All Elite Wrestling (AEW) returned with its latest episode of Dynamite on August 30, 2023, following the historic All In pay-per-view from Wembley Stadium in London. With little announced in advance, the episode brought a mix of action, promos, and storyline progression just days before the upcoming All Out pay-per-view. Here’s a recap and analysis of the key moments from the show held at the NOW Arena in Chicago.
Moxley’s Unstoppable Path Continues: The show kicked off with Jon Moxley taking on luchador Komander. Despite Moxley’s recent brutal match at All In, he dominated the match and secured a victory over Komander. This win added another accomplishment to Moxley’s resume, but some fans might have wished for more suspense and struggle considering his recent history.
Toni Storm’s Character Evolution: Backstage, Toni Storm delivered a compelling promo, showcasing her evolving character. Her distrustful attitude and actions displayed an intriguing depth to her persona, making her one of the standout characters in AEW. Storm’s character development has been a highlight in recent weeks.
Jericho’s Manipulative Ways: Chris Jericho entered the arena and addressed his recent loss to Will Ospreay. He apologized to Sammy Guevara, only to manipulate him into chasing the AEW World Tag Team Championship. While the Jericho-Guevara storyline has potential, it would have been satisfying to see more resolution for other ongoing storylines.
Physical Showdown: Kingston vs. Yuta: In a hard-hitting match, NJPW Strong Openweight Champion Eddie Kingston defeated Wheeler Yuta. Both competitors showed signs of wear from the Stadium Stampede match at All In. Kingston’s ability to convey pain and sell injuries enhanced his performance, and the match ended with anticipation for a continuing rivalry with Claudio Castagnoli.
Women’s Trios Match and Story Progression: A trios match featured TBS Champion Kris Statlander, Britt Baker, and Hikaru Shida against Nyla Rose, Emi Sakura, and Marina Shafir. While the match provided solid action, the heels could have been booked stronger. Storylines involving Statlander’s feud with Ruby Soho and tension between Baker and Shida were advanced, providing meaningful progression for the women’s division.
The Acclaimed’s Trios Titles Tease: The Acclaimed celebrated their victory over House of Black at All In by introducing new trios titles. However, the segment felt underwhelming and could have been better utilized to enhance other storylines.
Cassidy Retains, Sets Sights on Moxley: Orange Cassidy successfully defended the AEW International Championship against Penta El Zero Miedo. The match showcased Cassidy’s resilience as a battered champion and ended with a surprise attack by Ruby Soho. Cassidy’s post-match promo added gravity to his upcoming title defense against Jon Moxley at All Out.
Overall Assessment: The August 30 episode of AEW Dynamite had its highs and lows. While some storylines progressed effectively, others felt unresolved. The physical matches, notably Kingston vs. Yuta and Cassidy vs. Penta, delivered strong in-ring action. However, the lack of star power and stakes for the upcoming All Out pay-per-view could have been addressed better. AEW showcased some promising character development and compelling storylines, but more consistency in both booking and resolution is needed to fully engage viewers and maintain the momentum of the promotion.
As AEW continues to evolve and adapt its storytelling, fans can look forward to seeing how these narratives develop further in the coming weeks and months.