The AEW Dynamite episode on September 13th, 2023, was nothing short of explosive. Broadcasting live from the Heritage Bank Center in Cincinnati, OH, the show was a prelude to the much-anticipated events of WrestleDream 2023 and Grand Slam 2023.
AEW Dynamite: Key Matches and Highlights
Jon Moxley Retains His Title: In a fierce contest, Jon Moxley successfully defended his AEW International Championship against Big Bill. The match saw interference from Ricky Starks, who was in Bill’s corner, and Bryan Danielson, who came out to counter Starks. Despite the chaos, Moxley managed to secure a win via submission.
Toni Storm Emerges as the #1 Contender: In a high-octane Fatal 4-way match, Toni Storm defeated Hikaru Shida, Britt Baker, and Nyla Rose to become the #1 contender for the AEW Women’s Championship. The match showcased each wrestler’s prowess, but it was Storm who clinched the victory with a pinfall.
Hangman Adam Page Triumphs Over Brian Cage: Hangman Adam Page and Brian Cage’s rivalry reached its climax as the two clashed in a singles match. Despite Swerve Strickland’s attempt to distract Hangman, he managed to defeat Cage with his signature move, Dead Eye.
Samoa Joe’s Grand Victory: In the final of the Grand Slam World Title Eliminator Tournament, Samoa Joe faced off against Roderick Strong. The match was intense, with both wrestlers giving their all. However, Samoa Joe emerged victorious, securing his position to challenge MJF for the AEW World Championship.
Other Noteworthy Moments
Callis’ Masterpiece: Don Callis took centre stage to honour Konosuke Takeshita’s victories over Kenny Omega. In a symbolic gesture, Callis unveiled a painting depicting Takeshita overpowering Kota Ibushi, signalling their next target.
Jericho & Sammy’s Tense Exchange: AEW legends Chris Jericho and Sammy Guevara shared a heartfelt moment, reminiscing about their journey together. However, things took a turn when Sammy expressed his desire to step out of Jericho’s shadow and aim for the AEW Championship. The two are set to face off in what promises to be an epic showdown.
Tag Team Action: Darby Allin and Nick Wayne teamed up to take on Angelo Parker and Matt Menard. The match was filled with high-flying moves and quick tags, but in the end, Allin and Wayne secured the win.