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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 live from Jacksonville, Florida. Advertised for tonight: Broken Matt Hardy looks to avenge Vanguard-1 when he faces Inner Circle’s Sammy Guevara. Plus, Jon Moxley faces The Dark Order’s 10, MJF goes one-on-one with Marko Stunt, Orange Cassidy battles Fenix, Cody & Lance Archer’s managers get in each other’s faces, and all the final build for Saturday’s Double or Nothing PPV!

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!


Time is the bond of mortal life. Isis with the scroll of life raised her love Osiris from the dead. Life can transcend the mortal coil. With this script, the high priest of the pharaoh commits his sacrilege, but me? I’m just here to liveblog this pro wrestling show for you, folks.

The show opens with a hype reel for Double or Nothing.

We see a limo pull up and the Inner Circle gets out.

Chris Jericho is interviewed and says if you think what they did to Vanguard 1 was bad, wait ‘til you see what they do to the Elite tonight.

Commentary hypes up the show for us.

Brodie Lee, 10, the Beaver Boys, and some other Dark Order goons make their entrance and Lee gets on the mic.

He says he wishes the “crowd” would be quiet since adults are speaking right now. He orders 10 to take a knee and says you might think an athlete at the top of his game like him can’t relate to us at home, but he puts his pants on the same way we do. He’s not a god, he’s just a man, but he operates at a higher level, an elite level, and the Dark Order are the lions of AEW.

Results speak for themselves, he says as he points to his pilfered title belt, and he says come Saturday he has to win. Not just to satisfy his hunger and desire, but to pay off the loyalty and love of these men. He ordains 10 a High Knight of the Dark Order and tells him to rise and hurt Jon Moxley for him.

10 vs. Jon Moxley

Moxley with a big knee out the gates, chop in the corner, whip across, trap the leg into a capture suplex! Right hand sets up a Crash Landing, Mox paces, taking his time, putting boots to him in the corner and choking him such that referee Aubrey Edwards warns him off! 10 takes advantage and elbows him in the back of the head, and a pump kick takes the champ off the apron!

Back suplex into the apron, back inside, 10 ducks a lariat and hits a ripcord Ace Crusher and a pump kick for two! Mounted forearms to the face, elbow drop follows, only two. Charging in, elbow up, Jon lays chops in and gets a head of steam only to get cut off by a thrust spinebuster! Fireman’s carry, but Mox slips out and snaps off a DDT!

Gotch lift... MOXLEY PILEDRIVES HIM! Underhooks...

Jon Moxley wins by pinfall with Paradigm Shift.

Post-match, Mox jams 10’s arm in a chair and steps on it. Another chair in hand, he gets on the mic and says he doesn’t know the strategy behind Mr. Brodie stealing his property, and the way he sees it he’s trying to punk him out, so he’s gonna give him ten seconds to correct his mistake or he’s gonna break 10’s arm.

He asks 10 if he’s a special boy and starts his countdown. He gets to seven or so and Brodie Lee appears on the screen to tell him he doesn’t call the shots. He’s made his bed and he’s gonna put him to sleep in it, and all he had to do to get the title back was ask. Look in his eyes, he means business and Moxley made it personal.

In a time like this we all have to make sacrifices, so for tonight, he’s leaving. He and the rest of the Dark Order walk off and Mox says he’ll see him Saturday... AND HE BREAKS TEN’S ARM WITH A CHAIRSHOT!

Commentary talks about tonight’s show some more.

Maxwell Jacob Friedman makes his entrance, flanked by Wardlow as per usual, and we go to break.

Marko Stunt vs. Maxwell Jacob Friedman

Circling, Friedman jawing, seemingly offering Stunt a free body slam only to rake his eyes and slam him with ease! Max poses on the turnbuckles, and when he gets back down Marko throws some Inoki kicks from the mat before getting caught in the bear hug! I can hardly bear it! He boxes MJF’s ears but can’t seem to break his grip until about the fourth or fifth.

Off the ropes, duck the lariat, sunset flip, Max wobbling but he catches himself and lifts Stunt up with a two-handed choke into an overhead belly-to-belly suplex! Kneeling, making Marko hit himself, forcing him to eat his own finger, real schoolyard bully stuff here. Stunt gets away, leg kick, off the ropes and he gets decapitated by a lariat!

Grounded punches, choking Marko over the ropes, jawing at Jungle Boy through the camera and occupying referee Bryce Remsburg so Wardlow can choke Stunt! Friedman draws him up and spins him out with a biel! Setting Marko up top, right hands, climbing to meet him but Max wastes time jawing at commentary and Stunt shoves him down!

FRONT FLIP INTO A FRANKENSTEINER! MARKO STUNT IS ROLLING! Dropkicks on dropkicks, MJF sidesteps but Marko lands on his feet off a back suplex, sidesteps the charge, sunset flip into a kip-up and a running knee strike right on Friedman’s jaw! Low-bridge takes Max to the floor, Stunt off the ropes but MJF tries to trap him in the ring skirt!

Ducking the axehandle, Marko sidesteps Max into the steel steps! Back inside, off the ropes... A FOREARM CUTS THE DIVE OFF! MJF with underhooks, a shoulderbreaker...

Maxwell Jacob Friedman wins by submission with Salt of the Earth.

Post-match, MJF gets on the mic and says Marko made everyone proud and lasted longer than anyone expected, so he’s gonna give him a present— a kiss from one of his rats here in Jacksonville. But then he remembered that nobody would ever touch his lips, so instead, Stunt can kiss the ring— AND MAX PUNCHES HIM IN THE FACE WITH THE RING ON!

Jurassic Express make the save!

We get a recap of last week’s Rhodes/Archer segment.

Jake “the Snake” Roberts makes his entrance to send us to break.

Back from commercial, Arn Anderson makes his entrance.

Tony Schiavone introduces our legends as they sit down at a table and reminds us that Mike Tyson will be on hand Saturday to present the winner of the TNT Championship tournament with the title belt.

Jake starts and says it’s almost surreal to sit across the table from Arn after all these years and talks about how they never wrestled and he thinks about that. People have dreams, people have nightmares, and we all know those aren’t real, but Lance Archer is. He’s destroyed everything put in front of him, and Cody’s wormed around and sacrificed his own brother to dodge him.

But now there’s no more excuses, no more riddles, Rhodes has to come face-to-face with the truth, and that’s that Archer is a mean son of a bitch that’s gonna rip his damn heart out. He asks Anderson if this is his weekend pass from the home and tells him he’s looking thick. Arn says he almost made him believe him... almost.

This is surreal for him, they’ve been on everybody’s wishlist for years, a dream match. They both could get you to believe incredible things, and he can see the evil permeating. That used to frighten people, they’d see the snake and their nerves would be shot, but he realized way back then that that was just a distraction.

What you really need to worry about is the evil in his heart. Jake says he’s been to hell and back and one more trip with him wouldn’t be so bad. Six feet separate them now, but any time, any place, he’ll fight Arn. Anderson talks about Mike Tyson’s presence, but word is he’s also gonna have free reign to wander around the ring during the match.

Anything he wants, and he’s honored to share the floor with Iron Mike, but is Jake gonna throw that stupid snake on him? Roberts says whatever he throws at Tyson will take him down, and he’s promised the first shot to Archer, because he wants to knock Mike out for fun. Jake was hoping “that bimbo” Brandi would present the title and he wants to get hands on her again.

Arn tells him that Cody looked him in the eyes and told him he doesn’t want to win the title for the pay raise or the admiration of the fans, he’s gotta do it because he’s got to win, because he’s not just Dusty Rhodes’ son, he’s one of the leaders of this company that’s turned the business on its head in a year’s time, and he’s gotta show his leadership has been recognized and he’s earned it.

He knows Roberts is nervous after threatening him, because he’s a vicious prick, and he doesn’t cross the table because he’s got one more piece of good news— Jake’s been doing DDP Yoga and he wants him to be real limber when he spikes his ass with the spinebuster and shoves his head where the sun doesn’t shine!

Jake overturns the table and they square up, leading referees to swarm the ring and separate them.

We get another black and white Darby Allin video package, focused on the ladder match on Saturday, to send us to break.

Back from commercial, we get footage of PAC laughing and it turns into a promo where he says he was forced to sit at home once but not again, and he calls Orange Cassidy out and tells him that Rey Fenix is an assassin who will kick his snout off and send him to his maker.

Orange Cassidy vs. Rey Fenix

Fenix goes for another cheap shot during Cassidy’s entrance but Orange just walks right past him!

We get the bell, Cassidy ducks some kicks and puts his hands in his pocket. Lucha shove puts him into the corner but Orange ducks everything Rey throws at him! Catapult gets a moonsault up and over, dropkick into a kip-up and his hands are still in his pockets! Back and forth, trading nearfalls, leapfrog, back roll... FENIX DOUBLE STOMPS THE BACK OF HIS HEAD!

Washing his hands, dusting off his feet, powerbomb lift, Orange fights back with brain chops and turns it into a Yoshi Tonic for two! Enzuigiri from the apron, brillo leg drop... NOPE! Arm trap double wristlock, Rey cant get all of it so he shifts to a Lotus Lock rear chinlock of sorts! Overhead elbows send us to break.

Back from commercial, Cassidy’s getting fired up and going chop for chop! Pump kick staggers him, overhand clubs in the corner, Fenix whips him across but gets caught on the charge. Lighting him up with palm strikes, off the ropes for a Superman Punch! Orange running hot, suicide dive lands right on the button, he throws Rey back inside and goes up top... DIVING CROSSBODY!

Off the ropes, satellite DDT... SO CLOSE! Up top, Rey cuts him off with a rolling thunder Shotei, but Orange prevails... DIVING DDT CAN’T QUITE WIN HIM THE MATCH! Trading shots, Cassidy in the turnbuckles again, pulling Fenix up, jockeying for position, Orange breaks underhooks by putting his hands in his pockets but Rey snaps off a springboard sunset flip powerbomb!

Only a nearfall, following it up with a charging forearm, going for the Muscle Buster but Orange spins him out into a small package for two! Pump kick, Cassidy counters the followup into an Air Raid Crash... NOT ENOUGH! Kip Sabian comes to ringside with a ladder and sets it up on the ramp. He climbs up top and takes a seat to watch the match.

Fenix with a low blow...

Rey Fenix wins by pinfall with an Ace Crusher.

Sabian mocks Cassidy’s thumbs up and turns it into a middle finger. SCU come down to the ladder and tip Kip into the ring! They check on Orange, Kazarian gets into it with Sabian, Jimmy Havoc attacks for the save and we’ve got a brawl! Fenix springboards... DOUBLE JUMP TURNING CORKSCREW SENTON! COLT CABANA RUNS IN WITH THE ASAI MOONSAULT! ORANGE CASSIDY WITH A SENTON ATOMICO INTO THE CRUSH!

And so we go to break.

Dr. Britt Baker, DMD & Nyla Rose vs. Hikaru Shida & Kris Statlander

Babyfaces work together to take the kendo stick away from Rose before the bell, double whip into a one-handed bulldog and a standing senton atomico, stereo kicks to Baker, she bails and we have a bell! Working Nyla over, but the champ overpowers the alien in short order! Putting boots to her, taking her into the corner and working her over, Rose chokes her for as long as she can get away with!

A slam into a leg drop, Baker directs traffic and Statlander manages to start a comeback as we go to break.

Back from commercial, Statlander is a whirlwind of kicks to break free from the heels. Baker tries to block the tag and fails and Shida comes in hot on Rose. Whip to the corner, knee lift, whip Britt into her partner, stack ‘em up, running knee in the corner! Dragging Baker to the apron, calling for it... KNEE TREMBLER!

Back inside, Shida goes for a suplex, Britt blocks it but gets cut off and eats the vertical suplex for two anyway. Drawing her up, taking her into the corner, tag to Kris. Nyla charges in, babyfaces sidestep and she clobbers Baker! Shida and Statlander hoist her up... DOUBLE-TEAM BLU-RAY ON BRITT! Cover gets two, Kris goes for the 2K1 Driver and gets most of it!

Back and forth, Rose tags in, Kris hits an electric chair drop on the champ and tags Hikaru in! Missile dropkick, off the ropes, running knee... NOT ENOUGH! More action, the ringside doctor checks on Britt’s knee, Rose gets a nearfall before setting her up, Statlander’s too late...

Dr. Britt Baker, DMD & Nyla Rose win by pinfall with a Beast Bomb from Rose on Hikaru Shida.

Post-match, Nyla goes and gets a table out from under the ring and sets it up inside the ring. She lays Shida across it and climbs up top, but Statlander cuts her off! Hikaru gets off the table and climbs to meet her... SUPERPLEX THROUGH THE TABLE!

Jon Moxley is interviewed backstage.

He says in sports, business, and life, everything is a reduction to violence eventually, and it only gets worse from here. It’s gonna get pretty bad at Double or Nothing, and he’s gonna piledrive Brodie Lee with enough force to knock out a rhinoceros. And when he wakes up, he’ll have lost the match and whatever power he thinks he has, and all that’ll be left is his suit and a buncha dudes in creepy gimp masks.

And so we go to break.

Back from commercial we get a Shawn Spears News breaking news update.

He tells us Dustin Rhodes has retired, and he concurs with the decision, congratulating Cody. He tells Dustin he understands and it’s hart to tell when your time has come, and retirement is a different pill to swallow. Although as he understands it, swallowing pills wasn’t so hard for him twelve years ago.

His next segment is about how he doesn’t have a match on Saturday, and he immediately turns around and challenges Dustin to a match.

Commentary immediately has a match graphic, and as JR says, “Why not, let’s just book it”

They hype up the Double or Nothing card, as well as a #1 contender’s battle royal on next week’s Dynamite get the TNT Champion his first challenger.

A video package highlighting the rivalry between Matt Hardy and Sammy Guevara follows.

Sammy makes his entrance to send us to break.

Matt Hardy vs. Sammy Guevara

Hardy rushes in with a lariat but Guevara ducks it, go behind, paintbrushing the back of Matt’s head mockingly only to get turned around and decked in the corner. Biting ensues, Broken Matt with headbutts, whip across and Sammy eats the turnbuckles hard. Dumping him to the floor, Hardy follows out after him and smashes his face into the apron and then the steel steps!

Scoop lift, dropping him throat-first across the barricade, Matt smashes his hands into the apron and then crushes his head against the post! Whip into the barricade, back inside, Guevara blocks the Twist of Fate with a handstand and a northern superkick before taking control with punches and overhead elbows!

Into the corner, more elbows, referee Paul Turner checking on Broken Matt and Sammy follows it up with an enzuigiri! Springboard into an Ace Crusher attempt, blocked into an inverted headlock elbow drop, only two! Going chop for punch, off the ropes, corkscrew tope takes Hardy to the floor and we go to break.

Back from commercial, Guevara in control, standing moonsault... NO WATER IN THE POOL! Hardy lays forearms in, smashing his face into the turnbuckles over and over and over! Scoop lift, on his shoulders... SNAKE EYES! Off the ropes, a huge lariat turns Sammy inside out! Matt lines him up... SIDE EFFECT ISN’T ENOUGH!

Leg pick gets a solebutt, Guevara picks him up with his own Rock Bottom variant, fireman’s carry, Hardy slips out... TWIST OF FATE BUT SAMMY ROLLS TO THE FLOOR! Back inside, cover for two, looking for another Twist of Fate but Guevara runs away and nails him with a series of kicks! Lining him up, basement superkick... SO CLOSE!

Shooting star press, nobody home, Twist of Fate... GUEVARA FINDS THE WILL TO KICK OUT SOMEHOW! A bloodied Hardy lets out a primal roar, stomping the legs, taking Sammy’s left shoe off... AND BITING THE FOOT! Guevara gets a desparation knee for a tight nearfall of his own! Springboard Ace Crusher... YOU CAN’T KEEP HIS BROKEN BRILLIANCE FROM AVENGING VANGUARD 1!

Sammy back up top, shooting star press... THE KNEES ARE UP! Kick to the gut... TWIST OF FATE SPIKES SAMMY ON HIS HEAD! IT’S OVER!

Matt Hardy wins by pinfall with a Twist of Fate.

Post-match we cut to the football stadium where the Inner Circle have Kenny Omega strapped to the goalposts! Chris Jericho nails him with the baseball bat but the Young Bucks appear on the stands and take PNP out with crossbodies! We got a brawl! The Inner Circle prevail, beating the Bucks down... HANGMAN ADAM PAGE IS BACK AND HE CLEANS HOUSE!

HE THROWS Y2J INTO THE GOALPOST! Matt Hardy has joined them at some point and the Elite have the advantage! The Inner Circle back off and go lick their wounds.

That’s the show, folks.