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AEW Dynamite Grand Slam results, live blog (Sept. 20, 2023): MJF vs. Samoa Joe

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

AEW will be at Arthur Ashe Stadium in Queens, New York for their annual “Grand Slam” event — part of the build for their Wrestledream PPV on Oct 1.

Tonight’s show will feature MJF defending his AEW World title against Samoa Joe, and Toni Storm looking to take the Women’s championship from her fellow Outcast Saraya.

We’ll also see the latest battle in the very personal war between NJPW Strong Openweight champ Eddie Kingston and Ring of Honor World titleholder Claudio Castagnoli, with both men’s belts on the line. In the night’s other championship bout, Jon Moxley gives Rey Fenix a shot at his International title. Plus, Chris Jericho takes on his protege Sammy Guevara, and more!

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

Enjoy the show!


One summer day I was sitting on the bridge, looking at the water below when I heard some laughter and a familiar voice coming from down the road, but right now I’m liveblogging this here pro wrestling show for you, folks.

The show opens with Claudio Castagnoli warming up backstage with Wheeler YUTA.

We get a matching segment of Eddie Kingston with Penta el Zero M as well.

Claudio Castagnoli (ROH) vs. Eddie Kingston (NJPW) (NJPW Strong Openweight Championship / ROH World Championship)

Trading shots out the gates, escalating to throws, big German from Kingston! To the apron, Castagnoli blocks a Backfist to the Future, jockeying for position, back suplex onto the ramp! Claudio presses the advantage and we go to break.

Back from commercial, body blows in the corner from Castagnoli, referee Bryce Remsburg has to warn him off and pull him away! TKO follows... NOPE! Uppercut countered into a backslide, falling enzuigiri, back suplex... STILL NO! Machine gun chops, trading chops in the middle of the ring, into heavier strikes, Claudio hits the Ricola Bomb... NOT ENOUGH!

Back and forth, Backfist to the Future, Northern Lights Bomb... CASTAGNOLI KICKS OUT! Eddie gets in one more round...

Eddie Kingston wins by pinfall with a powerbomb, retaining the NJPW STRONG Openweight Championship and becoming your new ROH World Champion!

We go to Roderick Strong’s hospital room where the Kingdom are trying to cheer him up. Adam Cole arrives just as they’re getting ready to leave and they take the opportunity to remind him that they’re coming for the ROH World Tag Team Championship.

Cole is glad he’s doing okay and he hates to leave but he has to get going to be at ringside for Maxwell Jacob Friedman’s title defense against Samoa Joe. Strong slowly sits the bed up and tells him to just go.

And so we go to break.

Back from commercial, Christian Cage and Luchasaurus are interviewed.

Cage has a proposition for Darby, which is that he gets another title shot for the TNT Championship... in a three-way with Christian in the match, too. And Sting isn’t allowed at ringside.

Chris Jericho vs. Sammy Guevara

Circling, handshake, collar and elbow, Jericho with a side headlock, switching sides, shot off, shoulder block, kip-up! Sammy feeling it, takes Chris down with a dropkick, Le Sex Gods pose and Guevara scrambles away! Schoolboy for one, inside cradle, same deal, chops from Y2J!

To the floor, Sam with a tornillo, back inside, perching, diving crossbody... NOPE! Jericho blocks a GTH, jockeying for position on the apron, suplex to the floor and we go to break!

Back from commercial, Jericho in control, laying chops in! Lariats follow, Guevara gets a Codebreaker but can’t put his mentor away! To the floor, Orihara moonsault takes Chris out! Sammy hits an Ace Crusher, again just a nearfall! GTH reversed into the Walls of Jericho!

Kicking Jericho away to break it, rising knee in the corner, thrown to the apron, Chris goes up the turnbuckles and pulls him up... GUEVARA WITH AN AVALANCHE ACE CRUSHER BUT JERICHO KICKS OUT! Springboard moonsault... CHRIS GOT THE KNEES UP! One-handed bulldog connects, Lionsault follows... SAMMY GUEVARA KICKS OUT!

Knee, backbreaker rack, GTH connects! Sam going up top... SHOOTING STAR PRESS COUNTERED INTO THE CODEBREAKER! IT’S OVER!

Chris Jericho wins by pinfall with the Codebreaker.

Post-match, they embrace... AND SAMMY KICKS CHRIS IN THE GENTLEMAN’S AREA! He shoves Jericho down—

Enter Don Callis.

He and Sammy walk out together to deafening boos.

We see footage of Maxwell Jacob Friedman rolling up in a green Ferrari and says he’s been holding a grudge against Samoa Joe for eight years and tonight he takes the chip on his shoulder and bashes Joe’s shoulder in. He tried to take away the two most precious things to him, his title and his brother, Adam Cole.

MJF is gonna choke him out in front of thousands of New Yorkers and the last thing he’s gonna hear is the crowd chanting for MJF. Cole has to pick up his phone, it’s Roderick Strong. Adam has to talk him down from the fear of death and walks off and we go to break.

Back from commercial, Renee Paquette tries to interview Sammy Guevara but Don Callis says all will be revealed on Rampage.

They keep walking and run into Daniel Garcia. Sammy wants to start something, Callis says Daniel is money and keeps him separated.

Jon Moxley (c) vs. Rey Fenix (AEW International Championship)

Brawling on the ramp before the bell, Fenix with a springboard kick and a tope con giro!

Finally inside, we get a bell, Rey with shoulder blocks, slingshot sunset flip, folding press in return! Moxley wobbly on his feet, knucklelock and Fenix lands a lucha arm drag but Jon pops right up and clobbers him with a right hand! Running stomp to the back of his head, cover for two!

Mox shoving him off, Fenix with chops, rake of the eyes, into the ropes, Jon follows it with a boot! Fighting on the floor, jockeying for position over a barricade, Rey pops up, walks it but Moxley shoves him and hits a hanging butterfly DDT! Back inside, mounted punches from the champion, sidestep the charge, gamengiris from Fenix into a springboard solebutt!

Rolling thunder Ace Crusher... SO CLOSE! Frog splash... NOT ENOUGH! Duck a lariat, superkick, spilling back to the floor, Fenix hangs him over the barricade, back inside, perching... GUILLOTINE LEG DROP OFF THE TOP AND TO THE FLOOR SENDS US TO BREAK!

Back from commercial into a slugfest, up top, Fenix knocks him down, double jump double stomp and both men are down! Fighting over a piledriver, Moxley gets him in the ropes, punches send Rey to the ramp, Jon hits a Blackout on the ramp! Back in the ring, piledriver... FENIX KICKS OUT!

Up top, underhooks, Rey fights him off and knocks him down, senton atomico, drag him up, fireman’s carry... FENIX DRIVER! JON MOXLEY BARELY GETS A SHOULDER UP! Another try...

Rey Fenix wins by pinfall with a Fenix Driver, becoming your new AEW International Championship.

Samoa Joe cuts a promo backstage.

He asks Max if he can feel it, a great celebration, a night of consequences. MJF has run his mouth and told the world about his grudge, and he should be prepared to hold it a little longer, because he’s gonna smash him pillar to post and finish taking what he was trying to take all those years ago.

And so we go to break.

Back from commercial, the Hardy Boyz, the Kingdom, Best Friends, and the Righteous all cut dueling promos about how they’re gonna win the #1 contender’s match for the ROH tag titles at Rampage.

Saraya (c) vs. Toni Storm (AEW Women’s World Championship)

Storm, her arms wide for a hug, Saraya in disbelief, she slaps her across the face! Another slap, a third, jawing at her, Toni goes to the floor and under the ring, Ruby Soho pulls her out and Storm has a pair of slippers and she goes to town on Ruby with them! Back in the ring, referee Stephon Smith takes the slipper away but Toni has a spike pump tucked away and clocks the champion with it... NO DEAL!

And so we go to break.

Back from commercial, going forearm for forearm on their knees and to their feet, Storm pulls the bottom turnbuckle pad off and grabs the green spray but Ruby takes it from her! Referee distracted, Soho tosses it to Saraya, spray, cover... NOT ENOUGH! Smashing Toni into the turnbuckles, stopping short of the exposed one to the dismay of Ruby Soho!

Choking Storm, she blocks and stands up holding her foot, she sets it down and plants a kiss right on Saraya’s lips... STORM ZERO! STILL NO! Back in the corner, Saraya gets her...

Saraya wins by pinfall with Nightcap, retaining the AEW Women’s World Championship.

Commentary hypes up our next week worth of shows and we go to break.

Back from commercial, MJF does a “kid sees Bret Hart walking to the entry” bit and gives the kid his scarf and also tells him he’s adopted, because he’s our scumbag.

Maxwell Jacob Friedman (c) vs. Samoa Joe (AEW World Championship)

Circling, Joe backs him into the corner but Friedman begs off, pokes his eye, and hops on his back! Samoa slams him off his back onto his injured neck and Max clutches at it as he gets up. Joe with an elbow and a stomp to the injured neck, going to work, jabs in the corner to wear him down!

Crotch chop to the champion, desperate punches from Max and Joe clubs him down! Manhattan Drop, sidestep the boot, eye poke, sleeper hold attempt but Samoa rams him into the corner! Big boot and a senton... NOPE! Friedman with jabs, he charges in and eats the big Rock Bottom out of the corner as we go to break!

Back from commercial, Friedman throwing elbows out of the corner, Joe sets him up top, looking for the Muscle Buster, reversed to a sunset flip for two! Superkick staggers Samoa, short-arm lariats, Max off the ropes with another lariat and he’s getting fired up while still clutching his neck!

Off the ropes, Joe blasts him with a lariat for a two count! Samoa tears MJF’s shirt off and throws it at him, disdainful kicks and shoves, Max getting fired up, throwing elbow after elbow, Joe puts him in the corner and he rakes his back! Smashing Samoa’s face into the turnbuckles over and over, kicking him out of the ring!

Shaking the ropes, Friedman is feeling it, clutching his neck, asking the crowd to give him strength! He slaps the mat a few times and rises, a bloody-mouthed god of war, off the ropes, Joe catches him with a kick! Drawing him to the apron, fireman’s carry... DEATH VALLEY DRIVER ON THE APRON DANGERRROUS!

Inside for the cover, only two! Samoa gets a table out and leans it against the barricade, pulling Max out of the ring and dragging him over to it, putting him through it with a Rock Bottom over the objections of referee Paul Turner! Back inside... MAXWELL JACOB FRIEDMAN WILL NOT GIVE UP IN HIS HOME!

Joe rips up a section of pad and exposes the bare concrete floor! Thinking piledriver, Max blocks and bites his leg! MJF goes for a piledriver of his own but his neck gives out! Joe cuts him off with a kick... PILEDRIVER ON THE CONCRETE THAT’S GOTTA DO IT!

Ringside doctors come and check on Max, Turner conferences with them but Joe won’t let them work! SAMOA JOE ATTACKS THE MEDICS! He puts Friedman back in the ring, cover... MAXWELL JACOB FRIEDMAN FINDS THE WILL TO KICK OUT! Joe draws him up... MAX SPITS IN HIS FACE!

Samoa lays him out with a slap and picks him back up, jawing at him, off the ropes, Friedman blocks the slam, Liger Bomb... NOT ENOUGH! Trading forearms, superkick from Max, Joe off the ropes, caught in a sleeper, reversed to the Coquina Clutch but MJF grabs Paul Turner so he can hit a mule kick low blow!

Friedman gets the Dynamite Diamond Ring and slips it on, he rushes in but Turner catches him and takes it away! Samoa returns the low blow, hits the Muscle Buster... MJF SIMPLY WILL NOT LOSE! Joe trembling, shocked, he can’t figure out what to do! Back to the Coquina Clutch, Max is fading but Adam Cole comes running down to give his pal a pep talk!

Turner is on the third arm check... MAXWELL JACOB FRIEDMAN IS STILL IN THE FIGHT! To his feet, shaking, biting Joe’s hand for freedom, victory roll for two! Back to a sleeper of his own, ramming him into the corner and Turner gets clobbered! Cole runs interference, MJF has the tag rope and uses it to choke Joe! Falling back, bodyscissors applied, Paul Turner slides back inside... IT’S OVER!

Maxwell Jacob Friedman wins by referee stoppage with a rope-assisted bodyscissors sleeper hold, retaining the AEW World Championship.

Max hugs Paul long enough for Adam Cole to scurry in the ring and hide the tag rope! Samoa goes after Adam but MJF gets in the way! Joe offers him a handshake and Friedman hesitates for a long beat before accepting it!

Cole and Friedman stand tall in the ring together.

That’s the show, folks.

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