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who you think won the Wednesday Night War
this week: NXT or AEW Dynamite.
Luke will be reviewing that over-hyped t-shirt
company’s show in a bit, but first I’m
giving you the rundown of NXT for October
Things kicks off with a hot opener over the
newly renamed NXT Cruiserweight Championship,
it’s still the same belt and still utterly
gross but at least the ropes aren’t purple.
Lio Rush was a hungry challenger to Drew Gulak’s
title coming out of the gate with Mach 5 feats
But he gets himself grounded like someone
just flew a drone over Gatwick airport after
Gulak shoves him from the top rope sending
him crashing into the conveniently placed
They closing moments following a tense submission
battle see Rush land a side on frog splash,
his impossible springboard cutter and the
Final Hour to pick up the victory and become
the new Cruiserweight Champion.
Big Willy Reegs comes out to present the title
but Gulak snatches it away before giving it
over like an angry present and a respectful
We’re then reminded that Finn Balor is NXT
and Tegan Nox has working knees.
Then Rhea Ripley makes her way down to the
ring for another squash match.
And this time she moshes off Aaliyah, who
foolishness decides to rake the back at one
point, drawing the ire of Ripley and earning
herself a ride on the big swing.
A sort of figure four lock that Rhea uses
to twirl Aaliyah through the air, slam her
to the mat and make her tap.
Post-match Rhea grabs a mic and tells Baszler
she’s coming for her. I’m glad they’re
positioning Ripley like this.
Next up we get the Benny Benassi remix of
Breezango’s entrance as the pair try to
find Satisfaction in a match against yeast-based
tag team Ever-Rise.
Except they don’t because Jaxson Ryker walks
out onto the ramp carrying both lads and then
uh, just inserts Wesley Blake and Steve Cutler
into a regular tag match with them… the
villainy, it’s unparalleled.
The match was built around a Fandango hot
tag which kick started a rumba in the jungle,
but the extra man power in the Sons corner
left Breezango in a certain way, fittingly
starting with the phonetic letter FOXTROT.
Next Cameron Grimes literally squashes Boa
with a leaping double stomp after Killian
Dain distracts everyone on the ramp.
Grimes grabs his hat and makes himself disappear
like the swamp wizard he is, while Dain decides
to squash Boa some more – dumping him on the
announce table and saying this is just the
beginning. Will Dain now start to run rampant
through the NXT roster? I kind of hope so.
Isaiah Swerve Scott takes on Roderick Strong
for the North American Championship next,
and in a big swerve, Scott gets in lots of
offence and looks legit.
He kind of got forgotten about in the Breakout
Tournament, despite feeling like the most
ready made star in his opening contest – except
Angle Garza and his interchangeable trousers.
I loved this match and thought it put over
Swerve amazingly, though not completely as
he comes a cropper to an Undisputed Era classic
finish, getting distracted by the lads on
the outside an eating an End of Heartache
and tapping to the Stronghold.
Cole grabs a mic and says he loves NXT because
the best of the best come here to see if they
can measure up to UE, but that is just a dream.
Did someone say Dream? Because Velveteen Dream
is on the balcony, like Baz Luhrman’s Romeo
and Juliet taken to its logical extreme.
And he has a pic of Roddy’s dong, or lack
there of, and this somehow is leading us to
a NA Championship rematch in two weeks!
To cap it all off Tomasso Ciampa makes his
way to the ring, dragging a crutch and grabbing
a chair, the Era clear out and he sits down
and says Goldie, Daddy’s Home.
People react to this like Daddy Ciampa went
out to get a pack of cigarettes 20 years ago
and go crazy.
Great match, great promos, great photo, great
A fired up Dakota Kai took on Biance Belair
next, in a match that showed off what the
Captain of Team Kick can do with, but ended
with Belair picking up the quick victory with
This felt like the wrong choice after Kai’s
emphatic return to NXT the other week, especially
as she took so much of this match, but the
post promo from Belair is setting her up for
a match with Rhea Ripley so I’ll forgive
We’re told that we’re getting Keith Lee
vs Dominic Dijakovic number 75 next week as
the main event and I honestly couldn’t be
Then finally it’s time for the main event
Kushida vs WALTER, and hoo boy what a match
this was. It was streak vs streak, and not
in a Roderick Dong kind of way.
This was about Kushi using speed to duck and
weave through Walter’s offence, before falling
victim to the power game.
There were some mad moments like WALTER blocking
a sunset flip powerbomb off the apron by stomping
Kushida’s face, WALTER taking the tornado
hoverboard lock transition from the top rope,
they even had an amazing submission trade
off sequence in the middle.
The size-advantage seemingly proves to much
as Walter hits the glorybomb, but Kushi kicks
out, however a rip-chord lariat does the deed.
This was an incredible main event and kind
of shocking to think that a televised WWE
show would end with a main event between a
Japanese guy and an Austrian billed as top
Almost time for AEW but click the ‘i’
above my head to give your rating of this
week’s NXT – where you can choose from:
An EST NXT, Undisputed-ly Good, The Fine-est,
2 Out of 5 Live, and *cough* Cameron Grimes’
This week’s NXT had a blistering opener
and a strong finish, everything in between
was definitely good, but we are clearly in
the building phase after last week’s blow-out
There are feuds to set-up and story still
to uncover, it’s just that middle hour felt
like too much teasing and promising and I
get enough of that at home with the missus…
So overall I’m giving this week’s NXT
a low Undisputed-ly Good.
Oh my God Laurie! Are you okay?! I’ve got
to help him!.. Right after this review. The
YouTube algorithm waits for no man!
Private Party advance in the tag title tournament!
Darby Allin will face Chris Jericho next week!
And the Midcard of Evil get themselves a brand
new name. I am Luke Owen, and this is my review
the 9th of October 2019 edition of AEW Dynamite.
A stacked night of wrestling kicked off with
the tag title tournament match between The
Young Bucks and Private Party, the latter
of which were billed from a location you need
an invitation to, and their weight was described
in vodka cranberry. I think if I was a wrestler
I’d have my weight announced in cups of
tea. And it would be lots of cups of tea.
This match was awesome, and not only highlighted
why The Young Bucks are so bloody good, but
why they signed Private Party to AEW. Isiah
Cassidy and Marc Quen are both incredible
wrestlers, and their tandem moves are often
mind blowing. The story of the match was that
the more it went on, the more frustrated the
Bucks became – seen as though they were the
#1 seeds in the tournament, and Private Party
were the #8 seed. Private Party refused to
die, and it led to a more vicious side of
Bucks. After a series of really good nearfalls,
Quen rolled Matt Jackson up off a reversed
Meltzer Driver for the shock win. An amazing
showcase for Private Party, and a great story
of them advancing over the experienced team.
If this was what we can expect from this tag
tournament going forward, we’re going to
have a lot of great wrestling on TV.
AEW Champion Chris Jericho came out with his
cronies of Sammy Gueverra, Jake Hager, Santana
and Ortiz, who said that Dynamite was the
highest rated premiere on TNT in years and
that was all down to him and his new friends
– including Sammy who he called a Spanish
God and shouted at us to look at how sexy
he is. He also introduced the former LAX,
Santana & Ortiz, who he said are back alley
brutes and he likes them. However when introducing
Jake Hager, he was drowned out by chants of
We The People, which was the chant for Hager’s
previous WWE gimmick when he was Jack Swagger.
Jericho told everyone to shut up, and said
We The People sucked, calling it “a stupid
idea from bad creative”. But remember it’s
not a war. He also ran down Cody ahead of
their Full Gear match in November, and introduced
this group as the Inner Circle – a possible
reference to the TV Inner Circle, which TNT
used recently for feedback on the first episode
of AEW. They also have a new t-shirt, which
proved so popular it crashed Pro Wrestling
Tees. I was unconvinced about this group last
week, fearing it would be another Midcard
of Evil, but this one promo cemented them
as a real faction, and Jake Hager is a really
intimidating presence standing behind Jericho.
WHY WON’T YOU BLINK, MAN?!
And Jericho is set to be in action next week
when he defends his AEW Championship against
Darby Allin, who beat Jimmy Havoc in a very
entertaining and hard hitting match. There
was a nice bit of storytelling in the match,
with Havoc continually bitting Allin’s fingers,
but Allin did the same to him as he attempted
the Acid Rainmaker, hitting the Flipping Stunner
and Coffin Drop for the win. This put Allin
over very strong, and also established that
Havoc could be in the AEW Championship conversation
AEW Women’s Champion Riho teamed with Dr.
Britt Baker to take on Bea Priestley and Emi
Sakura in an entertaining tag bout, which
was designed to further push Baker as a top
contender but also continue her feud with
Priestley. There was also a nice bit of commentary
work when they pointed out that Riho’s only
loss in AEW came from a tag match where she
teamed with Baker. Emi Sakura had her moments
to shine, including an impressive spear from
outside the ropes to the inside and into the
corner. Sounds weird but trust me it was great.
The babyfaces ran wild, and Baker picked up
the win with the Mandible Claw on Sakura.
She will face Riho next week for the AEW Women’s
Championship after this win, and her win on
AEW Dark – and she brawled with Bea Priestley
after the match – leaving Britt with a nice
Best Friends got a video package, which Chuck
Taylor called the best video he’d ever seen,
and it also got the thumbs up approval from
Orange Cassidy who got a massive pop.
Jon Moxley made his official AEW in-ring debut
next as he took on Shawn Spears. Sorry, did
I say Jon Moxley? My apologies Justin Roberts,
I meant to say JAAAAAAAAAAAAAN Moxley. This
was another hard-hitting match, with Spears
giving Moxley a death valley driver into the
barricade which looked like actual death.
Spears continued to work over Moxley before
he made a comeback and hit Paradigm Shift
for the win.
On top of that, we also had Pac out on commentary
who was asking a question that a lot of people
were asking on Twitter when it was announced
that Darby Allin and Jimmy Havoc would be
fighting for the #1 contendership next week.
Despite Havoc picking up the win at All Out,
and Allin going the distance with Cody and
beating Cima last week, Pac has a 2-0 record
in AEW and has only been pinned once in 2
years. So where’s his shot? It’s an interesting
character direction for Pac and his feud with
the concept of All Elite Wrestling, furthered
when Kenny Omega came out after the match
to confront his Full Gear oppenent Moxley
– carrying a barbed wire bat and the far more
deadly a barbed wire mop. I can’t wait for
that to be a weapon in the AEW video game.
Omega tossed Moxley the bat, but was blindsided
by Pac with a chair. This is different storylines
between different characters crossing over
– making AEW feel like a fleshed out world
with various character with various motivations.
If you’ll excuse the pun, I’m all in on
And in the main event, Dustin Rhodes teamed
with Hangman Page to take on Inner Circle
of Sammy Guevarra and Chris Jericho, which
was also awesome. This may not come as a surprise,
but Dustin Rhodes is an excellent pro wrestler,
and Hangman Page is absolutely fantastic.
The heels worked over Page for a long time,
who did an excellent job of playing the babyface
in peril desperate to get the hot tag to Dustin,
and the crowd got hotter and hotter as each
tag attempt was thwarted. Finally Dustin tagged
in and ran wild, but interference from Jake
Hager allowed Jericho to hit the Judas Effect
for the win.
Inner Circle continued their beatdown after
the match, but Cody appeared in the ring to
make the save – before being blindsided by
Santana & Ortiz. MJF also ran down, and in
an excellent character moment teased hitting
Cody with a chair, but stuck with his best
friend to lay out Inner Circle. But his heelish
mannerisms led to him getting a Code Breaker
from Jericho. It was a great babyface moment
for the very heel MJF, a very well-defined
three dimensional character. The Young Bucks
also ran down to get in on the action, and
Darby Allin attacked Jericho with a skateboard
to build their match next week. Jericho ended
the show by calling Darby Allin a bitch, so
you know this is super serious.
What did you think of the show? Vote in the
poll above my head to let me know where you
can choose from: All Elite, AEW-Some, Middle
of the Rhodes, SC2 Out Of 5, and What The
Buck. Last week’s debut was AEW setting
out their stall for what you can expect going
forward with Dynamite, and this show was all
about building storylines and characters.
And while last week’s show was a solid one,
it was not without its issues. However all
of those issues were addressed this week.
The production was smoother, the commentary
was clearer in explaining referee decisions,
and there was a nice balance of action and
story. This was an excellent episode of pro
wrestling. This week’s AEW Dynamite was
a very high AEW-Some.
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