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AEW Dynamite results, live blog (Oct. 18, 2023): Sting speaks


Here’s a place to check results and comment along with a new episode of AEW Dynamite, airing live tonight (Oct. 18) at 8pm ET on TBS.

AEW will be at the Fort Bend Epicenter in the greater Houston metropolitan area —Rosenberg, Texas to be precise.

We’ll hear from The Icon Sting, and see 12 men fight for the right to challenge MJF for the Dynamite Diamond Ring in the Dynamite Dozen Battle Royal.

Plus, Adam Copeland delivers a “Rated R Rebuttal” to Christian Cage, Penta El Zero Miedo battles Jay White, Kenny Omega takes on Kyle Fletcher, Jim Ross sits down with Nick Wayne and the future Mrs. Cage his mom, Timeless Toni Storm debuts her newest blockbuster film... and more!

Come right back here at 8pm ET when the Dynamite live blog kicks off once the show starts on TBS. It will be below this line here.

Enjoy the show!


I will be the power surge, shock to the system. Electrified, amplified, and hear to liveblog this pro wrestling show for you, folks.

The show opens with the intro video.

“Switchblade” Jay White vs. Penta el Zero M

Penta starts off hot cutting the Bang Bang Gang off and isolating White before the bell!

In the ring, referee Bryce Remsburg calls for the bell and Jay turns things around into a DDT for two! Sending Zero to the floor, the Gunns and Juice Robinson work him over before Switchblade gourdbusters Penta into the apron!

Back from commercial, White trying for a suplex, Penta fights him off with punches, float over, whip across, front kick has Jay scouted! Zero with the Sling Blade, another one, he makes a big deal of taking his glove off and delivers an overhand chop that cracks out across the arena! Jackhammer... SO CLOSE!

Back and forth, trading bombs, Penta gets the Here It Is Driver... STILL NO! Juice with a cheap shot, Jay takes full advantage...

Jay White wins by pinfall with Blade Runner.

Post-match, the Bang Bang Gang hold court in the ring, Cardblade leaned in the corner.

Switchblade gets on the mic and says actually, it’s Maxwell Jacob Friedman that sucks, because he’s not here, because he’s afraid, because he can’t find anyone to help him take his belt back. So until then, Jay will lead by example. “Rock Hard” Juice Robinson gives us a spoiler alert, saying he’s gonna win the douchebag battle royal in the main event tonight.

After he throws eleven people over the top rope and earns the right to challenge MJF for his stupid ring— which his, from TJ Maxx for $24.99, is much better than— in Philadelphia next week, and he’s gonna win the ring, pawn it, and get himself another gold tooth.

Speak of the Devil, Maxwell Jacob Friedman is interviewed by Renee Paquette.

He says he could have ran out there and gotten his ass beat like every stupid good guy in wrestling history, but he’s not a good guy, he’s a scumbag. He’s not gonna waste his entrance pop when he’s gonna be on commentary in the main event and he prays to G-d that Juice wins the battle royal because then it’ll be his god against the devil and he’s gonna win.

The Acclaimed roll up and Max Caster offers his crush their services for an eight-man tag against Bullet Club and then they can scissor. MJF says no, Caster offers to go into the battle royal, win the ring, and then Friedman will have to put a ring on it.

MJF storms off, Anthony Bowens says they talked about dialing it back, Billy Gunn calls him a scumbag and Platinum Max dreamily sighs and says MJF is *his* scumbag, and we go to break.

Emi Sakura vs. Hikaru Shida (c) (AEW Women’s World Championship)

Sakura hot out the gates, chops in the corner, machine gun chops, running crossbody but Shida blocks with a knee into pinfall attempts! Dropkicks from Emi, crossbody in the corner, and we go to break!

Back from commercial, both women are down and out! Slowly back to their feet, Sakura with a crossbody that sends Shida to the floor, lining her up, but Hikaru cuts her off with a Frankensteiner into the apron! Back inside, off the top, missile dropkick connects... NOPE!

Emi with a Tiger Driver... SO CLOSE! Katana... STILL NO! Back and forth, Falcon Arrow... EMI SAKURA WILL NOT STAY DOWN! Hikaru lines her up...

Hikaru Shida wins by pinfall with Katana, retaining the AEW Women’s World Championship.

We get a sitdown with Renee Paquette and Adam Copeland from earlier tonight.

He admits things haven’t been going smoothly and he still doesn’t really understand what’s happened. The whole idea coming here was to end his career with Christian Cage, and he seemed onboard with that until it started becoming real and then he figured out that he didn’t want it and it was confusing.

But then he sat down and replayed their whole relationship going back to sixth grade, when Christian was the new kid and wouldn’t go into school and they sent Adam out to chat with him and they found out they both love wrestling. He relates the story about writing into an essay contest where the prize was free training, and Copeland wrote in but Cage didn’t.

Fast forward and he gets signed first and talks Christian up to everyone who asks and he truly believes he’s the most underrated wrestler in the history of this business. But it’s always been Adam and Jay or E and C and Cage has let that cloud his judgment. Saying he had a rocket strapped to his back minimizes the work he put into this.

Part of him wonders if Christian would be sitting in Canada working an IT job if he hadn’t blazed the trail for him first. He doesn’t understand why this needs to keep repeating when they’re the godfathers to each other’s children. Cage got here first and he doesn’t want to take any of that away but he knows Christian is gonna come crashing to the ground.

Adam won’t fight him, he doesn’t want his title, and he doesn’t know what it means to him, but he knows that eventually Nick Wayne and Luchasaurus will leave him high and dry, and when he hits the ground, Copeland will be there to pick him up.

Ryan Nemeth vs. Wardlow

Nemeth attacks Wardlow as he’s making his entrance but he fails to make much of an impression, the powerbombs come...

Wardlow wins by referee stoppage.

Tony Schiavone comes to the ring to chat with Wardlow.

Asked what he’s back for, Wardlow just raises his wrist tape so the camera can see he’s got MJF written on it, and he shoulder blocks Tony on his ass as he leaves the ring.

Renee Paquette interviews Kenny Omega backstage.

He says this year’s been pretty tough, he doesn’t want to be reminded of his win/loss record, but Kyle Fletcher has reminded him that he’s the measuring stick in AEW, and maybe once he beats Kyle and gets going again he’ll go after the world title.

MJF rolls up and says he just wanted to let Kenny know he’s always admired him and he’s a big fan and he wanted to shake his hand. Omega accepts the handshake and Max pulls him close and whispers “thirteen days bitch” in his ear and we go to break.

Back from commercial, Matt Bennett beats out a cover of Headstrong by Trapt on a pair of bongos, reworked to be “Neck Strong.”

Adam Cole brings Roderick Strong coffee, he spits it out and says he hates hot coffee and berates him for it. He apologizes after Cole threatens to leave and asks him for those great peanut butter and jelly sandwiches from the Ring of Honor days.

We get an incredibly sexual montage of Adam Cole making sandwiches. Strong goes to bite it and flips out about hating crust, and Cole unloads on him, scooting away to finally go get his surgery. Roddy tells the Kingdom that he knows what he has to do to get his best friend back... he has to be nice to that scumbag.

Tony Schiavone introduces his guest with absolutely no pleasure... it’s Don Callis.

Don gets on the mic and says they made history last week when Will Hobbs broke Chris Jericho in half, manhandling him like no one ever. He talks about how February 22, 1998 was supposed to be the greatest day of his life. He had a chance to meet his hero, Chris Jericho, front row tickets, and he walked past his grandma, told her to shut up and him to sit his ass down.

A seven-year-old child! He swore that the day he got to look him dead in his eye, he’d hurt him over and over and over. Callis takes back over and puts Will over some more before saying Kyle Fletcher screwed the Don Callis Family.

Enter Kyle Fletcher.

Don tells him to say what he’s gonna say and he shows a lot of balls coming down here. Kyle says he did that match as a favor after Will Ospreay told him Callis was on his knees begging, and maybe he was the weakest link that night, but he has another chance with Kenny Omega, and he’s gonna prove to everyone that he doesn’t need anyone’s help to beat Omega.

Callis says he likes the confidence and if he wins, they’ll have a conversation next week.

Kenny Omega vs. Kyle Fletcher

Feeling out, Omega with big chops, Fletcher cuts him down with an elbow, mounted punches follow! Kyle blasts him out of the ring with a dropkick, back inside, up and over, Frankensteiner, Fletcher bails to the floor! Kenny setting up the Terminator dive but Kyle trips him up and pulls him to the floor for chops!

Trading shots, Fletcher trips him up on the floor and we go to break!

Back from commercial, Omega blasts Fletcher with a tope con giro! Back in the ring, pressing the attack, Kyle cuts him off with a half nelson suplex, boot in the corner, sheerdrop brainbuster... STILL NO! Kenny fights but Fletcher Lawn Darts him, Michinoku Driver connects... NOT ENOUGH!

Float over, knee to the spine, Poison Frankensteiner, powerbomb into the V-Trigger... FLETCHER KICKS OUT! Kyle gets a Dragon sleeper, falling to the mat with a bodyscissors, Kenny reverses to a pin for two! Fighting out again, jockeying for position, Dragon suplex gets a superkick, off the ropes, duck the lariat... V-TRIGGER!

Electric chair...

Kenny Omega wins by pinfall with One-Winged Angel.

We get a Danhausen vignette in the style of the Silver Shamrock jingle from Halloween III and we go to break.

Back from commercial, Lance Archer kicks his opponent, Barrett Brown, to the ring.

Barrett Brown vs. Lance Archer

Alas, poor Barrett, I remember being impressed by you several times in my time watching Evolve and related indies, but it ain’t your night.

Lance Archer wins by pinfall with Blackout.

We get some hype for the debut of a music video for Shane “Swerve” Strickland’s entrance theme.

He and Prince Nana get a promo at the graffiti park in Houston, Texas, Nana talking about how exciting it is. Swerve isn’t having it, because he should be celebrating being TNT Champion alongside his video release, but Hangman Page ruined it, and now it’s personal between them.

Tony Schiavone talks about his history with Sting before introducing him.

Sting makes his entrance and talks about how when he first howled and fans howled back he couldn’t believe but here we are now all these years later. He talks about saying “the word” and he wants to reflect first. Traveling the roads with Lex Luger, Rick and Scott Steiner, Buff Bagwell, and they’d look at the generation ahead of them, guys that shaped his career like Dusty Rhodes being the most charismatic human being he’d ever seen.

Noted racist Hulk Hogan, and he hears us on the boos but he transcended wrestling and he learned something from him. But one of the guys he really wants to give a lot to is the Nature Boy, Ric Flair. He talks about Clash of Champions, being put on the map, and thanks him for it.

He says they used to wonder what made older guys want to keep coming back and here he is, all these years later and he understands why they hung on. The smell of the arenas, the cameraderie on the road, the roar of the fans, that’s what keeps him here. Should he be doing what he does, jumping off balconies... well, we’ll come to that.

Back to the word, he knows some of us are thinking he retired once already, and yeah he said the word, but that retirement in 2015 didn’t sit right with him. Besides that, the only thing for sure about Sting is that nothing’s for sure.

Which brings him now to the word, “retirement.”

He says this is his moment and our moment and he wants to share it with us. His first match in AEW was at Revolution 2021, and his very last match will be at Revolution 2024. One more key thing we all need to know— the only thing for sure about Sting is that his retirement at Revolution 2024, is for sure.

RJ City is backstage to debut Toni Storm’s newest blockbuster, Gone with the Storm.

She interrupts him and the picture goes black-and-white and her film plays picture-in-picture as we go to break.

Back from commercial, Jim Ross has a sitdown with Nick Wayne and his mom.

His mom is upset and confused and Nick is bored and boiling over with teenaged rage. She pleads with him and reaches out to touch him and he explodes, complaining about being in Darby Allin’s shadow and now he’s got Christian Cage, a better father figure than his dad ever was.

Christian rolls up and puts a hand on Nick’s shoulder and asks him to come home. Mom grabs his shoulder, Nick calls her a terrible mother, she hauls off and slaps him across the face and he says she’s dead to him and walks off with Christian.

We hear sounds of violence on the other side of the door and it opens to reveal Darby Allin beating the hell out of Christian and Nick both!

Allin drags Wayne out onto the stage and down the ramp but Luchasaurus and Christian come down and the right hand of destruction takes his price! Sting joins the battle, Nick gets smashed into a spotlight and he’s bleeding from the mouth with a shattered tooth!

Scorpion Deathlock on Christian but Luchasaurus makes the save!

Backstage, Renee Paquette interviews Best Friends and HOOK about their three titles.

Kris Statlander says the TBS Championship is about great pro wrestling and that’s why she’s given the shot to someone she cares about and respects, Willow Nightingale. Orange Cassidy can’t quite think of the thing to say and Chuck Taylor goes “you don’t know what you got until it’s gone” through a mouthful of orange.

Cassidy says that’s it and he’s gonna keep defending the title, because there’s unfinished business and Saturday he’s got something to prove.

Commentary hypes up our next week of shows.

Dustin Rhodes makes his entrance and we go to break.

Dynamite Diamond Ring #1 Contender’s Dynamite Dozen Battle Royal

Maxwell Jacob Friedman is on commentary for this one.

Chaos at the bell like these matches always are, Matt Sydal gets eliminated by Johnny TV! Johnny dances at Daniel Garcial, Matt Menard interrupts him but Jeff Hardy comes over gives us the ol’ swivel! Dustin and the elder Hardy dump TV, MJF comes to the ring and passes Dustin Rhodes a $50 to take care of Juice... SHATTERED DREAMS SENDS US TO BREAK!

Back from commercial, Hager getting into it with Komander, springboard dropkick takes him out, boots up, but Daddy Magic and Red Death dump the luchador out of the ring! Rhodes off the ropes with a flip piledriver and he does the snap zoom hug with Trent Beretta!

Hager attacks them, back body drop to the apron and Trent eliminates him with a vicious elbow! Garcia saves Menard and Matt blasts Beretta off the apron and eliminates him! Jeff Hardy cuts Daddy Magic off, front kicks for Garcia but he ducks the Twist of Fate and eliminates Brother Nero!

Garcia goes to dance, Daddy tells him no and commentary loses their mind over that, Daniel dumps Dustin and Menard! Final three, Garcia, Juice, and Caster! Daniel puts Juice on the apron, Caster eliminates Garcia! Max trying to put Robinson on the floor, repeated kicks but Juice won’t go down!

Shoulder block cuts Platinum Max off, front chancery, trying to suplex him over the ropes but Caster hangs on for dear life! Up in the turnbuckles, jockeying for position and Caster knocks Robinson into the ring! Perching, Mic Drop connects! Jay White attacks MJF at commentary and they brawl onto the stage!

Max reclaims the title belt and kisses it before turning and lining White up... SWITCHBLADE UPPERCUTS HIM IN THE GENTLEMAN’S AREA! Back in the ring, Juice gets the ring out of his tights, a loaded punch and he dumps Max over the ropes...

“Rock Hard” Juice Robinson wins, last eliminating “Platinum” Max Caster.

Bullet Club Gold celebrates with the AEW World Championship as MJF puts the Dynamite Diamond Ring on and jaws at them from the stage.

That’s the show, folks.

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