7/7/21 AEW Dynamite: Road Rager Recap
The opening credits roll. Excalibur, Jim Ross, and Tony Schiavone are on commentary from Miami, Florida.
Match #1 – South Beach Strap Match: Cody Rhodes (w/Arn Anderson) vs. QT Marshall (w/Aaron Solow and Nick Comoroto)
Rhodes drops down and delivers an uppercut to Marshall. Rhodes chokes Marshall with the strap, but Marshall counters with an elbow to the midsection. Marshall tosses Rhodes to the entrance ramp, but Rhodes pulls Marshall into the ropes with the strap. Rhodes gets back in the ring, but Marshall cuts him off. Marshall comes out of the corner, but Rhodes drops him with a power slam. Rhodes whips Marshall with the strap, but Marshall delivers a shot to counter. Marshall goes for a moonsault from the middle rope, but Rhodes whips him with the strap again. Rhodes slaps two of the turnbuckles, but Solow cuts him off. Dustin Rhodes runs out and sends Solow into the crowd. Dustin and Solow fight up the stairs, and Comoroto follows. Marshall drops Rhodes with a low-blow and whips him with the strap. Marshall slaps three turnbuckles and drags Rhodes behind him. Rhodes also hits three turnbuckles, but neither hits the fourth as the count resets. Marshall drops Rhodes with a German suplex, but Rhodes comes back and sends Marshall to the floor. Rhodes sends Marshall into the ring post, and Marshall is busted open. They get back in the ring, and the lights go out in the arena.
The lights come back on and Rhodes looks confused, but he hits a third turnbuckle. Marshall cuts him off and takes control before Rhodes hits the last turnbuckle. Marshall whips Rhodes with the strap and chokes him with it in the corner. Rhodes comes back and hits Marshall with the strap and climbs the ropes as well. Rhodes chokes Marshall with the strap and goes for a huricanrana, but Marshall counters with an avalanche power bomb. Marshall wraps Rhodes’ arms in the strap and drops him with an avalanche Diamond Cutter. Marshall hits three turnbuckles, but Rhodes stops him from hitting the fourth. Marshall kicks Rhodes in the midsection and whips him with the strap. Rhodes fires up and drops Marshall with a clothesline and a pump kick. Rhodes drops Marshall with a head scissors and whips him with the strap. Rhodes drops Marshall with the Cody Cutter and hits three turnbuckles. Marshall goes behind him, but Rhodes delivers a low blow. Marshall spits in Rhodes’ face, and Rhodes answers with three Cross Rhodes and then hits all four turnbuckles.
Winner: Cody Rhodes
Footage of last week’s main event between MJF and Sammy Guevara is shown, in which Shawn Spears hit Guevara with a chair and allowed MJF to win. Spears cuts a promo backstage. He says it was the second greatest chair shot he has delivered in AEW, and he did it because of Guevara’s ego. Spears says he told Guevara he would get him, and then Guevara runs in and lays Spears out with a chair. Guevara says he got Spears and that it is far from over.
Tony Schiavone introduces the AEW World Champion, Kenny Omega, who is accompanied by Don Callis. Callis sends Schiavone out of the ring and goes over Omega’s history over the past few months. Callis says Omega has defeated Jon Moxley, Rey Fenix, and Jungle Boy, to name a few, and has collected titles all over the world. Callis says they have a problem, and that problem is that Omega has beaten everybody. Callis says there is no one left for Omega to beat, and that is a problem with Fyter Fest and Fight for the Fallen around the corner. The crowd chants for Hangman Adam Page, and the Dark Order’s music hits. Evil Uno comes to the ring with some questions. Uno asks Omega why he is ignoring the crowd, why he is ignoring Adam Page, and why is he so afraid of Page. Page says Uno has a lot of questions and he has one for Uno. Omega asks Uno what the capital of Thailand is, and then delivers a low blow. The rest of the Dark Order rushes the ring, as do The Good Brothers and Michael Nakazawa. Omega goes to hit Uno with the title belt, but Page comes to the ring and lays everyone out. Page sends The Good Brothers to the floor and gets on the apron. Omega turns around and they stare at each other. Page gets in the ring and they get face-to-face. Anderson distracts Page again, and Omega grabs the title and escapes the ring.
Earlier today, Jim Ross interviewed Darby Allin and Ethan Page. Ross asks Page why he is so set on ending Allin’s career. Allin interrupts and says he accomplish in his first year what it took Page 12 years to do. Allin says Page got married, had kids, and never left his hometown, while he dropped everything and did whatever it took to make it to somewhere like AEW. Page says what Allin said is true, but he skipped the line. Page says he plucked Allin from obscurity and brought him up in professional wrestling. Page says Allin would be nothing with him, and he is going to take him out next week in the Coffin Match.
Match #2 – Trios Tag Team Match: The Inner Circle (Jake Hager, Ortiz, and Santana) (w/Konnan) vs. The Pinnacle (Cash Wheeler, Dax Harwood, and Wardlow) (w/Tully Blanchard)
Harwood and Santana start the match and brawl on the mat. Santana delivers a few dropkicks to Harwood, and then drops him with a series of suplexes. Ortiz tags in and he and Santana double team Harwood. Ortiz takes Harwood down with a suplex and goes for the cover, but Harwood kicks out. Harwood delivers a shot to Ortiz and tags in Wheeler. Wheeler drops Ortiz to the mat and keeps control. Wheeler tags Wardlow in, and Wardlow slams Ortiz to the mat. Wardlow goes for the cover, but Ortiz kicks out. Harwood tags back in, but Ortiz drops him with a heel trip. Ortiz follows with a Liger Bomb and Hager tags in. Hager hits the Hager Bomb on Harwood and drops Wheeler with a clothesline. Hager sends Harwood and Wheeler to the outside as the show heads to a commercial.
Back from the break, Santana and Wheeler are the legal men. Santana drops Wheeler with a cutter, and then Ortiz tags in. Ortiz takes Wheeler down, as well as knocks Wardlow to the floor. The Inner Circle triple team Wheeler in the ring. Hager drops him with a slam and Ortiz goes for the cover, but Wardlow breaks it up. Harwood tags in and FTR double team Ortiz. Harwood rolls Ortiz up, but Ortiz kicks out at two. Harwood goes for a suplex, but Ortiz counters with a brain buster. Hager tags in, who takes down Harwood and Wheeler. Wardlow dodges Hager, and FTR take advantage with a quick double team. Hager comes back and sends Wheeler to the floor and drops Harwood in the ring. Hager calls for Wardlow, who tags in. They exchange shots and Hager rolls into the ankle lock. FTR get in the ring and Hager drops Wheeler witha right hand. FTR come back and drop Hager with the Big Rig and Wardlow gets the pin fall.
Winners: The Pinnacle
-After the match, Konnan hits Wardlow with the matte ball, but Blanchard takes Konnan out with a chop block.
Next week, Jon Moxley will defend the IWGP United States Championship against Karl Anderson. A video package for the ongoing feud airs.
Chris Jericho and MJF have their standoff in the ring. MJF tells the truck to cut Jericho’s music and says this isn’t about the fans. MJF says this is about them and how Jericho has been begging for a rematch. MJF says everyone wants the MJF rub and a piece of the king of AEW. Jericho says he isn’t going to back down from MJF and will accept any stipulation he puts in front of him. Jericho says he will swim with alligators, get run over by a Mack truck, and even have sex with MJF’s mother. MJF says it is a shame that they are at this point, because he used to look up to Jericho. MJF asks Jericho if he remembers what he put Jon Moxley through when they were feuding. He says Jericho made Moxley wrestle everyone in the Inner Circle to get a match with him, and now MJF is going to take Jericho’s blueprint and make it better. MJF says Jericho will have five labors: Jericho will have four different opponents with four different opponents, and if he survives all of that, he gets his rematch with MJF. Jericho signs the contract and throws it at MJF. Jericho goes to leave, but MJF stops him. MJF says he comes from the greatest place in the world, Plainview, Long Island, New York, and a deal is not done there until both parties shake hands. MJF tells Jericho to shake his hand or the deal is off. Jericho shakes MJF’s hand, and then pulls him in and hits the Judas Effect.
Footage of Nyla Rose putting Dr. Britt Baker, D.M.D. through a table last week. Tony Schiavone interviews Baker backstage. Baker says nobody wanted to see that match last week, and the only positive was that it was another win for the Doctor. Baker says Rebel was injured and Tony Khan should feel bad. She says she makes Khan millions and he only made the match because Vickie Guerrero brought in Andrade El Idolo. Baker says the only thing soft around here is Nyla Rose, and she will never get the title again. Baker says Dallas will be known as the Big D.M.D. when she retains her title in two weeks.
Match #3 – Singles Match: Andrade El Idolo (w/Vickie Guerrero) vs. Matt Sydal
Idolo and Sydal wrestle around the ring and then Idolo gets on the ropes. Sydal cuts him off, but Idolo sends Sydal to the mat with an elbow strike. Idolo connects with a springboard moonsault and goes for the cover, but Sydal kicks out. Sydal comes back with a few kicks and goes for a sunset flip, but Idolo rolls him up for two. Sydal picks Idolo’s ankle and works over his legs. Sydal kicks Idolo in the face and goes up top. Idolo cuts him off and sends him to the floor as the show heads to a commercial.
Back from the break, Idolo drives a knee into Sydal and sends him to the corner. Sydal comes back with a leg lariat and they exchange shots. Sydal gets a roll-up for two and knees Idolo in the face. Sydal comes off the ropes, but Idolo drops him with a lariat. Idolo goes up top, but Sydal cuts him off. Idolo hangs Sydal in the ropes and goes for a double stomp. Sydal dodges it and drops Idolo with the Meteora. Sydal goes for the cover, but Idolo kicks out. Idolo comes back and throws Sydal into the corner. Idolo delivers double knees to Sydal and drops him with El Idolo for the pin fall.
Winner: Andrade El Idolo
-After the match, Idolo attacks Sydal and locks in a double arm trap submission.
A video package for the feud between Christian Cage and Matt Hardy airs. They will go one-on-one next week.
Tony Schiavone is in the ring with Arn Anderson. Anderson says it is good to be in Miami, but the lights go out in the arena. They come back on and Tommy End is in the ring. He lays Anderson out with a kick to the face. Cody Rhodes gets in the ring, but End lays him out with a kick as well. Excalibur says End is now known as Malakai Black.
Earlier today, Ricky Starks cut a promo. He has his own personal security now, because he is not cleared and he can’t trust a guy like Brian Cage. Taz interrupted and said this is embarrassing, but Starks said Cage is the one who is embarrassing. Starks insulted Cage’s wife and Cage rushed the ring. Cage laid out the security guards. Cage will defend the FTW World Heavyweight Championship against Starks next week.
Match #4 – Mixed Tag Team Match: Kris Statlander and Orange Cassidy vs. The Blade and The Bunny
Cassidy and Blade start the match. Cassidy delivers a dropkick and goes for Beach Break. Blade gets free and slams Cassidy to the mat. Blade picks Cassidy up, but Cassidy counters with a Stundog Millionaire. Bunny tags in, and Statlander enters as well. Bunny delivers a few shots to Statlander and drops her with a knee lift. Statlander comes back with a power slam and delivers a few chops in the corner. Statlander drops Bunny with a delayed vertical suplex, but Blade grabs her ankle from behind. Bunny delivers a shot to Statlander’s head as the show heads to a commercial.
Back from the break, Statlander slams Bunny to the mat. Statlander goes for the cover, but Bunny kicks out. Blade and Cassidy brawl on the floor and Blade slams Cassidy into the barricade, as Bunny drops Statlander with a German suplex. Blade tags in and gets in Statlander’s face. Cassidy takes Blade out with a cross-body and drops Blade with a DDT. Cassidy goes for the cover, but Blade kicks out. Cassidy goes up top, but Bunny knocks him down. Statlander knocks Bunny to the floor and hits Area 451 on Blade. Cassidy goes for the cover, but Bunny pulls him out. Blade gets a set of brass knucks and Cassidy charges for the Orange Punch, but Blade knocks him out. Blade stands on Cassidy chest for the cover, but the referee says the women are legal. Statlander shoves Bunny into Blade and hits the Big Bang Theory for the pin fall.
Winners: Kris Statlander and Orange Cassidy
Earlier today, Jungle Boy was presented with a trophy for being the first competitor in AEW to reach 50 wins.
Dan Lambert, MMA promoter, gets in the ring and runs down AEW while praising the old days of professional wrestling. Eventually, Lance Archer gets in the ring and knocks him out with a forearm shot. Archer lays Lambert out with the Blackout as Jake Roberts looks on from the stage.
Next week – Fyter Fest Night 1:
Coffin Match: Ethan Page vs. Darby Allin
Matt Hardy vs. Christian Cage
FTW World Heavyweight Championship Match: Brian Cage (c) vs. Ricky Starks
Penelope Ford vs. Yuka Sakazaki
IWGP United States Championship Match: Jon Moxley (c) vs. Karl Anderson
Adam Page will speak
Match #5 – AEW World Tag Team Championship – Street Fight: The Young Bucks (Matt Jackson and Nick Jackson) (c) (w/Brandon Cutler and Don Callis) vs. Eddie Kingston and Penta El Zero Miedo (w/Alex Abrahantes)
Kingston and Penta take the Bucks to the floor, but the Bucks turn it around and go for double superkicks. Penta and Kingston dodge, and the Bucks kick Michael Nakazawa, who was over the barricade. The Bucks get Kingston and Penta back in the ring and set up a chair. Kingston and Penta fight back and drop toe hold The Bucks into the chair. Kingston holds the chair against Nick and Penta comes off the top rope and onto the chair. Penta grabs a table and sets it up on the floor. The Bucks come back and take him down. Another table is in the ring, not set up, and The Bucks power bomb Kingston on it. Penta comes back and drops Matt with a Destroyer through the table on the floor. Penta grabs a trash can, but Nick kicks it into his face as the show heads to a commercial.
Back from the break, Nick hits a senton on Kingston on a trash can and goes for the cover, but Kingston kicks out. Penta superkicks Nick and drops him with a Slingblade. Penta drops Matt with one as well and delivers a senton to Matt and a jaw-breaker to Nick. Penta delivers shots to The Bucks, but Matt comes back with a release suplex. Nick kicks Kingston in the head and Matt connects with a cannonball in the corner. Matt delivers more shots to Kingston, but Penta makes the save. Penta kicks Matt in the face and Kingston drops him with a half-and-half suplex. Penta drops Matt with a DDT and Kingston locks Matt in a rear-naked choke. Nick comes off the top and hits a 450 splash on the referee. Matt taps out, but the referee is out cold. The Good Brothers come to the ring, but Penta and Kingston counter then. Matt takes Kingston out with a Spear, and Frankie Kazarian runs out and power bombs Cutler through a table. Penta and Kingston double team Matt and Kingston goes for the cover, and another referee rushes the ring, but Nick pulls him to the floor.
Kazarian drops Nick with a clothesline on the floor, but The Good Brothers drop Kazarian with the Magic Killer. Kingston dumps out thumb tacks, but Matt scoops some of them up and throws them in Kingston’s face. Penta comes in with a trash can and takes Matt out. Penta kicks Nick in the head, but Nick comes back and drops Penta onto the tacks with a hurricanrana. Nick goes for the cover, but Penta kicks out. Kingston delivers chops to the Bucks, but The Bucks come back with a double superkick. The Bucks throw tacks in Penta’s face and put tacks in Kingston’s mouth. The Bucks deliver a double superkick and get the pin fall.
Winners and still AEW World Tag Team Champions: The Young Bucks