Cody Retained In A Time Limit Draw
Cody defended the TNT Championship against Orange Cassidy tonight on Dynamite. Brandi Rhodes and Arn Anderson were ringside for the match.
Match Recap: Orange Cassidy refused to lock up with Cody and put his hands in his pockets. Cody got pissed off and shoved Cassidy across the ring. Cassidy and Cody then locked up in the middle of the ring. Cody took control as Dynamite went to a commercial break.
When Dynamite returned, Dark Order was ringside but the referee quickly kicked them out. Cody went for Cross Rhodes but Cassidy countered into a roll-up for a two count. Cassidy connected with Stundog Millionaire but Cody hopped right up and hit the Cody Cutter. It was announced that Darby Allin will challenge for the TNT Championship at Full Gear.
Cody hit Cassidy with the Disaster Kick for a near fall. Cody leveled Cassidy with a Clothesline for a two count and then did some pushups in the ring as Darby looked on in the crowd. Cody connected with a Reverse Suplex off the top rope for a near fall.
Cassidy sent Cody into the ring post and made his way to the top rope. Orange hit a diving DDT and went for the cover but the TNT Champion was able to kick out at two. Cassidy followed it up with a Michinoku Driver for another near fall as Justin Roberts announced that there was four minutes remaining.
Cody locked in a Figure Four in the middle of the ring. Cassidy hit Beach Break on the apron and both men fell to the floor. Cassidy rolled Cody back into the ring and went for the Orange Punch but Cody caught him. Orange escaped and hit the Beach Break again for a near fall. Cassidy then rolled up Cody but time was up and the match ended in a draw. It was announced that Cody will defend the TNT Championship against Orange Cassidy once again in two weeks.
Opinion: Cody and Orange Cassidy put on a terrific match tonight and I loved the finish. Cassidy held his own against Jericho and was moments away from capturing the TNT Championship. Darby Allin and Cody wrestled to a draw last year at Fyter Fest and it was an awesome match.
Sammy Guevara Interrupted Matt Hardy
Matt Hardy announced that he is 100% and ready to return to the ring. Sammy Guevara interrupted and said he was the one that attacked Hardy. Sammy added that he is going to attack Matt every week and this will not end until Matt is home for good.
Hikaru Shida Retained The Women’s Championship
Hikaru Shida defended the AEW Women’s Championship against Big Swole tonight on Dynamite. Just Roberts announced that this match had a 60 minute time limit and there was only thirty minutes left in the show.
Match Recap: Shida and Big Swole traded shots to start the action off. Shida got the better of the exchange and brought Big Swole to the apron. Hikaru connected with a Running Knee to the face and posed for the camera. Big Swole got up and shoved Shida into the camera as Dynamite went to a break.
When Dynamite returned, Big Swole went for a Sunset Flip Powerbomb but it was botched and she fell to the canvas. Swole regrouped and planted Shida with a Cutter on the entrance ramp. Back in the ring, Big Swole connected with another Cutter for a near fall.
Shida hit a German Suplex for a two count and followed it up with a Falcon Arrow for another near fall. Big Swole hit Dirty Dancing and went for the cover but Shida grabbed the bottom rope to break it up. Hikaru hit two running knee strikes to Big Swole’s face for the pinfall victory. Hikaru Shida is still AEW Women’s Champion.
Opinion: Shida and Big Swole put on a decent match but AEW’s women’s division is pretty much in the same spot it was a year ago. There are some good matches here and there but it doesn’t come off as a focal point of the show. NXT’s women’s division is excellent and AEW really needs to find a way to improve. The segments with Britt Baker and Tony Schiavone are entertaining but they don’t make me take the division seriously.
Jon Moxley Retained The AEW Championship
Jon Moxley defended the AEW Championship against Lance Archer tonight in the main event. The match was changed to a No Disqualification match after Moxley and Archer battled a couple times backstage during the show.
Match Recap: Moxley hit the Paradigm Shift right away but Archer kicked out. Jon sent Archer to the outside and hit him with a Suicide Dive. Archer took control and rolled Moxley back into the ring. The action spilled out of the ring again and Archer hit a Cannonball off the apron as Dynamite went to a commercial break.
When Dynamite returned, Archer and Moxley traded massive forearms to the face. Jon connected with a German Suplex and brought some chairs into the ring. Moxley launched a chair into Archer’s face and then set a couple of them up. Jon lifted Archer up in the Fireman’s Carry but Lance escaped. Archer Chokeslammed Moxley on top of the chairs and went for the cover but Jon kicked out at two.
Moxley locked in an Ankle Lock but Archer was able to escape out of the ring. Lance grabbed a trash can and hit Moxley in the face as he went for a Suicide Dive. Moxley hit Archer with a low blow and then connected with a Paradigm Shift off the apron and through two tables ringside. Moxley hit another Paradigm Shift in the ring but somehow Archer kicked out at two.
Archer planted Moxley with a DDT and then the Blackout. Lance went for the cover but Jon countered into a cover his own for the pinfall victory. After the match, Lucha Bros came to the ring and hit Lance Archer with a steel chair. Archer shrugged it off and Jake Roberts told him to go backstage. Eddie Kingston told Moxley that he loved him and that he has carried AEW over the past year. Eddie added that he was proud of Jon and always knew that he could do it. Kingston then hit Moxley with a cheap shot and choked him out. Kingston shouted that he never tapped as Dynamite went off the air.
Opinion: Moxley and Archer had a very good match tonight. I’m not a fan of Archer losing both of his title opportunities already and not sure where he goes from here. I enjoyed the match between Kingston & Moxley and wouldn’t mind seeing them have a feud as the #1 contender tournament plays out. Overall, this week’s Dynamite was an entertaining show. AEW definitely has it’s flaws but I’m glad they are around to provide an alternative. The first year of Dynamite was a success and I’m looking forward to many more.