"Live" from Daily's Place in Jacksonville, Florida on a Saturday, thanks to the NBA play-offs. The deck is stacked against them tonight, as they are starting later than advertised due to the Heat vs. Pacers game going a bit long, NXT Takeover: XXX starts shortly, and they're away from their usual night. If I had to guess, I"d say this one does 650,000 viewers, so anything above that is good news. Our hosts are Jim Ross, Tony Shiavone, and Taz.
AEW World Champion Jon Moxley isn't bothered by MJF's verbal attacks, in fact he should talk to his wife. MJF might be talented, but he talks an awful lot. He hopes MJF can carry out his promise of carrying AEW for 25 years, because that means AEW is here for decades to come, and Moxley doesn't know if he can last much longer. MJF can accomplish other goals, like moving out of his parents' house or losing his V-card. Moxley thinks MJF is hiding something.
Special update from MJF, standing at a podium, surrounded by his campaign crew. MJF is donning a neck brace and complains about getting jumped from behind by Moxley. The woman he yelled at for not siling before is now smiling like there's a gun to her head. MJF's lawyer claims that five million people signed a petition and and dares Moxley to sign a contract banning the Paradigm Shift from the All Out title match, otherwise a lawsuit is coming.
Lucha Bros argue with Butcher and Blade, but get interrupted by Eddie Kingston and a live mic. Eddie says they all used to struggle on the indies, and now that they're on TNT, they should be the tag champs. Eddie proposes they unite as a stable so they can take over, which leads to a group hug. I welcome this development.
Britt Baker and Reba interrupt Kip Sabian and Penelope Ford's PDA in a public gym. In case you didn't know, Britt is a dentist, and swapping saliva can lead to cavities. Britt has a vague contract for a match with Big Swole (who's obsessed with her!) and offers free dental care for a year if Ford helps out in a handicap match.
Tony Shiavone hosts Orange Cassidy and Best Friends in the ring. It looks like OC is back to his silent ways when they're interrupted by Chris Jericho on the stage. Jericho is wielding a bit of the bubbly and begrudgingly congratulates OC for beating him last week. Jericho wants a rubber match, and since they both enjoy their preferred beverages, he challenges him to a "Mimosa Mayhem" match. WTF is that, you ask? Well, they cut straight to a video package that explains there will be a pool full of orange juice and bubbly, and it can be won by pinfall, submission, or tossing your opponent into the pool. Um… yikes. It pains me to say, this sounds like something even Vince Russo would veto for being too stupid. Anyways, OC agrees with a lazy thumbs up, and the Inner Circle surround them for a toast that's really an ambush. They basically waterboard OC with the bubbly, and this is a really vicious attack to set up such a ludicrous match.
Omega is still pissed and tries to powerbomb Angels onto a chair, but the Bucks move the chair and try to reason with their friend.
Backstage interview with Tully Blanchard and FTR about an upcoming gauntlet match. Tully says this will be FTR's time to step up and become the best. They have their eyes set on a tag title match at All Out, which brings in a drunk Hangman Page to argue. Page doesn't like what they did to the Rock N Roll Express last week, but FTR "had to do it." Sound logic. Harwood plays some mind games, stating that Page has finally escaped the Young Bucks' shadows, and he could go right back should he lose the tag titles to his stablemates.
Taz taunts Allin from commentary and introduces the "newest member of Team Taz" and it's Ricky Starks cosplaying as Darby. I guess we should be lucky Taz didn't bring in a midget. To his credit, Starks does a pretty funny imitation of a "spooky, serious" Allin promo, and complains about getting his back cut open by a skateboard covered in thumbtacks. Brian Cage ambushes Allin with the FTR title, and Starks angrily calls him "the biggest joke of them all" and smashes him with the skateboard and a stolen Coffin Drop.
My DVR goofs up, because technically Transformers (2007) is supposed to be on now, and we're treated to Matt Hardy destroying Sammy Guevara with a chair. Hardy throws Sammy off the stage and through a table, and referees finally surround him to prevent any more damage.
NWA Women's Champion Thunder Rosa appears in a pretaped promo. She is here to answer Hikaru Shida's challenge to bring the women's division to another level and take the respect they deserve. Excuse me, while I mark out.
Veda Scott makes her Dynamite debut by joining commentary.
The Dark Order joins their exalted one for a celebration. Tony Shiavone wants a word and Lee shouts that no one believed in him or the Dark Order, and now he's a problem for AEW. Cody is carried out on a stretcher while Lee demands Shiavone to proclaim him as the champion. Cody gives a weak thumbs up from the stretcher, but is helpless as the Dark Order beat up Arn just to be jerks. Lee tips the stretcher over and blasts Cody in the head with a mystery bag. Just when you thought they couldn't pile this on any further, they haul out Dustin and QT, and Brandi throws herself onto Cody to shield him. Cue Anna Jay to storm in and put Brandi in a rear naked choke. J.R. even calls her a "damn jezebel" for old time's sake! Lee drapes the unfinished TNT title on Cody, just as promised, and stands tall with his minions.
Final Thoughts: That last segment totally got me offguard, and while it dived into overkill territory, still shook the show out of it's summer formula. It actually feels as though we're moving from one era of AEW into another chapter, which is a good thing for the end of a summer defined by COVID-19. I'm not going to defend the Mimosa Mayhem match, but this was another memorable Dynamite that moved many story threads forward and provided some genuine surprises.