What went down today at AEW Dynamite, did any title changes happen and how did it affect the company as it set its sights on building to the Double or Nothing pay-per-view?
- Steel Cage Match for the AEW Women’s Championship: Thunder Rosa vs. Dr. Britt Baker DMD (c)
- TNT Championship Match: Wardlow vs. Scorpio Sky
- AEW world champion Hangman Page and AEW tag team champions Jurassic Express vs. Adam Cole and Red Dragon
- The Hardy Boyz vs. Private Party
- Jon Moxley and Bryan Danielson vs. Wheeler Yuta and Chuck Taylor
- Jericho Appreciation Society Commencement
Hangman Page and Jurassic Express vs. Adam Cole and Red Dragon
The rivalry over AEW world champion Hangman Page and top contender Adam Cole continued in the night’s opener as the former teamed with AEW tag champions Jurassic Express (Jungle Boy and Luchasaurus) to face Cole and Red Dragon’s Kyle O’Reilly and Bobby Fish. The match took its time heating up but once it did, with Jungle Boy tagging in Luchasaurus and Page confronting Cole, it escalated quickly. The crowd came alive and the spots built on the previous one until Cole lowered the Boom on Jungle Boy for the hard-fought victory
Jon Moxley and Bryan Danielson vs. Wheeler Yuta and Chuck Taylor
Moxley and Danielson were oppressive, overwhelming and outclassing their opponents while Regal appeared to be having the time of his life with Jim Ross, Tony Schiavone and Excalibur on the headset. A performance defined by quick tags, targeted attacks and a clinical approach concluded with the dream team of Moxley and Danielson scoring the victory in the extended squash.
Jericho Appreciation Society Commencement
Chris Jericho led 2point0, Daniel Garcia and Jake Hager to the ring for a formal commencement. Jericho cut a woe-is-me promo where he whined about not being appreciated by the fans and drew great heel heat by calling himself a sports entertainer. He denounced the “stupid name from bad creative” 2point0, renamed its participants, and dealt nicknames to Garcia and Hager before ushering in the era of the sports entertainer in AEW in a segment that was infinitely better than it had any right to be.
TNT Championship Match: Wardlow vs. Scorpio Sky
Wardlow has been an unstoppable force in AEW of late and Wednesday night. In a great bit of storytelling, the young star allowed his emotions and fury to get the best of him, taking his focus off the beaten and battered champion. The insufferable Dan Lambert and “Chairman” Shawn Spears suckered him in, allowing MJF to strike and cost his former bodyguard the win in what was an otherwise one-sided squash match that did no favors to the overshadowed Sky and his efforts to be taken seriously as champion.
The Hardys vs. Private Party
The Hardys made their first appearance in tag team action in AEW, squaring off with Private Party. The hot tag to Jeff drew one of the loudest reactions of the night and moments later, The Charismatic Enigma paid their love and support off with a Swanton Bomb for the win in a match that may not have lived up to expectations but was still a strong AEW introduction to one of the best teams of all time.
Steel Cage Match for the AEW Women’s Championship: Thunder Rosa vs. Britt Baker
This was an extraordinary encounter between two of the most talented women’s wrestlers in the world. It was Rosa’s Thunder Fire Driver into the tacks that concluded an emotion-filled contest and gave fans the happy ending they sought. Not even a full face of paint could hide the emotions that painted Rosa’s face following her victory. The band playing prior to Rosa’s entrance added to the enormity of the main event. Big thumbs up to Baker paying homage to the late Scott Hall with her Outsiders-themed gear.