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AEW Dynamite Road Rager 2022 Results: Winners, Grades, Reaction and Highlights

AEW Dynamite Road Rager 2022 Results: Winners, Grades, Reaction and Highlights

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    Credit: All Elite Wrestling

    Welcome to Bleacher Report’s coverage and recap of the special Road Rager edition of AEW Dynamite. 

    This episode was packed to the brim with exciting matches, a couple of which had some major stipulations.

    Jungle Boy and Luchasaurus put the tag titles on the line against The Young Bucks, but not in just a normal match. They fought with ladders and the belts hanging high above the ring.

    Another bout that would change the loser forever saw Chris Jericho and Ortiz fight in a hair vs. hair match. On top of all that, the All-Atlantic Championship tournament kicked off with Miro taking on Ethan Page.

    Let’s look at everything that happened on Wednesday’s show. 

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    The first match of the night was the Hair vs. Hair contest between Jericho and Ortiz. While the entire Jericho Appreciation Society was there for its leader, Ortiz came out with just Eddie Kingston for support. 

    Ortiz was amped up and went at Jericho like a missile, but the veteran was able to quickly gain the upper hand when Ortiz took an unnecessary risk.

    Both men took some big bumps in this bout. Jericho took a powerbomb from the middle rope and Ortiz took a nasty fall to the floor, and all of that happened before there was even a commercial break.

    This match was chaotic, somewhat violent without being bloody, featured some fun moments, and even allowed William Regal to sit with the commentary team despite only having a loose connection to the men in the ring. 

    This bout will not be everybody’s cup of tea, but there is a good chance a lot of fans enjoyed this one. It was fun in the way you expect pro wrestling to be fun. 

    Santana and Wheeler Yuta ran down to take out the rest of the JAS group. Then, the most surprising part happened. Fuego Del Sol appeared out of nowhere and hit Ortiz with a bat to allow Jericho to score the win. He then revealed himself to actually be Sammy Guevara in disguise. 

    Ortiz grabbed the clippers and began cutting his own hair as repeatedly said “Blood and guts” into the mic. This was a good way to get the show off to a hot start. Everybody in the crowd seemed to be fired up after this. 

    Grade: B

    Notable Moments and Observations

  • Jericho’s leather and gold-studded jacket was cool, but it kind of makes him look like a guy who is trying way too hard to look young. You know that meme of Steve Buscemi in the high school hallway? That. 
  • The barber they had sitting at ringside looked so out of his element. The announcers said his name was Floyd. 
  • Kingston’s spinning backfist always looks really good. He hits it clean without actually leaving a bruise. It’s a skill that probably took some time to develop. 

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    In what is easily the most lopsided showdown in WWE history, Wardlow battled 20 security guards in an elimination-style match. We say lopsided because Wardlow clearly still had a huge advantage.

    After surviving an initial onslaught, Wardlow began systematically taking out each man one by one. He pinned some, made some submit, and even eliminated four men at once with a pin. 

    He easily won the match after eliminating everyone with ease. He then set his sights on Mark Sterling and rolled him into the ring. He was only saved by a distraction from Dan Lambert. A couple of American Top Team guys got into the ring, but they ended up siding with Wardlow. 

    Was any of this good? That all depends on your definition of good. This was not a classic match with great technical ability, but it was a pretty exciting display of power and dominance by somebody AEW clearly sees as a future top star. 

    Grade: C

    Notable Moments and Observations

  • Credit to these security actors. Wardlow was slamming them as hard as he could and they all sold their spots well. 
  • Powerbombing one guy onto a pile of others guys cannot feel good for anybody except Wardlow. 
  • The grade is due to the match itself not having much to it, but that doesn’t mean you won’t think it’s fun. It’s all subjective. 

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    Dax Harwood and Will Ospreay met for a singles match this week before they will likely meet in a multi-man bout at Forbidden Door. 

    Like Ortiz and Jericho, they did not waste time with wristlocks and simple takedowns. These guys were going for whatever they could do to inflict as much damage as possible right away. 

    It felt like both men relied heavily on their striking ability, which might be a bit foreign to Harwood since he focuses so much on technical wrestling in his tag team matches. 

    There was still great technical ability on display, but it had more to do with how moves were executed than the types of moves we were seeing. 

    This was entertaining from start to finish and had several different crowd chants during its duration. The crowd bought several near falls as potential finishes until we finally saw Ospreay score the win with a running elbow. 

    Grade: A-

    Notable Moments and Observations

  • It was kind of cool to see the Rev Pro title in AEW during Ospreay’s entrance. Harwood had his two tag belts with him, so AEW had titles from three other promotions all featured on TV during this one bout. 
  • Whoever makes Ospreay’s gear does good work. There are a lot of little details in it. 
  • Some of the chops Harwood hit literally echoed in the arena. 
  • Excalibur did a really good job summarizing why the NJPW titles use the IWGP acronym in a short amount of time. 
  • The dropkick that sent Harwood into the steels steps was nuts. 
  • Ospreay rolled out of the way of the flying headbutt just slightly too early, so it looked like Harwood jumped knowing nobody would be there to take the hit. 

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    A face-to-face confrontation between Jon Moxley and Hiroshi Tanahashi took place after a couple of video packages.

    Mox gave his two cents, but before Tanahashi could speak, Jericho and Guevara interrupted from the stage. The res of JAS came down and beat down both men with some help from Lance Archer and Desperado from Suzuki-Gun. More people came out and fought and it ended with Mox and Tanahashi staring each other down. 

    This just devolved into a fight with as many people involved as possible. Everything interesting that happened was between Mox and Tana. Everything else felt excessive. 

    Grade: C+

    The next match was an All-Atlantic tournament bout between Miro and Page. Dan Lambert was at ringside to support his client, but Scorpio Sky was nowhere to be seen.

    In what was a somewhat surprising turn of events, Page had control of the match for quite some time. Going into this, it would be easy to understand why anybody would think Miro would steamroll over All Ego, but that did not happen at all. 

    We all still knew Miro would win because he just recently made his return, but the level of competitiveness in this bout was a welcome surprise. The Redeemer was able to secure the win with his trademark submission. 

    Grade: B-

    Notable Moments and Observations

  • There is something funny about a crowd chanting “Holy s–t” when there are just two guys in the ring looking at each other. 
  • The wizard thing is not nearly as funny as Jericho thinks it is. 
  • It doesn’t matter what Miro does right now. The crowd loves him, so he is going to get babyface pops everywhere he goes. 
  • It was nice to see Page portrayed as a tough competitor instead of seeing AEW feed him to Miro as an easy win. 
  • Watching Miro punch Lambert was oddly satisfying. 

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    Credit: All Elite Wrestling

    As seen as the bell rang, Britt Baker and Toni Storm were going at it. The fight quickly spilled out of the ring where DMD took control by sending Storm into the ring post.

    After Jamie Hayter and Rebel got involved to split the ref’s attention, the former AEW women’s champion began to dominate the Aussie athlete. 

    After a break, Storm began to build up a head of steam with a pair of tornado DDTs, one of which took place on the floor. After a late-match comeback, Storm scored the win with her patented piledriver. 

    This match had good energy, good callbacks to their previous fight and a nice tease at the end between Storm and Thunder Rosa. 

    Grade: B

    Notable Moments and Observations

  • The crossbody Storm hit from the top rope looked great.
  • The two DDTs in a row from Storm was a nice sequence. 
  • We don’t understand how lucky we are to have Rebel performing on TV. She’s so good in the role she has been given. 

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    We saw a quick segment that included a promo from Adam Page. He was attacked from behind by Jay White while being taunted by Adam Cole from the stage. 

    The main event of the night was the Tag Team Championship Ladder match between Jurassic Express and The Young Bucks.

    It felt like every match on this week’s show started off hot and never slowed down, and with this being a Ladder match with four guys who are known for their ability to have exciting matches, this had the most chaotic start of the night.

    Other weapons were eventually brought into the fight, including several tables that were smashed by the end of the night. Blood was drawn, bruises were formed, and when it was all said and done, the Bucks claimed the titles to become two-time AEW tag team champions.

    Was this the best Ladder match ever? Not even close, but that is such a high bar to meet. Not everything can be expected to be the best thing we have ever seen, but this was a great main event that clearly had the crowd on the edge of its collective seat. 

    Jungle Boy was favoring his leg after the match. As Christian appeared to be helping him, he suddenly grabbed the young star and hit the Killswitch to officially turn on Jurassic Express. He took two chairs and crushed Jungle Boy’s head between them with a vicious swing. 

    The mentor and good guy we have seen for months is gone. Captain Charisma is back. 

    Grade: A-

    Notable Moments and Observations

  • Jungle Boy’s hurricanranas always look just a little better than what a lot of people do with the move. 
  • The Bucks are obviously still capable of having amazing matches at the drop of a hat, but if you watch this bout and the Ladder match they had with the Hardys in ROH, you will see a difference in their style. They are a little more creative now because they have to be. 
  • An underrated spot from this match was a simple suplex from Jungle Boy to Nick Jackson from the apron into the ring. It was picture-perfect, especially the landing. 
  • The crowd has never stopped loving Luchasaurus no matter how inconsistent his booking is. AEW should consider giving him a singles run at some point to see if he could potentially be a top star. 
  • There was something off about the tables they were using in this match. The dimensions were slightly different from the norm. 

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