The first episode of AEW: Dynamite to air since the Double or Nothing pay-per-view was nothing short of spectacular. A Double Or Nothing recap, “Iron” Mike Tyson, a boatload of action, and much more to follow on this brand new live installment of AEW: Dynamite!
The show kicks off with The Young Bucks and Matt Hardy taking on “The Bad Boy” Joey Janela and Private Party in this six-man tag-team match. In this match, the fans get to see a new, but old-school Matt Hardy. This lengthy bout is a high-flyer's dream in the ring. At one point or another, every participant found themselves on the top rope or flying over it. The Young Bucks and Matt Hardy reigned victorious in the kickoff match of last night's show.
After the match, The Young Bucks were sneak-attacked by Butcher and Blade. Luckily for The Young Bucks, they were saved by FTR. A tag-team consisted of Cash Wheeler and Dax Harwood, who made their debut last night. The team may be better known as Dash Wilder and Scott Dawson, who were recently released from WWE.
The next match of the night lasted a whopping 35 seconds. Brian Cage, accompanied by Taz, took swift care of Lee Johnson. Cage’s new singles record advances to 1-0. Following the match, Taz called out Jon Moxley, who was sitting ringside. Cage won the Casino Ladder Match, which makes him the number one contender for the AEW World Championship. Taz reminded everyone of that great accomplishment and feat.
Doctor Britt Baker came out for a “Roll Model” promotion. Baker, in a wheelchair, was wheeled onto the entrance stage to give her “rules” of being a role model. Skipping straight to number three, the one and only rule was: don’t hurt the role model. She then goes on and on about a conspiracy of evil that's surrounding her and trying to hurt her.
Christy Jaynes takes on the new AEW Women's world champion, Hikaru Shida. Jaynes held a 0-1 singles record on the show until last night. She is now 0-2, but she put on a great match against the champ. When many would think of this as a “squash” match, it is an effective way of building up the AEW women’s division.
“The American Nightmare” Cody, accompanied by Tony Schviaone, cut an in-ring promotion talking about his legacy. He also commented on his fighting and how he got where he is today while also taking shots at the WWE. He then thanked and praised the fans. The biggest takeaway was without a doubt the fact that he offered up a title shot to anyone for each of the following weeks.
Just halfway through the program, Kip Sabian and Jimmy Havoc take on two-thirds of SCU. Sabian and Havoc had been in control of this match since the bell rang. SCU put together a last-minute rally, but Sabian and Havoc pulled off the upset.
Immediately following the match, MJF had an on-camera promotion. He confirmed the rumor of a Battle Royal. The winner becomes the number one contender for the TNT title.
The Battle Royal match consists of Orange Cassidy, Luchasauras, Billy Gunn, MJF, Colt Cabana, Marco Stunt, Jungle Boy, Wardlow, Christopher Daniels, Luther, Sonny Kiss, and more. MJF, not surprisingly, is hiding behind Wardlow for his own protection. Poor 5-foot-2 Marco Stunt is trying his little heart out to stay relevant in a match full of wrestlers actually taller than the ropes. Down to four in the match, Orange Cassidy has now finally entered the match. “Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye” is being sung by the audience upon the elimination of MJF. Jungle Boy wins with fashion! A hurricanrana delivered by Jungle Boy to Orange Cassidy sends him over the top rope for a win and a number one contender spot.
Then finally, leave it to Chris Jericho to form an “Inner Circle” pep rally. Cheerleaders and a drumline introduce the faction in flamboyant fashion for the group. Now being introduced by the ever-so-dreadful Vickie Guerrero, Jake Hagar, Santana, Ortiz, Sammy Guevara, and “Le Champion” Chris Jericho make their ever-common grand entrance to the ring. Food, trophies, and poems were being exchanged at the pep rally. Chris Jericho, acting boastfully, asked for Mike Tyson’s head on a platter. Unfortunately, Jericho should have been careful, because he got something much worse. Tyson entered the ring, large and in charge, with fellow former boxers and an entire entourage.
A big scramble ends the night with “Iron” Mike Tyson and Jericho at each other’s throats. It was one hell of an episode to kickoff On Tap Sports Net’s wrestling coverage. Stay tuned for recaps of future shows. Follow and interact with me on Twitter @DaGerbs and as always #CrackUm!