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AEW Dynamite results, live blog (July 26, 2023): MJF & Adam Cole, BAY BAY

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Here’s a place to check results and comment along with a new episode of AEW Dynamite, airing tonight (July 26) at 8 pm ET on TBS.

AEW will be in Albany, New York’s MVP Arena with Blackpool Combat Club’s Jon Moxley & Claudio Castagnoli looking to rebound from their Blood & Guts loss in a Tag Triple Threat against Lucha Bros & Best Friends, and Blind Eliminator Tournament winners Adam Cole & MJF speaking on their Tag title shot against FTR on this Saturday’s Collision. Plus, the latest clash between Darby Allin & Swerve Strickland after Royal Rampage rekindled their feud, Orange Cassidy makes his latest International title defense against AR Fox, a first-ever showdown between Dr. Britt Baker & Taya Valkyrie, PAC takes on Gravity (the wrestler, not the thing he regularly defies) — and more!

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

Enjoy the show!


Past the stars in fields of ancient void, through the shields of darkness where they find love upon a land, a world unknown where the sons of freedom make their home, but me? I’m just here to liveblog this here pro wrestling show for you, folks.

The show opens with commentary hyping tonight’s card up.

AR Fox vs. Orange Cassidy (c) (AEW International Championship)

Fox with a waistlock, wristlock, Cassidy with a lazy escape, AR’s not having it but Orange gets a side headlock anyway! Wristlock of his own, Fox rolls through and reverses, snapmare, bodyscissors, Cassidy scoots out, hands in his pockets, off the ropes, dropkick reversed, jackknife pin for two!

Matrix Evasion on the Orange Punch, AR with an enzuigiri, charging elbow, roll through Ace Crusher blocked and Cassidy takes a breather on the floor! Kickflip moonsault keeps the champion off his feet, back inside, up and over, sidestep to the apron, trip Orange up, slingshot into a suplex but Cassidy gets Stundog Millionaire!

DDT blocked, up and over with knees, pop-up stomp sets up an imploding Ace Crusher! Orange off the ropes, satellite blocked, corkscrew brainbuster connects... CASSIDY KICKS OUT! And so we go to break.

Back from commercial, Cassidy with a dropkick to the knee, Fox blasts him in the face with a boot and Orange returns the favor! Boot for boot, blocking Ace Crushers... DOUBLE NECKBREAKER AND BOTH MEN ARE DOWN AND OUT! AR running hot, senton atomico... STILL NO!

Orange on the comeback, Beach Break... NOT ENOUGH! Cassidy up top, AR meets him, Lo Mein Pain... SO CLOSE! Orange to the apron, Fox with a rolling thunder senton, back inside, slingshot DDT still can’t finish the job! 450 splash, nobody home, roll through, Cassidy gets a crucifix pin for two!

Matrix Evasion stopped short, Cassidy takes him down...

Orange Cassidy wins by pinfall with the Mousetrap, retaining the AEW International Championship.

Post-match, Orange gives Fox his glasses as a sign of respect but AR crushes ‘em and lays him out with a forearm! Fox is beside himself wtih frustration that he’d clobber Orange like that and Darby Allin comes down to yell at him for embarrassing him.

They leave and Jon Moxley comes to the ring and lays Orange out with a lariat and Death Rider! He piefaces a camera on his way out in anger!

Backstage, Renee Paquette interviews Chris Jericho and Don Callis.

Callis says the outpouring of interest from fans and media at just the potential of Chris joining his family makes him feel like they have to give us something, and no pressure, but he’s arranged a dream tag team match of Jericho teaming with Konosuke Takeshita.

Chris says Takeshita is amazing and he’s willing to give it a try. Don tells him his opponents will be Daniel Garcia and Sammy Guevara and Jericho blanches. Callis smooth talks him about how he said they need to step up to the next level and Y2J agrees to it. Don reveals a work of art he’s commissioned to memorialize that promo they cut with Bad News Allen.

And so we go to break.

Back from commercial we get a HOOK vignette.

Blackpool Combat Club give the kids at home a PSA— don’t play with fire and don’t mess with the Blackpool Combat Club.

Claudio Castagnoli says the beating he gave PAC was just the beginning and he couldn’t even take that like a man—

Jon Moxley rolls up and says if anybody else out there thinks they’re the coolest cat in the room, they should stay in their lane or get hurt.

“Jungle Man” Jack Perry makes his entrance.

Tony Schiavone interviews him in the ring.

He says he wasn’t talking about the FTW when he said he was gonna win a title, and it was created in a second-class company full of scumbags like all of us, but as soon as he put his hands on it, it became the real deal, because he’s that damn good. He’s the greatest wrestler to get within a hundred feet of it and he’d run circles around Taz and all his dirtbag friends back in the day.

Enter Jerry Lynn.

He tells Jungle that’s enough and that ECW paved the way for all the guys today and if he keeps it up he’ll get his ass kicked. Jack asks who’s gonna do that, Jerry drops the mic, Perry says he’s not dressed for fighting but come back next week and we’ll see what’s what.

Renee Paquette interviews Dr. Britt Baker, DMD backstage.

She’s surprised Taya Valkyrie called her out but she’s excited for a first-time match against an opponent she truly respects and admires, but she’s gonna win.

Gravity vs. PAC

PAC doing a “man that Gravity forgot” comedy bit, Gravity ducks a lariat and blasts him with a dropkick! Another big dropkick, big elbow, the Bastard to the floor! Leading PAC on a merry chase, but he clobbers Gravity with a basement dropkick! Around the ringside area, Gravity throws PAC into a barricade!

Snap scoop powerslam on the floor, Gravity follows it with a headstand falling splash off the apron! Gravity moon stepping to the corner and we go to break!

Back from commercial, PAC with “forget me not” piefaces, Gravity stages a comeback but PAC blasts him with kick combinations! Up in the turnbuckles, jockeying for position... THE BASTARD HITS AN AVALANCHE BRAINBUSTER AND LOCKS THE BRUTALIZER IN! GRAVITY IS DEFEATED!

PAC wins by submission with the Brutalizer.

We get footage of Renee Paquette interviewing Adam Cole and Maxwell Jacob Friedman last week.

MJF talks trash at FTR and Cole says it’s become about friendship for him, and he wants to make it very clear— Max has nothing to worry about when it comes to the AEW World Championship, and he’s not just his friend, a close friend, but he’s becoming one of his best friends, and he means that.

Friedman says he’s been thinking— win lose or draw, after the 29th, he’s gonna give Adam a rematch for the title because he knows how much it means to him.

Roderick Strong rolls up to shove MJF and yell at both of them, Adam tries to keep the peace and asks for a moment to talk to Roddy. Cole says he loves Strong like a brother but he’s acting crazy and possessive andd pushing him away. He has other friends and Roddy needs to trust him.

Strong grabs his arm as he walks away and Cole shrugs him off, saying “boundaries.”

And so we go to break.

Back from commercial, we get another interview from last week, this time Renee Paquette talks to FTR about defending their tag titles.

Cash Wheeler is excited but part of him feels bad because he likes and respects Adam Cole but he hates Maxwell Jacob Friedman. Everybody that gets to know MJF leaves him, and they have to make sure they learn that you never mess with FTR. Dax says he’s gonna beat the shit out of MJF and if he says anything about his wife or daughter, he’ll rip his eyeballso out.

Darby Allin vs. Shane “Swerve” Strickland

Allin working a side headlock, slingshot, headlock takeover brings Strickland back inside! Big arm drag, back body drop to the apron, body blow, Shane charges in, Darby backs off and they brawl on the floor... YOSHI TONIC! Backsplash against the barricade, Shane steps off the steel steps for a heel kick and we go to break!

Back from commercial, jumping reverse STO from Strickland, roll into a straight suplex, cover for two! Trading nearfall attempts, no dice, Last Supper... SHANE KICKS OUT! Strickland lays him out on the floor, back inside, up top... ALLIN KICKS OUT OF THE SWERVE STOMP!


Shane Strickland wins by pinfall with the JML Driver.

Post-match, the hooded man reveals himself as AR Fox and helps Swerve beat Darby and Nick Wayne down! Prince Nana gives him an Embassy shirt... FOX IS IN!

Renee Paquette is in the hallway to chat with a disgruntled Jericho Appreciation Society.

Chris Jericho rolls up and ushers them all into his office and they see the painting Don Callis gave him earlier. He asks Tay Conti how the baby is doing, she says the baby is great but what’s going on with him? Angelo Parker says this whole crew means the world to all of them and he thinks it means the same to him, but he’s not entirely sure anymore.

Anna Jay steps up and says Chris is being selfish because they spent all this time appreciating him and he hasn’t returned the favor, so until he does, they won’t give him 100%.

Matt Menard tells him to figure it out, quick, and we go to break.

Back from commercial, we get a recap of last week’s Collision, featuring the seeming retirement of Daddy Ass.

Dr. Britt Baker, DMD vs. Taya Valkyrie

Baker working a side headlock, hanging onto it through multiple back suplexes, shot off, shoulder block takes her down and Valkyrie poses! Big lariat for a nearfall, looking for her finish, she gets it but it’s real sloppy so she rains mounted punches down on Britt as we go to break!

Back from commercial, Baker sidesteps a charge, ducks a kick, cravate applied and she lays the knee strikes in! Smashing Valkyrie into the turnbuckles, ripcord rolling elbow takes her down... NOPE! Taya to her feet, beckoning her in, trading forearms! Off the ropes, duck the elbow, roundhouse kick connects but Britt lands a superkick in return!

Knee and a falling lariat, Baker off the top for a DDT but Valkyrie reverses to a northern lights for a nearfall! Upkick, another superkick, Britt goes up top... PANAMA SUNRISE IS ONLY GOOD FOR A NEARFALL! Valkyrie with knees, off the ropes with a spear, drawing Baker up, Road to Valhalla reversed...

Dr. Britt Baker, DMD wins by submission with Lockjaw.

Nyla Rose and Hikaru Shida get dueling promos about their match, where Rose stands between Shida and a title shot.

We get a series of promos for a tag title #1 contender’s battle royal.

Commentary hypes up the rest of the weekend’s shows and we get a hype reel for Buddy Murphy vs. Andrade el Idolo on top of it.

Best Friends make their entrance and we go to break.

Best Friends (Chuck Taylor & Trent Beretta) vs. Blackpool Combat Club (Claudio Castagnoli & Jon Moxley) vs. Lucha Brothers (Penta el Zero M & Rey Fenix)

Brawling as soon as Blackpool hit the ring, Beretta dives on them, Taylor joins the fray, Moxley drags him up the ramp, choking him with his shirt! More brawling, Blackpool in control, Castagnoli puts Chuck hard into the steps! Fenix back in the fray, big arm drag, Trent takes him out with a Busaiku Knee as the match breaks down into “everybody do something cool” territory!

Swiss Death from Claudio... NOPE! Running leg drop gets another nearfall, uppercuts for chops, Beretta with a tornado DDT for two! Moxley tags in and drops a knee on Trent and we go to break!

Back from commercial, jockeying for position, Trent blasts Claudio with a missile dropkick! Penta tags in, running hot, Sling Blade and a lungblower on Chuck... CASTAGNOLI BREAKS IT UP! Pop-up Ace Crusher, Fenix dives on them both, big lariat cleans him out, Chuck with a cradle... PENTA KICKS OUT!

All six men slugging it out, Best Friends with a hug, Lucha Bros clear Blackpool out, stereo piledrivers from Best Friends... NOT ENOUGH! Luchas trap Best Friends in submission, the match breaks down again when Blackpool come back into it! Wrist clutch stomps, Ricola Bomb set up—

Enter Orange Cassidy.

Jon goes to the floor to fight him, Trent reverses the Ricola Bomb but he’s not the legal man! Fenix with a superkick, Penta grabs the underhooks...

Lucha Brothers win by pinfall with Fear Factor from Penta el Zero M on Trent Beretta.

Post-match, Best Friends and Blackpool Combat Club brawl! Lucha Brothers get in the middle of it and eat it from both teams!

The brawl refuses to end! We’re out of time!

That’s the show, folks.

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