Another special night for AEW Dynamite!
The Natural Nightmares, the Young Bucks, Best Friends or FTR. All four top contenders are in a Tag Team Gauntlet match! Who survives to punch their tickets to All Out and an AEW World Tag Team Championship match?
- Tag Team Gauntlet Part 1: The Natural Nightmares VS The Young Bucks; The Young Bucks win and advance to Part 2.
- Tag Team Gauntlet Part 2: Best Friends VS The Young Bucks; Best Friends win and advance to Part 3.
- Tag Team Gauntlet Part 3: FTR VS Best Friends; FTR wins and will challenge Kenny Omega & Hangman Page for the AEW Tag Team Championships at All Out.
- Lance Archer w/ Jake Roberts VS Sean Maluta; Archer wins.
- 8 Man Tag: The Butcher, The Blade & The Lucha Brothers VS Joey Janela, Sonny Kiss, Brian Pillman Jr. & Griff Garrison; The Butcher, Blade & Lucha Brothers win.
- 3v1 Handicap Match: Britt Baker, Rebel & Penelope Ford w/ Kip Sabian VS Big Swole; Big Swole wins and gets to choose the stipulation for a match with Britt Baker 1v1.
- Tables Match: Matt Hardy VS Sammy Guevara; Guevara wins.
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Chris Jericho joins commentary!
Le Champion, the Demo God, is preparing for his Mimosa Mayhem Match with Orange Cassidy, by joining Jim Ross and Tony Schiavone at the announce desk! And with (limited) fans back in the stands, he gets to enjoy them singing along with this theme song again!
Tag Team Gauntlet Part 1: The Natural Nightmares w/ Allie VS The Young Bucks!
The #4 and #3 ranked teams in the AEW Tag Team Division start us off in a huge opening match! But who moves on to round two and the Best Friends in this incredible gauntlet match?
The bell rings, QT avoids a superkick! Nick rolls QT up, TWO, QT rolls Nick, ONE! The two stand off and fans cheer. They tie up, QT powers out of a headlock and drops down, but Nick blocks the hip toss to backslide, TWO! QT sunset flips, TWO! Nick sweeps the legs, covers, ONE, QT sweeps and covers, ONE! Nick waistlocks, QT switches, Nick switches back, QT switches yet again, but Nick bucks him off and tags in Matt. Nick elbows QT, Matt slingshot sunset flips, TWO! QT is up, kicks low and headlocks to tag in Dustin. Matt powers out, QT bails out before the superkick and Dustin runs Matt over! Things keep moving, Matt hip tosses but Dustin kicks him away to arm-drag him down! Matt arm-drags back, and again, but Dustin avoids the third!
Fans cheer and Allie does, too, even though Dustin catches his breath. Fans let him know “You still got it!” and he dodges Matt. Matt fakes out the arm-drag rolls Dustin up, TWO! Dustin hits the SPINNING POWERSLAM! Nick runs in, SPINNING POWERSLAM! Dustin drags Matt up, wrenches and tags QT. The Natural Nightmares double wrench and double Russian Leg Sweep! QT covers, TWO! QT keeps his cool as the fans rally for the Bucks. QT whips, dropkicks and covers, TWO! QT keeps on Matt with a wrench, tag to Dustin, and Dustin climbs up. Dustin takes half a deep breath to drop an elbow on Matt’s elbow.
Dustin wrenches, wristlocks and wrings Matt out to drop a leg on the arm. Dustin keeps on that arm but Matt fights up. Dustin wrenches, headlocks but Nick tags in. Matt powers out, Dustin dodges him but Nick shoulders in and slingshots up and over. Nick gets a boost from Matt to dropkick Dustin down. QT runs in but gets a double dropkick! Allie checks on QT but Nick goes back to Dustin. Dustin ROCKS Nick with an uppercut! And another! Nick knees low, bumps Dustin off buckles, tag to Matt. The Bucks double whip Dustin, Nick whips Matt in to ROCK Dustin with a forearm! Nick hits a corner clothesline, then the Bucks combine for the BULLDOG DROPKICK COMBO! Matt covers, TWO!
Matt keeps close, tags Nick in and they mug Dustin. Nick throws haymakers, whips Dustin to ropes but Dustin says, “Not today!” Rhodes Uppercut! Matt tags back in, Dustin reels Nick in but Matt goes to superkick! Dustin blocks it, kicks Matt low and reels Matt in, for the DESTROYER! The fans and other wrestlers rally up as both Matt and Dustin crawl. Hot tags to QT and Nick! QT rallies on Nick with clotheslines, a whip, but Nick reverses. QT LEAPS to shoulder Nick down! QT decks Matt, gives Nick a lethal combination! Cover, TWO! QT drags Nick up, scoops him, but Nick slips out to tag in Matt. QT fights them both, sets them both up, for the handspring, but the Bucks get clear to DOUBLE SUPERKICK!
Dustin gets up, to get DOUBLE SUPERKICKS! Fans fire up as Matt drags QT around and Nick climbs up. Matt fireman’s carries QT, but QT slips out and shoves Matt into buckles! QT rolls Matt up, TWO!! Matt runs into a pop-up FOREARM! QT has Matt but Matt powers out and Nick enziguris! Tag to Nick, double mule kicks to take the legs out, B T E TRIGGER!! Cover, Matt keeps Dustin out, the Bucks win!
Winners: The Young Bucks, by pinfall (advance to Part 2)
The night is over for the Natural Nightmares, but there’s no time to rest for Matt and Nick! Here comes the #2 ranked team, Chuck Taylor and Trent!
Tag Team Gauntlet Part 2: Best Friends VS The Young Bucks!
Chuckie T and Nick start this one off, they tie up and Chuck puts Nick in the Best Friends corner. He rams shoulders in over and over, tags Trent in and the Best Friends double whip to double shoulder! Cover, TWO! Trent drags Nick back up, throws big forearms and a CHOP! Nick hobbles, Trent bumps him off buckles and tags in Chuck. Chuck throws forearms, whips Nick but Nick reverses. Chuck goes up and over but his leg jams. Nick hits Trent for good measure and clubs away on Chuck. Nick whips, Chuck reverses but Nick goes up and out to Penalty Kick Trent! Nick slingshots to facebuster Chuck, but Trent avoids the cartwheel moonsault to SPEAR Nick down! Fans fire up again as Trent scowls.
Chuck hits Matt down, throws him out to no man’s land, and then gets in for Trent to feed Nick to the Sexy Chuckie Knee! Trent runs to PSYCHO KNEE! Cover, TWO!! Nick survives but Best Friends keep their cool. Chuck tags Trent, they mug Nick in the corner, then Trent throws big forearms. Fans rally up, Trent goes corner to corner to basement KNEE Nick down! Cover, TWO! Trent keeps his cool, Nick reaches for his brother, Jericho doesn’t like the plug for Being The Elite on YouTube, but Trent tags Chuck. The Best Friends mug Nick more, Chuck underhooks for a butterfly suplex! Cover, TWO! Chuck keeps his cool as he keeps between the Bucks. Chuck forearms Nick to a corner, wrenches and whips corner to corner hard! Nick flops up and around, Chuck covers, TWO!
Chuck tags Trent, Trent climbs up and drops ax handles on Nick’s back. Trent stares Matt down, but Nick CHOPS him! Trent forearms, kicks and reels Nick in. Trent suplexes, Nick fights out! Chuck grabs hair but Nick elbows him away. Tent kicks low, whips, but Nick dodges to trip up Chuck! Nick avoids Trent, but Trent drags him out, spins him around and clubs away on the apron! Trent drags Nick up, lifts him, but Nick slips out to SUPERKICK! Nick drags Trent up in a waistlock, APRON GERMAN SUPLEX! Fans rally up as Nick crawls, hot tag to Matt! Matt rallies on Best Friends with haymakers! And CHOPS! And haymakers! And throat chops! Chuck blocks, but he gets a DDT for it!
Matt walks into Trent’s kick, Trent whips Matt but Matt reverses. Trent tumbles up and Matt drags him off to the tombstone position! Trent fights out and CHOPS back! Matt is stinging, Trent whips him but Matt boots him away! Matt goes up, flips, “YOU’RE DEAD!” TWISTING STUNNER! Cover, TWO!! Fans rally again as Matt rises. Matt DECKS Chuck, goes to Trent, and Northern Lights suplexes! The Polar Express begins! Matt hits a third, but Trent counters with a TORNADO DDT! Both men are down, the fans are thunderous, and Matt and Trent hot tag Nick and Chuck! They throw forearm sin a brawl, fast and furious. Nick kicks low, runs but Chuckie clotheslines him in the corner!
Chuck runs but Nick shining wizards, enziguris! Back kick for Trent, spinning roundhouse for Chuck! Trent is in a corner, Nick shining wizards him! Then the bulldog clothesline, is turned into a pop-up SPINE BUSTER! Tag to Trent, Trent drags Nick up and coordinates with Chuck. Chuck ROCKS Nick with a forearm, SOLE FOOD HALF ‘N’ HALF! Nick is in a corner, Best Friends HUG! Trent drags Nick up, Alabama lifts Nick, but Matt keeps Chuck anchored! Nick sunset flips, TWO!! Matt trips Chuck up and Chuck clutches the leg! Trent is up and he DECKS Matt! Nick spins, Trent ducks the kick to CHOP! Trent runs into a ROUNDHOUSE! Trent ends up on the apron, Matt drags Trent out, Nick goes to the apron to SOMERSAULT SENTON Trent down!
Matt drags Trent up, into the ring and the fans are thunderous again. Nick tags Matt, they switch positions as Matt drags Trent up. Trent’s on the ropes now, Nick aims again, DRAPING 450!! Cover, TWO!! Trent survives but Bucks are not stopping here! Matt gut wrenches Trent, Nick aims, but Hangman Page is anchoring Nick?! WHY!? Trent victory rolls out of the tombstone, BEST FRIENDS WIN!!
Winners: Best Friends, by pinfall (advance to Part 3)
Jericho says Hangman’s drunk but that’s not it. Will the Bucks get an explanation as to why Hangman screwed over his friends? As for Beset Friends, they’re not going to have time to rest, here come Cash Wheeler and Dax Harwood!
Tag Team Gauntlet Part 3: FTR w/ Tully Blanchard VS Best Friends!
Chuck’s leg is still bothering him, but that’s not going to slow anything down! The teams sort out as AEW goes picture in picture, #AEWGauntlet.
The medics check with Chuck, but he’s not going to let a bad leg eliminate him and Trent. Best Friends get back on the apron, only for FTR to blast them off! Cash drags Chuck up and into the ring, Dax hurries after that bad leg! Dax has the leg, drags Chuck to the corner and SLAMS the leg on the post! The ref reprimands but Dax just does it again! Chuck clutches th eleg, Dax stomps up th esteps to drag him from the corner. Dax snapmares, stands on the good leg to grounded DRAGON SCREW the bad one! Dax drops elbows on the leg over and over, then tags in Cash so Cash can drop a fist! Cash looms over CHuck, drags him up and scoops, to throw him into the corner! Chuck’s in a Tree of Woe, Dax tags in, and FTR mug Chuck’s legs!
The ref reprimands, Cash elts up and Dax gets in. Trent protests but there’s nothing he can do. Dax stays betwen him and Chuck while Cash chokes Chuck on the ropes! Tlly applauds but he’s probably the only one. Dax drops down on the bad leg, then basement dropkicks Chuck in the head. Dax drops a leg, tags Cash, and Cash drags Chuck out to SLAM th eleg on the apron! Cash gets back in, drags CHuck around and drops an elbow on the knee. Cash cranks on a deep toehold, throws haymakers down on Chuck, then cranks the leg again.
AEW returns to single picture as Cash keeps cranking on the bad leg. Chuck kicks with the good one and gets free, but Cash tags Dax. Dax takes the leg and has a standing toehold. Cash runs and knocks Dax over for extra torque on the snap crank! Dax taunts Trent, drags Chuck around to drop an elbow, and a headbutt, then the leg! A little different order than normal but Dax does the same damage. Dax steps through, but Chuck counters the toehold to a cradle, TWO! Dax has the legs again, Chuck pushes him so hard that Dax knocks into Cash and BLASTS him off the apron! Chuck rolls Dax up, the referee has to sort out if Cash tagged in off that collision! He didn’t, Dax is still legal, and now the ref counts, TWO!! Chuck had Dax forever on that!
Dax drags Chuck up, Chuck jawbreakers back! Chuck clutches the bad leg, Trent BOOTS Cash down! TUlly gets on the apron, Ternt slugs Dax but Cash trips Trent up! Cash gives Trent a snap suplex to the floor! CHuck grabs Cash but Dax chop blocks Chuck! Dax looms over Chuck as fans rally up. Dax drags Chuck over, tag to Cash, deathlock and STOMP!! FTR brought back an old one from their NXT days, but Dax tags back in. Dax has the legs for the TRAILER HITCH! Chuck endures, crawls around, reaches but Cash and Tully both taunt him. Chuck still drags himself and Dax forward, but he can’t! Chuck TAPS, FTR wins!!
Winners: FTR, by submission (NEW#1 contenders to the AEW Tag Team Championships)
#FollowTheRules? Depends on how you look at it. Hangman got rid of the Bucks for them, and FTR took advantage of a battered Chuckie T. But will Hangman who are really his friends at All Out?
AEW hears from Darby Allin.
In response to last week, Darby pretends to be Ricky Starks now, with the thumbtacks in his back to complete the look. “You really think I’m afraid of you, Ricky?” Darby climbs up a bridge’s frame to jump off the top! Darby isn’t afraid of anything. Will he use that recklessness to wreck Starks’ body all over again?
AEW All Out announces the 2020 Casino Battle Royale!
Darby Allin and Lance Archer have already stepped up to participate, who else jumps in for a future AEW World Championship match?
Lance Archer w/ Jake Roberts VS Sean Maluta!
As is the Murderhawk Monster tradition, Archer CLOBBERS a wrestler in the front row at ringside! Archer finally goes into the ring, will he “welcome” Maluta to AEW the same way?
Maluta goes after Archer before Justin Roberts even finishes his introduction! The forearms do nothing, the bell rings and Archer DECKS Maluta! Archer finishes his own entrance, taking off the jacket and shirt. Archer fakes the fans out, simply throwing the shirt down on the ground. Maluta gets up, Archer runs and DERAILS him! Archer pursues Maluta as Maluta flops out of the ring. Archer bumps Maluta off the apron, then has him against the railing to CHOP! Archer puts Maluta back in, looms over him, and clubs away on Maluta’s chest! The ref reprimands, Archer lets up but smiles as fans boo.
Archer drags Maluta up, Maluta fires off forearms and CHOPS, but they don’t bother Archer at all. Archer CLOBBERS Maluta again! Archer drags Maluta up, suplex TOSSES him to a corner! Archer stands Maluta up in the corner, runs corner to corner and back elbows hard! Archer keeps moving, hits another elbow, then a third! Archer soaks up the heat and then goes back to Maluta. Archer drag Maluta up, choke grip to MURDERHAWK CHOKE SLAM!! Cover, but Archer lets up! The Snake laughs as Archer drags Maluta up again. Archer CHOPS Maluta, hoists him up top and inverted crucifix for the BLACKOUT BOMB!! EBD CLAW!! Archer dribbles Maluta’s head, covers, and wins!
Winner: Lance Archer, by pinfall
Archer doesn’t let go of Maluta until he’s satisfied! The Snake “checks” on Maluta, but he doesn’t really care. Snake and Archer stick around because Snake’s going to speak, after the break.
AEW returns and Jake the Snake speaks. “Now, there are going to be 20 men that think they have the great chance of winning the Casino Battle Royal.” But only one man walks out with that, and it damn sure better be Archer. Archer has wanted to wipe the blemish off the record. That one little loss cost them so much time, but now is time for them to leave their mark. Does Archer think he can throw 20 men out? “As fast as they step in the ring, every single one of them goes out, because every… body… dies.” Feeding opponents to Archer is like feeding a wood chipper. You put the log in, confetti comes out. Some might think that’s boring, but they don’t. Roberts loves watching Archer hurt people.
But wait, who is this coming out? “Yo, kid. FTW. Bring it on.” Taz and his team come out!? Ricky Starks and Brian Cage are here, and Roberts mocks them as “The Flintstones.” Taz tells Jake needs to slow down. They’ve never crossed paths, so Taz doesn’t want Jake to make a mistake. The Murderhawk Monster will NOT be the winner at the Casino Battle Royal. It’ll be Team Taz, either through Ricky Starks or Brian Cage. Jake interrupts and tells Taz to put his guys in chicken suits, “because if they come to that battle royal, they’re going to get plucked!” Oh is that how they’ll play this? Taz is trying to be a gentleman. Jake doesn’t care about that. Taz wants to keep this calm. One of HIS men will win at All Out.
Cage and Archer want to throw down, but here comes Darby Allin! Ricky looks around but Darby is skating in from the outside! He gets right in and dropkicks Starks literally out of his shoes! And then slingshots onto Starks at the ramp! Darby has Absolute for a brawl, trips him up and hammers away! Starks gets up but can’t get away! Darby tackles Starks to the backstage area, and Archer is fired up. Jake says to leave it be for now, they’ll do this on their time. But the fans want to “Let Them Fight!” Cage eggs Archer on, holding up the FTW Championship. Forget who wins, who survives the All Out Casino Battle Royal with these four in it?
MJF and team head out.
Apparently MJF needs a walker. And he asks if Lee Johnson thinks this is funny. Lee says no. Really? Wasn’t he laughing? He wasn’t. Good. MJF vows to get Moxley for this. His walker gets stuck in the rug, so he has to strain himself to keep it going. Will Moxley literally sign away his right to use his best move?
AEW looks closely at the AEW Women’s World Championship showdown.
Hikaru Shida put out an open challenge. “If you think you are strong enough, tough enough and you think you have enough passion, show me. I am waiting.” The open challenge was answered by Thunder Rosa, the current NWA Women’s World Champion. Tony Schiavone remembers first seeing Rosa and thinking, “This girl is one of the most talented women’s wrestlers in the world.” Rosa vows to raise women’s wrestling to a new level. NWA President Billy Corgan tells fans who don’t know Rosa to prepare for a surprise, because no one loves the sport and a good fight like her.
JR speculates the magnitude of Thunder Rosa becoming a dual champion between NWA and AEW. That’s a “big if,” because wrestling is what Shida is put on this earth to do. When AEW Management approached Corgan about such a collaboration, Rosa VS Shida, he was all for it. All champions should be fighting champions, and this is a great opportunity for the two companies to work together. We get a glimpse at the contract signing between Shida and Rosa. They both sign on the dotted line and it is official. Rosa says that title will be hers, but Shida says she will win. Only one will be proven right on September 5th!
MJF and team head to the ring.
The walker gets stuck again but he manages to make it down the steps of the ramp and to the ring. Though he obviously needs help to get through the ropes. Is MJF even medically cleared for All Out? Moxley makes his entrance now, from the stands! The fans cheer as Moxley has his copy of the contract. Moxley joins MJF and the rest in the ring, and MJF’s lawyer reminds us that the contract is to ban the “double arm DDT” for the All Out championship match. MJF signed it and says it’s that easy. Moxley double checks it as MJF says we’ve seen a million contract signings in wrestling. 10 out of 10 times, it ends in physicality. But “Jonathan,” as much as MJF would love to slap off that snide smirk over Moxley attacking “like a gutless coward” trying to end MJF’s career, MJF won’t. Because unlike-
The fans cheer loudly so MJF has to speak louder. MJF says he can separate business from emotions. So please, practice social distancing. Kinda like his hairline right now. Hah, funny. MJF will get there one day, after he hits puberty. Hah, really funny. Moxley talks rather eloquently for “someone from Middle America, not that that says much.” And Moxley is sharp, like a marble. But MJF has to admit everyone wants to see this match. Since it was announced, fans have been clamoring for Dictator Jon VS MJF. But MJF just doesn’t get the hype of this “one trick pony.” Ooh~ look at me, I’m Jon Moxley, I’m crazy! But after watching him, MJF realizes Moxley is really good. And that’s why fans love him, right? Fans cheer to confirm.
Fans like Moxley because he is a badass. In fact, MJF remembers when Mike Tyson was here and watching a Moxley match. Tyson pointed and said in front of everyone, “I wouldn’t want to be in a dark alley with that guy.” That’s powerful. And neither would MJF, really. No one in their right mind would. But sadly, at All Out, it won’t be an alley. It’ll be a wrestling ring. And MJF’s bad neck or not, that is where Moxley is in danger. MJF is a pro-wrestling prodigy, and on September 5th- Fans, MJF loves you but c’mon, he’s talking. MJF says that he will systematically take Moxley apart, target Moxley’s weakness and use every single part of the ring to his advantage with the same steady hands as a brain surgeon.
And then does Moxley know what happens next? Moxley will panic. Moxley is not a wrestler, but a glorified goon. Moxley will try to get MJF to fall into the same trap as everyone else: going outside of the ring and into Moxley’s territory. Moxley wants MJF on the floor, by the steps, the railing, because that is all Moxley knows. All Moxley studied and idolized were guys like The Sandman, New Jack, Jon Zandig, and Onita. Y’know, “hot garbage.” The guys MJF studied were wrestlers. Buddy Rogers, Ernie Ladd and Tully Blanchard. And because of that, MJF has too high of a ring IQ to play Moxley’s game. MJF will keep Mox in the ring “like a dog on a leash” and beat Mox like the dog he is. The fanboys will be calling ASPCA but it’ll be too late. At the end of All Out, MJF has “Pretty Platinum,” the most important title in all of professional sports, and he becomes our AEW World Champion! We deserve better.
But, Jon, if you think you’re so good and are a better wrestler, MJF can’t wrap his brain around how Moxley thinks he needs one little move. Does anyone else get it? Unless Moxley isn’t man enough to beat someone without the Paradigm Shift. If that’s the case, maybe Moxley should tell his hot little wife that MJF’s single. All Moxley does is stand up hearing those fighting words, and the lawyer shouts at him to stay back or get sued. Harm a hair on MJF’s head and they’ll sue. Sign the contract or get sued! Moxley tells the lawyer, “Sit down, dick wad.” Same for Flex Magazine, Wardlow. Fans cheer Moxley on as he continues.
“Should I sign this contract?” Well he’s no lawyer, but it’s pretty simple: Does Moxley need the Paradigm Shift to beat MJF? No. But does Moxley want to dump MJF six to seven more times on his head? Yes, very much. Does he want MJF to have permanent neck damage? Kinda. Because Moxley doesn’t like MJF. What MJF wants to do is take away Moxley’s most dangerous weapon, but what he’s forcing Moxley to do is to get creative. MJF is forcing Moxley to think of all the limbs he could snap. Or all the way she could choke MJF until he’s blue and passes out. Moxley is now thinking of all the ways he could hurt MJF.
Now Moxley doesn’t want to get sued, he doesn’t know any lawyers. One public defender, but even he’s in jail. So Moxley has to sign the contract, and he does. “But remember two things: Nothing you say matters; and nothing I sign matters.” Because at All Out, MJF is a dead man. The fans is fired up as Moxley signs, and MJF celebrates. “You idiot!” The lawyer says that when this is all over, maybe he’ll represent Moxley because boy did he do the stupidest thing he’s ever done! Yeah, good business. And no one broke the table. And thanks for being reasonable about Moxley’s amendment to page 17, “that was clutch.” Wait, what? There were only 16 pages. What’s on page 17? They didn’t read that? Dude, never sign something without reading it!
Because you see, next week is a tune-up match. Moxley VS the lawyer, Mark! And if Mark doesn’t show, “bonehead” MJF doesn’t get his title match! WHOA!! MJF is furious! And in the match with Mark, the Paradigm Shift WILL be legal. Wear a helmet. Hmm, maybe Moxley can be a lawyer. Thank you, AEW, good night! Moxley gets the better of MJF’s legal team, and now he’ll get to get the Paradigm Shift out of his system before All Out!
AEW reviews the coming grudge match of Best Friends and Proud ‘n’ Powerful!
Santana clears the air: Best Friends are dumbasses. Santana and Ortiz wreck Trent’s mom’s van, and the best Best Friends can come up with is, “Apologize!” They must be buggin’. And they wouldn’t have made it home that night anyway. This wasn’t even about the Best Friends anyway. But props to Best Friends puffing up your chests and helping out Orange Cassidy. But now they gotta deal with the pitbulls. PNP will apologize ahead of time that Mama Baretta wasn’t in the van when it got wrecked! Time to pay your dues to the illest, boys!
8 Man Tag: The Butcher, The Blade & The Lucha Brothers VS Joey Janela, Sonny Kiss, Brian Pillman Jr. & Griff Garrison!
Eddie Kingston says we already know what it is. The internet and wrestling fandom has been buzzing about him keeping Pentagon, Fenix, and the mercs focused, but a faction? C’mon, ya’ll, grow up. These are his boys from back in the day! They’re about championships, that’s why they’re all here. And that is where he will lead them and himself. Yonkers 7:30! But then, will Andy Williams, Braxton Sutter and the Lucha Bros stay focused on taking out Jersey’s Finest and the new Hollywood blondes?
The teams sort out and we begin with the Ivy League MVP with Blade. The bell rings, Blade kicks low and bumps Griff off buckles. Blade CHOPS Griff, CHOPS again, and whips corner to corner, Griff reverses, redirects and corner splashes to whip. BIG leaping splash! But Butcher gets in to clobber Griff! Things break down and it’s a brawl! Kingston’s guys throw the others out, then Fenix FLIES to take out Jersey’s Finest! Pentagon FLIES to take out the blondes! Fans fire up as Pentagon and Fenix stand Griff up. Pentagon CHOPS Griff against the railing! Fenix CHOPS, then puts Griff in. Butcher gut wrenches and Blade dropkicks into the gut wrench suplex!
Kingston is fired up, Blade runs corner to corner but Griff elbows back. Griff fires forearms, Blade knees low and runs, but Griff BOOTS him down! Griff drags Blade up, tags in Kiss, and Kiss kicks low. Kiss throws forearms, whips Blade but Blade reverses. Kiss goes Matrix to dodge, then dodges again to huricanrana! Kiss handsprings corner to corner to SLAP Blade! Kiss Matrix again but Blade gut wrenches him up! Kiss slips out to rolling elbow! Tag to Janela, they double whip Blade and double hip toss! Kiss basement dropkicks, Janela Russian Leg Sweeps! SPLIT LEG BOOT from Kiss!
Janela drags Blade up, throws forearms, and has Blade in a corner. Janela whips corner to corner, Blade dodges to tag in Butcher! Blade and Butcher each hit Janela, then Pentagon and Fenix add on! Fenix huricanranas Pentagon to cannonball into Janela, and the mercs BLAST the rest of Janela’s team down! Kingston is fired up for his guys as AEW goes picture in picture, #LBBBEightMan.
Fenix drags Janela up, whips and speeds things up to dropkick Jnalea down! Fenix gets in Pillman’s face as he drags Janela away for a rain of right forearms! Fenix drags Janela up, CHOPS him in the corner, and tags Pentagon. Pentagon wrenches but Janela fires forearms back. Pentagon KICKS Janela in the leg, Janela wags his finger but it still hurts. Pentagon SUPERKICKS Janela down! Pentagon drags Janela up and away from his team to tag in Butcher. They mug Janela, then Butcher suplex SLAMS Janela down! Butcher drags Janela back up, whips him to a neutral corner and CHOPS!
Butcher tags Fenix, Fenix goes up to JAB Janela down. Fenix rams his shoulder into Janela, and again. And again! Then Fenix fakes out Janela’s team before running, spinning and SLAPPING Janela! Tag to Pentagon, the brothers shout out Team 3D with a WAZZAP double stomp! Pentagon drags Janela up, Janela tries to fight free but Fenix tags back in. They mug Janela, but Janela fights back! Janela and Fenix trade forearms, Fenix ROCKS Janela, then taunts Janela’s team before he throws haymakers. The ref reprimands, Janela fights back but that’s not so easy 4v1. AEW returns to single picture as Fenix runs corner to corner. Janela BOOTS Fenix, fires off on Pentagon and the mercs, and goes up and over Fenix.
Fenix gets Janela, headlocks, Janela powers out to DECK Fenix! Butcher gets in to throw Janela out! Janela hits back and hotshots Butcher away! Janela slingshots up and over Butcher then dodges Fenix to tag in Kiss! Kiss slides under to dropkick flip and uppercut! Kiss whips, Fenix reverses but Kiss huricanranas and boots Fenix away! Kiss goes up, FLYING RANA! Fenix sits up, Kiss hits a step-up senton! Kiss goes up top, fans fire up but the Axes ‘n’ Ohs misses! Fenix SUPERKICKS Kiss! Fenix blasts the blondes! Fenix drags Kiss up, wrenches and CHOPS to then go up, up and walk the ropes. Kiss trips him up! Janela drags Fenix out for an APRON DEATH VALLEY!
Pentagon mule kicks Janela, CERO! MIEDO! APRON PACKAGE PILEDRIVER!! Fenix tags Blade, Kiss tags Pillman! Pillman springboards to CLOBBER Blade with that forearm! Pillman fires up and SUPERKICKS Butcher! Butcher stays up!? Butcher swings, Pillman dodges to CHOP and CHOP! Butcher ROCKS him but Pillman CHOPS again! And again! And again! Pilman uppercuts, runs, but into a LARIAT! Blade blasts Griff, the mercs drag Pillman up, suplex POWERBOMB NECKBREAKER! Pentagon tags in, and he coordinates with Fenix, draping dumdum stomp DDT!! Cover, Kingston’s boys win!
Winners: The Butcher, the Blade & The Lucha Brothers, by pinfall
Bulletproof Pillman isn’t invincible, and he goes down! Kingston has his team’s hands raised, then tells fans to shut up with the chanting. “Ladies and gentleman, Pay-Per-View’s coming up, the Casino Battle Royale, guess what?” These are in it, and so they’re definitely winning it! Enough said! Will anyone be able to stop this fearsome five man unit?
The Dark Order heads to the ring.
Colt Cabana smiles and applauds as Evil Uno has a mic. “Wonderful! Beautiful!” Stu Grayson and the Numbers are having fun as they bring a casket out! They set it down on stage, and Uno says “The Dark Order has been on Cloud 9 since last Saturday’s AEW Dynamite.” Evil Uno has never, ever been this happy! Stu went out of his way and bought two of the most beautiful vehicles on his dream list, those both being Snapper brand riding mowers… The Exalted One bought not just two lawnmowers, or even three, four or five. Someone help him put up a finger. Thank you, Alex Reynolds. SIX of the most exceptional riding mowers known to man now belong to them!
This is as much a celebration of championship gold as it is a celebration of this casket. This represents them bidding farewell to the man known as Cody. Where oh where is Cody? Open the casket, and there he is! But just kidding, it’s Preston Vance, aka Number 10, with a pretend American Nightmare neck tattoo. Throw away that ugly Nightmare Family track suit and close the lid! The casket lid is closed on the Nightmare Family! The story is over and they are buried to make way for a new king of wrestling! The NEW TNT Champion, Mr. Brodie Lee! Isn’t he great?!
Mr. Brodie Lee arrives, holding the title high and wearing a brand new suit. Anna Jay is with him, and everyone gets a high five from Mr. Brodie! Colt shakes Brodie’s hand and Stu gets a hug. Brodie tells Tony Schiavone to get off commentary to join them on stage. Brodie takes the mic and leads the way into the ring. Schiavone joins them and gives us another introduction of the TNT Champion, Mr. Brodie Lee. To be honest, Schiavone can’t see anyone taking the title from him, especially with his group behind him. Brodie wants us all to look back to December 2019. “While each and every one of these men was laughed at and ridiculed by people like you,” Brodie felt he was in prison at home because of those same people!
But Brodie does what he says he will, and just a week and a half ago, Brodie told Cody that the gold was coming home with him. But Brodie did give Cody back the old belt, SMACK, just like that! The Dark Order chants, “Cody Sucks!” and Brodie points out the symbolism. They buried the Nightmare Family, and there is not a soul that can stand up to him! No more Open Challenges! No more indie wrestlers getting TV time on Brodie’s watch! And Cody is never, EVER getting the title back! The Dark Order chants “You Deserve It!” and he tells them to shut it. Brodie takes this time to introduce us to the newest member of the Dark Order family. This is Anna Jay, Number 99, the Great One, and the QUEENSLAYER!!
John Silver speaks up, and says he has been celebrating Mr. Brodie’s win since Saturday! Silver just wants to say Mr. Brodie is the man! Brodie DECKS Silver for talking too much. And then tells Reynolds to pick him up. Schiavone, leave. Silver, stand in line. There is not a soul on earth that can touch Brodie! The Dark Order is the hottest act in pro-wrestling, Brodie is the hottest champ in pro-wrestling, and there is NOTHING anyone can do about that! Look up and- Dustin Rhodes attacks!! QT follows after, and the two Nightmare Family members still standing take out the Numbers! But that’s still 10v2 and they get beat down! SPINE BUSTER for QT!
Stu stomps QT while Uno stomps Dustin. But here comes SCORPIO SKY! Scorpio swings on the numbers, clotheslines Uno out, and stares Brodie down. Scorpio points at the champ, but Anna Jay sneaks up to SLAP him! And then Brodie clobbers him! Brodie tells Colt to follow as he and Anna get out of the ring. Brodie drags Uno up to get on his case for letting this happen. Uno apologizes as Brodie, Colt and Anna leave. Uno coordinates the others but MATT CARDONA hits a ROUGH RYDER! Then he tosses Stu out, and evens the odds with the Numbers! Cardona, Scorpio and the Natural Nightmares hold the ring together! Brodie returns to sort his people out but also taunts Dustin with the title. Will Dustin and friends carry on the fight for Cody?
AEW returns with a backstage interview with Hangman Page.
Dasha finds Hangman at the bar, but where else would he be? She asks him why he cost the Bucks their match. But the Bucks storm in to get the answer for themselves. Why, Hangman? Is he afraid to face the Bucks again? Or is he insecure? Who even is Hangman anymore? Hangman’s pushed himself to this point. The Bucks wanted Hangman to be their friend but he kept thinking he wasn’t good enough. He was always good enough! All they wanted was a friend! There was a point in time when Hangman was a jobber, but this is even worse. It’s about damn time someone told him the truth. “You’re nothing but a drunk.” Matt takes Hangman’s drink to throw it in his face!!
Matt isn’t done running him down, either. “Since November, you’ve been asking for it, and we’ve been clinging on to something that doesn’t even exist anymore.” Hangman didn’t want to be their friend, didn’t want to be in The Elite, but The Elite was hanging on to something that wasn’t there anymore. And now, Hangman, this is what you wanted, so they’re done! Hangman is OUT of The Elite!! They slam the door and the mirror on it cracks. Hangman looks at himself in the broken mirror. Can Hangman stomach what he’s done?
3v1 Handicap Match: Britt Baker, Rebel & Penelope Ford w/ Kip Sabian VS Big Swole!
The Role Model gives Big Swole the match she wants, sort of. Swole forgot to specify what kind of match they’d finally have, so Britt took advantage of stacking the deck. Will Swole break the upper hand Britt thinks she has?
Britt has a mic to tell Swole, “You’re welcome for the house, my big return.” And also, seeing as how Swole has a fat chance of winning, the Role Model offers inspiration. If Swole wins, she and Britt will go 1v1 in any match Swole wants. “Let’s go, girls,” #ShaniaTwain. Rebel and Penelope attack Swole together, then they double whip. But Swole ducks the double clothesline to fire off forearms! Ford knees low, the ref has Rebel go to the corner, and Ford fireman’s carries as the bell finally rings! Ford hits a rolling senton and covers, ONE! Ford drags Swole up, Swole throws body shots but Ford ducks the roundhouse for Swole to HEADBUTT!
Ford kicks low, puts Swole on the ropes and chokes! The ref counts, Ford lets up but Britt uses a crutch to poke Swole in the head! Britt pokes Swole more, Ford drags her up to ram into the corner. Rebel tags in. Ford goes corner to corner to handspring back elbow! Rebel runs in to corner shining wizard! Rebel climbs up, as Britt tells her to, but she’s a bit wobbly. Swole ROCKS Ford and trips Rebel up! Swole rocks Rebel, climbs up and brings Rebel up for a SUPER STEINER! Cover but Kip distracts! Swole slides out to trip Kip, and take him DIRTY DANCING! Ford BOOTS Swole and puts her in!
Ford drags Swole into the drop zone for Rebel’s MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO!! Swole survives and Britt is furious! Rebel drags Swole back to tag in Ford, Ford mugs Swole and throws forearms. Ford chicken wings, Britt gives Rebel a crutch but obviously the ref sees that! The ref takes that crutch away, but Britt passes Rebel the other one! Rebel swings but Swole moves and Ford gets CLOBBERED! Swole throws Rebel out, covers Ford, Swole wins!!
Winner: Big Swole, by pinfall
And Britt has to eat her words!! Swole will get Britt 1v1 and in a match stipulation of her choice! Britt is stuck on the ramp since the steps aren’t wheelchair accessible. What will Britt have to face when she finally faces the consequences of her actions?
AEW sets up for next week’s Wednesday Night Dynamite!
AEW is hoping to return to their normal time slot, which means they’re hoping for that grudge match of PNP and Best Friends! Do Trent and Chuck have a hope and a prayer of surviving Santana and Ortiz? Jericho will also return to action to tune-up for the Mimosa Mayhem by taking on the Bad Boy, Joey Janela! Then a HUGE 8 Man Tag will feed into All Out as The Addiction and Private Party team up against The Young Bucks and Jurassic Express! The winning four then face each other at All Out, surely with tag title implications on the line! Will the Bucks rebound from Hangman’s betrayal to get a big win? And of course, let’s not forget Jon Moxley taking on MJF’s lawyer, Mark! Will Moxley leave his mark on Mark before focusing all his attention and sadistic creativity on MJF?
The Dark Order returns.
At least, Anna Jay, Stu and Uno. They have a folder that reads “Join Us,” and it is presented to Anna Jay’s partner in the AEW Women’s Tag Team Cup, Taynara Conti! Conti tentatively accepts, and hugs Jay! Is Tay going to #JoinDarkOrder now?
Tables Match: Matt Hardy VS Sammy Guevara!
The Spanish God has his cue cards again to speak to us while AEW is picture in picture! “Broken spirits? NOPE! Broken Sammy? Not a chance! Broken Matt? Stand by! Prepare to witness the breaking of a legend! Matt Hardy! You can’t delete a Spanish God. Hit me up!” And a doodle of a broken table. Will Sammy be made to eat those words after the break?
AEW returns as Hardy makes his entrance, and the bell rings. Hardy dodges Sammy to SLAP him, club him down, then scrap with him around the ring. Hardy cranks on Sammy’s head with a facelock then lets him go to kick him. Sammy gets to a corner, Hardy runs in but misses, and Sammy ENZIGURIS! Sammy whips but Hardy breaks free to club Sammy down. Hardy drags Sammy up but Sammy knees low. Sammy facelocks and hops onto the ropes but Hardy denies the DDT to shove Sammy HARD out of the ring! Hardy pursues, drags Sammy up and whips him up and over the railing! Hardy hurries after Sammy, punches away on Sammy in a spare seat and the crowd fires up!
Hardy whips Sammy but Sammy leaps the railing, only for Hardy to chuck chairs at him!! Sammy ducks and chair hits post rather than his head! Hardy continues after Sammy but Sammy KNEES him down! Sammy brings out more tables as AEW goes picture in picture, #AEWTables.
Sammy sets up the new table against the ring, Hardy hits low and powerbomb lifts, but Sammy fights back! Sammy is down, KNEES Hardy, then scoops him to a Torture Rack! GO TO HOSPITAL! Hardy is down but Sammy needs to catch his breath and check his face. Sammy comes back to drag Hardy up. Fans rally but Sammy puts Hardy on the table. Sammy moves things aside, gets back in the ring and builds speed. Sammy FLIES but Hardy moves, Sammy crashes through the table!! But this doesn’t end the match, because someone has to put their opponent through a table, not themselves. Hardy hobbles up and Sammy crawls out of the wreckage as things continue.
Hardy leans against a table, Sammy runs in but Hardy avoids the dropkick! Sammy bounces off the wood and clutches his leg. Hardy drags Sammy, brings him up and around, but Sammy escapes the bomb by grabbing ropes and getting back in the ring. Sammy is BLEEDING from his forehead as Hardy runs in and gives him a SIDE EFFECT! Hardy says “DELETE!” but he falls over! Hardy doesn’t seem any better right now, but he blocks a kick to spin Sammy around, only for Sammy to heel kick right back! Sammy goes after Hardy at the apron, and it’s hard to tell if Hardy’s bleeding or that’s just his red streak. Sammy tries to suplex, Hardy resists so Sammy clubs him. Hardy hits back, drags Sammy to the apron, but Sammy boots back!
Sammy goes up top, steadies himself, and LEAPS! Hardy gets clear, Sammy lands on his feet, but gets an APRON SIDE EFFECT! Hardy scoops Sammy to set him on a table and then goes back to the apron. Hardy leaps, but Sammy moves and Hardy crashes down through the table!! But just like with Sammy, this doesn’t count because Hardy put himself through the table. Sammy walks around the way, looks for something under the ring, and Hardy manages to get in the ring and hobble over. The ref checks on Hardy but Sammy brings a chair into the ring! Sammy aims but Hardy kicks him first! Hardy puts the chair around Sammy’s head, FULL METAL TWIST OF FATE!! How is Sammy even okay!?
The fan loses their minds as Hardy drags out a very special table! It has the word, “DELETED!” on it! Hardy puts it in, sets it up, and stands it over the chair?! Sammy is set on the table, right where the chair is wedged. Hardy hobbles to a corner, climbs up and the fans chant “DELETE! DELETE!” But Hardy wobbles and has to step down. Sammy climbs up, drags Hardy up, aims for the table… SUPERPLEX THROUGH TABLE AND CHAIR!! Sammy wins!!
Winner: Sammy Guevara
Jericho is definitely relieved and happy that his protege survived! How many stitches will it take for that gash on Sammy’s head? How many weeks will it take for Hardy to recover from this? But wait, here comes Orange Cassidy to go after Jericho!! Cassidy leaps over commentary to tackle Jericho into the backdrop! JR and Schiavone give this space as referees rush over. Jericho and Cassidy keep brawling, Sammy joins in, Cassidy decks Jericho! Then he gets free to SUPER PUNCH Jericho! Cassidy keeps raining down punches, referees try to get him to stop but he won’t. Jericho hits back with haymakers of his own, fans are fired up for “Freshly Squeezed!”
Referees finally separate Jericho and Cassidy, but then Jericho breaks free to tackle Cassidy again! Cassidy turns i around to ground ‘n’ pound, Sammy is down from the gash in his head, and this is how AEW has to end!! Will there be nothing but mayhem before these two go all out?
Another great Dynamite for being another special broadcast. Opening with the gauntlet makes all the sense in the world, and it was all great stuff. The biggest thing was Hangman betraying the Young Bucks and them kicking him out of The Elite! The emotion playing on everyone’s faces was so good! If this doesn’t mean Hangman joins FTR under Tully so they and Shawn Spears can be the AEW Four Horsemen, I don’t know what does. Though with Kenny Omega looking to be the Heel one, that could be the point so that we’re swerved when Omega joins them instead. We’ll definitely see when All Out has Omega & Hangman VS FTR for the titles.
Sean Maluta sure bounces around promotions, doesn’t he? And around the ring with Archer in there against him. Archer wins, of course, but the real development is that there’s stable warfare between Archer and Jake the Snake with #TeamTaz. Darby gets his shots in on Ricky Starks after a really effective promo, but I don’t see Darby joining up with The Snake. The 8 Man Tag was great, and the combination of Butcher, Blade and Lucha Bros is definitely incredible, and I think it’s very interesting Eddie Kingston had to deny this was a stable/faction. It totally is, and they’re definitely going to work together against the other 16. Now, I’ve yet to see a group of wrestlers working together in a battle royal make it to the end, but it’d be pretty cool if AEW let Kingston and his boys play that scenario out.
We got a great preview for Shida VS Rosa. Rosa is definitely great, even as other characters in Lucha Underground and Women of Wrestling, and so of course her match with Shida is a show stealer already. However, as wild as it would be, I don’t see Shida losing her belt to give us a double champion that is from outside AEW. But either way, I do think an NWA-AEW partnership will make for more great programming like this in the future. The contract segment was great, because as MJF said, they avoided a brawl. Instead, we got a great “surprise” for MJF where Moxley can get his Paradigm Shift quota in on the “lawyer.” Plus, MJF really should’ve studied up on “Dictator Jon,” because Moxley beat Brodie Lee with a submission at Double Or Nothing. Moxley can use that on MJF’s “bad neck” and win that way, too.
The 3v1 Handicap match really ended up more like a 2v1 because for one, Britt didn’t look like she could wrestle in kayfabe so she didn’t even bother. Rebel still needs a little work but it makes a lot of sense that she messes up and that helps Swole win. Swole and Britt will now have the match at All Out we all knew they’d have, but with Swole having the option to add a stipulation, that’s going to be a lot of fun. That tables match with Hardy and Sammy was wild! And I like that they played up the “accidental” table spots with Sammy and Hardy each crashing through tables by themselves. And WOW Sammy got bloody there. It was wild stuff, the table with a chair wedged under it was insane and it’s quite the surprise for Guevara to win but also great. Then Cassidy coming out of nowhere to go after Jericho was incredible, too! This is all great stuff from Cassidy, I still want the real blow-off to be Blood & Guts but Mimosa Mayhem is going to be a lot of fun.
My Score: 9.2/10