AEW Dynamite Results: Winners, Grades, Reaction and Highlights from May 27May 28, 2020
AEW Dynamite Results: Winners, Grades, Reaction and Highlights from May 27
At All Elite Wrestling's Double or Nothing pay-per-view, Cody made history by becoming the first TNT champion. Wednesday night on Dynamite, his first challenger was crowned in a high-stakes Battle Royal.
Who emerged victoriously from that match and immediately set their sights on dethroning The American Nightmare from his pedestal?
Also on the card:
- SCU vs. Kip Sabian and Jimmy Havoc
- Joey Janela and Private Party vs. Matt Hardy and The Young Bucks
- Hikaru Shida in Action
- Britt Baker updates us on her condition
- AEW champion Jon Moxley appears
What all went down in the wake of a critically acclaimed pay-per-view and how will it shape the weeks and months to come in the company?
Find out now with this recap of a May 27 episode highlighted by a special appearance from heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson.
Broken Matt Hardy and The Young Bucks vs. Joey Janela and Private Party
For the first time ever, The Young Bucks teamed with "Broken" Matt Hardy for a six-man tag team match against Joey Janela and Private Party. It was Marq Quen and Isiah Kassidy who upset the Bucks and eliminated them from the AEW Tag Team Championship Tournament late last year.
An aggressive Janela earned his team the early advantage with a Death Valley Driver onto the arena floor. As Nick Jackson fought back into the match, he inadvertently blasted The Butcher with a superkick, leading to a tag team brawl at ringside.
Nick shook off a hip injury and tagged Hardy into the fray. The action broke down, neither team earning a distinct advantage despite a frenetic pace and high-risk maneuvers. At one point, Quen soared over the rope with a plancha and appeared to injury his leg.
His partner indisposed at ringside and Janela disposed of, Kassidy fell prey to More Bang For Your Buck as the Bucks and Hardy picked up the hard-fought victory.
After the match, Hardy helped Quen to the locker room in a sign of sportsmanship. As he did, Butcher and Blade hopped in the ring and beat down Nick and Matt Jackson, pummeling the Bucks.
Arriving in a pickup, FTR's Cash Wheeler and Dax Harwood made their debuts, fending off the imposing heels and engaging longtime social media rivals the Bucks in a staredown before leaving.
Hardy and The Bucks defeated Private Party and Janela
This was an action-packed opener that was not always pretty, particularly after Quen's unfortunate injury, but it was always energetic and fun.
The real meat of the segment, and thus as responsible for the grade as anything, was the arrival of FTR. The artists formerly known as Scott Dawson and Dash Wilder in WWE kicked ass and had the announcers buzzing as they came face-to-face with the Young Bucks.
The lack of a physical encounter between them will only help spark more interest and excitement for their eventual match, while creating intrigue as to what the new team's motivations really are.
A hell of a segment to kick things off and a newsworthy start to the Dynamite after Double or Nothing.
Jon Moxley Watches Brian Cage's AEW Debut
Just days after a grueling AEW World Heavyweight Championship defense against "The Exalted One" Mr. Brodie Lee, Jon Moxley joined the commentary team for an up close and personal look at his Fyter Fest opponent, Brian Cage.
The Casino Ladder Match winner attacked opponent Lee Johnson before the bell, turning him inside out with an uppercut, then obliterating him with a release German suplex. He finished the massive underdog with his Drill Claw finisher.
After the match, Taz took the microphone and expressed his respect for Moxley before warning him of the machine-like competitor he will step into the ring with at Fyter Fest. "Beat him if you can, survive if he lets you," the ECW icon declared.
Cage defeated Johnson
Cage bowled over Johnson and looked every bit the unstoppable monster AEW wants him to be ahead of his match with Moxley. He tossed his smaller opponent around with reckless abandon and barely looked winded after doing so.
Taz as the spokesperson for Cage will do the newcomer wonders in that the Human Suplex Machine still has an aura about him, and a credibility, that cannot be denied. He is a badass in his own right, so throwing his belief and support behind Cage means something.
The question now is whether AEW will pull the proverbial trigger on Cage at the expense of Moxley, who has been one of the faces of the company for the entirety of its existence.
Britt Baker Updates Us on Her Injury
Dr. Britt Baker arrived in a wheelchair, pushed to the top of the stage by Rebel, for an interview with Tony Schiavone.
"Rule No. 3: don't hurt the role model," Baker said before claiming the accident that left her knee injured was a "conspiracy that goes far and beyond." She ran down the women involved in last week's tag match, tagging each of them with the conspirator label.
Rebel produced a board connecting everyone from Kris Statlander to Hikaru Shida, Nyla Rose to referee Aubrey Edwards. She labeled Edwards the mastermind of the operation, claiming she was present at every one of her injuries.
She issued a threat to all involved before wheeling away.
Aubrey Edwards is a fantastic referee, but the idea of incorporating her into an angle, when she has expressed many times on the AEW Unrestricted podcast that the referees are not to take the spotlight away from the wrestlers, feels like an iffy creative move.
At least it makes sense, though.
Baker was excellent here, and the idea of her using Rebel to wait on her hand and foot is a great touch that will only make her entitled attitude that much more unlikable. If handled correctly, she can build more heat for herself doing promos like this so, when she comes back, she is an even bigger part of the women's division than when she left.
Hikaru Shida vs. Christi Jaynes
New AEW women's champion Hikaru Shida followed up her grueling No Disqualification victory over Nyla Rose at Double or Nothing with a match against young Christi Jaynes.
Shida recovered from an early cheap shot and grounded Jaynes. She followed with a running knee lift, but Jaynes answered with a sunset flip into a kick to the head for a near-fall.
Despite a spirited fight from Jaynes, Shida delivered the Falcon Arrow for the pinfall victory.
Shida defeated Jaynes
This was an interesting use of Shida in that she just had this huge win over Rose, a woman no one else was able to thwart during her run as champion, but struggled here at times against Jaynes in a match that should have been a one-sided squash to establish her as the undisputed face of the division.
As it was, it was still an opportunity to get the new champion on the show and help her build some momentum after a career-defining win Saturday night.
Cody Issues an Open Challenge
New TNT champion Cody made his way to the ring for a promo with Tony Schiavone.
Cody equated himself to quarterback Tom Brady, citing the fact that neither were first chosen but both put in the work to achieve everything they did. He did not benefit from nepotism or the dominant genes from his father. "I'm not the Simba in this story."
He vowed to defend the TNT title every week and issued an open challenge to the locker room.
Cody may very well be the best talker in professional wrestling.
He speaks with such a conviction that even if he was to feed you a total line of crap, you would still believe him because he believes every word he says. That is the sign of a great promo, a talented talker who knows how to forge that connection with the audience.
This was great stuff in that Cody never overstayed his welcome and got to the point.
The idea of Cody working weekly, in an open challenge setting, is certainly appealing and will help legitimize the TNT Championship in short order.
SCU vs. Kip Sabian and Jimmy Havoc
With a shot at the AEW Tag Team Championships against Kenny Omega and Hangman Page on next week's show at stake, Kip Sabian and Jimmy Havoc battled former champions SCU in a high-stakes contest.
The heels isolated Kazarian, cutting the ring off from his partner in an attempt to pick up a career-changing victory. Sabian and Havoc continued to dominate heading into the break, surprisingly and systematically picking apart for more established tandem.
Scorpio Sky received the hot tag, exploded into the match and teed off on the opposition.
Kazarian recovered, joined Sky for a swinging tornado DDT and scored a near-fall. A well-timed distraction from Penelope Ford kept the babyfaces from delivering SCU Later, and Sabian and Havoc scored the win moments later, pinning Sky.
Sabian and Havoc defeated SCU
The commercial break took a lot out of this one, but the action picked up late and really showcased Sky, in particular.
Sabian and Havoc's partnership has been one of the revelations lately, so a championship opportunity on next week's show will be a nice reward for their growth over the last two months.
Ford's presence at ringside means they are always capable of leaving with their arms raised in victory, and with Best Friends as the top contenders at Fyter Fest, it would make sense for a heel team to enter the show as champions.
Regardless of if they win, Sabian and Havoc have earned this opportunity, and a potential long-term tag team run should not be out of the question for the Brits.
Battle Royal for a Shot at the TNT Championship
With an opportunity at Cody's TNT Championship at stake, a massive Battle Royal headlined the in-ring portion of this week's show.
Jurassic Express, Luther, Christopher Daniels, Sonny Kiss, Brandon Cutler, Peter Avalon, Colt Cabana, Billy Gunn, Wardlow and MJF made up the field. The latter bided his time, hiding behind his massive bodyguard in an attempt to avoid elimination.
Luther, then Kiss were sent packing early, followed shortly thereafter by Cabana. The Dark Order recruited the frustrated Cabana, and the fun-loving veteran competitor appeared open to such a development.
During the break, Avalon and Cutler teed off until their eliminations, while Gunn's unlikely run continued. Back from the timeout, Marko Stunt inconceivably eliminated Daniels, only to be tossed to the floor by Wardlow.
Luchasaurus and Wardlow paired off, the heavyweights clubbing away at each other until MJF attacked the wrestling world's favorite dinosaur. Luchasaurus and Gunn were both eliminated, while Orange Cassidy rolled into the ring after suffering a beating from Santana and Ortiz, officially entering the match for the first time.
Cassidy and Jungle Boy eliminated MJF and Wardlow, creating a babyface showdown as the final two combatants remaining.
A back-and-forth encounter gave way to Jungle Boy delivering a headscissors that eliminated Cassidy and earned him the victory.
Jungle Boy won
Battle Royals are notoriously difficult to pull off to great effect. There are so many guys involved, so much punching and kicking. Unless the storytelling is on point, they are fairly run of the mill.
Despite some interesting and entertaining pairings, this was essentially every other Battle Royal ever.
MJF was a bright spot, though the teases of a split with Wardlow feel a bit premature. Then there was the AEW Dark rivalry between Cutler and Avalon revisited and Gunn's nice run.
Jungle Boy winning was the right call given the strength of his pay-per-view match with MJF. Winning in this setting helps him recover from his loss there and doing so while eliminating his rival was a nice touch. The match with Cody will be a major moment for young Jack Perry, and if there is any performer capable of elevating his star, it is the TNT champion.
Cassidy was great here in limited action, and the tease of a rivalry with The Inner Circle could mean big things for the King of Sloth Style.
The Inner Circle Pep Rally
The Inner Circle made their way to the ring, still reeling from their loss in the Stadium Stampede Saturday night at Double or Nothing.
Chris Jericho ensured fans that the faction would band together and come back stronger than ever.
Sammy Guevara handed out participation trophies, Santana gave out gifts from his "New Yoricuan" basket (including a framed photo of Marc Anthony for Jericho), and Le Champion gifted Guevara a scooter.
Jake Hager read poetry before Guevara asked Jericho what he really wants.
"What I really want is Mike Tyson's head on a platter." He said he hasn't forgotten what Tyson did to him on January 11, 2010, on a Monday night.
Tyson interrupted the proceedings, accompanied by his posse, which included UFC star Henry Cejudo. Jericho demanded an apology from Tyson for knocking him out or the former heavyweight champion would suffer the same fate from Le Champion.
A huge brawl broke out between Tyson's guys and Inner Circle as the show went off the air.
The pep rally was not nearly the level you would expect from Inner Circle, but there were still a few great one-liners and gags.
What that lacked, the brawl between Jericho and Tyson more than made up for. On a night when AEW officially began year two, it bookended its show with the debut of FTR and a pull-apart featuring a world-renowned star recently back in the news for an attempted comeback.
Who really know what the agreement with Tyson is, but if AEW somehow signed him for a match of any kind with Jericho and Co., it may have pulled off the biggest coup of this renewed wrestling war.