Oct 11, 2019
AEW Dynamite Episode 2
October 9, 2019
Boston, MA, USA
By Chris Flook
Good evening! Week 2 of AEWD looks to build on an excellent debut edition of the program. Once again the show opens with a nice video package promoting the night’s opening match, a nice touch that underscores the importance of the matches and their results. Let’s get to it!
The Young Bucks (Matt Jackson & Nick Jackson) vs Private Party (Marq Quen & Isiah Kassidy)
From a location where you need an invitation, at a combined weight of 24 oz of vodka cranberry, it’s Private Party! Nick starts with Kassidy. Some nice basics, or at least basics by 2019 standards. Nick spits his gum at him. Draping neckbreaker/atomic senton combo by the Bucks. Gutbuster/somersault neckbreaker combo by the Bucks. Nice double-teams as they establish their dominance early, likely foreshadowing some great shine for PP later. The Bucks with rapid tags as they work the arm. Kassidy gets Matt outside the ring and hits an Asai moonsault. He tags in Quen who hits a slingshot flying body press on Nick inside the ring. I like Quen, but he’s got the slowest and lightest tope suicida in history, which he “hits” on Matt. He then flies over the top rope on the other side of the ring with a no-hands plancha on Nick. Then a tope con hilo on Matt, then a running diving moonsault on Nick. Great shine spot with the four dives. 450 splash on Nick gets a 2.85. Blind tag to Matt and they double superkick Quen, followed by a double version of the Shawn Michaels/Shelton Benjamin superkick spot on Kassidy (not as perfect of course). Matt with a running powerbomb on Kassidy on the STEEL ramp. Sliced Bread #2/pinning powerbomb combo gets 2 for the Bucks on Quen. Sharpshooter by Nick while he leads a chant of “tap.” “This is awesome” chants. Tony Schiavone points out the viciousness of Matt rubbing his forearm on Quen’s face during a lateral press. There are so many nice touches like that on this show. Double hip toss, back handsprings, double dropkicks by the Bucks. “Tag team wrestling” chants. Catapult/double foot stomp combo. Jim Ross encourages the kids to “do a Google” on the Rock ‘n Roll Express. Quen blocks Nick’s superkick and throws his foot into Matt’s head, then leapfrogs Nick’s spear attempt and Nick flies outside. Quen dives for the hot tag but Matt recovers and smothers him. Quen nearly makes the hot tag but Nick pulls Kassidy off the apron in the Nick of Time starring Johnny Depp. Matt hits a spear mid-ring for 2. Double suplex reversed by Quen with double knees while upside down, followed by a double Pele kick. Hot tag to “Don’t Call Me Leif” Kassidy (Jim Ross actually said this) who hits a shotgun dropkick on both Bucks. Clotheslines by IK and then a single huracanrana on Matt & Nick. Locomotion northern lights suplexes by Matt, ending with the obligatory double NLS and double pin on the last one. Matt hits a turnbuckle bomb as Nick hits a head kick upon impact. Matt with a sharpshooter on Kassidy while Nick kicks Quen’s head off outside the ring from the apron. As IK tries to do a push up out of the sharpshooter, Nick hits his patented slingshot facebuster into apron moonsault to neutralize both opponents. IK gets to the ropes. Quen sneaks in a blind tag from the apron as Matt has IK in a fireman’s carry. IK slips out the back door of the club and shoves Matt into Nick, who was up top, and ends up getting crotched. IK with a reverse huracanrana on Matt. Gin & Juice on Nick! Jim Ross says it was on the rocks! Rock on! Beautiful shooting star press by Quen on Matt gets 2.91. Quen’s hair gets better by the week. The Bucks get Quen up for the Meltzer Driver, but Kassidy grabs Nick’s leg mid-jump, and Nick ends up eating about two pounds worth of apron. Quen victory rolls Matt for the surprise 3!
Private Party (Marq Quen [O] & Isiah Kassidy) over The Young Bucks (Matt Jackson [X] & Nick Jackson) via victory roll.
Chris Jericho comes out with his new group, The Inner Circle. Good name. Jericho says last week was the highest-rated premiere in TNT history thanks to him. He says he and his guys aren’t next, they’re now. Jericho calls them the four closest men to him he’s ever met. Well, that’s not believable at all. He makes it official that they’re a stable. He says Sammy Guevara looks like a Spanish god (look how sexy he is!), a teenage heartthrob and a great performer. And he’s on his list. He says Santana and Ortiz are dirtier and nastier than they’ve ever been. They’re also on the list, viva la raza. Nice nod to Eddie’s birthday. Jake Hager (pronounced Hagar by Jericho) stands stoically as a loud “we the people” chant erupts. Jericho says, “OK, hold on. We the people sucks and it’s dead and buried. It was a stupid idea from bad creative and all that’s gone.” Beautiful. “AEW” chants. Jericho says Hager is undefeated, and that’s a shoot. Jericho sounds like he calls these guys his “confidents” instead of “confidantes.” Hasn’t he ever watched Golden Girls??? Jericho says they’re taking control of AEW, and they’re in charge now. He calls Cody a stupid son of a bitch. He calls Cody entitled. He doesn’t like Cody or his family. He calls Dusty a jerk. He calls Dustin a moron. He says he’ll beat the ever-loving SHIT out of Cody. “Shit” chants. This was an awesome promo, and a reminder of what wrestling should be when not dominated by a stupid old carny control freak.
Jimmy Havoc vs Darby Allin
This is a #1 contender’s match, with the winner getting a title shot against Jericho next week on Dynamite. La Magistral by Allin. Prawn hold by Havoc. Jim Ross puts over the time limit draw with Cody, which I love. Allin with a dropkick into the corner. Allin attempts to suplex him in from the apron, Havoc counters with a hand bite. Classic. Havoc with a falcon arrow from the apron to the outside. 2 count once back in the ring. Havoc whips him into the corner. More hand biting. Allin fires back but Havoc starts choking him the corner. Sleeperhold suplex by Havoc.
Back from commercial and Allin is in control. Rolling elbow from Havoc gets 2. DVD into the turnbuckles gets 2. Tiger Driver ‘98 gets 2. Allin surprises him with a crucifix from the ground for 2. Havoc tries the Acid Rainmaker, but Allin gives him a taste of his own hand, I mean medicine, with a handbite. Allin with an over-the-top stunner and the Coffin Drop in the centre of the ring for the 3!
Darby Allin over Jimmy Havoc via Coffin Drop.
Bea Priestley & Emi Sakura vs Dr. Britt Baker DMD & Riho
Riho and Sakura start. Collar and elbow tie-up. Slam by Sakura. Matrix escape by Riho. Another slam by Sakura. Romero Special by Sakura. Priestley and Baker brawl on the outside. Riho takes out both opponents with a flying body press from the top to the outside. PIP commercial break. Riho with a headscissors and 619. Priestley and Sakura double team Baker. Priestey with a beautiful RegalPlex. Riho comes in and takes out Sakura but eats a kick from Bea. Priestley and Baker brawl mid-ring. Priestley draped on the second rope, takes a double stomp from Riho and draping DDT from Baker. Sakura dragging her partner to the corner. I love that touch. Sakura with the old Jericho-style butterfly backbreaker. Sakura hits a corner crossbody then a Vader Bomb-style elbow. Cutter by Baker. Swinging neckbreaker by Baker. Sakura with knees to the face. Rolling elbow by Baker. Baker with the Rings of Saturn/mandible claw combo for the submission.
Dr. Britt Baker DMD [O] & Riho over Bea Priestley & Sakura [X] via Rings of Saturn/mandible claw combo.
The Best Friends do a quick interview, showing Orange Cassidy sitting behind them.
Shawn Spears vs Jon Moxley
This will be intense. Mox gets right to it. Ten punches in the corner. Snapmare, back kick, chest kick by Mox. Corkscrew elbow drop for 2. Chop by Spears. Kicks from Mox. Running back elbow from Mox. Spears takes a powder but Mox won’t let him rest. Irish whip into the barricade. Tully attacks Mox. Spears chokes him from behind, but Mox shrugs him off and takes control again anyway. I love that, managers shouldn’t be able to so easily and completely change who’s in control every single time. Tully does get revenge and shove Mox into the STEEL steps from behind. Spears throws Mox into the barricade now. PAC, on guest commentary, suddenly comes to life and starts promoting his win-loss record (one pinfall loss in two years). Spears with a sick DVD onto the floor in the corner of the barricades. Spears with GnP once back in the ring. Spears with a stomp to the back of the knee (?). Hard chop by SS. Mox back with his own hard chops. SS drops him with a dropkick. SS with a stomach stomp where he rubs his foot in (?). Mox sits in a chair outside to recover. Rydeen bomb by Spears for 2. Half crab by SS. Mox kneed from behind to the outside. Tope suicida by SS, followed by one right back by Mox. Violence party by Mox in the corner. Running knee to the temple by Mox gets 2. Chop war by the two fellows. Slap by Mox. Rolling left elbow by SS. Lariat by Mox. DVD to the knee by SS for 2. Headbutt by Mox. Paradigm Shift (the former Dirty Deeds) by Mox for 3!
Jon Moxley over Shawn Spears via Paradigm Shift.
The Inner Circle (Chris Jericho & Sammy Guevara) vs Dustin Rhodes & “Hangman” Adam Page
The announcers agree that Adam Page reminds them of Barry Windham. I don’t get that in the slightest, other than hair and attire, which is a lazy comparison. The aura of the two men is totally opposite in my opinion. Jim Ross says Sammy reminds him of the Diaz brothers. That’s actually an interesting comparison, although Sammy seems like he’d actually be a nice kid, not gutter trash like Nick and Nate. Jim Ross calls Hager “a great signing by Scott Coker” in Bellator.
Dustin attacks Jericho. Dustin jerseys the Canadian. So many nice touches in AEW. Dustin throws Jericho over the barricade into the crowd. Dustin gets Irish whipped by Guevara in the ring, but bounces off the ropes with a flying clothesline. Fantastic camera angle from behind shows the excellent impact on clotheslines from both Page and Dustin, then Dustin throws Sammy into another clothesline from Page. Page with the old Razor Ramon spot from every jobber match ever (duck the clothesline and watch the fallaway slam). Pescado onto Jericho. Page deadlifts Guevara into a nifty bridge pin. Dustin comes in with his patented shovel uppercut. Dustin whips Sammy hard to the corner. Sammy takes the Bret/Owen bump I tried to take in every match I ever had. Basic double team by the faces, followed by an atomic slam by Dustin and a standing shooting star press by Page. Sammy with a fireman carry from the 2nd turnbuckle and just drops Page on the top turnbuckle.
Back from a non-PIP commercial, and we find the heels in control. Jericho chokes Page and counts along with the ref. Jericho tags Sammy in. Page hits him with a back suplex. Jericho back in. Jericho slaps him and does his patented obvious talking. Lionsault hits knees. Guevara in but eats a tremendous discus lariat, doing a flipping sell all the way over and lands in a sitting position. Dustin in. Excalibur even correctly calls Dustin’s inverted atomic drop a Manhattan drop. Dustin with a twisting cross body off the top on both opponents. Page with an Orihara moonsault on Guevara. Hager mows down Page with a clothesline on the outside. Dustin gets a nearfall 2 with a Yoshi Tonic. Dustin with a snap powerslam on Sammy. Jericho set up for the Dustbuster but Hager clotheslines Dustin with the ref distracted. Jericho hits the Judas Effect for 3.
The Inner Circle (Chris Jericho [O] & Sammy Guevara) vs Dustin Rhodes [X] & “Hangman” Adam Page
We get the obligatory show-closing brawl. Hager and Page brawl to the back. The lights go out and Cody appears. CrossRhodes on Sammy. Santana and Ortiz come out to attack Cody. Jericho chokes Cody with his own tie. I hope that was a nod to Daniel Bryan choking Justin Roberts, who happens to be ringside. Too hot for TV, eh Vince? MJF runs in with a chair and teases hitting Cody, but then cleans house on the (other) heels. MJF celebrates for a while until Jericho hits a codebreaker on him. The Bucks come out for a superkick party. Stereo tope suicidas on Santana & Ortiz. Jericho heads up the ramp with the belt but Darby Allin flies down the ramp on a skateboard and jumps off with a flying knee. Cool spot. Allin hits Jericho with the skateboard. The faces (and MJF) stand tall to close the show, as Jericho grabs a mic and tells Darby next week is his funeral, bitch.
Final Thoughts: Another great show, to no one’s surprise, except maybe Vince. Although, as many people know, Vince McMahon knows zero about the wrestling business outside WWE. It’s so nice to be a fan of professional wrestling again.