Original Air Date: November 11, 2020
Event Date: November 11, 2020
(aired on TNT & the FITE app)
Commentary: Excalibur, Jim Ross, Tony Schiavone, Taz (1), Eddie Kingston (5)
Ring Announcer: Justin Roberts
Intro Video (New)
“Dynamite” by No One Hero
Team Taz (Taz, Ricky Starks, and Brian Cage) come out to the stage. As Brian Cage heads into the ring, Taz addresses Darby Allin who is sitting in the balcony. Taz warns Allin, the new TNT Champion, to stay far away from Team Taz tonight unless he want another beating like the one he suffered after his match with Cody at Full Gear. Taz also tells Allin to call up Cody and give him the same warning.
Taz wants the disrespectful Darby Allin to watch as Cage wrestles a man who is respected and has respect for others, Matt Sydal. Taz makes a parallel between the abilities of Sydal and Allin, so we can all get a little preview of what might happen to Allin if and when Cage gets his hands on him. Taz then heads over to the commentary table while Starks heads over to ringside.
“The Machine” Brian Cage (FTW Champ) w/ Taz, Ricky Starks vs Matt Sydal
(referee: Paul Turner)
Result: Brian Cage wins via pinfall after the Drill Claw
Very good match. Cage is quick, but Sydal is quicker, and hecaught the bigger man with a fair number of kicks and agile moves. Cage’s power was destructive whenever he caught Sydal, and that proved to be a big hurdle for Sydal to overcome. This was a fun match, and I really enjoyed the finish.
After the match, Ricky Starks talks about Cage and himself being officially ranked (finally). Team Taz have their sights set on championships, and there will be an FTW presence felt tonight.
Cody Rhodes heads to the ring. Cody starts off by saying he and Arn Anderson will not be seeking a rematch at this time, but he might like to revisit a loss that he’s never avenged. He might want a match with the newest member of the Inner Circle, MJF.
As Cody speaks, a woman named Jade Cargill walks into the ring and interrupts him. Jade wants Cody to stop lying. She says she’s being studying her competition, but she’s also been studying Cody. A lot. She says Cody likes to think of himself as a giant killer, but what does he know about giants? Jade says there is nothing giant about Cody. Jade knows a giant though, and Cody’s words might be enough to wake him. Cody checks his watch.
As she leaves, Jade congratulates Cody on his name, but she guesses Cody didn’t have the balls to go by just one name. The giant she knows goes by one name though, and that name is Shaq. Brandi Rhodes finally (mercifully) comes out and lays into Jade on the mic. After some strong words telling Jade all the way off, Brandi turns around to leave. Jade taps Brandi on the butt. As Brandi slowly turns back around, Jerry Lynn runs out to try to calm the two women down. Cooler heads prevail, and both women leave in opposite directions.
With Cody looking up at the stage, Team Taz returns. Cage attacks Cody and hits him with a strong powerbomb. Starks is about to join the beating when Darby Allin enters the ring. Allin springs off the ropes and hits Starks with his thumbtack jacket (yes, it’s a jacket with thumbtacks all over it). Cage then gets whipped into a corner where he also takes a back splash with Darby’s jacket. Team Taz retreats as Will Hobbs decides to come out and slam a chair on the stage.
Clips from the finals of the Eliminator Tournament between Kenny Omega and Adam Page at Full Gear.
Alex Marvez welcomes Jon Moxley. Moxley’s next challenge will be against Kenny Omega. Moxley says he’s beaten Omega once and it was legendary, but beating Omega twice is something else entirely. Moxley will never quite though, so he just says “good luck” to Omega.
The Butcher & The Blade w/ The Bunny vs The Natural Nightmares
(referee: Paul Turner)
Result: QT Marshall pins The Blade after a Diamond Cutter
Very good match. It was messy at times (and quite bloody), but that’s really what I expected from a match like this. There were lots of weapons and furniture used pretty much right from the start, and the violence continued all the way through to the finish. There was a box built just for people to fall through which I don’t like very much, but everything else was quite fun. Handcuffs were introduced partway through the match, and for a minute it seemed like the Natural Nightmares were in for a short night and a rough beating. The handcuffs were broken though, and the match ended up getting to the heart of the feud: QT, Blade, and Bunny. QT and Blade both bled, and it was their fight (with some assistance from their teammates) that finished the match. This seemed like a brief feud (though I suppose the buildup with Allie/The Bunny was long), but it turned out to have a memorable match.
A look at the Elite Deletion match and the overall feud between Matt Hardy and Sammy Guevara. Matt talks about the pain and rage in their rivalry. He says he went into their feud with very little respect for Sammy, but Sammy’s tenacity had Matt looking at Sammy in a different way. But he had to delete Sammy. He had to make him obsolete. Sammy might have lost their rivalry, but he lost to an iconic wrestler in Matt Hardy. Therefore, Matt says he has given Sammy a gift that he hopes Sammy doesn’t squander.
In the ring, Justin Roberts welcomes us to the 2020 Inner Circle Induction Ceremony. Chris Jericho comes out first. Jericho says this is a historic night. Tonight, the Inner Circle will gain two new members, the first two members to join since the original group formed on the first episode of Dynamite. Ortiz, Santana, and Jake Hager come out and join Jericho. Ortiz doesn’t look happy, and Sammy is absent after being deleted at Full Gear. MJF and Wardlow come out next.
MJF acts like a good actor as he pretends to cry as he talks about how great he is. He also has some poetry he wrote. He reads it. Ortiz is unimpressed, and he tells Jericho that MJF doesn’t belong in the Inner Circle. Jericho says if there’s a problem, it’s on him. Jericho made the match at Full Gear, so MJF joining is on him. Besides, the Inner Circle will be better with MJF and Wardlow, so Ortiz i jut going to have to make it work.
MJF then continues celebrating himself. He also says tonight is a celebration of Chris Jericho’ birthday. Balloons and confetti drop as MJF dances and yells. MJF then announces that the Inner Circle is going to Las Vegas next week, and it’s all on him. And that’s the end of the induction ceremony (with an official introduction oddly absent).
A look at the AEW World Tag Team Title match at Full Gear.
Alex Marvez looks nervous as he welcomes the Young Bucks. Nick says it’s hard to see what’s next, but Matt says they need to find fresh opponents. Matt says he’s seen a team that interests him, and they’re called Top Flight. So next week Top Flight will get an opportunity to face the Young Bucks.
Shawn Spears w/ Tully Blanchard vs Scorpio Sky
(referee: Bryce Remsburg)
Result: Shawn Spears wins via pinfall after a palm strike with a loaded glove
Very good match. It feels like this feud is really just getting started, and this was a fun match that left a lot a lot of room for their matches against each other to build on. This was entertaining, but Sky had a hard time keeping Spears in the ring and and in position to land attacks. Spears did a good job of stalling and baiting Sky, and Blanchard played a huge role in the finish. I’m looking forward to seeing what’s next for them.
Alone, Dasha Gonzalez says she was going to interview Kenny Omega, but he just left.
Outside the Venue
Alex Marvez catches up to Kenny Omega as he’s leaving the venue. Omega says Jon Moxley holds the key to taking what Moxley took from him. The AEW World Title is the key to being in the number one position in the world of professional wrestling. Omega has heard the chatter. He knows people are wondering where the Kenny Omega everyone knew in NJPW has been. Omega says he’s always been here, but now he’s finally ready to step back into that role. Omega wonders how Moxley will fare against him one on one in a regular match with regular rules for the first time in an AEW ring.
Tay Conti w/ Anna Jay vs Red Velvet w/ Brandi Rhodes
(referee: Aubrey Edwards)
Result: Tay Conti wins via pinfall after a Gory Special spun into a knee strike
Pretty good match. It felt like Conti and Velvet had a little trouble connecting completely in the match, but it was still an enjoyable match. The biggest story here was Conti reeatedly looking over to Anna Jay, possibly for approval. Jay slid a chair into the ring for Conti to use on Velvet, but Conti kicked it out of the ring. Conti nearly lost the match right after that, but she went on to prove that she didn’t need to cheat. So where does Conti stand as far as Anna Jay and the Dark Order go? That’s the question this match brought up but didn’t answer.
After the match, Anna Jay looks annoyed, but she still hugs Conti as the Dark Order watches from the entrance tunnel.
Alex Marvez welcomes the new, bigger Inner Circle. They’re mostly all still excited about going to Las Vegas. Sammy Guevara finally shows up, and he’s pissed. Guevara says MJF sent him an email about everyone meeting at the beach, not at Daily’s Place. MJF says he sent a second email, but Guevara says he never got it. Jericho tries to calm things down, and most of the Inner Circle walks away. MJF hands Sammy a ticker for Vegas and says he really did send a second email. Guevara is still pissed and doesn’t believe him.
A look at Kip Sabian confronting Orange Cassidy at Full Gear.
Eddie Kingston comes out to the stage. He says Moxley might have made him say “I Quit” at Full Gear, but he will never stop, and he will become AEW World Champion.
Rey Fenix vs Penta El Zero M
(referee: Rick Knox)
Result: Penta El Zero M wins via pinfall after a package piledriver
Very good match. This was another exciting match between these two brothers, but it had a very different tone than their match a few weeks ago. Their previous match was for the Eliminator tournament, and it felt like friendly (if still very highly competitive) competition. Tonight’s match was a lot darker. Penta started the viciousness by ripping at Fenix’s mask early in the match. From there, their actions increasingly looked like they were trying to hurt each other as much as they were trying to win the match. Nothing was on the line here, so for these two brothers to be going so hard at each other, it felt bad. The commentators helped that feeling by blaming Eddie Kingston for bringing this out of the Lucha Brothers and causing them to begin to fall apart. Later in the match, Fenix ripped at Penta’s mask, and both men were going for painful attacks. Penta ended up spiking Fenix with a few piledriver variations in a row, completing the brutal feeling of the match.
Eddie Kingston gets up from the commentary table and goes over to congratulate his best friend Penta El Zero M. As Kingston is congratulating Penta, he shoves Fenix out of the ring with his foot. Kingston tells Penta he doesn’t need the dead weight of his brother. As Kingston speaks, Pac returns to AEW! Pac tells Kingston he’s made a terrible mistake, then he runs into the ring. A brawl is prevented as referees and backstage personnel flood the ring.
This was a fun show. It dealt with a lot of the fallout from Full Gear, but it also moved forward with new story lines and updates to stories that continued through the last PPV. Seeing Pac return got me the most excited tonight, but I also really enjoyed the bunkhouse match. Another favorite moment was seeing Brandi go off on Jade Cargill (though Cargill’s speech before that was a low point for me), and my favorite gear of the night was Darby Allin’s thumbtack jacket.
Match of the Night
Violent, bloody, and fun.