The first defense of the AEW TNT Championship!
Cody Rhodes defends his newly minted AEW TNT Championship against Jungle Boy! Will the American Nightmare deny the young man’s dreams?
- AEW World Tag Team Championships: Kenny Omega & Hangman Page VS The Superbad Squad; Omega & Page win and retain the AEW World Tag Team Championships.
- Brian Cage w/ Taz VS Shawn Dean; Cage wins.
- Chris Jericho VS Colt Cabana; Jericho wins.
- Nyla Rose VS Big Swole; Rose wins.
- AEW TNT Championship: Cody Rhodes VS Jungle Boy; Cody wins and retains the AEW TNT Championship.
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AEW World Tag Team Championships: Kenny Omega & Hangman Page VS The Superbad Squad!
The Cleaner and the Cowboy are back together and are ready to defend their titles! But will their time apart come back to bite them against Kip Sabian and Jimmy Havoc?
The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and the teams sort out. We begin with Havoc and Omega, and the crowd is on Kenny’s side. Omega and Havoc circle, tie up and go around. Omega puts Havoc in a corner but havoc rakes his eyes! Havoc slaps Omega so Omega kicks low! Omega headlocks but havoc power shim to ropes. Havoc throws hands and forearms then runs, but Omega elbows back! Omega runs but Penelope Ford swipes at him! Havoc clobbers Omega in the distraction! Havoc headlocks but Omega endures the grind. Omega powers out, things speed up but Havoc catches Omega out of the air! Havoc drags Omega into a fish hooking camel clutch, but lets up at the count of 4. He drags Omega over and Kip tags in to stomp Omega down.
Kip drags Omega up and whips, elbows Omega down and covers, TWO! Kip keeps on Omega with a facelock and he drags Omega back up. Omega gets a ropebreak so Kip thrashes him about. Kip lets go at 4 to wrench and wrap Omega around the ropes. Havoc tags in and the squad mugs Omega. Havoc pulls Omega’s arm against the ropes but lets up at 4. Kip gets a cheap shot in but Omega fights free! Havoc knees low but Omega suplexes first! FTR, Cash Wheeler and Dax Harwood, are watching and applauding from the crowd as Omega hot tags Hangman in! Hangman hits Kip then BOOTS Havoc! Hangman fires up and goes corner to corner to clothesline, reel and LARIAT Havoc! Hangman drags Havoc up to tag in Omega, and Omega slingshots to drop ax handles!
Omega tags Hangman back in and keeps Havoc from Kip. Omega CHOPS, Hangman CHOPS, and Havoc is stuck in a CHOP cycle. Havoc eggs Hangman on but Omega CHOPS! Then they CHOP sandwich! Kip springboards in but Omega and Hangman catch him together, for a DOUBLE Fall Away Slam! Penelope climbs up while the ref reprimands Kip, but Hangman catches the flying huricanrana! Hangman asks the ref what he should do and the ref says to drop her. Hangman does, and then the ref EJECTS her! Kip pleads with the ref but the Superbad Girl needs to go. But Havoc CLOBBERS Hangman with a wrench! And then hits Omega with it! Havoc covers Hangman, TWO!! Hangman scrambles to a corner but Havoc runs in. Hangman dodges, CHOPS Kip, but Havoc CLOBBERS Hangman.
Havoc puts Hangman in the corner for stomps and CHOPS, but Hangman fights back. Havoc claws Hangman’s eyes! The ref reprimands but Kip enziguris Hangman into the eye pokes! Tag to Kip and the squad has Hangman on the ropes for stomps! The crowd boos but Kip kicks Hangman to the apron. And then baseball slide dropkicks him out! Havoc drags Hangman up with fish hooks and bumps him off the apron. Havoc puts Hangman in, Kip covers, TWO! Kip tries again, TWO! The crowd rallies for Hangman but Havoc tags in. The Superbad Squad mugs Hangman more, then Havoc snapmares to dig his fingers into Hangman’s face again! Tag to Kip and Kip dropkicks Omega down! Havoc sets Hangman up, for the PENALTY KICK! The ref says it missed completely, and Hangman fires off! But that’s 2v1 and he gets sent into a corner. Hangman fights back with elbows and a boot, hot tag to Omega!
Omega rallies with Polish hammers, but Kip dodges to whip, Omega reverses, fireman’s carries, “YOU! CAN’T! ESCAPE!” But Kip does escape, and sends Omega into buckles. Omega elbows back, but runs into a boot! Kip runs in but Omega goes up and over to SNAP-RANA! And then one for Havoc! The crowd fires up as Omega has Kip and puts him in the corner. Havoc runs in but is sent into Kip! Then Omega carries Havoc, rolling senton, DRAPING BACKSTABBER! Cover on Kip, TWO!! Kip survives but Omega tags in Hangman. The champs have Kip for haymakers and double whips. Double kick, kick and BOOT! Then KOTARO KRUSHER, to SHOOTING STAR! Cover, TWO! Kip survives but Hangman keeps his cool.
Hangman drags Kip up and back suplexes, but Kip lands on his feet. Kip dodges Hangman in the corner, Havoc has a HACKSAW!? Hangman dodges that to triangle LARIAT! Then Kip runs into a FALL AWAY SLAM! Hangman kips up to PESCADO onto Havoc! Hangman returns to the ring and runs, to LARIAT Kip! Cover but Havoc breaks it! Havoc throws Hangman but Hangman throws him out. Tag to Omega, and omega runs at Kip, only to miss in the corner! Havoc whips Hangman to railing, Kip gives Omega a TORNADO DDT! Kip hot tags Havoc and Havoc runs at Omega. Omega boots back and hops up, but Havoc SHORYUKENS! Havoc has Omega, RUNNING DEATH VALLEY onto Hangman! Tag to Kip and Kip goes up top, for a DOUBLE STOMPS! Havoc tags in and drags Omega and has the fisherman DDT! Cover, but Hangman breaks it in time!
The crowd is thunderous as Kip throws Hangman out. Kip tags in and runs at Omega, but Omega dodges. Kip is on the apron, he enziguris back! Kip kicks at Hangman but is blocked! Kip saves himself from the sweep, and combines with Havoc to kick sandwich Hangman! Then Kip springboards to blindside missile dropkick Omega! Omega stays up but wobbles back, into a POISON-RANA! Tag to Havoc, and Havoc drags Omega up for another scoop. Omega slips out, shoves Havoc into Kip, and then gives Havoc the SNAP DRAGON SUPLEX! Kip runs in, elbows out of a suplex, but runs into a V-TRIGGER! All four men are down but the teams regroup. Hangman tags in and he runs at the Superbad Squad. HE gets them both with the clothesline, and Omega ads an elbow. Omega feeds Havoc to Hangman’s rolling elbow! And then pop-up GERMAN SUPLEX!
Omega has Kip, whips him to Hangman’s pop-up POWERBOMB! And then a blindside V-TRIGGER! Havoc staggers into their sights, BUCK SHOT TRIGGER, aka the LAST CALL! Cover, Omega and Hangman win!!
Winners: Hangman Page & Kenny Omega, by pinfall (still AEW World Tag Team Champions)
Best Friends better be ready, because we all just saw the Best Bout Machine and the Problem Solver prove ring rust means nothing to them! Will Fyter Fest be the biggest fight of the champions’ reign?
AEW has big news for Fyter Fest!
Don’t have the money for a PPV? Don’t have a subscription to B/R Live? No problem! Fyter Fest will be a two-night televised event as part of AEW Dynamite! Wednesday, July 1st, and Wednesday, July 8th, will be AEW Fyter Fest 2020, and all the titles will be on the line! The Summer just got even hotter!
Tully Blanchard works to motivate Shawn Spears.
As seen on AEW’s YouTube today, the living legend gives a passionate speech. “What do you want your legacy to be?!” Does he want title belts for his kids to hold up proudly and say, “This is what my dad won!” If Spears doesn’t change something in his heart, that will NEVER happen! But then, later that day, Tully presented Spears with something. The #SearchForSpears is over. Here is the missing piece right here. Tully opens a case and reveals… A glove? Spears puts the glove on, and likes how it feels. But what will a simple addition to his wardrobe do for #PERFECT10N?
Brian Cage w/ Taz VS Shawn Dean!
“Who can stop the Path of Cage?” The answer has yet to be found, but can The Captain at least find a way to slow him down?
The bell rings and Cage immediately tackles Dean to a corner! And rams him in and over again! Cage wrenches and reels Dean into an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Taz loves what he sees as Cage drags Dean back up. Cage whips and POSTS Dean, then brings him out for a pump handle DRIVER! Cage looms over Dean as Dean goes to the apron. Cage brings Dean up to the corner, for a DEAD LIFT SUPERPLEX! Dean flounders and Taz laughs but Cage isn’t done yet. Cage drags Dean up, puts one out, and BUCKLE BOMBS him! Then the DRILL CLAW!! Cover, Cage wins!
Winner: Brian Cage, by pinfall
The Machine barely broke a sweat. Taz gets a mic to speak. “So here’s the deal. I’ll pull the curtain back a little bit for you.” Taz and Cage were talking, and thinking about Dynamite from last week when Cage was dominant again. But Jon Moxley heard what Taz said what happens at Fyter Fest with the title on the line. Mox had the audacity to laugh as Taz was talking about the Machine kicking the living sh*t out of him. “We don’t play games, Mox” This is not a joke or a game. Moxley needs to get his head on right, or it’ll get taken off! That is Brian Cage! That is the Machine! Beat him if you can. Survive, if he lets you. But wait, here comes Moxley! The AEW World Champion marches in from the stands and heads right for ringside.
Moxley grabs himself a mic before getting in the ring with Taz and Cage, but Taz warns Moxley. Think and be careful. Moxley still enters the ring and says, “This is fun.” But Taz, the reason Moxley was smiling last week and tonight is the thought of stepping into the ring with “that level of intensity, with that level of aggression, and going to absolute war.” That makes him happy. It’s why he’s in this business. But Taz and Cage should be clear that stepping into the ring with Mox with the title on the line is the farthest thing from a game. Cage is impressive. Cage is a machine that is seemingly indestructible. Moxley is human, he can be beat. But it will take all night long to do it!
Taz is right that Cage is a different thing entirely. But Moxley is a different thing entirely. Taking the title from Moxley is a different prospect entirely, and you will learn that at Fyter Fest when you realize you’re swimming with a different breed of shark! So all due respect, gentlemen, don’t waste time trying to intimidate him. And the next time you say his name on live television, just remember who the hell you’re talking about! Are we in for the nastiest fight in all of wrestling with Fyter Fest?
AEW Media finds Lance Archer and Jake The Snake Roberts.
They’re on some random patch of land outside Daily’s Place, and the Murderhawk Monster is all but mauling a masked wrestler! Archer finishes the guy off by throwing him into construction pylons and barriers. So AEW wants to know what Archer’s been up to since Double or Nothing? DO you think that one loss means anything to him? After 20 years in this business, there is not one person in AEW that will stop him! He is no spot monkey, he is a MONSTER! If you want to know what a monster is about, he will show you pain and torture like you’ve never experienced before! #EverybodyDies, and he means that! Even Jake the Snake says Alex Marvez is lucky to be spared. Who won’t be on Archer’s hit list after his loss in the TNT Championship Tournament Finals?
Matt Hardy visits Private Party.
Marq Quen and Isiah Kassidy drink to get over that Six Man Tag loss, but are shocked to see the tag team icon checking in on them. How’s the knee? Y’know, it’s doing alright. Quen shows off his dance moves, so clearly it’s more than alright. But Hardy wants to let them know that he enjoyed that match last week. Private Party is the future of tag team wrestling. So to share something, Private Party’s bond reminds him of his bond with his brother, Jeff. OH WOW! But a lot of guys helped the Hardy Boys, so Matt wants to help them. Oh they are so ready for that! Private Party wants to Hardy Party. That’s catchy. Knew it! Hardy loves the enthusiasm, so just hit him up.
Hardy heads out and crosses paths with Sammy Guevara on his scooter. Hardy says they’re cool now. #Respect. Hardy continues past Sammy, but is everything cool from Sammy’s side of things?
AEW shares the fallout of the Jericho-Tyson confrontation.
Every sports and entertainment news outlet exploded with reactions to the Inner Circle’s pep rally being crashed by “Iron” Mike Tyson and his crew. Tyson himself warns us that this is not over! “I’m coming back and Jericho’s gonna get his ass kicked!” Jericho was furious in his own right, but his fury was then directed at Colt Cabana when Cabana just wanted him to calm down. Le Champion looks to teach Cabana and lesson and send Tyson a message, tonight!
Chris Jericho VS Colt Cabana!
The bell rings and Jericho tells Cabana to mind his own business. Jericho shoves Cabana but Cabana fires off punches and stomps! Jericho rakes Cabana’s eyes and throws hands on him in the corner. The ref backs Jericho off but Jericho comes back, showing off his boxing hands. But then Cabana DECKS him! And CHOPS him! And punches away to then whip him out of the ring! Jericho staggers up but Cabana CHOPS him again! And headlock punches him, and clubs him to the ring. Jake Hager is upset but has to keep his distance. Cabana dodges Jericho and ASAIS onto Jericho and Hager!
Cabana high fives the crowd and wipes the blood from his lip. He brings Jericho up for more punches and body shots, then bumps him off the timekeeper’s desk. Jericho hits back but Cabana put shim in the ring. Jericho pleads with the ref, and Hager POSTS Cabana! The crowd boos but Big Hurt gets away with that one. Hager and Sammy cheers while Cabana is down, and AEW goes to break.
AEW returns and Jericho kicks Cabana between the ropes. HE stalks Cabana to a corner and digs his knee in. The ref counts, Jericho lets off, but Jericho grins while the crowd rallies for Cabana. Jericho throws hands on Cabana to keep him down, then slaps him around. Cabana SLAPS back! Cabana CHOPS and forearms, but Jericho kicks low to whip. Jericho elbows Cabana down then covers, TWO! Hager tells Cabana to stay down but Jericho brings Cabana up. Jericho bumps Cabana off buckles and throws more haymakers. Cabana pushes Jericho away then punches and CHOPS back! Cabana backs Jericho down but Jericho hits back. Jericho whips, runs, but the bulldog is sent to the POST! Sammy and Hager panic but the crowd fires up for “Colt! Colt!”
Cabana gets up to ROCK Jericho but Jericho throws hands back. We have a brawl but Cabana gets the edge. Cabana whips and clotheslines Jericho down! Then whips again, but Jericho reverses. Cabana dodges and JABS! JAB! Flip flop ‘n’ fly for the BIONIC ELBOW! Jericho is up and Cabana runs in,. FLYING APPLE! Jericho is down, Cabana is up, SUPERMAN SPLASH! Cover, TWO!! Cabana can’t believe it but Jericho survives. Cabana throws haymakers and runs, but into a back elbow! Jericho runs, LIONSAULT but he lands on his feet as Cabana moves! Another elbow, Superman Clutch, but Jericho makes it the WALLS! Cabana endures as Jericho sits deep, but Cabana powers his way over, to get the ROPEBREAK! Jericho lets go, thinking he won. The referee explains he didn’t, and he’s upset. Jericho runs, into Cabana’s CHOPS!
Cabana runs, tilt-o-whirls and huricanranas Jericho to a corner! Corner clothesline and then Cabana hoists Jericho up top! Cabana climbs, SUPER STEINER! Cover, TWO!! Jericho still lives but Cabana won’t let up! La Magistrol, TWO! Cabana CHOPS and whips, but Jericho reverses. Cabana goes up and around, into JUDAS EFFECT!! Cover, Jericho wins!
Winner: Chris Jericho, by pinfall
The Inner Circle shrugs off the bad week they’ve been having, and then he says, “All of you can shut your ass and address Le Champion with respect.” The crowd only boos harder as Jericho says we saw what happened to Cabana. That’ll happen to Iron Mike, “that piece of sh*t!” The most talked about event in sports history happened in this ring last week, and Tyson VS Jericho is the fight everyone wants to see. Jericho wants it, he is ready. He can taste Cabana’s blood on his fist, now he wants to taste the blood of Tyson when he shoves Tyson’s head up his own ass! Jericho won’t wait for next week, next PPV or next Christmas. He wants Tyson here and now! Jericho is calling out “the baddest man on the planet!” Le Champion is waiting for Tyson! Where’s the baddest man on the planet?! Jericho’s right here, so where’s Tyson?! Is Tyson scared?!
But instead of Iron Mike, he gets Freshly Squeezed! The Sloth gets in the ring and steps to Jericho for the beating Proud ‘n’ Powerful gave him. And he makes Jericho put his hands in his… well, his belt. And then Orange Cassidy puts his hands in his pockets! Hager swings on Cassidy but Cassidy dodges! Cassidy dodges Jericho, then bails out of the ring! Best Friends help Cassidy up and over the railing, and Santana and Ortiz hurry out. The Inner Circle wants after Tyson, but now they have eyes on Cassidy, Trent and Chuckie T! Will they get their hands on all their enemies as the Summer rolls in?
AEW checks in on Britt Baker.
The Role Model rehabs her injured leg and keeps up with her general cardio, but with a far more reduced level of intensity. Plus, Rebel is there to help her with a lot of the heavy lifting. Even Tony Schiavone is cheering her on. Will the Role Model stay on a roll and be ready for All Out in September?
Nyla Rose VS Big Swole!
The Native Beast lost the AEW Women’s World Championship at Double Or Nothing, but with all titles on the line at Fyter Fest, there’s always a chance at redemption. But Aerial Monroe is hungry for her first chance, will she be able to get past Nyla to head for Fyter Fest?
The bell rings and the crowd is on Swole’s side. Swole flexes and dodges Nyla, then waistlocks. Nyla elbows but Swole keeps out of reach. Swole headlocks but Nyla throws body shots. Nyla powers out but Swole dodges to get the headlock back! Nyla denies the takedown with power, but Swole throws elbows. Swole tries again but can’t throw Nyla down. Nyla throws body shots and lifts Swole, but Swole uses the leverage for the takeover! They go around on the mat, Nyla make sit a cover, but Swole gets back to her feet. Nyla pulls hair but Swole rolls Nyla up! TWO, and the two back off to reset. The crowd continues to rally as Swole and Nyla circle.
Nyla whips Swole, Swole comes back and rams shoulders. but neither falls. Swole tries again, but Nyla doesn’t even budge. Nyla grabs hair, runs, but into a cobra twist from Swole! Swole stretches Nyla and digs in an elbow! Nyla elbows out and hip tosses, but Swole blocks! Swole turns things around but Nyla blocks the hip toss to TOSS Swole! Nyla runs at Swole but Swole dumps Nyla out! And hard! Nyla clutches her back but Swole is on the apron. Swole kicks but Nyla blocks and trips Swole up! Nyla brings Swole up to RAM into the barriers! Nyla puts Swole in and gets in everyone’s face. She goes back to the ring while Britt talks trash from her “Role’s Royce,” and AEW goes to break.
AEW returns and Swole throws body shots. Nyla scoops Swole for a backbreaker! Nyla bends Swole back across the knee but the crowd rallies. Swole endures so Nyal dumps her down, to then run and splash onto knees! Nyla gasps for air as Swole gets up. Swole throws hands over and over, and ROCKS Nyla with that forearm! Swole fires off more strikes, Nyla dodges one roundhouse but not the second! Swole HEADBUTTS and Nyla staggers to a corner. Swole runs corner to corner for an uppercut! Swole tries a second time but Nyla puts her on the apron. Swole forearms back and then steps in, CUTTER! Cover, TWO! Nyla survives and Swole is shocked! Swole grits her teeth as she drags Nyla up. Swole throws more forearms and even a CHOP! She keeps firing off strikes and CHOPS Nyla again!
Nyla is in the corner, but she dodges Swole’s boot. Swole dodges Nyla’s splash to BOOT again! Cover, TWO!! The crowd rallies as Swole foams at the mouth. Swole runs but Nyla sends her out. Swole steps in again but Nyla catches her for an inverted suplex. Swole escapes and hammers away! Swole chop blocks, then blindside Penalty Kicks! Swole drags Nyla up and runs, into a SPEAR!! Nyla isn’t done with Swole, she drags Swole up, but Swole pops out of the bomb to sunset flip! TWO!?! Swole was so close, but she goes to boot. Nyla blocks, but Swole twists to SPIKE Nyla down! Swole gets a waistlock, ripcord, Dirty- NO! SIT OUT SPINE BUSTER!! Cover, Nyla wins!!
Winner: Nyla Rose, by pinfall
Hikaru Shida was watching from the crowd, and she saw for herself that the Native Beast hasn’t lost a step just because she lost the title. Will Nyla be the one to step to the champion for Fyter Fest?
Ringside interview with Big Swole.
Having months off, she still came back with a great fight for Nyla. It is good to be back, and Swole has been re-centered. It doesn’t matter that she lost, because she’s got the fans and her peers behind her. Wait, Britt is making a fuss about Rebel backing the cart up. The “Role’s Royce” RAMS the railing?! Britt gets at Swole for saying she’s the fan favorite. Swole takes offense, and grabs a chair! Britt freaks out and has Rebel drive away in retreat. But they crash into other railing on that side! Swole throws the chair at the cart and dares Britt to come get some. Will Swole get after The Dentist the second she can compete in the ring?
Backstage interview with Darby Allin.
One of the toughest ever in the ring never lets an injury from keeping him out, but this time, the doctors have said Darby cannot get in the ring. Going back to Double Or Nothing’s Casino Ladder Match, does Darby think Brian Cage’s focus on him has anything to do with Darby rejecting Taz’s help? “Life’s one big joke.” But Darby vows to get the last laugh. When and where will Darby look to spring the punchline on Taz and The Machine?
Tony Schiavone interviews #FTR.
Tony is very honored to have the first exclusive sit-down with Wheeler and Harwood, who arrived a week ago to confront the biggest names in the AEW Tag Team Division. The obvious question must be asked: What does FTR stand for? Well there are a lot of things. It is not a tagline that can just be served out. It is a way of life. It is anything that you want it to stand for. Fear The Revolution, Follow The Rules, just something that took a life of its own. They are here, the pinnacle of the wrestling revolution! So right now, think of it as Wheeler and Harwood being For The Revolution. Yes, AEW has the world’s greatest tag teams now. So there must be a list of dream matches, right? Yes, they’ve thought about this for a year and a half now. Despite what happened last week, FTR will give The Butcher & The Blade their due respect. Private Party are great kids, Proud ‘n’ Powerful have been all over, and now they’re all under the same roof.
The same goes for the Lucha Brothers, Pentagon & Rey Fenix. They’re the exact opposite of how FTR wrestles, so Wheeler & Harwood will teach them real tag team wrestling! And of course, the AEW World Tag Team Champions, Kenny Omega & Hangman Page, even though that’s not a “real” tag team. That is the ultimate goal all the same. But what about the Young Bucks? They’re what tag team wrestling is all about. Well of course. That is the “dream match” to all the fans, but it isn’t one to FTR. Wheeler & Harwood had to sit back and watch the Bucks be gifted “Tag Team of the Decade,” and had to listen to Dave Meltzer sing their praises as “the next Midnight Express.” Do you think that makes FTR happy? Do you think they enjoy all this? They don’t! They don’t want to come in and have the greatest tag team match ever with The Bucks, they want to punch the Bucks in the mouths.
Well then why didn’t FTR brawl with The Bucks after clearing out Butcher & Blade? FTR has dreamed about this moment for five years. You can’t say one team’s name without the other’s. Everyone wonders who is better. And when it comes to finally having it out, FTR doesn’t want there to be any excuse. “Oh~, they were softened up, they were injured, they had a bad back.” FTR wants The Young Bucks to be healthy, to be in the best shape of their lives, so they can beat them. FTR wants commentary to then come to them and apologize for the last year and a half. Tony is sure whatever happens, it will be amazing. Tony thanks them for this time, and has to admit, this whole time he thought FTR stood for… Well, can they say it here? “F*** The Revival.” Well of course people would think that.
Whoa, here come Butcher and Blade! Andy Williams and Braxton Sutter are furious to say the least, and accuse FTR of thinking they’re all tough and what not. Security rushes in to keep another brawl from happening. FTR says it was nothing personal. That was business. FTR are businessmen. But if you want to make it personal, let’s settle this in the ring. And then Cash splashes water at Blade! “See you next week! FTR, out!” But will FTR be able to handle their business against a furious pair of cutthroats?
AEW sets up for another big episode!
After losing to Le Champion, Colt Cabana tries his luck against the Spanish God! Cabana VS Guevara is coming! The Open Challenge Cody Rhodes has put for the TNT Championship has already been answered, by Private Party’s Marq Quen! But the question will be, who does Quen face after the main event of Cody VS Jungle Boy? And as we saw, FTR challenged Butcher & Blade, and that match is happening to give Wheeler & Harwood their in-ring debuts! Plus, after the confrontation between Cassidy and the Inner Circle, he and the Best Friends take on Jake Hager, Santana & Ortiz in Six Man Tag action! Has a new war in AEW just begun? And don’t miss Jon Moxley’s return to in-ring action, on AEW DARK!
Backstage interview with Colt Cabana.
His most impressive AEW performance yet in a loss to Chris Jericho, but that’s why Cabana is here. He’s shown he can hang with the big guys in the spotlight. But those big victories are hanging over his head. He couldn’t beat Lance Archer, he couldn’t beat Chris Jericho, and… Mr. Brodie Lee walks in with his Dark Order spokesman. “Loss is a part of life, Colt. We’ve all suffered losses, but without losses, we don’t grow.” It is what you do after a loss that defines you. And Brodie can help Cabana. The spokesman gives Cabana a bottle of water, and asks he simply consider it. Cabana says he doesn’t want to #JoinDarkOrder, but he does drink the water. But if things get worse, will Cabana soon be drinking the Kool-Aid?
AEW TNT Championship: Cody Rhodes VS Jungle Boy!
The American Nightmare overcame the odds and won this title at Double Or Nothing! But once again, Cody puts so much pressure on himself to be THE workhorse of AEW, promising to wrestle week after week after week, all in TNT Championship defenses! Will he stumble right out of the gate and give Jungle Jack Perry the biggest moment of his career? Or will Cody prove that he is the leader AEW deserves?
AEW returns as Cody makes his entrance. The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and history is being made again! Cody and JB circle and test the waters with the lunges. Cody gets the waistlock as the crowd duels, and he slams JB down. Cody facelocks but JB gets a ropebreak with the legs. Cody lets up fast and resets. JB comes back and circles with Cody again. They tie up, Cody brings JB to his knees with leverage, then shifts to a headlock. Cody hits the takeover but JB rolls to a cover. ONE and Cody keeps the headlock. They stand up, JB throws body shots and powers out. Cody runs JB over then keeps going, and things speed up. JB hurdles, runs and huricanranas! Cody gets up but JB rolls him up, TWO! JB keeps close and gets another cover, TWO!
JB goes to a corner, dodges Cody and CHOPS back! And again! Cody turns things around to forearm and CHOP right back! JB forearms., Cody forearms and he sits JB down. Cody drags JB up by a wrist and wrenches hard before whipping corner to corner. JB reverses, runs in but slides under as Cody goes up and over. JB turns around to run into the spinning poerslam! Cover, TWO! Cody keeps on JB to try again, ONE! Cody keeps his cool as the crowd rallies up. He goes to the ropes to springboard and stomp JB’s legs. Cody stomps the legs more, then gets the Figure Four! JB endures the legendary leg lock, but has to keep his shoulders up. Cody cranks but JB crawls, and JB gets the ropebreak! Cody lets go at 4, and JB gets to the apron. Cody grits his teeth as he runs to triangle jump! JB avoids the kick to then springboard and TORNADO DDT! Cover, TWO!! JB tries again, TWO!
Cody crawls to the apron now but JB runs and DIVES! Direct hit sends Cody into barriers but JB keeps going! DIVE, but Cody catches him! Cody SWINGS Jb into the Gunn Club! Billy and Austin can’t believe Cody’s aggression as Cody goes for the timekeeper’s table, but AEW goes to break.
AEW returns once again, and JB flops out of the ring. Cody goes out to fetch JB and headbutts him! JB staggers to the stage, and dodges the second headbutt! Cody hits the wall! Cody staggers and JB shakes out the cobwebs. JB tells MJF to shut up as MJF mouths off about JB not deserving this shot at Cody and the title. MJF calls JB a joke, but JB taunts back, “How’s the chest?” MJF takes off his scarf and jacket but JB leaves him where he is. JB goes back to Cody, who is BLEEDING from hitting his head right into the stage! JB is shocked to see that, but he still gets Cody into the ring. The ref checks on Cody but Cody doesn’t want to stop. JB runs in to forearm and punch away on the wound! The ref backs JB off but JB runs back in. Cody puts JB into buckles then tosses him away! But JB returns to shotgun dropkick and inside cradle! TWO, but JB waistlocks to O’Conner roll! TWO, and Cody BOOTS JB down!
Cody flounders with the blood getting in one eye. Cody crawls over to where he left JB but gets to his feet instead. He drags JB up and whips, but JB comes back with a LARIAT! Cover, TWO!! Cody survives but JB is right on him. JB traps the arms and rains down rights! Cody pushes JB away but JB hurries back. JB goes to the corner, climbs up top, but Cody dropkicks him first! JB wobbles and Cody climbs up to bring him around, for a stalling SUPERPLEX! Cover, TWO! JB survives and Cody’s half crimson mask is growing. Cody takes off the weight belt but the ref tells him not to lash JB. Cody tosses the belt aside and grabs a leg, but JB pushes Cody out. The timekeeper’s area is precariously close but Cody keeps from falling down. Cody climbs up but JB clubs him first!
JB climbs up to join Cody now but Cody fights back. Cody brings JB up but JB fights. The two teeter, and they fall down through the table!! Arn Anderson is speechless while the ref and medic check on both men. “This is Awesome!” but can either continue? Cody stirs but so does JB. Cody drags JB from the wreckage, wanting this to end in the ring. He puts JB inside and has to shoulder into JB. Cody slingshots to sunset flip but JB sits on it! TWO!! JB swings into the dragon sleeper, the CROSS RHODES!! Cover, Cody wins!!
Winner: Cody Rhodes, by pinfall (still AEW TNT Champion)
The Nightmare Family and Jurassic Express head out to check on both their men. Cody clears the first hurdle of his own challenge, and he helps JB to his feet. Will Jungle Boy be back for a second chance at this title? Will Marq Quen be the one to take the gold? Or will Cody carry this title until the wheels fall off?
An incredible episode book-ended by great title matches. The AEW World Tag Team Championship match was really good, and a great return to form for Omega and Hangman as a duo. There’s no more dysfunction thanks to the Stadium Stampede, but it’s obviously of note that the Tag Division as a whole is just getting stronger every week. FTR had a really good interview promo with Tony Schiavone, and I love how they spun the story with the Young Bucks. Their in-ring debut against Butcher & Blade next week will be great, and I’m sure the dream-not-dream match of FTR VS Bucks will be for All out, and will be just insane. And of course, Omega & Page VS Best Friends for Fyter Fest will be great, too, but too close to call at this point. Best Friends & Orange Cassidy being next for Inner Circle while there’s also Jericho VS Tyson coming on the side is also great. I would love if Tyson became an honorary Best Friend by helping them against The Inner Circle.
Also, I love that Fyter Fest isn’t just a free PPV online, it is a free two episode special for Dynamite! This will give us the same four hours of action, but with some room to breathe for viewers. Having all the titles on the line is basically standard, so it’s good to know that the next month is going to be build towards the event. Nyla VS Swole was really good, but it makes some sense for Nyla to win. Losing one match doesn’t change that Nyla is still a monster and can easily come back for that belt. Britt has a hilarious cheesy vignette and an equally goofy attempt at getting after Swole. I really hope Britt VS Swole is what we get for All Out, that’ll be a great return match for Britt, but it should also result in Swole getting a big win. An obnoxious Heel is only as good as the comeuppance they get, and that’d be the perfect time for Britt to get hers.
Taz and Moxley had a great promo battle that was better than Cage squashing Shawn Dean. Moxley VS Cage is going to be incredible and I hope it goes for half an hour on Night 2. Jericho has a great promo calling out Tyson, has a great match with Cabana, and Cabana’s story with the Dark Order is definitely going places. Cody VS Jungle Boy was also incredible, and it definitely raises JB’s level even in losing. I’m surprised the next challenger is Marq Quen given he’s a tag team wrestler, but I suppose that’s not always a limitation. This will give Quen a great spotlight of his own, but I’m thinking Cody wins. I feel like MJF is going to get fed up watching Cody beat other wrestlers and he’ll demand to be the Fyter Fest challenge. Then Cody will finally get the win on MJF that he wanted at AEW Revolution.
My Score: 9.3/10