What a week for AEW! Monday night was the debut of the
WOMEN'S TAG TEAM CUP TOURNAMENT, Tuesday night always
brings the thunder with AEW DARK, and of course Wednesday
night's explode on TNT, with this week no exception!
After a crazy Tornado Tag Match last week, there is an AEW
World Title Match on tap this week for our fans pitting
Darby Allin against Jon Moxley in a rematch of their
November DYNAMITE clash! Plus between a wild 12-Man Tag,
and the in-ring debut of Matt Cardona as he teams with Cody,
The Dark Order could own this Wednesday night. There will
be more on MJF's campaign, as well as a debate between Chris
Jericho and Orange Cassidy with an unknown moderator.
It's bound to be another wild one, and it all goes down at
8pm EST/7pm CST on TNT, or at AEWPlus.com for our
International Audience! Also, make sure to check out our
official YouTube page for the Pre- and Post-Game shows. It's
the best way to get the full Elite experience each and every
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AEW WORLD TITLE MATCH...
Jon Moxley (c) vs. (#5) Darby Allin
The paths of Jon Moxley and Darby Allin have intertwined
many times over the course of AEW's existence; from their
first singles match back on November 20th DYNAMITE, to the
tag match against The Inner Circle that ended up a Handicap
affair for Darby on March 4th, to the Tornado Tag victory
over Brian Cage and Ricky Starks last week.
They seem parallel souls in some aspects, two men who, to
use the clich, march to the beat of their own drums. Both
have proven more than willing to risk life and limb when the
bell rings, both have had their issues with Chris Jericho
and The Inner Circle, but only Moxley has achieved
Darby was the first man to challenge Chris Jericho, albeit
unsuccessfully, for the AEW World Title back in October in
Philadelphia. He was also part of the TNT Championship
Tournament, defeating Sammy Guevara in the Quarter-Finals
before falling to eventual winner Cody in the Semi-Finals.
He also was unable to secure a title opportunity at DOUBLE
OR NOTHING in the Casino Ladder Match thanks to Brian Cage.
The pinnacles of AEW have been just outside the reach of
Darby, but that has never stopped the man from relentlessly
pursuing the goal of being known as champion.
This Wednesday night Darby will have another chance to make
that goal his reality when he gets his second crack at the
AEW World Championship, and a second match with Moxley.
Jon, as champion, has taken on every challenge that has come
his way and bested them all. Jericho, Hager, Lee, and Cage
have all fallen to Jon, each a hard fought contest for the
champ, but each ending with a retention of that World Title.
Darby offers a very different challenge than any of those
men though; one of speed, of unpredictability, of a
willingness to throw his own body on the line. He's not a
30 year veteran or a monster, he's not a cage fighter or a
man of Herculean strength; what Darby is though is
absolutely relentless and will not stop until there is no
fight left in his body.
And to the victor, as we learned this week via Twitter,
awaits Maxwell Jacob Friedman at ALL OUT on September
FTR (Cash Wheeler & Dax Hardwood) and The Elite (Hangman
Page, Kenny Omega, Matt Jackson, & Nick Jackson)
vs. The Dark Order (Mr. Brodie Lee, Colt Cabana, Evil Uno,
Stu Grayson, Five, & Nine)
Coming from the absolute chaos that erupted last week
following The Dark Order's loss in the World Tag Team
Championship match, this insane twelve man tag match is one
of two contests in which Mr. Brodie Lee and his allies
attempt to own Wednesday night. It is the largest gathering
of Dark Order members in one match, and they are going head
to head with six competitors who are not, and likely never
will be, on the same page.
Even though fans have seen issues within The Dark Order
during recent editions of BEING THE ELITE like the one
embedded at the top of the page, ultimately they are united
under the banner of The DO and the direction of Lee. As
fans have seen even before FTR made their AEW debut, that is
far from the case with their opponents.
The issues between FTR and The Young Bucks are something
that have been batted back and forth via social media and
BTE for quite some time, so with the arrival of Cash and
Dax, fans knew it was only a matter of time until the four
men would clash inside the ring. To the shock of everyone,
especially Matt and Nick, FTR have actually been there to
offer an assist on several occasions, and thus those favors
have been returned as well. The tension is palpable between
the two tag teams, but nothing has popped off into violence
In fact, there has been more of a real problem among the
four men calling themselves The Elite (or is that three
seeing how Page had distanced himself prior to Stadium
Stampede), highlighted by their REVOLUTION World Tag Title
match that many heralded as the best tag match they've ever
seen, a label that FTR would take umbrage at no doubt. Add
on the affinity Hangman Page has had for Cash and Dax,
including toasting their AEW contract signing last week, and
how they, in turn, were quicker to help Page out against The
Dark Order than his own championship partner. There is
definitely a growing friendship between those three men,
something that just feel stronger than the bond Page has
with Kenny, Matt, and Nick.
These cracks in the armor may be the most crucial ingredient
for The Dark Order to exploit in order to win this twelve
man fight, and dominate this Wednesday night.
THE GREAT DEBATE...
Orange Cassidy and Jericho w/ Mystery Moderator
One week prior to the highly anticipated rematch on August
12th, The DemoGod Chris Jericho has challenged Orange
Cassidy to meet him this Wednesday night for a debate that
will be moderated by a special guest. What this will entail
is anyone's guess, but the former AEW World Champion is
certainly never at a loss for words. Jericho has no problem
running off at the mouth deriding Cassidy, talking about his
own accolades, or telling the world how amazing his Inner
Circle is at the drop of a hat.
Orange, conversely, is not exactly known for his verbosity.
His words are kept at a minimum, something fans witnessed
trigger Jericho just a few weeks ago when he was on
commentary and OC just...sat there.
With a rematch between the two men just a week away, one
must also wonder if Jericho has an ace up his sleeve or some
ulterior motive for challenging Cassidy to this debate.
TNT Champion Cody & Matt Cardona w/ Arn Anderson vs. The
Dark Order (Jon Silver & Alex Reynolds)
One week ago fans witnessed a very game Warhorse attempt
claim the TNT Championship as his own, but he proved
unsuccessful in the attempt to dethrone Cody. In the
aftermath, Silver and Reynolds hit the ring, took down the
exhausted Warhorse, and began to beat on Cody as well. This
prompted Arn Anderson to enter the ring, unafraid to put his
body on the line in that moment to assist his charge, but it
proved unnecessary as Matt Cardona would make a shocking
arrival on DYNAMITE to rescue his long time friend Cody.
As surprising it was for members of The Dark Order to
demonstrate an interest in Cody (or perhaps it's more about
the TNT Championship), it was even more surprising for
Cardona to crash the scene. And now he finds himself
immediately in the mix as this Wednesday night, Cardona and
Cody will collide with Silver and Reynolds in tag team
action! Alongside the TNT Champion, what a way to make your
in-ring debut for All Elite Wrestling; and what else is Matt
Cardona looking to accomplish as part of the AEW roster?
Looking back on the whole of last week's DYNAMITE, there
are a few questions that pop up in relation to this match,
one a lingering issue for quite some time, and the other
something new. First off, the Young Bucks were right there
to help out Page and Omega when The Dark Order assault
began, but where were The Elite for Cody in his time of
need? And second, what's the relationship between Arn
Anderson and FTR? Was he just there, as the duo said, to
help them review contracts as a tag team specialist?
TAG TEAM GRUDGE MATCH...
Proud-N-Powerful (Santana & Ortiz) vs. (#2) The Best Friends
(Chuck Taylor & Trent)
Last week, as part of the big ten man tag pitting The Best
Friends and Jurassic Express against the whole of The Inner
Circle, Chuck and Trent were on the winning side of a battle
that culminated with Luchasaurus pinning Sammy Guevara. This
week that battle continues as Santana and Ortiz take up arms
on behalf of The Inner Circle and meet The Best Friends for
the first time ever in tag team competition. They may have
fought before in trios matches, the aforementioned ten man,
and other multi-team situations, but this is their first
ever traditional tag team contest. And it couldn't come at
a better time for Chuck and Trent.
Since April 8th, those two men have only lost one match,
that being their World Tag Team Title challenge against Page
and Omega back on July 1st. That's four months of
competition against members of The Dark Order, The Inner
Circle, Private Party, The SuperBad Squad, and others. Four
months of earning their spot in the rankings of the tag team
division while Santana and Ortiz have been inconsistent
since their return to action on May 13th.
Forced to the sidelines for two months due to COVID travel
restrictions, PnP returned to AEW shortly before DOUBLE OR
NOTHING 2020 and have seen their tag team fortunes vary.
They dropped their return match to Kenny Omega and Matt
Hardy, and fell to Private Party at FYTER FEST 2020, N1.
They came up strong in a Three Way against SCU and PP on
AEW DARK several weeks ago though, as well as in several
other Tuesday night outings.
But with their mentor's on-going battle with the third Best
Friend Orange Cassidy, it is imperative that Santana and
Ortiz set the tone by wiping out Chuck and Trent on
Wednesday night. It's the kind of win the pair needs, a
victory The Inner Circle needs, and one to put Proud-N-
Powerful back into discussions about the World Tag Team
MJF WANTS HIS SHOT...
It is impossible to argue with the success of Maxwell Jacob
Friedman in All Elite Wrestling. He has not been pinned,
never submitted, and the only blemishes on his record come
from two FYTER FEST matches a year apart. The first in
2019 in a four way fight in which he did not suffer the
deciding fall, and the second this year when Wardlow was
pinned during a tag team match against Jurassic Express.
So, when he says he's unbeaten, he's not wrong but he's not
exactly right either. That bending of the facts kind of
makes Max the perfect politician doesn't it?
It's likely why this MJF 2020 campaign and it's NOT MY
CHAMPION slogan just fits with what Max presents, and the
arrogance it requires to insist he is better than everyone
else, particularly whatever champion he was referring to
leading into last week.
Well, as can be heard in the video embedded above, MJF made
it pretty clear which of the AEW champions he was referring
to, and it was not his favorite target TNT Champion Cody.
Rather it was AEW World Champion Jon Moxley, or Dictator
John as MJF has dubbed the man. Max made it very clear his
intent is to challenge the champion for his title, and on
Monday that challenge was made official for ALL OUT on
MJF wanting a World Title opportunity is not some out of the
blue, undeserving cry for attention or relevance, rather it
is something he has probably been entitled to for quite some
time given his perpetual status at the top of the rankings.
His list of in-rings victims include Cody, Billy, Jungle
Boy, Marko Stunt, Joey Janela, and Hangman Page to list a
few, and his verbal diatribes, especially the one last week,
are aimed at prodding Moxley and the whole of the AEW
roster. To call that tirade scathing would be a woeful
understatement, and the content could not have sat well with
a good portion of the men and women in the locker room.
With MJF officially slotted to get his World Title match
over Labor Day weekend, all that remains for him is to sit
back and see who comes out of Wednesday night as the
champion: Moxley or Darby. Oh, also he might want to worry
about surviving week-to-week given how brutally he slandered
everyone he has to share space with, and with more oratory
venom certainly on tap for this week, one can only imagine
how much more deeper he can dig his own grave.
With ALL OUT just over a month away, going down September
5th on pay-per-view, the pieces are beginning to fall into
place for that Labor Day tradition! And it will continue to
take shape this week on DYNAMITE with the Mox versus
Darby, The Dark Order attempting to rule the night, MJF
angling his way to the World Title shot, the continued
escalation between The Inner Circle and The Best Friends
trio, and so much more.
Don't miss out as DYNAMITE kicks off at 8pm EST/7pm CST on
TNT, and on AEWPlus.com for our International fans! Before
the show kicks off, head on over to our YouTube channel for
the Pre-Show with Alex Abrahantas, as well as after the show
wraps up for the Post-Game coverage!