5/19/21 AEW Dynamite Recap
The opening credits roll. Excalibur, Jim Ross, Taz, and Tony Schiavone are on commentary from Jacksonville, Florida.
Match #1 – Singles Match: Christian Cage vs. Matt Sydal
Cage applies a side-headlock, but Sydal sends him off the ropes. Cage drops Sydal with a shoulder tackle and goes for the cover, but Sydal quickly kicks out. Cage goes back to the side-headlock and takes Sydal to the mat. Sydal counters and applies a side-headlock of his own. Sydal takes Cage to the mat and goes for the cover, but Cage kicks out. They lock up and Cage backs Sydal into the corner. Sydal turns it around, but Cage delivers a right hand. Sydal comes back with a hurricanrana and comes off the ropes, but Cage trips him up and sends him to the floor. Cage delivers a dropkick and rolls Sydal back into the ring. Cage goes for the cover, but Sydal kicks out. Cage delivers a back-breaker and goes for another cover, but Sydal kicks out again. Cage applies a rear chin-lock, but Sydal counters with elbow shots. Cage delivers a body shot and takes Sydal down with a diving uppercut. Cage goes for the cover, but Sydal kicks out once more. Cage delivers another back-breaker and stands on Sydal’s back. Cage stomps on Sydal’s back and goes for another back-breaker, but Sydal counters with a hurricanrana.
Sydal goes up top, but Cage cuts him off with an elbow. Cage climbs as well and goes for a superplex, but Sydal fights him off. Sydal delivers a Meteora and goes for the cover, but Cage kicks out. Sydal drops Cage with a clothesline and goes for another cover, but Cage kicks out again. Sydal drops Cage with a leg lariat, and then delivers a knee strike in the corner. Sydal goes for the cover, but Cage kicks out once more. Sydal goes for the Lightning Spiral, but Cage counters with a back-breaker. Cage goes for a Spear, but Sydal counters with a roll-up for two. Sydal locks in the grounded straitjacket hold, but Cage gets to the ropes. Cage drapes Sydal over the top rope and goes for a cross-body, but Sydal dodges it. Sydal comes off the ropes, but Cage dodges him and delivers a Spear. Cage goes for the cover, but Sydal kicks out. Cage goes for the Killswitch, but Sydal counters with a knee strike. Sydal picks Cage’s ankle and goes for a standing moonsault. Cage gets his knees up and hits the Killswitch for the pin fall.
Winner: Christian Cage
-After the match, Cage invites Taz into the ring as Taz is talking trash, but Ricky Starks’ music hits and he comes to the stage. Starks tells Cage to not worry about Taz, and tells Cage that he is front and center. Starks says he and Cage have some business to handle, and the rest of Team Taz rush the ring and attack Cage and Sydal from behind. Hook takes Sydal to the floor as Powerhouse Hobbs and Brian Cage attack Cage in the ring. Adam Page comes out and hands Starks his drink. Page gets into the ring and makes the save for Christian Cage. Page knocks Hobbs down, but Brian Cage attacks him. Brian Cage sends Page to the apron, but Page comes back for the Buckshot. Brian Cage catches him, but Page gets free. Hook comes back in and attacks Page, and then Brian Cage lays Page out with a power bomb.
The Varsity Blonds are backstage with Julia Hart. Brian Pillman Jr. says it’s funny that the Young Bucks brought up his father, because his father is the reason he stayed away from wrestling for so long. He says The Young Bucks are the reason the Varsity Blonds are here today. Griff Garrison says he was selected to host the Young Bucks merchandise stand a few years ago, but the Young Bucks are not the same anymore. Garrison says they will win the tag titles tonight, and Pillman says we’ve seen this from the Bucks before, but this time it is different. He says the Blonds will not stop until they are the AEW World Tag Team Champions.
Eddie Kingston and Jon Moxley cut a promo. Moxley says they have to be making some kind of dent in the AEW Tag Team Division, and asks Kingston if The Acclaimed are good. Kingston says one of them is a rapper and the other is the rappers friend. Moxley asks if they are inviting them to a superkick party, and Kingston says he doesn’t throw superkick. Moxley says they should just go out there and beat the breaks off of them, and Kingston says he likes that.
The Acclaimed cut a promo now, and Anthony Bowens says they are ranked higher in the rankings than Kingston and Moxley, and they are going to knock their asses out tonight. Max Caster agrees and says that is a mic drop.
Match #2 – Tag Team Match: Eddie Kingston and Jon Moxley vs. The Acclaimed (Anthony Bowens and Max Caster)
Kingston and Moxley attack Bowens and Caster right at the bell, after Caster’s rap, and beat them down. Moxley takes Bowens to the floor as Kingston works over Caster in the ring. Kingston slams Caster into the corner and tags in Moxley. Kingston and Moxley drop Caster with a double shoulder tackle and Moxley stomps Caster down in the corner. Kingston tags back in and drops Caster with a suplex. Kingston gouges Caster’s eyes and bites his ear as Moxley tags back in. Moxley chops Caster in the corner a few times and Kingston tags back in. Kingston takes Caster to the corner, but Caster counters with a throat punch and takes Kingston down with a leg whip off the ropes as the show heads to a commercial.
Back from the break, Bowens has the Price of Fame applied to Kingston, but Moxley breaks it up. Caster comes in and beats down Moxley and sends him back to the floor. Caster tags in, but Kingston comes back and takes him down. Kingston makes the tag and Moxley throws Bowens to the floor. Moxley delivers forearm shots to Caster and kicks him in the chest. Moxley drops Caster with a release German suplex, and then drops him with a lariat. Moxley drops Caster with a pile-driver and locks Bowens in a sleeper hold. Moxley goes for the Paradigm Shift out of the corner, but Bowens cuts him off and makes the tag. Caster suplexes Moxley from the top and then Bowens connects with a cross-body. Bowens goes for the cover, but Kingston breaks it up. Kingston takes Caster to the floor and slams him into the barricade. Bowens delivers chops to Moxley, but Moxley counters with a sleeper and tags in Kingston. Caster pulls Moxley to the floor and slams him into the barricade. Caster throws Bowens the chain, but the referee sees it. Caster has the boombox, but Moxley grabs it and nails Caster with it.
Kingston delivers an enzuigiri to Bowens and tags in Moxley. Kingston and Moxley hit a wheelbarrow Paradigm Shift on Bowens, and Moxley gets the pin fall.
Winners: Eddie Kingston and Jon Moxley
Alex Marvez is backstage with Chris Jericho. Marvez asks Jericho if The Inner Circle is going to accept The Pinnacle’s challenge for Stadium Stampede. Jericho says Marvez will have to wait just like anyone else.
Tony Schiavone is in the ring with Ethan Page and Scorpio Sky. Sky tells Sting to step aside from Darby Allin, or he will put him down. Page says they have it from here and sends Schiavone away. Page says Sky has already proved his can take Sting out with the heel hook. He says the week Sting missed, he threw Allin down the steps. Page tells Allin that it was his fault that Allin lost the TNT title. Page says he is here to take everything away from Allin, and he promises him that he will be the nail in Allin’s coffin. The lights go out in the arena, and then Sting comes through the tunnel. He walks to the ring, and Allin attacks Page and Sky with his skateboard. Sting delivers the Stinger Splash to Sky as Allin goes to work on Page. Allin sends Page to the floor as Sting locks Sky in the Scorpion Deathlock. Page and Sky try to retreat, but the Dark Order comes out of both tunnels to block their exit. Page and Sky run through the crowd and find another exit as Sting and Allin stare them down.
The Pinnacle are at dinner and talk about The Inner Circle. MJF says Jericho is just so funny and witty with his third grade humor. MJF says he hopes Jericho laughs at himself, because for the first time in his career he is dealing with someone who always gets the last laugh. Dax Harwood says they should be chasing every AEW title, but they have to keep beating The Inner Circle every week. Harwood says it is a joke that Jericho is still making a mockery of professional wrestling after thirty years. Shawn Spears gets angry and slams the waiter into the table. He says he wants his drink, and they tell him to calm down. Tully Blanchard throws the waiter a wad of cash and tells him that should take care of it. MJF says if The Inner Circle agrees to Stadium Stampede, it will be their last match.
Match #3 – Singles Match: Hikaru Shida vs. Rebel (w/Dr. Britt Baker, D.M.D.)
Rebel kicks Shida in the midsection, but Shida comes back with a slap. Shida drops an elbow on Rebel’s knee a few times and grabs a glove. She puts it on in front of Baker and goes for the Lockjaw on Rebel. Baker grabs the title belt and Rebel hits Shida in the back with the crutch. Rebel suplexes Shida across the ring and goes for the cover, but Shida kicks out. Rebel goes for a kick, but Shida blocks it and works over her knee. Shida delivers a knee-breaker and locks in the Stretch Muffler and Rebel taps out.
Winner: Hikaru Shida
-After the match, Baker attacks Shida and delivers forearm shots. Baker delivers a curb stomp to Shida onto the title belt.
Footage of Kenny Omega and Don Callis checking on Orange Cassidy last week is shown. Omega says it was a rough night at the office for Cassidy, and they show him footage from his match against PAC. Omega says they value Cassidy in the company, and they care about him. Omega says they need Cassidy to be the mascot of AEW, not the main eventer. Omega says the legal team has prepared something for him, and it is a contract to give up his right to be in the AEW World Championship Match at Double or Nothing, but he would still get a title match when he is healthy. Cassidy rips the contract in half and throws it on the floor. Omega tells Cassidy to think about what happened during the power bomb when he got injured. Omega asks Cassidy what will happen when he drops him with the One Winged Angel, and the damage he will do to him would be worse than the power bomb. Callis hands Cassidy another contract, just like the first, and tells Cassidy to think about it. They walk away and say that they care about Cassidy.
The Inner Circle, minus Santana, comes to the ring. Ortiz says talk is cheap and he wants to fight. Sammy Guevara says he cannot agree more and says as long as The Inner Circle and The Pinnacle work for AEW, this is never going to end. He calls The Pinnacle clowns and says his answer is yes. Jake Hager says they don’t have a choice but to accept the match. Jericho says all the guys spoke the truth and he heard The Pinnacle loud and clear last week. He wonders if the stipulation is worth it, and wonders if Blood and Guts was worth it. Jericho says none of them will forget that night, and MJF hurt him bad. He says his physical injuries will get better, but his mental image won’t. He asks if it was worth it putting himself and his family through this, and he says yes it was because of the revenge he is going to get on MJF. Jericho says their answer is yes, and if they can’t beat The Pinnacle then they don’t deserve to be together anymore. Jericho says when Santana comes back next week, he is going to show that he is still alive, just like the rest of The Inner Circle. Jericho says they are going to dance all over The Pinnacle’s faces and piss all over their graves.
Tony Schiavone interviewed Jade Cargill earlier today. Cargill says she is her own boss, but Mark Sterling interrupted her again. He says he doesn’t want Cargill to work for him, but he wants to work for her. He says he wants to help Cargill take Team Jade to the top. Cargill says what Sterling is not going to do is interrupt her and sends him away. She says she will think about it and asks Schiavone who Sterling is.
Match #4 – NWA World Women’s Championship Match: Serena Deeb (c) vs. Red Velvet
Deeb throws her shirt at Velvet and attacks her with rights and lefts. Deeb drops Velvet with a twisting neck-breaker and goes for the cover, but Velvet kicks out. Deeb goes for the Detox, but Velvet escapes. Deeb kicks Velvet in the midsection, but Velvet comes back with a kick of her own. Deeb comes back with a back elbow shot and chops Velvet in the corner. Deeb delivers a right hand and stomps Velvet in the corner. Velvet turns it around with body shots in the corner, and stomps Deeb to the mat. Velvet chokes Deeb with her boot, but Deeb comes back with a dragon screw leg whip as the show heads to a commercial break.
Back from the break, Velvet comes back with a few clotheslines. Velvet trips Deeb into the ropes and connects with double knees to the back. Velvet connects with a standing moonsault and goes for the cover, but Deeb kicks out. Velvet sends Deeb to the corner and charges, but Deeb dodges her and locks her in a front face-lock in the ropes. Velvet comes back and shoves Deeb to the floor. Velvet comes off the apron with a moonsault and rolls Deeb back into the ring. Velvet takes Deeb down with a corkscrew and goes for the cover, but Deeb kicks out. Velvet kicks Deeb in the midsection and goes for Just Desserts, but Deeb counters. Velvet holds on and rolls Deeb up for two. Velvet slams Deeb to the mat and goes to the ropes. Velvet goes for the moonsault, but Deeb gets her knees up. Deeb delivers a power bomb and goes for the cover, but Velvet kicks out. Deeb locks in the Serenity Lock, but Velvet doesn’t tap. Deeb goes for the Figure Four, but Velvet rolls her up for two. Velvet goes for Just Desserts, but Deeb chop blocks her knee and smashes Velvet’s knee into the mat a few times. Deeb locks in the Serenity Lock and Velvet taps out.
Winner and still NWA World Women’s Champion: Serena Deeb
PAC is backstage. He says he is sick and tired of being robbed of opportunities in this company. He says he has his match now and there is nothing that the Elitist pricks can do about it. He asks what fool bets against The Bastard now.
Match #5 – Anthony Ogogo (w/Aaron Solow, Nick Comoroto, and QT Marshall) vs. Austin Gunn (w/Arn Anderson and Cody Rhodes)
Gunn dropkicks Ogogo into the corner and delivers right hands. Ogogo goes for a few right hands, but Gunn trips him up. Gunn goes for a hip toss, but Ogogo blocks it and delivers a right hand to the midsection. Gunn gets to his feet, but Ogogo delivers another gut punch, and Ogogo gets splashed with Gunn’s blood. Gunn tells the referee to not stop the match and tries to take Ogogo down. Ogogo blocks him and delivers a knockout shot to the face and the referee calls for the bell.
Winner via referee stoppage: Anthony Ogogo
-After the match, Rhodes and Anderson get into the ring to check on Gunn. Ogogo grabs the United States flag from Rhodes and throws it in the air. Rhodes catches it and stares down Ogogo as Ogogo grabs the Union Jack and holds it in the air.
Alex Marvez is backstage with SCU. Marvez asks Christopher Daniels what the future holds for him. Daniels shakes hands with Frankie Kazarian and walks away without talking. Kazarian says he doesn’t have the words or the time to explain what Daniels means to him. Kazarian says Daniels has earned the right to go whichever way he chooses. Kazarian says he lost so much more than a tag team partner last week. He says he is going to hunt down every single member of The Elite and he will have his revenge or his will die trying.
The new AEW TNT Champion, Miro, comes to the ring. Miro says he beat Darby Allin up so bad and took what he said couldn’t be taken. Miro says if someone has what he wants, it’s done. He says he forgives Allin for disrespecting him and says he is the champion now. He says he will give someone a title opportunity on next week’s Dynamite. Lance Archer interrupts and comes to the stage with Jake Roberts. Archer tells Miro to shut up and says he has been the monster in AEW while Miro was still trying to have a “day” to himself. Archer says he is glad Miro won, because they are going to give the people a monster fight, and he can’t wait for them to beat the hell out of each other. Archer says he is going to make Miro his Bulgarian bitch. Miro says Archer calls himself a monster, but lets an old man hold him back. Miro says there is not enough yoga in the world that will save Roberts live if he comes close to him. Miro says Archer is right when everybody dies, but he is going to make sure Archer dies first.
Announced for next week’s Dynamite, which will air on Friday, May 28th, at 10/9 Central:
-AEW TNT Championship Match: Miro (c) vs. Dante Martin
-Adam Page vs. Joey Janela
-Jade Cargill has issued an open challenge
-Ethan Page and Scorpio Sky vs. Evil Uno and Stu Grayson
-Cezar Bononi vs. Darby Allin
-The Inner Circle will hold a celebration of their biggest momeents
-Anthony Ogogo and Cody Rhodes will have a weigh-in for their match at Double or Nothing
-Orange Cassidy will give his answer to Kenny Omega
-Hikaru Shida’s title reign will be honored
Announced for Double or Nothing:
Darby Allin and Sting vs. Ethan Page and Scorpio Sky
Match #6 – AEW World Tag Team Championship Match: The Young Bucks (Matt Jackson and Nick Jackson) (c) (w/Brandon Cutler and Don Callis) vs. Varsity Blonds (Brian Pillman Jr. and Griff Garrison) (w/Julia Hart)
Garrison takes Nick to the mat and then sends him to the corner. Nick comes out of the corner, but Garrison drops him with a boot to the face. Matt tags in, but Varsity Blonds double team him. The Blonds drop The Bucks with double dropkicks and send them to the floor. The Blonds mock The Bucks with their pose, and Pillman sends Nick back to the floor. Back in the ring, Pillman takes Matt down with an arm drag and Garrison tags in. Garrison keeps control and Pillman tags back in. Pillman dropkicks Matt from Garrison’s hold and goes for the cover, but Matt kicks out. Garrison tags back in and slams Matt to the canvas. Pillman tags back in, but The Bucks take control and send Garrison to the floor. Matt delivers shots to Pillman and tosses him to the stage. Nick tags in and walks the ropes with Matt’s help. Nick stomps on Pillman and splashes onto Garrison. The Bucks pose in the ring and Nick drapes Pillman over the top rope as the show heads to a commercial.
Back from the break, Pillman takes Nick down with a cross-body. Matt and Garrison tag in. Garrison delivers shots to The Bucks and tosses them across the ring. Garrison delivers clotheslines in the corner and drops The Bucks with a double Spear. Garrison takes The Bucks down with a dive on the floor and tosses Matt back into the ring. Garrison delivers a right hand and Pillman drops Matt with a flying clotheslines. Garrison goes for the cover, but Matt kicks out. Pillman tags in, but Nick cuts him off. Matt takes Garrison down and Nick kicks Garrison in the face. Matt superplexes Pillman to the mat and tags in Nick. The Bucks deliver kicks to Pillman’s back, but Pillman causes Nick to superkick Matt. Pillman kicks Nick in the face and goes for the cover, but Matt breaks it up. Matt tags in and takes Pillman down and locks in the Sharpshooter. Nick sprays Pillman in the eyes and Garrison takes Matt down. Nick drops Garrison with a superkick and Cutler gives Matt a can of the sprat. Julia Hart gets on the apron and tells the referee. The referee takes the can, but Cutler gives Matt another one. He sprays Julia in the face and Pillman rolls him up, but Matt kicks out.
Matt locks in the Sharpshooter and Nick comes over the top with a face-buster, and Pillman taps out.
Winners and still AEW World Tag Team Champions: The Young Bucks
-After the match, Cutler and Callis get in the ring and celebrate with the Bucks. Kingston and Moxley get into the ring and Cutler and Callis leave. Kingston and Moxley beat down The Bucks and make them pass out in sleeper holds. Moxley and Kingston steal The Bucks’ shoes and it is made official that The Bucks will defend the titles against Moxley and Kingston at Double or Nothing.