AEW Dynamite presented the latest installment of their programming from Pennsylvania this week, and the show was once again loaded with several high-quality matches, especially from the tag-team division.
Lucha Bros defeated Private Party: The trend of opening the shows with high-quality matches continued, as two of the best wrestlers in the world currently, Pentagon and Fenix, advanced to the finals of the AEW Tag-Team Tournament with a win over Private Party. A non-stop matchup saw Pentagon pick up the win with piledriver-double stomp combo.
SCU defeated The Dark Order: The Dark Order finally made their debut on AEW Dynamite, after being a major factor during the PPVs earlier this year. Frankie Kazarian picked up the victory for his team with a big knee and will face Lucha Bros at Full Gear.
Two high quality matches to start the night is a great way to keep the audience glued to their seats. However, AEW needs to start doing more promos, as those are the main factors behind audience getting invested in the product.
Kenny Omega defeated Joey Janela: The newly crowned AAA Mega Champion picked up a victory over Janela with a One-Winged Angel. The camera cut away to the Inner Circle, who were enjoying themselves in a private suite in the arena.
Cody made his way out to make an announcement but was interrupted by Chris Jericho. Jericho and Cody traded verbal jabs at each other, before Dustin Rhodes, MJF and DDP(!) made their way out to even the odds for Cody. Cody laid out Jericho with a variety of items backstage.
The Young Bucks defeated Best Friends: The Jackson brothers picked up the victory, after some comedy with Orange Cassidy. Best Friends are slowly being relegated to the lower card status in a packed tag-team division of AEW.
The Young Bucks accepted Santana & Ortiz’s challenge after the match. The two teams will face off at Full Gear in two weeks’ time.
Britt Baker defeated Jamie Hayter: Britt Baker was greeted with ‘Brittsburgh’ chants in Pittsburgh. Baker took down the debutant with a Mandible Claw. Post-match, Hayter was blindsided by Brandi Rhodes.
PAC vs Jon Moxley ends in a time-limit draw: PAC and Jon Moxley starred in the main event, in a hard-hitting matchup but no one could come out on top. Moxley hit the Paradigm Shift, but couldn’t pin PAC in time, resulting in a two count.
A draw is a brilliant way to protect both the superstars without giving a stupid DQ finish, a trope regularly used by WWE. Hopefully, AEW doesn’t overdo this concept in the future.