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AEW DYNAMITE TV REPORT
JUNE 15, 2022
ST. LOUIS AT CHAIFETZ ARENA
AIRED ON TBS
REPORT BY TYLER SAGE, PWTORCH CONTRIBUTOR
Announcers: Jim Ross, Tony Schiavone, Excalibur
(1) CHRIS JERICHO vs. ORTIZ
Ortiz started the attack on Jericho as soon as he entered the ring, Jericho fought back and then rolled to the outside. Ortiz threw Jericho onto a chair and the barricade, then pummeled Jericho in the barber chair. The match returned to the ring, Jericho took control as Excalibur ran down the card for the night. Jericho tried a hurricanrana, Ortiz countered into an awkward power bomb. Jericho then suplexed Ortiz to the floor from the apron. [c]
Jericho was in control throughout the break and the two men battled back and fourth to a mid match draw that turned into a chop and strike battle. Ortiz hit a cutter off of the top rope for a two count. Jericho then almost locked in a Walls of Jericho, Ortiz then countered with a DDT for a two count. Ortiz tried a move off the middle rope, Jericho dodged and hit a Codebreaker on Ortiz for a near fall.
Ortiz reversed a backslide, Jericho then locked in the Walls of Jericho in the middle of the ring, Ortiz was able to break the hold. Eddie Kingston then fought with the JAS. Santana and Wheeler Yuta then ran in as all the men battled outside. Eddie Kingston ran in and hit a cheap shot on Jericho, Ortiz covered for a near fall. Someone dressed like Fuego Del Sol hit Ortiz with a bat and Jericho pinned Ortiz.
WINNER: Chris Jericho
(Sage’s Analysis: A fun sports entertainment match with fun near falls and a nice almost loss for Jericho. The soils reveal that Sammy is heel now was a good touch.)
-Post match it was revealed that Sammy Guevara was dressed as Fuego. Ortiz cut his own hair as he and Kingston said Blood and Guts. Ortiz also cut himself pretty good doing so.
-A video to set up the Wardlow vs 20 guys segment was shown.
(2) WARDLOW vs 20 PLAINTIFFS
Wardlow eliminated one and two, numbers three through six were eliminated together. Numbers seven-nine were taken out. Guess what happened next? Wardlow eliminated 10-13. Wardlow eliminated the rest and won the court case, I guess.
(Sage’s Analysis: This was really bad, one of the worst segments in AEW history. The crowd will turn on an act like this without a strong heel to go counter. I am really concerned that Wardlow cannot wrestler a real match at this point.)
-Dan Lambert and Scorpio Sky sent some MMA guys to attack Wardlow. Wardlow was able to convince these guys to not attack him. [c]
(3) WILL OSPREAY vs. DAX HARWOOD
Will Ospreay and Dax Harwood moved around each other and traded chances at getting wrist control, the crowd had dueling chants for both men as this happened. Ospreay ran the ropes and hit a head scissors on Harwood, who was put in the corner and chopped by Ospreay. Harwood countered and hit a huge chop, sending Will to the floor. Harwood then worked head locks on the mat as the crowd had dueling chants once more. Ospreay and Harwood were then trading chops on the apron, Ospreay then pulled Dax off the apron and onto the floor. Ospreay hit a running drop kick as the break started. [c]
Harwood hit five German Suplexes on Ospreay as the show returned. Harwood then hit a huge sixth Suplex, Harwood then went to the top and went for a dive, but Ospreay dodged and then had a pinning attempt for a two count. Ospreay went to the top, but was chopped down by Dax. Ospreay was searched on the top and Harwood tried a superplex, but Ospreay countered that to a cross body. The two men then traded pinning attempts and Harwood hit a jackknife power bomb for a near fall.
Ospreay then jumped out onto Harwood on the outside. Dax was thrown back in and Ospreay hit an elbow strike off the top, Ospreay got a near fall from that. Harwood tried the slingshot power bomb, but was countered. Ospreay tried the Cutter and missed. Harwood hit a slingshot Liger bomb for a near fall on Ospreay.
The two then traded head strikes, forearms and chops in the middle of the ring. Ospreay hit a headlock to end the exchange, but Dax hit a big lariat after that. Ospreay hit an amazing counter into a power bomb for a near fall on Harwood. Ospreay then hit the running elbow for the pinfall win.
WINNER: Will Ospreay
(Sage’s Analysis: An elite TV wrestling match. This felt like it could have been a co-main or main event of a night of New Japan’s G1 event(s). Really strong wrestling, and the right guy won.)
-Orange Cassidy’s music hit and he stared down Ospreay in the ring, in his own way.
-A promo for Moxley vs. Tanahashi was shown. [c]
-Jon Moxley came out to the ring. Hiroshi Tanahashi’s music hit and he walked sown to the ring. The two men stared each other down. Moxley said that he has been chasing Tanahashi a long time, and now here he is in all his glory. Moxley said that everything that he has done in New Japan is to get too Tanahashi. He said there are lots of belts and tournaments in wrestling, but only one ace, but not for long. Moxley said that he is the best professional wrestler on the planet, and he lives that. Moxley said that everything is on the line at Forbidden Door. He said that he would be calling Moxley Ace after the match.
Chris Jericho’s music hit and he walked out onto the stage area. He said that Moxley took the spot that is rightfully his. He then said the last time he say Tanahashi he had just beat him. Tanahashi told him to shut up. Jericho sent the JAS to attack Moxley and Tanahashi. Jericho then did some heavy lifting to promote a six-man tag match at The Door.
-A video recap of Darby and reDRagon was shown. [c]
-Toni Storm called out Britt Baker and said she wanted to be world champion.
(4) MIRO vs. ETHAN PAGE
Ethan Page rolled out of the ring early and then got the drop on Miro and hit him with several strikes, and had early control of the match. Miro got the advantage as the commercial break began. [c]
When the show returned Miro had Page in the ropes and hammered nine shots on him. Page grabbed the arm of Miro and then threw him into the steps at ringside. Page hit a cutter after jumping between the top and middle rope, for a near fall. Page then put Miro’s hands together and demanded that he pray to him.
Miro was unhappy about this and made a comeback. Miro hit a running scissor kick and then punched Lambert off the apron. Miro then locked in Game Over and won via submission.
(Sage’s Analysis: A fine match, but it feels like the Miro return has been less than in my opinion from an importance on the card standpoint.)
-Dante Martin had a promo ahead of his match with Jon Moxley on Rampage.
(5) TONI STORM vs. BRITT BAKER
Storm and Baker traded strikes as soon as the bell rang, the match moved to the outside and Baker threw Storm into the ring post. Baker threw Storm back into the ring, but Storm immediately rolled out and took out Baker and threw here back in and hit a cross body on Backer for a two count. Rebel and Jamie Hayter then teamed up and took out Storm, Thunder Rosa then ran out and chased off Hayter. [c]
Baker was in control when the show returned, Storm hit a DDT in the ring and on the floor. Baker then got the glove from Rebel, Storm hit a running hip attack. Baker played opossum and got a near fall quick pin on two occasions. Baker then put on the glove, Storm countered and hit Storm Zero for the pinfall win.
WINNER: Toni Storm
(Sage’s Analysis: I like that Toni won. But, to do this match so close to the Owen Tournament match and to have the results be 50/50 between the two is odd and feels like anti AEW booking.)
-Willow Nightingale challenged Jade on Rampage.
-Hangman Page came out and walked to the ring. He said with The Door PPV around the corner he called out Okada and his IWGP World Championship. He said that did not account for the fact that he may not be champion, and that he lost that title to Jay White. But, he said that the challenge remains. Adam Cole came out and called Page stupid and congratulated Jay White for winning. Cole said that Forbidden Door is about Bullet Club and Adam Cole. Cole said that Okada is not even gonna be at forbidden door. Jay White’s music hit and he emerged behind Page and hit a Blade Runner. White asked why Page gets to call shots? He said that if he is gonna put his title on the line, it won’t be against Adam Page, he also said it wouldn’t be against Adam Cole. [c]
(6) THE YOUNG BUCKS vs. JURASSIC EXPRESS
Matt and Nick Jackson took out Jungle Boy briefly and moved on to Luchasaurus, who battled back. Luchasaurus then grabbed a ladder was pushed into the barrier. Jungle Boy and Nick Jack then did some incredible athletic moves on the top rope and ladder, ending in a Jungle Boy move. The Bucks tried to take out Luchasaurus with a ladder, but were thwarted. Jurassic Express teamed up to set up a ladder, The Bucks took out both men and moved the ladder to the corner. Jungle Boy ran up the ladder and jumped off the top rope.
Matt Jackson then hit three suplexes, the last sending Jungle Boy to the ladder. Nick Jackson took out Luchasaurus momentarily. Jungle Boy then hit a hurricanrana on Matt Jackson, through a table. Nick Jackson then hit a power bomb on Jungle Boy through a table. Nick Jackson then hit a 450 splash through a table that Luchasaurus was laying on. [c]
The match continued to be pretty heavy on high spots throughout the break, with the Young Bucks being in control. As the full screen action returned Jungle Boy countered and made each brother kick each other. Luchasaurus then dodged super kicks and hit kicks of his own. Luchasaurus then did a moonsault off the apron onto both Bucks.
Luchasaurus set up a ladder under the belts, who climbed the ladder with Matt Jackson on his back. Jungle Boy set up a smaller ladder, with two ladders all four men were on the top rungs. Jungle Boy, Nick, Matt then Luchasaurus were knocked off. Nick Jackson hit a poisonrana on Jungle Boy, Matt then jumped off the top rope and hit an elbow through a table and Luchasaurus.
Jungle Boy then hit a German on Nick, and then went to climb for the belts alongside Matt Jackson. Jungle Boy ripped the shoe off Matt and pulled him off the ladder. Nick Jackson and Jungle Boy were at the top of opposite ladders, Matt joined and The Bucks tried a BTE Trigger but all three fell as their ladders fell. Luchasaurus the climbed to the belts, but the Bucks sent him over the top rope into four tables.
Jungle Boy then tried to fight off The Bucks but they hit a BTE Trigger on him. Matt and Nick then climbed to the top and pulled down the tag title belts.
*Edit on 6/16/22 – I missed the turn that Christian had on Jungle Boy at the end of the show, I went to record the post-show podcast and thought the show was over. Christian hit a Killswitch on Jungle Boy and then yelled at him down on the mat. Christian then had an expletive filled yelling match with Jungle Boy’s sister at ringside.
WINNER: The Young Bucks
(Sage’s Analysis: A total Tyler match, so I loved it. I do wonder what the match would have been like with the Hardy’s, but I am glad they were pulled. Any chance the Bucks wanted to be two time world champs before Moxley?)
Final Thoughts: A really up and down show. The Dax/Ospreay match was really amazing, The bucks wining the Tag Titles is newsworthy as well. But the rest of the show was either flat of a mess. AEW needs to get past forbidden door and do a reset to get back to basics. No promotion can be red hot at all times, but this feels like a bit of a down period for AEW.