From an empty Daily's Place in Jacksonville, Florida, thanks to the continuing COVID-19 crisis. The previously advertised Blood and Guts match has been postponed for the obvious reasons. I'm anxious to see how AEW continues handling the empty show format. Last week's initial outing was a rousing success, but also had the benefit of big debuts from Brodie Lee and Matt Hardy, so they have their work cut out for them now. Our hosts are Tony Shiavone, Cody, and Kenny Omega. Brandi Rhodes is filling in as ring announcer.
Backstage, Shawn Spears and some other guys appear to be gambling. State laws go out the window during pandemics.
Cody's celebration is interrupted by spooky footage of
sitting at a campfire. Jake complains that AEW didn't recruit him during the company's formation. Roberts calls Cody "Caesar" again and dares him to bring his people to a contract signing with him and Archer. "Trust me." I'm digging this use of Roberts.
Cody rejoins commentary. He says he doesn't want to be a "whining-ass babyface" but Archer has no body of work in AEW, and he has to start somewhere, and it's not with him.
Darby Allin is driving a POS car with a cracked windshield into a field. He drinks a bit of the bubbly in a cracked shot glass, while he's surrounded by men wearing Inner Circle masks with the eyes cut out. Allin sets the table on fire. Looks like he's going to make an example of Kip Sabian before he finishes dealing with Jericho and Co.
AEW World Champion Jon Moxley marches to the ring and puts Hager down with a Paradigm Shift. Hager surprises with an ankle lock, but Moxley kicks him off through the ropes. Hager backs off, and it looks like we have Moxley's next challenger lined up.
Backstage, Moxley yells at the camera about how he told everyone that he was in the Inner Circle's blindspot and out for blood. He is eager to defend his title or die trying.
"The Exalted One" Brodie Lee enjoys a steak dinner while his Dark Order minions watch on. Lee says the Dark Order are the lions of AEW and they prey on the weak. He forbids them from eating until he finishes his dinner. Alex Reynolds sneezes and gets chased out of the room, which is what we should all be doing during this COVID-19 era. Actually, it appears Lee is playing Mr. McMahon, and I suppose that makes the Dark Order members stand-ins for WWE employees who take his nonsense. This whole angle just got really meta.
Lee tosses a Dark Order mask to the fallen Marshall. Like WWE, the Dark Order is hoarding wrestlers.
Medical update on Nick Jackson, provided by Vanguard1, Matt Hardy's personal drone. We see drone footage of Nick exercising in his garage and then chasing Vanguard1 away. Looks like Nick is healthier than we thought (about 61% healthy, in fact).
Chris Jericho arrives for the main event segment. He steals a camera and tapes the camera man singing "Judas." This is hilarious and all, but imagine how confused someone watching AEW for the first time might be. Jericho wants to give Matt Hardy a chance to join the Inner Circle. Vanguard1 hovers in. Jericho cuts a promo against the drone, which is almost as awesome as Rick Steiner arguing with Chucky. Jericho calls Vanguard a POS and hates his political views on Facebook. Despite this, Jericho offers Vanguard a spot in the Inner Circle. Vanguard turns down the finest mechanical cigars and flies away. Matt Hardy then appears in the balcony, but then teleports around the venue, moving closer to the ring each time. Yes, you read that correctly. Matt says he knew the "Maker of Pain" would come. Jericho wants to know how he teleported, to which Matt declares himself to be magic. Jericho explains that he built AEW on his back, so Matt should be aligning with him and not the arrogant SOB's in The Elite. Matt explains that he owes the Bucks of Youth a debt. He says AEW represents freedom, and the Inner Circle are a threat. Matt declares himself to be Damascus and is here to unleash chaos. Jericho thinks this is the same Matt Hardy he's known for 25 years. Matt agrees, and he knows Jericho to be a "hole of the ass." Jericho demands to know if Matt is Inner Circle or Elite, but Hardy refuses to answer, only screaming DELETE DELETE DELETE! Jericho: "Stop, there is no one here to chant your stupid catchphrase!" Matt says the building is full of essences and souls, and thinks the fans should sing a new song to Jericho about going obsolete. Jericho finally has enough and slaps the face, but Matt punches him off his feet. Jericho has some magical powers himself, and unleashes Sammy Guevara onto Hardy. Cody and Omega run in with chairs and clear out the Inner Circle. Hardy summons the stage pyro to send Jericho and Guevara fleeing to the back.
Final Thoughts: AEW continues to make the best out of a tough situation. This second empty arena show was a bit more like what we should probably expect, now that the surprise debuts and wrestlers acting like fans at ringside are over. Still, Omega and Sammy busted out a great match, and the Hardy/Jericho confrontation, while totally self-indulgent, was some greatly entertaining cheese. Dynamite continues to be a feel-good show, which we can really use at this time.