AEW debuts in Los Angeles with Dynamite live tonight from the Kia Forum.
New AEW World Champion CM Punk will team up with FTR against Max Caster and The Gunn Club in a three-way match tonight. Punk defeated Hangman Page to win the title in the Double or Nothing main event last weekend.
Johnny Elite will return to the show facing a mysterious opponent. Former company John Morrison appeared as the Joker at the Owen Hart Foundation tournament last month.
After suffering a stretch after losing to Wardlow at Double or Nothing Sunday, an MJF spokesperson for Dynamite was announced.
The 10-man tag is scheduled with Jungle Boy, Luchasaurus, Christian Cage, Darby Allin and Matt Hardy facing off against Young Bucks, reDRagon and NJPW’s Hikuleo.
Jon Moxley will face Daniel Garcia of the Jericho Appreciation Association in a singles match. The JAS celebration has also been teased on social media.
Dr. Brett Baker, DMD, and Jamie Hayter will team up against Toni Storm and Ruby Soho in a rematch from last month’s Rampage episode.
Wardlow was also announced opposite JD Drake on the show.
Our live coverage begins at 8pm ET.
View Report —
“Cult of personality” opened the show. I must point out that Anthony Bowens is an incredible hype man for his team and live audience.
CM Punk & FTR (Dax Harwood & Cash Wheeler) defeated Max Caster & The Gunn Club (Austin Gunn & Colten Gunn) (w/ Billy Gunn & Anthony Bowens)
Dax and Austin started, and the former got the advantage before tagging his partner FTR. Colten was also flagged before being taken down by Cash. Finally, Caster and Punk are tagged in. Punk and FTR were able to fire Caster as Cash came up with another rope from the two-man powerlam series.
The Gunn Club used a 2v1 attack on Dax to regain control. Bailey got involved with his right hand while the official was distracted. Dax made a one-man-over-all, but his partners were pulled from the apron before he could make a mark.
During a commercial break, there was an excellent and honest promotion from Bowens about Pride Month. Once back, Punk got the hot tag – he slipped the jump pad on his way but managed to defeat the Gunn Club on his own before helping Cash dive in.
Punk landed on the upper elbow rope and called for the GTS, but Billy jumped on the bib to distract him. Austin rolled on Punk for two years, but then Punk hit Austin to Billy. GTS and then FTR’s Big Rig gave Punk the win.
– After the match, Punk said he had never used drugs in his life, but he imagines that’s how he feels. He said there is still a lot to do, and he has to keep getting better. You can call him a lot of things, but you have to call him a “hero”.
Dax said that professional wrestling means the world to him, and his family (the attendees) are the only thing that means more. These ROH tag titles are everything, and it doesn’t matter if anyone from this company – or any other – wants them.
Punk turned his attention to the Forbidden Door, demanding that everyone he has on offer come.
“Go Ace!” It looked as though the great Hiroshi Tanahashi of New Japan Pro Wrestling had entered. He referred to Punk, who sided with the AEW World Championship.
This reviewer’s thoughts: There’s a lot to talk about here. It is clear that the MJF-TK “issues” have turned into action. MJF was thrilled in this segment, keeping fans behind after not showing his fan signal last week. But the part about him being the only “safe” wrestler and talking about how “good in the ring” he is on a WCW “it’s work” level completely undermines the intent of the wrestling show. If they keep this up and leave it, this could be an all-time angle.
MJF came out and said he was in a lot of pain after Sunday. He said he’s here to speak, but as “Max Friedman.” He embarrassed Tony Khan and AEW in front of Warner Media executives and said he wouldn’t sit down and meet TK.
When AEW started, it was “All Friends Wrestling”. Everyone is invited but MJF, even though everything he touches turns to gold. He said no one is able to carry company on their back as they have for months. He insulted fans, calling them “fickle.” He said the boys in the back are part of the problem, too.
MJF called fans “uneducated signs” and said, “You don’t know bad things.” He said he’s the only “safe” wrestler, which doesn’t make sense, because wrestling is fake. He’s the best.” He’s called himself the best minute-to-minute draw in AEW, yet TK won’t open his pocketbook to pay the guy who’s been there since day one.
He asked if he was an ex-man in WWE, and if he’d get paid a lot. Tony Khan demanded that he be shot and cursed loudly (a whistling sounded) before the screen went black and cut to commercials, as if unscripted.
This was billed as Johnny’s version of a challenge open to anyone in AEW’s locker room. A promotional video for Miro was broadcast, saying that he is going after everyone who separated from his gold. “The Redeemer has returned.”
Miro defeated Johnny Elite
Miro immediately took her to Johnny and hit him in the corner. He continued to dominate through a break. Once back, Johnny avoided the pump kick and took a high kick. He continued the attack with a jumping kick and pressure on the running star Shehab, but Miro kicked her with one hit.
Johnny hit a brilliant magician and climbed up the ropes, but Miro avoided diving and hit his signature kick. Game over for submission.
Presentation of the Jericho Association
A great video package summarizing Anarchy in the Arena.
The live crowd got an almost complete performance of “Judas” before it was cut off by Jericho. He was there with Hagar and 2point0, but Garcia was absent before his match with Jon Moxley.
Parker spoke first, saying they had taken control of Anarchy in the Arena and asking the crowd for their appreciation. Nobody does it better, said Maynard, forehead full of stitches. Jericho said the audience didn’t deserve to sing “Judas” tonight—they deserve a tribute to the Jericho Society.
Jericho said that winning that match was not without a price, as he went through all his trials and tribulations throughout the match. He questioned the humanity of Eddie Kingston and Brian Danielson for their actions. He said that sports artists always beat professional wrestlers.
He was interrupted by Eddie Kingston and William Regal behind him. None of his friends are there, but it’s okay to fight them all here. He offered Regal a chance to say where he wanted to fight them, and obliged Regal: “Blood and guts!”
Kingston ran to the ring but was immediately hit by JAS Ortiz backing behind Jericho and hitting him with a sack before cutting some Jericho’s hair.
Jericho was furious about his hair and accepted Kingston’s blood and guts challenge, on one condition: Jericho against Ortiz, hair versus hair. Jericho will defeat Ortiz, shave Ortiz, and burn Ortiz, because he is a wizard.
At Double or Nothing, Samoa Joe was interviewed backstage, but Jay Lethal, Sunjay Dutt, and Satnam Singh showed up and wrapped a chair around his already injured shoulder before sending him to a steel chassis.
Adam Cole joined in to comment.
defeated The Young Bucks (Matt Jackson & Nick Jackson), ReDRagon (Kyle O’Reilly & Bobby Fish), and Hikuleo (w/ Brandon Cutler) Jungle Boy, Luchasaurus, Christian Cage, Darby Allen and Matt Hardy
This was a very fun all actions tag match setting up a tag address match.
Jungle Boy and O’Reilly started, then Fish and Christian joined in. Almost everyone in the match got a brief moment to join in on the start of the competition. Jungle Boy took a fish to the ground with a big hurricane, then Christian landed by hitting the head with an overhead rope for two. The match broke out in a brawl; Darby hit his crazy suicide dive and Luchasaurus landed on the cockpit of Orihara. Nick shrugs everyone off before the break.
The undisputed Elite beat Christian through commercials, but the DDT duo’s reversal allowed him to reach Luchasaurus for the hot tag. The dinosaur ran over everyone. Jungle Boy jumped off his back in search of a running destroyer, then Luchasaurus crashed into a two-year-old standing moon.
Hikuleo is recorded for the first time in a fascinating encounter with Luchasaurus. They hit a synchronized clothesline, tagging Darby and O’Reilly. He gave a Coffin Splash to both O’Reilly and Fish before crashing to float above the staggering. Darby went to the Coffin Drop on Hikuleo from the outside, but the big guy caught him, and the ReDRagon hit the brain-aid to the floor.
Hardy flagged it and pushed everyone’s faces into the clamps. The Twist of Fate hit Hikuleo, then Christian took out the huge man with a spear running. We got a parade of big moves that ended with a super kick party from the Bucks. reDRagon High Low hit Christian while Bucks hit Meltzer’s driver in Jungle Boy for the win.
Swerve Strickland and Keith Lee were behind the scenes. Swerve had an entourage of people with him, saying he was “on his service” at the moment. He told me the gold would soon be theirs.
Athena is talking
Schiavone welcomed her to AEW. Athena talked about facing Jade Cargill. Although Jade was not defeated, all streaks were meant to be broken, and she plans to break her streak. Athena began searching for her nicknames but was boycotted by Jade, Baddies and Stokely Hathaway.
Hathaway said it was a shame that Athena boycotted them at Double or Nothing. She said Jade is a “queen” and “goddess”, as well as a TBS heroine. Jade said the title shot wasn’t happening.
Keira Hogan stepped up and exchanged words with Athena while Anna Jay and Chris Statlander stepped up to support her. Hathaway demanded security to dismiss them.
Wardlow came without any security details as per the condition of Double or Nothing. He also has a remixed theme.
Wardlow defeated JD Drake
Wardlow flattened Drake with a pot before planting it in a heavy blow. Powerbomb followed Symphony (only two powerbombs this week) to a squash win.
– After the match, Schiavone was about to interview Wardlow, but Smart Mark Sterling came surrounded by security. Wardlow served in a class action on behalf of security workers. Wardlow powerbombed one anyway.
Dan Lambert and the top US team were behind the scenes. They said that Dante Martin has potential, but that it will not be enough for him to win the TNT Championship. Dante submits and challenges Sky for Rampage.
Dr.. Brett Baker, DMD and Jimmy Hayter vs. Robbie Soho and Tony Storm
Storm and Baker started, and Storm was home to a fire, forcing Baker out to Hayter. Soho came too, and Hayter and Baker worked together to establish control, with Baker giving it a neck-cracker on the floor prior to the commercial.