8/25/21 AEW Dynamite Recap
The opening credits roll. Excalbur, Jim Ross, and Tony Schiavone are on commentary from Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Match #1 – Matt Hardy vs. Orange Cassidy
Cassidy kicks Hardy’s shins while Hardy does the “Delete” taunt to start the match. Cassidy puts his hands in his pockets, and Hardy does the same, except Hardy pulls out wads of cash. Cassidy ducks under a clothesline and sends Hardy to the floor with a dropkick. Cassidy picks up a $100 bill and puts it in his pocket. Cassidy goes for a dive through the ropes, but Hardy catches him and drops him with the Side Effect on the floor. Hardy wraps Cassidy around the ring post and pulls his ribs into it. Back in the ring, Hardy slams Cassidy to the mat with a series of back suplexes. Hardy picks up his cash from the canvas and puts it back in his pockets. Hardy mocks Cassidy with a few kicks, and then slams him back to the mat. Hardy drops an elbow and goes for the cover, but Cassidy kicks out. Hardy drops Cassidy with a right hand in the corner, and then chokes him with his boots. Hardy delivers more shots and follows with another suplex. Hardy takes the $100 bill back from Cassidy and drops him with a back elbow. Hardy connects with a leg drop and goes for the cover, but Cassidy kicks out.
Hardy works over Cassidy’s arms and back, and then whips him into the corner. Hardy charges, but Cassidy dodges and goes to the apron. Cassidy slams Hardy’s face into the turnbuckle and comes off the top, but Hardy dodges him. Cassidy goes for the Beach Break, but Hardy gets free and drops Cassidy with a sit-out power bomb. Hardy goes for the cover, but Cassidy kicks out. Hardy goes for the Twist of Fate, but Cassidy counters and sends him to the floor. Cassidy sends Hardy into the barricade with a dive, and then tosses him back into the ring. Cassidy takes Hardy down with a cross-body and follows with the tornado DDT. Cassidy goes for the cover, but Hardy kicks out. Hardy has been busted open as Cassidy goes up top. Hardy cuts him off and goes for a suplex, but Cassidy delivers body shots and shoves him to the canvas. Cassidy hits the Swanton Bomb and does the “Delete” gesture to Hardy. Cassidy kicks Hardy in the midsection and goes for the Twist of Fate, but Hardy backs him into the corner. Hardy takes Cassidy down and delivers an elbow drop to Cassidy’s back. Hardy goes for the cover, but Cassidy kicks out.
Hardy goes for the Twist of Fate, but Cassidy counters and hits it himself. Cassidy goes for the cover, but Hardy kicks out. Cassidy goes for the Orange Punch, but Hardy dodges it and tries to lock in the Leech. Cassidy rolls through, puts his hands in his pockets, and gets the pin fall.
Winner: Orange Cassidy
Malakai Black cuts a promo. He says Brock Anderson is in over his head. Black says he will give Anderson an out. He says they will get in the ring, then Anderson will roll out and take his ten seconds. Black says Anderson will then apologize to him and take his dad to the back. Black says if it goes down any differently, he will take it out on Anderson, his dad, Cody Rhodes, and anyone else associated with the Nightmare Family.
Chris Jericho comes to the ring. He says everyone has had a great week, except for him. He says he lost to MJF again, and he has to be down on himself. He says he did everything he had to do to get to MJF, but losing to MJF is getting to him and it’s like an earworm that won’t go away. Jericho says until this ends, he will keep attacking MJF backstage, in the street, at his house, anywhere, until it is over. Jericho says he doesn’t give a shit, and he has a proposal for MJF on a way that they could end this. He invites MJF to come out, but he doesn’t. Jericho proposes one more match between them at All Out. Jericho says if he can’t beat MJF, he will go to the commentary table full time on Rampage, and he will never wrestle in AEW again. Jericho says if MJF wants to prove once and for all that he is better than him, he has to prove it at All Out. MJF comes out with a shirt on that says “MJF 3, Jeriblow 0.” MJF says Jericho might have the people fooled, but he is not an idiot like the people in Milwaukee. MJF says Jericho realized long ago that if he wanted to stay relevant, he needed a rub from the youngest and fastest-rising star in all of professional wrestling. MJF says he made a promise that he would never wrestle Jericho again, and even though he enjoys saying that he tapped out Jericho, but being able to say he ended Jericho is even better. MJF says Jericho has the match, but Jericho needs to think it over. He says Jericho is putting his career on the line against a guy who has mopped the floor with him three time. MJF says Jericho shouldn’t do it, because he is better than him and he knows it.
The Varsity Blonds cut a promo. They say they are the number one ranked team in AEW, and that The Lucha Brothers will not keep them from their goal of winning the AEW World Tag Team Championship inside of a Steel Cage.
Match #2 – AEW World Tag Team Championship Eliminator Tournament – Semifinal Match: Lucha Brothers (Penta El Zero Miedo and Rey Fenix) (w/Alex Abrahantes) vs. Varsity Blonds (Brian Pillman Jr. and Griff Garrison) (w/Julia Hart)
Garrison and Fenix start the match, and Garrison applies a side-headlock. Fenix sends him off the ropes, but Garrison drops him with a shoulder tackle. They run the ropes for a bit, and Fenix sends Garrison to the corner and slaps his chest. Garrison comes back for a big boot, but Fenix dodges it and Pillman and Penta tag in. Pillman comes off the ropes, but Penta delivers a superkick. Penta now runs the ropes, but Pillman drops him with a superkick. Pillman drops Penta with a hurricanrana, but Penta comes back with a Slingblade. Penta slaps Pillman’s chest against the ropes as the show heads to a commercial.
Back from the break, Penta tags in Fenix, and Garrison tags in Pillman. Fenix delivers a few quick shots and drops Pillman with a springboard dropkick. Fenix sends Garrison to the floor and drops Pillman with a Cutter. Fenix goes for the cover, but Garrison breaks it up. Garrison takes Fenix to the apron, but Penta makes the save. Pillman gets involved, but the Lucha Brothers drop the Blonds with superkicks. Fenix follows with a dive through the ropes to take the Blonds down again. Fenix gets Pillman back in the ring, but Pillman counters with a power bomb and goes for the cover, but Fenix kicks out. Garrison drops an elbow on Fenix and Pillman goes for another cover, but Penta breaks it up. Penta delivers a superkick to Garrison, and then the Lucha Brothers deliver a series of superkicks to Pillman. The Lucha Brothers hit the assisted pile driver and Fenix gets the pin fall on Pillman.
Winners: Lucha Brothers
-The Lucha Brothers will face Jurassic Express in the finals this Friday night on Rampage. Jurassic Express get into the ring and shake hands with Lucha Brothers, but The Young Bucks get on the apron. The Bucks shove Jurassic Express into the Lucha Brothers behind their backs, but Marko Stunt calms them down and Luchasaurus and Penta lay The Bucks out with superkicks.
Andrade El Idolo and Chavo Guerrero Jr. cut a promo. Guerrero says Idolo and PAC are both undeniably good, but only one of them can be undeniably great, and Idolo says that one will be him.
Match #3 – Singles Match: Jamie Hayter (w/Dr. Britt Baker, D.M.D. and Rebel) vs. Red Velvet
Hayter shoves Velvet into the corner, but Velvet takes her down with a Thesz Press. Velvet delivers a few shots, but Hayter comes back and powers Velvet to the mat. Hayter slams Velvet into the corner and chokes her with her boot. Hayter suplexes Velvet to the mat and delivers a few stomps. Hayter chops Velvet against the ropes and charges, but Velvet low bridges her to the floor. Velvet drops Hayter with a dive on the floor, and then delivers another one. Velvet gets in Baker’s face, and Hayter slams her into the ring post. Baker delivers a few shots and slams Velvet into the barricade as the show heads to a commercial.
Back from the break, they exchange shots in the ring. Hayter takes advantage and drops Velvet with a series of forearm shots. Hayter delivers an uppercut, but Velvet comes back with one of her own. Hayter sends Velvet off the ropes, but Velvet comes back with a clothesline. Velvet delivers more shots and follows with a back elbow. Velvet drops Hayter with a face-buster and kicks her in the face. Baker gets on the apron, but Velvet knocks her to the floor. Velvet goes for a standing moonsault press, but misses, and Hayter delivers a shot to the back of her head. Hayter turns Velvet inside out with a clothesline and gets the pin fall.
Winner: Jamie Hayter
-After the match, Hayter, Baker, and Rebel attack Velvet, but Kris Statlander runs out and sends Hayter and Rebel to the floor. Statlander grabs Baker, but Baker escapes to the floor. Statlander picks up the title belt and stares down Baker.
Dark Order is backstage. Evil Uno says they are a unit, and all units have their obstacles. He says they had one a few weeks ago when some of them weren’t out there to support he and Stu Grayson. Uno says they support their friends, and Alex Reynolds laughs. He says it is Uno and Grayson’s fault that Adam Page got beat up the Elite. Uno mocks Reynolds and tells him to hang in John Silver’s shadow. Reynolds says just because Uno has the number one in his name doesn’t mean he is the leader of the Dark Order. Uno tries to apologize as he is told they are supposed to be a family.
Tony Schiavone is in the ring, and he introduces CM Punk. Schiavone asks Punk what was the one thing that brought him back, but the crowd is chanting loud and Punk says he can’t hear Schiavone. Punk tells them they are just a little too loud, but says he is kidding and needs more. Schiavone asks him the same question, and he mentions guys like Penta, Fenix, Pillman, and Jungle Boy. He says before them, there is one guy. He says he is going to retire the nickname Voice of the Voiceless, because this place has a voice and there are people in the back who listen. Punk says he has seen Darby Allin and the other young guys in the back and asks himself if he still has what it takes, can he still go in the ring, and can he still be the Best in the World. Punk says if the answer is yes, he has to prove it against Allin. Punk says Allin isn’t the biggest or the strongest, but he’s got heart. Punk says if he is going to answer those questions himself, then he has to prove it at All Out. The crowd chants “Yes” and he responds that “Yes” belongs to someone else and they just might have to be a little bit more patient. He shouts out his wife at home and walks around ringside.
The AEW TNT Champion, Miro, cuts a promo. He says he will finally forgive Fuego Del Sol, and he will find Eddie Kingston. Miro says he will drag Kingston into judgment, and says God will forgive him and his wife will love him. He says to bring him the Mad King before he burns the place to the ground.
Match #4 – Trios Tag Team Match: Darby Allin, Eddie Kingston, and Jon Moxley (w/Sting) vs. The Wingmen (Cezar Bononi, JD Drake, and Ryan Nemeth) (w/Peter Avalon)
Allin and Drake start the match, and Allin delivers a chop. Allin chokes Drake and gets him to the corner. Allin shoves Drake to the floor and goes for a dive, but Drake moves and Allin stays on his feet in the ring. Kingston tags in, as does Nemeth. Nemeth gyrates and delivers a chop, but Kingston drops him with one of his own. Bononi tags in and Kingston comes off the ropes, but Bononi doesn’t budge. Kingston delivers chops, but Bononi grabs a headlock. Moxley tags in and takes Bononi down. Drake and Nemeth get taken down to the floor as the show heads to a commercial.
Back from the match, Moxley and Bononi are the legal men. Moxley drops Bononi with a side suplex, but Drake tags in. Moxley delivers a shot to Drake and tags in Kingston. Kingston delivers body shots and drops Drake to the mat. Kingston delivers a right hand to Nemeth, but Drake takes control. Drake slams Kingston and goes to the ropes, but Moxley bites Drake’s face. Allin tags in and delivers shots to Drake. Allin drops Drake with an avalanche Code Red and then slaps him across the race. Allin runs the ropes, but Avalon trips him. Sting bakcs Avalon into Moxley and Kingston, and they stomp him down on the outside. Bononi attacks Allin in the ring, and then Moxley and Kingston beat down Bononi. Nemeth gets a chair, but Moxley and Kingston beat him down too. Allin comes back in the ring and drops Drake with the Stunner. Allin delivers the Coffin Drop and gets the pin fall.
Winners: Darby Allin, Eddie Kingston, and Jon Moxley
-After the match, Daniel Garcia rushes the ring and beats down Allin. He escapes the ring as Sting, Moxley, and Kingston enter it.
Julia Hart, Big Swole, The Bunny, Thunder Rosa, Red Velvet, Tay Conti, Penelope Ford, and Diamante are announced for the Women’s Casino Battle Royale at All Out. They join Nyla Rose, who was announced last night on Dark.
Alex Marvez interviews Tay Conti. Before she can talk, The Bunny interrupts. Bunny asks Conti why she still hangs out with the losers in the Dark Order, and invites her to join the Hardy Family Office. Conti rips the contract and says no, and then they brawl backstage.
Dax Harwood gives an update on Cash Wheeler. He says he cannot say for sure that FTR will be back full-time or part-time, but they will be back for one more match. Wheeler walks up and says he got approved for at least one more match, once the nerves in his hand start firing.
Don Callis, Brandon Cutler, Michael Nakazawa, and the AEW World Champion, Kenny Omega, are in the ring. Callis says they will finally end Christian Cage at All Out, but Cage comes to the stage to interrupt. Cage says even if the fine people in Milwaukee have had a few drinks, it is not enough for them to believe the BS coming out of Callis’ match. Cage shows proof of Callis giving him his first televised match, and then firing him. Cage says Callis is a carny pieceof shit, but Omega interrupts. Omega says this backfired and says all that video proved was that Omega was better at ten years old than Cage was at twenty. Callis says he favors his talent over family, and that makes him just like Billy Watts, Eddie Graham, Vince McMahon, and Verne Gagne. Cage says he just fell asleep standing up and he doesn’t know what is weirder, Callis manipulating a ten year old Omega or an adult Omega still letting it happen. Callis gets upset and says Cage will find out at All Out that he is nothing but second best, just like he always has been. They all beat down Cage, but Frankie Kazarian rushes the ring with a lead pipe. They clear the ring as Kazarian helps Cage to his feet.
Moxley is backstage and says he got the signed contract back from Japan today, and it wasn’t Hiroshi Tanahashi who signed it. He says Satoshi Kajima signed it, and it looks like Satoshi has a death wish in Chicago at All Out, and we will all witness the public execution.
Match #5 – Trios Tag Team Match: The Factory (Aaron Solow, Nick Comoroto, and QT Marshall) vs. The Gunn Club (Austin Gunn, Billy Gunn, and Colten Gunn)
Comoroto and Billy start the match, and Comoroto takes Billy down. Comoroto runs the ropes, but Billy comes back and takes advantage. Austin tags in, as does Solow. Solow gets taken down, but Marshall drops Austin with a cheap shot and stares down Paul Wight, who is on commentary. Comoroto tags in and beats down Austin as the show heads to a commercial.
Back from the break, Austin causes Comoroto to crash into the corner. Solow and Colten tag in, and Colten delivers shots to Solow and Marshall. Colten splashes Solow and Marshall in the corners, and then drops Marshall with a dropkick. Comoroto drops Colten with a clothesline, and then Billy and Comoroto drop each other with a double clothesline in the floor. Solow and Austin take each other down, and then Marshall drops Colten with a back-breaker/flat-liner combination in the ring. Marshall points at Wight, who gets up from the table. Colten rolls Marshall up and gets the pin fall.
Winners: The Gunn Club
Dan Lambert is backstage with the Men of the Year, Ethan Page and Scorpio Sky. Lambert says he was blaming AEW all along when it was the fans who he should have been blaming. He insults Sammy Guevara, Darby Allin, and Orange Cassidy, and says the fans don’t want to see real men wrestle. Lambert says he is going to show them the way by promoting real men like Sky and Page.
Announced for this Friday’s Rampage:
-AEW World Tag Team Championship Eliminator Tournament – Final Match: Jurassic Express vs. Lucha Brothers
-Brandon Culter and Kenny Omega vs. Christian Cage and Frankie Kazarian
-Tay Conti vs. The Bunny
Announced for next Wednesday’s Dynamite:
-Brian Cage vs. Powerhouse Hobbs
-Jack Evans vs. Orange Cassidy
-Jim Ross interviews Chris Jericho, and Tony Schiavone interviews MJF
Updated All Out Card:
-AEW World Championship Match: Kenny Omega (c) vs. Christian Cage
-AEW Women’s World Championship Match: Dr. Britt Baker, D.M.D. (c) vs. Kris Statlander
-AEW World Tag Team Championship – Steel Cage Match: The Young Bucks (c) vs. Jurassic Express or Lucha Brothers
-Women’s Casino Battle Royale: Big Swole, Diamante, Julia Hart, Nyla Rose, Penelope Ford, Red Velvet, Tay Conti, The Bunny, Thunder Rosa, and 12 more women to be announced
-Singles Match; if Jericho loses, he must retire from in-ring competition in AEW: Chris Jericho vs. MJF
-Andrade El Idolo vs. PAC
-CM Punk vs. Darby Allin
-Jon Moxley vs. Satoshi Kojima
-Paul Wight vs. QT Marshall
Alex Marvez interviews Arn Anderson. Arn says his son is in over his head, and he tried to tell him. Arn says every dog does not have his day and good does not always conquer over evil. Arn says they are in it now, and he will go down with him one way or another.
Match #6 – Singles Match: Malakai Black vs. Brock Anderson (w/Arn Anderson)
Anderson takes Black down and delivers rights and lefts. Black comes back with a knee strike to the face, and follows with body shots in the corner. Black delivers kicks in the corner and follows with quick strikes to the face. Anderson has been busted open and Arn goes to throw in the towel, but Brock tells him know. Arn throws the towel on the ground, and Black tells him to throw it in. Anderson delivers shots to Black’s legs, but Black comes back with an exploder suplex. Black lays Anderson out with the spinning kick and gets the pin fall.
Winner: Malakai Black
-After the match, Black leaves the ring as Arn enters to check on Brock. Black grabs a chair and gets back into the ring. Arn tells Black to get rid of the chair, and he does. Black goes for the spinning kick, but Arn blocks it. Black delivers a low blow and delivers the spin kick. Lee Johnson comes to the ring, and Black leaves as Johnson checks on the Andersons. Black points at Johnson and backs up the ramp as the show comes to a close.