By Jason Powell, ProWrestling.net Editor (@prowrestlingnet)
AEW Wednesday Night Dynamite on TNT
Aired live on October 30, 2019 from Charleston, West Virginia at Charleston Coliseum
[Hour One] Tony Schiavone stood outside a jet and spoke about the contract signing for the Chris Jericho and Cody match at Full Gear. Dustin Rhodes exited the plane followed by Cody. Dustin and Cody hugged, then Schiavone and Cody got into a limo together…
A video package recapped Jon Moxley fighting Pac to a draw last week, and Kenny Omega saving Moxley from a Pac attack. Moxley and Omega went face to face, then Pac went up to the stage and backed into Hangman Page, whom he’ll face at Full Gear…
Footage aired of Moxley entering Tony Khan’s office after a match. Khan told him that they couldn’t sanction his match and it would have to be a lights out match, meaning it would not count on his won/loss record. Moxley told him that whatever happens to Kenny Omega is on him…
Powell’s POV: Khan was not shown on camera. Moxley entered the office and the conversation could be heard faintly and there were captions of the dialogue on the screen. By the way, I’m filling in for Jake Barnett tonight. Jake will resume his weekly AEW Dynamite live reviews next week.
The Dynamite opening video aired… Pyro shot off on the stage and then the broadcast team of Jim Ross and Excalibur checked in. Ross noted that Schiavone was on assignment and would check in later. Excalibur hyped that cartoon characters Rick and Morty would invade AEW. They noted that Moxley vs. Omega at Full Gear will be an unsanctioned match, then ran through the previously advertised match lineup…
1. “Hangman” Adam Page vs. Sammy Guevara. Guevara did not wear the panda head during his entrance. The ring had Rick and Morty themed turnbuckle pads and ring post covers. At 7:30, Page set up for his Buckshot Lariat, but Guevara saw it coming and laid down on the mat. The wrestlers exchanged strikes, then Page hit the move a short time later from the other side of the ring and scored the pin.
Hangman Page beat Sammy Guevara in 8:05.
After the match, Page took the mic and said it’s no secret that things haven’t been going so well for him lately. Page said tonight felt good. Page said he’s going to do “some real cowboy shit” at Full Gear and take Pac’s head off. A loud “cowboy shit” chant broke out. “There’s a shirt,” Ross said on commentary… An ad aired for AEW Full Gear… [C]
Powell’s POV: A good opening match that was fast paced from bell to bell and didn’t overstay its welcome. Hell, it left me wanting more. And it was definitely nice to hear Page get promo time. The lack of promos has been one of my only gripes about Dynamite thus far, so hopefully there’s more to come. It’s hard to tell how many fans are in the upper deck of the venue because of the lighting, but the fans who are in attendance are as rowdy as the other Dynamite crowds.
During the split screen break, the Rock & Roll Express Ricky Morton and Robert Gibson had a brief interaction with “Private Party” Isiah Kassidy and Marq Quen…
2. Shanna vs. Hikaru Shida. Excalibur noted that Shanna was born in Portugal and currently resides in France. Shida brought a kendo stick to the ring with her and laid it under the ropes in a corner of the ring. At ringside, Shida leapt off a chair and delivered a knee to the face of Shanna. Back inside the ring, Shida used a backbreaker to get a two count. The show cut to a split screen break a short time later. [C]
Shanna was on the offensive during the break until Shida cut her off on the ropes. Shanna knocked Shida into a tree of woe, smiled, and performed a double stomp that led to a near fall. Shanna also picked up a nice near fall off a rollup reversal. Ring announcer Justin Roberts noted that there were five minutes remaining. Shida rallied with a falcon arrow for a near fall, then followed up with a running knee strike for the win…
Hikaru Shida defeated Shanna in 10:45.
Powell’s POV: A strong, competitive match between the two Stardom wrestlers. Here’s hoping that AEW can continue to use the Stardom talent even though New Japan Pro Wrestling’s parent company recently announced that they purchased the Japanese women’s promotion.
Ross said there’s a lot of talk about what’s been going on with Brandi Rhodes. Ross said he wishes he could give people answers, but he doesn’t know…
A video package aired that recapped Brandi interrupting the interview last week. She was also shown putting on a black veil and performing what appeared to be some type of ritual that involved Awesome Kong…
Chris Van Vliet stood on the stage and introduced Ricky Morton and Robert Gibson, who came out holding the AEW Tag Titles. Gibson said they beat Ole and Arn Anderson 33 years ago in the same building. Santana and Ortiz came out and attacked the legends from behind.
Ortiz whipped Gibson with a loaded sock. Ortiz picked up Morton and held him, then Santana hit him with the loaded sock. Ortiz picked up the AEW Tag Titles and then tossed them onto the stage. Santana and Oritz picked up Morton and slammed him through a piece of the stage. The Young Bucks ran out and chased off Santana and Ortiz. A “Rock & Roll” chant broke out for Morton and Gibson. Ross said they would keep the cameras rolling and return after a break… [C]
Powell’s POV: While some crowds would have cheered the younger guys attacking legends, Santana and Ortiz got strong heat. It’s pretty cool that Morton and Gibson are over with the younger AEW crowd.
Another Full Gear ad aired… Ross said all hell broke loose before the break and then highlights of Santana and Ortiz attacking Morton and Gibson was shown. Excalibur said it was a brutal, senseless, and needless assault…
Footage aired of Schiavone and Cody inside the limo. Schiavone noted that they were on their way to the building. Schiavone told a story about Dusty Rhodes making sure Willie Nelson was in a pool before he came out because a star always comes out last. Cody spoke about his mother and how he shared a locker room with Chris Jericho for ten years. Schiavone told Cody to take all the emotion of his mother watching him in Baltimore and let it drive him. Schiavone said it meant a lot to be with Cody due to his history with his family…
3. Trent Barreta, Chuck Taylor, and Orange Cassidy vs. John Silver, Alex Reynolds, and QT Marshall. There was a voiceover introduction by Rick and Morty, and the Best Friends and Cassidy came out dressed like the animated duo. Fans were also shown in the crowd who had Rick and Morty masks that were handed out. The babyface trio actually worked in their costumes, though Silver knocked the wig off Barreta.
Later, Taylor tossed Trent his wig back and they set up for their hug, but Marshall interrupted it. Cassidy returned to the ring minus the costume. Cassidy wore shades and kept his hands in his pockets while doing the light kicks that Marshall didn’t sell. Cassidy cleared Marshall from the ring and then dove onto him while keeping his hands in his pockets. Barreta and Taylor hit their finisher on Silver and got the win for their team…
Trent Barreta, Chuck Taylor, and Orange Cassidy beat John Silver, Alex Reynolds, and QT Marshall in 3:15.
A Rick and Morty ad aired for five new episodes that will air on Adult Swim… [C]
Powell’s POV: I’m never big on wrestlers wrestling in costumes (see the baseball tag team on Monday’s Raw), but the live crowd had fun with it.
An ad aired for upcoming AEW Dynamite events, including the January 1 show in Jacksonville, and the AEW Full Gear pay-per-view…
[Hour Two] AEW Champion Chris Jericho made his entrance wearing a Halloween themed jacket. Jericho set his title belt on a table that was set up on the stage for the contract signing. The broadcast team noted that the woman seated in the middle of the table was an AEW attorney.
Cody’s limo arrived at the building and he and Schiavone exited the limo and then Cody made his entrance with Schiavone walking behind him. Ross noted that Jericho was no-selling and acting too cool for school. Schiavone hosted the segment and noted that there will be three judges for the title match in the event that it goes to a 60-minute time limit.
Cody signed the contract first, then it was passed over to Jericho, who jumped up. Cody shot right up and then Jericho smiled and said he got him on that one. Jericho said the match was too important. A “you suck” chant broke out. Jericho told them to go ahead and chant all night because he doesn’t care.
Jericho said the match was too important to flip a table over. He said it’s the biggest match of the year and the biggest match of Cody’s career. Jericho said that if Cody wins then he can become the world champion that he’s always wanted to be. A “Cody” chant broke out. Jericho said if Cody loses then he’ll prove to Cody and “all the entitled millennial jackasses here tonight” that Cody isn’t as good as he thinks he is.
Jericho said he would teach Cody a lesson of what it’s like to be a loser. Jericho signed the contract and once again stood up and smiled, which led to Cody shooting right up again. Cody removed his jacket. “Calm down hillbillies,” Jericho told the fans. Jericho said they were two professionals and weren’t making a mockery of the title.
Jericho said he is the champion and has class and that’s why he was extending his hand. Cody shook his hand, then pulled Jericho in close for a staredown. The crowd chanted “AEW” and then Jericho said they could stay there all night, but Cody might be needed elsewhere.
Sammy Guevara appeared on the big screen from the parking lot and asked if the camera was on. Jake Hager was shown beating up Dustin Rhodes and slamming a car door onto his left arm. Dustin cried out in agony. Cody, MJF, and two security guards ran into the parking lot. Cody and MJF checked on Dustin. Jericho showed up and lit a cigar, then laughed while saying Cody might want to take Dustin to a hospital. Jericho, Hager, and Guevara entered a vehicle that drove off while the show went to a split screen break… [C]
Powell’s POV: A very good segment. It was nice that they didn’t do the cliche contract signing brawl and took this in a different direction. It was also fun to hear the live crowd go from cheering Jericho’s entrance to booing him once the super over Cody came out. Both men and the company have done a good job tonight of making their AEW Title match feel like a big event.
Kip Sabian, Jack Evans, and Angelico were introduced. Old school video game graphics had a message asking if you remember us and said we are still inseparable after all this time. Cleaner, remember your friend, your best friend, he was never on your side and it’s only a matter of time before everyone else goes away too. The message said join us and your pain goes away forever. It concluded with “stick a sock in it, pal” and a question of whether it’s okay if I tag in this time…
4. Kenny Omega, Matt Jackson, and Nick Jackson vs. Kip Sabian, Jack Evans, and Angelico. Omega came out wearing a Halloween mask and the Bucks wore their Street Fighter costumes. Schiavone joined the broadcast team. They cut to a break at 4:10. [C] Omega hit snap dragon suplexes on all three opponents. All three men got to their feet, Omega snapped his fingers, and they all fell down.
At 8:50, Sabian mocked Omega with a Terminator clap and then went for a dive, but The Elite trio caught him and powerbombed him onto the apron. Back inside the ring, Evans went fo for a springboard move and leapt into a triple superkick. Omega hit a V-Trigger knee and a One Winged Angel on Evans and pinned him…
Kenny Omega, Matt Jackson, and Nick Jackson beat Kip Sabian, Jack Evans, and Angelico in roughly 10:00.
After the match, the Bucks went to ringside and shook hands with fans. They hugged a couple of “fans” wearing Rick and Morty masks. The fans grabbed their arms and then unmasked to reveal themselves. Santana and Ortiz roughed up the Bucks in the crowd and then took off before Omega could get involved. They went to a split screen break and match footage aired while the commercials played [C]
Powell’s POV: The match had some silliness to it that didn’t work for me, but the live crowd ate it up. The post match angle with Santana and Ortiz attacking the Bucks was well done.
“The Librarians” Peter Avalon and Leva Bates. Avalon had a mic in hand and heeled on the fans as the walked to and entered the ring. Jon Moxley walked through the crowd and hopped the barricade. Moxley kicked Avalon and gave him the Paradigm Shift DDT (Dirty Deeds) to a big pop.
Moxley held up a mic and was cheered. He spoke about his match with Omega being an unsanctioned match, which was booed by the crowd. He said he was all good with the no rules part, but he was unhappy about it being stricken from the record boos. “In other words, when Jon Moxley beats your boy, the so-called greatest wrestler in the world, Kenny Omega, we’re just going to pretend like it never happened.”
Moxley said AEW wants to treat him like a freak show and an outsider. He said he knows what’s going on because he’s been dealing with it for his entire life. He said the stooge and puppets come up to him and say he’s a different kind of cat. Moxley said it’s as if he doesn’t know when he’s being insulted and being called stupid. Moxley said AEW can take their won/loss record and shove it up their ass.
Moxley said he’s the baddest and sickest SOB in the game and there isn’t a soul who will come out and try to prove him wrong. Moxley said he’s unsanctionable. He said if they think he’s out of control then they haven’t seen anything yet. Moxley said he’s going to beat Omega within an inch of his life. He said the fans will see violence the likes of which haven’t been seen in this country in decades.
Moxley said he has a message for AEW and the Turner executives and it’s the same thing he’ll tell anyone who doesn’t like that he marches to the beat of his own drum – “Kiss my ass and stay the hell out of my way.” Moxley dropped the mic and played to the crowd… [C]
Powell’s POV: Finally, a real Moxley promo. I’m not sure why we had to wait until now, but I hope the wait for the next one isn’t as long. While neither wrestler has really explained the beef between them, Moxley did a great job of framing his match with Omega as a must see event.
5. “The Lucha Brothers” Pentagon Jr. and Rey Fenix vs. Frankie Kazarian and Scorpio Sky to become the first AEW Tag Team Champions. Before the match, Justin Roberts stood in the ring with the two teams and delivered introductions for the tag title match. Private Party were shown watching in the crowd. The Dark Order were shown backstage with The Creepers. There were dueling chants for the teams competing for the tag titles.
Referee Aubrey Edwards insisted that only one wrestler start the match for each team. The broadcast team noted that Christopher Daniels was still sidelined from the attack by Pentagon Jr. and Fenix and was at home recuperating. The broadcast team said the match must have a winner and the footage would be available online if the match exceeded the television time. Pentagon and Fenix were in offensive control going into a split screen break. [C]
Kazarian was isolated coming out of the break. He made a tag to Sky, who worked over both opponents. Sky performed a nice flip dive onto Pentagon, but Fenix caught him with a dropkick through the ropes. Kazarian went for a huracanrana from the top rope on Fenix and ended up hitting his head and neck on the ring apron. Ouch. A short time later, Pentagon performed a Canadian Destroyer on Kazarian, then Fenix got a near fall on Sky.
Sky and Fenix went for simultaneous cross body blocks and collided. Pentagon caught Kazarian at ringside and powerbombed him through a small table. In the ring, Pentagon superkicked Sky, then Fenix splashed Sky from his brother’s shoulders for a two count. Pentagon and Fenix set up for their finisher, but Sky countered into an inside cradle while Kazarian returned to take out Fenix while the referee made the three count.
Frankie Kazarian and Scorpio Sky defeated Pentagon Jr. and Fenix in 12:35 to become the first AEW Tag Team Champions.
Sky and Kazarian celebrated with the tag titles to close the show…
Powell’s POV: A good match that could have used more time given the high stakes. It was still enjoyable and the SCU duo going over struck me as an upset. It was nice to see a clean finish in the Dynamite main event slot, and it was good that some wrestlers received more promo time on the show. Overall, this was another good episode of Dynamite. I will have more to say about the show in my weekly audio review for Dot Net Members coming up shortly. Let me know what you thought of Dynamite by giving it a letter grade in our weekly post show poll available in a separate post on the main page.
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