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AEW Dynamite results, live blog (Aug. 5, 2020): Darby Allin vs. Jon Moxley

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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 Jacksonville, Florida. Advertised for tonight: Jon Moxley defends the World title against Darby Allin with All Out challenger MJF waiting in the wings. Plus, Matt Cardona makes his in-ring debut with Cody against Dark Order’s Reynolds & Silver, Brodie Lee leads the rest of his troops against The Elite, Hangman Page & FTR, a Chris Jericho/Orange Cassidy debate with a surprise moderator, 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!


There is a virus in your tenets. Don’t be naive, you know it’s true, and if you don’t protect yourself, obsidian currents will devour you, but me? I’m just here to liveblog this pro wrestling show.

The show opens into the intro video.

Dark Order (9, Alan “Five” Angels, Mr. Brodie Lee, Colt Cabana, Evil Uno, & Stu Grayson) vs. FTR (Cash Wheeler & Dax Harwood) & the Elite (Adam Page, Kenny Omega, Matt Jackson, & Nick Jackson)

The bell rang immediately after the intro video so I spent the opening minute or so of the match writing that header out right there, but things pick up with the babyfaces working 9 over. The Dark Order break the match down, chaos reigns until a huge tandem suplex from Omega, Page, and one of the FTR boys sends the cultists running.

Angels comes in, he gets isolated and worked over by FTR. Page tags with them, and tries to get cute with tandem submissions but that just results in him getting worked over as the subject of quick tags. The match breaks down again, double dropkick into the Dragon suplex, the Elite making quick work of the Dark order guys.

Wheelbarrow Ace Crusher, Nick with a senton atomico off the top and to the floor, the babyfaces regroup on the apron, Harwood’s leg bothering him. Kenny hits the Dr. Wily Bomb, the Dark Order bum rush him on the pin and nobody makes the save because they’re all busy helping Dax to the back! Omega tags Matt in, Lee in right on top of him... TRUCK STOP ALMOST ENDS THE MATCH THEN AND THERE!

Double-team powerbomb... NICK BARELY MAKES THE SAVE! Grayson lifts Matt up for the follow-up, hard whip targets his bad back, quick tags open up some room for double-teams and the entire Dark Order bum rushes Jackson! Cabana with a diving splash... SO CLOSE! Tag to Uno, lighting Matt up with chops but he fires back and gets himself out of the corner.

Evil with a neckbreaker for a shockingly tight two, more quick tags, Lee lariats Omega out of his boots on the ramp, more double-teams on Matt but Grayson goes shoulder-first into the post on an overenthusiastic dive! Blockbuster staggers Alan, Jackson cleans house, tope con hiros take Nine and Cabana out both! Back in with Angels, crawl under, nobody’s there to tag!

Back elbows, Hangman Page returns from the back and he’s ready for the tag... AND HE GETS IT! Cowboy Shit ensues, triangle lariat, fallaway slam into the kip-up, a plancha, back inside, clothesline sends Angels out and he dives on Nine! Fighting on the apron, Angels with a boot to the face but he charges right into a back suplex into the apron!

Headed up top... ORIHARA MOONSAULT WIPES EVERYBODY BUT MR. BRODIE OUT! Back inside, Lee tags himself in and he and Page square up and jaw. Trading hard forearms in the middle of the ring, Hangman with a boot but the Dark Order low bridge him and Brodie dives on him! Back inside, they overwhelm him but Omega returns from out of nowhere with the save! ANGELS DIVING DOUBLE STOMP TAKES KEN OUT!


Dark Order win by pinfall with a discus lariat from Mr. Brodie Lee on “Hangman” Adam Page.

And so we go to break.

Back from commercial, we see footage from earlier of Best Friends rolling up to the arena.

Jon Moxley cuts a promo talking about how folks used to try and talk him out of dangerous activity. Sometimes he wishes he listened, but in some cases, he wouldn’t change a thing. So he gets it, he gets why Darby Allin pointed at his belt and challenged him for the title, he knows where he’s coming from and what he’s trying to do.

But in an ironic twist, he’s now the advocate concerned for someone’s health, because he knows that Darby’s gonna come at him until he can’t move, and it’s not gonna cross his mind that the last time they wrestled, he nearly broke Allin’s neck. But it weighs on him— he doesn’t want to be the guy that ends Darby’s career, he’s his favorite guy in the company.

But the title’s on the line, and when Allin signed that contract, he made himself just like everybody else. He’s gonna do what he’s gotta do, and he asks please, please, when it’s time to stay down, just stay down. But he knows that Darby’s not gonna listen, because he wouldn’t.

Best Friends (Chuck Taylor & Trent?) vs. Proud-N-Powerful (Ortiz & Santana)

Taylor and Santana to start, collar and elbow fighting into the corner, breaking clean, right back to the lockup. Santana with a go-behind, reversed to a wristlock and then the hammerlock. Santana comes back with a cravate, Chuck reverses, re-reversed, onto the mat, stalemate! Taylor with a side headlock, shot off, jockeying for position, Oklahoma roll with a deep two for Chuck!

Tag to Ortiz, Chuck gets him with the arm drag into the armbar and tags Trent in. Off the ropes, drop down, standing Meteora from Beretta! Overhead northern lights suplex into the bridge, no win! Quick tags from the Inner Circle men but Trent breaks away and tags out and the match breaks down. PNP double whip, do-si-do into double lariats, throwing Santana into the corner, kick sets up the tornado DDT!

Taylor pops Ortiz up, Lawn Dart into a knee! They got to give the people what they want! And we got to go to break!

Back from commercial, PNP overwhelm Best Friends and take the fighting to the floor. Hard whips into the barricade, back inside, Trent kicks out of a snap suplex at two! Working him over at some length, Beretta gets a double lariat for some separation and the path is clear! Tags made, Chuck in hot with lariats, a roundhouse kick, a standing shiranui, a fireman’s carry Michinoku Driver... NO GOOD!

Hooking Santana, a knee counters the suplex, Ortiz in, ripcord Sole Food sets him up... FALCON ARROW! HE DID THE DEAL BUT CANNOT GET THE WIN! Chops in the corner, Trent and Angel head up top, jockeying for position... ELECTRIC CHAIR SUPERPLEX TAKES ORTIZ DOWN! Beretta slow to capitalize, Ortiz with a go-behind into a kidney forearm and a tag to Santana.

Whip reversed, Trent stacks ‘em up but Santana catches him with a neckbreaker! Ortiz with the Liger Bomb into a bicycle kick... SO CLOSE! Ortiz lets his guard down...

Best Friends win by pinfall with a victory roll pin from Trent? on Ortiz.

And so we go to break.

Back from commercial, we get some footage from Maxwell Jacob Friedman’s campaign headquarters where he talks up the posters and pins they’re making and berates one of his staff for hanging a poster slightly askew before demanding his campaign manager smile while she speaks.

Asked what happens if Darby wins, he sarcastically says that would suck if he had to beat the skinny emo kid for the title.

Matt Hardy is in the ring to cut a promo.

He says when he came here he looked at the roster and thought maybe he can be an attraction, introduce the multiverse of Matt Hardy, do kind of a best-of, and he’s been having a blast and he knows we have been as well, but he listens to his audience. AEW in general listens to the audience, and the majority watching Dynamite every week, they want to see him focus on being himself.

Matthew Hardy, Stronger Than Death, the Unkillable One! And that’s who he’s gonna be onscreen, but offscreen he still wants to give back, and he puts Private Party over, promising to have their back if they need anything. And he tried to help Sammy Guevara, too, but he didn’t want to hear it, and he figured last week when Guevara came back, he’d return the favor and attack him.

Now he doesn’t want to help, he wants to hurt, and he knew Sammy would come from behind right now and we’ve got a brawl! Action spills to the floor, Matt slams him on the floor and gets a table out, setting it up. Sammy recovers and brawls with him, eventually getting the upper hand and laying Hardy across the table!

A thrown chair strikes the legend, Guevara heads up on the stage and takes his jacket off... CORKSCREW 450 SPLASH OFF THE STAGE AND THROUGH THE TABLE! HARDY’S BUSTED OPEN AND WEARING THE CRIMSON MASK IMMEDIATELY!

Matt struggles to sit up while a blood-spattered Sammy Guevara goes up on the stage.

Cut to Santana attacking Trent’s mom’s car with the madball! Ortiz has a sledgehammer and they smash the car even worse!

With that message sent, we go to break.

Beaver Boys (Alex Reynolds & John Silver) vs. Cody Rhodes & Matt Cardona

Silver and Rhodes to start, Cody going for a leg pick but he runs out of ring and has to break. A shoving match breaks out, dropdown slap, front chancery into the delayed vertical, Cardona tags in, flapjack for two! Silver fires kicks back, tag made, Osaka Street Cutter gets another two! Tag to Cody, off the top with a double axehandle!

Arm wringer, whip reversed, Rhodes hits the post and falls out to the floor where Silver works him over and throws him back in! Cody with a boot up, right hands, Alex throws him to the apron where John trips him up! Reynolds with a slingshot double stomp, tag to Silver, powerdrive elbows ahoy... NOPE! Tearing Rhodes up in the corner, clearing Cardona off the apron as the violence continues and we go to break.

Back from commercial, the Dark Order boys are still working Rhodes over and getting nearfalls. Silver laying chest kicks in, off the ropes, caught in a backslide but he fires up and throws a flurry of kicks! Cody with the snap scoop powerslam in absolute desperation! Reaching, crawling... TAG MADE!

Cardona comes in hot, missile dropkick, charging forearms set it up but Silver pulls Reynolds away from the Broski Boot! Slingshot dropkick, back inside, no Rough Ryder, underhooks... TIGER DRIVER! Cody gets dropped, Matt caught up in the corner, a flurry of strikes... CARDONA KICKS OUT! Rhodes going for Cross Rhodes, Silver counters... AND CODY SUPLEXES HIM OVER THE ROPES AND TO THE FLOOR!

Reynolds hangs Matt’s neck across the ropes, looking for the win, Cardona fires back...

Cody Rhodes & Matt Cardona win by pinfall with the Rough Ryder (now renamed Radio Silence) from Cardona on Alex Reynolds.

Scorpio Sky stops Cody as he goes to the back and taps the belt, so even odds he’s the next challenger.

Cut backstage where Best Friends are hanging out in front of Trent’s mom’s destroyed van.

They tell Ortiz and Santana they can do what they want to them, but you don’t touch their mom’s van and they would have been happy to give them a rematch.

Sammy Guevara makes his entrance and we go to break.

Back from commercial, we get a nice intro graphic for the Chris Jericho vs. Orange Cassidy debate and Eric Bischoff is introduced as the special guest moderator.

Chris Jericho vs. Orange Cassidy (Debate)

Bischoff breaks the format down for us— it’ll be five questions that neither man has seen before.

The first question is “Why do Jericho and Cassidy hate each other so much?”

Jericho runs Orange down for not dressing up for the debate, and he clips a tie to his t-shirt in response. Chris says this is why he despises him, he takes nothing seriously and he thinks he’s the greatest thing in wrestling history, but he’s not. People laugh at Cassidy behind his back, and so does Y2J. He’s nothing, a nobody, a flash in the pan, a ginger jackass who plays pocket pool on a weekly basis.

Cassidy’s response is silence as Eric prompts him for an answer.

Second question, “Who is the better wrestler and who is the biggest star of Jericho and Cassidy?”

Chris says don’t be an idiot, he’s held fifty titles around the world and Orange hasn’t ever left Florida. If they went to high school together he’d have chased him down the hall, wedgie’d him against the lockers, taken his lunch money and stole his girlfriend. He says Orange’s jacket smells like old salami, Drakkar Noir, and batteries.

Cassidy’s response, again, is silence.

The third question is “What are your thoughts on global warming?”

Jericho says it’s ridiculous and has no bearing on their situation, next question.

Orange offers an intelligent and well-reasoned answer about the danger presented by global warming as sea levels rise and flood coastal communities.

Question four, “Why is Orange Cassidy so popular?”

Chris says it’s because he’s the epitome of everything wrong with wrestling today, he’s ever smart mark fan idiot and he’s a pimple on the ass of pro wrestling and next week he’s gonna pop him. He’s gonna beat Orange for the second time, and when his hand is raised, he’s gonna have to give him seven thousand dollars to pay for his stained jacket. And then he’s gonna leave AEW and wrestling forever and go back to work and take Y2J’s order for a smoothie and he’s not gonna leave a tip.

Cassidy’s response is, again, meaningful silence.

Last question, “Why does this rematch mean so much to both of you?”

Jericho starts in on an answer and Cassidy tells him to shut up. He knows what he’s doing here, he knows what this is, he scheduled a debate against a guy he doesn’t talk just to embarrass him. Chris admits that’s what he’s doing, but Orange says he’s not embarrassed because he doesn’t care about any of this.

But he cares about the match next week. It’s the biggest match of his life, and it’s the biggest match of Jericho’s life. Can he imagine, he’s Chris Jericho, he’s done all of the things we can Google later, but what if he loses to the guy that puts his hands in his pockets? He wants Y2J to look at him, look into his eyes, and look at the man that is going to embarrass him.

And next week, look at the man that’s going to beat him.

Eric Bischoff says he has no choice...

Orange Cassidy wins the debate.

Jericho protests and Bischoff says the global warming answer got him.

Chris says he’s gonna kick the shit out of Orange right now, and Jake Hager blindsides him! Punches in the corner, slap to the face, forcing his hands into his pockets, throwing him over... JUDAS EFFECT!

And so we go to break.

Back from commercial, Tony Schiavone interviews Dr. Britt Baker, DMD about the opponent she’s selected for “Big Swole” Aerial Monroe.

After careful consideration, she’s picked Reba for her opponent. Reba protests but Britt shoves her towards the ring and this is happening.

“Big Swole” Aerial Monroe vs. Reba

Swole right in with a headlock takeover, Reba fights to her feet, hammerlock, standing switch, northern elbow! Monroe jawing at Baker, Reba returns the favor with an elbow of her own, getting her into the corner before tossing her with a release suplex! Charging in, reverse roundhouse in the corner, smashing her face into the mat a few times, headed up top... and then back down to the second... MOONSAULT BUT NOBODY’S HOME!

Big Swole lines her up...

“Big Swole” Aerial Monroe wins by pinfall with Dirty Dancing.

Post-match, Baker is mad and scared but trying to wave it off.

Commentary hypes next week’s card up for us and we go to break.

Darby Allin vs. Jon Moxley (c) (AEW World Championship)

Moxley gets in Allin’s face and slaps him, taking the paper mask of the champion’s face he was wearing right off! Darby slaps him right back and Jon drops him with a right hand! Allin turns up the speed for a second but again Mox levels him, this time with a hard lariat! Drawing him up, knocking him right down with chops, putting him in the corner and then hip tossing him across the ring!

Drawing him up, back suplex, Allin lands on his feet and turns it into a springboard arm drag and a dropkick to follow it up! Off the ropes, torpedo suicide dive on the ramp! Fighting up onto the stage, Moxley with knees and clubbing blows to cut him off before throwing him off the stage... HEAD-FIRST INTO THE RINGPOST!

We go to break with Darby face-down on the floor.

Back from commercial, Moxley has a stepover toehold sleeper locked on, wrenching Allin’s finger when he tries to break his grip! Crash Landing follows, Jon yells at him telling him that when he says to tap, you tap, and Darby wrenches his arm through the ropes! Crashing into him with a dive that sends both men to the floor, mounted forearms, Allin back inside... ANOTHER TOPE SUICIDA!

Allin up top, taking the cover off the ringpost and jamming the champion’s hand into it! Moxley gets away... SENTON ATOMICO OFF THE TOP AND TO THE FLOOR! Back inside, Coffin Drop countered into a German suplex, Darby rolls through, Yoshi Tonic... NOT ENOUGH! Allin perching, Mox cuts him off and climbs after him... RELEASE GERMAN SUPERPLEX!

Moxley slow to rise, Wardlow comes down and distracts referee Rick Knox... MJF SLIDES IN THE RING AND CLOBBERS MOX WITH THE TITLE BELT! Both men down and out, Wardlow returns to the back as Darby gets to his feet and heads up top... COFFIN DROP! MOXLEY KICKS OUT! JON’S BUSTED OPEN!

The champ staggers to his feet and Allin lights him up with punches to the face! Shotgun dropkick, the standing Diamond Dust, Mox still up, Darby off the ropes with a back elbow and he falls! Allin climbing up top... COFFIN DROP CAUGHT INTO A SLEEPER HOLD! MOXLEY ROLLS HIM OVER TO SUFFOCATE HIM! DARBY FLAGGING, FADING, REACHING DESPERATELY!

He claws at Mox’s eyes but it’s not stopping him! He shifts gears, Gotch piledriver, shades of Minoru Suzuki... DARBY ALLIN KICKS OUT! HE’S GOT NO FIGHT LEFT IN HIM BUT HE STILL KICKED OUT! Mox with underhooks...

Jon Moxley wins by pinfall with Paradigm Shift to retain the AEW World Championship.

Post-match, Mox cradles Allin and has a paternal-looking chat with him.

That’s the show, folks.

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