Powell’s AEW Dynamite Hit List: Bryan Danielson vs. Daniel Garcia, Jon Moxley vs. Rush for the Interim AEW World Championship, Ricky Starks vs. Hook for the FTW Title, Sammy Guevara vs. Dante Martin, Thunder Rosa vs. Miyu Yamashita for the AEW Women’s Championship

By Jason Powell, ProWrestling.net Editor (@prowrestlingnet)

AEW Dynamite Hits

Jon Moxley vs. Rush for the Interim AEW World Championship: A good high energy, hard hitting opening match. It was hard to buy into the idea of Rush winning, but Moxley gave him a lot of offense and made him look really good in defeat. Moxley also made the post match angle with Chris Jericho by calling for the Lionheart version of Jericho and telling him to keep the Jericho Appreciation Society at home. Here’s hoping that AEW cements that as a stipulation by barring the faction members from ringside.

Bryan Danielson vs. Daniel Garcia: A big upset win for Garcia. He got some help from Jake Hager that actually felt unnecessary. With Bryan coming back from a head injury, they easily could have done the finish in a way that put Garcia over clean while playing up the fact that Bryan was coming back from injury. But it was still a cool move to use Bryan’s star power to elevate Garcia. No one seemed happier than Chris Jericho’s character. I suspect that will eventually change once Garcia starts to rack up more wins and takes attention away from Jericho. Of course, Garcia could also be used to help turn Jericho babyface again at some point if they want to move in that direction.

Ricky Starks vs. Hook for the FTW Championship: I enjoyed the match and Hook is the perfect person to hold the FTW Championship on multiple levels. But as much as I enjoy a good surprise, I have to question the logic of giving this away with no build. The post match angle was well done with Starks showing respect to Hook with a fist bump, which led to his fiery promo and the surprise attack by Powerhouse Hobbs. I never would have given the Hook win away without a strong build, but I definitely enjoyed all of this. The looming Starks vs. Hobbs feud looks fun on paper. The tricky part is that both wrestlers need wins and deserve to be elevated. That’s rarely worked out when WWE wrestlers in similar positions were pitted against one another. Of course, this isn’t WWE, so we’ll see how it goes.

Sammy Guevara vs. Dante Martin: A fun spot-fest style match. Martin seemed to be struggling with a knee injury late in the match and he took the springboard cutter awkwardly. Hopefully it’s nothing major. On a side note, the addition of Skye Blue in Martin’s corner added nothing. Blue has not been properly introduced on AEW television. Sure, she’s won some online matches, but I don’t believe she’s won a match on Dynamite or Rampage before. There was also nothing about her attire that made her feel like a rising star who belonged on the show.

Jungle Boy and Christian Cage: Jungle Boy showed good fire early on and then it felt like he started to cool down the longer this segment went. It was good to hear Jungle Boy fire back at Cage in the same personal manner that Cage has gone after him. Both men are doing a really good job of making this feud feel intense and personal. Luchasaurus hanging around Jungle Boy still feels temporary. Is Jungle Boy color blind? I think there’s a reason that Luchasaurus is still wearing his darker gear.

AEW Dynamite Misses

Swerve Strickland vs. Tony Nese and Mark Sterling in a handicap match: Please let this be the end of Strickland feuding with Sterling over that stupid petition. Josh Woods attacking Keith Lee was interesting. Woods really started to click with me once ROH reintroduced the pure rules division. Are they setting up a singles match with Lee? Will Woods team with Nese or does he have another tag team partner who hasn’t been introduced?

Thunder Rosa vs. Miyu Yamashita for the AEW Women’s Championship: It will be interesting to see how this match performs in the ratings. It was an enjoyable match, but it’s not like Yamashita has been featured prominently on AEW television. For a company that seems to focus so heavily on the minute by minute ratings, I’m surprised they didn’t put this match on Rampage instead. If it works, great, but the television ratings for the shows that led up to the Forbidden Door event seemed to indicate that a lot of viewers tune out when they are presented with international talent that they are not familiar with.

No follow-up to ROH Death Before Dishonor: I did not expect AEW Dynamite to be filled with ROH related angles coming out of the pay-per-view. Still, it was disappointing that they didn’t make a big fuss over how well the event came off or spotlight the notable players. Where was new ROH Champion Claudio Castagnoli? FTR and The Briscoes tore the house down on Saturday, and I can’t believe they didn’t at least have FTR on the show to keep their momentum going.

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Readers Comments (4)

  1. Jungle Boy seemed a lot more confident on the mic here than he ever has before. Cage has been incredible since he turned heel, but his appearance here was poorly timed and sucked the air out of what was shaping up to be a great segment for Jungle Boy. Still, I can’t wait for their eventual match.

  2. But as much as I enjoy a good surprise, I have to question the logic of giving this away with no build.<

    I think the idea is, "Tune in because you never know what's going to happen", which is old-school good stuff, IMHO. And Hook with the FTW belt is perfect. I hope Starks continues to be in the uppper-middle part of the card, as he's really become a really important part of the roster.

    Jungle Boy has made Christian interesting for the first time in a long time.

    I really hope Dante Martin is ok….the way his knee twisted at the end looked REALLY nasty.

    Garcia is a perfect example of how to make lower-card talent into midcard or higher talent. Glad to see AEW continues to build stars out of guys and girls no one (or at least VERY few) knew before they came to the company.

    Tay Conti needs to go away, but I do think it was ironic that she was hanging on Sammy during the promo, since she basically is where she is now because she IS a hanger-on. And Skye Blue, JUST TO ME, almost looked as though she either didn't want to be there or had no clue whatsoever what to do.

    Overall a good show, with the opening match and the Bryan Danielson vs. Daniel Garcia matches being my favorites, and my favorite "moment" being Hook coming out and then actually winning the belt. AEW continues to impress, and the "bumps" that occur from time to time are easily understood if people can understand

  3. JACKSONVILLE(AP) – AEW executive Tony Kahn announced today the additional of 3 new titles. The intergender tag team titles will be determined in a tournament in early September. The Texarkana middleweight champion will be crowned in a 37 man battle royal on Rampage on October 7. And finally the “Ex-WWE championship bracelet” will be awarded on a special Halloween themed episode of “Dark.” Kahn is expected to sign 17 more former WWE Superstars between now and that show.

    Media inquiries can be sent to Dave Meltzer c/o the Wrestling Observer Network

  4. “Jungle Boy has made Christian interesting for the first time in a long time.”

    Let’s invert that statement; Christian Cage is doing everything that he can to break Jungle Boy out of his shell; JB has only been a solid worker, underwhelming physical presence, with a vanilla personality to this point.

    Jungle Boy so far from his first promo is making an effort to create a more definitive identity through this. I could detect that there was a little awkwardness initially and he would smirk when the crowd was reacting to him favorably, almost in a reinforcing kind of a way. But he looked more comfortable as it went along, can keep building a more confident persona from there, and we’ll see how it goes. The storyline angle is providing great benefit to Jungle Boy and Luchasaurus, who has some intrigue with the subtle and quiet conflict of interest that is being exhibited.

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