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AEW Dynamite
September 9, 2020

by Samoa Rowe

AEW Dynamite

From Daily's Place in Jacksonville, Florida. There are about 500 - 750 fans in attendance due to the ongoing pandemic. Our hosts are Jim Ross, Tony Shiavone, and Excalibur.

Earlier today, Shiavone greeted Chris Jericho and MJF in the parking lot. Jericho is outraged that Moxley cheated to beat MJF at All Out. MJF is grateful and feels sorry that Jericho ever had to touch Orange Cassidy, let alone lose to him twice. They both head off in opposite directions and are caught on camera calling each other a loser in stereo. This was cute, maybe a little too cute, but sets up some intriguing storyline directions.

Jurassic Express (Luchasaurus and Jungle Boy, with Marko Stunt) vs. Lucha Bros. (Penta El Zero M and Rey Fenix, with Eddie Kingston)

Pentagon Jr. is now Penta El Zero M, I guess due to some trademarks clearing. I feel like neither team can afford a loss here, and Jungle Boy and Fenix have an urgent start. Lucha Bros. hit a tandem splash, and Penta shushes the crowd for a loud chop. Luchasaurus tags and throws Jungle Boy into a Flatliner on Penta. Jungle Boy slips while jumping off his partner's back but still tackles Fenix. Jungle Boy clears Lucha Bros from the ring, hits a dive, but Penta then shoves him off the ropes into Fenix' superkick. Jungle Boy quickly makes the hot tag and Luchasaurus shows off all the big man flippy moves that Twitter experts think he shouldn't be doing. He chokeslams Fenix off the top rope and almost finishes via standing moonsault. Fenix answers with a springboard headbutt on Luchasaurus and Gory Driver on Jungle Boy. Penta hits Sling Blade on Luchasaurus and Backstabber on Jungle Boy. The Footstomp Piledriver only gets 2 on Jungle Boy! Jungle Boy throws Fenix into Penta's Destroyer and steals the pinfall at 9:24! This was a little sloppy at times, and that finish kind of pushes the limits of suspending my disbelief, but overall a great opener, ***½.
Winners: Jurassic Express

Fenix and Penta exchange shoves, and Butcher and Blade arrive to restore order. Kingston plays peacemaker again, but can't help but be frustrated that all five of them lost the Casino Battle Royal. Unlike Lucha Bros' "British friend" and Blade's wife, he is there for them, and orders everyone to shake hands. Eddie also believes he was never properly eliminated at All Out and demands we look up the rules.

Promo with Jake Roberts and Lance Archer in a dark, rainy alley. They like trashing cars, trashing people, and getting wet. Moxley is going to p!ss himself when the Murderhawk gets his hands on him. EVERYBODY DIES!

Matt Hardy comes to the ring to talk. The fans give him a standing ovation and Hardy chant after the horrific bump he took at All Out. He thanks the fans for the outpouring of love he's received from the fans and claims to be on his way to making a 100% recovery. He thanks his wife and newborn son in the crowd (Reby looks less than thrilled to be endorsing this on camera) and says he's grateful that the fans care so much about his health. He's happy that his vendetta with Sammy Guevara is over and it's time for him to get healthy and chase some championship gold. I am so relieved that Matt appears to be OK, and I hope that in the future AEW will err on the side of caution when it comes to calling off matches if someone looks concussed.

Angelico (with Jack Evans) vs. Orange Cassidy

Evans' distraction lets Angelico gain the early advantage. OC counters out of a wristlock. OC tries to look bored while chain wrestling. Angelico blocks a tornado DDT and rolls OC into a head submission. OC ets up a dive and hits a flying elbow. High crossbody by OC and the proper tornado DDT. The Superman punch finishes at 3:12. Pretty cool that Cassidy got to squash a real roster member.
Winner: Orange Cassidy

Santana and Ortiz ambush OC with a steel rod and put the boots to him. Best Friends make the late save. They issue a challenge for a Parking Lot Brawl next week. Trent wants to hurt them and make his momma proud.

Alex Marvez tries to get a word with the Young Bucks, but they lay him out with superkicks.

Kip Sabian and Penelope Ford come to the ring to to reveal the Best Man for their wedding. Kip orders Shiavone out of the ring ("If I wanted a member of the announce team, I'd want J.R., because he knows how to have a good time!"). Crowd didn't like that. Kip calls out the best man, and a big man known as Puff comes dancing out. Sabian is annoyed and tells his "subscriber" to scram. Kip tries again and Brian Pillman Jr. comes out, but he's also mistaken (Sabian: "We aren't even friends, get out, I hope your birthday sucked!"). Sabian tries again, and his Best Man is MIRO! That's right, Rusev is here and he's Kip's best friend. The fans are pretty jazzed to see him and chant "Miro Day." Miro says he spent 10 years in the same house with the same imaginary brass ring, which (Vince) can stick straight up his @ss. Anyone who's seen his Twitch channel knows he is the best man and now he's also all elite.

Earlier today, Tony Shiavone had a sitdown chat with Anxious Millennial Cowboy, Hangman Page, who is recovering from a tough Tag Team Championship loss at All Out. Page says FTR shouldn't have been he #1 contenders and it's all his fault. Despite all the setbacks, Page thinks his team with Omega isn't finished and they'll earn another title shot.

No Disqualifications:
Joey Janela and Sonny Kiss vs. The Inner Circle (Chris Jericho and Jake Hager)

Janela is looking for payback after his embarrassing squash last week and takes the fight to Le Champion. Janela scores a running elbow and Kiss helps with a double flapjack, bulldog, and dropkick. Kiss knocks Hager off the apron, but Jericho rakes the eyes. Kiss answers with a roundhouse kick and tags Janela for stereo missile dropkicks. They clear the ring and Janela nails a tope suicida. Janela hits some chair shots, but Jericho answers with a back suplex onto the chair. Cue the commercial! Inner Circle dominate Janela through the break. Janela drives Jericho through a wedged chair and Kiss gets a hot tag. Kiss blocks a Hager Bomb with a trash can. Janela pursues Jericho to the stage but gets catapulted into Hager's arms for a slam through a table! Kiss catches Jericho and Hager with a high crossbody! Kiss twirls around hitting rapid stiff attacks and is poised to finish Hager when Jericho sprays him with a fire extinguisher! Hager easily pins Kiss at 9:45. Match was a bit random, but very entertaining, I was actually getting some chills from how good Kiss looked at times, ***½.
Winners: The Inner Circle

Jericho and Hager boast their victory on the mic. All Out was a bad night for the Inner Circle, but this is a new era, and they intend to move up the tag ranks and earn a shot at FTR!

MJF speaks from his campaign headquarters. He's feeling sour that Dictator John cheated at All Out (using the forbidden Paradigm Shift when the ref's back was turned) and he's so angry that he tips over furniture and fires his team. He tells off Wardlow for costing him the title and reminds him that he signs his checks. If they have a problem, he'll put Wardlow's whole family on the streets, so the big man backs down.

AEW World Champion Jon Moxley puts over his title reign. You can't cut the line, campaign, or complain your way to the title. He's not scared of Lance Archer.

It's time for FTR's Tag Team Championship celebration! They're in the ring with Tully Blanchard, who names them the greatest champions in the world. They are surrounded by numerous tag teams and offer some disingenuous platitudes. They single out Jurassic Express, stating they'd never let a dumbass dinosaur and Tarzan cosplayer define their division. That sparks a fight, and FTR flees at the first sign of trouble, only to get dumped with ice.

Taz joins commentary just in time to laugh as Ricky Starks comes out dressed as Darby Allin to whine about being too injured to skateboard. He plans on kicking Darby's @ss soon.

Tay Conti vs. Nyla Rose (with Vickie Guerrero)

Conti is newly signed to AEW, and the Dark Order has attempted to recruit her. Rose tosses her across the ring, but Tay scores a quick roll-up for 2. Conti rolls into a knee-bar, but Rose rakes the eyes to break free. Conti is tossed to ringside for a cheap shot from Vickie. Rose is in firm control just in time for a picture-in-picture commercial! They return just in time for Rose to block a sunset flip and unceremoniously slam Conti, only to get caught in a cross armbreaker. Rose counters into a Beast Bomb for the win at 5:35! Solid match, but most of it took place during the commercial.
Winner: Nyla Rose

Vickie shrieks EXCUSE ME and puts over Nyla's statement victory. Champion Hikaru Shida runs in with a kendo stick to save Conti from any more abuse. Rose back off and Conti seems to accept Shida's help.

BREAKING NEWS: The Bucks have been fined 5,000 dollars for attacking poor Marvez.

Earlier today, Jim Ross sat down with Kenny Omega to discuss the happenings at All Out. Omega brushes off the loss, as losing belts is part of the game. He feels the team with Page was magic, especially after he failed to meet fan expectations by not becoming the inaugural AEW Champion. Omega is glad he had the experience of winning it all with Hangman, but now it's time for him to make other plans. It's time for Kenny Omega to reenter the singles division.

TNT Championship:
Mr. Brodie Lee © (with John Silver) vs. Dustin Rhodes (with QT Marshall and Brandi Rhodes)

They begin brawling during introductions and Lee quickly throws Dustin onto a table. Dustin recovers and kicks down Silver for good measure. Back to the ring, Lee pokes the eyes t gain an advantage. Dustin comes back with mounted punches. Lee slingshots Dustin chest-first into the ropes to send us to commercial. They return with Dustin's comeback. It's basic, but the crowd loves it. Lee blocks a Destroyer but Dustin answers with a rana. Destroyer by Dustin only gets 2! Fans chant "This is awesome!" Cross Rhodes connects but Lee kicks out! Big powerbomb by Lee for another good nearfall. Dustin hits a cannonball senton off the apron, but Silver disrupts, only to get slammed out. Dustin struggles but hits a piledriver on Lee, who gets the ropes. They trade jabs and kicks until Dustin hits a hard lariat for 2. Lee hits the Discus Lariat for the win at 11:22. Rock solid match, with a boost from the fans, ***½.
Winner and still TNT Champion: Brodie Lee

The Dark Order arrive for a celebration, but they aren't too happy that Colt Cabana is still there. They remove Colt ,and helps Lee hit a cheap big boot on Dustin.

Special word from Cody: he announces a new game show called "Go Big or Go Home." Contestants will do crazy things, like crash monster trucks, for cash prizes. It's basically a novel talent show, with celebrity judges like Snoop Dogg and Rosario Dawson. This will teach the Dark Order who's boss.

Final Thoughts: This show was a ton of fun and just blew by. I like the new story threads being sewn. Easy thumbs up.

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