AEW Saturday Night Dynamite
Original Air Date: June 26, 2021
Event Date: June 26, 2021
(aired live on TNT & the FITE app)
Commentary: Excalibur, Jim Ross, Tony Schiavone, Taz (1), Don Callis (5)
Ring Announcer: Justin Roberts
“Dynamite” by No One Hero
Outside the Venue
Alex Marvez tries to talk with Sammy Guevara as Guevara arrives at Daily’s Place, but Shawn Spears hits Guevara from behind with a chair. Spears laughs, saying the attack is compliments of MJF.
Powerhouse Hobbs vs “Hangman” Adam Page
(referee: Bryce Remsburg)
Result: Adam Page wins via pinfall after Dead Eye
Very good match. I’ve been really enjoying Adam Page’s feud with Team Taz, and this match was another highlight in that series. Page and Hobbs started swinging hard for each other early, and Hobbs managed to get the first real sustained advantage in the match. Hobbs punished Page out on the floor, but it seemed like Hobbs got a little too comfortable after a while. Page got busted open on the top of his head while outside, but Hobbs failed to capitalize on the obvious damage. Hobbs’s methodical pace allowed Page to come back with big moves and strikes, and a distraction from an altercation at ringside with Ricky Starks, Hook, and Brian Cage seemed like it was going to go in Page’s favor. Hobbs had Page scouted though, and a great reversal from Hobbs led to a very exciting final segment of the match.
A look at tonight’s AEW World Title match between Jungle Boy and Kenny Omega.
The Young Bucks talk about how good they are. Brandon Cutler tries to talk as well, but the Bucks barely let him speak. Nick and Matt are happy about taking out so many people during their title reign, and they’re looking forward to taking out Eddie Kingston and Penta El Zero Miedo next week. Why? Because they’re EVPs. Extremely Violent People.
Tony Schiavone is in the ring with Tully Blanchard. Tony welcomes Konnan who comes out and joins them in the ring. Tully tries to play mind games, but Konnan won’t be intimidated. Konnan says FTR, despite what they said in their video last week, have not lived anything close to the hard lives of Santana and Ortiz. Santana also says that he has a fatherly bond with Santana and Ortiz, while Tully is just a mentor to FTR.
Tully says Konnan was a great star, but he has no idea who he’s dealing with. All TUlly has to do is make the call and FTR will end Konnan. Konnan replies by telling Tully that Walmart will still be hiring greeters after this is all over with. Konnan says he knew Tully might try something, so he brought his boys with him. Two men dressed in black hoodies with bandanas over their faces come out and stand behind Konnan.
Tully directs Konnan’s attention to the video screen where we see Santana and Ortiz laid out in the backstage area after an apparent attack. The men behind Konnan reveal themselves to be FTR, and they attack Konnan. Konnan is taken down with a spike piledriver as Tully taunts him. Referees quickly run out to stop the violence.
Dante Martin comes out for a match, but his entrance interrupted by Vickie Guerrero. Vickie brings out Andrade El Idolo, and she says the two of them have an announcement. Vickie is then interrupted by Matt Sydal’s music as he comes out for his match. Andrade looks annoyed, but Vickie holds him back. Vickie and Andrade head to the back and save their announcement for later.
Dante Martin vs Matt Sydal w/ Mike Sydal
(referee: Rick Knox)
Result: Matt Sydal wins via pinfall after the Lightning Spiral
Very good match. With the Andrade and Vickie bit before the match, I was afraid the match was going to end with some sort of attack or disqualification, but thankfully that wasn’t the case. Instead, we got a very fun match between two great high fliers. The early part of the match was fairly even, and even though Sydal’s experience advantage was clear, Martin still looked really good. After a while Sydal started to take Martin to the match with submission holds, but Martin broke loose after a while and performed some spectacular leaps and dives. Dante Martin has been getting better and better in all of his singles matches, and this was another memorable performance.
Jungle Boy begins to talk about his match with Kenny Omega tonight, but Christian Cage interrupts (in a friendly way). Jungle Boy tells Christian that he’s happy and a little nervous, but Christian says Jungle Boy should also be a bit pissed off. He should be pissed at the people who don’t believe that he can win the title tonight tonight. Jungle Boy already shocked the world by winning the Casino Battle Royale, Christian wants him to shock the world again by winning the AEW World Title.
With Jade Cargill, Mark Sterling announces that the monetization of Jade Cargill is going great, and tonight, you can get 10% on ShopAEW.com with promo code “THATB.”
Alex Marvez welcomes MJF, Wardlow, and Shawn Spears. MJF can’t understand why people are so upset about him attacking Dean Malenko last week. After all, Malenko is old and has Parkinson’s, so he shouldn’t even be involved in wrestling. All MJF did was to give Malenko an early retirement.
Chris Jericho and Jake Hager attack, and the brawl makes its way to the ring.
In the ring, the brawl between MJF, Wardlow, and Shawn Spears versus Chris Jericho and Jake Hager continues. Jericho and Hager are outnumbered, and the members of the Inner Circle are taken down. MJF sets up Jericho for Spears to hit his arm with a chair, but Sammy Guevara runs out and makes the save. Guevara overwhelms The Pinnacle and, swinging a chair, Guevara sends The Pinnacle scrambling out of the ring. Guevara tells MJF that he is best ever, and MJF knows it.
Earlier today, Miro thanks God for continuing to making him powerful. Miro also issues a warning to Brian Pillman Jr., saying Pillman’s disrespectful attack will be punished.
“All Ego” Ethan Page w/ Scorpio Sky vs Bear Bronson w/ Bear Boulder
(referee: Bryce Remsburg)
Result: Ethan Page wins via pinfall after Ego’s Edge (and a low blow)
Good match. Page struggled a bit to figure out how to deal with the size and power of Bronson, and that led to more than a little interference from Scorpio Sky at ringside. Sky paid the price a few times, once by taking a brutal plancha from Bronson at ringside, but ultimately, Sky’s distractions and physical attacks helped give Page the edge he needed. This was a fun match, and I’d like to see it lead to a tag match between these two teams.
After the match, Ethan Page says he’s not stupid. The crowd disagrees, but regardless, Page knows that Darby Allin isn’t done with Ethan Page. Pinning Allin wasn’t enough for Page. Page wants to be the nail in Allin’s coffin, so why don’t they have a Coffin Match at Road Rager in a few weeks?
Dr. Britt Baker D.M.D. doesn’t have time to wrestle Vickie Guerrero in a tag match, so Baker intends to hurt Vickie next week.
Vickie Guerrero says the tag match next week is just to solidify Nyla Rose’s status as the number one contender for Britt Baker’s title. Rose says Baker better watch out for the claws of the cougar.
The Bunny w/ The Blade vs Kris Statlander w/ Orange Cassidy
(referee: Aubrey Edwards)
Result: Kris Statlander wins via pinfall after the Big Bang Theory
Very good match. Statlander was in control most of the time, but The Bunny did a good job of taking advantage of momentary lapses in Statlander’s concentration. The Bunny didn’t get a lot of offense, but the offense she did get was powerful (mostly because of using the ropes or the barricade). The Bunny tried to cheat in the end, but Orange Cassidy was looking out for his new friend and prevented The Bunny from hitting a knockout blow with brass knuckles. That led to Statlander getting an unsurprising win, but I think this match was good for both women.
After the match, Orange Cassidy rolls into the ring to (sort of) celebrate with Kris Statlander, but The Blade attacks Cassidy. As Cassidy and The Blade brawl, The Hybrid2 run out and hold Cassidy back so The Blade can with Cassidy with brass knuckles. The Blade and The Hybrid2 celebrate as Orange Cassidy is face down on the mat.
Earlier today, Tony Schiavone spoke with QT Marshall. Marshall says he hopes Cody, who he says is out doing auditions, gets cast in a “geeky” superhero movie so Marshall can finally achieve his dream of becoming a champion in AEW.
Brian Pillman Jr. accuses Miro of having a messiah complex and picking fights with people he thinks he can beat just to boost his own ego. Brian Pillman Jr. fights for more than just himself. Pillman fights for his friends. Pillman will check Miro’s ego and beat him for the TNT Title next Wednesday.
Eddie Kingston says the Young Bucks might have taken some people out of wrestling, but they don’t know anything about taking people out in real life. Kingston has learned that the only things the Young Bucks really care about are their egos, and the AEW Tag Titles are feeding their egos. To really hurt Nick and Matt Jackson, Kingston plans to take the tag titles. Penta says (through Alex Abrahantes) that the Young Bucks talk a lot about running people over, but next week, Penta el Zero Miedo and Eddie Kingston will run over the Young Bucks.
AEW World Title Match
Jungle Boy w/ Luchasaurus, Marko Stunt vs Kenny Omega (AAA Mega, Impact World, TNA World, & AEW World Champion) w/ Don Callis, Good Brothers
(referee: Paul Turner)
Result: Kenny Omega wins via pinfall and retains the title in his fifth defense
Great match. Even though Jungle Boy winning the AEW World Title at this point in his and Kenny Omega’s careers was a long shot, this still felt like a hugely important match. The crowd seemed to feel it too, and the whole venue had great energy for this main event. Jurassic Express and the Good Brothers both got ejected from ringside as the match was starting, and since Don Callis left ringside to do commentary, that left Omega and Jungle Boy to fight to fight one on one without any distractions.
The action built up very nicely with a good number of counters and smaller moves to start, some strikes and dives towards the middle, and highly impactful slams towards the end. Omega was on-target with much of his offense, but Jungle Boy fought a very smart match. Jungle Boy had a lot of Omega’s signature moves scouted, even if he couldn’t avoid all of them as the match went on. Omega’s biggest weapon was his V-rigger, and that set up Jungle Boy for some vicious slams and drivers. Jungle Boy’s best offense were his counters and building towards his Snare Trap submission. Another advantage for Jungle Boy was his heart and his ability to keep going even after tremendous damage.
In the end, the finish wasn’t a total surprise, but the way the match went gave hope for a title change. I think a lot of people can already see Jungle Boy as the champ, and this match proved that he can compete at a high level in high-pressure situations. Jungle Boy has has a lot of memorable moments in AEW, but this match will definitely be one of those that is pointed to as a prominent milestone in his career.
After the match, Kenny Omega sets up to hit Jungle Boy with AEW World Title belt, but Christian Cage runs out to stop Omega. Omega leaves the ring, but Private Party and Matt Hardy arrive and surround Christian. Matt Hardy goes for a Twist of Fate, but Christian blocks it. Christian goes for the Kill Switch on Hardy, but the Young Bucks run out and hit Christian with a pair of superkicks. Hardy then hits Christian with the Twist of Fate, and all of the bad guys celebrate as the show comes to an end.
This was a really good show. There was a lot of fun wrestling in the undercard, and the main event was great. There are a bunch of big shows in the near future as AEW heads back out on the road in the coming weeks, but this show didn’t feel like they were just coasting into the upcoming tour.
Match of the Night
Jungle Boy vs Kenny Omega
This was super fun and felt super important.