Original Air Date: November 4, 2020
Event Date: November 4, 2020
(aired on TNT & the FITE app)
Commentary: Excalibur, Jim Ross, Tony Schiavone, Chris Jericho
Ring Announcer: Justin Roberts
“Dynamite” by No One Hero
Dasha Gonzalez welcomes Chris Jericho, Santana, and Jake Hager. Jericho starts off by congratulating Hager on being 3-0 in MMA, but MJF (with Wardlow) walks up and interrupts. MJF is happy that Jericho will be doing commentary so he can watch firsthand why MJF deserves to be in the Inner Circle. Jericho has his doubts though. Jericho thinks MJF might be soft.
Wardlow & MJF vs Ortiz & “The Spanish God” Sammy Guevara
(referee: Aubrey Edwards)
Result: MJF submits Ortiz with Salt of the Earth
Very good match. Guevara was on fire tonight. Ortiz started the match for the Inner Circle, but once Guevara tagged in he was all over the place. Sammy was hitting multiple knees and dives, and he was practically untouchable throughout the entire match… until some outside-the-ring shenanigans from Matt Hardy took him out. Ortiz struggled to get a lot of offense, but I kind of expected that. MJF and Guevara both have big matches at Full Gear, and Wardlow is a monster, so having Ortiz take the brunt of the attacks wasn’t surprising. Wardlow looked good for his team, but MJF really only had a few good moves (and one of them was a thumb to the eye). If MJF was supposed to show his killer instinct, this wasn’t it, but it could still play well into his match with Jericho on Saturday.
After the match, MJF runs over to the commentary table and attacks Jericho. Hager and Santana come out to pull MJF away and keep Wardlow back. Jericho smiles as he get up.
Earlier today, Tony Schiavone sat down with Kenny Omega. Omega says it’s almost like he’s destined to win the Eliminator Tournament.
Trent w/ Chuck Taylor, Orange Cassidy vs Miro w/ Kip Sabian, Penelope Ford
(referee: Bryce Remsburg)
Result: Miro submit Trent with Game Over
Very good match. Miro started out by pretty much destroying Trent. Trent was overpowered and thrown all around the ring, and it looked like this might be a short match. Trent survived though, and he got a bit of a breather when some shenanigans outside the ring took attention away from the in-ring action. Chuck Taylor and Kip Sabian started fighting and made their way backstage, and Dark Order came out to attack Orange Cassidy. Around that time, Trent started to mount a solid comeback, but Miro’s power was the deciding factor tonight. This was a hard-hitting fight, and it had me looking forward to seeing more between these teams.
After the match, Miro attacks Trent and Chuck. After Miro insults Trent’s mom, Orange Cassidy hit Miro and Kip Sabian with a trust fall off the top rope. Miro, Sabian, and Ford head to the back.
Earlier today, Jim Ross sat down with Adam Page. Page says he has no worries that he’ll beat Kenny Omega, but Jim Ross doesn’t believe him. JR thinks Page is nervous. Reluctantly, Page admits that he’s a bit nervous. If he doesn’t beat Page and go on to win the title, he’s worried that he might not have anything left other than the glass of whiskey in his hand.
A look at the buildup to The Young Bucks facing FTR for the tag titles at Full Gear.
Team Taz comes out to the stage. Taz is angry because he couldn’t get just two minutes of Tony Khan’s time. Taz want to talk about the AEW ranking system. He says Brian Cage is ranked one, but Ricky Starks is unranked despite winning most of his matches. Why is that? Starks is also confused as to why he’s unranked. He’s also wondering why neither he nor Starks has a match at Full Gear. Taz then addresses Cody, saying there will be an FTW presence at Full Gear on Saturday.
Private Party come out to the ring with Matt Hardy. As Private Party enter the ring, Sammy Guevara rushes out and attacks Hardy from behind. Guevara runs away as Marq Quen and Isiah Kassidy come over to help Hardy. After a few seconds, Matt Hardy heads backstage.
Private Party vs The Young Bucks
(referee: Rick Knox)
Result: Matt Jackson pins Marq Quen after the BTE Trigger
Great match. Matt Jackson’s ankle was visibly giving him trouble before the bell rang (because of FTR’s recent attack), and the commentators rightfully questioned the Buck’s decision to even have this match. Matt has a long history of fighting while injured though, so he of course didn’t slow down or change his style tonight, and I expect him to do the same on Saturday. This match was in no way a warm-up though. Private Party came to win, and they pushed the Bucks to get better and more aggressive as the match went on. Both teams has great sequences of offense that led to more than a few believable near falls. This match felt important, and it absolutely built a lot more tension for the title match at Full Gear.
After the match, FTR (with Tully Blanchard) attack the Young Bucks from behind. Harwood forces Nick to watch as Wheeler gets ready to break Matt’s ankle with a chair. Before Harwood can act, Adam Page comes out to the ring and chases FTR and Blanchard away. Kenny Omega comes out shortly after that to check on Matt. As the Bucks watch FTR and Blanchard leave, Page and Omega bump fists. Page has some words for Omega though, and things look tense between then as the show goes to a break.
In the ring, Tony Schiavone welcomes Eddie Kingston and Jon Moxley. We are reminded that Tony Khan has proclaimed that if Kingston and Moxley fight tonight, then the title match at Full Gear will be called off.
Kingston has Schiavone get out of the ring. Kingston gets in Moxley’s face and tells him he’s taking the title from Moxley because he has to. Moxley says loyalty is a bitch. Moxley has been burned over and over, but he never thought he’d be burned by Kingston. Moxley thinks that loudest one in the room is the weakest in the room. Kingston’s been real loud lately, but Moxley know he’s not weak. So what’s going on? Moxley thinks Kingston knows he’s going to lose on Saturday. Moxley talks about broken promises, and a promise Kingston made to his mother that he can’t keep. Furious, Kingston leaves the ring.
After months in isolation, Pac speaks.
Alex Marvez welcomes Dustin Rhodes and QT Marshall. The Natural Nightmares begin to talk about facing The Butcher and The Blade next week, but The Bunny walks up and interrupts. The Bunny thanks QT Marshall for all the gift, but his cards are all maxed out now. Suddenly, The Butcher and The Blade attack and destroy the Natural Nightmares.
Red Velvet w/ Brandi Rhodes vs “The Native Beast” Nyla Rose w/ Vickie Guerrero
(referee: Paul Turner; watching at ringisde: Hikaru Shida)
Result: Nyla Rose wins via pinfall after Tamashii
Squash. Rose finished by using Shida’s finisher which Shida (who was watching at ringside) did not appreciate.
After the match, Vickie Guerrero makes fun of Red Velvet and calls Brandi the CBO of AEW (Chief Bullshit Officer). Red Velvet and Brandi leave. Vickie Guerrero goes on, saying she finally feels appreciated. Tony Khan has listened to her and has given Nyla Rose a title match. Vickie tells Shida what Rose is going to do to her on Saturday, but Shida grabs Vickie as Vickie start to laugh. Rose is quick to push Shida away, and Shida has to be held back from attacking Rose.
A look at the build up for Omega versus Page in the finals of the Eliminator Tournament. Don Callis makes an appearance to say that Kenny Omega is going to beat Adam Page. There’s also a nicely cheesy music video of Page and Omega’s time tome together including the good times and the bad.
Darby Allin gets into a car that has “The Face of TNT” painted on the hood, and he nearly runs over a guy in a Cody mask.
John “4” Silver & 10 & Colt “Boom Boom” Cabana w/ Evil Uno, Stu Grayson, Alex Reynolds, Alan Angels, Anna Jay vs Billy & Austin Gunn & “The American Nightmare” Cody (TNT Champ) w/ Arn Anderson
(referee: Aubrey Edwards; watching in the crowd: Darby Allin)
Result: Austin Gunn pins Preston “10” Vance after Quickdraw
Good match. It was a bit all over the place, but it was fun. This felt like it was more about being a small battle in the bigger war of The Nightmare Family versus the Dark Order rather than about any single person in this match. It also helped put a spotlight on John Silver and Austin Gunn which is cool.
After the match, Dark Order approaches the ring. John Silver starts to enter the ring with a chair, but he is attacked by Orange Cassidy. Cassidy walks away as Dark Order gathers John Silver.
In the ring, Cody addresses Darby Allin who is still in the crowd. Cody says Allin’s personal narrative of TNT not wanting Allin as the face of the company is fiction. TNT would love to have Allin as the face, and if circumstances were different, Cody would probably love it too. After all, Cody recruited Allin to AEW. Cody wants Allin to stop lying. Cody knows Allin wants the ace belt of AEW, but Allin is not the ace. Cody drops the mic and holds up the TNT Title.
After the show goes off the air, Cody revels that, as of this morning, he no longer has just one name. It feels really good to be Cody Rhodes again.
I was wondering how AEW would top last week’s show as a pre-Full-Gear episode. I don’t think this episode was necessarily better than last week’s, but I still enjoyed it quite a lot. They did a really good job of continuing to build Full Gear’s matches up even more, and the matches tonight were all fun. I think my favorite segment tonight might have been the face to face between Moxley and Kingston. Their feud feels extremely intense and personal, and I expect their match to be brutal and probably a bit sad regardless of te outcome. I’m also really hoping for a lot in the Omega/Page match. This has been building for a very long time, and even though I don’t expect a full resolution on Saturday, I do expect a ton of drama.
Match of the Night
Private Party vs Young Bucks
I was surprised with how good this match was, although I probably shouldn’t have been. Both teams are great, and they’re great together. I just didn’t think they would go that hard days before Full Gear.