AEW Dynamite Report: Bryan Danielson, Jon Moxley advance to finals

John Siino's coverage of AEW Dynamite featuring Bryan Danielson vs. Chris Jericho and Jon Moxley vs. Sammy Guevera in the title tournament.

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AEW Dynamite

September 14th, 2022

By: John Siino

MVP Arena in Albany, NY

Commentary: Excalibur, Taz & Tony Schiavone

Grand Slam Tournament of Champions Semi-Final Match: Jon Moxley vs. Sammy Guevara

William Regal joined commentary for this match, as Sammy Guevara came out alone. As soon as the match started, Guevara went outside and bickered with the fans. As he goes back in, Moxley takes control and corners Guevara as the fans are fully behind Moxley. Guevara sends Moxley to the outside and dives onto him twice. Guevara stays in control and starts stomping Moxley up against the steel steps as they go to picture-in-picture.

When we come back, Guevara sets up Moxley for a piledriver on the apron but Moxley headbutts his way out and drives Guevara face first into the apron. They head to the top rope, where Moxley bites Guevara before hitting him with a butterfly suplex for a two count and puts on a submission that Guevara turns into a Boston Crab. Guevara follows that with the cutter off of the ropes for a two count. Guevara goes for the GTH, but Moxley reverses it right into the Bulldog Choke. Moxley starts dropping down elbows but Guevara blocks him with a standing Spanish Fly for a two count. Guevara heads to the top rope, but Moxley stops him with an avalanche German Suplex. Tay Melo and Anna Jay start making their way down to the ring, as Jay distracts Moxley, Melo comes in the ring and low blows Moxley. Guevara rolls up Moxley, but only gets a two count. Guevara heads to the top but misses a Senton, as Moxley rolls up Guevara in a Seatbelt pin, but Guevara kicks out. They start trading punches and kicks that ends with Moxley blocking the GTH and hitting the Death Rider for the pin.

Winner: Jon Moxley by pinfall at 13:26, to advance

I Am that Demon + The Firm

Before they head to the commercial, Excalibur states how MJF is making a scene and demanding a microphone.

When we come back, MJF heads to the ring and starts screaming to cut his music and tells Albany to keep their fat mouths shut. MJF talks about how he hasn’t slept in 7 days since coming toe to toe with Jon Moxley. MJF says Moxley had a look of someone with no fear and tells Moxley he isn’t the same kid that Moxley encountered the first time and says he isn’t playing a character like Moxley is, and calls him a joke. MJF talks about how he read Moxley’s book and brings up his childhood and being raised the same as the people here in Albany; uneducated and poor. MJF brings up how Moxley got bullied and how that forced Moxley to put up a front and build a character. MJF says the fans buy it, but he doesn’t, but he knows deep down Moxley is that same little boy but the difference is now he can drown in alcohol like a worthless drunk. MJF gives it up to Moxley for getting sober and defeating his disease, but the problem is his brain is far more dangerous than Moxley’s disease. And this isn’t just a message to him, but Chris Jericho and Bryan Danielson as bad things happen when things get in MJF’s way and tells Moxley to skip Arthur Ashe and take a vacation. MJF talks about how it’s his title and talks about Moxley’s demon story he told when he came back from rehab and tells Moxley that he is that demon, and one he can’t slay.

MJF then introduces Stokely Hathaway and his new stable; The Firm, consisting of Ethan Page, Lee Moriarty, Austin Gunn, Colten Gunn & W. Morrissey. Hathaway talks about how he flew from Orlando to meet his best friend in MJF and told him not to quit and get what he wants. Hathaway talks about being a stable on retainer and there to support MJF and when MJF doesn’t need them, they will go their separate ways. Hathaway admits that he’s not a publicist, a manager or an assistant, but he’s just a friend who has networks and connections to make anything happen. Hathaway talks about everything he’s done so far has been a con and the juicer the gossip the more power you have. Hathaway starts listing down all the members and what they plan on achieving now including winning all the championships and says for The Firm you only have two options, run with them or run from them.

Jungle Boy vs. Jay Lethal (w/ Sonjay Dutt & Satnam Singh)

This stems from an open challenge issued earlier today from Jungle Boy, who isn’t going by Jack Perry as he did at All Out. They start the match shoving and smacking each other, before going back and forth in the ropes and corners, with Jungle Boy ending the sequence with a dropkick. Jungle Boy knocks Lethal off the apron and goes to dive onto him but Satnam Singh gets in the way. As Sonjay Dutt distracts Jungle Boy on the apron, Lethal knocks down Jungle Boy as we go to picture-in-picture.

When we come back, they are on their knees trading chops. His back gives out as Jungle Boy goes for a brainbuster, but Jungle Boy stops the Lethal Injection and hits a brainbuster for a two count. Jungle Boy places Lethal on the top rope, but Lethal hits a Russian Leg Sweep from the middle turnbuckle for a two count. Jungle Boy counters another Lethal Injection and tries the Killswitch, but Lethal stops him and hits the Lethal Combination followed by a tope suicida to Jungle Boy on the outside.  Lethal heads to the top rope and hits an elbow drop for a two count. Jungle Boy is able to block Lethal and put on the Snare Trap, but Dutt gets on the apron to break it up. Lethal tries a Figure Four, but Jungle Boy counters into the Snare Trap as Lethal taps out.

Winner: Jungle Boy by submission at 10:36

Hooked To Action

We see a training montage with Hook and Action Bronson as Bronson says that next week at Grand Slam they are going to whip Matt Menard and Angelo Parker’s ass.


Alex Marvez tries to introduce pizza-themed wrestler Luigi Primo but gets interrupted by Ethan Page and Danhausen, as Page challenges Danhausen to a match on Rampage this Friday.

Extreme Challenge

They show footage of Darby Allin on Nitro Circus before Matt Hardy talks about knowing a bit about being ‘extreme’ and how he respects Darby. Hardy challenges Darby to a match this Friday on Rampage.

Powerhouse Hobbs vs. Matt DiMartino

Powerhouse Hobbs goes right after Matt DiMartino, sending him bouncing off the ropes and hitting the spinebuster for the quick win.

Winner: Powerhouse Hobbs by pinfall at 29 seconds

Hobbs grabs a mic as the crowd chants for Ricky Starks. Hobbs talks about how Starks was tough but at All Out it took about 4 minutes to beat him. Now that the chapter is closed for Starks it’s time to open up a new chapter in the Book of Hobbs, and it starts tonight. We cut to the audience, as Starks in street clothes makes his way down to the ring. Security tries to stop Starks, but he runs in and attacks Hobbs with the microphone.

AEW World Tag Team Championship: Swerve in Our Glory (Keith Lee & Swerve Strickland) (c) vs. Lucha Brothers (Penta El Zero Miedo & Rey Fenix) (w/ Alex Abrahantes)

The commentary speaks about how the winners of this match will have to face The Acclaimed next week at Grand Slam, as Swerve Strickland and Penta El Zero Miedo start the match. Rey Fenix tags in pretty quickly and tries a pin attempt before kicking away at Swerve. Swerve and Fenix head to the top rope, where Swerve hits a hurricanrana before tagging out to Keith Lee. Lee chops down Fenix as they go picture-in-picture.

When we come back, Swerve is in control, before Penta tags in and takes him out with a backstabber followed by a sling blade to Lee. After some innovative pin break-ups, Lee goes to work on the Lucha Brothers, knocking them both down. Swerve goes to the top rope and tries the Swerve Bomb, but Penta kicks Lee down, as Fenix hits a springboard Spanish Fly, followed by a crazy Destroyer from Penta to Lee. Swerve knocks Fenix off the top rope, as Lee hits Penta with a jackhammer for the pin and the win.

Winners: Swerve in Our Glory (Keith Lee & Swerve Strickland) by pinfall at 8:15, to retain

The Acclaimed and Billy Gunn come out, as Max Caster tells them to cut his music and tells Swerve next time he cuts off his rap he will kick his ass, and next week at Grand Slam, The Acclaimed can become the tag team champions.

Bump in the Road

Alex Marvez is backstage and tries to get a word with the Lucha Brothers, but instead, PAC is there and is upset at Marvez, mentioning this being a ‘bump in the road’. PAC talks about the titles they hold and putting respect on the name, but he gets attacked from behind by Orange Cassidy. Cassidy says PAC won’t be champion for long.

Serena Deeb & Dr. Britt Baker DMD (w/ Rebel) vs. Athena & Toni Storm

They show footage from last night’s AEW Dark as Britt Baker and Rebel exited Hikaru Shida’s locker room which resulted in Shida being injured and replaced by Athena for this match. Commentary brings up how Baker hasn’t spoken to Jamie Hayter since All Out. Toni Storm and Serena Deeb start the match with Storm kicking and chopping Deeb in the corner, before tagging out to Athena who comes into the ring with a springboard splash for a pin attempt. Athena stays in control until Baker gets on the apron to distract her, as Deeb takes over as they go to picture-in-picture.

When we come back, Storm takes out Baker on the outside, but Baker comes back with a sling blade. Athena and Deeb go back and forth until Athena hits a Meteora, and tags in Storm, but Deeb stops Storm and puts her in a single-leg crab. Athena tries to break it up, but Baker takes her out with a superkick before kicking Storm. Athena breaks up the pin attempt, then gets tossed out and thrown into the steel steps by Baker. Storm counters the Deeb-Tox as Rebel gets on the apron and distracts the referee. Baker sets up a chair in the corner as Deeb tosses Storm into it and rolls her up for the pin and the win.

Winners: Dr. Britt Baker DMD & Serena Deeb by pinfall at 8:33

Athena runs in and tries to attack Baker and Deeb, but Baker and Deeb take her out. As Baker is going to attack Storm with a chair, Jamie Hayter runs out and takes the chair away and hits Storm with it instead. Hayter leaves as Baker is trying to apologize to her.

Rampage Line-Up

  • ROH World Television Championship: Samoa Joe (c) vs. Josh Woods
  • Ethan Page vs. Danhausen
  • Penelope Ford vs. Willow Nightingale
  • Matt Hardy vs. Darby Allin

Grand Slam Dynamite Line-Up

  • Grand Slam Tournament of Champions Final: Jon Moxley vs. Chris Jericho or Bryan Danielson
  • AEW World Tag Team Championship: Swerve in Our Glory (c) vs. The Acclaimed
  • AEW Interim Women’s World Championship: Toni Storm (c) vs. Serena Deeb vs. Athena vs. Dr. Britt Baker DMD
  • AEW All-Atlantic Championship: PAC (c) vs. Orange Cassidy

Grand Slam Rampage Line-Up

  • Action Bronson & Hook vs. Matt Menard & Angelo Parker

Grand Slam Tournament of Champions Semi-Final Match: Chris Jericho vs. Bryan Danielson

William Regal joins commentary again, as Bryan Danielson goes to chops and kicks Chris Jericho in the corner right away. Danielson continues on the attack with a dropkick, but Jericho starts chopping back. We see Daniel Garcia watching from the back as Danielson sends Jericho to the outside where he hits him with a sliding dropkick and a running knee from the apron. Danielson stays on the attack, hitting a diving headbutt from the top rope for a two count. The crowd is split chanting for Bryan and ‘Y2J’ as Jericho comes back with a back suplex and knocks Danielson off the apron with a dropkick before launching onto Danielson on the outside. They get into each other’s faces and start trading chops before taking each other out with a double crossbody as they go picture-in-picture.

When we come back, Danielson puts on Cattle Mutilation before transitioning into dropping elbows. They go back to a chop exchange, where Jericho stops with a Codebreaker followed by Danielson hitting a Busaiku Knee. Danielson gets sent to the outside and right away clutches his left ankle as Aubrey Edwards goes to check on him. As Doc Sampson is checking on Danielson, Jericho pushes him off, takes off Danielson’s boot and starts driving his injured leg into the ring post. Jericho applies the Figure Four to Danielson, as Aubrey screams for him to break it up. Inside, Jericho continues targeting the injury, hitting a knee breaker on Danielson. Jericho blocks Danielson and puts on the Walls of Jericho, transitioning into a half Crab on the injured leg. Jericho tries a Figure Four, but Danielson kicks him off and rolls him up for a two. Jericho comes back and applies the Figure Four, but Danielson escapes and puts on the LeBell Lock as Jericho eventually taps out.

Winner: Bryan Danielson by submission at 19:42, to advance

We see Daniel Garcia backstage who looks impressed, before Jon Moxley makes his way down to the ring and goes face to face with Danielson, before shaking hands.

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