AEW Dynamite Results – All Elite Wrestling presented a stacked card for their October 10, 2023, edition of Dynamite. Headlined by the debut of “Rated R Superstar” Adam Copeland against Luchasaurus, the night promised plenty of action and excitement for wrestling fans. Let’s break down the key matches and moments from this special edition of Dynamite.
Ring of Honor World Championship: Eddie Kingston vs. Minoru Suzuki
The night kicked off with a hard-hitting contest between Ring of Honor World and NJPW Strong Openweight Champion Eddie Kingston and Minoru Suzuki. This match, while not contributing to ongoing storylines, showcased the respect and toughness of both men. Kingston retained his titles, setting the tone for the evening. It was an unusual choice for a YouTube pre-show match, given the talents involved, but it was a treat for the fans.
Bryan Danielson vs. Swerve Strickland
Bryan Danielson secured his spot in a title match against TNT Champion Christian Cage with a victory over Swerve Strickland. This action-packed opener featured Strickland’s attempt to use Prince Nana’s crown, only for “Hangman” Adam Page’s interference to cost him the match. Strickland once again proved he’s a main event-level talent, and his future in AEW looks promising.
Powerhouse Hobbs vs. Chris Jericho
Powerhouse Hobbs, with Don Callis by his side, squashed Chris Jericho in a one-sided match that effectively reestablished Hobbs as a dominant force in AEW. Jericho selflessly put Hobbs over, marking a significant moment in Hobbs’ career. It was a great showcase for Hobbs, who needed a decisive victory.
AEW International Championship: Orange Cassidy vs. Rey Fenix
Due to Jon Moxley’s medical clearance issue, Orange Cassidy stepped in to challenge Rey Fenix for the AEW International Championship. Cassidy won the title with a fast-paced match, providing an unexpected but logical reset for the championship. His win addressed his prior descent into depression and brought a sense of consistency to the title after the injuries suffered by Moxley and Fenix.
AEW World Women’s Championship: Hikaru Shida vs. Saraya
Hikaru Shida became the first three-time AEW World Women’s Champion by defeating Saraya in a longer-than-usual match for the women’s division. The match saw interference from Ruby Soho and Toni Storm and marked the end of Saraya’s relatively short reign. Saraya’s return to the ring is an emotional story, but she appeared a step slower than her opponents, and the title change was the right call, even though it would have been more significant if Storm had dethroned her.
Adam Copeland vs. Luchasaurus
In the main event, Adam Copeland made his AEW in-ring debut against Luchasaurus. The match was physical and featured botched interference by Christian Cage, setting up Copeland’s win. The post-match saw Bryan Danielson tap out Cage, foreshadowing their TNT Championship match on Collision. While the match was a good introduction to Copeland’s in-ring work in AEW, it was a bit strange in pacing and didn’t fully engage the crowd.
The October 10, 2023 edition of Dynamite can be described as a tale of two halves. The first hour provided some memorable moments, including Danielson vs. Strickland, Page vs. White, and Cassidy vs. Fenix. However, the second half of the show did not maintain the same level of quality.
While the matches were solid, the episode lacked major storyline developments, especially considering the competition from WWE NXT. It was a missed opportunity to convince fans to tune in next week for more significant story advancements.
All in all, AEW Dynamite presented a mixed bag of wrestling action, with some excellent in-ring performances but room for improvement in terms of storyline progression.