This week's episode of AEW Dynamite will feature fallout from Sunday's All Out pay-per-view.
Jon Moxley's homecoming match against Minoru Suzuki has been announced for the show. Moxley defeated NJPW's Satoshi Kojima at All Out, then was confronted by Suzuki. Suzuki laid Moxley out with his Gotch-style piledriver finisher. Tonight, Moxley gets his chance for revenge in his hometown of Cincinnati.
Moxley and Suzuki last squared off at NJPW's The New Beginning in Osaka in February 2020, an IWGP United States Championship match won by Moxley.
After debuting as the joker in the women's Casino Battle Royale at All Out, Ruby Soho will make her Dynamite debut against Jamie Hayter.
Bryan Danielson and Adam Cole will also appear following their debuts at All Out. Plus, we'll hear from CM Punk after his in-ring return against Darby Allin.
Malakai Black will be in action against Dustin Rhodes. This match was set up on Rampage as Black defeated, then further attacked Nightmare Family member Lee Johnson. Rhodes then ran in for the save.
Powerhouse Hobbs vs. Dante Martin and The Pinnacle's FTR & Shawn Spears vs. Dark Order's Evil Uno, Stu Grayson & John Silver are also set for tonight. Our live coverage begins at 8 p.m. Eastern time.
Show Report --
Excalibur was absent from commentary due to his upcoming wedding. He was replaced by Taz.
The show began with a recap of all the biggest moments from All Out, including the debuts of Bryan Danielson and Adam Cole.
Malakai Black defeated Dustin Rhodes
This was a hot opener. Black continues to impress, and Dustin is reliable as ever.
They went right after each other at the bell. Dustin landed a couple quick clotheslines and an atomic drop. He followed it up with a German suplex out of the corner. Dustin kept up the attack on the floor and thought about a destroyer, but Black fought out and back suplexed Dustin through the timekeeper's table.
Black continued to dominate. We got a nice loud dueling chant for both men. A knee lift to the gut from Black got two. Black then applied a choke before transitioning into a heel hook, forcing Dustin to fight to reach the ropes. Dustin tried to fight back with right hands, but Black easily kicked out his leg.
Dustin collapsed on a hammer throw attempt, selling the leg. "Are you not entertained?" from Black. Eventually, Dustin came back with shoulder tackles and the snap powerslam for two. Dustin cradled Black for two. He landed corner punches until Black kicked out his leg yet again. A running knee from Black got a near fall.
Black moved to the floor and pulled Cody's boot out from underneath. He brought the boot into the ring and taunted Dustin with it. Dustin fired up and hit the drop-down right hand followed by a Canadian destroyer for a good near fall. "You still got it!" chant for Dustin.
Dustin went for the running bulldog, but Black countered it and sent him into an exposed turnbuckle. The spinning heel kick followed to finish it.
– After the match, Dustin's mouth was bleeding profusely.
A Lucha Bros video promo aired. Their championships cost them blood, sweat, and tears, so anyone who wants them is welcome to try and take them. "Cero miedo."
Eddie Kingston cut a promo. He called Miro out for using a low blow at All Out. Miro came back by saying he'd offer Kingston's broken bones to his wife, and his soul to God.
CM Punk speaks
Punk thanked Darby Allin, Sting, and all the fans. Wrestling is like "riding a violent bicycle," and he's back. Loud "You still got it!" chant. Punk hyped up Minoru Suzuki's appearance later on in the show, leading to a big "Moxley" chant. He addressed Aunt Linda, the woman who raised Brian Pillman, in the front row, before listing all the big surprises from All Out.
The first person Punk texted after his match was his wife April. She asked him "what's next," so Punk decided to leave it up to the crowd.
On commentary, Taz had enough and he grabbed a mic. He's known Punk a long time, and he's tired of this BS love-fest he's got going on. He told Punk to never mention any members of Team Taz he wants to face.
Powerhouse Hobbs and HOOK emerged. Punk challenged Taz to send him any member of Team Taz, telling them to beat him if they can, or survive if he lets them.
Santana & Ortiz said that their feud with FTR sparked something within them. Now, they're turning their attention to the rest of the tag team division.
Ruby Soho was asked about her open challenge. She said she didn't want people to think she just got lucky at the Casino Battle Royale.
Britt Baker and co. walked up, saying Soho's just the flavor of the month. Soho came back saying she was one of the people who helped break Baker into the business. She thinks Baker's got all these nicknames as a defense against letting people see who she really is.
Baker told Soho to run away to catering, just like the last few years. Soho told Schiavone "I know she's your girl, but I'm going to whoop her ass."
Powerhouse Hobbs (w/ HOOK) defeated Dante Martin
Dante immediately went to the skies, but Hobbs caught a springboard. Dante used evasive maneuvers and hit a dropkick that sent Hobbs to the floor. He tried to follow it up with a tope, but Hobbs caught him and sent him hard into the ring post. He followed it up by sending Dante repeatedly into the barricade ahead of a commercial.
Once back, Hobbs was in complete control as he pummelled Dante on the mat. Dante came back with a shotgun dropkick and a running senton for two. Hobbs rolled to the floor. Dante looked to hit a tope, but HOOK hopped up on the apron to block it. Dante decided to hit a tope con giro instead over the top of HOOK's head onto Hobbs out on the floor.
Dante kind of hit a gamenguiri, but then Hobbs avoided a springboard. Dante hit a running kick before Hobbs turned the running offense into a spinebuster for the win. Hobbs was definitely knocked loopy at the end there, leading to some miscommunication.
Dan Lambert appeared in the stands, flanked by the Men of the Year. He congratulated AEW for bringing in all this new talent, but it's all to avoid the truth, which is that this company has only two real men wrestling for it: Scorpio Sky and Ethan Page. Together, they will scream their truths, so if there are any tough guys who would like to shut them up, they better do so soon.
Matt Hardy promised to shave Orange Cassidy's hair. Orange came back with "Whatever."
He came out flanked by Wardlow. MJF explained that he beat Chris Jericho three times before Sunday, and then he beat him a fourth time, but after the bell, the match was restarted due to extreme bias against him. This bias comes from the fact that everyone wants to be him.
MJF insulted Cincinnati and brought up "cheap heat." Ugh. It's called the "midwest" because everything within it is "mid," including skyline chili and the Reds. He dared people to jump the guardrail, but they won't, because they're all cowards.
He turned his attention to Aunt Linda, who raised Brian Pillman, in the front row. She was with Pillman's daughter, who MJF also insulted.
Brian Pillman Jr.'s music played, and he came out in a Bengals jersey. He called him "Maxwell Jerkoff Friedman." Pillman knows MJF had a silver spoon upbringing, but Cincinnati breeds badasses like Pillman and Jon Moxley. MJF may be from Long Island, but Pillman is from the streets of Cincinnati. "Welcome to the jungle."
MJF brought up Pillman's "drug-addicted mother," and Pillman got hot, but Wardlow stood in between them. MJF suggested that Pillman's mother should have "swallowed." He told Wardlow to go stand in the corner and look pretty. He was about to say he was going to "abort" Pillman, so Pillman attacked and beat him down.
Wardlow intervened, but Pillman escaped briefly to continue the attack. Wardlow gave chase again and killed Pillman with a German. Griff Garrison ran out but was immediately crushed by Wardlow, who propped him up and allowed MJF to strike him with the Dynamite Diamond Ring.
Jon Moxley addressed Minoru Suzuki, saying he's in the jungle tonight. "You gonna die."
Ruby Soho defeated Jamie Hayter (w/ Dr. Britt Baker, D.M.D.)
Hayter used her power advantage at the start. Soho caught a pump kick and returned with a kick of her own, but Hayter sent Soho into the ropes and to the floor ahead of the break. Upon return, Soho used a headscissors to send Hayter face first into the turnbuckle. She followed it up with running kicks and a modified DDT for two.
Some kind of facebuster from Soho got two. Hayter overpowered Soho and hit a sliding lariat for two. Soho hit the wind-up kick (the former Riot Kick) out of nowhere for the win.
– After the match, Baker and Rebel immediately attacked. Riho ran out to make the save but was immediately taken out. Kris Statlander came out with a chair to chase off the heels.
Brian Cage and Ricky Starks cut a dueling promo. Starks is tired of this. Cage wants a one-on-one match.
Earlier today, the Dark Order were asked about their problems. Uno said they were fine, but Angels got hot. Anna Jay walked up and told everyone to act like a team.
The Pinnacle (Dax Harwood, Cash Wheeler, & Shawn Spears) (w/ Tully Blanchard & Wardlow) defeated Dark Order (Evil Uno, Stu Grayson, & John Silver)
Silver immediately blind tagged himself in. Spears knocked him down with a shoulder tackle, so Silver returned fire with a body slam. He pulled Spears into the corner for a tag, but hesitated before bringing in Grayson. Grayson was forced into the Pinnacle's corner before he took out Spears with a backflip kick. Grayson and Uno hit a combination elbow drop slam for two.
A jawbreaker from Spears allowed him to tag in Dax. Dax went for repeated covers but only got two. Silver fired up with a suplex, but Spears and Cash knocked off his Dark Order partners, preventing a tag. Silver fought off all three Pinnacle members and hit a running kick followed by a German suplex for two.
However, the three-on-one disadvantage for Silver was too much, and the Pinnacle hit a modified C4 on Silver for the quick win. Grayson was late coming in to break up the pin, leading to more miscommunication.
– After the match, Uno got in Silver's face. Silver had enough and took out Uno. Grayson and Angels were hot as 10 and Cabana tried to cool everyone off.
We got a series of quick promos from women in the Casino Battle Royale: Anna Jay, Jade Cargill, Nyla Rose, and Thunder Rosa.
Tully Blanchard was backstage. He said everyone just saw an example of leadership out in the ring. He wants Tony Khan to book Darby Allin vs. Shawn Spears next week, and at some point it will be Tully vs. Sting, one more time.
Sammy Guevara did his sign gimmick through a picture in picture.
The Varsity Blonds were interviewed about their brawl earlier tonight. Pillman decided to challenge MJF to a match, which will happen in two weeks. The Acclaimed walked up, and Caster revealed he has a match with Pillman for this Friday's Rampage.
The Elite & Bryan Danielson promo
The entire Elite, sans Adam Cole, came out. Callis brought up that Kenny Omega won the top spot in the PWI 500. All Out was all about The Elite. Nick brought out Adam Cole, who made his entrance.
Cole started off by looking Schiavone straight in the eyes. "If you even look at [Britt] the wrong way, I will slap those glasses off your face and whoop your ass." He told that "nerd" Schiavone to get out of the ring.
He called AEW the greatest professional wrestling company in the entire world, and it's thanks to The Elite. Cole may be new to AEW, but he's been in the Elite for a very long time. He is a once-in-a-generation professional wrestler, and he's with the very best. The fans should be thanking them, because now, The Elite is complete.
Next week, Cole will make his in-ring debut. Everyone will all see how elite he really is. Omega said that sounds like a cause for celebration, but he hates interruptions. So, of course, Bryan Danielson interrupted.
Omega cut Danielson off before he could start. He sent away the rest of The Elite and invited Danielson into the ring. Danielson snatched the microphone away and asked the fans if they wanted to see Bryan Danielson fight Kenny Omega. He said Omega talks about being the best wrestler in the world, but he's afraid of Danielson. Omega isn't on his level.
Danielson stopped an attack and locked on the Lebell Lock. The Elite all attacked, but then Christian Cage, Frankie Kazarian, and the Jurassic Express came out to make the save. Luchasaurus pressed Stunt onto the pile and Jungle Boy hit a huge dive.
They all cornered Brandon Cutler in the ring, who fell victim to Danielson's running knee. Danielson posed to end the segment.
AEW Rampage lineup:
- PAC vs. Andrade El Idolo
- Darby Allin & Sting promo
- Britt Baker, Rebel, & Jamie Hayter vs. Ruby Soho, Kris Statlander, & Riho
- Brian Pillman, Jr. vs. Max Caster
AEW Dynamite lineup:
- Adam Cole vs. Frankie Kazarian
- Jade Cargill vs. Leyla Hirsch
- Darby Allin vs. Shawn Spears
AEW Dynamite: Grand Slam (9/22):
- Cody Rhodes vs. Malakai Black
- MJF vs. Brian Pillman Jr.
They cut off Suzuki's entrance before they could get to the "Kaze Ni Nare"!
Jon Moxley defeated Minoru Suzuki
This was good, and Suzuki's bloodied eye was a great visual, but this wasn't anywhere close to their match from last year. It only went about eight minutes.
They immediately traded forearms and boots. Suzuki laid in a strike combination, and Moxley came back with elbow smashes ahead of a commercial. During the break, Suzuki used leverage within the ropes to gain control.
Once back, Suzuki was still in control. Moxley caught a soccer kick and bit at Suzuki's face. Suzuki returned the favor. They traded headbutts, leading to a double down. They traded forearms once more. Suzuki ducked under a lariat and locked on the rear naked choke. He transitioned to the piledriver position, but Moxley fought out and hit the Paradigm Shift.
Suzuki was busted open badly over his eye and managed to kick out at one. He shrugged off repeated lariats before cutting Moxley off with a running dropkick. Suzuki locked on the sleeper, but Moxley escaped and hit a series of punches. A high angle Paradigm Shift followed for the win.
– Moxley celebrated in the stands in his hometown to end the show.