This week, on AEW Dynamite, TNT’s flagship wrestling show makes its Ohio debut! In addition to multiple matches, including a six-man tag pitting The Inner Circle against Private Party and Darby Allin, Jon Moxley will speak to his hometown crowd. What will the new number one contender for the AEW World Championship say? This, and more, will be detailed in the Diatribe!
AEW Dynamite opens with Jon Moxley, who makes his way to the ring through the Cleveland crowd. Mic in hand, Moxley hypes his upcoming AEW World Championship match against Chris Jericho at Revolution. He calls Jericho his final obstacle to the top of the mountain. Moxley takes umbrage with The Inner Circle as well, listing off their heinous acts in the past. Moxley doesn’t consider himself a role model or hero, but he has honor and lives by a code. He calls Jericho a liar, manipulator, and a bully, the latter of which he especially hates. Moxley promises to take Jericho out and take the AEW World Championship. Moxley invites Jericho to come to the ring and take his beating like a man.
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Cue Jericho’s entrance music. The champion stands on the stage with a mic in hand. Jericho says Moxley earned his spike to the eye, since he refused to join The Inner Circle. He mocks Moxley, calling him “Jack Sparrow.” Jericho says he saw Moxley’s mother backstage, calling her “fetching.” He also apologized to her for what he did to Moxley, though insisted it was his fault. Jericho says Moxley doesn’t have what it takes to even blink with both eyes, let alone beat him. To Moxley’s challenge, Jericho says, “go to hell.” He invites the rest of The Inner Circle, which brings out Santana, Ortiz, Sammy Guevara, and Jake Hager.
Moxley says he isn’t about to walk into a 5-on-1 beat-down. He says it’s 5 against himself and the entire arena, the Cleveland crowd firmly behind him. Moxley makes his way down the ramp. Ortiz introduces five of his allies. Jericho leads the group down the ramp, Ortiz leading the charge. Moxley headbutts Ortiz before DDTing him on the ramp. This leads to a full-on brawl, various officials and security members attempting to break it up. Moxley drops another official before making his way back through the crowd.
The show cuts to a promo by MJF, Wardlow at his side. They meet The Butcher, The Blade, and The Bunny. MJF passes The Bunny an envelope that reads “Young Bucks.”
Match 1: The Butcher and The Blade (w/The Bunny, MJF, and Wardlow) vs. The Young Bucks (Nick and Matt Jackson)
Matt and The Butcher start things off. The Butcher overpowers Matt early on. Matt tags Nick who hits a springboard dropkick on The Butcher. The Blade is tagged in as The Young Bucks double team him, tagging in and out multiple times. The Butcher rushes in with a double clothesline on The Young Bucks. Matt tags Nick, who attacks The Blade with a series of strikes. Nick is distracted by The Bunny, who drops him off the apron. The Butcher and The Blade capitalize, attacking Nick before he’s brought back in the ring.
Following commercial, AEW Dynamite returns to The Butcher in control of Nick. The Butcher tags The Blade as they team up on Nick in the corner. The Blade hits a sit-out powerbomb, Matt coming in to break up the pin attempt. Nick fights back and tags Matt, who hits a flying crossbody on The Blade, following up with several strikes. Matt hits a sliced bread on The Blade and nails The Butcher with a superkick. Matt hits a flying elbow drop on The Blade! 1… 2… The Blade kicks out!
Matt tags Nick as they double team The Blade for a two-count. The Young Bucks focus on The Butcher, hitting them with a Superkick Party. The match ends with a Meltzer Driver on The Blade for the pinfall victory!
Winners: The Young Bucks
Post-match, The Butcher blindsides The Young Bucks. Kenny Omega rushes to the ring, hitting a V-Trigger on The Butcher! Hangman Page slugs behind, drink in hand. He passes his drink to Matt before hitting The Blade with a Buckshot Lariat! Page finishes his drink before making his way to the back, Omega and The Young Bucks standing tall in the ring.
Match 2: Nyla Rose vs. Big Swole
Swole evades Rose early in the match before firing off with quick strikes. Rose fights back with a big clothesline. Swole sends Rose to the outside with a single leg lariat. Rose counters a running apron kick and sends Swole crumbling to the outside. Swole fights back, inadvertently hitting the ring post with her forearm. AEW Dynamite goes to commercial, coming back to Swole fighting back against a dominant Rose. Swole locks in the guillotine. Rose fights back, only to get caught with a big kick by Swole.
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Fighting out of a chokeslam attempt, Swole headbutts Rose into the corner. Swole lands a cutter from the apron for a two-count. Rose counters a sunset flip, but Swole fights back with a flatliner. Rose soon takes control, landing a sit-out powerbomb for the 1… 2… 3!
Winner: Nyla Rose
Match 3: Kip Sabian (w/Penelope Ford) vs. Cody (w/Arn Anderson)
Sabian starts fast with a dropkick to the corner. From there, Sabian stays on Cody, who fires back with multiple strikes. Sabian rolls to the outside and shoves Anderson. Back in the ring, Cody lands a dropkick on Sabian, who rolls to the outside again. The fight spills out there, Cody inadvertently striking Ford, knocking her down. Cody reaches down to help, lifting Ford. This proves to be a ploy, as Sabian drops Cody with an apron kick, Ford popping up with a big smile on her face. Sabian and Ford take a moment to kiss before the show cuts to commercial once again.
AEW Dynamite returns to a fallen Sabian and Cody rising to their feet. Cody takes control, punching Sabian in the corner before landing a powerslam. Cody removes his weightlifting bed, which Ford swipes from him. This causes a distraction, though Cody is still able to hit a Disaster Kick on Sabian. Anderson makes his way up the official, resorting to bumping him. This results in the official ejecting Anderson from ringside. With the official distracted by Sabian, Ford hits a hurricanrana on Cody. Sabian follows up with a dive before rolling Cody back in the ring.
As Ford and Sabian go for another kiss, Joey Janela appears between them! This allows Cody to hit a dive on Sabian. Back in the ring, Sabian hits a swinging neckbreaker from the ropes for a two-count. Sabian yanks Cody from the top rope. Cody avoids Deathly Hallows and plants Sabian with several Cross Rhodes for the 1… 2… 3!
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AEW Dynamite cuts to a recap from last week of Britt Baker’s verbal rundown of Tony Schiavone and the live crowd. This leads to an interview on the stage with Baker, once again conducted by Schiavone. Baker refers to him as “Mr. Starbucks.” She addresses Jim Ross, telling him to never interrupt her when she’s speaking. She takes umbrage with him taking a huge paycheck while she does the work in the ring. Baker mentions that she was the first woman signed to AEW and says she will be there each week, unlike AEW Women’s World Champion, Riho. Baker tells Schiavone he may have gingivitis and it’s not long after until she takes her leave.
The show cuts to a backstage interview with The Young Bucks and Omega. Matt says their goal is to climb the tag team rankings. Page arrives on the scene, giving Nick and Matt their own nameplates before leaving. Omega says that, next week, the four of them will face The Butcher, The Blade, and two members of their choosing.
Match 4: SCU (Frankie Kazarian and Scorpio Sky) (w/Christopher Daniels) vs. The Hybrid 2 (Jack Evans and Angelico)
Kazarian and Angelico start things off with technical mat wrestling, including headlock takedowns. The tag is made to Sky, who hits a basement dropkick on Angelico for a two-count. Sky tags Kazarian, who hits a suplex for a two-count of his own. Sky is tagged back in, but Angelico fights back, making the tag to Evans. Kazarian rushes to the ring as Evans and Angelico double team Sky in the corner. Sky fights back with a jumping double stomp on Evans before tagging Kazarian. Off a kick from Sky, Evans is hit with a German suplex by Kazarian.
TH2 one step ahead of #SCU!
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As the legal man, Sky finds himself overwhelmed by the double team antics of The Hybrid 2. Evans covers Sky for a two-count. Evans tags Angelico as The Hybrid 2 continue to double team Sky. AEW Dynamite goes to commercial, returning to Sky planting Evans with a suplex. Evans tags Angelico, who rolls up Sky. Fighting back, Sky finally tags Kazarian, who hits hard and fast. Kazarian hits a cutter on Angelico, going for the pin, only for Evans to break it up.
With Sky on the outside, The Hybrid 2 hit the assisted stomp on Kazarian. Sky knocks Angelico’s legs off the ropes, breaking up the pin. From there, Sky lays out Evans on the outside. Sky is tagged in as SCU hit SCU Later for the 1… 2… 3!
After the match, Dark Order appear on the tron, expressing displeasure with Christopher Daniels. They claim they will attack those that he cares for.
The show cuts to a black and white video package featuring Pac. He sets his focus on Moxley and Omega. Pac tells Omega that, next week, he’s coming for blood.
Match 5: Private Party (Isiah Kassidy and Marq Quen) and Darby Allin vs. The Inner Circle (Santana, Ortiz, and AEW World Champion Chris Jericho)
The match begins with Allin and Jericho as the legal participants. Jericho slaps Allin, to which Allin responds with strikes of his own. Allin follows up with a springboard arm drag on Jericho, who tags Ortiz. Allin tags Kassidy, who finds himself on the defensive. Kassidy fights back and tags Quen, Private Party following up with double team offense. Quen lands a backflip dropkick, but Ortiz fights back with a missile dropkick from the middle rope. Ortiz tags Santana, who continues the attack. Santana tags Jericho, who chops Quen in his corner. Jericho tags Ortiz, keeping Quen from making the tag.
Quen fights back against Santana and Ortiz before tagging Kassidy. Off the hot tag, Kassidy rolls up Ortiz for a two-count. Kassidy goes for multiple other pin attempts, though to no avail. Santana tags Jericho, who hits Kassidy with a dropkick to send him to the outside. Following another commercial break, AEW Dynamite returns to Jericho on the offensive against Kassidy. Jericho tags Santana, who hits a pendulum backbreaker on Kassidy for a two-count. With Ortiz as the legal man, The Inner Circle triple-team Kassidy. Ortiz tags Santana, but Kassidy is able to fight back against them.
Kassidy makes the hit tag to Allin, who hits all opponents with quick offense. Allin lands a Canadian Destroyer on Santana for a few pin attempts. Quen hits Jericho with a reverse kick. Ortiz drops Quen. From there, Kassidy hits a crucifix bomb on Quen. Santana catches Kassidy with a cutter. Allin lands an apron moonsault on Jericho for a two-count before nailing Hager with a Coffin Drop on the outside! Kassidy hits a senton atomico on Jericho! 1… 2… Jericho kicks out! Jericho hits Kassidy with the Judas Effect for the 1… 2… 3!
Winners: The Inner Circle
Following their victory, The Inner Circle storm the ring to attack Allin and Private Party. Jericho whips Allin and Quen with the AEW World Championship. The attack continues on Allin, Guevara hitting him in the midsection with his own skateboard before using it to slam his throat! Moxley rushes to the ring with a baseball bat in hand, hitting everyone in sight! Moxley stands tall in the ring as The Inner Circle back up the ramp to end this week’s AEW Dynamite.