It’s AEW Tag Team Appreciation Night!
AEW celebrates tag team wrestling with FTR hosting Dynamite! Plus, the AEW World Tag Team Championships are on the line!
- The Young Bucks VS The Dark Order’s Evil Uno & Stu Grayson; The Young Bucks win.
- AEW TNT Championship: Cody Rhodes VS Scorpio Sky; Cody wins and retains the AEW TNT Championship.
- AEW World Tag Team Championships: Hangman Page & Kenny Omega VS Jurassic Express; Hangman & Omega win and retain the AEW World Tag Team Division.
- Hikaru Shida VS Heather Monroe; Shida wins.
- $7000 Obligation Match: Chris Jericho VS Orange Cassidy; Cassidy wins and does NOT have to pay Jericho $7000.
PLAY BY PLAY
The Young Bucks VS The Dark Order’s Evil Uno & Stu Grayson!
Matt and Nick Jackson didn’t appreciate how The Dark Order handled business in last week’s massive 12 Man Tag match, so they’re going to bring things down to a 2v2 level. Will Uno and Stu be forced to join the Superkick Party?
But before even hitting the ring, the Bucks have to fight off Numbers 3, 4 and 5! The Beaver Boys and Alan Angels are all over Matt and Nick! They club Matt down then mug Nick to kick away, and BOOT him down the ramp! The crowd and limited fans boo, but Uno and Stu come out to commend their comrades. Stu and Uno dump Nick into the ring and this match begins!
Uno drags Nick up to throw haymakers, then bump him off buckles. Tag to Stu and they stomp away on Nick. The ref reprimands and counts but Uno lets up to exit. Stu bumps Nick off buckles, CHOPS him, then brings him back over. Nick jawbreakers free and runs, but Uno dumps him out! The Numbers swarm and whip Nick into a wall! But Matt FLIES off the stage to wipe the Numbers out! Stu DIVES into Matt! Nick is in the ring, Uno clobbers him and covers, TWO! Uno throws haymakers, whips Nick to the corner then tags in Stu. Stu whips Uno in to corner uppercut, then feeds him to Stu’s uppercut. Uno scoops and slams Nick next to Stu’s knee. The Dark Order pose then Stu covers, TWO!
Stu keeps on Nick with a snapmare, runs and Penalty Kicks Nick down! The crowd rallies for Nick but Stu tags Uno back in. Uno CHOPS Nick in the corner, tags Stu back in, and Uno whips Stu in, into a boot! Nick boots Uno, too, but swings into a back suplex. Nick lands on his feet, Stu tries but Nick lands on his feet again! Hot tag to Matt! Matt climbs up and crossbodies both Uno and Stu down! Matt rallies with fast hands but Stu kicks low. Stu and Uno double whip, Matt dodges and double LARIATS! Matt keeps going as he brings Stu up and tags in Nick. The bucks double wrench, double CHOP and double whip to double elbow. They drop the splash and the fist, then they catch Uno with kicks. Gutbuster to neckbreaker backbreaker!
Uno bails out, Stu runs into an elbow from Nick. Nick goes up and leaps to arm-drag! Nick mule kicks, sweeps the legs, then tags in Matt. Stu dropkicks Nick’s legs out, kips up and handsprings to dropkick both bucks! Stu urenages but Matt arm-drags out! Stu tags Uno, fakes Matt out, and Uno catches Matt for a GERMAN SUPLEX! Uno drops a leg, brother, and covers, TWO! Uno complains about the count but he keeps on Matt with a CHOP. The crowd rallies up as Uno wrenches and hits a snapmare style neckbreaker! Tag to Stu while Matt bails out to the apron. Stu hits the senton atomico on that apron!
Stu stays between Matt and his corner to then choke Matt on ropes! The ref counts, Stu lets up, but Stu drags Matt up to feed him to Uno’s boot. Tag to Uno, the Dark Order OG CLAW Matt’s back! Uno drags Matt up but Matt throws haymakers back! Uno throat chops! Matt gasps while Uno undoes his wrist tape. The ref takes that tape away so Uno pokes Matt’s eyes! Tag to Stu, Stu keeps between the Bucks and toys with Matt. Matt hits back with body shots and haymakers, but Stu dropkicks him out! Stu argues with the ref but Uno uses that distraction to RAM Matt into the apron! Uno puts Matt in, Stu covers, TWO!
Stu keeps on Matt with knees and a rain of right hands. The crowd continues to rally as Stu drags Matt up. Uno tags in, Uno headbutts Matt’s back, then brings Matt up to CHOP him again. Matt throws haymakers, Uno CHOPS, repeat! Uno rakes Matt’s eyes to put him in the corner, but lets up at 4. Stu holds Matt but Matt fights free! Matt rocks Stu then throw haymakers on Uno. Uno shoves, Stu trips and drags Matt out, but Matt POSTS Stu first! The Numbers freak out, and then surround Matt. Matt goes UNDER the ring! And pops out the side! Matt almost makes it but Uno brings him away! Uno gives the ref Matt’s foot to then hit a neckbreaker! Uno taunts Nick as he whips Matt away. Matt comes back to SPEAR Uno down!
The crowd rallies as Matt and Uno crawl, Stu tags in but Nick avoids the attack. Matt throws haymakers, but Uno BOOTS Matt down! The ref reprimands but it’s within the 10 count. Uno pops Matt up for Stu’s Electric Chair, but Matt POISON-RANAS! Hot tag to Nick! Nick rallies with his favorite combination of kicks! He shining wizards Uno, then hits the bulldog clothesline combo! “Best comeback in the business!” Nick shoulders Uno, slingshots and facebusters! Then he cartwheel moonsaults, but Stu catches him! Stu tries to lawn dart Nick but Nick slips off and shoves Stu into the crowd of AEW wrestlers! Stu avoids crashing into Luther, Serpentico and The Hybrid2 while Nick SUPERKICKS Uno on the apron! Nick sees Stu flying in to SUPERKICK him out of the air!!
Nick goes back to the ring, tags in Matt, and the Bucks have Uno. Uno fires off forearms but he runs into a trip and a basement dropkick! The crowd fires up as the Bucks coordinate, springboard splash and moonsault, the Risky Business! Cover, TWO! Uno survives but Matt keeps his cool as he drags Uno up. Matt puts Uno in the ropes and holds him, for Nick to triangle SWANTON! Cover, ROPEBREAK! Matt grows frustrated but the crowd still rallies. Tag to Nick, the Bucks double whip Uno, but Stu saves him from the kicks. Uno elbows and boots back, Stu slingshots and steps over Uno to RANA Matt! Nick staggers into a shove, KNEE and kangaroo boost! “GET OVER HERE!” OVERHEAD suplex sends Nick onto Matt!
The Dark Order coordinate, YIN ‘N’ YANG, the 450 and CANNONBALL! Cover on Nick, TWO!! Nick survives and keeps the Bucks alive in the match, to the shock of the Dark Order! Uno coordinates things and tags back in. Uno and Stu have Nick, suplex but Nick slips out! Nick shoves Uno, Stu leap frogs, Uno tries again, ROUNDHOUSE BRAIN BUSTER! Cover, but Matt breaks it! They forgot about the other Buck, but Stu tags back in to clobber him! Stu drags Matt up to dump out ramp side. Stu pursues, and he throws Matt further down into the tunnel. The Numbers stand in Matt’s way while Stu tags Uno. The Dark Order brings Nick up, Gory Especial, FATALITY DENIED! Nick sunset flips Uno, The Bucks win!!
Winners: The Young Bucks, by pinfall
By the skin of their teeth, Matt and Nick snatch victory from the jaws of defeat! The Dark Order can’t stop the Bucks, will Matt and Nick head back to the AEW World Tag Team Championship picture?
Wardlow knocks on MJF’s door.
MJF comes out, gets his gum, and this new gum guy is good. Nina takes credit for the hire, but MJF says she needs to speak when spoken. Other than that, great job. MJF keeps Lee Johnson from getting ahead of him, only MJF gets the spotlight. Will MJF have more platitudes to share on his road to All Out?
AEW stars share their favorite tag teams of all time!
The World Tag Team Champions, Kenny Omega and Hangman Page, share theirs first. Omega’s says The Young Bucks. Just look at all they’ve done! Hangman was going to say himself and Omega. Well, okay, but technically they’re still just two singles guys in a team. But The Bucks have done so much for pro-wrestling and tag team wrestling. “They reinvented tag team wrestling. They’re the gods of tag team wrestling.” But will Omega see himself and Hangman in a better light after defending their titles tonight?
MJF heads to the ring.
Maxwell Jacob Friedman leads the way as he and his campaign staff walk out on stage. We’ll hear from the 2020 championship hopeful after the break.
AEW returns as MJF stands at his podium. “Thank you, thank you,” he says to the booing crowds. Before he starts, he wants to implore us again in using #MJF2020 and #NotMyChampion on social media. Now, MJF has some interesting stats- Wait. Nina! SMILE!! Nina nods and smiles, and MJF feels better. Isn’t she a kidder? She’s just the best. But moving on, his assistant will show us the great polling numbers. MJF has 500% of the vote while Moxley has NEGATIVE 1000%, as if that’s all even possible. “You gotta love it.” The numbers don’t lie and neither does he. But we’re not here to talk numbers, no. There are much more important things. MJF might get emotional because he cares about our well-being. AEW Faithful, he mourns for your belief in Moxley, because today it dies.
Dictator Jon has made it clear, he doesn’t care about you. Otherwise, he’d be here tonight. But MJF is here. MJF will always be here, and that is a promise as your candidate. MJF is man enough to admit he has to take responsibility for Moxley’s absence. Dictator Jon isn’t here because he is afraid. He’s afraid of change and of MJF. It is perfectly understandable. Dictator Jon is in unfamiliar territory, because he doesn’t know how to handle someone with more talent than him. And he definitely doesn’t know how to deal with a pro-wrestler who won’t just look up at the lights for him. But because MJF cares about the fans who want him here, MJF wants Moxley to feel comfortable enough to show up tonight.
Therefore, MJF has his people move his podium so that he can lie down. “This better, Jon?” Is he in his comfort zone yet? The sad thing, “Jonathan,” is that MJF didn’t start this to have beef with Moxley, or a rivalry. MJF started this campaign because the company deserves quality. Moxley is a great wrestler, but he’s not a leader. Moxley is a dog. “A rabid dog chasing cars. You wouldn’t even know what to do with one if you caught it!” But there in lies the issue. Moxley has caught it. Moxley has the finest car, “Pretty Platinum,” the AEW World Championship. But if Moxley wants to prove MJF wrong, perhaps he should hand the keys over. Give them to a real leader. Why wait until All Out? Give the keys over to someone who is better than you, and you know it. “Fork the keys over, to me.” Because Mox knows, MJF knows, and the fans all know, that #WeDeserveBetter!
But wait! Moxley IS here! MJF knows Moxley comes in from the bleachers so MJF sends Wardlow and his men up there. MJF wants them to get “that idiot,” but MJF is the idiot, because Moxley actually did come out from the entry way! Moxley storms down the ramp to CLOBBER MJF! Moxley mugs MJF and throws him into his own podium! And then hits a PARADIGM SHIFT!! The crowd loves Moxley for laying MJF out and breaking the podium as he leaves! “Don’t you think for one second that makes us even! No not even close!” After what MJF did last week, he and Moxley won’t be even until All Out! Moxley will teach MJF a painful lesson in humility, and that this will be a very bitter pill for him to swallow! MJF clutches his neck and claims he can’t get up on his own. Will he rethink his smear campaign of The Maniac?
Backstage interview with Matt Hardy!
Hardy has a huge bandage on his head given the big gash Sammy Guevara gave him last week. Hardy is going to come back after waiting another 10 days. He’s alive because he doesn’t die. Hardy has seen red for all seven days, and will until he gets to make Sammy bleed just as much as he did! 10 days is just enough time for a very special Saturday Night Dynamite! Hardy is going to kick Sammy’s “weird little ass!” Tempers are flaring tonight, management wants Hardy to go home, but Hardy will not until he’s found Sammy! Sammy is “an obnoxious ant that needs to be squashed!” Hardy’s rage and fury will end Sammy! Is Hardy okay?
Hardy finds someone in a jacket and hat and thinks it’s Sammy! Hardy attacks, and it was just referee Mike Posey! Will Matt Hardy see clearly after he finally gets his hands on the Spanish God?
AEW TNT Championship: Cody Rhodes VS Scorpio Sky!
The American Nightmare is willing to take on all comers, and SoCal Uncensored’s Closer wants his! Will Scorpio #ReachForTheSky and grab the gold?
AEW returns and gold is the right word, as the TNT Championship finally has its complete plating! The Nightmare Family follows Cody out, from Coach Arn Anderson to Dustin Rhodes, QT Marshall, Brandi Rhodes, and even QT’s girlfriend, Allie! The introductions are made, the shining title is raised, and this already incredible match begins!
Scorpio and Cody circle, give a fist bump of respect then tie up. Cody puts Scorpio in a corner but Scorpio pushes and headlocks to a takeover. Cody headscissors, Scorpio pops out, roles reverse as Cody headlock takeovers and Scorpio headscissors. Cody pops out, roles reverse back the other way and Scorpio denies the headscissors this time. Cody fights up, grabs a leg but Scorpio grinds the hold. Cody powers out but Scorpio runs him over. Things speed up. Cody hurdles, Scorpio hurdles, then Scorpio ducks the crossbody to send Cody tumbling out! Cody catches his breath, and Scorpio holds the ropes open. Cody goes up but then Scorpio ditches him. Cody gets in without letting that upset him, and the two go again.
Scorpio headlocks, Cody powers out, they collide but neither falls. Cody double guns so Scorpio runs. Cody hip tosses, Scorpio blocks and reverses but Cody blocks that hip toss back. Cody hip tosses Scorpio OUT of the ring! Scorpio manages to save himself from a horrible landing but now Cody gives back the rope holding. Cody waits but Scorpio flat out refuses. Scorpio slides in, he and Cody circle again. They tie up with knuckle locks but Scorpio kicks low! Cody staggers from the banged up ribs, but Scorpio whips him. Cody ducks, dodges and ducks again, into a kick! But Cody powers through to clothesline Scorpio and himself out! Cody and Scorpio get up and start brawling! Scorpio blocks an apron bump to give it, then throws body shots!
Cody ROCKS Scorpio back, clubs him, but the ring count climbs! Both men get in at 9! Cody kicks and uppercuts, but Scorpio puts him in a corner. Scorpio knees away then backs off to run in. Cody goes up and over, and catches Scorpio for a spinning powerslam! Cover, TWO, and AEW goes picture in picture, #NightmareSky.
Cody keeps his cool despite the pain in his ribs. He gets up and poses for the crowd. Scorpio gets out of the ring, Cody pursues out the side, and throws body shots in return for earlier. Cody puts Scorpio in, wrenches and arm-drags, then clamps on with a mounted wristlock. Scorpio endures but Cody hammerlocks the arm to STOMP! Cody then KICKS Scorpio in the head, covers, TWO! Cody keeps his cool again as he fires up the crowd. Scorpio sits up, Cody stands him up and puts him in a corner. Cody CHOPS, but then Scorpio CHOPS back! And CHOPS again! Scorpio follows Cody but Cody body shots! Cody trips Scorpio, goes after the arm again but Scorpio keeps his shoulders up.
Cody brings Scorpio up to wrench, twist the wrist and hit a shoulder breaker! Scorpio drops to his knees while Cody blows a kiss to the crowd. Cody ROCKS Scorpio with a right, brings him up and suplexes, to hold him up for a count of 10, GOURD BUSTER! Cody winces, his ribs bothering him. He still drops knees on Scorpio’s back and pulls on the legs. Cody brings Scorpio into a Bow ‘n’ Arrow as AEW returns to single picture. Scorpio endures as the crowd rallies, and Scorpio pops out to a cover! TWO, but Cody walks into a body shot! Scorpio whips Cody corner to corner but Cody goes up and over to sunset flip! TWO, and Scorpio dodges to flapjack hotshot Cody’s ribs on the ropes! Cody writhes but he won’t let this stop him.
Scorpio hurries after Cody to hoist Cody up top. Scorpio CLUBS Cody’s back and has him in a Tree of Woe. Scorpio stomps away but lets up at the ref’s count. Cody flops out of the Tree, but Scorpio goes out to YANK him into the post! The ref reprimands but the damage is done. Cody gasps as Scorpio slides in. Scorpio watches Cody rise and he kicks the bad ribs. Scorpio shoves and catches Cody into a cobra twist! Cody endures as Scorpio twists and stretches the torso! Cody pries a leg off and hip tosses free! Scorpio gets up, Cody runs in but Scorpio sends him out! Cody lands on his feet on the ramp, but Scorpio shoulders, then SLINGSHOT CUTTERS Cody to the ramp! Brandi is worried as Scorpio puts Cody in and covers, TWO!!
Scorpio grits his teeth while he and Cody slowly sit up. The crowd rallies up, Scorpio is on Cody first and fisherman scoops. The back gives out, Cody hoists Scorpio up top! Cody ROCKS Scorpio with an uppercut, then climbs up to join him. Cody wants and gets the SUPERPLEX! But Scorpio cradle counters! TWO!! Scorpio swings, Cody dodges. Cody swings, Scorpio dodges! Scorpio fireman’s carries, TK- NO! Cody slips out, CROSS RHODES!! Cover, TWO!?! Scorpio survives and no one can believe it!! The crowd is loving “A E DUB!” as Cody gets back to his feet. Cody drags Scorpio back up, gut wrenches, but Scorpio tips the scales! Cody slips out, but runs into a COMPLETE SHOT!! Cover, TWO!!
The crowd rallies up as Scorpio thinks what he has to do. Cody clutches the ribs as he crawls to ropes. Scorpio goes out to the apron to bring Cody up. Scorpio slingshots but Cody denies the cutter! Cody has a SECOND CROSS RHODES!! Cover, Cody wins!
Winner: Cody Rhodes, by pinfall (still AEW TNT Champion)
The American Nightmare won out against the Closer, but Scorpio did win his respect. But wait, there’s a message on the titantron from… Mr. Brodie Lee?! “They say that history is written by the winners.” On Saturday, August 22nd, Brodie Lee writes a very important piece of AEW History. Did Cody think that his transgression against The Dark Order would go unpunished? The Elite has been dispatched! And soon, Cody will put respect on Brodie’s name! Cody will put respect on the Dark Order’s name! Brodie takes that brand new piece of gold out of Cody’s hand, and will give Cody the old one back! Does The Exalted One believe he will end the American Nightmare and become THE TNT Champion?
More AEW stars name favorite tag teams!
Private Party shares theirs, and they both agree it’s the Hardy Boys! They were doing things no one saw before in their lives! The style, the gear, everything! And the entrance! No one can forget that! Will Private Party do the Hardy brothers proud and one day be just as unforgettable?
AEW World Tag Team Championships: Hangman Page & Kenny Omega VS Jurassic Express!
Speaking of unforgettable, surely these two teams already rank highly among them! But while the Cowboy and Cleaner differ on opinion, can they stay united while also staying champions? Or will Jungle Boy and Luchasaurus finally strike gold?
AEW returns as the champions make their separate entrances. The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and Tag Team Appreciation Night gets golden!
Frankie Kazarian is spotted watching on behalf of SCU. Jungle Boy steps up to start, and Omega insists he start with him. They circle, the crowd fires up already, and the two tie up. Omega powers JB back to ropes and pulls hair, but lets up at 4. Omega goes to sucker punch but Stunt gets on the apron! Stunt obviously still remembers when Omega gave him a little extra something after the Six Man match against The Elite. Omega backs off of JB, to SLAP Stunt! The ref reprimands Omega and even Hangman has to say something while Luchasaurus keeps Stunt from jumping in.
Omega and JB circle again, they tie up, and Omega headlocks. JB powers out, things speed up, and JB trips Omega to then Oklahoma Roll! TOW, JB spins Omega around, reels him in but Omega blocks the fireman’s carry takedown, so JB rolls it the other way! JB has the armlock coming out of it and the crowd cheers. Omega gets up but JB CHOPS him! JB knuckle locks and springboards around to arm-drag Omega across the way! Omega gets mad and kicks at Stunt, but then Omega turns around into a dropkick! JB covers, TWO! JB drags Omega up, facelocks and tags in Luchasaurus. Luchasaurus and JB kick away on Omega, then JB combines with Luchasaurus, wheelbarrow to a tornado Complete Shot! Luchasaurus covers, TWO!
Luchasaurus keeps close to Omega as Omega gets to a corner. Omega elbows back, throws forearms, but Luchasaurus swings back. Omega blocks and CHOPS! Luchasaurus whips Omega into the corner and fires off strikes! Luchasaurus wrenches Omega, JB tags in as Luchasaurus back suplexes Omega for a facebuster! JB uses Luchasaurus for the tipping point, knee-board senton! Cover, TWO! JB keeps his cool and drags Omega back up. Omega ROCKS JB back, then CLUBS him down! Omega keeps on JB and CHOPS! He headlocks but JB powers out. Hangman tags in, things speed up, Omega fakes JB out. JB dodges the kick but not Hangman’s sliding lariat! Cover, TWO!
Hangman drags JB up, CHOPS him, then whips him. JB reverses and leaps, into Hangman’s scoop slam! Hangman drags JB back up, to snap suplex! Cover, TWO! Hangman keeps his cool as he brings JB up. Tag to Omega, the champs mug JB, then Omega tags JB back in. JB flounders up and see he’s surrounded. Hangman CHOPS, Omega CHOPS, repeat! JB CHOPS back on them both! JB mule kicks Omega, CHOPS Hanman and knuckle locks for another springboard! Hangman tips him up and then BOOTS Luchasaururs! TRIANGLE LARIAT for JB! AEW goes picture in picture for the PLANCHA, #EliteAsaurus
The crowd is fired up for Hangman as he stands over Jurassic Express. Omega joins in soaking it all up while Hangman catches his breath. Hangman brings JB back up and into the ring. Hangman drags JB up to CHOP him back down! JB kicks at Hangman but he ends up in enemy territory. Hangman stomps JB and tags Omega. Omega takes his time coming in before he ROCKS JB with a right! And then another! Omega stomps a mudhole into JB, even getting some air. Omega drags JB up to CLUB back down, then snapmares fast into a chinlock! Omega thrashes JB around but JB endures. Omega shifts to a facelock, JB tries to fight towards his corner, but Omega keeps him down with more forearms.
Omega powers JB back to the champions’ corner and rams him into the buckles. Omega CHOPS JB again, but JB CHOPS back! JB fights but Omega throws forearms and CHOPS. Omega hoists JB up top, CHOPS him again, and then climbs up fast to join him. Omega brings JB up but JB fights back! JB fires body shots, shoves Omega and elbows Hangman! JB leaps up and over, hot tags to Luchasaurus and Hangman! AEW returns to single picture as Luchasaurus rallies on Hangman and Omega! Luchasaurus back kicks then HEADBUTTS Hangman! Omega dodges but Luchasuaurs follows to BOOT him down! Hangman staggers into Luchasaurus’ scoop, but Omega saves Hangman. Luchasaurus handsprings under the double Polish hammers to HEEL KICK Omega! And ROUNDHOUSE Hangman!
Luchasaurus choke grips Hangman, for the CHOKE SLAMZILLA! Standing moonsault! Cover, TWO!! Hangman lives but Kaz seems stoic as he watches. Luchasaurus fireman’s carries but Hangman slips out. Omega tags in as Luchasaurus elbows him away. Luchasaurus runs, his boot misses, and Omega runs to V-TRIGGER! SNAP DRAGON!! Luchasaurus flounders to his feet, but Omega gets him again, for ANOTHER SNAP DRAGON! Omega catches JB as he runs in, but JB arm-drags out of the full nelson! Omega slides out, Stunt laughs, Stunt gets a SNAP DRAGON to the floor! JB DIVES, Omega manages to catch him and swing him around, for a SNAP DRAGON!!
Omega gets back in the ring and climbs up top. Luchasaurus stands, Omega hits him with a missile dropkick to the back! Omega reels Luchasaurus in, FISHERMAN BUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Luchasaurus lives and keeps the Express going. Omega calls for Hangman and Hangman gets JB into the ring. Hangman tags in, the champs have Jurassic Express in the corner. Corner clothesline! Corner elbow! Omega feeds Luchasaurus to Hangman’s rolling elbow! Pop-up but Luchasaurus resists the German Suplex. Luchasaurus elbows Hangman but gets a V-TIRGGER! JB tries to rana but Omega brings him up, POWERBOMB GERMAN SUPLEX!! TAIL WHIP from Luchasaurus to Omega!
Hangman runs but is sent to the apron. Slingshot, but no Buck Shot as Luchasaurus choke grips! Luchasaurus gets Omega, too, but the champs break free and kick back. Omega and Hangman coordinate, but it’s Luchasaurus who double suplexes them! JB is up top, FROG SPLASH onto Hangman! JB DIVES out onto Omega, then hurries back in to tornillo tornado DDT Hangman! Stunt becomes Luchasaurus’ weapon while the ref checks on JB, and Stunt takes Omega down! Luchasaurus has Hangman in the fireman’s carry, EXTINCTION LEVEL EVENT!! Cover, TWO!! Hangman survives Extinction! Tag to JB, the Express coordinate, with the roll back and SPINNING BUZZSAW, to BLINDSIDE LARIAT! Cover, but Omega breaks it in time!!
Luchasaurus has Omega but Omega throws him out first. Omega fires off on JB, CHOPS and whips, but JB rebound- No! The lariat misses, Hangman pops JB up to POWERBOMB him OUT OF THE RING! Down goes Luchasaurus again! Omega FLIES to take them both out! Omega puts JB in as the crowd is thunderous! Hangman has JB up again, blocks the rana counter to BOMB again! High stack cover, TWO!! JB lives and Hangman can’t believe it. Tag to Omega, “This is Awesome!” as they give JB the LAST CALL! Cover, Omega and Hangman win!
Winners: Hangman Page & Kenny Omega, by pinfall (still AEW World Tag Team Champions)
The Jurassic Express almost derailed the champions, but the Cowboy and Cleaner pulled it off! What will it take to stop these “two singles guys” from ruling over the AEW Tag Division?
Santana and Ortiz talk backstage.
Ortiz asks how Best Friends got home last week, but Santana doesn’t know and doesn’t care. True. They did get a sweet deal on those tires, though. Also, watch where you keep your stuff! Proud ‘n’ Powerful have the Best Friends’ luggage! And they start throwing it all around the showers! They dump out the gear, and bring out some bleach! PNP says they’re just helping Best Friends look better. “Apologize? What, are you tripping?” There’s no apologies coming for Chuck Taylor and Trent, but are there repercussions coming for Santana and Ortiz?
More AEW stars share their favorite tag teams ever.
The Butcher and The Blade say tag team wrestling is gritty, ugly, “it’s not the sizzle, it’s the meat and potatoes.” That’s why their favorites are the Road Warriors, Hawk and Animal. Two dudes that can clear an entire city!
FTR and the Young Bucks are in the ring!
Two great tag teams of this generation also stand with two great tag teams of the previous generations! Arn Anderson stands with Tully Blanchard as well as The Rock ‘n’ Roll Express, Robert Gibson and Ricky Morton! Matt Jackson is pretty sure everyone is loving Tag Team Appreciation Night. And speaking of, here are two of the greatest teams of all time! FTR shakes hands and bumps fists with the legends while Matt says the Rock ‘n’ Roll Express were the original Young Bucks. Robby and Ricky created the style Matt and Nick use. And through that greatness, they’d inspire great teams like The Rockers, Shawn and Marty, the Hardy Boys, Matt and Jeff. Then finally, two SoCal brothers, Matt and Nick Jackson. Therefore, the Bucks want to thank these two for what they’ve done, the Bucks wouldn’t be here without them.
Dax Harwood speaks now, knowing many at home are thinking they brought the legends out because they’re huge marks. Well, that’s damn right! Dax is the biggest mark for these guys, but it’s more than that. Dax tells these legends that FTR, the Bucks and everyone else here gets to make a living in the greatest sport in the world, professional wrestling. For seven and a half years, he and his best friend have traveled the globe, and have had the times of their lives, thanks to these legends. More importantly, Dax has a beautiful wife and daughter at home watching, who he loves. He gets to give them the life he’s never had, and that is because of these legends, so he is indebted to them forever!
Ricky speaks now, saying he never misses an AEW. He watches it, loves it, because it’s all he’s done his whole life. But he hasn’t seen so much chemistry in a match like FTR’s since Tully and Arn. But also, when it comes to the Young Bucks, the last 15 years, they have dominated wrestling and then revived tag team wrestling like the Rock ‘n’ Roll Express did! That’s great. The Bucks are this generation’s top tag team in the world! It reminds Ricky of a team from their generation, aka themselves. Arn speaks now, and asks Tully that while it’s been some time, he’ll help catch Tully up on something. Arn doesn’t blow smoke because it leaves a taste in his mouth. Yes, the Bucks have taken the tag team wrestling world to not just a spectacular or outstanding level, that doesn’t cover it. The Bucks have made it something entirely different, hats off to them.
Arn says Rock ‘n’ Roll Express are still going for 40 years, that’s a record. They’re the tag team of the CENTURY! And this might ruffle some feathers, but Arn has no problem saying it. FTR is the best team in the world today. Well, Ricky wants to counter but Tully takes the mic from him! Tully says Ricky doesn’t want to start nothing he can’t finish. Tully has news for everyone. Tom Brady is the greatest football player because he has championship rings. What makes you a great tag team is if you’ve got the belts! You can talk about being the baddest or the best, but as of tonight, NEITHER team here has the titles. So let’s pat ourselves on the back while looking in the mirror.
But Tully says he and Arn have had beef since last Labor Day when Arn jumped in on Tully’s guy, Spears VS Cody. Tully doesn’t understand that American Nightmare thing on Arn’s vest. Arn says he’s a grown ass man. Arn doesn’t need permission. But Shawn Spears is slithering out from the tunnel! Arn sees what’s about to happen, so Arn gets out. Tully wants to finish talking trash but Ricky pops him in the mouth! The Bucks and FTR keep this from getting any worse but then Dax gets pushed over. Cash worries about Dax because of the bad knee, and it’s on the Bucks and Spears to keep things from falling apart.
Spears gets Tully to leave peacefully, and Tag Team Appreciation Night turns a bit sour. Especially when Cash uses Dax’s knee brace to CLOBBER Robby from behind! FTR attacks Rock ‘n’ Roll Express while the Bucks are busy with Spears and Tully!! The Bucks only notice once Ricky takes the MIND BREAKER!! The Bucks can’t believe what they’ve just seen, but FTR hug over it. Omega and Hangman return and check on the legends and want to know what that was about. FTR does not give an answer, but will we get one soon enough?
Backstage interview with Mike Chioda.
Chioda officiated the TNT Championship match and is now AEW! It was a great time, but then Chris Jericho barges in. “C’mon, Marvez. 33-year vet?” This is THE Mike Chioda! #ChiChi (pronounced key-key). There’ve been some great times. Like that one time 18 years ago when Jericho had to save Chioda’s job. So that’s why Jericho wants Chioda to officiate his match with Orange Cassidy. Cassidy will lose and pay Jericho that $7000 for what he did to this jacket. But just in case, Jericho wants Chioda to know he needs to do the right thing. Chioda will call it right down the middle. Yeah, wink wink, nudge nudge. Call it down the middle, and then maybe Jericho can get Chioda a spot here in AEW. See you in the ring! Will Chioda do the right thing? Or will he “do the right thing?”
Sammy Guevara has his cards again.
AEW is picture in picture as Sammy uses the cards to ask Matt Hardy, “What’s wrong? Can’t get me… out of your HEAD?” Sammy laughs at his own joke, and recreates how he threw the chair into Hardy’s forehead. “Oh well. You need to relax. Enjoy your night off. Too bad though… You left your… THROWN! Typical Matt. Learning the HARD way!” Again, Sammy makes the motion of throwing the chair, while he takes a seat. Sammy says Hardy needs to relax, since he can’t get him anyway. Will this only make Matt Hardy want to crush Sammy more?
Hikaru Shida VS Heather Monroe!
The Stardom Samurai is on a hot streak as AEW Women’s World Champion! But now she’s in the ring with #TheKillerBae, who is making an AEW debut! Will Monroe shock us all against Shida?
Shida takes off her kimono style jacket as the bell rings, and Monroe BOOTS her right away! Monroe fires off with forearms but Shida pushes her back. Monroe turns things around on the ropes, the ref calls for break but Monroe pokes Shida in the eyes! “She’s your champ?!” Monroe taunts the crowd as she chokes Shida on the ropes! The ref counts, Monroe lets off, then clubs Shida. The crowd rallies as Monroe whips but Shida ducks and KNEES Monroe down! Shida rains down angry rights on Monroe but she lets up to drag Monroe around to a scoop and backbreaker! Shida fires up more as the crowd cheers her own. Shida bumps Monroe off buckles, runs corner to corner but Monroe dodges.
Monroe comes back but Shida kicks her away. Shida hops up but Monroe trips her up. Monroe elbows, ROUNDHOUSES, then hops up to STOMP Shida down! Cover, TWO! Monroe is furious already as she wraps Shida up in a straitjacket stretch. Shida fights up and powers out to reel Monroe into a snap suplex into buckles! Shida drags Monroe back up, toys with Monroe and then ROCKS her with a forearm! And another! And another! Shida suplexes for the FALCON- NO! Monroe victory roll counters, TWO! Shida has the legs for a STRETCH MUFFLER! She grabs an arm for NUMERO DOS! Monroe taps, Shida wins!
Winner: Hikaru Shida, by submission
Shida shows her versatility by having her first submission win in AEW! Tony Schiavone interviews Shida on the stage, and All Out is coming. There are many worthy challengers, but Shida says she is still waiting. She dares them to bring it on! Who will step to Shida’s AEW Women’s World Championship challenge?
Jake the Snake Roberts is backstage with Lance Archer.
“Ideally, you could have the match won before you ever go into the ring.” Some guy doesn’t watch where he’s going and bumps into Archer, so Archer THROWS him into another guy! The Snake keeps talking as Archer mauls both random wrestlers. “If you get them to where they’re breathing fear, and then fear is coming out of them,” that’s when you have them. You own them! And when you own someone, they’re afraid to make a move. Archer finishes up and asks if The Snake got to the good part. Not yet! Archer rips Jake’s shirt off and then spins him around. “EVERYBODY DIES” is written on Jake’s back! Archer hopes everyone can read that. The warning has been sent, but will anyone heed it?
The AEW Women’s Tag Team Tournament is in the semifinals!
The Nightmare Sisters, Brandi Rhodes and Allie, will face Big & Lil Swole while Ivelisse & Diamante take on “the prettiest team in the tournament,” Anna Jay & Tay Conti. See who wins to head to the finals this Monday on YouTube! Plus, AEW Dark will be on Tuesday and PART ONE of All Out 2019 will be on Wednesday.
Be ready for SATURDAY Night Dynamite!
August 22nd at 6 PM EST or as soon as the NBA Playoffs finish for the day, AEW takes over TNT for the weekend! Private Party takes on FTR while The Elite takes on The Dark Order’s 3, 4 and 5 in a Six Man Tag! And the AEW Women’s Tag Cup Finals will also be a big part of Saturday Night Dynamite! Plus, Darby Allin returns to action after his bloody loss to Jon Moxley, and a HUGE 8 Man Tag reunites The Butcher and the Blade with the Lucha Brothers as they take on The Natural Nightmares and Jurassic Express! Last but not least, it is the AEW TNT Championship as Cody defends against Mr. Brodie Lee!
$7000 Obligation Match: Chris Jericho VS Orange Cassidy!
Le Champion’s issues with Freshly Squeeze started all because Cassidy sauntered into an Inner Circle interview. It has escalated to an assault with a sack of oranges, to a brawl in the stands, to the dumping of orange juice onto Jericho’s fashionable white suit jacket. Of course, that white jacket is now more orange than even real oranges, and Jericho wants compensation! Will Jericho beat it out of Cassidy? Or will Cassidy finally humble the Demo God?
AEW returns as Jericho returns. Things will truly be 1v1 as the Inner Circle and Best Friends are banned from ringside. Of course, Floyd the Baseball Bat still accompanies Jericho everywhere. The crowd is torn over Demo God, but Jericho encourages any noise they make. The bell rings and Jericho circles with Cassidy. Cassidy raises his hands, but Jericho rushes to stop them from going into pockets! Cassidy dodges and the two start throwing fast hands! Cassidy gets the edge with body shots and more haymakers in the corner, but he lets up at the count of 4. Cassidy comes back with a BIG leaping forearm, then more body shots! Cassidy ROCKS Jericho, then runs, to FLYING SHOULDER Jericho down!
Jericho gets to ropes, Cassidy clotheslines him out! The crowd cheers as Cassidy slingshots for the PESCADO! Cassidy keeps hammering away but lets up at the ref’s count. Cassidy kicks, Jericho forearms and whips. Cassidy reverses to send Jericho into the wall! The crowd is fired up as Cassidy brings Jericho up again. Cassidy whips Jericho into railing! Jericho slowly gets up while Cassidy slow rolls to refresh the count. Cassidy goes back out to ROCK Jericho with that right, then Cassidy goes back to the ring. Cassidy climbs up top, aims at Jericho and HANDS IN POCKET TRUST FALLS! Direct hit! The crowd loves this as Cassidy puts Jericho in.
Cassidy climbs up again, Jericho stands, FLYING DDT! Cover, TWO!! Jericho survives but Cassidy powers up the fist. Cassidy runs, but into a BOOT! Jericho catches his breath and stomps Cassidy down. Jericho brings Cassidy up and back suplexes high and hard! He brings Cassidy up to CHOP, and CHOP and whip. Cassidy reverses, Jericho holds ropes, then Jericho sends Cassidy out to the apron. Jericho ROCKS Cassidy, then springboard triangle dropkicks! Cassidy goes down as Jericho soaks up the heat. Jericho checks his face while AEW goes picture in picture, #CJOC2.
Cassidy stirs as the ref starts a count. Jericho shouts at the booing wrestlers on one side of the ring. Cassidy gets up, Jericho runs and blasts him off into railing! Jericho soaks up the heat again while Cassidy stirs. Jericho goes out to fetch Cassidy, brings him up to scoop and snake eyes on the railing! Jericho grins as he drags Cassidy back up and bumps him off the apron. He puts Cassidy in the ring, takes his time returning, and looms over Cassidy in the center of the ring. Jericho drags Cassidy up, flips off booing fans, and suplexes to hold Cassidy up for a count of 10! Jericho dusts off his hands before covering, TWO! Jericho is frustrated and he slaps Cassidy around.
Jericho brings Cassidy up again, tells the fans to watch this, and suplexes again. Cassidy is upside down for another count of 10, and maybe even 20, before Jericho does squats! Jericho finally drops Cassidy after AEW returns to single picture! Jericho winks to the camera and covers, TWO! Cassidy lives but Jericho SLAPS him! Jericho drags Cassidy up, the crowd rallies but Jericho keeps toying with Cassidy. Cassidy throws body shots and palm strikes, runs but into double forearms! LIONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Jericho grows a bit frustrated with Cassidy now, but he still toys with him while soaking up the heat.
Jericho watches Cassidy slowly stand, and Jericho taunts Cassidy. Cassidy “ROCKS” Jericho with “haymakers,” over and over and over and over. Cassidy builds up speed but then he dodges Jericho to SUPERKICK! Cassidy is trying!! He LARIATS Jericho back down! Cassidy gets himself to a corner, climbs up, and leaps for a HUGE crossbody! Cover, TWO! Jericho kicks but Cassidy catches it for a DRAGON SCREW! Then another! Jericho clutches his leg but Cassidy walks into a forearm. Jericho whips, Cassidy boots then hops up, but the Rana is caught to the WALLS OF JERICHO!! Jericho sits deep but Cassidy endures! Cassidy crawls, reaches, but Jericho drags him from ropes! Cassidy comes so close, but he slips through and cradles Jericho, TWO!!
Jericho gets up, kicks low, but Cassidy gets him for a third DRAGON SCREW! Cassidy twists the leg into an ANKLE LOCK! Jericho endures as Cassidy cranks on the heel! Jericho rolls over and kicks Cassidy away. Cassidy comes back to get a kick and a suplex, but he makes it STUN-DOG MILLIONAIRE! Cassidy runs, tilt-o-whirl but Jericho denies it to CODE BREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Jericho is furious and he slaps Cassidy. The crowd rallies up but here comes Floyd! The ref tells Jericho to stop right there, but Jericho says, “Do the right thing!” That’s what this is! Jericho tells Chioda to ignore this so he can keep his job. But Chioda can’t, he takes the bat and throws it out! Jericho is furious, Cassidy rolls him up! TWO!!
Jericho runs into a scoop, MICHINOKU DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! Cassidy runs to PENALTY KICK! The armband comes off and Cassidy isn’t just trying, he’s SERIOUS! He runs at Jericho, SUPER ORANGE PUNCH!! But wait! Best Friends intercept Proud ‘n’ Powerful trying to sneak in! The four of them brawl on stage and that distracts Chioda! Jake Hager slips in through the back, and POWERSLAMS Cassidy!! The Inner Circle still gets away with cheating! Jericho crawls to cover Cassidy, TWO!?!? Cassidy still lives and the screw job fails!! Jericho is at a loss for words, but the fans rally up. Cassidy forearms, Jericho gives it back, but Cassidy fires off a flurry! Cassidy waistlocks, Jericho pushes Chioda and LOW BLOW MULE KICKS!
Jericho runs, JUDAS- NO! Cassidy gets around, traps an arm, Mouse Trap cover! CASSIDY WINS!!
Winner: Orange Cassidy, by pinfall
Jericho just got beat by the guy who puts his hands in his pockets!! Le Champion can’t believe it, but The Sloth outsmarted him! Will Jericho ever live this down? Is Cassidy finally in the upper echelons of pro-wrestling?
A great episode for AEW, just straight to the point and packed with action! For one, I like the feud building between The Dark Order and The Elite. The Young Bucks have a great match against Uno and Stu, and of course win to stay strong in the tag division. Cody has an incredible match with Scorpio Sky, and that completed copy of the TNT Championship looks incredible, too. Brodie coming after this title is a good move, and I think it’s clever for him to make the incomplete title a prop in the match. This takes the Vince McMahon parallels to a new level, it’s like how Vince kept the “Rhodes” name away from Cody for a long time. Hangman and Omega have a great tag title match with Jurassic Express, though some spots seemed like they could’ve taken someone out of action. Omega and Hangman also having that bit with favorite tag teams and disagreeing, another subtle yet great detail into their story.
MJF has a pretty good segment to continue his political shtick, and the literally fake poll getting more ridiculous actually works somehow. Moxley tricking MJF was great, too, and this is really going to up the heat between them for All Out. Shida gets a quick match to keep herself going, and I feel like AEW making a big deal out of next week’s Saturday Dynamite needs to have a huge contender’s match to name an All Out challenger. I do like that there is the Women’s Tag Cup being featured for a “short turnaround” from Monday, and whatever combination we get in the finals will be a lot of fun to watch. I almost feel like that could be an opening for Britt to be back to 100% health “early” and she screws Big Swole over before their All Out grudge match.
Sammy and Matt Hardy have great promos on each other, that grudge match is going to be great. Jake and Archer have a hilarious moment, and poor Jake seems to be less Archer’s manager and spokesman as he is Archer’s mouthpiece and henchman. I don’t think Jake is going to ditch Archer, but he could try and man up so he isn’t being pushed around. Tully really got fired up during Tag Team Appreciation Night, but he does have a point. There were great teams in that ring but they need to get those titles at some point. FTR go Heel hard with that attack on Rock ‘n’ Roll Express, but it also increases the chances of them joining Shawn Spears in an AEW Four Horsemen team. It might not be with Hangman, though, he didn’t seem to like what they did.
The main event was an incredible rematch, and of course the Inner Circle violates the ringside ban to try and cheat. Fortunately it doesn’t work out, and Cassidy gets a great win! I feel like this isn’t the end of it, though, as the series is now tied. All Out should be the tiebreaker, and that should also go to Cassidy to really boost him up the rankings. If Brodie doesn’t take the TNT Championship on Saturday Dynamite, I am starting to want Cassidy to. Jericho can lose to Cassidy while PNP beat Best Friends so that the factions are tied, and then something else is the blow-off, just like how Stadium Stampede was the blow-off between Elite and Inner Circle. Maybe Full Gear 2020 finally brings us Blood & Guts, as well as fans, and the fans can pop for Best Friends, Cassidy and Private Party on behalf of Matt Hardy defeating Inner Circle.
My Score: 9.3/10
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