The main event of tonight’s (Aug. 5) episode of Dynamite was an AEW world championship match, with Jon Moxley defending the gold against the never-say-die daredevil, Darby Allin.
Earlier in the show, Moxley said Allin is one of his favorite wrestlers in AEW. Jon acknowledged that he understood what lengths he needed to reach to put Darby away. He pleaded with Darby to just stay down when that time comes. But he knew Darby was going to ignore common sense and keep getting up, because that’s exactly what Moxley would do.
It was also teased earlier in the episode that MJF was interested in helping Allin win the title, because he wants an easier championship match when he challenges for the gold at All Out on Sept. 5.
So how would all these different story branches intertwine in this match?
Moxley was reluctant to go full Mox on his opponent for most of the match, allowing the match to go on longer than necessary. Later on, Wardlow eventually distracted the ref while MJF snuck in and blasted Moxley with the title, splitting him open.
Allin followed up with Coffin Drop, and that’s the closest that Jon Moxley has ever come to losing the AEW world title.
But Moxley kicked out. Darby continued his offensive barrage and tried capping it off with another Coffin Drop. Moxley was waiting for him this time, caught him between his legs, and tried putting Allin to sleep.
It wasn’t enough to get the job done, so Moxley tried a piledriver.
Nope, Allin’s heart was still beating.
Moxley finally knew that he needed to go for the kill. He planted Allin with the Paradigm Shift, and that was the end of it.
The world championship match at All Out is now set between Moxley and MJF.
What did you think of tonight’s main event match?
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