Posted on 10/14/120 by Bob Magee
On October 2nd of 2019, AEW DYNAMITE the airwaves for the
very first time LIVE from the Capitol One Arena in
Washington, DC. On that landmark broadcast Riho became the
first-ever AEW Women's World Champion by beating Nyla Rose,
The Inner Circle came together at the expense of The Elite,
and Jon Moxley made a surprising return to decimate Kenny
Omega. In celebration of this milestone, fans can relive all
the excitement here (Watch Here) on our official YouTube
channel until October 15th.
In the year since, AEW crowned it's first-ever World
Champion, World Tag Team Champions, TNT Champion, and
witnessed the rebirth of the FTW Title thanks to Taz. We
have seen The Elite teeter on self-destruction, The Inner
Circle grow stronger even in setbacks, new allegiances form,
new champions crowned, new faces step-up, and plenty of
shocking arrivals onto the AEW stage. Cage matches, Dog
Collar matches, Battle Royales, Iron Man matches, fans have
witnessed them all, and there is plenty more to come!
And with so many of these historic events transpiring on
DYNAMITE, it has certainly proven to be an absolute can't
miss event each and every week! And this Anniversary
celebration will prove no different as, for the first time
ever on DYNAMITE, all four AEW championships will be
The action kicks off hot and heavy at 8pm EST/7pm CST on
TNT, our amazing partner for this last year, and on
AEWPlus.com for our International audiences! The World, Tag,
Women's, and TNT championships are all up for grabs on
Wednesday night, but will the same people who walk in with
them close out the evening hearing an “AND STILL
CHAMPION...” or will it be “AND NEW...” that echoes in their
mind as it reverberates through Daily's Place?
***RANKINGS AS OF 10/7/20***
AEW WORLD TITLE MATCH...
JON MOXLEY (c) vs. (#1) “The Murderhawk Monster” Lancer
Archer (w/ Jake Roberts)
The date was January 4, 2020 and the location was the
legendary Tokyo Dome in Japan; on that evening Jon Moxley
and Lance Archer locked up for the one and only time in
their careers, under the auspices of a Texas Death Match,
and with New Japan Pro Wrestling's IWGP United States
Heavyweight Title on the line. It was a fifteen minute war
between the two combatants, and when the final bell gonged,
it was Mox who survived to call himself the new champion.
Fast forward eight months plus a day to September 5, 2020,
and slide over from Japan to the United States, specifically
Jacksonville, FL, for AEW's ALL OUT 2020 pay-per-view
extravaganza. That summer evening witnessed Jon Moxley
retain his AEW World Championship for the fifth time in the
main event, this one over a very game MJF, just not game
enough to conquer the defending champ. But that wasn't the
only momentous occasion of the evening, not as it pertains
to this Wednesday night, because “The MurderHawk Monster”
would conquer the Casino Battle Royale earlier in the event
to claim a future World Title opportunity. In just over
twenty-one minutes, Archer eliminated Trent, Ortiz, Will
Hobbs and Brian Cage simultaneously, and ultimately Eddie
Kingston (albeit with some controversy) to earn the shot,
and the match-up was swiftly nailed down for place October
14th in celebration of the one-year DYNAMITE ANNIVERSARY.
But bumps in the road did occur, and when preventative
measures relating to the pandemic forced a planned six man
tag pitting Moxley, Hobbs, Darby Allin against Archer, Cage,
and Ricky Starks to be changed, it also nearly changed the
face of Archer's World Title match. Moxley, ever the
fighter, demanded a World Title match for that 9/23 edition
of DYNAMITE and Eddie Kingston, stemming from the Casino
Battle Royale, was granted that chance.
Mox and The Mad King had a veritable war of their own for
eleven minutes, but the Bulldog Choke secured the win for
the champion via referee stoppage, and thus a retention of
the AEW World Championship. Moxley's victory was rather
pyrrhic though, as he, Allin, and Hobbs ended up victims of
a mass beatdown from Penta, Fenix, and Starks, and then, on
top of that, Kingston was allowed to select an opponent for
Moxley for the 9/30 DYNAMITE. Oh, and it was a World Title
The Butcher got the nod from Kingston, and put Moxley
through physical hell for nearly fifteen minutes before the
champ found a way to pick up the win and retain his
championship for the third time in September.
All this punishment, these grueling matches and assaults
from Kingston's family, while all that happened to Moxley,
Lance Archer watched from a distance, waiting with baited
breath for his impending World Title match, watching to see
which man emerged as champion by October 14th. Much to
Archer's delight, it is Mox who still maintains a grip on
the AEW World Title, and there is no doubt the defending
champion is more battered and bruised than he has ever been
heading into any previous title bouts.
Does that make him easy pickings? That is a resounding no,
at no point in his life has Moxley every been easy pickings
in a fight, and a World Title match is certainly not going
to be the first time for that one. What it could lead to is
an extra level of confidence for the challenger, it may give
Archer a belief that he has an advantage over Moxley heading
into this fight, and with a mind like Jake Roberts in his
corner, he will certainly know how to press that advantage.
Whether or not October 14th will mark the beginning of a
monster's reign over AEW remains to be seen, but the thought
of Archer standing as the figurehead of All Elite Wrestling
is certainly a terrifying one. The sound of NEW AEW WORLD
CHAMPION LANCE ARCHER sounds too good to “The MurderHawk
Monster”, and you can bet neither he nor Jake Roberts plan
to let a second championship opportunity slip through their
And should Jon Moxley survive Lance Archer, one has to
ponder just how much it will take out of the champion to
retain his title?
AEW TNT TITLE MATCH...
“The American Nightmare” Cody (c) vs. “Freshly Squeezed”
Speaking of surviving, one week ago “The American Nightmare”
Cody survived a hellacious battle with Mr. Brodie Lee to not
only reclaim the TNT Title from The Dark Order, but also to
become the ONLY two-time champion of any division in AEW's
history. And the fact that he did so with a dog collar
strapped around his neck, a chain binding him to his foe,
and blood soaking his face, stands as testament to just how
important that TNT Championship is to Cody.
But it also makes a spectator question just how much of the
fight it took out of the new champion as he heads into this
first defense of his second reign on Wednesday night against
none other than “Freshly Squeezed” Orange Cassidy. It's
something Coach Arn Anderson addressed following the
As for Cody, he has taken a rather interesting approach to
addressing Orange Cassidy's unique style by pointing out the
fact the man has never locked up, traditional collar-and-
elbow style, in an AEW match before. The new champion has
promised to make his challenger engage in this tried and
true act, and the official AEW Twitter account even took a
poll (Click Here) to see if fans thought OC would go for it.
It is certainly an interesting way to approach the man who
achieved something Cody was unable to accomplish himself,
not once but twice, and that's beating Chris Jericho.
Yet knowing Cody's track record, the Open Challenge that
defined his first run as TNT Champion, there is no way he is
underestimating Cassidy, he is just that confident in his
own abilities to find the answer to any challenge. Be it
Kingston, Quen, Jungle Boy, or Jake Hager, Cody found a way
to beat them all, and some with absolutely no prep time.
With a week to prepare for OC's challenge, a week to heal up
as best able from the Dog Collar and Brodie Lee, Cody has to
be heading into this with a confidence that took a heavy hit
the night he lost the title.
OC himself has felt the sting of being crushed by Brodie Lee
as Cassidy was the last man Lee successfully defended the
title against a few weeks ago. Orange himself was riding
high after beating Chris Jericho in the Mimosa Mayhem Match,
and that momentum felt like the kind of thing to boost him
to dethroning The Exalted One. That hope was destroyed by
Lee, but now OC has his second chance to make a first TNT
Title run a reality this Wednesday night.
And while Cody may be promising to make Orange lock-up, keep
in mind that Cassidy fights...however...and isn't about to
be made to wrestle the way anyone else wants him to...
AEW WOMEN'S WORLD TITLE MATCH...
Hikaru Shida (c) vs. (#2) Big Swole
This one has been a long time coming; Big Swole has not
suffered a loss in singles competition since the June 3rd
DYNAMITE, bested her long-time foe Dr. Britt Baker at ALL
OUT 2020, and knocked off two more victories since that
Tooth and Nail battle. She has been a fixture in the Top
Five rankings, currently sitting at the number two spot as
of the 10/7 update behind Nyla Rose, and has more than
proven her abilities inside the squared circle.
The same can be said for Hikaru Shida, the reigning and
defending AEW Women's World Champion for nearly 150 days.
And although Shida holds just two successful defenses during
the course of her reign, over Penelope Ford and NWA World
Women's Champion Thunder Rosa, she pretty well bested the
entire division before knocking Nyla Rose off her
championship perch. That victory over Rose mind you, is
something that Swole failed to accomplish on two separate
occasions, and likely the one thing keeping her out of that
number one spot in the rankings over the former champ.
As a point of fact, Shida has only been beaten twice in one-
on-one competition since entering AEW at DOUBLE OR NOTHING
2019. The first loss came against the very first Women's
World Champion Riho at ALL OUT 2019, prior to her earning
that crown, and the second against Kris Statlander way back
on December 4th. What that means is that it has been over
ten months since Shida has tasted defeat in a singles match
while, in addition to the aforementioned title defenses, she
has beaten Baker, Diamante, Anna Jay, and Abadon to name a
few. Shida even holds a singles victory over Swole back in
November of last year on an edition of AEW DARK.
That was almost a year ago, and neither woman is the same
competitor they were back then. They've both been through
the battles inside the ring, against many of the same women,
yet Big Swole has certainly been grinding extremely hard to
get that World Title opportunity. She even entered into the
Women's Tag Team Cup Tournament with Lil' Swole, but they
were beaten by The Nightmare Sisters in the Semi-Finals. The
loss hurt, any loss does, but Swole picked herself up,
dusted off and kept fighting. There have only been two
things that mattered in the last few months; the first was
ridding Britt Baker from her path and that was accomplished
at ALL OUT 2020. The second is that championship belt around
Hikaru Shida's waist, and on Wednesday night Big Swole could
make that second goal her reality.
Will we see the crowning of our fourth AEW Women's World
Champion at the DYNAMITE ANNIVERSARY, or will Shida's reign
continue on into the fall months?
AEW WORLD TAG TEAM TITLE MATCH...
FTR (Cash Wheeler & Dax Harwood w/ Tully Blanchard) (c) vs.
(#1) The Best Friends (Chuck Taylor & Trent)
Chuck Taylor and Trent earned their top spot in the tag team
rankings, and this title opportunity, the hard way. By
rebounding from a championship loss in July to Hangman and
Omega, fighting the good fight against every team positioned
across the ring from them, and going to war with Proud-N-
Powerful on multiple occasions. Their battle culminated in a
violent Parking Lot fight several weeks ago on DYNAMITE, and
should have secured their spot as the first team to
challenge the newly crowned champions after their ALL OUT
Instead Dax Harwood, Cash Wheeler, and Tully Blanchard spent
their first week as champions attempting to celebrate their
victory while simultaneously rubbing it in the faces of the
rest of the AEW tag team division. That arrogance got them a
fight with Jurassic Express a week later, non-title of
course, and would then lead to FTR declaring their own Brush
With Greatness deal that gives challenging teams twenty
minutes to win a championship match. Keep in mind it took
FTR nearly a half-hour to beat Page and Omega to claim the
titles, but when you're calling the shots, it's easier to
overlook unflattering details.
So it would be Kazarian/Sky and TH2 who would get the first
two cracks at the World Tag Team Champions, neither duo in
the top five rankings it should be noted, but both proved
unsuccessful and were defeated within the twenty minute
limit. It certainly appeared that the champs and their
representative were purposefully dodging the top ranked
teams, but last week on DYNAMITE the choice was taken out of
their hands when it was declared Best Friends would get
their much deserved title opportunity!
Will this shot prove more successful than Chuck and Trent's
last one three months ago against the previous champions?
Both teams' come into this battle with a great deal of
momentum, especially the defending champions with their
unbeaten duos record, but their grand arrogance could very
well prove their undoing. Cash and Dax certainly view The
Best Friends as less than themselves, glorified backyarders
if you will, and undeserving of being in the ring with a
true team like FTR despite Chuck and Trent's accomplishments
Wednesday night, The Best Friends have their chance to
demonstrate to FTR what the rest of the world already knows;
they are an elite team, a championship caliber duo, and they
are not be underestimated.
THE WEDDING PARTY...
The wedding day fast approaches, and fans have seen Miro
racking his brain to plan the Bachelor Party of the century
for Kip Sabian, even looking to the video game legend Billy
Mitchell for some help in putting it all together (Watch
Here). As Miro himself put it, planning such an event in a
pandemic is not exactly the easiest feat to achieve.
As for a feat not so trying for THE BEST MAN and the groom-
to-be, well that will go down Wednesday night when the enter
into tag team competition for the second time since Miro
made his surprising AEW debut.
In their last outing, Miro and Kip bested the pairing of
Joey Janela and Sonny Kiss in decisive fashion, heralding
the arrival of THE BEST MAN to the the AEW ring, and serving
as warning to the rest of the roster. So who will step up to
the challenge this week on the DYNAMITE ANNIVERSARY and
attempt to dampen this wedding party?
So what will Maxwell Jacob Friedman's grand announcement be
this time? He has used the platform of DYNAMITE in the past
to declare his candidacy for the AEW World Title and launch
the MJF 2020 campaign that targeted Jon Moxley. He has run
his mouth time and time again about Cody, Jungle Boy, Marko
Stunt, pretty much anyone who Max arbitrarily decides he
does not like, but what is it about this announcement that
makes it so special?
Is it related to this “will they, won't they” dynamic that
has existed between MJF and Chris Jericho in recent weeks?
“Do you want to join The Inner Circle...do you want me to
join The Inner Circle?” has been bantered back and forth
between the two egomaniacs on several instances, and Max
even elected to give Jericho anniversary gifts last week,
albeit with his own self-centered bent.
MJF has even publicly posited the idea of creating his own
group, since everyone else has one he says, and one can only
imagine what that would look like; if his MJF 2020 campaign
crew was any indication it would be a very sycophantic lot.
Contrary to any lone wolf narrative he spins, it isn't as if
MJF has been standing on his own pretty much at any point in
his AEW tenure. From his manipulative alliance with Cody and
The Nightmare Family to Wardlow to the aforementioned MJF
2020 campaign crew, Max has been surrounded by someone, or
someones, since they moment he started in All Elite
Of course this is all rampant speculation, MJF is the type
who would declare it a massive announcement worthy of
international coverage if he bought a new scarf for his
collection. So we waited with anticipation at just will fall
out of the mouth of Mr. Salt Of The Earth this Wednesday
Come join AEW this Wednesday night for a DYNAMITE
ANNIVERSARY, coming to you LIVE on TNT at 8pm EST/7pm CST,
and on AEWPlus.com for our International fans! And don't
miss out on the latest edition of AEW DARK, exclusively on
our YouTube channel, featuring Matt Sydal, Eddie Kingston,
Darby Allin, Nyla Rose, Frankie Kazarian, and more in
action! Plus it's the only home for our DYNAMITE Pre- and
Post-Game shows, that give fans the full elite experience!