It’s officially All Out week! Less than a week away from AEW’s biggest PPV of the year, and there’s still no main event in sight. However, I think we can expect that to change tonight. Let’s see what’s on tap:
- Bryan Danielson vs. Jake Hager
- Toni Storm & Hikaru Shida vs. Dr. Britt Baker DMD & Jamie Hayter
- AEW Trios Tournament Semi-Final Match: The Elite vs. The United Empire
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AEW Dynamite 8/31/22
Live from the NOW Arena in Hoffman Estates, Illinois! Taz, Excalibur, and Taz are on the call tonight and here comes the champ! Crowd is split absolutely down the middle with “CM Punk” and “Moxley” chants. Moxley says the fans love CM Punk, but they might still be mopping him off the mat from last week. Calling Punk the 60-minute man is a load of crap. Moxley tests people. Moxley pushes people. Punk threw his best shot and Moxley took it, and Punk folded. Punk was given a second chance but it didn’t work out. Moxley has zero sympathy for CM Punk. CM Punk = fragile ego, fragile body, weak mind, weak spirit. Yikes. Moxley has an open contract for a title match at All Out this Sunday. Moxley signed his contract and anyone who wants it can come and take it. Moxley isn’t just the AEW world champion, he is the living embodiment of the sport of pro wrestling. Wrestling Jon Moxley may be hazardous to your health.
Moxley leaves the contract in the middle of the ring… so we have an open contract laying in the middle of the ring. Shouldn’t the entire roster be running to the ring right now? Ace Steel, good friend of CM Punk and backstage producer, runs in to the ring to grab the contract.
Tony Schiavone is with Chris Jericho. Jericho says if Stu and Owen were alive, they would appreciate what Jericho has done much more than what Danielson has done.
Enter Daniel Garcia. Garcia pledges his undying love to Jericho and the JAS. Garcia says the best version of Chris Jericho, the Lionheart, does not need to cheat to beat Danielson. Jericho says all is fair in wrestling and romance tonight.
Match #1. Bryan Danielson vs. Jake Hager
Regal and Jericho join commentary and Regal says this is the Chris Jericho that he wants to see vs. Danielson at All Out. Danielson catches Hager coming in with a boot as Hager shoots the double leg. Danielson locks in the guillotine in mid-air but Hager throws him off. Hager to the outside and Danielson hits a suicide dive. Danielson looks to dive off the apron but Hager catches him and spinebusters Danielson through a table. Hager now focusing the attack on Danielson’s back. Back in the ring now as Hager stomps a grounded Danielson, fighting off submission attempts. Sky high double leg takedown that looks more like a powerbomb now by Hager. Hager laying in some heavy overhand chops in the corner. Hager throws Danielson outside and into the barricades before throwing him right back in the ring, posing along the way. Hager puts Danielson on the top rope, but Danielson is able to fight him off and come off the top with a missile dropkick of his own. Danielson now attacks with some strikes and round kicks as the fans are coming unglued. Head kick by Danielson drops Hager and gets Danelson a long two count. Hammer and anvil elbows as Danielson transitions to a straight arm bar. Hager drops some heavy hammer fists but Danielson catches him with a triangle choke. BIG powerbomb by Hager forces Danielson to release the hold. Hammer fists again by Hager and an ankle lock. Danielson picks the ankle and locks in the Labell Lock! Hager gets to the ropes! Danielson absolutely destroys Hager in the corner with chops and kicks. Hager catches Danielson coming in and hits a big uranage before looking to lock in the arm triangle. Danielson rolls through for a pin attempt that gets two. Danielson ducks a clothesline and PSYCHO KNEE! One, two, three!
Winner: Bryan Danielson
Rating: ***. Really fun big man vs. little man match. Hager worked really well as the monster and the underdog story of Danielson is always fun.
The JAS attacks the ring afterward as Menard and Paker beat down Danielson. Castagnoli and Yuta hit the ring and dump the JAS as Danielson is by himself in the ring. Jericho heads to the ring with a chair but it’s Daniel Garcia! Garcia takes the chair from Jericho and he turns around directly into a Psycho Knee!
The Wingmen are in the ring and they’re not happy that there’s no room on TV for them this week.
Morrissey absolutely destroys everyone including big boots to Benoni and choke slams to Drake and Nemeth. Big Stoke didn’t waste any time as he hits the ring, presumably to recruit. Peter Avalon simply won’t stand for this and gets chokeslammed through the ring.
Tony Schiavone tries to get a word with Stokely and Morrissey but they’re not having it. The entire arena is chanting “TONY TONY TONY”.
Alex Marvez is trying to get a word with the United Empire but here’s Don Callis. Don says Ospreay is not the next Kenny Omega, he is the first Will BY GOD Ospreay.
Match #2. Toni Storm & Hikaru Shida vs. Jamie Hayter & Britt Baker
Shida offers a handshake but instead gets pie faced by Hayter. Faceplant hurricanrana by Shida to Hayter and that was BRUTAL. Quick tags by Shida and Storm here abut Hayter hits a jaw breaker and gets the tag to Baker. Running European uppercut by Storm and a ripcord elbow strike. Hayter trips up Storm and Baker takes advantage. Baker pulls Storm’s face into the ring post and Hayter takes liberties with stomps in the ring. Snap suplex by Hayter. Two count. Baker in now as she puts Storm on the top rope. Baker gets thrown off the top ad Storm comes flying in with a tornado DDT. Hot tag to Shida! 10 punches in the corner followed by a dropkick by Shida. Delayed vertical suplex by Shida. Seated meteora by Shida! Two count. Double suplex attempt by Storm and Shida but Hayter takes them both over with a suplex of her own. Baker gets the tag and plants Shida with a corkscrew neck breaker for a long two count. Baker looking for the stomp but Shida sidesteps, Baker delivers a rolling elbow anyway. Rebel gives Baker the infamous glove with Shida comes off the top with a flying knee! Tag to Storm as she hits the flying hip attack while Shida pulls Hayter off the apron. Tornado DDT by Storm to Hayter on the outside! Shida with the kitana (tornado kick) to Baker and that gets the three!
Winners: Toni Storm & Hikaru Shida
Rating: ***1/4. Toni Storm is an outstanding singles wrestler, but also seems to excel in any tag team she’s put in. We’ve seen these four women wrestle, well, some combination, of these four, several times… and it still doesn’t get old. Hayter is becoming a major player in the women’s division and this was a perfectly fine tag team match to set us up for All Out.
Pac says Kip Sabian has made his point, after following him around the world… he wants the AEW All Atlantic Title. Pac says Sabian can have the shot.
Sting is with Darby and Miro and says the enemy of my enemy is… my friend. Sting. Miro. Darby.
Here comes CM Punk!
Punk is walking to the ring, and he doesn’t seem like himself. Punk seems to be hobbling as he walks and looks as if he’s crying. June 1st, Punk broke his foot. That would have been bad enough, but then he wrestled an entire match on it. June 8th, Punk got surgery. Three plates and sixteen screws. Which, real quick, is sixteen more screws than this fat guy in the front row has ever gotten in his life. Bubba Ray Dudley promo from Heat Wave, maybe? Punk says he probably shouldn’t have said that, and he shouldn’t have done a lot of things in his career, like coming back too early from this injury. Punk says he got beat up in Cleveland and it’s okay, because it’s not the first time he’s gotten beat up in Cleveland. Punk says his foot is 100%, and the problem is, it’s a new 100% and he doesn’t know if that 100% is good enough. Punk teasing retirement, here. Punk came back to wrestling because he loves this business and he loves the fans, and the fans, unlike wrestling, do love him back. That’s why it hurts to feel like Punk let them down, and he couldn’t walk Larry for two months, and he felt like he let him down. Punk feels like he let his little sister down in the front row. Maybe Punks love just isn’t enough anymore.
Here’s Ace Steel.
Steel says that this wasn’t the conversation they had in the back. Steel had a career that he’s proud of, but he’s most proud of Punk’s. Steel and Punk aren’t just friends, they’re family. Steel isn’t letting Punk leave now. Punk sold out arenas on a rumor. Steel says it’s not about how many times you fall, it’s about how many times you get up. Steel slaps Punk in the face! “YOU F***ING GET UP!” Yikes, they missed the censor on that one. Steel says Punk is going to sign the contract and he’s going to fight Jon Moxley on Sunday! Steel says Punk might have forgotten, but the fans haven’t. “Remind him, Chicago!” The entire arena chants for CM Punk. Punk says they’ve been trying to kill him since the day he was born with the chord wrapped around his neck.
Punk heads into the crowd and says this is Chicago! We are different kids, but we’ve got the same heart beat. One pulse running through the streets of Chicago.. Jon Moxley at All Out… WE. ARE. CHICAGO.
Punk signs the contract and we’ve got a main event for All Out!
Earlier today, Jim Ross sat down with Christian Cage and Jungle Boy. Christian Cage has an elbow injury, so he’s less than 100%, but he still is going to kill Jungle Boy on Sunday. Christian is here to win titles and make money. Jungle Boy says this Saturday, Christian won’t be wrestling Jungle Boy, he will be fighting Jack Perry.
Match #3. Trios Match: FTR & Wardlow vs. Vic Capree (?), Silas Young, & Red Jones
Jones and Wardlow start. Headbutt by Wardlow. Ridiculous lariat. Cash is in with a back elbow and a snap suplex. Tag to Dax. Jones cuts Dax off and tags Capree. Capree turns around right into the Big Rig. Tag to Wardlow. Powerbomb. FTR is still in the ring. Can Aubrey count while this is happening? Assisted powerbomb by Wardlow.
Winners: FTR & Wardlow
Jon Moxley decides to walk to the ring as he steals the mic from Justin Roberts. Moxley says if that’s what Punk wants, then that’s what Punk gets. If Punk wants to go out on his shield in front of his hometown fans, then Chicago, we owe you that much. Punk vs. Moxley at All Out is official. Moxley says he will put on a display of violence that nobody has ever experienced.
Tony Schiavone is in the back with the Dark Order. 10 was injured during their match last week, and Evil Uno is taking 10’s spot in the trios tournament. Andrade is here, and he’s trying to buy 10 and Uno. Uno decides against it, and Andrade lays him out with the crutch.
Match #4. Dante Martin vs. Rush vs. Fenix vs. Wheeler Yuta
All hell breaks loose early. Ocotopus hold by Yuta to Rush early while Martin and Fenix are outside. Powerslam by Rush. Martin counters a Guerrero Special into a Code Red. Rolling thunder hurricanrana by Fenix on Martin for two followed by a tope con hiro to Rush. Suicide dive by Yuta to Rush. Running double jump tornillo to the outside by Martin. Anti-air by Rush with a headbutt to Martin. Double dropkick to Yuta and Fenix on the apron by Rush. Tope con hilo by Rush takes out all three guys. Rush grabs a camera chord and chops and whips everyone. Snap mare to Yuta and a punt to the back from Rush. Yuta and Rush now in the ring and trading chops and elbows. Rush grounds Yuta and teases the Bulls Horns before stopping and pie facing Yuta with his boot. Rush puts Yuta on the top but Fenix and Martin rush the ring before he could do anything. Rush disposes of both men before going back to Yuta, but Martin catches him again. Martin goes up and Rush hits release German to Martin who, in essence, moonsaults on to Fenix. Missile dropkick by Yuta to Martin. Leaping knee to Yuta by Rush. Straitjacket piledriver by Rush to Yuta gets two. Martin catches Fenix coming off the top with a full nelson sit out side effect that gets two. Fenix hits a gutwrench twisting facebuster on Martin for two. Dropkick by Rush breaks it up. Poison rana by Martin to Fenix as he heads up to the top. Martin looks for the Nose Dive but Yuta catches him. Yuta goes up top but Fenix crotches him. Fenix dives over Yuta to take out Rush on the outside. Martin sends Yuta to the apron who flips into the inside with an arm drag and sits through into a seatbelt with a leg trap that gets a three on Martin!
Winner: Wheeler Yuta
Rating: ***. I think? I don’t know how to rate this. It was just spot after spot after spot. Not a lot of story, not a lot of selling, but a lot of moves that seemed like they didn’t mean much unfortunately. The athleticism is there, and I understand wanting to get all of your stuff in but at some point, we have to slow it down.
Hangman Page is in the back and he’s aware that Silver and Reynolds need a tag team partner… and they’ve always had one.
Excalibur does his darndest to run down the cards for Rampage, Dynamite next week, AND All Out. Kip Sabian vs. Pac for the All-Atlantic Title has been added to the Buy In.
Match #5. AEW Trios Championship Tournament Semi Final: United Empire vs. The Elite
Kenny Omega’s entrance from Justin Roberts is just him putting himself over Will Ospreay and it’s hilarious. Don Callis has joined the commentary table and Omega’s rehab is going even better than expected. Ospreay and Omega start and both men just start chopping the heck out of each other. Aussie Open hits the ring but the Bucks dispatch them over the top. Omega hits the ropes but Ospreay follows and clotheslines him over. Assisted hurricanrana by the Bucks to Ospreay. Double plancha by the Bucks but Aussie Open catches them and sandwiches Omega between them. Skytwister Press by Ospreay takes out the Elite. All six men are brawling on the outside now. Matt back drops Ospreay on the ramp and then dives off the side of the entrance to take out Aussie Open. Back in the ring and Ospreay is getting stomped by the Elite, who are making quick tags. Matt comes off the top with a double axe handle and he’s the legal man. Nick’s in now but Ospreay is still locked up with Omega. Big boot to the lower back by Nick and a face scrape. Tag to Nick as Ospreay gets tossed to the ropes but rebounds with a flipping dropkick. Mark Davis is in now and he delivers a clothesline to the Bucks and a double body slam. Pop up head kick by Aussie Open and an assisted cutter forces Omega to make the save. Fidget Spinner attempt but Matt hurricanranas out of it and dumps Fletcher over the top rope. Ospreay is in now and Matt hits a cazadora bomb (?). Hot tag to Kenny! Double axe to Davis followed by a dropkick to the knee and a hits the Blue Shadow (is that a new name?). Snap dragon to Fletcher! Snap dragon to Davis! Ospreay comes in and gets thrown to the outsdie but holds on. Omega lines up Davis for a V-Trigger but Ospreay skins the cat and hits the thrust kick to the face. Oscutter attempt but Omega blocks in and hits a dragon suplex, but Ospreay lands on his feet. Omega gets hurricanarand and sent to the outside. Space Flying Tiger Drop by Ospreay but Omega moves… Snap dragon on the outside! Omega heads up top but Fletcher catches him with an enziguiri. Aussie Open follow Omega up top and hit a stalling super plex! Nick breaks up the pin at two! Ospreay is in now and he rips the compression shirt off of Omega. Big spinning back breaker by Ospreay. Davis is in now and putting the boots and shoulders to Omega in the corner. Spine buster by Davis gets a two count. Davis dumps Matt to the outside from the apron. Quick tags now by the United Empire as Omega is isolated in their corner. Abdominal stretch by Ospreay to Omega but Omega fight out and flips over his back, but he still can’t get to his corner. Ospreay holds a leg but Omega headbutts his way out. Hot tag to Nick! Springboard Canadian Destoryer to Ospreay! Double jump arm drag to Aussie Open. Double facebuster to Aussie Open. Moonsault spinning DDT to Ospreay on the outside! Nick goes up top, 450 to Ospreay but Ospreay gets his knees up! Snap dragon by Ospreay to Nick! Ospreay points the V-Trigger to Nick but Omega is in and he’s heated. Omega and Ospreay are exchanging heavy chops but Ospreay misses the enziguiri! Ospreay flips out of a lariat into a Liger Bomb! One, two, NO! Nick is in now and United Empire are looking for the assisted Oscutter but Nick hits a cutter to Ospreay instead. Tag to Matt! Super kick to Fletcher! Running knee by Nick. Kenny is and hits a pop-up powerbomb. Triple V/BTE Trigger to Fletcher, but Davis breaks up the pin! Nick dumps Davis to the outside and hits a triple jump escalara to the outside! Meltzer Driver attempt but Ospreay hits an Oscutter in mid-air! Meltzer Driver-like maneuver with Ospreay coming off the top with a shooting star but he didn’t get all of it. Two count on Matt! Hidden Blade by Ospreay is blocked by a V-Trigger from Omega! Superkick by Nick to Fletcher! Double superkick to Davis! Triple Superkick to Fletcher! Omega looks for a V-Trigger to Fletcher but Ospreay intercepts with one of his own to Omega! Superkick by Ospreay to Nick but Matt catches Nick and sets him up with Omega… Indy Taker to Ospreay but he’s not the legal man! V-Trigger by Kenny to Fletcher! One Winged Angel! ONE, TWO, THREE!
Winners: The Elite
Rating: ****1/2. Absolute insanity of a car crash trios match and wow. I’m exhausted. The crowd was on fire, every single wrestler in this match played their part, and Kenny Omega has not missed a single step. Ospreay and Omega are destined for a singles clash down the line, and I’d love to see way more Aussie Open. The trios tournament has been nothing short of spectacular and a welcome addition to AEW.
Ospreay is on the entrance way as he starts down the Elite.
Final Thoughts: Now THIS was a go-home show. The Elite are firing on all cylinders and AEW is storming into All Out. A title rematch is a little questionable, but the promo that Steel and Punk cut without a doubt helped sell the match. I wish the Elite vs. United Empire match was in the finals of this tournament and on PPV, but that’s just me. The women’s fatal four-way match has also picked up some steam and should delivers. Fun show tonight, flew by, amazing main event. 8.75/10.