All Elite Wrestling bring their second-ever pay-per-view event in the Dynamite era as The Elite and The Inner Circle battle for dominance.
Britt Baker defeated Bea Priestley via pinfall
In this heated affair, Bea Preistley took control early on working the ribs and back of Britt Baker. This went back and forth, and the crowd were into both women. Britt battled to hook in Lockjaw, but Bea kept fighting out. Eventually ‘The Top Gaijin’ could not fight anyone and succombed to Lockjaw for the submission victory.
Post-match, Bea Priestley was attacked by Awesome Kong and Brandi Rhodes. They then cut a lock of hair from Priestley’s head as some kind of trophy.
Proud N Powerful defeated The Young Bucks via pinfall
Absolutely superb. This started off as a brawl, but the Bucks took early control with Rick Knox stopping Proud N Powerful from making illegal tags. There was a beautiful submission from Santana and Ortiz on both Jackson brothers, as PnP took control working the injured leg of Nick following his miscue by kicking the ringpost. This went back and forth, a superb showcase of tag team wrestling. The Young Bucks were in firm control, until they attempted a Meltzer Driver but Nick’s ankle gave out. Nick fought all he could but PnP were too much, hitting the Streetsweeper for the marquee victory.
Post-match, Sammy Guevara joined in with PnP for the beat down on The Young Bucks but the Rock N Roll Express (who were at ringside) evened the odds. We saw Ricky Morton hit a Canadian destroyer in 2019.
Hangman Page over PAC via pinfall
Hangman Page got the jump on PAC early on, and used his power to his advantage. PAC gained an advantage by kicking the ring rope into the eye of Page. Pac keeps cutting off Page at every opportunity until PAC missed a middle-rope phoenix splash, but PAC put a stop to any Page momentum with a brainbuster on the outside, which gained a 19 count from the referee. PAC rallied but his attempted at the Deadeye was countered into a hanging Brualizer, but Page fell into the ropes. PAC went for a low blow behind the referees back but Page caught in, leading him hitting the Deadeye for the victory. Really good match.
Shawn Spears defeated Joey Janela via pinfall
Joey Janela took a nasty spill over the top rope, which let Shawn Spears take control. Spears tied Janela in the corner with the tag rope, which was a pretty unique spot. Spears distracted the ref with an exposed turnbuckle, which led to Spears and Tully Blanchard hitting a spike piledriver on the outside. This allowed Spears to hit his C4 (Death Valley Driver) for the win. This was a decent contest.
Kip Sabian cuts a promo about his change in attitude. He introduces Penolope Ford as ‘The Superbad Club’, so they are now a thing in AEW. Kip Sabian is far better as a heel, so this a good thing.
AEW Tag Team Titles: Champions S.C.U defeated Private Party and The Lucha Brothers
This was a spot-fest filled showcase, and this isn’t a negative statement. It played for all three teams strengths. Referee Rick Knox lost control early on, and it was a flurry of high-octane offence and big double team moves throughout. S.C.U were not the popular team of the three here so became the quazi-heels via proxy. Fenix once again showed why he is one of the best wrestlers on the planet, some tremendous work and insane dives throughout. Private Party almost had the match won, but Kazarian blocked an attempted ‘Gin and Juice’ and S.C.U hit ‘S-C-U-Later’ for the win.
Post-match, Lucha Bros attack S.C.U but the lights went out. When they came back on, a second Pentagon Jr appeared and laid out both men. He then unmasked, revealing himself to be a returning Christopher Daniels.
AEW Women’s Title: Champion Riho defeated Emi Sakura via pinfall to retain the title.
Emi Sakura used her power to take advantage of the smaller Riho, but the diminutive champion kept fighting back in the title match-up. Riho got right back into it with a vicious double stomp on prone Sakura on the ring apron. Emi Sakura worked the mid-section of Riho to stop her momentum. There was some malfunction at one point with referee Bryce Remsburg might have messed up, but Sakura and Riho went into overdrive with pinning combinations in which Riho came out on top with an arm crucifix into a rolling cover for the win. Really solid match.
We meet the AEW World Title judges; Dean Malenko, Arn Anderson and Great Muta.
AEW World Title: Champion Chris Jericho defeated Cody via pinfall to retain the title
Cody rattled Chris Jericho early on, causing him to get rattled and square off with the judges. Cody went for it all, but missed a dive and went face-first into the ramp, busting him open hard way. Jericho worked over the mid-section of Cody, trying to cause a referee stoppage. Cody got the knees up on a lionsault and got back into the contest. Chris Jericho tried to get in Cody’s mums face, and got a few slaps for his troubles. Cody had the match won, but Hager nailed him with a right hand and got thrown out by referee Aubrey Edwards. During the melee, Chris Jericho hit Cody with the title belt for a very close near fall. Try as he might, Jericho locked in the liontamer and with Cody writhing in pain, MJEF threw in the towel forfeiting the match for his charge. Really good, emotionally charged match.
Post-match, MJF is visibly upset in the ring and as Cody tries to console him he kicks him in the groin. MJF leaves a broken Cody in the ring, to a chorus of boos.
Justin Roberts called for the lights to go out, so it’s time for the unsanctioned match. The light’s did not go out. Nothing is real.
Unsanctioned Match: Jon Moxley defeated Kenny Omega via pinfall
This was an unreal spectacle, you have to see this. This started off hot as Moxley immediately went for the plunder and they brawled all around the arena. Trashcans, lids and barbed wire baseballs bits were used and Jon Moxley took over. Omega fought fire with fire, piledriving Omega onto a trashcan and using a barbed-wire broom, which slices open the back of Moxley’s head. Jon Moxley suplexed Kenny Omega onto a board of mousetraps; this is a thing on pay-per-view in 2019. Kenny Omega hits a flip dive onto Jon Moxley through a table. Kenny Omega cuts Jon Moxley with some broken glass, and then powerbombs him onto broken glass. Kenny Omega makes Jon Moxley crawl through broken glass to get to the ropes, which was a great visual. Kenny Omega demands The Young Bucks and Hangman Page bring something to him, which is a barbed wire spiderweb. They brawl on the ramp until Jon Moxley suplexes Kenny Omega into the barbed wire spiderweb and when both crawl to their feet. Omega V-Triggers Moxley through the stage. Moxley hits Paradigm Shift shift for a near fall, only to remove the padding, leaving unforgiving wood. Kenny Omega hits Paradigm Shift on the wood for a near fall. Kenny Omega went for it all, missing a phoenix splash onto the boards and one Paradigm Shift later, Moxley was victorious.