11/1/23 AEW Dynamite Recap
The show opens with a recap of last week’s Dynamite and Collision main events. Backstage, Renee Paquette interviews MJF. Renee asks MJF how he going to be able to find three partners tonight, and MJF says he has made a list of people and maybe he can find three who aren’t a-holes. MJF says he is going to ask Adam Cole for advice, and then Cole appears on the screen. Cole says he wishes he could be there to help MJF and that MJF should seriously consider Samoa Joe’s offer. MJF says he has a lot to think about and will successfully defend their titles against The Gunns at Full Gear. Roderick Strong and The Kingdom come up, and Strong asks Cole if he really still thinks MJF isn’t The Devil. Cole just ends the call as Strong screams for him.
The opening credits roll. Excalibur, Taz, and Tony Schiavone are on commentary from Louisville, Kentucky.
Match #1 – AEW International Championship Match: Orange Cassidy (c) (w/Hook) vs. Claudio Castagnoli (w/Wheeler Yuta)
Cassidy dodges a shot and delivers a few shin kicks. Castagnoli comes back and slams Cassidy to the mat a few times. Castagnoli stomps on Cassidy’s midsection and follows with knee strikes into the corner. Castagnoli delivers an uppercut and sends Cassidy to the apron. Cassidy comes back and slams Castagnoli’s head into the turnbuckle repeatedly. Cassidy goes for a diving cross-body, but Castagnoli catches him and delivers a back-breaker and gut-buster. Castagnoli delivers another knee strike and kicks him a few times on the mat. Cassidy rolls out of the ring, but Castagnoli follows him out and throws him back in. This happens a few times, but then Castagnoli drops Cassidy with a running clothesline on the outside. Castagnoli stands on Cassidy’s midsection, but Cassidy comes back and slams him into the ring post. Cassidy sends Castagnoli into the barricade with a diving elbow strike.
Cassidy goes for a diving DDT on the outside, but Castagnoli catches him and drops him across the barricade. The referee ejects Hook and Yuta from ringside as they try to interfere, and then Castagnoli carries Cassidy back into the ring before throwing him back to the floor as the show heads to a commercial.
Back from the break, Castagnoli drives his shoulder into Cassidy’s midsection in the corner. We see the confrontation between Hook and Yuta continued backstage before Hook was ejected for putting his hands on Pat Buck. Cassidy comes back with a few shots to Castagnoli, and then sends him to the outside. Cassidy drops Castagnoli with a diving DDT through the ropes and gets him back into the ring. Cassidy goes for another diving DDT, but Castagnoli catches him. Cassidy counters with Stungdog Millionaire and goes for another DDT, but Castagnoli counters with the Giant Swing. Castagnoli applies the Scorpion Death Lock and transitions into a cross-face. Cassidy counters into a roll-up for a two count, but Castagnoli delivers an uppercut for a two count of his own. Castagnoli delivers the hammer-and-anvil elbow strikes and goes for the Neutralizer, but Cassidy drops down.
Castagnoli picks Cassidy up, but Cassidy counters out again. Castagnoli swings Cassidy by his neck and applies a sleeper hold. Cassidy kicks off the ropes and gets a two count, and then delivers the Orange Punch. Cassidy delivers Beach Break, but Castagnoli rolls to the outside. Castagnoli rolls back in at the nine count, but Cassidy delivers a few kicks to his chest. Cassidy stomps Castagnoli down and follows with a PK. Cassidy goes for the Orange Punch, but Castagnoli counters. Castagnoli goes for a Rainmaker elbow strike, but Cassidy ducks under and delivers a DDT. Cassidy goes for the cover, but Castagnoli kicks out. Cassidy goes for the Orange Punch, but Castagnoli counters and goes for a pop-up power bomb. Cassidy rolls through and gets the pin fall.
Winner and still AEW International Champion: Orange Cassidy
-After the match, Jon Moxley comes to the ring. Cassidy charges back in and brawls with Moxley as Castagnoli just looks on. Moxley beats Cassidy down as security rushes to the ring. Moxley and Castagnoli beat the security down, and then Moxley delivers more shots to Cassidy. Moxley bites Cassidy’s head before Castagnoli pulls him off.
MJF is outside of Kenny Omega’s locker room. He knocks on the door, and Chris Jericho walks out. MJF asks if Omega is in there, but Jericho just smirks and slams the door in his face. MJF walks away, but Wardlow grabs him around the throat and backs him against the wall. Wardlow says MJF took everything from him, but now he is going to take everything from MJF when he least expects it. MJF walks away, but is stopped by The Acclaimed. Max Caster asks MJF if he will team with them, but he walks away.
Moxley is backstage and says Rey Fenix took himself out to keep him down, and then Cassidy picked up the scrap. Moxley says he showed Cassidy respect when no one else would, and then Cassidy and everyone else wrote him off. Moxley says Cassidy is the wrong guy in the wrong place at the wrong time, and he is going to beat him within an inch of his life at Full Gear.
Match #2 – ROH World Six-Man Tag Team Championship Match: The Elite (Adam Page, Matt Jackson, and Nick Jackson) vs. Brian Cage and Gates of Agony (Bishop Kaun and Toa Liona)
Page backs Kaun into the corner and stomps him down. Page knocks Cage and Liona to the floor, and then kicks Kaun in the face. Cage and Liona come in, but The Bucks dropkick them to the outside. Page sends Kaun to the apron and drops him with a leaping lariat. Page and The Bucks take out Cage and GOA with dives over the ropes, and then Page gets Kaun back into the ring. They exchange waist-locks, and then Matt tags in. Matt knocks Liona to the floor, and then Page knocks Cage to the floor. The Elite triple-team Kaun in the corner, and then Nick connects with a senton as Matt and Page hold Kaun in the ropes. Nick goes for the cover, but Kaun kicks out as the show heads to a commercial.
Back from the break, Page tags in and delivers shots to GOA. Page delivers a rolling elbow to Liona, but Kaun kicks him in the face. Page comes back with a clothesline, and then takes Liona to the outside with a clothesline. Page drops Kaun with a pop-up power bomb and sets up for the Buckshot Lariat. Swerve Strickland comes to the stage with Prince Nana. Strickland asks “Whose house?” and then says he was at Page’s house last week. Page chases them away as Nick tries to go after Cage and GOA. Nick delivers a superkick to Kaun, sends Liona to the outside, and delivers a superkick to Cage. Nick delivers a superkick to Kaun, but Cage drops him with a clothesline. Cage suplexes Nick back into the ring, but Matt comes in for the save. Matt delivers a few shots, but GOA slam him down. Kaun delivers a back elbow to Nick, and then Cage power bombs Nick and delivers a knee strike. GOA slam Nick down and Kaun gets the pin fall.
Winners and new ROH World Six-Man Tag Team Champions: Brian Cage and Gates of Agony
-Backstage, Page and Strickland are being pulled apart by security and continue to yell at each other. Back at ringside, Matt goes crazy at ringside. He dumps over the timekeeper’s table and swings a chair at the ring posts.
MJF is outside of Samoa Joe’s locker room, but doesn’t knock on the door. He walks over to Darby Allin’s locker room and defaces his name card. The Acclaimed walk up and Caster tells him to pick them, but MJF walks away again.
Tony Schiavone is in the ring, and he introduces Adam Copeland. Schiavone asks Copeland about what Allin and Sting said to him last week. Copeland says Sting got in his face and said they have a lot in common. Copeland says they have had the same types of injuries and have always been there for each other. Copeland says Allin has always been a pillar for AEW and he respects him. Copeland says everyone wants to know if he is going to team with them at Full Gear, but Christian Cage, Luchasaurus, and Nick Wayne interrupt.
Cage says before Copeland gives his answer, he wants to paint a picture for him. Cage says he is going to retire Sting at Full Gear whether Sting wants it or not. Cage says Allin has a gimp arm and will never be the same after WrestleDream. Cage says he doesn’t need to remind Copeland or anyone else of his neck problems and would hate for Copeland’s fairy tale to turn into a nightmare. Cage tells Copeland to back down from him, or he is going to snap his neck and leave him in a wheelchair. Cage tells Luchasaurus and Wayne to give him a preview, and they charge the ring.
Copeland drops them with shots as Cage gets into the ring. Luchasaurus knocks Copeland down from behind and Wayne drops him with Wayne’s World. Wayne grabs a few chairs and Cage sets Copeland up for the Conchairto. Sting’s music hits and he delivers shots to Wayne on the outside. Allin goes after Cage and beats him down in the ring as Copeland sends Luchasaurus to the outside. Cage turns it around on Allin, but Copeland drops Cage with a Spear. Copeland tells Cage he is going to beat his ass and says it is on at Full Gear.
Tony Khan is backstage for another important announcement. He is joined by Nigel McGuinness, and Khan says they had their biggest success to date at All In back in August. Khan says tonight is the start of the holiday season and says tickets for All In 2024 will go on sale December 1st. McGuinness says there is a pre-sale code that fans can sign up for, as well, and continues to hype the show.
Don Callis has joined commentary for the next match, and he is with Powerhouse Hobbs, Konosuke Takeshita, and Kyle Fletcher.
Match #3 – Tag Team Match: Angelo Parker and Matt Menard (w/Jake Hager) vs. Chris Jericho and Kenny Omega
Menard and Parker yell at Jericho, and Omega tells Jericho he’s got it to start. Parker and Menard attack them from being and send Omega to the outside. The bell rings as they are double-teaming Jericho, but he comes back with shots to both of them. Omega comes in and he and Jericho double-suplex Menard. They drop Parker with a double shoulder tackle as the show heads to a commercial.
Back from the break, Omega delivers a few chops to Menard. Jericho and Parker tag in, and Jericho delivers a few shots followed by an axe-handle from the top. Jericho goes for the Liontamer, but Menard distracts him. Jericho delivers a springboard dropkick and drops Parker with the Codebreaker. Jericho goes for the cover, but Menard kicks out. Omega delivers shots to Menard, and then kicks him in the face. Omega drops Menard with a snap-dragon suplex and delivers a shot to Hager. Omega dives onto Hager, and then Jericho dodges a dropkick from Parker. Jericho goes to the ropes for the Lionsault, but Menard hits him in the face with the baseball bat. Parker goes for the cover, but Jericho kicks out at two. Parker grabs the bat, but Jericho ducks and delivers the Judas Effect for the pin fall.
Winners: Chris Jericho and Kenny Omega
-After the match, Callis says Jericho and Omega are like cockroaches and are hard to get rid of. Callis says maybe this needs to be finished on the streets instead of a wrestling ring. Callis challenges them to take on The Don Callis Family in a Street Fight in two weeks. Omega and Jericho accept it, and then Omega says they will bring Kota Ibushi with them. Callis says they are still a man short, and Omega asks Jericho if he has any ideas. Jericho says Hobbs is a big man, but he has a friend who is much, much bigger. Callis says no one is bigger than Hobbs, and Jericho says as big as Hobbs is, he is not a giant. Paul Wight’s music hits and he comes to the stage. Wight knocks Fletcher out with one shot as the rest of the group backs down.
Renee interviews Jericho and Omega backstage. Jericho talks about how the Callis Family has to fight them and their new friend Paul Wight, but The Young Bucks walk in. Matt says they are friends and wonders what is going on. Matt asks Omega why Jericho is in their locker room and Jericho tells them to respect him when they talk about him. Omega says it is an “enemy of my enemy” thing, and then Matt tells Jericho to clean their locker room before he leaves as The Bucks walk away.
Match #4 – AEW Women’s World Championship Match: Hikaru Shida (c) vs. Willow Nightingale
They shake hands, and then Shida backs Nightingale into the ropes. Nightingale comes back and picks Shida up, but Shida gets free and goes to the ropes. Nightingale applies a side-headlock, but Nightingale gets free and gets a roll-up for a two count. Nightingale drops Shida with a shoulder tackle, but Shida gets right back up. Nightingale delivers a couple more shoulder tackles and connects with a low cross-body. Nightingale goes for the cover, but Shida kicks out. Shida sends Nightingale into the corner and charges, but Nightingale catches her and picks her up. Shida gets free and sends Nightingale to the apron. Shida delivers a knee strike to send Nightingale to the floor, and then takes her down with a diving cross-body on the floor as the show heads to a commercial.
Back from the break, Shida delivers a knee strike and goes for the cover, but Nightingale kicks out. Shida delivers another knee strike, but Nightingale comes back and delivers a few shots to Shida. Nightingale kicks Shida in the face and drops her with a spine-buster. Nightingale goes for the cover, but Shida kicks out. They exchange forearm strikes, and then Shida delivers a knee strike. Shida delivers an elbow strike, but Nightingale drops her with one shot. Nightingale delivers a dropkick from the ropes, but Shida rolls through and delivers a dropkick of her own. Shida goes up top, but Nightingale cuts her off and goes for an avalanche Death Valley Driver. Shida gets free and delivers an avalanche Falcon Arrow. Shida goes for the cover, but Nightingale kicks out at one. Shida delivers elbow strikes, but Nightingale delivers a chop. Shida delivers the Question Mark Kick, but Nightingale drops her with the Pounce.
Nightingale delivers the Death Valley Driver and goes for the cover, but Shida kicks out. Nightingale picks Shida up, but Shida counters with a strike. They exchange crucifix pins for two counts, and then Shida delivers a shot to Nightingale’s head. Shida goes for the cover, but Nightingale kicks out. Shida delivers the Katana and gets the pin fall.
Winner and still AEW Women’s World Champion: Hikaru Shida
-After the match, they shake hands and share a hug. Toni Storm comes to the stage with her new butler, Luther. Luther tries to present the shoe to Shida, but he knocks it out of his hand and attacks Storm. Shida chases Storm to the back as the lights go out in the arena. They come back on and Julia Hart is in the ring. Nightingale turns around, and Hart offers her hand to her. Skye Blue gets into the ring and gets in between them. Hart nods at Blue, who then turns around and stares at Nightingale. Blue turns back around and spits blue mist into Hart’s face. Nightingale and Blue leave the ring as Hart stares her down.
MJF is backstage and The Acclaimed walks up again. Billy Gunn laughs at him and Anthony Bowens says he doesn’t know why MJF hasn’t picked them since everyone loves The Acclaimed. Caster says they will tag with them if he scissors them and wears something. He hands MJF a trash bag, and MJF opens it and says absolutely not and he will never team with them. MJF says he has one more group to ask, and Jeff Jarrett’s group shows up and tells him to come on. MJF looks down at the trash bag that Caster handed him and sighs.
Renee interviews Strong and The Kingdom. Strong calls Cole and says he can’t believe MJF didn’t ask them to be his partners since they have been so nice to him. Cole tells Strong to shut up and Strong screams for him again.
Match #5 – Eight-Man Tag Team Match: Bullet Club Gold (Austin Gunn, Colten Gunn, Jay White, and Juice Robinson) vs. MJF, Daddy Ass Billy Gunn, and The Acclaimed (Anthony Bowens and Max Caster)
MJF and Robinson start the match, but MJF calls for White. White tags in, but backs into the corner as MJF charges at him. Robinson tags back in, as Bowens does the same. They lock up and Robinson applies a side headlock. Robinson drops Bowens with a shoulder tackle, but Bowens kicks him in the face and slams him down. Gunn and Austin tag in. They go back and forth for a bit, and then Austin takes Gunn down. Gunn comes back with a right hand and takes Austin down. White tags in and delivers a few kicks to Gunn’s knees. Gunn drops White with one chop and tags in MJF. MJF goes after White, but White ducks to the outside. Gunn and The Acclaimed offer to scissor MJF, but he walks away from them as the show heads to a commercial.
Back from the break, Colten slams Bowens into the corner. Colten sends Bowens across and charges, but Bowens dodges and tags in Gunn. Gunn and Bowens drop Colten with a double back elbow and connects with a double elbow drop. Gunn goes for the cover, but it’s broken up. Gunn slams Colten down, and then Bowens hits Scissor Me Timbers. MJF finally agrees to scissor with The Acclaimed, but BCG break it up. Colten slams Caster into the corner and stomps him down. White tags in and kicks Caster in the midsection. White follows with a chop and tosses Caster to the floor. Robinson and Colten stomp on Caster behind the referee’s back, and then Caster gets tosses back into the ring. White goes for the cover, but Caster kicks out. White tosses Caster back to the floor, and then Robinson stomps on him again as the referee backs MJF, Bowens, and Gunn away.
Caster gets tosses back in and White goes for a few covers, but Caster kicks out each time. White stomps on Caster and rolls him to the floor again. Bowens get sent over the barricade and Gunn gets slammed into the ring post as MJF looks on. Caster reaches for MJF, but White stomps on him. Caster comes back, ducks underneath, and tags MJF. MJF delivers shots to The Gunns and Robinson as White excapes from the ring. MJF slams Colten down and goes after White on the outside. White gets back into the ring and MJF follows, but Austin trips him up. The Gunns go for 3:10 to Yuma, but MJF counters with a DDT. MJF drops Colten and Robinson with a Kangaroo Kick, but White drops MJF with the Bladerunner for the pin fall.
Winners: Bullet Club Gold
-After the match, The Gunns and Robinson pick MJF up and White goes to hit him with the belt, but Gunn and The Acclaimed make the save. White waits for MJF to get up as the rest of them brawl on the outside. White goes to hit MJF with the belt, but Caster shoves MJF out of the way and White hits him instead. White escapes the ring with the belt and backs up the ramp with the rest of BCG. MJF stares them down and then checks on Caster. Caster asks for a scissor with MJF, and MJF slaps his hand away. Gunn gets in MJF’s face and yells at him about it, and then they all four back into corners. Caster pulls himself to his feet, and they all scissor. Caster hugs MJF and MJF pats him on the back. They all go to the corners as the show comes to a close.
Announced for this Friday’s Rampage:
-Lucha del Dia de los Muertos: El Hijo del Vikingo vs. Komander vs. Penta El Zero Miedo
-Christopher Daniels and Matt Sydal vs. The Gunns
-Daniel Garcia vs. Trent Beretta
-Marina Shafir vs. Skye Blue
Announced for this Saturday’s Collision:
-AR Fox vs. Swerve Strickland
-Darby Allin vs. Lance Archer
-The Acclaimed’s 69 Day Celebration
Announced for Full Gear on November 18th:
-AEW World Championship Match: MJF (c) vs. Jay White
-AEW Women’s World Championship Match: Hikaru Shida (c) vs. Toni Storm
-AEW International Championship Match: Orange Cassidy (c) vs. Jon Moxley
-Trios Tag Team Match: Adam Copeland, Darby Allin, and Sting vs. Christian Cage, Luchasaurus, and Nick Wayne
-Adam Page vs. Swerve Strickland
Zero Hour: ROH World Tag Team Championship Match: MJF and a mystery partner (c) vs. The Gunns