CM came home for Thanksgiving! This week’s edition of AEW Dynamiye emanated live from the Wintrust Arena in Punk’s hometown of Chicago, Illinois. It was another great episode of Dynamite with a lot of highs and very few lows.
The show kicked off with CM Punk making his way to the ring for his match with QT Marshall. Unsurprisingly, the Chicago crowd was excited to see its hometown hero … a fact MJF was well aware of when he decided to interrupt Punk as soon as he reached the ring.
What followed was a riveting 20 minutes in which MJF and CM Punk tore each other apart in a promo battle that featured references to The Miz, John Cena, Triple H, and uh, meth. It’s rare for an AEW show to open with a promo segment, and even rarer for one to open with a promo segment that lasts longer than 20 minutes. But unlike so many recent WWE efforts, this segment was an absolute joy to behold … although it probably could have been a few minutes shorter
Loser: The Match That Followed
After his war of words with M(iz)JF, CM Punk went one-on-one with QT Marshall in a clunky, awkward match. The Chicago crowd was very generous to this match, which made it slightly more enjoyable than it otherwise could have been.
The opening segment was very good. The match that followed was not. QT Marshall and CM Punk are no spring chickens but they are veterans, and they can do so much better than this.
Winner: Thunder Rosa
Thunder Rosa advanced to the semi-finals of the TBS Championship Tournament with a big win over Jamie Hayter. Britt Baker and Rebel did all they could to ensure Hayter advanced, but ultimately their involvement cost their associate the match.
This match exceeded expectations as Hayter and Rosa basically just beat the crap out of each other. It does feel like too many AEW matches — particularly women’s matches — end in shenanigans, but it’s easy to overlook that when the matches are fun.
So far, the TBS Championship tournament has been booked pretty much perfectly and the five women who remain involved all deserve to be there. Rosa will now face her toughest challenge yet in the form of the undefeated Jade Cargill.
Loser: Colt Cabana
Colt Cabana got his ass beat in his hometown on Thanksgiving Eve. Poor guy. Fortunately, the guy who was beating Colt’s ass was Bryan Danielson, who could be about to have one of the best runs of his career.
After the match, Hangman Page confronted Danielson, and oh boy is that match gonna be a doozy.
Winner: Fun Final Match
Cash Wheeler, Dax Harwood, Andrade El Idolo, and Malakai Black defeated PAC, Penta El Zero Miedo, Rey Fenix, and Cody Rhodes in the final match of the night which was a fun one. Things got a little chaotic towards the end, but the crowd was into it … one thing the crowd was absolutely not into, though, was Cody Rhodes, who got another huge negative reaction and even had his own belt thrown back at him by someone in the crowd (which would have been way funnier if it hadn’t hit Aubrey Edwards).
Full Results And Noteworthy Moments
- CM Punk came to the ring for his match with QT Marshall, but when he got in the ring, MJF’s music hit
- MJF addressed the moment last week in which Punk confronted MJF. He cut a promo on Punk and the two men traded barbs in a promo battle that included references to The Miz, John Cena, and Triple H
- CM Punk def. QT Marshall via pinfall after Go To Sleep
- In a backstage interview with Tony Schiavone, Christian Cage (flanked by Jurrasic Express) said Jurrasic Express has all the momentum and pointed out that they are the top-ranked tag team in AEW and he’s going to make sure they win the AEW tag titles
- Eddie Kingston was enjoying a slice of cake in catering when he was approached by Daniel Garcia and 2point0. The trio offered Kingston their assistance and claimed that he wasn’t “hungry” anymore. A frustrated Kingston objected before getting coffee thrown in his face
- The Gunn Club (Billy Gunn & Colten Gunn) (w/Austin Gunn) def. Bear Country (Bear Boulder & Bear Bronson) via pinfall with a Colt 45 from Colten
- After the match, Sting and Darby Allin came out. Darby almost decapitated Austin Gunn. Sting and Darby chased Gunn Club away and stood tall in the ring
- Backstage, Adam Cole and Bobby Fish referred to themselves as best friends and were then confronted by The Best Friends. A Fish/Cole vs. YUTA/OC match was set up
- In a meeting room, Team Taz made one last attempt to get Dante Martin to sign with them, which he ultimately did, despite Lio Rush’s objections
- Thunder Rosa def. Jamie Hayter via pinfall with a rollup after Baker accidentally superkicked Hayter
- 2point0 interrupted Chris Jericho while he was being interviewed backstage, Jericho mocked the one with a square head for having a square head and warned the group not to interrupt him again or else he’d kick their teeth down their throats
- Brit Baker and Rebel were enjoying a Thanksgiving feast backstage when Tony Schiavone informed Baker that she will have to face Riho on Rampage, much to Baker’s chagrin
- Bryan Danielson def. Colt Cabana via submission with a LeBell Lock
- After his victory, Danielson was interviewed in the ring by Schiavone. Danielson accused the fans of being fickle and once again vowed to kick in the heads of all Dark Order members before defeating Hangman age for the AEW title
- Hangman came out and confronted Danielson. The confrontation got physical and Danielson escaped a millisecond before being hit with a Buckshot
- FTR (Cash Wheeler & Dax Harwood), Andrade El Idolo & Malakai Black def. Death Triangle (PAC, Penta El Zero Miedo & Rey Fenix) & Cody Rhodes via pinfall after Andrade hit PAC with an El Idolo
Modern wrestling audiences are often criticized for not having the patience for long-term storylines, but Adam Page’s AEW success shows that is false.
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