Original Air Date: February 26, 2020
Event Date: February 26, 2020
(aired live on TNT)
Commentary: Jim Ross, Excalibur, Tony Shiavone (1), Taz (2 – 4)
Ring Announcer: Justin Roberts
Iron Man Match (30 Minutes)
“The Bastard” Pac vs Kenny Omega (AEW Tag Champ) w/ The Young Bucks
(referee: Paul Turner)
Result: Kenny Omega wins 2 – 1
1. Pac DQ’d for hitting Omega in the head with a chair (15:52)
2. Pac pins Omega after Black Arrow (16:39)
3. Kenny Omega pins Pac after the One-Winged Angel (31:03)
Time: 31:03 (32:55 with two rest periods and a break before sudden death overtime)
Great match! This could have easily been a PPV match, and I could’ve watched them go for 60 minutes. I liked that it took a while before the first fall happened, and that none of the falls felt cheap or easy. Every bit of offense and defense was difficult to achieve for both men, and they were each pulling off some huge moves. I loved it! Also, adding the fact that Omega’s tag champ parter wasn’t here, but his opponents at Revolution were, and this battle surprising helped further the tag title match coming up in just three days!
On the stage, Tony Shiavone welcomes Pac and asks him about the iron man match. Pac isn’t happy with Shiavone’s line of questioning. As Pac yells, Orange Cassidy wanders out. Cassidy gets in Pac’s face and removes his sunglasses, so Pac attacks him. Pac walks away as officials come out to check on Cassidy.
A promo for AEW Revolution, coming up this Saturday.
Standing outside the Painmaker Posse’s dressing room, Lexy Nair hopes to get a word with the champ. Jake Hager comes to the door and just stares at Nair. He shuts the door in Nair’s face without saying a word.
Santana & Ortiz & Sammy Guevara vs Jurassic Express
(referees: Bryce Remsburg)
Result: Jungle Boy pins Sammy Guevara with a pinning hurricanrana
Very good match. Jurassic Express began the match with a quick burst of offense, but the Inner Circle was able to isolate Marko Stunt for a very long time. Stunt took a beating, but Jurassic Express was able to open up the match later on which led to an extended sequence of chaos. This was a lot of fun.
After the match, Darby Allin (who had come out during the match to neutralize the cheating of Sammy Guevara) dumps Guevara over the top rope onto Santana and Ortiz. During a picture-in-picture break. Allin cuts a promo on Geuvara with cue cards.
A look at the feud between Cody and MJF.
Best Friends w/ Orange Cassidy vs The Butcher & The Blade w/ The Bunny
(referees: Rick Knox)
Result: Trent pins The Blade after Strong Zero
Good match. Butcher and Blade looked good, but the Best Friends seemed to have more energy tonight. Best Friends seem to quietly be getting on a roll, and this match continued that momentum.
After the match, Tony Shiavone joins Best Friends and Orange Cassidy in the ring. Shiavone announces that Pac will face Orange Cassidy at AEW Revolution. Chuck Taylor assures us that Cassidy will “try” at Revolution. Trent isn’t so sure. Shiavone then joins Best Friends and Orange Cassidy in a four-way hug.
Four Way Match
“The Magical Girl” Yuka Sakazaki vs Big Swole vs Shanna vs “Portugal’s Perfect Athlete” Hikaru Shida
(referees: Aubrey Edwards)
Result: Hikaru Shida pins Big Swole after a running knee strike
Good match. There were a few hesitant moments here and there, but this match got realy good when all four women were trading strikes and holds. There were some really fun sequences in this match.
The Dark Order says the Exalted One is near. Evil Uno and Stu Grayson have an assignment from the Exalted one to destroy Frankie Kazarian and Scorpio Sky, and to make Christopher Daniels obsolete.
Before tonight’s show, Jim Ross sat down with Adam Page, Kenny Omega, and the Young Bucks. Matt Jackson says he never thought he’d see Page and Omega as tag champs.
Ross asks why the Bucks haven’t been champs yet. Omega answers, saying a lot of it has to do with time and place. Omega says he and Page stumbled upon something incredible. Page takes that as an insult. Omega tries to explain his words, but Jim Ross and the Bucks question Page’s attitude. Matt wonders why Page needed to bring a drink to the interview.
Ross asks the Bucks how they can prepare for a team that knows everything about them. Matt says they love Page and Omega, but at Revolution they will see their competitive side. They’ll shake hands after it’s all over, but the Bucks will leave with the titles. The Bucks begin to argue with Page, basically saying he’s ungrateful for everything they did for him in his career. Omega sits quietly and uncomfortably as Page leaves once his drink is empty.
Tony Shiavone is in the ring with a scale, ring girls, officials, security, and photographers. He introduces the master of ceremonies for the weigh-in, Gary Michael Cappetta. Cappetta introduces Jon Moxley who heads to the ring through the crowd. Jericho comes out next with the entire Inner Circle.
Cappetta asks Jericho to step on the scale first, but Jericho first insults Cappetta’s announcing technique. In Jericho’s world, the Painmaker always goes last. So instead, Moxley gets on the scale first. Moxley weighs in at 234 lbs.
Jericho is next, and he takes his time. He hands off his title belt, then his sunglasses, then his bandana. Jericho gets frustrated with the crowd so he insults a local sportsman. He moves on to slowly removing his jacket before finally stepping on the scale. He steps off quickly though, so Moxley hits Jericho with a headbutt. The Inner Circle attacks Moxley while Jericho slowly gets back up. Jericho has been busted open.
Dustin Rhodes runs down to the ring and takes Jack Hager out of the equation by brawling through the crowd and out to the concourse. Darby Allin runs out next to remove Guevara from the brawl, but Geuvara breaks Allin’s own skateboard over his head. Jericho and Moxley brawl in the ring, and Santana helps Jericho get the advantage. Jericho hits Moxley with a Paradigm Shift on the scale.
This was a great show and a superb final stop before the PPV. The women’s title match and the Cody/MJF match weren’t really touched on, but the previous few weeks did enough for those matches. Tonight was just a really good night of great wrestling and fun segments.
Match of the Night
Iron Man Match
No surprise here. This was great!