Welcome to another AEW Dynamite review here on TJRWrestling. It’s a Chris Jericho celebration night because Jericho started his pro wrestling career 30 years ago this week. Jericho is one of the best wrestlers ever and one of AEW’s biggest names, so it’s easy to understand why they are celebrating him.
The show began with some wrestlers in AEW talking about Chris Jericho’s 30-year career. They talked about his AEW moments because it’s not like they’re going to speak about other things in his career.
It was the usual setup at Daily’s Place in Jacksonville with wrestlers surrounding the ring and some fans in the crowd. There was Miro with Kip Sabian and Penelope Ford playing some arcade video game. The announce team of Jim Ross, Tony Schiavone and Excalibur were joined by Tazz and Ricky Starks. They did a rundown of the matches coming up on this week’s show.
Will Hobbs entered for what I believe is his first singles match on Dynamite. Hobbs is 4-5 in his AEW career. Brian Cage entered as the FTW Champion for the first defense of this title that Taz created over 20 years ago. Is a title coveted when it hasn’t been defended in over 20 years? I’m not sure, pal.
FTW Championship: “The Machine” Brian Cage vs. Will Hobbs
They are two big dudes around 270 pounds or so. Hobbs and Cage did a double shoulder tackle a few times, Hobbs with a forearm to the head Cage hit a running back elbow. Hobbs came back with a clothesline. They each tried a suplex, Hobbs ran the ropes and hit a running cross body block for two. Cage gave Hobbs a superkick by the turnbuckle and then put him on his shoulders for a slam for two. Cage with a hard chop, Hobbs came back with punches of his own and Cage did a roll through into a running kick with no cover attempt. Cage hit a fallaway slam followed by a standing moonsault for a two count. Hobbs came back with a belly to back suplex, two clotheslines and a jumping shoulder tackle. Cage bounced off the ropes leading to Hobbs hitting a powerslam for two. Cage tried a move off the shoulders, but then Hobbs hit a sitout spinebuster for two. Cage countered a Hobbs move with Cage hitting a pumphandle into a reverse slam. Cage hit his version of an F5 for a two count. Hobbs with an elbow to the head, Cage with a German Suplex, Hobbs popped right up and hit a German Suplex of his own. They each ran the ropes leading to a double clothesline spot. Cage and Hobbs exchanged forearms, Hobbs avoided a charging attack and Hobbs hit a spinning spinebuster for a two count. That looked good. Hobbs was frustrated, then went up top and missed a Frog Splash when Cage moved. Cage hit the Drillclaw slam for the pinfall win after 10 minutes.
Winner: “The Machine” Brian Cage
Analysis: *** It was a good matchup between two bigger dudes that are both athletic. This felt like a way for AEW to introduce the audience to Hobbs since it was his first Dynamite match. Hobbs got a lot of offense, nearly got the win, then tried a top rope move that wasn’t close and Cage capitalized on that to win the match. This was about showcasing Hobbs before he put over the more well-known wrestler in Cage. It’s fine because Hobbs could be a major player in AEW in the future.
Post match, Taz did a promo saying that Hobbs was impressive and he gave him credit for that. Taz said now Hobbs has the option of joining Team Taz right now or if he says no then Cage and Starks will beat the living hell out of him right now. That led to Darby Allin showing up for the save with a skateboard in hand, so Cage and Starks left. Taz said that one day real soon, Darby is going to learn not to stick his nose in Team Taz business.
Analysis: This seems like an obvious setup for a tag team match. Allin has been feuding with Cage/Starks for months, he beat Starks last week and it’s still going.
There was a video from Slash (of Guns N Roses) congratulating Chris Jericho for 30 years in wrestling. Dennis Miller also spoke about how Jericho was a good guy and congratulated him. Hiroshi Tanahashi congratulated Jericho as well. Ted Irvine, who is Chris’s dad, also congratulated his son and encouraged his son to keep kicking ass. Ted had a bit of the bubbly with him. Bully Ray had some of the bubbly soon and gave a “rock on” hand gesture to the camera.
Analysis: That’s cool to have Jericho tributes. They said there will be more of them during the show. It’s really cool to see NJPW legend Hiroshi Tanahashi on here since Jericho has worked with him in the past. Love that guy.
Lance Archer and Jake “The Snake” Roberts did a promo about his AEW World Title match against Jon Moxley next week on Dynamite. Archer noted that they wrestled earlier this year and let Moxley know he had no chance of winning their match.
AEW Tag Team Championships: FTR (Dax Harwood and Cash Wheeler) w/Tully Blanchard vs. The Hybrid 2 (Angelico and Jack Evans)
The Young Bucks were shown looking on a TV backstage. Evans with a hurricanrana on Harwood for a two count. Evans jumped off the top with a kick on Harwood. Angelico tagged in with a cross body block off the top for two on Harwood. Wheeler pulled his partner Harwood out of the ring to take a break. FTR teased leaving, Angelico jumped onto them and then Evans hit a somersault dive onto three guys on the floor. Evans up top, Blanchard distracted the referee Aubrey Edwards and Wheeler tripped up Evans with the referee not seeing it. Harwood slammed Evans off the top while grabbing the leg. They left the ring with Harwood sending Evans knee first into the barricade. Harwood sent Evans’ left leg into the ring post.
The heel champions were still in control with Wheeler working on the left knee of Evans. Harwood tagged in, blocked a tag team attempt and hit a dragon screw leg whip leading to a single leg half crab with Evans crawling to the bottom rope. Wheeler was back in, Evans got the tag and Angelico cleared house and did a double submission pulling on the head/shoulders of both opponents. Evans tagged back in, Wheeler missed a splash and Evans hit a double foot stomp off the top into a slam by Angelico for a two count. Evans with an assisted 450 splash with Angelico covering for two. Harwood pulled Angelico out of the ring while Wheeler decked Evans with a forearm. Harwood with a German Suplex, Wheeler with a Dragon Suplex and Harwood got a pin attempt, but Angelico broke it up. Evans with kicks on Wheeler and then Harwood decked Evans with a forearm to the jaw. Evans elbowed Harwood off the top rope, completely missed a splash off the top and then Evans hit a moonsault off the middle rope. Angelico with a kick that sent Wheeler out of the ring. Wheeler avoided a move on the floor and sent Angelico into the apron. Evans kicked Wheeler off the apron leading to a two count. Evans with a rolling kick on Harwood, but then Harwood hit a huge clothesline. Harwood hit a Tiger Driver for a two count. Harwood set up Evans on the top leading to the superplex by Harwood and Wheeler hit a Superfly Splash for the pinfall win after about 14 minutes. That’s the old Power & Glory finisher.
Winners by pinfall: FTR (Dax Harwood and Cash Wheeler)
Analysis: ***1/4 A pretty good tag team match where it didn’t feel like The Hybrid 2 had any chance of winning, but FTR gave them a lot of offense. I don’t mind FTR winning the match with a move that is different from their regular finishing move. That tells the audience that they can win matches in different ways. I think Evans and Angelico are very talented with Evans bumping all over the place while Angelico’s offense is very believable. However, it’s tough to see them breaking through in the tag team division with so many teams in AEW right now. I don’t know if this needed to be as long as it did, but AEW always gives time to tag team matches.
The Young Bucks were shown backstage as they realized the camera was on them. They gave a double superkick to a camera guy standing there. Matt claimed he didn’t have $10,000 for the fine, Nick didn’t have it either and they left.
Analysis: They are clearly building to FTR vs. Young Bucks at some point soon with Young Bucks being frustrated that other teams get title shots, yet they don’t get a shot. It’s been a while since the Young Bucks have had a match too.
There was a graphic on screen that had images of hot dogs with FTR’s faces on them. Best Friends showed up with shirts like that.
Trent of the Best Friends said that they are hot dogs – wieners and weenies. Trent said as comedy backyard wrestlers, they are trying to say that FTR are weenies. Chuck Taylor noted that they are number one contenders to the title and he was just told by Tony Khan that their Tag Team Title match will be on the AEW Anniversary show next week. FTR tried a cheap attack, Best Friends were ready and FTR left the ring. Best Friends posed with the titles and then gave the titles back to FTR. Best Friends hugged with Excalibur missing the “give the people what they want” line this time.
Analysis: That means there are at least two title matches next week on the one-year AEW Anniversary show. These teams have wrestled before too. I doubt FTR will lose the titles to Best Friends.
Maxwell Jacob Friedman did a promo saying a lot of people say never meet your heroes and said that the first time he really got to talk to Chris Jericho was after Double or Nothing. Jericho said that MJF really has got something, he said keep studying and take some little nuances from people you look up to. MJF said that he pointed at Jericho’s chest and he’ll never forget that. MJF said that he was proud of Jericho, inspired by him and he may or may not show up later tonight to congratulate him.
There were more messages for Chris Jericho with NBA Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal thanking him for entertaining us. Gene Simmons of KISS said it was spectacular that Jericho has been doing it for 30 years. Don Callis (now of Impact Wrestling who has known Jericho since he started in wrestling) said that even after 30 years, Chris is still the same guy he was back then on the back of the bus. Lars Ulrich of Metallica said that it was 30 years of being super cool and he was proud of him. Diamond Dallas Page congratulated Jericho on 30 years and called him his “brother” as well.
A video package aired to set up the Dog Collar Match for the AEW TNT Title. Brodie Lee dominated Cody to win the title on Dynamite, then there was a cheap attack after the match and Cody missed about five weeks. Cody came back with black hair and he accepted Lee’s challenge for the Dog Collar Match. Arn Anderson said that hell’s coming while noting that Lee will be twice as dangerous and possibly career-ending. Arn said that Cody had to get his own self-respect by having this match.
Analysis: I thought this might go on last. Nope. They are going with the Jericho match since it’s Jericho celebration night.
Cody made his entrance with his lovely wife Brandi Rhodes by his side. There was a huge pyro display for him as coach Arn Anderson joined them at ringside. JR noted that in 1983 there was the most famous Dog Collar Match between Roddy Piper and Greg Valentine and they are still talking about that match. Brodie Lee entered as the TNT Champion with John Silver and Anna Jay joining him with Silver carrying the Dog Collars with him.
During the introductions, there was a shot of Greg “The Hammer” Valentine in the crowd surrounded by empty seats. Cody was introduced first with a record of 18-2 in 2020. Brodie Lee has a record of 8-1 in 2020. The referee Paul Turner held up the TNT Title with the match beginning after a break near the end of hour one.
The dog collars were around the necks of Lee and Cody with a long steel chain. There are no countouts or disqualifications in this match.
TNT Championship Dog Collar Match: Mr. Brodie Lee (w/John Silver and Anna Jay) vs. Cody (w/Arn Anderson and Brandi Rhodes)
Cody went for a running attack, Lee moved and Silver was knocked off the apron. Lee with a body slam while Silver popped back up with blood on his head. That’s a ridiculous blade job, but that’s AEW wanting to feature blood sometimes. When Cody knocked down Harper, he went up top looking for a springboard move, but Harper pulled the chain and sent Cody to the mat. Lee pulled Cody out of the ring and slammed him face first onto the apron. Lee put Silver on a chair and then Cody hit Silver with a dropkick into the barricade. Back in the ring, Lee with a running attack with the chain to the throat. Lee with a DDT as Anna Jay checked on Silver at ringside and Lee told her to take Silver to the back. Lee used the chain against the forehead of Cody and it was clear that Cody was bleeding above the eye. It’s not a surprise that Cody was bleeding three minutes into this match and that’s two blade jobs in the first three minutes. Lee with a whip into the ropes, Cody went under the legs and used the chain to hit Lee in the groin. Cody hit an assisted Russian legsweep with the chain. When Lee left the ring, Cody managed to hit a suicide dive onto him. Lee sent Cody into the barricade three times and then Lee flipped Cody over the barricade onto the floor. There was a lot of blood on Cody’s right side of his face. Lee set up a table on the floor and tossed two chairs into the ring. Cody with some chain shots to the head, then Cody pulled Lee off the apron to the floor and Cody hit a Cody Cutter on the floor.
The match returned with Lee cut open as well, so there were both guys busted open with bloody foreheads. They showed a clip of a spot during the break with Cody hitting a piledriver off the apron through the table. Why would you do that during picture in picture and not during the full-screen match? That’s a mistake in terms of match production. They need to time it better. Cody hit a front suplex, then he used the chain to attack Lee’s back two times. Cody with another steel chain shot to the head. Cody choked Lee with the chain a bit, then into the turnbuckle and Lee sent Cody over the top to the floor. Lee choked Cody across the top rope, Cody back in and Lee hit him with a Boss Man Slam for a two count. Both guys had blood all over their faces. Lee threw a chair in Arn Anderson’s direction and Arn ducked it. Arn went into the ring, Alex Reynolds showed up and Arn dropped him with his famous spinebuster. Lee punched Arn in the gut. Cody capitalized with more chain assisted punches and a chain punch to the head. Cody choked Lee with the steel chain around the throat. Cody went up top and hit a moonsault press onto a standing Lee for two. Lee with a kick to the jaw, Cody blocked a move and Cody hit a Cross Rhodes neckbreaker for just one with Lee powering out of the pin attempt. Lee went for a superkick, slipped on the chain led to no contact, so he did another superkick that connected and Lee hit a Powerbomb on the chain for two. They left the ring with Cody sending Lee’s left shoulder into the ring post. Lee with an uppercut punch as they battled on the turnbuckle and Lee hit a superplex while standing on the middle rope. The wrestlers were on their knees exchanging punches, Cody bounced off the ropes and Lee hit the release Dragon Suplex. Cody avoided the clothesline and hit a spinning suplex into a slam. Cody put the chain around the mouth, nose and eyes of Lee to create a disgusting visual. Cody hit the Cross Rhodes again and covered Lee to win the match after 20 minutes.
Winner by pinfall AND NEW TNT Champion: Cody
Analysis: **** That was an awesome physical match with a title change that was a bit of a surprise. Cody bleeding in the first few minutes was expected while Lee and Silver also bleeding just showed how much this company likes having their guys bleed in a big match like this. I always say when you have a match with a stipulation, you have to capitalize on whatever the stipulation and that’s why Cody and Brodie (their names rhyme) deserve a lot of credit for using the Dog Collar a lot as a weapon. That’s what you should do in a match like that. They choked eachother, they caused more blood more spill, they did moves on to the steel chain and it just felt like they were committed to using it as a weapon. A short title reign for Brodie is okay because most of the other AEW titles have had long reigns, so you might as well book some shorter title runs with this title. Make it feel different.
Post match, Cody’s family Brandi and Dustin checked on him. The Dark Order group showed up to check on Lee and get him out of there. Cody was handed the title and got a kiss from Brandi.
Cody was interviewed in-ring by Tony Schiavone. Cody said thank you so much and said there’s no better feeling than getting to perform in front of a live crowd. Cody said that people suggested he should take a dark path, but to hell with that because he’s sticking with the people until the very end. Cody said it isn’t pandering, it’s his life work and next week he wants to defend the TNT Championship on Dynamite next week on the Anniversary Show. Cody was asked who he wants to defend against. That led to Orange Cassidy showing up to the stage to offer up a “thumbs up” and Cody did a thumbs up to Cassidy as well. It’s on for next week as Cody celebrated with the title.
Analysis: Nice “I’m a babyface” style promo from Cody. Another big title match for next week between two of AEW’s biggest faces. That’s fine because it’s a fresh match.
There were three more men announced for the eight-man tournament: Wardlow, Colt Cabana is there to lose some matches and “Hangman” Adam Page. They join Kenny Omega, Fenix and Jungle Boy in the tournament. The winner of the tournament gets to face the AEW World Champion.
Kenny Omega was interviewed backstage by Alex Marvez with Kenny saying he’s won a lot of tournaments in his career. Omega said that tag team wrestlers like Adam Page even want to be in it. Omega said he will stake his claim on the championship belt and don’t be surprised that he is the first person to take the title from whoever the champion is. Omega kept on calling Page a tag team wrestler, he called him a cowboy and he’s going to be the champion.
Analysis: It sure seems like it’s a good bet to assume there will be an Omega vs. Page match in that tournament. Omega becoming more of a heel makes a lot of sense as well.
Big Swole vs. Serena Deeb
Swole got her full entrance while Serena did not. Serena recently signed an AEW contract recently. They exchanged holds early on, Swole with forearms to the back and a backbreaker. Swole bounced off the ropes with Serena decking her with a clothesline. Serena with a leg whip into the ropes. Serena hit a neckbreaker as they went to break.
Serena whipped Swole into the turnbuckle, but then Swole went back first into Serena to knock both women down. Swole missed a roundhouse kick, Serena missed a clothesline and Swole hit a headbutt to the chest for two. Swole went for a move off the ropes, but Serena got the knees up to block for a two count. They each hit forearms, then they messed up some sort of strike, Swole hit a kick, then a headbutt to the chest and a forearm to the chest. JR called it an “outstanding wrestling match.” That’s a major stretch.
Winner by pinfall: Big Swole
Analysis: *3/4 This was okay. Serena is the more experienced of the two and was there to put over Swole, who is getting a bit of a push although now that her feud with Britt Baker might be over, I’m not sure if AEW has any women’s storylines right now. The women’s division in AEW continues to lack storylines and it’s tough to get into matches when they’re just putting the women out there without any stories.
Jon Moxley was sitting in a bar alone doing a promo saying every time he takes somebody out, there’s somebody else around the corner. Moxley said that eventually somebody’s going to take him out and that man could be Lance Archer on October 14. Moxley said you don’t beat Archer, you try to survive. Moxley mentioned his last encounter with Archer (in Japan earlier this year) saying that he barely left Tokyo with his teeth in his hands. Moxley knows that every time he hands the belt to the referee, he may never touch it again. Moxley was also shown walking outside in a desert area perhaps near his Las Vegas home. Moxley said that Archer will have to take it from him and unstrap that belt from his body. Moxley said it’s like Lance always says: “Everybody dies.” Moxley drank a shot and left.
Analysis: I assume they just shot this near Moxley’s home in Vegas and saved him having to fly out to Jacksonville. The show is live next week. There has been a lack of interaction on TV between Moxley and Archer due to COVID-19 concerns for Archer, so that has hurt the match a bit. With that said, I still think it will be a great match and there’s definitely a chance that Archer might leave wit the AEW World Title too.
Next Wednesday on AEW Dynamite one year anniversary special:
* Jon Moxley defends the AEW World Title against Lance Archer.
* FTR defends the AEW Tag Team Titles against Best Friends.
* Cody defends the AEW TNT Title against Orange Cassidy.
* Miro and Kip Sabian in action.
The Chaos Project team of Luther and Serpentico entered for the main event. It’s their first match on Dynamite although they have teamed up on Dark. They get to main event because Luther is Jericho’s buddy. Luther first wrestled Jericho in 1991 (according to Excalibur) and last wrestled him in 1996.
There were more Jericho video messages from Lance Storm, who trained with Chris 30 years ago and they had their first match together. Lance said he loved him. They are close friends. Kevin Smith, the movie director/actor, congratulated Jericho on 30 years. Eli Roth also delivered a message and so did comedian Gabriel Iglesias with Chavo Guerrero Jr. on Zoom in Australia apparently. The rock band Steel Panther congratulated Jericho on 30 years. The legendary wrestler Ultimo Dragon also said it was a huge accomplishment. Musician Paul Stanley also congratulated Jericho on 30 years.
Analysis: Those video messages were really cool. They don’t make Jericho look like a heel, but it shows he’s made a lot of connections in his incredible career.
Chris Jericho and Jake Hager made their entrance for the main event as they were joined by Inner Circle buddies Sammy Guevara, Santana and Ortiz. There were shots of the crowd singing the “Judas” theme song as the announcers put over Jericho’s incredible 30-year career. Jericho had a smile on his face when the song ended.
Chris Jericho and Jake Hager (w/Santana, Ortiz and Sammy Guevara) vs. Chaos Project (Luther and Serpentico)
Serpentico hit a headscissors on Jericho, then a hurricanrana and Jericho stopped him with a clothesline. Luther tagged in, which is what Jericho wanted due to their history together. Luther bounced off the ropes with a boot to the face and a clothesline. Luther with a double underhook suplex with Excalibur talking about Luther wrestling Hayabusa a lot in Japan. Serpentico with a splash, Luther with a suplex and then Luther suplexed Serpentico onto Jericho.
Jericho was in control of Serpentico with Jericho hitting a vertical suplex. Serpentico countered a back body drop with a DDT. Luther tagged back in as he knocked Hager out of the ring and a clothesline on Jericho over the top to the floor. Luther sent his buddy Serpentico onto the heels on the floor. Luther went up top ever so slowly and gingerly with a dive onto the opponents on the floor. That was a bit scary, but they got through it as JR mentioned the “shaky leg” of Luther. Back in the ring, Luther hit a knee drop off the top onto Jericho for a two count. Jericho slowly sent Luther onto the apron, Luther with a clothesline and Luther slipped to the floor. Luther went up top again with some shaky rope walking with a bulldog onto Jericho for two. Luther avoided the Judas Effect elbow, then he hit a German Suplex and Serpentico hit a double knee attack on Jericho for two by Luther. Hager made the save, then Serpentico tackled him over the top to the floor. The baseball bat was thrown into the ring, Luther caught it and hit Jericho in the ribs. Sammy was on the apron, so Luther knocked him off and when Luther turned around, Jericho hit the Judas Effect elbow to knock Luther down. Jericho covered Luther for the pinfall win after nine minutes.
Winners by pinfall: Chris Jericho and Jake Hager
Analysis: **1/4 They got through it, but Luther looked like an older wrestler that got tired very quickly. Luther was very shaky when he went to the top rope multiple times and some of the moves he did looked like they were in slow motion. Jericho sold a lot for most of the match, Hager barely did anything the whole match and then Jericho hit the Judas Effect elbow to win. That’s a formula that Jericho has used recently where he sells the whole match and then hits the Judas Effect (out of nowhere) to win.
There were a few more minutes left in the show. There were fans chanting “Jericho” as Chris thanked everybody for 30 years in this business. Jericho wanted to say more, but MJF’s music hit.
Maxwell Jacob Friedman showed up in a suit and a scarf with Wardlow bringing out something that was covered in a red sheet. MJF said he was there because he respects Jericho while calling him “Christopher” every time. MJF said he wanted to be a part of the celebration of Le Champion. MJF led a countdown of five to reveal the gift of Clownicho Le Clown with a gift that was wrapped. MJF told Sammy he’ll get his jacket, he swears. MJF said that next week he’ll make a career-defining announcement and he wants Jericho out there. Jericho opened the present to reveal a framed photo of…MJF. Jericho thanked him for the amazing present and then hit Clownicho with the picture and Jericho gave the clown the Judas Effect elbow to the face. That drew a big pop.
Jericho told MJF that he hates clowns and MJF will never interrupt him again. Then Jericho pointed at him and laughed. Jericho thanked the crowd, said goodnight and they did a high five. That led to AEW’s heel roster walking out to the ring to celebrate with Jericho. There were credits on the screen like the end of Saturday Night Live with “Chris Jericho” name as every role on the show. There was a funny moment with MJF hugging Sammy, who was reluctant to hug him back. Jericho had some champagne to end the show.
Analysis: Get ready for the Jericho feud with MJF because it’s coming soon and it may even begin next week when MJF has some career announcement. Jericho will be a face for the first time in his AEW run and he’ll put over another younger talent in AEW because that’s what he does. The celebration was fine and I liked the SNL style ending. Nice touch.
Three Stars of the Show
- Chris Jericho – I’m a Jerichoholic for about 25 years now, so I’ll give it to him for 30 Years of Jericho.
- Brodie Lee
This week: 7.75 (out of 10)
Last week: 7.25
2020 Average: 7.19
This was a very good episode of Dynamite that could have been an all-time great show with a better main event. The highlight of the show was clearly the Dog Collar Match between Brodie Lee and Cody with Cody winning back the TNT Title. I didn’t expect Cody to win it back, but I certainly don’t mind that it happened. It was a bloody, physical match that you might expect to see on a PPV to end a feud, so it’s a nice treat to get it in the middle of a Dynamite episode. Two other matches were good and two more matches in the second hour were below average.
The Jericho stuff to end the night had some laughs as expected and it seems like they’re headed down the path to turn Chris into a face. That should happen when MJF reveals that he’s not genuine in terms of being nice to Chris, so those two guys should have a big rivalry with MJF possibly leading Inner Circle or the group just breaks up. There are a lot of ways it can go.
Next week is a huge episode for the one year anniversary (even though it’s two weeks past the date of the first Dynamite episode) and they have three title matches advertised.
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