ospreay and Aussie Open making their entrance. Don Callis joined commentary to “scout” and provide insight according to him.
Analysis: This is a little thing, but AEW needs to do this more often when they book six-minute matches and do a commercial in between. Show the entrance, then go to commercial (even a picture in picture one) and then show the match.
The Death Triangle trio made their entrance. The announcers were putting this over as a dream match and trying to put it over as this incredible match. They say this about every match on every show. Okay not that much, but the AEW announcers overreact to matches way too much, in my opinion.
Death Triangle (Pac, Penta & Rey Fenix) vs. Will Ospreay & Aussie Open (Kyle Fletcher & Mark Davis)
There was a lot of time left in the show as this match began. Fenix and Ospreay started with some theatrics resembling a gymnastics routine as they did some flips and tried moves leading to the other guy landing on his feet. The match already broke down quickly as all six guys started brawling while referee Bryce Remsburg lost control early. Fenix hit a double Cutter on Aussie Open followed by Pac & Penta hitting a back body drop on both guys. The Death Triangle trio all hit running dives over the top onto the three guys on the floor. Penta and Fenix did a double team slam onto Ospreay for a two count. Pac chopped Ospreay a few times. Penta delivered a hard chop to the chest. Fenix back in with a palm strike to the ear and a low dropkick for two. They went to a picture in picture break.
The match continued with Davis tripping up Fenix leading to a double team move on the floor. Ospreay hit a twisting dive off the top onto two guys. Ospreay with a running dropkick in the corner on Fenix. Ospreay with a kick to the chest and Davis tagged in with a senton splash. Davis mounted Fenix with forearms. Best Friends and Danhausen were watching from ringside. Fletcher tagged in with a body slam on Fenix. Davis and Fletcher hit Fenix with forearms, then they hit eachother by accident and Fenix held both their hands leading to a flipping armdrag thing. Penta tagged in with a cross body block off the top onto both Aussie Open guys and the Slingblade on both guys. Fenix with a crucifix bomb on Fletcher. Davis with an elbow strike, then a super kick, Ospreay in illegally with a corkscrew in, Fletcher in illegally with a kick and Fletcher/Davis did a double team illegal move for a slam on Penta. That was broken up by Penta’s teammates. That led to a break.
Ospreay and Penta battled in the ring with Penta hitting a kick. Pac tagged in with a German Suplex on Ospreay. Fenix in illegally with a kick leading to Pac hitting a German Suplex for two. Davis and Fletcher pulled Pac out of the ring leading to a brawl in the ring. Penta and Fenix with a double superkick, Fletcher and Davis with shots of their own and then Pac & Ospreay each did double reverse hurricanranas on their opponents. That was choreographed well. The fans cheered as Ospreay battled Pac, then Pac delivered some kicks to the chest, Ospreay with a kick to the head, Pac with a kick and Ospreay did a springboard Oscutter off the middle ropes. The referee was counting both guys down in the ring even though he doesn’t do countouts when the situation warrants it and he doesn’t seem to give a shit when people are illegally in the ring. All I want is consistency and the referring is the opposite of that. Anyway, they got back up with Ospreay chopping Pac. They went to the turnbuckle with Pac hitting an avalanche brainbuster off the top. They went to a picture-in-picture break.
It looked like Pac and Ospreay were legal, but Fenix was there with a hurricanrana where Ospreay landed on his feet. Fenix hit a Cutter on Ospreay. Penta and Fenix each hit dives on guys on the floor. Pac jumped up off the top with the Black Arrow, Ospreay blocked with knees and got an inside cradle. Ospreay went for a Stormbreaker, but Pac countered it into a hurricanrana. Fenix, Penta and the Aussie Open guys were all in the ring illegally as Penta hit a Canadian Destroyer on Fletcher. Pac was still legal with Ospreay with Pac getting a DDT. Pac went up top again, but Fletcher pulled Ospreay out of the ring. That led to Pac going on the ring post and hitting a dive onto Ospreay/Fletcher on the floor. It’s nice of Ospreay/Fletcher to stand there for like five seconds waiting for that spot. Pac saw the box on the head guy with the announcers thinking it was Kip Sabian, but Pac took the box off and it was somebody else. That led to Sabian attacking Pac from behind with a suplex/neckbreaker on Pac on the move. Pac was the legal man, but we are told the referee never saw it because he was looking at Fenix, who was selling some injury. Davis clotheslined Fenix a few times. Fletcher wit ha running dropkick on Fenix. Ospreay and Aussie Open hit a triple forearm to the back, JR said that the referee Remsburg has to get control (JR’s subtle shot at the terrible refereeing, good luck with that) and Aussie Open held up Fenix while Ospreay hit the Oscutter off the ropes for the pinfall win. It went about 26 minutes. Pac was clearly the legal man that didn’t tag out, but none of the announcers mentioned it, nor did the referee care.
Winners by pinfall: Will Ospreay & Aussie Open (Kyle Fletcher & Mark Davis)
Analysis: **** It was an excellent match given a lot of time full of dives and incredible athleticism throughout the match. The finish was flawed because Pac was clearly the legal man and Fenix got pinned. (I was told there might have been a tag. I didn’t notice it and if there was, Pac was doing his stuff in the ring while he was illegal, so that’s another thing they ignored.) Anyway, lots of chaos in the match with illegal double team and triple team spots because in AEW it’s all about getting in those spots rather than trying to follow any kind of actual rules. I thought that Death Triangle would win since they are under contract in AEW while the other guys are not, but I think they want to put Omega-Ospreay in the same match due to their Twitter spat that’s probably a work. The last few minutes were totally out of control with just a bunch of random moves, not a lot of selling and then the finish was at triple team move without any tags. Even JR was subtly critical of the refereeing. I guess if you want to ignore the lack of logic then you might love this more than me. It’s still good. I just think they can set up some of these spots in a better way. Ospreay was by far the biggest star in the match. He was in the match the most for his team.
The win means that Will Ospreay & Aussie Open will face The Elite trio of Kenny Omega & The Young Bucks.
Kenny Omega & The Young Bucks made their entrance with a few minutes left in the show. The fans popped for them. Omega had some athletic tape on his left shoulder and left knee with Excalibur saying Omega looks like a mess. Ospreay invited Omega into the ring, but Callis kept Omega back.
Analysis: Ospreay and Omega apparently don’t like eachother. They trash eachother on Twitter and in interviews with Ospreay being more of the heel in the scenario. I think it’s all a work. I’m sure certain wrestling observers will cream their pants at the sight of Omega and Ospreay in the same match.
Three Stars of the Show
- Jon Moxley
- Will Ospreay
- Jay Lethal-Dax Harwood
This Week: 7.5 out of 10
Last Week: 7.75
I thought it was a very good show. The big news is that Jon Moxley beat CM Punk in a match that only went about three minutes. I didn’t expect it, but hopefully there’s some long with Punk selling the left foot injury and Moxley getting the easy win. I’m hoping there’s some long-term story there, but I don’t know what it is. Right now there’s no AEW World Title match on the All Out card on September 4.
There were two great matches including the six-man tag team main event that was given over 20 minutes leading to a lot of double team and triple team moves. The illegal man got pinned in the match while being attacked by three guys at the same time, but nobody seems to care. The refereeing in tag team matches looks so bad. Ospreay & Pac really stood out in the match. I thought the Jay Lethal-Dax Harwood match was technically sound as well. Lethal won with the classic cheating tights grab.
They did a nice job of setting up some matches for All Out and making some of them official. We could tell Starks vs. Hobbs and Christian vs. Jungle Boy were coming. The opening promo with Chris Jericho-Daniel Garcia and Bryan Danielson was good leading to Jericho-Danielson at All Out as well. I didn’t expect Motor City Machine Guns being part of All Out, so that’s cool to see. Good luck to Thunder Rosa coming back from her injury as well. Anyway, I’m glad they announced some more matches.
The next AEW pay-per-view is called All Out on Sunday, September 4 in Chicago. Here’s what we know so far.
Bryan Danielson vs. Chris Jericho
Interim AEW Women’s Championship: Dr. Britt Baker D.M.D. vs. Jamie Hayter vs. Toni Storm vs. Hikaru Shida
AEW Tag Team Championships: Swerve In Our Glory (Keith Lee & Swerve Strickland) (c) vs. The Acclaimed (Max Caster & Anthony Bowens)
Wardlow & FTR (Dax Harwood & Cash Wheeler) vs. Jay Lethal & Motor City Machine Guns (Alex Shelley & Chris Sabin)
Jungle Boy vs. Christian Cage
Ricky Starks vs. Powerhouse Hobbs
Trios Tag Team Tournament Finals
Casino Ladder Match
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