The final AEW Dynamite before Kahn and company head back on the road was packed with some big matches. The Young Bucks faced Penta El Zero Miedo and Eddie Kingston, Britt Baker and Rebel took on Vickie Guerrero and Nyla Rose, and Jungle Boy went up against Jack Evans. Ethan Page had some choice words for Darby Allin, Taz made a big announcement, and Kenny Omega’s next opponent could be his toughest yet. We also got to see Brian Pillman Jr. challenge Miro for the TNT Championship, Andrade El Idolo pick his first opponent and more.

Penta El Zero Miedo & Eddie Kingston W/ Alex Abrahantes vs The Young Bucks (Matt & Nick Jackson) W/ Brandon Cutler

All four guys started brawling in the ring until Eddie almost picked up a pinfall. Kingston nearly got another after Penta booted Matt in the face. Penta flew off the turnbuckle and kicked Matt in the privates as Kingston held his legs open. Matt “porn moustache” Jackson finally took off his jacket and charged at Penta in the corner, then hit a cannonball. Nick tagged in and the Bucks hit a double elbow and continued to show off to the crowd.

Penta hit a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker on Matt outside. Kingston tagged in and beat both of the Bucks up. He hit a fisherman’s suplex on Nick, but only got a two-count. The Bucks hit a double team move on Kingston outside the ring as Cutler sprayed Nick with cool spray. Matt stomped Kingston down and unloaded strikes to his back. The Bucks booted Kingston’s back, but he got up and started to hit them. Nick hit a running knee strike on him, then laid out Penta with one who was stood on the apron.

Matt tagged in and continued to smash Kingston in the face. Kingston pushed Matt into Nick who fell off the turnbuckle, then headbutted Nick and followed up with a superplex. Penta finally tagged in and exploded. He transitioned from a Cazadora on Nick into a DDT on Matt, then dropped Nick with a sling blade. Penta almost got the win with a corkscrew code red, but I’m fairly sure the ref botched the three-count. Matt catapulted Penta into Nick’s boot. Nick hit a hurricanrana and some rising knee strikes.

Kingston threw Nick into the air so his head was balancing on the turnbuckle, allowing Penta to superkick him right in the face. Kingston hit a release German suplex, and Penta connected with a backstabber on Nick, but Matt broke up the pin. Matt landed a crossbody on Eddie on the ramp. In the ring, Penta nailed a superkick to Nick’s jaw. Nick hit a low blow on Penta with the referee distracted. The Bucks hit the package piledriver stomp double team move, but Eddie made the save.

The Good Brothers walked out to ringside. Kingston attacked the Bucks, but Matt superkicked him to the mat. Cutler went to spray Penta in the face, but he moved and Matt got it in his eyes. Out of nowhere, Frankie Kazarian dropped Cutler with a lariat and Penta flew over the ropes and landed on the Good Brothers and Nick outside the ring. Penta hit the Package Piledriver on Matt and Kingston dropped him with a roundhouse, allowing them to get the pinfall victory.

Thoughts: What a tremendous start to the show. Penta and Kingston were superb and worked together very well. The Young Bucks have become the perfect heels recently, and it was great to see them get what they deserve. Kazarian has turned into Marvel’s The Punisher as of late, and it was great seeing him take out Cutler. ****

Christian Cage: Dinosaur Descendant

Christian Cage was backstage with Jungle Boy, where he was telling him how good he was against Kenny Omega. He said Jungle Boy could be the first guy to reach 50 wins. Luchasaurus walked out and thanked Christian for having Jungle Boy’s back whilst he’s been away. Luchasaurus said Dinosaurs are very loyal, and Christian made a joke about his family being part Dinosaur.

Thoughts: It’s great seeing Cage working with Jungle Boy, and it was a funny backstage bit from Luchasaurus.

Death Is Coming For Ethan Page

Tony Schiavone was in the ring with Ethan Page and Scorpio Sky. Page talked about why he challenged Darby Allin to a Coffin Match. He said he hadn’t done enough, then got annoyed with the live crowd. Page continued and said to Tony his goal wasn’t to beat Allin but to exterminate him. Nobody has done more to Allin than he had. Page talked about busting his head and breaking his elbow on the independent scene.

He said the Coffin Match would cripple Allin mentally. Page said he’d beat him, and every time he goes for a Coffin Drop, Allin would think of him and laying him in the coffin, closing the door on his confidence forever. Sting walked out pulling a coffin behind him. A video aired with Allin using a flamethrower on a coffin. He then jumped out the coffin Sting was pulling and ran down to attack Page. He dug his fingernails into Page’s eyes until security ran down and pulled him off. As Page walked off, he said the match was off, but if Allin behaves, maybe they could do it at Fyter Fest.

Thoughts: This has been an intense rivalry, made better by Page and Allin’s promos. When this match happens, it is going to be electric.

Jack Evans vs Jungle Boy W/ Luchasaurus & Marko Stunt

A video aired with Matt Hardy saying he was sending Jack Evans to hurt Jungle Boy tonight. There was some great chain wrestling between the two in the early stages. Jungle Boy missed a dropkick, and Evans capitalised with a jumping kick. He nailed a dropkick, but Evans grabbed his hair and pulled him to the ground. Evans hit a cartwheel elbow into Jungle Boy and continued to control the match. Evans landed another flying knee and almost got the win.

Jungle Boy landed a dropkick to the knee, followed by a clothesline. Evans tried to land a spider German suplex on Jungle Boy off the turnbuckle, but he landed on his feet, then dropkicked him in the face. Jungle Boy locked in the Snare Trap and picked up the win. After the match, Matt Hardy and Private Party came out, as did Christian. Cage attacked Hardy and dropped him with the inverted DDT. He tried to choke Hardy with his jacket but was saved by his friends.

Thoughts: Jungle Boy had a great match last week, and although he lost, it showed why he’s good enough to compete with the best. His match tonight with Jack Evans wasn’t anything special, but it gave him that all-important win. **½

MJF Spits Out His Dummy

MJF cut a promo about out-wrestling and outclassing Jericho. He said Jericho should know when he’s been bested, but for some reason, he’s turned AEW into some “perverted version of Looney Tunes.” He said Jericho was a joke. He used to be one of the best, but now he’s stooped so low. MJF asked Jericho how low was he going to stop? MJF said if Jericho makes it through his stipulations, he needed to leave him alone for good.

He turned his attention to Sammy Guevara. He said after tonight, people would call Guevara the future because MJF is the now. After their match, he can tell everyone on his vlog that MJF is better than you, and you know it.

Thoughts: MJF is one of the finest talkers in AEW. He killed the promo, and only hyped the main event even more.

Andrade Makes His Match

Andrade El Idolo was being interviewed about Matt Sydal interrupting him last week. Andrade said he was going to make an example of Matt “Something” in Miami, the City of Heat, the City of Latinos, the City of Scarface. He said he wanted to face Sydal at Road Rager next week.

Thoughts: I can’t wait to see Andrade and Sydal go out it. His Scarface gimmick is awesome, and their match next week should be amazing.

Riders In The Storm

Tony Schiavone welcomed AEW World Champion Kenny Omega to the ring. Omega talked about a conversation he had with Schiavone about being so motivated and amazing earlier in the day (to which Tony said that never happened), and said he realised he’d defeated the toughest guy in AEW, the toughest high flyer, and the highest merch-selling guy, among other names. Omega then said there was no one left in AEW, so he was going to take some time off in the company.

Dark Order walked out, and Evil Uno said he knew differently. Omega told them to walk away, and Uno said maybe he’s right, however, there was someone they know. The number one ranked in singles competitions in All Elite Wrestling. Omega said if Uno is talking about who he thinks he is, then he doesn’t have the guts or believe he has the right to call himself a champion. Omega said “goodbye and good night,” then walked out of the ring.

Thoughts: Yes, Hangman, baby. I’m guessing they’ll face off at All Out. It would be the perfect main event, and a great way for Omega to drop the championship.

TNT Championship Match: Brian Pillman Jr. W/ Griff Garrison & Julian Hart vs Miro (C)

Before the match, a promo aired from earlier in the day. Brian Pillman Jr. was talking about having great teammates who stuck by him through thick and thin. He said when Miro laid his fingers on Griff Garrison, he’d made it personal. Pillman said he was going to show everyone Miro was just a big Bulgarian bitch. As the bell rang, Miro didn’t take long to take control. He landed some fierce elbows into Pillman’s back, along with some vicious kicks into his chest. He landed a suplex and a fallaway slam to send Pillman outside.

Pillman got back in the ring but was clotheslined back out. Miro suplexed him onto the mat at ringside, then dropped him throat-first into the barricade. Back in the ring, Miro hit a trio of uppercuts, then smashed his forearms across Pillman’s chest. Pillman stunned Miro, then hit a springboard dropkick. He dropkicked Miro through the ropes and landed a succession of punches outside the ring.  Back in the ring, Pillman got a two-count. He superkicked Miro two times and went for a third, but Miro connected with a roundhouse kick and a superkick of his own. Miro locked in Game Over and forced the ref to call for the bell. ***

Thoughts: Miro is an absolute beast. Whilst Pillman had a few flurries, Miro was dominant throughout. Who the hell is going to take that title away from him?

The Cowboy Speaks

The Dark Order were stood backstage with “Hangman” Adam Page. Page was annoyed with them for going out and talking to Omega. Hangman asked if they thought he was scared of Omega, to which Colt said no, but he thinks Hangman is scared of failure. Dark Order said he deserved a title match, and it was his time.

Thoughts: Just make it happen, Tony.

Taz Wants To Resolve The Toxicity

Taz was backstage, talking about how Ricky Starks and Brian Cage’s relationship had become toxic. It had been hard on him, but also on Hobbs and Hook. Taz said on July 14 in Austin, Texas, Cage would face Starks for the FTW Championship, and they needed a good ol’ fashioned fight to clear things up.

Thoughts: Cage needs to walk alone, and I can see everyone turning on him when the match takes place.

Vickie Guerrero & Nyla Rose vs Dr. Britt Baker D.M.D. & Rebel

Rebel pushed Guerrero down, then Baker knocked her to the mat. Rebel jumped on Rose’s back but was thrown over Rose’s shoulder. Rose splashed Rebel. She got up and tried to tag Baker, but she jumped off the apron. Rose slammed Rebel into the mat and landed a leg drop. Rose slammed her again and tagged in Guerrero. Rebel punched Guerrero in the stomach and stomped her on the back. Guerrero almost rolled up Rebel for a pin. Rose tagged back in and wrenched at her arm.

Rose choked Rebel on the ropes with her foot, then drove her boot into her abdomen. The Native Beast locked in a backbreaker on her shoulder, then dropped her to the mat. Rose hit a sidewalk slam. Baker tagged in and hit a sling blade and hit a few kicks after a failed Beast Bomb attempt. Rose hit a chokeslam on Baker then kneed her in the back of her head as she balanced on the top rope.

Rose almost picked up the win, but Rebel broke it up. Baker shoved Vickie into Rose who fell to the outside, then finished her off with Lockjaw. After the match, Rose attacked Baker from behind. She then powerbombed the Women’s Champion through a table off the apron to the outside.

Thoughts: Why did they think it was a good idea to put Vickie in a match? Regardless, Nyla Rose put on a great display, and AEW are clearly setting up a match between her and Britt Baker. Bring it on.

The Inner Circle Speak

Jake Hager, Santana, and Ortiz were backstage talking about how The Pinnacle have gotten their hands dirty after attacking Dean Malenko. Santana said they better bring all the fight they can. If they have Tully in their corner, they better believe they’ll have their dog in theirs.

Thoughts: This should be a good match, but it’d be nice to see the feud wind down soon.

MJF vs “Spanish God” Sammy Guevara

MJF cut a promo about the fans, calling them fat, white trash, pieces of s***. He said he didn’t miss a single one of the fans and he misses the pandemic. MJF said he knows the fans love to chant Guevara’s name, and they can chant all they want, but he was going to destroy Guevara tonight. MJF rolled out the ring as soon as Guevara went after him. He got back in and they locked up. MJF copied Ric Flair’s walk and Guevara did after avoiding MJF’s attacks.

MJF chopped Guevara in the windpipe. Guevara and MJF nearly hit their finishers, and both reversed various pinfalls. MJF went to shake hands, but Guevara punched him and hit various strikes. MJF gouged his eyes, but Sammy smashed his head into the turnbuckle. Guevara hit a cutter off the top rope and got a two-count. He then pulled MJF’s head into the ropes. Outside the ring, MJF whipped Guevara into the barricade.

MJF whipped Guevara into the barricade again, then got back into the ring where he tried to choke Guevara. MJF continued to use every dirty trick in the book, slowing the match and wearing Guevara down. Guevara went to dropkick slide MJF, but he got caught in the masking of the ring. Guevara dropped MJF on his back, then slid him back in the ring. Guevara went to land a springboard, but MJF countered with a Liger Bomb. Guevara hit a Spanish Fly off the ropes, leaving both guys on the mat.

Guevara hit a couple of clotheslines, then a high enzuigiri to the back of MJF’s head. He kicked him in the jaw then sent MJF outside. Guevara landed a tornado jump over the ropes and a springboard Destroyer in the ring. MJF stomped Guevara’s arm off the turnbuckle, then landed a guillotine on the ropes. MJF grabbed a chair outside, but Guevara dropkicked it into his face. Guevara climbed the turnbuckle and connected with a somersault senton on the other side of the barricade.

Guevara threw MJF back into the ring and climbed the turnbuckle, but was knocked off. MJF then hit a tombstone piledriver off the turnbuckle, but only got a two-count. MJF tried to pick up Guevara, but his knee gave way underneath him. He tried to do it again, but neither man could stand. Guevara almost pinned him with an inside cradle, but MJF kicked out. MJF struck the back of Guevara’s knee. Both guys reversed pin attempts until Guevara hit GTH, but again, MJF got a foot on the ropes. MJF begged Sammy not to hit the 630 senton, but he hit it anyway, however, he kicked out.

Shawn Spears walked out, and Jericho left commentary to stop him. Wardlow attacked him from behind as Spears grabbed a chair from underneath the ring. Wardlow threw Jericho off the stage as Spears hit Guevara with the chair. MJF crawled onto Guevara for the win.

Thoughts: Calling it now, this will be in the top five matches of the year. Of course, the snake MJF won, but it should have been Guevara. Phenomenal performance by both guys, especially the somersault senton and piledriver off the turnbuckle. What a great way to end the show. ****½

Thanks For The Memories

A video package aired featuring some of the memories from Daily’s Place over the last year, including the opening speech by Cody Rhodes on the first show without a crowd, the debut of “Broken” Matt Hardy and Sting, Stadium Stampede between Inner Circle and Elite, Mike Tyson, and loads more. Not just that, but the memorial night for Jon Huber, which is still emotional to watch.

Thoughts: What a crazy year it has been. The final video package of the night was a great reminder of how AEW has grown as a company through one of the toughest times ever. Thanks for the memories.

Match of the Night: MJF vs Sammy Guevara

Best in Show: Sammy Guevara

Overall Rating: ****

What’s Happening Next Week?

MJF to announce stipulations for a match to happen with Chris Jericho

Andrade El Idolo vs Matt Sydal

South Beach Strap Match: Cody Rhodes vs QT Marshall

Kris Statlander & Orange Cassidy vs The Bunny & The Blade

Jake Hager, Santana & Ortiz vs Wardlow & FTR

AEW Tag Team Championship Match: The Young Bucks (C) vs Penta El Zero Miedo & Eddie Kingston

All images and videos courtesy of AEW – Very special thanks to Fite TV for the captures

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