Original Air Date: October 30, 2019
Event Date: October 30, 2019
(aired live on TNT)
Commentary: Jim Ross, Excalibur, Tony Shiavone (4, 5)
Ring Announcer: Justin Roberts
Tony Shiavone waits for Cody and Dustin Rhodes to disembark from a plane. Dustin heads to the venue for tonight’s show while Cody accompanies Shiavone. They get into a limo as the segment ends.
Last week after the main event draw between Jon Moxley and Pac, Moxley attacked the referee. After the show went off the air, Pac attacked Moxley and wrapped a chair around his neck. Before Pac could attack Moxley’s neck, Kenny Omega came out and chased Pac away.
Meanwhile, Adam Page came out and demanded a rematch from Pac at Full Gear.
After that, the camera followed Moxley as he entered Tony Khan’s office. From outside, we hear that Khan told Moxley that his match against Omega will be unsanctioned. The pisses Moxley off even more, and he says Omega’s blood will be on Tony Khan’s hands.
“Dynamite” by No One Hero
Sammy Guevara vs Hangman Page
(referee: Rick Knox)
Result: Hangman Page wins via pinfall after the Buckshot Lariat
Good match. It felt like both guys needed a win tonight, but with Page heading into a rematch with Pac at Full Gear, Page probably needed the win a bit more. The action was good. Guevara didn’t seem to take Page too seriously, and that cost him multiple times throughout the match. Page was strong an consistent, and he had a good showing tonight.
After the match, Hangman Page says things haven’t been going well for him lately, but tonight felt good. At Full Gear, he plans to do some “cowboy shit” and take Pac’s head off.
During a picture-in-picture commercial break, Private Party encounters the Rock ‘n’ Roll Express.
Shanna vs Hikaru Shida
(referee: Paul Turner)
Result: Hikaru Shida wins via pinfall after a running knee strike
Good match. I’ve been a fan of Shanna’s for a couple of years now, and I’ve been waiting for someone to sign her. I’m glad she’s in AEW. Shanna struggled to get much offense early in the match, but about halfway through she started to throw Shida off her game. Shanna had some very close near falls throughout the match, and this ended up being a hard-fought and very entertaining bout.
In a video package, Brandi Rhodes performs some sort of magic spell. Awesome King is also there.
Chris Van Vliet introduces the Rock ‘n’ Roll Express. They’re here tonight to hand the tag titles to the winners of the tag tournament finals tonight. As Robert Gibson and Ricky Morton speak, Santana and Ortiz run out and attack them. Morton gets the worst of the attack as he is powerbombed through part of the stage.
The Young Bucks finally come out and chase Santana and Ortiz away.
Tony Shiavone tells Cody a story about Willie Nelson and Dusty Rhodes. Cody talks about his mom being at his upcoming title match. Shiavone tells Cody to use the emotion he’s felling and to let it drive him.
John Silver & Alex Reynolds & QT Marshall vs Best Friends & Orange Cassidy
(referee: Bryce Remsburg)
Result: Trent pins John Silver after Strong Zero
This was short, but it was fun. Chuck Taylor and Trent came out dressed as Rick and Morty (respectively), and Orange Cassidy was also dressed as Rick. It was for some TNT tie-in, but it was fun to see. The match was kind of goofy, but I did enjoy it.
Chris Jericho comes out to the stage for the contract signing for his AEW World Title defense against Cody. Cody comes out next, and he’s accompanied by Tony Shiavone. Shiavone narrates the proceedings as the Chief Legal Officer of AEW, Megha Parekh, handles the paperwork.
Cody reviews the contract, and he signs. Jericho looks at the contract, and he fakes Cody out by pretending to jump up for an attack. Jericho laughs and says this match is too important to put in jeopardy with a brawl tonight. He says this is Cody’s biggest match ever, and Cody might just find out that he’s not as good as he thinks he is. Jericho signs the contract.
Jericho offers his hand to Cody. Cody shakes it, then he pulls Jericho in close. After they stare at each other for a few seconds, Jericho says they could stand here all night, but Cody might be needed elsewhere. Sammy Guevara then appears on the video screen.
Outside the venue, Sammy Guevara watches as Jake Hager beats up Dustin Rhodes. After smashing Dustin’s head into the side of a limo, Hager slams Dustin’s arm in the limo door. Cody and MJF run out to check on Dustin as AEW security backs Hager away. Jericho joins Hager and Guevara. Jericho lights a cigar as he rides away with the Inner Circle.
We see Dustin being helped into the arena during a picture-in-picture commercial break.
TheHybrid2 & Kip Sabian vs Kenny Omega (AAA Mega Champ) & The Young Bucks
(referee: Rick Knox)
Result: Kenny Omega pins Jack Evans after the One-Winged Angel
Time: 8:36 (1 break)
Good match. I kind of expected The Elite to roll over their opponents tonight, but TH2 and Sabian helped make this a fun and exciting match. There weren’t many tags, and it was basically a tornado match, but that was expected with these teams. I liked how the match progressed, and it really seemed to highlight Omega. Also, Omega was dressed as Sans from Undertale, and the Young Bucks were once again dressed as Ken and Ryu from the Street Fighter game series.
After the match, Santana and Ortiz attack the Young Bucks at ringside after disguising themselves in Rick and Morty masks. Omega quickly spots the brawl, so Santana and Ortiz run away.
“The Librarian” Peter Avalon heads to the ring with “The Librarian” Leva Bates. Avalon talks about how ugly and gross everyone is, but he is interrupted by a very angry Jon Moxley. Moxley hits Avalon with the Paradigm Shift as Bates excuses herself from the ring.
Moxley talks about his match with Omega at Ful Gear being unsanctioned. He’s cool with the fact that there will be no rules, but he’s angry that it won’t officially count in the record books. Moxley doesn’t like being treated like a freak and put in a box. Moxley says he is the sickest SOB in the game, and no one can prove him wrong. If you think Moxley has been out of control, you haven’t seen anything yet.
AEW Tag Team Title Tournament Final Match
Lucha Brothers vs Scorpio Sky & Frankie Kazarian
(referee: Aubrey Edwards; at ringside: Private Party; watching in the back: The Dark Order)
Result: Scorpio Sky pins Pentagon Jr. with a small package
Very good match. As expected, this was a fast-paced and highly athletic match. The referee tried to keep only two men in the ring at a time as the match started, but she quickly found that she couldn’t contain the action. It was essentially a tornado match which isn’t very surprising since the Lucha Brothers barely seem to ever tag. SCU kept up with the brothers, but they also took a lot of damage. Kazarian took a nasty hit to the back of his head when he attempted to hurricanrana Fenix off the apron, and Kaz seemed shaky after that. Still, Kaz and Sky put up a great fight against the extremely exciting offense of Rey Fenix and Pentagon Jr. There should definitely be a rematch between these teams at some point.
This was another very fun show. Even the matches I didn’t think would be too competitive turned out to be very fun. I was excited to see Hikaru Shida return to an AEW ring, and I was also excited to see Shanna in her AEW debut. The Elite in a trios match was very fun. Omega definitely had the costume of the night. And of course, the main event was worth the wait. If I had to make one wish, I wish they had started the tag match with like thirty minutes left in the show. That would have made it feel more realistic when the commentators noted that there was no time limit and that there had to be a winner. That’s a nitpick though.
Match of the Night
Lucha Brothers vs SCU
Very good match. I wanted more!