The Fallout from this week’s AEW Dynamite 7/29/2020- Results and Analysis
It’s Wednesday, and you know what that means, it’s time for another episode of AEW DYNAMITE on TNT.
But before we dive into what happened on the show, let’s look at the AEW power rankings. This is how the power rakings stood before tonight’s episode of Dynamite:
Men’s single’s division
Jon Moxley and Cody still hold their championships, but there are some strong contenders in the top 5.
Women’s singles division
Hikaru Shida, the AEW women's champion, asked the women in the division to step up. The women in the top 5 have been stepping up constantly, and given a chance, any of them can be a worthy contender for the championship.
The AEW tag team division may be the best in the world, and it’s easy to see why. Just look at these rankings.
With such a stacked roster, let’s see what this week had in store for us.
AEW Dynamite 29th June 2020 Results.
This week’s edition of AEW Dynamite opened with an Explosive 5 Man Tag-Team Match.
The Best Friends (Chuck Taylor and Trent), Orange Cassidy, Jungle Boy, and Luchasaurus vs. The Inner Circle (Santana, Ortiz, Jake Hager, Sammy Guevara and "The Demo God" Chris Jericho)
Credit: All Elite Wresting
A 5-man tag-team match is pretty hard to referee, and Tony Schiavone aptly observed that "Aubrey Edwards has her work cut out for her tonight."
Truer words have never been spoken.
The match devolved into chaos early on and even featured Floyd, the Bat, and Matt Hardy, who pushed Sammy Guevara into Luchasaurus' waiting arms.
Jurassic Express and The Best Friends defeated The Inner Circle.
By interjecting himself in this match, Matt reignited his feud with Sammy, but was it a wise decision? Matt's actions cost the Demo God and the entire Inner Circle, the match, and if there's one thing we know about the Demo God, it's that he hates losing. So Matt has pointed a massive target on his back, and the entire Inner Circle will be out for vengeance.
And there's one more reason why the Demo God will be angry tonight; he lost to Orange Cassidy. Even though it was in a multi-man match, Chris Jericho lost, and Orange Cassidy won, and that has to make Jericho mad. Look forward to another singles match between Cassidy and Jericho in two weeks. But before we get Cassidy vs. Jericho, we'll get a debate between the two with a special guest moderator.
The second match of the night was the Open Challenge for the TNT Dynamite Title. In this installment, Cody was defending his championship against independent wrestler WARHORSE!
In case you are don’t know who Warhorse is, here’s what you need to know.
He is an intense independent wrestler who is the current IWTV Independent Wrestling Champion. Warhorse is so intense that in 2018, he finished a match after having his mouth ripped open by a turnbuckle.
Warhorse brought all this intensity right from the start, and at one point, Jim Ross remarked, "Warhorse is outwrestling the champion."
But this wasn't Warhorse's night as he hurt his leg jumping from the top rope, which allowed Cody to clinch in the Figure Four for the win.
After the match, John Silver and Alex Reynolds of the Dark Order attacked Cody, but Warhorse rushed to Cody's defense. The Terrible Two ganged up on Warhorse and used their superior numbers to beat him down and then turned their attention back on Cody. Arn got in, but before the Terrible Two could attack him, Cody's longtime friend, Matt Cardona, former Zack Ryder in WWE, came to make the save.
This was a great showcase for Warhorse, and I would love to see more of him on AEW. In my eyes, he has what it takes to be a future TNT Champion.
With Cardona, it was always a question of when, and not if, he would appear on AEW, and I'm happy that in his first appearance, he rescued his buddy. Cody hasn't had a lot of luck with friends in the past, MJF stabbed him in the back, the Elite hasn't been there for him, so it's great to see someone stand beside Cody. (I hope I didn't jinx that.)
Reynolds and Silver's attack shows that Mr. Brodie Lee is keeping a close eye on the TNT Championship, and he might be challenging for it soon. But in a way, that seems too obvious. What if it's Colt Cabana instead of Mr. Brodie Lee? If Colt challenged for the championship and won, it might be the extra push he needs to embrace the Dark Order fully. Only time will tell.
FTR finally signed their AEW contacts. One of the clauses in the contract stated that the August 12th edition of Dynamite would be Tag Team Appreciation Night hosted by FTR.
I always look forward to Dynamite, and I'm doubly excited for Tag Team Appreciation Night.
After FTR signed their contracts, Hangman Page walked in, and they celebrated with some drinks.
FTR promised to bring sanity to the AEW tag team division, and it seems they are on the road to doing just that. Hangman celebrating with them was a nice touch. It's great to see Hangman have drinking buddies, but only time will tell if they will become more than drinking buddies.
The third match of the night was a tag team championship match.
Kenny Omega and Hangman Page vs. Evil Uno and Stu Grayson(The Dark Order)- Colt Cabana was on commentary, and Anna Jay came out with the Dark Order.
Evil Uno and Stu Grayson are the number one ranked tag-team in AEW, and they finally got a shot at the tag team championships.
The match started hot with Page attacking the Dark Order, forcing Kenny to rush his entrance. The Dark Order later managed to isolate Page until Kenny tagged in and unloaded on them. However, Uno and Grayson aren't the number one ranked tag team for no reason, and they managed to wrestle back control of the match from Omega.
Finally, Omega and Page hit the Last Call, the combination Buckshot Lariat/V-Trigger, for the win.
The Fall Out
After the match, Mr. Brodie Lee was mad. He sent Cabana and Anna Jay to the back before berating Uno and Grayson. He tried recruiting Page one last time before unleashing his minions on the champions. FTR and the Elite made the save, leading Mr. Brodie Lee to sarcastically thank Omega for showing up.
This was a great showing for Uno and Grayson, although they didn't win. Mr. Brodie Lee sending Cabana and Jay to the back was a good decision and showed up more of his cult leader personality.
Cult leaders don't like showing off the bad side of their cult; they want people to believe that it's the greatest thing since sliced bread. And from the way that Colt Cabana was speaking on commentary, it seems like he is completely enthralled by the Dark Order. It'll be interesting to see how his character progresses as he gets to know more about Mr. Brodie Lee's personality.
The next match was:
Hikaru Shida vs. Diamante (non-title match)
This non-title match between Shida and Diamante was the perfect opportunity for Diamante to show that she could hang with the top-level women in AEW, and she did just that.
She pushed the champion to the limit, but Shida eventually picked up the W after a running knee.
Because of the pandemic issues, it feels like AEW's women division is in a holding pattern. There is no obvious challenger for Shida, and it's hurting her title reign.
Once AEW has full access to its entire women's roster, I expect them to work hard and re-establish its credibility.
MJF State of the Industry Address
MJF is one of the best talkers in the industry, and he proved it once again in his state of the industry address. Love him or hate him you can't deny his Talent on the mic.
He attacked Jon Moxley even going as far as imploring the audience to use the hashtags #MJF2020 and #NotMyChampion to help him bring an end to Moxley’s reign.
I loved this segment. It showcased MJF's speaking ability and drew on the fact that he is the top-ranked male singles competitor in the company. I can't wait for Moxley and MGF to finally meet in the ring at All Out, it's going to be insane.
The final match of the night was the
Tornado Tag Team Match (Jon Moxley and Darby Allin vs. Brian Cage and Ricky Starks.)
Tornado tag matches have a certain air of unpredictability, and this one was no different. It started with Darby attacking Cage and Starks, and it only got wilder from there on out.
Moxley and Allin have great chemistry, and when Moxley had Cage in an armbar, Darby pulled out a skateboard that had an underbelly of thumbtacks! He used this to land on Starks for the win.
After the match, it was announced that Moxley would defend his championship next week against Darby Allin.
This is the last time Jon Moxley and Brian Cage will meet for a long while. Cage has lost to Moxley twice, and I'm sure he won't be too happy that. Expect him to go on a rampage for the next few weeks as he tries to reclaim his monster persona.
I don't know what they can do with Starks at this point, but I expect it to be great, and I hope he'll feud with Allin in the future. They have great chemistry together and can produce magic in the ring.
In next week's championship match, I expect Jon Moxley to win, but it's still going to be a very competitive match.
That was the Fallout from this week's AEW Dynamite; let me know what you think, and please share this article if you enjoyed it.
See you next week when we review Being the Elite.