Saturday Night Dynamite
Original Air Date: August 22, 2020
Event Date: August 13, 2020
(aired on TNT)
Commentary: Jim Ross, Tony Schiavone, Taz, Veda Scott (5)
Ring Announcer: Justin Roberts (1-4, 6), Shaul Guerrero (5)
“Dynamite” by No One Hero
FTR w/ Tully Blanchard vs Private Party
(referee: Aubrey Edwards)
Result: Dax Harwood pins Marq Quen after the Goodnight Express
Great match. It started with a bit of chaos as both teams tried to assert control, and both teams were very aggressive. Private Party seemed like they might be getting the early advantage in the match, but then FTR was able to isolate Marq Quen for a long time. That built up to a few breakdowns where everyone got involved. FTR’s teamwork really came through, and Tully Blanchard’s presence at ringside was absolutely felt. Private Party eventually started playing more defense and looking for a big, high risk move to finish the match.
Earlier today, Jon Moxley doesn’t like people who talk about themselves all the time. Real tough guys don’t need to say anything, but MJF talks a lot. Even so, Moxley hopes MJF can lead AEW into the future. He thinks MJF might become AEW Champ one day, but that day won’t be at All Out.
With a neck brace on, MJF talks about “Dictator Jon.” Some guys also says that there was a petition to ban the Paradigm Shift that was signed by five million people.
The Butcher & The Blade & Lucha Brothers vs Natural Nightmares & Jungle Boy & Luchasaurus w/ Marko Stunt
(referee: Paul Turner)
Result: Jungle Boy pins The Blade with a schoolboy (after he gets shoved by Pentagon Jr. after a miscommunication)
Good match. Dustin got isolated for a long time (mostly during a commercial break), but other than that, this match was kind of a free-for-all. There were multiple people in and out of the ring at pretty much all times, and it was really just a matter of time before some either hit a huge move or got a quick pin. The latter happened, and it happened in a way that was more based in story than on any of the action that had come before it. For just a pure spectacle, I enjoyed this match fine.
After the match, Jurassic Express and the Natural Nightmares leave the ring area. The Lucha Brothers argue with The Butcher and The Blade in the ring but Eddie Kingston comes out to calm everyone down. Kingston tells both teams that they were all in the indies together, but now they’re all on TNT. They shouldn’t have any drama between them. Why aren’t both/either teams tag champs by now? They’re better than the other teams in AEW, but they get beat when they’re divided. Kingston tells both teams to come together and come with him, and they will all get what they want. Everyone hugs.
While working out with Rebel/Reba, Britt Baker informs Kip Sabian and Penelope Ford that kissing a lot is bad for their teeth. Baker can help them though, and she offers them free dental care for a year. In return, Baker wants help with Big Swole. Baker proposes that Ford joins her in a handicap match against Swole. After Baker offers to have Reba do Ford’s makeup for free for a year, Ford agrees.
In the ring, Tony Schiavone welcomes Orange Cassidy (who comes to the ring with Best Friends). Schivaone talks to Cassidy about his won over Chris Jericho last week, but Cassidy says nothing. After a few seconds, Chris Jericho comes out to the stage.
Jericho congratulates Cassidy on his win last week. He says losing to Cassidy might seem embarrassing on the surface, and he is embarrassed to a certain extent, but he’s also proud of Cassidy for proving people wrong about him when they said he doesn’t have what it takes to succeed in AEW. Jericho suggests that since they each have a win over each other, they should have a tie-breaker. For the match, Jericho suggests his newest creation, the Mimosa Mayhem Match.
In a video, it is explained that the Mimosa Mayhem Match is fought in a ring with a giant tub of mimosa at ringside. You can win by pinfall, submission, or by throwing your opponent into the mimosa bath.
From the stage, Jericho asks Cassidy if he accepts the match. Cassidy give a thumbs up. In celebration, Jericho brings out the rest of the Inner Circle for a toast. Sammy Guevara, Jake Hager, Santana, and Ortiz surround the ring. For their toast, they attack. Schiavone leaves the ring as Best Friends and Orange Cassidy get beat up. The Inner Circle then pours bottles of the bubbly over Cassidy.
Alex “3” Reynolds & John “4” Silver & Alan “5” Angels vs Young Bucks & Kenny Omega (AEW Tag Champ)
(referee: Rick Knox)
Result: Kenny Omega pins Alan Angels after the One-Winged Angel
Great match! This match was packed with fantastic double and triple-team moves and sequences by both teams. This team from Dark Order works incredibly well together, and it really is kind of a shame that they tend to be the sacrifices in most matches. They’re a ton of fun to watch, and they continue to bring out new and innovative team-based moves. And of course, The Elite is always great. I think having such a strong three-man unit facing The Elite caused the Jacksons and Omega to bring out a few new twists on their own moves. This was super fun.
After the match, Kenny Omega sets up a chair in the ring so he can powerbomb Alan Angels on it. The Young Bucks prevent Omega from intentionally injuring Angels. The Elite have a few words among themselves before leaving the ring together.
Alex Marvez welcomes Tully Blanchard and FTR. Marvez says that there will be a tag team gauntlet match next week among the top four contenders to determine who will get a title shot at All Out. FTR, as the number one ranked team, will go last in the gauntlet. Marvez asks about the relationship between FTR and Blanchard. Wheeler says they want to be the best, so they associate themselves with the best.
Adam Page walks in, and he’s pissed. He’s still upset about FTR attacking the Rock ‘n’ Roll Express last week. FTR says they did what they did because of business. RnR disrespected them, so they did what they had to do. Harwood also talks about faking an injury recently because he needed to find out who he could trust. Page checked on him, so Page can be trusted. FTR also puts doubt into Page’s head about his place alongside The Elite.
Will Hobbs vs Darby Allin
(referee: Mike Chioda)
Result: Darby Allin wins via pinfall after the Coffin Drop
Pretty good match. Allin threw himself at the much bigger Will Hobbs for a couple of minutes. It was a fine exhibition for Allin.
After the match, Taz has a surprise for Darby Allin. Taz gets on the mic and says there is a new member of Team Taz. “Darby” comes out to the stage (it’s Ricky Starks in Darby Allin face paint with “EMO” written on his chest). As Starks distracts Allin with some emo comedy, Brian Cage attacks Allin from behind. Starks joins in on the attack. Starks calls Allin a joke before hitting him with a second-rope coffin drop.
Sammy Guevara comes out with some picture-in-picture cards. Guevara tells Matt he’s sorry… sorry that he can’t catch a chair. As Sammy goes through his cards, it becomes apparent that Matt Hardy has inserted his own cards. Once Sammy realizes what has happened, Matt Hardy attacks him from behind with a chair. Matt beats up Sammy as the show goes to a break.
Back from the break, Matt is still beating up Sammy on the stage. After another few chair shots, Matt throws Sammy off the stage through a table. Matt gets another chair, but referees finally come out. Matt is stopped as Sammy is helped away from ringside.
Thunder Rosa, the NWA Women’s Champion, has come to take the AEW Women’s Title to the next level. At All Out, she will take the title away from Hikaru Shida.
Deadly Draw Final Match
Diamanté & Ivelisse vs The Nightmare Sisters w/ QT Marshall, Dustin Rhodes
(referee: Aubrey Edwards)
Result: Ivelisse pins Allie after a kick to the head
Very good match. I’ve been somewhat on the fence about the Nightmare Sisters throughout the tournament, but they did their job well through the whole thing. They got me invested in this match because I wanted to see them lose. At the same time though, even though Diamanté and Ivelisse weren’t my first pick out of all the teams in the tournament, I was happy to support seeing them win. In this match, Diamanté and Ivelisse were clearly the better team. The Nightmare Sisters isolated Diamanté for a while, but Allie and Brandi struggled to get any teamwork going throughout the match. Even a distraction by QT Marshall backfired on them. I liked the match, and I think it was a fine finish to the tournament. I was happier about the finish than I expected I would be.
TNT Title Match
“The Exalted One” Mr. Brodie Lee vs “The American Nightmare” Cody (TNT Champ) w/ Arn Anderson
(referee: Bryce Remsburg)
Result: Brodie Lee wins via pinfall after a discuss lariat, Brodie Lee becomes the 2nd TNT Champion
This was a complete destruction of Cody. Cody started with an attempted flurry of offense, but Lee shut him down immediately. Lee then had complete control as he threw Cody all around the ring and ringside. As a match, it was one-sided. As an interesting piece of television, it definitely intrigued me. I think how they use this and where they go from here will determine if this was a good idea or not.
After the match, Dark Order joins Brodie Lee as he celebrates in the ring. Lee says that with the title comes the power. Dark Order is at the top of AEW now. Meanwhile, Cody is stretchered away. As Cody is rolled across the stage, Dark Order approaches.
Arn Anderson gets in between Dark Order and Cody, so Anderson gets beat up. Brodie Lee dumps Cody off the stretcher and onto the steps of the stage. Cody gets up, but he is immediately put down by Lee. As Lee stands over Cody, Dustin Rhodes and QT Marshall are brought out from the back, beaten up and unable to move. Brandi Rhodes runs out and throws herself on top of Cody, but Anna Jay puts her in a rear naked choke.
With the Nightmare Family at his feet, Brodie Lee dumps the shattered remains of the unfinished TNT Title onto Cody.
This was a really good show. All Out is shaping up well with lots of different types of matches, and this show really put all of that into clear view. Plus, the matches were mostly really good, and there were a lot of important moments throughout the night. AEW really pushed hard to get people to watch this displaced, Saturday-edition of Dynamite.
Match of the Night
Tie – The Elite vs Dark Order / Brodie Lee vs Cody
As far as matches I’ll watch again, The Elite vs Dark Order easily tops the list. However, Cody vs Brodie Lee felt very important and was highly engaging from a story standpoint. I mean, the cynic in me got flashes of Brock Lesnar with how Lee just destroyed Cody, but I don’t think the comparison is fair for just one match. I think Lee as champ will be VERY different from Lesnar as champ.