Original Air Date: September 29, 2021
Event Date: September 29, 2021
(aired live on TNT & the FITE app)
Commentary: Excalibur, Jim Ross, Tony Schiavone, CM Punk
Ring Announcer: Justin Roberts
In memory of Jon Huber “Brodie Lee” (1979 – 2020)
“Dynamite” by No One Hero
CM Punk comes out and joins the commentary team for the night.
Adam Cole vs Jungle Boy
(referee: Aubrey Edwards)
Result: Adam Cole wins via pinfall after The Boom (and a mule kick low blow)
Great match. The speed, agility, and ingenuity of these two men match up extremely well. they could have a great ongoing feud. Tonight, Jungle Boy was fighting with anger while Cole was more calm in his approach. Cole had great counters and was smart in his attacks, while Jungle Boy would go on bursts of offense that chained together many quick moves. A shortcut was taken in the end which gives room for another match, and it was a highly entertaining match overall. It was another great showing of an established wrestler versus a younger talent which AEW does so well.
After the match, the Young Bucks, the Good Brothers, Kenny Omega, Brandon Cutler, and Michael Nakazawa join Adam Cole in the ring.
After a commercial break, the Super Elite speak. Adam Cole told the world he was going to beat Jungle Boy, and he did it all by himself. Nick Jackson then gets everyone ready for the best promo in pro wrestling… before handing the mic to Nakazawa. Nakazawa then hands the mic to Omega. Omega talks about his match with Bryan Danielson, saying he doesn’t care if people think it’s one of AEW’s best matches ever. Danielson lost, and he’ll never face Omega one on one again.
Bryan Danielson comes out to the entrance ramp. Danielson asks the crowd if they want to see a rematch between him and Omega. The crowd says “yes.” Danielson wants a rematch as well, but he says Omega doesn’t have the “balls” to give him another match. So instead, Danielson challenges anyone else in The Elite to have the balls to face him in a match on Rampage. Omega says why not fight tonight? Danielson is fine with fighting tonight, and he brings out some guys to fight alongside him (Christian Cage, Frankie Kazarian, and Jurassic Express). The Super Elite scatters as Bryan and his friends enter the ring.
While the Lucha Brothers and Alex Abrahantes are being interviews by Tony Schiavone, Andrade El Idolo interrupts. Andrade wonders where Pac is, and Andrade’s assistant Jose mentions that it’s been a while since the Lucha Bros. have defended their AAA Tag Titles. Andrade says he has many friends who would like those belts. Rey Fenix says he and his brother are willing to defend anytime and anywhere.
Matt Sydal & Dante Martin vs “Big Shotty” Lee Johnson & “The American Nightmare” Cody Rhodes w/ Brandi Rhodes, Arn Anderson
(referee: Paul Turner)
Result: Lee Johnson pins Dante Martin after the Brain Dog
Very good match. There was a bit of tension between Cody and Arn that was played up by the commentators, but overall Johnson and Rhodes worked very well together. Sydal and Martin also worked well as a team, performing some great high-flying offense. Martin once again stood out for his ability to defy gravity, but Lee Johnson also stood at as a strong presence on his team. Johnson looked more confident and decisive than he has in the past, and Johnson was the deciding factor in the finish of the match.
After the match, Tony Schiavone enters the ring to get some words from the Nightmare Family. Cody wastes no time in calling out Malakai Black, but Arn Anderson wants Cody to stop talking. Arn is frustrated with Cody and his actions trying to defeat Malakai Black. Anderson is tired of coaching a “loser,” and he leaves Cody alone in the ring, taking Lee Johnson with him.
Darby Allin w/ Sting & Eddie Kingston & Jon Moxley vs Bear Country & Anthony Greene
(referee: Bryce Remsburg)
Result: Jon Moxley pins Anthony Greene after the Violent Crown (with Eddie Kingston)
This was fun. It was short and very few tags were made, but it was an entertaining showcase for the team of Allin, Kingston, and Moxley.
Ruby Soho and Britt Baker react to their match last week in a package/backstage interview video. Ruby will make Britt pays for her actions.
Matt Hardy & Private Party & The Butcher & The Blade & The Hybrid2 & Jora Johl vs. Orange Cassidy & Evil Uno & Stu Grayson & Alex Reynolds & John Silver & Alan Angels & Preston Vance & Colt Cabana w/ -1
(referee: Aubrey Edwards)
Result: John Silver pins Jora Johl after Fatality (from Evil Uno and Stu Grayson)
Very good match, and a fairly emotional one. This episode of Dynamite is dedicated to John Huber/Brodie Lee since Rochester is his hometown, but Dark Order has had internal struggles ever since Evil Uno’s decision to honor their friend Adam Page’s wishes. That decision paved the way for Page to get a beating from The Elite which put him off TV for weeks, and Alex Reynolds has been the most vocal about opposing Evil Uno.
Tonight, the match started with arguing within Dark Order. They couldn’t get along, and Evil Uno eventually started to walk away. The HFO was headed towards an easy win, but Anna Jay, Tay Conti, -1, and Amanda Huber came out to basically tell Dark Order to get their stuff together. Uno rejoined the match, and Dark Order hit a series of moves that completely dominated the HFO for the final part of the match. Dark Order has great continuity with their tag work, and it was a beautiful thing to watch.
After the match, the members of Dark Order reconcile and come together in a celebration of Brodie Lee.
Lio Rush is back AEW, and he is a businessman.
FTR (with Tully Blanchard) say they might have gotten a little lost, but they are now refocused.
Dan Lambert and the Men of the Year are in the ring. Lambert insults everyone as he talks about Chris Jericho. Lambert says Jericho’s career is over after he got beat up by a bunch of MMA fighters on Rampage last week. Scorpio Sky talks about everything he’s done in AEW, but it still wasn’t enough for the fans. Two guys were paying attention though: Lambert and Ethan Page. Ethan Page says he is overlooked despite having two black belts. He and Scorpio Sky are finished with being looked over.
Hikaru Shida is looking to be the first woman in AEW to attain 50 wins, but Serena Deeb stands in her way. They will face each other on Dynamite‘s second anniversary show.
Penelope Ford & The Bunny vs Tay Conti & Anna Jay
(referee: Rick Knox)
Result: Anna Jay wins via referee stoppage with the Queen Slayer on Penelope Ford
Good match. Ford looked strong for her team, but Anna Jay and Tay Conti had much better teamwork. The match had some back-and-forth to it, but it really always felt like Tay-Jay’s match.
Jade Cargill, Thunder Rosa, and Nyla Rose comment on their upcoming three-way match on this week’s Rampage.
MJF heads to the ring with Wardlow. MJF talks about the “four pillars” of young talent in AEW: Jungle Boy, Sammy Guevara, Darby Allin, and himself. MJF says he is the strongest pillar, and he deserves to by AEW World Champion. MJF says that if Tony Khan doesn’t give MJF the opportunities he deserves, then he has Bruce Prichard on speed dial.
Darby Allin comes out and enters the ring. MJF tells Darby that there is nothing wrong with being second best, just like Sting. Darby says no one will care if MJF follows through on his threats to leave AEW. Darby is AEW for life, until death. He also wonders why MJF thinks he’s better when Darby is the only one between them who has held an AEW championship. MJF talks about Darby’s uncle who died in a car wreck that Darby was involved in, saying the wrong man died that night. Darby won’t let MJF get to him, so MJF walks away.
Sammy Guevara and Miro talk about their upcoming TNT Title match.
TNT Title Match
Sammy Guevara vs Miro
(referee: Bryce Remsburg)
Result: Sammy Guevara wins via pinfall after a 630 senton and becomes the 6th TNT Champion
Great match. Sammy tried to get off to a quick start, but Miro shut him down immediately. Miro continued his attacks methodically, but Sammy was able to get in quick attacks that began to get Miro off of his attack plan. The theme of this match was Miro waiting too long between attacks and expecting his power to put Sammy down for longer than it actually did. Sammy started stringing together offense late in the match, and he exploited Miro’s weak neck to gain a huge advantage as the match neared its finish.
This was a fun show. The talking segments were mostly just okay, but bookending the show with two great matches helped make the overall show feel even more exciting.
Match of the Night
Sammy Guevara vs Miro
Lots of fun, and a nice payoff for Sammy’s gradual rise through the ranks of AEW.