AEW Dynamite advertised first-round action between Dustin Rhodes and Bryan Danielson and Eddie Kingston vs. Lance Archer. Dynamite also advertised opening-round action for the TBS Championship tournament with Ruby Soho and Penelope Ford. Dynamite’s main event featured Malakai Black vs. Cody Rhodes III.
Last week’s broadcast of AEW Dynamite garnered 727,000 viewers for a Saturday night showcase.
- October 13, 2021—727,000
- October 6, 2021—1.053 million
- September 29, 2021—1.152 million
- September 22, 2021—1.273 million
- September 15, 2021—1.175 million
AEW Dynamite: Key Competition
- NCAA College Football Slate
- NLCS—Los Angeles Dodgers at the Atlanta Braves, Game 6
AEW World Title Eliminator Goes All-White (Pro Wrestling Bits)
AEW Dynamite YouTube Viewership Last Wednesday: 3,399,846 (Down from 4,357,355)
- Most-Viewed: Bryan Danielson vs. Bobby Fish (500,002 views)
- Least-Viewed: Cody Rhodes Backstage Segment (191,761 views)
- Median Viewership: 318,704 views
AEW Dynamite Results | October 23, 2021
Bryan Danielson def. Dustin Rhodes—AEW World Title Eliminator
Dustin Rhodes clearly got hurt early in this match, but gutted his way to a very good bout against Bryan Danielson, even telling Danielson to “get back” as he was trying to recover from a rib injury in the corner. As good as this match was, think about how good it could have been with Rhodes healthy throughout.
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Jim Ross astutely pointed out that Bryan Danielson has won every one of his matches using different finishers.
MJF Faces off with Sting
MJF got massive heat for interrupting Sting. The announcers were acting like he was interrupting a funeral, calling it a “despicable act” for a garden-variety interruption that everybody saw coming.
MJF called Sting “Darby’s little emo daddy.”
This week’s new low from MJF included a shot at Lex Luger.
Ruby Soho def. Penelope Ford
This was a pretty good match, particularly when they started suplexing each other.
Ruby Soho is the only woman not named Jade Cargill I can see winning this tournament, but having said that, the field is pretty loaded.
Red Velvet was a welcomed sight coming to Ruby Soho’s aid after this match.
Bobby Fish def. Anthony Greene
Bobby Fish’s theme music is awesome. It sounds like it’s being performed by Danzig.
Fans definitely treated this match as the popcorn spot as neither of these performers have endeared themselves to the audience as characters. Thankfully, they kept it short.
It’s looking like CM Punk’s next opponent will be Bobby Fish as AEW continues to waste CM Punk ring time on midcard performers.
Eddie Kingston vs. Lance Archer | AEW World Title Eliminator
In a change of pace from Lance Archer entrances, Eddie Kingston attacked Archer from behind.
Lance Archer landed right on his head and AEW immediately cut to Tony Nese, who looked pretty concerned for Archer before collecting himself. The match ended shortly after that once Archer was checked on by Doc Sampson.
Sammy Guevara Faces off with Men of the Year
Ethan Page cut a solid promo, however it quickly became clear that while fans were giving token boos to Page, they really hated Dan Lambert.
This promo exchange predictably picked up when Lambert got on the stick, but Sammy Guevara was very good as well.
There were so many stipulations being thrown around, but long-story short, Sammy Guevara has to beat Ethan Page in a TNT Title match for Inner Circle to face America’s Top Team. If Guevara loses, he must leave The Inner Circle.
Jungle Boy def. Brandon Cutler
Jon Moxley cut a fantastic promo, talking about his daughter, and why getting back to her is all that matters to him. Despite not caring about any of this, he said the only way he can get back to her is to make it out of this tournament alive.
Jungle Boy kept this week’s promo short and showed fired. He also adhered to the rule that the s-word is the easiest pop in AEW.
Jungle Boy called out any of the “elite pieces of [expletive],” and fans chanted “Adam Cole!” When Cole came out, fans popped huge.
Conspicuous by his absence was Luchasaurus, whom the fans chanted for, however he didn’t show up.
Cody def. Malakai Black
Cody has become the Roman Reigns (circa 2015) of AEW as fans loudly chanted “Cody sucks!” despite Rhodes being a babyface. Still, there were also “Cody!” chants.
It’s too early to have the match where Cody avenges his loss to Malakai Black, and a lot of this crowd seemed to feel the same way.
The Nightmare Family came down to the ring in what could have been a hint of a double-turn had it not been for Rhodes vowing he’d never turn heel. We’ll see how long that lasts.
Cody hit a Cross Rhodes on Malakai Black through a table during picture-in-picture in what had to be a mistake.
Fans were chanting “get the glock!” yet there still isn’t any official AEW Arn Anderson-glock merch.
Cody won with a Tiger Driver ‘98. I thought he was going for the Pedigree. Given how much Cody was booed in this match, that would have been the perfect finish in front of this crowd.