The first episode of AEW television since a monumental All Out has arrived as it was time for Dynamite. A homecoming was scheduled for Jon Moxley in his hometown of Cincinnati as well as Ruby Soho‘s first singles match. Add in the appearances of CM Punk, Adam Cole, and Bryan Danielson to complete what would be one of the more highly anticipated episodes of AEW TV ever. Here are your AEW Dynamite results for Wednesday night followed by an analysis for the main event.
AEW Dynamite Results & Match Ratings (9/8/21)
— Malakai Black vs. Dustin Rhodes
Winner: Malakai Black
Rating: 2.75 (**3/4)
— Powerhouse Hobbs vs. Dante Martin
Winner: Powerhouse Hobbs
Rating: 3.00 (***)
— Ruby Soho vs. Jamie Hayter
Winner: Ruby Soho
Rating: 2.75 (**3/4)
— The Dark Order (John Silver, Evil Uno, & Stu Grayson) vs. The Pinnacle (Shawn Spears & FTR)
Winner: The Pinnacle
Rating: 2.00 (**)
— Jon Moxley vs. Minoru Suzuki
Winner: Jon Moxley
Rating: 3.25 (***1/4)
AEW Dynamite Results: In-Depth Match Analysis
Jon Moxley vs. Minoru Suzuki
Jon Moxley versus Minoru Suzuki for the second time ever is a major deal. It being on TNT is somehow an even bigger deal. And yet it never reached the levels that fans were hoping for. Whether it was a time crunch, an overly bloated show, or simply how it was supposed to go, the match felt rushed from the start. The beauty of what these two men bring to the table is that no matter what, they are going to hit each other as hard as they can. That was apparent from the start as it was forearm after forearm trying to see who would give up first. But then after the commercial break, it was different. Moxley and Suzuki had to go into hyperdrive, pushing through the biggest spots of the match. Suzuki tried to hang in there but it was pretty much a Paradigm Shift and the end.
For what we got, it was great. However, putting a match of this magnitude on television demands more time. AEW was in a tough spot. They had so many segments to fit in from a promo with CM Punk to a staredown between Kenny Omega and Bryan Danielson. Add in the fact that there were five matches to fit including this main event and there was no way that this was going to make it. There would have been a better fit with them going to a draw and making room for a second battle. Instead, it’s over and we move on. Suzuki’s time in AEW is likely over for now and the “what’s next” question for Moxley creeps up quicker than imagined. It was good but it should have been so much greater.
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