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AEW Dynamite results, live blog (Aug. 25, 2021): CM Punk

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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 Milwaukee’s UWM Panther Arena, and will feature CM Punk’s first appearance on Dynamite. There will also be a trios match with the team of Jon Moxley, Darby Allin, and Eddie Kingston going up against The Wingmen. Plus, The Varsity Blondes will take on Lucha Bros in the Tag Title Eliminator Tournament, Chris Jericho addresses his future, Malakai Black will kick Brock Anderson’s head off, Orange Cassidy and Matt Hardy go one-on-one, Jaime Hayter finishes what she started with Red Velvet, a trios match where Gunn Club takes on The Factory, 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!


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The show opens with the intro video.

Matt Hardy vs. Orange Cassidy

Cassidy with the lazy kicks, Hardy threatening to delete him and then he reaches into his pockets and pulls out wads of money! Orange rolls under him, and a dropkick sends the money flying! Cassidy takes a few bills and puts them in his pocket, suicide dive countered into a Side Effect on the floor! Matt follows it up with a bow-and-arrow around the ringpost, referee Bryce Remsburg counts and forces him to break it up!

Back inside, Hardy with a back suplex, another one, a third, scoop and a slam, elbow drop, cover for two. Smashing his face int othe corner, choking him in the ropes, straight suplex, reclaiming his money out of Orange’s pockets! Whip across, back elbow, elbow drop, cover for two. Standing surfboard, Cassidy fighting to his feet, Hardy with a knee to the kidneys and a hammer whip!

Orange fires up, smashing Matt’s face into the turnbuckles, perching up top, nobody home, roll through, Beach Break blocked, Hardy lifts him up... SPLASH MOUNTAIN CAN’T KEEP ORANGE CASSIDY DOWN! Calling for the Twist of Fate, Cassidy rolls away and then blocks it, throwing Hardy to the floor! Off the ropes, suicide dive!

Back inside, up top, Orange perches, big diving crossbody, off the ropes, duck the lariat, tilt-a-whirl DDT... HARDY KICKS OUT! Matt’s face is busted open something fierce, jockeying for position in the turnbuckles, hands in his pockets, diving senton! Cassidy deleting, kick to the gut, Twist of Fate blocked!

Matt with a diving elbow, still no, Twist of Fate reversed, Orange hits the Twist of Fate... SO CLOSE! Orange Punch ducked, Hardy looking for Leech, reversed, Cassidy with a pin...

Orange Cassidy wins by pinfall with a hands-in-his-pockets victory roll pin.

Malakai Black cuts a promo about how his match against Brock Anderson is going to go, suggesting the it’s going to end with Brock apologizing and going to the back to think about the idiocy of what he tried. And if it doesn’t go like that, he’ll take it out on his dad and on Cody and on Dustin and anyone even remotely associated with the Nightmare Family.

And so we go to break.

Back from commercial, Chris Jericho makes his entrance.

He tells the crowd they sound great and puts over what a big week it’s been for AEW. Everybody’s been celebrating... everybody except for him. He lost to Maxwell Jacob Friedman for third time, and even worse, he tapped out. It’s been driving him crazy, and people ask him why he put himself in that situation in the first place, and the answer is it’s because that’s who he is and what he does.

But the fact that he failed to beat MJF has been driving him literally crazy, a voice in his head that won’t shut up that says “beat MJF” over and over and he hasn’t! And the thing is, until this ends, he’ll keep attacking him, and that’s why he’s got a proposal for a way to end this, and if Max would come down he’ll fill him in.

No Friedman, so Jericho says he hopes he’s listening backstage and explains his proposal. One more match, one final fight at All Out, and if he can’t beat MJF, maybe he doesn’t belong in AEW anymore. So if Max beats him, he’ll go do commentary full-time on Rampage, because if he wins, he’ll never wrestle in AEW again.

Enter MJF, wearing an “MJF - 3, Jeriblow - 0” shirt.

He says this is getting a little embarrassing and when Chris said his name, he couldn’t help but think “leave me alone, just go away!” He might have these people fooled, but he’s not an idiot, and he knows Y2J keeps coming back to him because he knows he needed a rub from the youngest and fastest rising star in the history of professional wrestling.

He’s a cash cow and his udders are sore, and that’s why he made a promise to himself when he tapped Jericho out faster than someone listening to a Fozzy CD, that he’d never wrestle him again. However, being able to say “I tapped out Chris Jericho” is cool, but being able to say “I ended Chris Jericho” is legendary. So if Chris wants the match, he’s got it!

But... he wants him to really consider it, mull it over, because he’s putting his in-ring career on the line against the same man that has mopped the floor with him three times.

We go backstage with the Varsity Blonds.

They cut a promo on the Lucha Brothers, telling them that their bond might not be blood, their bond is a lot thicker, and they’re gonna go on to challenge the Young Bucks at All Out.

The Young Bucks, the Good Brothers, and Brandon Cutler set chairs up on the stage to watch this next match.

Lucha Brothers (Penta el Zero M & Rey Fenix) vs. Varsity Blonds (Brian Pillman, Jr. & Griff Garrison) (AEW World Tag Team Championship #1 Contender’s Tournament Semifinals)

Garrison and Fenix to start, side headlock, shot off, shoulder block, drop down, leapfrog, up and over, catch the crossbody, Rey slips out, pass into the corner, ripcord chop, followed by a step-up Arabian press arm drag but Griff blocks! Waistlock, O’Connor roll blocked, evade the boot, kip-up, tags made! Pillman and Penta showing off, Brian with chops into the ropes, but he runs into a superkick and crumbles!

Penta off the ropes, he runs into a superkick, Pillman fired up, duck a lariat, snap off a tijeras! Penta with the Sling Blade, he’s in control and we go to break.

Back from commercial, the match breaks down, Pillman has Penta down on the floor but Fenix trips him up! Lucha Brothers with stereo superkicks, Rey inside, Brian with a Tenryu powerbomb... NOPE! Whip, discus palm, Garrison with an elbow but Penta breaks up the pin! More superkicks...

Lucha Brothers win by pinfall with an assisted piledriver on Brian Pillman, Jr.

Post-match, Jurassic Express get in the ring and work together with Lucha Brothers to take the Elite out on the floor!

Andrade el Idolo and Chavo Guerrero, Jr. get a video package for Andrade’s match against PAC.

Jamie Hayter vs. Red Velvet

Velvet right in hot, mounted punches, dropkick, Hayter scoops her up and hits fallaway slam! Hard whip into the corner, stomping away in the corner, Red comes back with a series of dives but Jamie puts her into the ringpost and Dr. Britt Baker, DMD gets a few cheap shots in to send us to break.

Back from commercial, trading charging uppercuts, Velvet with a lariat, axehandle, block a lariat, back elbow, off the ropes, wheelbarrow bulldog connects and Red is fired up! Big Rock Bottom backbreaker from Hayter cuts the rally short, huge lariat... IT’S OVER!

Jamie Hayter wins by pinfall with a lariat.

Post-match, Kris Statlander runs to the ring and clears Hayter and Rebel out before staring Baker down! Front chancery, Britt runs away and leaves her title behind in the ring! Kris picks it up and holds it high!

Dark Order are backstage and Evil Uno cuts a promo.

He says they’re a unit, and some of them weren’t there to help him and Stu Grayson, but that’s okay, because they’re a unit. Alex Reynolds takes issue, saying that they weren’t there for Adam Page, and Uno tells him they made that decision for the best. Reynolds is even more upset, and says he’s done with the Dark Order, Evil tells him maybe he should step out of John Silver’s shadow for once.

Alex storms off, Silver goes after him, and the Dark Order is in chaos as we go to break.

Back from commercial, we get a recap of CM Punk’s return last week.

Tony Schiavone is in the ring to introduce and interview Punk.

He says he’s a fan first and Friday night was one of the greatest moments we’ve ever been a part of, and we’re gonna do it again.

CM Punk makes his entrance.

Asked to name one thing that brought him back, he tells Tony he can’t hear him over the roar of the crowd. He answers Penta el Zero M, Rey Fenix, Brian Pillman, Jr., Jungle Boy... but before all those names, there’s one guy... He’s gonna go ahead and retire the nickname Voice of the Voiceless, because this place has a voice and there’s people in the back that listen.

You know why he’s here, he watches Darby Allin and he’s reckless to a point of destruction, and he sits back and looks at all the young talent, and he asks “Can CM Punk still go?”, “Does CM Punk still have what it takes?” “Can CM Punk still be the Best in the World?,” and if the answer is yes, it starts with Allin, somebody who would have been his favorite wrestler when he was 15.

He sees himself, somebody that doesn’t fit the mold of what a professional wrestler is, and he’s not the biggest or the strongest but goddamnit he’s got heart, and if he’s gonna answer those questions to himself— the crowd starts up with “Yes!” chants and Punk points out that’s somebody else’s schtick and we might just have to be a little patient on that one.

But right now, to answer those questions, it comes down to All Out on September 5. He says hi to his beautiful wife sitting at home and tells her he loves her.

Miro cuts a promo where he forgives Fuego del Sol and promises to find Eddie Kingston, drag him to the river and hold him under. God will back him because he is the Redeemer, and his wife will love him because he is the champion. Bring him the Mad King!

And so we go to break.

Darby Allin, Eddie Kingston, & Jon Moxley vs. the Wingmen (Cezar Bononi, JD Drake, & Ryan Nemeth)

Drake and Allin to start, a lot of maneuvering and no violence, tags to Kingston and Nemeth. Ryan gyrates and throws a chop but Eddie shrugs it off and drops him with a chop of his own! Bononi tags in, Kingston fakes out off the ropes, shoulder block does nothing, another one, chops, Cezar with a headlock, blind tag from Moxley and they bowl the Brazilian over!

Clear the apron, we go to break!

Back from commercial, Bononi beating Mox down but he floats over a slam and hammers him with a Saito Suplex! Drake in, Jon drops him with a punch and tags Eddie in! Off the ropes, knee lift, a true uranage, the War King is fired up! Fending Nemeth off, JD with a ribbreaker and headed up top, he gets cut off, a legal Allin hits an avalanche Yoshi Tonic!

Darby with a palm strike, “Pretty” Peter Avalon trips him up and Sting gets in his face before Mox and King destroy him against the barricade! Nemeth stands alone in the ring with a steel chair and just gets absolutely destroyed! Darby hits the standing Diamond Dust on Drake, headed up top...

Darby Allin, Eddie Kingston, & Jon Moxley win by pinfall with the Coffin Drop from Allin on JD Drake.

Post-match, “Red Death” Daniel Garcia runs in and cheap shots Darby, beating him down briefly before his allies make the save!

Tay Conti is interviewed backstage.

Before she can answer any questions, the Bunny rolls up to ask why she’s still hanging out with those losers in the Dark Order who can’t get along with each other, and she offers her an HFO contract, claiming they could work together like a real family. Tay tears the contract up, Bunny slaps her, and a brawl breaks out until referees separate them!

The Elite make their entrance and we go to break.

Back from commercial, we get an FTR video package mainly focused on Cash Wheeler’s injured arm and how it’s not gonna stop them from getting their pound of flesh.

Kenny Omega is in the ring with Don Callis (in a very loud pink suit) and Callis gets on the mic.

He pledges they’re gonna take Christian Cage out once and for all—

Enter Christian Cage.

He tosses to a video that’s been floating around this week, proof that Don Callis is a carny piece of shit, trying to replace Cage with a 10-year-old Omega back in the 90s.

Kenny says nothing has changed, and Don says favoring family over talent makes him just like Bill Watts, Eddie Graham, Vince McMahon, and Verne Gagne, but Kenny Omega isn’t Eric Watts or Greg Gagne, he’s Kenny by god Omega! Cage says he doesn’t know what’s weirder, that Don manipulated a ten-year-old Omega or that he’s still letting him do it as an adult.

Callis asks his guys to hold his scarf and his jacket, saying this is making him very upset, and what Christian is gonna find out at All Out is that when he stands next to Kenny, he is what he’s been his entire career— second best! Christian’s had enough and a brawl breaks out but Brandon Cutler uses the spray and they turn the tide until Frankie Kazarian makes the save!

Jon Moxley is backstage to cut a promo.

He says he got a FedEx from Tokyo today, one contract, only one guy with the balls to chase the boogeyman of New Japan Pro Wrestling— Kojima, Satoshi. A real treat for the fans, to see a legend of New Japan and All Japan, and this crazy old man wants to step in the ring with him? Looks like you got a deathwish, you wanna go out in a blaze of glory?

Once that bell rings, he’s got no respect for you, and every time he squeezes your throat he’s trying to make you eat through a straw for the rest of your life, and Sept. 5 is going to be the public execution of the legend, Satoshi Kojima.

Gunn Club (Austin, Billy, & Colten Gunn) vs. the Factory (Aaron Solo, Nick Comoroto, & QT Marshall)

Comoroto and Billy to start, Nick laying him out with shoulder blocks, big elbow, one of his sons tags in and they work him over as we go to break.

Back from commercial, Comoroto with a slam on a younger Gunn, charging at him, sidestepped but Solo tags in. Whip to the corner, up and over, he gets away and tags Colten in! Lariats on everybody, fired up, Stinger Splashes, dropkicks, Billy comes to help clear the ring and ends up colliding with Nick on the floor!

QT in it with Colten, block the underhooks, STO backbreaker into a reverse STO and Marshall kips up and taunts Paul Wight on commentary! The giant gets up, distraction...

Gunn Club win by pinfall with a small package from Colten Gunn on QT Marshall.

Dan Lambert cuts a promo with the Men of the Year at his side.

He says something occurred to him, what is rule #1 of business? Know your customers and give them what they want, and his mistake was blaming AEW for giving us what we want when they show us some dorky gymnast proposing to his girlfriend, and what you don’t want to see is real men, because you’re not real men. (Well yeah, I’m a girl pal, it’s not that hard.)

He continues to mock the AEW fans and says our generation needs some help, so he’s providing real role models to stand up to the woke masses, like former MMA fighter Scorpio Sky and double black belt Ethan Page.

Commentary hypes up Friday’s Rampage as well as the All Out card.

Arn Anderson is interviewed in front of his son’s dressing room.

He says Brock is hard-headed but he’s got guts and he’d lie down and die for his son. Good doesn’t always prevail over evil, and he’s gonna have to dig down into his guts to make it happen.

Malakai Black makes his entrance and we go to break.

Brock Anderson vs. Malakai Black

Anderson right in with a double leg into punches, Black shoves him off, big knee, putting boots to him in the corner, lighting him up with punches, roundhouse kicks and referee Paul Turner backs him off. Punches, a handful of Brock’s hair, the younger Anderson bleeding from the forehead, Arn wants to throw the towel in but his son waves him off and he drops it!

Malakai telling him to throw the towel in but he turns around into Brock hammering him with punches to the quads! Black turns him around and sets him up...

Malakai Black wins by pinfall with Black Mass.

Post-match, Arn checks on his son while Malakai goes and gets a steel chair and slides into the ring with it. Arn blocks the first kick but Black kicks him in the gentleman’s area and lays him out with Black Mass!

Lee Johnson comes down to the ring but Malakai chooses to leave him to check on the Andersons.

He points at Johnson from the stage, so presumably that’s his next match.

That’s the show, folks.