Wednesday Night Wars: Week 1 of AEW vs NXT

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Brandon Cutler (0-0-0) vs Maxwell Jacob Friedman (1-1-0)

MJF immediately demands his music to be cut off and starts just chewing out the AEW crowd. He continues to make comparisons of Cutler and the crowd in attendance, getting the point across that he views Cutler as a fan and he should stay on that side of the guardrail. At one point, Cutler gets some offense in on MJF after a Suicide Dive to the outside of the ring connects. As MJF is rolled back into the ring, Cutler goes to the top rope and stumbles off. As he lands on his feet in the ring, he seemed to tweak his leg and is slow to move around. MJF pulls the referee in front of him while in the corner, creating space between himself and Cutler. Cutler gets a stiff forearm to the face before tapping out to The Salt of the Earth.

Winner: Maxwell Jacob Friedman (2-1-0)

Next, Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes are ringside as a plug to “Jay and Silent Bob: Reboot” in theaters on October, 15th starring Chris Jericho. Angelico and Jack Evans come out ringside to interrupt Smith and Mewes’ interview, telling Mewes that “Morris Day and the Time sucks.” Mewes’ rebuttal is that Angelico and Evans can’t even win a match, which is true to their AEW record. Angelico and Evan’s leave them alone when Private Party come by to sit with Smith and Mewes, drinks in hand.

A promo airs for SoCal Uncensored. Scorpio Sky completely nails the Barack Obama impression while Christopher Daniels and Kazarian are impersonating as secret service security. “My fellow Americans…” the promo began as Scorpio Sky made the transition to the SCU catchphrase “This Is The Worst Town We’ve Ever Been In.” After the promo video is over, SCU is on stage with Tony Schiavone for an interview. Sky announces that Daniels and Kazarian will represent SCU in the AEW Tag Team Championship Tournament. After that is announced, the Lucha Bros come out and Penta El Zero mists Daniels in the face before both tag teams start to brawl. Referees and AEW personnel separate the two teams.

The AEW Tag Team Tournament first-round matchups consist of The Young Bucks versus Private Party, Lucha Bros versus Jurassic Express, and Best Friends versus SoCal Uncensored. The Dark Order has a bye in the first round.

“Hangman” Adam Page (2-1-0) vs “The Bastard” Pac (1-0-0)

This was the match that Page was originally scheduled for at “Double or Nothing,” but never happened. This was the match of the night for AEW Dynamite. It seems that Page is controlling the pace of the match, but the referee gets caught out of position when Page has a Rear Waistlock on Pac. This allows Pac to obstruct the view of the referee and hit below the belt with a Mule Kick. Page falls on his stomach in position for Pac to hit the Black Arrow from the top rope. He smoothly transitions into the Brutalizer. Page never tapped out, but he was knocked out in the submission hold.

Winner: Pac (2-0-0)

“The Native Beast” Nyla Rose (0-2-0) vs Riho (3-1-0)

This match is to determine the first-ever AEW Women’s champion. Rose is also the only transgender women’s wrestler on the AEW roster. Rose plucked Riho out of the air when she went for a Diving Crossbody from the top rope to the outside of the ring. Another cool moment this match was when Rose went for a Senton Splash on Riho, who was laying on multiple laying steel chairs. Riho got out of the way in time and Rose got very comfortable with the chairs. Rose looked like she was going to have the match won, having Riho locked in the STF. Riho looked just about knocked out, but Rose let go of the hold just before the referee was going to call for the bell to be rung. Riho ends up connecting with a Meteora to the back of Rose’s head and her face before pinning Rose for the win.

Winner AND NEW AEW Women’s Champion: Riho (4-1-0)

After the match, Michael Nakazawa attempts to interview Riho but is attacked by Nyla Rose. Rose powerbombs Nakazawa before shifting her attention to Riho. Kenny Omega comes out to save Riho before Rose slammed her with a Death Valley Driver on the ring apron.

The Elite (1-0-0) vs Santana, Ortiz, and Chris Jericho (0-0-0)

This was the first-ever AEW Dynamite main event. During the match, The Young Bucks perform a Superkick Party on Jericho, Ortiz, and Santana before diving over the top rope and to the outside of the ring on Ortiz and Santana to keep them down. It’s now just Kenny Omega in the ring as Jon Moxley returns to AEW. He is standing behind Omega and as soon as Omega turns around, Moxley is uncorking punches. Moxley and Omega fight back to the AEW VIP area, where Moxley hits Omega with a Death Rider through a glass top table. At this point, that match should have technically been thrown out by the referee due to the interference by Moxley, but the match continued. The Young Bucks were left to try to defeat Jericho, Santana, and Ortiz. Jericho hits a Codebreaker on Nick Jackson as he is coming off the top rope. Santana and Ortiz then perform a double team Cannonball on Matt Jackson in the corner of the ring. Matt is fed to Jericho, who connects with the Judas Effect and scores the pin.

Winners: Santana, Ortiz, and Jericho (1-0-0)

After the match, Santana, Ortiz, and Chris Jericho continue to beat up Matt Jackson. Cody runs down to the ring and fights off Santana, Ortiz, and Jericho with punches. Sammy Guevara kicked Cody below the belt when Cody turned around to recognize Guevara in the ring. Dustin Rhodes ran down to the ring and returned that same favor to Guevara. Rhodes was in the middle of the action when Jake Hager, formerly known as Jack Swagger, debuted for AEW. Hager lifted Rhodes for a Gutwrench Powerbomb and put Rhodes through a wooden podium. At the end of AEW Dynamite, it was Ortiz, Santana, Guevara, Hager, and Jericho standing tall as The Young Bucks crawled over to cover up Cody and Rhodes from the beating they were taking.

NXT; Full Sail University

NXT, comparably, is the more established show with the pro-wrestling audience. Before AEW was founded, WWE was the light and the end of the tunnel for some wrestlers. Wrestlers in WWE are brought up through the NXT brand before they debut on Monday Night Raw or Friday Night Smackdown. However, with NXT acting as a stand-alone, third brand, that philosophy is changing. Arguably, NXT has been putting out the best wrestling content under the WWE umbrella. In NXT, the records aren’t emphasized as much as in AEW, so those won’t be attached to each performer on the card.

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