By Jake Barnett, ProWrestling.net Co-Senior Staffer (@barnettjake)
AEW Dynamite on TNT
Aired live on November 13, 2019 from Nashville, Tennessee at Nashville Municipal Auditorium
[Hour One] The show opened with a video package of the major highlights from Full Gear. It focused heavily on MJF’s betrayal of Cody Rhodes. Absent was any footage of Jon Moxley and Kenny Omega. The announce team of Jim Ross, Tony Schiavone, and Excalibur started the show. They announced Dark Order vs. Jurrasic Express, Nyla Rose in action, Hangman Page vs. Pac rematch, and SCU vs. Chris Jericho and Sammy Guevara in the main event for the AEW Tag Team Championships. Moxley will be out first.
They then introduced a video update on Kenny Omega’s health, where he was told by the AEW doctor to take a week off. Omega asked the doctor how Moxley did, and he was told he was pretty beat up, but was cleared. Kenny had cuts on his back and a black eye that may have been painted on. Moxley then made his entrance in the arena. Michael Nakazawa was in the ring.
1. Jon Moxley vs. Michael Nakazawa: Nakazawa threw his oil away and charged at Omega with a flurry of strikes. Moxley quickly shoved him aside and went to work taking him apart. Nakazawa turned him away with a back elbow, but Moxley hit the paradigm shift a few seconds later for the win.
Jon Moxley defeated Michael Nakazawa at 1:04
After the match, Moxley was handed a microphone. He asked if that one counted, and said he was a lot of things, but not a liar. He said he delivered as advertised at Full Gear, and Kenny Omega will never be the same again. Moxley called Kenny a radical son of a bitch, and personal issues aside he respected him for having the balls to step in the ring with him.
He then said he was on a pilgrimage to scorch the earth in pursuit of being the last man standing. Moxley then offered an open challenge to anyone who wanted to confront their own mortality to let him know, because he’d be happy to show them exactly where they existed on the food chain. He told that person to kiss their loved ones before they leave the house, and have an ambulance on call, because he would offer no apologies when it was over.
After the promo, the announce team addressed the Main Event again, and spoke about what it’s going to take for Kenny Omega to get back to his winning ways. The Dark Order made their entrance in the arena, followed by Jurassic Express. Marko Stunt wore the mask of Luchasaurus to the ring.
2. “Jurassic Express” Marko Stunt and Jungle Boy vs. “The Dark Order” Evil Uno and Stu Grayson: Uno and Stunt started the match, and Stunt grabbed an arm drag before tagging out to Jungle Boy. Grayson tagged and was immediately taken out by a dropkick. Marko tagged in for a quick head scissors, and a bit of double team work with a splash. The strategy seems to be keeping Stunt out of the ring for any extended period of time. Stunt was eventually isolated after a distraction from Uno, but managed to kick out of a Senton Atomico at two.
Grayson then placed Stunt on the apron, and used a springboard to hit a senton. Uno tagged back in, and Stunt tried to punch his way out of his predicament, but it had no effect on him…[c]
My Take: I liked Moxley getting a quick win, and his promo was well delivered and very on brand for him. I was hoping we might find out who might be stepping up to the plate for the next feud with Moxley, but perhaps he and Omega aren’t quite done yet. I’m sure we’ll find out over the next few weeks, as AEW doesn’t have to rush into anything with their quarterly PPV’s.
The Dark Order continued to isolate and punish Marko Stunt during the break. Stunt managed to turn a headscissors into a flat liner to create some space. Grayson tried to pull Jungle Boy from the apron, but a clothesline for his trouble. Jungle Boy tagged in and laid out Uno with a running knee and attempted a cover, but Grayson ended up splashing Uno trying to break it up. Stunt had a clumsy moment, but eventually hit a dragonrana on Grayson, but Uno broke it up.
Dark Order ended up taking out Jungle Boy out on the floor after a suicide dive miss, and then hit the Fatality on Marko Stunt in the ring for the win.
The Dark Order defeated Jurassic Express at 11:03
After the match, Uno grabbed a microphone and told Marko Stunt that he showed promise, but he could be even better if he accepted a position in The Dark Order. They offered him a creeper mask, but Jungle Boy intervened. Uno then sent the creepers and Grayson after Jungle Boy, and held him so Uno could place a creeper mask on him. Luchasaurus took out three creepers on his way to the ring, and hit a tailwhip on the other three when he got in the ring. He then took out Grayson in the ring with a kick and a standing moonsault. The Jurassic Express then reunited in the ring to a big reaction.
The announce team put over the main event, and said The Inner Circle wanted all the gold. The lights went out, and Shawn Spears made his entrance…[c]
My Take: The Dark Order get a win, but Luchasaurus returning and reuniting with his team was the bigger moment. I assume this means Dark Order may be in line for a TV Title match soon, presuming SCU retains in the Main Event. The match wasn’t anything special, and I’m sure there will still be people with plenty to say about Marko Stunt taking so much offense and still being able to be competitive late in the match.
The Librarians were in the ring talking about Nashville musicians as the show returned. Johnny Cash got a mention from Peter Avalon, who got a pop. Darby Allin then made his entrance.
3. Darby Allin vs. Peter Avalon (w/Leva Bates) vs. Shawn Spears (w/Tully Blanchard) in a Triple Threat: There was a staredown between Allin and Spears. Avalon tried to splash them both from the top rope, but they moved and Allin sent him to the floor. Allin showed off his speed by reversing several attacks and hitting an arm drag that sent Spears to the outside. Allin climbed to the top to splash Avalon on the outside, but Spears recovered and shoved him back into the ring. He then hit a slam on Allin and covered for two.
Spears tried to turn his attention to Avalon, but Joey Janela ran down and brawled with Spears into the crowd. Janela turned his back to spears to scream at the camera for some inexplicable reason.
Allin was then able to hit a stunner on Avalon, followed by the coffin drop for the win.
Darby Allin defeated Darby Allin and Peter Avalon at 3:33 in a Triple Threat.
After the match, Darby Allin grabbed a microphone and accepted Jon Moxley’s challenge…[c]
My Take: Allin is a natural next opponent for Moxley. Could we see Omega cost Moxley that match? Seems like a natural direction to go.
Nyla Rose made her entrance. Dani Jordan was already in the ring.
4. Nyla Rose vs. Dani Jordan: Rose walked Jordan down, and hit her with a back elbow. Nyla went for a big boot, but Jordan avoided it. Rose managed to hit a second one. She then set up for a chokeslam, but Jordan avoided it. Rose hit a Samoan Drop a moment later, followed by her sit out powerbomb for the win.
Nyla Rose defeated Dani Jordan at 1:38
After the match, Rose celebrated and left up the ramp. The announce team gave an update on Dustin Rhodes, and said he would be out for another 3-4 weeks with a radial fracture in his forearm. On the ramp, Allie was interviewed by Tony Schiavone, and they mentioned the AEW rankings, and how she is now #4. Allie said she was here to show what she can do, and she felt she had done that on dark, but now it was time to do it on Dynamite. We then saw the lights go dark again, and Brandi Rhodes and Awesome Kong made their way down to the ring.
Allie tried to attack Kong, but was quickly taken out and thrown down on the ramp. Kong then cut off a lock of her hair while Brandi held her down. JR questioned what was going on, and that still remains a pretty good question. Chris Jericho will speak next…[c]
My Take: We’re seeing shorter matches and more angles and segments tonight, which is a welcome change in my opinion. Jericho is never short on things to say, and we’ll have to see if he reveals anything about MJF being his ace in the hole. I still feel like Brandi Rhodes and Awesome Kong have two different gimmicks they are introducing somewhat awkwardly simultaneously.
Jericho made his entrance and grabbed a microphone. He gloated about still being AEW Champion. He said he proved to be exactly what he says he is, and that’s the greatest of all time. He demanded a thank you from every single member of the AEW roster, the back office, and the front office. Jericho reiterated that he wanted his thank you, and he wanted it from people that matter and not jackasses in Nashville. He wanted it from Nick and Matt Jackson, Kenny Omega, and Cody Rhodes. Jericho said Cody isn’t as good as he thinks he is, and called him an entitled Millennial SOB. The lights went out again, and MFJ made his entrance to Cody’s music and elaborate pyro.
[Hour Two] MJF asked for the music to be cut, and got booed heavily. We then got an asshole chant. He told Jericho they would talk in a bit, but he had something to get off his chest. He asked the crowd if they were upset that he threw the towel in. MJF said if he hadn’t, his career would be over. He accused Cody of being the real villain, and told the crowd that Cody couldn’t give a shit about any one of them.
MJF said Cody only cares about himself, and said he’s the only one who knows the real Cody. He called him a liar and a sociopath. He said Cody was never interested in him, he just wanted to place him under his thumb. He claimed Cody’s thumb wasn’t big enough to hold him down, and called himself the new face of AEW. MJF told Cody that he was better than him, and he knows it.
He then turned his attention to Jericho. He called himself a big fan, and said he’d be on the third or fourth installment on his Mount Rushmore. They both argued back and forth about whether MJF wanted to join the inner circle. MFJ called it the inner circle jerk, and told Jericho he heard he started to partake in a little bit of the bubbly, but maybe he liked it a little too much if he thinks he needs him.
Jericho replied that he thinks MJF wants to be like him. In fact, he thinks his Mom and Dad got a little horny when he was beating up Juventud Guerrero 25 years ago on WCW Saturday Night. They got into another shouting match about whether MFJ wanted in, or if Jericho wanted him in. Eventually, they hugged it out upon agreeing that Cody Rhodes was the biggest jackass in AEW. Cody started to walk down the ramp, but was held back by AEW officials.
He eventually charged the ring and got the better of both Jericho and MJF briefly, but was put down by an intervening Wardlow, who entered the ring in a suit. Wardlow eventually took off his tie and wrapped it around Cody’s neck, and threw him over the top rope. Cody choked while MJF yelled about being the face of AEW…[c]
My Take: A fun promo from both Jericho and MJF. They worked in some good digs at each other, and wrapped it up in a bow at the end with the bro hug between two assholes. I don’t think we ever got an official answer about MJF joining the inner circle, but the Wardlow pairing makes me think they are just not enemies at this point.
During the break, Pac made his entrance. Hangman Page made a televised entrance.
5. Hangman Page vs. Pac: Hangman charged in, but Pac avoided him and hit a big kick. Pac went up top, but Hangman avoided him. Pac jumped down and landed more kicks, and dove on Page when he retreated to the floor. Pac then went up top and hit a moonsault to the floor from the top rope.
Pac then went to the top rope again, and missed a moonsault. Page then hit a dropkick in the corner and hit a suicide dive that sent Pac into the barricade. Page then hit a powerbomb in the ring and covered for a near fall. Pac created some space with a kick, and then went for a springboard flying nothing into a kick from Page. Hangman hit some chops and then placed Pac on the top rope. He then went for a fallaway slam from the top, but Pac shoved him down and hit a dropkick.
Pac went right back up top, and hit another dropkick to the back for a near fall. Page caught Pac on the apron and hitting a side slam. He then hit a moonsault from the top rope out to the floor…[c]
Page took off his elbow pad and started throwing forearms at Pac. He went for a buckshot lariat, but Pac avoided it and hit a side kick. Pac hit a snap german, but could not land a second. Page hit a Stan Hansen lariat, but didn’t make a cover. We nearly had a ref bump into a low blow again, but Page caught the kick attempt. Pac hit an enziguri and covered for a two count. Page replied with a superkick, and Pac fell to the outside.
He sat on a chair on the floor to play possum. Page then ran up and hit a brainbuster on the outside. Page then hit a buckshot lariat for a close near fall. Pac managed to recover after Page gave him too much space. He hit several kicks and stomps on Page, who was motionless on the mat. Pac then hit a Black Arrow and the Brutalizer for the win.
Pac refused to release the hold until several seconds after the bell.
Pac defeated Hangman Page at 12:17
After the match, Pac stared into space. Backstage, Nick Jackson slammed Ortiz through a table. Santana jumped on both Bucks from the top of a forklift. They brawled through the backstage area, revealing Orange Cassidy standing inside a men’s room for some reason…[c]
My Take: A very enjoyable match once again, but they continue to go 50/50 in a feud that really could use a promo or angle if it’s going to continue. It seems like we keep running very similar matches back with different conclusions.
The brawl spilled to the ringside area during the break, with officials eventually separating both teams. They eventually came back together, with Santana hitting Matt with that sock full of baseballs, and then doing the same to Nick Jackson’s injured leg. Santana painted a target on the stage area, and hit a double powerbomb on Matt Jackson through some plywood into some padding. Looked very safe. Santana yelled that these boys were going to die. Brandon Cutler came out and it looked like they were going to break it up, but then beat him up too.
Private Party eventually walked out and things began to clear out. Matt Jackson was retrieved from his plywood prison, and held his back as he walked off. Santana and Ortiz vs. Private Party was announced for next week. Darby Allin vs. Jon Moxley will also take place next week. SCU then made their entrance. Scorpio Sky cut the typical SCU promo. The crowd enjoyed it, but it wasn’t a hardcore crowd that knew all the promo beats.
My Take: I wasn’t a fan of most of that brawl taking place picture in picture without audio during the commercial break. They probably didn’t have a choice with the timing of the show, but it felt like the TV audience missed a huge chunk of the context unless you were a few feet from your TV. The powerbomb through the stage had a satisfying noise. The beat down on Nick Jackson was also vicious, but Santana and Ortiz almost played it comedically rather than viciously with their facial expressions, and I think it minimized the impact a bit for me. I do look forward to Santana and Ortiz vs. Private Party next week.
Sammy Guevara made his entrance, followed by Chris Jericho with Jake Hager.
6. “SCU” Frankie Kazarian and Scorpio Sky (w/Christopher Daniels) vs. Chris Jericho and Sammy Guevara for the AEW Tag Titles: Jericho and Kazarian started the match, with Kaz grabbing an arm drag out of a tie up. Kazarian hit a kick, which caused Jericho to stumble into the wrong corner, and then scramble to tag Guevara. Scorpio Sky also entered, and hit a backbreaker on Guevara for a two count. SCU continued to make quick tags and covers after offensive series. Kazarian hit Guevara with a German Suplex, and Sky hit Jericho with a dropkick. Jericho retreated to the outside as Kazarian worked over Guevara with strikes…[c]
Jericho grabbed Kazarian’s leg under the ropes to regain the advantage for Guevara. Jericho then tagged in and caused a distraction by taunted Sky to enter the ring. That allowed Hager to take a shot on Kazarian from the floor. Guevara hit a dropkick and posed to the audience. Jericho entered and joined him. Guevara went for a shooting star press, but Kazarian avoided it and Sammy landed hard on his knee.
Kazarian made a tag and Sky entered to take out both Guevara and Jericho with dropkicks. He then made a cover on Guevara for a two count. Sky hit a big boot and a springboard cutter onto Guevara. He covered, but Jericho broke it up with a palm strikes. Hager got involved again and took out Kazarian before they could hit SCU later. Daniels tried to even the odds, but Hager took him out too.
Sky took it to Jericho with two double stomps, and then hit a TKO for a near fall. He then attempted a top rope elbow, but Jericho got out of the way. He tried to hit a Lionsault, but Sky got the knees up. Jericho caught Sky with codebreaker coming out of the corner for a close near fall. Scorpio Sky then rolled up Jericho with an inside cradle and got the win.
SCU defeated Chris Jericho and Sammy Guevara at 11:12 to retain the AEW Tag Titles.
After the match, Jericho smashed a chair into the ring apron and corner post, angry and embarrassed by his loss.
My Take: Tonight was the best episode of Dynamite yet when it came to balancing character work with in ring action. The main event seemed overshadowed a bit by the promo segment and huge walking brawl that preceded it, but Scorpio Sky being the first man in AEW to pin Chris Jericho is a nice feather in his cap. Here’s hoping they allow some freebird rules, and Daniels is able to step into a tag role to Sky can progress into a singles career. He’s got the charisma and the talent in the ring to emerge as a major star.
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