AEW Dynamite (Sep. 29, 2021) emanated from the Blue Cross Arena in Rochester, NY. The show featured Sammy Guevara winning the TNT Championship, Arn Anderson dropping verbal bombs on Cody Rhodes, and Bryan Danielson issuing a challenge to the Elite.
Get caught up on all the Dynamite details with the excellent play-by-play from Claire Elizabeth.
Sammy Guevara is the new TNT champion. He pulled a surprise win over Miro in the main event of the evening. We all knew Guevara had the skills to pull it off, but it was a different matter trying to put it together against a man as dominant as The Redeemer.
The mood was set strong with Miro’s mountain horn music as he lifted the title belt like Simba from The Lion King. All the while, Guevara was chomping at the bit to start the fight. Ding, ding, ding. Guevara charged for a knee strike, but Miro knocked him down hard with a car crash shoulder block. Miro used his power to dominate early.
Guevara found a well of motivation when Miro ripped off the chain necklace. The offensive spurt only lasted so long before Miro took control again by catching a shooting star press to counter for an overhead belly-to-belly suplex. Guevara showed no quit and rallied once more for a standing Spanish Fly counter.
The Spanish God took the action outside by launching for a twisting corkscrew dive over the ring post.
Guevara kept on the pressure for a flying cutter. He went to close with the GTH finisher, however, Miro muscled out. A thrust kick knocked Sammy silly. After a kick-out on the cover, Guevara wisely rolled out of the ring to stall for time. Miro lost his cool at the blown opportunity and began tearing off turnbuckles. That instant of rage backfired when Fuego del Sol caused a distraction allowing Guevara to knee Miro into the exposed steel. Sammy poured on the offense. Tornado DDT! GTH! 630 senton with a middle finger salute! Pin and win! The locker room celebrated Guevara’s triumph.
That was certainly a surprise title change. Guevara was getting his butt handed to him for the most part, then he hit his stride and kept the pedal to the metal for victory. The part with Miro ripping off turnbuckles felt a little too manufactured leading to the big moment. Guevara did a great job leaving no doubt by hitting all his finishing moves to keep Miro down.
A new age is upon the TNT Championship. This is another example of AEW building a home-grown talent into a superstar. First was Darby Allin, and now Guevara is next. Sammy still has work to do to show this was no fluke. AEW doesn’t have a history of quick title changes, so the Spanish God should have his moment to shine for a while.
No time for losers
The most shocking moment on Dynamite came courtesy of Arn Anderson. He had harsh words for Cody Rhodes.
Cody teamed with Lee Johnson to take on the ragtag duo of Matt Sydal and Dante Martin. Cody ignored Arn’s coaching order for Johnson to start. In the end, it was Johnson who saved the day. When Cody was in trouble, Johnson pulled him by the britches into the corner for a legal tag. Johnson went to work and pinned Martin on a cross-leg brainbuster over the knee.
The match was decent. It was more like four singles wrestlers flashing moves rather than working as well-oiled machines. That made sense, since they aren’t full-time partners. Martin’s big air leaps continue to impress. One moment that brought a chuckle was the game of One of These Things. Cody was not like the others in terms of high-flying. He went up top, missed his target, and tweaked his knee on the way down to the floor. The other three promptly hit amazing aerial assaults to the outside.
The real fireworks came in the post-match interview. Coach Anderson had enough of Cody’s bluster looking for Malakai Black. He insinuated Cody was too soft to go after Black. Cody is the type of man who hands his keys to a carjacker. Arn would shoot the carjacker in the head. He’ll be damned if he will coach a loser. At that, Arn split with Johnson in tow as a worthy student.
Wow! @TheArnShow holds nothing back with some very strong words for @CodyRhodes. What's going on with the #NightmareFamily? Tune in to @tntdrama NOW to watch #AEWDynamite LIVE! pic.twitter.com/hasf6cHkSs— All Elite Wrestling (@AEW) September 30, 2021
Damn! That was a spicy meatball from Anderson. Thumbs up for the vivid imagery as described by Arn. This drama has been brewing on the slow cooker ever since Cody was TNT champ and wouldn’t listen to Arn’s tutelage. Now, the frustration has finally boiled over. There are two ways this can go. Either Cody becomes a ruthless killer or Arn brings in a man who is fit to get the job done against Black. Both options have intriguing potential. If it drives Cody to the deep end, then I’m curious how that could affect his personality outside the ring. Would he be able to turn off the killer instinct?
Super Elite business
The Super Elite was back in business. It started with Adam Cole in the ring and finished with a challenge from Bryan Danielson.
The opener was a hot one between Cole and Jungle Boy. Cole used veteran knowledge to his advantage early. Jungle Boy was quick to learn and used the same tactics to stifle Cole.
Cole had the win in his grasp. Jungle Boy connected on a hurricanrana off the apron. Cole was back in the ring first. As JB entered through the ropes, a superkick was waiting for his chin. Cole executed the Panama Sunrise piledriver, however, Jungle Boy survived the three count.
Jungle Boy had moments of high drama himself. He almost earned the victory by locking in the Snare Trap submission, but Cole persevered. When Cole was close to the ropes, JB pulled to center. That’s when Cole made his move to escape.
As the two men were engaged, Cole trapped the referee against the ropes to block the view of his mule kick. JB went down like a sack of potatoes. Cole pounced for a running knee to the back of the head. 1, 2, 3, bay-bay.
Cole and Jungle Boy put on a doozy. JB scored enough serious offense that he made me consider an upset could be in the making. The youngster looked strong even though he lost. As for Cole, that’s the type of cheating I don’t mind. Being creative to get the job done on your own shows ingenuity. Relying on multiple men to do the dirty work is when it gets overblown for Elite cheats.
Speaking of the Elite, they came out in full force to celebrate Cole’s success. Eventually, Kenny Omega took the mic, and that led to Danielson arriving on the scene. Danielson wanted a rematch after last week’s time-limit draw, but Omega was not interested. Danielson offered an open challenge to any Elite member for Rampage. It was revealed later that Nick Jackson will answer the call.
When Omega taunted Danielson into fighting the whole unit right then, Danielson brought out Frankie Kazarian, Christian Cage, and Jurassic Express as back up. The good guys charged the ring, and the bad guys backed away. Excalibur described it best as the Elite scattering like cockroaches when the light turns on.
Elite in-ring promos are a mixed bag. The core message is usually interesting and delivered well. It is all the diddle-daddling in between members that wastes time. The segment ended abruptly without physicality. It was built up as a huge brawl, and nothing happened. Overall, the fan reaction carried that post-match segment. They were hot for the whole thing and reacted to the promo prompts.
I’m going to have to side with Omega about no rematch. To be the champ, you have to beat the champ. Omega is right that Danielson couldn’t get the job done. There was no controversy in the finish either. Of course, that sets up well to develop Danielson’s chase for the world title.
Let’s jam through the rest of Dynamite.
Jon Moxley, Eddie Kingston, & Darby Allin defeated Bear Country & Anthony Greene. Rugged control from the stars to close with a teamwork clothesline half and half suplex from Mox and King to Greene. Afterward, Sting had some fun with a Scorpion Death Drop to Greene.
This was a match to pop the crowd seeing stars in action. As far as I can tell, there was nothing deeper to it. Even though I still enjoy shouting, “It’s Sting,” I can not condone his actions in the aftermath. I didn’t notice Greene doing anything evil. If that is indeed the case, then Sting piled on top of a beaten man. I can’t root for that.
16-man tag match. Orange Cassidy & Dark Order defeated Matt Hardy, Blade, Butcher, Private Party, TH2, & Jora Johl. This bout was in the memory of Mr. Brodie Lee in his hometown. Dark Order still had animosity within the ranks, and Evil Uno ditched the crew after physical miscommunication. Stu Grayson and Colt Cabana followed with reservations. Brodie’s wife and -1 came out to order them back to the ring.
Dark Order found their mojo and ran wild for victory. Johl took a bunch of signature moves climaxing with Fatality from Uno and Grayson. John Silver picked up the pin.
It was a nice moment for Mr. Brodie’s family to act as the glue holding the Dark Order together and a fitting way to pay tribute to his memory. The action was bonkers for the closing rally. That is worth watching again on replay.
If the goal of that story was never designed for the return of Hangman Page, then where does he fit in the picture upon return? The answer may come next week in a Casino Ladder Match on Dynamite. The key is that the winner earns a world title shot. If Hangman is going to return soon, then that would be a prime spot to insert himself as top cowboy and a workaround for past story turns.
Anna Jay & Tay Conti defeated Bunny & Penelope Ford. The mean girls had momentum until Ford missed a moonsault. Conti took care on Bunny with a Gory knee strike on the floor. Jay finished Ford with a Queen Slayer choke.
This match had good intensity, however, the flow was not very fluid. It was reminiscent of the early days in AEW’s women’s division where you can see the talent is there, but they aren’t putting it together cohesively in the ring. That said, there were still some cool spots, such as Ford bridging backward to duck an attack then strike with a stunner.
Mind games. MJF discussed the four pillars of AEW’s future. Jungle Boy, Sammy Guevara, Darby Allin, and himself will carry the company forward into the next decade. MJF threatened to exit AEW for WWE if they don’t start handing him the opportunities that he deserves, such as the world title. MJF kept running his mouth, so Allin answered the call. MJF went low for a personal dig at Allin’s alcoholic uncle dying in a car crash. The evil line was that Allin should have died instead of his uncle. Darby closed his eyes to compose himself. He will not allow MJF to break him mentally. With that, MJF calmly exited the ring.
MJF paraded into scumbag territory once again. He spit some cold lines. The close to the segment was a bit odd, but I think MJF shed light on his next goal with this tweet.
I can’t break you mentally Darby?— Maxwell Jacob Friedman™️ (@The_MJF) September 30, 2021
It sounds like MJF will make it a priority to break Allin mentally. MJF is a master at getting under the skin as an irritant. He’s creative too. This feud is going to get sicker and darker.
Notes: CM Punk started the show with a victory lap before joining commentary for the entire broadcast. He was as entertaining as you would expect given his past experience at the table. It was amusing to hear him react as a fan at times. Heck, AEW should have Punk open every show. Even if he does nothing besides run around, it amps the crowd up to insane levels.
Andrade congratulated the Lucha Bros for holding the AEW and AAA tag titles, but it was pointed out that they haven’t defended in a while. Andrade knows a few luchadores for the challenge. Fenix and Pentagon are ready any time. The focus on the AAA titles was strange considering AAA shows are not available for viewing outside Mexico at the moment due to a lawsuit with Lucha Underground financial backers. I think this might be a case to veer the Lucha Bros away from the #1 Young Bucks and still have important matches, much like how AEW used Jon Moxley with the IWGP United States Heavyweight Championship.
Ruby Soho reflected on her loss to Dr. Britt Baker DMD. Soho will climb her way back to a title shot.
Lio Rush returned to AEW after contemplating retirement. He broke out a money management mid-level marketing infomercial. I don’t know what that had to do with wrestling. It sounded like it could be a pitch to transition to manager. Or not. I don’t know.
FTR is refocused after their past few losses.
Dan Lambert ridiculed Chris Jericho for last week’s beatdown. Le Champion’s brains were scrambled, and he will never wrestle again. So says Lambert. Scorpio Sky and Ethan Page will not be overlooked anymore. Page brought the heat talking about looking past their clean cut appearance as opposed to looking gritty and using curse words to portray the facade of toughness. He has the best smile and the tightest tits in the game.
Hikaru Shida looks to earn her 50th career win in AEW next week. Serena Deeb isn’t going to be a stepping stone. Nice promo package to build interest out of thin air.
Jade Cargill, Thunder Rosa, and Nyla Rose will compete in an Anything Goes three-way on Rampage. Yes! That’s going to be a slobberknocker.
Stud of the Show: Sammy Guevara
Conquering the unbeatable beast is always a feel-good moment.
Dud of the Show: Evil Uno
What a fink to ditch his mates. Thankfully, he saw the light at the behest of Amanda Huber and -1 to return for the greater good. Time will tell if this Dark Order riff has healed or will continue to fester without the guidance of Mr. Brodie Lee’s family.
A strong opener and main event sandwiched a solid show. There was a little too much talking in the ring this week, but it was necessary to formulate stories going forward.
We’ll close with Joey Janela’s convincing message to watch Rhodes to the Top. Stick to the end of the video for an amusing twist.
Also, be sure to check out the Mr. Brodie Lee shirt with proceeds going to the Jon Huber Legacy Foundation.
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