This week’s AEW Dynamite saw Adam Copeland face Luchasaurus, Bryan Danielson against Swerve Strickland and two title matches on “Title Tuesday.”
It’s a rare Tuesday night edition of AEW Dynamite due the MLB Playoffs airing on TBS on Wednesday night. That means Dynamite went head-to-head with WWE NXT, which is the normal Tuesday wrestling show. Both shows decided to load up with strong lineups. AEW promoted six singles matches with two of them being title matches. You might think “Title Tuesday” would have more than two title matches, but I guess they thought two was enough. There was a pre-show title defense with Eddie Kingston beating Minoru Suzuki to keep the ROH World and NJPW Strong Openweight Titles. I find the tribalism thing to be weird. If WWE wants to load up their C show because AEW is moving to their night for one week then more power to them. I think it’s smart for AEW to book an episode with a strong lineup like this too. They recently did the Grand Slam Dynamite show that had some bigger matches, but this is still a good lineup. The reality is that AEW used to have 8,000+ fans at arenas a year or two ago and now those same arenas have about 3,000 fans in attendance. I like the in-ring action in AEW, but they need better characters and storytelling.
Tony Khan also tweeted “Bald A**hole” about WWE’s Triple H and Shawn Michaels. It is an image from one of my favorite TV shows ever, Curb Your Enthusiasm. I wouldn’t call it the most professional thing in the world by Tony, who turned 41 years old Tuesday. Happy birthday to Tony. I have never met Tony in person. We have exchanged messages about wrestling and sports in the past. He’s cool with me.
Anyway, I’m watching this on Wednesday morning. I did a poll on Tuesday on Twitter/X where readers voted that they wanted me to do NXT live, so that’s what I did.
Christian Cage was shown in the production truck with his TNT Championship. Christian said that Bryan Danielson faces Swerve Strickland for a shot at his TNT Title this Saturday on AEW Collision. Christian spoke about how Luchasaurus is going to end Adam Copeland’s run before it even gets started. Christian said he might elaborate on the three words he said last week. Christian said he made sure Dynamite was commercial-free for the first 30 minutes and he told one of the “a**holes” to start the show. The Dynamite introduction aired after that.
Analysis: Christian is awesome and performing at a high level right now. Maybe the best character in TNT right now. That’s cool to see. He turns 50 years old next month, so it’s impressive that he’s still doing so well.
It’s Tuesday (not Wednesday like usual) and you know what that means. Excalibur was on commentary with Taz and Tony Schiavone.
Bryan Danielson vs. Swerve Strickland (w/Prince Nana)
The winner of this match gets a TNT Title match against Christian Cage this Saturday on AEW Collision.
They did some mat wrestling to start as both guys attempted to apply holds and they kept avoiding eachother as best they could. Swerve with a slap, so Bryan slapped back. Bryan ran the ropes, Swerve tripped him and got the arm hooked for a crucifix pin for two. They each got a cradle pin attempt for two. Swerve lifted Bryan to the apron where Bryan hit him with a boot to the face. Bryan kicked Swerve’s left arm, but Swerve drove Bryan back first into the turnbuckle. Swerve hit a backbreaker on the apron. Back in the ring, Swerve hit an uppercut smash off the middle turnbuckle for two. Swerve whipped Bryan hard into the turnbuckle followed by a powerslam and a suplex. Excalibur called it a brainbuster, but it was really just a suplex. Swerve hit a backbreaker. Swerve went up top and did a 450 Splash, but Bryan got his knees up to block it. Swerve went to the floor to regroup, so Bryan hit a running knee off the apron onto Swerve on the floor. Bryan went up top and hit a missile dropkick. Bryan worked over Swerve with a the Yes Kicks to the chest followed by a roundhouse kick to the head for two.
Bryan did the backflip spot where he jumps over the guy from the top rope and Swerve came back with a kick to the ribs. Swerve went for a dive, then Swerve landed on his feet and Bryan ran the ropes, so Swerve stopped him with a forearm to the head. Great counter. Swerve set up Bryan against the turnbuckle so that Bryan was upside down and Swerve jumped off the top with a Swerve Stomp. The move looks a bit silly with Bryan having to hold himself on the turnbuckle, but they did it quickly, so it was better than when some wrestlers do it. Back in the ring, Swerve jumped off the top with a double foot stomp attempt, but Bryan caught him into a single leg crab. Bryan applied a heel hook submission on the left leg, but Swerve managed to grab the bottom rope for the break. Bryan slipped under Swerve by the turnbuckle and Bryan hit a belly-to-back superplex off the top rope. Bryan stomped on Swerve’s head a few times, then knee strikes to the head and more stomps. Bryan applied the LeBell Lock submission and held onto the other arm as well, but Swerve got his right foot on the rope for the break. Bryan hit the running dropkick. Bryan collapsed when he was running with Taz saying it was a liver injury probably. Swerve hit a House Call kick to the head along with a Swerve Stomp off the top for two. Great nearfall. Bryan charged, Swerve caught him and Swerve flipped him over for a sitout slam. I don’t know what move that was, but it looked impressive. Nana went on the apron, Swerve grabbed Nana’s crown and wanted to use it, but “Hangman” Adam Page showed up to take the crown away. Bryan went for the running knee, Swerve avoided it and wanted a JML Driver, but Bryan countered it into a rollup for two. Bryan was back up, he charged and hit a Busaiko running knee to Swerve’s face for the pinfall win after 18 minutes.
Winner by pinfall: Bryan Danielson
Analysis: ****1/4 Excellent match. Bryan Danielson is the best wrestler in AEW while Swerve continues to impress a lot. They really worked well together with a lot of nearfalls and submission attempts. I was impressed by so many of the counters as well. Swerve tried to cheat, but Hangman showed up to prevent Swerve from cheating. It wasn’t a cheap win by Danielson by any means although he did benefit by what Hangman did there. The only thing I didn’t like about this is that Swerve picked up a loss so soon after the biggest win of his career over Hangman Page. It was a fun match that was full of great action by two awesome wrestlers. I enjoyed it a lot.
Samoa Joe, the ROH TV Champion, was featured in a video talking about how he would soon become the AEW World Champion. Joe said on Collision, he’ll begin his road to the championship. Joe said he’ll prove why he’s the man who takes what he wants from anybody he wants to. Joe said this Saturday on Collision, he begins his ascension to greatness.
Analysis: I’m a Samoa Joe fan, so it wouldn’t bother me if he became AEW World Champion at some point.
Powerhouse Hobbs (w/Don Callis) vs. Chris Jericho
They started out throwing punches, Jericho got a boot and Hobbs hit a spinebuster for two. Hobbs hit another spinebuster. Hobbs kept Jericho down with a headbutt. Hobbs hit a spinebuster again followed by some knees to the ribs. After Hobbs stomped on Jericho for a few moments, Hobbs hit another spinebuster. Jericho tried to fight back with two shoulder tackles. Hobbs sent Jericho into the turnbuckle, Hobbs went charging into the turnbuckle and Jericho came back with a Codebreaker for two. Hobbs maintained control again with a series of punches to the head. Hobbs hit another spinebuster. Jericho slipped out of a Hobbs move and sent him into the turnbuckle. Jericho applied the Walls of Jericho submission looking like the Boston Crab. Hobbs twisted his way out of it and Hobbs got back up with a World’s Strongest Slam (like Mark Henry) for a two count. Hobbs hit a World’s Strongest Slam again. Hobbs covered Jericho with one knee on Jericho’s face for the pinfall win after eight minutes.
Winner by pinfall: Powerhouse House
Analysis: **3/4 That was a dominant ass-kicking to put over Hobbs in a big way. Sometimes the goal of a match is to put on a great showing and have an even matchup with a bunch of nearfalls, but that wasn’t the case here. This was about Hobbs kicking Jericho’s ass to have Hobbs look like a serious threat. There are some main event level guys that might not want to lose like that, but Jericho gets it because it’s a big thing for Hobbs.
After the match, Hobbs hit a World’s Strongest Slam on Jericho again. The fans were booing.
A video was shown from Roderick Strong’s house with Adam Cole. Mike Bennett and Matt Taven of The Kingdom were pushing Strong’s wheelchair. Cole was “there for a week” and Strong said Cole needed to cut the grass. Cole had a broken ankle, but still managed to cut the grass. After cutting grass, Cole was gifted one of Strong’s “Neck Strong” shirts. Matt Taven had a toy giraffe with him. Cole said there’s no cell service and not a single TV. Strong feels like TV is “The Devil” as if he’s The Waterboy’s mom. Cole wanted to leave, but Strong said he needed one more thing. It ended.
Analysis: It wasn’t as funny as past vignettes they have done, but it was fine.
AEW International Championship: Rey Fenix (w/Alex Abrahantes) vs. Orange Cassidy
This was originally going to be Rey Fenix against Jon Moxley, but Moxley was not cleared to compete. I don’t know if it’s still from the concussion from a few weeks ago when Fenix won the title from him due to Moxley being knocked out. Orange was put in this spot since he never got a rematch when he lost the title to Moxley last month.
Fenix was banged up going into this match after leaving a match early recently. Fenix hit two clotheslines and then tried a lift, but his back gave out. Orange was against the ropes, so Fenix ran the ropes leading to a running kick. Fenix tried a lift, sold a sore back and Orange dropkicked Fenix in the back to knock him out of the ring. Orange whipped Fenix hard back-first into the barricade and Fenix went over the barricade. Orange sent Fenix back-first into the ring post two times. Fenix tried to fight back with a kick, but Orange tripped him up onto the apron. Orange went up top. Fenix hit an uppercut on Orange. Orange knocked Fenix back down and Orange hit a diving DDT. Orange hit a spinning Tornado DDT on Fenix for a two count. Fenix superkicked the arm and then Fenix sold the back injury again. Orange hit Beach Break for two. Orange connected with the Orange Punch to the face and the Mouse Trap pinning sequence for the pinfall win after five minutes.
Winner by pinfall AND NEW International Champion: Orange Cassidy
Analysis: **1/2 A rare short match title change. You don’t see that often in AEW. At least it told a story that Fenix was hurting a lot with the sore back. Orange was aggressive I assume if Moxley was in this match then he would have won the title.
After the match, Orange Cassidy’s friends Chuck Taylor, Trent Beretta, Rocky Romero and Hook arrived to celebrate.
Toni Storm made a short film called Lover’s Lament saying it was a silent picture. It aired during the picture-in-picture break.
Wardlow vs. Matt Sydal
Sydal rarely gets to be on Dynamite. We know his role here. Wardlow delivered shoulder tackles to the ribs against the turnbuckle. Wardlow went into the Powerbomb sequence with Wardlow hitting four straight Powerbombs on Sydal. The referee checked on Sydal, who was out and Wardlow won by knockout in about one minute.
Winner by pinfall: Wardlow
Analysis: No rating. Squash city.
Wardlow left through the audience in the back part of the arena.
They showed Chris Jericho getting looked at by a trainer while Renee Paquette checked on Chris. Daniel Garcia wanted an update, but Matt Menard told Garcia they are better than this. Garcia left with Menard reluctantly. Jericho didn’t say anything.
“Hangman” Adam Page vs. Jay White (w/Juice Robinson, Colten Gunn & Austin Gunn)
Jay White has the AEW World Title that he stole from MJF. White challenges MJF for that AEW World Title at Full Gear on November 18th.
Bullet Club Gold guys rode tricycles (or big wheels maybe) on the way to the ring so maybe that’s a shot at The Undertaker on the other show. I don’t know. White got in a slap early, bailed to the floor and Page jumped onto White on the floor. They went to break one minute into it.
White was in control with a chinlock followed by a dragon screw leg whip. White tried a leapfrog, but Page caught him and hit a slam off the shoulders. Page caught White leading to a fallaway slam followed by a running Shooting Star Press for two. White bailed to the floor, Page tried a leap over the top, but White avoided it. Page picked up White and hit a Powerbomb on the apron. Back in the ring, Page hit a sitout Powerbomb for two. Page was selling a right knee injury, so White elbowed the knees and hit a suplex into the turnbuckle. White picked up Page on the apron and hit a kneebreaker onto the edge of the apron.
The match returned with Page hitting a fallaway slam off the top rope and Page was selling the right knee after it landed hard on the mat. White came back with a knee breaker to the shoulder followed by a uranage slam. Page rocked White with a couple of forearms to the face. White came back with a leg whip on the right leg against the middle rope. They battled on the turnbuckle with Page slamming White’s head into the turnbuckle. Page went up top and hit the moonsault onto White on the floor. Page went to the apron, but White fell back against the ropes to avoid a possible Buckshot Lariat. White hit a flatliner followed by a German Suplex. White hit a Sleeper Suplex, no sold by Page and he was back up with a hard lariat. Page tried a Buckshot Lariat, but couldn’t do it due to the knee. White tried a Bladerunner, Page got out of it and Page hit a Deadeye for the two count. Prince Nana was at ringside trying to use the crown on Page, but Page was ready for it, so White did a ROLLUP OF DEATH~! while holding onto the pants for the pinfall win after 18 minutes.
Winner by pinfall: Jay White
Analysis: ***3/4 That was a great match that got plenty of time. Two guys with similar athleticism and skills. That was an interesting finish with White looking like a clever heel using Page’s pants to his advantage. It gives Page an out because it wasn’t a clean loss due to the distraction from Nana and the tights usage by White. Page did an awesome job of selling the right knee injury throughout the match. White winning the match made a lot of sense since he’s getting the AEW World Title shot at Full Gear next month. Hangman lost to Swerve Strickland at WrestleDream, so here’s another loss for Hangman although like I said it wasn’t that clean.
Adam Page walked up the ramp quickly chasing Prince Nana to the back.
Let’s Hear from MJF and Jay White
Maxwell Jacob Friedman (MJF) arrived wearing the ROH Tag Team Title with the fans cheering Max the babyface. Bullet Club Gold was in the ring with White, who had the AEW World Title. MJF said that you got your title match, so give me back the Triple B aka the AEW World Title. White said we don’t want to hear from MJF, we want to hear from Jay. The fans booed.
MJF said that Jay is the guy that doesn’t give a damn about anybody else. MJF said that Jay will use people and abuse people. MJF said that White is using those three guys to get where you want to be and MJF knows because it’s right out of his playbook. MJF said every day he wakes up to try to be a better man. MJF said that he hates it, but for the first time in his life, he’s earned the respect of the fans. The fans cheered that. MJF said that title is his livelihood and his legacy. MJF said when you are carrying that AEW World Title it makes you the best wrestler in the world.
MJF admitted he knows how talented he is and he knows Jay is elite. MJF said that he’s sure one day Jay White will join the club of being an AEW World Champion, but that day is not today. MJF told White to show respect not just to him, but to the sport, the company and these fans by giving MJF back what he has not yet earned.
White said thanks for asking so nicely instead of jumping White from behind in his devil mask. White said that MJF will get his chance to win the title at Full Gear when he will fail. White said that MJF could come down and take it, but with Bullet Club Gold there, MJF isn’t going to come down. White suggested an eight-man tag team match against MJF and three partners.
Juice Robinson spoke about how next week there’s a Dynamite Diamond Battle Royal that Juice is going to win. Juice said he’s going to win the battle, take MJF’s ring and have everything that MJF loves. Juice said when that’s all done he’s going to give him a little present – something you’re going to like. Juice said he had a roll of quarters for Max. Juice said he breaks jaws with these. MJF shouted that if you come after him with those quarters he’ll end his life, “you piece of shit.” MJF slammed the microphone down and left. The announcers said MJF was bullied as a kid so it brings back bad memories. White said “Guns Up” to end it.
Analysis: I like MJF better as a heel, but he’s doing well as a babyface too. The problem with the stolen championship stories is that logically the company should be able to tell a wrestler to give a title back, yet we have to assume that the company doesn’t give a damn about doing the right thing. Anyway, the quarters bit at the end is certainly something that could be seen as antisemitic and considering the awful situation involving Israel and the Palestinians in Gaza, it’s something that AEW should have avoided. Anyway, there’s an eight-man tag team match coming at some point. MJF’s promo was better this week because he was more serious and didn’t try to start silly chants from the crowd.
There was another Toni Storm silent film that I guess was during the commercial.
AEW Women’s Championship: Saraya vs. Hikaru Shida
Saraya worked over Shida with forearms. Shida came back with a running knee to the face. Shida hit an enziguri kick to the left shoulder. They took turns throwing punches and elbow strikes. Shida put Saraya on the shoulders leading to a slam onto the mat. Shida hit a running knee lift while Saraya was on the apron. A woman in all-black attire (Ruby Soho) tried to attack Shida, but Shida stopped it and sprayed the spray paint into the eyes of Ruby Soho. Toni Storm ran out to the ring and beat up Ruby with her shoes. Yes, really. They went to break.
Saraya hit a toe kick to the ribs, but Shida came back with a jumping knee strike. Shida worked over Saraya with repeated punches against the turnbuckle. Shida hit a missile dropkick for a two count. Shida was on the top rope, so Saraya pulled her off by the arm and Shida’s lower back hit the ring apron. Ouch. Shida hit a stalling German Suplex on the apron. Shida jumped off the apron with meteora double knees on Saraya on the floor. Back in the ring, Shida hit a running knee for two. Saraya blocked a move, she tried a submission and Shida came back with two kicks. Shida went up top again, jumped off with nothing and Saraya hit a superkick. Saraya hit her Nightcap DDT for two. Saraya grabbed a kendo stick and spray paint, the referee only took the kendo stick, so Saraya used the spray paint into the eyes of Shida. Saraya hit the Nightcap DDT twice. Shida came back with a Falcon Arrow. Saraya covered by sitting on top of Shida, but Shida countered that and sat on top for the pinfall win. It went 12 minutes.
Winner by pinfall AND NEW AEW Women’s Champion: Hikaru Shida
Analysis: **1/2 It was just an average match. I think the person who beat Saraya should have been somebody different who hasn’t been the champion before. Shida kicked out of Saraya’s DDT finisher two times in a row, so after that it was pretty obvious that Shida was going to win. I would have liked to see AEW push somebody new into this spot like a Taya Valkyrie or even Willow Nightingale. Going back to Shida isn’t that interesting to me. Shida is a good worker that has the respect of the fans. Saraya doesn’t wrestle as often as some of the other women, so I guess it was time to take the title off her after just one and a half months as the champions.
Hikaru Shida celebrated as the first-ever three-time AEW Women’s Champion.
The announcers said that Chris Jericho was taken to the hospital to determine what his injuries are. Enjoy the vacation, Chris.
They went over the cards for Rampage and Collision.
Next week on Dynamite is the Dynamite Diamond Battle Royal.
MJF was interviewed by Renee Paquette. MJF said he’s not in the mood to be interviewed, so he said he wanted to call his boy Adam Cole and get some advice. Renee left as MJF called Cole. MJF asked where Adam was and Adam said he was still with Roddy because he needed some help. Cole found it hard to hear where he was, so the call was dropped. The Acclaimed and Daddy Ass Billy Gunn walked up saying maybe they could team with MJF against Bullet Club Gold. MJF left without an answer. Billy wondered what Caster’s infatuation was with MJF. Caster said he’s known him for ten years and MJF needs help. Caster said he likes when MJF plays hard to get.
Analysis: Poor Max.
Luchasaurus made his entrance with Christian Cage, the TNT Champion, for the main event. That led to a Christian promo.
Let’s Hear from Christian Cage
Chrisitan told the fans to keep the noise down. Christian said that, unlike the Kansas City Chiefs, he doesn’t need extra help to get his wins. Christian said that he left people’s jaws on the floor with the three words he said to the Rated R Superstar last week. Christian said he found it interesting that Adam Copeland thinks that Christian’s friends Luchasaurus and Jungle Boy will turn on him. Christian said he is not their leader, he’s their father.
Christian said that Adam wanted them to finish their careers together, but it’s funny that the same sentiment wasn’t there years ago even though he was more talented and Adam was pushed to the moon. Christian wondered where his tag team aspirations were back then. Christian said that his career keeps climbing to new heights since he’s the most talked about star in this business. Christian said that Adam needed him while Christian did not need him. Christian said he had a lot of fans around the world and said he knows Adam’s wife Beth is a huge fan. Christian said that Luchasaurus will end Adam right now. Christian said that Adam would know that his daughters Ruby & Lyric will be safe while telling Beth to put some clean sheets on the bed because “your new father is coming home.”
Analysis: Christian is such a great dirtbag heel. He is so easy to hate. He is also one of my favorite characters in all of wrestling right now.
Adam Copeland’s music hit and he ran down to the ring instead of doing his traditional entrance. Nick Wayne grabbed Adam’s leg and Luchasaurus showed up to clothesline Adam in the back of the head. Referee Bryce Remsburg checked on Adam Copeland to make sure he was okay and Adam told him to start the match.
Luchasaurus (w/Christian Cage & Nick Wayne) vs. Adam Copeland
Luchasaurus splashed Adam along with punches. Luchasaurus with a clothesline followed by a Tombstone piledriver for two. Christian Cage was sitting on a steel chair on the ramp. Luchasaurus did some blatant choking to keep Adam down. Luchasaurus gave Adam a hard whip into the turnbuckle. Luchasaurus delivered a body slam. Adam bounced off the ropes leading to some forearms to the face. Luchasaurus came back with a punch followed by a suplex. Adam came back with forearms, but Luchasaurus kicked him and Adam was knocked out of the ring. The first five minutes of the match were dominated by Luchasaurus.
Luchasaurus sent Adam out of the ring. Wayne shoved Adam into the ring post while the referee was distracted by Luchasaurus. The steel steps were set up at ringside by Luchasaurus, but Adam fought back with punches and a dropkick to the knee. Adam hit a diving DDT off the apron onto Luchasaurus on the floor. Back in the ring, Luchasaurus had to stand there and wait for Adam to climb up top leading to a cross body block onto Luchasaurus’ back. Adam bounced off the ropes, Luchasaurus caught him with a headbutt and Adam came back with an Impaler DDT for two. Adam tried to go up top, but Luchasaurus hit him with a big boot. They battled on the top rope with Adam hitting a superplex, which is an impressive move for two bigger guys to do. Wayne wedged a chair against the turnbuckle while the referee was looking at Christian, who approached the ring. Adam charged, Luchasaurus moved and Adam hit the steel chair. Luchasaurus hit a Chokeslam for two. Luchasaurus and Adam kicked eachother in the head at the same time. They battled by the ring apron near the steel steps. Adam hit his sitout neckbreaker on the apron. While Luchasaurus was on the floor, Adam jumped off the steel steps and hit a Spear on the floor. That was really good! Christian Cage went down to ringside, Adam took the title from him while the referee was looking at Wayne and Adam hit Luchasaurus with the TNT Title. The referee turned around to see Christian holding the title. Luchasaurus also thought Christian hit him with the title. Adam was back up and hit a Spear for the pinfall win after 16 minutes.
Winner by pinfall: Adam Copeland
Analysis: ***1/4 It was a good match. It was missing something to call it a great match, but I thought in terms of a story it was effective. Luchasaurus isn’t as good in singles as he is in a tag team, but he did in his role here. I liked the story with Luchasaurus in control in the first few minutes before Adam made the comeback. Adam did a great job of selling the beating that he took and found a way to make the comeback for the win. It wasn’t a surprise that Adam Copeland won his first AEW match.
After the match, Nick Wayne and Luchasaurus stomped on Copeland. Bryan Danielson knocked down Christian and went into the ring for the save. Luchasaurus kicked Bryan down while Christian Cage went after Bryan. Claudio Castagnoli and Wheeler Yuta attacked Christian’s group. Swerve Strickland’s Mogul Embassy group joined the heels in this attack. Adam Page went down to ringside to brawl with Swerve Strickland. Danielson had Christian tapping out to the LeBell Lock in the ring. Meanwhile, Adam Copeland hit Nick Wayne with a Spear. Danielson had Christian trapped and that was the end of the show.
Analysis: A decent brawl to end the show. Anybody who watches AEW with any regularity knows that they love booking chaotic brawls to end the show. It gave Danielson the upper hand going into his match with Christian on Collision while Adam took out Nick Wayne as well.
Three Stars of the Show
- Bryan Danielson
- Swerve Strickland
- Adam Copeland
This Week: 8 out of 10
Last Week: 7.25
2023 Average: 7.35
A good wrestling show from top to bottom. You can’t go wrong with Bryan Danielson in a 20-minute opening match and Swerve Strickland was awesome in the match as well. They had a terrific match together. I liked it a lot. The Jay White-Hangman Page match was also great. Cheap finish with the ROLLUP OF DEATH~!, but they had to have White win since he’s feuding with MJF and it gives Page a reason to keep going after Swerve. The Adam Copeland-Luchasaurus match was okay with a lot of selling from Adam before he made the comeback.
They called this show Title Tuesday with only two title matches and both titles changed hands. Orange Cassidy won back the International Title from Rey Fenix while Hikaru Shida won back the AEW Women’s Title from Saraya. I know Fenix wasn’t originally going to win the title from Jon Moxley, who wasn’t cleared to wrestle this week. It was a shorter title match with Orange winning decisively. Shida winning isn’t that interesting and I would have rather seen somebody newer win the title. Powerhouse Hobbs beating Chris Jericho the way he did was great. Perfect use of a veteran to put over a young guy on the rise.
I miss heel MJF, but he’s doing well as a face. Jay White is a good heel too. Juice Robinson’s taunt on MJF is getting a lot of heat for the company with good reason. I get wanting to be a mean heel, but let’s be smarter about things. I thought there might be some major angles or something huge on the show, but there really wasn’t anything like that. It’s still a great episode of Dynamite that I rated higher than last week.
The next AEW pay-per-view is Full Gear from Los Angeles on November 18th. Here’s the lineup so far:
* AEW World Championship: Maxwell Jacob Friedman (MJF) (c) vs. Jay White
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