It’s time for a weekly look at the best, the worst, and the weird or otherwise notable—the Hungee—from the latest episode of AEW Dynamite.

The Good

While it has a heavy gloom over it due to the injury to “Hangman” Adam Page, this was a tremendous show. Every match was at least very good; the opener was fantastic. But the true highlight of this show was MJF’s promo segments.

MJF’s promo with William Regal is on the shortlist of the best in company history, and his follow-up at the end of the show to set up the main event of Full Gear was nearly as good. The Regal/MJF segment is a must-watch. What sets MJF apart is that he’s able to effortlessly weave these great promos into his storylines, making them more effective and working better at getting MJF over. Making his great performances have stakes does more for him than an entertaining promo that doesn’t build to anything.

Death Triangle is a tremendously talented group, and Best Friends & Orange Cassidy are very good on their own. I thought this was the best match on the night. I loved the counter of the destroyer into the Strong Zero.

Dalton Castle was given a big opportunity to show off his charisma with a massive entrance and a personality-focused match, of which he took 95%. Jericho sold his ass off for him. As a big fan of Castle, I hope he gets the opportunity in AEW/RoH he deserves.

Toni Storm and Hikaru Shida combined for a very good match, especially after the first commercial break. I think it has to go down as one of the best of the year for the company’s women’s division. It was a very snug match.

I thought Moxley and Page was building up to be a fantastic match until the injury.

The Bad

Adam Page’s concussion is terrible. You never want to see anyone injured during a show. Hopefully, it’s a relatively minor one – though bruising your brain is never actually minor – because dodging structural spinal damage in that situation has to be considered a relative win. Hopefully, he’s able to recover fully quickly.

The Hungee

Jake Hager loves his hat. Please respect this moving forward.

It looks like Death Triangle is the latest team to break up shortly. It seems like there’s been a lot of that this year in AEW, and I worry that it’s getting to the point where it’ll negatively affect the show quality by destroying divisional depth.

I enjoyed Jay Lethal putting a trapped Darby Allin in a figure four.

Christian and Luchasaurus had a promo about Luchasaurus chasing championships; hopefully, Tony Khan won’t try to extend the Christian/Jack Perry feud for months just so they can get to a blowoff.

Overall rating

8.5 out of 10 Boys. Tony Khan does better with building immediately to big show and the big shows themselves than he does with the in-between periods; this is a good example of that.

Fred Morlan’s Chris Jericho’s Sports Entertainer of the Week

MJF is a one-of-a-kind talent. He’s just tremendously special on the mic, and is able to weave it into the

Match Star Ratings

  • Death Triangle defeated Best Friends & Orange Cassidy to retain the AEW World Trios Championships: ****1/2
  • Toni Storm defeated Hikaru Shida to retain the AEW Interim Women’s World Championship: ****
  • Chris Jericho defeated Dalton Castle to retain the Ring of Honor World Championship: ***3/4
  • Jon Moxley defeated Adam Page to retain the AEW World Championship: ****

You can follow Fred on Twitter at @flagrantrasslin. He hosts a podcast with Tyler Forness inspired by this column; the latest episode is available here.

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