Source: Bleacher Report
AEW rolled into Rochester Wednesday night, home of the late Brodie Lee, for an episode of Dynamite headlined by Sammy Guevara vs. Miro for the same TNT Championship once held by The Exalted One.
On a night dedicated to their former leader, was The Dark Order able to thwart Hardy Family Office in a massive 16-man tag team match in which they teamed with Orange Cassidy? More importantly, were they able to coexist long enough to do so?
Elsewhere, the faction’s lone female member Anna Jay partnered with Tay Conti to battle The Bunny and Penelope Ford in the culmination of a month-long rivalry.
What went else went down on a special edition of Dynamite? Find out now with this recap of the September 29 episode.
Jungle Boy vs. Adam Cole
CM Punk joined Excalibur, Jim Ross and Tony Schiavone at the announce position before Adam Cole and Jungle Boy took to the squared circle for the night’s first match.
Young Jack Perry outwrestled Cole early, driving the former world champion to the floor in an attempt to regroup. It worked as Cole seized control of the bout and worked Jungle Boy over with a neck vice. The Casino Battle Royale delivered a belly-to-belly overhead suplex and added a German for two.
Jungle Boy delivered a hurricanrana over the top and off the apron, to which Cole responded with a superkick. A Panama Sunrise followed by the babyface kicked out at two. Cole tried for the Boom but Jungle Boy ducked and applied the Snare Trap. Cole escaped, delivered a cheap low blow and finally executed the Boom for the pinfall victory.
Cole defeated Jungle Boy
Bryan Danielson Gets the Best of the Elite…Again
The Elite joined a victorious Cole for a post-match promo.
After Cole reminded the audience of his undefeated record, AEW world champion Kenny Omega discussed his match with Bryan Danielson. The American Dragon interrupted the promo and said, despite both his and the fans’ desire for a rematch with Omega, it appears as though the world champ doesn’t have the balls to go through with it.
Bryan challenged any member of The Elite to a match on Rampage but Omega tried to goad him into a fight tonight. Danielson called on Christian Cage, Luchasaurus, Frankie Kazarian, Jungle Boy and Marko Stunt to back him up as he drove the heels up the ramp.
Cody Rhodes and Lee Johnson vs. Dante Martin and Matt Sydal
Boos engulfed the arena as Cody Rhodes made his way to the ring, accompanied by wife Brandi, coach Arn Anderson and partner “Big Shotty” Lee Johnson for his match against Matt Sydal and Dante Martin.
Martin and Sydal controlled the match during the break, working over Lee. A tag to Rhodes sparked a comeback for The Nightmare Family but the fans greeted any offense by Cody with a chorus of boos. Martin, as he has so many times, wowed the audience with a high-flying offense that kept even the former two-time TNT champion reeling.
Johnson tagged himself in, delivered a fisherman buster, driving his opponent into his knee. He pinned Martin for the victory seconds later.
After the match, Tony Schiavone joined Rhodes, Johnson and Anderson in the center of the ring as the fans continued to greet the EVP with a negative reaction. Rhodes called out Malakai Black, but Anderson silenced him and cut a promo that insinuated Rhodes was soft. “I’m Arn Anderson, and all that it implies, and I’ll be damned if I coach a loser.”
The Enforcer left with Johnson, leaving Rhodes to contemplate his words.
Rhodes and Johnson defeated Martin and Sydal
Jon Moxley, Eddie Kingston and Darby Allin vs. Bear Country and Anthony Greene
Jon Moxley, Darby Allin and Eddie Kingston battled Bear Country and Anthony Greene in trios tag team action.
The expedited match saw the babyfaces withstand an early surge from the heels before Moxley pinned Greene for the win. After the match, Sting dropped Greene with a Scorpion Death Drop as Kingston held up a “Brodie Lee” sign.
Moxley, Kingston and Allin defeated Bear Country and Greene
The Dark Order and Orange Cassidy vs. Hardy Family Office
The Dark Order nearly allowed their issues to get the best of them on a night so important to the legacy of the late Brodie Lee. When in-fighting between Alex Reynolds and Evil Uno nearly cost the faction and partner Orange Cassidy a victory in a 16-man tag team match against Hardy Family Office, the arrival of Brodie Jr., Anna Jay, Tay Conti and Amanda Huber inspired them to set their differences aside and focus on earning a victory.
John Silver erupted, wiping out the competition and joining Silver to turn Jora Johl inside out. Uno and Stu Grayson delivered Fatality, earning the victory for the team. After the match, Pres10 Vance hoisted Brodie Jr. on his shoulders in celebration and honor of his father.
The Dark Order (Reynolds, Silver, Grayson, Uno, Vance, Colt Cabana and Alan Angels) and Orange Cassidy defeated Hardy Family Office (Matt Hardy, Jack Evans, Angelico, Private Party, Johl, Butcher and Blade)
Tay Jay vs. The Bunny and Penelope Ford
A fiery promo from Dan Lambert and The Men of the Year (Scorpio Sky and Ethan Page) saw the latter two reiterate their reign over the company after their victory over Chris Jericho and Jake Hager last Friday on Rampage.
The rivalry between The Bunny, Penelope Ford and the team of Tay Jay (Tay Conti and Anna Jay) wrote its latest chapter Wednesday in tag team action.
The heels controlled the match throughout the commercial break but a late-match flurry by the babyfaces, including a springboard crossbody from Conti, lead them to a victory on the strength of Jay’s Queen Slayer sleeper to Ford.
Tay Jay defeated Bunny and Ford
Darby Allin Proves Too Strong for MJF
MJF, accompanied by Wardlow, cut a promo in which he called himself the No. 1 young star in the company and asserted that he deserves an AEW world title opportunity. Darby Allin, one of the competitors glossed over by the silver-tongued spoiled brat, hit the ring to confront his rival.
MJF delivered a scathing tongue-lashing of Allin, going as far as to reveal the face-painted antihero is straight edge because of the traumatizing death of his uncle in a car accident early in Allin’s life. When the former TNT champion told MJF he would not be broken mentally, the heel stomped off up the ramp, the bully’s need for emotional superiority unfulfilled.
TNT Championship Match: Sammy Guevara vs. Miro
Miro defended the TNT Championship against Sammy Guevara in the night’s main event.
The Redeemer dominated the action early and throughout the commercial, overwhelming The Spanish God with a ferocity and strength advantage that threatened Guevara’s championship aspirations. Guevara fought back, threw himself over the ring post and wiped Miro out on the floor.
Back inside, he delivered a cutter and tried for the GTH but Miro fought out and delivered a big kick for two. The champion removed the turnbuckle pads from multiple corners. Fuego del Sol attempted to intervene but Miro knocked him out.
Guevara sent Miro into the turnbuckle, stunning him before delivering the GTH. Up top, he delivered a 630 senton and won the title by pinfall.
Guevara defeated Miro to win the title