As the countdown to AEW‘s historic All In event at Wembley Stadium drew near, the latest episode of AEW Dynamite on August 23, 2023, proved to be a rollercoaster of emotions, surprises, and intense action. With a focus on the impending AEW World Championship clash between MJF and Adam Cole, the show showcased a series of compelling segments that left fans on the edge of their seats.
The Elite vs. Bullet Club Gold – A Chaotic Brawl
The episode kicked off with a high-energy brawl between two of AEW’s most prominent factions: The Elite and Bullet Club Gold. Referee Rick Knox’s attempt to officiate the match was thwarted as chaos ensued. Juice Robinson attacked Knox, Jay White targeted Kenny Omega, and FTR joined forces with The Young Bucks to fend off The Gunns.
Konosuke Takeshita, with a surprise appearance, targeted Omega, setting up a thrilling sequence of events. However, FTR intervened, allowing Omega to stand tall and close out the explosive opening segment.
MJF’s Interview and Cole’s Rebuttal
Backstage, Renee Paquette conducted interviews with the two main event stars. MJF, the AEW World Champion, reiterated his commitment to retaining the title against his friend-turned-rival Adam Cole. He invoked the names of wrestling legends like The Rock, Stone Cold Steve Austin, The Undertaker, John Cena, and Hulk Hogan, setting the stage for an epic clash.
Adam Cole, on the other hand, cut his interview short out of frustration over questions about the authenticity of his friendship with MJF. He made it clear that he is ready to prove himself at All In.
Jon Moxley vs. Rey Fenix – A Thrilling Showdown
The former AEW World Champion Jon Moxley took on Rey Fenix in a preview of their upcoming contest. The match was intense and competitive, with both competitors showcasing their skills. Moxley ultimately secured the victory, but the surprise return of Santana and Ortiz added another layer of excitement. Their attack on Best Friends and the assault on Fenix heightened the stakes for their match at All In.
Contract Signing: Chris Jericho vs. Will Ospreay
A highlight of the night was the contract signing between Chris Jericho and Will Ospreay for their match at All In. Jericho delivered a passionate and motivated promo, declaring the London event bigger than WrestleMania. Ospreay responded defiantly, emphasizing the significance of the match for him. With the involvement of Don Callis and a nod to Lance Storm, the segment stood out as one of AEW’s best in-ring promos.
Tornado Tag Team Match and Face-Off
In a tornado tag team match, Darby Allin and Nick Wayne defeated Swerve Strickland and AR Fox, showcasing the ongoing rivalry between the two teams. The intense action spilled backstage as tensions escalated between The Young Bucks and FTR during a face-to-face interview.
Ruby Soho vs. Skye Blue – Rising Stars Clash
Ruby Soho picked up a victory against Skye Blue, showcasing her determination to challenge Kris Statlander for the TBS Championship. Skye Blue’s impressive showing continued to establish her as a rising star in AEW.
Aussie Open Retains Tag Team Championships
In the main event, Aussie Open (Mark Davis and Kyle Fletcher) defeated Matt and Jeff Hardy to retain the ROH World Tag Team Championships. This victory reinforced their position as a dominant tag team and set the stage for their title defense against MJF and Adam Cole at All In.
Final Thoughts: A Spectacular Episode
In conclusion, the August 23, 2023 episode of AEW Dynamite delivered a memorable night of wrestling action and storytelling. The episode effectively built anticipation for the upcoming All In event, showcasing the emotional conflicts, intense rivalries, and high-stakes matchups that await. With standout moments, passionate promos, and surprise returns, this episode may be considered one of the best in AEW Dynamite history. Fans are now eagerly awaiting the historic showdown at Wembley Stadium, where friendships will be tested, rivalries will come to a head, and new chapters in AEW’s evolution will be written.