From a mostly empty Daily's Place in Jacksonville, Florida. COVID-19 cases are spiking in the great state of Florida at record rates, so I wouldn't be surprised if these Dynamite tapings are once again in jeopardy. Jon Moxley and QT Marshall have been yanked from the show due to having been exposed to people who tested positive with the virus, so the Coronavirus Era is far from finished. I am extremely concerned about the health and safety of everyone involved. Jim Ross, Tony Shiavone, and Excalibur are calling the action.
The brawling continues well after the bell. MJF and Wardlow back off while they can.
Technique with Taz. He puts over Brian Cage's moveset and in-ring psychology over a highlights package.
Dr. Britt Baker passes a note to Tony Shiavone, and he's still in a friendship timeout for not helping when she was abducted by Big Swole and tossed into a dumpster. Her "Roles Royce" ride has been upgrade with a plexiglass shield and she's sipping a green martini.
We are treated to pretaped footage of a TNT Championship press conference. Cody and company are ready for questions, but Jake Hager is MIA. Arn Anderson makes the case that Hager is a tough bad-ass, but his timing isn't right because this is Cody's time. Cody says that the TNT Championship has given him hope and allows him to enjoy being a professional wrestler. Jake Hager and Mrs. Hager casually arrive, hand-in-hand. The belt is hoisted and they pose together, at least until Cody slaps Hager's fist away. Mrs. Hager throws her wine into Cody's face, so you know Brandi will be kicking her ass at some point. This was all fine, nothing groundbreaking, but solid build for a featured match on a free PPV.
Sonny Kiss and Joey Janela drive around town at night. They stop for gas, and a mob attacks Kiss while Janela goes shopping. Janela makes the timely save, and a cinematic action scene breaks out as they beat up the gang. Kiss says he could get used to this, and they take off.
Lance Archer randomly attacks Sonny Kiss after the match. Janela tries to save his friend with a chair, and Archer drops him with a big boot. Jake Roberts pleads with Archer to back off.
Last night on Dark, Tully Blanchard helped Shawn Spears beat Pineapple Pete by passing him a steel plate for a loaded punch.
FTR take the mic. They feel they weren't welcome additions to the AEW roster, but that's okay, because they're the baddest guys here. Now that FTR are here, the Young Bucks have graduated from the kiddie table and are eating with the big boys. The Butcher and Blade interrupt on FTR's ride. Rey Fenix and Pentagon Jr. sneak in for an ambush and brawl. They put Wheeler down with the Package Piledriver/Double Stomp, and then get chased out by the Young Bucks. This sets up an eight man tag at Fyter Fest, as Butcher and Blade and Lucha Bros. take off in FTR's antique truck.
Video package with talking heads and hard rock music to make the Tag Team Championship match between Kenny Omega and Hangman Page and Best Friends feel like a big deal. I'm not quite buying it, even though it'll probably be good. It's fine for a free on TV PPV.
AEW World Champion Jon Moxley says that under different circumstances, he would like a guy like Brian Cage, who threw him through a car window.
Taz grabs the mic and mocks Jon Moxley for not being there. Taz pretends to look through the camera to see Moxley sitting on his ass on the couch, unlike Cage, who came to work. Taz calls Moxley's exposure to COVID-19 "a bullsh!t excuse" and makes the case that Cage is more unsafe than the virus. Yeesh.
Colt Cabana admits to Brodie Lee that it felt good to win. Lee says they all suffer losses, but what's important is how you react. Lee wants one more opportunity to show Colt what the Dark Order has to offer him, and they'll face SCU at Fyter Fest.
Britt Baker interrupts the Fyter Fest rundown to sent Tony another note on a clothespin. Tony reads a message calling Big Swole the biggest piece of trash on the roster, and Britt vows revenge. Big Swole arrives for a rebuttal, but she can't get through the plexiglass, to which Britt pretends is soundproof. Big Swole is smarter than the average bear and climbs on top of the Roles Royce and dumps a trash can all over the good doctor, and Britt sells it amazingly.
Santana and Ortiz put Hardy down with the Street Sweeper. Private Party runs in for the save, and I guess we have another Fyter Fest match to look forward to.
It's time for the Main Event confrontation between Orange Cassidy and Chris Jericho. Le Champion starts with the old "Why did the chicken cross the road?" line. It's a mildly amusing joke, but the more you hear it, the more you realize how annoying and dumb it is, kind of like OC. The more Jericho sees OC the more annoying he becomes and the more pissed Jericho gets. Jericho says he considers OC to be an embarrassment to the business, but Tony Khan hired him because people love him. Jericho is forced to give OC credit for getting over by being himself, but fans only love him because they can relate to being lazy slackers. Jericho says OC had better be his best self at Fyter Fest, because any of that fake shin kicking will result in a legit ass-kicking. OC will run out of juice at Fyter Fest. OC grabs the mic but lays it down. OC defiantly hits his lazy shin kicks that Jericho had just been complaining about. Jericho pulls the shades off OC's face and destroys them, which sparks a violent outburst from Cassidy! OC unloads wild punches and they head into the stands for a hockey fight. Jericho slams a camera crane into OC's face and pulls him onto some more production equipment. OC escapes and pulls Jericho face-first onto a metal rail. OC runs down some steps and superman punches Jericho through a table! A bloody OC gets some new shades and looks like such a bad-ass while standing tall.
Final Thoughts: Aside from Orange Cassidy, FTR, and Britt Baker, everything about this Dynamite was simply okay. Given the circumstances, I don't think AEW can afford to just be okay. The good news is that Fyter Fest starts next week, and it should be very good.