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AEW Dynamite results, live blog (Aug. 23, 2023): All In go home

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Here’s a place to check results and comment along with a new episode of AEW Dynamite, airing live tonight (Aug. 23) at 8 pm ET on TBS.

AEW will be in the Gas South Arena in Duluth, Georgia for the start of Fyter Fest week, which also happens to be the last run of shows before their historic PPV on Sunday in London’s Wembley Stadium — All In!

The show will feature The Elite taking on Bullet Club Gold in trios action, and Renee Paquette interviewing MJF and Adam Cole individually.

Also on tonight’s card: Chris Jericho & WIll Ospreay sign their contract for All In, a face-to-face interview with FTR & The Young Bucks, Jon Moxley takes on Rey Fenix, Swerve Strickland & AR Fox do battle with Darby Allin & Nick Wayne, Jack Pretty retires the FTW title, Aussie Open defend their ROH Tag belts against The Hardys, Skye Blue & Ruby Soho go one-on-one, and more!

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

Enjoy the show!


Why don’t they ever listen to me? Is this a one way conversation? Nothing they say is gonna set me free, so I’m just gonna liveblog this here pro wrestling show for you, folks.

The show opens with a memorial graphic for the late, great Terry Funk.

Thence to the intro video.

We’re supposed to have Bullet Club Gold vs. the Elite, but there’s chaos in the ramp during entrances, Bucks gain control with a superkick party on Robinson but the Ass Boys cut them off and beat them down with the help of “Switchblade” Jay White, who isn’t even in the match! 3:10 to Yuma on Nick Jackson! Whip across, Matt blocks, superkicks for both of ‘em!

Somewhere in there commentary tells us the match won’t be happening, Jay catches Matt with an Uranage, Jackson slips out of Blade Runner, Omega sidesteps and hits the Dragon Suplex on a Gunn! Taking the other Gunn out, Omega blasts Switchblade with a V-Trigger! Looking for another and Konosuke Takeshita takes him out! Jay beats Kenny down!

FTR MAKE THE SAVE! Omega is able to clock Takeshita with a knee but he slips out of One-Winged Angel and runs away!

Maxwell Jacob Friedman is interviewed backstage by Renee Paquette.

He says his trunks will be tight in London and he’s like the 2023 version of the British Bulldog but a better publick speaker, and he calls for the loudest main event in the history of wrestling and promises everyone in the building a pint if they do, except he’ll make that mark Tony Khan pay for it.

He says he’s about to be the biggest headliner in the history of pro wrestling and that’s insane when you consider everyone who came before him, and he’s standing on the shoulder of giants, and if he wins on Sunday, he might become a giant himself. So yeah there’s a lot of pressure but he’s ready for it.

He says this is new to him and he’s never had a genuine friend in his life, and that’s not him trying to be funny or work us, that’s real. Adam Cole has made him a better person in a really short period of time and taught him that he can let his guard down, and they’re not just friends, they’re brothers.

Brothers fight, they’re competitive, but they always make up and they always hug it out. He gets why people have trouble trusting him, and if you think about the worst thing you’ve done in your life, he’s probably done it twice, and all he asks is that we go on the journey and be vulnerable with him and he promises it’ll be rewarding.

That’s the first promise in his life he intends to keep, because he’s not just a scumbag, he’s our scumbag.

Jon Moxley makes his entrance and we go to break.

Jon Moxley vs. Rey Fenix

Moxley clubbing away at Fenix, trading chops, duck a crescent kick, catch the handspring, standing switch, off the ropes for a dropkick and Jon bails to the floor! Off the ropes, suicide dive connects, another one, Mox tearing at his mask on the floor until referee Bryce Remsburg gets him to back off!

Jon comes in with a stomp and Rey is out! Back to the floor, beating Fenix into the barricade, back inside, Moxley laying boots in. Rey with a defiant series of chops, front kick and a knee cuts him off, he passes Jon into the ropes and hits an enzuigiri! Perching, rope walk, Mox ducks it and clobbers him with a corner lariat!

Fenix returns the favor, ducking and dodging, Jon drops him with a huge lariat in the middle of the ring for a nearfall as we go to break!

Back from commercial, Mox cracks out a piledriver... SO CLOSE! Double wrist clutch stomps, Fenix pops right up and lays Jon out with a superkick! Step-up rolling solebutt in the corner, rolling thunder countered into the sleeper hold! Mox falls back but Rey slips out and hits a double stomp! Rolling thunder Ace Crusher connects this time and both men are down and out!

Off the ropes, big crescent kick from Fenix, up top, frog splash... JON MOXLEY KICKS OUT! Mox out of a fireman’s carry with overhead elbows, over and over, under hooks, reversed, small package... STILL NO! Forearm for kick, springboard headbutt gets an elbow and both men are down and out!

They beat the count, forearms from their knees to their feet, into big overhand chops, Jon beating him into the corner, Rey with a superkick, up top but Moxley cuts him off! Climbing to join him, jockeying for position, Jon biting... AVALANCHE DEATH RIDER STILL ISN’T ENOUGH TO KEEP REY FENIX DOWN!

Mox gets the bodyscissors sleeper on the mat, Fenix flagging but not failing, sitting up even as Jon sinks the hooks in deeper...

Jon Moxley wins by referee stoppage with a sleeper hold.

Post-match, Blackpool swarm on Rey Fenix, Penta el Zero M and Eddie Kingston show up, Ortiz is here... SANTANA IS BACK! They take Penta and Eddie out and cede the floor when Best Friends show up.

Medics come down with a stretcher to take Fenix away and we go to break.

Back from commercial we get a recap of what we just saw and cut to Rey Fenix being loaded into the ambulance.

Eddie Kingston doesn’t want to deal with cameras right now but Renee Paquette rolls up for an interview anyway.

He asks if she saw what her husband did and asks how she can be okay with that before saying he’s gonna fix it at Wembley.

In a pretaped interview, Renee Paquette asks Sammy Guevara why he helped Chris Jericho.

2.0 and Daniel Garcia roll up to give him crap for helping Chris, but Sammy says Jericho is his friend and he doesn’t agree with everything he does but he’s blinded by his friendship with Don Callis, and when friends are wrong you really have to be there for them.

Angelo Parker says they’re worried about him being blinded by friendship and asks if Jericho will be there for him like he is for Chris.

Tony Schiavone is in the ring with a table for the contract signing for Chris Jericho vs. Will Ospreay.

Don Callis says why he did what he did can be summed up in four words— “Will by god Ospreay!” And the only thing that would have been better than Jericho in the Callis Family is playing a part in ending Y2J’s career, so yeah he threw away friendship in favor of money and power.

Ospreay talks about how this match is gonna change his life, and the day before he fights Jericho he’s got an indie date (RevPro 11th Anniversary against Shingo Takagi!) trying to put food on his table and he’s gonna be the only guy who can say he’s beaten Kenny Omega, Kazuchika Okada, and Chris Jericho in two months.

And that will make a difference in six months when his New Japan contract is up, and he knows he’s the best wrestler in the world, better than the Elite, Danielson, Punk, or Jericho himself. It’s a rocketship for him and his future, and he signs the contract.

Jericho says Will wouldn’t have accomplished what he did without him, because five years ago when the entire wrestling world were predicting that Ospreay would be in a wheelchair before 30 like his hero, the Dynamite Kid, he called Will and told him to tone it down.

And hey, he listened and now here they are at Wembley, Jericho vs. Ospreay, but where Will is coming at it from the bottom, Chris is coming from the top with every dipshit on the internet predicting his demise, so he’s gonna be the best Chris Jericho he’s ever been and Ospreay will need to be his best to have a hope of beating him.

Don’t make him regret calling five years ago and keeping him out of the wheelchair. Ospreay advances, a brawl breaks out and security does their best to keep them apart!

And so we go to break.

Back from commercial, Renee Paquette gets a sit-down interview with Adam Cole.

He talks about how unexpected his friendship with Maxwell Jacob Friedman is and how grateful he is for Max’s help finding himself again. He says he didn’t get into wrestling with the notion of just being a wrestler, he has to be the best wrestler, and he’s won titles around the globe but the AEW World Championship is the greatest of them all.

He doesn’t want to win the match, he needs to win the match. He gets serious for a moment and says there are no issues between him and Max and says he’s done here.

Darby Allin & Nick Wayne vs. Mogul Embassy (AR Fox & Shane “Swerve” Strickland) (Tornado Tag Team Match)

Wayne and Fox brawling in the ring as Strickland puts All in the barricade! AR snaps off a spider German suplex out of the turnbuckles, to the apron, double jump imploding senton to the floor! Nick Wayne’s mom jawing at them from the front row, putting Wayne into the apron hard!

Darby trapped on the apron as well, stereo suplex attempts come up empty, Nick with a double Ace Crusher, Coffin Drop takes them both out as well as we go to break!

Back from commercial, Embassy back in control, stereo dropkicks, Wayne fights out of a back suplex lift but gets spiked by a neckbreaker / powerbomb combination... ALLIN BREAKS IT UP! To the floor, Darby dives hard on Shane, sets him in a chair, AR dives on him hard!

Back inside, Fox with a Twister... NICK KICKS OUT! Swerve with a heel kick... AGAIN WAYNE FINDS THE WILL TO KICK OUT! Hard whip into the corner, double boots, AR with a 450 splash, nobody home, Nick traps him, Darby keeps Shane out of the ring...

Darby Allin & Nick Wayne win by pinfall with a European Clutch from Wayne on AR Fox.

Post-match, Strickland gets on the mic and laughs, saying this is so disappointing, and he means Fox. Every time he gets the opportunity of a lifetime he blows it, and he asks AR why he’s such a loser. This was a test and he couldn’t beat an 18-year-old child, so he can’t trust him, not in this match and not against 80,000 at Wembley.

He tells Prince Nana to handle it, and Nana fires Fox from the Embassy! Brian Cage appears out of nowhere to hit a lariat and Drill Claw!

Allin returns to the ring and says he meant it when he said he’d always give Fox credit for getting him here and he helps AR to his feet and hugs him, telling him he loves him. Darby turns to Shane and asks him who he has for London now. Swerve and Nana laugh...

Enter Christian and Luchasaurus.

He asks Darby and Sting if they’re gonna introduce him to his little friend and says it’s nice to meet Nick Wayne and he understands that he has a father who is dead. He’s never heard of Buddy Wayne before so he must not be very good, but the good news because his dad was such a talentless hack, he doesn’t have a lot to live up to.

Renee Paquette interviews FTR and the Young Bucks.

The Bucks thank FTR for saving them lately, and FTR say they need to know who’s better, no excuses. The Bucks talk about how wild it is to have a show with 80,000 in attendance and how FTR need this match for their legacy. FTR say it goes far beyond the titles and it’s about FTR’s legacy, and on Monday morning he doesn’t want to have to explain to his family that he lost.

Matt Jackson takes credit for getting FTR here and says the Bucks will be remembered as the greatest team ever, and FTR will be remembered as the guys they mentioned on YouTube once. Dax Harwood says 80,000 people means they’ll make them and they’ll crack their foundations.

And so we go to break.

Back from commercial, we get a video package featuring Toni Storm and Hikaru Shida.

Ruby Soho gets an inset promo about how one of her friends will bring the women’s world title back home to the Outcasts, and also she’s coming for the TBS Championship.

Skye Blue also gets an inset promo about how she’s gonna take her frustrations out on Ruby tonight.

Ruby Soho vs. Skye Blue

Blue taking it to Soho on the floor, Ruby turns the tide back in the ring, a little back and forth, Skye sidesteps a charge and blocks a headscissors attempt. Soho to the apron, rising knee knocks her to the floor, Blue charges in, back kick, diving crossbody and we go to break!

Back from commercial, Blue charges in, back body drop to the apron, up top, diving crossbody connects but Soho kicks out! Full nelson, reversed, side headlock, shot off, arm wringer, swinging neckbreaker almost spikes Ruby more like a DDT, back and forth on pins to a stalemate!

Crescent kick from Skye, Skyefall connects... NOT ENOUGH! Knee gets a superkick, backslide from Blue, nope, No Future connects! Clutching her...

Ruby Soho wins by pinfall with Destination Unknown.

Roderick Strong and the Kingdom are interviewed backstage.

Strong keeps it simple— by the end of All In, we’ll see the real Adam Cole and the real Maxwell Jacob Friedman.

We get a video package from the House of Black about retiring Billy Gunn.

The Acclaimed storm down with no music and no fanfare.

Anthony Bowens says it’s no more mind games and no more fun time, and calls House of Black to the ring right now!

The lights go out, and the House of Black obliges.

A three-on-two brawl breaks out with Julia Hart watching, the House of Black’s numbers advantage plays out like it always does...


He gets on the mic after the House of Black leaves and says they wanted his attention and now they’ve got it so he’ll explain to them what they’ve done. A couple weeks ago he sat in the ring and took his boots off, put them down, and did the two hardest things he’s ever done— one, walk out on Max and Anthony, two, leave behind a really good career.

But he was okay with that, until they jumped the Acclaimed and busted Max open and hurt one of his kids, but that wasn’t enough, they took his boots and destroyed them, trying to tear down a legacy it took 32 years to build, and he’s done stuff in this business that will go down in wrestling history.

He’s a hall of famer and the House of Black pissed all over it, so for that, one more time, all or nothing, at All In in front of 80,000 people, he’ll take everything from them. House of Black vs. the Acclaimed and unfortunately Daddy Ass can’t make the trip, but there is a guy he thought we’d never see again.

He guarantees they’ll wish they’d never see again, because there’s a Bad Ass coming to London!

Commentary hypes up our upcoming cards.

The Hardy Boyz make their entrance and we go to break.

Aussie Open (Kyle Fletcher & “Dunkzilla” Mark Davis) (c) vs. Hardy Boyz (Jeff & Matt Hardy) (ROH World Tag Team Championship)

Aussie Open starting hot with a brawl, Jeff gets Poetry in Motion twice to turn the momentum! Champs sent to the floor, Fletcher back in, boots to the midsection, double elbows, double teams and then an axhandle to the floor! Jeff blasts Kyle from behind and we go to break!

Back from commercial, Jeff hits Whisper in the Wind! Matt tags in, Side Effect gets two on Fletcher! Twist of Fate blocked, whip reversed, punches in the corner, tag to Brother Nero, superplex sets up a diving splash... DUNKZILLA BREAKS IT UP! Tag from Davis, fireman’s carry dropped into a kick...

Aussie Open win by pinfall with Aussie Arrow on Jeff Hardy, retaining the ROH World Tag Team Championship.

Post-match, Davis gets on the mic and tells the crowd to shut up and Fletcher says there will be no kangaroo kick nor double clothesline, and they will retain the tag titles against MJF and Adam Cole.

Cole and Friedman come to the ring and brawl with Aussie Open, and the tag champs overwhelm them and beat them down but Cole breaks free and they take them out! Calling for it but Dunkzilla evades the double clothesline! Fletcher hanging back, MJF lines him up for the Kangaroo Kick but Davis cuts him off!

Holding Fletcher up, Cole goes for a kick, Kyle ducks and Max catches the kick! They get face to face, MJF grabs the title and holds it up! He cold shoulders Adam on his way out and gets the Dynamite Diamond Ring out, thinking about it before deciding better and coming in for a hug!

That’s the show, folks.

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