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New Champions Crowned and MJF Returns

5 AEW Dynamite Talking Points: 9-7-22 Edition

Two new champions are crowned, a tournament of champions is announced, and MJF returns on an important night of AEW Dynamite. This was a massive episode in the aftermath of All Out, so here are the five most important talking points from the 9-7-22 edition of AEW Dynamite.

CM Punk and The Elite Stripped of Newly Won Championships 

After the now infamous post-All Out media scrum scrap, both CM Punk and the trio of Kenny Omega, Matt, and Nick Jackson were stripped of their championship wins by Tony Khan. Usually a backstage presence, Khan appeared on screen to open Dynamite, likely to show that he has some control of the volatile AEW locker room. Omega and the Young Bucks were the inaugural winners of the AEW World Trios Championship, and CM Punk captured his second AEW Championship at All Out. Both Omega and Punk recently returned from injury, and are now reportedly back on the sideline due to suspension. 

I for one am pretty tired of CM Punk’s grumpy grandpa antics, especially when it comes at the expense of rising stars like Adam Page and MJF. I also feel that Punk’s I’m just happy to be here and don’t you all love me shtick is boring and getting worse as time goes on. Punk was reportedly injured during All Out, either during his match with Jon Moxley or during the backstage fight, and his time with AEW could be coming to an end. If he does come back, I would not recommend having him anywhere near the title scene, instead as a heel used to put other talents over. If his ego is too big for that, goodbye and good riddance.

MJF Makes His Dynamite Return 

The devil wears a Gucci scarf and Josh Allen jersey. For about three minutes, Maxwell Jacob Friedman played the face, and the crowd loved it. Enter Jon Moxley. The former AEW champion is a foundation of the company, and clearly, some Tony Khan trusts when things go awry. MJF made a long list of WWE references, making it clear that he will pit the two major companies against each other in the “Bidding War of 2024” for his talents. Mox was the wrong man in the wrong mood to try this with. The holder of the Casino Ladder Chip was challenged by Moxley, but MJF slinked his way out of the ring.

It seems clear that MJF is being set up as the next AEW champion, but he will not be a participant in the Tournament of Champions (more on this later). Belt or no belt, MJF is a crucial character in AEW, especially with Punk and Elite set aside. Later in the night, we saw an extremely aggressive Stokely Hathaway and his cronies Lee Moriarty, W. Morrissey, Ethan Page, and the Ass Boys, all of whom seem to be aligned with Maxwell. This group versus Blackpool Combat Club sounds like an excellent long program full of good matches and fiery promos. 

Death Triangle Defeat Best Friends To Become New AEW World Trios Champions

After Tony Khan stripped Kenny Omega and the Young Bucks of their freshly won AEW World Trios Championship, a match was set to crown three new champions. The two teams chosen were Death Triangle and Best Friends, who have been key teams in AEW for most of the company’s history. 

Either the Best Friends or Death Triangle would have been acceptable and exciting choices as the first trios’ champs, and they proved it in this thrilling opening match. There were a ton of thrilling spots in this contest, as all six men possess a uniquely fun offensive arsenal and chemistry. 

In the end, PAC was able to hit his signature Black Arrow for the win. This made the All-Atlantic champion the first two-belt champ in AEW history. 

This was an excellent contest, and a good way to move past The Elite drama. One day Best Friends will win the trios belts and the AEW audience will explode with joy, giving the people what they want. 

Bryan Danielson Advances In The Tournament of Champions 

Another Adam Page vs. Bryan Danielson showdown, another exceptional in-ring match. Danielson was relentless as ever, while Hangman continues to be one of the purest and most powerful wrestlers in the world. 

Page’s connection with the crowd is something special, and something innate to him. After a heart-pounding match, Danielson came out the victor. 

I see Danielson as the favorite to win the Tournament of Champions, the finals of which will be held at AEW: Grand Slam. The other participants of the tournament are former AEW champs Chris Jericho and Jon Moxley, as well as former TNT champions Darby Allin and Sammy Guevara, the two young pillars will face each other on this upcoming Rampage. The winner of that match will face Moxley, and Danielson will have a rematch with Jericho next week. A BCC collision between Danielson and Mox to crown a new AEW Champion would make for a must-see main event from Arthur Ashe stadium. 

Daniel Garcia Submits Wheeler Yuta To Win ROH Pure Championship 

Two of the most talented young wrestlers went to battle for a championship for the third time. Garcia vs. Yuta showed poise, strength, and ability above their young age in a great main event. The suplexes these two traded alone were the stuff of legends. 

In the end, Garcia was able to submit Wheeler to secure the ROH Pure Championship. What a moment for Garcia, who won the belt in his hometown of Buffalo. For Wheeler, I imagine even big and better things in his future, and Garcia will achieve the same. Their rivalry will likely be a defining feud for years to come, and I can’t wait to see it unfold. 

After the match, Bryan Danielson came down to the ring to put the belt around Garcia’s waist in a terrific and deserved sign of respect. The battle for Garcia’s soul between Danielson and Chris Jericho has been one of AEW’s most intriguing stories and will continue next week when the two face off in an All Out rematch. Besides fighting for Garcia, Jericho and Danielson will compete for a chance at the vacant AEW Championship. Props to Chris Jericho for being a behind-the-scenes leader and legend who is willing to help put over talent over. 

This Dynamite was important. Tony Khan needed to show fans and talent that he was in control and that he believed in his roster. The Best Friends, Death Triangle, Adam Page, MJF, Wheeler Yuta, and Daniel Garcia have gained the peak of their popularity as AEW talent and will help the company for years to come. Two new champions and three excellent matches make an alright Dynamite in my book. 

Written by Joel Kananen

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