Overall: This was about as much as you could ask for in a go home show before a pay per view. All the title matches at Double of Nothing were previewed in one way or another. The storytelling in the Shawn Spears-Wardlow match was excellent. Wardlow will finally get his hands on MJF this Sunday in Las Vegas. Dr. Britt Baker has qualified for the Owen Hart Foundation Tournament Final and will face the winner of Ruby Soho vs. Kris Statlander on Rampage. Samoa Joe will take on Adam Cole in the finals of the Owen Hart Foundation Tournament on the men's side, and they ended the show with a staredown. Swerve Strickland, Jungle Boy and Ricky Starks put on a wildly entertaining triple threat match, and the FTR match was interrupted by Jeff Cobb and Great O’Khan. Oh yeah, CM Punk just might be in Hangman Page’s head.
Preview: It’s the go-home Dynamite before Double or Nothing and of course the card is stacked once again. In the most pivotal match of the night Wardlow will take on Shawn Spears inside of a steel cage with MJF as special guest referee. If Wardlow can somehow pick up the victory he will finally get his chance to get his hands on MJF one on one at Double or Nothing. Elsewhere on the card, Kyle O’Reilly will clash with Samoa Joe in an Owen Hart Foundation Tournament semi-final match. In an Owen Hart Foundation Tournament Women’s semi final matchup, Dr. Britt Baker faces Toni Storm. Jungle Boy, Ricky Starks and Swerve Strickland will be featured in a triple threat match, and we’ll also see AEW World Champion Hangman Page face to face with his challenger for this Sunday CM Punk.
GREAT Wardlow vs. Shawn Spears, MJF Special referee: The referee enters first to a huge chorus of boos. That ref is of course MJF, he’s also dressed up in his best Shawn Michaels special guest referee imitation outfit. Shawn Spears enters shortly thereafter and he’s bood nearly as badly as Max. Finally Wardlow enters, the same way he has the last few weeks, in handcuffs and without entrance music. As soon as War-Dog steps in the ring it is clear that something is awry. MJF apparently “forgot,” the keys to the handcuffs. He and Spears ambush Wardlow and the match starts with his hands still cuffed. This is essentially a handicap match. Not just because of the handcuffs but it is also two on one. Finally Wardlow scores on a back body drop to Spears but he’s still cuffed. Not for long as he rips them apart and starts back in on Shawn Spears who is trying to escape the cage. Wardlow hits a swanton bomb and goes for the cover but MJF laughs in his face. The crowd chants “ref you suck,” and they have been into this match from the get go. As Wardlow tries for a powerbomb he’s hit with a low blow from the referee MJF. Spears follows with a C-4 and even with MJF’s fast count it is still not enough. Spears exits the cage to grab a chair and this is not a match that can be won by escape so it’s all legal. The Chairman winds up and looks to smash Wardlow but he connects with his Accountabilibuddy MJF. Wardlow lands a Powerbomb Symphony and we’ve got Bryce Remsperg down to make the count. It gives extra time for Wardlow to land a final definitive Powerbomb on the chair, before pinning Spears. MJF is stuck at Double or Nothing, not inside a steel cage, but maybe worse, in a one on one match with Wardlow. This was a really fun cage match, the referee dynamic was well thought out with MJF taking the chair shot from his friend Spears. (Summary by Clark)
Result: Wardlow by Pinfall via Powerbomb Symphony
Coby Galenzoski and Clark Taylor’s WR Star Rating – 3.75 Stars
Jericho Appreciation Society backstage segment: The Appreciation Society has unleashed another fireball in another person’s face. Completely unprovoked on an AEW staff member who was wearing a Jon Moxley shirt. This segment was too short to rate but definitely helped advance Chris Jericho’s “Wizard,” gimmick.
AMAZING Hangman Page and Cm Punk face to face: CM Punk makes his entrance first sporting a Mutants T-shirt before Hangman Adam Page makes his entrance sporting his own merch and a set of black boot cut jeans. Tony mentions the trading of finishing moves going to Cm Punk first. While CM Punk listens to the crowd he is in fact getting mixed reactions but the cheers are somewhat winning over the boos. CM Punk considers the biggest moment of his career happening in Las Vegas referencing his famous Pipebomb. Says he plans on respectfully walking into DoN as a challenger and respectfully walking out as the champion. Hangman is getting roughly the same amount of boos, but Cowboy sh*t is being chanted. Hangman says there is nothing Punk can do to take the championship away from him. CM Punk calls Hangman the toughest SOB in the locker room and claims this isn’t personal as it is just CM Punk’s shot. Hangman refers to his last promo about Punk reminding him about embarrassing him. Hangman says to embarrass him here tonight. Hangman talks about how he could cut/light his own pipe bomb on Punk. CM Punk chants are growing as Hangman almost talks down to him. Hangman admits he can’t do the pipebomb not because of being fired or being afraid of Punk, but realizes that this is exactly what CM Punk would do. Saying he doesn’t hate Punk but he has pity for him and has no respect for his current AEW career run. Hangman brings up CM Punk advocating for Workers rights and says Punk hasn’t done it here. Hangman claims he needs to defend AEW from CM Punk. Getting applause from the crowd and more cowboy sh*t chants. CM Punk tries to say Hangman has no reason to be upset about the match and challenge and he shouldn’t take it personally. Punk says the roads Hangman took to get here was paved by CM Punk. Punk says he gave Page the blueprint to succeed and challenges Hangman to shake his hand. Hangman is talking in his face as the tension rises as Punk pushes Hangman before Hangman clocked Punk with a punch to drop Punk. Camera shows Punk smiling from the moment and holding his jaw. Hangman walks away with Boos being present again. (Summary By Coby)
Coby Galenzoski and Clark Taylor’s WR Star Rating – 4.00 Stars
Anna Jay and Jade Cargill promo package: Anna claims she learned from some of the best on the roster as she was ready, Jade says to bet your ass on her because she is Money.
GOOD Eddie Kingston and Jon Moxley Vs Private Party – Regal and Jericho on Commentary: Jericho has the full Appreciation Society at his side as he joins the commentary team for this match. Moxley enters next alongside Eddie Kingston in the town he used to call home and the fans love him here. Kingston jumps on Isaiah Kassidy on the ramp and Moxley goes to work on Marq Quen in the ring. Moxley grabs onto a crossface chicken wing and then tags in Kingston who delivers right hands and a powerbomb on Quen. Eddie Kingston has Ring gear that seems more like what he would normally wear, however he does look a little like he dressed up like Kevin Owens for halloween. Mox is tagged back in and after a brief flurry from Private Party he’s able to turn the momentum back in he and Kingston’s favor. Out of a commercial break Moxley delivers a german suplex and then tries for another but is hit with a cyclone kick from Kassidy. Quen is tagged back in and he flies around the ring before delivering a dive to the outside. Back in the ring Quen scores on a shooting star press but it’s only good enough for a near fall. Private Party attempts the Silly String but are caught by a massive Jon Moxley Lariat. He and Kingston deliver stereo elbows and then Moxley scores on the Paradigm Shift to win the match. As soon as it’s over the fight is on, Moxley and Kingston are outmanned 5-2 but not for long. Danielson and Yuta run down to help out and this is one of the biggest pull aparts in recent Dynamite memory. A fun way to end a quality tag match.
Result: Jon Moxley by Pinfall via Paradigm Shift
Coby Galenzoski and Clark Taylor’s WR Star Rating – 3.00 Stars
Short Britt Baker Promo Package about tonight’s Semi Final Match.
GREAT FTR, Cash and Dax VS Roppongi Vice, Trent Barretta and Rocky Romero – ROH World Tag Team Championships: FTR Enters to being cheered, Cash Wheeler doing the Mr. Perfect signature gum spot of whacking it midair. RPG Vice looks to win the ROH Tag team championships for the first time ever. Cash and Rocky start it off, Rocky gets an early kick to Cash’ thigh before they lock up starting off equally. Rocky gets a couple of shoulder blocks before Cash gets one, as they run the ropes Rocky gets a pair of roll up attempts before getting a minor armbar on Cash as Cash leaves the ring. Dax and Trent lock up as they start off in a heavy hitting fashion, shoulder block and trading chops in the corner. Trent throws Dax into the corner rough before Dax gets a suplex, tagging in Cash for an assisted leg drop onto Trent. Rocky gets a tag not seen by Cash as RPG Vice get a combo of offense, Trent pinning Cash after a half and half suplex being stopped via rope break as they move to picture and picture. As they come back Rocky has Cash in a headlock, before Cash gets a back suplex to break it up. Trent gets the tag but Cash can’t until he jumps despite Trent holding his ankle. Dax attacks both Rocky and Trent before Trent is able to take advantage, throwing Dax into the corner front first. Trent goes for a german suplex but Dax stops it, and gets two. Trent attempts to stop the third but gets caught with it anyway, Rocky breaking the pin with a double stomp to Dax’s midsection. Rocky gets the tag on a selling Trent, before he goes after Dax. Dax gets an atomic drop on Rocky but Trent got a blind tag, they got a double jumping knee but Rocky goes after Cash. RPG Vice get a nearfall after a dropkick to a hanging Dax and a knee from Trent. Dax and Trent trade roll up attempts before RPG Vice gets a dudebuster double stomp combo for a near fall with Cash pushing Rocky into the pin before Jeff Cobb and Great O’Khan attack both teams. The United Empire charge the ring taking out both teams, including two table stops taking out Trent and Dax, before they stood tall with the ROH World Tag Team Championships. A Very solid tag match that ended in a no contest, but that is what it is. (Summary By Coby)
Result: No Contest
Coby Galenzoski and Clark Taylor’s WR Star Rating – 3.50 Stars
Hardys promo talking about their upbringings, all having dreams and comparing their stories of becoming stars. Claiming the Hardys did make it but the Young Bucks are hardy cosplayers. And the Hardys want to solidify their legacies in AEW.
GREAT Swerve Strickland Vs Jungle Boy Vs Ricky Starks: Ricky Starks is as over as any heel in AEW. It’s nice to see Swerve in action on Dynamite as opposed to Rampage this week, this should be a fun triple threat match to preview the Tag Team Championship match at Double or Nothing. Starks immediately exits the ring at the start of the match as if to let Jungle Boy and Strickland fight each other before he gets involved. Just as they take their eyes off of him Starks knocks Strickland into Jungle Boy and then the pace picks up. The Back and forth between Jungle Boy and Swerve is outstanding and everytime Starks inserts himself into the fray he looks sublime as well. Ricky has a really cool spot where he evades the ringpost by sliding under the bottom turnbuckle. Jungle Boy delivers a huge hurricanrana on the outside and then a sliding lariat on Swerve but not before Ricky Starks can interrupt. Jungle Boy then hits an Olympic Slam on Starks but now Strickland is back to his feet. Swerve and Jungle Boy battle on the top turnbuckle where Jungle Boy tries a poison-rana but Strickland lands on his feet. He eats a kick from Starks but gives a thrust kick back and then lifts Jungle Boy up for a suplex. Starks spears Strickland and then hits a Michinoku Driver to nearly put Jungle Boy away. Swerve and Starks have another back and forth exchange but after an eye poke Starks is able to deliver Rochambo. Jungle Boy seizes the opportunity to lock in the Snare Trap on Starks but he’s able to get to the ropes. Not for long though as Jungle Boy drags him back to the middle of the ring. Swerve recovers though and breaks up the submission with a kick. He delivers the Swerve Stomp on Starks for the victory. Powerhouse Hobbs immediately hits the ring and dismantles Swerve, but Luchasaurus is there to make the save. Keith Lee is next and now the 3 larger men in the Tag Team Title match have an impromptu altercation. Lee puts the exclamation point on things by hitting a 400 pound corkscrew dive to the outside.
Result: Swerve Strickland by Pinfall via Swerve Stomp on Ricky Starks
Coby Galenzoski and Clark Taylor’s WR Star Rating – 3.75 Stars
Men of The Year and Dan Lambert backstage interview: They still don’t like Sammy and Tay Conti. He already ordered Sky a brand new TNT Championship belt and it will be presented to him on Rampage. Too short to rate.
Thunder Rosa Interview: She is at the top of the stage being interviewed by Tony Schiavone and the crowd is definitely behind her. They chant her name as she addresses Serena Deeb. Rosa calls Deeb petty, and then tells her that on Sunday the war paint will be on. This is a pretty standard Thunder Rosa promo, and it’s also too short to rate.
Red Velvet Interview: Velvet addresses her loss to Kris Statlander and is interrupted by Ruby Soho. Red Velvet gives Ruby Soho notes on Kris Statlander but as we know Soho already has a win over Statlander. She doesn’t need the notes and throws them away. This was also too short to rate.
GOOD Britt Baker Vs Toni Storm – Owen Hart Cup Semi Finals: Britt Baker making her signature entrance through the left tunnel. Rebel and Jamie Hayter are sent to the back before Britt heads down the ramp. Toni makes her entrance herself as we prepare for this Semi Final match up. DMD chants fill the arena as the girls circle the ring before locking up, Tony getting the arm first, working on the wrist before Britt reverses. Britt gets a snapmare but fails multiple times to get the headlock, Toni putting multiple wrist locks to start in control. Toni releases the headscissors before Britt tries to take a cheap shot but Toni changes directions and gets the dropkick. Toni follows Britt on the outside and continues to work on her with multiple european uppercuts, Britt counters and starts slamming her face into the match. Toni shoved Britt away before she followed her back out. They continue to brawl but Britt throws Toni into the steps in a flatliner like fashion. Britt and Toni are trading shots as they get back into picture and picture. Britt tries for a pittsburgh Sunrise but Toni gets a nice rope assisted tornado ddt. Toni then gets one of the best hip attacks i’ve seen her do but then gets a meh Alabama slam. Britt counters the storm zero piledriver with the air raid crash as Jamie runs down to the ring. Toni almost gets a roll up as Britt is distracted by Jamie. Britt gets a fisherman’s neckbreaker for a near fall. Britt goes for a ripcord lariat but Toni gets a german suplex, then she gets another tornado ddt on the outside. Toni is being sold as having a bloody nose, Toni goes for storm zero but Britt tries for another Air Raid crash but Toni tries to get a sunset roll up. Britt counters for the win despite Jamie trying to make it look like Britt needed the ropes. Overall the match was truly overhyped as it was going to be this really good match, there were some good qualities but this match did not live up and i believe it under delivered. The finish was executed sloppily as well so that’s another reason this match isn’t getting that high of a rating. (Summary By Coby)
Result: Britt Baker by Pinfall via sunset pin reversal.
Coby Galenzoski and Clark Taylor’s WR Star Rating – 3.00 Star
AMAZING Samoa Joe Vs Kyle O’Reilly – Owen Hart Cup Semi Finals : O’Reilly enters first, notably without Adam Cole or Bobby Fish by his side. The fans still love Joe’s entrance and chant “Joe” as he makes his walk to the ring. The match starts quickly with a striking exchange followed by an armbar attempt by Kyle O’Reilly. Joe smothers him though and then allows him to get back to his feet. He sends KOR back to the mat with a massive chop and then follows that with a classic body slam and a standing elbow drop. Joe continues to dominate O’Reilly with kicks, chops and a headbut. This is a pace that suits these two really well. O’Reilly finally regains some momentum and is able to start working on Joe’s lower back and ribs. Now he begins to target the left shoulder that was damaged by Lethal and Dutt last week. Joe is hit with a knee strike from the top rope and then a cross arm breaker attempt but he is able to get to the ropes as we head to commercial break. In picture in picture O’Reilly continues to kick Joe in his shoulder outside the ring but he takes a gamble and Joe sends him into the guardrail. Back in the ring O’Reilly goes back to the bad shoulder and grounds Joe once again. Out of the break it is O’Reilly in control, not for long though as Joe wills himself to land a leg sweep. He basically is fighting with one arm but he’s able to land a series of kicks and then a senton. Joe uses his good arm to deliver a huge clothesline. Both men are down and the crowd is firmly behind Joe. O’Reilly locks up a kimura and then transitions to a fujiwara armbar on Joe’s bad arm. Somehow he gets to the ropes to break the hold but O’Reilly is right back to work on that arm with kicks. Joe connects on a huge knee strike and then an enziguri but O’Reilly responds with a kick of his own. The crowd chants AEW as O’Reilly delivers an arm drag. He’s caught in a Coquina Clutch though and even with one arm Samoa Joe is able to put him to sleep to pick up the huge victory. Samoa Joe and Adam Cole will face in the final of the Owen Hart Foundation Tournament in what is sure to be an absolute classic. Cole makes his entrance and stares down Joe from the top of the ramp to end the show. (Summary by Clark)
Result: Samoa Joe by Submission via Coquina Clutch
Coby Galenzoski and Clark Taylor’s WR Star Rating – 4.00 Stars
Overall: This was about as much as you could ask for in a go home show before a pay per view. All the title matches at Double of Nothing were previewed in one way or another. The storytelling in the Shawn Spears-Wardlow match was excellent. Wardlow will finally get his hands on MJF this Sunday in Las Vegas. Dr. Britt Baker has qualified for the Owen Hart Foundation Tournament Final and will face the winner of Ruby Soho vs. Kris Statlander on Rampage. Samoa Joe will take on Adam Cole in the finals of the Owen Hart Foundation Tournament on the men’s side, and they ended the show with a staredown. Swerve Strickland, Jungle Boy and Ricky Starks put on a wildly entertaining triple threat match, and the FTR match was interrupted by Jeff Cobb and Great O’Khan. Oh yeah, CM Punk just might be in Hangman Page’s head.
Matches: 0.50/1 Stars
Show Structure: 0.75/1 Stars
Atmosphere: 0.75/1 Stars
Storytelling: 0.75/1 Stars
Production/Theme: 0.75/1 Stars
Overall Rating. 3.50/5 Stars
Photo Credit: AEW
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