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AEW DYNAMITE TV REPORT
SEPTEMBER 8, 2021
CINCINNATI, OH AT FIFTH THIRD ARENA
AIRED ON TNT
REPORT BY TYLER SAGE, PWTORCH CONTRIBUTOR
Announcers: Jim Ross, Tony Schiavone, Taz
-A highlight video recap of All Out was shown.
(1) MALAKAI BLACK vs. DUSTIN RHODES
Dustin Rhodes and Malakai Black started by trading body punches, Rhodes got the early advantage by hitting a German Suplex from the corner, then throwing him to the outside. The brawl continued outside, Black hit a back suplex on Rhodes through the ringside table. Black took off a turnbuckle and then went outside once more to bring Dustin back in the ring. The two men battled around the exposed turnbuckle, but no one connected.
Black hit a kick and then transitioned to a rear naked choke, then Dustin hit some punches. Black countered with a heel hook, Rhodes had to grab the bottom rope. Black continued to kick Rhodes, which dropped him to the mat. Rhodes fell, to sell the injured leg s Black smiled over his downed opponent. Rhodes rose up and countered with punches, a lariat and the dusty punch. Rhodes then hit a power slam for a two count.
Black countered with a leg kick dropping him off the middle rope. Black then hit a running knee for a near fall. Black grabbed one of Cody’s boots that he left in the ring weeks ago, he threw the boot at Dustin and laughed. Dustin grabbed the boot and then hit Black with body kicks, he then hit a Canadian Destroyer for a near fall on Black.
Dustin tried a Bulldog, he wa then thrown into the exposed turnbuckle and then Black hit the spinning heel kick, leading to the pinfall.
WINNER: Malaki Black in 10:00
(Sage’s Analysis: A great opener to continue the Black story. Dustin Rhodes is so freaking good, there are a lot of 25, 30, 35, and 40 year old wrestlers who would be served to study Dustin Rhodes big time matches.)
-The Lucha Brothers had a video celebrating their Tag Team Championship victory. [c]
-Eddie Kingston called out Miro for using a low blow to beat him. Miro replied to continue their feud.
-C.M. Punk came out to the ring. He pumped up the crowd, and he thanked Darby Allin, Sting and all of the fans. He said that he would never lie to the fans, he said wrestling was like riding a violent bike. Punk then hyped Suzuki and Moxley in the main event. Punk then hyped the PPV, calling out Ruby Soho, Adam Cole and Bryan Danielson. He asked the crowd what was next for C.M. Punk. Taz got out of the commentary both and called out Punk. Taz said that he was tired of the Punk love fest, he then said to never call out team taz. Hook and Powerhouse Hobbs came out. Punk said out of respect, send all three of them to him and they can see if they can beat him. [c]
-Santana and Ortiz said they were past FTR, and they are looking for tag team gold.
-Ruby Soho was asked why she was going against Jamie Hayter. Baker and company rolled in and said that she would be irrelevant soon. Soho said that Baker has nicknames because she is worried people will find out that she is nothing. Britt then said that Soho should stay in catering like she has the last four years.
(2) POWERHOUSE HOBBS vs. DANTE MARTIN
The match started with Hobbs knocking Martin off his feet. Martin hit a rebound kick and then tried a cross body, but was caught by Hobbs, who rolled out of the ring. Martin tried a suicide dive, but was caught by the head and shoulders and thrown into the ring post by Hobbs. Hobbs then threw Martin into the ringside barricade several times. [c]
Hobbs dominated Martin throughout the break, and when the show returned. Hobbs exposed his knee and then smashed it into the stomach of Martin. Hobbs tried a second knee, Martin dodged and hit a drop kick off of the top rope, leading to a two count on Hobbs. Martin hit Hobbs to the outside and he tried another dive, but Hook stood on the apron. Martin jumped over Hook and hit Hobbs on the outside.
Martin hit a kick from the apron, he then hit a springboard pump kick. Hobbs countered with a power bomb and got the pinfall.
WINNER: Powerhouse Hobbs in 10:00
(Sage’s Analysis: A really good match showing off some young AEW talent to potential new viewers. Hobbs getting built up for a Punk match is easy and shows that he is ready to be elevated as a talent.)
-Dan Lambert was with the Men of the Year, he did a heel promo on Tony Khan, the faces, and the fans. He said that Scorpio Sky and Ethan Page are the only real men in the company and said they should send people to fight them.
-Matt Hardy challenged Orange Cassidy to a hair match, Orange said whatever to that. [c]
-MJF came out to the ring with Wardlow. MJF had a message for the potbelly pigs in the audience. He said that he won the three times before, and he won the match before it was overturned. He said that it is bias against him, because everyone wants to be him. He said that everyone and everything about Cincinnati is mid. He then dared fans to jump the ring and fight him. He then threatened Linda Pillman and her family. He then went to Brian Pillman’s daughter, he said that explained her vile looks. Brian Pillman Jr’s music hit and he came to the stage area in a Bengals jersey.
Pillman came out to defend his town and family. He said that Max has a silver spoon, and that he hometown might be nice. But, Cincinnati makes badasses like his Dad, Jon Moxley and himself. He said welcome to the jungle. MJF asked if it was good idea to go toe-to-toe with him. He called his mom a meth head, and then made a number of crude jokes. He then sent Wardlow to stand in the corner. Pillman attacked MJF after a number of insults, Wardlow pulled Pillman off of him a number of times. Griff Garrison came out to help, but Wardlow took him out. MJF then hit Pillman with the ring, then went for garrison, but Pillman ran between them and protected him. MJF and Wardlow walked out of the arena.
-A hype video for Moxley vs. Suzuki was shown.
(3) RUBY SOHO vs. JAMIE HAYTER
Hayter told the crowd to shut up as they chanted for Soho. The two locked up with a collar and elbow, Soho got waist control. But, Hayter was able to knock down Soho. Jamie had the arm of Ruby, but Soho was able to hit a number of forearms to get her off of her. Hayter countered and took control ring into the break. [c]
Soho countered with her knees, sending Jamie Hayter’s head into the turnbuckle. Soho then hit a counter DDT on Hayter, leading to a two count. Soho countered an electric chair position by shoot trying to move off of the head of Hayter, sending both to the mat. Hayter hit a running elbow for a two count. Soho hit a big kick to the head and got the pinfall win.
WINNER: Ruby Soho in 8:00
(Sage’s Analysis: A good TV match minus the unsafe moments that seem to be common lately in AEW women’s matches. The six women in the ring at the end was a nice picture of all the key women at this time in AEW.)
-Baker and Company jumped Soho post match. Riho ran out to make the save and was taken out, Kris Statlander ran out with a chair next to make the save.
-Ricky Starks and Brian Cage had battling promos setting up their match. [c]
(4) FTR & SHAWN SPEARS vs. THE DARK ORDER
John Silver and Shawn Spears started the match, Spears got the advantage on a headlock. John Silver hit a slam, and tagged din Stu Grayson, Spears tagged in Cash Wheeler while having Grayson in tow. Spears was tagged in quickly, Grayson hit a big elbow and tagged in Evil Uno. The Dark Order teamed up and worked over Spears while trading tags. John Silver was thrown into the Pinnacle corner and they worked him over while trading tags.
Silver fought out and took out all three members of the opposing team. As Silver went for a tag, Wheeler and Spears took out Uno and Grayson. Silver fought off all three men and hit a German Suplex on Dax Harwood. Harwood threw Silver into Uno’s head and then hit a springboard suplex. Spears hit a Death Valley Driver for the pinfall win.
WINNER: THE PINNACLE in 6:00
(Sage’s Analysis: The Pinnacle needed a win, and Dark Order needed to break up.)
-Evil Uno and Stu Grayson turned on John Silver after the match. 5, 10, Colt Cabana, Tay Conti and Anna Jay came out.
-The key women from the casino battle royal talked about were they are going now.
-Tully Blanchard was backstage and said that everyone just saw leadership, he called out Sting for living off others. He called for Spears vs. Allin. He then said he wanted Sting one more time. [c]
-Pillman Jr. was backstage with an “injured,” Griff Garrison. Pillman said that he has a match with MJF at the Arthur Ashe show. The Acclaimed came in, Max Caster said that have a match this Friday on Rampage.
-Tony Schiavone was in the ring and he introduced The Elite. All the members minus Adam Cole came out, Don Callis grabbed the mic. He announced Kenny Omega was #1 in the PWI500, he said All Out was all about Kenny Omega being the best in the business. He said that the Bucks gave the best Tag Team Match of all time. He said they have a plan, Nick said they got their best friend back, Adam Cole came out.
Cole said it was story time, he first got in Tony’ face and said that if he looks at Britt Baker the wrong way he would lay him out. he then kicked Tony out of the ring. Cole said AEW was the greatest company in the world, because of the guys in the ring. He said that he has main evented for 14 years and is a one in a generation wrestler. He said that the audience should be thanking the Elite, because they are compete. He said next week he would compete in the ring for the first time.
Kenny they said he hate interruptions, Bryan Danielson’s music hit and he came out to the ring. Kenny demanded his music cut, Kenny asked the Elite to clear the ring. Bryan entered the ring with Kenny, and grabbed the mic. Danielson asked if the crowd wanted to see them fight. Danielson said that Kenny was scared to take the match because he knows that he is better. Danielson locked in a submission and the Elite ran in to make the save. Christian, Jurassic Express, and Kazarian made the save. [c]
(5) JON MOXLEY vs. MINORU SUZUKI
Suzuki and Moxley laid in stiff forearms to start the match. Suzuki hit a pump kick, Moxley countered with the same. Suzuki and Moxley then traded punches, Moxley then raked the eyes and face of Suzuki. [c]
Moxley hit a big chop in the corner, Suzuki Irish whipped him and then Moxley bit the head, Suzuki then took a bite out of Moxley. The two men then traded headbutts, leading both to fall to the mat at the same time. The two then traded forearms once more.
Suzuki hit the sleeper and tried to hit the piledriver. Moxley hit the DDT and then hit lariats on Suzuki, but he stood his ground. Moxley tried a third and Suzuki hit the drop kick, the two traded punches. Moxley hit a suplex DDT and got the pinfall.
WINNER: Jon Moxley in 9:00
(Sage’s Analysis: It’s still real to me dammit!)
FINAL THOUGHTS: A really entertaining show that had some good matches from start to finish. The excitement of all the new matchups with Cole, Punk, and Danielson along with all of the “AEW young talent” who were highlighted can’t make you anything but excited as a wrestling fan. The too long MJF segment, botched moves in the women’s match, and Dan Lambert are the only negatives I can take away form this two hour show.