AEW Dynamite provides us with another week of explosive action with a hoard of fantastic matches including the semi-finals of the Tag World Tag Team Title Tournament and a great main event between Jon Moxley and PAC. There was even a wild brawl in the middle of the show between Cody and Chris Jericho’s groups. This may have been the strongest episode of AEW to date.
The show started with a much-hyped match between Private Party and The Lucha Brothers. Private Party have been one of the breakout teams since AEW’s formation, and Pentagon Jr and Rey Fenix might individually be in AEW’s top 5 talents. This match may have even exceeded expectations as both teams put in performances of the highest order. The match went back and forth with a number of incredible reversals by both teams. Pentagon picked up the victory with an assisted package piledriver on Mark Quen. Private Party picked up a lot of momentum from this match and their previous victory over The Young Bucks.
The Dark Order faced SCU in the other semi-final to see who would face The Lucha Brothers next week. Christopher Daniels was still out as a result of last week’s attack from The Lucha Brothers and his return date is unclear. This match started off a bit lukewarm, especially as the attention was diverted away from the match towards The Inner Circle – sans Jake Hager who is preparing for an MMA fight at the weekend – walking through the crowd to their private box.
The action did pick up as the match went on and the fans got really into it. This was probably Dark Order’s best showing since debuting in AEW. This match did a lot to highlight their tag team work and how crisp their wrestling is, including an incredible dive from Stu Grayson over the turnbuckle. As for SCU, they’re immensely popular with the crowd and they played great babyfaces. Scorpio Sky got the pin again after an SCU-later. This means that next week the first AEW World Tag Team Champions will be crowned with a match between SCU and The Lucha Brothers.
The highlight of the show came with a great brawl between Cody and Chris Jericho. Cody came into the ring to be interviewed and teased an announcement before being goaded by Chris Jericho. Jericho – joined by Sammy Guevara, Santana and Ortiz – taunted Cody saying it would be four on one. This brought out Dustin Rhodes, MJF and DDP. Cody’s team rushed up to the box and The Inner Circle locked themselves in the room. Cody wrapped his hand with MJF’s scarf and broke the window of the door leading to an all-out brawl between the two teams. This was really entertaining and featured Jericho in hysterics at the end.
There was more tag team action as The Best Friends took on The Young Bucks. The Best Friends were accompanied by Orange Cassidy who’s devastating offence at the beginning of the match led to him receiving a double-superkick as retribution. Later in the match he did has patented hands-in-the-pocket dive whilst The Best Friends distracted the referee by hugging him (pro wrestling is great). Despite this, The Young Bucks were able to score a victory over The Best Friends. After the match The Young Bucks accepted Santana and Ortiz’ challenge for a match at Full Gear.
Elsewhere in the show, Kenny Omega defeated Joey Janela in a rematch from their amazing unsanctioned match on AEW Dark. This being a normal singles match meant it couldn’t possibly live up to their previous encounter, however it was still a fun match with Janela getting a lot of praise from Jim Ross. Ultimately, Omega hit the one-winged angel for the victory.
Also, Britt Baker performed in front of her hometown crowd against Jaime Hayter, who was making her debut for AEW. Despite being a showcase for the victorious Britt Baker it was Hayter who made a really great impression and hopefully we can see more of her in AEW.
The main event saw PAC and Jon Moxley have a great, physical match. Both of them were intense and ruthless with their offence. PAC is looking to solidify his win/loss record and eventually challenge for the AEW Title, whilst Moxley is preparing for his confrontation with Kenny Omega at Full Gear. For the first time on Dynamite the match finished in a time limit draw after PAC kicked out of a Paradigm Shift. After the show PAC attacked Moxley with a chair only to be stopped by Omega and Adam Page. Page also challenged PAC to a match at Full Gear, so expect to see that match happening at the PPV.
If you’re unsure whether or not AEW is for you, this is the show to check out. This show how had a fantastic opener with real high-class tag team wrestling, an entertaining brawl in the middle of the show and another fantastic main event. What was your standout moment from tonight’s episode and who do you think will be crowned the inaugural AEW Tag Team Champions next week?
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