This week’s edition of AEW Dynamite emanated live from Atlanta, the former home of WCW and Sting’s old stomping ground. The show kicked off with Bryan Danielson taking out another member of The Dark Order and closed with a thrillingly chaotic street fight between Cody Rhodes and Andrade El Idolo.
Winner: The Hangman Vs. Danielson Build
In the opening match of the show, Bryan Danielson defeated yet another Dark Order member in Alan Angels, who was wrestling his hometown of Atlanta. The match was solid but brief, although Angels got just enough offense in so as to not be completely humiliated. Danielson hit Angels with a running knee, but instead of going for a pin, Danielson kicked Angels’ head in. A lot. Then he locked him in a kneebar for a tapout victory. Danielson held the kneebar for some time after the bell, much to the Atlanta crowd’s chagrin.
Hangman Page went to confront Danielson but John Silver stopped him. Danielson continued to ridicule Page and The Dark Order on the mic and reminded Page that Tony Khan had decreed that Page would be suspended if he laid a hand on the number one contender.
Danielson is so great in this role. He and Pag have only shared a few segments together, but they’ve sold the match and then some. Page will defend the AEW World Championship against Danielson at Winter Is Coming on December 15.
Loser: Whatever Miro Is Doing
A cheap-looking and nonsensical pretaped Miro promo aired. Miro was saying a lot without actually saying anything He’s mad at God now. Maybe? It wasn’t clear. It’s a shame because he’s been utilized almost perfectly recently. He doesn’t really need hype vignettes. Just let him go out there and wreck fools.
Winner: Lee Moriarty
Highly-rated AEW newcomer Lee Moriarty more than held his own against the veteran CM Punk in the show’s second match. After the bell, MJF and Punk had another mic battle that was nowhere near as good as last week’s and was ultimately kind of pointless as a result. They’re running out of decent material.
Loser: Adam Cole Getting An Entrance For No Reason
Adam Cole got a full-on entrance just so could go sit at the announce desk for five seconds. He walked all the way to ring, did the BOOM thing then the BAYBAY thing, then walked back up the ramp to the commentary table. He was then confronted by Orange Cassidy (who also got a full entrance Anyway, The Best Friends are feuding with the SuperKliq no, for some reason.
Winner: Sting Returns To Atlanta
“The Icon” Sting returned to his old stomping ground to team up with Darby Allin for a match against The Gunn Club. The crowd was really into this one, and not just because it featured two WWE Hall Of Famers. It was a very fun match that featured some really wild spots. Seeing Sting and Billy Gunn square off for the first time in decades was cool as hell, and the crowd reacted accordingly. Of course, Darby did some absolutely sickening dives and helped his team to victory by launching himself from the ring to the outside, taking Billy Gunn out in the process. Sting then hit the Scorpion Deathdrop on Colten Gunn for the win.
Loser: Kris Statlander
Ruby Soho advanced to the final of the TBS Championship Tournament with a win over Kris Statlander. Read all about it here. Soho will face Jade Cargill in the final.
Winner: Fiery Main Event
Cody Rhodes and Andrade El Idolo went one-on-one in a very fun main event street fight that got a little fiery. Click here for a full rundown.
Full Results And Noteworthy Moments
- Hangman Page joined the announce desk for the opening match
- Bryan Danielson def. Alan “5” Angels via submission with a kneebar
- Danielson got on the mic and insulted Atlanta and bragged about beating everyone in the Dark Order, Hangman Page (who had been on commentary throughout the opening match) started making his way to the ring, but John Silver emerged and went to confront Danielson in Page’s stead, Danielson fled and said that he’d love to slap Page but the “jerks” in Atlanta don’t deserve to see it
- A weird Miro promo video aired
- MJF joined the announce desk for the Punk/Moriarty match
- CM Punk def. Lee Moriarty via pinfall with a GTS
- MJF got on the mic and roasted Punk which instigated another Punk/ vs. MJF promo battle which was nowhere near as good as last week’s and wasn’t really necessary. MJF said something about murdering Punk’s dog and Punk went after him but Wardlow emerged to protect MJF
- Backstage, Britt Baker complained to Jamie Hayter and Rebel about having to face Riho
- Adam Cole sat at the announce desk but was confronted by Orange Cassidy. The Bucks emerged and distracted Cassidy which allowed Cole to deliver a low blow. The SuperKliq was about to hit a BTW Trigger on OC but The Best Friends made the save
- Backstage, Tony Nese cut a promo on Sammy Guevara
- Wardlow def. AC Adams via pinfall with multiple Casualty Of War powerbomb
- Shawn Spears entered the ring to celebrate with Wardlow and hit Adams with a chair
- In a backstage interview with Penta and Pac, Tony Schiavone revealed that Pac would be replacing Feniz in the upcoming Lucha Bros. vs. FTR match. Pac said he’s more than ready, even though he only has one eye
- Sting & Darby Allin def. The Gunn Club (Billy Gunn & Colten Gunn) via pinfall with a Scorpion Deathdrop
- Chris Jericho was attacked backstage by 2point0 and Daniel Garcia
- While Taz was talking about how Team Taz had a 100+% chance of winning the Dynamite Dozen Battle Royale, Lio Rush interrupted and said that he’s going to win the battle royale because he’s a fighter. Seem like Rush is a face now, and they’ve dropped the crypto bro who loves stonks gimmick
- Jade Cargill and Mark Sterling cut a promo backstage but were interrupted by Thunder Rosa who said that she would be replacing Chirs Jericho on commentary for Friday’s Rampage and that she had been given the opportunity to book a match for the show
- Ruby Soho def. Kris Statlander via pinfall with a cradle after countering the Big Bang Theory
- Nyla Rose ambushed Ruby Soho as Soho celebrated advancing to the TBS Championship tournament final
- Cody Rhodes def. Andrade El Idolo via pinfall after suplexing Andrade through a flaming table
Don’t let Vince McMahon get his hands on these AEW wrestlers. They’d go from stars to afterthoughts if Vinnie Mac hand his way!
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