AEW Dynamite Results: Winners, Grades, Reaction and Highlights from October 23
For the second week in a row, All Elite Wrestling held its weekly episode of Dynamite on Saturday instead of its usual time on Wednesday.
While this seems like it would work against AEW to have a show outside its usual timeslot, the weekend shows have been well-received by fans who don't have to wake up in the morning and go to work.
Following their confrontation on Rampage, Cody Rhodes and Malakai Black met for their third and what could be the final match of their feud.
The ongoing AEW World Championship Eliminator tournament also continued with week with two matches. Bryan Danielson took on Dustin Rhodes, and Lance Archer battled Eddie Kingston.
Let's take a look at everything that happened on this week's episode of Saturday night Dynamite.
Bryan Danielson vs. Dustin Rhodes
Dynamite wasted absolutely no time getting right to the action with Danielson vs. Rhodes. The two future Hall of Famers shook hands as the crowd started going wild before they even locked up.
They kept it basic at first with some standard lockups and takedowns. Danielson put Rhodes in a bow and arrow, but he was too close to the ropes to keep it applied.
Rhodes nailed him with a hard left hand, but Bryan knocked him out of the ring and hit a suicide dive. The Natural hit a senton from the apron for a two-count.
Rhodes brought Danielson to the top rope and hit a beautiful superplex for another near-fall. The American Dragon tried to start a sequence, but Rhodes hit his trademark snap powerslam to stop him in his tracks.
Danielson forced him down to the mat for the LaBell lock but had to break when Rhodes grabbed the ropes. He stomped Rhodes' head a few times before setting up for the running knee. Rhodes turned him inside out with a clothesline and spiked him with a piledriver for a close two-count.
Danielson was able to score the win with a guillotine after the ref called for the bell once Rhodes passed out.
Other than a couple of minor timing issues and missteps, this was an outstanding match between two veterans who have reputations for putting on amazing performances.
Rhodes appeared to be a little slower at times, which helped him tell the story of an aging Superstar who can still go in the ring but also has his limits.
Danielson has yet to lose a match in AEW. It's going to be interesting to see which star finally hands him his first loss. Whoever gets that spot will get a huge push out of it.
Penelope Ford vs. Ruby Soho
The AEW TBS Championship tournament got going this week with the first match between Ruby Soho and Penelope Ford.
As soon as Soho hit the ring, Ford attacked her to try to get an unfair advantage. She threw Soho to the corner and stomped her down before hitting a front handspring into a spear.
The Runaway recovered and hit a running kick to the face for a quick two-count. The Bunny skipped her way down and tried to interfere, but Soho was able to avoid her. Ford took advantage of the situation and sent her into the ring post.
We returned from the break to see Soho starting to make a comeback after spending a long time on defense. Ford leapfrogged her in the corner and hit a cutter for another near-fall.
Ford nailed a spinning kick before dropping Soho with a gutbuster. Soho was able to roll her up for the win out of nowhere.
Did this match have a couple of sloppy moments? Yes. Did they make up for them with some great spots? Absolutely.
Soho's talents have been well-documented, but people need to start acknowledging the greatness of Ford. She has improved so much and quietly become one of the most versatile performers in the women's division.
This was a fun match that included some unique moves and showcased the talents of both women well.
Bobby Fish vs. Anthony Greene
Two former WWE Superstars did battle when Anthony Greene took on Bobby Fish in the next match.
Fish hit the first few strikes before Greene was able to take him down with a crossbody from the top rope. It barely slowed Fish down, and he came back with a senton from the apron for a two-count.
Every time Greene tried to get some momentum going, Fish would ground him with some kind of brutal kick or suplex. He leveled Greene with a roundhouse to the head for a quick win.
After the match was over, Fish went after Greene again to show everyone that he is a heel.
As a match, this was short and basic, but as a way to push Fish as a dangerous competitor, it worked beautifully.
Greene had a couple of good moves, but he was on defense for the majority of the match. Fish looked good as a dominant MMA fighter, and the post-match attack firmly established him as a villain.
CM Punk making the save was a nice surprise. A feud between him and Fish could produce some bangers. Knowing AEW's booking patterns, we will probably see them have a showdown within a week or two.
Lance Archer vs. Eddie Kingston
Kingston attacked Archer during his entrance, but The Murderhawk Monster easily took him down at ringside and then started beating up a fan who was planted in the crowd.
They finally got in the ring, and the ref called for the bell. Archer kept the upper hand with some stiff strikes in the corner. He went for the Blackout early, but Kingston was able to counter into a dragon sleeper.
We returned from a break to see Archer hit a quick splash in the corner for a near-fall. He set Kingston up for a moonsault from the top rope, but Archer missed the landing and landed right on the top of his head.
The ref and ringside doctor checked on Archer, but he rolled back in the ring to continue and allowed Kingston to roll him up for the win.
Kingston and Archer have been in the ring a couple of times, and each outing manages to be more brutal than the last. They started this fight hot and never slowed down.
The landing of the moonsault looked nasty and might have injured Archer. He was present enough to allow Kingston to finish him off, but it looked rough. Let's all hope he didn't get a concussion and ends up being OK.
Jungle Boy vs. Brandon Cutler
Jungle Boy didn't wait long to get the action going. He immediately clotheslined Brandon Cutler out of the ring and nailed him with a suicide dive.
Cutler slapped him across the face, and Jungle Boy returned with four slaps of his own and a powerbomb. He locked in the Snare Trap for the quickest win of the night.
Jungle Boy said he was still ready to go and called out any other member of The Elite to face him. Nobody came out, so he locked Cutler in the Snare Trap again. Adam Cole came out and called JB an embarrassment. He offered to fight Jungle Boy right away and walked to the ring.
Jungle Boy knocked him off the apron before The Young Bucks appeared out of nowhere to deliver a double superkick. They held him up for the BTE Trigger and then allowed Cole to hit another knee to the head. They put him through a table to end the segment.
The handful of moves we saw in this match all looked good, but this was too short to be anything special. This could have happened on Dark or Elevation instead of the biggest show of the week for AEW.
Short matches are fine sometimes, but they need to be meaningful. This led to some real storyline development after it was over, but the bout itself fell short.
The tease of another meeting between Cole and Jungle Boy will likely lead to a rematch at some point, but all we got this week was a beatdown.
Malakai Black vs. Cody Rhodes
Rhodes looked fired up as he hit the ring for his third match against Black. They collided in the middle of the ring, and Rhodes took him down by the leg.
Black kicked him from the mat and got back to his feet so they could trade side headlock takeovers. The crowd chanted against Rhodes as Black took him down with a flurry of kicks.
The American Nightmare stomped on Black's face a few times to take control, but one back elbow from Black took him off his feet again. Arn Anderson paced at ringside, likely resisting the urge to pull out his Glock, as he watched the action.
Rhodes grabbed a chair while Brock Anderson and Lee Johnson made their way to ringside. Black managed to maintain the upper hand while Brock put the chair back under the ring.
We returned from a break to see that Rhodes put Black through a table with Cross Rhodes from the apron. Black was busted open from the impact. He shoved Rhodes into the ring post to bust him open, too.
Andrade El Idolo came out, and Anderson planted his assistant with a spinebuster. Black took Arn out while PAC ran down to fight Andrade to the back. The Dutch Destroyer hit a moonsault, but Rhodes immediately got to his feet and hit his finisher for a close two-count.
Black hit a diving double stomp and a German suplex for another near-fall. Rhodes hit his finisher a few times and a Tiger Driver for the pin.
This was easily the best of their three matches, possibly because it was the longest and most competitive. The first bout was almost a squash, and the second was another definitive win for Black. This was a brutal fight between two rivals that ended with Rhodes getting some measure of revenge.
Both men were busted open, Arn took a bump, the outside interference never felt excessive and both men looked as intense as ever. There was almost nothing to complain about in this match.
Whether this is the end of their feud remains to be seen. The only sure thing is that Black suffered little from this loss. He will bounce back and continue to be a dangerous competitor in AEW.
This was a strong episode of Dynamite with a few matches that are worth taking the time to watch if you did not see the show live.