Dasha tries to interview Wardlow about his chances of becoming AEW World Champion, but MJF talks over him. MJF insists that since Wardlow is under contract to him, he'll actually become champion due to having property rights. Andrew Yang might want to check out this abuse of an independent contractor. Sammy Guevara interrupts, as he's upset about MJF's recent disrespect and threatens him.
AEW World Title Eliminator Tournament:
The Wardlow (with MJF) vs. Hangman Adam Page Page is billed as "emotionally unavailable" but starts hot with a shotgun dropkick. Wardlow muscles him into the buckles. Page dropkicks Wardlow off the apron, his dive is blocked, but he saves face with a shove into the post. Wardlow hits a nasty spear (that looks a bit like a spinebuster) through the steel rail! Page barely beats the countout, but Wardlow meets him with a power slam for 2. Wardlow continues to dominate but cannot win with a gut-wrench powerbomb. Wardlow looks for a top rope chokeslam, but Page reverses into a hanging armbreaker over the ropes. Wardlow's arm looks damaged, but he suplexes Page back into the ring. Wardlow misses a cool looking Swanton Bomb! Page makes a scrappy comeback, blocks a German, and clotheslines to ringside. Tope rope moonsault by Page! Wardlow blocks the Buckshot and hits a clothesline for a good 2 count. Wardlow hits a labored F10 and Page rolls to safety. Page blocks another super chokeslam and hits a superplex. Page hits two Buckshot Lariats and wins at 9:48! Strong gutsy babyface performance by Page, Wardlow didn't look as sharp as he did in the Jungle Boy match, ***.
Winner: Hangman Adam Page
AEW World Champion Jon Moxley talks about his upcoming "I Quit" match with Eddie Kingston. This is a personal issue to Moxley, and states there is no room for "this Eddie Kingston" in AEW. Moxley will crush Eddie's ego, so he better protect his neck.
Eddie Kingston comes to the ring with Butcher, Blade, and Bunny. They spend about 3 seconds recapping that Bunny rejoined Butcher and Blade after it was revealed she had maxed out QT Marshall's credit cards. I guess enough of us complained online so we got our explanation. Eddie wants to send a message by defeating "The Joker" from the Casino Battle Royal that he was never eliminated from and calls out Matt Sydal.
Earlier today, Excalibur interviewed Young Bucks, and FTR via Zoom. Matt Jackson is offended by questions about his bad knee and insists he'll be ready for Full Gear. FTR aren't concerned about having a dream match with the Bucks, they just want to hold on to the titles and prove that they're the best. Excalibur questions the Bucks' character after recent events. Matt says they're not proud of what they've done, but admit they've been frustrated over their lack of success over the past year, and FTR have pushed them over the edge. FTR are offended about the focus on the Bucks and walk off. The interview continues with the Bucks revealing that if they don't win the titles at Full Gear, they'll never challenge for them again.
Tony Shiavone and Dasha host the Inner Circle's town hall, to decide if MJF will join or not. All concerned parties are in the ring and are taking questions from the roster. Luchasaurus wants to know how MJF will continue the financial superiority of the Inner Circle. MJF conveniently has a chart showing that earnings are up since he got involved. Britt Baker asks Jericho about MJF's terrible track record with friendships. Jericho says he isn't a dipsh!t like Cody, so MJF won't be able to turn on him without getting his teeth knocked out. Peter Avalon wants to join the Inner Circle, which only makes the group laugh. Eric Bischoff compares MJF to Kennedy and asks what can he do for the Inner Circle. MJF only offers friendship. Bischoff follows up with what can the Inner Circle do for him? MJF explains he wants to learn to be a team player. Jericho gets fired up when Eric calls him a "primadonna" and Shiavone has to silence him. Eric suggests that if Jericho and MJF will eventually kill each other. MJF gets upset, as he feels he's proven himself, so what more can he do? Jericho suggests that MJF face him at Full Gear, and if he wins he can join them. MJF likes this and says he'll do anything to win. Ortiz has heard enough and challenges MJF and Wardlow to a tag match next week.
Last night on Dark, Will Hobbs picked up an impressive victory, which caught the attention of Team Taz, who badly want to recruit him.
The lumberjacks continue brawling, and for some reason it's up to Billy and Austin Gunn to clear our the Dark Order. Darby Allin watches on from the stands. This segment lost me.
Best Friends try to talk down Kip Sabian and Miro backstage, and Penelope Ford distracts with a gift offering. Miro and Sabian throw Best Friends through a door and beat them into a heap, while Miro vows to never forgive them. Yes, this feud is based on a broken arcade machine, and I'm strangely okay with it.
Backstage interview with AEW Women's Champion Hikaru Shida. Nyla Rose is refusing to wrestle again until she gets a title match, and Shida eagerly challenges her at Full Gear.
Spears is heckled by a guy in a bull mask, so he understandably drags him into the ring for a beating. Spears looks for his steel slug, but the masked man reveals himself to be Scorpio Sky, and he drops Spears with a TKO.
Final Thoughts: Overall, a strong episode of Dynamite. I was confused by which cast members got involved with Cody vs. Cassidy, and while I appreciated the effort of Deeb vs. Hirsch, I have to wonder why more women in AEW aren't allowed the time to get themselves over outside of the ring the same way the men are. AEW have signed a massive number of women to contracts, and it feels like most of them appear on Dynamite once every other month, with little character development outside of Britt. Otherwise, I really liked the setup to Jericho vs. MJF, as they took a novel approach to their PPV showdown, with more twists and turns than just announcing a match and then spending weeks costing each other wins or something like that. The true success stories tonight are Kenny Omega looking like his New Japan self and Hangman Page rising to be a worthy adversary. The Full Gear card came together easily, which is a testament to the strength of AEW's week-to-week booking. Thumbs Up.