Original Air Date: October 6, 2021
Event Date: October 6, 2021
(aired live on TNT & the FITE app)
Commentary: Excalibur, Jim Ross, Tony Schiavone
Ring Announcer: Justin Roberts
“Dynamite” by No One Hero
Adam Cole & The Young Bucks & Kenny Omega (AEW World Champ) w/ Brandon Cutler, Michael Nakazawa vs Jungle Boy & Luchasaurus & Christian Cage (Impact World Champ) & “American Dragon” Bryan Danielson
(referee: Rick Knox)
Result: Adam Cole pins Jungle Boy after a 4-way BTE Trigger
Great match. It was chaotic and out of control as you might expect, and it was tons of fun. Jungle Boy did a good portion of the work for his team early in the match, but that also meant he got beat up a lot by the Super Elite. The match started to even out, but Christian was hit with the IndyTaker on the floor, and that took him out of the match. Jurassic Express and Danielson still did very well after that point (with Luchasaurus dominating the Super Elite for a while), but the numbers disadvantage eventually caught up with them.
Jon Moxley doesn’t have patience for much of anything anymore. So AEW wants to get weird with ladders tonight? Okay. Philadelphia is Moxley’s city, AEW is his company, and the AEW World Title is his belt.
CM Punk heads to the ring. Punk talks about coming from humble beginnings and living in Philadelphia for about three years. Punk loves Philadelphia so much because the city has given so much to him. Punk is glad he’s back and immersed in this community. Punk wants to give something back to Philly, so he offers the fans a choice. He can either wrestle tonight, or he can buy everyone cheesesteaks. He waits for a response, then decides to wrestle anyway. Punk then calls out Daniel Garcia and challenges him to a match on Rampage in two days.
Footage from outside of Cody Rhodes’ house at night shows Arn Anderson symbolically burning Cody’s clothes as a metaphor for Malakai Black taking advantage of Cody going Hollywood. Cody confronts Arn. Arn says Cody isn’t much of a wrestler right now, and he’s throwing away the people who supported him.
A look at Bobby Fish, the man who intends to make Sammy Guevara’s reign as TNT Champ the shortest in AEW history.
TNT Title Match
Bobby Fish vs Sammy Guevara (TNT Champ)
(referee: Paul Turner)
Result: Sammy Guevara wins via pinfall after the GTH and defends the title in his first defense
Very good match. Guevara tried some quick offense and was fairly successful early in the match, but Bobby Fish started to dominate the champ with smart technical wrestling. The match slowed down towards the middle as Fish controlled Guevara. Sammy’s only option as the match went on was to look for an opening to hit one or two big moves. This was a nice first defense for Sammy, and it was great seeing Bobby Fish in an AEW ring.
After the match, Dan Lambert leads American Top Team (Paige VanZant, Austin Vanderford, Junior dos Santos, Dalton Rosta) and Scorpio Sky to the ring. The MMA fighters and Scorpio Sly attack Sammy Guevara, so Fuego Del Sol runs out to help his best friend Sammy. Fuego is quickly taken down. After a few seconds, Chris Jericho and Jake Hager run out and manage to clear American Top Team from the ring.
Outside the ring, Dan Lambert is forced to wait as the crowd continues singing Jericho’s song. Lambert then speaks, saying that in Miami his team of the Men of the Year and Junior dos Santos will have the advantage over the Inner Circle. Also, Jorge Masvidal will be joining Lambert at ringside during that match. Jericho says he couldn’t hear Lambert over the boos of the crowd. Jericho also says the Inner Circle will “beat the living shit” out of Lambert and his team.
Max Caster raps about beating up the Lucha Bros. and taking their titles on Rampage. Anthony Bowens agrees with everything Caster says.
Tony Schiavone is in the ring with Aubrey Edwards. Tony talks about tonight’s anniversary, and he says that in January Dynamite will move over to TBS. Dynamite will have a new championship on their new station, the TBS Championship which is in the Women’s Division. Aubrey Edwards then unveils the new TBS Title belt.
In a sit-down interview, Jim Ross asks Darby Allin about his face paint. Allin elaborates on why he paints his face. When Darby Allin was five, his uncle died while drinking and driving. Allin was in the car that night. He faced death that day, but he’s still here. That’s why he paints his face. MJF can say what he wants, but MJF will not win physically or mentally against Darby Allin.
Darby Allin w/ Sting vs Nick Comoroto w/ Aaron Solow
(referee: Bryce Remsburg)
Result: Darby Allin wins via pinfall with a Coffin Drop to Comoroto’s back
Good match. Allin started by diving on Comoroto and Solow before the opening bell, but Comoroto took over the match with his power. Allin took a bit of a beating, but he rather quickly built up a comeback to put Comoroto away without too much trouble.
After the match, QT Marshall hits Sting with a Diamond Cutter. Sting gets right up, kicks Marshall in the groin, and hits Marshall with he Scorpion Death Drop.
After coming back together last week, Dark Order decides to vote on group decisions as a family rather than have one person lead. The first thing they vote on is to have Alan Angels put his mask back on.
Tony Schiavone is in the ring with Dante Martin. Martin says he is here to fight anyone in AEW. The lights in the arena go out, and when they come back on Malakai Back is standing in the ring. Malakai spits black mist and kicks Dante Martin in the head. Black says, “the House of Black accepts” as Martin can be seen unconscious at ringside.
In the ring, Ricky Starks talks about the FTW Title, the championship that was created in Philadelphia. Starks says he wanted to do right by Philadelphia by challenging Brian Cage to a Philly Street Fight tonight, but Cage didn’t come to work today. Cage runs to the ring and attacks. After taking a bit of a beating, Starks is pulled out of the ring by Hook and Powerhouse Hobbs.
Thunder Rosa, Skye Blue, Ruby Soho, and Jade Cargill comment on being part of the tournament to crown the first TBS Champion.
Hikaru Shida vs Serena Deeb
(referee: Aubrey Edwards; If Shida wins then she will be the first woman in AEW to attain 50 victories.)
Result: Serena Deeb wins via submission with the Serenity Lock
Great match. Shida was very confident heading into this match. It never felt like Shida took Deeb lightly or that she just expected to beat Deeb, but Deeb’s surly attitude and vicious attacks took Shida by surprise. Deeb had something to prove not just for everyone seemingly expecting Shida to get her 50th win over her, but also because Deeb seems to feel like she has been passed over in AEW.
Deeb shut down a lot of Shida’s signature offense throughout the match, and she focused heavily on Shida’s left leg. Shida still came at Deeb with lots of heavy strikes and slams, but Deeb was the smarter wrestler tonight. Deeb took advantage of situations, and she continually worked on Shida’s leg on her way to an upset victory. This was a great match for Deeb, and it could be the start of a highly entertaining feud. As a side note, the commentators acted like we saw a new side of Deeb tonight, but she’d previously shown this darker side in her match against Riho during the Buy-In for Double or Nothing this year.
Alex Marvez informs Darby Allin that MJF has challenged him to a match for next week. Allin accepts the challenge. A limo pulls up, and Allin gets ready for a fight. Allin is blindsided by a chair shot to the back from a masked man. More masked men get out of the limo, attacking Allin. The men are obviously from The Pinnacle.
Lio Rush says he is a big fan of Dante Martin. As a businessman, Lio Rush would like to “mentor” Dante Martin in his possible fight with Malakai Black.
Tony Schiavone is with Britt Baker, Rebel, and Jamie Hayter. Baker thinks the TBS Title is fantastic. Now all the other women in AEW can fight among themselves while Baker sits alone at the top.
Casino Ladder Match for an AEW World Title Shot
“Freshly Squeezed” Orange Cassidy w/ Chuck Taylor, Wheeler Yuta, Kris Statlander, Franklin the Dog vs “The Bastard” Pac vs Andrade El Idolo w/ Jose vs Matt Hardy vs “Murderhawk Monster” Lance Archer w/ Jake Roberts vs Jon Moxley vs “Hangman” Adam Page
(outside referees: Rick Knox, Aubrey Edwards, Mike Posey, Bryce Remsburg, Paul Turner)
Result: Adam Page wins
Great match. Even though there was a title shot on the line, much of the action was based around individual rivalries. The huge poker chip hanging above the ring was ignored by competitors at ties, but it mostly made sense considering some of the past and current feuds this match brought up. The rivalries also helped fuel the action, making the chaotic action feel more heated than if this was just a bunch of random guys thrown together. And of course, the big reveal of the final participant was fantastic. It seemed clear who was going to win when the last man entered, but they still managed to build some nice drama.
The pace of the show stumbled towards the end with a bunch of short talking segments, but the matches more than made up for it.
Match of the Night
Casino Ladder Match
This was the most exciting match of the night thanks in large part to the spectacle and to Adam Page’s return, but Hikaru Shida vs Serena Deeb was easily the best wrestling match of the night.