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AEW Dynamite results, live blog (April 22, 2020): TNT Title Tournament rolls on

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Here's a place to check results and comment along with a new episode of AEW Dynamite, airing live in its regular Wednesday night at 8PM Eastern time slot on TNT.

Check out our Wednesday morning preview post to get caught up on what led up to, and what we're looking forward to on, tonight’s show.

This episode comes our way from a taping on a closed set in Georgia. Advertised for tonight: two TNT Championship Tournament quarterfinal matches, including the long awaited resumption of Sammy Guevara & Darby Allins’ rivalry, and Dustin Rhodes career on the line against Kip Sabian. Plus, Orange Cassidy vs. Jimmy Havoc, Kenny Omega & Brodie Lee in action, and more!

Come right back here at 8 p.m. ET when the Dynamite live blog kicks off once the show starts on TNT. It will be below this line here. (REMINDER: NO GIFS OR PICS ARE ALLOWED IN THE COMMENTS SECTION. OFFENDERS WILL BE BANNED.)

Enjoy the show!


Come from the land where the wheat is still wheat, where the waters in the rivers is still water. In this land every man lends a hand when you need it, but your hands are full of life so you can help yourself and feel it. It’s been a long way from the red of my home, from the valleys and the green plains never ending, and now I liveblog this here pro wrestling show for you, folks.

The show opens with Cody Rhodes taking a seat in some kind of command center to watch tape of Sammy Guevara, Lance Archer, Kip Sabian, and Darby Allin.

He asks the question of who he is, where he fits into all of this, and he muses that there can be no future endeavors if you don’t endeavor. Is he a midcard lifer, comfortable in his role? He’s going to meet one of those four in the semifinals and he needs to be ready to answer the call. AEW critics will undoubtedly move the goalpost, but history will show.

Complacency is a dirty word in wrestling, but the ally of a top guy, because those who are just here to collect a check become flesh to pound, but none of these men are that. There’s plenty of will in this tournament, and now we find out who has enough of it.

Chris Jericho and Tony Schiavone are on commentary and they welcome us to the show.

Sammy Guevara cuts a promo running Darby Allin down and promising to expose him as a fraud.

Darby gets an equal and opposite promo as well, about how they’re more similar than he could know, but Allin stands on his own two feet.

Guevara dives on Allin before the bell! Throwing him hard into the barricade, jawing with the Gunns at ringside, throwing him into the barricade! He gets a ladder out from under the ring and bridges the apron and the barricade with it. Darby goes into the barricade again, Sammy has to adjust the ladder and then scoops Allin up to set him on top of it.

Headed up top... SPLASH ONTO THE LADDER!

Medics check on Darby and we go to break before the match can begin.

Back from commercial, referee Aubrey Edwards calls for the bell!

Darby Allin vs. Sammy Guevara (AEW TNT Championship Tournament Quarterfinal Match)

Cover... ALLIN KICKS OUT! Double wrist clutch, Guevara stomps his face in but again he refuses to stay down! Choking him in the corner, suplex lift sets him up top and Sammy climb up with him. Darby counters, gets him in the Tree of Woe and takes his boot off, wrenching the hell out of his foot! Guevara gets away and tears his kickpad off, trying to get some relief.

Allin catches a boot but Sammy kicks him with the good foot and gets to the apron for another kick. One-foot springboard into the Ace Crusher! Darby bleeding from somewhere, he picks the ankle and grabs a grapevine ankle lock! Guevara almost gets the ropes but Allin pulls him into the middle of the ring! Trading slaps, Darby breaks the hold and they slug it out with forearms!

Back to their feet, forearms into a backfist and Allin’s nose is clearly bleeding as Sammy targets it. Cover for two, Darby rolls to the floor and we go to break.

Back from commercial, Allin’s fired up and in control, off the ropes... GUEVARA DODGES THE SUICIDE DIVE AND DARBY EATS BARRICADE! Back inside, Sammy perched up top... 630 SENTON BUT DARBY’S TOO CLOSE TO THE ROPES! Allin blocking a whip, Guevara nails him with a knee to the midsection but Darby’s too fast and he gets the standing Diamond Dust! Quebrada countered into Feast Your Eyes countered into Last Supper... ALLIN GOT HIM, IT’S OVER!

Darby Allin wins by pinfall with Last Supper.

We get a Broken Matt Hardy video recapping his feud with the Hole of the Ass and his invitation for the Elite Deletion and how Sammy Guevara is the only one of the Inner Circle who’s had the testicles to even speak his name. So he invites Guevara to the Hardy Compound to be sentenced to deletion! Matt has a late revelation that Jericho wouldn’t mention his name because he doesn’t know how to deal with his Broken Brilliance.

So if Broken Matt is too intense, he offers up another entity, the Mortal Vessel, the Unkillable.

Stronger Than Death Matt Hardy takes over talking about how he’s gonna kick everybody in the Inner Circle’s ass until he gets to Chris Jericho.

And so we go to break.

Back from commercial, Taz breaks Kenny Omega’s V-Trigger and Dragon suplex down for us all, which again, is very cool.

Alan Angels vs. Kenny Omega

Test of strength, Angels with a leg kick, back and forth, he puts up a good fight, dodges the Dragon suplex but none of his strikes land and Omega chops him hard! Alan rallies, basement dropkick sets up a senton, the rally doesn’t last, Kenny chopping away, forearms in the corner, whip into a big lariat! Outside and back in, Angels lands a hard roundhouse, enzuigiri, off the ropes... finally the Dragon suplex connects!

Off the ropes, V-Trigger... NOT ENOUGH! Dr. Wily Bomb, off the ropes...

Kenny Omega wins by pinfall with the V-Trigger.

Scorpio Sky gets a video package wherein he talks about his career and how he overcame a career-ending back injury back in 2009.

We see Cody Rhodes listening to a message from Dustin Rhodes about the tournament and Dustin’s decision to retire if he can’t beat Kip Sabian.

A recap of Matt Jackson vs. Nick Jackson on Being the Elite 200 sends us to break.

Back from commercial, we get a hype reel for Double or Nothing.

Jimmy Havoc vs. Orange Cassidy

Havoc using Cassidy’s jacket to choke him, throwing him into the turnbuckles, taking his t-shirt off him for a heavy-handed chop! Choking him with the shirt for good measure, throwing him to the floor. Jimmy follows and smashes Orange into the barricade! Atomic Drop into the barricade, a chop to follow it up and Cassidy is reeling. Havoc with a straight suplex on the floor, chops against the post, cold just throwing Orange into the post and chopping him after!

Back inside to break the count, Cassidy tries to duck a chop but Jimmy’s too fast and takes him back inside. Cutthroat choke, whip into the corner but Orange finally gets a boot up! Uppercut, rolling DVD, cover for two. Acid Rainmaker into a cross armbar but Cassidy keeps his hands clasped! Havoc breaks his grip but Orange gets a foot in the ropes to force the break!

Jimmy wrenching the fingers and wrist, Jim Breaks Special backs him into the corner and he bites Cassidy’s hand! Putting his hands in his pockets, forearm connects with a vengeance! Orange rolls under a rolling elbow, dropkick into a no-hands kip-up, Jimmy to the floor and he eats a dive! Back in, up top, diving crossbody! Duck a lariat, off the ropes, satellite DDT!

Best Friends cheering from ringside, front chancery, Havoc rams him into the corner and sets him up top. Cassidy fends him off, falling splash... NOPE! Both men staggered and trading strikes, Jimmy’s landing rather a bit harder, Orange ducks the Acid Rainmaker and hits a flying forearm! Penelope Ford on the apron for the distraction, Best Friends come over to equalize her, Sabian with a tope con giro to take them out!

Cassidy ducks her dive and catches Jimmy...

Orange Cassidy wins by pinfall with a crucifix pin.

Post-match, Havoc snaps off a brainbuster and he and Kip beat Cassidy down! BEST FRIENDS MAKE THE SAVE!

Commentary promises us an update from Maxwell Jacob Friedman and we go to break.

Back from commercial, Maxwell Jacob Friedman appears in a video billed as being from “Max’s Rat’s House.”

He talks about how we’re collectively going through tough times— that he hasn’t wrestled on Dynamite. He knows we’re craving it, but he’s here to explain why he’s not working. He gets choked up briefly and says on his last appearance, while gambling early in the evening, he got a hangnail but he valiantly proceeded to gamble until the end of the show.

But he will be back, and like a phoenix he’ll rise from the ashes, because he’s better than us and we know it.

Lee Johnson vs. Wardlow

Collar and elbow, Wardlow overwhelms him with a knee strike, but Johnson slips out of a military press and lands a dropkick. Off the ropes, he gets caught, military press dropped into a powerslam! Huge release suplex, another one, Lee slips out of a third and rolls back in for forearms and uppercuts but Mr. Mayhem throws him into the corner and rams him with a shoulder thrust!

Setting Johnson up top, goozle, thumbs up, thumbs down... A HARD KNEE TO THE FACE! THE STRAPS ARE DOWN! Fireman’s carry...

Wardlow wins by pinfall with the F-10.

Brodie Lee will be in action, after the break.

Back from commercial, we get footage of someone listening to a breakup voicemail in the dark and reading a ditial newspaper about a football man who suffered a career ending injury. He navigates to the Dark Order website and wants to join.

Brodie Lee then appears to thank him and tell him he understands, before asking how tall he is. 6’2”, he answers, and 240 for weight, and he played college football. Mr. Brodie says he’s a hard worker but he hasn’t gotten his payoff. Some people are afraid of success, but not him, and he wants to offer this football man that success. They are the lions of AEW, and they feed on the prey.

He passes the guy a mask and tells him he’s home now, one of them.

Brodie Lee vs. Justin Law

Collar and elbow, Lee beating the hell out of Law in the corner. Roll through, superkick takes him out and Brodie takes his time before drawing him up. Half-halch suplex sets up a half nelson suplex! Chop in the corner, short whip... TRUCK STOP! Drawing him back up...

Brodie Lee wins by pinfall with the discus lariat.

Post-match, Brodie stares down Marko Stunt and the babyfaces at ringside and we go to break.

Back from commercial, we get a recap of Havoc/Cassidy from earlier.

Best Friends are interviewed backstage and Chuck Taylor’s all fired up and puts a chain on. Trent? wants to fight Penelope, but legally he can’t, so he challenges Jimmy Havoc and Kip Sabian to a tag team match and explains that he’s really quite angry right now despite sounding so mellow.

A new episode of the Bubbly Bunch commences, starring Sammy Guevara’s cat and featuring a non-TikTok TikTok dance video style sequence.

We get a video promoting a Jon Moxley promo for next week and go to break.

Back from commercial, we get a video package with Dustin Rhodes and Kip Sabian cutting dueling promos about their match tonight.

Dustin Rhodes vs. Kip Sabian (AEW TNT Championship Quarterfinal Match)

Rhodes offers a handshake but Sabian barely gives him a tap. Circling, collar and elbow, Dustin with a wristlock, arm wringer, Kip rolls through for the reversal but Rhodes sits down on him and grinds the hold deeper. Second try, same effect but Dustin lets him get away. Sabian with a side headlock, shot off, duck the lariat, duck the backfist, leapfrog, slide under, shove off, drop down, Rhodes fakes him out into the drop down slap!

Arm drag into the kneeling armbar, stepover armbreaker, stalking after him into the corner, Dustin laying chops in. Whip reversed, back elbow up, Penelope Ford gets involved and Kip lands a knee into a gamengiri, roll through into a Penalty Kick for two! Choking him over the middle rope, cover for two, front chancery applied, Rhodes backs him into the corner and we go to break.

Back from commercial, Sabian dodges a charge and Rhodes comes up lame in the knee! Raining strikes down, Kip gets a two count, pick the leg, stepover ankle lock applied! Shove to the midsection, whip across but Dustin’s legs give out on him and Sabian puts boots to the injured knee! Whip across, into a dropkick, again just a nearfall and Rhodes gets a crucifix for two!

Into the corner, trapping Dustin’s foot in the ropes and kicking the knee. He fires right hands back, scoop but his knee gives out and Kip gets a crossbody for two! Kneeling armbar, Rhodes fighting back to his feet, right hands, not willing to let his career slip away that easy. Whip reversed, dropkick misses, jackknife pin from the Natural for two! Hip toss into a knee to the face from Sabian and a lariat... NOT ENOUGH!

Snapmare, kick to the spine, off the ropes... RHODES CATCHES HIM WITH THE SPINNING SPINEBUSTER! Duck a lariat, hit one of his own, whip reversed, drop down into the slap! Manhattan Drop, off the ropes, bulldog, fired up but his leg’s still bothering him. Snap scoop powerslam, again just a two count! Sabian ducks to the apron, springboard into a tornado DDT... STILL NO!

Jawing at Dustin, mounting him for punches to the head, Rhodes unable to cover up and referee Aubrey Edwards pulls him away and warns him off! Penelope and Brandi Rhodes getting into it, Brandi drops her with a spear and neutralizes her! Off the ropes... DUSTIN WITH THE FLIP PILEDRIVER! IT’S OVER!

Dustin Rhodes wins by pinfall with the flip piledriver.

Rhodes celebrates his victory.

That’s the show, folks.

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