AEW Dynamite Results: Winners, Grades, Reactions and Highlights from October 21
AEW sped along the road to Full Gear on November 7 with an episode of Dynamite devoted to setting up the high-profile championship encounters that will take place on the pay-per-view.
The top contenders to the AEW Tag Team Championships, held by FTR, were determined in a massive 4-Way match, while the first round of a tournament to crown the next challenger to Jon Moxley's AEW World Championship kicked off.
Who earned monumental victories heading into the final extravaganza of 2020, and how did the outcomes shape the product moving forward?
Find out with this recap of the October 21 broadcast.
Announced ahead of Wednesday's show:
- Le Dinner Debonair: Chris Jericho and MJF
- No. 1 Contender 4-Way Tag Team match: Private Party vs. The Young Bucks vs. The Butcher and The Blade vs. Alex Reynolds and John Silver
- AEW World Championship Eliminator Tournament match: Joey Janela vs. Kenny Omega
- AEW World Championship Eliminator Tournament match: Jungle Boy vs. Wardlow
- AEW World Championship Eliminator Tournament match: Penta El Zero M vs. Rey Fenix
- AEW World Championship Eliminator Tournament match: Hangman Page vs. Colt Cabana
AEW World Championship Eliminator Tournament Match: Jungle Boy vs. Wardlow
Wardlow wasted little time establishing dominance in the first World Title Eliminator Tournament match of the night, hurling Jungle Boy into the ring post and driving the wind from his smaller opponent.
The big man targeted the back of his opponent, punishing Jungle Boy as the commentary team discussed the brevity of most of his matches. An instinctive knee to the face stunned Wardlow and allowed Jungle Boy to mount a comeback that included a big missile dropkick and tope suicida.
Moments later, the underdog babyface reversed a powerbomb off the top rope into a hurricanrana, but Wardlow recovered and downed him with an F-10. A second earned the massive heel the win.
Wardlow defeated Jungle Boy
Jungle Boy showed commendable resilience and guts, but in the end, he was no match for the relentless and destructive Wardlow.
This was relatively one-sided and put the big man over as a threat to win the whole tournament. If the match itself didn't, the commentary team did. Both Jim Ross and Tony Schiavone put over his eight-match win streak entering the contest and reminded audiences that he has not lost since his match with Cody in Atlanta.
Wardlow could very well be in line for a considerable push, but a second-round date with either Hangman Page or Colt Cabana will prove a greater test than even Jungle Boy provided.
AEW World Championship Eliminator Match: Sonny Kiss vs. Kenny Omega
AEW champion Jon Moxley cut a prerecorded promo about his relationship with Eddie Kingston, against whom he will defend his title in an I Quit match at Full Gear. He discussed their friendship, Kingston's change in attitude and their match on November 7.
His accomplishments obnoxiously read off by Justin Roberts, a new over-the-top entrance including two young women with brooms (a nod to "The Cleaner" persona), Kenny Omega made his way to the squared circle for an AEW World Championship Eliminator Tournament match with Sonny Kiss.
Kiss stepped in for Joey Janela, who pulled himself from the show after learning he had come into contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19.
Omega blasted Kiss with a knee to the face and pinned his opponent following the One-Winged Angel in mere seconds. After the match, he disingenuously showed Kiss respect before exiting the ring victoriously.
Omega defeated Kiss
Omega is going full-blown heel, completely over-the-top celebratory in his own excellence.
From the reading of his accomplishments to the overblown entrance, Omega was gloriously obnoxious here. Throw in the way he almost mocked Kiss after the match, really cheesing it up for the camera while showing him a bit of respect, and you have a great big indication of what awaits the former tag champion in the weeks and months to come.
And that may not be a bad thing, as long as it doesn't threaten the credibility of anyone else on the show.
AEW World Championship Eliminator Match: Penta El Zero M vs. Rey Fenix
Two of the greatest luchadors of this generation battled in brotherly warfare, advancement in the AEW World Championship Eliminator Tournament at stake, as Lucha Bros' Rey Fenix and Penta El Zero M battled in the third match of the night.
Penta targeted the ankle of his brother early, but that attention was short-lived and gave way to a brutal exchange of chops. A springboard by Fenix earned him a kick to the face mid-flight. Fenix responded by wiping his sibling out. He attempted to run the ropes, but Penta pulled the top rope down, leaving Fenix to crash to the mat below.
Penta controlled the match during the commercial, both in and out of the ring. A missed chop connected with the ring post, allowing Fenix to catch him with a superkick. Penta rocked his brother with one of his own to re-establish his advantage.
A springboard sling blade by Penta impressed even Eddie Kingston on commentary, while a headscissors by Fenix may have stunned himself more than his opponent. Slowed significantly, he still managed to rock his opponent with a superkick for a near-fall.
Fenix delivered a big Spanish Fly from the top rope for another close two-count. Penta caught Fenix in midair and turned him into a powerbomb. Fenix recovered with a destroyer from out of nowhere for the win.
Fenix defeated Penta
Fenix and Kenny Omega are going to tear the house down in the semifinals of this tournament.
This was a fantastic bit of business that may have been even better had Fenix not knocked himself a bit loopy midway through.
The athleticism, the creativity and the reversals throughout this were fantastic. The storytelling, with Penta striking the post and hurting his own hand and then going as far as to damage his own brother's arm in the name of winning the match, was low-key great, too.
Everything about this worked and provided the tournament its first great match.
AEW World Championship Eliminator: Hangman Page vs. Colt Cabana
Hangman Page and Colt Cabana rounded out the AEW World Championship Eliminator, Round 1.
Page uncorked a standing Shooting Star Press for an early near-fall and then delivered a springboard clothesline and a pescado on the floor. During the break, Page delivered a big forearm to the face while Evil Uno watched from the ramp. Back in the ring, he delivered a pump-handle fallaway slam into a bridge for two.
Cabana fought back into the match coming out of the break, but Page caught him in midair and downed him with a suplex. Cabana shoved Page off the top rope, sending him flipping back-first into the ring apron. A big splash followed as Boom Boom took control of the match.
Page answered with a powerbomb for two.
Cabana tried for the Chicago Skyline from the top rope, but Page escaped and tried for his own finisher, the Buckshot. Cabana countered into the Superman for two. Hangman finally delivered Buckshot to advance in the tournament and set himself up for a showdown with Wardlow.
Page defeated Cabana
This was a good match that could have shaved off a few minutes and been just as good, if not better.
Page winning was the absolute right choice, though he could have benefited even more from not struggling quite as much as he did to beat Cabana.
Page overcoming a veteran of the mat game and then having to battle the seemingly unstoppable Wardlow, is a great bit of storytelling en route to the inevitable showdown with former tag team partner Kenny Omega.
Le Dinner Debonair: Chris Jericho and MJF
Taz and Ricky Starks cut a promo on Will Hobbs and Darby Allin ahead of Full Gear, all while FTW champion Brian Cage looked imposing.
Elsewhere, Chris Jericho and MJF had their Dinner Debonair.
They started by going back and forth over the rareness of their porterhouse steaks and then turned their attention to the prospects of MJF as a member of The Inner Circle. A musical interlude featuring a performance of "Me and My Shadow" ensued, complete with Rockettes rip-offs.
The vignette ended with the heels complaining about the rareness of their steaks in a nice exclamation point.
If WWE had booked that segment on television, critics would have torn it apart.
With that said, it was a delightful change of pace and proof that you simply cannot go wrong by blending ol' Blue Eyes and pro wrestling.
Eventually, Jericho and MJF are going to fight, and it is going to be the most important thing the latter does in his young career. Until then, enjoy everything they do because if it is like this, it will be gold.
Kilynn King vs. Dr. Britt Baker
Kilynn King, a veteran of AEW Dark, battled Dr. Britt Baker in singles competition as the company's resident Role Model sought to climb into women's title contention.
King countered an attempted Lock Jaw early but fell prey to a stomp. She recovered and teed off with some forearms. Baker downed her opponent with a trip and tried for a quick pin. Baker delivered a flatliner into the bottom turnbuckle, and Rebel added some insult to injury with ringside taunting.
A fisherman's neckbreaker, another stomp and the Lock Jaw spelled the end for King as the good doctor scored the hard-fought win.
Baker defeated King
Kilynn King should have your attention because she's a really solid young wrestler who will be a major player in the AEW women's division for years to come.
This was all about Baker, though, who has grown exponentially as an in-ring performer in year one of AEW. She is clearly being set up to be the top challenger to Hikaru Shida and the eventual women's champion. Given the strength of her character work, there are far worse options for that role.
She is a star, and stars hold titles. She will very soon.
4-Way Tag Team No. 1 Contender Match
Four of the top teams in AEW battled for the opportunity to challenge FTR for the tag team titles at Full Gear as The Young Bucks, Private Party, Dark Order's Alex Reynolds and John Silver, and Butcher and Blade (with The Bunny) waged war in a chaotic 4-Way main event.
It did not take long for the action to break down, but Butcher and Blade slowed the pace and worked over Marq Quen of Private Party heading into the commercial break. During the picture-in-picture timeout, Matt Hardy and Sammy Guevara brawled, adding heat to their program.
All while Cash Wheeler and Dax Harwood discussed the tag division and their rivalry with Matt and Nick Jackson at the commentary position.
Back from the break, Reynolds and Silver starred, nearly scoring the pinfall victory over Quen. The Bucks broke up the pin, saving their title aspirations. Isiah Kassidy joined Quen for a Hardy Party for a near-fall but fell prey to a double knee to the back by The Blade.
The Bucks gained control and mocked FTR, costing themselves a three-count in the process. Kassidy almost scored a roll-up win on Nick, but the attitudinal heel narrowly escaped defeat. Matt pulled Quen off the apron and then proceeded to pin Kassidy by reversing a victory roll for the win.
After the match, a masked Tully Blanchard joined the tag champions in a beatdown of the Bucks, culminating with a spike piledriver on Nick and chair assault to the ankle of Matt.
The Bucks defeated Private Party, Butcher and Blade, and The Dark Order
AEW has one of the best tag team divisions in wrestling, and this was a solid showing for it.
It was readily apparent, though, that this was headed toward the Bucks winning and setting up their showdown with FTR. It has been the one dream match on the slate from the moment Harwood and Wheeler joined the company and one teased for weeks now.
The champions have awakened in the Bucks a meaner, nastier, edgier side of themselves, making them more dangerous than ever before.
The result is an even more anticipated match than it otherwise was.
Unrelated, yes, but from a continuity standpoint, we need more of an explanation for The Bunny just magically rejoining Butcher and Blade than "Eddie Kingston made it happen."
That sort of thing is exactly what Tony Khan and the creative team will take flak for. Underwriting female talent will catch up with the company eventually.