Original Air Date: September 2, 2020
Event Date: September 2, 2020
(aired live on TNT)
Commentary: Excalibur, Jim Ross, Tony Schiavone
Ring Announcer: Justin Roberts
“Dynamite” by No One Hero
Santana & Ortiz vs Best Friends
(referee: Bryce Remsburg)
Result: Santana pins Trent after the Street Sweeper
Very good match. About half of the match happened before the bell. Best Friends attacked Santana and Ortiz during their ring entrance, and the two teams brawled at ringside for a few minutes. They used anything they could get their hands on to beat on each other, and Chuck took a big fall into a structure of chairs he constructed himself. When the match finally started, it was essentially a handicap match with Santana and Ortiz versus Trent. Chuck got back into the action, but by that point Santana and Ortiz were in control. This was a good grudge match, and I’d love to see this feud continue.
MJF (with Wardlow) gets angry at Lee Johnson. MJF also gets angry at Mark Sterling.
Christopher Daniels & Frankie Kazarian & Private Party vs Jungle Boy & Luchasaurus w/ Marko Stunt & The Young Bucks
(referee: Rick Knox; stipulation: the winners will face each other at All Out to earn a Tag Title match)
Result: Matt Jackson pis Marq Quen after the BTE Trigger; the Young Bucks and Jurassic Express will face each other at All Out to earn a title match
Very good match. This was fast-paced and energetic as you might expect. The Young Bucks were all business tonight, and they were still clearly pissed about what Adam Page did last week. The Bucks sort of worked with Jurassic Express, but they also sort of just did their own thing. It definitely seemed like they didn’t trust Jungle Boy and Luchasaurus enough to take control of the match, so Nick and Matt just did that themselves.
On the other side of the ring, Private Party and SCU worked fairly well together. They had some good multi-man sequences, but there seemed to be a bit of miscommunication and mistrust on their side. There was a moment in the middle of the match when Isaiah Kassidy was calling for a tag, but Frankie Kazarian refused and tagged Marq Quen instead. Quen quickly tagged Kassidy right after that, and that led to a double team move (and Rick Knox failing to remember who was legal in the ring). Kassidy had some words for Kazarian after that, but the teams seemed to get along from then on. Overall though, this was a fun match.
Jake Hager informs Orange Cassidy that Chris Jericho has requested Cassidy’s presence at ringside during Jericho’s match later tonight.
Tully Blanchard tells FTR that he will be in their corner when they take the gold on Saturday at All Out. FTR says they like and respect Adam Page, but they like gold more.
In the ring, Tony Schiavone welcomes Kenny Omega. Omega says everyone makes mistakes, and Page will have to live with what he did for the rest of his life. Page got tricked by FTR, but on Saturday, Page and Omega will once again successfully defend their tag team titles.
As Schiavone starts to ask another question, FTR and Tully Blanchard come out. FTR enter the ring, and they say they’ve never had a problem with Omega. They’re looking forward to having a great athletic contest at All Out, and they want to have a toast with Omega. Omega won’t be bamboozled though. If FTR are going to attack, then they should just go ahead and do it. As Page prepares for an attack, Adam Page comes out and enters the ring.
Dax Harwood says they didn’t get into Page’s head; Page got into his own head due to his own insecurities. FTR insult Page and continue to push him, then they pick up the tag title belts. Page approaches FTR, but FTR drop the tag titles and walk away. Page picks up the belts and extends one behind him for Omega… but Omega is already outside the ring. Omega shakes his head and walks away, and Page looks disappointed and distraught.
Alex Marvez welcomes Chris Jericho. Jericho talks about making Orange Cassidy into a main event star in AEW. And now, Jericho needs to send Cassidy back to obscurity where he came from.
“The Bad Boy” Joey Janela vs “Demo God” Chris Jericho w/ Jake Hager
(referee: Aubrey Edwards; at ringside: Orange Cassidy)
Result: Chris Jericho wins via submission with the Walls of Jericho
Jericho made an example out of Janela. Janela got destroyed right from the opening bell. Janela got a few shots in late in the match, but that just led to some even bigger destruction for him on his way to the inevitable end of the match. As a match, it was a fine squash. As a preview for Jericho versus Cassidy, it definitely made Jericho look strong.
After the match, Jericho attacks Janela and smashes his head into an exposed turnbuckle. Janela is bloodied, and Jericho rubs Janela’s blood all over the Orange Cassidy t-shirt he’s been wearing. Jericho then rips the shirt off, and that prompts Cassidy to run into the ring.
Cassidy attacks Jericho, but Hager quickly pulls Cassidy away. Sonny Kiss runs out and hits Jericho with an elbow smash, but Hager slams Kiss. The distraction allows Cassidy to send Hager out to the floor. Cassidy sets up to attack Jericho, but Hager pulls Jericho out to the floor. In the ring, Cassidy pulls A Little Bit of the Bubbly out of his backpack. After opening the bottle, Cassidy gives Jericho a thumbs down as he pours the bubbly out onto the mat. Jericho is angry as he walks away.
A look at the feud between Sammy Guevara and Matt Hardy. Guevara has challenged Hardy to a Broken Rules match (last man standing, anything goes) at All Out, and Hardy has accepted. If Hardy loses, he says he’ll leave AEW.
Sammy Guevara comes out to the stage to do his cue card bit during picture in picture. Meanwhile, Matt Hardy is watching Sammy from an elevated position to the side of the ring area. Hardy has some cards of his own, and he says that Guevara will be “broken.”
Team Taz (Taz, Brian Cage, & Ricky Starks) come out to the ring. Taz says a member of Team Taz will win the Casino Battle Royale. As he talks, Jake Roberts and Lance Archer come out. Roberts talks about nuts as a way of saying that Team Taz are a bunch of losers. Taz warns Roberts to be careful if gets into the ring.
Eddie Kingston interrupts Roberts and Taz as he comes out with the Lucha Brothers, The Butcher, and The Blade. As Kingston runs down everyone in the ring, Tully Blanchard comes out with Shawn Spears. Naturally, a brawl erupts. Billy and Austin Gunn join the fight, and Darby Allin comes out to attack Ricky Starks. More wrestlers from ringside join the battle, as do Jake Hager, Santana, Ortiz, and Best Friends.
A look at the Dark Order and their upcoming match against the Natural Nightmares, Scorpio Sky, and Matt Cardona.
Serena Deeb vs Thunder Rosa (NWA Women’s Champ)
(referee: Rick Knox)
Result: Thunder Rosa wins via pinfall after the Thunder Driver
Great match. Serena Deeb was the perfect opponent for Thunder Rosa heading into All Out. Deeb gave Rosa a strong and technically sound fight, and that made Rosa look even more brutal and proficient than if she has just squashed some local talent. This was a competitive match with both women looking great, and it further solidified my feeling that the AEW Women’s Title match is going to be the best wrestling match of the night this Saturday. This match might have also gotten Serena Deeb in a good position to be made offers from both AEW and NWA. Here’s hoping.
Jon Moxley says he can’t let MJF run around with the AEW World Title, and he doesn’t seem too worried about that happening. Moxley says everything MJF has done up until now has been the easy part.
Tony Schiavone welcomes Big Swole at ringside. Big Swole says she is going to show up at Britt Baker’s job for a Tooth and Nail match on Saturday. As Schivaone begins to respond, a woman walks up with a pizza delivery for him. Big Swole isn’t fooled (because it’s clearly Rebel in a mask), but Britt Baker still manages to hit Big Swole from behind with her crutch. Baker stomps Big Swole and pushes her face onto Rebel’s pizza. Baker then applies the Lockjaw.
Mark Sterling w/ Wardlow vs Jon Moxley (AEW World Champ)
(referee: Paul Turner)
Result: Jon Moxley wins via pinfall after the Paradigm Shift
This was a comedy match. It was fine.
After the match, Wardlow attacks Jon Moxley. Wardlow hits Moxley with the F10, and that’s when MJF comes out. MJF throws his walker aside, takes off his neck brace, and removes his jacket. MJF attacks Moxley and repeatedly punches him in the head. MJF does the opposite of what he said last week by bringing violence to Moxley.
MJF then hits Moxley in the head with the Dynamite Dozen ring which bloodies Moxley. MJF rubs Moxley’s blood on his own face and holds up the AEW World Title belt as the show comes to an end.
This was a good show. It was very focused on building up All Out, and it did it very well. Every match was touched on, whether in the building or in a video package, and it got me suffiently excited for the show. I’m still looking forward to the Women’s Title match the most, and the Tag Title match right underneath that.
Match of the Night
Thunder Rosa vs Serena Deeb
A great match on its own, and a great way to build up the AEW Women’s Title match.