Original Air Date: May 6, 2020
Event Date: May 6, 2020
(aired live on TNT)
Commentary: Jim Ross, Excalibur, Tony Shiavone
Ring Announcer: Dasha Gonzalez
Highlights from last weeks semifinals in the TNT Title Tournament.
“Dynamite” by No One Hero
“The Bad Boy” Joey Janela vs “The American Nightmare” Cody
(referee: Aubrey Edwards)
Result: Cody wins via pinfall after CrossRhodes
Very good match. It felt like Joey Janela come into this looking to make an impact. Cody is headed to the finals of the TNT Title Tournament, So a win for Janela could have put his name in contention for a title shot, especially if Cody were to win the title in a few weeks. This was a fairly hard-fought match from both guys. Even though Cody has other things on the horizon, he focused completely on Janela tonight. That made the match feel important.
A look at the AEW Women’s Champion, Nyla Rose, as well as some of the top contenders for the title: Britt Baker, Hikaru Shida, and Penelope Ford.
On the stage, Tony Shiavone welcomes Nyla Rose. Rose tells Shiavone to shut up and go do his job.
Kenzie Paige vs “The Native Beast” Nyla Rose (AEW Women’s Champ)
(referee: Bryce Remsburg)
Result: Nyla Rose pins Kenzie Paige after the Beast Bomb
Squash. Nyla Rose repeatedly picked up Kenzie Paige just so she could hurt her more.
MJF talks about being compared to legends.
Shawn Spears blames Cody for Lance Archer beating up Dustin Rhodes. He thinks Cody is a terrible brother and a terrible person.
At ringside, Tony Shiavone holds a mic for MJF. MJF gets pissed that he’s been signed to face Jungle Boy at Double or Nothing.
Frankie Kazarian w/ Scorpio Sky, Christopher Daniels vs Jon Moxley (AEW Champ)
(referee: Rick Knox)
Result: Jon Moxley wins via pinfall after the Paradigm Shift
Very good match. This one had a nice build up from wrestling in the center of the ring, to some brawling, and then to a more impactful finish. The commentators were saying that this was Kazarian’s first singles match since January of 2019, and it felt like Kaz wanted to make a really good impression. No one expected him to beat the champ, but Kaz did look great here tonight. He could easily transition into a singles run if he wanted to.
After the match, several Dark Order creepers (including 10). slide into the ring and attack Moxley. Christopher Daniels & Scorpio Sky run out, and SCU attempts to fight off the creepers. SCU are overwhelmed, and Moxley continues to get beaten up.
Brodie Lee comes out and smashes Christopher Daniels with a chair before entering the ring. Brodie Lee says he is here to collect the bounty Moxley put on his own head last week. There is no one to save Moxley, and Moxley has something Lee wants. Something Lee needs. Brodie Lee challenges Moxey for the AEW Championship, and he demands an answer.
Moxley says all Lee had to do was ask, then Lee kicks Moxley in the face. The creepers attack Moxley again as The Exalted One leaves the ring. The creepers follow behind, and they have taken Moxley’s title belt.
Brandi Rhodes responds to Jake Roberts’ recent words about her. She’s been around long enough to understand what Roberts expects to happen next. But this isn’t 1990, and she won’t be used as bait for a trap for Cody. Brandi is the Chief Brand Officer of AEW, and Roberts better keep her name out of his “dirty old mouth.”
QT Marshall w/ Brandi Rhodes vs Lance Archer w/ Jake Roberts
(referee: Paul Turner)
Result: Lance Archer wins via pinfall with the EBD Claw
Good match. It was one-sided (as expected), but I enjoyed it.
After the match, Britt Baker attacks Brandi Rhodes in retaliation for Brandi throwing Britt’s shoe into the stands after Britt had threatened QT Marshall with it. Britt rolls Brandi into the ring, leaving her for Lance Archer. Archer stands aside as Jake Roberts drapes a snake over Brandi’s unconscious body.
Taz welcomes Darby Allin about losing to Cody last week. Allin is reluctant to respond. Taz says he could help Allin get better after the mistakes he made in the ring. Allin doesn’t seem to like that, so he walks away.
Tag Team Street Fight
Le Sex Gods w/ Jake Hager vs Kenny Omega (AEW Tag Champ) & “Broken” Matt Hardy
(referee: Bryce Remsburg)
Result: Chris Jericho pins Kenny Omega after the Judas Elbow
Very fun match. The fight started in and around the ring, but it of course took a tour around the concourse and backstage areas as the match went longer. Matt Hardy appeared as three different versions of himself throughout the match, the rest of the Inner Circle helped Jericho and Guevara, and Omega just tried to do as much damage as he could without getting overwhelmed while Matt was away changing his persona. There were tables, scissor lifts, vehicles, and more involved in the battle. It was a chaotic mess, but it was fun.
I’ve enjoyed the recent taped shows, but it was very nice to go back to a live event. There was still no crowd (except for staff and a few other random people), but just being live made the show feel more special. It also feels like they’re finally able to get somewhat back on track building up to matches in the weeks to come. Right now they’re building up Double or Nothing taking place in a few weeks, but it also just feels like a more planned-out show overall that it’s been for the past month or so.
Match of the Night
Tag Team Street Fight
I liked Cody versus Janela and Moxley versus Kazarian a lot too, but the craziness of the main event makes it the most memorable match tonight.