After five weeks, All Elite Wrestling has had a clean sweep with the rating wars with their weekly AEW Dynamite. At the end of week five, I had AEW Dynamite as the high-quality show, leading the series 3-2. This week is the “go home” show for AEW Dynamite as AEW heads into the first Pay Per View of the Wednesday Night War era, Full Gear. Recently, with the fallout of WWE Crown Jewel, NXT wrestlers invaded RAW and Smackdown as WWE Survivor Series is on the horizon. Each show has an important exclamation point to put on their product in week six as AEW heads into Full Gear and NXT battles to gain attention on the NXT invasion for Survivor Series.
Here is how AEW Dynamite and WWE NXT unfolded through week six of the Wednesday Night Wars:
AEW Dynamite; Charlotte, North Carolina
1) “The Bastard” Pac (2-1-1) vs Trent Baretta (3-4)
Pac took advantage of the match early on, throwing Trent into the guardrails on the outside of the ring as he did in his match with Jon Moxley. As the action is taking place on the outside of the ring, Pac tries to step to Orange Cassidy, but Cassidy is not intimidated in the slightest. Pac goes back into the ring and gets a head start, hitting a Twisting Tope Con Hilo to the outside on Trent, landing on his feet. Heading back into the ring, Cassidy is waiting on Pac and they stand face to face. True to form, Cassidy throws his nonchalant kicks on Pac, but Pac interrupts Cassidy’s schtick with a Standing Pump Kick.
Orange Cassidy caused enough of a distraction for Trent to get on the offensive and force the action back outside. Trent hit a Tope Con Hilo of his own on Pac and then returned the favor by throwing Pac into the guardrails. Still, on the outside of the ring, Trent hits a Spear and rolls Pac into the ring for a two count. Trent follows up with a Tornado DDT for another near fall. Pac goes to the outside of the ring and Trent follows, getting a Brainbuster for his troubles.
Trent is rolled back into the ring and Pac hits the Black Arrow for a two count, unbelievably. Pac then submits Trent in the Brutalizer.
Winner: Pac (3-1-1)
After the match, Pac said that he will “make an example” of Adam Page “again” at AEW Full Gear.
Cody makes his entrance to the ring as he is expected to announce on AEW Dynamite tonight what he was when he was interrupted by The Inner Circle two weeks ago. Tony Schiavone is in the ring to introduce Cody. Cody announces that if he does not win the AEW World Championship at Full Gear from Chris Jericho, he will never challenge for the AEW World Championship ever again. His rundown of Jericho exposes Jericho for being the same silver-spooned person that he shames Cody for, which is why Cody is making this a one or done opportunity if he fails at AEW Full Gear. Cody says that he read Jericho’s book and mentioned that “it must be so hard” with the same silver spoon he had from his famous NHL athlete father.
2) Dark Order (3-1) vs Private Party (2-4)
This match is to determine who will be the third team in the triple threat tag team match for the AEW Tag Team Championship at AEW Full Gear. Stu Grayson and Marq Quen start, but Isiah Kassidy is tagged in quickly and Private Party connects with a Camel Clutch/Leapfrog Double Stomp combination. Grayson makes the tag to Evil Uno and Uno gets some offense in on Kassidy. Quen gets tagged back in and does a cool spot where he uses Uno as a launchpad to Dropkick Grayson who is standing on the apron. Kassidy gets tagged back in and Private Party goes for a Double Clothesline, but Grayson evades and connects a Double Pele Kick on Private Party.
Marq Quen is tagged in and Private Party connects with Silly String on Evil Uno. Stu Grayson is stopped on the top turnbuckle by Private Party and pinned after the Gin and Juice double-team finish.
Winner: Private Party (3-4)
The Inner Circle has a video package that talks up Chris Jericho for his match against Cody. Jake Hager says nothing in the package, he just stands there. Sammy Guevara calls Jericho the youngest AEW World Championship at 48 years old. Soultrain Jones, better known as Virgil, compares Jericho as AEW World Champion to Olive Garden breadsticks; “unlimited” and “the best in the world.”
3) Jamie Hayter (0-1) and Emi Sakura (1-2) vs “Portugal’s Perfect Athlete” Shanna (0-1) and Riho (6-1)
Sakura and Riho start as we learn that Riho was trained by Sakura. Riho hits a Running Knee on Sakura then tags out to Shanna. Hayter is tagged in and Shanna hits a Running Forearm for a two count. Following a Stunner from Shanna, Hayter hits a Uranage Backbreaker before tagging Sakura back in. Sakura goes for a Vader Bomb on Shanna, but it’s blocked.
Hayter pulls Riho off the ring apron, who had a long fall to the ground. Back in the ring, Shanna hit a Hurricanrana on Sakura who went to the outside of the ring. Following the Hurricanrana, Shanna hits a Diving Crossbody from the top rope to the outside of the ring on Sakura and Hayter. Shanna hit a Double Underhook Facebuster and Sliced Bread on Sakura for a two count. Sakura returns the favor with a Rolling Cutter and tags in Hayter.
Shanna takes a Running Lariat from Hayter, but Riho breaks up the pinfall. Sakura is tagged in and hits a Vader Bomb on Shanna. Riho stops the pinfall again and Shanna tags in Riho. Sakura and Riho trade pinning attempts, but the teacher pins the student with the La Magistral Cradle.
Winners: Jamie Hayter (1-1) and Emi Sakura (2-2)
4) Brandon Cutler (0-2) vs “The Chairman” Shawn Spears (2-2)
Early in the match, Cutler does a Tope Legdrop from the inside of the ring to the outside of the ring apron. Spears then throws Cutler into the guardrails, showing a mean streak that Cutler just doesn’t seem to have. Cutler throws a few more kicks, stunning Spears for a moment. Spears connects with a Death Valley Driver for the pinfall.
Winner: Shawn Spears (3-2)
Joey Janela runs into the ring post-match and Shawn Spears leaves the ring with Tully Blanchard. After AEW Dark, Spears tried to pull the tongue out of Janela’s mouth because Janela put out his cigarette in Blanchard’s drink.
Main Event: “Hangman” Adam Page (4-3) and “The Cleaner” Kenny Omega (5-3) vs “The Best Ever” Sammy Guevara (2-3) and “The Painmaker” Chris Jericho (5-0)
Guevara and Omega start the match with chain wrestling and Guevara gets chopped down to the canvas by Omega. After hitting a Back Suplex on Guevara, Omega tagged in Page. Page hits a Fallaway Slam on Guevara for a two count. Jericho tags in and gets a Big Boot by Page immediately, but Jericho answered back with a Missile Dropkick. Omega and Guevara are back in.
Omega hits a Diving Moonsault on Guevara for a two count. About to do a Suicide Dive on Guevara and Jericho, Omega runs the ropes, but Jake Hager hits Omega from behind. Page is tagged in and Jericho is the legal man. Page and Jericho escape out of finishing holds while Omega clears Hager and Guevara with a Tope Con Hilo. Just about to go for a Buckshot Lariat on Jericho, Pac runs down to the ring kicks Page low while standing on the apron.
Jericho takes complete advantage and hits the Judas Effect on Page for the pinfall.
Winners: Sammy Guevara (3-3) and Chris Jericho (6-0)
Cody runs down to the ring and hits an uppercut on Sammy Guevara. Chris Jericho and Jake Hager leave the ring, but MJF takes out Hager with a chair. Jericho is forced into the ring and Cody makes quick work of him. Jon Moxley appears in the ring with a barbed wire bat and Kenny Omega gets the barbed wire broom. Proud and Powerful attack Moxley and Omega from behind and pick up their weapons.
The Young Bucks then run down to the ring and hit a Superkick Party on Proud and Powerful. Kenny Omega and Jon Moxley brawl backstage. Nick Jackson goes to the top of the entrance set and hits a Tope Con Hilo on The Inner Circle. The Elite and The Inner Circle are fighting as AEW Dynamite goes off the air.
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Eric is a University of Delaware graduate with a degree in English. While in school, he began writing for different publications such as The Highlight Network, Amps and Greenscreens, and he did color commentary for the University of Delaware Men’s and Women’s lacrosse teams throughout the 2013 season as an alumni. Prior to being featured with Philly Sports Network, he began a pro-wrestling podcast with a childhood friend called the Totally Over Podcast. As an avid sports die-hard for all things Philadelphia, Eric is also a proud supporter of West Virginia University.