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AEW Dynamite Grand Slam 2022 Results: Winners, Grades, Reactions and Highlights

0 out of 6

    AEW returned to Arthur Ashe Stadium for a night of championship bouts/Credit: All Elite Wrestling

    All Elite Wrestling returned to Queens and historic Arthur Ashe Stadium, home of the US Open, for another Dynamite Grand Slam episode with the crowning of a new world champion.

    Blackpool Combat Club teammates Bryan Danielson and Jon Moxley battled it out for the company’s top prize, while four other titles were decided in a packed card.

    Which renowned competitor emerged as the top dog at AEW and who joined them on the winning side?Q

    Find out now with this recap of TBS’ September 21 broadcast.

Ring of Honor World Championship Match: Claudio Castagnoli

2 out of 6

    Credit: All Elite Wrestling

    The 2022 edition of the Dynamite Grand Slam began with Chris Jericho fighting for the Ring of Honor World Championship for the first time. Champion Claudio Castagnoli tried to make sure his first opportunity wasn’t one.

    In a hard-fought, red-hot match, the defending champion focused his attack on Jericho’s midsection while the future Hall of Famer worked on defense, countering his opponent’s offense and playing up the idea that he had scouted the champion.

    In the end, however, it was a cheap low blow from The Wizard and a Judas effect that added another world title to Jericho’s glittering resume.

    The match was good, not great, with a result that raised eyebrows rather than intrigued for a number of reasons.

    This feels less like a long-term plan for the future of Ring of Honor and more like an excuse to boost Jericho’s resume, which is absurd considering how exceptional he already is. He’s a legend, an icon, but he’s probably winning way more at AEW than he should.

    A win here could have really cemented Castagnoli’s reign as champions. Instead he loses (albeit in a depraved way), further diminishing the momentum he had from his debut before fading somewhat into the background.


    result

    Jericho defeated Castagnoli to win the ROH World Championship


    class

    B-


    top moments

  • Aubrey Edwards was the first woman to officiate a ROH World Title match.
  • Jericho initially rejected the code of honor before accepting Castagnoli’s handshake only to slap him in the face.
  • Castagnoli initially countered a hurricanrana off the ropes, but Jericho adapted and executed the move anyway.
  • Jericho countered the springboard champion with a codebreaker for two.
  • Castagnoli fought his way out of the walls of Jericho, stomped his opponent in the face and delivered the big swing.

AEW World Tag Team Championship Match: The Acclaimed vs. Swerve In Our Glory

3 out of 6

    Credit: All Elite Wrestling

    Arguably the most anticipated match of the show, Swerve Strickland and Keith Lee defended their AEW World Tag Team Championship against The Acclaimed’s Max Caster and Anthony Bowens.

    The champions looked like this early and often, working on Caster until a hot day with Bowens sparked a fiery babyface comeback. The action broke up from there and became somewhat disjointed as it appeared the former suffered a knee injury at some point.

    Misunderstandings between Strickland and Lee and some ringside interference from Billy Gunn led The Acclaimed to see their potential and win the titles in a fan-pleasing moment.

    There’s no doubt the Caster injury hurt this one late, but he nonetheless benefited exponentially from an audience more than ready to see The Acclaimed take the gold. They stayed in the game even if it stumbled down the track a bit.

    Other than that, that was the only outcome Tony Khan and co. had to execute on this show or risk significant backlash. He did the right thing and now Caster and Bowens stand atop the tag team mountain, the first native tandem to hold gold in the company.


    result

    The Acclaimed defeated Swerve In Our Glory to win the titles


    class

    B


    top moments

  • The heat for Swerve and Lee was intense, while the pop for the challengers was as loud as one would expect given recent trends.
  • Caster overcame a substantial caning throughout the commercial to break the hot day with Bowens.
  • Bowen’s Power Swerve out of a rollup and into a buckle bomb.
  • Lee missed a mid-rope moonsault to knock him out.
  • Caster came off the top rope and immediately treated what appeared to be a knee injury. He moved quickly on it to finish but limped on it immediately after the bell.

AEW All-Atlantic Championship Match: Pac vs. Orange Cassidy

4 out of 6

    Credit: All Elite Wrestling

    ROH Pure Champion Wheeler Yuta joined Tony Schiavone onstage for a promo that was promptly (and thankfully) cut short by MJF.

    The salt of the earth gave chase to him, Jon Moxley and William Regal before a brawl broke out. The arrival of W. Morrissey allowed MJF to bring out the best in Yuta and intensified his rivalry with Blackpool Combat Club.

    Back in the square circle, Pac defended his AEW All-Atlantic Championship against a familiar opponent, Orange Cassidy.

    The bastard focused relentlessly on his opponent’s head and neck. He punished Cassidy, unfazed by the shenanigans or mannerisms that are a trademark of Freshly Squeezed.

    As Cassidy gained momentum, desperation set in and Pac smashed his challenger with the timer’s hammer, scoring the spoiled victory.

    This wasn’t nearly as good as the Revolution 2020 match but told the story it aspired to, with Pac once again underestimating Cassidy only to have to resort to cheating to secure the win. For a man so beneath his dignity, Pac surely came close to losing the gold before he cheated to maintain his dominance.

    However, telling this story only really works if Cassidy finally defeats Pac.

    That has yet to happen. Some will argue that AEW is playing the long game, and maybe they are, but Cassidy is losing too many of those big title fights. Eventually, his commitment will mean less, no matter how many times he shows up and shows himself.


    result

    Pac defeated Cassidy to retain his title


    class

    B


    top moments

  • “Give it up for Wheeler Yuta. You’ve evolved from a dry color to a pet rock personality,” MJF said of Yuta.
  • A brawl ensued between MJF and Yuta, which ended with W. Morrissey interfering. The #1 contender and his newly hired muscle stood erect as security led them away.
  • Backstage, Jade Cargill and The Baddies were interrupted by Diamante, who cornered rapper Trina at Rampage. At the beginning of the promo, Cargill said she would fight for the women’s main title in her spare time.
  • As Pac scaled the ropes and teased the Black Arrow, Cassidy stood up and taunted the champion from his back on the mat.
  • Pac folded backwards and sold the effect of two direct DDTs.
  • A Great Near fall from the orange punch by Cassidy, interrupted by the champion grabbing the bottom rope to stop the referee’s count.

Women’s Intertitle Match: Toni Storm vs. Athena vs. Serena Deeb vs. Britt Baker

5 out of 6

    Credit: All Elite Wrestling

    Athena, Serena Deeb and Dr. Britt Baker DMD challenged Toni Storm for the AEW Women’s Championship on Wednesday night.

    Nobody was able to do that.

    Despite a back-and-forth match in which Deeb shone as she bested her opponents and nearly hit pinfalls or submissions on numerous occasions, Storm earned the win over Baker with a crucifix rollup.

    After the match, Jamie Hayter joined Baker and Deeb to take down Storm and Athena until Saraya (formerly Paige in WWE) made her debut and cleared the ring without ever landing a punch.

    There are two ways to look at this development.

    The pop for Saraya’s debut was tremendous and many, including this author, are longtime fans who want to see her have another opportunity to set foot in the square circle.

    On the other side is the women’s squad loaded with talent that is already underutilized and struggling to get TV time that matches their skills. Ruby Soho, among others, is a prime example. Adding another competitor instead of better highlighting those that AEW already has on its list is sure to draw criticism.

    How and if management learns from its past creative struggles regarding this split will determine whether this was a landscape-changing signing or another award added to the collection.


    result

    Storm defeated Baker, Athena, and Deeb to retain her title


    class

    C+


    top moments

  • Athena took all three opponents off the top rope in an electric chair spot that’s been a little over-relied in these multi-competitor matches over the years.
  • The pop for Saraya was huge and much needed as Hayter’s reunion with Baker just prior to that had essentially erased everything that had led to a breakup between the two. At least for now.

Tournament of Champions Finals for the AEW World Championship

6 out of 6

    Credit: All Elite Wrestling

    With the All Elite Wrestling World Championship at stake, Blackpool Combat Club’s Jon Moxley and Bryan Danielson battled it out in the main event of this year’s Grand Slam special.

    The match was a grueling, physical encounter, with Danielson attempting to shred his opponent’s body and refusing to focus his attack on a single body part. Moxley reacted and showed his characteristic toughness as he fought off his more traditional, technical opponent.

    Later, The American Dragon had one last chance to secure the win with a Busaiku Knee and a LeBell Lock. Moxley crunched through, delivering a Death Rider on the entry ramp and bulldog choking his BCC teammate to become world champion again.

    The win makes Moxley the first AEW star to win the company’s world title three times.

    There was no “provisional” label stuck to this one, nor should there have been. Moxley, whether you appreciate his in-ring style or not, has been the backbone of the roster for the past year. He was as dependable as anyone and embodied the us versus the world mentality that helped make AEW possible in the first place.

    Putting him back on the belt might not be the most electrifying booking move, and it’s likely to draw criticism from the pro-Danielson crowd, but in the end one guy has a well-documented history of serious, career-changing injuries and the other doesn’t.

    AEW is in dire need of stability at the top of its map and Moxley has it.

    And soon also with MJF.

    At least until 2024.


    result

    Moxley submitted Danielson to win the title


    class

    A


    top moments

  • Moxley challenged Danielson to hack him, then cornered him and added a few of his own.
  • During the commercial break, The American Dragon focused on his opponent’s shoulder.
  • Moxley kicked out of his opponent’s Busaiku knee, essentially didn’t sell it, and launched half a Boston crab moments later.
  • Cameras caught Moxley clawing and clawing Danielson’s back.
  • Moxley and Danielson, in stereo headstands, punched each other away.
  • Moxley stomped Danielson’s Achilles and delivered the Death Rider, resulting in a fantastic near fall.





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