AEW Dynamite Results: Winners, Grades, Reaction and Highlights from August 11August 11, 2021
AEW Dynamite Results: Winners, Grades, Reaction and Highlights from August 11
All Elite Wrestling invaded Pittsburgh Wednesday night for Dynamite, the first of two live events held in Britt Baker's hometown.
Ahead of her title defense against Red Velvet Friday night on the debut of Rampage, what did the AEW women's champion have in store for her friends and family at the Petersen Events Center?
Elsewhere on the card, Chris Jericho battled Wardlow in the final stop before a showdown with MJF, while The Elite sought to build on recent momentum against the trio of Dante Martin and The Sydal Brothers.
Trios Match: Dante Martin and The Sydal Brothers vs. The Elite
AEW champion Kenny Omega and tag team champions The Young Bucks battled The Sydal Brothers and Dante Martin in a trios match to kick off the show.
The heels weathered the early storm and isolated Mike Sydal for the bulk of the match. A hot tag to Matt sparked a babyface comeback that saw the high-flyer work with his brother to trap Matt Jackson in a double submission. Omega broke it up.
Another hot tag, this time to Martin, popped the crowd, which was heavily behind the 20-year-old. After a few stunning near-falls, Martin found himself the target of repeated V-Triggers and a One-Winged Angel. To add insult to injury, the Bucks joined their partner for a BTE V-Trigger for the win.
After the match, Don Callis joined The Elite for an in-ring promo but Christian Cage interrupted. Jurassic Express joined him and the trio headed to the ring as the show went to the break.
Following the timeout, a back-and-forth promo concluded with the revelation that Christian will challenge Omega for the Impact world title Friday on Rampage and Jurassic Express will battle The Young Bucks for the tag titles next week.
The Elite defeated Martin and The Sydal Brothers
Martin could have pinned Omega to win the AEW world title here and the Pittsburgh fans would have bought it. He was extraordinary in what amounted to a showcase for the young star. The Elite made him look like a world-beater, right through to the finish where it took all three men to put him away.
He is clearly a star of the future, be it in singles or tag team action with his brother, Darius.
The post-match promo exchange was great and ended with two high-profile matches booked for the next couple of shows. Cage vs. Omega is a big-time contest for the debut episode of Rampage that should attract viewers and might even have implications on their AEW title match at All Out on Sept. 5.
Darby Allin vs. Daniel Garcia
A pre-taped promo from Malakai Black suggested that it was Cody Rhodes who was the villain in their story, not him.
Miro said in another pre-taped promo that he will defend his TNT Championship against Fuego Del Sol Friday at Rampage.
Back in the arena, Darby Allin battled Daniel Garcia in a bout that was the product of last week’s trios match. In that match, Allin partnered with Jon Moxley and Eddie Kingston to beat Garcia and 2.0. Matt Lee and Jeff Parker seconded Garcia while Sting accompanied Allin.
Garcia benefited from outside interference by 2.0 to seize control of the match throughout the commercial break. Allin attempted a comeback but Lee and Parker again made their presence felt.
The former TNT champion fought back, though, and delivered the float-over stunner and added the Coffin Drop for the win.
Allin defeated Garcia
Garcia has a bright future and every match he wrestles against guys like Allin, Kingston and Moxley will only give him the reps he needs to excel in a major company. With that said, this was a relatively one-dimensional match with a predictable outcome.
2.0 being as involved as they were was a nice change of pace considering how inconsistently they were used by their last employer, and getting to share the stage with Sting is an incredible opportunity.
The right guy went over, the match was solid if unspectacular, and the result was a harmless segment of television that highlighted one of the company's biggest homegrown stars.
Trios Match: Best Friends vs. Hardy Family Office
The rivalry between Best Friends and Hardy Family Office continued this week as Orange Cassidy, Chuck Taylor and Wheeler Yuta battled Matt Hardy, Marq Quen and Isiah Kassidy.
The heels halted early momentum from the babyfaces and isolated Yuta, cutting the ring off from his partners while punishing the least-experienced competitor in the match. At ringside, Nyla Rose wiped out Kris Statlander, who she would meet later in the show.
Private Party laid out Yuta with Gin and Juice but Cassidy broke up the pin. The action broke down and Hardy delivered the Twist of Fate to Yuta for the pinfall victory.
Hardy Family Office defeated Cassidy, Yuta and Taylor
There was a lot of talent in and around the ring for this match, which can be detrimental when there's too much going on. That was the case here. There were so many spots to hit, including interference by those not involved, that the match kind of fell apart down the stretch.
That isn't to say the action wasn’t fun when it was clicking. Yuta is a great young competitor and Cassidy brings energy to every match he’s in, which is ironic given his character. The fans loved the babyfaces, making the heels’ victory that much more impactful.
The feud isn’t over, though, and one has to think this ends with Cassidy knocking off Hardy in a pay-per-view setting.
Kris Statlander vs. Nyla Rose
Kris Statlander, still smarting following the sneak attack moments earlier, made her way to the ring for her match with Nyla Rose.
The Native Beast dominated early and often, even cutting off an impressive walking handstand.
However, Statlander answered with a powerbomb out of the corner, then added a 450 splash for the pinfall victory.
Statlander defeated Rose
The grade is not reflective of the talent or the effort, but rather the fact that there was no time for this to really establish itself. Rose dominated for a minute or two, Statlander came back and then they went right into the finish.
It was a sprint that delivered Statlander a big win but did nothing to bolster a women’s division that is pretty much Britt Baker and everyone else at this point.
Hopefully, this is the start of a fun run for Statlander, who appeared to be on her way to big things before an untimely injury put her out of action last year.
Britt Baker Promo
A video package hyped Friday’s Rampage main event between AEW women's champion Britt Baker and Red Velvet before Tony Schiavone introduced the hometown hero.
Baker made her way to the ring to a thunderous ovation, with yellow rally towels twisting in the air in support of The Doctor.
She cut a fan-friendly promo, touting herself as hope for championship aspirations in the town. But Red Velvet hit the ring and attacked the champion, drawing boos before referees separated them.
As a preview to hype the crowd up for Baker vs. Velvet, this was perfect. The former got the hometown welcome and the latter established herself as the de facto heel.
The question now is whether Velvet can perform up to the moment. She has done it before, dating back to the high-profile mixed tag match with Cody Rhodes against Jade Cargill and Shaquille O'Neal in March.
This is different. There will be no smoke and mirrors or high spots to hide the inexperience of Velvet. She will be out there against a woman who has established herself as one of the top stars in the entire company, and she will have to sink or swim.
The crowd, the historical significance of the first main event in Rampage history and the determination of both women to excel should ensure the contest is a memorable one.
Impact Wrestling Tag Team Title Match: The Good Brothers vs. Dark Order
Impact tag team champions The Good Brothers defended against The Dark Order’s Evil Uno and Stu Grayson, who were accompanied by Colt Cabana amid reports of dissension within the faction by the commentary team.
A hot start by the challengers was negated by the champions entering the break. Back from the timeout, Dark Order fought back, unloading on Karl Anderson and Doc Gallows en route to a strong near-fall on the former.
The challengers set up for the Fatality but Gallows introduced a tag title belt, providing a distraction that allowed him and Anderson to deliver the Magic Killer for the successful title defense.
The Good Brothers defeated The Dark Order to retain
With a little more time and less commercials, this could have been really good. As it was, it was a fun match that wrote the next chapter in the rivalry between Dark Order and The Elite.
The heels cheated to retain their titles while Uno and Grayson's loss adds to the recent disappointment endured by The Dark Order faction. How much more can it take, just how deep is the fracture between the teammates and will they ever be able to coexist long enough to realize their destiny?
The faction is easily one of the brightest spots of AEW, if only because the storyline potential is so plentiful.
Paul Wight Rescues Tony Schiavone and Son
Tony Schiavone joined QT Marshall, Aaron Solow and Nick Comoroto in the ring for what he thought was an apology for having a protein shake spilled on him.
Instead, Marshall demanded an apology and since he knew he wouldn’t get one, he had Schiavone’s son, Chris, pulled into the ring.
From there, Marshall dropped him with a Diamond Cutter. Paul Wight hit the ring, making the save for the Schiavones before delivering a chokeslam to Solow.
The big man stood tall as The Factory backed out of the squared circle.
The idea of Paul Wight vs. QT Marshall is far from appealing.
However, with the introduction of a new television show and its ongoing Dark and Dark Elevation programs, AEW has plenty of time to fill and a feud between the two certainly accomplishes that—even if it doesn't exactly create a ton of buzz in comparison to the other programs elsewhere on the show.
Fourth Labour of Jericho: Chris Jericho vs. Wardlow
The fourth Labour of Jericho capped off this week’s show as Chris Jericho battled Wardlow, who had MJF in his corner at ringside.
Jericho delivered a Codebreaker early but Wardlow escaped the pinfall and proceeded to establish dominance, punishing Le Champion with his strength advantage. Back from the commercial break, he added the F-10 but was unable to put Jericho away.
As Jericho mounted a comeback and applied the Liontamer, MJF raked his eyes. Referee Aubrey Edwards ejected the heel, allowing Jericho to use Floyd the baseball bat and score the win with the Judas Effect.
After the match, Shawn Spears attacked Jericho. Sammy Guevara made the save but the heels regained the upper hand. Jake Hager hit the ring, chasing The Pinnacle up the ramp. An irate MJF announced the stipulations for his match with Jericho: no Judas Effect, no "Judas" theme song.
The show went off the air with a tense staredown between the factions.
Jericho defeated Wardlow
This, like most of Jericho's performances in this series, was entertaining and fun. He overcame the onslaught of the massive Wardlow and the interference of MJF to win and set up next week's showdown with his rival.
The question is why AEW opted to have said match on free television when it could have held off for a PPV. Maybe it's a Fozzy tour-schedule thing or perhaps it has a loaded card already planned for Chicago without Jericho-MJF.
Whatever the case may be, it provides next week's broadcast with a genuine main event match that will pay off one of the longest-running feuds in the company—and not a moment too soon.
As hard as Jericho has worked and as hated a heel as MJF has developed into, it's time for this to wrap up and for everyone involved to go their separate ways.