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The John Report: AEW Dynamite 09/28/22 Review

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This week’s AEW Dynamite featured Chris Jericho defending the ROH World Title, AEW World Champion Jon Moxley in action and Toni Storm putting the Interim AEW Women’s Title on the line against Serena Deeb.

This was AEW Dynamite episode #156 at the Liacouras Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 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. Excalibur was on commentary with Tony Schiavone and Taz.

Chris Jericho’s Celebration

Chris Jericho made his entrance with the Jericho Appreciation society. Everybody in the group was wearing purple jackets and pants including the women in the group. There was no Jake Hager with them. The fans sang along with “Judas” as usual. The ring had a pink carpet along with some pizzas on a table and Luigi the pizza wrestler dude was in the ring as well.

Angelo Parker told the “AEW Galaxy” to “appreciate us.” It’s the mocking of WWE Universe and what Roman Reigns does with the “acknowledge” thing. Parker trashed Philly for being losers and then told the fans to celebrate The Ocho referring to Jericho’s eight World Title win (six in WWE, one in AEW and one in ROH).

Matt Menard did his yelling promo routine talking about how they got the pizza guy Luigi, so he asked what kind of pizza he got. Luigi said he made a New York City pizza, so the fans booed and Menard screamed about how there was no pizza for the fans.

Anna Jay spoke up saying none of them will get pizza as the fans chanted “we want pizza” at them. Anna said that they won’t get pizza, but they will get the greatest Ring of Honor Champion of all time, Chris Jericho.

Chris Jericho finally spoke saying that the fans can’t have any pizza. Jericho claimed that he was the most viewed ROH Champion ever because nobody knows about the other ROH World Champions. Jericho said that it’s the start of Ring of Jericho while saying he’s going to face the former ROH World Champion Bandido. Jericho said that Bandido will blow your mind, but Jericho said that sports entertainers beat pro wrestlers every time.

Jericho mentioned ROH Pure Champion Daniel Garcia, who was in the ring wit the group. Jericho said he knows they have had some miscommunications and some issues. Jericho told Garcia he was an amazing champion and sports entertainer, so he got Garcia this gift. The fans chanted “you’re a wrestler.” Garcia’s gift was a purple bucket hat to match the purple attire. Jericho said that was the look of the greatest technical sports entertainer around. Garcia didn’t like it, so he tossed the hat down. Garcia punched the pizza guy. Garcia said he’s finally had enough. Garcia wanted to tell Jericho something he’s been meaning to get off his chest for a long time. Garcia told Jericho it was time for him to…Jericho stopped him from saying anything more. Jericho told Garcia to think about what you’re going to say. Jericho told Garcia to make the right decision or make the wrong decision and Jericho would have to take him out. Jericho asked Garcia if he’s a sports entertainer or a pro wrestler.

Bryan Danielson interrupted before Garcia could answer. Bryan got into the ring saying Jericho was trying to tell Garcia what to do. Bryan told Garcia that he’s a grown man and he could come with the Blackpool Combat Club instead. Jericho yelled at Bryan saying that Garcia belongs to Jericho and does what Jericho tells him to do. Garcia told Jericho that he doesn’t belong to him and he doesn’t have to do nothing that he tells him to do. Garcia asked if tossing a pizza on the ground was entertaining. Garcia asked if tossing pizza dough was entertaining and if teaming with Justin Roberts would be entertaining. Garcia asked if it would be entertaining if he was in a tag team with Bryan Danielson. The fans started a “yes” chant. Garcia suggested teaming with Bryan against Sammy and Jericho. Matt Menard did his screaming routine saying that for one year he and Parker have been watching his back, then he ripped on Bryan and Menard threatened to punch Bryan in the face. Bryan said that he was told that he could come out there to have a match, so Bryan suggested that “Daddy Magic” Matt Menard faces Bryan Danielson right here, right now.

Analysis: That was a long talking segment that isn’t always common in AEW. The entire “sports entertainer” or “pro wrestler” thing is absolutely ridiculous to begin with and Jericho knows it, but he knows it gets a reaction, so of course they push it. Garcia did a nice job in the segment while Jericho was tremendous as the heel instigator that knows how to get heat at all times. Bryan was great in his promo as usual. It was interesting that Bryan basically invited Garcia to the Blackpool Combat Club, so I assume that will happen fairly soon.

William Regal was on commentary for the upcoming match. Regal said something like Excalibur can “snap, crackle and pop me any time” because he does this weird sarcastic flirting routine. Excalibur mentioned all the people dealing with the hurricane in Florida and elsewhere. Our thoughts are with them for sure. It’s scary to see that happening there. They did a rundown of what’s coming up on the show. They said Jericho-Bandido was the main event.

Bryan Danielson vs. “Daddy Magic” Matt Menard (w/Angelo Parker)

Menard with punches, Bryan came back with some kicks to the body and an armdrag leading to Bryan pulling back on the arm. Bryan stomped on the arm. Menard charged at Bryan, who got a boot up. Bryan went to the turnbuckle and Menard kicked Bryan off the turnbuckle leading to Bryan bumping to the floor. They went to a picture-in-picture break.

(Commercial)

Menard was in control with a clothesline. Bryan made a comeback with a lot of chops, kicks to the body, a backflip off the ropes and a running clothesline. Bryan hit three straight running corner dropkicks. Bryan worked over Menard with kicks to the chest a few times. Bryan hit a running kick on Menard on the floor. Parker pulled Menard out of the way of an attack, then Menard picked up Bryan and drove Bryan into the ringpost. Taz said it was the ”yambag region” referring to the groin. Parker hit a DDT on the floor while the referee wasn’t looking. Back in the ring, Menard hit a Powerbomb for two. Claudio Castagnoli went down to ringside, he hit Parker with an uppercut and Claudio carried Parker to the back. That was funny. Bryan ducked a charging Menard and hit a Busaiko Knee to the face. Bryan applied the LeBell Lock for the submission win after nine minutes.

Winner by submission: Bryan Danielson

Analysis: **3/4 It was a solid match that was like Bryan going through the motions a bit without working up too much of a sweat. I doubt anybody watching this thought that Menard had a chance of winning, so it was tough to get into the match with such an obvious result. Menard hasn’t been in many singles matches in AEW as far as I know. The spot with Claudio taking out Parker from ringside was good. This match also gave Danielson a win after losing last week to Jon Moxley.

A video aired about Jon Moxley winning the AEW World Championship last week with Tony Schiavone wondering if anybody can dethrone Moxley. Juice Robinson mentioned beating Moxley the last time they had a match and he’s hated this guy for ten years. That match is later.

MJF was up next.

(Commercial)

A video aired about MJF and Wheeler Yuta exchanging insults last week.

Let’s Hear from Wheeler Yuta and MJF

Wheeler Yuta went down to the ring saying that they have problems and it’s not just because MJF hit him with the Dynamite Diamond Ring because he’s been hit harder than that. Yuta didn’t like that MJF hit Tony Schiavone last week because Tony’s done more for this company than anything MJF will ever do. Yuta ripped on MJF for hiding behind things like The Firm group, the microphone and he knows that Max isn’t going fight him. Yuta told MJF it was time to come out there to fight so MJF can take the ass kicking he deserves.

Maxwell Jacob Friedman made his entrance in dress clothes as usual, including a New York Mets jersey to piss off the Philly fans. MJF said that Yuta is from Philly, the place where you live if you can’t afford to live in New York. MJF asked how “fat, old prick” Tony is feeling after what MJF did to him. MJF ripped on the fans as well. MJF said that they have been practically grown up in this sport together and they wrestled all around North American while admitting that Yuta is one of the best wrestlers in the world. MJF said that Yuta made a mistake when he went one on one on the microphone last week, so “daddy had to spank ya” with MJF calling himself daddy in that instance. MJF complained about Yuta taking up TV time from the biggest draw in AEW (himself). The fans were chanting “shut the f**k up” at MJF. That led to MJF saying that Yuta has the charisma of Joe Frazier, who is dead. MJF ripped on the Phillies for not being as good as the Mets, but then said that he doesn’t need to resort to that. MJF said that at 26 years of age, he doesn’t have to care because he makes more money than everybody in the crowd and everybody watching at home. Yuta said he’ll leave MJF in a pool of his own blood on Broad Street while adding that bad things happen in Philadelphia. Gunn Club, who are part of The Firm, appeared with MJF on the stage.

MJF told Yuta that he doesn’t do brawls. MJF asked if the fans wanted to see them wrestle and MJF said no. MJF told Yuta he’ll see him in the ring next week in “dumpy” DC. MJF told the fans that they don’t deserve to hear him say his catchphrase. MJF said he’s going to go to the skybox, he’ll watch Jon Moxley and insulted the Blackpool “Cuckhold” Club and told Gunn Club to say the catchphrase, so Austin said that MJF is better than you and you know. Yuta just stared ahead.

Analysis: Great promo work from MJF as usual. I think MJF saying he’s a “generational talent” repeatedly is a nice way to annoy people, but it’s also a true statement. I thought Yuta did a nice job of displaying a lot of energy during his promo.

The AEW World Championship eliminator match was next between Jon Moxley and Juice Robinson.

(Commercial)

A video aired featuring Jay Lethal with friends Sonjay Dutt & Satnam Singh with Jay talking about facing Darby Allin in singles action. Darby Allin said he needs to prove himself against Jay and Jay told his guys to let him do it on his own. That’s on Dynamite next week.

Juice Robinson made his entrance first and there wasn’t much of a reaction for him. William Regal was on commentary again to support Blackpool Combat Club member, the AEW World Champion Jon Moxley. That led to Moxley making his entrance from the back part of the arena and he walked around with the fans as usual. When Moxley arrived at ringside, Juice attacked him from behind. Juice whipped Moxley into the barricade followed by two headbutts. Juice sent Moxley into the ring with Taz noting that Juice was a free agent, which is true.

Analysis: My guess is Juice ends up signing with AEW since his wife Toni Storm works in AEW. It seems like a good fit since Juice’s NJPW deal was done.

Jon Moxley vs. Juice Robinson

The bell rang with Moxley hitting a clothesline over the top to the floor. Moxley whipped Juice into the barricade and tossed him over the table at ringside. MJF was shown watching from a private suite in the arena. They went into the ring to exchange forearm strikes. Juice hit some stinging jabs that didn’t look that good, Moxley gave him a shot to the ribs and Juice bit Moxley’s head. Juice hit a corner clothesline on Moxley, then he stalled too long with a running charge and Moxley hit a lariat. Moxley tried a move, Juice tackled him out of the ring, Moxley was against the barricade and Juice hit a cannonball attack on Moxley on the floor leading to a picture-in-picture break.

(Commercial)

The match continued with Juice in control while Moxley was bleeding on the floor. Moxley bleeding in a match? That’s what happens in a lot of his matches. Juice hit a dive off the ropes, Moxley moved and Juice went crashing onto a chair on the floor. Moxley hit a suicide dive onto Juice on the floor. Moxley charged, Juice got a boot up and they did two double clotheslines, but Moxley came back with a Cutter for two. Juice got to the ropes to avoid an STF submission. Moxley with punches, but Juice did an eye gouge followed by a Powerbomb out of the corner in a spot that The Undertaker did many times. Juice is a lot shorter, just saying. Juice jumped off the top with nothing, Moxley with a kick and Juice sent Moxley into the turnbuckle. Juice hit a Pulp Fiction move similar to Christian Cage’s Unprettier/Killswitch driving Moxley into the mat for two. Juice went for an airplane spin off the shoulders, but Moxley landed on his feet leading to a knee. Moxley hooked the arms, stomped on Juice’s face and Moxley applied an armbar on the right arm leading to Juice tapping out. Moxley won by submission after about 11 minutes.

Winner by submission: Jon Moxley

Analysis: ***1/4 That was an entertaining back and forth match with Juice having a strong showing in his first AEW match. Moxley is really good at taking a beating, then really turning up the intensity and having smart finishes to his matches. Moxley winning was another obvious result, but I liked the story they told and the drama throughout the match. I think AEW should sign Juice.

Post match, “Hangman” Adam Page made his entrance wearing a Dolly Parton t-shirt. Interesting choice. Page got in the ring with Moxley since they are facing eachother in on Dynamite in three weeks. It was simply a staredown followed by a teased fight.

MJF did a promo saying that they are not fighting eachother because when they are done fighting, MJF may cash his chip in to become the AEW World Champion because MJF is a generational talent. Wheeler Yuta was standing behind MJF, the fans cheered and Yuta unloaded on MJF with punches. Yuta was fighting off security guys trying to break it up while fans were filming it on their phones. Yuta ended up getting pulled off MJF while MJF shouted that Yuta should be arrested.

Analysis: Good segment. MJF is so hated by the crowd while Yuta had a strong promo earlier, so it was smart to follow it up like this. They really booked Yuta well on this show with his promo against MJF earlier and then this brawling segment

A video aired about former ROH World Champion Bandido, who gets to challenge Chris Jericho in the main event.

Analysis: It’s smart to do that.

(Commercial)

They showed a video of Serena Deeb pinning Toni Storm in a tag team match two weeks ago. Last week on Dynamite, Saraya (former Paige in WWE) made her AEW debut.

Let’s Hear from Saraya

Saraya got a big introduction from Justin Roberts leading to Saraya entering to a big pop from the crowd. Saraya said she had chills and said: “I’m baaaaaaack.” That led to “welcome back” chants from the crowd. Saraya said it’s been a crazy road for her saying she’s damaged, but not broken at the end of the day. Saraya said that she will create change in this division and she said she was the revolution. The fans chanted “this is your house” to support her. Saraya laughed about how she’s so nervous because it’s been a while, but AEW is officially her house. Paige said that people at ringside can give her time cues, but she’s going to take more time and called for the ladies of AEW to come out.

Some members of the AEW women’s division entered led by Interim AEW Women’s Champion Toni Storm along with Athena, Skye Blue, Madison Rayne and Willow Nightingale, so they are all babyfaces. Saraya said that they are going to make a change. Saraya introduced the ladies saying Toni Storm is finally being used to her potential and is the best champion that AEW has seen and she is honored to be in the ring.

Dr. Britt Baker D.M.D. interrupted and she was joined by Jamie Hayter, Rebel and Penelope Ford. Baker said that Saraya is a shiny new toy while saying Saraya is just a catchphrase leading to Baker saying her name like the catchphrase. Baker said that she’s bled for this company, put her neck on the line and unlike Saraya, her neck can handle it.

Analysis: Neck injury jokes. Ouch.

Baker joked about how people don’t know how to say her name. Baker said some different versions of Saraya’s name. Saraya cut her off saying her name rhymes with “shit” which got muted on the broadcast, or at least some other sound. Baker said she respected Toni, but she can’t keep herself away from problematic people in wrestling. Baker complained about Toni and Athena breaking her nose, so yet again Baker is a conspiracy victim. Baker told Toni that Serena is cold and calculating. The fans were chanting “Jamie Hayter” so Britt claimed Jami will get her shot. Baker said one misstep from Toni and we’ll be hearing the words “and new” soon.

Analysis: Interesting promo exchange. Britt gets by far the most promo time of any woman in AEW.

Serena Deeb made her entrance. Baker told the other women to get out of the ring because their five seconds of fame is over. Saraya said that since she got to talk to Tony backstage – it’s so good to have a boss that finally listens to her. Saraya said they decided to make this match a Lumberjack match for the championship.

Analysis: Nice shot by Saraya saying that she has a boss that finally listens to her. Her former boss is now retired for what it’s worth and WWE kept her out of the ring for her safety, but I get why she would say it in AEW. Anyway, they really didn’t specify if Saraya can wrestle. She came across like something an authority figure or matchmaker. Maybe they don’t know if she can wrestle yet until a doctor clears her (that’s based on a recent report), so right now she’s just kind of in this role to put over the women’s division. The announcers were really annoying because all three of them kept saying “Saraya was changing the women’s division” like they were robots reciting a line fed to them. Obviously they are pushing that as a story, but does this mean AEW is going to have more than one women’s match on a Dynamite? I don’t know about that.

Lumberjack (Lumberjills?) Match for the AEW Women’s Title: Toni Storm vs. Serena Deeb

Saraya was on commentary. Storm grabbed a side headlock, Deeb turned it into an armbar and Storm managed to knock Deeb out of the ring. Storm set up Deeb for a move off the turnbuckle, but Deeb countered it with a cross body block. Deeb tossed Storm out of the ring, so the heel women stomped on Storm a bit, then the face women confronted the heels and there’s a perfect spot for a picture-in-picture break.

(Commercial)

The match continued with Storm jumping off the top with a cross body block for a two count. Storm with a German Suplex, Deeb countered a move into a pin and then they did a pin exchange with each woman getting a two count. Deeb sat on Storm’s head while pulling on the arms. Storm broke free, she hit a headbutt and a German Suplex. Storm stared at Hayter, then ran the ropes right at her and Hayter tripped up Storm. That was too obvious. Nightingale chased Hayter to the back. Deeb applied the Serenity Lock submission near the ropes, the fans were barely reacting to it, then a light “Toni” chant and Storm got to the rope to break it. Storm with a back body drop to get out of a move. Storm went up top, Storm with another cross body block, but Deeb rolled through and applied a single leg crab. Storm got out of it and hit a hip attack in the corner. Deeb with a leg trip into a pin and Storm hit Storm Zero for a two count. That was a surprising kickout. Deeb wrenched the left leg of Storm against the ropes. Storm barely sold that at all so they can go up to the turnbuckle for the next stop. Storm got a hold of Deeb by the ropes and hit an Avalanche Piledriver (or Storm Zero) for the pinfall win after 11 minutes. It was a piledriver off the middle ropes.

Winner by pinfall: Toni Storm

Analysis: *** A solid match as usual by two talented women, but it wasn’t really that exciting at any point until that finishing move, which made me raise the star rating a bit because I liked the strong ending. Storm only recently won the title, so it seemed likely that she was going to win. Deeb is so technically sound, so her matches are always solid. I just wish AEW had more interesting stories for some of these women’s matches.

The Acclaimed and Billy Gunn were interviewed by Tony Schiavone. The Acclaimed talked about being that Tag Team Champions. Billy Gunn said that next week on Dynamite it’s National Scissoring Day. Max Caster said they’ll do the chant all night long. Anthony Bowens said that they’ll defend the titles on Rampage in an open challenge. Keith Lee interrupted saying Swerve was exceptionally disgruntled. Lee said that Billy Gunn got involved and cost them the championships while telling The Acclaimed they got carried. Gunn said he had two words for Swerve: “Scissor Me.”

(Commercial)

There was a backstage scene with Private Party and The Butcher & The Blade arguing about something with Andrade El Idolo trying to calm them down. Jose The Assistant told Private Party that Andrade is their boss, so shape up or ship out. Matt Hardy walked up to Private Party saying what happened last week felt right. Matt told them to quit and get out of their deal. Matt promised them both that they will do it right.

Analysis: Private Party has had nothing to do for a very long time, so maybe this is a babyface turn for them that can lead to some success.

Ricky Starks vs. Eli Isam

Starks went for a Spear, Isam avoided it and Starks managed to charge at him to hit the Spear. Starks hit the Rochambeau slam for the pinfall win after about 40 seconds.

Winner by pinfall: Ricky Starks

Analysis: * Easy win to put over Starks.

This Friday on AEW Rampage (taped after Dynamite):

* John Silver vs. Rush.

* The Acclaimed defend the AEW Tag Team Titles vs. The Butcher & The Blade vs. Private Party.

* Willow Nightingale vs, Jamie Hayter.

* Hook appears.

* Lee Moriarty vs. Fuego Del Sol.

Next Wednesday on AEW Dynamite in Washington, DC:

* MJF vs. Wheeler Yuta.

* National Scissoring Day featuring The Acclaimed.

* Luchasaurus in action.

* Darby Allin vs. Jay Lethal.

* Daniel Garcia & Bryan Danielson vs. Chris Jericho & Sammy Guevara.

The ROH ring announcer Bobby Cruise did the introductions for the main event. Ian Riccaboni from ROH was on commentary as well with Excalibur and Taz.

Bandido made his entrance for his AEW debut match. Chris Jericho was up next as the ROH World Champion leading to yet another “Judas” singalong for the crowd. Jericho was on his own with the ROH World Title around his waist.

Analysis: They should have at least had a Claudio Castagnoli interview on the show talking about how Jericho cheated to beat him last week. Claudio was on earlier briefly, but I think they should have had had something with Claudio complaining about Jericho hitting the low blow before the Judas Effect won Jericho the match.

ROH World Championship: Chris Jericho vs. Bandido

They shook hands, then Jericho did something goofy with his fingers and did a middle finger gesture. Bandido with punches, but Jericho hit him with a clothesline. Bandido sent Jericho out of the ring followed by a suicide dive. Bandido ran the ropes leading to a twisting splash over the top onto Jericho. Bandido sent Jericho back into the ring for a picture-in-picture break.

(Commercial)

Bandido sent a charging Jericho over the top to the apron. Jericho jumped off the top with nothing, so Bandido kicked him in the ribs. Bandido held Jericho for a delayed vertical suplex, Jericho had his hand placed on Bandido’s leg and Bandido held him there for about one minute before dropping Jericho with a suplex. Bandido went up top, did an Eddie Guerrero style shake followed by a Frog Splash (Eddie’s finisher) for a two count. Bandido charged, Jericho slammed him to the mat and Jericho kicked Bandido to knock him down. Jericho with chops, then a corner clothesline and Jericho wanted a move off the turnbuckle, but Bandido suplexed Jericho face first into the mat. Bandido jumped off the middle rope and Jericho stopped that with a Codebreaker for two since that is not his finisher in AEW. They went to the apron, Jericho with forearms to the back, Bandido with elbows to the head and Jericho punched him in the face. Bandido gave Jericho a hurricanrana off the apron onto the floor. That led to a picture-in-picture break.

(Commercial)

Bandido ran the ropes leading to Jericho punching him down. Jericho went to the apron, but Bandido jumped off the ropes with a Powerbomb for two. Jericho knocked Bandido down and Jericho hit a Liontamer for a two count with Bandido sliding over a bit to get in the right spot. Bandido hit a crucifix bomb for a two count. Bandido went for knee, but Jericho blocked it and Jericho applied the Walls of Jericho submission although this was more like a Boston Crab. Jericho stomped on Bandido’s head while on the apron and Jericho suplexed Bandido into the ring. Jericho went up top, Bandido with a kick to the head and Bandido hit a fallaway slam off the top while falling on top of Jericho for a two count. Great nearfall there. The fans were chanting ‘Bandido” for the challenger. Bandido hit the X Knee to the face so it was a slam off the shoulder into the knee kind of like a reverse of the GTS version of the same thing. Bandido jumped onto Jericho’s back, then into the ropes and hit a bridging German Suplex called 21 Plex for two. Jericho with an eye poke, then he ripped part of the mask and Bandido did an inside cradle for two. Jericho with a boot followed by the Liontamer submission or the Walls of Jericho from a high angle and Bandido tapped out to give Jericho the win. It went about 18 minutes.

Winner by pinfall: Chris Jericho

Analysis: ***3/4 I thought it was an excellent match. Jericho continues to perform at a high level while Bandido worked well with him. They really did a nice job of making it seem like Bandido could win even though most of us watching assumed that Jericho wasn’t going to lose one week after winning the title. Bandido came close a few times at the end, but Jericho showed his veteran savvy leading to the Liontamer submission.

After the match, Jericho made Bobby Cruise announce him as the ROH World Champion.

Jericho said that the Ring of Jericho Era has begun. Jericho said he’s going to beat every great champion that’s ever held the Ring of Jericho title. Jericho challenged Bryan Danielson to an ROH World Title on October 12th at Dynamite. Jericho said he’s going to destroy everybody associated with Ring of Honor. Jericho punched Cruise in the ribs and hit a Judas Effect elbow to the head. Jericho celebrated the win while Excalibur kept saying “disgusting” to end it.

Analysis: I am going to that Toronto episode of Dynamite in two weeks (I only decided a few days ago), so I look forward to seeing Jericho-Bryan in a match. I think this Ring of Jericho story is about him getting heat as the ROH World Champion, we know he’s going to get consistent screen time and that’s good for the brand. It will also be meaningful when somebody beats him for the title. You know who should do it? Daniel Garcia. Just saying.

 

Three Stars of the Show

  1. Chris Jericho
  2. Jon Moxley
  3. MJF/Wheeler Yuta

 

The Scoreboard

This Week: 7.5 out of 10

Last Week: 8.5

 

Final Thoughts

A pretty good show overall, but a bit below last week. That’s to be expected because last week’s show had multiple title matches and you can only do so much the next week. I liked Jericho/Bandido the most, then Moxley/Juice and the women’s match with Toni/Serena was pretty solid too. All of the match items were predictable as well, so I think AEW could have done a better job of setting up interesting matches.

It was good to see Saraya doing a promo on the show, but the announcers are so annoying constantly saying how this was going to change things in the women’s division? How does that happen? It’s not like they are going to have more than one women’s match per show. If that happens then that’s change. Until then, it’s just noise.

I enjoyed the way they built up to MJF-Yuta having a match next week. MJF is so great on the microphone and Yuta fired back with some of the best promo work of his career.

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