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The John Report: AEW Dynamite “Winter is Coming” 12/02/20 Review

Welcome to another AEW Dynamite review here on TJRWrestling. It’s a big episode of Dynamite because of the AEW World Title match between champion Jon Moxley and challenger Kenny Omega. The other matches are okay too, but it’s really all about that title match since it’s arguably the biggest match in Dynamite history. I don’t know if this is the biggest Dynamite ever because they had an episode in October with all of the titles on the line. However, this is a huge episode on a night where it’s apparently pretty cold in Jacksonville where AEW has the outdoor setting for Dynamite. Here’s hoping the wrestlers get through it okay.

This is episode #61 of AEW Dynamite from Daily’s Place in Jacksonville, FL. Follow me on Twitter @johnreport. Here’s my AEW Dynamite TV review archive. Let’s get to it.

The pyro went off as the announcers welcomed us to the show. The announce team is Jim Ross, Tony Schiavone and Excalibur as usual. They mentioned it was around 40 degrees (that’s Fahrenheit, pal) as the show began.

Dynamite Diamond Battle Royal

The two winners of this battle royal will have a match next week to win the diamond ring. They showed a pre-taped MJF promo as the match began.

Some of the names eliminated early were Isaiah Kassidy (eliminated by mentor Matt Hardy) and Dark Order guys Silver and Reynolds got an assist from Hangman Page to get rid of Serpentico. Luther was tossed out early too. Shawn Spears slammed Matt Sydal over the top rope and onto the ramp, so Sydal is out. Scorpio Sky eliminated Spears shortly after that. After Spears was eliminated, Tully Blanchard handed something to Spears, who loaded his black glove and punched Sky, so Wardlow dumped Sky out easily. Alex Reynolds got eliminated in part because of his buddy John Silver accidentally doing it. Matt Hardy pulled down the rope to eliminate Silver, who is powerful as the announcers love to mention. The Dark Order losers all left together, but then they saved Adam Page, who they tried to recruit. Page was back in to hit a Buckshot Lariat on Marq Quen, but then Matt Hardy eliminated Page. Orange Cassidy eliminated Kip Sabian. Sabian pulled Cassidy out of the ring and sent him into the barricade. Miro went under the bottom rope to go after Cassidy and he whipped Cassidy into the ring post. Miro kicked Lee Johnson in the face and a belly to belly suplex on Joey Janela. Miro with a superkick on Johnson and eliminated him. Janela jumped onto Miro, so Miro hit a spinning slam. Hardy with forearms to Miro, but then Miro lifted Matt to the apron. Miro shoved Marq Quen out and then punched Matt Hardy to eliminate him. Miro eliminated Joey Janel with a clothesline. The Inner Circle members Wardlow, Sammy Guevara and MJF attacked Miro with Cassidy and Jungle Boy as the other men in the match. Miro had a face off with Wardlow in a matchup of strong guys. Miro with lifting knees to the ribs, then punches and Sammy/MJF held Miro as Wardlow got in some punches and a clothesline. The trio of Wardlow, MJF and Sammy eliminated Miro over the top to the floor.

The final five were MJF, Wardlow, Sammy Guevara, Jungle Boy and Orange Cassidy, who was on the floor without being eliminated. Sammy battled Boy on the apron, they did some flips, Boy kicked him in the head and MJF shoved Boy and Sammy off the top at the same time. Sammy was pissed off about that since he’s in the Inner Circle with MJF. That meant Wardlow and MJF were the final two, but Wardlow pointed out Orange Cassidy on the floor, so Wardlow brought Cassidy back in the ring. Cassidy countered a slam attempt by shoving Wardlow into MJF, who was nearly eliminated until Wardlow saved him. Cassidy with the Orange Punch leaping punch on Wardlow and MJF to rock both of them. Cassidy eliminated Wardlow to be one of the final two men with MJF. It went about 12 minutes.

Winners: Orange Cassidy and MJF

That means next week it’s MJF vs. Orange Cassidy for the Dynamite Diamond ring. MJF won it last year.

Analysis: **1/2 It was okay for a battle royal. Nothing really special about it. As soon as Cassidy was beaten up outside the ring I knew he would be one of the two survivors because all wrestling companies tend to book battle royals that way with the “forgotten guy on the floor” spot. I liked how the Inner Circle guys were booked during the match. I’m glad that Miro had a few moments of dominance that made him look like the biggest star in the match. My pick was Miro and Cassidy to win, so I got that half right.

After the match, Best Friends (Trent and Chuck Taylor) went out to the ring to celebrate with Cassidy. Miro, Sabian and Penelope Ford went out to try to get at them, but referees managed to hold them back.

Analysis: I guess the video game feud is still going? Poor Miro. He should be doing a whole lot more in this company.

Frankie Kazarian of SCU made his entrance for a singles match against Chris Jericho.

(Commercial)

Chris Jericho made his entrance with his Inner Circle buddies as the fans chanted “Judas” for the entrance.

Chris Jericho (w/Jake Hager and Ortiz) vs. Frankie Kazarian

Jericho noted on Instagram earlier in the day that he had new wrestling boots that say “Le Champion” on them and they look pretty good. Kazarian with an uppercut by the ropes leading to a flip over the ropes into a two count. Jericho with a dropkick that sent Kazarian out of the ring and then Kazarian hit a leg drop on the apron. Hager grabbed Kazarian’s leg, the referee Aubrey Edwards saw it, did nothing and Jericho did the Codebreaker (double knees). Jericho dumped Kazarian over the top to the floor.

(Commercial)

Jericho was still in control with a suplex. Kazarian got back into it with a running forearm to the face. Kazarian missed a dropkick when Jericho held onto the ropes, but Kazarian blocked a Lionsault attempt for two. Kazarian hit a springboard legdrop. They went to the turnbuckle and Kazarian did a Flux Capacitator according to Excalibur and that got a two count. It’s like a Spanish Fly slam, but not the same as that. Good nearfall. Jericho went for a Codebreaker, Kazarian caught him and slapped on the Walls of Jericho that was more like a Boston Crab. Ortiz teased hitting Kazarian, but he didn’t do it. Kazarian lost the grip of the Boston Crab multiple times and then we saw MJF on the ramp with Wardlow with MJF holding a white towel. Sammy Guevara grabbed the white towel from MJF. Jericho saw Sammy holding the white towel and Kazarian got two rollups. Kazarian walked right into a Judas Effect elbow from Jericho for the pinfall win after about ten minutes.

Winner by pinfall: Chris Jericho

Analysis: **3/4 The match was good although Jericho is showing his age. I hate saying that. It’s life, though. It happens to everybody. They were off on a few spots, but they got through it fine. It went just as I wrote in the preview with Kazarian getting a lot of offense and nearfalls before Jericho stopped him with the Judas Effect elbow. I thought the white towel tease was unnecessary, but they did it because it set up the post match bickering.

Post match, MJF went over to Jericho and congratulated him for the win. The Inner Circle group was together in the ring with Jericho getting his hand raised. Sammy and MJF were shoving eachother. Jericho grabbed the microphone and told them to stop this shit. Jericho said he’s had enough of this bullshit. Jericho said next week on Dynamite, they’re going to have an ultimatum where they decide to work together as a group or they break up forever. Jericho told them they had seven days to figure it out. Jericho left on his own while Sammy and MJF argued some more.

Analysis: I assume they’ll stay together long term, but it’s wrestling and this company has a lot of stables. It just seems like there’s more time for them to be together before there’s a breakup.

The Young Bucks were backstage with the AEW Tag Team Titles with Alex Marvez doing the interview. They face TH2 next week. Nick mentioned when they superkicked Marvez and Matt mentioned when they won the titles. Matt talked about facing TH2 next week. Anthony Bowens and Max Caster, the tag team called The Acclaimed, talked trash with Caster doing a rap about them. TH2 showed up from behind with a cheap attack to beat up the Young Bucks with Jack Evans going after Nick and then Angelico beat up Matt. Nick got thrown into a dumpster or something like that. Anyway, Daniels and Kazarian made the save and the heels left.

Analysis: There was a lot going on here and it felt rushed. Some of these backstage AEW segments are sloppy like this one was.

Britt Baker made her entrance with Reba wearing some Pittsburgh Steelers inspired gear since she’s from Pittsburgh. Baker did a quick promo talking trash. “Legit” Leyla Hirsch entered as the opponent. She’s very short, but she is very muscular.

Britt Baker (w/Reba) vs. Leyla Hirsch

Baker mocked her height right away, but then Hirsch got a takedown. Baker managed to get a kick to the face followed by a DDT. That led to a break early in the match.

(Commercial)

The match returned with JR noting that Hirsch is 4’11” in case you’re wondering about how short she was. I think she’s even shorter than that. Hirsh was on fire with a forearm, then a pump kick and a release German Suplex as Baker rolled out of the ring to the outside with Reba. Hirsch hit a suicide dive on Reba (or Rebel but I’ll just go with Reba) because Baker pulled Reba in front of her. Baker hit a Slingblade neckbreaker on the floor. Back in the ring, Hirsch with a jumping knee and an armbar attempt, but Baker powered out of it. Baker went for her submission, but Hirsch slapped on the armbreaker again with Baker getting out of it. Hirsch hit a pump knee to the face with no cover attempt. Hirsch went to the turnbuckle, Reba distracted the referee and Baker sent Hirsch face first into the turnbuckle. Baker hit a twisting neckbreaker leading to the Lockjaw submission and Hirsch quit, so Baker won after eight minutes.

Winner by submission: Britt Baker

Analysis: ** It was a decent match with Hirsch showing off what she can do. I liked her forearms, knee strikes and suplexes. Even though Hirsch is really short, she can hold her own in there. Baker has offense that looks good, so it’s easy to get into her matches. I’ve praised Baker a lot in the past because she looks the most credible of any woman they have in terms of being an overall character.

Post match, Thunder Rosa went into the ring to attack Baker with punches. That led to Baker coming back with punches on her own. The referees ran out to the ring to separate the two women. Reba got in some cheap forearms, so then Hirsch hit a belly to back suplex on Reba. Rosa and Baker got into another brawl, so more people from the back came out including Jerry Lynn, which led to “Jerry” chants. The segment ended there.

Analysis: I don’t think this company can book a match with a winner actually getting a chance to celebrate. As soon as a match ends, it’s on to the next thing. Sometimes you have to let things breathe a bit. Maybe I just notice it more than most because I’m trying to write a review and as soon as I turn my head, something else is happening right away. Anyway, at least Baker has a feud with Rosa, so that should lead to a pretty good match. I wish both of them were in the title picture. It’s not like AEW’s women’s division has much of a title picture at this point.

There was a video package setting up the tag match with Hobbs and Starks facing Cody and Allin up next.

Darby Allin made his entrance with his skateboard. Darby is the TNT Champion and his partner Cody Rhodes was up next with Arn Anderson joining him. Cody is the former TNT Champion. They showed fans in the crowd that had heavy jackets on because it was cold there as we learned earlier in the show. The heel team of Ricky Starks and Powerhouse Hobbs entered with Taz as the match began.

Darby Allin and Cody Rhodes (w/Arn Anderson) vs. Ricky Starks and Powerhouse Hobbs (w/Taz)

The heels jumped the faces, but the faces cleared the ring. The show went to break less than one minute into this match.

(Commercial)

The match returned with Cody working over Starks with punches while the announcers noted that Hobbs had yet to be tagged into the match. Starks with a slap to Allin’s face, then Allin charged at Starks out of the ring and Hobbs decked Allin with a clothesline on the floor. Allin sold it with a flip bump to make it look even more devastating. Hobbs whipped Allin into the barricade. JR said that Hobbs ran a 4.4 in a 40-yard dash in high school as a defensive lineman. If that were true, he would be in the NFL, not in pro wrestling making way less money than an NFL player. I’m just teasing, but I don’t believe he ran that fast at that size. Anyway, Hobbs hit a vertical suplex. Starks was back in for a double team slam on Allin for a two count. Hobbs was back in with a waistlock to ground Allin, who elbowed out to break free, but then Hobbs hit a backbreaker. Starks back in, he stomped on Allin and then they did a collision spot by the turnbuckle. Hobbs was back in with a stomp to the back of Allin to prevent a tag. Hobbs with a bearhug and then he tossed Allin towards the turnbuckle. Hobbs charged, Allin with two boots and then Hobbs threw him overhead after grabbing the ears of Allin. That was unique. Allin flipped out of two suplex attempts and Cody was back in with a missile dropkick on Hobbs. Cody with a pump kick to Starks, who was legal and Cody hit a powerslam. Cody threw his leather belt into the crowd. Starks with an eye gouge while the referee was distracted, but then Cody barely sold it and kicked Hobbs off the apron. Cody with an uppercut punch on Starks and Cody hit a Cody Cutter off the top while Allin tagged himself in. Cody hit a dive onto Hobbs on the floor. Allin hit a Coffin Drop off the top onto Starks for the pinfall win after 11 minutes.

Winners by pinfall: Darby Allin and Cody Rhodes

Analysis: ***1/4 Good action in this match. Allin was the face in peril for most of it, Cody was on fire after the hot tag and they got the win. Hobbs was able to show off a lot of his power, which is what you do when the guy is named Powerhouse. I’m not surprised Starks was there to take the pin even though he’s a very talented guy. They don’t want to weaken Hobbs by having him take the pin in a tag team match like that.

Post match, Hobbs sent Cody into the barricade. Hobbs went back into the ring and he splashed Allin. Arn Anderson tried to fight, but Hobbs and Starks beat him up because he’s old. Dustin Rhodes ran out there with a powerslam and a bulldog. Brian Cage ran out in his ring gear and hit his spinning slam on Dustin. Cage hit the spinning slam on Cody as well. Cody was held by Cage and Starks, Hobbs was going to attack with the FTW Title, but then the lights went out as a video aired on the screen.

It’s Sting! It’s Sting! Tony yelled “It’s Stiiiiiiiiiiing” as well as if it was 1997 as the wrestling legend showed up with a baseball bat in his hand and he walked down to the ring. The heels had left the ring by this point. Sting walked over to Arn Anderson, who he had a lot of history with, Sting looked at Dustin Rhodes and Sting stared at Cody against the turnbuckle. Sting also stared at Darby Allin. Tony kept on talking about how Sting hasn’t been on a wrestling show on TNT since March 2001 on Nitro. Sting let out a “WOO” yell in the ring twice and the fans cheered. Tony was screaming about how it was an amazing moment. JR said that we don’t know why or what’s next, but we know that Sting is on AEW Dynamite. Sting left as the limited crowd was cheering.

Analysis: That was f’n awesome. I loved it. While I thought Sting appearing in AEW was a possibility, it certainly wasn’t something I thought about going into this show. I know that at 61 years old and some serious injuries from the last decade, I don’t think he can wrestle again, but his presence will help AEW for sure. I loved the reaction of the announcers (especially Tony Schiavone), the crowd was marking out for it and I know on social media the wrestling fans absolutely loved it as well. We don’t know what Sting is physically capable of anymore. I just think having him around AEW and on the show once in a while is going to be a huge plus for the company. If fans want to criticize AEW for bringing in an older wrestler that used to be in WCW, TNA and WWE, that’s fine, but I think Sting is one of the most likable wrestlers of all time. It’s good to see him there.

(Commercial)

There were replays of the Sting appearance. Where did the heel wrestlers go? They just bailed. It doesn’t matter, I guess. It’s all about Sting. Tony Schiavone relayed information from Tony Khan saying that AEW has signed Sting to a new multi-year contract. They promoted it on Twitter too.

Next week on AEW Dynamite:

* MJF vs. Orange Cassidy

* Young Bucks vs. TH2

* Dustin Rhodes vs. 10 (What a terrible name for a wrestler)

* Inner Circle stays together or splits up

* FTR vs. Varsity Blondes (Gritt Garrison and Brian Pillman Jr.)

* Abadon in action, so that means she’ll win a quick match.

Hikaru Shida, the AEW Women’s Champion, was interviewed by Alex Marvez. Shida said she wasn’t afraid of Abadon, then there was some loud noise elsewhere and Shida said she had to go.

Also next week: Lance Archer and Lucha Bros vs. Eddie Kingston, The Butcher and The Blade

* Sting speaks with Tony Schiavone likely doing the interview.

Analysis: That’s not a particularly strong lineup, but the Sting interview is interesting. That show is being taped on Thursday.

Jon Moxley, the AEW World Champion, did a pre-tape interview in front of a cage in the backstage area. Moxley said he’s been on a collision course with Kenny Omega their entire lives. Moxley said that they’re the two best wrestlers in the world, battling on top of a mountain, the stakes couldn’t be higher and the contracts have been signed while the promos have been cut. Moxley said that it’s time to make them go absolutely banana – nice tribute to Pat Patterson there.

Analysis: The “absolutely banana” phrase is something Patterson said in his career, so that’s what Moxley was doing there as a bit of a tribute. That’s really cool of him to do that.

(Commercial)

The announce team was joined by Don Callis, who is an Impact Wrestling executive. He’s known Kenny Omega for 27 years, Callis was trained to wrestle by Kenny’s uncle, so Kenny wanted him to be there and that’s why he is there.

The ring announcer Justin Roberts did the introductions for the AEW World Championships.

Kenny Omega made his entrance featuring some of his accolades noting his 11-match win streak and 33 wins are the most of any AEW wrestler. Omega entered with a lot of confidence on his face. It was noted by Excalibur that there’s a 60-minute time limit and if they go past the 10pmET hour then they will stick with it.

Jon Moxley made his entrance from the opposite end of the arena and held up the AEW World Title for the fans in attendance. Those fans looked really cold. Just saying. Moxley also looked very confident. They went to break in order to start the match after the commercial.

(Commercial)

The bell rang to start the match at 9:30 pm ET so that’s 30 minutes left in the show, but they are able to go longer than that for this match with a 60-minute time limit. The referee is Paul Turner in case you’re wondering. I think he’s one of the better refs in the company. Moxley has been AEW World Champion for over nine months at this point.

AEW World Championship: Jon Moxley vs. Kenny Omega

It was a slow feeling out process to start the match as they did some basic stuff like shoulder tackles and side headlocks. Omega got some offense going with chops, Moxley with elbow strikes and a corner clothesline. Omega hit a jumping hurricanrana that sent Moxley out of the ring. Omega ran the ropes, but Moxley went back in with a Bossman Slam. Moxley with a clothesline on Omega on the apron. Omega whipped Moxley hard into the barricade. The referee left the ring with the wrestlers instead of counting them out, which is understandable for a World Title match. Moxley hit a suplex on the floor and then he whipped Omega into the barricade. Moxley tossed Omega over the barricade while JR wondered while the referee was out of the ring and Excalibur tried to explain that the referee was trying to get them back in the ring.

(Commercial – They continued fighting out on the floor, so they were outside the ring for several minutes. Moxley sent Omega back in the ring shortly before the show returned.)

Omega managed to trip up Moxley by the ropes and then Omega sent Moxley knee first into the barricade. Back in the ring, Omega with a springboard dropkick to the left knee and a leaping legdrop to the head got a two count. Omega stretched the left knee against the middle rope. Omega hit a running dropkick on the left knee of Moxley with the knee up against the ropes. Omega charged at Moxley, who came back with a clothesline. Omega rolled through with a kneebar submission on the right leg, but Moxley was able to get his hand on the bottom rope. Omega worked over Moxley with chops, then kicks to the leg and Moxley came back with a release German Suplex across the ring. Moxley hit another release German Suplex, which is not a move that he regularly does, but they looked good. Moxley with a headbutt leading to an Exploder Suplex across the ring for a two count. Moxley with a suplex into a slam for two. They went into another picture in picture break.

(Commercial – Moxley was in control with an STF submission that grounded Omega and then Moxley turned it into a Crossface submission, which then led to nearfalls for both guys. Moxley with chops to the chest while Omega was in the ropes, Omega got in a kick and sent Moxley out of the ring with Kenny hitting a dropkick.)

The show returned with Omega hitting a somersault dive over the top onto Moxley. They went back into the ring with Moxley hitting his Paradigm Shift finishing move, but he didn’t go for a cover after that. Moxley left the ring and brought two steel chairs in the ring. The referee Paul Turner tried to reason with him, so Moxley set up two chairs in the ring. Moxley sat on a chair and told Omega to sit on a chair as well. Moxley asked for Omega to hit him, so Omega hit him and then they exchanged palm strikes/punches while sitting on chairs. Moxley with a punch that stunned Omega, but then Omega hit a V-Trigger knee to the face. Omega hit a Snapdragon suplex followed by a second Snapdragon suplex. Omega charged, Moxley avoided him, Moxley hit a German Suplex, Omega with a V-Trigger knee and then Moxley hit a clothesline with Omega selling it with a flip bump. There were “this is awesome” chants for them. Moxley hit a second Paradigm Shift and hooked both legs for a two count. Moxley was a bit slow to cover, so Tony said that maybe that cost him the win. Omega rolled out of the ring, Moxley jumped out with a suicide dive, but Omega stopped him with a V-Trigger knee to the face. Back in the ring, Omega hit a missile dropkick onto a standing Moxley. Omega charged with a running double knee to the back and a Tiger Driver ’98 with a weak cover for two. The announcers did the cliched “you have to hook the leg” commentary reaction for that. Omega with two knees to the face, Moxley blocked it and Omega hit a V-Trigger knee to the face. They exchanged holds as they went for signature moves, Moxley off the ropes and Omega hit a dropkick. Omega with a ripcord V-Trigger knee to the face and Moxley managed to avoid the One Winged Angel, which Omega countered into a move that was like a German Suplex for a two count. Omega went up top, Moxley popped back up, Omega jumped off when he saw Moxley back to his feet and then Moxley sent Omega into the apron. Moxley suplexed Omega into a heater that was by the ring. Excalibur called it like a Paradigm Shift, but it more like a slam into the heaters that were there. The referees and the ringside doctor checked on Kenny along with Don Callis there to check on him. Referee Turner was saying that Omega hit the side of his head. Moxley brought Omega into the ring and punched him repeatedly. Callis told the referee that Omega was hurt, so Moxley shoved Callis down with Callis tossing the microphone towards Omega in a key moment. Omega got the microphone while the referee was looking at Callis and Omega hit Moxley with the microphone to the head! Moxley did a blade job after that as blood started pouring out of his head. Omega hit the V-Trigger knee to the face once and there was a second one. Omega hit another running knee to the back of Moxley’s head and then a knee to the head of Moxley against the turnbuckle. Omega lifted Moxley on his shoulders and hit the One Winged Angel for the one…two…and three! Kenny Omega is the new AEW World Champion! The match went 28 minutes.

Winner by pinfall AND NEW AEW World Champion: Kenny Omega

Analysis: **** I thought it was a great match, but not necessarily some all-time classic match. I think the ending was booked well with Omega getting the assist from Callis since he was thrown the microphone that Omega used to stun Moxley, which led to the multiple knee strikes and One Winged Angel to win. It was a very cheap win to end Moxley’s reign. It makes Moxley look strong because Omega had to blatantly cheat to win because he realized he couldn’t beat Moxley in a fair match even though Kenny said that’s what he wanted. Guess what? Heels lie. I say it all the time. I didn’t like the chair bit where they got into slap/punch fest, but I thought most of the work was very good. I think they should have spent less time on the floor or said that there are no countouts or something to that effect because then the rules aren’t enforced. I did tolerate it a bit, but after five minutes it felt like too much. Anyway, I appreciate the hard work of both guys. I think Omega winning in a cheap manner should set up a rematch between. I picked my fellow Canadian Kenny Omega to win and I’m glad he did. It’s nothing against Moxley. I just thought it was time for a change.

After the match, Kenny Omega left with the AEW World Title with Don Callis escorting him backstage. When they were walking backstage, Tony Khan was shown (I think he was supposed to act like he had no idea what was going on) and Jerry Lynn was there wondering what was happening. As Omega and Callis kept on walking, other AEW wrestlers were shown looking shocked about it. Tony said “bullshit” to describe it. Ross and Excalibur ripped on Callis and Omega for their actions.

When Omega and Callis got into the parking lot, Alex Marvez asked for their thoughts. Callis said you can hear their thoughts this Tuesday at Impact Wrestling. It likely means there is some working relationship between AEW and Impact Wrestling, so that could be very interesting.

Analysis: It’s a hell of a cliffhanger right there. The Impact Wrestling audience isn’t that big, but having Kenny Omega on the show next week is a nice get for them and it should lead to more news about whatever AEW/Impact has planned. By the way, I loved Tony calling it “bullshit” too. Nice touch by him.

Eddie Kingston showed up on commentary and said he wanted Lance Archer now. The camera focused in on the bloody face of Jon Moxley to end the show right at 10pmET as usual.

 

Three Stars of the Show

  1. Kenny Omega
  2. Jon Moxley
  3. Sting

 

The Scoreboard

This week: 8 (out of 10)

Last week: 7.25

2020 Average: 7.18

 

Final Thoughts

It was a great show thanks to the second hour with Omega/Moxley with an entertaining main event plus all of the post match happenings that will see AEW working with Impact Wrestling somehow. Plus, there was the surprising debut of Sting. Yes, he’s older now and probably can’t work a match, but his presence will help some fans become more interested in the product.

The first hour wasn’t that interesting to me. The battle royal was boring while the women’s match didn’t mean that much while Jericho/Kazarian was just average leading to more Inner Circle bickering. I didn’t think this was the biggest or best Dynamite episode ever, but in terms of memorable moments they did deliver with Omega’s heelish actions for the title change and Sting’s surprising appearance. Plus, the tease of AEW/Impact as well. I think this episode will likely get people talking about AEW more, so for that reason, it was a big success for the company.

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