Wednesday, April 22, 2020

AEW Dynamite Results - April 22, 2020

AEW Dynamite Results - April 22, 2020
Cody sits at a control center and runs down the different opponents in the TNT Tournament.

Cody hypes the title TNT Championship, noting they are adding another major title within the company's first year. Cody talks about complacency at the top and says no one in the tournament has that, they all have "will."

- Chris Jericho and Tony Schiavone run down tonight's show that features Matt Hardy from the Hard Compound, Kenny Omega in action, Scorpio Sky talks about his journey to AEW, Jimmy Havoc vs. Orange Cassidy, and hear an update from MJF.

Sammy Guevara vs. Darby Allin (TNT Championship Tournament Match)

Before Allin can even get to the ring, Guevara attacks Allin and beats him up around ringside. Guevara then gets a steel ladder and bridges it from the barricade to the apron. Guevara lays Allin down on the ladder, Guevara climbs to the top rope, hits a big splash straight down on Allin. Ringside Phsycian checking on Allin as we go to break. When we come back, Guevara picks up Allin, tosses him in the ring. Match finally starts, cover on Allin, two.

Allin gets put up on the top rope, Guevara gets knocked down, Allin then rips off Guevara's boot and applies a reverse ankle lock. Allin with a chop block, followed by some headbutts to the ankle. Guevara boots Allin, springboard cutter on his opponent. Allin with a heel hook as blood trickles out of Allin's nose. Both wrestlers up, Guevara with a kick to the face, pin, two. Allin rolls out to the floor. Looks like Guevara is bleeding from the mouth now.

Guevara out on the floor, Allin goes for a suicide dive, nobody home, and Allin crashes into the barricade. Guevara dumps him in the ring, climbs up to the top rope, hits a 630 senton. Allin up, hits an over the top stunner, tries for a springboard, caught in midair, Guevara looks for a big knee, Allin counters into the last supper (the tricky pin he's used recently) for the victory.

Winner: Darby Allin to advance to the Semis against Cody

- "Broken" Matt Hardy welcomes the fans in. Hardy says he gave Chris Jericho an invite to his Hardy Compound for the Elite Deletion and has yet to hear back from Jericho. He instead saw some Bubbly Bunch segment that completely ignored him. Matt then invites Sammy Guevara to the compound to do Jericho's dirty work. Matt believes maybe his broken side is just too intense for Chris Jericho, maybe Matt Hardy needs to speak to Chris Jericho. A more subdued Hardy talks about how Jericho was so bothered that when Matt showed up and stood by his friends. He called them the pillars of AEW. Matt then realized if the pillars are knocked out, it would cause chaos and that would benefit Jericho greatly. Matt says he wants to protect AEW's concept of changing wrestling for the better. Matt then reiterates he'll take on Guevara and anyone else in the group before he finally gets his hands on Jericho. Back to the show, Jericho says Matt should shut his mouth before the Inner Circle shows up to his compound.

Taz breaks down Kenny Omega’s V-Trigger and Snap Dragon.

Alan Angels vs. Kenny Omega

Omega takes Angels down but Angels counters with a Hammerlock. Omega counters into a side headlock. Angels shoves Omega into the rope but eats a Shoulderblock. Omega goes for the Snap Dragon but Angels blocks it only to eat a Roundhouse Kick and a series of chops.

Omega goes for the Snap Dragon again but Angels bites his hand and hits a Basement Dropkick followed by a Backsplash Senton. He goes for a second senton but Omega gets his knees up and then murders him with a Lifting Backbreaker for a nearfall.

Angels comes back with a series of body shots in the corner only to get destroyed with a Lariat. Angels crawls to the apron and grabs a hold of the apron as Omega tries to pull him back in. Angels kicks Omega away and then catches Angels with a Jawbreaker onto the top rope. He then grabs he apron – which Omega was standing on – and pulls it out from under him.

Angels goes to the top for a Frog Splash but Omega moves out of the way and attempts a V-Trigger. Angels sidesteps it and nails Omega with an Enziguri. He attempts a Lariat but Omega ducks and hits the Snap Dragon. Omega murders Angels with the V-Trigger but Angels kicks out at two.

Omega hits a Gutwrench Powerbomb followed by a second V-Trigger for the pin.

Winner: Kenny Omega

A terrific vignette highlights Scorpio Sky’s career. Sky says that a lot of kids growing up wanting to be a police man or even a super hero but he always just wanted to be a wrestler. He says he wanted it as much as he wanted air.

Sky talks about a serious back injury he suffered and the doctor told him he needed surgery that would end his career. He said he woke up one day and his back simply didn’t hurt anymore and called it a miracle. He said that he felt like he simply never got an opportunity and he was about to quit when he decided to give it one more shot. This will continue next week.

Footage of Dustin Rhodes saying that he will retire if he doesn’t win tonight is shown.

Jimmy Havoc vs. Orange Cassidy

Last week Havoc hit a Fisherman’s Buster on OC on the floor leading to this match. Havoc attacks OC as he makes his entrance and actually uses his own jacket as a weapon by choking him with it. Havoc chops OC and chokes him with his own shirt now.

Havoc tosses OC to the floor and then tosses him into the barricade. Havoc crotches OC on the barricade and then Suplexes him onto the floor. Havoc chops away at OC and tosses him back into the ring. Havoc chokes OC and hits a modified DDT followed by a Sliding Forearm for a nearfall.

Havoc hits a Ripcord Lariat and then locks him a Cross Armbreaker. OC gets to the ropes to break the hold but then Havoc starts bending his hand back trying to break it before biting the hand. Havoc puts OC’s hand in his own pockets and starts kicking him. OC rolls underneath a Roundhouse Kick attempt and then dropkicks Havoc to the floor.

OC hits a Tope Suicida to Havoc on the floor and then a Flying Cross Body in the ring followed by a Satellite DDT for a nearfall. OC goes for a Brainbuster but Havoc lifts up to the top rope and hits a big uppercut. Havoc climbs up with OC but OC shoves him off and then hits a Lazy Splash for a nearfall.

OC and Havoc exchange strikes that Havoc caps off with a big Forearm Smash. Havoc then goes for a Ripcord Lariat but OC ducks and hits a big Flying Forearm. Penelope Ford gets up on the apron to distract OC. Taylor tries to pull her off but she does a split and then Sabian comes flying out of nowhere with a Somersault Plancha onto the Best Friends. Ford attempts to dive onto OC but he moves and this distracts Havoc long enough for OC to roll him up for the pin.

Winner: Orange Cassidy

MJF cuts a promo from his home. He says that we are going through an awful time that this country has never seen because no MJF on Dynamite is a travesty. MJF mocks crying as he says that he suffered a very serious injury while gambling a few weeks ago. He says he suffered a hangnail but he powered through it and continued gambling all night. He says his injury became life threatening but he will fight through it and he will rise like a phoenix and become AEW Champion.

Wardlow vs. Johnson

Wardlow tosses Johnson all around to start the match. He hits a crazy Guerilla Press into a Powerslam and then a series of Release Suplexes. He goes for another suplex but Johnson lands on his feet and hits a series of forearms. Wardlow tosses Johnson into the corner and then lifts up onto the rope rope and pulls him down into a Knee Strike. Wardlow hits an insane Airplane Spin off his shoulders for the pin.

Winner: Wardlow

A vignette airs of a guy listening to a voicemail from “Samantha” dumping him and looking at a story about – presumably him – a Heisman hopeful being injured. This person visits the Dark Order website and sends an email to it.

Brodie Lee appears and says that Evil Uno has told him a lot about this person’s past and he gets his frustrations. He asks the person how big he is and if he played college football. Lee says that a lot of people in AEW didn’t work for their success and they were handed it.

Lee says that a lot of people are afraid of success and he wants to offer this person that success and power in strength in numbers. He says that they are the lions of AEW and they feed on the prey. He tells this person that he is home now and he is now Dark Order.

Justin Law vs. Brodie Lee

Lee attacks Law at the bell and lays into him with some vicious chops and other strikes. Lee hits a Superkick followed by a Vertical Suplex and a Half Nelson Suplex. Lee hits a Black Hole Slam and then a Spinning Lariat for the pin.

Winner: Brodie Lee

Backstage Best Friends challenge Jimmy Havoc and Kip Sabian to a match. Brodie Lee will face Marko Stunt next week, too.

Another Bubbly Bunch segment airs. Guevara says he’s been down since Hager lost to Moxley but Ortiz says that had they all been there it would have been a different story and it’s only a matter of a time. Hager says that Sammy is too beautiful to be sad because sadness is for ugly people. Hager says next time he sees Moxley he’s going to kick his ass and he won’t be able to cheat to win.

Santana suggests they do a “Flim Flam” video but I have no idea what that is. Jericho says that the winner wins a bottle of sanitizer. They do a bunch of weird dancing Tik Tok videos. Jericho gets pissed and calls Guevara a showoff when he starts break-dancing.

A great video package highlights Dustin Rhodes’ career. He emphasizes how he could cement his legacy by being the first TNT Champion.

TNT Championship Tournament Quarterfinals
“Superbad” Kip Sabian (6-5) w/Penelope Ford vs. “The Natural” Dustin Rhodes (6-3) w/Brandi Rhodes

If Rhodes loses he says that he will retire from wrestling. Rhodes offers a handshake before the match but Sabian refuses and locks up with him. Rhodes puts Sabian in a Wristlock but Sabian rolls through only for Rhodes to sit down on his arm and hold onto the wristlock.

Rhodes shoves Sabian into the ropes and Sabian shows off his speed by avoiding Rhodes before finally getting caught with an Uppercut. Rhodes takes Sabian over with an Armdrag and holds onto an Armlock.

TNT’s signal crapped out of me for a few minutes and when it comes back on Sabian is choking Rhodes in the ropes. The signal goes out again – I don’t know if it was a TNT issue or a Dish Network issue – but comes back as Sabian has Rhodes in an Armbar.

Rhodes fights off the hold and rolls Sabian up for a nearfall. Sabian comes back with a big Knee Lift and then a Spinning Lariat for a nearfall. Sabian puts Rhodes in a chinlock but Rhodes fights up to his feet only to eat a Snapmare Takeover.

Sabian hits the ropes but runs into a Spinebuster. Rhodes hits Sabian with an Uppercut and then an Atomic Drop followed by a Bulldog. Rhodes hits a Snap Powerslam for a nearfall. Sabian sidesteps a charging Rhodes in the corner and then hits a Springboard Tornado DDT for a nearfall.

Sabian gets frustrated and mounts on top of Rhodes and punches him in the face repeatedly until the referee pulls him off. Ford attempts to interfere but Brandi Spears her. That distracts Sabian enough for Rhodes to catch him with an American Destroyer for the pin.

Winner: Dustin Rhodes

Tony Schiavone announces after the match Kip Sabian and Jimmy Havoc will face Best Friends in a No DQ / No Disqualification Match on next week's Dynamite.