By Jason Powell, ProWrestling.net Editor (@prowrestlingnet)
AEW Dynamite “Road Rager” (Episode 93)
Miami, Florida at the James L. Knight Center
Aired live July 7, 2021 on TNT
[Hour One] The Dynamite opening aired and then the broadcast team of Jim Ross, Tony Schiavone, and Excalibur checked in. Cody Rhodes made his elaborate entrance while his opponent QT Marshall stood in the ring. Ring announcer Justin Roberts handled the introductions…
1. Cody Rhodes (w/Arn Anderson) vs. QT Marshall (w/Nick Comoroto, Aaron Solow) in a strap match. Excalibur stated that it was his first time calling a strap match. Marshall rolled to ringside to talk with his cornermen. Rhodes dove onto Marshall and then rolled him inside the ring.
The referee started the match once Rhodes had the strap attached to his wrist. UFC star Amanda Nunes and Dan Lambert were shown in the crowd. Ross explained that the wrestlers had to touch all four corners consecutively to win the match.
Dustin Rhodes ran out after Solow got involved. Dustin threw Solow over the barricade and fought with him into the crowd. In the ring, Marshall caught Cody with a low blow and then whipped him with the strap. A short time later, Cody used the rope to pull Marshall into the ring post. Marshall came up with a bloody forehead.
Marshall came back with an avalanche powerbomb. Marshall wrapped the strap around Cody’s body and then placed him on the top rope. Marshall pulled Cody from the ropes into a Diamond Cutter. Marshall touched three corners, but Cody prevented him from touching the fourth.
Cody no-sold strap shots from Marshall and fired up. Cody took Marshall down with a head-scissors and then whipped him. Cody ran up the ropes, jumped off, and performed a Cutter on the way down. Cody touched three corners and then hit Marshall low with a boot. Marshall stopped Cody from touching the fourth corner and then spat on him. Cody dropped him with three CrossRhodes and then touched all four corners to win the match…
Cody Rhodes beat QT Marshall in 10:40 in a strap match.
Powell’s POV: A good match with a decisive win. The crowd was hot for Cody, but they were quiet at times while Marshall was on the offensive. Speaking of the crowd, rejoice! Pro wrestling is back on the road. AEW tonight, MLW on Saturday, ROH on Sunday, and WWE starts back on the road a week from Friday. What was once the norm is now cause for celebration. By the way, I am filling in for Jake Barnett tonight. Jake will be covering WWE Smackdown for me on Friday night and should be back on Dynamite coverage next week.
Shawn Spears said the ego of Sammy Guevara is his greatest hinderance. A chair flew into the picture and hit Spears (he wisely put his hands up). Guevara entered the picture, sat down on a chair, and said: “I got you, bitch. This is far, far from over”…
Ross hyped AEW Champion Kenny Omega being interviewed by Schiavone for after the break… [C]
Schiavone introduced Omega, who came to the ring with Don Callis. Schiavone was dismissed by Callis, who said it was a great time for a history lesson. A “you got fired” chant broke out. Callis said real men don’t quit, they get fired. Callis’s history lesson focused on the wrestlers that Omega has beaten in AEW Championship matches. Callis said there’s no one left for Omega to beat. The fans responded by chanting “We Want Hangman.”
The Dark Order made their entrance. Evil Uno had Alex Reynolds hold his jacket and then he went to the ring alone while the other members stood on the stage. Uno asked Omega why he was ignoring the crowd and why he’s so afraid of Hangman Page. Omega started to respond and was interrupted by the crowd chanting “Cowboy Shit.”
Omega asked Uno what the capital of Thailand is, then kicked him in the balls before saying Bangkok. Stu Grayson entered the ring and was thrown to ringside by Omega. Meanwhile, Doc Gallows and Karl Anderson attacked the other Dark Order members from behind on the stage and eventually joined Omega inside the ring.
Hangman Page made his entrance and cleared Gallows and Anderson from the ring. Page went face to face with Omega and they jawed at one another. Anderson got back on the apron and was knocked off by Page, which gave Omega an opportunity to leave the ring…
Powell’s POV: A solid segment. The crowd would have exploded if Page had taken out Omega with his Buckshot Lariat, but they saved that for another time. Callis was fired in an Impact Wrestling storyline. As such, it’s encouraging for Impact that so many fans in this venue seemed to be aware of it.
A pre-taped segment aired with Jim Ross interviewing Ethan Page and Darby Allin backstage. Ross said he found it disturbing that both men were talking about ending each other’s career. He asked what happened between them in the past to create such animosity.
Allin said his first year in wrestling was Page’s twelfth. He said he was homeless and living in his car. Allin said it wasn’t his fault that Page was married with kids and never left his hometown. Allin said Page was a big fish in a small pond and he couldn’t stand that Allin made it to AEW before he did.
Page said he plucked Allin from obscurity and he’d probably still be living in his car if it wasn’t for him. Page said he brought Allin into the business and would take him out next week when they meet in a coffin match. Ross said he didn’t have an easy feeling about the match…
Powell’s POV: A good and necessary segment to better establish the rivalry between the two.
2. Jake Hager, Santana, and Ortiz (w/Konnan) vs. Wardlow, Dax Harwood, and Cash Wheeler (w/Tully Blanchard). The Inner Circle trio were in offensive control heading into a picture-in-picture commercial break. [C]
Hager motioned for Wardlow to tag into the match. Wardlow accepted the challenge. Hager put Wardlow in an ankle lock, which FTR broke up. Blanchard distracted the referee while FTR hit the Big Rig on Hager, Wardlow covered Hager for the win.
Wardlow, Dax Harwood, and Cash Wheeler defeated Jake Hager, Santana, and Ortiz in roughly 10:00.
After the match, Konnan hit Wardlow from behind with something in a sock. Wardlow no-sold it. Blanchard chop blocked Konnan from behind…
Powell’s POV: AEW had been doing a nice job of building toward the Santana and Ortiz vs. FTR match, but this felt underwhelming to the point that I wish they would have saved all physicality for their actual match. I also could have done without Wardlow being on the verge of tapping out to Hager’s ankle lock. Hager beat Wardlow in the MMA fight, so this felt like it should have been about evening up the score, not reenforcing that Hager is superior.
A video package aired with Karl Anderson talking about the Bullet Club being born in Japan. He said it makes him and Doc Gallows sick to see Jon Moxley with the IWGP U.S. Championship. Anderson spoke of taking the title from Moxley on next week’s Dynamite…
MJF made his entrance… [C] MJF and Chris Jericho were in the ring along with a table and two chairs. MJF heeled on the fans and spoke about how Jericho was waiting to know what his stipulation was. Jericho said he should have let “that fat bastard come in here and beat your ass” (referring to something that happened during the break).
Jericho said he would take any stipulation to get MJF in the ring, including having sex with MJF’s mother. “Again” Jericho added after a long pause. Funny. MJF heeled on Jericho and the fans. Jericho got fired up and said he would beat MJF the way he tried to ruin his.
MJF recalled Jericho making Jon Moxley face every member of the Inner Circle and said karma is a bitch. MJF said Jericho would face four wrestlers with stipulations of his choosing and Jericho must win back to back to back to back. MJF said that if Jericho could get through those four then he would get his match with him.
Jericho signed the contract and went to leave, but MJF stopped him. MJF had Jericho shake on it. Jericho shook MJF’s hand and didn’t let it go. Jericho spun around and hit the Judas Effect elbow, which MJF sold by acting like he was knocked out cold… [C]
Powell’s POV: At this point, Jericho should just pass on jumping through all those hoops since he knocked out MJF and got his revenge. Seriously, I’m not sure why he was booked to hit his finisher. Sure, it popped the crowd, but it feels like they would be better off making viewers wait to see Jericho get his hands on MJF.
Dan Lambert, Amanda Nunes, and Jorge Masvidal were shown sitting in the crowd…
Footage aired from “earlier today” of Schiavone interviewing Britt Baker while Rebel stood by. Baker said Tony Khan should feel terrible for agreeing to book last week’s tag match because Rebel, “an innocent person,” was hurt.
[Hour Two] Baker said Khan should enjoy his blood money. “Maybe next week AEW Dynamite can run in Saudi Arabia,” Baker said. She spoke about the upcoming show in Dallas and said that while they call the city The Big D, they will be calling it The Big DMD once she goes there and retains her title…
Powell’s POV: The picture froze briefly during the promo. I’m not sure if it was a problem on my end or a glitch with the show.
3. Andrade El Idolo (w/Vickie Guerrero) vs. Matt Sydal. Andrade wore a black mask during his entrance. He took offensive control and they cut to a PIP break. [C] Sydal caught Andrade in a crucifix pin for a near fall. Andrade came right back with a lariat that turned Sydal inside out.
Sydal came right back with a meteora from the ropes and got another two count. Andrade took offensive control and hit Sydal with double knees in the corner. Andrade followed up with the hammerlock DDT and scored the pin.
Andrade El Idolo defeated Matt Sydal in 6:00.
After the match, Excalibur noted that Andrade defeated the fifth ranked wrestler. Andrade removed his belt and used it while putting Sydal in a submission hold…
A video package aired on the Matt Hardy and Christian feud. Their match was set for next week’s Dynamite…
Arn Anderson was interviewed by Schiavone inside the ring. Anderson spoke about being back on the road and missing the fans. The lights went out. When they turned on, Tommy End (f/k/a Aleister Black) was in the ring. End dropped Anderson with a Black Mass kick. Cody Rhodes entered the ring. End teased backing off, then dropped Cody with a Black Mass. The broadcast team said End’s new name is Malachi Black… [C]
Powell’s POV: Black is a big get for AEW. He was poorly utilized on the WWE main roster, but he should be a great fit in AEW. Here’s hoping that Buddy Murphy isn’t far behind.
The broadcast team acknowledged the name of Tommy End. One of them said something was different about him and he is now Malachi Black…
Footage aired from prior to the live broadcast of a segment involving Ricky Starks, Taz, and Brian Cage. Starks had security with him, which Taz found embarrassing. Starks made a comment about Cage’s wife. Cage came out and destroyed the security guards…
4. Orange Cassidy and Kris Statlander vs. The Blade and The Bunny in a mixed tag match. Referee Aubrey Edwards found brass knuckles on The Blade and took them away before the match. Cassidy did the light kicks on Bunny before the bell, which the crowd had fun with. They cut to a PIP break while Bunny was getting the better of Statlander. [C]
Bunny had Statlander down and tagged out. Ross wondered what the strategy was because it was a mixed tag. Schiavone explained that Cassidy was down at ringside and assumed they were trying to win via count-out.
A short time later, Statlander performed a 450 splash on Blade and then Cassidy went for the pin, but Bunny pulled Cassidy to ringside. Bunny tossed another pair of brass knuckles to The Blade, who knocked out Cassidy with them. Blade covered Cassidy with his foot, but the referee wouldn’t count because the women were legal. Statlander hit the Big Bang Theory on Bunny and scored the pin…
Orange Cassidy and Kris Statlander beat The Blade and The Bunny in 8:25 in a mixed tag match.
Footage aired from earlier in the day of Jungle Boy posing for photos on the stage with a trophy for him becoming the first AEW wrestler to reach fifty wins…
Schiavone attempted to speak with Lambert, Nunes, and Masvidal, but Lambert took the mic from him. Lambert said no one said anything about an interview. Lambert entered the ring with the mic and spoke about an MMA fight, then said he was skeptical about coming to the show because AEW sucks.
Lambert spoke about watching Championship Wrestling From Florida being real wrestling. He said pro wrestling has gone downhill since the late ’90s and today’s product is unwatchable. Lambert said Tony Khan told him that AEW is doing things the right away. Lambert said he’s 90 minutes into the show and the lesson learned is that you should always trust your instincts.
Lance Archer came out and dropped Lambert with a forearm to the face. Archer followed up by hitting Lambert with his Blackout finisher. Nunes was shown smiling for a second while watching from ringside…
Powell’s POV: Dan F’n Lambert. I gave him that name when Impact put him all over their television show, but he’s actually turned out to be a very good promo. I assume that Lambert will be bringing in an MMA fighter while seeking revenge on Archer. Lambert is a mouthpiece for King Mo in MLW. Based on Mo’s matches, here’s hoping they have another MMA fighter in mind. Could it be Cain Velasquez? Hell, let’s go big. Could it be Brock Lesnar?
The broadcast team hyped Ethan Page vs. Darby Allin in a coffin match, Matt Hardy vs. Christian, Brian Cage vs. Ricky Starks for the FTW Championship, Penelope Ford vs. Yuka Sakazaki, a Hangman Page promo, and Jon Moxley vs. Karl Anderson for the IWGP U.S. Championship for next week’s Fyter Fest night one…
Penta El Zero Miedo and Eddie Kingston made their entrance for the main event… [C] The Young Bucks made their entrance with Don Callis and Brandon Cutler coming out of the break…
5. “The Young Bucks” Matt Jackson and Nick Jackson (w/Brandon Cutler) vs. Eddie Kingston and Penta El Zero Miedo in a Street Fight for the AEW Tag Titles. Don Callis sat in on commentary. The challengers jumped the champions to start the match. The Bucks accidentally took out Michael Nakazawa with a double superkick at ringside.
Nick powerbomed Kingston onto a table that was turned upside down in the ring. Moments later, Penta hit a Destroyer on Matt from the apron through a table on the floor. Nick kicked a trashcan into the face of Penta heading into a break. [C]
Kingston caught Matt in a submission hold. Nick went up top and performed a big splash onto the referee. REF BUMP!!! Gallows and Anderson ran out to help the Bucks. There was a comedy spot with Cutler climbing onto the apron and being hesitant to use the cold spray. Frankie Kazarian showed up and powerbombed Cutler through a table.
Kingston had Matt pinned when a second referee ran out. Nick pulled the second referee to ringside to prevent him from making the three count. Kaarian roughed up Nick. Gallows and Anderson took out Kazarian with a Magic Killer at ringside.
In the ring, Kingston poured thumbtacks inside the ring. Matt picked up some of the tacks and threw them at Kingston’s face. Penta hit Matt with a trashcan. Penta caught Nick with a kick and went up top, but Nick cut him off and joined him on the ropes. Nick performed a huracanrana that flipped Penta onto the tacks. Nick went for the cover, but Kingston shoved Matt onto the pile to break up the pin.
The Bucks threw superkicks at both opponents. They put tacks inside the mouth of Kingston. Matt superkicked Kingston, then both Bucks piled onto him and scored the pin.
The Young Bucks defeated Eddie Kingston and Penta El Zero Miedo in a Street Fight in 14:10 to retain the AEW Tag Titles.
After the match, Matt held the back of his neck, which he was doing at different points of the match. The Bucks were leaving the ring with Gallows and Anderson when the show concluded…
Powell’s POV: A big ol’ garbage match tag team main event. The crowd loved it. It was interesting that Ross was making it seem like the Bucks proved something by winning the street fight, whereas Schiavone and Excalibur both said that they would take Kingston and Penta in a straight up match over the Bucks if there was no outside interference.
Overall, it was another chaotic night with a lot happening, but there was never a dull moment. The arrival of the former Aleister Black was my favorite moment of the show and the crowd was hot for his arrival. I will have a lot more to say about this episode in my weekly same night audio review coming up shortly for Dot Net Members. Let me know what you thought of Dynamite by grading it below.