Dynamite – May 6, 2020: Use What You Have

IMG Credit: AEW

Date: May 6, 2020
Location: Daily’s Place, Jacksonville, Florida
Commentators: Jim Ross, Tony Schiavone, Excalibur

We’re back live and that means we could be in for something a little more interesting. I’m curious to see if there are going to be any fans in the building this time. It seems that they can put about 25% of the fans inside and that could go a long way. I’m not sure what else to expect but we could be in for a fun one. Let’s get to it.

Here are last week’s results if you need a recap.

We open with a recap of last week’s TNT Title tournament semifinals.

Opening sequence.

The crowd is made of wrestlers plus staff, though there do seem to be some more than usual.

Cody vs. Joey Janela

Pyro is back if nothing else. They shake hands to start and we start in a hurry. Some shoulders put Janela down but he’s back up for a quick pinfall reversal sequence. Back up and Cody kicks the chop away, setting up a slap between Joey’s shoulders. Cody’s suplex keeps Janela in trouble but he’s back with a spinwheel kick. Janela sends him throat first into the middle rope and we hit the bodyscissors.

They head outside with Cody being whipped into the barricade but Janela gets sent into the ramp. Janela fights back but takes WAY too long to take a running start and Cody sends him crashing into the ropes. A moonsault off the stage takes Janela down and they head inside again. Joey hits a superkick into a top rope elbow for two as we look at a guy named Leroy who dances in the crowd.

Cody catches him on top with a reverse superplex but Janela hits a Judas Effect of all things. The powerslam plants Janela for two but he’s back up with a German suplex to drop Cody. Janela’s moonsault misses and it’s the Cody Cutter for two. They slowly slug it out with Cody getting the better of it. Cross Rhodes finishes Janela at 13:29.

Rating: C. This went on longer than it needed to and wasn’t all that entertaining. Janela still feels like someone who just does moves with no particular rhyme or reason and isn’t someone I want to see. I know he has a big following, but it isn’t something that is translating well to a big company. Cody shouldn’t have had this much trouble with him either, but that’s been a problem for AEW since its inception.

Video on the changes to the women’s division in Nyla Rose’s absence.

Nyla Rose shouts about how dominant she is.

Nyla Rose vs. Kenzie Paige

Non-title. Rose throws her around with ease to start and blocks a sunset flip with ease. A forearm just annoys Rose and it’s a top rope Swanton for two, with Rose pulling her up. Rose hits a powerbomb, followed by the Beast Bomb to complete the squash at 2:19.

MJF has been noticing a lot of people saying they’re the next big thing, even though they’re nearly thirty. That’s cool though, because he’s the real next big thing and he’s been on national TV for six months. People say he’s great but he’s no Flair, Rock or Piper. That’s called insecurity and now the 24 year old kid is a prodigy with more it in his pinkie than others have in their whole bodies. He’s not the Rock, Piper or Flair because he’s something no one has ever seen before. He is better than you and next week, he’s back on his throne.

Shawn Spears talks about Dustin Rhodes being destroyed last week and the only person who deserves the blame is Cody. Dustin’s career is over and as a brother, Spears can’t live with what Cody let happen. Cody seems fine with it though. Don’t tell me we’re doing Cody vs. Spears again.

The gambling is back on at ringside, with MJF looking at Spears and calling him brave. It takes bravery to call Cody out for everything. Spears says MJF’s comeback story is the greatest of all time. Tony is glad MJF is back, because he’s facing Jungle Boy at Double or Nothing. The spit takes wraps up the segment.

Frankie Kazarian vs. Jon Moxley

Non-title with a feeling out process to start. Moxley drops down so Moxley grabs a headlock, only to have it broken up for a chop in the corner. Kazarian goes right back to the headlock, which is broken up again. The third headlock goes on but this time Moxley reverses into a reverse chinlock with a knee in the back.

A backbreaker gives Moxley two and he’s out of the fourth headlock much faster this time. With that not working, Kazarian hits a spinwheel kick but gets sent over the top for a big crash onto the ramp. Back from a break with Moxley hitting a running knee to send him outside but the dive off the middle rope is kicked out of the air. Kazarian’s slingshot DDT gets two but Moxley is back with a release German suplex. A Backstabber cuts Moxley off and the Unprettier gets two.

They slug it out until Kazarian hits a dropkick and ties him up with….I’m not sure what to call it but Kazarian has the leg tied and is pulling on the arm. Moxley uses the free leg to kick his way out so Kazarian snaps off a German suplex. A heck of a clothesline gives Moxley two and they go to an exchange of near falls for two each. Kazarian suplexes him into the corner for a big crash but Moxley pulls him off the top. The quick Paradigm Shift finishes Kazarian at 16:29.

Rating: B-. This took some time to get going but they did a good job of setting up the idea that Moxley respected Kazarian. They set things up well here and Kazarian can hang with anyone so it was a good enough match too. It was a good use of some time and got Moxley on TV where he had to break a sweat to win, but did win in the end. Nice enough stuff.

Post match the Dark Order runs in to beat down Kazarian and Moxley, plus Scorpio Sky and Christopher Daniels for trying to make a save. Brodie Lee comes in and hits the discus lariat on Moxley. Lee talks about how there is no crowd here to give Moxley energy. The Dark Order is Lee’s energy and he is a different man than the one who fought Moxley in the past.

Now he wants the World Title, so Moxley can answer the challenge or they’ll make him do it. Lee lays the microphone next to him and Moxley says all Lee had to do was ask. A big boot to the face drops Moxley again and the beatdown is on for a second time. Lee leaves with the title.

Brandi Rhodes doesn’t like Jake Roberts and Lance Archer and knows what they’re going to do to her. It’s going to lead to a showdown in the ring with the two of them trying to intimidate her until Cody makes the save. That would make sense in 1991 but if Jake slaps her in the face like he did back then, she’ll slap him back. As her mom said, “Don’t f*** with people you don’t know.” She is Brandi Rhodes, so keep her name out of your mouth. This was your weekly “Brandi is a thing too” segment.

QT Marshall vs. Lance Archer

Brandi and Jake Roberts (in a mask) are here too. Archer runs over a wrestler at ringside as usual and then decks Marshall before the bell too. Some running shoulders in the corner have Marshall in more trouble and Archer drops him onto the apron. Back from a break with Marshall getting splashed and choked out to the floor.

After avoiding the threat of Britt Baker’s show, Marshall gets back in with a handspring enziguri. Marshall lifts him up for a suplex as Jake isn’t looking pleased. Archer pulls him off the top and hits the Blackout for two, with Archer not wanting the pin yet. Instead he claw slams Marshall a few times for the pin at 7:38.

Rating: C-. Marshall is a good hand but there is only so much you can get out of a somewhat extended squash. Marshall continues to look intimidating and has some good power stuff, but we’ve seen it a few times now and some of the shine is starting to wear off a little bit.

Post match Britt Baker jumps the barricade and DDTs Brandi onto the floor. Jake busts out the snake and lays it on the unconscious Brandi. Commentary points out how far the locker rooms are from the arena, because we’re supposed to believe that Cody wasn’t watching intently when his wife was out there with Jake and Archer.

Taz offers Darby Allin some assistance but Allin walks away.

Double Or Nothing rundown, with a #1 contenders ladder match and Lee challenging Moxley for the World Title.

Preview of next week’s show.

Le Sex Gods vs. Kenny Omega/Matt Hardy

Street fight with Jake Hager here as well. Hardy bites Guevara’s hand to start and it’s a big brawl early on. Tony: “We have found out that Jericho’s match next week will be against Pineapple Pete.” JR: “GET THE H*** OUT OF HERE!” Jericho is left laying on the floor and we get some Poetry in Motion on Sammy. Jericho gets back up and fights to the back with Matt but runs straight back in to double team Omega in the corner.

A double suplex drops Omega and we hit the pose for a bonus. Hardy, now in his regular gear instead of the Broken gear, comes in to clean house. Jericho and Hardy head outside again, leaving Sammy to kick Omega in the head. That lets Jericho come back in with the (Inner Circle branded) baseball bat for some shots from behind. Omega makes the save and knocks Jericho outside, meaning it’s time to break out the ladder and table.

A splash off the ladder sends Sammy through the table but Hager pulls the referee out at two. Omega’s slingshot dive is pulled out of the air so Hager can drop him onto the apron as we take a break. Back with Hardy and Jericho fighting backstage, with Hardy being put inside a Jacksonville Jaguars ice locker. Omega makes the save with some trashcan shots but Sammy sends him into an ATM (with Sammy even getting some money out).

Omega sends Sammy into a metal wall and Hager is sent through some barricades. Jericho runs Omega over and puts a cone on his own head like a hat. Omega comes back with a slippery when wet sign and shatters it over his back. Matt comes out of the ice bucket and he’s back in the Broken gear. He steals a golf cart, orders the cameraman to document these events (JR: “That’s what we’re doing mat. You’re on television.”), and almost runs Jericho over.

Omega is pulled into the cart with him and they chase Sammy down, eventually running him over hard. Jericho is still down so Hardy lays him onto a table, with Omega climbing a scissor lift. That’s raised into the air (JR: “What are we watching here?”) but Hager comes in for the save. Omega moonsaults onto everyone but Santana and Ortiz run in to save Jericho from the One Winged Angel. A triple bomb puts Hardy through a table and Omega is powerbombed onto the golf cart. The Judas Effect finishes Omega at 18:29.

Rating: B. This went longer than it needed to and there was a little too much laying around, but it was a memorable and entertaining match. The Hardy transformation would have worked better if they had done it once instead of twice, but it’s a clever enough idea for later on. The Inner Circle being back to full strength is a good thing too and it was a hard hitting brawl throughout. What matters the most though is it was better than sitting around in an empty arena hitting each other with chairs. You have a lot of resources available in the venue. Use them and see what kind of fun you can have, like they did here.

The Inner Circle poses in front of the Jaguars’ stadium with INNER CIRCLE on the scoreboard to end the show.

Overall Rating: B-. I liked the main event and Moxley vs. Kazarian, but I’m having a difficult time getting involved in all the Rhodes stuff. Last week’s beating to Dustin was brutal, but it’s still Dustin Rhodes. I’m very impressed with what he’s done lately, though that doesn’t change the fact that he hasn’t been some top level player for decades. It’s cool to see him in an angle, but it’s not an angle that needs to be such a focal point of the show. I get why people like it and care about Dustin. It’s just not something I’m going to get overly invested in most of the time. Good show though, with the main event shining.


Cody b. Joey Janela – Cross Rhodes

Nyla Rose b. Kenzie Paige – Beast Bomb

Jon Moxley b. Frankie Kazarian – Paradigm Shift

Lance Archer b. QT Marshall – Claw slam

Le Sex Gods b. Kenny Omega/Matt Hardy – Judas Effect to Omega

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17 Responses

  1. Mike M. says:

    I usually DVR both NXT and AEW, and whichever one sounds more interesting that week is the one I watch live. That was NXT this week. It felt like a chore to sit through though. The wrestling on NXT was better but AEW just feels like it has more energy and the wrestlers are having fun. This show was a great example of this. That’s making it the better show for me right now. WWE’s shows just feel like they’re happening because FOX and USA say they have to. Not everything AEW is throwing at the wall is sticking for sure, but it’s entertaining to watch.

    • MikeA says:

      Yeah, but to be fair both shows seem to be wwe. Mox as champ against Brodie. Let’s be honest and I’m pulling for both but there is no dominant figure in wrestling. The problem is the craft can’t marinate and simmer in goodness. For every omega page tag we get the dark order. Hopefully the revolt can turn some heads but Aew has a chance to establish page and allin but who else will step up
      Nxt was special. That’s I enjoy the older matches. However they are doing a good thing with karrion Gargano and Keith Lee and ciampa. Riddle is a stud as well as Balor and Walter

      • Mike M. says:

        I was tempted to stop reading after your first two sentences. The “WWE reject” thing is a lazy argument. My entire comment was about how Dynamite feels more energetic than NXT right now. With both shows not having their full rosters right now, energy goes a long way. That’s why this week, I preferred Dynamite.

        • MikeA says:

          It’s not lazy if it’s factual. It is what it is. Of course dynamite is more exciting. They are brand new. My point is if I want to to watch mox and Lee I can watch elimination chamber 2014. I know the rosters are compromised but fresh faces go a long way to creating buzz. You and I both know that.

          • MikeA says:

            Look at Sammy Guevara for instance. First match against Cody and he was a stud. I’m rooting for both. I don’t have a dog in the fight. I just think wrestling as a whole as we all know is suffering from that one giant draw. There is nothing we can do except endure the growing pains and wait for these people to grow up. In the meantime I choose not to see matches over and over again unless it’s worth the time and energy

          • MikeA says:

            And to go one step further nobody is a reject of anything. I have been put in wrestling holds and moves and it darn well hurts. Nobody is a reject of anything. The guys and gals bust their tails to entertain us risking injury every single time If it we’re up to me I would say take a break for everyone but that’s not the case or scenario right now

          • Mike M. says:

            And if you wanted to watch combinations of Owens, Zayn, Bryan, Punk, Rollins, Gargano, Balor, Nakamura, Ciampa, Undisputed Era, Lee, and Priest fight, you could have watched ROH/NJPW/Evolve from the late 2000’s/early 2010’s. It’s a lazy argument. Very few “true” new stars are made in any national company anymore.

          • MikeA says:

            Trust me I did

          • MikeA says:

            I saw Kenta before hideo and osprey and juice and my friend went to school with Austin theory and he fills me in. I’m good

          • Mik says:

            This is my last post on this promise . I’m not saying that somebody can’t break through. Wrestling stars have. I mean look at Chris Jericho and styles. They are major stars and no they did not start out in wwe ice cream commercials. Jim Neidhart was doing track and field events. Nash was a basketball player. Heck savages first love was baseball. Ernie Ladd came from football.
            I see your point all I’m saying is the top of the Wwe and Aew card does not have to have predictive results.
            To be fair wwe is booking themselves in a corner with the Wyatt Strowman match
            I mean look at what happened at wrestle mania 29 with triple h and Lesnar predictive result.
            So mox either loses or the dark order leader loses his first big match after debuting. Lose lose situation.

            Mox does not need a Bret Hart 92 title run or a Miz title run for that matter. He is already established Give me pac vs mox again or mox vs Sammy Just somebody that’s not that familiar with him that he can develop a good chemistry with

            As good as the HBK hhh matchups were they kinda got old quick. Everything has an expiration date

  2. Jay H says:

    Cody sucks as a Babyface.

    • MikeA says:

      As great as Cody has been and I say this with all due respect to mjf cody does not have a flair type figure to work with. Mjf is more piper than flair. Look HBK and mysterio both won the belt being under 250 lbs And so did Guerrero but they all had good heels to work with. Mysterio had an up and coming Orton HBK had Bret taker Austin and Hhh and love him or hate him Guerrero had Jbl and Angle as well
      Granted the Rhodes were wweified because McMahon did not want anybody to be bigger than his company except for hogan and piper in the 1980s but dusty was the definition of baby face. Flair along with Race and Steamboat just would not be Ric Flair without Dusty.

      But you are right. Cody is a more natural heel. His legacy run with ted Jr was great It must be hard being in the shadow of your fathers spotlight all the while trying to establish your own spotlight

      Ps also just everything about Rhodes and Flair just clicked in other sports. You had Boston and Lakers Bird vs magic. Georgetown Houston in ncaa basketball Mets and red so.x World Series. Along with piper and Hogan. The Horsemen.
      Ah it was good to be a kid back then

  3. Rahul Singh says:

    How can Brodie lee suddenly become the No 1 contender when they are supposed to be having rankings. Also, how does his ranking differ from others who have been wrestling every week.

    I don’t follow AEW that much apart from reading the results so am asking the reasons.

    • Thomas Hall says:

      I don’t think they gave it that much thought. In theory, the champ gets some say in the decision, but I doubt it’s going to be addresed.

  4. Dragon says:

    AEW is today, what WWE used to be. As much as it pains me to say this, it is much more enjoyable to watch and actually has interesting characters and stories. It is currently miles ahead of Raw, Smackdown, and NXT.

    • Jay H says:

      Where to begin with this nonsense.

      • Jack-Hammer says:

        IF AEW is fortunate, it’ll be what NXT has been the last 5 or 6 years. Right now, I don’t particularly care about most of what’s going on in AEW, certainly not with all the Rhodes stuff going on. For instance, this week’s show saw Cody against a glorified jobber in Joey Janela, I don’t give two craps about Dustin & Shawn Spears, Brandi serves no purpose but to serve as a reminder that the only reason she’s employed is because she’s married to Cody Rhodes, and Matt Hardy…well that’s really all there is to say about that.

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