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AEW DYNAMITE REPORT
JUNE 28, 2023
AIRED ON TBS
Commentators: Excalibur, Taz, Tony Schiavone
Ring Announcer: Justin Roberts
-The Dynamite opening theme aired. Excalibur then introduced the show as pryo blasted in the arena. He said they are riding high after Forbidden Door, and referred to it as one of the greatest PPVs of all time.
(1) JON MOXLEY (w/Wheeler Yuta, Claudio Castagnoli) vs. TOMOHIRO ISHII
Moxley came out to “Wild Thing” again through the crowd. The announcers talked about “the tough loss” for the Blackpool Combat Club at Forbidden Door, noting they were coming to the show with a chip on their shoulder as a result. As Ishii made his entrance, clips aired of him at Forbidden Door including scoring the pin on Yuta.
The bell rang two minutes into the hour. They stood center ring and exchanged various stiff strikes for three minutes before Moxley got the better of Ishii and scored a two count. He then tossed him to the floor. He leaped through the ropes and tackled him to the mat and then celebrated by jumping the barricade and strutting amongst the fans.
Eddie Kingston came out at 6:00 with a chair and backed away Claudio and Yuta. Mox jumped to the floor and he and Kingston yelled at each other as they cut to a split-screen break. [c/ss]
Back from the break, Mox and Ishii stood mid-ring and hit each other with more stiff strikes as fans yelled along with each blow. Mox went on sustained offense for the next five minutes, but also was bleeding pretty heavily from his forehead. He went for a Paradigm Shift, but Ishii blocked it and took over including a running clothesline for a two count. Mox finished Ishii with a Death Rider a minute later.
WINNER: Moxley in 16:00.
-Afterward, Mox yelled at Kingston he didn’t need his help. Kingston said, “Good for you.” Mox stepped back toward Kingston and Kingston asked, “What?! What?!” Mox then walked to the back.
(Keller’s Analysis: The match you’d expect and the match you’d want if you’re a big fan of what Ishii does and how Mox will match him strike for strike. That was intense and compelling. The stuff with Kingston helped underline the issues between him and Mox over Claudio being aligned with Mox.)
-Renee Paquette stood in the parking garage and said one half of the tag team of Adam Cole and MJF was pulling up. Cole got out of his car. MJF then showed up in his and walked up to Cole. He said it was so smart of Cole being sick for Forbidden Door. “I should’ve thought of that,” MJF said. Cole said he was legitimately sick. MJF said teaming with him is a great opportunity since he wasn’t good enough to beat him. He said he’s not ashamed to admit that Cole is close to his level, so imagine what they could do as a team. He said they could run the company. He suggested they bond together and hang out this weekend. MJF asked Cole if he wants to get to know him. Cole said, “Sure, why not.” MJF got more excited than Cole could stand. Cole said he had to run off because had to say hello to a few people. MJF said he got a gift for Cole. He presented him with a t-shirt that says: “Better Than You Bay Bay.” Cole said, “Good god, man.” He then left.
(Keller’s Analysis: Cole agreeing to spend a weekend “getting to know” MJF seems a bit far-fetched, but if it leads to fun comedy sketches with them, I’m very open to seeing the vignettes they produce documenting it.) [c]
-Backstage, Mox and Kingston were arguing in front of Renee. Renee told them to stop. Kingston said he saved his ass and he’s got his back. He said he can’t sit back and chill when he’s hanging out with the scumbag, Claudio. Mox said he’s still upset over something ten years ago in Chikara and to get over it. Renee poked Kingston in the chest and yelled, “You better fix this! I’m done.”
-A video package aired on the Kenny Omega vs. Will Ospreay match at Forbidden Door. Omega was shown afterward saying it’s not over and he’ll be back.
-Excalibur noted that Britt Baker is in a relationship with Cole and she is still out sick. He said the scheduled match against Soho will take place next week instead.
(2) ORANGE CASSIDY & EL HIJO DEL VIKINGO & KEITH LEE vs. DANIEL GARCIA & MATT MENARD & ANGELO PARKER
Both teams’ full entrances aired. They also showed Cassidy inviting Lee to team with them after it was explained that he had one partner and needed a second partner. Cassidy did some stuff with his hands in his pockets. They cut to a split-screen break at 3:00. [c]
When Parker and Menard threw elbows at Lee, he brushed them off. Fans chanted, “You f—d up!” Vikingo actually did a dive onto Lee at ringside, which appeared to be a mistake. Later, Lee no-sold a barrage of offense by Menard and then fired back with elbows. Lee then gave Menard a turning powerslam for the clean three count.
WINNERS: Lee & Cassidy & Vikingo in 13:00.
-The Young Bucks and Hangman Page spoke backstage earlier in the day. Hangman said they had a Trios Open Challenge. Dark Order walked in. Matt looked at the camera and challenged anyone. John Silver said they are there to answer their challenge. Hangman said they can make it a 12 man match. Evil Uno said Hangman left them and ignored them for months, so they’re not with him anymore. Hangman said Blackpool needed his help and he isn’t the babysitter for Dark Order. Alex Reynolds said they were there for him at his darkest moments, so they’re not friends anymore, but rather they’re his opponents.
-Highlights aired of the Bryan Danielson vs. Okada match at the PPV. [c]
-Renee interviewed Chris Jericho and Sammy Guevara. Jericho talked about his first battle with Sting. He said it’s appropriate it was on TBS with Schiavone on commentary. He said Sting wanted more of him, so the Painmaker is showing up. He said he’s going to the “primordial ooze” of Jericho. He said if Sting wanted to get dirty, they can do that.
(3) “HANGMAN” ADAM PAGE & THE YOUNG BUCKS (Matt & Nick Jackson) vs. JOHN SILVER & ALEX REYNOLDS & EVIL UNO
The bell rang 59 minutes into the first hour.
Silver tagged in at 2:00 and asked for Hangman to tag in. Nick made the tag to Hangman. Hangman tried to explain himself. A brief and soft “Cowboy Shit!” chant got started. They wrestled for a minute. Silver threw a powerful back elbow strike. Hangman checked his mouth and tagged in Matt. At 6:00 the Bucks leaped off the top rope and dove onto all three Dark Order members at ringside. Matt shot Hangman a look and told him to get his head into this match. He didn’t like Hangman being hesitant to fight hard against his long-time friends. He tagged in against Reynolds, but paced and then tagged Nick back in. [c/ss]
Reynolds and Silver double-teamed Hangman after the break and scored a dramatic near fall in a nice sequence. Uno and Reynolds lifted Hangman for a Pendulum Bomb, but Matt tripped Silver running the ropes. Nick then gave Uno a facebuster. Hangman gave Silver a hard clothesline and then set up the Buckshot. Matt told him to go through with it when Hangman hesitated. The Bucks dove onto Reynolds and Uno at ringside. When Hangman finally went for the Buckshot, Silver countered into a roll-up for a near fall. Hangman then hit Dead Eye. The Bucks entered and delivered the BTE Trigger. Hangman then went through with the Buckshot for the win.
WINNERS: Hangman & The Bucks in 14:00.
-Afterward, Hangman checked on Silver and seemed remorseful. Claudio, Yuta, and Mox attacked Hangman and the Bucks with a chair. Hangman came up bleeding. Don Callis and Takeshita entered. Kingston ran into the ring, but Claudio and Yuta jumped him. Yuta applied an armbar on Kingston. Mox said the match has been a real blast, but it’s about time it came to an end. He said they have all pushed themselves to their limits before and now it’s time to push themselves beyond their limits. He issued a challenge for a “Blood & Guts” match on July 19 in Boston. BCC left to “Wild Thing.” A graphic immediately appeared on the screen with the Blood & Guts logo. (They shouldn’t have the graphic that quickly, right?)
-Soundbites aired with wrestlers in the Owen Hart Tournament along with clips of C.M. Punk beating Kojima. [c]
-Roderick Strong told Cole in the parking garage that he can’t trust MJF. Cole said knows that, but he’s just playing along. MJF walked in and called Strong “Generic White Guy.” He told Cole it was time to leave because “this place sucks.” Cole hugged Strong and then Cole got in MJF’s SUV. MJF shouted, “Party time, baby!”
-They went to Taz, Excalibur, and Tony Schiavone who discussed the odd couple tag team of Cole and MJF.
-A video package aired on “Jungle Boy” Jack Perry at Forbidden Door including attacking Hook.
-Perry walked out to “Tarzan Boy.” He told them to “turn that garbage off.” He told the fans they’ve ruined the song for him to the point that they won’t hear it again. He said they can boo all they want, but it won’t change the fact that he’s heading to the airport tonight while those fans are stuck with the wildfires. He stepped into the ring. He said he’s still young, he’s still cashing fat checks, and he’s still “banging the hottest chicks in this entire place.” He said, “Toronto, let me ask you a question.” Fans booed. (Did he mean to say Toronto? It’s only 38 miles away, but they’re not technically in Toronto.)
He asked if he turned on Hook or if Hook turned on him. He took issue with Hook dangling that belt in his face. He said that title isn’t recognized, and he’s a fraud. He said he never needed him. He said Jungle Hook was only good because of him. He yelled at the crowd, “Shut up!” A fan held up a sign that said, “Jungle Prick.” He said he knows what that belt means to him and what it means to his family. Fans chanted “Asshole!” He said he is talking to Taz. He said that’s why he’s going to take the title from him. He said when he gets his hands on Hook, he’s going to beat the shit out of him. Hook’s music played and he ran to the ring. Perry fled through the crowd. Hook pursued him.
(Keller’s Analysis: That’s something to build on. It’s a nice way of saying it wasn’t good yet, but the demeanor is there that seems like he can come across as a believable heel prick. His cadence was awkward at times.)
-They went to the announcers. Taz said Perry talked trash, but then ran.
-Excalibur was going to throw to a Grand Slam announcement, but they cut backstage to Perry leaping head first into the back seat of an SUV as Hook chased him. The SUV sped off and Hook knocked over a trash can in frustration.
-Guevara made his entrance. He held up signs about Darby being his eternal rival and they were destined to fight forever. [c/ss]
(4) RUBY SOHO (w/Toni Storm, Saraya) vs. ALEXIA NICOLE
The bell rang 34 minutes into the hour. Soho dominated and got a tapout win using the Lock Jaw.
WINNER: Soho in 2:00.
-Afterward, the Outcasts spray-painted Nicole and rolled her out of their way. Soho thanked the fans for making Baker sick because they live in a filthy, germ-ridden country that made Baker sick. She said next week she’ll be able to challenge her in the first round of the Owen Tournament. She said Cole didn’t show up for his match at Forbidden Door. He said if they have kids, they’ll be weak little bastards. She said Baker once told her she didn’t know who she was, but she loves who she is now. She said Baker is a shell of her former self. She insulted her for another minute.
-A clip aired from Rampage when Cameron suggested Anthony Bowens was into her. He said he is gay. Fans cheered and laughed at Nicole for not knowing that or misreading things.
-Q.T. Marshall, Johnny TV (a/k/a John Morrison), and Cameron spoke. Johnny said he always makes hit and talked about facing Matt Hardy.
-Excalibur hyped upcoming matches on future shows. [c]
(5) STING & DARBY ALLIN vs. CHRIS JERICHO & SAMMY GUEVARA – Tornado Tag match
Sting and Jericho swung bats at each other. Guevara hit Darby with a leaping cutter. Jericho and Guevara stomped away at Sting and knocked him to the floor. Jericho whipped Sting hard into the barricade. Then he smashed Darby in the back with a chair. They cut to a split screen break. [c/ss]
During the break, they brawled in the crowd. Back from the break, Guevara hit Darby with a cutter on the floor. Darby came back with a Coffin Drop off the top rope onto Guevara at ringside. Sting landed a Stinger Splash on Jericho against the barricade. Schiavone said Sting is incredible. Sting and Darby beat up Guevara and put him on two tables. Darby was going to leap off a ladder, but instead Sting walked up and said he wanted to leap at Guevara instead. Darby stepped down. Sting leaped. He came up a bit short and broke the closer table but not the further one when he landed on Guevara. He immediately grabbed at his jaw or teeth as he seemed to hit Guevara’s knee.
Darby then went after Jericho on the other side of the ring. He delivered a leaping skateboard stomp onto Jericho in the ring for a near fall. Jericho side-stepped Darby and bashed him with a ladder across his back. Darby reverse-whipped Jericho into a ladder propped up in the corner. He then went for a Coffin dive at Jericho, but Jericho bashed him with the skateboard.
Back in the ring, Sting came up behind Jericho and set up a Scorpion Death Drop. Jericho countered into a Lion Tamer mid-ring. Guevara was still knocked out on the floor near the tables. Sting crawled and grabbed his bat. Jericho didn’t notice. Sting hit him with it. Jericho collapsed. Sting landed a Stinger Splash in the corner, but when he leaped at Jericho, Jericho caught him with a Code Breaker. Sting landed the Scorpion Death Drop and finished Jericho with a Scorpion Death Lock.
WINNERS: Sting & Darby in 13:00.