The October 2 2019 edition of AEW Dynamite, out of the Capital One Arena in Washington, DC just wrapped up. We’ve got the match results, as well as our overall thoughts on the show, for you to check out below. Let us know what you thought about episode #1 of AEW Dynamite by tweeting us, @TheRumbleRamble.
The Start of Something New
Before we dive into segments themselves, I want to speak on the overall vibe of the show first. I thought, from a production standpoint, the show was damn near perfect.
Aesthetically speaking, I really dig how everything looks, which has been par for the course with AEW shows so far. The multi-colored graphics looked incredible, the lighting was spectacular, and the crowd was hot all night, too.
I even enjoyed the Excalibur/Jim Ross/Tony Schiavone 3-man booth, which kind of took me by surprise. To be honest, I’d prefer it if things were just Excalibur and Schiavone, but I did think this was the best 3-man AEW booth yet.
Cody (w/ Brandi Rhodes) vs. Sammy Guevara
Cody and Sammy Guevara were up first, which was a good call. Cody feels like the most popular guy in AEW right now and it’s hard not to make an argument that he should win the title soon. Perhaps that’s the plan… we shall see.
These two did a great job of setting the tone for the night. The two main goals here were to get Cody a win and make Guevara a bigger deal than he was going into the match… and they accomplished both.
There was a really cool diving cutter exchange, where both guys hit unique neckbreakers on one another (somewhat) back-to-back. I also liked how Guevara’s willingness to fly around eventually ended up being the reason he lost the match. Good stuff all around here.
The Jericho post-match beatdown was cool, minus the use of padded chairs. I did enjoy that it took place in the little “picture-in-picture” box because that was a bit different than the rest holds we normally see in that situation.
Brandon Cutler vs. MJF
MJF’s heel promo, while typical heel banter, was a fun way to get this one started. I still think he’s got the best chance to be the first “AEW guy” to make it big, as long as things go as planned.
Brandon Cutler’s athleticism really jumped out at me here. He’s a good-looking athlete, and a taller guy, too, which helps him stand out on the roster.
There was a “turnbuckle cam” for a shoulder-to-post spot that I popped for huge. Again, production-wise, this entire show was an “A+” for me.
The finish was a bit weird, to say the least. Cutler “fell” off the top rope and MJF tapped him out. Not sure if it was on purpose or not, but Cutler kind of looked like a nerd afterward because of it, which wasn’t ideal.
A Spotlight for Tag Team Wrestling
Up next was a cluster of tag team segments, all of which were somewhat different than the next, which was cool.
First, we got a very awkward interaction at ringside involving Angelico, Jack Evans, Jason Mewes, and Kevin Smith. I now know that Angelico and Evans are heels, but the confrontation with Jay & Silent Bob was… not good, to be blunt about it.
We then got an SCU Washington-themed promo package, which included a very solid Obama impression from Scorpio Sky. This promo package transitioned into an on-stage interview with Tony Schiavone (Nitro vibes!), which of course ended with The Lucha Brothers showing up and starting a brawl.
The AEW tag team division is LOADED and easily the thing I’m most invested in at the moment. The tournament to crown the first-ever champions, which starts next week, can’t come soon enough.
Hangman Page vs. PAC
I’m probably in the minority here, but this was my “match of the night” winner, for a wide variety of reasons. The physicality in this match, in particular, was on another level when compared to the other matches on the card.
We got some hard-hitting strikes, a bit of brawling at ringside, and of course, PAC being PAC. Seeing him hit the Black Arrow to Page’s back, and then tap him out afterward, was the perfect way to end this one, in my opinion.
PAC’s eye got busted up pretty good at some point, which made his victory pose at the end of the match an even more incredible visual. He’s 2-0 now, too, with two big victories. One would assume he’s gotta be in the AEW Championship conversation, which is exciting to think about.
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Riho vs. Nyla Rose
AEW Women’s Championship Match
Although I personally enjoyed the PAC/Page match the most, it’s hard to argue against the fact that the crowd was the loudest and the most invested for this Women’s Championship match.
In fact, I’d argue that this match should have closed the show. It felt like a really big moment, which is something I can’t say about anything else that happened during the rest of the two-hours.
I get that they had an angle revolving around the 6-man main event, but I don’t think it was as good, or as important, as this match.
Of course, the story here was Nyla Rose’s size advantage and whether or not Riho could overcome it. That story isn’t anything new in wrestling (or entertainment in general), but when it’s told as well as it was told here, it’s hard to beat.
Riho got the win, making her the first AEW Women’s Champion. However, Rose getting her heat back post-match with wasn’t a choice I would have made, especially because of how many “beatdown segments” we got on the rest of the show.
The Elite (The Young Bucks & Kenny Omega) vs. Chris Jericho, Santana, & Ortiz
This match mainly existed to set up a few different angles, which wasn’t necessarily a bad thing, but probably not how I would have wanted to close out my first-ever show.
The first angle involved Jon Moxley, who showed up and attacked Kenny Omega mid-match. Moxley and Omega brawled throughout the arena and eventually made their way over to a VIP lounge, where a glass table was present.
Moxley DDT’d Omega through the glass table, which was a really fantastic spot and easily one of the cooler visuals of the night. I have no idea how this wasn’t a DQ, but the bit was too cool for me to want to overthink it.
The Bucks, now in a 3-on-2 handicap match, fought hard but couldn’t overcome the odds. A post-match attack led to Cody and Dustin Rhodes coming out, which then brought out Sammy Guevara and a debuting Jake Hager, which was a neat little moment.
Seeing the 5-man heel faction stand tall to close out the show was neat, but again, I would have like to have ended with Riho’s celebration, personally.
Overall, this was a really solid first-effort for AEW Dynamite. And the addition of a 6’7 Jake Hager gives AEW a much-needed big man, with a legit MMA background, which is something that always works in pro wrestling.
Winner: Chris Jericho, Santana, & Ortiz
AEW Dynamite (October 2 2019)
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