It’s finally here. The one year anniversary of AEW Dynamite is finally here. A huge show tonight with all four titles being defended, with the main event seeing Lance Archer challenging Jon Moxley for the AEW World Championship!
The show began with the AEW World Tag Team title match, with FTR defending against Best Friends. It was an incredible way to open the show, with Trent taking the pin after being hit with one of the AEW World Tag Team titles. There were a few moments in the match where Best Friends looked as though they would walk away with the Tag Titles but FTR escaped once again with the titles, keeping their undefeated streak running. The night wasn’t over for Best Friends, however, as Kip Sabian, due to Trent taking out his video game in the crowd, ordered Miro to attack them and he took them out.
After the first commercial break, Miro and Kip Sabian took on the team of Lee Johnson and Sean Maluta. After a very dominant performance, Miro tapped Maluta out to get the win for his team. Following the match, Kip Sabian and Miro called out Best Friends, due to them destroying Kip’s game.
It was revealed during the show that, beginning next week, there will be a number one contenders eliminator tournament and the winner of the tournament will challenge for the AEW World title at Full Gear.
A video was then shown of Lance Archer viciously attacking AEW Champion Jon Moxley backstage, making the main event even more personal. That match is scheduled to main event this show but will Archer and Mox even make it to the main event in one piece???
After another commercial break, MJF and Wardlow made their way to the ring. After berating the crowd, MJF brought out Chris Jericho to the ring. MJF spent most of the segment putting Jericho over, ending in MJF “possibly sorta kind of perhaps” asking Jericho if he could join The Inner Circle. Jericho said that he would have to think about it, but then invited MJF to join him for a steak dinner next week. So that’s happening.
An interview segment between Tony Schiavone and Dr. Britt Baker was aired next, with Britt hyping up her epic comeback, which happens next week!
The AEW TNT Championship was on the line next as Orange Cassidy challenged the defending TNT champion, Cody, During Cody’s entrance, Darby Allin was shown up in the cheap seats. Cody and Orange went back and forth with control of the match but it seemed to me that Cody wasn’t really taking OC that seriously. The Dark Order tried to interfere, with John Silver attempting to hit Cody with the TNT title but Orange Cassidy took the title off of Silver, with the referee sending The Dark Order to the back. It was revealed during this match that Darby Allin will challenge for the AEW TNT title at Full Gear. As Cassidy had Cody in a pinfall attempt, the time limit expired, resulting in Cody keeping the TNT title.
A backstage interview by Alex Marvez with Lance Archer was interrupted by Jon Moxley attacking Archer from behind.
Tony Schiavone interviewed Matt Hardy, who is at ringside with his family. He mentions that he’s 100% cleared and then a video is played on the titantron, showing someone burning Matt Hardy pictures. That someone is revealed to be The Inner Circle’s Sammy Guevara, who claims that, every time the medical team clear Matt Hardy, he’ll be there to put him back on the shelf. He will continue to do that until he sends Hardy home….. for good.
Tony Schiavone is then in the ring to draw teams for a fatal-four way tag team match happening next week, to determine the number one contenders for the AEW Tag Team titles at Full Gear. The four teams are Private Party, The Butcher and The Blade, Alex Reynolds and John Silver of The Dark Order, and The Young Bucks. The Bucks superkicks The Blade and Silver, with the segment turning into a full-on brawl until The Young Bucks and Private Party are the only two left in the ring. The Bucks then superkick Private Party, ending the segment by taunting and jawjacking with FTR.
Up next saw Hikaru Shida defend the AEW Women’s World Championship against Big Swole. Shida and Swole have great chemistry and they proved it during this match. It was revealed during this match that the scheduled AEW World title match between Jon Moxley and Lance Archer would now be fought under No Disqualification rules. Hikaru Shida picked up the win to retain the AEW Women’s World title after her low running knee. Great match, with Shida continuing her reign.
A video then airs, with Shawn Spears claiming that Scorpio Sky owes him a “moment.”
Time for the main event! No Disqualification rules as Jon Moxley defends the AEW World Championship against Lance Archer. Eddie Kingston and The Lucha Brothers joined Excalibur, Tony Schiavone and JR at commentary. Archer dominated the majority of the match, with Moxley not really getting much control outside of one or two instances. Archer looked as though he’d win the title, after chokeslamming Mox through two tables, but Jon kicked out at a very close two. Archer attempted to put Moxley through the table but Moxley low-blowed Lance and then hit him with a Paradigm Shift THROUGH the tables. Moxley got another two-count after a second Paradigm Shift. Jon Moxley retained the AEW World title after reversing a pin attempt, following a Black Out and then an Archer pin attempt, into a crucifix pin.
The Lucha Brothers and Eddie Kingston saved Moxley from a post-match attack by Archer. After raising Moxley’s hand, Kingston dropped him with a spinning back fist and then choked him out with a Rear Naked Choke. The show ended with Kingston and The Lucha Brothers standing over the incapacitated Moxley.