Original Air Date: November 27, 2019
Event Date: November 27, 2019
(aired live on TNT)
City: Hoffman Estates, IL (announced as Chicago)
Venue: Sears Centre Arena
Commentary: Jim Ross, Excalibur, Marco Solis Martinez
Ring Announcer: Dasha Gonzalez
Soul Train Jones (Virgil) is in the ring, and he’s surrounded by large presents and a picture of the Inner Circle. Jones introduces Le Champion Chris Jericho who is played to the ring by a marching band. This is Chris Jericho’s Thanksgiving Thank You Celebration for Le Champion, and he wants the crowd to sit down and shut up.
Jericho is happy that he’s finally going to get the “thank you” he deserves from the top brass, and he’s happy to announce that you can purchase A Little Bit of the Bubbly sparkling wine. Jericho and Soul Train have a toast. Then Jericho introduces Sammy Guevara, Santana, and Ortiz of the Inner Circle.
Guevara gives Jericho a gift: a life-size cardboard cut-out of Jericho and Guevara hugging. Santana and Ortiz give Jericho a Boricua gift basket. Jericho then wonders where Jake Hager is. Hager walks in with a live goat. It’s name is “Chris Jeri-goat.” Jericho then notices the biggest present in the ring. Inside is Jericho’s father, Ted Irvine. Irvine has custom New York Rangers jerseys for all of the Inner Circle.
Jericho then calls Justin Roberts into the ring to read the official “thank you” letter from the AEW executives and TNT. Roberts reads the letter. Jericho likes the letter, but he didn’t like Roberts’ tone while he was reading it. Jericho attacks Roberts, but after a few seconds some of Jericho’s marching band run into the ring. The marching band members are SCU, and they clear the Inner Circle from the ring.
Best Friends w/ Orange Cassidy vs Lucha Brothers
(referee: Paul Turner)
Result: Trent pins Rey Fenix with Crunchy
This was fun. The Lucha Brothers attacked Best Friends before the match, and the Luchas dominated early. Best Friends worked there way back into the match (with a little help from Orange Cassidy at one point), and that led to a fun final few sequences. This match had been built up to a little with some matches on Dark recently, and I liked how this one turned out.
Bea Priestley & Emi Sakura vs Kris Statlander & Hikaru Shida
(referee: Bryce Remsburg)
Result: Emi Sakura pins Kris Statlander with La Magistral
Good match. Statlander was impressive and explosive with her offense tonight. Shida did a lot of the work early for her team, but Statlander spent a good amount off time legal in the second half of the match. Sakura was having fun in this match and took joy in repeatedly making the referee look dumb. Sakura’s experience was on display in the little things she did though, and Statlander had a difficult time taking advantage of any offense she got. Statlander also had a difficult time getting out of the match when she needed to, and that resulted in Shida being mostly ineffective late in the match.
Jon Moxley talks about moving forward to the top of the hill. Moxley is napalm death.
“The American Nightmare” Cody vs Matt Knicks
(referee: Rick Knox)
Result: Cody wins via submission with a Figure Four
After the match, Cody calls MJF to the ring. Instead, someone called The Blade comes up through a hole in the ring and attacks Cody. The Butcher also emerges from the ring and joins The Blade in attacking Cody. With Cody down, Allie emerges from the ring and joins The Butcher and The Blade. Allie is now The Bunny.
“The Bastard” Pac vs Kenny Omega
(referee: Paul Turner)
Result: Kenny Omega wins via pinfall with a crucifix pin
Very good match. Omega say this match as a step towards redemption and finding himself in the ring, and that’s how he fought. Omega was quick and aggressive early in the match, and he sort of dominated Pac. Pac came back with some brutal moves of his own though, so Omega had to push harder in order to stay competitive with Pac (who was ranked #1 as a singles competitor in the AEW ranking at the time of this match). This was a fast and fun match with some great counters and some brutal slams.
Dynamite Diamond Match
MJF w/ Wardlow vs “Hangman” Adam Page
(referee: Bryce Remsburg)
Result: MJF wins via pinfall after Cross Rhodes
This was fine. I suspected who was going to win this, and I wasn’t wrong. If you like MJF, you might enjoy this. MJF did all the typical heel tricks, and Wardlow got involved repeatedly. I won’t be watching this again.
Diamond Dallas Page comes out to present MJF with the Dynamite Diamond ring. DDP congratulates MJF and holds out his hand. MJF takes out his gum and puts it in DDP’s hand. DDP gets in MJF’s face, but Wardlow gets in DDP’s face. DDP doesn’t back down, so referees and security have to separate the men.
In the ring, Jenn Decker welcomes Dustin Rhodes. Dustin is out for Jake Hager’s blood after the attack from Hager a few weeks ago. Guevara, Santana, and Ortiz run in and attack Dustin. The Young Bucks run out to help Dustin. The Inner Circle suffers three tandem Shattered Dreams.
A Dark Order recruiting video shows us what we can achieve. “We” are one.
AEW World Title Match
Scorpio Sky (Tag Champ) vs Chris Jericho (World Champ)
(referee: Aubrey Edwards)
Result: Chris Jericho wins via pinfall with the Liontamer
Very good match. Sky might have been a relative longshot to win the title tonight, but he looked very good against Le Champion. Hager made an appearance even though seconds were barred from ringside. Kaz and Daniels came out to neutralize Hager, and the commotion led to one of the more exciting moments in the match. The final few sequences were somewhat tense, but more than anything else, this was a good defense for Jericho and a great step for Scorpio Sky. Sky definitely has the potential to rise to the top of AEW, and this match will be remembered as one of the big steps he took on his way there.
After the match, Jericho puts Sky in the Liontamer. Jon Moxley’s music starts playing, and Jericho releases Sky when he sees Moxley standing in the crowd. Moxley and Jericho stare at each other from across the arena as the show ends.
This was a fun show. The only low point for me was the MJF match and post-match shenanigans. MJF continues to be a basic heel with the easiest heel tactics of all time. I’m trying to be open to him, but I don’t care about his stuff at all yet.
My favorite matches were the World Title match and Pac versus Omega. Those were both highly entertaining matches. I wonder if we’ll get Pac versus Omega again to break their tie?
Match of the Night
Scorpio Sky vs Chris Jericho
I think the action in Pac versus Omega was probably better, but the drama in the main event put it over the top for me tonight.