Was Dustin Rhodes able to dethrone Brodie Lee as the AEW TNT Champion?
The show opens with Tony Schiavone interviewing both Chris Jericho and MJF as they arrive to the arena. Jericho tells MJF that he didn’t deserve what happened to him at All Out. In return, MJF replies that Jericho didn’t deserve to have to deal with Orange Cassidy. However, after they walk away they both call each other losers under their breaths. They clearly are best friends!
Jurassic Express defeated Lucha Bros via Pinfall (Roll-up)
It was a nice back and forth contest, with everyone getting their time to shine. Rey Fenix seemingly landed on his head after a vicious looking slam by Luchasaurus, but was able to carry on. Some miscommunication led to Pentagon accidentally hitting Fenix with a Canadian Destroyer. Jungle Boy capitalized, rolling up Fenix for the win.
Lucha Bros clearly weren’t happy with each other, so Butcher and Blade came out to play peacemaker. Eddie Kingston said that they should be running this place instead of being at odds. He demanded that Fenix and Pentagon shake hands, but Pentagon refused. Eventually, he complied and Kingston went on to declare that he never was eliminated from the battle royal at All Out.
JR, Schiavone, and Excalibur looked back at Jon Moxley and MJF’s match at All Out, then ran down the card for tonight.
Jake “The Snake” Roberts and Lance Archer cut a promo in the rain. They claimed that Moxley has never beat Archer and that it’s only a matter of time before he is the AEW Champion.
Matt Hardy made his way to the ring, looking in way better shape than he was in at All Out. He thanked the fans that showed up to the arena and those watching at home. He stated that thankfully he is going to make a full recovery after his injury, but apologized to his family and fans for scaring them. He said that he’s going to finish recovering and get back in the ring, because his journey is not over.
As Angélico made his entrance, we looked back at highlights from Jericho and Cassidy’s Mimosa Mayhem match.
Orange Cassidy defeated Angélico via Pinfall (Orange Punch)
Angélico took control early, but it didn’t take long for Cassidy to swing the momentum in his favor. After some quick offense and a dive to the outside, Cassidy hit the Orange Punch for the victory.
Santana and Ortiz attacked Cassidy after the match, but Best Friends came down to make the save. Chuck Taylor then challenged them to a parking lot brawl next week. Trent vowed that play time was over, and they were going to make his mom proud.
After a commercial break, Alex Marvez was waiting outside The Young Bucks’ locker room. Instead of getting answers about the breakup of The Elite, he got a couple superkicks to the face. It was later announced that Matt and Nick Jackson were fined $5,000 each for the incident.
Kip Sabian and Penelope Ford made their way to the ring to announce Sabian’s best man for their wedding. After a few interruptions from Puf and Brian Pillman Jr., it was revealed that Miro (formerly Rusev) is the best man. He took a few shots at WWE, then announced he was All Elite.
Schiavone then sat down with “Hangman” Adam Page, who essentially blamed himself for everything that has happened recently. He even went so far as to say that he was filled with poison. However, he claimed that he and Kenny Omega would rebound and get another shot at the tag titles.
No DQ/No Count Out: Chris Jericho and Jake Hager defeated Sonny Kiss and Joey Janela via Pinfall (Uranage)
Kiss and Janela put up a valiant effort, but Jericho and Hager were just too much. At one point, Hager threw Janela off the ramp through a table below. Kiss tried to pick up the win, but Jericho hit him with a fire extinguisher. This led to Hager hitting the Uranage for the win. Afterwards, Jericho promised that he and Hager would rack up wins and eventually challenge for the AEW Tag Team Championships.
MJF was back in his war room, but was not pleased after losing his match at All Out. He officially ended his campaign, fired his staff, and berated Wardlow. He then said that he signed Wardlow’s checks, not Tony Khan, so they better not have a problem.
Jon Moxley appeared next and said that everyone thinks the odds are stacked against him vs. Archer. But he feels unstoppable, so who would bet against him?
Then came a celebration for the new AEW Tag Team Champions, FTR. They proceeded to belittle the rest of the division, including Jurassic Express, who they’re facing next week. The trio didn’t take too kindly to the champs’ words and chased them off.
Taz joined the announce team as they recapped the casino battle royal. Ricky Starks came out dressed as Darby Allin and chastised him for being reckless. He then said he’ll prove why he’s the relentless one when he faces Allin next week.
The announce team then recapped the women’s action from All Out.
Nyla Rose defeated Tay Conti via Pinfall (Beast Bomb)
In her debut match, Conti definitely held her own against Rose. However, The Native Beast made short work of her and ended things with a Beast Bomb. Rose continued the assault after the match, but AEW Women’s Champion Hikaru Shida rushed the ring to make the save.
JR then sat down with Kenny Omega to get his thoughts on losing the tag titles. While Page wanted to get back in the title hunt, Omega didn’t share in that sentiment. He said he intends to go back into singles action and take a break from the AEW tag team division.
AEW TNT Championship: Mr. Brodie Lee defeated Dustin Rhodes via Pinfall (Discus Lariat)
These two brawled before the bell even rang, fighting into the crowd at ringside. Once the match did start, it was a hard-hitting, back and forth affair throughout. Rhodes gave it his all, but Lee was able to hit the discus lariat to retain the AEW TNT Championship. Afterwards, The Dark Order brought out QT Marshall and laid both him and Rhodes out once again.