Two championships will be on the line tonight on Dynamite.
Kenny Omega and Hangman Page will defend their AEW World Tag Team Championships against The Natural Nightmares, QT Marshall and Dustin Rhodes. Rhodes and Marshall carry a 5-0 record as a team in 2020 into the contest, while Omega and Page clock in at 7-0 in 2020.
The next challengers for the tag titles will be decided tonight as well.
Best Friends, Chuck Taylor and Trent, won a number one contenders match at Double or Nothing to earn a title shot at Fyter Fest in July. After Chris Jericho and The Inner Circle attacked their friend Orange Cassidy on Dynamite last week, Trent and Taylor demanded a match with Jericho and Sammy Guevara on tonight's episode. As explained by Tony Khan on Twitter, Jericho and Guevara would only agree to the match if Best Friends put their title shot on the line tonight.
Cody is set to make his third defense of the AEW TNT Championship tonight. No opponent has been named for his open challenge.
The Young Bucks will also be in action against Jimmy Havoc and Kip Sabian.
MJF vs. Billy, plus Anna Jay in action have also been announced for the show.
Our live coverage begins at 8 p.m. Eastern time.
AEW World Tag Team Championship match: Kenny Omega & Hangman Page defeated Dustin Rhodes & QT Marshall (w/Brandi Rhodes) to retain the titles
There were some issues here. Good wrestling in this match but way too much nonsense went on around the wrestling.
First, by not having Allie out there from the beginning you telegraphed that there wouldn't be a finish until Allie showed up.
Second, the commentators were all over the place. Excalibur was busy trying to explain the Dustin/Brandi/Allie/QT story for those who don't watch AEW Dark. Tony Schavone was reading messages that Britt Baker was passing him. Britt is great and she and Tony are great together but somebody has to call the action.
Omega and Dustin began. They did a spot where Dustin took an accidental headbutt in the corner. That laid the foundation for the story of the match. Dustin sold like he was woozy and forced QT to work much of the match.
Omega hit a springboard double sledge to QT. Page hit a sliding lariat on QT for a near fall. Omega hit a kotaro krusher. The story was that QT was taking a beating but surviving.
QT made a hot tag to Dustin. The Natural Nightmares logo on Dustin's bodysuit began peeling off. That's a perfect metaphor for this team. Dustin was great here delivering his destroyer and flip dive off the apron plus a powerslam. QT hit a QT Special, which Excalibur accurately referred to as ugly.
Allie came to the stage to try to fire QT up. QT hit a diamond cutter. QT got cut off and Page hit him with a rolling elbow for a two count. Omega hit a v-trigger for a near fall.
The finish saw Omega and Page hit the Last Call. Omega covered QT for the pin.
Allie's appearance led to nothing.
The announcers previewed the rest of the card. They revealed that Cody would be defending against someone from outside of AEW tonight.
We got an Anna Jay promo package. She said she's signed to AEW and is still figuring out the entertainment side of wrestling.
Abadon defeated Anna Jay
Abadon has a horror movie gimmick. Abadon squashed Jay and pinned her with a hurricanrana.
After the match, Dark Order entered with Jay still down in the middle of the ring. Evil Uno presented Colt Cabana an envelope. Mr. Brodie Lee nodded at Cabana.
5 and 10 helped Jay out of the ring and to the back.
Jay has a world of potential, she just needs ring time and consistency. We'll see how her story with Dark Order plays out.
MJF (w/Wardlow) defeated Billy (w/Austin & Colten Gunn)
They had to pay this off with a match after they shot the angle last week but I'm still not sure why they shot the angle.
Billy hit a big boot and a thumb to the eye. MJF teased walking out but Billy followed him up the tunnel and carried him back to the ring.
Billy went for a fameasser but MJF avoided it, hit a chop block and took control of the match before an ad break. MJF and Wardlow posted Billy and worked over his legs during the break.
Billy made a comeback after the break. MJF jawed with the referee. MJF went for a fameasser but Gunn blocked and hit a fameasser. Wardlow jumped on the apron and took the ref. Wardlow passed MJF his diamond ring.
Wardlow went after Austin and Colten on the floor. Gunn went after Wardlow and sent him into the barricade. Gunn climbed back inside and MJF nailed him with the ring.
MJF immediately covered for the pin.
After the match, Wardlow, MJF, Jungle Boy, Luchasaurus and Marko Stunt had a pull-apart at ringside.
Alex Marvez interviewed Jericho and Guevara backstage. Jericho said Marvez has a fat head.
Jericho and Guevara promised to beat Best Friends to a pulp tonight. Jericho said he and Guevara are more than friends, they're blood brothers and blood is thicker than orange juice.
Tony interviewed Britt Baker. He started the interview by announcing Penelope Ford vs. Hikaru Shida for the AEW Women's World title at Fyter Fest.
Baker said that Ford is only getting the shot because she's hurt. Baker then got pissed at Tony and said they're on a friendship timeout and TNT will be pissed at Tony for losing an interview with her.
Baker called for Reba to roll her away but Big Swole was revealed to be driving Baker's cart. Swole drove off.
Cody entered for the open challenge.
He cut a promo. He said the air is thin and it's lonely at the top. He said when Jake Hager beat him down last week he noticed that there were no members of The Elite or Nightmare Family that came to his aid.
Cody wondered if he was still in The Elite or if The Nightmare Family was still a family. This was the most overt tease for a heel turn in the series of teases for a heel turn that Cody has been doing.
Arn Anderson cut a promo. He said that timing is everything and the timing for the match with Hager at Fyter Fest just isn't right.
Nonetheless, Arn said, he had an opponent for Cody tonight, someone who would be a good test.
A Ricky Starks video package then played. Starks put himself over as the hottest free agent in wrestling.
Starks then entered for the TNT title match.
AEW TNT Championship match: Cody defeated Ricky Starks to retain the title
Cody gave Starks a ton and they had a very good TV match. They worked it more as a back and forth athletic contest than your traditional heel vs. babyface battle.
The repeatedly cut to Hager backstage as he watched the match on TV.
They locked up and traded hammerlocks. Cody missed a charge into the ropes and sold his ribs. Starks set Cody up in the ropes but Arn pulled Cody out of the way before Starks could connect. That was a total heel move, nothing subtle about it. Starks hit a big DDT and a top rope superplex.
Cody hit a suicide dive. JR couldn't help but seize the opportunity to shit on suicide dives.
The finishing sequence saw Cody miss a disaster kick which led to a series of cradles for near falls. Cody then hit Cross Rhodes for the pin.
Cody and Starks shook hands after the match.
The Young Bucks defeated Superbad Squad (w/Penelope Ford)
Good action in this match but way too much going on, as is the theme of tonight's show.
Referee Rick Knox took a pair of pliers away from Havoc before the opening bell.
Havoc went right after Matt's heavily taped ribs. Nick tagged in and The Bucks hit some tandem offense and stereo planchas. Butcher and Blade jawed with the Bucks from the audience.
Butcher and Blade jumped on the apron and took the ref. Havoc hit Matt with a wet floor sign and the Squad worked Matt over through a commercial break.
FTR came to ringside to watch the match.
Matt made his own comeback then made a hot tag to Nick. Nick ran absolutely crazy on the hot tag. He hit a springboard attack to the stage on Havoc.
Nick used a sharpshooter on Sabian. Havoc grabbed a hammer and took the ref. Ford jumped in and hit Nick with the wet floor sign. Havoc hit an implant DDT for a near fall. Sabian tagged in and hit an assisted DDT for a near fall. Sabian missed a double stomp off the top.
Havoc and Matt tagged in and bedlam ensued.
Matt hit northern lights suplexes. Matt and Nick hit risky business. Sabian hit a top rope double stomp. Pin falls were broken up. Sabian was bleeding from the neck for some reason.
The match broke down. Matt and Nick made Sabian assist them in hitting an Indytaker on Havoc. The Bucks hit stereo superkicks.
The finish saw Matt and Nick hit stereo kamigoye knee strikes to Sabian for the pin.
Butcher and Blade jumped the Bucks immediately after the bell. FTR jumped in and hit Butcher and Blade with Goodnight Express.
The Bucks hit Blade with an Indytaker. FTR hit Havoc with a spike piledriver at the same time.
The segment ended with FTR and The Bucks facing off in the ring.
The announcers threw to a Taz and Brian Cage video.
Taz explained the scene last week where Moxley and Cage went at it. Taz said Moxley is stealing his gimmick that he came up with decades ago.
Cage interrupted Taz and said he can't wait for Fyter Fest to rip Mox's head off and take his title.
Cage said nobody better than Cage.
Moxley cut a pre-taped promo. He said he has bad demons that only beating people up in the ring can keep at bay.
Sammy Guevara vs. Matt Hardy, Mr. Brodie Lee & Colt Cabana vs. Joey Janela & Sonny Kiss, Wardlow vs. Luchasaurus in a lumberjack match, FTR vs. Natural Nightmares and Jon Moxley in action with Taz on commentary were announced for next week's Dynamite.
JR asked Tony for an update on Big Swole abducting Baker. Oh yeah, I forgot about that.
Reba used an app to track Britt's phone and she found Baker in a dumpster. Baker chewed her out.
Baker promised to sue Big Swole and beat her if it's the last thing she does.
"Unkillable" Matt Hardy joined the commentary desk for the main event.
Guevara entered singing Jericho's entrance song.
The main event is next.
Best Friends defeated Chris Jericho & Sammy Guevara to retain their tag title shot at Fyter Fest
Hardy didn't say much on commentary. He wasn't bad but he didn't add a lot in this role either.
Taylor and Trent opened aggressively, doing a good job selling that they were upset with Jericho for hurting their friend Orange. Taylor choked Jericho with a shirt. Trent speared Guevara on the floor.
Jericho and Guevara cut Taylor off. Guevara used Jericho's old cocky pin attempt. Jericho hit some stomps. Jericho missed a lionsault enabling Taylor to tag Trent. Jericho tagged out as well.
Trent hit a big suplex on Geuvara. Jericho hit Trent with Floyd the baseball bat from the floor to turn the tide again before an ad break. Trent sold through the entire break, including taking his flip into the buckle.
Taylor got a tag and hit a falcon arrow and Liger bomb on Guevara for a pair of near falls. Best Friends hit their sole food/half and half combo. Jericho broke up the rainmaker hug spot. Trent hit a knee strike to Jericho.
Jericho locked Trent in the Walls while Guevara hit a flip dive over the top to Taylor. Trent forced a rope break. Jericho ran into a lariat and tagged out.
Trent crotched Guevara on the top rope. Best Friends hit an assisted superplex. Trent hit a lariat and Guevara took a flip bump. Jericho broke up a pin. Guevara rolled up Trent with a handful of tights for a two count.
Taylor and Jericho brawled on the floor. Taylor grabbed a chair. Jericho threw Taylor over the barricade. Guevara hit Trent with the baseball bat and hit a shooting star press for a two count.
The finish saw Guevara go for a GTH. Trent fought out of it and sent Guevara into the ropes. A camera operator tripped Guevara. Trent then hit his version of Strong Zero for the pin.
After the match, the camera man revealed himself to be Orange Cassidy.
Cassidy took Jericho down twice and hit a series of punches. Cassidy sent Jericho rolling out of the ring with a superman punch. This angle was well done.
Jericho and Cassidy was officially announced for Fyter Fest.
The show closed with Best Friends and Cassidy doing the rainmaker hug spot.