AEW Dynamite Results: Winners, Grades, Reactions and Highlights for July 29
Two blockbuster tag team matches and a TNT Championship match headlined the July 29 episode of All Elite Wrestling Dynamite.
The show continued to intensify the rivalry between world champion Jon Moxley and Brian Cage and presented Cody and tag team champions Kenny Omega and Hangman Page the latest challengers to their reign.
It also wrote the latest in the ongoing feud between Le Champion Chris Jericho and Freshly Squeezed Orange Cassidy in a massive, multiman tag team match.
What went down between Mox and The Machine?
Were the top dogs in AEW able to retain their titles in hotly contested matchups?
Find out now with this recap of Wednesday's broadcast.
Already announced for Wednesday's show are the following:
- Jon Moxley and Darby Allin vs. Brian Cage and Ricky Starks
- AEW Tag Team Championship Match: Kenny Omega and Hangman Page vs. The Dark Order
- TNT Championship match: Cody vs. Warhorse
- 10-Man Tag Team match: Orange Cassidy, Trent, Chuck Taylor, Luchasaurus and Jungle Boy vs. Chris Jericho, Santana, Ortiz, Sammy Guevara and Jake Hager
- Hikaru Shida vs. Diamante
The match that jumps off the card is Cody's title defense against Warhorse.
The challenger has made a name for himself across social media, garnering a following that helped earn him this opportunity. How he performs against a world-class wrestler in Cody, who is on as hot a streak as he has ever been, will be telling.
This could be the breakout performance that catapults Warhorse past social media icon and into national consciousness as a potential star of AEW's future.
Either way, it will likely be the continuation of Cody's transformation into an overconfident heel, signs of which we have seen in recent weeks.
10-Man Tag Team Match: Best Friends and Jurassic Express vs. Inner Circle
Orange Cassidy led the team of Best Friends, Luchasaurus and Jungle Boy into battle against Chris Jericho and The Inner Circle in a blockbuster 10-man tag team match as Freshly Squeezed and The Demo God continued their rivalry at the top of this week's broadcast.
The babyface team took to the air, wiping Jericho, Santana, Ortiz, Jake Hager and Sammy Guevara out at ringside early in the bout. The Spanish God attempted to break up a mid-match hug and paid for it, enduring an onslaught from the opposition until Jake Hager halted the opposition's momentum by laying out Trent.
The heels took over control of the bout, working over Trent.
Trent finally created some separation and made the hot tag to Luchasaurus, who exploded into the match and wiped Guevara out with a lariat that turned the cocky heel inside out. Hager joined the fray in time for a hoss fight with the masked big man and delivered a lariat that knocked Luchasaurus' mask off.
The action broke down, with each competitor hitting their signature offense.
Late, Jericho tried to use the baseball bat, but Cassidy prevented it and sent Le Champion into the stands. Guevara looked to put Luchasaurus away, but Matt Hardy appeared and shoved him off the ropes and into the waiting hand of the masked big man, who scored the win for the babyfaces.
Best Friends, Jurassic Express and Cassidy defeated The Inner Circle
This was a ton of fun, with great energy throughout.
Trent takes one of the best ass-kickings in wrestling right now, and if you don't think that's an art, ask Bret Hart, who was the king of it throughout his career.
Luchasaurus looked great, Jericho and Cassidy continued their feud, and Hardy reintroduced himself to the fray as he reignited his program with Guevara.
There were a ton of moving pieces in this one, but everything hit its mark and a few stories were propelled forward, making this a rousing success and a great way to kick off the broadcast.
TNT Championship Match: Warhorse vs. Cody
In the biggest match of his young career, Warhorse stepped up to the plate and challenged TNT champion Cody as part of The American Nightmare's open challenge.
Cody, a bit overconfident, teased a big open-hand chop but arrogantly patted Warhorse on the chest. The heavy metal-loving ruler of ass answered with a nasty back chop and a roll-up for two as Arn Anderson watched on, concern painting his face.
Warhorse goaded Cody into running the ropes and flattened him with a lariat for another count of two.
During the break, Cody delivered a big superplex and followed up with some pushups as the story of an overconfident veteran continued to hang over the match. He applied the Figure Four, looking for a submission, but Warhorse reversed.
Warhorse set up for a top-rope double stomp, but Cody rolled to the floor. Warhorse responded with a double stomp to the back of his opponent. A top-rope elbow nearly earned the challenger the title.
Late in the match, Warhorse tried for the double stomp but jammed the knee that was injured earlier in the match. Cody took advantage and scored the submission win with the Figure Four leg lock.
After the match, The Dark Order hit the ring and attacked Cody. Arn Anderson looked to make the save, but instead, Matt Cardona (formerly Zack Ryder) made the save in his AEW debut.
Cody defeated Warhorse
With the weight of the world on him to prove everyone on social media that spoke up and supported his quest to make it onto Dynamite right, Warhorse performed up to the moment. He turned in a valiant effort and even had Cody on the ropes more than once.
In the end, it was the outcome we expected, but Warhorse undeniably earned himself some fans. Even in defeat.
And in a display of heroics, he even initially sacrificed himself to save Cody from a beating at the hands of The Dark Order.
Speaking of the cult-like heel faction, unless the goal is to book Cody against Brodie Lee, it sure was a random setup for Cardona's debut.
Still, it was great to see the artist formerly known as Zack Ryder enjoy the spotlight and explode onto the scene in a more meaningful angle than he has been apart of in years.
AEW Tag Team Match: Kenny Omega and Hangman Page vs. The Dark Order
The Dark Order's Stu Grayson and Evil Uno finally reunited for a massive championship opportunity as they challenged Kenny Omega and Hangman Page for the AEW World Tag Team Championships. Of note was Anna Jay's first appearance with the enigmatic heel faction, brief as it may have been.
Page jumped Uno and Grayson before the bell, forcing Omega to rush his entrance and back him up. Tension reigned supreme between the babyfaces as referee Rick Knox called for the bell.
The champions outwrestled the opposition early, but Evil Uno downed Page and seized control of the match, using joint manipulation as he targeted the big right hand of the Hangman. The heels cut the ring off and isolated Page from his partner into the commercial break.
During the break, Omega tagged into the match and ignited a babyface comeback as Brodie Lee stood watch over Colt Cabana on commentary. A hard right hand by Page drove Uno into the waiting arms of Omega, who dropped him with a German Suplex.
At one point, Omega sent Grayson into the corner, but instead, he soared over the ring post and onto Page. Uno capitalized on Omega's disbelief and nearly picked up the win. A corner cannonball by Uno and 450 splash by Grayson nearly earned the heels the titles.
Omega answered with a snapdragon to Uno and Page obliterated Grayson with a lariat. The combination Buckshot Lariat/V-Trigger earned the champions the win.
After the match, Lee ordered Cabana and Anna Jay to the back before verbally berating and attacking Uno and Grayson.
Lee said The Dark Order has strength in numbers and Page has pissed him off for the last time. Dark Order minions surrounded the ring, but The Young Bucks and FTR joined the tag champions for a brawl with the evildoers. The babyfaces cleared the ring, leaving Lee to sarcastically thank Omega for "showing up."
Page and Omega defeated The Dark Order
This was, arguably, the best Grayson and Uno have looked in AEW.
They were crisp, got to shine bright against the champions and silenced a lot of doubters regarding their actual in-ring abilities.
Page and Omega winning was the right call, especially if it further pushes Lee into desperation mode. The Dark Order still didn't reign supreme Wednesday night, though, a problem for a group we are supposed to believe is this hugely dangerous entity in AEW.
Once they do pick up that defining win, they will be a force to be reckoned with. They do, after all, have a really solid core with Uno, Grayson, Jay and Lee. Throw in associate Colt Cabana and there is plenty to like about what Tony Khan and AEW management is putting together.
Take off the training wheels and let them win a match and their credibility would be enhanced exponentially.
The subtle and not-so-subtle teases of renewed tension between Page and Omega were well-done and again have fans thinking a breakup is on the horizon.
Hikaru Shida vs. Diamante
A focused, determined and attitudinal Diamante looked to follow up her victory over Ivelisse from last week with a non-title win over AEW women's champion Hikaru Shida.
Shida used strikes to halt Diamante early as Taz attributed their effectiveness to the champion's explosive leg power. Diamante answered with hard strikes, not backing down from the fight of her more established opponent.
Late in the match, Shida powered Diamante down but scored only a near-fall. Frustrated and drawing comparisons to Cody earlier in the night, Shida delivered a running knee to put her opponent away and score the hard-fought win.
Shida defeated Diamante
This was fine enough for what it was, but the result was never really in doubt. Nor did it live up to some of Shida's excellent work this year.
The strikes were great, but there was not much to the match beyond them.
With no obvious contender on the horizon, and the attention of the creative forces in regard to the women's division elsewhere at the moment, she feels like a champion without direction. Hopefully, that changes soon as she has been a vital part of the company's success in 2020.
MJF State of the Industry Address
MJF and Wardlow made their way to the ring as the former vowed to address the current state of professional wrestling.
The loudmouth heel of AEW implored the audience to use #MJF2020 and #NotMyChampion, with the reason becoming clearer in a moment.
MJF cut a scathing promo on AEW world champion Jon Moxley, calling the company less of a revolution and more of a dictator under the reign of a guy who came from the "land of titans."
He accused Moxley of cosplaying as Stone Cold Steve Austin, criticized him for championing a dangerous style and claimed to draw better ratings than the champion. He added war, famine and global warming to the list of Moxley's offenses.
MJF said he will not stop until he returns AEW to the pinnacle of sports entertaining and wrapped up by challenging Moxley for the title at All Out.
Anytime MJF is given a microphone and a few minutes to talk, the results are going to be outstanding.
Such was the case here, as MJF just verbally berated and tore Moxley apart, referencing his time in WWE and demanding AEW rediscover its original vision.
And guess what?
He's absolutely right.
AEW did begin as a revolutionary product, a home for the industry's best and brightest, but over the last six months, it has become the home of WWE outcasts. Beginning, of course, with Jon Moxley.
MJF may be loud, attitudinal, overbearing and entitled, but that does not make his thoughts and opinions wrong. And even if they are, he speaks with such conviction that you can easily accept that he believes every single word that comes out of his mouth.
That makes him an invaluable performer and an unquestionable asset to the company, and his upcoming title feud with Moxley may very well serve as a coronation we all expected at some point.
Tornado Tag Team Match
Darby Allin failed to make his way to the ring for the night's Tornado tag team match main event in which he was scheduled to team with Jon Moxley against self-proclaimed FTW champion Brian Cage and Ricky Starks.
Taz, Cage and Starks appeared for a backstage promo, but as the latter two made their way into the arena, Allin flew from out of nowhere and wiped them out, igniting the fight.
The battle continued throughout the commercial break, with the heels earning the upper hand as they executed a two-on-one beating of Moxley. They turned their attention to Darby as the show returned from picture-in-picture.
A save by Moxley sparked a babyface comeback just in time for action to break down.
Allin broke up a pin, only to endure a beating at the hands of Starks. Allin disposed of Starks, then joined Moxley for a Coffin Drop/DDT combo that nearly earned the antiheroes of AEW the win. Allin produced a skateboard with tacks on it and came down across Starks' back with it for the win.
Thumbtacks and blood poured from Starks' back as Allin and Moxley celebrated the win. Allin stared Moxley down as Tony Schiavone announced that the two will meet next week for the AEW Championship.
Allin and Moxley defeated Cage and Starks
This was another tag match on the night that felt somewhat underdeveloped and rushed for time. Like the others, it was a fun and energetic match, with the exclamation point of the skateboard spot to tie it all together.
Speaking of rushed, booking Moxley vs. Allin seems somewhat out of left field when it easily could have been saved for a show with a bit more build. Theirs is a match with wildly creative possibilities and an abundance of violence.
Hot-shotting it as a setup for another storyline feels shortsighted, to say the least.
Still, this was the perfect conclusion to a wild night of action, even if it feels as if there are a few more loose ends in need of tying up than is typical for this particular company.