- Featured on the All Elite Wrestling YouTube Channel, all the matches featured here were taped on October 2nd from the Capitol One Center in Washington D.C. Tony Schiavone is our studio host. My fiancé, who is familiar with Schiavone from his time in WCW, was happy to see him and the fact he's still got a little tummy on him. Should I be jealous?
- Jim Ross, Tony Schiavone, and Excalibur are calling the action, unless otherwise noted.
The Best Friends & Private Party vs. The Lucha Bros & The Hybrid 2:What a unique combination of teams. The Hybrid 2 is the new name for the team of the winless Jack Evans and Angelico. The Best Friends and Private Party come out with ORANGE CASSIDY, the newest ally of Chuck Taylor and Trent Beretta. If this were WWE, there's no way they allow two Cassidy's, even if one is spelled with a “K”. Pentagon tries taunting with his signature “Cero Miedo”, but Evans stops him and calls the Lucha Bros the B-Team. Well, this foursome is not going to get along too well. The Hybrid 2 and Best Friends get cleared out and hit on the floor with topes from Fenix and Marq Quen. The Lucha Bros work Kassidy over, hitting him with a double Super-Kick. Taylor comes in to help but is quickly sent packing by Evans and Angelico. Kassidy fires back on Angelico with forearms. That comeback is cut short with more double-team offense. Kassidy with another teased comeback, this time fighting off the Lucha Bros. He sends Angelico into Evans with a hurricanrana and finally tags out to Taylor. He runs wild on Angelico with clotheslines and a standing Sliced Bread #2. Angelico counters a charge with a boot to the face, but here's Beretta with a clothesline and a DDT. Evans in, wiping out the Best Friends with a glancing springboard moonsault. I feel like he intended that to be something much more, but they were out of position. Everyone winds up outside the ring, where Orange Cassidy decides to get involved, standing in the faces of Evans an Angelico. Angelico responds properly with a right hand, pissing off the crowd. Back inside, Angelico with a knee to the face of Beretta, followed by an assisted 450 splash. Quen dropkicks Evans off the apron and hits a dramatic tornado DDT on Angelico. Roundhouse super-kick from Fenix, sending Quen to the floor, as the sequence of bodies being knocked out of the ring rolls on, culminating in the Best Friends finally getting to HUG. IT. OUT. They hit synchronized somersault planchas, and Orange Cassidy comes off the top with a hands-in-the-pockets dive onto the pile. Back inside, The Best Friends double-up on Pentagon. Fenix saves him from Strong Zero, hitting an assisted Code Red. They dump Beretta. Running kick to the face of Taylor, followed by a back stabber, and the Lucha Bros finish with a combo package piledriver/double stomp at 8:47. Post-match, The Hybrid 2 celebrate like they won the match themselves. I'm not the biggest fan of a bunch of guys thrown together for large tag team matches, with so much going on, and crammed into a tight window. This was fine, and when you have time to breath, can be appreciated, but there was too much going on at times. **1/2
- Private Party meets The Young Bucks THIS WEDNESDAY in a 1st Round Match to crown the 1st ever AEW Tag Team Championship Match. Tune in on Wednesday Night, on TNT!
Allie & Dr. Britt Baker D.M.D. vs. Bea Priestley & Penelope Ford:There's been an under-the-radar feud developed between Baker and Priestley, dating back to Fight For the Fallen, when they competed on opposite teams, then at All Out, Priestley, already eliminated, was responsible for Baker losing her opportunity to win the Casino Battle Royale. They're really going all-in with the doctor name. Allie and Priestley start, but not before Priestley takes a cheap shot at Baker on the apron. Allie with an arm drag and neck breaker, followed by a senton for a one-count. Baker in, and Priestley quickly tags out to Ford. Baker with a snap mare into a cradle for two. Rolling schoolboy for two. Ford sends Baker to the corner and hits the handspring back elbow. Ford with a Northern Lights Suplex for two. Baker fires back with a rolling forearm. Allie back in with a running elbow and sliding forearm for two. Allie hits another sliding forearm but gets caught showboating on the outside with a running kick to the face from Priestley. Back inside, Priestley comes off the top with a double stomp across the arm. Allie fights out of the corner, but Priestley pulls Baker off the apron to prevent the tag. Ford misses the handspring elbow on the second try and gets swept off her feet. Allie with a rough looking short-rana, and both women are down and out. Both women tag, and finally Baker gets her hands on Priestley. Baker quickly hits a Thesz Press and unloads with rights. They trade forearms and Baker comes off the ropes with a sling-blade. Baker with a rolling cradle into a twisting neck breaker for two. Whip to the corner, Priestley springs off the top rope to avoid a charge and takes Baker down with a twisting back suplex for a near-fall. Allie with the blind tag. Baker with a butterfly suplex and Allie with a rolling cradle for two. Ford wipes out Allie, Baker wipes out Ford. Priestley with a high roundhouse kick to Baker. Allie with a Death Valley Driver on Priestley for two. Baker with a running neck breaker on Ford, COMPLETELY NO-SOLD. Baker ducks a clothesline and hits the DMD (DDT) for two. I made that up myself. Allie hits Priestley with a Spear, and Baker hits another ugly leg-sweep neck breaker. Baker rips off PAC's submission to audible boos and jams her fingers in Ford's mouth for the “verbal” submission at 10:13. Lacked crowd heat and some rough looking spots at times, decent at others. **1/4
- Recap of Chris Jericho assaulting Cody following the latter's hard-fought match with Sammy Guevara. Then, during the Main Event of The Elite vs. Jericho, Santana, and Ortiz, Jon Moxley took out Omega, leaving the Bucks to fall in a short-handed match. Following the match, heck broke loose, with the debut of Jake Hager seemingly aligned with Chris Jericho as well, taking out Cody and Dustin Rhodes.
- "The Chairman" Shawn Spears, with Tully Blanchard in his corner, meets Jon Moxley THIS WEDNESDAY on AEW Dynamite. ONLY ON TNT. In the Main Event, Dustin Rhodes and Hangman Adam Page take on Chris Jericho and Sammy Guevara.
Final Thoughts: A good choice to keep most of this off the first episode of Dynamite, but that's not to say it's all worthless. The work was good for most of it, and everything was given the appropriate amount of time to play out (in the case of the women, a little too much with how little heat they had). With all match results meaning something, it'll be interesting to see the attention to detail for matches featured here, especially if it's a series that plays out for longer than a few weeks or months. Not mentioned on this show is that Darby Allin, by winning this match, earned a match against Jimmy Havoc to determine a challenger for Chris Jericho on the October 16th episode of Dynamite. Give the opener and closing matches a look, skip the others, unless you're a big Orange Cassidy fan.