AEW Dynamite Results: Winners, Grades, Reaction and Highlights from November 6
Just three days before Full Gear in Baltimore, All Elite Wrestling took over Bojangles' Coliseum in Charlotte, North Carolina, for an explosive episode of Dynamite headlined by a tag team match pitting Kenny Omega and Adam Page against The Inner Circle's Chris Jericho and Sammy Guevara.
Would the AEW world heavyweight champion and his Spanish God tag team partner be able to thwart the offensive of The Elite's Cleaner and Hangman, or would Jericho suffer a momentum-shifting defeat prior to his defense against Cody on November 9?
Speaking of The American Nightmare, he made a major announcement, while Pac battled Best Friends' Trent in a warm-up for his match with Page on Saturday.
What else went down in the Queen City on Wednesday as AEW took over TNT?
Find out with this recap of the November 6 broadcast.
Trent vs. Pac
Orange Cassidy and Chuck Taylor accompanied Trent to the ring for the night's opening match against Pac, who was looking to send a message to Hangman Page ahead of their contest Saturday night in Baltimore.
Trent controlled early, unloading on The Bastard with a series of chops that stunned the heel and a draping Northern Lights suplex for a near-fall. The fight spilled to the floor, though, and Pac sent his opponent into the guardrail to create separation and build momentum for himself.
Pac relentlessly assaulted Trent, repeatedly sending him into the guardrail and slamming the back of his head into the entrance ramp. As Trent recovered, Pac launched himself over the top rope, wiping out his opponent with a pescado.
Back in the ring, he worked Trent over with a side headlock, looking to sap the fight out of him. Trent fought out, but Pac stunned him and sent him into the turnbuckle. A bridging German suplex earned him a count of two.
Every time Trent mounted some sort of offensive, Pac cut him off. With Trent deposited on the floor, Cassidy entered the ring and nonchalantly stared down the heel. He unleashed his unique offense but ate a big pump kick to the face to the dismay of the fans.
The Bastard would survive a sickening tornado DDT, drop Trent with a brainbuster on the floor and execute the Black Arrow for what should have been a decisive pinfall. Instead, a referee botch left Pac to apply the Brutalizer for the submission win.
Pac defeated Trent
Another week, another breakout performance by Trent.
This was so much more competitive than it should have been. On the surface, it looked like a match Pac would have dominated en route to his match with Page. Instead, he won the contest but did so only after bumping and selling for Trent in a way that put the tag team specialist over as a threat to beat him.
The match was red-hot, to the point that the referee botch still stood out but was not enough to eclipse everything the performers accomplished. It remains to be seen if Trent will get a chance to break free and become a star in his own right or if he is destined to be a tag team attraction, but he has been far above-average since the Dynamite era of AEW began in October.
Ahead of his monumental pay-per-view bout with Chris Jericho for the AEW Championship, Cody hit the ring to address the company's faithful in a city his father once dominated as one of the faces of Jim Crockett Promotions.
An emotionally intense Cody announced he will never challenge for the AEW Championship again if he does not defeat Jericho in Baltimore.
He recalled his rival's many insults toward him and his family in recent weeks and, holding back tears, called the champion a "carny succubus" and vowed to bring "the very best of his generation" and eat Jericho alive.
This was Cody at his best. Called upon to sell his pay-per-view main event, he turned the intensity up to an 11 and delivered the type of passion and emotion necessary to convince the unconvinced to tune into B/R Live this Saturday to watch his championship opportunity.
His ability to cut the promos he has from day one of AEW is what sets Cody apart from the other wrestlers who share the roster with him. He knows what to say, when to say it and exactly which nerves to touch to get the desired reaction.
He hit this one out of the park.
Private Party vs. Dark Order
With new AEW tag team champions SCU watching from the commentary position, Private Party battled Dark Order for the right to challenge them and The Lucha Bros for the gold Saturday at Full Gear.
Stu Grayson and Evil Uno worked over Marq Quen early, but a hot tag to Isiah Kassidy sparked a momentary babyface comeback. They withstood it and regained control of the bout heading to break, though.
The heels maintained control after the commercial, working over the smaller Kassidy in an attempt to cash their ticket to Baltimore. A big suplex by Kassidy to Uno, though, created separation and allowed him to make the hot tag to Quen.
Instead of an energetic comeback, Quen immediately fell prey to a sidewalk slam/leg drop combo. He kicked out and escaped a Fatality attempt. A top-rope moonsault downed Uno for two.
The Dark Order re-established control and delivered a cannonball/450 splash combination to their opponents but still could not keep Private Party down for the win. A hurricanrana by Quen sent Grayson and Uno into each other, and the babyfaces delivered the Silly String to eliminate Uno from the equation.
Gin and Juice followed, and Private Party picked up the win to a big pop.
Private Party defeated Dark Order
This probably went a little longer than necessary, as it became somewhat muddled late, but it was still a hotly competitive match that spotlighted two of the more prevalent teams in the division.
The Dark Order has lost considerable momentum since its debut at Double or Nothing in May, the team's push sputtering to a stop with its loss Wednesday. Grayson and Uno have brought it between the ropes, but their characters have failed to connect with audiences.
The exact opposite can be said about Private Party, which has forged a bond with the fans that has sparked an explosive rise to the top of the division, resulting in its pay-per-view opportunity. Quen and Kassidy are charismatic, athletic and explosive. Win or lose at Full Gear, expect a memorable performance that continues their pleasant surprise of a run.
Riho and Shanna vs. Jamie Hayter and Emi Sakura
AEW women's champion Riho teamed with Shanna this week, just days before a title defense against Emi Sakura, who teamed with Jamie Hayter to complete the heel tandem.
Champion and top contender started the match with a preview of what fans can expect from them on PPV. A jumping knee strike from Riho stunned Sakura and allowed her to make the hot tag to "Portugal's Perfect Athlete" Shanna.
The explosive newcomer took the fight to the veteran Sakura. The babyfaces paired off on the No. 1 contender until Riho tried a 619, which the heel countered into a big backbreaker. Hayter entered the match for the first time and stomped away at her opponent heading into the break.
Riho endured a beating but finally fought free of Hayer's oppressive offense and made the tag to Shanna, who blasted the Brit with a big shoulder block. Sakura re-entered the match and downed Shanna, but a Vader Bomb was met with knees to the midsection.
Hayter pulled Riho to the floor, leaving Shanna to battle the top contender on her own. The Portuguese competitor leveled Sakura with a DDT for a near-fall. Sakura countered with a flatliner. The heels paired off on their opponent, Hayter dropping her with a basement knee to the face. A falcon arrow followed, but Shanna continued to kick out.
Riho re-entered the match and, again, paired off with Sakura. She nearly defeated her rival with a roll-up, but it was Sakura who picked up the win with a la magistral cradle for the win.
Sakura and Hayter defeated Shanna and Riho
This was another match that ran a tad longer than it should have. With that said, it still accomplished two important things: It built some heat for the Riho-Sakura match at Full Gear while giving Hayter and Shanna some time to shine.
Riho and Sakura was announced Wednesday but is a match with very little established background. Yes, it is a battle of mentor and mentee, but that is a story that had not yet been told on Dynamite. With little time to develop any sort of storyline or reason for fans to care, it really is no surprise Sakura's win was met with a disappointing reaction.
Shanna continued to look like a star, really shining as she exploded into the match and took the fight to the opposition. Her spark, energy and ability will catapult her to a prominent position in the division in short order.
Ditto Hayter, who may not have had much time to get a character over but shows enough intensity and attitude between the ropes to get over anyway.
A little less ring time and slightly more time to develop the issues between Riho and Sakura, and this would have been a damn fine match.
Brandon Cutler vs. Shawn Spears
"The Chairman" Shawn Spears returned to Dynamite this week, squaring off with Brandon Cutler in singles competition. The commentary team reminded fans of a vicious, vile assault on Joey Janela by Spears in which he attempted to pull out The Bad Boy's tongue with a pair of pliers.
It was Cutler who starred early, though, frustrating Spears and leaving him lying on the arena floor.
Spears recovered and stunned Cutler with a nasty chop, only to eat a series of kicks that left him on the defensive once again.
Spears fended off the late surge and dropped Cutler with a Death Valley Driver for the pinfall victory.
After the match, The Chairman sought to continue his assault, but Janela made the save. The legendary Tully Blanchard advised Spears about seeking a fight, backing him up the ramp.
Spears defeated Cutler
There was not much to the match, but it was nice to see a concentrated focus on the wealth of talent outside the main event scene. This was a suitable, effective segment that used footage from AEW Dark to set up a strong post-match run-in from Janela and potentially another PPV match.
If that is not the case, it at least provided the emphasis for a rivalry that fans of Dynamite will get to see play out in the coming weeks and months.
Both Janela and Spears are valuable assets that should be highlighted more prominently than they have been to this point. This was a step in the right direction and, hopefully, a sign of things to come.
Hangman Page and Kenny Omega vs. Chris Jericho and Sammy Guevara
The Inner Circle's Chris Jericho and Sammy Guevara sought to continue their reign of terror and dominance in AEW as they battled The Elite's Kenny Omega and "Hangman" Adam Page in a monumental tag team main event.
Omega overwhelmed and outclassed Guevara early, teeing off on the least-experienced of the competitors in the match. Page continued the babyface roll as chants of "cowboy s--t" rained down from the stands.
The heels turned the tide heading into the final break of the night, working over Omega.
Back from the commercial, Page received the hot tag and unloaded on the competition, including the same Jericho that defeated him to end his championship aspirations back at All Out.
The action broke down and Jericho earned the win for his team with the Judas Effect to Page.
Cody made the save as The Inner Circle's Jericho, Guevara and Jake Hager beat on Page. The American Nightmare wanted nothing more than to get his hands on the man he would challenge for the top prize in the company, but Jericho hightailed it up the ramp.
MJF appeared and dropped the heels with a chair. He sent Jericho into the ring, where Cody planted him with Cross Rhodes.
Jon Moxley appeared, coming through the crowd with a barbwire baseball bat in hand. He stared down Omega, who exited the ring and retrieved his barbwire broom. Before they could square off, Santana and Ortiz attacked. The Young Bucks followed them and planted them with superkicks and stereo tope suicidas.
The brawl continued as chants of "A-E-Dub" ensued. Referees and officials attempted to restore order but failed. Chaos reigned supreme, culminating with Nick Jackson leaping from the stage and wiping out everyone around him.
The sides separated and stared each other down before reigniting the brawl. The show faded to black as the battle raged on.
Jericho and Guevara defeated Page and Omega
AEW needed to put an emphatic exclamation point on the month-long build to Full Gear, and it did just that, bringing together the top stars and stories in a wild, out-of-control brawl. The crowd ate it up, fans got a taste of the chaos that awaits in Baltimore, and the result was a a damn fun finale to an episode that showed great urgency.
Page eating another pin is curious booking, as it is only a matter of time before fans start seeing him as the weak link in The Elite. With that said, it was better than booking Omega to endure another loss ahead of his match with Moxley.
Jericho looks unbeatable, retaining an undefeated record in AEW, while Cody looks like the fiery babyface hellbent on relieving him of his unbeaten streak and the world title.
And then there is MJF, who continues to hang around just enough to suggest he will play a significant role in Saturday's title bout.