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What happened to every wrestler on the first AEW Dynamite?

What happened to every wrestler on the first AEW Dynamite?

October 2nd 2019 was a monumental day in wrestling history. It was the debut of AEW Dynamite, with the first episode drawing over 1.4 million viewers.

It was an instant hit. Fans clamoured to see more of their old favourite wrestlers from WWE like Chris Jericho and Jon Moxley duke it out with the likes of Kenny Omega, Darby Allin and Orange Cassidy.

The company had run four events prior to the start of their weekly television show.

First was Double or Nothing, the inaugural AEW show which features one of their best matches to this day, when Cody Rhodes wrestled Dustin Rhodes in a brother-vs-brother clash.

Next came Fyter Fest, a parody of the doomed Fyre Fest festival. It was main event by an excellent Jon Moxley vs Joey Janela unsanctioned match, and also featured Cody Rhodes going to a time limit draw with up-and-comer Darby Allin.

Fight for the Fallen was the next event. It was a free event, made to raise money for charities supporting veterans in the US. It had a full card, but was main event by a great match between the Young Bucks vs Cody & Dustin Rhodes.

Finally, All Out 2019 was the last show before AEW Dynamite was born. It crowned the first ever AEW Champion, when Chris Jericho defeated Hangman Adam Page in the main event.

Then came the first episode of AEW Dynamite.

First Ever AEW Dynamite Episode

Cody Rhodes vs Sammy Guevara

The first match in the history of AEW Dynamite features two men who would go on to be huge parts of the company.

Cody Rhodes already was. He was part of The Elite, which helped Tony Khan to form the promotion and was even named after them. He would be one of the biggest stars in AEW, but would be kept away from the AEW Championship due to a self impose banishment from challenging for the belt.

Sammy Guevara was a young up-and-coming young star looking to make his name as part of AEW. He had made appearances in major indies in America, as well as working for Lucha Underground and AAA in Mexico. He was one of the young stars to watch in AEW.

Cody Rhodes would win a great first match. He kept Guevara looking strong, winning by roll-up after the “Spanish God” missed a shooting star press.

Cody Rhodes

Cody would continue being a big part of AEW. He faced Chris Jericho for the AEW Championship at Full Gear 2019. Before the match, he revealed to the fans the stipulation that if he lost, he would never challenge for the AEW World Championship again.

He lost the match due to MJF, who was part of his team at the time, threw in the towel before low-blowing Cody, costing him the match and any chance at ever winning the championship.

Cody would lose the feud with MJF at AEW Revolution, and move on to a number of feuds over his AEW career. He became the first man to win the TNT Championship, beating Lance Archer in the tournament finals at AEW Double or Nothing 2020.

He would lose (and regain) the TNT Championship from Mr Brodie Lee, being the former Luke Harper’s last match before his untimely passing. He eventually lost the championship for good to Darby Allin.

Rhodes would move onto feuds with a wide range of people. He would face an eclectic mix of talent, including basketballer Shaq, boxer-turned-wrestler Anthony Ogogo, and alleged wrestler QT Marshall. Fans began to tire of Cody, with many urging him to turn heel, something he refused.

Cody Rhodes has feuded most recently with Malakai Black. He faced the former Alaistar Black three times, winning once. He also teamed with PAC at AEW Double or Nothing 2021, taking on Black and Andrade El Idolo, in a victorious effort.

Sammy Guevara

Sammy Guevara may have lost on the first AEW Dynamite, but he came out the winner by the end of the show. He joined up with AEW Champion Chris Jericho, Jake Hager and Santana & Ortiz to form the faction “The Inner Circle”.

Throughout the rest of 2019 and 2020, they were the top faction in the company. They helped Jericho keep his AEW Championship until he was defeated by Jon Moxley at AEW Revolution 2020.

Guevara remained with the Inner Circle throughout his AEW run, although did face some time off. He faced suspension in June 2020, when a clip was discovered from an interview where he said he wanted to “rape” WWE star Sasha Banks. He missed weeks of television, but returned once he undergone sensitivity training.

Matt Hardy Feud

In mid 2020, he entered into a disastrous feud with Matt Hardy. They faced each other many times, with a number of botches that caused injury to Matt Hardy.

In one brawl, Guevara threw a chair at Hardy whilst prone on a table. The heavy chair hit Hardy in the skull, causing huge amounts of bleeding.

Later on at their match at All Out 2020, Sammy would spear Hardy off of a forklift truck. The pair attempted to fall through a table placed below, but it wasn’t properly position, and Hardy smashed the back of his head on the concrete below.

Even more erroneously, the referee Aubrey Edwards let the match continue, even though Matt Hardy was clearly concussed.

However, soon the Inner Circle would turn face, and feud with MJF’s new faction. The Inner Circle, with Sammy, would win the feud, and he would go on a singles run for the first time since AEW Dynamite began.

Shortly after, he would defeat Miro to become the fifth man to hold the TNT Championship. He would then join the Inner Circle to take on Dan Lambert, American Top Team and the Men of the Year at AEW Full Gear 2021.

Sammy came a long way since the first episode of AEW Dynamite. He started of as a generic babyface who nobody really knew, and know how is one of the most exciting wrestlers in AEW, with fans clamouring to see him wrestle every week

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