Original Air Date: November 20, 2019
Event Date: November 20, 2019
(aired live on TNT)
Commentary: Jim Ross, Tony Shiavone, Excalibur
Ring Announcer: Justin Roberts
“Dynamite” by No One Hero
Nick Jackson vs Rey Fenix
(referee: Rick Knox)
Result: Rey Fenix wins via pinfall after a Muscle Buster modified into a sit-out driver
This match spent about as much time on the ropes and in the air as it did on the mat. Nick and Fenix did some spectacular moves in this match, and it all came together to make an exciting match. The grudge-match feeling came through in some of the beautifully brutal attacks they were doing. They kept trying to outdo each other which led to lots of counters and lots of evasions until one of them would hit a big move. Then they’d move on to the next sequence and do it again. This was great.
After the match, Rey Fenix claps. Nick Jackson holds out his hand to Fenix, but Fenix refuses to shake. Fenix snubs Nick and leaves the ring.
Dr. Britt Baker D.M.D. vs Hikaru Shida
(referee: Aubrey Edwards)
Result: Hikaru Shida wins via pinfall after a running knee strike
Good match. Baker and Shida were ranked one and two respectively in the latest AEW rankings, so this match had some implications for Riho’s next title challenger. The match itself was good, though I did feel like it could have gone either way. I’d like to see these two women fight again.
Presented as a commercial for some sort of inspirational club/cult, the Dark Order is looking for new members.
Dynamite Dozen Battle Royal
“Hangman” Adam Page vs Orange Cassidy vs Chuck Taylor vs Kip Sabian w/ Penelope Ford vs Jimmy Havoc vs Jungle Boy vs Marko Stunt vs Pentagon Jr. vs Sonny Kiss vs Joey Janela vs MJF vs Billy Gunn
(outside referees: Mike Posey, Aubrey Edwards, Rick Knox, Paul Turner, Bryce Remsburg)
Result: Adam Page and MJF win as the final two survivors
|Elimination Order||Wrestler||Total Eliminations||Time Eliminated||Eliminated By|
|1||Pentagon Jr.||0||0:07||Chuck Taylor|
|3||Jimmy Havoc||0||1:15||Billy Gunn|
|4||Marko Stunt||0||1:23||Billy Gunn|
|5||Joey Janela||0||3:23||Shawn Spears (not in the match)|
|7||Billy Gunn||2||8:30||Adam Page|
|8||Chuck Taylor||1||9:23||Kip Sabian|
|9||Kip Sabian||1||9:37||Jungle Boy|
This was pretty good. There were some fun moments, but the ending fell into the tired scenario of having someone hide outside the ring until the final few seconds. I really wish all wrestling promotions would just stop doing that, because it’s never a surprise anymore, and to me, it takes away a lot of the real drama that could happen in one of these matches. It’s no surprise that MJF was a participant in the hackneyed finish of the battle royal.
Chris Jericho and Jake Hager encounters Peter Avalon and Leva Bates. Jericho puts a hard hat on Avalon. Then Jericho makes fun of the books the two librarians are carrying. Moving on, Jericho tells Marko Stunt to put on a shirt.
Chris Jericho heads to the ring with Jake Hager. Jericho has an announcement. But first, he says his conduct last week when he destroyed a bunch of stuff wasn’t what a champion should do. Jericho tries to say “sorry,” but the word won’t come out. Hager tells everyone “sorry” on Jericho’s behalf. For his announcement, Jericho says he will finally get the “thank you” he deserves next week on Dynamite. It will be a “Thanksgiving Thank You Celebration for Le Champion.” There will be fun, games, surprises, an aquarium, and more.
As Jericho prepares to leave, SCU heads to the ring. Sky says it takes a paragon of virtue to apologize like Jericho just did. Sky also reminds Jericho of why he threw a tantrum last week. It was because Sky pinned Jericho in a tag match and gave the champ his first loss in AEW. It was one of the greatest moments of Sky’s life. He went home and partied, his DMs are blowing up, and he even got a date with his high school crush, Melody Parsons. Sky thanks Jericho, but he also apologizes. He never meant to embarrass Jericho.
Jericho says he wasn’t embarrassed. And anyway, he’s seen Melody Parsons recently, and she’s gained a lot of weight since high school. Jericho thinks it’s cute that Sky thinks he pinned the champ fair and square. Jericho says Sky isn’t even in his league. Jericho says he will have a singles match with Sky in order to rectify the blemish on his record.
Christopher Daniels says Sky needs at least two months to prepare for a match like that, so Jericho says the match will definitely take place next week. Kazarian says if the match is going to happen, it shouldn’t be for the title. Sky agrees, saying he doesn’t deserve a title match, so Jericho makes it an AEW World Title match. Jericho is happy with his brilliance, then Sky gets serious. He says he’s waited more than 15 years for an opportunity like this.
Jericho and Hager attack SCU, then Santana, Ortiz, and Sammy Guevara join the brawl. Santana handcuffs Daniels to the ropes while Ortiz cuffs Kaz on the other side of the ring. Jericho and Hager beat up Sky. Brandon Cutler and Michael Nakazawa try to help SCU, but they are quickly dealt with. Hager throws Sky into Jericho as Jericho hits the Judas Effect.
Marko Stunt runs to the ring and is taken down. Jungle Boy runs out next and is also taken down. Luchasaurus comes out and faces Jericho, but Jericho leaves the ring. Hager walks up to Luchasaurus, but Hager also takes a walk.
Jon Moxley warms up as he prepares for tonight’s main event.
Darby Allin puts on makeup.
Luchasaurus w/ Jungle Boy, Marko Stunt vs “The Librarian” Peter Avalon w/ “The Librarian” Leva Bates
(referee: Bryce Remsburg)
Result: Luchasaurus wins via pinfall after a facebuster
Proud & Powerful vs Private Party
(referee: Paul Turner)
Result: Marq Quen pins Santana after Gin & Juice
This was pretty good. Unfortunately it felt like it was too long, but that’s probably just because it did bog down towards the end. There was some weirdness with a pin attempt that was stopped for no real reason, and even the commentators were confused about what happened. The first half of the match was good though, and the finish was fun.
After the match, Sammy Guevera comes out and attacks Nick Jackson (who had come to ringside during the match). Dustin Rhodes also comes out and attacks Santana and Ortiz. Rhodes, Nick Jackson, and Private Party stand tall as the segment ends.
Kenny Omega says he’s lost sight of who he is, and he knows why. His loss to Pac is what started his downward trend. Omega’s path to redemption starts next week when he gets the chance to face Pac in a rematch.
Darby Allin vs Jon Moxley
(referee: Bryce Remsburg)
Result: Jon Moxley wins via pinfall after an avalanche Paradigm Shift
Good match. There was a fair amount of pre-match brawling at ringside, then the brawl continued as the match officially began. This was a hard-hitting affair with some awkward falls by Allin and some strong beatings from Moxley. Moxley didn’t necessarily dominate the entire match, but Allin was definitely fighting an uphill battle for most of this main event.
This was a good show. It started and ended strongly, but I do think it dipped a bit for me during the middle of the night. It was all entertaining though.
Match of the Night
Nick Jackson vs Rey Fenix
It looks like the Lucha Brothers might each get into some singles feuds in the near future, and I’m totally cool with that. This match was a great preview of what we could see with Pentagon Jr. and Rey Fenix going into one on one battles.