AEW Dynamite Live Results and Review (October 2, 2019) -- Things Are About to Get Bubbly
The "Wednesday Night Wars" begins tonight with the premiere of AEW Dynamite featuring Cody Rhodes, Chris Jericho, and more.
I know what you’re thinking: Why is there wrasslin’ on the video game website? We here at DualShockers are trying some new things out…. and I really like talking about wrestling. So, I managed to
trick convince the higher-ups into letting me do AEW Dynamite live results for the premiere of the new professional wrestling show on TNT.
If you haven’t heard about WWE’s new Wednesday night competition, AEW Dynamite is All Elite Wrestling’s live wrestling show on TNT. As mentioned, it will air every Wednesday, at 8pm PT/7pm CT. Founded by Tony Khan, who is the promotion’s president and CEO, AEW features professional wrestling stars from around the globe, including former WWE Superstars Cody Rhodes, Chris Jericho, and Jon Moxley (a.k.a. Dean Ambrose). Some of the most lauded pro wrestlers outside of the WWE have joined as well, including Kenny Omega, Hangman Page, The Young Bucks, and Britt Baker.
This really is a big night for professional wrestling. This is the first time WWE has seen some real competition in quite some time. Some are even dubbing it the Wednesday Night Wars as WWE’s NXT live show will be airing at the same time on USA.
The first episode of AEW Dynamite will be at the Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C. There are currently five matches on the card for tonight’s show.
AEW Dynamite Card (October 2, 2019)
- Kenny Omega & The Young Bucks vs. Chris Jericho & Santana & Ortiz
- Nyla Rose vs. Riho (AEW Women’s Championship)
- Adam “Hangman” Page vs. PAC
- Cody Rhodes vs. Sammy Guevara
- MJF vs. Brandon Cutler
Below, you will find our coverage of the premiere episode of AEW Dynamite as each match ends (or as close to the match’s end as possible). As the resident wrestling expert, I will also be rating each match.
Cody Rhodes vs. Sammy Guevara
Starting AEW Dynamite off is All Elite Wrestling Vice President, Cody Rhodes, and Sammy Guevara. This is a big match as it sets the tone for the rest of the night. Because of the recent matches Cody has put on, specifically the one against his brother Dustin Rhodes, I guess I was expecting a slower match. I was obviously wrong. Sammy Guevara’s high flying, acrobatic style was impressive, to say the least, and Cody’s menacing style was in full force for this first match. In the end, Cody was victorious, making him the number one contender for the AEW Championship.
At the end, it looked like Guevara was about to take out Cody, but decided to show good sportsmanship with a handshake…. until the Champ, Chris Jericho, came out with a Code Breaker straight to Cody’s face, leaving Guevara to just shrug and walk away from his opponent.
This was a solid opening for AEW Dynamite. As I said, this sets the tone for the rest of the night. Hopefully, the rest of the matches can keep this pace.
Winner: Cody Rhodes
MJF vs. Brandon Cutler
Next up, Maxwell Jacob Freidman and Brandon Cutler. If you don’t know who MJF is, he is essentially The Miz times 50. He’s got a big mouth and isn’t afraid to call you out for being a dumb nerd…. which is basically what he did to Cutler, who is an avid Dungeons and Dragons player. MJF’s promos are always great, and that is no different here.
This is obviously a spotlight for MJF, as he is pretty dominant throughout most of the match. Brandon Cutler did get some good hits, but MJF is too good of a heel not to get this win. He might be a jerk, but he’s a convincing jerk, and I absolutely love it. It was a bit short and ended with a submission. Not that it was a bad finish, but I would have liked to see more.
“Hangman” Adam Page vs. PAC
PAC has been one of my favorite wrestlers since he was Neville in WWE. “The man that gravity forgot” is a fairly apt description with his ridiculously athletic style. Now dubbed the “bastard,” this guy is one of the heel-ist of heels, with his mean demeanor, aggressive wrestling style, and overtly confident strut. As such, this has been one of the matches I’ve been looking forward too.
This Hangman Page/PAC match was supposed to happen back at the AEW event Double or Nothing. Unfortunately, that match was canceled due to some creative differences. It seems those creative differences have now been put aside as these two are finally meeting on this debut episode of AEW Dynamite, and it did not disappoint.
I don’t know if this is my hype talking, but this match has been the best one so far. The insanely aggressive styles of both PAC and Hangman Page are on display throughout the entire match with hardly a dull moment. From Page slamming PAC into the barricades, to PAC’s springboard off the side of the apron, to Page’s huge moonsault, this match was seriously insane.
The end saw PAC take advantage of the ref’s line of sight and, in true heel fashion, went for the low blow. This gave PAC the opportunity to execute the Black Arrow into the Brutalizer taking Hangman Page out of the competition.
Nyla Rose vs. Riho
After watching Riho in the recent AEW PPV events, she has become another favorite to watch. She always looks like she is having a good time. But in a one-on-one match against Nyla Rose, she definitely is not having a good time.
I expected a pretty one-sided affair with Nyla Rose dominating throughout the entirety of the match. There is an obvious weight advantage to take into account, but to my surprise, the two seem to be evenly matched. Riho gets an unexpected advantage against Rose in the beginning. That quickly ended as the two found themselves outside the ring with Rose impressively catching Riho from the cross body off the top rope.
Rose was adamant in using a chair, and at one point had a pile of chairs outside the ring with Riho on top of them. Rose goes for the Cannonball Senton off the apron, but Riho moves out of the way, with Rose feeling the impact of her own making. Riho takes advantage of the situation with a stomp.
In the end, it looked like Rose was going to take it with a VERY close two count. However, Riho miraculously gets the pin thanks to some knees to the face. This was another solid match. At the beginning, I thought this would be a fun match, akin to some of the other matches Riho has been a part of in previous AEW events. Instead, it was incredibly entertaining, with an awesome finish.
Winner: Riho, and new AEW Women’s Champion
Kenny Omega & The Young Bucks vs. Chris Jericho & Santana & Ortiz
The main event for the very first AEW Dynamite is a tag team match. But not just any tag team match, It’s one featuring Chris Jericho and Kenny Omega, two dudes from Winnipeg who have had a brutal rivalry since Jericho debuted in NJPW. Also, it was confirmed Jon Moxley would be making his television debut sometime during this episode. With Omega and Moxley’s rivalry constantly building, this would be a pretty good time for him to show….
But before we get to that, we see The Elite (Omega and The Young Bucks) being a dominant force in the beginning of this match. This must be a treat for people who have never seen the Bucks wrestle. They really are one of, if not the best tag team in wrestling and this match is proof of it. But just as everything was looking good for The Elite, Jon Moxley comes in to really disrupt the flow, taking out Omega in the VIP section backstage.
— All Elite Wrestling (@AEWrestling) October 3, 2019
This is where the demise of The Elite began. Again, The Young Bucks had another chance to shine basically doing flips everywhere across the ring, but Jericho, Santana, and Ortiz outnumbered the two, with the Painmaker getting the pin.
The end of the match broke out in chaos as we saw Cody come out to attack Jericho. Guevara then comes out to beat up Cody. Then Dustin Rhodes comes out to defend his brother. The more surprising appearance was that of Jake Hager, formerly Jack Swagger during his run with WWE. Hager came out in defense of Jericho.
The match was pretty wild. All of these wrestlers are always so fun to watch and, more often than not, put on really great matches. This was no different. I think the Jon Moxley spot was a bit weak, ending a prematurely. I would have liked to see Moxley lay the hurt even more to Omega. I did like that despite being outnumbered, The Young Bucks were still able to hold there own. Lastly, Hager coming back to televised wrestling was nice to see.
Winners: Chris Jericho & Santana & Ortiz
Overall Thoughts on AEW Dynamite Premiere
For its debut episode, AEW Dynamite was very solid. Every match was exciting with storylines I was genuinely interested in. As someone who isn’t following every single thing happening in this new wrestling universe, I thought the wrestlers did a good job of explaining the storylines, both through promos and through the wrestling itself. It was fun to watch. If the weak point of the show was MJF’s match, which was a glorified squash match, then I don’t have too many complaints about this particular episode.
Most of my “complaints” stem from wanting more out of what I saw. At the same time, the two hour time window is perfect. Any longer, I would probably be sitting here writing about how the show was way too long. I wanted more out of Moxley and Omega. I wanted more from MJF. I wanted more from PAC and Hangman. I guess that is a better feeling than wanting it to end.
I will also say that some of the promo stuff was a bit off, namely the Jay and Silent Bob promo. Don’t get me wrong, I love Kevin Smith and his ridiculous films, but it just seemed off to see them cut a promo at a wrestling show. Again, that is a super small “complaint.
Overall, I really did like what I saw. It always kept me on my toes with outcomes I didn’t really expect, namely Riho winning the AEW Women’s Championship. More importantly, it was great to see that the audience was actually into what they were watching. The wrestlers may be responsible for putting on a show, but the fans are who fuel it, and boy did the fans show up to AEW’s debut. I look forward to seeing what AEW has to offer next week, and who out of its stacked roster will show up.
OVERALL RATING: 8/10