AEW Dynamite – “Title Tuesday”
October 10th, 2023
By: John Siino
Cable Dahmer Arena in Independence, MO
Commentary: Excalibur, Taz & Tony Schiavone
The Buy In
Renee Paquette & RJ City start the Buy In, by running down the card for tonight’s ‘Title Tuesday’ episode of AEW Dynamite.
ROH World Championship / NJPW STRONG Openweight Championship: Eddie Kingston (c) vs. Minoru Suzuki
They start the match with hard chops to the chest that echo throughout the Arena. As the crowd chants for Minoru Suzuki, he sends Eddie Kingston down on the mat with a chop, before picking him up and knocking him back down with a forearm. We see Jay Lethal, Jeff Jarrett, Satnam Singh, Sonjay Dutt & Karen Jarrett all watching from the back. Suzuki starts bending Kingston’s finger back, but as Rick Knox tells him to stop, Suzuki scares Knox away. They go back to more chops, as Kingston corners Suzuki with them, but he eats them all up until eventually, Kingston takes Suzuki down with an Exploder Suplex for a two. They go back and forth a bit until Kingston hits the Uraken, but Suzuki kicks out at two. After running the ropes a bit, Kingston hits another Uraken, but this time Suzuki kicks out right at one. One more Uraken, followed by the Enziguri and the Northern Lights Bomb as Kingston finally gets the pin and the win.
Winner: Eddie Kingston by pinfall at 10:52, to retain
They have a bit of a staredown after, until lovingly giving each other one more chop each before embracing, as Kingston gave Suzuki the ring.
Jon Moxley Not Cleared
We go to Tony Khan backstage with Tony Schiavone who says that AEW doctors could not clear Jon Moxley, as Hook & Orange Cassidy join in. Hook tells Khan that Orange deserves the match, and Khan agrees and it’s made for tonight.
Commercial Free Presented By Christian Cage
The main show starts with Christian Cage in the production truck who talks about Bryan Danielson vs. Swerve Strickland opening the show, as the winner will face him on this Saturday’s AEW Collision. Cage says he’s okay with facing either one and before Adam Copeland’s match he might have to come out and elaborate on the three words he told him last week before saying he’s the reason why the first 30 minutes tonight are commercial-free and tells the truck to roll the intro.
AEW TNT Championship #1 Contenders Match: Bryan Danielson vs. Swerve Strickland (w/ Prince Nana)
They start with a test of strength, before having a stalemate. They move onto slaps, before running the ropes until Swerve Strickland trips up Bryan Danielson, as they go into trading pin attempts. They head to the apron, where Danielson connects with a boot before they start chopping away at each other until Swerve drops Danielson with a side slam right on the hardest part of the ring. Swerve heads to the top rope and lands a diving elbow to the back of Danielson. Swerve continues on the attack with a power slam and brainbuster, getting a two-count, with his knee on Danielson’s chest. Swerve goes for a 450 splash, but Danielson puts his knees up to stop it. Swerve goes to the outside to regroup, but Danielson meets him there with a flying knee off the apron. Danielson heads to the top and hits a missile dropkick. Danielson starts hitting his kicks, before going for the count, getting two. Swerve then kicks Danielson to the outside, but misses when trying to dive onto him. As Danielson goes for the dive, Swerve stops him before placing him onto the outside of the turnbuckle in a Tree of Woe position, where he takes him out with the Swerve Stomp.
Swerve goes for the Swerve Stomp inside, but Danielson dodges it and puts on the single-leg crab, transitioning into a heel hook. They tussle on the top rope for a bit until Danielson takes Swerve down with a back-body drop. Danielson starts kicking Swerve’s head in, right into the LeBell Lock, but Swerve is able to stop it with his foot on the rope. Danielson starts going for kicks in the corner but collapses. Swerve capitalizes with the House Call kick followed by the Swerve Stomp, but Danielson kicks out at two. Prince Nana gets on the apron, as Swerve grabs Nana’s crown. Adam Page runs out and takes the crown away. Danielson & Swerve go back and forth until Danielson hits the Busaiku Knee for the pin and the win.
Winner: Bryan Danielson by pinfall at 16:07
Ascension Towards Greatness
We go to another Samoa Joe video that’s filled with highlights. Joe says this Saturday on Collision he begins his road to championship gold and shows everybody why he is the man that takes what he wants from anyone he wants to. This Saturday, he will begin his ascension towards greatness.
Chris Jericho vs. Powerhouse Hobbs (w/ Don Callis)
New look for Powerhouse Hobbs, trading the singlet for a pair of trunks now as he goes right after Chris Jericho in the corner by clubbing him before hitting a spine buster for a two-count. The crowd really gives it to Don Callis as Hobbs hits another spine buster on Jericho and tells him to ‘give it up’. Hobbs follows with a third one, screams at him that ‘anybody can get it’ and takes him down with a headbutt. Hobbs hits the fourth spine buster, as Callis screams for him to ‘hurt him’. Another spine buster, as Jericho, then tries to fight his way back up, trying to knock Hobbs down. Jericho dodges Hobbs in the corner and hits a Code Breaker for two. Hobbs starts punching down on Jericho and hits the sixth spine buster. Jericho escapes, chop blocks Hobbs down, and puts on the Walls of Jericho, but Hobbs powers out and hits a front slam, for a two-count. Hobbs hits another front slam and puts his knee on Jericho’s face to get the pin for the win.
Winner: Powerhouse Hobbs by pinfall at 7:24
Hobbs hits another front slam to Jericho after the match, before leaving with Callis as commentary mentions Kenny Omega not being able to travel after his attack last week from Hobbs.
TV is the Devil
We go to earlier today from Roderick Strong’s home as Adam Cole says he’s been there for a week and needs to go have surgery. Strong tells Cole he needs him to cut his grass. Cole questions why Mike Bennett & Matt Taven can’t do it but begrudgingly does it as they tell him he missed a spot. Cole says he needs to go home and change his shirt, but they give him a ‘neck strong’ shirt as Cole wonders what the stuffed giraffe is. They call him ‘Rick Strong’ as Cole says he wants to watch Dynamite, but they don’t have a TV. Strong says TV is the devil, as Cole starts to leave. Strong says he needs one more thing, as the screen cuts to black.
AEW International Championship: Rey Fenix (c) (w/ Alex Abrahantes) vs. Orange Cassidy
They start the match fast with chops and forearms, before Rey Fenix down and hits Orange Cassidy with a Frog Splash for a two-count. Cassidy kicks Fenix to the outside, follows him, and starts whipping Fenix against the barricades. They head into the crowd for a bit, before Cassidy drives Fenix into the ring post. Back inside, Cassidy is able to stop Fenix in the corner and hits him with a diving DDT, followed by a Tornado DDT for a two-count. Cassidy goes for the Orange Punch, but Fenix stops him with a superkick. Fenix struggles a bit, as Cassidy hits him with the Beach Break for a two, followed by the Orange Punch and the Mouse Trap pin for the win.
Winner: Orange Cassidy by pinfall at 4:38, to become NEW AEW International Champion
Penta El Zero Miedo has a face-off with Cassidy, as the Best Friends, Hook & Rocky Romero congratulate him.
RJ City is backstage with ‘Timeless’ Toni Storm and wonders what she means by saying it’s time for her closeup. Storm says she made her own silent picture called ‘Lover’s Lament’, and says who needs noises when they have faces. We go to picture-in-picture as we see the film. We see Storm by herself in a room, dancing and doing some sort of routine, including pretending to drive a car, all while in black and white.
Wardlow vs. Matt Sydal
Wardlow attacks Matt Sydal in the corner right away and hits him with four power bombs before Aubrey Edwards stops the match. Wardlow exits through the crowd after the win.
Winner: Wardlow by referee stoppage at 49 seconds
We Are Better Than This
Renee Paquette is backstage trying to get an update on Chris Jericho as Daniel Garcia asks how he’s doing. Matt Menard stops Garcia and says ‘We are better than this’, as Garcia says he was checking on someone they used to care about.
Adam Page vs. Jay White (w/ Juice Robinson, Austin Gunn & Colten Gunn)
Jay White comes out with MJF’s AEW World Championship and tells Adam Page he will never take this from him, before quickly heading to the outside to regroup with Bullet Club Gold. Eventually, Page dives onto White on the outside and dares the rest of the BCG to do something as we go to picture-in-picture.
When we come back, White hits a dragon screw on Page and starts mocking the air guitar of Hiroshi Tanahashi. White stays in control, until Page stops him with a Death Valley Driver. Page now stays in control, as White heads to the outside and dodges a diving Page who lands on his feet and hits Page with a pop-up powerbomb on the apron. Back inside, Page hits a sit-out powerbomb for a two-count. The crowd starts chanting for ‘Cowboy shit’, but White suplexes Page right into the turnbuckle. They fight on the apron a bit, as White takes out Page with a knee-breaker on the apron. Juice & The Gunns start talking trash to Page before we go to picture-in-picture.
When we come back, they are on the top rope where Page hits a fall-away slam/moonsault combo but shows signs of injury with his right knee. White comes back with a uranage, for a two count. Page comes back with a rolling elbow, and goes for the Buckshot Lariat, but White stops him with a dragon screw in the ropes. They head back to the top rope, where Page guillotines White down, knocking him to the outside where Page follows him with an Orihara moonsault. Back inside, Page tries the Buckshot Lariat again, but White collapses just to lure Page in with a flatliner and a German Suplex for a two-count. White hits a chop block and a sleeper suplex, but Page comes right back with a big clothesline. White stops a Buckshot Lariat attempt, but Page hits the Dead Eye for a two-count. The rest of the Bullet Club Gold distracts the referee as Prince Rana runs down to the ring. As Page & Nana tussle with Nana’s crown, White rolls up Page for the pin and the win.
Winner: Jay White by pinfall at 18:22
The Ballad of the Bang Bang Belt
Adam Page chases Prince Nana to the back, as MJF makes his way out, but is angry and tells them to cut his music. He calls White a son of a bitch, but tells him to give his title back since he has the match for Full Gear. The crowd chants ‘Give it back’, as White says we don’t want to hear from MJF, they want to hear from J-A-Y and tells the crowd to ‘shoosh’. White calls the Triple B, the ‘Bang Bang Belt’ and says he was going to give the title back until the crowd told him to ‘shut the fuck up’, so he changed his mind.
MJF says he will be the bigger man and says White will do whatever he can to get what he wants and he could give less of a shit to the three men with him and he is using him, and he would know that as that’s right out of the MJF Playbook. MJF talks about waking up every day and trying to be a better man, and for the first time in his life he has earned the fans’ respect. He says there are two things in this world he cares about, Adam Cole & the title that White is holding. MJF says that’s not a belt, but his livelihood and his legacy, because when you win the AEW World Title that makes you the best wrestler in the world. MJF says he hates White’s guts, and if he wasn’t surrounded by BCG he would break White’s neck and take the title back. MJF says he knows how talented White is, and someday he will join the very exclusive club of being an AEW World Champion, however, that day is not today.
MJF tells White to be a man and give him back what he has not yet earned. White thanks MJF for asking nicely instead of in his ‘little devil mask’, but says MJF has to earn it and win it officially, and the match will be at Full Gear and tells MJF to be patient, but he will fail. White tells MJF to find three people and if they win, maybe he can get the title back. Juice says he heard that next week there is a Dynamite Diamond Battle Royale, and he is throwing his name in to win the battle royal and take MJF’s ring and have everything he loves. Juice shows a roll of quarters with MJF’s name on it. MJF says if he comes near him with those quarters, he will end his life.
We go to picture-in-picture as there is a second act for Toni Storm’s Lover’s Lament.
AEW Women’s World Championship: Saraya (c) vs. Hikaru Shida
Saraya starts the match talking trash, but Hikaru Shida gets right in her face with forearms to the face. Saraya corners Shida and delivers forearms herself before Shida turns them on her. Shida hits Saraya with an Enziguri, that sends her to the outside to walk around the ring and start talking trash to the fans. Back in the ring, they start rolling around while trading elbow strikes. Shida attacks Saraya on the apron, as a masked individual tries to spray paint Shida. It’s revealed to be Ruby Soho, as Shida turns the spray paint onto her. Toni Storm runs out and chases Ruby through the crowd with a shoe as we go to picture-in-picture.
When we come back, they are running the ropes until Shida takes down Saraya with a jumping knee strike before delivering punches in the corner followed by a missile dropkick off the middle ropes for a two-count. They start fighting on the top rope, before Saraya sends Shida flying to the outside, not before hitting the apron first, back-first. They fight on the apron, where Shida hits Saraya with a stalling German Suplex followed by a Meteora off the apron. Shida sends Saraya back inside and hits a running knee for a two-count. Shida hits the Question Mark Kick and goes to the top rope, but Saraya stops her with a kick and hits the Knight Cap, but Shida kicks out at two. Saraya grabs the Kendo Stick, but as Paul Turner takes it away, she uses spray paint in Shida’s face, and hits another Knight Cap, but Shida still kicks out. Shida fights back and hits the Falcon Arrow, as they go back and forth with pin attempts until Shida holds on for the pin and the win.
Winner: Hikaru Shida by pinfall at 11:18, to become NEW AEW Women’s World Champion
Excalibur says that Chris Jericho has been taken to a hospital due to the attacks from Powerhouse Hobbs earlier as Tony Schiavone announces that over 1 million dollars in toys will donated to children this December from AEW.
- Gates of Agony vs. Claudio Castagnoli & Wheeler Yuta
- Skye Blue vs. Emi Sakura
- Daniel Garcia, Daddy Magic & Cool Hand Ang vs. The Hardys & Brother Zay
- Jay Lethal vs. Trent Beretta
- TNT Championship: Christian Cage vs. Bryan Danielson
- Dynamite Dozen Battle Royale (Winner faces MJF for the Dynamite Diamond Ring)
- More matches are to be announced on Rampage & Collision.
You Will Pay
We see Don Callis & Konosuke Takeshita as Callis says he asked for ten minutes to talk but wasn’t given it, so instead they hold up signs during picture-in-picture, Sammy Guevara style that says; Hobbs destroyed Kenny Omega, he then destroyed Chris Jericho. The Don Callis Family is here to exact revenge. And that revenge is far from over. Sammy Guevara will be back. You will pay for what you did to him.
Hard To Get
Renee is with MJF and asks what’s going on with MJF. MJF says the old one would freak out on him, but he’s not in the mood and just wants to call his boy and get advice. He goes to call Cole and asks where the hell he’s been. Cole apologizes and says he’s still at Roderick Strong as he needs his help. MJF says he needs Cole’s help, but the connection is bad and the call is dropped. The Acclaimed & Billy Gunn walks in as Max Caster suggests they team up with MJF to take on Bullet Club Gold, but MJF walks away. Gunn asks Caster why he would just offer his services and asks Caster what his obsession is with MJF. Caster says he’s known MJF for ten years, and he’s his friend and needs his help. Plus, he likes it when MJF plays hard to get.
The New Father
Christian Cage tells Kansas City to keep the noise down and that they should be happy to have a champion to be proud of and unlike the Kansas City Chiefs, they don’t need help to get wins. Cage talks about the three words that he said to the Adam Copeland, and how it left everybody in shock and the stupid look on his face he’s seen before. Cage says he didn’t take a group and dress them like it’s Halloween and be their leader, but he isn’t a leader to his group, he is their father. Cage brings up how Copeland wanted to finish their careers together, and it was funny as that same sentiment wasn’t there when he was being held back despite being the more talented of the two. Cage talks about his career going to new heights, and he doesn’t need Copeland, Copeland needs him. Cage talks about having fans all over the world, including Copeland’s wife Beth. Cage says he’s getting bored of this but says that Copeland’s daughters Lyric & Ruby will be taken care of, and tells Beth to put some clean sheets on the bed because their new father is coming home.
Adam Copeland runs to the ring and gets in Luchasaurus’ face, but Nick Wayne takes out Copeland from behind, knocking him down as Bryce Remsburg runs out to check on Copeland. Commentary brings up Copeland’s past neck injuries and how he’s struggling to get up before they start the match.
Adam Copeland vs. Luchasaurus (w/ Christian Cage & Nick Wayne)
Luchasaurus goes right after Copeland and hits a Tombstone Piledriver, but Copeland kicks out at two, as Christian is sitting on a chair on the ramp. Copeland tries to fight Luchasaurus off, but he is able to take him down with a suplex. Luchasaurus knocks Copeland to the outside, as they go to picture-in-picture.
When we come back, Luchasaurus drags steel steps near the apron and goes to chokeslam Copeland on them, but he fights him off and dropkicks Luchasaurus in the knees and hits him with a diving DDT off the apron. Back inside, Copeland takes Luchasaurus down with a cross body to his back, as both men are now laid out and the crowd chants ‘Let’s go Adam’. They go back and forth until Copeland hits an Impaler DDT for a two-count. Copeland starts climbing the top rope, but Luchasaurus kicks him off and tries to suplex Copeland off the top rope onto the steel steps on the outside, but Copeland punches his way out and hits a superplex to Luchasaurus back into the ring. Christian distracts the referee as Nick Wayne sets up a chair in the corner. Copeland goes to spear Luchasaurus but misses and goes into the chair and gets hit with a chokeslam from Luchasaurus, but Copeland kicks out at two. They fight on the apron before Copeland leaps from the apron to the steel steps onto Luchasaurus with a spear on the outside. Back inside, Wayne distracts the referee as Christian tries to take out Copeland with his title. Copeland takes the title and knocks out Luchasaurus with it, before tossing the title back to Christian and knocking down Wayne. Luchasaurus starts yelling at Christian, thinking he hit him as Copeland takes out Luchasaurus with a spear for the pin and the win.
Winner: Adam Copeland by pinfall at 15:31
Nick Wayne runs in and starts attacking Copeland with Luchasaurus, but Bryan Danielson runs out and takes out Christian. The heels start triple-teaming on Danielson before Claudio Castagnoli & Wheeler Yuta run out to even it up. The Gates of Agony & Swerve Strickland run out and join the brawl, before Adam Page joins in as well. Copeland takes out Wayne with a spear, as Danielson is making Christian tap out to the LeBell Lock.