AEW Saturday Night Dynamite
Original Air Date: October 16, 2021
Event Date: October 16, 2021
(aired live on TNT & Fite)
Commentary: Excalibur, Jim Ross, Tony Schiavone, CM Punk
Ring Announcer: Justin Roberts
Malakai Black vs Dante Martin w/ Lio Rush
(referee: Bryce Remsburg)
Result: Malakai Black wins via pinfall after Black Mass
Very good match. Dante Martin’s aerial attacks were as spectacular as ever, but this match against Malakai Black really showed the weakness in Martin’s constant reliance on high-flying moves. It took a while for Black to really catch Martin, but once he did, Martin struggled. Martin started to get slowed by Black’s attacks, and his lack of speed opened him up to many attacks from Black. This was a good learning experience for Martin, assuming he remembers the match after getting kicked in the head.
As Tony Schiavone interviews Jungle Boy and Luchasaurus, The Super Elite attack. The Young Bucks superkick Jungle Boy, then Kenny Omega, Adam Cole, and the Young Bucks powerbomb Luchasaurus through a table as Brandon Cutler runs the camera.
The Inner Circle (Chris Jericho, Sammy Guevara, Jake Hager, Santana, and Ortiz) head to the ring. Santana begins to talk about the troubles with The Men of the Year and American Top Team when he is interrupted. Dan Lambert leads Scorpio Sky, Ethan Page, Paige VanZant, Austin Vanderford, Dalton Rosta, and Junior dos Santos out to the stage.
Dan Lambert screams at the fans, demanding respect. Chris Jericho calls Dan Lambert a rude name. Jericho then insults Paige VanZant before challenging American Top Team and Men of the Year to a 10-man tag match. Lambert says The Men of the Year have bigger plans (plans for gold). Lambert calls out Sammy Guevara, the TNT Champion, and wonders if Sammy will agree to American Top Team’s terms for a match. Lambert will announce his terms next week. Scorpio Sky gets on the mic and reminds everyone that he has pinned Chris Jericho twice now. Guevara responds by saying he’ll everyone’s ass.
AAA World Tag Team Title Match
Las Super Ranas w/ Andrade El Idolo, Jose vs The Lucha Brothers (AEW & AAA Tag Champs) w/ Alex Abrahantes
(referee: Aubrey Edwards)
Result: Dax Harwood pins Rey Fenix after a brainbuster (and a strike with the AAA Tag Title belt off a distraction from Tully Blanchard), FTR become the 29th AAA World Tag Team Champions in the first reign
Very good match. Las Super Ranas were, of course, FTR in masks. Their masks got pulled off early in the match, allowing most of the fight to take place without the silliness of having to pretend that no one knew who Las Super Ranas are. That said, there were plenty of shenanigans in the match. FTR did well, but they also did everything they could to cheat. The Lucha Brothers had a ton of energy and flew around a lot, but FTR used every trick they could to tilt the match in their favor.
Tony Schiavone welcomes Dante Martin and Lio Rush. Rush says that in order to succeed, you have to fail. Dante Martin failed tonight by his own doing. Rush reminds Lio of what he told him before: “listen to me, and everything will be money.” From this day forward, Dante Martin will have a new tag team partner… and that partner is Lio Rush.
Tony Schiavone tries to get some words from FTR. MJF walks up and congratulates FTR for their title win, then FTR leaves to celebrate. Andrade El Idolo pays MJF for allowing him to use FTR tonight. MJF reminds Andrade that this was a one-night thing between FTR and Andrade.
Wheeler Yuta w/ Orange Cassidy vs Jon Moxley
(referee: Bryce Remsburg)
Result: Jon Moxley wins via pinfall after the Paradigm Shift
Jon Moxley was in a terrible mood tonight, and he squashed poor Wheeler Yuta in less than a minute.
Tony Schiavone asks Serena Deeb about her “attitude change.” Deeb says it was only a matter of time before she had to drag the rest of the women’s division up to her level. As she speaks Hikaru Shida attacks. The women continue to brawl as the segment ends.
Young Bucks & Adam Cole w/ Don Callis, Brandon Cutler vs Evil Uno & Alex Reynolds & John Silver w/ Stu Grayson, Alan Angels, Preston Vance, Colt Cabana, Anna Jay
(referee: Rick Knox)
Result: Adam Cole pins Alex Reynolds after The Boom
Great match. Both of these teams have fantastic teamwork and tandem offense, and it was a joy to watch. There was also a lot of fun with Dark Order messing around with the Super Kliq, a reference to Mr. Socko, and The Elite acting like goofballs. This match had a little of everything. The finish wasn’t much of a surprise, but that didn’t really matter. This was just fun.
After the match, Jungle Boy runs out to attack the Super Kliq. Jungle Boy is briefly outnumbered, but Brandon Cutler is left alone in the ring as Jungle Boy gets a steel chair from ringside. Jungle Boy hits Cutler with the chair and puts him in the Snare Trap. The Super Kliq does not help Brandon Cutler.
Arn Anderson and Cody Rhodes arrive at the Rhodes Wrestling Academy in Leander, Texas. They are greeted by Nightmare Family members Dustin Rhodes, Lee Johnson, Brock Anderson, Red Velvet, and KiLynn King. Cody is put through a harsh training exercise where he basically gets beat up by everyone. Arn Anderson uses tough love to try to prove a point and get Cody to get serious about Malakai Black.
MJF heads to the ring. MJF announces himself for a match against Darby Allin. MJF then feigns surprise when Allin doesn’t come to the ring (since the commentators say Allin isn’t even in the building). MJF then demands that a match take place, and Wardlow brings out Bryce Remsburg. MJF tells Remsburg to start the match and count Darby Allin out. No bell rings, but Remsburg counts. Before the count gets to ten, the lights go out and snow starts to fall. Sting approaches MJF, but MJF shoves Wardlow in the way. Wardlow is taken down as MJF leaves.
Tony Schiavone welcomes Anna Jay. As Anna speaks, Britt Baker interrupts. Baker laughs about the Super Kliq beating the Dark Order “losers.” Anna Jay gets mad, and the two women brawl until referees separate them.
Kiera Hogan vs Penelope Ford w/ The Bunny
(referee: Rick Knox)
Result: Penelope Ford wins via submission with a Muta Lock
Pretty good match. Both women had some nice moves. The overall pace was fine, and the match did its job of helping boost Penelope Ford’s status a little.
After the match, Ruby Soho runs out and attacks Penelope Ford. Soho sends Ford out to the ramp, and The Bunny comes out to back up Ford. Soho invites both Ford and The Bunny into the ring, but they leave instead.
Miro wonders if he has displeased God. Why else would he have forsaken his champion?
In the ring, Tony Schiavone welcomes “Hangman” Adam Page. Page says he was excited when he started AEW with his friends, because he believed they were going to change the world. Instead, the world changed Adam Page. Page said he would be the first AEW Champ, but he lost. He kept losing, and he eventually lost himself. What he never lost were the fans that continue to support him and chant “cowboy shit.” Page talks about what “cowboy shit” means, and how it’s led him back to where he is now. For the first time in his life, Adam Page believes in himself, and he will give us everything at Full Gear.
“The Infamous” Bobby Fish vs “American Dragon” Bryan Danielson
(referee: Paul Turner)
Result: Bryan Danielson wins via submission with a heel hook
Great match. Good pace, technical, and hard-hitting.
There was nothing particularly important tonight aside from the AAA Tag Title match, but it was still a very entertaining show. There were few surprises, but the wrestling was solid (showing that you don’t need a bunch of surprises for a show to be good).
Match of the Night
Dark Order vs The SuperKliq
The main event was great too, but I think overall this trios match was more fun.