AEW Dynamite advertised CM Punk vs. Lee Moriarty, Darby Allin and Sting vs. The Gunn Club, Ruby Soho vs. Kris Statlander in the quarterfinals of the AEW TBS Championship Tournament. The main event saw Cody Rhodes face Andrade El Idolo in an Atlanta Street Fight.
Last week’s broadcast of AEW Dynamite garnered 898,000 the night before Thanksgiving.
- November 24, 2021—898,000
- November 17, 2021—984,000
- November 10, 2021—912,000
- November 3, 2021—878,000
- October 27, 2021—941,000
- AEW Dynamite Venue: Gas South Arena (Duluth, Ga.)
- AEW Tickets Distributed: 6,161
- AEW Tickets Available: 1,867
AEW Dynamite YouTube Viewership Last Wednesday: 6,150,121 (Up from 4,087,206)
- Most-Viewed: MJF vs. CM Punk Promo Battle (2,598,577 views)
- Least-Viewed: Team Taz Adds Dante Martin (209,961 views)
- Median Viewership: 443,635 views
AEW Dynamite Results | Wednesday, December 1, 2021
Bryan Danielson def. Alan Angels
Bryan Danielson really turned up his heel status with a mostly dominant assault on Alan Angels, who was only given a couple hope spots.
Danielson paid homage to Nate Diaz by flexing during a submission. He did this last time he used a kneebar finish, but the finish was called too early.
Either this storyline lucked out by having so many Dark Order members able to wrestle in their hometowns, or AEW’s long-term storytelling is better than ever imagined.
CM Punk def. Lee Moriarty
MJF said the “CM” in CM Punk stood for “cooking meth.” He should have used that line last week.
Seconds into CM Punk’s match, MJF has already decided CM Punk hasn’t lived up to the hype, which is emblematic of how a lot of social media discourse when it comes to Punk.
Wardlow def. AC Adams
Adam Cole appeared on commentary, and he predictably went after Tony Schiavone. This is quietly becoming a very good feud for these two.
It’s good AEW is actually showcasing Wardlow as a dominant monster before he inevitably loses to CM Punk.
Wardlow’s powerbomb’s are the AEW equivalent to Brock Lesnar’s Suplex City. Simple, effective and people go crazy for it despite the fact that it’s a fairly basic move, albeit delivered explosively.
Darby Allin and Sting def. Gunn Club
Darby Allin and Sting wore matching facepaint, which is good for tag team cohesiveness, but never has Darby Allin looked like Sting’s little brother than tonight.
Few people were as happy to call Sting’s return match in Atlanta than Tony Schiavone.
For a brief two-and-a-half seconds, it seemed like Colton Gunn was going to get a pinfall victory over Sting after outside interference.
Lio Rush and Team Taz faced off after this match, and it was a great back-and-forth. Say what you will about the purgatory that can be Team Taz, but at least this storyline with Dante Martin as actually developing, with Martin joining Team Taz (for now).
Ruby Soho def. Kris Statlander—TBS Tourney Quarterfinals
This marks the eighth match of the TBS Title Tournament. WWE’s Queen’s Crown Tournament lasted seven matches. Click here for a match time comparison.
Fans seemed to be behind Kris Statlander for this one, though they weren’t as into it as I thought they’d be. These women solved that by working their asses off throughout and earning “AEW” chants.
Cody Rhodes def. Andrade El Idolo—Atlanta Street Fight
Cody Rhodes received a true John Cena reaction in his hometown. Loud, and right down the middle.
At one point there appeared to be feathers stuck to Cody’s back.
There were “Cody” chants throughout this match in addition to boos (and chants of “this is awesome!”) AEW shouldn’t over think this one. Just keep trotting Cody Rhodes out to the ring and have fans organically react to him as they please. If so, Cody will continue to get the biggest reaction on the show.
Andrade did a great job turning fans against him by refusing to give them a table when they asked for one.
Even Cody pulled off a heelish low blow and leaned into the boos he received for it. This is awesome.
Fans eventually resorted to chanting “let’s go Cody/Cody sucks!” He really is John Cena 2.0 and there’s nothing wrong with that.
Fans booed Brandi Rhodes until she lit a table on fire, then an insane Cody performed a modified superplex on Andrade El Idolo. One of the best finishes for an AEW match this year.