AEW Dynamite Results: News And Notes After Chris Jericho Cuts Masterful ‘Inner Circle’ Promo

AEW continued its momentum in its second episode in front of a hot crowd in Boston’s Agganis Arena as Chris Jericho cut an incredible promo introducing the worlds to his new Inner Circle stable. At one point, Jericho admonished fans for chanting “we the people,” dismissing the former Jack Swagger’s (now known as Jake Hager) WWE gimmick as “bad creative,” and they loved him even more for it.

Darby Allin became a No. 1 Contender, defeating Jimmy Havoc, while Jon Moxley made his in-ring debut on Dynamite, defeating fellow WWE defector Shawn Spears.

AEW Dynamite’s main event saw Chris Jericho and Sammy Guevara defeat Hangman Adam Page and Dustin Rhodes. The show-closing segment featured yet another tease of MJF turning on Cody before the super heel used a steel chair to save his BFF—Best Friend For now.

Last week’s premiere of AEW Dynamite slayed WWE NXT on the USA Network with 1.409 million viewers. It’ll be interesting to see just how much of that viewership AEW will retain in Week 2 of the Wednesday Night Wars.

AEW Viewership for Debut Episode on October 2, 2019: 1.409 Million

AEW Dynamite Key Competition:

  • The Masked Singer
  • MLB National League Divisional Series: Washington Nationals at Los Angeles Dodgers, Game 5

AEW YouTube Viewership: 127,061 views

  • Most-Viewed: Jon Moxley’s Shocking Return (46,574 views)
  • Least-Viewed: Phoenix and Pentagon Jr. have words with SCU (8,220 views)

AEW Estimated Sellout Attendance: 6,000

Average Ticket Price at the Agganis Arena: $128

Estimated Live Gate for AEW Dynamite: $784,928

AEW Dynamite Results: Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Private Party def. The Young Bucks—AEW World Tag Team Tournament Quarterfinal Match

Whereas Raw’s newly minted announce team took a bit of a step back this week, AEW’s new announce team—a dream team of Jim Ross, Tony Schiavone and Excalibur—is already humming.

Private Party came off as the biggest babyfaces in the building and that was a direct result of The Young Bucks being absolute pros.

Private Party feels about six months away from an elusive win like this, but AEW is quickly developing a pattern from booking big wins six months early rather than six months too late, which is far worse.

Chris Jericho Reveals Inner Circle Stable

Chris Jericho singlehandedly buried an otherwise over “we the people” chant for Jake Hager, and Hager will thank him for it long-term.

Whenever Chris Jericho takes both veiled and direct shots at WWE, I think to myself “Who hurt you? Was it Vince?”

Chris Jericho running down the Rhodes family was gold. I’m surprised he didn’t go after Brandi Rhodes.

This was the best introductory stable promo since Triple H revealed Evolution in 2003.

Darby Allin def. Jimmy Havoc

Now’s a good time to note that AEW now has wrestlers’ records displayed in the lower third next to their name. Pretty cool.

For anybody wondering, AEW and NXT were essentially matching each other step-for-step in terms of commercial breaks.

Darby Allin vs. Chris Jericho is going to be so much better than anybody thinks it will be.

Riho and Britt Baker def. Bea Priestley and Emi Sakura

These fans love Riho in all the ways they’re “supposed” to love Britt Baker. I smell a heel-turn.

While praising the officiating work of Aubrey Edwards, Jim Ross noted “some [referees] don’t have any damn sense.” Shots fired?

I counted 26,000 totally non-condescending compliments from the strong, powerful and fierce woman referee Aubrey Edwards in that eight-minute match. Did I miss any?

Jon Moxley def. Shawn Spears

All I ever asked for from Jon Moxley was that he win the G1 and he wrestle in full gear. One out of two isn’t bad as Mox was wearing traditional long wrestling boots for the first time in years.

This was a matchup of two men on the opposite ends of proving WWE wrong.

Meanwhile, PAC somehow managed to add to this commentary dream team.

Kenny Omega came back from the dead after taking a Death Rider headfirst through a glass table, and he brought barbed-wire-covered weapons with him.

Chris Jericho and Sammy Guevara def. Dustin Rhodes and Hangman Adam Page

Announcing the final match as the night’s main event is just another one of those little things that AEW does that make a massive difference.

For somebody who was the most underqualified to be in a main event on nationally televised pro wrestling, Sammy Guevara was extremely overqualified in that role.

Around this point in the night, fans in the 400-seat Full Sail University were going nuts for WALTER while fans in the 7,200-seat Agganis Arena were going nuts for Hangman Adam Page’s comeback. Guess which building was louder?

MJF and Cody’s slow-playing feud is being perfectly paced, presumably for a pay-per-view match after MJF almost inevitably turns on Cody at Full Gear.

Jim Ross took a parting shot at WWE by pointing out fans chanting for AEW were “chanting for what they like!”

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