AEW Dynamite Results: Winners, Grades, Reaction and Highlights from August 24

Erik BeastonAugust 24, 2022

AEW Dynamite Results: Winners, Grades, Reaction and Highlights from August 24

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    Credit: All Elite Wrestling

    World champion CM Punk battled interim champion Jon Moxley in the biggest match in AEW Dynamite history Wednesday, a pay-per-view-quality bout on free television, just as All Out approaches on September 4.

    That monumental encounter, arguably the biggest in Dynamite history, headlined a broadcast that also featured the latest quarterfinal match in the World Trios Championship tournament and a face-to-face confrontation between Daniel Garcia and Chris Jericho.

    Find out who was crowned undisputed champion and what else went down with this recap of the August 24 TBS broadcast.

Match Card

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    Credit: All Elite Wrestling
    • AEW Undisputed World Championship Match: CM Punk vs. Jon Moxley
    • AEW World Trios Championship Tournament Quarterfinal: Death Triangle (Pac, Penta El Zero Miedo and Rey Fenix) vs. Will Ospreay and Aussie Open
    • KiLynn King vs. Dr. Britt Baker DMD
    • Dax Harwood vs. Jay Lethal
    • Billy Gunn vs. Colten Gunn
    • Daniel Garcia and Chris Jericho face-to-face
    • Ricky Starks promo

Chris Jericho and Daniel Garcia Face-to-Face

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    Credit: All Elite Wrestling

    After tension between Chris Jericho and Daniel Garcia reared its head last week, the Jericho Appreciation Society members kicked off Wednesday's show with an in-ring face-to-face.

    Jericho attempted to get Garcia to apologize for showing him up last week, to which the young star lashed out at his mentor for ruining a special moment between him and his idol, Bryan Danielson.

    The American Dragon made his way to the ring and the tension intensified, with Garcia refusing to choose between being a professional wrestler and sports entertainer, then shoving Jericho.

    A verbal exchange between Danielson and Jericho culminated with a challenge for a match between them at All Out on September 4.

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    Will we see <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/LionHeart?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#LionHeart</a> Chris Jericho vs. the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/AmericanDragon?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#AmericanDragon</a> Bryan Danielson Sunday September 4 at <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/AEWAllOut?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#AEWAllOut</a>?! Watch <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/AEWDynamite?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#AEWDynamite</a> LIVE on TBS right now! <a href="https://t.co/G3SJ4jG0OM">pic.twitter.com/G3SJ4jG0OM</a>

    This was an interesting opening segment for a few reasons, not the least of which being the fact that Garcia came across as repetitive and trying too hard to convey his uncertainty, to the point that it became distracting.

    The Jericho-Danielson stuff was fine but also felt forced, an excuse to put two greats together at All Out and bolster what will already be a star-studded show. There is no complaining about that particular match, especially since they have only battled one other time, a match on the original NXT back in 2010.

    Still, this entire story has felt somewhat rushed in order to bring the pieces together and set up the PPV showdown. While the result may be great, this was merely "OK."


    Grade

    C


    Top Moments

    • The arena broke into a chant of "you're a wrestler" in support of Garcia.
    • "You knew how special that moment was to me. You know how special it was to share the ring with my hero, Bryan Danielson," Garcia told Jericho.
    • "I didn't care if people called me a wrestler or a sports entertainer. All I cared about was that moment and you ruined it, Chris."
    • "Deep down, you know you're a sports entertainer and I just want to hear you say it. Say it!" Jericho demanded.
    • "You can be whatever you want to be. I respect us wrestling last week. I agree with all these people, that you're a wrestler," Danielson told Garcia.
    • Garcia shoved Jericho to the mat and the look of utter joy on Danielson's face was that of an antagonist.
    • "You know what pisses me off, Danielson? That I've heard for the last 15 years that you're the best wrestler in the world and I've been around you all this time and haven't seen it once," Jericho said.

Dax Harwood vs. Jay Lethal

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    Credit: All Elite Wrestling

    As Ring of Honor, AAA and IWGP Tag Team champions FTR prepares to team with TNT champion Wardlow to battle Jay Lethal and two unnamed partners at All Out, Dax Harwood battled Lethal in singles competition.

    Lethal controlled the pace throughout the commercial break and targeted the left knee of Harwood later. He attempted a Lethal Injection but the tag champ was too far away. That momentary hesitation allowed Harwood to catch him with a slingshot Liger Bomb for a two-count.

    Interference from Dutt backfired, failing to earn Lethal the win. Counters and reversals gave way to the underhanded Lethal scoring the tainted victory with a rollup and handful of tights.

    All Elite Wrestling @AEW

    Jay Lethal steals the win in the last second of that exchange! Tune in to <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/AEWDynamite?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#AEWDynamite</a> LIVE on TBS! <a href="https://t.co/Mf0aQmWMzS">pic.twitter.com/Mf0aQmWMzS</a>

    Harwood does not have bad matches at this point. He is as consistent a wrestler as there is in the sport, be it in tag team or singles competition.

    With that said, this felt a bit disjointed at times. Both men appeared to be on different pages at times and that rollup finish was ugly. If the idea was for Lethal to get the win, why not just go home when Dutt interfered?

    Things went on a bit longer than they needed to and it hurt the overall quality.

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    The trios match with <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/FTR?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#FTR</a> &amp; TNT Champion Wardlow at <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/AEWAllOut?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#AEWAllOut</a> will be against Jay Lethal and two close personal friends of Lethal and Sonjay Dutt! Watch <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/AEWDynamite?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#AEWDynamite</a> LIVE right now on TBS! <a href="https://t.co/BTdjxK2cIw">pic.twitter.com/BTdjxK2cIw</a>

    The revelation that Lethal will partner with the Motor City Machine Guns of Impact Wrestling is another instance of the business partnership between the two and should lead to an outstanding match.

    Hopefully, it opens up the possibility of an FTR-MCMG match down the road.


    Result

    Lethal pinned Harwood


    Grade

    C+


    Top Moments

    • Jim Ross suggested Lethal quicken the pace in order to take advantage of his clear speed advantage rather than going blow-for-blow with Harwood.
    • After the match, Dutt revealed that Lethal will be joined by Chris Sabin and Alex Shelley, The Motor City Machine Guns, at All Out. 

Billy Gunn vs. Colten Gunn

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    Credit: All Elite Wrestling

    A hesitant Billy Gunn, accompanied to the ring by The Acclaimed's Max Caster and Anthony Bowens, battled son Colten in one-on-one action.

    The second-generation heel and brother, Austin, benefited from interference from Stokely Hathaway, a distraction allowing Colten to score a low blow and defeat his father via pinfall.

    After the match, Hathaway presented the Gunn Club with a business card, then watched as they beat down their father and The Acclaimed. This brought out AEW World Tag Team Champions Swerve Strickland and Keith Lee for the save.

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    The <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/AEW?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#AEW</a> World Tag Team Champions <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SwerveInOurGlory?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#SwerveInOurGlory</a> (Keith Lee and Swerve Strickland) coming in to save <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/TheAcclaimed?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#TheAcclaimed</a> and Billy Gunn! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/AEWDynamite?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#AEWDynamite</a> is LIVE on TBS! <a href="https://t.co/93B3eQvFfW">pic.twitter.com/93B3eQvFfW</a>

    Other than Caster and Bowens, there has not been much to love about any of this storyline for the last month now. Now that it appears Colten and Austin are headed toward a tag team title match with Strickland and Lee and that feels woefully underwhelming for the champions, who won the titles in a great match against top tag team contenders.

    Not an undercard tandem who has not won nearly enough to even sniff the tag title scene.

    If The Acclaimed is involved so be it but even in that case, it is difficult to point to a single match won by Caster and Bowens that suggests they would be worthy contenders at this point.

    This feels more like something thrown together to give all involved something to do rather than the result of any real storyline. It feels like there is more of that heading into this All Out card, and AEW as a whole here in 2022, than any other year.


    Result

    Colten defeated Billy


    Grade

    C


    Top Moments

    • Prior to the match, Thunder Rosa announced that, due to injury, she will be stepping down as AEW Women's Champion, with an interim titleholder to be determined at All Out. Toni Storm was one participant named, with the other three a mystery.
    All Elite Wrestling @AEW

    BREAKING NEWS: <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/AEW?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#AEW</a> Women's World Champion Thunder Rosa announces that she is injured and cannot defend the championship.<br><br>Tune in NOW to <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/AEWDynamite?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#AEWDynamite</a> LIVE on TBS <a href="https://t.co/fxX6z7yW0b">pic.twitter.com/fxX6z7yW0b</a>

    • Hathaway recruiting the Gunn Club after handing out quite a few of his business cards of late beg the question: is he going to manage the undercard guys that have been neglected creatively? 

KiLynn King vs. Dr. Britt Baker DMD

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    Credit: All Elite Wrestling

    Hometown competitor KiLynn King, born 30 miles from Dynamite host city Cleveland, attempted to upset rival Pittsburg's Dr. Britt Baker Wednesday night.

    The back-and-forth battle saw King impress, as she usually does, before falling short of her goal to defeat the loudmouth, egotistical heel as she succumbed to the Lockjaw.

    After the match, Baker cut a promo on Thunder Rosa and Toni Storm, drawing the latter out. Jamie Hayter attacked from behind and Hikaru Shida made the save. Just like that, AEW had its four competitors for the interim world title on September 4.

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    Things get physical between <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/AEW?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#AEW</a> Interim Women's World Championship challengers Toni Storm, Jamie Hayter and Hikaru Shida, after Dr. Britt Baker's victory tonight, on <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/AEWDynamite?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#AEWDynamite</a> LIVE on TBS! <a href="https://t.co/g0coXmAlSG">pic.twitter.com/g0coXmAlSG</a>

    Why AEW suddenly has this infatuation with interim champions is something only Tony Khan knows, but it really would not hurt to have had Rosa just relinquish the title and vow to come back better than ever in an attempt to regain it.

    As it is, it appears we will crown a new temporary champion to hold down the proverbial fort until Rosa gets back from her undisclosed injury.


    Result

    Baker defeated King via submission


    Grade

    C+


    Top Moments

    • "I wrestled my entire reign with a broken frickin wrist because that's what a champion does!" Baker said, a knock on Thunder Rosa for not being able to compete at All Out.
    • Backstage, a promo involving Strickland, Lee and The Acclaimed led to a challenge for the AEW Tag Team Championships at All Out. While also thrown together, between two teams that need momentum and really cannot afford a high-profile loss, it is a hell of a lot better of an option than anything involving the Gunn Club.

Undisputed AEW World Championship Match: CM Punk vs. Jon Moxley

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    Credit: All Elite Wrestling

    Billed as one of the most significant matches in AEW history, the Undisputed AEW World Championship Match between CM Punk and Jon Moxley was a one-sided squash match that created more questions than answers.

    Punk threw a kick early, apparently re-injuring his foot and leaving him screaming in agony. Moxley took advantage, elbowed the hell out of his opponent and put him down with consecutive Death Riders for the emphatic win.

    All Elite Wrestling @AEW

    Did CM Punk just re-injure his foot in these early minutes?! Watch <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/AEWDynamite?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#AEWDynamite</a> LIVE on TBS! <a href="https://t.co/gTiqp9dRL0">pic.twitter.com/gTiqp9dRL0</a>

    Moxley celebrated, Punk limped off in the arms of referees and best friend Ace Steel and no one really knew what we had just witnessed.

    Was this some message directed to the locker room, as if to say Punk is not a selfish, former WWE star who will not put over other stars? Was this a Tony Khan directive, a make-good on the controversial promo Punk cut on Hangman Page last week?

    Maybe.

    It could also be long-term storytelling that spins the narrative that Punk was unhealthy and if he had been, would have beaten Moxley. An out, if you will.

    Whatever the case is, the execution was great and had social media buzzing in its wake.

    If there was one negative, it is that the much-hyped match that this show was built around ended in mere minutes and was hardly the competitive battle most expected out of the competitors.

    That sort of finish will work this time but must be utilized intermittently or risk pissing off the hardcore fans who have placed their trust in management to do what is right by them.

    For now, it was a newsworthy finish that instantly had fans talking about its significance.


    Result

    Moxley defeated Punk to win the undisputed AEW world title


    Grade

    B, for the execution and surprise of it all


    Top Moments

    • Punk was either genuinely hurt by that kick or did a hell of a job selling that he was.
    • After the match, Ricky Starks cut a fired-up promo in which he recalled bringing Powerhouse Hobbs from the background of Britt Baker segments to stardom. He issued a challenge for All Out.
    • Christian Cage accepted Jungle Boy's challenge for a match at All Out during a backstage promo.
    • Moxley cut a promo backstage and claimed that he is pro wrestling. "My time is right f*****n now!"

Trios Title Tournament Match: Death Triangle vs. Will Ospreay and Aussie Open

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    Credit: All Elite Wrestling

    In what amounted to an international dream match, Death Triangle's All-Atlantic champion Pac, Rey Fenix and Penta El Zero Miedo battled IWGP United States Heavyweight champion Will Ospreay and Aussie Open (Kyle Fletcher and Mark Davis) in quarterfinals action of the AEW World Trios Championship Tournament.

    Death Triangle controlled early, wearing down Ospreay as the announce team questioned if the Brit had spread himself too thin over the last month by accepting 18 different matches during that time.

    Fletcher and Davis worked together to attack Fenix while Ospreay wiped out Penta and Pac to help the heels seize the upper hand. A hot tag to Pac sparked a late comeback, culminating with a beautiful double poison rana spot that cleared the ring and let The Bastard and Ospreay square off against each other.

    Ospreay delivered the Oscutter and Pac answered moments later with an avalanche brainbuster.

    Lucha Bros wiped out Fletcher and Davis at ringside but Ospreay got the knees up, countering the Black Arrow. Pac recovered and delivered a picture-perfect moonsault from the ring post, then allowed himself to be distracted by someone he thought was Kip Sabian, only to be attacked from behind by the box-wearing enigma.

    All Elite Wrestling @AEW

    Kip Sabian assaults PAC! Watch <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/AEWDynamite?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#AEWDynamite</a> LIVE on TBS right now! <a href="https://t.co/FLp44E9vEt">pic.twitter.com/FLp44E9vEt</a>

    With Pac down and Penta cleared to the mat, the heel trio brutalized Fenix and finished him off with an assisted Oscutter.

    This was every bit the athletic spectacle one would expect given the talent involved. It was nonstop action and featured some of the most awe-inspiring offenses synonymous with them. Pac and Ospreay, in particular, had strong chemistry that helped form the foundation for the match.

    It was a mostly unpredictable match because either trio could have won but the game plan, based on Kenny Omega and The Young Bucks' appearance as the show went off the air, has likely always been to get Omega and Ospreay in the same ring for the same match.

    All Elite Wrestling @AEW

    The Dynamite Finalists in the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/AEW?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#AEW</a> World Trios Championship Tournament face off right now! Next week on <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/AEWDynamite?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#AEWDynamite</a> we will see Will Opsreay and <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/AussieOpen?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#AussieOpen</a> vs. Kenny Omega and the Young Bucks LIVE on TBS! <a href="https://t.co/V1Qm7hsPBd">pic.twitter.com/V1Qm7hsPBd</a>

    That is a dream match of sorts that will spark discussion and buzz among die-hard fans across social media but the fact that it is only the semifinal round match does neuter it ever so slightly.

    Sabian returning and laying out Pac also sets up an All-Atlantic Championship defense by The Bastard at the pay-per-view, his first on American soil since winning the title. It should be damn good and an interesting reintroduction to Sabian, if nothing else.


    Result

    Ospreay and Aussie Open defeated Death Triangle


    Grade

    A-


    Top Moments

    • Excalibur questioned whether Ospreay working 18 matches in 30 days would create wear and tear that would ultimately cost him.
    • Don Callis put over the storyline that Ospreay idolizes Kenny Omega and has been trying to emulate him for years.
    • Penta delivered a wicked crucifix bomb to Fletcher that Taz said, "tore him apart." 
    • The entire tone of the match changed when Pac made the hot tag late. 
    • Pac and Ospreay each delivered a double poison rana that left both men staring holes through each other.
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