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AEW Dynamite Recap | 12/08/21 | From Long Island, NY

The final Dynamite before Winter is Coming erupted in Long Island as MJF received a hero’s welcome, while CM Punk dug into a little heel heat in this week’s recap.

Previously on All Elite Wrestling

12/1/21 Dynamite Results (Episode 113)

  • Bryan Danielson def. Alan “Five” Angels via submission (6:09) with the Heel Hook. Post-match, Danielson talked trash about his Winter is Coming opponent, AEW World Champion “Hangman” Adam Page. The Dark Order’s John Silver offered to fight Danielson, but the American Dragon backed off.
  • CM Punk def. Lee Moriarty via pinfall (10:24) with the GTS. MJF was on commentary and proceeded to insult CM Punk after the match. Punk tried to go after Max after he threatened to kill his beloved dog, Larry, but Wardlow stood in the way.
  • Adam Cole made his full entrance, presumably to call the next match with the commentators. However, Orange Cassidy confronted him and did his usual taunts to Cole. The Young Bucks snuck behind Cassidy, but he snuffed them out. Cole took down Cassidy with a low blow as he and the Bucks mocked the Freshly-Squeezed One with his taunt. They attempted a BTE Trigger, but were chased off by Chuck Taylor & Wheeler YUTA.
  • Wardlow def. AC Adams via pinfall (1:30) after multiple powerbombs. Post-mach, Shawn Spears overzealously attacked Adams with a chair before celebrating as if he was the one who won the match.
  • Penta El Zero M & an eye-patch wearing PAC spoke about their tag match on Rampage against FTR with Rey Fenix unable to compete due to travel issues.
  • Darby Allin & Sting def. The Gunn Club (Colten & Billy Gunn) via pinfall (10:06) after Sting pinned Colten with the Scorpion Death Drop. With the loss to Sting & Darby, The Gunn Club’s unbeaten streak is no more.
  • 2point0 and their “son” Daniel Garcia attacked Chris Jericho backstage, ending with a Matt Lee chairshot to Jericho’s head.
  • Lio Rush confronted Taz and Team Taz ahead of the Dynamite Dozen Battle Royal next week.
  • “Smart” Mark Sterling & Jade Cargill announced that Cargill would face Thunder Rosa’s student Janai Kai on Rampage this Friday. Rosa showed up to say that she’d be at the commentary booth for this match.
  • Ruby Soho def. Kris Statlander via pinfall (10:28) to advance to the Semifinals of the TBS Championship Tournament in an excellent first-time match between the two. After the match, Nyla Rose attacked Ruby in the ring.
  • Cody Rhodes def. Andrade El Idolo in the Atlanta Street Fight via pinfall (18:15) with a suplex through a flaming table (that Cody took the worst off) after a wildly-entertaining main event brawl.

12/14/21 Rampage Results (Episode 18)

  • Sammy Guevara def. Tony Nese via pinfall (12:53) to retain the TNT Championship.
  • Christian Cage vowed to make sure that Jurassic Express would become the AEW Tag Team Champions, even if it was the last thing he did.
  • Jade Cargill def. Janai Kai via pinfall (0:31) in a usual Jade Cargill squash. Thunder Rosa, who was on commentary, stormed the ring and fought with Jade after the match.
  • The Young Bucks challenged the Best Friends to a tag match on Dynamite next week. During the promo, Don Callis was seen walking behind the Bucks & Adam Cole, making a call to somebody.
  • Eddie Kingston said that 2point0 would have to reap what they sow for beating him up last week.
  • FTR (Dax Harwood & Cash Wheeler) def. Penta El Zero M & PAC via pinfall (18:19) after Malakai Black spat his dark mist at PAC’s non-eyepatch eye, allowing Dax to get the rollup pin. Post-match, FTR laid out Penta and pulled his mask off, while Malakai bloodied up PAC’s face.

It’s Wednesday Night. You Know What That Means

From the newly-built UBS Arena in Long Island, NY, it’s time once again for AEW Dynamite with a week away from Winter Is Coming. Joined once again by Excalibur and Tony Schiavone, as well as Taz filling in for Jim Ross, it’s time for yet another action-packed edition on the Winter is Coming go-home show.

Best Troll in the World

CM Punk had a lot of fun at the expense of the hometown crowd of rival MJF (Credit: All Elite Wrestling)

The music of MJF plays to a raucous reaction from his hometown Long Island crowd…. but it’s actually CM Punk making the entrance! These fans are not happy with Punk duping them like this as the Best in the World takes in the jeers of the UBS Arena crowd.

“That’s all you got? Chicago was so much louder!” Punk mocks the Long Island fans’ reaction to him, even going as far as dissing the New York Islanders for remaining winless at UBS Arena. He berates the fans for making MJF “their” guy as he takes off his sweater to reveal the Four Pillars t-shirt with MJF replaced by Dr. Britt Baker. Punk calls MJF an “incel” for making his praise of Britt Baker all about “T&A” rather than just being in awe of Britt’s talent. Punk likens the Islanders’ defeating the Ottawa Senators on the road to him beating QT Marshall. He says that MJF is basically the Dennis Rodman to this Long Island crowd before turning his attention to next week’s AEW World Title match between Bryan Danielson & Hangman Page. Punk wants next.

Punk says that he’s throwing down the gauntlet against MJF tonight, saying that he wants him one-on-one without running like they do in Long Island, but rather fight like Chicagoans do. Punk says that he doesn’t think MJF won’t agree to it and that nobody in the arena will agree to it because they’re all chickenshit.

An Entrance Fit For a Homecoming King

A white Ferrari drives up to a football field as narration talks about the difference between a hero and a villain. MJF steps out of the Ferrari and puts on his High School letterman jacket as the narration begins to boast about Max’s high school accomplishments, notably citing that he was the leader of an acapella group known as the Acafellas. “He may not be your cup of tea, but to Long Island, he’s salt of the earth,” the narration concludes. Soon, MJF makes an entrance to loud cheers from his hometown crowd.

Match 1: Dynamite Dozen Battle Royal (Final Two Advance to Finals at Winter is Coming)

Playing the hometown hero, MJF soaked in the cheers of the Long Island crowd (Credit: All Elite Wrestling)

The Story So Far

This is the third such battle royal with a shot at the Dynamite Diamond Ring for the final two competitors of this match at stake. Said ring has been won by MJF two years in a row.

The Match

MJF is nearly eliminated at the start by Jay Lethal, but Wardlow & Shawn Spears save him. Wardlow yeets Lee Moriarty out of the ring for the first elimination. Matt Sydal is soon eliminated by Will Hobbs. Matt Hardy is passed the brass knuckles by The Bunny as he knocks Jay Lethal out of the match. Dante Martin soon eliminates Matt Hardy from the match as Lio Rush confronts him. Wardlow punches out Dante as Hobbs takes down Lio Rush. As Big E is wont to say, it’s time for Big Meaty Men Slapping Meat as Wardlow & “Powerhouse” Hobbs square off against one another for a bit until Hobbs is left on the apron. Lio Rush takes Hobbs out of the match as the action goes to picture-in-picture.

The action resumes as MJF cheapshots Dante Martin and proceeds to play to the crowd while hiding behind Wardlow. Lio Rush sidesteps Wardlow and goes after MJF, but he’s soon caught by the War Dog. Wardlow has Lio and Lee Johnson in a double choke, but Dante Martin hits him with a drop kick. Lio, Lee, and Dante work on trying to eliminate Wardlow, but MJF sneaks from behind and eliminates everybody… Wardlow included! MJF and Wardlow have a bit a disagreement at what has happened as Frankie Kazarian tries to sneak up, but he’s dumped to the outside

The lights pulsate for a brief moment as Dante Martin, Ricky Starks, and MJF are the only ones remaining. The Team Taz members eye MJF and look like they’re going to team up against him… but Dante catches Starks off-guard and tosses him out of the ring!

Dante Martin & MJF advance to the Dynamite Diamond Ring Finals (8:51)

Post-Match

Dante rips off his FTW armband and throws it away as he and MJF look towards each other for a second. Max offers a respectful handshake to Dante, who accepts it. As MJF leaves, Dante is attacked by Ricky Starks, who’s putting the boots to the ex-Team Taz member! MJF hesitates to assist, but eventually decides to run to the ring to stare down Starks. They get into a shoving contest, but they decide to beat the crap out of Dante instead! CM Punk runs in as MJF runs away. Ricky taunts Punk, but gets turned around for an enzuiguri from Dante Martin. Punk follows that up with the GTS on Starks. Throughout all this, Taz is freaking out on commentary about Dante’s doublecross, promising that he’ll pay for it.

Match 2: Jurassic Express (Jungle Boy & Luchasaurus) and Varsity Blondes (Griff Garrison & Brian Pillman Jr.) vs. The Acclaimed (Max Caster & Anthony Bowens) & 2point0 (Matt Lee & Jeff Parker)

Luchasaurus of the Jurassic Express takes both members of The Acclaimed for a wild ride (Credit: All Elite Wrestling)

The Story So Far

Not really any pre-existing rivalry going on with these teams, but 2point0 have been in the spotlight lately by drawing the ire of Eddie Kingston & Chris Jericho by antagonizing the two veterans in recent weeks. Meanwhile, Jurassic Express are now the No.1 contenders for the AEW World Tag Titles after recent successes. A win tonight will surely keep that momentum up.

The Match

Jungle Boy & Anthony Bowens to start off. Locking up between the two as the match kicks off. Bowens takes advantage with chops as he tags Max Caster in. J.B. starts to impress by using his acrobatic skills to clean house on the heel team to send them all out of the ring. Griff Garrison with the tag and the tope con giro right onto the entire heel team! Caster is tossed back in as the Varsity Blondes use some tandem offense to rock the rapper. Two-count. Brian Pillman Jr. is tagged in and he continues the attack on Caster. Anthony Bowens interferes, which allows Caster to take advantage against B.P.J. The heel team maintains their control with rapid tags and rest holds. Pillman weathers the storm and eventually manages to get the hot tag to Luchasaurus who proceeds to raise a little hell against the heels. Multiple back splashes to 2point0 and The Acclaimed across opposite corners keeps the teams floored. Luchasaurus has Parker & Lee in a double chokeslam position, but Max Caster attacks him.

Luchasaurus grabs Caster and Bowens and does the double chokeslam onto both of them. A kick by 2point0 sends Luchasaurus back to the face corner as Jungle Boy tags in. Perry floors both 2point0 members until Matt Lee hits him with a forearm. Griff Garrison hits Lee with an elbow, but he’s taken out by a combination by Anthony Bowens. Modified fisherman’s falcon arrow by Brian Pillman Jr takes down Bowens. Pillman turns around to a crossbody by Caster, who’s then hit with a DDT by Jungle Boy. J.B. applies the Snare Trap, but Daniel Garcia’s presence stops him.

Eddie Kingston runs down from the ramp and throws Garcia into the steel steps! Jungle Boy turns to a clothesline by Caster. He goes off to the top rope for the Mic Drop, but he misses! J.B. quickly locks in the Snare Trap again and Caster taps out!

Jurassic Express & Varsity Blondes def. The Acclaimed & 2point0 via submission – Jungle Boy submits Max Caster w/ Snare Trap (8:51)

Post-Match

Eddie Kingston tells a cameraman to come with him as he yells at the camera… saying something that the audio can’t really pick up. Ortiz is there talking with him, but they’re soon swarmed by 2point0 and Daniel Garcia and things begin to break down into a brawl! AEW officials are quick to break this brawl up.

A Rematch Set

FTR & Tully Blanchard talk about how they’ve defeated the Lucha Brothers three times, including this past weekend at AAA’s TripleMania event. There’s an AEW Tag Title match set for Friday’s Rampage, where FTR declare that they’ll be the first-ever two-time AEW Tag Champs.

Match 3: The Young Bucks (Matt & Nick Jackson) vs. CHAOS (Rocky Romero & Chuck Taylor)

The action was fast and furious as the war between The Elite and CHAOS erupted on Dynamite (Credit: All Elite Wrestling)

The Story So Far

This dispute started when Adam Cole took issue with the Best Friends a couple of weeks ago, leading to a tag match where Cole & Bobby Fish defeated Wheeler YUTA & Orange Cassidy on Rampage. Last week on Dynamite, Cole was confronted by Cassidy, who was soon on the wrong end of a triple-team attack by the SuperKliq. YUTA and Chuck Taylor made the save.

The Match

Rocky & Nick Jackson kicking things off. Stalemate between the two men until Romero taps into some lucha libre offense with a tijeras, followed by the arm drag. Chuck Taylor tags in, while Matt Jackson makes the blind tag. Oklahoma Roll by Taylor gets a two-conut. Chuck works over Matt and tags Rocky Romero back in. The Young Bucks with a double team to take Chuck out of the ring, as Rocky avoids the double clothesline. Suicide dive to Nick on the outside! Matt Jackson floors Rocky with a dropkick as Nick brings him back in the ring. Rake to the eye by Matt. He follows that up with a handspring and a backscratch to the cornered Romero. Now it’s all Young Bucks working over Romero. Rocky avoids a double clothesline and Chuck Taylor is tagged back into the match. He gets them both with a DDT/Flatliner combo move that takes them both out. Tope con giro by Chuck to the Bucks on the outside! He turns to Brandon Cutler, who backs away to the ramp, and then turns around to superkicks from the Bucks. Rocky Romero attempts a double crossbody, but he’s caught by the Bucks. Superkick to Romero by Nick Jackson.

Back in the ring, Matt and Nick look like they’re gonna hit suicide dives onto the CHAOS duo, but they just end up doing the SuperKliq SuperKiss with Adam Cole instead. Kick from the apron by Nick Jackson on Chuck Taylor. The Young Bucks set Chuck on the apron and hit a double-team senton on him! Dynamite goes to commercial and picture-in-picture with the Bucks having a clear advantage.

The action resumes as Orange Cassidy has a staredown with Nick Jackson, but he’s kicked in the head by Adam Cole. In the ring, Chuck Taylor soundly avoids the Bucks and gets the tag to Rocky Romero. With the Bucks on opposite corners, Romero lets loose on them with the FOREVER! Lariats. Double back suplex is turned into a double hurricanrana on the Bucks by Romero. Running Sliced Bread gets a close near-fall. Nick Jackson with the “Suck It!” facebuster on Rocky, but he’s taken down with Sole Food by Chuck Taylor.

Matt Jackson hits the rolling Northern Lights suplexes, but the last one is reversed into a Tornado DDT as he and Rocky Romero are down on the mat. Brandon Cutler’s cold-spray moment allows for Adam Cole to step in. Orange Cassidy does his slow kicks, but he’s superkicked by Nick Jackson. Chuck Taylor kicks Adam Cole and Romero hits Nick. Rocky and Matt with standing switches, but Cutler ends up spraying Matt Jackson with the cold spray! Jackknife pin gets another near fall! What a match! Romero’s Slice Bread is reversed into an attempted Tombstone by Matt. Rocky counters and sends Matt into Nick Jackson on the apron! Backslide: 1… 2… 2.99999999999!!!!!!!!!

Knee strike by Romero and an enzuiguri, but he’s countered into a Tombstone position by Matt and with Nick back up, the Meltzer Driver soon follows. 1, 2, 3. This one’s over.

The Young Bucks def. CHAOS via pinfall – Matt Jackson pins Rocky Romero w/ Meltzer Driver (15:41)

Post-Match

The SuperKliq put the boots to Rocky, Chuck, and Orange. An attempted run-in by Wheeler YUTA fails to turn the tide as he too gets beaten down. The Young Bucks & Adam Cole have Orange set up for the BTE Trigger, but the theme of the Best Friends interrupts. A familiar white van pulls up and it’s Sue. Trent Barretta steps out and he just wipes out the SuperKliq by himself. Now recovered, the full-strength Best Friends do the group hug, complete with camera zoom out. Kris Statlander & Sue join in the celebration as the Roppongi Vice theme plays.

“Surprise, Bitch!”

Alex Marvez is standing by backstage with Ruby Soho. Penelope & The Bunny pull up to interrupt. They say that when Nyla Rose is TBS Champion, they’ll be first in line to get title shots. As such, they’ll be teaming with Nyla this Friday on Rampage against Ruby and two partners of her choosing. Penelope and the Bunny mock Ruby for having no friends, calling her “Ruby Solo”. Taking exception, Ruby punches out Penelope and tries to fight them both. 

Nyla Rose catches Ruby with a “surprise, bitch!” and an attack from behind. The heels team up to beat down Ruby until Tay Conti & Anna Jay fend them off.

A Very Cody Christmas

From one good guy to the next… (Credit: All Elite Wrestling)

Tony Schiavone is about to interview TNT Champion Sammy Guevara, but they’re interrupted by Cody Rhodes, who’s met with the usual reaction of boos from the crowd. Cody says that he didn’t want to blindside Sammy, but that from “one good guy to the next”, the Christmas Day challenge for the TNT Title has been filled. It’s going to be Cody Rhodes vs. Sammy Guevara for the TNT Championship. Cody wishes Sammy luck as he thinks about leaving through the heel tunnel before turning around to leave through the face tunnel instead.

The Men of the Year interrupt from the crowd. They say that Dan Lambert – who was able to get Ethan Page a TNT Championship – will be back soon. Continuing AEW promos’ fascination with balls, they challenge Sammy to get a pair and challenge guys in the top five of the rankings (i.e. Scorpio Sky & Ethan Page). Sammy is more than happy to fight them.

Thunder Rosa vs. Jade Cargill Promo

A video featuring remarks from Rosa & Cargill plays, hyping their impending TBS Championship Tournament Semifinals match.

Match 4: Riho vs. Jamie Hayter

Riho had to dig real deep to defeat Jamie Hayter on Dynamite (Credit: All Elite Wrestling)

The Story So Far

Riho won a “Black Friday Deal” Match on Rampage two weeks ago to earn a shot at Dr. Britt Baker’s AEW Women’s Championship. Last week, Britt tasked Jamie Hayter to wear out Riho in this match that we’re about to see.

The Match

Hayter uses her size early on to maintain control. Scoop slam followed by an arrogant one-foot pin that Riho kicks out of. As Hayter distracts referee Aubrey Edwards, Dr. Britt Baker takes advantage and attacks Riho in the corner. Riho with the tejaras on Hayter followed by a tiger feint kick to the massive hitwoman of Dr. Britt. Hayter powders to the outside as Riho goes to the top. Attempted dive is caught by Hayter, who rams Riho right into the ring post! Jamie takes over again and just tosses Riho into opposite turnbuckles. Headlock followed by a suplex by Hayter takes us into the picture-in-picture commercials.

Dynamite returns live with Hayter still in full control over Riho in this match, to the delight of Dr. Britt & Rebel. Failed hammer throw by Riho is blocked by Hayter. Attempted hurricanrana is turned into a backbreaker by Hayter. Riho rolls up Hayter, followed by the mushroom stomp is able to stun Hayter. Both women are down as Aubrey Edwards begins to count them out. Hayter is the first back to her feet as Riho tries her best to fight this massive foe. Rollup only gets a two-count. Hayter misses with the splash and Riho takes advantage with a dragon suplex! 1… 2… NO! Hayter blocks an attempted Northern Lights Suplex by Riho and turns that into a sheer drop brainbuster. 1, 2, nope. Backbreaker by Hayter crushes Riho’s back, but she refuses to give up. 

Single leg crab applied by Hayter, but Riho turns that into another rollup, but that isn’t enough. Leaping kneestrike followed by a Code Red… 1, 2… 2.999999!!!!! Riho off the top rope with the diving foot stomp! 1… 2… Hayter kicks out again! Riho goes to the top rope but she’s intercepted by Jamie Hayter, who clubs her with repeated blows. Riho fights back with lightning-fast fists to send Hayter off to the canvas. Rebel leaps onto the apron to grab at Riho, which allows Hayter to recover. Riho hoisted onto Hayter’s shoulders, but she fights out of it and hits a gnarly crucifix bomb on Hayter! Riho sizes up the stunned Hayter and hits her sliding knee! 1… 2… 3!

Riho def. Jamie Hayter via pinfall – Sliding Knee (12:12)

Post-Match

Dr. Britt Baker attacks Riho from behind stomps away on her before applying the Lockjaw on her future AEW Women’s Championship opponent!

Hook: Sent

During the rundown of the matches for Rampage, Taz announces that Hook will be indeed sent as he makes his in-ring debut against Fuego Del Sol. “The world’s about to find out that Hook is all that… and a bag of chips,” says Taz.

A Black… Hart?

Who got Riverdale into my AEW? (Credit: All Elite Wrestling)

Tony Schiavone is on the stage with the Varsity Blondes and Julia Hart. Before the Blondes can get a word out, the lights go out. Once they come back on, Malakai Black stands opposite of the Blondes and he sprays his dark mist at Julia Hart.

Match 5: Bryan Danielson vs. John Silver

The man they call “Johnny Hungee” proved to be quite a match for the American Dragon (Credit: All Elite Wrestling)

The Story So Far

The ever-aggressive American Dragon has made it his mission to target The Dark Order ahead of his AEW World Title match against “Hangman” Adam Page. So far, Bryan Danielson has been a man of his brutal word and kicked in the heads of Evil Uno, Colt Cabana, and Alan Angels. Last week, John Silver stepped up to the plate to fight Danielson.

The Match

Big “Johnny Hungee” chants from this crowd as the bell sounds. Silver gets the early advantage and he takes down Danielson with a slam as he flexes to the crowd. Danielson fights back with kicks and European uppercuts. He misses with the roundhouse kick and Silver gets Bryan with a kick to the gut. Bryan goes low and drags Silver halfway through the apron. More European uppercuts by the American Dragon followed by the diving knee drop to SIlver’s head. Bryan loudly asks the crowd, “Who’s the best!?” as we go to our final picture-in-picture break of the evening.

We resume with Danielson working over Silver in the corner with alternating chops and kicks, followed by a foot choke. Bryce Remsberg gets Bryan to back off, but not before he’s told that Bryan’s got ‘til five. Silver reverses an Irish whip and is stopped by a boot to a head to stun him. Danielson off the top rope, but his missile dropkick is reversed into a powerbomb!

Silver and Danielson begin to trade kicks against each other. Silver with the ankle pick and the heel hook on Danielson. Johnny Hungee tanks some kicks to the head from Danielson, but he refuses to let go. Dragon has to use the ropes to break up the submission. He rolls to the outside, but he’s immediately crushed by a cannonball senton by John Silver. 

Back in the ring and Silver lights up Danielson’s chest with repeating kicks. German suplex is countered as Danielson rolls through and kicks Silver in the head! Danielson wags his finger at the crowd and says “too easy!” Bryan in the corner, looking for the Busaiku Knee, but Silver turns that into a pin attempt. 1… 2… NOPE! Danielson staggered against the ropes and Silver with the kick to the back of the head! Bridging German Suplex by Silver… 1… 2… Bryan kicks out!  Johnny Hungee is thinking Spin Doctor, but Danielson gouges his eyes to get out of it. Rolling elbow strike followed by Danielson, then raining down multiple elbow strikes to the back of Silver’s head. Gotch-style Piledriver by Danielson, then the Rings of Saturn(?) that forces Bryce Remsburg to call the match.

Bryan Danielson def. John Silver via referee stoppage (10:46)

Post-Match

Danielson takes the mic and lists off the Dark Order members whose head he’s already kicked in… he says that he promised to kick Johnny Hungee’s head in, just like what he’s going to do to Hangman Page next week. He clutches John Silver’s hands and proceeds to do his stomps, but here comes the AEW World Champion, “Hangman” Adam Page. 

Page slides into the ring and gets in some shots on Bryan Danielson, who rolls out of the ring to safety. Page grabs the mic and says that he’s going to stomp the Cowboy Shit out of Danielson next week at Winter is Coming.

This Friday on Rampage (12/10/21)

  • AEW World Tag Team Titles: The Lucha Brothers vs. FTR
  • Ruby Soho/Tay Conti/Anna Jay vs. Nyla Rose/The Bunny/Penelope Ford
  • Wheeler YUTA vs. Adam Cole
  • The in-ring debut of Hook

Next Wednesday on Dynamite: Winter is Coming (12/15/21)

  • AEW World Championship: “Hangman” Adam Page vs. Bryan Danielson
  • Dynamite Diamond Ring Finals: MJF vs. Dante Martin
  • Hikaru Shida vs. Serena Deeb, Part III

After The Bell

The first half-hour of Dynamite was certainly one of the more eventful ones in recent memory. CM Punk digging into his heel persona for one night allowed for some fun interactions with the largely pro-MJF Long Island crowd, and you can tell he was having quite a blast with teeing off on them and the hometown New York Islanders.

Last week, I spoke about how MJF’s shtick works better when being grandiose and leaning into his “better than you” arrogance, and this week, we saw that in full display. The pre-Battle Royal video was top notch quality work and did really well in establishing MJF as being this overly-arrogant prick who’s not afraid to boast about his high-school accomplishments like they’re the greatest thing ever.

One of AEW’s biggest strengths has been being able to adapt their booking approach to suit the town that they’re holding their shows in, as the fun with Punk & MJF and Bryan Danielson’s current feud with The Dark Order shows.

Speaking of, Danielson vs. John Silver was a fun main event where Johnny Hungee got to show off his stuff, putting forth a strong effort, even in defeat. The limited interaction between Danielson and Hangman Page ensures that their match next week will be a good one.

Riho vs. Jamie Hayter was a great bout that showcased Riho’s determination and refusal to quit and Hayter’s raw power. This made for a fantastic match where Riho sold the hell out of Hayter’s offense while looking great herself in finding a way to weather the storm to get the big victory. It was yet another excellent women’s match in a string of great women’s division matches on Dynamite as of late.

Which brings me to a big sticking point I’ve had about AEW as it relates to their women’s division. It’s no secret that there tends to be about only one women’s match per show on Dynamite and Rampage, and with the amount of talented women that AEW has at their disposal, that’s simply not good enough any longer.

With names such as Hikaru Shida, Serena Deeb, Nyla Rose, Ruby Soho, Kris Statlander, Britt Baker, Tay Conti, Jade Cargill, Red Velvet, Riho, Jamie Hayter, among others, there’s a really strong women’s division that AEW has been building for quite some time now. Giving them more time to build it up through more than one match per week and segments will only be a net benefit for AEW in the long run. The TBS Championship is a good way to hopefully address this discrepancy, but having more women’s feuds that don’t revolve around championships like the Shida vs. Deeb angle would certainly be a big help as well.

Marc Quill is the editor of RingCrashers, GateCrashers’ home for all your All Elite Wrestling and indie wrestling needs. He’s also the web novelist behind Skye Emery: Bluebird, which you can read here. You can chat with him about wrestling, comics, and stuff in general on @MarcQuill on Twitter.

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