Bryan Danielson vs. Sammy Guevara in a two-out-of-three falls match headlines this week's AEW Dynamite in Boston.
Danielson and Guevara will go one-on-one this week, but both will take part in the four-way for the ROH World title at Full Gear next Saturday.
Also set for Dynamite, the AEW World title eliminator tournament kicks off with Eddie Kingston vs. Ethan Page in a first round match.
AEW World Champion Jon Moxley will speak on tonight's show, as will his Full Gear challenger MJF.
Dr. Britt Baker, D.M.D. and Saraya will go face-to-face in a segment moderated by Tony Schiavone.
Jamie Hayter will face Skye Blue in a women's division contest. Hayter is set to challenge Toni Storm for the interim AEW Women's World title at Full Gear.
In an eight-man tag, FTR and The Acclaimed will face Swerve In Our Glory, Austen Gunn, and Colten Gunn.
Our live coverage begins at 8 p.m. Eastern time.
AEW Dynamite opened with Excalibur welcoming us alongside Tony Schiavone & Taz as they run down tonight’s card.
AEW Tag Team Champions The Acclaimed (Anthony Bowens & Max Caster w/Billy Gunn) & FTR (Dax Harwood & Cash Wheeler) defeated The Gunns (Austin & Colten Gunn w/W. Morrissey) & Swerve In Our Glory (Swerve Strickland & Keith Lee)
(This was your standard party match to kick off the show, as the crowd was super into it. Since we already know The Acclaimed & Swerve in our Glory Part 3 is happening at Full Gear, I wouldn’t be surprised if FTR & The Gunns are announced at some point. Harwood & Wheeler worked well with Austin & Colten here tonight, giving me zero reason to think that wouldn’t be the case if it happens at the PPV.)
Excalibur put over the busy travel week for FTR, who are fresh off defending their IWGP Tag Titles in Osaka against Great O-Khan & Jeff Cobb. Max Caster’s rap consisted of Tom Brady, Herschel Walker, Kyrie Irving & Ass Boys references, as Billy Gunn hit the ring to tackle Swerve Strickland, but agent BJ Whitmer broke it up and escorted Billy to the back.
Austin Gunn & Harwood had a nice opening sequence until Austin ping ponged to the wrong corner eating strikes. Wheeler & Strickland jumped in to have a fast back and forth before Strickland bailed from the clutches of Caster, who had a faceoff with Lee. Caster cleaned house on everyone before the match broke down with FTR & Acclaimed delivering ten corner punches to each opponent, as the heels bailed, which allowed The Acclaimed & FTR to scissor into picture in picture.
Like most matches on Dynamite, the heels took control during break, as it was Harwood the one who was isolated after Morrissey wiped him out with a big boot outside. Colten missed a corner splash, which allowed Bowens to make the hot tag. Bowens hit sort of a Fame-Asser variation on Colten, but only got two. Gunn’s hit a Big Rig on Bowens for two of their own. We had a square off with all eight men, but it was Keith Lee who reluctantly joined his team as the match broke down again. FTR & The Gunn’s spilled outside, as Lee powerbombed Bowens onto Caster, while Strickland & Lee hit a double team and Strickland wiped everyone out with a twisting dive outside. This led to a superplex spot, with Harwood & Colten collapsed onto the pile.
Back inside, Austin tried to mock the Road Dogg with his jabs, but Harwood locked on the Sharpshooter, which, if you heard Roadie’s comments today about Bret, was super timely. Bowens & Caster dropped Austin with the spinning slam & Mic Drop, while Colten was put away with the Big Rig to give FTR & Acclaimed the victory.
-We go to a video of MJF on the Pardon My Take radio show talking about how doctor’s told MJF not to travel after the attack by The Firm. He said history will be made at Full Gear and compares himself to generational talents like Bruno Sammartino, John Cena, The Rock, among others. MJF doesn’t like Jon Moxley, but he respects him because he had to work his ass off to get where he’s at. MJF was born to do this, to act in movies, wave the flag of AEW and bring pro wrestling back to where it was. MJF said the spotlight in AEW has always been stolen from him and listed examples, saying William Regal bet on the wrong horse, as come Full Gear, the devil gets his due. This was an excellent taped promo from MJF.
-Stokely Hathaway cut a pre-tape promo about growing up with MJF, but suddenly he forgot where he came from. Stokely said MJF’s dick riding Jon Moxley without a license. He doesn’t need MJF, as he’s going to do this without him and he’ll see Max in hell.
Ethan Page (w/Stokely Hathaway) defeated Eddie Kingston (w/Ortiz) to advance in the Title Eliminator Tournament
(During this match, Tony Schiavone mentioned AEW coming to the United Kingdom in 2023 and more info will be made next week. This was a very good match and as much as I wanted Kingston to take this, he’s been stacking tag wins with Ortiz lately on Elevation & Dark, while Page is in the feud with Moxley & MJF, so this makes sense. I just wish Kingston would get his main event match at some point, he’s earned it and the fans always love him)
Excalibur ran down the history between Kingston & Page, ranging from cage matches, I Quit matches in promotions like AIW and AAW. The crowd was super loud for Kingston, who dished out a few chops early, but Page wiped him out with a diving shoulder tackle off the apron outside. Kingston fought back inside with a butterfly suplex, but Page quickly turned the table with a hard corner buckle. The match spilled outside again with a Page snap suplex.
Page leapt off the second rope back inside, but Kingston hit an enzugiri in mid air and lit up Page with more chops. Kingston tried a corner charge, but ran right into a Page powerslam to cut off his momentum. Page wanted Ego’s Edge, but Kingston countered with a suplex for two. Slug fest ensued with Kingston winning that battle into a DDT for a close two. Kingston hit an Exploder, locked on the Stretch Plum, but Hathaway took the ref as Page tapped out. Ortiz ran off Hathaway, as Kingston turned and crumbled by a Page high kick. Page went up top, cut off by Kingston, who himself was crutched by Page, who hit a wild avalanche Ego’s Edge for three and Page’s biggest singles win to date in AEW. Page will face the winner of Bandido & Rush in the next round of the tournament.
-Renee Paquette is backstage with Jose the Assistant, Rush and Dark Order. Jose said he wanted 10 there specifically because when Rush wins, he likes 10, so he’ll get the first title shot, while Uno, Reynolds & Silver will never get one. Silver called Rush a “Rush-bag” and there was a pull apart. I legit forgot this 10 & Rush storyline was still going on.
In the ring, Ari Daivari is in the ring with his Trust-butler JeevSK and said he wants the TNT Title, which immediately brought out Wardlow with Samoa Joe, as there’s an impromptu TNT Title match apparently on our hands.
Wardlow (w/Samoa Joe) defeated Ari Daivari to retain the TNT Title
(The match was quick, but if you watched Rampage this past week, you can’t be shocked by Joe’s actions here, as it was only a matter of time. I love that Joe & Hobbs can still happen, as there are some serious hoss matches on tap in the TNT Title picture.)
Wardlow immediately sent the butler outside, headbutted Daivari down and leveled him with his roundhouse lariat. Wardlow really soaked in the crowd chants during the Powerbomb Symphony with four of them to get the easy win.
Powerhouse Hobbs was called out, he came to the stage and Wardlow said the TNT Title will always be his and will take every title in this company. Samoa Joe, right on cue, wiped out Wardlow when he heard that line and choked Wardlow out with his sleeper. Joe stared down Hobbs at the ramp, who said he’d kick Joe’s ass too, squashing any idea of Joe & Hobbs being in cahoots.
-Renee Paquette is backstage with Jade Cargill & The Baddies, as it’s official at Full Gear with Jade vs. Nyla Rose for the TBS Title. Jade said she’ll handle Nyla on Rampage.
Dr. Britt Baker & Saraya Face To Face
(This blew Saraya’s first promo out of the water, as she was excellent here, as was Britt Baker. This match has been built very well and I’m genuinely looking forward to see what these two ladies do come Full Gear.)
Tony Schiavone introduced both women, gave Saraya the opening comments, as Saraya said she took tests and unfortunately for Britt, she’s 100% cleared. Saraya broke down in tears, as the crowd went nuts for this news. Baker said there’s nothing more fickle than an AEW fan, as the thing to make clear is that she built the AEW women’s division for “superstars” like Saraya to come in. Baker said Saraya has the audacity to call AEW her house, when she’s never laid a single brick. Saraya is jealous of her, leaving her old house to walk into Baker’s and they don’t take walk-ins and “bitch, make an appointment” which popped even Taz.
Saraya said Baker was given her position by Tony Khan, fed QT Marshall’s trainees and been in front of the camera three years, while Saraya has been in this game for seventeen years. She’s been hit by a car and wrestled the same day because she loves this business. Saraya said she’s wrestled everywhere before wrestling was even a twinkle in her eye. Saraya has been embarrassed publically and battled drug addiction publically, giving her neck to this business. This can be another opportunity handed to Britt, as this is the biggest match of her career, as it’s Saraya vs. Baker at Full Gear.
Baker tried a cheap shot, but Saraya dropped her with what was formerly known as the RamPaige to stand tall.
-Backstage Sonjay Dutt, Jay Lethal & Satnam Singh is with QT Marshall and The Factory. Dutt paid Cole Karter for his services next week until Best Friends, Orange Cassidy & Danhausen interrupted. Lee Johnson vs. Orange Cassidy for the All-Atlantic Title was made for Rampage, while Trent Beretta & Jay Lethal was made literally right now.
Jay Lethal (w/Sonjay Dutt & Satnam Singh) defeated Trent Beretta (w/Chuck Taylor & Danhausen)
(I know it was a pre-tape promo prior to this, but these two got to the ring in record time. Lethal took a majority of the battle, as there was a lot of moving parts towards the end in what was a fun quick match. At one point, Schiavone said Lethal was shot out of a cannon, Taz asked if they still sell cannons and Schiavone said he probably dated himself, which was a hilarious back and forth.)
Lethal cut off Beretta’s entrance with a chop block and drove him into the steps. The match officially started, with Beretta hitting an overhead belly to belly suplex, but Lethal got a dragon screw to send Beretta outside as Chuck Taylor & Danhausen walked out to corner their buddy, as Lethal put the Figure Four on outside. It was all Lethal during picture in picture, working over the leg more and dropping Beretta with a Lethal Combination
Beretta got the knees up to block a top rope elbow, as Taz said he had to do it, despite his leg being worked over. Beretta hit a German and half & half suplex that led to a Tornado DDT to give Beretta two. Beretta hit an avalanche half & half suplex and charging knee, but didn’t go for the pin, opted for Strong Zero, as Sonjay Dutt ran distraction. Danhausen put a stop to it, trying to curse Singh; it didn’t work, so he just punched Dutt in the groin. Lethal caught Beretta with a Lethal Injection and won it.
-Tony Schiavone tried to interview Sonjay & crew, but was told to buzz off, as he introduced Jeff Jarrett. Hearing My World on AEW Dynamite will not stop being weird to me. Jarrett said his debut had a million views and ran down the accomplishments of Dutt, Lethal & Singh. Jarrett is screaming this whole promo, calling out Sting & Allin, as a stage hand was trying to wrap him up and Jarrett chased after him to end the segment. This went on too long.
-Renee Paquette is backstage with Jungle Boy Jack Perry, who said Luchasaurus & Christian Cage don’t decide when it’s over between them. He has a challenge regarding Full Gear for the both of them, but wants to do it face to face on Rampage.
Jon Moxley In-Ring Promo
Moxley came to the ring with Lord William Regal and said he met Regal when he was 25 and full of piss and vinegar, thinking he knew it all. Moxley wanted to be just like Regal, looking for his respect, he picked a fight with Regal, who tortured Moxley. It allowed Moxley to work harder and came back to get his revenge, knocking Regal’s head off with a knee, referencing their feud in FCW. He said this reminds him of young MJF, who he fought in 2020, beat him and now MJF wants his revenge.
Moxley said MJF puts on the image of tough guy pro wrestler, when his mother buys his clothes at JCPenney’s. MJF calls himself a pillar, when he doesn’t know what it’s like to have to carry anything on his back. MJF also calls himself the devil, but Moxley said he’s seen the devil and MJF is not it. Moxley said he wants to know what MJF is made of and at Full Gear, he’s going to find out. Everything MJF has done up to this point has been easy.
-Another video package about the disappearance of The Elite is aired, this time with more highlights of their careers across the globe (including photos of them with Adam Cole, Cody, Kevin Owens, Sami Zayn & Finn Balor) while the Full Gear design is shown along with a ticking clock.
-Quick video package about Bryan Danielson & Sammy Guevara and their 2 out of 3 Falls main event is shown. Danielson said all the disrespect he’s endured in the past month is going to result in him taking out his frustrations by kicking Guevara’s head in.
Jamie Hayter (w/Rebel & Dr. Britt Baker) defeated Skye Blue (w/AEW Interim Women’s Champion Toni Storm)
(A majority of this match took place during commercial, but Blue had her hope spots before being absolutely steamrolled by the Hayter lariat. Hayter has been built up into an excellent challenger for Toni Storm, in what should be an great match come Full Gear.)
Blue showed off an aggressive side early on, taking the fight to Hayter to the floor and cazadora into an arm drag back in the ring. Baker tripped up Blue, which allowed Hayter to hit a back breaker into an Exploder suplex. Hayter controlled the entire commercial break, but when they returned, Blue took out Rebel & Baker with kicks from the apron and top rope cross body on Hayter for two.
Hayter reversed Blue’s finisher, but Blue dropped Hayter in with a spin kick and snazzy Code Red for a close near fall. Blue took far too long to capitalize and Hayter starched her with a forearm. Blue hit a superkick, but Hayter responded with a big boot of her own. Blue tried a victory roll into another cazadora, but Hayter countered into the ripcord lariat for the win. Post match, Hayter went to put the boots to Blue, but Storm chased her off.
-Video package on Brian Cage & Dante Martin is shown, highlighting their Title Eliminator match on Rampage this Friday.
-Backstage, Alex Marvez is hoping to interview Ricky Starks about the Title Eliminator Tournament, when he literally turns his head and Lance Archer has Starks by the neck and slammed him in the steel door. Archer said everybody dies and Marvez yelled for help. I mean, how did you not see that large man standing two feet from you, Alex?
Two out of Three Falls: Bryan Danielson defeated Sammy Guevara (w/Tay Melo) 2-1
(An excellent main event, as after the first two falls, they really kicked things into gear with Guevara having some very close near falls to make you think he might’ve possibly won this. I liked this one more than their last match a few weeks ago.)
Danielson wasted no time lighting Guevara up with strikes and top rope dropkick that sent Guevara to the floor by his wife, who blocked Danielson from doing a dive. Danielson moved her out of the way, which allowed Guevara to chuck a chair at the face of Danielson right in front of referee Bryce to get intentionally disqualified. Guevara continued his assault with the microphone into the eye of Danielson as we went to commercial break with Danielson up 1-0.
Back from break, Danielson is bleeding from around the left eye, as commentary talks about how Guevara gave up a fall to potentially get two quick falls of his own, as he hit a pump knee and GTH to tie it up at 1-1. Guevara lit up Danielson with strikes, tried a Spanish Fly off the top, despite slipping initially, but Danielson threw him off. Danielson looked for a top rope headbutt, but it was a terrible idea, as he landed right on his face. Guevara applied the LeBell Lock, but Danielson got a rope break. Despite the initial headbutt not working, Danielson fired up with more headbutts and wiped out Guevara off a springboard attempt into Busaiku Knee.
Guevara went outside where Danielson hit a charging knee off the apron, hit a few kicks, but Guevara turned it around and hit a charging dropkick right to the face. Back in the ring, a little miscommunication briefly led to both men colliding, Danielson rolling to a cover, but Melo pulled the ref out, thus getting ejected for her efforts and ridiculous overacting. Forearm battle commenced in the ring and Danielson suplexed Guevara in the corner. Danielson went for a superplex, but Guevara hit a charging knee that sent Danielson to the floor and Guevara hit a huge Shooting Star Press. Excalibur made a “Thunderbird” Brett Como reference here that blew away commentary.
Guevara tried his double jump cutter, but landed right into the cross arm breaker, which Danielson transitioned into the LeBell Lock as the crowd exploded. Guevara got a rope break, tried for another GTH, but Danielson countered into a really nice Poison Rana. Guevara countered a Busaiku Knee into the Walls of Jericho, but Danielson got a rope break. GTH missed again, this time Danielson hit the Busaiku Knee. Knuckle lock led to Guevara hitting a moonsault DDT, but went for a Swanton and Danielson got the knees up. Anvil elbows led to the LeBell Lock, Guevara refused to tap initially, so Danielson cranked the arm and Guevara verbally submitted.
AEW Rampage 11/11/22
· Orange Cassidy defends the All-Atlantic Title against Lee Johnson
· Jungle Boy will have a face-off with Luchasaurus & Christian Cage
· Bandido squares off with Rush while Brian Cage takes on Dante Martin in Opening Round Title Eliminator Matches
· Nyla Rose has a TBS Title Open Challenge