This week’s AEW Dynamite saw CM Punk and Lee Moriarty go at it, as well as two undefeated tag teams looking to keep their 100% record alive in the form of Gunn Club and Darby Allin & Sting. Ruby Soho and Kris Statlander had a match to decide who would face Nyla Rose in the TBS Championship Tournament Semi-Finals, Wardlow was in action, and the main event saw Cody Rhodes and Andrade El Idolo battle in a Street Fight. First off, Bryan Danielson wanted to take out another member of Dark Order as he got in the ring with Alan “5” Angels.

Quick Results

Bryan Danielson defeated Alan “5” Angels via submission **½

CM Punk defeated Lee Moriarty via pinfall **

Wardlow defeated AC Adams via pinfall *

Darby Allin & Sting defeated Gunn Club via pinfall ***

Ruby Soho defeated Kris Statlander ***½

Cody Rhodes defeated Andrade El Idolo via pinfall ****

The Matches

Bryan Danielson vs Alan “5” Angels

It’s been an interesting journey for Danielson in AEW. Coming in to rapturous applause, he’s had some incredible matches with the likes of Kenny Omega, Minoru Suzuki, and Eddie Kingston. However, the tables have turned. He made a full heel turn a couple of weeks ago when he was pretty derogatory to Hangman and the entire Dark Order. His mission to take out every member of the Dark Order has gone pretty well so far, defeating both Evil Uno and Colt Cabana. For tonight’s match, “Hangman” Adam Page joined commentary to watch Danielson continue to build his villain status. He came out super aggressive against Angels, delivering some huge forearms and running knees. Despite controlling Angels early on with a Juji Gatame, Angels nailed a Tope Suicida and moonsault off the turnbuckle to Danielson outside.

The offence didn’t last long as Danielson finished him off with a submission, refusing to let go. It was a short and sweet match, and one match Angels was never going to win. After the match, Tony Schiavone spoke to Danielson who took shots at Angels and Atlanta. He turned his attention to Hangman and told him he’d take his championship in Dallas, Texas, the home of the Cowboys. Hangman left commentary, but Jon Silver ran out to stop him. Silver told Hangman he couldn’t touch Danielson tonight, but he could. Silver ran down, but Danielson left the ring and went face to face with the champ. It got pretty heated and ended with Danielson taking yet another pop at the fans, calling them jerks. This feud has escalated quite a bit in three weeks, and the title match at Winter Is Coming should be great. However, I can’t see Hangman losing just yet.

Lee Moriarty vs CM Punk

Before the match even started, MJF walked out in a truly awful suit. He sat at commentary and started to mock Punk, saying he looked like a drunk. He said CM stood for “cooking meth.” What a jerk. As for the match, it wasn’t the best. MJF kept saying how tired Punk looked, and he had a point. He’s not the young and explosive wrestler he once was, and that is what MJF is playing on. The fact he isn’t the “old” Punk is why he finds him laughable. Credit to Moriarty, though. He had some decent offence, and at times overpowered Punk. CM Punk hit a crossbody off the turnbuckle, but Moriarty almost pinned him. He locked in a crossface and almost end it. Punk landed a hurricanrana, but it got reversed into a pin. Punk looked tired throughout. He did look like a shadow of his former self.

Moriarty smashed Punk with a lariat and almost won. It all ended when Punk hit GTS, but he was not looking sharp at all. MJF called for the music to be cut and then took shots at him in regards to the comments he made about Britt Baker last week. Punk challenged MJF to get into the ring, but of course, he refused. He said next week he would be better than Piper in Portland, Bret in Canada, and Punk in Chicago. MJF decided to lay into Punk’s dog, and that was the final straw for him. After MJF said he was going to put Larry to sleep, Punk went after him, but Wardlow came out and stood in between them. Nowhere near as good as their war of words from last week, but it’s quite clear MJF is in Punk’s head.

Wardlow W/ Shawn Spears vs AC Adams

Why can’t they give Wardlow a proper match? No disrespect to the debuting Adams, but it’s a given he’s going to destroy him. Wardlow needs a proper feud, or a chance to stand on his own without Shawn Spears and MJF. Wardlow hit four powerbombs for the win. Spears used a chair to lay waste to Adams after the match. You know what I want? I want Jonah to come to AEW and challenge him. How good would that be? We’ll probably get more Wardlow vs enhancement talent, though. Come on Tony, you’re better than that.

Gunn Club W/ Austin Gunn vs Darby Allin & Sting

Gunn Club are third in the tag team rankings at present, and to be fair to them, they’ve earned it. With veterans Billy Gunn and Sting in the match, I wasn’t expecting anything particularly special. Saying that, they both looked strong despite their age. Allin cut his head somehow, and he took a fair amount of punishment from Gunn Club. Colten locked in the Scorpion Death Lock right in front of Sting. When Sting finally tagged in, he hit a couple of Stinger Splashes and put the Scorpion Death Lock on Colten. Austin broke it up so Allin hit one hell of a bullet Tope Suicida on him. He dived at Billy on the other end of the ring. Sting hit the Scorpion Death Drop on Colten for the win. It wasn’t a bad match, but it was more fan service than anything.

TBS Championship Tournament Quarter-Final Match: Kris Statlander vs Ruby Soho

I’ve been excited for this one ever since they qualified. Both are two of the best women in AEW, and the match didn’t disappoint. There were some fantastic reversals and back on fourth, especially the monkey flip from Soho into a handstand from Statlander. Statlander’s strength was on full display with a hanging vertical suplex and a spinning powerslam. Soho nailed a senton from the top turnbuckle, but Statlander kicked out. Statlander almost won after delivering a Blue Thunder Bomb.

She hit a deadlift powerbomb into the corner, then one into the centre of the mat, but Soho wouldn’t give in. Soho’s Poisonrana and sitting hurricanrana almost gave her the victory, but the win came when she reversed the Big Bang Theory into a roll-up. Soho advances to face Nyla Rose. Rose came out after the match and went after Soho. I mean, that’s going to be a magical match when it happens. Gutted for Statlander, but she’ll be back.

Atlanta Street Fight: Andrade El Idolo W/ José the Assistant vs Cody Rhodes W/ Arn Anderson

Hearing the fans boo as Cody made his entrance just didn’t feel right. A heel turn is inevitable, but for now, The American Nightmare is keeping his cards close to his chest. Right off the bat, Andrade and Cody were firing on all cylinders as they fought through the crowd. Cody hit a crossbody off a barricade but got dropped face-first into the steel steps shortly after. Cody smashed a steel chair over Andrade’s back and head, then finally entered the ring. Andrade used Cody’s belt to whip his back, then hit Jose’s laptop across his head, following it up with a steel chair. As Andrade and Cody beat the hell out of each other in the ring, good ol’ Arn was battering Jose on the ramp.

Andrade went for a moonsault, but Cody threw a steel chair at him. Cody got to his feet and cracked Andrade’s skull with a steel chain. They were beating the hell out of each other. Cody went for a Tope Suicida and got smashed with a chair. Andrade got dropped on the exposed flooring after attempting a DDT on Cody. Back and forth, these two were out for blood. This was far from a wrestling match, it was a massacre, personified in the form of Andrade’s running knee into the chair resting on Cody’s head. Cody dropped to his back and hit a right hand. Shortly after, he got hip-tossed into a table.

Another table was set up, and neither could get an advantage to launch the other through it. As Cody held Andrade on the top turnbuckle, Brandi Rhodes doused the table in lighter fuel and set it ablaze. Cody hit a reverse DDT on Andrade straight through it and went for the pin, his arm still on fire. What a brutal way to end the match. As far as street fights go, it was pretty enjoyable. The ending was savage. It feels as though this feud has run its course. As to what happens next for both guys, I’m not entirely sure. I can’t imagine PAC is going to let Cody’s mistake lie from last week, so we may see that get some attention in the following weeks.

The Promos

Miro continued to be pissed off at his God, telling him he would head to heaven and turn the floor red. It was a weird promo as he wandered a white purgatory, but no mention of his wife this time. What’s next for the Redeemer?

Britt Baker talked about how she was annoyed about Riho getting a shot at her title. There seemed to be some bad blood between Hayter and Baker. We got the announcement that Hayter would face Riho next week. I’m down for that because I love Riho to bits. She’s going to defeat Hayter then hopefully take the belt from Baker. A guy can dream, right?

Tony Nese took shots at Sammy Guevara in a pretty average promo. Not sure he can talk the talk too well, but we all know Nese can walk the walk. It should be a great match come Rampage.

Backstage, Penta El Zero Miedo and PAC took shots at FTR who they’d be facing on Rampage. PAC was asked how his eye was, who was wearing an eye patch because of the black mist Malakai Black spat at him last week. With Rey Fénix unable to travel, PAC is standing in, so we’re going to get a much more physical and aggressive battle this Friday.

Chris Jericho talked about how he wasn’t helping Eddie Kingston last week, he was going after Danny Garcia and 2.0. Out of nowhere, they ran in and attacked Le Champion with a chair. No Kingston? Boo. I can see these two form an unlikely partnership at some point, but who will be the third guy if they end up in a 3-on-3 match?

Mark Sterling and Jade Cargill were cutting a dull promo on Thunder Rosa when she walked out and said she’d be replacing the injured Chris Jericho as a commentator this Friday on Rampage. Not only that, Rosa said Cargill would be facing her student, Janai Kai. Cargill is a superb athlete, but listening to her or cutting any kind of promo is not fun. God bless Rosa for interrupting. Let’s hope Kai puts on a show against her.

Everything Else

Adam Cole joined commentary for a match that never happened as Orange Cassidy came out. Cole got annoyed and stood up as Cassidy put his hands in his pockets. The Young Bucks sneaked up on him, but Cassidy turned to them. Cassidy got a low blow from Adam Cole, then mocked with some soft superkicks from the Young Bucks. Matt and Nick hit proper superkicks on him and were about to go for a BTE Trigger until Best Friends came out for the save. All I have to say is Cole vs Cassidy needs to be made official. I’d be so happy if these two squared off because it could be one hell of a fight.

Taz was sat at commentary with Hook and Hobbs who were discussing Team Taz’s chances in the Battle Royal next week. Lio Rush came out and talked about how he was a fighter when Dante Martin and Ricky Starks stood up to him. Aww, poor Lio. I feel for him with Martin joining Team Taz. I can’t see Rush winning the Battle Royal, but he’ll definitely be putting on a show.

Match of the Night: Cody Rhodes vs Andrade El Idolo

Best in Show: Cody Rhodes

Overall Rating: ***

All images and videos courtesy of AEW – Very special thanks to Fite TV for the captures

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