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AEW DYNAMITE PRIMER
AUGUST 27, 2020
AIRS ON TNT, 8:00 PM EST
BY JOSHUA CHAMBERS (@Josh_Chambers), PWTORCH CONTRIBUTOR
This week’s episode will emanate from Daily’s Place in Jacksonville, Fla. The 5,500 seat arena first hosted AEW’s Fight for the Fallen in July 2019 and will be home to AEW productions for the foreseeable future. For the first time since late March, the general public will be admitted and seated in a socially spaced set-up at 10-15 percent of the arena’s capacity.
Top 5 AEW Moments 8/22/20
AEW Dark Results
- Best Friends defeated Demetri Jackson & Storm Thomas
- Shawn Spears defeated Jessy Sorensen
- Mel defeated Red Velvet
- Lance Archer defeated D3
- Luther & Serpentico defeated The Initiative
- Nyla Rose defeated KiLynn King
- The Gunn Club (Billy & Austin Gunn) defeated Baron Black & Frank Stone
- Penelope Ford defeated Heather Monroe
- Santana & Ortiz defeated Metro Brothers
- Ricky Starks defeated Shawn Dean
- Jake Hager defeated Marko Stunt
- Kip Sabian defeated Frankie Kazarian
- The Hybrid 2 defeated Joey Janela & Sonny Kiss
Latest Rankings Released
— All Elite Wrestling (@AEWrestling) August 26, 2020
Dynamite Matches and Segments
- Chris Jericho on Commentary
- Update on Cody’s Status
- The Butcher & The Blade & Rey Fenix & Pentagon Jr vs. Brian Pillman Jr. & Griff Garrison & Sonny Kiss & Joey Janela
- Britt Baker & Reba & Penelope Ford vs. Big Swole in a three-on0one handicap match
- Best Friends, FTR, Young Bucks, and The Natural Nightmares – Tag Team Gauntlet Match, the winner gets a title shot at All Out
- Matt Hardy vs. Sammy Guevara – Tables Match
- Mr. Brodie Lee Championship Celebration
- AEW Champion Jon Moxley and MJF contract signing
First of all, I’d like to apologize for not having a Primer for you on Saturday. I was in an emotionally confusing and vulnerable state and didn’t think I could do it justice. On one hand, I was still mourning the loss that Scorpio Sky suffered at the hands of Cody Rhodes two weeks ago, and on the other hand, I was celebrating Kayfabe News finally following me on Twitter. As Scorpio Sky’s unofficial (for now) hype man I was devastated, but as a comedian and wrestling fan I was elated to get the nod from KN.
Truly a tumultuous time.
But we’re back! And exciting things are happening! Tonight’s card has three gimmick matches (a Handicap, Gauntlet, and Tables match) which should be fun. My only complaint is that the Tag Team Gauntlet Match makes it clear (again) that the idea of top-5 rankings isn’t something that AEW is taking very seriously. I’ve written about this before, so I will be brief, but it seems like the rankings weren’t really thought through (from a kayfabe perspective) and keep leading to confusing matchups and title shots. I love the idea, but I wish that there was a little bit more effort put in to make it all make sense.
Last week another NWA talent showed up on Dynamite – and with her belt! Thunder Rosa, the reigning NWA Women’s Champion, appeared and challenged AEW Women’s Champion Hikaru Shida to a match at All Out. Rosa is a tremendous indie-talent whose work I enjoyed quite a bit on NWA Powerrr, and her and Shida should put on a great match. With the NWA on hold and Eddie Kingston and Thunder Rosa already on board, are we counting down to NWA World’s Champion Nick Aldis appearing on Dynamite? I really hope so. Cody Rhodes even named him as a “dream challenger” for the TNT Championship last month!