7 Ups & 4 Downs From AEW Dynamite: Quake By The Lake (10 Aug)

CM Punk returns, Jon Moxley batters Chris Jericho, Darby Allin drops Brody King's coffin.

CM Punk Jon Moxley

Quake by the Lake was a hot mess in great ways and bad.

A wild, unruly maelstrom of a show, AEW's latest Dynamite special was pure chaos from start to finish. The energy was through the roof at times. Buoyed by a vocal Minneapolis crowd, Tony Khan's promotion delivered two fast-moving hours of television that lagged only for a few fleeting moments that did little to hinder the ride's incredible, boisterous buzz.

Khan's pre-show Twitter teases suggested a big angle was to go down last night. He delivered a full-on CM Punk comeback just over two months after the AEW World Champion was shelved through injury, potentially setting the All Out main event in the process.

This came following the headlining title fight between interim kingpin Jon Moxley and Chris Jericho, for which the challenger reprised his 'Lionheart' person, crawling out of the Hart Dungeon one last time. Elsewhere, Brody King and Darby Allin settled their bloody beef in a coffin match, Jade Cargill put the TBS Championship up against Madison Rayne, and Rush and Andrade El Idolo finally got their tornado tag with the Lucha Brothers.

A frankly mental show. Where to begin?

Let's light the fuse...

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Andy is WhatCulture's Senior Wrestling Reporter. A writer, presenter, and editor with 10+ years of experience in online media, he has been a sponge for all wrestling knowledge since playing an old Royal Rumble 1992 VHS to ruin in his childhood. Having previously worked for Bleacher Report, Andy specialises in short and long-form writing, video presenting, voiceover acting, and editing, all characterised by expert wrestling knowledge and commentary. Andy is as much a fan of 1985 Jim Crockett Promotions as he is present-day AEW and WWE - just don't make him choose between the two.