AEW Dynamite Live Results and Review (October 16, 2019) — The Painmaker Strikes

AEW Dynamite Live Results and Review (October 16, 2019) — The Painmaker Strikes

This week's AEW Dynamite live results and review sees if TNT's professional wrestling show can keep up its remarkable pace.

The beginning of the week may have been dedicated to WWE and its upcoming professional wrestling simulation, WWE 2K20, but it’s Wednesday. That means it’s time for another AEW Dynamite live results and review from DualShockers’ resident wrestling nerd.

We are only on the third show and AEW Dynamite has been such a breath of fresh air for professional wrestling. Every single match, at the very least, has thoroughly entertained me. Some of which are, like last week’s match between the Young Bucks and Private Party, legitimately match of the year material. Everyone in these arenas, whether it’s the wrestlers, the commentators, or the audience, is excited to see what else AEW has in store and if they can keep up this stellar pace.

This is the time for AEW Dynamite to prove if it can still be the number one Wednesday night wrestling show. Some time has passed since the inaugural episode, and we are finally getting into a regular groove. We’ll just have to see if this episode gets us as hyped as the last two.

This episode of AEW Dynamite will be in Philadelphia, PA at the Liacouras Center. The show begins at 8 pm ET/7 pm CT. Below, you will find the card, as well as the results and ratings for each match.

AEW Dynamite Card (October 16, 2019)

  • The Lucha Brothers vs. Jurassic Express (World Tag Team Championship Tournament: First Round)
  • SCU vs. Best Friends (World Tag Team Championship Tournament: First Round)
  • Riho vs. Britt Baker D.M.D. (AEW Women’s World Championship match)
  • Kenny Omega and Hangman Page vs. Jon Moxley and Pac
  • Jericho vs. Darby Allin (AEW World Championship match)

SCU vs. Best Friends (World Tag Team Championship Tournament: First Round)

Right when the opening title comes to the close, we are brought to some intense action as SCU is ambushed by the Lucha Brothers, a tag team set to have a match later on tonight. Christopher Daniels is injured after a pile driver on the ramp forcing Scorpio Sky, one of the three members of SCU, to sub in for Daniels.

Since that tag match with Private Party last week, I am infinitely excited for the rest of this tournament. If these tag teams can put on half as good as a match as the Bucks and Private Party, this tag team tournament will be the reason to watch AEW Dynamite.

The Best Friends put on a pretty dominant performance, taking advantage of Kazarian’s fatigued state. The superplex and spear spots were really great ways to really get the crowd going. Once Scorpio Sky got tagged, the tides changed in favor of SCU. The crowd is obviously in favor of Scorpio Sky at this point, chanting “he’s got no shoes,” since he is wrestling in skinny jeans and, well, no shoes.

It looked as if Best Friends may get the win with that knee from the top rope, but unfortunately for them, they couldn’t get the pin. The finish from SCU was a bit underwhelming but they came out victorious.

It does feel like AEW is building up this team to be a pretty dominant force. Being able to get the win after being attacked by the Lucha Brothers is no small feat. I’m not sure they will win the tournament, but with Scorpio Sky, they could make it all the way to the end of the tournament.

Winners: SCU

Rating: 8

Santana and Ortiz vs. Random Purple Trunks Tag Team

This was a way to spotlight Santana and Ortiz, two members from Jericho’s Inner Circle. Honestly, this was the first time I was kind of bored during an AEW Dynamite show. It wasn’t bad by any means, but squash matches are never all that fun. I’d rather see them do something with one of the many awesome tag teams AEW has, which may be impossible since they are all in the Tag Team Tournament.

We will see this team truly in action against the Young Bucks next month, but until then, hopefully, they can bring some hype for this team with some of the tag teams that got eliminated from the tournament.

Winners: Santana and Ortiz

Rating: 6

Riho vs. Britt Baker D.M.D. (AEW Women’s Championship match)

There are two reasons I like this match from the get-go:

  1. Britt Baker and Riho are great and I want to see these two put on an awesome match.
  2. I love that this belt is being defended all the time.

There is something about having title matches every week that just feels right. It feels like every match is important. It’s also crazy unpredictable as I would have never guessed Riho would be the inaugural AEW Women’s Champion. But after you watch her, it all makes sense. She is amazing.

Riho and Baker definitely slow down the pace from the first tag match with more deliberate strikes and submissions. If you’ve only started following AEW since Dynamite premiered, then you would probably expect Riho to win. Being able to defeat Nyla Rose at such a weight disadvantage, surely Riho can conquer anything.

Honestly, I thought Baker had this. Once she almost had her signature submission set, I thought Baker was going to be crowned Women’s Champion. However, Riho managed to get the reversal for the surprise pin and retain the title.

Winner: Riho (AND STILL AEW Women’s Champion)

Rating: 8

Lucha Brothers vs. Jurassic Express (World Tag Team Championship Tournament: First Round)

I love Jurassic Express. But Lucha Brothers are definitely the favorite here. With that being said, The Young Bucks lost to Private Party, so it feels like anything can happen. Jurassic Express also seems to be at a disadvantage without Luchasaurus so I don’t really see them coming out of this with a win…

And then I eat my words with a massive DDT from Marko Stunt and Jungle Boy. Just when you thought the Jurassic Express could actually stand toe-to-toe with such a dominant tag team, the Lucha Brothers just start beating up this kid and it’s wild. But no matter how many giant hits Stunt takes, he manages to get back up again.

In the end, Lucha Brothers were just too much for Marko Stunt and Jungle Jack Perry. Lucha Brothers get the win, advancing to the next round of the World Tag Team Tournament.

Winner: Lucha Brothers

Rating: 8

Kenny Omega and Hangman Page vs. Jon Moxley and Pac

Kenny Omega is maybe the best pro wrestler in the world. He is certainly in the top five. I think it’s safe to say that beating Kenny Omega means a big push for whoever gets that pin. In this case, Jon Moxley is looking for that pin and push.

Sidenote: I never thought I would see Neville and Dean Ambrose fight Kenny Omega and Hangman Page. This is definitely a wild time.

Kenny Omega wastes no time to get this match started. Honestly, I usually write as the match happens, but I couldn’t really help but stop watching. It was just such an aggressive match that did not waste your time. I think this is the best Moxley has been in AEW Dynamite so far. Any time Omega and Pac entered, the match speed is basically turned to 11.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, it is the crowd that really makes these matches great. The crowd in Philadelphia tonight was so into this match, and it’s awesome. Thank you audience. You’re the real MVP.

Winner: Kenny Omega and Hangman Page

Rating: 9

Darby Allin vs. Chris Jericho (AEW World Championship match)

Not gonna lie, Darby Allin riding a skateboard down the ramp put me in his corner. But then I remembered Jericho is on the other side. I don’t even know what to expect from this match. Jericho is one of the greatest wrestlers of all time. Darby Allin is basically a masochist. This is also a “street fight” which means just about anything goes.

I think the match type definitely has Allin in favor. The dude loves pain and can take a good bump or two. But like I said, Jericho is one of the best around. This has to end with Jericho winning. If it doesn’t, consider me shook.

Even with Allin being significantly faster than the Painmaker, Jericho can still keep up with the young star. Things started to get a bit bloody with a kendo stick and a chair, which wasn’t out of the ordinary, especially in a street fight. It started to get really interesting when Jericho taped Allin’s hands behind his back. You would think this would put Allin at a disadvantage, but he somehow managed to pull off some wild moves and almost a pin. However, as expected, Jericho wins, but with the help of Jake Hagar.

Winner: Jericho

Rating: 8

Overall Thoughts

Again, I feel like we are still at the beginning of something completely new. I want to see if I’m this enthusiastic about AEW Dynamite in two months. But right now, this show is still great. I thought the Santana and Ortiz squash match was a low point, and maybe the lowest point in AEW Dynamite’s short history. But if that is the low point, there isn’t much to complain about.

My match of the night has to be the Omega/Page vs. Moxley/Pac. I was getting New Japan vibes with the quick and aggressive nature of that match. Also, as I mentioned before, I love that AEW is spotlighting its more unknown wrestlers, like the Jurassic Express, Darby Allin, and Riho. This could easily have been the Cody Rhodes show and people would be fine with that. But it’s not, and I think it’s better for it. Not that Cody isn’t amazing, but there is so much talent on this roster. I’m glad they are showcasing that as much as they can.