The first episode of AEW Dynamite in 2020 aired live from Daily’s Place in Jacksonville tonight. Taz joined Jim Ross and Excalibur on commentary for the show. In addition to the takeaways below, Sammy Guevara defeated Dustin Rhodes after Jake Hager interfered.
Here are 6 takeaways from this week’s episode:
6Cody Defeated Darby Allin In A Great Match
Cody squared off against Darby Allin tonight on Dynamite. Cody and Darby battled to a draw the last time they face each other at Fyter Fest. Arn Anderson (Head Coach of the Nightmare Family) accompanied Cody to the ring for the match.
Cody started off the match in control and leveled Darby with a shoulder tackle. Allin and Cody traded roll-ups but both men were able to kick out at two. Arn coached up Cody in the corner. Allin went for a Coffin Drop but Cody caught him and went for Cross Rhodes but Darby escaped.
Allin knocked Cody out of the ring and hit him with a Suicide Dive. Back in the ring, Cody hit the Disaster Kick and Darby tumbled to the outside. Allin rolled back into the ring and slammed Cody’s left shoulder into the turnbuckle.
Cody locked in the Figure Four in the middle of the ring. Allin fought through the pain and was able to get the tip of his finger on the ropes to break the hold. Allin Dropkicked Cody into the turnbuckle and went for the cover but Rhodes was able to kick out at two.
Darby locked in a submission hold of his own but Cody was able to get his boot on the bottom rope to break the hold. Allin ripped off the padding on the turnbuckle but Cody shoved him to the ramp. Darby climbed to the top rope and went for a Crossbody but Cody rolled through for a two count.
Cody connected with a Powerslam and both men fell to the canvas as the crowd chanted “Cody!”. Cody connected with a Cutter as Justin Roberts announced that there was 10-minutes remaining in the match. Cody planted Allin with a reverse Suplex off the top rope and went for the cover but Allin somehow was able to kick out at two as Dynamite went to a commercial break.
Back from the break, Darby Allin hit Cody with the Coffin Drop on the apron. Cody went for another Cutter but Darby was able to block it. Cody planted Darby with the Cross Rhodes but Darby kicked out at two. Cody charged at Allin but wound up running into the exposed turnbuckle. Allin went for the Coffin Drop but Cody got his knees up and rolled up Darby for the pinfall victory. Arn Anderson hopped on the apron and yelled at Cody to get his knees up during the finish.