Original Air Date: June 10, 2020
Event Date: June 10, 2020
(aired live on TNT)
Commentary: Jim Ross, Excalibur, Tony Schiavone, Chris Jericho (1 – 3)
Ring Announcer: Justin Roberts
Last week, Jon Moxley confronted Brian Cage, The Butcher and The Blade tried to attack FTR, Orange Cassidy avoided Chris Jericho’s attacks, and Cody had his first TNT Title defense.
“Dynamite” by No One Hero
Before the first match of the night, Chris Jericho (with Floyd in his hand) comes out and heads over to the commentary table. Apparently it will be a four-man commentary table tonight. Also, Jim Ross makes a timely Andy Griffith Show reference.
The Butcher & The Blade vs FTR
(referee: Paul Turner)
Result: Cash Wheeler pins The Blade after the Mind Breaker
Great match. In my opinion, this is how you make a debut. Everyone was excited to see FTR, and I think it would have been very easy to just have FTR squash whatever team was first put in front of them. Instead, they did a good job of building up to this match over two weeks, and The Butcher and The Blade looked excellent against AEW’s newest tag team. FTR did what they usually do, which is have a great tag team match with some classic-feeling tactics. They were clearly excited and energized to be in an AEW ring. It felt like The Butcher and The Blade wanted to prove something tonight as well though. Butcher and Blade were working as well as a team as I’ve ever seen them, and they seemed just as energized. They haven’t had the best time in AEW as far as wins go, and they haven’t even wrestled on Dynamite in a long while, so this was kind of a comeback for them. Both teams looked great, and this was a highly entertaining match.
After the match, Tony Schiavone enters the ring to ask FTR a few questions. FTR barely begin to speak when the Young Bucks come out to the ring. The Bucks congratulate FTR on their win, and they thank FTR for helping them out with The Butcher and The Blade a couple of weeks ago. However, Matt Jackson points out that FTR never properly introduced themselves to the Young Bucks, so why don’t they do that now?
Matt says he and his brother have been solely carrying tag team wrestling on their backs for a decade and a half. Nick and Matt hold out their hands for a shake, but The Butcher and The Blade attack the Young Bucks from behind. A brawl erupts, and Jimmy Havoc and Kip Sabian join in the fight. Kenny Omega and Adam Page run out, and the brawl quickly settles down. Omega, Page, The Young Bucks, and FTR are left in the ring, and things seem tense.
Dasha Gonzalez welcomes The Natural Nightmares with Brandi Rhodes and Allie. Dasha says QT Marshall and Dustin Rhodes have a tag title shot next week, but before they talk about that, Brandi wants to know why Allie is wearing a Nightmare Family jacket. QT Marshall says he gave Allie the jacket because she’s part of the family. Dustin wants Marshall to focus on their tag title match and not on whatever he has going on with Allie. Dustin says Allie will NOT be at ringside next week during their match.
Penelope Ford w/ Kip Sabian & “The Native Beast” Nyla Rose vs “The Galaxy’s Greatest Alien” Kris Statlander & Hikaru Shida (AEW Women’s Champ)
(referee: Rick Knox)
Result: Penelope Ford pins Hikaru Shida with a bridging fisherman suplex (after a shot to the head with the Women’s Title belt)
Very good match. I kind of expected Nyla Rose to go into business for herself and try to get some revenge on Shida after losing the title to her a few weeks ago, but Rose actually worked well as a team with Ford. Rose seemed more intent on winning the match and hurting Shida that way rather than looking for any sort of personal revenge. I liked that, and it made the match more interesting. Shida and Statlander looked good as a team as they usually do, but the teamwork of Rose and Ford plus the interference of Sabian at ringside proved to be difficult for Shida and Statlander to overcome. Both teams had nice sequences of offense though, and this was a pretty evenly fought match. I enjoyed the action quite a lot.
Darby Allin skateboards off a ladder while Tony Hawk watches.
A look at the Roll Model, Dr. Britt Baker D.M.D. Baker is tired of Big Swole and her bad attitude, and she belittles Swole’s struggles.
This August, the Unrivaled Collection of AEW action figures are coming.
Santana & Ortiz & Jake Hager vs Best Friends & Orange Cassidy
(referee: Bryce Remsburg)
Result: Orange Cassidy pins Ortiz with a crucifix pin
Great match. This was pretty much non-stop action in and outside the ring the entire time. This was an interesting diversion for Best Friends since they have a tag title match coming up during Fyter Fest, but I like how they’re always supporting Orange Cassidy. Jericho has an issue with Cassidy now, so that means the whole Inner Circle has an issue with him, and that leads us to this match. The match definitely had a gang-fight feeling, with everyone just trying to hurt and punish their opponents. Jericho on commentary certainly didn’t hurt either. I’m really enjoying how this Cassidy/Jericho feud is being built.
After the match, the Inner Circle immediately attacks Best Friends and Orange Cassidy. Chris Jericho runs over from the commentary table, and he uses Floyd on Trent, Chuck, and Cassidy to put all three of them down. Jericho them grabs a bag of oranges from underneath the ring. Bleeding from the ear, Orange Cassidy is brought to his feet so Jericho can smash him with his bag of oranges. “Blood Orange Cassidy has just been juiced.”
AEW Fyter Fest is coming soon, and it will be a two-week event.
At ringside, Tony Schiavone attempts to talk to the Gunn Club, but MJF interrupts. MJF is still upset about being passed over for title shots.
“Spanish God” Sammy Guevara vs Colt “Boom Boom” Cabana
(referee: Rick Knox)
Result: Sammy Guevara wins via pinfall after GTH
Good match. Both guys looked good, and this was a nice back-and-forth match between two guys who could really use a win. Cabana in particular had some really nice counters throughout the match, but his recent lack of confidence started to come through towards the end of the match. Ultimately, thus match was more about Cabana’s story line of being targeted by the Dark Order because of his recent losses, but it was still a strong match for both wrestlers.
After the match, Dark Order (consisting of Stu Grayson, Evil Uno, John Silver, Alex Reynolds, Brodie Lee, and two masked members) come out to the stage. Brodie Lee helps Colt Cabana get to his feet, then the Dark Order leaves. Cabana isn’t sure what to think.
After Cabana leaves, Sammy Guevara tells the production crew to play his music. They do, but they quickly change music as Matt Hardy (in street clothes) comes out to the stage. Hardy tells Guevara that he respects him. He respects Guevra’s tenacity, and he says Guevara is the future of AEW. To realize his potential though, Guevara need to get away from Chris Jericho. Guevara doesn’t want to hear it. After all, Hardy tried to kill him on at least two occasions. Guevara’s anger seems to affect Hardy in odd ways. Hardy becomes Version 1.0 as the screen displays some Matt Facts, then he becomes Broken and tells Guevara that he is scheduled for deletion. Wisely, Guevara leaves the ring.
Joey Janela has some drinks as he laments the fact that he’s lost his direction in AEW. Sonny Kiss drives by and picks up Joey Janela as he walks around the city streets after leaving the bar he was at. This story will be continued…
Dasha Gonzalez tries to get a word from Colt Cabana as he enters Mr. Brodie Lee’s office. Cabana doesn’t say anything.
Outside the Venue
Alex Marvez tries to get a word from Jon Moxley as he shows up to work late. Moxley is in a very bad mood tonight. He’s upset that Taz has been telling everyone that Brian Cage is going to beat him at Fyter Fest. The idea that anyone could beat Moxley pisses Moxley off, and it makes him more violent.
Taz walks up and raises his voice at Moxley. As Taz talks in Moxley’s face, Brian Cage attacks the AEW champ from behind. Cage and Moxley brawl for a while, and Taz tries to get Cage to stop before he powerbombs Moxley on concrete. Cage stops for a second, but then he decides to slam Moxley onto the trunk and back window of a nearby car. Moxley is left in pain as Taz and Cage walk away.
Cody explains why he issued his open challenge for the TNT Title. He also talks about this week’s challenger, Marq Quen.
TNT Title Match
Marq Quen w/ Isaiah Kassidy , Matt Hardy vs “The American Nightmare” Cody (TNT Champ) w/ Arn Anderson
(referee: Aubrey Edwards)
Result: Cody wins via submission with an ankle submission
Great match. Marq Quen hurt his ankle in a tag match recently, and even though he didn’t show any signs of pain going into the match, Cody focused on Quen’s ankle right from the start. Cody was vicious in his attack, and he hobbled Quen within the first few minutes of the match. That forced Quen to push through the pain, and he had an incredibly gutsy performance tonight. Cody dominated most of the match, but Quen pushed back in the later stages with a series of high-flying moves and some really fantastic counters. Quen did on the the most impressive counters into a DDT that I think I’ve ever seen. It’s a difficult move to even describe, but it was really fun to watch.
With this match and last week’s, the TNT Title is turning out to be something really special. I think it could definitely be a star-making title. And at the same time, it’s really showing multiple sides of Cody. He’s been especially aggressive in these two matches, but he’s still acting very gracious before and after the matches. It’s really interesting to watch.
After the match, Cody helps Quen up, and the two men hug. Quen shakes hands with Arn Anderson as he walks away. With Cody still in the ring, Jake Hager comes out. Hager goes after Anderson, so Cody attacks Hager. With the match Cody just had, Hager easily puts Cody down. Hager picks up the TNT Title belt, but by then Private Party and Matt Hardy have all come back out to the ring. Hager is attacked with chairs and a clothesline that sends him out to the floor.
Hager goes over to the stage where he regroups with Santana, Ortiz, and Sammy Guevara. The Inner Circle attacks, and the brawl goes on until the Inner Circle finally decides to retreat. Cody gets on the mic and tells Hager that if he wants a TNT Title match, he can have one at Fyter Fest. Hager smiles.
This was a great show. Tag team wrestling took a prominent role tonight, and the TNT Title continues to be a completely intriguing championship. I liked everything about this show, and it’s difficult to pick my favorite parts. This was a great show for building up Fyter Fest, and it was just a great show in general.
Match of the Night
Cody vs Marq Quen
It feels like the TNT Title is going to be the match to beat every night the title is defended, and I’m completely okay with that. It beat out some other great matches tonight including FTR’s AEW debut.