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AEW Dynamite results, live blog (Nov. 1, 2023): Orange Cassidy vs. Claudio Castagnoli


Here’s a place to check results and comment along with a new episode of AEW Dynamite, airing live tonight (Nov. 1) at 8pm ET on TBS.

AEW will be at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, Kentucky, and feature Orange Cassidy defending his International championship against Blackpool Combat Club’s Claudi Castagnolli.

Dynamite will also feature Maxwell Jacob Friedman tries to get the AEW World title (aka his Big Burberry Belt) back from Jay White when he & three as-yet-unrevealed partners of his choosing take on White and his Bullet Club Gold mates Juice Robinson and Austin & Colten Gunn, and Tony Khan’s “important announcement for AEW fans worldwide”.

Plus, Kenny Omega & Chris Jericho team-up again, this time to take on Daddy Magic Matt Menard & Cool Hand Ang Parker, Willow Nightingale challenges Women’s champ Hikaru Shida... 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!


Lost illusions of mind control, resisting all hope of letting go. Racing impulse of dark desire drives me through the night to liveblog this here pro wrestling show for you folks.

The show opens with a recap of last week’s main event intertwined with a promo from Claudio Castagnoli about how there’ll be no holding back tonight.

A recap of Maxwell Jacob Friedman defending the AEW World Championship against Kenny Omega on Collision follows.

MJF is interviewed backstage by Renee Paquette.

He has a list of the roster that he’s going over to find three tag team partners tonight who aren’t assholes, and he chats with Adam Cole via satellite. Cole is glad he’s the longest-reigning and greatest AEW World Champion and it kills him that he can’t be there tonight.

He says Max should at least consider Samoa Joe’s offer, and Friedman doesn’t know ‘cause Joe almost broke his neck the last time they wrestled. MJF promises to defend the ROH World Tag Team Championship for him at Full Gear and leaves.

Roderick Strong and the Kingdom roll up and Roddy criticizes Max until Adam has had enough and shuts the TV off.

The screen flashes a brief image of the man in the devil mask.

Thence to the intro video.

Claudio Castagnoli vs. Orange Cassidy (c) (AEW International Championship)

Cassidy backs off, la casadora, one-armed powerbomb out of the backbreaker rack from Castagnoli! Body slam, out to the apron, Orange smashes Claudio’s face into the turnbuckles, off the top, right into a backbreaker and Castagnoli follows it with a gutbuster! Knocking Cassidy to the floor, following after him, back inside, Orange rolls out the far side again!

Claudio draws him up and puts him back inside and again Cassidy just rolls out the far side, but this time Castagnoli charges around the ring to freight train him with an elbow! Putting Claudio into the post, Orange dives, back inside, off the ropes again, but this time Castagnoli catches him and military presses him hard into the barricade arm-first!

Referee Bryce Remsburg checks on him, Claudio with disdainful kicks, HOOK and Wheeler YUTA circle and Remsburg ejects both of them! Fireman’s carry, Orange dead weight, Castagnoli takes him up top and Cassidy wakes up with elbows to the back of the neck! Jockeying for position, Claudio blocks the sunset flip powerbomb and hosses him back up by the ears... DEADLIFT DELAYED VERTICAL SUPERPLEX SENDS US TO BREAK!

Back from commercial, Castagnoli rams Cassidy into the turnbuckles and lays shoulder blocks in as commentary shows us YUTA and HOOK confronting each other to where road agent Pat Buck had to break them up and HOOK put hands on Buck. Claudio puts Orange in the corner, Cassidy posts him, a dropkick puts him into the post a second time and he crashes to the floor!

Suicide dive tornado DDT connects, back inside, Orange perches, diving, caught and Castagnoli reverses, reversed again... STUNDOG MILLIONAIRE! Counter the followup and Claudio has the giant swing! Stepping through into the Sharpshooter in the middle of the ring! Cassidy crawling, struggling, Castagnoli walks him right back into the middle of the ring and sits into the hold!

Orange struggling, fighting his instinct to tap, trying to post on his arms, he rolls to his back, punches, but Claudio goes right back to it! Transitioning into a crossface, rolling through and he holds onto it! Shifting into an arm-trap neck crank, Orange fights out but Castagnoli is right on him with a huge European uppercut!

Overhead elbows, Orange gets away, Orange Punch staggers Claudio and he manages to get him up for the Beach Break... BUT CASTAGNOLI ROLLS OUT OF THE RING! Taking nearly the full count of ten for his breather, he rolls back in to break the count and Cassidy steps up with the lazy kicks!

Orange Punch blocked, back and forth, tijeras attempt, Orange fights through it, satellite DDT... NOPE! Up for Swiss Death, Cassidy briefly balances on his shoulders...

Orange Cassidy wins by pinfall with a victory roll, retaining the AEW International Championship.

Post-match, Jon Moxley makes his entrance and beats Orange down in the ring!

With Best Friends not in attendance and HOOK ejected from the arena he’s got nobody coming to help! Claudio watches the beatdown passively until security runs down to break it up and then he helps Jon clear the ring so he can go back to beating Orange up! Castagnoli pulls Moxley up after a few more punches and Jon takes the note.

Maxwell Jacob Friedman knocks on Kenny Omega’s door looking for tag partners and Chris Jericho answers. MJF asks if Kenny’s in there and Chris slams the door in his face.

Wardlow appears from out of nowhere and chokes Max against the wall and promises to take everything from him... when he least expects it. He lets go and leaves and a frustrated Max throws his clipboard on the floor and storms off.

He runs into the Acclaimed, who want to team with him, but he walks off and Anthony Bowens is mad that they hid for nothing as we go to break.

Back from commercial, Jon Moxley is fighting mad.

He says Rey Fenix kamikaze’d himself to put him down for three seconds and Orange Cassidy swept in and took his match from him.

He says he showed Orange respect when no one else would and now he’s writing him off like everyone else? He’s sick of him like he’s sick of everyone and maybe it’s not even him, but he’s gonna beat him within an inch of his life at Full Gear just because he can.

Hung Bucks (“Hangman” Adam Page, Matt Jackson, & Nick Jackson) (c) vs. Mogul Embassy (Bishop Kaun, Brian Cage, & Toa Liona) (ROH World Six-Man Tag Team Championship)

Page and Kaun to start, Hangman putting boots to him in the corner, the other two come in, the Bucks even the odds, Bishop to the apron, triangle lariat sends him crashing to the floor! Triplicate planchas, the Elite are fired up! Back inside, standing switches, back into the babyface corner, tag to Matt, running hot, double-teams into a cannonball senton!

Elite holding court, tag to Nick, senton atomico in the ropes, cover for two and we go to break!

Back from commercial, Page ducks a lariat from Liona, Cactus Clothesline, back inside, powerbomb on Kaun! Lining Buckshot up, Shane Strickland comes down mic in hand asking whose house this is and reminding Hangman that he was at his house last week. Page tags Nick in and gives chase after Strickland and Prince Nana, headed ot the back!

Nick fighting hard against all three, Toa throws him into the ropes, low bridge, superkick for Cage, one for Bishop too, Brian drops him with a lariat! Suplex from the apron inside, Matt runs in, trading punches but the numbers game overwhelms! Matt gets put down with a double powerbomb and thrown to the floor!

Picking Nick up, triple powerbomb, roll into a knee strike, Gates of Agony with a double facebuster...

Mogul Embassy win by pinfall with a double facebuster from Gates of Agony on Nick Jackson, winning the ROH World Six-Man Tag Team Championship.

Backstage we see security pulling Shane Strickland and Adam Page apart!

Back at ringside, the Young Bucks take their frustration out on some furniture and we go to break.

Back from commercial, Maxwell Jacob Friedman can’t make himself knock on Samoa Joe’s door.

He moves on to Darby Allin’s door, chuckles, takes the sign down and scratches his name out with a sharpie, replacing it with “emo bitch.” He runs into the Acclaimed again and again ignores them to Anthony Bowens’ chagrin.

Tony Schiavone is in the ring to interview Adam Copeland.

Copeland says if we knew all the hats Tony wears backstage we’d cheer even harder, and he thanks him. He says everybody wants answers, what’s he gonna do, is he going to team with Sting and Darby Allin at Full Gear?

Enter Christian Cage, flanked by Luchasaurus and Nick Wayne, as usual.

Cage wants to paint a picture and says he’s going to retire Sting at Full Gear, whether he likes it or not, and Darby has a gimp arm that will never be the same after Christian dumped him on the stairs at WresteDream. He doesn’t think he needs to remind Adam of his neck problems, and he’d hate for this fairytale to turn into a nightmare.

So he suggests Copeland back down from him, right now. If he knows what’s good for him, that is, or else he’ll snap his neck and leave him in a wheelchair to live the rest of his undignified and let his kids wipe the drool off his face. He can see this isn’t sinking in, so he asks his guys to give Adam a preview.

Copeland is on top of his game and fights them both off before Christian gets in the ring, and he’s got his best friend cornered! Luchasaurus with a northern lariat, Nick slides a chair in the ring, a second chair, Christian wants the Con-Chair-To— STING IS HERE!

He takes Wayne out with a backhand and a biel, Darby joins him and goes to town on Cage as Adam takes the dinosaur man out! Copeland takes Christian out with a spear! He grabs the mic and says if Cage wants to snap his neck, he’ll beat his ass and it is on! He calls him a stupid son of a bitch and tells Darby and Sting that if they need a partner at Full Gear, he’s their man!

Tony Khan is backstage with Nigel McGuinness for this week’s big announcement.

TK says it’s been a great year for AEW and recounts the highlights of All In. He says all over the world Christmas trees are going up, and he can’t think of a greater gift this holiday season than a ticket to All In 2024, and tickets will be on sale December 1!

But you can sign up right now to get the best tickets early!

2.0 “Cool Hand” Angelo Parker & “Daddy Magic” Matt Menard vs. Chris Jericho & Kenny Omega

Don Callis is on commentary for this one.

2.0 jawing blindsiding them before the bell, referee Aubrey Edwards calls for the bell and we’re off! Menard and Jericho legal, Chris with a big elbow, tag to Omega, straight suplex, front kicks and we go to break!

Back from commercial, Kenny laying chops in on Menard, tags made! Jericho bowls Parker over, overhead elbows, high-angle Walls of Jericho, he wants the Lionsault but Menard cracks Chris with the bat, lateral press... CHRIS KICKS OUT! Jericho follows it up...

Chris Jericho & Kenny Omega win by pinfall with a Judas Effect from Chris on Angelo Parker.

Post-match, Don Callis gets on the mic on the stage with the Callis Family behind him.

He gives them credit for being like cockroaches, hard to get rid of and maybe they need to take it up a notch. Maybe it doesn’t get finished in a wrestling ring, maybe it gets finished on the street, so if they’ve got the guts to face them in a street fight in two weeks on Dynamite, step up to the plate, dummies.

Jericho asks what they’re gonna do about being called dummies and Omega says it’s bad enough being a dummy, he’d hate to be a stupidhead. He says if they want a street fight, they’ll accept it, but not alone and if he’s bringing the Callis Family along, they have a spot freshly reserved for Kota Ibushi!

Don points out they need another guy and Kenny asks Chris for ideas. Jericho says Hobbs is a big, big man, but he has a friend who’s even bigger. Not a normal man, but a giant! WELL...! PAUL WIGHT IS HERE! HE KNOCKS KYLE FLETCHER OUT WITH THE WMD!

And so we go to break.

Back from commercial, Renee Paquette interviews Chris Jericho and Kenny Omega with the Young Bucks pacing in the background.

Jericho takes about how Paul Wight is his friend and Matt Jackson rolls up to say he’s not mad at Omega but what’s the point of the Elite being back together if they’re not gonna have each other’s back. But there’s no heat there, he’s mad about Chris being in their locker room. They trade some trash talk, Kenny says it’s an “enemy of my enemy” situation and the Bucks storm off in a huff.

Hikaru Shida (c) vs. Willow Nightingale (AEW Women’s World Championship)

Collar and elbow, struggling to the ropes, Nightingale ducks under, backs her into the corner, elbows, whip blocked, rising knee caught and Willow turns it into a fireman’s carry! Shida slips out, gets sent to the apron, Hikaru nails her with a knee that sends her to the floor!

Shida with a plancha and we go to break!

Back from commercial, Nightingale with an enzuigiri, running hip attack in the corner, lariat follows it up, big boot connects! Whip across, big spinebuster, cover... NOPE! Trading forearms in the middle of the ring, Willow knocks her down and hits a dropkick off the second!

Champion pops back up, missile dropkick connects, both women are down and out! Shida goes up top, Nightingale meets her, jockeying for position... AVALANCHE FALCON ARROW ONLY GETS A ONE-COUNT! Big overhand chop gets a few forearms, Grizzly Magnum, Question Mark Kick, Willow with the Pounce and the straps are down!

Death Valley Driver... SHIDA KICKS OUT! Trading pins, no deal, pump knee from the champion... NIGHTINGALE KICKS OUT! Hikaru lines her up...

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

Post-match, Toni Storm and her butler make their entrance.

Hikaru smacks the pillow out of Luther’s hand and rushes the stage, laying Storm out with a knee and chasing her to the back!

Lights out, commentary is confused, lights up... JULIA HART IS IN THE RING WITH WILLOW NIGHTINGALE! Hart extends a hand, Willow jaws at her, Skye Blue slides in the ring and gets between them! Blue turns around and stares Nightingale down before turning back and spitting blue mist in Julia’s face!

Hart staggers out of the ring, angry and confused and vowing to curse Skye.

Backstage, MJF is sitting with his clipboard when the Acclaimed roll up.

Anthony Bowens says Max Caster is the only guy who likes him, and Caster has a trash bag with an outfit in it that Friedman would have to wear, but he takes one look and says no way, he’s never going to tag with him and he’s got one more group on his list.

We pan over and see that it’s Jeff Jarrett, Jay Lethal, Satnam Singh, Sonjay Dutt, and Karen Jarrett beckoning him to join them.

Renee Paquette is backstage when Roderick Strong and the Kingdom roll up, ringing phone in hand.

They’re calling Adam Cole and Strong is upset that MJF didn’t even try to ask them to team with him. Cole tells him to shut the hell up and we go to break.

Back from commercial, the Acclaimed make their entrance like they’re MJF’s partners and Max Caster gets like a solid two lines of his rap censored.

MJF makes his entrance and the outfit he refused to wear is just matching Acclaimed gear.

Bullet Club Gold (Austin Gunn, Colten Gunn, “Switchblade” Jay White, & “Rock Hard” Juice Robinson) vs. Maxwell Jacob Friedman & the Acclaimed (Anthony Bowens, Daddy Ass, & “Platinum” Max Caster)

Friedman and Robinson to start but Max wants Jay White! Juice obliges but Switchblade immediately backs off and tags Juice back in. Tag to Bowens, circling, Robinson bowls him over, Anthony with a kick combo, leapfrog bulldog, elbows and forearms, superkick takes Juice off his feet!

Tag to Austin, tag to Daddy Ass, the elder Gunn with a side headlock, arm drag blocked, off the ropes, Austin ducks a lariat, leg pick, younger Gunn with jabs but Billy takes him out with a hard right hand! Taking Colten out too, crotch chopping at his own children, Austin tags Jay in!

White with kicks, crotch chops, he goes for a normal chop and Gunn takes him out with one of his own! Tagging MJF back in but Jay runs away! The Acclaimed want to scissor but Friedman isn’t having it and we go to break!

Back from commercial, Bowens is on the wrong side of town as Bullet Club Gold work him over! Tag to Daddy Ass, double whip on Colten Gunn and they scissor into an elbow drop! Scissor Me Timbers follows, Max almost relents on scissoring but the match breaks down! Caster in a bad way, Colten putting boots to him, White gets a nearfall!

Brawling on the floor, chaos ensues, Billy gets posted face-first on his birthday! Switchblade with mocking scissors for Platinum Max, float over, land on his feet, duck under, tag to MJF! Friedman in hot, cleaning house on Juice and the Ass Boys, slams ahoy!

Chasing Jay around the ring, Austin trips him up, 3:10 to Yuma countered into a DDT and it’s Kangaroo Kick time, laying them out! Switchblade slides in behind him, Blade Runner... IT’S OVER!

Bullet Club Gold win by pinfall with Blade Runner from Jay White on Maxwell Jacob Friedman, ensuring that Jay will retain possession of the physical AEW World Championship belt.

Bullet Club Gold stand tall together afterwards and go to attack MJF but the Acclaimed have his back! White has Friedman alone in the ring, laying in wait with the title in hand, but Max Caster slides in and takes the shot for his crush!

Bullet Club stand tall on the stage as MJF checks on Caster, but he draws the line at scissoring. This leads Daddy Ass to lecture him about not leaving him hanging after all he’s done and Friedman relents... FOUR-WAY SCISSORS!

Caster hugs Max’s legs and he lets it happen for a moment.

That’s the show, folks.

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