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AEW Dynamite recap & reactions (June 10, 2020): Raging machine

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AEW Dynamite (June 10, 2020) emanated from Daily’s Place in Jacksonville, FL. The show featured Cage rage, a bloody Orange, smash-mouth wrestling from FTR, and Cody Rhodes putting the TNT Championship on the line once again.

Get caught up on all the Dynamite details with the excellent live results and play-by-play from Claire Elizabeth.

Raging Machine

We already knew Brian Cage would challenge Jon Moxley for the AEW World Championship at Fyter Fest. We were just waiting for the feud to fire up. And boy, did it ever tonight. Things escalated quickly from 0 to 10 at a rabid rate.

As Moxley was entering the building, he was approached by Alex Marvez for an interview in the parking lot. The champ was cranky about Taz’s claims Cage was going to win. Those words got under Mox’s skin. The thing that separates Moxley from the rest of AEW is that he is a miserable SOB. He was pissed off that anyone thinks they can beat him. Mox was looking to shut Taz up.

Taz appeared for some verbal jousting with Moxley. It was all a set-up as Cage sprinted from far away to smash Moxley from behind. A tremendous brawl ensued.

Mox fought back by swinging a pipe at a ducking Cage to shatter a car window. Cage took control with a spinebuster onto the hood of the car. The Machine was going to Drill Claw piledrive Moxley onto the concrete, but Taz talked him out of it. Instead, Cage slammed Moxley onto the car’s rear window.

That was the best scene of the evening. It was 3.5 minutes of pure entertainment. It had violence and unintentional comedy. Seeing musclemen sprint always puts a smile on my face for some reason. I also chuckle at the idea that Cage has to hide so far away because he is too large not to be noticed. And then there is that poor car. I hope there is a post-show scene revealing who is the owner.

The Machine raging on Moxley sold the intensity of their future title match. I am so ready for that matchup. AEW better air it on July 1 of Fyter Fest and not make us wait for week 2 on July 8.

Blood Orange

Jake Hager, Santana, & Ortiz looked to flex their muscle on the Best Friends & Orange Cassidy. Unfortunately for the Inner Circle, they were outsmarted by Cassidy and his buds. The finish came when Santana and Ortiz were setting up the Street Sweeper to win. Chuck Taylor pushed Santana off the turnbuckles, and OC weaseled off Ortiz’s shoulders for a cradle roll-up to win.

The Best Friends and Orange Cassidy were victorious, but the Inner Circle had the last laugh. Chris Jericho charged to the ring in a rage with his trusty bat, Floyd. The Inner Circle wrecked shop. Jericho brought out a 20 pound sack of blood oranges from under the ring to beat Orange Cassidy to a bloody pulp.

Jericho finished the segment by eating an orange like a slob.

My fan reaction to the match result was oh, geez. I was not pleased with the finish, both as a big fan of Santana & Ortiz and being unsupportive of OC’s gimmick in the ring. At least the finish made sense from a technical standpoint, so I can’t complain about that. I may have been crying over spilled juice, but I was howling in laughter at Cassidy spilling blood. The aftermath was glorious. I can watch OC get beat up all day long.

This was a fantastic segment in terms of building heat for the feud. It works well for both sides. Fans of Orange Cassidy want to see him get revenge. Fans of Chris Jericho want to see him humiliate OC in the ring. The beating was so bad that Cassidy should be fighting with maximum effort. That should mean the match quality will be more action than comedy.

TNT Championship open challenge

Cody Rhodes closed out the show with a 15 minute TNT Championship defense against Marq Quen in the main event. In another face versus face encounter, Cody worked slightly heel by often attacking Quen’s injured ankle. It is smart strategy but not very honorable. Cody also took advantage of a referee corner break to kick Quen in the knee and later do a muscle pose during the bout.

The action picked up when Quen found his groove. Despite his pain, he went for three flying attacks to the outside. Quen displayed unorthodox offense with a super fancy corkscrew DDT.

Quen also executed a flying 450 splash onto the entrance ramp.

In the end, Quen went high risk again. It did not pay off dividends. Quen took flight for a shooting star press, but Cody evaded and snatched Quen’s ankle for an ankle lock submission. Cody took it down to the mat to transition into a grapevine hold. The pressure was too much for Quen as he tapped out.

That was a solid bout to finish the show. Not as wild as last week’s bloody fun, but still enjoyable in its own right. Quen looked like a star. He still has plenty of tag team success to achieve with Isiah Kassidy in Private Party, but Quen certainly has a singles future if that is where his road leads. Credit to Cody to adapting strategy on the fly to figure another unique path for success. I enjoy that he has to pull out different techniques to overcome.

As if Dynamite wasn’t bonkers enough with the parking lot brawl between Moxley and Cage, all hell broke loose after Cody’s victory. Jake Hager came out as if to announce he wants a shot at the TNT Championship. He entered the ring, and Arn Anderson made the mistake of touching the big man. Hager reacted by choking Arn in the corner. Cody had to save his coach, but Hager muscled the champ into a beating.

Private Party and Matt Hardy ran out with chairs to make the save. Hager’s reinforcements arrived in the form of Sammy Guevara, Santana, and Ortiz. That led to an eight-man brawl as the heroes stood tall to close the show. Cody grabbed a mic to accept a TNT Championship fight with Hager at Fyter Fest.

Was this ending overbooked and kind of out of nowhere? Yes. Was it also ridiculous fun? Yes. Even when Cody doesn’t rely on shenanigans in his match, he still finds a way to book chaos. I love it!

Smash-mouth

FTR made their highly anticipated AEW debut against Blade & Butcher. Dax Harwood and Cash Wheeler arrived for the match by driving their sweet black truck up to the ring. The action was a smash-mouth affair with heavy physicality. FTR added some sizzle to their old-time smash-mouth wrestling with a superplex flying splash combo.

FTR kept up their smash-mouth pace by winning via spike piledriver.

FTR earned a meat and potatoes victory, but it wasn’t the kind of dominant statement to strike fear in the tag division. They did do a good job of making me want to root against them. FTR wrestles with a smug arrogance yet still tries tricks, such as faking a shoulder injury as a rouse for a surprise roll-up attempt. They almost make me want to root for the Young Bucks in their feud. I say almost, because the Bucks immediately reminded me after the match why I cheer for their demise.

Tony Schiavone interviewed the winners in the ring. Of course, the Bucks decided to interrupt. They mockingly disrespected FTR with a passive-aggressive attitude. That lead to a melee involving Blade, Butcher, Kip Sabian, Jimmy Havoc, Kenny Omega, and Hangman Page with whiskey. FTR protected the Bucks to keep their word that they want no injury excuses when they defeat them in the ring.

If you are wondering why the word smash-mouth is being used so much, it was said several times on commentary. Enough so to make the message painfully clear that FTR is smash-mouth. Smash-mouth!


Let’s jam through the rest of Dynamite.

Natural Nightmares tag title shot. We were informed that Dustin Rhodes & QT Marshall will have a chance at gold next week against Hangman Page & Kenny Omega. During the backstage interview, Brandi Rhodes was annoyed that QT gave Allie a personalized Nightmare Family jacket. Dustin had stern words for QT about being focused for their big opportunity next week. Dustin declared that Allie will not be ringside.

I guess Hangman & Omega are making up for lost time by handing out title shots like candy. It is cool to see them in action, but how about the Natural Nightmares actually earn the shot. No momentum has been built to make me believe Dustin & QT have a chance at winning. I hope the match will be clean and not overrun by Allie shenanigans. Keep the focus on the championship, then play games later.

Nyla Rose & Penelope Ford defeated Hikaru Shida & Kris Statlander. There were two cool false finishes that really had me believing it was the end. Nyla ate a superplex from Shida then a thunderous axe kick from Statlander and still managed to kick out of the pinfall. The other was Ford kicking out after a Falcon Arrow slam by Shida. In the end, Kip Sabian caused a distraction, Nyla tossed the title into the ring for Ford to smash Shida, and Ford pinned the champ via bridging fisherman suplex. It looks like Ford will be the next challenger for Shida’s women’s title.

Tony Hawk cameo. Darby Allin has not been medically cleared to wrestle, but Hawk gave him the okay to skateboard. A video aired of Allin wiping out a bunch of times on a skateboard stunt off a ladder before finally having success.

So, I guess the takeaway is Allin’s defiant determination to reach his goal? I don’t think the scene was a good look for him as a wrestler. Allin is clearly not focused on healing to become the best he can be in the ring.

Sammy Guevara defeated Colt Cabana. Cabana was in control and tried to get fancy with a reverse Chicago Skyline finisher, but he slipped on the ropes. Sammy capitalized with his GTH knee strike maneuver to win.

The real story of this match was Cabana falling far enough in despair to perhaps join the Dark Order. After Sammy’s win. Evil Uno and Stu Grayson came out on stage. They were flanked by 5, 10, Alex Reynolds, and John Silver. Mr. Brodie Lee personally approached Cabana to offer a helping hand up off his derrière. Later, Cabana was seen backstage entering Mr. Brodie’s locker room.

The segment didn’t end there. Matt Hardy came out to speak with Sammy. The Spanish God has earned Hardy’s respect. Hardy provided words of wisdom in the message to get away from Jericho if he wants to realize maximum potential. Sammy was doubting Matt’s intentions. Hardy then channeled his other spirits. Damascus wanted to mash Sammy into mofongo, then eat and delete him.

There’s a lot to unpack in that scene. Colt Cabana once again snatched defeat from the jaws of victory. I’m curious to see if Cabana ditches his silly style under the guidance of Mr. Brodie. That goofiness has been one of the criticisms preventing Cabana from moving up the ladder in his career with the big dogs. Colt has the skills to compete, and he could easily convince me of being TNT Championship material if he wrestles more rugged.

The exchange between Sammy and Hardy is noteworthy to see if Hardy can drive a wedge to split up the Inner Circle. Next week will be revealing when Le Sex Gods wrestle the Best Friends. The most likely outcome seems like Sammy will be eating the pin. Could that force doubt about being in the Inner Circle to creep into his mind?

Cruising in style. Joey Janela had a vignette crying into his booze about not achieving success in AEW. He was roaming the streets when Sonny Kiss rolled up in a smooth ride. The two drove away as a, “To be continued,” graphic appeared.

Kiss stole that scene with his fly wheels. It gave a Miami Vice vibe of coolness. I really like those two getting attention on the show with some backstory. It feels like it will lead to a tag team pairing as Jersey boys.

Notes: Chris Jericho was a highlight on commentary. They went with a four-man booth. I thought they might talk over each other with so many people, but the others sat back and let Le Champion do his thing.

Arn Anderson and Tully Blanchard were scouting FTR in the stands. Dr. Britt Baker DMD had a video package. She is exhausted of Big Swole’s bad attitude. Baker is happy to be the role model of the women’s division, but she needs to be respected. MJF interrupted Billy Gunn’s interview. Wardlow had to impose his presence to make sure Billy didn’t get physical after MJF insulted Gunn’s sons. For fans of Mel, I spotted her in the background standing next to Luther in the fan section.


Stud of the Show: Chris Jericho

Anyone that beats Orange Cassidy to a pulp is a-okay in my book. Jericho gets bonus points for doing it in style with blood oranges. Only Le Champion would think of that dastardly tactic.

Dud of the Show: Young Bucks’ claims as the best tag team in AEW

I’m tired of the company line that the Young Bucks are the best tag team in AEW. Enough of that BS. If they were the best, they would be the champs. This continual insistence on boosting the Bucks’ status makes the rest of the tag division look weak. What’s the point of winning the titles if you will get brushed under the rug and not receive proper recognition?

The Bucks’ smug attitude also shows why they haven’t found their desired success in AEW. They obviously haven’t gained any respect for Hangman Page & Kenny Omega after losing in their bout at Revolution. There is a big difference between strong self-belief and delusional confidence. By admitting you’re not the best, it forces you to work harder to become #1. The Bucks are failing themselves in that regard. Contrast their approach with the drive and determination that Jon Moxley spoke of in his promo.

Grade: B+

Another enjoyable episode of Dynamite. I haven’t double checked, but it seems like every single segment was used to build upon a story. As a fan, it makes me feel like they respect my time. That goes a long way in building trust. The wrestling action was solid, but the over-the-top moments made the show memorable.

Share your thoughts about this episode of Dynamite. How do you rate it? Who stole the show? How much money would you donate for Tony Schiavone’s next haircut to be in the young, vibrant style of Marq Quen?