Original Air Date: May 13, 2020
Event Date: May 13, 2020
(aired live on TNT)
Commentary: Jim Ross, Excalibur, Tony Shiavone
Ring Announcer: Dasha Gonzalez
“Dynamite” by No One Hero
Lance Archer comes out of the entrance tunnel beating up some guy on his way to the ring. Jake Roberts joins Archer in the ringing, smiling along the way. Roberts says he has been asked to apologize for his interactions with Brandi Rhodes last week, but he says he’ll apologize when Brandi kisses his ass. He says pro wrestling is a place for men, and women belong at home.
He moves on to talking about Cody, but he is interrupted by the sound of an engine. Cody drives a truck near the ring area where Archer meets him. The two men brawl around the crowd and ringside areas. Archer gets the better of Cody for the most part, but Roberts tells Archer to back off when Cody goes for a cutter. Cody and Archer yell towards each other as Roberts ushers Archer to the backstage area.
A look at the tag team scene in AEW.
Jungle Boy & Luchasaurus w/ Marko Stunt vs Best Friends w/ Orange Cassidy
(referee: Aubrey Edwards)
Result: Chuck Talyor pins Jungle Boy after the Awful Waffle (and a ringside attack from MJF)
Time: 7:49 (1 break)
Very good match. This was an interesting battle between probably the top two contenders for the tag titles. Since they’re both fan-favorites and pretty evenly ranked, it’s no surprise that this match was fairly even all the way though. Both teams has some nice teamwork, though I might give a slight edge to Jurassic Express tonight. That is, until the final minute of the match when outside interference on two fronts caused a tainted (though still fun) finish. This match did a lot for a lot of people, and that’s good.
After the match, Wardlow slams Marko Stunt into the barricade. Luchasaurus checks on Stunt as MJF gets Wardlow to back off. Meanwhile, Best Friends check on Orange Cassidy after the attack he suffered from Rey Fenix during the match.
Outside the Venue
Alex Marvez asks Jon Moxley about Brodie Lee as he arrives. Moxley says nothing, shoves the camera, and just keeps walking.
“Superbad” Penelope Ford w/ Kip Sabian vs “The Galaxy’s Greatest Alien” Kris Statlander vs Dr. Britt Baker D.M.D. vs Hikaru Shida
(referee: Paul Turner)
Result: Hikaru Shida pins Penelope Ford after a running knee strike
Time: 7:51 (1 break)
Good match. I think Shida probably looked the best and lived up to her number one contender spot. Statlander once again displayed her strength in some nice moments, and Baker seemed to focus on Statlander as a new rival by the end of the match. Ford seemed to have a hard time standing out tonight, but Sabian was there to help with that.
Suge D talks about at first hating, and then embracing Chris Jericho calling him “Pineapple Pete” for the past few weeks.
Santana & Ortiz vs Kenny Omega (AEW Tag Champ) & “Broken” Matt Hardy
(referee: Rick Knox)
Result: Matt Hardy pins Ortiz after a V-Trigger (Omega) and draping cutter (Hardy)
Time: 14:15 (1 break)
Very good match. Santana and Ortiz are a solid team, and they controlled large portions of this match. Omega struggled to get much offense for a while, and even though Hardy did a little better on his team, it wasn’t until pretty late in the match that Omega and Hardy started to really work together. Sammy Guevara also made an appearance, but that turned out to be more in Hardy’s favor than for the Inner Circle’s favor.
Taz apologizes to Darby Allin for what he said last week about Allin losing to Cody, but he again says he can help Allin learn some actual wrestling so he can avoid similar situations in the future. Allin tells Taz that he knows how to wrestle, and he walks away.
Lexy Nair welcomes Hikaru Shida. Shida says she will defeat Nyla Rose for the title at Double or Nothing. Nyla Rose comes out to congratulate Shida on her win earlier tonight, then Rose hits Shida in the head with her own kendo stick (which Shida lost weeks ago).
MJF w/ Wardlow vs Lee Johnson
(referee: Aubrey Edwards)
Result: MJF wins via submission with a Fujiwara armbar
MJF talks about Jungle Boy, and he says he’ll be facing Marko Stunt next week (I assume, because he didn’t actually make that clear).
Suge D (aka: Pineapple Pete) vs Chris Jericho w/ Jake Hager, Sammy Guevara, Santana, Ortiz
(referee: Rick Knox)
Result: Chris Jericho wins via pinfall after the Judas Effect
Squash. Pete came out with a flurry that took Jericho by surprise, but all Jericho had to do was hit the Judas Effect and it was all over.
After the match, Jericho talks about The Elite, but he wonders if The Elite even exist anymore. The Inner Circle has waited patiently for The Elite to get their stuff together, and in that time they have created the “Stadium Stampede” match. What is the Stadium Stampede? Jericho doesn’t really say, but he assures us that The Elite will not have a good time. The Inner Circle will now wait for a response.
Vanguard 1 arrives with Jericho’s tiny Inner Circle shirt, and it brings a response from The Elite. They agree to the Stadium Stampede match. Jericho likes that answer. He also tells Vanguard 1 that the offer for it to join the Inner Circle has been rescinded. The Inner Circle has its sixth member: a baseball bat named Floyd. Jericho uses Floyd to destroy Vanguard 1. As the rest of the Inner Circle joins in destroying Vanguard 1, Matt Hardy emerges form the back. The Inner Circle laughs while Hardy picks up the pieces of Vanguard 1.
“The Fallen Angel” Christopher Daniels w/ Scorpio Sky, Frankie Kazarian vs “The Exalted One” Mr. Brodie Lee w/ 10
(referee: Bryce Remsburg)
Result: Brodie Lee wins via pinfall after a discus lariat
Time: 9:37 (1 break)
Good match. Daniels looked mor confident that he has in a long time, but he was also cautious around the much bigger Brodie Lee. Daniels hit a lot of good moves, but Lee undersold pretty much all of them. I’m not surprised by that, but I also think Lee could’ve sold something like Angels WIngs a little more while still looking like a monster. Regardless, this was a powerful performance for Lee heading into his title match with Moxley at Double or Nothing.
After the match, Brodie Lee demands to be announced as the AEW World Champion, and he holds up the title belt he stole from Jon Moxley last week. Moxley heads to the ring and beats up all the Dark Order creepers as Brodie Lee and 10 walk away.
Moxley says Lee is going to pay for stealing his title belt, and he’s going to pay with interest. There will be a hail storm of violence, and Lee might find his AEW career is over before it ever really started.
This was a good show. Nice matches and some more nice setup for Double or Nothing. Since the roster still isn’t at 100%, the show feels a little underwhelming compared to their series of fantastic shows just prior for the last PPV, Revolution, but I still enjoyed tonight’s show.
Match of the Night
Jurassic Express vs Best Friends
The other tag match tonight was about equal with this one, but I think the opening match tonight had the best tag team teamwork.