The second episode of AEW‘s weekly show Dynamite began with the match between the Private Party and the Young Bucks. This match was one of the quarterfinals of the AEW Tag Team Tournament. As you would expect from four such incredible wrestlers, the match was awesome since they got enough time. The match took about 14 minutes and contained several near falls and many high-flying moves.
In the final stage of the match, Matt Jackson had Quen in the right position for the Meltzer Driver and Nick Jackson was ready on the apron. Just when they wanted to perform their finisher, Isaiah Cassidy pulled off Nick from the apron, and in the ring, Quen rolled up Matt for the win. A massive surprise to kick off this episode and a huge win for the Private Party. The match was incredible and since the Young Bucks are one of the greatest teams of our generation, this loss doesn’t really let them look weak.
Then Chris Jericho, Santana, Ortiz, Sammy Guevara and Jake Hager came out and made their way to the ring. Jericho cut a promo and introduced the other men in the ring. He talked especially much about Hager and called them the Inner Circle. He then talked some trash about Cody’s family and said that he’ll kick the shit out of Cody at Full Gear. He then also added that they will have “a little bit of the bubbly” later that night what was quite funny. He closed the promo as he said that they are the Inner Circle and his final words were just “you’re welcome”.
A great promo by Jericho in which you noticed that he hadn’t a clear script since he also reacted to the audience’s chants and you had the feeling that he talked freely. We already knew that he’s one of the best in the business when it comes to promos and he once more proved it.
Next up was the match between Jimmy Havoc and Darby Allin. The winner of this match would have become the number one contender for the AEW Championship. Havoc dominated the majority of this match but in the end, Allin performed his amazing Coffin Drop to get the win. Allin celebrated with the crowd since he was the face. It was a solid match, but Allin didn’t look to strong as Havoc dominated him for a long time. However, we’ll get to see Jericho vs Allin for the title and this combination could be quite interesting to watch, but it would be an absolute surprise if the challenger would win.
Then a tag team match was scheduled. The team of Emi Sakura and Bea Priestley took on Britt Baker and AEW Women’s Champion Riho. The match was quite good and after about nine minutes Baker forced Sakura to tap out. After the match, Priestley and Baker had a little brawl, but Riho helped Baker to get Priestley out of the ring. At this stage, I thought that Baker and Priestley would fight each other shortly to declare the next challenger for the AEW Women’s Championship. However, later that night they announced that next week Baker will take on Riho.
After that, we saw the Best Friends at ringside who got interviewed and asked how they feel about their match next week. The deferred the question to Orange Cassidy who gave a thumbs up. Suddenly, the lights went out and Shawn Spears made his entrance with Tully Blanchard.
Jon Moxley made his entrance and Pac joined on commentary. The match between Moxley and Spears wasn’t as entertaining as you would expect. Blanchard got involved several times and so Spears was mostly in the offence. The crowd was totally on Moxley’s side and so they heavily celebrated as he performed the Paradigm Shift to get the win.
When the match was over, Kenny Omega walked on the stage with a bat and a boom in his hands. Both weapons were wrapped in barbed wire. Omega threw the bat to Moxley and they had a kind of a standoff until suddenly Pac attacked Omega from behind with a chair. Moxley left Omega on the ground and just went backstage. These three men could have an awesome feud, but at the moment it’s not clear where this will lead to.
Then it was time for the main event. The team of Chris Jericho and Sammy Guevara took on Hangman Page and Dustin Rhodes. This fight was evenly-matched but in the end, Jericho got the win for his team after he had delivered the Judas Effect to Rhodes. Jake Hager, who was at ringside, logically got involved several times to help Y2J and Guevara.
As the match was over, the heels continued to beat Rhodes up and it was clear that now the same chaos as last week would begin. Suddenly, the lights went out and Cody appeared. He hit Guevara with the Cross Rhodes, but Santana and Ortiz came out to save Jericho.
Then MJF entered the ring to beat up Santana and Ortiz with a chair, but then Jericho hit him with a Codebreaker. Then the Young Bucks also got involved. Jericho was able to get out of the ring, though. At ringside, the AEW Champion got attacked from behind by Allin. He hit him with a skateboard and then joined Cody, MJF, Dustin, the Young Bucks and Page in the ring.
The AEW Champion got joined by the other members of the Inner Circle at ringside and Jericho grabbed a microphone to say that he’ll see Allin next week and Cody at Full Gear. He added that it would be their funerals. However, we’ll have to wait and see how the feud between the two groups develop within the next weeks.
Once more a hectic finish, even though it was this time much better since they had more time and it was better paced compared to last week. All in all, another good show by AEW. In this stage, they seem to focus more on the matches than the building of characters, but we’ll see where this leads in the near future. Especially the opening match between the Young Bucks and the Private Party as well as the promo of Jericho were awesome.