AEW Dynamite Results and Highlights
The latest episode of Dynamite opened with Jake Roberts cutting a promo, hyping his client Lance Archer and once again taunting Cody, by asking him whether he is a man or a mouse.
- Lance Archer def. Alan Angels: A dominant run for Archer continued with a quick win with the Blackout.
- Hikaru Shida def. Britt Baker: A hard-hitting match saw Baker’s nose get busted open. A bloodied Baker tried to rally towards a win but Shida took her down with a knee strike.
Kenny Omega and Michael Nakazawa found a new tag-team name for themselves after Nakazawa suggested Best Friends. The OG Best Friends walked in and challenged them to a tag-team encounter with the name on the line.
Jake Hager and Jon Moxley cut a promo on how they will destroy each other in the No Holds Barred matchup next week. Hager promised to become a dual champion with the Bellator Championship also in his sights.
Cody cut a promo on how he is the perfect man to win the TNT Championship with his record. Shawn Spears said he has been waiting for a rematch against Cody ever since their match at All Out.
- Best Friends def. Michael Nakazawa and Kenny Omega: With the tag-team name on the line, the Best Friends won the match with some help from Orange Cassidy. Nakazawa was at the receiving end of a Strong Zero to end the matchup.
Brodie Lee continued his preaching and rounded up two of his minions for not being in proper attire. He took the third one along with him inside the building, promising him an opportunity.
Britt Baker cut a promo backstage, calling Shida the dirtiest wrestler in the division, and by no means the No.1 Ranked superstar.
Matt Hardy responded to Chris Jericho’s comments from last week, and ran down the entire Inner Circle. He went on to challenge Jericho for an Elite Deletion match at the Hardy Compound.
- Brodie Lee def. Lee Johnson: The Exalted One took down Johnson in quick victory with the discus clothesline.
- TNT Championship Tournament Round One | Cody def. Shawn Spears: The rematch from All Out took place with the result unchanged. After Spears kicked out of a Cross Rhodes, Cody applied the Figure Four submission, and Spears unknowingly had his shoulders on the mat, resulting in a three-count.
AEW Dynamite Takeaways
1. The Master of All Trades
Chris Jericho filled in for commentary today, and immediately reminded the fans of his supreme talents. His improv skills are sublime and made for a fun two-hour showing, which added to the charm of this decent Dynamite episode. Jericho has time-and-time again shown his versatility, and a stint on commentary would be the perfect option for him once he decides to hang up his boots.
Jericho was even challenged for an Elite Deletion Match by Matt Hardy, which should surely continue the streak of fantastic cinematic encounter the professional wrestling community is receiving nowadays.
2. A Star Is Born?
Any superstar who goes one-on-one with Hikaru Shida immediately becomes an overnight star, despite them usually being on the losing side. Shida is the best in-ring talent of the women’s division currently and helped Britt Baker come across as a legit force this week.
Baker has the charisma and promo skills to succeed but has been lacking the top-notch wrestling skills to back it up. Baker had her own Becky Lynch-moment, when she continued to wrestle despite a broken nose, showing her grit and intensity.
Hopefully, Baker continues to shine and rise as the star of the division, as AEW doesn’t have many names in the division who can cut charismatic promos quite like her.