AEW Dynamite: The debut episode from Washington, D.C.

Originally published at AEW Dynamite: The debut episode from Washington, D.C.

It’s John Pollock here, I will be updating throughout the night with quick notes from the show and then we will have a big review on Rewind-A-Dynamite later tonight.

Braden Herrington and Davie Portman will have upNXT posted late tonight, as well.

-The commentary team is Jim Ross, Tony Schiavone, and Excalibur

-The audience was red-hot as Cody and Brandi Rhodes entered for the opening match against Sammy Guevera

Cody defeated Sammy Guevara in 11:52

They went into lots of big near falls that the audience went crazy for. Guevara pulled Brandi in front as a shield when Cody dove to the floor and took her out. Cody hit the Disaster Kick after Brandi hit Guevera with her shoe and Guevara kicked out. It ended with Guevara landing on Cody’s knees on a shooting star press attempt and Cody used a cradle for the cover.

-Tony Schiavone entered the ring and hugged Cody, Guevara offered his hand and Cody shook his hand – even though Guevara had just used his wife as a shield. It was a ploy for Chris Jericho to jump and attack Cody from behind. It ended with Jericho powerbombing Cody on two chairs on the floor.

-MJF cut a promo on the crowd and ran down Brandon Cutler

MJF defeated Brandon Cuter in 2:37

Cutler landed a suicide dive but started selling his knee after the dive. MJF struck from out of the corner and applied the Salt of the Earth (Fujiwara armbar) for the quick submission.

-Chris Van Vliet interviewed Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes, who plugged the Reboot movie and were confronted by Angelico & Jack Evans. Private Party appeared and gave drinks to Smith and Mewes.

-SCU was interviewed by Schiavone, the Lucha Bros. came out and it escalated into a pull-apart as they were promoting the AEW tag title tournament that begins next week.

PAC defeated Hangman Page in 13:01

Both looked really good in the match but it was hurt with a commercial break in the middle. Page hit a moonsault off the top to the floor, then went for the Buckshot Lariat and PAC avoided it. With Earl Hebner’s back turned, PAC hit a low blow and then came off the top with the Black Arrow to the back. PAC applied the Brutalizer and got the submission win.

Riho pinned Nyla Rose in 13:26 to become the AEW women’s champion

The story was evident to the crowd with the size discrepancy. Once they got into the final minutes, it became a hot match and the audience was behind Riho. They had a mess-up when Riho tried to counter a powerbomb with a back body drop, which Rose fell over on. Riho played a great underdog, hit a shining wizard from behind and running knees for the win. The audience erupted for the end.

-Michael Nakazawa tried to interview Riho, he was attacked by Rose and laid out with a Liger Bomb. Kenny Omega came to the aid of Riho and shoved Rose on the apron. Omega was wearing a ONE Championship shirt.

Chris Jericho, Santana & Ortiz over Kenny Omega & The Young Bucks

Omega was taken out of the match when Jon Moxley appeared and they fought through the crowd and into the VIP area. Moxley put Omega through a glass table with the Death Rider.

Nick Jackson was the star of the match and had an unreal sequence after receiving a hot tag. The Bucks set up for the BME but Jericho caught Nick with a codebreaker in mid-air. They took control and threw Matt into the Judas Effect and Jericho pinned him.

The post-match saw a beatdown until Cody ran in to assist. He was followed by Sammy Guevara and Dustin Rhodes, who received a massive reception.

Jake Hager (the former Jack Swagger) debuted and took out Dustin and The Bucks, including a gutwrench powerbomb to Dustin through a table. Jericho, Santana, Ortiz, Guevara, and Hager stood tall to end the first broadcast.


Bret from San Antonio

I had high expectations and and expected it to start off with a bang. And all I got a reply of a Cody montage which I had already seen.

Rest of the show flowed well, but nothing too great or too bad.

Decent surprise at the end with jake hagar, but he looked so confused about why he was there. So different from the moxley debut where he had so much emotion in his face.

Still on board with the revolution, but it didn’t knock my socks off, so I’m not sure how new fans reacted.

On to week two and I’ll check out nxt in the coming days.

Noel from md
Was live at the show tonight in dc. Loved the womens championship match and the unexpected finish even though I’ve had limited exposure to both performers. Some of the crowd favorites were cody, mjf and Darby Allen on the preshow and orange Cassidy on the postshow. However there were some major sound issues for fans in the upper level whenever anyone was on the mic. Besides that a excellent show with some great wrestling.

Ryan from Richmond!

Long time listener, first time feedbacker. First, I want to say thank you to the both of you. I had a pretty horrible year and having your shows has honestly helped me through some of the most mentally and emotionally draining times of my life. I hope some time I get to buy you both a beer.

With that said, I had the distinct pleasure of attending the first Dynamite show live in DC! The crowd was LOUD for the last few minutes of the Womens championship match. Even the cheap seats were going wild for those last few near falls. That and the Jon Moxlwy bit yielded the biggest pops of the night.

I kept watching the clock wondering how they would pull off all of their announced matches and segments in just two hours. But I thought the crew executed everything well and the show went by like a breeze without feeling rushed.

Can’t wait to watch back on TV later.


Watched both shows and I’m excited for Wednesday Night, both shows were sold, NXT had the best match but AEW had a great overall show

Gary from Texas,

I was able to stream the show on the TNT app. Overall I enjoyed the show and it was a fun two hours. The show will probably be picked apart over the course of the next week but I don’t think anyone can deny that it was a great first episode.

A lot of people will probably make WWE comparisons and I couldn’t help it either. To me it looked almost too much like Raw. Even the way they had the red lights on the crowd and spotlights in the audience. When the arena was lit up I thought it looked better and different than Raw.

The other comparison was JR. I thought he did good on this show. But he was the voice of WWE for 25+ years. He will always be the voice of WWE for me and it was distracting for me to hear his catchphrases on AEW. For some reason it was worse than when I’ve heard him call New Japan. Maybe because that’s mostly a completely different roster.