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AEW Dynamite live results: Fight for the Fallen

Three title matches, plus the return of Bryan Danielson headline the show.
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Three title matches, plus the return of Bryan Danielson headline this week's AEW Dynamite Fight for the Fallen. 

Interim AEW World Champion Jon Moxley will defend his title against Rush this evening. Moxley will look to make his second defense of the interim title since defeating Hiroshi Tanahashi at Forbidden Door for the belt last month. 

The AEW Women's World Championship will be on the line, as Thunder Rosa defends against Tokyo Joshi Pro-Wrestling's Myu Yamashita. Yamashita earned the title match with a win over Rosa in Japan earlier this month. 

Ricky Starks will defend the FTW Championship against Danhausen in a match set up on last week's Dynamite. 

Bryan Danielson will return to the ring for the first times since Double or Nothing tonight, facing Daniel Garcia. 

Swerve Strickland will face Tony Nese and Mark Sterling in a 2-on-1 match with Keith Lee banned from ringside. 

Sammy Guevara will return to the ring for the first time since Blood & Guts last month, facing Dante Martin.

A promo from Jungle Boy has also been announced for the show. 

Our live coverage begins at 8 p.m. Eastern time. 

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Show Report --

Jim Ross was on commentary to start the show alongside Excalibur and Taz -- no Tony Schiavone.

William Regal joined commentary for the opener.

Interim AEW World Championship: Jon Moxley (c) defeated Rush (w/ José The Assistant)

This was a fantastic, hard-hitting, dramatic opener.

Rush attacked before the bell and sent Moxley into the barricade. The match started as Rush brought Moxley back into the ring, attacking him with corner clotheslines and biting at his face. Moxley was busted open. José distracted the official and Rush swung a chair at Moxley, but Moxley avoided it and took him out with a suicide dive. He followed it up with a vertical suplex on the floor. 

Back in the ring, they traded hard chops. Rush got the better of the exchange with a thrust kick and a powerslam. He brought Moxley back to the floor and choked him with an electrical cord. Rush continued to dominate throughout a commercial break.

A big suplex allowed Moxley to earn some breathing room after the break. They had another nice strike exchange before trading Germans. Moxley was eventually able to take Rush down with a King Kong lariat, but Rush cut him off with a snap German for two.

Rush locked on a crossface, but Moxley reversed it into kicking Rush's head in. Rush returned fire with an overhead belly-to-belly into the turnbuckle. He tried to use a superplex, but Moxley bit at Rush's face to buy himself some time. José distracted the official and Andrade El Idolo came out and pushed Moxley off the ropes, then the Lucha Bros came out to chase them off. Moxley rolled up Rush for two.

Moxley countered the Bull Horns into a lariat, but Rush returned fire with a straitjacket piledriver for a near fall. Moxley avoided another Bull Horns attempt and locked on a rear naked choke. Rush headbutted out of it but ran right into the Death Rider for a great near fall. Moxley then applied another rear naked choke before transitioning into the Bulldog Choke for the win.

– After the match, "Judas" played and Chris Jericho came out accompanied by Sammy Guevara, Angelo Parker, Tay Conti, and Anna Jay. Parker demanded that the "AEW Galaxy" appreciate them, and Jericho congratulated Moxley on an amazing match before putting over his own stable. He said Jay called him last week wanting an opportunity, and Jay said she's "Anna Jay-A-S." She said she'd choke everyone out.

Jericho talked about all the brutalization he took at the hands of Eddie Kingston last week, including a broken nose and having to be cut out of the barbed wire spider web -- but he beat Kingston, and next, he'll beat Moxley. After two and a half years, Le Champion will return.

Moxley said he hated Jericho, and he's the two-time world champion. He used to look up to Jericho, but everything he's got going on right now is pathetic. The AEW World Championship isn't a sports entertainment championship, it's a professional wrestling championship. If Jericho's got the balls, he needs to leave everyone home. He doesn't want the Wizard, he wants the guy from the Super J Cup: the Lionheart. 

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At the commentary desk, Excalibur introduced the brand new AEW World Trios Championships. There will be a tournament to crown the new champions, concluding at All Out.

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Dante Martin was backstage with Schiavone. He said Guevara has been spending all this time backing up Jericho and hanging out with Conti to avoid getting in the ring. He's brought backup tonight: Skye Blue.

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There was an awesome, hilarious promo video for Starks ahead of this match.

FTW Championship: Ricky Starks (c) defeated Danhausen

Danhausen mocked Starks' pose at the start, so Starks simply downed him with a boot. Danhausen hit a pump kick and a Northern Lights suplex, but Starks fought out. Danhausen avoided a spear and rolled Starks up for a good near fall, but Starks then hit the Spear for the quick win.

– After the match, Starks demanded another challenger for right now. HOOK answered the call, with brand new orange trunks.

FTW Championship: HOOK defeated Ricky Starks (c) to win the title

HOOK laid in body shots and hit a pumphandle suplex right away. Starks laid in strikes and hit a back suplex, but HOOK flipped out of a hip toss. Starks crushed him with a Spear and went for the Roshambo, but HOOK turned it into the Redrum for the decisive submission victory.

– After a commercial, a dejected Starks was in the ring with Powerhouse Hobbs and Schiavone. Starks said he made the most of his FTW title reign, and he's done waiting his turn. He was about to say he and Hobbs would work together to move up together, but Hobbs leveled him from behind with a clubbing blow and crushed him with a spinebuster.

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The Acclaimed were backstage, and they hyped up an upcoming match with the Gunn Club.

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Sammy Guevara (w/ Tay Conti) defeated Dante Martin (w/ Skye Blue)

They had an athletic exchange at the start, wrestling around to a stalemate. They fought up the ramp, where Dante landed a nice diving senton after running off the stage. After a break, Guevara countered a springboard dive with a rising knee and returned fire with a tope of his own.

Back inside, Dante hit an inverted suplex for two. He followed it up with a standing Spanish Fly for two more. A full nelson bomb got yet another two count for Dante. Guevara countered another dive into a cutter and hit the GTH for the win.

– After the match, Guevara and Conti set Dante up for a 630 splash, forcing Skye to intervene. Anna Jay ran out and took out Skye and she and Conti beat her down. Eddie Kingston, Ortiz, and Ruby Soho ran out to chase Guevara and co. away. 

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Daniel Garcia was backstage, asked about his match against Bryan Danielson. Garcia said Danielson had been gone for months, and he'd send him on vacation with his family again. They'll call Garcia "the best technical sports entertainer" in the world.

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Jay Lethal, Sonjay Dutt, and Satnam Singh were backstage. Lethal complained about his match with Samoa Joe but then turned his attention to the Best Friends... who just so happened to be right off screen. Dutt challenged them to a three-on-three match for Rampage.

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Jungle Boy speaks

This was a star-making performance for Jungle Boy.

Jungle Boy came out accompanied by Luchasaurus. He took a moment to consider Schiavone's question, then said "Christian Cage, you are the biggest pussy I have ever met in my entire life!" The crowd loved it. He said he didn't get at first why Christian was so bitter; it was just a one-match bonus. But then he remembered that Christian was strapped for cash because his wife divorced him.

He just kept going on Christian. He said Christian needed someone to protect him, so he found a monster -- but that monster is Jungle Boy's best friend. He was only being protected for Jungle Boy, because Jungle Boy wants to be the first one to get his hands on Jungle Boy. Jungle Boy can take anything Christian can throw at him.

Jungle Boy started to talk about burying his father three years ago, but Christian interrupted from backstage. He said Luchasaurus saw over the past few weeks how Christian could lead him, instead of being Jungle Boy's lap dog. He said he'd put Jungle Boy in a bodybag. Jungle Boy won't have to worry about Christian insulting his dead father: he can cozy up beside him. "You told me all your secrets, and now I'm gonna pray on your weakness."

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The Young Bucks were backstage. They didn't want to do the Cutler Cam, but Cutler wanted to be trios champions with them. Hangman Page showed up, and the Bucks awkwardly wished him a happy birthday. Matt Jackson was about to try and talk things out with Page, but the Dark Order ran up with birthday wishes. Evil Uno perceived the conversation that was about to take place, but the Bucks said it was fine and walked off.

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Keith Lee is barred from ringside.

1-on-2 Handicap Match: Swerve Strickland defeated Tony Nese & Mark Sterling

Swerve was able to fight off both men at the start, but an eventual distraction from Sterling allowed Nese to take control. Sterling inadvertently tagged himself in, but he fled, so Swerve continued to beat down on Nese. Swerve got Sterling into the ring and hit the jumping thrust kick for the win.

– After the match, the cameras cut backstage with Josh Woods standing over a laid-out Keith Lee. Nese attacked Swerve from behind and teased a tag title challenge.

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Malakai Black addressed Miro, trying to recruit him to the House of Black. Brody King said he attacked Darby Allin just because he can. He wants Darby in a coffin match.

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AEW Women's World Championship: Thunder Rosa (c) defeated Miyu Yamashita

Yamashita looked really good in front of a new audience.

They had a technical wrestling exchange at the start. Rosa eventually dragged Yamashita to the apron, but Yamashita was able to sweep Rosa's leg. Rosa avoided a running knee and landed a shotgun dropkick followed by chops on the floor. Yamashita came back and dominated with kicks through a commercial break.

Once back, Rosa hit a corner clothesline and a slingshot knee drop. She followed it up with running dropkicks and a Northern Lights suplex for two. Yamashita returned fire with a high kick, and then they traded forearms in the center of the ring. She hit another high kick and hung onto a cazadora for a German suplex bridge for two.

Yamashita fought out of the Fire Thunder Driver and hit a step-up kick followed by the skull kick, but Rosa grabbed the ropes for a great near fall. They traded roll-ups for near falls, then Yamashita hit a sick kick combination before Rosa avoided Crash Rabbit Heat and hit a rising knee. Rosa then hit a roundhouse kick and the Fire Thunder Driver for the win.

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AEW Rampage (7/29) lineup --

  • Matt Sydal vs. Lee Moriarty
  • Ethan Page vs. Leon Ruffin
  • Anna Jay vs. Ruby Soho
  • Jay Lethal, Satnam Singh, & Sonjay Dutt vs. Orange Cassidy & The Best Friends

AEW Dynamite (8/3) lineup --

  • Undisputed Elite return
  • ThunderStorm vs. Dr. Britt Baker, D.M.D. & Jamie Hayter
  • Christian Cage vs. Matt Hardy

AEW Quake By The Lake (8/10) lineup --

  • AEW Interim World Championship: Jon Moxley (c) vs. Chris Jericho

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Chris Jericho joined commentary.

Daniel Garcia defeated Bryan Danielson

This was a stellar main event and a massive upset.

Danielson took it right to Garcia, attacking him out on the floor and laying in ground and pound back in the ring. Garcia gained an advantage and sent Danielson hard into the barricade on the outside. He then exposed concrete by pulling up the pads next to the ring, but he took too long and Danielson laid in Yes kicks and a running knee out on the outside.

Back in the ring, Danielson landed a missile dropkick, but he landed hard as they told the story that Danielson returned from injury too quick. Garcia capitalized and laid in strikes, and while Danielson was able to hit the step-up corner evasion, he collapsed immediately afterwards. Garcia took control by sending Danielson into the steel steps and DDTing him onto the concrete.

Back from commercial, Danielson was busted open. He'd try to make a comeback, but Garcia was relentless in his attack. They fought on the top rope, where Danielson gained the upper hand after an avalanche back suplex. Danielson laid in a kick combination before hitting more Yes kicks.

Danielson was about to kick Garcia's head in, but Garcia countered into a rear naked choke. Danielson escaped out of it into Cattle Mutilation before transitioning into a tiger suplex for a near fall. Garcia caught an elbow and laid in hammer-and-anvil elbows of his own, but Danielson then returned the favor before hitting a Regalplex bridge for a good near fall. 

Garcia countered the Busaiku Knee into a cradle and hit a fisherman's suplex for two. Danielson cradled Garcia for two of his own, but Garcia slapped him. Danielson returned the favor, and after another strike exchange, Danielson hit the Busaiku Knee. He went for the LeBell Lock, but Garcia made it to the ropes, forcing Danielson to recover with a running knee.

As they went back in the ring, Danielson's foot was grabbed by someone hiding under the ring. Garcia hit a piledriver and locked on a Sharpshooter in the center of the ring. After a long battle, Danielson passed out for the biggest win of Garcia's career.

– After the match, it was revealed to be Jake Hager who grabbed Garcia's foot getting back into the ring. The Jericho Appreciation Society celebrated to close the show.