AEW Dynamite returns with a live episode tonight. The show will air from Daily's Place in Jacksonville, Florida.
Matt Hardy will make his AEW in-ring debut on the show. Hardy and Kenny Omega are teaming up to face "Le Sex Gods" Chris Jericho and Sammy Guevara in a street fight.
AEW World Champion Jon Moxley will be back in action this evening. He's taking on SCU's Frankie Kazarian in a non-title match.
Cody vs. Joey Janela has also been announced for tonight's show. Last week, Cody advanced to the finals of the TNT Championship tournament at Double or Nothing with a win over Darby Allin in the semifinals.
Cody's fellow Nightmare Family member QT Marshall will take on Lance Archer tonight. Archer also punched his ticket to the TNT Championship tournament finals with a win last week. Archer defeated Dustin Rhodes in the main event of last Wednesday's Dynamite.
Plus, MJF will make his return to AEW television on tonight's show.
Our live coverage begins at 8 p.m. Eastern time.
The show opened with a video recap of Lance Archer vs. Dustin Rhodes from last week's show.
Jim Ross, Excalibur and Tony Schiavone welcomed us to the show as pyro went off. Roughly a dozen wrestlers were shown sitting in the audience.
Cody defeated Joey Janela
This was an excellent opener.
After locking up, Cody hit a series of shoulder tackles. They traded a series of pinning combinations and quick two counts. Cody hit a delayed vertical suplex for a near fall.
Janela used a series of strikes to take over. Janela blocked a Cross Rhodes and sent Cody into the middle rope with a drop toehold. Janela used a bodyscissors and the pace slowed.
The match spilled to the outside. Janela whipped Cody into the barricade and connected with a series of forearm strikes. They brawled onto the ramp and stage area. Janela went for a running clothesline. Cody blocked and hit a disaster kick.
Cody hit a moonsault off the stage. Back inside, Cody hit a pump kick. Janela answered with a big boot and hit a top rope elbow for a near fall.
Cody hit an inverted superplex for a two count. Cody removed his weight belt. Janela blocked Cross Rhodes and hit a back elbow. Cody went for a cutter but Janela turned it into a German.
Cody took a flip bump off a Janela lariat. Janela missed a moonsault. Cody came off the top rope and hit a cutter for a two count.
The finish saw the two trade a series of punches. Janela went to hit the ropes. Cody grabbed him and hit Cross Rhodes for the pin.
A video package aired highlighting the top contenders in the women's division and the champion Nyla Rose.
Rose entered for her match. Schiavone interviewed her on the stage. Rose cut a generic heel promo and ripped on Tony.
Nyla Rose defeated Kenzie Paige
This was a squash.
Rose hit some clubbing strikes. Paige went for a sunset flip. Rose blocked and hit a release German. Rose hit a swanton bomb. She had Paige pinned but pulled her up at the count of two.
Rose hit two powerbombs, then hit a Beast Bomb for the pin.
MJF cut a promo. He said a lot of wrestlers who are almost 30 are calling themselves the next big thing. He said he is the big thing after being on TV for six months at 24 years old.
He said when people knock him they compare him to legends like Flair, Rock and Piper. He said he's none of those people, he's better. He said he's so good and secure in his spot that he can afford to miss TV.
MJF said he's injury free and returns to in-ring action next week.
A Shawn Spears video promo aired. He questioned why Cody let Dustin take such a beating last week, then said it was because Cody is selfish.
Back live, Schiavone interviewed Spears and MJF in the crowd.
Spears shaved his facial hair and looks twenty years older.
MJF and Spears complimented each other. MJF said Spears was the bravest man he's ever known for having the guts to expose Cody. Spears said MJF's comeback story is the best in the history of sports.
Schiavone told MJF that Tony Khan has not only signed MJF to a match next week, but he's signed him to face Jungle Boy at Double or Nothing.
Jon Moxley defeated Frankie Kazarian
This went through a commercial break. I didn't like the match before the break. I liked the action after the break.
The pacing here was strange as they opened with mat wrestling, would kick up the intensity with strikes, then slow things back down again with more holds.
Kazarian used a side headlock. Moxley used a rear chinlock. Moxley clotheslined Kazarian onto the stage as the show went to a commercial break. The match continued picture-in-picture.
They brawled around ringside during the break. Moxley hit an x-plex for a near fall. Moxley hit a high knee and Kazarian fell to the floor. Moxley went for a diving attack off the post. Kazarian nailed him with a big boot.
Kazarian hit a missile dropkick and used a slingshot DDT for a near fall. Moxley blocked a neckbreaker and hit a release German. Kazarian hit a backstabber and used an unprettier for a two count.
They traded strikes, then traded Woo dropkicks. Kazarian hooked on a kneebar and trapped Moxley's arms as well. Moxley kicked out of the hold.
Kazarian hit a leg slice in the ropes and Moxley rolled to the apron. Kazarian hit a suplex. They traded stiff strikes. Moxley hit a lariat.
Kazarian used two quick cradles for near falls, then suplexed Moxley into the buckle.
The finish saw Kazarian miss a diving attack off the top rope. Moxley hit the Paradigm Shift out of nowhere for the pin.
10 and other masked members of Dark Order attacked Moxley after the match. Chris Daniels and Scorpio Sky ran in for the save and were overwhelmed.
Once things were well in hand, Brodie Lee sauntered out. He hit Daniels with a chair shot on the stage. He made his way to the ring and hit a discus lariat on Moxley.
Lee cut a promo. He said he's answering the bounty that Moxley put on his own head last week.
Lee said he's a leader, he makes lives extraordinary and he's not the same guy that used to be on the same level as Moxley.
Lee said there's no crowd here to lift Moxley up and Moxley has the crown jewel of wrestling, the AEW title.
Lee challenged Moxley for the title. He said he doesn't know who Moxley is, a movie star, a fighter, a fatherless boy. Lee sat the mic in front of Moxley and told him to answer the challenge.
Moxley said all Lee had to do was ask.
Lee and Dark Order again attacked Moxley after he accepted the challenge.
I felt that this was a good segment that went too long.
We got a strange Brandi Rhodes video promo.
She fired back at Jake Roberts. She said she's not Cleopatra, Delilah or Monica as he suggested many weeks ago. She said it's not 1991 and if he slaps her she'll hit back.
She said her husband is the good guy, kissing babies, the face of the company, but she's harder to pin down. She said she's the CBO of AEW and he should keep her name out of his dirty, old mouth.
It's clear that Brandi and Cody are the faces in this program with Archer but this was a heel promo. I don't know Brandi the person. Brandi the performer is a natural heel.
Lance Archer (w/Jake Roberts) defeated QT Marshall (w/Brandi Rhodes)
Marshall hit one vertical suplex. This was a dominant Archer win aside from that.
Archer hit all of his trademark offense. Marshall is fundamentally sound but he took the worst bump I've ever seen for a pounce in this match.
During the bout, Britt Baker hit Marshall with a shoe from the audience. Brandi responded by throwing the shoe deep into the arena.
Archer hit Blackout and had Marshall pinned but decided to pull him up at the count of two. Archer then used the EBD Claw for the pin.
After the match, Baker jumped the rail and laid out Brandi on the floor with a DDT. She tossed Brandi into the ring.
Roberts climbed into the ring with a snake. He put the snake on Brandi and hovered over her, delivering some pelvic thrusts for good measure.
Cody was nowhere to be found. The announcers tried to explain the angle saying that Cody must have been in the trainer's room getting medical attention.
This was a heavy angle. Aspects of it were clever, especially managing to lay Brandi out without man-on-woman violence. I didn't care for it and found it kind of sleazy. I'm sure that was the idea.
Moxley vs. Lee for the AEW Championship, Cody vs. Archer for the TNT Championship, Jungle Boy vs. MJF and a Casino Ladder Match for an AEW title shot were announced for Double or Nothing.
Taz interviewed Darby Allin backstage. Taz offered Allin some professional help and advice after Allin "pinned himself" last week. Allin ignored Taz and walked off.
Brodie Lee vs. Christopher Daniels, MJF in action, Jurassic Express vs. Best Friends, Hikaru Shida vs. Britt Baker vs. Kris Statlander vs. Penelope Ford, Chris Jericho vs. Pineapple Pete and a Jake Roberts/Lance Archer promo were advertised for next week's Dynamite.
Chris Jericho & Sammy Guevara defeated Matt Hardy & Kenny Omega in a Street Fight
This was an entertaining main event. They fought all over two arenas and used a variety of plunder.
Everyone was dressed for a street fight. Omega and Guevara wore jeans. Jericho and Hardy wore leather pants. Jericho brought an Inner Circle-branded baseball bat to the ring.
Hardy hit Guevara with a crucifix bomb for a two count right away. Omega missed a you can't escape when Guevara got his knees up. Jericho whipped Hardy into the entrance tunnel. Jericho and Guevara worked over Omega 2-on-1.
Hardy returned to the ring dressed as a Team Extreme version of himself and cleaned house. Jericho cut Hardy off with the bat and Hardy bladed.
Omega hit Guevara with a v-trigger. Omega and Hardy set up a table and a ladder. Hardy hit a splash off the ladder through the table. Hardy covered but Jake Hager pulled the referee out of the ring.
Hager unofficially joined the match as the fight spread out across the entire arena. During a commercial break they brawled through the seats onto the concourse.
They then brawled next door into the Jaguars stadium.
Jericho used a trash can and a bag of ice as weapons on Hardy. Guevara slammed Omega into an ATM. Jericho and Hager shut Hardy in a freezer.
Omega slammed Jericho into a golf cart and into some trash cans. Omega slammed Hager into some barricades. Jericho suplexed Omega onto a barricade. Jericho used a traffic cone as a witch hat.
Hardy escaped from the freezer and had changed costumes again. Hardy drove the golf cart near Jericho and Jericho sold like he was hit by the cart.
Omega jumped in the golf cart and Hardy and Omega ran into Guevara with the cart. Guevra took a hell of a bump and was actually clipped by the cart.
Omega climbed onto a hydraulic lift and hit a spectacular moonsault off the lift to Hardy, Hager and Jericho.
Omega went for a One-Winged Angel on Jericho. Santana and Ortiz ran in for the save. Hager, Santana and Ortiz hit a triple powerbomb on Hardy through a table. Omega got triple powerbombed onto the roof of the golf cart.
Jericho hit Omega with the Judas Effect. Guevara and Jericho both covered Omega for the pin.
The closing scene of the show saw The Inner Circle posing in front of the scoreboard in the stadium with "The Inner Circle" name in lights.