May 6th, 2020
LIVE on TNT
Excalibur, Jim Ross, & Tony Schiavone - the infamous three man team are back on commentary tonight since Jacksonville has eased covid-19 restrictions. BUT we can't hear em bc of some technical difficulties. They run down some matches for tonight tho including Kenny Omega & Matt Hardy vs. Chris Jericho & Sammy Guevaraa in a STREET FIGHT.
1) Cody vs. Joey Janela
Cody had a banger with Darby last week now here we are again with another opener and I'm instantly invested because well, Cody is the best thing in AEW and possibly in all of wrestling right now. Every thing he is involved in means something. Cody took this match with Janela despite having his big TNT Title match coming up against Lance Archer because "you can't get better in wrestling unless you wrestle" - what a hero <3 Anyway, Joey Janela looks nuts. His hair and beard are crazy right now. It has been a while since we've seen him on Dynamite and this was a great way to come back into the lime light. They both have a fire lit under them here and do some innovative spots. Cody hits a moonsault off the stage to the floor. Janela flies around and shows grit. Cody lands a DAMN REVERSE SUPLEX off the top turnbuckle. They go into a pretty high impact finishing few minutes and it uhhhh rules. Cross roads finishes it off. Good sh*t.
Match rating - ***1/2
2) Nyla Rose vs. Kenzie Page
Squash for the reigning women's champ. She does the heel thing and pulls Kenzie's shoulders off the mat when it was clearly over, just to put the extra nail in the coffin.
Match rating - **
MJF is in a pre-taped jawn and looks like he's hosting a night show. He says he's not The Rock, Flair, or Piper - he's like nothing we've ever seen before. He says when he decides to come back to work, his spot at the throne will be waiting for him. Next week he will "sit back on his throne" so guess he will be in action next week.
Shawn Spears is still obsessed with the Rhodes family. Basically tries to villainize Cody for watching Dustin have his career ended last week and not throwing in the towel.
MJF is ringside with Tony Schiavone and Shawn Spears. Wardlow is in the background. MJF & Shawn basically bond over their hatred for Cody. Huge ass kissing fest. Tony announces MJF/Jungle Boy for Double or Nothing. MJF spits his drink everywhere and says he didn't agree to that.
3) Jon Moxley vs. Frankie Kazarian
Moxley, the AEW World Champion, in action for the first time in a while. Kazarian is in his first AEW singles match. This is a first time ever match I'm pretty sure between two diff generations of indepent wrestling pioneers. And it is very fun. Kazarian, like his SCU brethren, can kill it in any role and he did so here as always. After about 15 minutes of back and forth, Mox hits the dirty deeds for the pin. The champ looks strong!
Match rating - ***1/4
Dark Order attacks post match. SCU down for the save, but gets destroyed. Brodie Lee comes out and CHAIR SHOT TO THE HEAD OF DANIELS. Brodie cuts an AWESOME promo on Moxley and the AEW World Title. AHHHHH. CZW THROWBACKS. WWE THROWBACKS. But both guys have grown so much since both of those days and now they are here about to feud for the AEW World Title. This is going to be good and yet another chapter in the history of these two who always seem to butt heads. Brodie leaves with Moxley's AEW Championship.
Brandi Rhodes proceeds to cut an epic promo toward Jake the Snake Roberts. WOW. She rules at this. She says it's not 1991 and she knows he & Archer's moves before they make them and that she will hit Jake back if he strikes her and a lot of other stuff. Seek this out!
4) QT Marshall (w/ Brandi Rhodes) vs. Lance Archer
Lance Archer is so great. Every week, it just seems to get better and better. He is gonna be a top player in AEW for a long time. QT puts up a fight, but can't hack it against the War Hawk. Interesting ringside moment sees Brandi chunk one of Britt Baker's shoes into the air. This leads to Britt giving her a DDT after the match. Jake the Snake then gets in the ring and puts his snake on Brandi. This was awesome all around. Could they be bringing Britt into the Archer/Roberts fold? That could honestly work! But either way, this was a fantastic way to keep building Cody/Archer.
Match rating - **3/4
At Double or Nothing: Moxley vs. Brodie Lee for the AEW Title, Cody vs. Archer to crown the first TNT Champion plus the first EVER Casino Ladder Match. Rules will be announced for the Casino Ladder Match next week.
Also next week - Jurassic Express vs. Best Friends and Brodie Lee vs. Christopher Daniels plus Chris Jericho in action!
Taz offers Darby Allin help backstage, Darby stays silent then storms off.
5) Chris Jericho & Sammy Guevara (w/ Jake Hager) vs. Kenny Omega & Matt Hardy - Street Fight
|Kenny Omega & Matt Hardy mow down Sammy Guevara with a golf cart|
Match rating - ****
Final thoughts: Another great week of TV for AEW. Everything meant something and held my attention/interest all the way through. The main event is one of a kind in this day and age and everything else is well worth a viewing if you wanna kick back for an hour and a half. Can't wait for next week! Brodie/Daniels, Omega & Hardy/LAX, and more !!