Welcome to another weekly AEW Dynamite Results and Review for June 10th, 2020! As I said last week, this show has been getting tough to watch and these reviews are hanging on by a thread. If things don’t change soon, I may start alternating between this and NXT. I spent my early morning hours last Monday catching up on NXT Takeover. It was admittedly hit or miss to me, but still much easier to watch than whatever AEW’s putting on lately. MJF was on for a fleeting moment last week, but with such limited time, he couldn’t save the whole show like he normally does. What’s on the docket this week? Not a clue, but I know it can’t get much worse than last week! Will Brandi show up again?! Let’s find out!
Match #1: Butcher & Blade vs. FTR!
Here it is everybody, the much anticipated, long-awaited debut of FTR in AEW! But why aren’t Butcher and Blade wearing their fancy white pants? By the way, Chris Jericho is on commentary for the night. Although he is currently on my shit list, he’s a lot better than the other guy they have sitting over there. I’ll allow it! This match should be very interesting. Butcher and Blade are rough and tumble brawler types, and FTR is all about wearing their opponents down with superior technique. If you don’t know, these guys were the Revival in a past life. They used to run with Orton for a little while, so we know they can get mean if they want to. Butcher and Blade better not take these guys lightly, especially since they haven’t won a match in around six months.
Cash Wheeler does a great combination of leapfrog/dropkick, just like Mr. Perfect used to do! But he injured his shoulder on the way down! Don’t worry, it’s a ruse. He tries to win with the CRUSHING rollup, but it fails. Now I’m getting confused. I can’t tell who the heels are supposed to be. I know the crowd is chanting for FTR, but that was a dirty move by Wheeler. I’ll allow it, I like these guys. They take wrestling seriously, just like I do. Wheeler’s taken a lot of heat in this thing, but he tags to Dax Harwood, who comes in to clean up! Harwood nails a brainbuster, then he and Wheeler do a double team DDT off the ropes. That looked familiar! A combination superplex/elbow drop off the top rope isn’t enough for the win. FTR gives the Shatter Machine to Butcher, then they win with the spike piledriver on Blade! Super old school. Haven’t seen that move in ages. This one was super hard-hitting and intense. Great opener, wouldn’t expect anything less from these guys. Schiavone joins them in the ring for a promo and the Young Bucks show up to say some stupid shit. They’re both sorely in need of a personality transplant. Butcher and Blade jump them from behind as they should. Kenny and Hangman show up. We got a decent opener until all the Elite douchebags had to show up and ruin it. Don’t let them hold you down, Wheeler and Harwood! This division needs you badly.
Match #2: Nyla Rose & Penelope Ford vs. Hikaru Shida & The Space Alien
This should be a five-star classic. Before we can even get started, this thing goes to a commercial that is very telling. Not even a picture during the break this time! Nyla has a chance to be a star, but she’s getting ruined since she lost the belt to Shida. The space alien is also here. Penelope deserves some credit for being more physically imposing than Kip Sabian is, but she still has some growing up to do in the ring.
We come back from the break just in time to see dueling hot tags. How has Nyla Rose not pancaked both of her opponents and her partner by now? This is a disgrace. Anyway, this match is a bunch of moves, with very little selling and even less precision in their execution. Nyla stacks both of her opponents on the top rope and smashes them both with a flying knee drop. BOOM! It’s over! Neither of her opponents knows what they’re doing, so they’re back on offense in less than ten seconds. After everyone has checked out of this thing, Penelope wins with a fisherman suplex. That move was very nicely done, but aside from the flying knee drop, this match was a mess.
Up next, we have another art film from Darby Allin. I can see why he doesn’t talk. He wipes out on his skateboard multiple times. Did I see Tony Hawk in this thing? I wonder how much they paid him to show up! After this, we have a hype package for Britt Baker! She’s really come along with her heel-work, it’s starting to get over with me. It’s a shame she got hurt as she did. She’s not great in the ring, but a couple of these other girls are reckless. They need better training.
Match #3: Jake Hager and Santana & Ortiz vs. AGD & Pockets
This match starts with the AGD holding hands as they do before they get jumped by the Inner Circle, and Hager hucks Pockets to the outside! Man, he hit the ramp pretty hard. Stay out there and don’t ever come back! It doesn’t take long before this match devolves into a bunch of dives. TRENT’s partner takes a Hager Bomb, but he kicks out at two. We come back from another commercial and Pockets gets tagged in with Jake Hager. I hope he breaks Pockets in half! Ortiz and Santana try their best to subdue him but it doesn’t work. Hager catches Pockets in mid-air and obliterates him. AGD gets tossed out to the floor and Pockets is all alone for the time being. After a brief distraction from TRENT’s partner, Pockets wins with an inside cradle on Ortiz. Jericho comes down to the ring with his trusty baseball bat and he’s pissed. He hits them all with a bat. Now, this I can get behind! Looks like Chris has finally woken up from his fever dream from two weeks ago! Chris beats Pockets bloody with a sack full of oranges! BRILLIANT! How can Chris be responsible for that football field thing and then do this two weeks later?! Maybe he was sick that week or something. Good to see him getting serious again.
After this, Schiavone is at ringside for a promo with Billy Gunn, when my boy MJF shows up! He’s pissed that he’s been the number one contender for three consecutive weeks and can’t buy a title match! No shit! I’ve been saying for weeks that this ranking system is ridiculous anyway. It’s no secret the Elite’s been holding MJF down since he showed up here. I felt that promo from here, but unfortunately, MJF can’t get a match this week. Colt Cabana can, so I guess all is right with the world. My life really sucks sometimes.
Match #4: Colt Cabana vs. Sammy Guevara
Well, until Jericho beat the shit out of Pockets with a sack of oranges, I was about to say Guevara is the only guy I like in the Inner Circle! Somebody tell Chris to stop playing with my heart like this! The backstory of this match is that the Dark Order is trying to recruit Colt Cabana to join them. Yes, really. He’s lost a step in the ring, even though he never had it in the ring to begin with! This is just silly. Why would the Dark Order want him anyway? Can we just do away with this entire thing? It’s DEATH for all involved. Poor Brodie Lee has been reduced to a parody at this point. We come from ANOTHER break just in time to see Colt Cabana steal the Bionic Elbow, then set up for his comeback. Cabana gives Guevara a moonsault but only gets two. Cabana goes for his finisher off the ropes, but he slips and Guevara capitalizes with the inverted GTS for the win. Nicely done kid! And now the Dark Order shows up. Brodie Lee is here with the same old facial expression. This guy just sucks all the energy out of the room. Brodie helps Cabana up then leaves. Matt Hardy shows up and says some stuff to Guevara. Why can’t these guys let him have his moment? Matt says Sammy is the future of AEW (the smartest thing he’s said in MONTHS), then he starts doing a bunch of stupid bullshit again. How this was ever popular, I have no idea, but JR does a nice job subtly burying it on commentary.
Up next is another Moxley promo. He’s lost in the parking lot again, but that’s not what this is about. He says some stuff to Brian Cage, then Tazz shows up and shows him how it’s done. Brian Cage hits Moxley from behind and kicks his ass all over the parking lot. Moxley takes a spinebuster onto the hood of someone’s car and then gets slammed through the windshield. That was badass! I hope Cage wins the title.
Main Event: Cody vs. Marq Quen
This match is for the TNT title! Quen is going solo for this one, much like Jungle Boy from last week. There is 15 minutes of show time left, but I can’t see him lasting that long on his own since he’s primarily a tag team guy. Cody’s wearing a special shirt to the ring so he can pander to the gay crowd for some reason. He didn’t need to do that, the entire AEW fan base treats him like he’s God anyway. If nothing else I guess Quen will get a chance to show what he can do in this match, maybe something good will come out of it.
Quen apparently injured his ankle the last time he got in the ring, and this is his first match back! He starts out hot in this thing, but he’ll probably run out of steam soon if he’s not 100% yet. Cody continues to steal everyone else’s moves. He’s already stolen Daniel Bryan’s surfboard/dragon sleeper move, I wonder what’s next! We have another abrupt commercial break, and when we come back Cody’s working Quen’s leg. He’s clearly hurt, but his adrenaline’s flowing so he’s not feeling it at the moment. The ref gets between the two guys to separate them and Cody kicks Marq right to the knee. Kind of a dick move there, he never even saw it coming since the ref got in the way. Very subtle, but it’s my theory Cody’s actually been the bad guy the entire time and people just haven’t realized it yet. Really sweet twisting DDT move by Quen followed up by another dive. That would be so much more impressive if they didn’t do that in every single match on this show.
Cody’s on the ropes now, Quen needs to capitalize, but he can’t because of his knee. Another dive by Quen, but he hurts himself worse on the way down! Just keep it in the ring and you won’t get hurt! At least statistically he’d a be a lot safer in there. Nah that’s a stupid strategy. A flippity flop from the top rope onto the ramp is a much better idea! Quen nails it, but he can’t get the pin on the floor. Quen goes for another flippity flop on the inside this time, but Cody moves and applies the ankle lock for the win. Wow, I didn’t know Cody was such a technical wrestling master. Or maybe he’s just stealing moves from people who are far more successful than he is. On the bright side, Quen got a chance to show a lot of upside in this match, but he has to do what he can to protect his knees from now on. Jake Hager shows up for some reason and goes after Double A! Cody takes exception to this but he gets tossed around like a small child. Matt Hardy, Quen, and his friend show up to make the save. Why would the Inner Circle be interested in going after Cody? I thought they were after Pockets! The show ends with a massive brawl.
My Final Thoughts on AEW (6/10/2020)
I think it’s a little weird how Cody’s been the main event since he won the TNT title, which in theory is supposed to be a secondary title, to begin with. Meanwhile, Moxley, who is the AEW champion, has been running around the same parking lot confused for weeks now. Just an observation I made this week. The highlights for this week are the MJF promo, FTR’s debut, and Jericho beating Pockets with a sack full of oranges. He’s going the right way to get back on my good side for sure. Next week, my boy MJF will be in the ring against Billy Gunn. I can’t wait for that! If you enjoyed this review, come back tomorrow to catch me on RSH with Josh DeBord and Chuck Winchester!