AEW Dynamite is owned by All Elite Wrestling, Shahid Khan, and TNT
With the fallout of Full Gear fresh in our minds, this week’s episode of Dynamite has a lot to live up to as well as a lot of storylines to start building back up. Will Cody live up to his word and not challenge for the AEW title again? Will MJF be able to explain himself for his betrayal of Cody? Will Jericho continue to be a smarmy jerk that we all love to hate? Hopefully the answer to all three is a HECK YES, but let’s find out!!
Before our first match, we get an update on Kenny Omega who (in storyline; I’m pretty sure it’s just a work) is not cleared for tonight’s show due to the injuries he sustained in the Light’s Out match he had with Jon Moxley at Full Gear. We also learn that Michael Nakazawa is a friend of his which is relevant because…
Jon Moxley Vs. Michael Nakazawa
You know a Nakazawa match is serious business when he foregoes the baby oil! Right off the bat he just tosses it away and starts coming after Moxley with everything he’s got to avenge his bleeding buddy, but to no avail as Moxley makes short work of him in a match that barely goes on longer than a minute. I didn’t mind it though! I like being showed that Nakazawa can have a serious side to him and it’s important to make Moxely look as strong as possible if he’s going to continue being a top guy in the company; neither of which requires a whole lot of time and is a refreshing change of pace for a promotion known for REALLY long matches. Besides, the real point of all this is to give Moxley the mic afterwards who proceeds to gloat as hard as he can and promise to destroy EVERYONE at AEW until the company itself is destroyed and he is the only one left remaining. He issues an open challenge to the locker room for anyone to take a shot at him which at this point may be just as prestigious a challenge as going for the title itself. Jon Moxley is THAT good at being pissed off, aggressive, and in complete control of his surrounds. Surprisingly the crowd is pretty mixed on the guy which is great because it shows that the audience is willing to play their part in the story because of how invested they are in the product. What’s even MORE surprising though is that no one from the locker room takes him up on the offer which either means that everyone backstage is scared or that they want to drag this story out a bit more so we that fans can speculate on who would be the best person in the company to try and take Moxley down a peg. I prefer it if a show like this doesn’t drag things out early on and this was a great start right off the bat!