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AEW Dynamite results, live blog (Aug. 18, 2021): Jericho’s Fifth Labour

Here’s a place to check results and comment along with a new episode of AEW Dynamite, airing tonight at 8 pm ET 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 edition comes our way from Houston’s Fertitta Center, and will feature Chris Jericho getting to the fifth and final labour of Jericho — a match against MJF. This one has the added stipulation that he can’t enter to “Judas” and he can’t use the Judas Effect during the match. Plus, The Young Bucks defend the tag team titles against Jurassic Express, Sammy Guevara takes on Shawn Spears but also has a major announcement, Sting wrestles on TNT for the first time in 20 years alongside Darby Allin against 2.0 in a Texas Tornado tag team match, and more!

Come right back here at 8 pm ET when the Dynamite live blog kicks off once the show starts on TNT. It will be below this line here.

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Enjoy the show!


What have I become? Now that I’ve betrayed everyone I’ve ever loved, I pushed them all away. And I have been a slave to the Judas in my mind, is there something left for me to save in the wreckage of my life, or shall I just liveblog this here pro wrestling show for you, folks?

The show opens with the intro video.

Commentary hypes up tonight’s card.

Jon Moxley and Eddie Kingston make their entrance, but 2.0 and Daniel Garcia jump them as they come through the crowd and beat them down!

The heels get in the ring and Matt Lee tells the crowd they took out their heroes and now they got nothing, and if you want a taste they’ll give it to you right here, right now! Bring down a referee!

2.0 (Jeff Parker & Matt Lee) vs. Darby Allin & Sting (Tornado Tag Team Match)

Allin attacks Garcia from behind with the skateboard and we get a bell!

Stereo Stinger Splash / back elbows, everybody but Darby bails and he follows after as they brawl into the crowd! All five men up in the concourse now... DANIEL WHIPS DARBY INTO A FLAPJACK INTO A OVERHANG FROM 2.0! Beating Sting down, taking him down the stairs, Allin recovers and dives! Soon after Eddie Kingston is back on his feet and the scales are balanced!

Darby gets a table out from under the ring and Sting sets it up, but 2.0 take Allin up the aisle and suplex him into his skateboard, wheels up! Beating Sting down, 2.0 flip the table over, hoist him up... DOUBLE POWERBOMB PUTS STING THROUGH THE TABLE BUT HE POPS BACK UP! A SCORPION DEATH DROP TAKES BOTH 2.0 GUYS OUT, HE STACKS ‘EM UP... DOUBLE SCORPION DEATHLOCK! HE SITS INTO IT... IT’S OVER!

Darby Allin & Sting win by submission with a Scorpion Deathlock from Sting on 2.0.

We see footage of Sammy Guevara proposing to his girlfriend Pam in the ring earlier tonight.

Cut to Shawn Spears and Tully Blanchard clapping and mocking the engagement. But they have a gift for Pam, they’re gonna make her an honorary member of the Pinnacle for one night only, and he’ll let her be on top.

And on that note, we go to break.

Sammy Guevara vs. Shawn Spears

Shawn Spears attacks Sammy Guevara before the bell and they brawl on the ramp! A dropkick knocks Spears back, Guevara follows it with a tope con giro and a kiss to his girlfriend! Up against the barricade for chops, Shawn turns the tide, assisted piledriver with Tully Blanchard’s help!

In the ring, we finally get a bell but Sammy is out on his feet! He rolls out of the ring and clutches his neck, Spears follows after, Tully wants to help again but referee Aubrey Edwards ejects him! Spears continues the assault without his mentor, Sammy goes for a springboard Ace Crusher but nobody’s home! Powerbomb blocked but Shawn hammers him with a chop and we go to break!

Back from commercial, up top and jockeying for position over a guardrail stretched between apron and barricade! They both spring up at the same time, Spears flips the bird but Guevara is faster, avalanche Ace Crusher... NOT ENOUGH! Up another corner, Shawn with a fireman’s carry... AVALANCHE C4 CANNOT PUT SAMMY GUEVARA DOWN!

Fighting on the apron, superkick staggers Spears, fireman’s carry... DEATH VALLEY DRIVER INTO THE GUARDRAIL! Back inside, Sammy goes up top... SPEARS KICKS OUT OF THE 630 SENTON! Guevara takes his kneepad down and hits bare knees right on the bone to Shawn’s temple! Argentine backbreaker rack...

Sammy Guevara wins by pinfall with the GTH.

Post-match, Sammy goes and smooches his girl again.

Backstage, Christian Cage is interviewed with the Impact World Championships on his shoulders.

Don Callis interrupts and takes credit for his breaking into the business but he’s happy that he’s getting an opportunity at All Out and he’s gonna take the One-Winged Angel but it’s gonna be that five-star match he’s been waiting for. Nothing’s changed, Don is still on top of the business and Christian’s still having matches and clawing his way to the top.

Cage says Callis thinks he’s in his head, but the fact is he’s deep in Kenny Omega’s head and he knows that he’s gonna take the thing he prizes the most, the AEW World Championship. And yeah, things never change— Don thinks he’s the smartest guy in the room but he is and always has been a carny piece of shit.

And on that note, we go to break.

Back from commercial, we get a recap of Dante Martin’s performance in the six-man opener last week, cut with promos from him about taking Kenny Omega to his limit.

Dan Lambert is in the ring with Tony Schiavone and gets on the mic.

He says he never thought he’d see America go from embracing free speech and debate to having the rich and powerful silence their critics, and AEW has jumped aboard the cancel culture train and sent Lance Archer out to punch a 52-year-old man in the face because he was hurting your feelings. And they did that knowing that contracts don’t let his fighters inside a wrestling ring, but one phone call to his good friend Dana White solved that and now he’s got former UFC Heavyweight Champions Junior Dos Santos and Andrei Orlovsky in the ring with him, so if you’re feeling froggy, come out and jump.

But he doesn’t think anybody’s gonna take him up on it, so he’s just gonna finish what he was saying last week, and continue running AEW and its fans down, saying they’re not here because they’re hardcore, they’re here because they’re hard up. (Well I mean I have a wife and a girlfriend but sure pal.)

Lance Archer comes down to attack Lambert again but the Men of the Year show up and beat him down!

Chris Jericho cuts a promo backstage.

He says he’s endured the labors of Jericho but he’s paid a price, and he lays out some of the violence done to him before saying he survived and he’s won and he’s gotten the ultimate prize because tonight, one-on-one, he’s got Maxwell Jacob Friedman. He might not have Judas the music or Judas the effect, but what he does have is the upper hand and the momentum and 5000 friends of Jericho that are gonna sing him to the ring.

MJF can’t stop him, he’s not as good as he thinks he is, and this is the night of Le Champion, and he’s gonna kick his bitchy ass and beat him tonight. Jericho up, My Jerkoff Friend down.

Jurassic Express (“Jungle Boy” Jack Perry & Luchasaurus) vs. Young Bucks (Matt & Nick Jackson) (c) (AEW World Tag Team Championship)

Nick and Perry to start, side headlock, shot off, shoulder block, drop down, cartwheel and Jackson struts! Go-behind, shove off, drop down, leapfrog, more strutting. Jungle Boy runs into a boot, Nick taunts and backflips off the apron before spraying his pits with the cooling spray, but when he comes back inside Luchasaurus cuts him off and tags in.

Shoving Jackson into the corner repeatedly but he gets away and tags Matt in, so the dino man drops him with a wicked chop! Whip, duck a lariat, catch the crossbody, scoop him up... EMERALD FLOWSION FOR TWO! Jack legal again, blocks a double-team... DIVING FRANKENSTEINER OVER THE ROPES! Matt cuts him off with a dropkick, one for Luchasaurus too, big plancha takes the dino out and we go to break.

Back from commercial I see my wife has taken over—

The Young Bucks and the lizard man continue to rumble.

Thanks Josie. Anyway, back body drop puts Nick on the apron, up top, Luchasaurus cuts him off with a boot, Perry springboards up top and uses the dino man as a platform for an avalanche brainbuster... MATT JACKSON BREAKS IT UP! Goozle on Nick, Brandon Cutler runs interference but both Bucks end up goozled, Luchasaurus rolls under a Superkick Party, Tail Whip, double chokeslam!

Double-team Matt, dive on Nick... NOPE! Tag made, Jungle Boy gets shoved away, the Bucks lay Luchasaurus out with a Superkick Party! One for Perry as well, scoop him up... INDIETAKER CAN’T KEEP JUNGLE BOY DOWN! Kenny Omega comes down with a steel chair and lays Marko Stunt out, passing it to the Bucks while the Good Brothers distract referee Rick Knox!

Christian Cage comes down with a spear and fights Omega to the back! Jungle Boy with a brainbuster on the chair... NICK MAKES THE SAVE AT THE LAST FRACTION OF A SECOND! Thoracic Express... NICK MAKES THE SAVE A SECOND TIME! Fighting off assorted Elite men, Luchasaurus with a moonsault off the apron, Jack with a backslide, Nick rolls him through, wristlocks...

Young Bucks win by pinfall with the BTE Trigger on “Jungle Boy” Jack Perry to retain the AEW World Tag Team Championship.

Doc Gallows and Kenny Omega come back to the stage, Christian Cage over Big Hoot’s shoulders.

The Elite beat Christian down... ONE-WINGED ANGEL! Callis counts the pin! The Elite pose on the stage while Jurassic Express tend to Cage.

Dr. Britt Baker, DMD is interviewed backstage with Rebel and Jamie Hayter at her side.

When Red Velvet tried to rain on her parade in her town, she knew she had to bring backup, and Velvet made a bad choice bringing Kris Statlander, who’s friends with everybody. Hayter says she and Britt go way back, so when she asked her to come in and sort these silly little girls out the back, she did so with pleasure, and next week she wants a match against Red so she can knock her down a peg or two.

Baker says gold is definitely not Velvet’s color and never will be, but regardless they’re gonna have some fun next week.

And so we go to break.

Back from commercial we get a video package where Matt Hardy explains he kicked Wheeler YUTA’s ass and he’ll beat any of Best Friends again.

Tony Schiavone interviews Paul Wight in the ring.

He says it was amazing to get back in the ring last week and he’s still hyped up about it. He’s excited because he’s got a real huge announcement and he’s excited to share it with us.

Enter QT Marshall and the Factory.

He says they’ve got a problem, a really big-ass problem. They just wanted to come down and stop Paul before he says something he couldn’t deliver on, because here in AEW, we don’t say things to build up fan anticipation just to let the fans down. Wight tells him to come in the ring because he’s sure Schiavone can count the three.

QT says there’s a reason Tony Khan hired him as an announcer and Paul has no idea what he’s talking about. Marshall says as a producer he’s privy to all kinds of information and he asks the truck to put pictures of Paul’s hip operations from the last eighteen months. It’s heroic, a miracle before our eyes, going to these great lengths.

Wight asks if he really thought it was a good idea to show pictures of his hip and his big beautiful ass on national TV? Do you think he’s embarrassed by it? For a man that’s supposed to be in the know, you don’t know anything, but Paul’ll clue him in. He had a little talk with Tony Khan last week, and he’s got a match at All Out, and guess who his opponent is?

Paul Wight vs. QT Marshall!

We get a Jade Cargill promo where she calls Kiera Hogan out for a match on Rampage and go to break.

Back from commercial, Tony Schiavone interviews the Elite backstage.

Callis talks about how the Bucks the best team ever and tells them to take two months off, but Tony says that Tony Khan has had enough and they’re gonna have a tag team tournament to crown #1 contenders for a steel cage tag title match at All Out! The Elite scream and bicker and storm off.

Taz is in the ring with his son Hook.

He introduces Hook and then gives “Absolute” Ricky Starks a big intro.

He gets on the mic and says he’s for the world and it’s gonna be like that for a long time, and he and Brian Cage keep missing each other but he wants to talk mano-a-mano tonight.

But we cut backstage where Will Hobbs has laid Cage out! Brian gets to his feet and starts fighting back, Ricky demands they cut the feed and Team Taz leave together.

Tony Schiavone interviews Death Triangle backstage.

PAC calls Andrade el Idolo out and says if Andrade wants a match at All Out, then perfecto, the same PPV where he obliterated Kenny Omega on two weeks notice? He’s glad el Idolo brought his bollocks, but what chance does a man like him stand against a Bastard like him?

Enter Andrade and Chavo Guerrero, Jr.

Andrade says if PAC wants the match he has to agree to his conditions, and it’s a whole ream of paper. Chavo wishes Lucha Brothers luck but says they’ll never be champions with a boss like PAC.

Penelope Ford vs. Thunder Rosa

Jawing to start, Ford piefaces her, Rosa ducks the charge and dropkicks her! Chops and uppercuts in the corner, charging elbow, whip across, end up on the apron, Thunder with a right hand and a dropkick and Penelope crashes to the floor! Following out after her with chops, Ford comes back with an Ace Crusher and we go to break!

Back from commercial, Ford with a big boot in the corner but Rosa ducks a second and rolls away! Corner lariat, climb up for swinging knees, line her up, off the ropes, hesitation dropkick! Butterfly suplex follows, only two! Fire Thunder reversed to a victory roll, a tight two, Penelope deathlocks the legs, Muta Lock applied! Thunder rolls her over and sits up, Ford reverses to a legscissors pin for two!

Hanging on, Rosa with a half-crab, Ford gets the ropes and Thunder hangs on for three! Fireman’s carry, airplane spin into the Death Valley Driver... STILL NO! Ford with a fireman’s carry gutbuster, back into the Muta Lock, again Rosa rolls it, adding a head and arm triangle... IT’S OVER!

Thunder Rosa wins by submission with a leg-trap head-and-arm triangle choke.

We get a recap of Malakai Black’s presence in AEW thus far.

Tony Schiavone interviews Arn and Brock Anderson backstage.

Arn says he tries not to get emotional but in AEW things happen fast and things crash around you before you even know it and you’re in the middle of turmoil, coming out of the darkness. Black appeared and kicked his head off and his whole world started spinning, and then he gets the world that his son Brock has a match against Malakai Black next week?

C’mon son, he appreciates trying to avenge him but Black is dangerous and will hurt him. Brock says he’s not gonna air dirty laundry on TV, but the match is signed and he’s not asking, he’s telling him this time.

Commentary hypes up the next round of shows.

Miro gets a promo where he says Fuego del Sol took the easy way out and took something he wasn’t entitled to and he serves an old testament god every day and his hot wife every night, and if they don’t come for him, he’ll come for them all, and the Redeemer wants to talk to Eddie Kingston.

And so we go to break.

Back from commercial, Jon Moxley cuts a promo.

He says he’s been thinking about how everybody wants a piece of AEW now that they’re the hottest promotion in the world. What makes them think it’s so easy? Kenny Omega needs a whole army to keep his title, Adam Page calls himself a cowboy but he can’t get over his high school drama, and Christian? He’ll walk through Christian’s should-have-stayed-retired ass!

Don’t forget, he held this company on his back through empty buildings and uncertain times, and now y’all want a piece? It’s time to send a message about what it means to be on top, and young Mr. Garcia wants a taste of the main event? Okay, he’ll give it to you, in the main event of Rampage, but before you get there, ask yourself if that’s what you really, really want.

The referee and the ringside doctor are there for your safety, but they’re not any of his concern. Protect your neck and make sure this is where you really, really want to be, because this ain’t no joke.

Chris Jericho vs. Maxwell Jacob Friedman (Fifth Labor of Jericho)

Jericho all smiles after the crowd sang him in, Friedman increasingly irritated, collar and elbow gets a double leg but Max makes the ropes! Triangle dropkick sends MJF to the floor, a plancha follows and Chris hangs with some fans for a moment. Brawling around the ringside area, Friedman with overhead elbows, he grabs a camera and flips the fans the bird in the first person but Y2J punches him right in the lens and returns the bird!

Chris picks the camera up and goes to smash Max with it but he rolls into the ring and Jericho follows. Chops, MJF traps his arm in the turnbuckles and stomps the injured elbow repeatedly as we go to break!

Back from commercial, off the ropes, double lariat and both men are down and out! Chops into the corner, whip reversed, shoulder blocks and Jericho is in control! Up top, diving double axehandle connects but Friedman uses the injured elbow to turn the tide! Armbar, Chris gets out, Lionsault... ONLY GOOD FOR TWO! Putting boots to MJF, corner lariats, climbing up top for mounted punches!

Nine punches, the avalanche Frankensteiner connects... MJF KICKS OUT RIGHT INTO SALT OF THE EARTH! Wrenching back, biting the fingers, Jericho screaming agony, but he reverses into a Walls of Jericho attempt! MJF gets out, they trade punches, Max gets the Heatseeker... JERICHO’S STILL GOT GAS LEFT IN THE TANK! Sleeper hold applied, Friedman grabs referee Aubrey Edwards long enough to kick Y2J in the gentleman’s area!

MJF has his own Walls of Jericho applied, Chris posts up on his hands, fighting with everything he’s got to get the ropes and force the break! Jericho pulls Floyd out from under the apron, Edwards catches Max getting the Dynamite Diamond Ring out and takes it away giving Y2J a chance to hit him with the bat! Thinking Judas Effect, he remembers the rules, Friedman hits his own Judas Effect!

Salt of the Earth, reverse into a pin for two! Jericho struggling, in agony, resisting the urge as long as he can... IT’S OVER!

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

Aubrey has to pull Friedman off the hold after the bell rings!

MJF celebrates while Jericho rues his defeat.

That’s the show, folks.

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