It’s the Wednesday night show before Full Gear and you know what that means! It’s the “go home” show for Dynamite. The card for Saturday is pretty much set, so let’s get right to the action.
Chris Jericho and Sammy Guevara vs. Claudio Castagnoli and Bryan Danielson
Castagnoli takes Jericho the floor as Danielson and Guevara brawl in the ring. Jericho breaks away from Claudio, but is unable to assist Sammy. Danielson and Castagnoli hammer away with strikes on their opponents. Danielson locks in the Romero special. Claudio kicks Sammy in the face. Claudio picks Guevara up and drops him with a delayed vertical suplex. Bryan tags in, chopping away at Sammy. Guevara knocks Bryan into the corner. Sammy and Bryan trade chops. Bryan is dropped into the turnbuckle with a toe hold. Guevara distracts the ref, allowing Jericho to clock Danielson with a bat.
After a commercial break, Danielson falls victim to a dual suplex. Jericho makes a soft pin and Bryan kicks out. Danielson chops Jericho into the corner. Bryan goes up and over in the corner and connects with a rising elbow strike. Castagnoli makes the hot tag and clears the ring of Sammy and pummels Jericho in the corner. Sammy takes out Bryan on the floor as Jericho locks in the Walls on Claudio. Guevara pulls the rope away. Bryan slams Sammy into the barrier and takes out Jericho with a drop kick to break the hold.
Sammy and Bryan face off in the ring. Bryan absorbs several shots and rocks Guevara with a rolling elbow strike. Danielson with the kicks, but misses the roundhouse. Bryan counters the GTH and looks for the Lebell lock. Sammy gets to the ropes. The two go atop the turnbuckle and Sammy drops Bryan with a cutter. Jericho follows with a Lionsault. Claudio breaks the pin. Jericho and Danielson collide attempting cross body blocks. Castagnoli is able to make the tag, as Jericho grabs the bat. Claudio takes Jericho for a spin, as Jericho is still clutching the bat. Castagnoli disarms Jericho and locks in the Scorpion Death lock. Jericho taps.
Winners via submission: Claudio Castagnoli and Bryan Danielson
Darby Allin and Sting say they are ready for Saturday. In the back, Jeff Jarrett and his crew just laugh and laugh and laugh. They are more ready.
Anthony Bowens w/Max Caster and Billy Gunn vs. Swerve Strickland
The Acclaimed debut a new video before the match taking a direct shot at Swerve in Our Glory. Billy Gunn attacks Swerve on the ramp and AEW officials force him to the back. Bowens is waiting for Strickland and connects with a big right. Strickland overcomes the before the bell attacks. He takes out Bowens with a pump kick from the apron and then drops him onto the security barricade and into the crowd.
After a commercial break, Bowens sweeps Swerve off the top rope. He connects with a running back elbow. Bowen rocks Strickland with a right and follows with a shoulder block. Bowens hits a Samoan Drop, but can’t get the pin. Swerve with a brain buster and follows with a running kick, but only gets a two count. Swerve kicks and follows with the Swerve Stomp. Bowens kicks out. Swerve blocks a roll up and hits Bowens with a pile driver to get the pin.
Winner via pinfall: Swerve Strickland
Tony Schiavone welcomes the Ring of Honor TV champion, Samoa Joe, to the ring. Tony asks one question, why? Joe says he won’t be a victim and took offense to Wardlow saying he would take all the AEW/ROH belts. Joe won’t sit around and become a victim; he’s going to take action. Anyone who has a problem with that can take it up with him. Powerhouse Hobbs tells Joe he is a little late to the party. He’s been kicking Wardlow’s butt the last few weeks, so how about he kicks Joe rear right now. Wardlow’s music hits, but he comes in through the crowd and spears Joe. Hobbs jumps in. The locker room runs out to separate the three men. Wardlow takes out security, while the Dark Order wants nothing to do with him. Wardlow flies over the ropes to take out a mass of humanity on the floor.
Britt Baker has a warning for Saraya. In three years she has grown into the role of leader and has taken her opportunity and ran with it. She is a bigger star then Saraya. This is Britt’s house.
Top Flight and AR Fox (challengers) vs. Death Triangle (champions) – AEW World Trios Tag Team Championship
Let’s be honest, Death Triangle is not dropping the belts here. Pac hits the Black Arrow to retain the belts.
Winners…and still AEW World Trios Tag Team Champions…via pinfall: Death Triangle
After the match, Pac says he isn’t stupid. He knows they have to face “certain individuals” at Full Gear. Yup, they are talking about The Elite.
Ricky Starks calls out Lance Archer for a match on Rampage.
Ethan Page w/Stokely Hathaway vs. Bandido – World Title Eliminator Tournament Semi-Final Match
Page with a headlock and Bandido counters with an armbar. Bandido delivers an uppercut in the corner. Page looks for a vertical suplex, but Bandido blocks it and pops off one of his own. Hathaway grabs Bandido’s boot and Page hits him from the blind side.
After the commercials, Page is drop kicked out of the ring. Bandido delivers a moonsault from the top of the ring post to Page on the floor. Back in the ring, Bandido hits a tornado DDT. Page blocks the 21plex, countering with a cutter. Page looks for the Ego’s Edge, but Bandido counters with a hurricanrana. He follows with a press slam. Bandido goes up top and connects with the frog splash. Page kicks out. Bandido goes up top again, where Page cuts him down. Ethan climbs the turnbuckle, pulling Bandido up with him. Page slams him to the mat and hits a head butt. Page delivers the Ego’s Edge and covers to get the win.
Winner via pinfall: Ethan Page
Saraya tells Renee Paquette that she is excited to get back in the ring again, but she is sick and tired of the back and forth with Britt Baker. Saraya wants to beat the best and the best is Baker.
Toni Storm vs. Ana Jay A.S. – Eliminator Match
Ana avoids a lock up and taunts Storm. Toni gets the head lock applied, taking Jay to the mat. Storm with a shoulder tackle and a big boot. Ana with a back stabber in the corner and follows with a kick to the head.
After the commercial break, the two trade shots in the middle of the ring. Storm rains down blows, clubbing Ana over the back. She takes jay down with a lariat, following with a fisherman’s suplex for a two count. A hip attack sends Ana to the floor. Storm walks right into a throw that sends her into the ring steps. Back in the ring, Jay with a back kick and looks for the Queen Slayer. Storm is able to block it and counter out of it. A shotgun drop kicks sends Ana into the corner. Storm with another hip attack and locks in the Texas Cloverleaf. Ana Jay taps out.
Winner via submission: Toni Storm
After the match, Jamie Hayter hits the ring. She wants to talk. The two have words but they do not come to blows.
AEW is heading to London in 2023.
AEW Champion, Jon Moxley, and William Regal hit the ring. The man makes the championship, so who is Jon Moxley. He calls himself the best professional wrestler in the world. He has taken on all comers and has defined the AEW Championship. Mox knows he is sick in the head and is addicted to the adrenaline. Mox can’t be hurt, because he doesn’t care. Who is MJF then? Mox scouted him and found out that MJF is a really good singer. He has one win over the last six months. He won a poker chip in the worst ending of a ladder match ever. (Mox’s words, not mine. We all remember James Ellsworth.) Mox sees what we don’t. A kid dripping with insecurities, worried that he won’t live up to the hype.
Stokely Hathaway makes his way down the ramp, serving as a distraction as the Firm attacks. They takes out Regal and Mox, when MJF’s music hits. Max is dressed for a fight. He drops several members on the ramp. He lows blows Morrisey and Ethan Page. Regal is wary of MJF. Max has something to explain, he didn’t save him because he like him. Max saved him so there will be no excuses on Saturday. MJF warns Mox that he isn’t the same kid that lost to him the first time they met. Maxwell needs that belt more than anything in the world. It’s MJF’s time and this Saturday Mox will find out he is the devil.
The champ tells MJF that this Saturday the training wheels come off.
See you in seven!
TOP PHOTO: MJF and Jon Moxley at AEW Dynamite on Wednesday, November 16, 2022, in Total Mortgage Arena, Bridgeport, Connecticut. Photo by George Tahinos, https://georgetahinos.smugmug.com
AEW Dynamite 11/16/2022
Total Mortgage Arena, Bridgeport, Connecticut
A solid show heading into Full Gear. While we all new Death Triangle wouldn’t drop the belts, the match was very good. MKF saving Mox and then the promo the two cut was high level heading into the PPV.