AEW always fights the good fight!
This year has been hard on everyone, but AEW wants to help as well as entertain! Will Jon Moxley still reign after going against The Machine?
- AEW TNT Championship: Cody Rhodes VS Sonny Kiss; Cody wins and retains the AEW TNT Championship.
- FTR VS The Lucha Brothers; FTR wins.
- Six Man Tag: The Elite VS Jurassic Express; The Elite wins.
- The Nightmare Sisters VS Kenzie Paige & MJ Jenkins; The Nightmare Sisters win.
- AEW World Championship: Jon Moxley VS Brian Cage w/ Taz; Moxley wins and retains the AEW World Championship.
PLAY BY PLAY
AEW TNT Championship: Cody Rhodes VS Sonny Kiss!
The American Nightmare opens the night by putting his title on the line against another young and hungry challenger! Will the Concrete Rose be golden in the summer heat? Or will Cody continue his Nightmare reign another week?
The introductions are made, the belts is raised, and this red hot opening contest begins!
Cody BOOTS Kiss right down! Then brings him up for fast hands and stomps! Cody drags Kiss up to suplex, hang Kiss out to dry then dump him down! Cody shows off with push offs and the crowd cheers as Cody brings Kiss up. Kiss reverses the whip but Cody skins the cat to come back and springboard, Beautiful Disaster Kick! Cover, TWO! Kiss bails out and the crowd rallies for the underdog, while a few do cheer for Cody. Arn Anderson coaches Cody to keep focus and he brings Kiss up and in. Cody stalks behind Kiss but Kiss rolling elbows! Kiss throws Cody out to then pursue and club him on the back! Kiss is in no mood and he shoves the cameras away!
Kiss puts Cody on the apron to ax kick him down! Cody gets inside, Kiss keeps up with him and kicks to kick and enzugiri! The crowd fires up as Kiss handsprings corner to corner for a slap, only for Cody to Full Nelson instead! Cody thrashes Kiss around and the crowd duels. Kiss endures but starts to fade, and Cody leans on the hold. Kiss gets a second wind but it still takes a few tries to break the hold! Kiss arm-drags Cody away then dropsaults him down! Cody gets up, Kiss spins him around, EXPLODER! And kip up! Cody gets up, Kiss runs in, but Cody goes up and over, only for Kiss to fake out the slam! Kiss boots and hops up, flying huricanrana!
The crowd rallies as Kiss goes Matrix then handsprings back to headscissor Cody to a corner! Kiss runs corner to corner, blocks boots and ROCKS Cody with that right! Cody is sideways, for Kiss’ running Axes ‘n’ O’s! Cover, TWO!! Cody survives and Kiss grows frustrated. Kiss goes up the corner, leaps, but Cody avoids the splits! BUZZSAW! Dragon sleeper, but Kiss reverses and STEALS Cross Rhodes!! Cover, TWO!! Cody survives Kiss’ take on his move, and Kiss grows further frustrated. Kiss climbs back up, aims at Cody, and hits a 450 splash!! Cover, TWO!?! So close and yet so far for Kiss! Kiss fires up, drags Cody up, but Cody whips him away. Kiss tumbles over and out, skins the cat, but Cody TOSSES Kiss to the ramp!
Kiss is down and Cody goes out to fetch him. Cody drags Kiss up, Alabama lifts, and Alabama SLAMS Kiss on the ramp!! Cody pushes Kiss into the ring, covers, but the ropes are too close. Cody adjusts, Kiss gets the ropebreak! The American Nightmare is frustrated and Arn coaches him to be more aware. Cody drags Kiss up, kicks Kiss around, then reels him into the reverse Gory Especial! DIN’S FIRE!! Cover, TWO!?! Kiss survives but Cody covers again, TWO! Kiss still lives and Cody grows further frustrated. Cody takes off the weight belt, tosses it aside, and drags Kiss up again. Fireman’s carry and Cody places Kiss on the top rope. Cody CHOPS Kiss then throws haymakers as he climbs. Cody brings Kiss up, for a SUPERPLEX! Cover, TWO!!
The crowd cheers, and Tully Blanchard seems stoic in the crowd. Is he disappointed in Cody or impressed by Kiss? Cody argues the count but two is two. Kiss rolls Cody up, TWO! Into a CROSSFACE! Cody cranks back, Kiss endures and moves around, to get a ropebreak with a foot! The ref counts, Cody lets up and glares down at Kiss. Cody stomps Kiss around, rains down rights, then stomps some more. The crowd rallies up for Kiss, but Cody undoes a buckle pad?! This isn’t like how Cody’s competed lately. Cody brings Kiss up, but Kiss wheelbarrows and throws Cody into that bare buckle!! Roll up, TWO!! Cody survives his own screw up, but Kiss dares him to stand. Kiss throws BIG forearms but Cody gives haymakers back. Kiss eggs Cody on, Cody shoves, and Kiss heel kicks!
Cody wobbles, Kiss spins again, but into the dragon sleeper! CROSS RHODES!! Cover, Cody wins!
Winner: Cody Rhodes, by pinfall (still AEW TNT Champion)
The Nightmare just put an end to this dream for Kiss with some real viciousness, but he does show sportsmanship and respect to Kiss with the handshake and hug. Will Kiss come back around one day? Will someone else step up and end Cody’s workhorse run?
FTR VS The Lucha Brothers!
Cash Wheeler and Dax Harwood still don’t have their truck back after The Butcher & The Blade stole it. Those two even give Pentagon and Fenix a ride to the ring in that truck! But truck aside, this dream match come true will be about tag team superiority! Will FTR #FindTheirRedemption for the Fyter Fest 8 Man loss in this 2v2 rematch? Or will they only get Cero Miedo?
The teams sort out and Pentagon starts against Dax. They circle, Pentagon kicks low and fires off hands on Dax, then CHOPS away in the corner! Pentagon clubs Dax down, takes off the glove, but Dax grabs the hand to stomp it! Dax CHOPS back over an dover but Pentagon CHOPS back! Dax chops, Pentagon CHOPS! They brawl with big forearms and elbows, Dax backs PEnta off but Penta ducks to SUPERKICK! Penta drags Dax up, tags in Fenix, and the brothers double whip. Body shot and KICK puts Dax down, then the brothers combine for a wheelbarrow, but the victory roll is a little stiff for the splash! Cover, TWO!
Fenix keeps his cool as he clubs Dax and brings him up. Dax resists the suplex, suplexes back but Fenix resists. Fenix lifts, Dax slips out and shoves, but Fenix slides. Dax catches him, shoves him, Fenix dodges but Cash tags in. Dax scoops Fenix, Cash slingshots in, elbow drop backbreaker combo! Cover, TWO! Cash drags Fenix back up, throws Euroepan Uppercuts and chops! Tag to Dax, and FTR whip Fenix for a drop toehold and elbow drop! Dax drops knees then drags Fenix up by his mask. The ref reprimands, Dax tags Cash and FTR mugs Fenix in the corner! Cash digs his fingers in, tags in, then keeps Fenix from Pentagon.
Tully continues to watch as Cash chops Fenix and suplexes. Fenix slips out, tags Pentagon, and Fenix holds Cash in for Pentagon to sunset flip! Penta sits Cash up for Fenix to KICK down! Fenix hits Dax, then “Uno! Dos! Tres!” DOUBLE SUPERKICKS take Cash out! Fenix aims at Dax from the apron, BIG missile dropkick! As if Dax’s chest wasn’t already in awful shape from the chopping. Butcher and Blade enjoy seeing their friends beating down their enemies, and AEW goes to break, #FTRBros.
Pentagon drags Cash up and in to CHOP him on the ropes! Cash chops back but Penta CHOPS. Cash forearms but Penta ROCKS him. Pentagon drags Cash up, tags in Fenix, and the brothers mug Cash in the corner. Fenix CHOPS Cash, too, then wraps an arm in the ropes. Fenix has a cobra twist in the ropes, the ref counts, Fenix lets off to club Cash down. Fenix throws more forearms on Cash, then runs to basement dropkick! Cover, ONE! Dax rushes in but the ref keeps him back. Pentagon gets in but the ref has him go back to his corner. Cash hits back but Fenix DECKS him for some ground ‘n’ pound!
Fenix drags Cash up, tags Pentagon in, and Pentagon KICKS the leg out. Pentagon swaggers in front of Dax before he clubs Cash back down. Pentagon wraps on a chinlock, and even BITES Cash’s forehead! The ref reprimands but Butcher and Blade cheer. Cash fights back and fights free, but Pentagon reels him in to whip. Cash catches Pentagon for a spinning powerslam! Both men are down but crawling for their corner. Hot tag to Fenix and he dropkicks Dax down! Fenix rams Cash into the corner then runs in, but is put on the apron. Fenix eniguris Cash down as AEW goes picture in picture, and he LEAPS into Cash’s EuroUpper! Both men are down and the crowd rallies up!
Cash flounders towards the FTR corner, tag to Dax! Dax jabs and ROCKS Fenix then ROCKS Pentagon! Dax snap suplexes Fenix, brings him up for another! Pentagon gets a kick, and a snap suplex onto Fenix! Dax drags Pentagon up to whip, Pentagon reverses but Dax reverses back to wrench and LARIAT! Fenix CHOPS Dax again! Fenix wheelbarrows, Dax blocks the rest, and then alley-oop bombs Dax into buckles! SNAP SAIDO! Dax runs to sliding uppercut! Cover, TWO! Fenix survives and Dax sighs as his chest bleeds. Dax drags Fenix up, tags in Cash, and FTR double whips. Pentagon saves his brother then dumps out Dax. Cash fights off Fenix but Fenix ROUNDHOUSES!
Tag to Pentagon, the brothers double whip and kick, to wrench and sweep the legs! Fenix runs, Pentagon gives him a boost for the SPLASH! Pentagon springboards to drop the leg! Cover, TWO! The crowd rallies up, Pentagon drags Cash up, tags Fenix. The brothers coordinate, CERO MIEDO but Cash slips out to throw Pentagon into buckles! Fenix leaps over, he enziguris Dax down and huricanranas, but Cash blocks! Cash swings Fenix around, tags Dax in, FTR combines for an ALLEY-OOP BULLDOG!! Cover, TWO!! Fenix survives as Pentagon is a little late, but he kicks Cash down! Pentagon helps Fenix up and over to their corner. Pentagon tags in, he climbs up, but Dax rocks him with a right hand!
Dax climbs up, CHOPS Pentagon then throws forearm after forearm! Pentagon CHOPS back, but Dax stands up. Fenix tags back in, Pentagon takes the SUPERPLEX, but he gets knees up to stop Cash’s splash! Fenix leaps, too, but Dax gets his knees up! All four men are down and the crowd says “This is Awesome!” Butcher and Blade coach Pentagon and Fenix up as the two teams slowly regroup. FTR sits up first but the brothers follow. Fenix and Pentagon shout, “CERO! MEIDO!” But FTR responds with deuces, that become dirty birds. And it’s a brawl! Dax and Fenix, Pentagon and Cash, they throw forearm after forearm, haymakers and CHOPS! Dax puts Fenix on the ropes but Fenix body scissors Dax out hard!
Cash whips Pentagon but Pentagon SLING BLADES! Cash goes to the apron, Pentagon drags him up and wants to end him! Cash resists the underhooks and HEADBUTTS! Then CHOPS! Pentagon CHOPS and we have another brawl! Cash kicks low, suplexes, but Pentagon fights it off to suplex back. Cash puts Pentagon in, Pentagon enziguris back! Pentagon runs, Cash slingshots up and over to come back with a TOPE DDT!!! Fenix FLIES in to wipe Cash out! The crowd cheers for “A E DUB” as Fenix SUPERKICK Dax then BOOTS him! Fenix puts Dax in, shoulders then slingshots, but Dax ROCKS him! Fenix tiger feints to HEEL KICK! Fenix runs, Dax redirects him, another tiger feint but Dax ducks! Dax UNMASKS Fenix!! Inside cradle, FTR wins!!
Winners: FTR, by pinfall
FTR just used the luchador’s weakness to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat! Butcher and Blade are upset by that, will they hold the truck over FTR’s heads as revenge? Wait, coming up behind them, it’s the Young Bucks! DOUBLE SUPERKICKS! Matt and Nick Jackson take the keys and bring them over. But wait, Kenny Omega is here, too? Kenny looks apologetic from last week’s misunderstanding about beer. He and the Bucks go into the ring to give FTR their keys, and some brewskis! Cheers! But then FTR pour it out on Omega’s head?! Not only is that a waste of beer, that’s just mean. The Bucks hold Omega back but barely! Will this only fire up The Cleaner to take it out on Jurassic Express?
Chris Jericho is here!
Le Champion has The Inner Circle following him, with jugs of orange juice in hand as reminders of the victory over Orange Cassidy in last week’s Fyter Fest finale. Jericho grabs a mic and says, “Le Champion is here!” And last week, he had one of the best matches in AEW history against Orange Cassidy. Not only did he win, he won the ratings war, just like he does every single week! Jericho wants to show and explain to the “kids” how ratings work. Yes, you want the overall viewership, but the most important thing is the 18 to 49 demographic, aka The Demo. Jericho has never, ever been beaten in that demo! Jericho is the King of the Ratings! He is the Demo God!
The Inner Circle praises Jericho as he continues to praise himself in that match last week. One of the best matches in a long time, and everyone is saying the same thing. “We loved that match! We saw something in Orange Cassidy that we’ve never seen before, ever!” Cassidy looked like a star just being in the ring with Jericho, and Jericho said that’s true. But Jericho knows what the people want. he understands the concept of being a draw. Orange Cassidy wants a rematch. TNT wants a rematch. The advertisers in the demo want a rematch. Everyone watching right now wants a rematch! You want a rematch, Jericho VS Cassidy II, right? Well if that’s what you want, you AREN’T getting one!
Cassidy had his chance, he did good, but not good enough. Cassidy took Jericho to the limit. The crowd jeers with “You Scared?” Jericho isn’t scared of some little dweeb with a denim jacket! Jericho is the Demo God! And that is why there will never be a rematch! So Cassidy, congrats. Enjoy the fact that you got to stand in the ring with Le Champion. Now go back to hugging Best Friends, and remembering what it’s like to be a main eventer. A sip for Cassidy, and pour some out for Cassidy’s dead career. But wait, here comes Freshly Squeezed! Cassidy is entering from the crowd! The Sloth stares Jericho down from long range but the crowd cheers. Jericho tells them “Shut your mouth!”
Jericho gets that Cassidy wants to hear this in person. The crowd jeers, “You Scared~? You Scared~?” Jericho will tell Cassidy what he really feels. Cassidy can go, but he doesn’t have what it takes to be on Le Champion’s level. He’s lazy, has a bad attitude, and is an entitled sloth! Jericho will say it one more time: “There will never be a rematch.” So just take those sunglasses, fold them up, and shove them up your ass. Then get out of Jericho’s arena. The crowd boos but Jericho shouts, “Get the hell out of my arena, you piece of sh*t!” Cassidy gives a thumbs up, to make it a thumbs down! Jericho asks what Cassidy is really going to do, and down comes a MASSIVE amount of orange juice and orange pulp from the roof! Ortiz looks like he’s drowning and floundering in it!
Jericho is furious with Cassidy, but Hager holds him back. “This jacket costs $7000!!” Get up, Ortiz! Jericho needs a towel! Someone throws an Orange Cassidy beach towel to him! Will Jericho get revenge for the disrespect without giving Cassidy the rematch we all want?
Backstage interview with Jurassic Express.
Jungle Boy, Luchasaurus and Marko Stunt have a huge match-up with The Elite tonight, but what is so funny? Stunt says it’s the Inner Circle getting drenched in orange juice! That’s the funniest thing he’s seen! Luchasaurus admits, it’s funny. But after 65 million years, this dinosaur finally has a chance against The Elite, and there’s nothing funny about that. Is JB ready? Yeah. Does Stunt have his kick pads? No… Well whatever, let’s go! Will the Jurassic Express stay on track in 2020?
Chris Jericho angrily joins commentary.
“Look at me, Jim Ross!” His jacket is ruined! And then Stunt was laughing at him!? Just wait and see what happens to Cassidy, Luchasaurus, Jungle Boy “and that little puke” later! Jericho reeks of OJ, JR! Yes, clearly. Don’t laugh, Excalibur! NO, no replay! Replay happens from many angles. Not to mention the towel. Jericho is all sticky and angry. “This is not over between me and Orange Cassidy, I’ll tell you that. There will be a rematch!” So Jericho changes his mind! Has Cassidy just put himself in a sticky situation?
Six Man Tag: The Elite VS Jurassic Express!
Kenny Omega is also still a bit angry and sticky from that beer bath by FTR. Will he keep his cool and make this Elite reunion victorious? Or will Jungle Jack Perry, the wrestling dinosaur and Mr. Fun-Size get the biggest trios win they’ve had yet?
The trios sort out and Nick Jackson starts against Jungle Boy. They circle and tie up, Nick wrenches to a wristlock but JB handsprings to wrench back. Nick cartwheels and breaks free, and they knuckle lock. JB sweeps the leg but Nick avoids the cover to then go up and acrobatically arm-drag JB away! JB comes back to give it back! Nick sweeps legs, ONE, JB sweeps the legs, ONE! Nick back kicks hard! Nick runs, JB puts him on the ramp but Nick shoulders JB away. Nick slingshots but JB handstands out of the facebuster! JB shows off with the handspring but Nick has to nod respect. We check on Hangman watching backstage and pouring himself a drink as Nick tags out.
Omega and Luchasaurus are now legal, but Stunt tags in outta nowhere! Stunt wants to circle with the AAA Mega Champion and one half of the AEW World Tag Team Champions. The crowd fires up as Stunt and Omega tie up. Omega throws Stunt down fast, but Stunt gets up and beats his chest. They tie up again, Omega throws him down again! Stunt gets up, Omega pie faces! Stunt shoves back, Omega cools off and offers a handshake. Stunt isn’t so sure about this, and Omega leaves him hanging! Stunt SLAPS Omega and throws fast hands! Stunt whips, Omega reverses and tilt-o-whirls, but Stunt lands on his feet. Stunt ducks, Omega CHOPS him back!
Omega whips Stunt, hip tosses but Stunt reverses to a takedown! TWO, and Stunt back kicks! Stunt runs, springboards and huricanranas to then dropkick Omega! Stunt shows haymakers and Omega stays back! Omega gets serious and throws off his shirt, at Stunt! Luchasaurus tags in, Omega cools off and tags Matt in. Matt circles with Luchasaurus, dodges a boot and fires off fast hands! Luchasaurus throws Matt to a corner. Matt dodges and ducks and comes back, for a FLAPJACK! To spinning BUZZSAW! Cover, TWO! Luchasaurus facelocks, drags Matt over to the corner and Stunt tags in. Stunt tags JB and Jurassic Express throws Stunt around as the human weapon, wheelbarrow inverted and assisted DDT!
JB takes out Omega and Nick while Stunt kips up! JB slides, wheelbarrow arm-drag to Matt! Matt hobbles around the way, Stunt CANNONBALL RANAS! The crowd fires up as Stunt flosses, but Nick PEANLTY KICKS him down! Then SUPERKICKS JB! Luchasaurus BOOTS Nick but Omega full nelsons. Luchasauurs breaks free, but runs into a dropkick! Omega fires up and the Terminator drums begin! The Bucks hold Jurassic Express in place. Omega runs and FLIES! Direct hit takes out JB and Luchasaurus! The crowd is fired up with The Elite and “A E DUB!” The Elite regroup at the corner as AEW goes picture in picture, #JurassicElite.
Omega has JB in a dead lift gut wrench for a WILY BOMB! Cover, TWO!! JB survives and Omega is frustrated already. Tag to Matt and he circles JB. Matt brings JB up, reels him in, and puts on out as he lifts. Buckle bomb enziguri combo! Matt then hits Stunt and Luchasaurus to go corner to corner, CANNONBALL enziguri combo! Matt talks some smack to Luchasaurus before he brings JB up. Matt snapmares JB down, tags in Nick, Nick slingshot sentons onto JB! Tag to Omega and Omega drags JB up. JB hits back but Omega clubs him down then brings him around fore a fireman’s carry. “YOU! CAN’T! ESCAPE!” Rolling senton hits, moonsault hits knees! Both men are down as the crowd fires up!
Nick kicks Stunt off the apron and Matt trips up Luchasaurus! SUPERKICK for Luchasaurus! Omega drags JB up and around to whip, JB swings the lariat but Omega ducks and runs to LARIAT back! Omega tags Matt and he drags JB around to a chinlock. Matt leans on JB but JB endures. The crowd rallies up, JB fights up and out. JB runs but into Nick’s kick. JB DECKS Nick but Matt throat chops him! Matt whips., JB use Matt to go up and huricanrana Nick off the apron! Omega CLUBS JB and whips him into barriers, but JB comes back to LARIAT! JB shoulders into Matt, slingshot springboards and DDT’S! JB and the Elite are down, and Luchasaurus is on the corner! Hot tags to Nick and Luchasaurus!
Luchasaurus CLOBBERS Nick, boots Matt and BOOTS him again! Choke grip for Nick, SUPERKICK for Omega! CHOPS all around, and a lariat for Matt! Nick staggers into a choke grip but Matt saves him from the choke slam! Luchasaurus handsprings under the Double Superkicks! Luchasauurs TAIL WHIPS Nick, ROUNDHOUSES Matt, then choke grips Nick for the SLAM! Standing moonsault! Cover, Omega breaks it! Hangman is still watching and still drinking, and FTR join him? They want to have a good drink while watching some good action. Omega and Luchasaurus throw haymakers back and forth, faster and faster! Omega gets the edge, runs, spins, into a HEADBUTT!
Luchasaurus scoops but Omega slips out to V-TRIGGER! Luchasaurus stays up? He blocks one, but not the third V-TRIGGER! Omega full nelsons to SNAP DRAGON SUPLEX! Stunt leaps in, to get a SNAP DRAGON! JB runs in, to a SNAP DRAGON! Everyone gets Snap Dragon! Omega takes aim, runs and gets a back elbow from Luchasaurus. Stunt get a hand up and in to FLYING HURICANRANA! Luchasaurus scoops Omega to the gut wrench, JURASSIC CUTTER! Cover, the Bucks break it!! The Bucks brawl with JB and Stunt, drag them out, and bump them off the apron. Luchasaurus aims, Tail Whip misses, DOUBLE SUPERKICKS hit! The Elite hurry to combine for a TRIPLE PILEDRIVER! Cover, TWO!!
The Elite can’t believe this but the crowd says “This is Awesome!” Hot tags to Nick and Stunt, and Nick picks Stunt up to ram into a corner! Forearm, enziguri and then hoist to the top rope, Nick climbs up but Stunt shoves him down. Nick clubs back, jumps up but Stunt body shots first. Stunt adjusts, Nick CHOPS, but JB helps out. JB gets up and SUPER STEINERS Nick down! Stunt hits a 450 splash!! Cover, Matt breaks it! Matt throws JB out, then throws Stunt. Stunt wipes out Jurassic Express, Nick tags in Matt. Luchasaurus grabs both Bucks, HEADBUTTS Nick then brings Matt up! Matt fights back, JB gives Stunt a boost, JURASSIC DESTROYER FOR MATT!! Cover, but Omega and Nick break it!
Omega tags in and drags Stunt up. Stunt fires off fast hands but Omega gets around, SNAP DRAGON!! Stunt flounders to his feet, for a BOOT! Omega takes aim, says BANG, but Luchasaurus shields Stunt? SO he gets the V-Trigger! Stunt get a V-TRIGGER! Omega clubs JB, drags Stunt up and in, Electric Chair lift for the- NO! Stunt slips out, rolls Omega and bridges, TWO!!! V-TRIGGER!! Electric Chair, ONE WINGED ANGEL!! Cover, The Elite wins!
Winners: The Elite, by pinfall
The Cleaner puts an exclamation point of his own on that victory, but he does shake hands with the unconscious Stunt. To then rain down rights?! The Bucks stop Omega but Omega doesn’t understand what he did wrong. Jericho loves it! Omega checks on Matt and wants to check on Stunt but Jurassic Express keeps him away. Is there something happening in Omega’s mind no one can understand?
Backstage interview with Hikaru Shida.
The AEW Women’s World Champion is in a unique situation. Four out of the five top contenders are unable to compete for various reasons! Is Shida ready to give Nyla that rematch? Well yeah, always ready. But it doesn’t have to be her. The roster is a bit depleted right now, so anyone can challenge Shida. If you think you’re tough enough and have the passion, find Shida. She’s waiting. Will someone step up to this open challenge? Or will Nyla storm her way to the front of the line and get her rematch?
AEW hears from Jon Moxley.
“For the last several weeks, I’ve not been the best for yours truly, and I’ve been pissed off and bent out of shape for a great many things!” But tonight, Moxley gets to purge all that frustration, hit and get hit, feel the adrenaline, live on the edge of a lightning bolt, and defend his AEW World Championship! You can’t take anything for granted. Tonight they fight for the fallen. Friends, loved ones, heroes, the people we care about. Moxley has a hell of a challenger in The Machine, Brian Cage. Now according to #TechniqueByTaz, Mox won’t be able to hit Cage with the Paradigm Shift because Cage is just too big and strong. Well okay, Moxley won’t worry about that. Moxley will rip Cage’s biceps in two.
Taz remembers the recently repaired biceps that kept Cage on the shelf for months, right? Mox promises to rip it clean off the bone! “Enjoy the hospital.” Will the Maniac break the Machine in this long-awaited title match?
The Nightmare Sisters VS Kenzie Paige & MJ Jenkins!
Brandi Rhodes and Allie have been at odds in the past, but it seems bygones are bygones. This uneasy alliance is 3-0 and now make an official Dynamite debut! Allie wants the spotlight for the sake of her cutie, QT, but will she settle for sharing it? Or will this team fall apart before our eyes?
The teams sort out, Brandi starts against #TheRealMeanGirl. They tie up, Kenzie headlocks but Brandi powers out. Brandi follows and BOOTS Kenzie down! Brandi throws forearms, whips Kenzie to the corner then hits a back elbow. Tag to Allie, Brandi snapmare rolls Kenzie to SUPERKICK her down! Allie runs to sliding lariat! Allie takes a bow before she drags Kenzie up for knees. The crowed cheers as Allie runs, Brandi tags in and Allie knee lifts Kenzie for Brandi to SUPERKICK! Allie gets upset, she didn’t know that tag was coming. Brandi brings Kenzie up but Kenzie throws forearms back! Kenzie whips, Brandi ducks and dodges to SLING BLADE!
Tags to Allie and MJ, but Allie rallies on the younger wrestlers! Allie kicks low and references Dustin with “Not Today!” before she SLAPS MJ! Allie runs and bulldogs MJ down! Brandi intercepts Kenzie with a SPEAR! Allie drags MJ up, but MJ knees low and scoops. Allie slips out, dragon sleeper, blows a kiss for QT to the elbow drop DDT! Cover, Nightmare Sisters win!
Winners: The Nightmare Sisters, by pinfall
Fast and furious, Allie and Brandi make good on this dysfunctional alliance! Will these two rise up to the top of the AEW Women’s Division together?
Nyla Rose is here!
The Native Beast is back, and Dasha is in the ring to conduct this exclusive in-ring interview. We know from last week, the former champion, Nyla, announced she was hiring a manager. Are we learning who that is this week? Wow, after “rubbing salt in the wound” about her being a former champion that she’d give us privileged, sensitive information? Nyla is not telling any of us anything yet. Because the manager will speak for themselves. The manager of the Native Beast is… “The Cougar,” VICKIE GUERRERO! “Excuuuuse meee!!” Yes, THAT Vickie is here! She is officially part of AEW, but she is NOT going to tell us about the strategy she has planned for Nyla. But when they are ready to go after the women’s title, “it will be the perfect time.”
And now that it is official, Vickie has a message for the women’s locker room. “From this moment on, ladies, I am begging you to stop lying to yourselves about how great you are.” You must admit that you are not smart enough to cheat to win. And lastly, Nyla is going to steal every opportunity they have ever dreamed of! Vickie’s evil laugh returns, but will she be the key to Nyla returning to the top?
AEW has another big episode planned next week!
For starters, another AEW TNT Championship defense is coming! Who steps up to take on Cody Rhodes after seeing how vicious he was with Sonny Kiss? Hangman Page is in singles competition against The Dark Order’s Number 5, aka Alan Angels, and Brodie Lee will be by his side. Will the Cowboy be able to do some #CowboyShit with The Exalted One watching? AEW has a new signee in the Women’s Division as IVELISSE will debut against Diamante! Will the Baddest Bitch #Bow2None? MJF is back in action, will he keep that undefeated streak going? And while FTR and Lucha Brothers had their 2v2, it’s time for The Bucks and the mercs to do the same! Will Matt & Nick Jackson still be standing when they take on The Butcher & The Blade in FALLS COUNT ANYWHERE?
Plus, after the laughter had at Jericho’s expense, he and Big Hurt, Jake Hager, take on Jurassic Express’ Jungle Boy and Luchasaurus! Will Le Champion get another win to keep his status as #DemoGod?
AEW World Championship: Jon Moxley VS Brian Cage w/ Taz!
“Who can stop the Path of Cage?” The Machine is still FTW Champion after actually putting that title on the line as part of AEW Dark, and demands it be announced as such. Justin Roberts gives him that intro, but will Cage add an official AEW title to his resume? We find out after the break.
AEW returns and Taz has the mic. “So we are moments away from Brian Cage getting the opportunity that he earned. An opportunity at the AEW World Championship.” Moxley was chirping earlier some “propaganda bullsh*t” about the Machine not being 100%. Oh please. While Mox was quarantining with the wifey, Cage was wrestling on a regular schedule and training his ass off. So enough talk! Mox, come on down and bring that pretty AEW world title. Moxley makes his entrance from the stairs way behind the stands, sporting a Danny Havoc shirt to pay tribute to one of the fallen he spoke of. The second Moxley gets in the ring, Cage swings on him! Moxley hits back and the bell rings to put this on record!
Cage throws Moxley to a corner, Moxley dodges and throws fast hands back. Moxley whips, runs in but Cage clobbers him first! The crowd boos but Cage drags Moxley up to ram him into a corner! Cage rams Moxley with his shoulder, then throws point blank clotheslines! He reels Mox out to CLOBBER again! “Who better than Cage?!” The crowd boos but Moxley goes after the arm! Cage powers him off, scoops him for a few curls, then FALL AWAY SLAMS him! Cage stalks Moxley, brings him up and whips him to a corner. Cage runs corner to corner, BIG uppercut and an enziguri! Moxley holds ropes to avoid the suplex and then elbows back. Moxley BOOTS Cage, hops up and leaps to missile dropkick!
Moxley throws off the shirt and stalks Cage to the apron. Moxley has the arm in the ropes, to SNAP against those ropes! Cage writhes and Moxley goes after the arm more, throwing it on the mat. Moxley jams the arm and drags Cage up to wrench and shoulder breaker. Moxley snapmares, runs and Penalty Kicks! Cover, ONE, but Moxley goes for the armbar! Cage rolls to ground ‘n’ pound back! Cage lets up, drags Moxley backup, and SAIDO SUPLEXES! Cage drags Moxley around, brings him up, but Moxley blocks the suplex to wrench and hotshot the arm! Moxley POSTS Cage and Cage falls to the floor!
Taz checks on Cage but Cage gets up. Moxley takes aim, builds speed and DIVES! The tope rams Cage to the barriers! Moxley has a wristlock but Cage throws Moxley into barriers. Cage drags Moxley up and past barriers to throw him into the railing by the bleachers! Cage CHOPS Moxley, then brings him back around. Moxley throws forearms and CHOPS back, then puts the arm through the railing gap! The ref reprimands, but Moxley BOOTS the arm! Cage clutches that arm while Moxley rearranges some barriers. Moxley leans one against the apron and brings Cage over. Moxley wants to suplex but Cage blocks and turns it around. Moxley blocks and turns it around, to underhook! Cage switches out, to GERMAN SUPLEX Moxley onto the railing! Moxley is down as AEW goes picture in picture, #MOXLEYvsMACHINE.
Cage drags the dazed Moxley up and scoops him, to slam him back onto the railing! The railing is bent but Cage won’t let up on Moxley. Cage puts him in the ring, pushes the bent steel aside, and covers. TWO, but Cage keeps his cool. Cage drags Moxley up, throws forearms but Moxley ducks to get a sleeper hold! Moxley squeezes tight, Cage fades, but then he powers up to lift Mox as a backpack! Cage RAMS Moxley into buckles, then throws big haymakers! Moxley wobbles and Cage stands on his head at the ropes! The ref counts, Cage stops at 4, but Cage drags Moxley up to wrench to a back suplex! Cover, TWO!
Cage grows annoyed with Moxley and chokes him at the ropes! The ref counts, Cage lets up at 4 again but Taz argues with the ref. That keeps the ref from seeing Cage kick the ropes to jam Moxley’s throat! Cage stalks Moxley and whips him to a corner hard! Moxley drops to the mat, Cage is on him with a half camel clutch. Cage digs that knee into Mox’s back, but Moxley fights his way up. Cage knees him in the back, then torture rack lifts! Cage carries Moxley around as AEW returns to single picture. Moxley endures being bent and stretched like that but the crowd rallies up for him. Moxley fights out but Cage makes it a neckbreaker! Cover, TWO!
Cage keeps on Moxley with a full camel clutch this time. The crowd rallies again as Moxley endures. Moxley gets his arms free, fights his way up, and throws body shots! Moxley runs, but into Cage’s elbow! Cage sees Mox on the apron and knocks him off! Mox hits barriers and Cage catches his breath. Cage goes out to stalk Moxley, Moxley leans on a chair, and Moxley kicks Cage back! Mox brings Cage over, but Cage turns things around to snap suplex Moxley onto the chair! How much steel must Moxley’s back take? Cage drags Moxley up and into the ring and Taz fist bumps his Machine. Cage stalks Moxley while Taz shows off the bent chair as a trophy. But Moxley cradle counters, TWO!!
Moxley baits Cage into a corner and POSTS him! Roll up, TWO! Moxley ROCKS Cage with big forearms! Cage stays up, and spinning powerslams Mox! Then he MOONSAULTS from the corner, but he FLOPS! Moxley runs and KNEES Cage down! Cage staggers up, Moxley runs to knee Cage again! Cage wobbles so Moxley knees him again! But Cage LARIATS right back! Mox gets up!? And Mox LARIATS Cage back! Moxley grabs Cage, but Cage slips out to jump and knee! Cage spins, but Moxley spins him more, PARADIGM SHIFT!! He actually hit it! Cover, TWO!?! Cage survives the finisher Taz said Mox couldn’t hit! “This is Awesome!” but Taz is very worried for his Machine.
Moxley aims at Cage in a corner, runs in to corner clothesline and then hoist Cage up top. Moxley climbs to join Cage, but Cage resists the superplex. Moxley still gets the SUPERPLEX from the second rope! Cover, TWO, into the KIMURA! Cage endures, powers up, scoops Mox with one arm to BUCKLE BOMB him! Moxley flops to the apron but Cage climbs up. Cage brings Moxley up for a DEAD LIFT SUPERPLEX! Taz likes this and coaches Cage to cover. Cage doesn’t want that, he wants to end it! Cage reels Moxley in, suplexes, but Moxley slips out to roll up and roll again, ARMBAR! Cage resists with pure power!
Moxley kicks and stomps Cage’s head but Cage keeps his grip! Moxley pries at that grip, gets the fingers and bends them! He has the armbar! Taz shouts at Cage, Cage turns over but Moxley shifts position! It’s part Fujiwara, but Cage endures and moves, only for Moxley to get the other arm! He shifts to put THAT arm in the armbar! Cage endures all over again, Taz shouts at Moxley, but Cage turns over. Moxley makes it a mounted armbar and flips Taz off! Cage endures, Taz has a towel… Taz throws in the towel?!
Winner: Jon Moxley, by forfeit (still AEW World Champion)
Taz didn’t want Cage to be broken after coming back so soon. The FTW Champion brings his own belt up to CLOBBER Moxley! Cage rains down furious rights on Moxley, then both arms! The lights go out?! And when they come back up… DARBY ALLIN leaps from the top rope! SKATEBOARD ATTACK! The undead underdog wants his revenge for Double Or Nothing! Taz tries to get Cage to head out, not wanting another brutal fight so soon. Cage isn’t so easily convinced but referees and security being in his way is enough. Will Darby get that payback on Cage? What will it take for someone to take #BigPlatinum from Moxley?
Another incredible episode for an incredible three week streak! We got some intrigue right away with Cody wrestling a much more brutal match against Sonny Kiss. I suppose they’re trying to show Cody is feeling the pressure of this workhorse schedule already, but again it’s a matter of pacing with his storytelling. I would’ve made Cody get anxious and edgy like this a few weeks from now. He should ride a bit high but as we start building towards All Out, the pressure starts mounting so that Cody will be obsessed with returning to what is essentially the third anniversary of this brand’s inception. Tully’s interest in Cody’s match, as well as FTR’s, furthers the rumors (not intentional) that AEW will create their own take on The Four Horsemen with those three and Shawn Spears as the four. Not a bad idea, but we’ll have to wait and see.
FTR VS Lucha Brothers was incredible stuff, especially with Dax’s chest bleeding very early into the match. The Butcher and Blade being ringside of course cued The Bucks showing up to get back at them. I didn’t see Omega’s part coming, though I swear I spotted him at the end of the 8 Man Tag for Fyter Fest and he had the same cooler. Maybe that part got cut for time considerations and they managed to make up for it here. Either way, great stuff, especially with FTR hanging out with Hangman and Omega more or less snapping on Marko Stunt. That Six Man was incredible, definitely proof AEW can do a Trios Division, but what a twist if Omega was the one to turn Heel and therefore turn on Hangman and the others.
Hikaru Shida unofficially issuing an open challenge was an interesting move. Granted, it does seem there are reasons Nyla is the only contender standing, and yet she also wants to take her time getting back with the help of her new manager. I should have felt Vickie Guerrero becoming that manager, she is too good to pass up. The Nightmare Sisters have another win over random teams that are mostly jobbers. I think they are waiting for QT to return if there is going to be a betrayal by Allie, if that’s happening at all. The women’s division is also growing stronger with Diamante moving up from Dark and Ivelisse joining the roster! Those two were hanging out in the crowd so don’t be surprised if they become a duo, too. AEW Women’s Tag titles as part of year two?
I love everything with Orange Cassidy, Chris Jericho and that HUGE amount of orange juice dumped on him! Jericho is amazing at being dramatic, just saying stuff about Cassidy and Jurassic Express and so on. Jericho VS Cassidy II will be an incredible match, and I feel like Cassidy wins the rematch, because that’s half the reason to have one. Then the tiebreaker could even act as an unofficial contender’s match, depending on who is holding what. Cody defending his TNT Championship against either would make for a great All Out match.
Moxley VS Cage was a great main event, and while it felt a given that Moxley would win, I was surprised by Taz throwing in the towel. It was quite the surprise for Darby to show up, especially with full on Undertaker/Bray Wyatt lights off then on treatment. As I said for Dark, maybe Darby challenges for the FTW Championship since Cage and Taz are at least treating it as a title for AEW. I don’t think Darby wins that, but I’m still waiting for him and Moxley to further an alliance. Death Riders with Moxley, Darby and NJPW’s “Shooter” Shota Umino to give continuity to Moxley’s career between the two companies!
My Score: 9.4/10