AEW Dynamite – “Dynamite 200”
August 2nd, 2023
By: John Siino
Yuengling Center in Tampa, FL
Commentary: Excalibur, Taz & Tony Schiavone
- Taya Valkyrie, Nyla Rose & Marina Shafir def. Kelsey Raegan, Dream Girl Ellie & Avery Breaux
- Brian Cage & Big Bill def. Luther & Cameron Stewart
- Lee Moriarty def. Dante Casanova
Chris Jericho & Konosuke Takeshita (w/ Don Callis) vs. Sammy Guevara & Daniel Garcia
A throwback look here with the splattered colors and entrance tunnels, as Chris Jericho & Sammy Guevara start the match by chopping each other. Guevara takes down Jericho with a knee strike, before tagging in Daniel Garcia. Jericho tries to chop away at Garcia, but he counters with his dance before Jericho tags out to Konosuke Takeshita. Takeshita runs the ropes before taking down Garcia with a running clothesline and gets one count with his foot on Garcia’s chest by doing Garcia’s dance as the crowd chants ‘You can’t dance’ at Takeshita. Jericho tags in, and Garcia is in control until Don Callis trips up Garcia, before they go to picture-in-picture.
When we come back, Jericho is still in control over Garcia, but he is able to put his knees up during Jericho’s Lionsault attempt. Both Guevara and Takeshita tag in, as Guevara sends both Takeshita & Jericho to the outside where he individually dives onto both of them. Guevara tosses Takeshita back inside and hits a frog splash for the pin, but Jericho breaks it up. Guevara & Jericho start shoving each other until Garcia gets involved and takes out Jericho. Takeshita puts on the ‘Walls of Takeshita’ on Guevara, but he is able to kick his way out as Jericho tags in and gets hit with a Spanish Fly by Guevara for two. Garcia tags in but Jericho hits him with a Code Breaker right away for a two count. Guevara kicks Takeshita to the outside and hits him with a Shooting Star Press. Back inside, Garcia blocks a Judas Effect and rolls up Jericho for a two, before putting on the Dragon Slayer. Takeshita tries to stop it, but Guevara sends him outside. As Aubrey Edwards is distracted by them on the outside, Don Callis takes out Garcia with the bat. Jericho yells ‘what the fuck’ to Callis, before pinning Garcia for the win.
Winners: Chris Jericho & Konosuke Takeshita by pinfall at 12:21
We go Tony Khan in the back who talks about AEW being on the road to ‘All In’, before showing highlights of the first 200 episodes of Dynamite.
Renee Paquette tries to get a word with Chris Jericho, but Matt Menard stops him from saying anything and says next week they will have a Jericho Appreciation Society mandatory meeting, and Jericho will have to be there.
Tony Schiavone is in the ring and introduces Jack Perry, but before Schiavone can say it’s time for the face-to-face, Perry snatches the mic from him and tells Jerry Lynn to come out and take his ass-kicking like a man. Lynn comes out and says as much as he wants to get his hands on Perry, he won’t because that’s child abuse. Lynn says he doesn’t run the show around here and there isn’t a doctor alive to clear him to get into the ring. Lynn said he called a good friend of his that wrestled in ECW and just so happens to still wrestle today. We hear ‘Walk’ by Pantera as Rob Van Dam makes his way out. RVD gets in Perry’s face, but Perry holds the FTW Championship before heading to the back. RVD does his pose with Lynn in the ring. Perry runs back in and tries to take out RVD with a chair, but he’s able to duck it. Perry escapes to the crowd and puts a child in front of him to protect himself.
We see a video hyping up tonight’s main event of Toni Storm vs. Hikaru Shida for the AEW Women’s World Championship.
Anything Goes Match: Trent Beretta vs. Penta El Zero Miedo (w/ Alex Abrahantes) vs. Jon Moxley
Before the bell rings, Trent Beretta dives onto Jon Moxley on the outside, followed by Penta El Zero Miedo. Weapons are introduced right away, with Penta taking out Moxley and Beretta with trash cans and trash can lids, but Moxley takes him out with a cutter. Moxley gets a barbed wire board and starts driving it into the face of Beretta, before piledriving him on top of it. Beretta comes right back by back body dropping Moxley on top of the board. Alex Abrahantes helps Penta set up some tables on the outside, putting a bloody Beretta on top of them. Penta goes to the top rope, but Moxley joins him and starts rubbing the barbed wire in his face, knocking him down. Beretta joins Moxley on the top rope and superplexes Moxley through the tables as they go to picture-in-picture.
When we come back, Beretta & Penta are double-teaming on Moxley, but Penta ends up laying Beretta on top of another table inside the ring. As Penta, heads to the top rope, Beretta joins him but Penta puts Beretta through the table with a Destroyer. Moxley ends up shoulder-blocking Penta through another table on the other side of the ring. Moxley pours thumbtacks in the middle of the ring, before blocking a Fear Factor and piledriving Penta on top of the tacks for a two count. Moxley ends up suplexing Penta on top of the tacks, before hitting a cutter on Beretta on them. Beretta comes back with a Strong Zero to Moxley on the tacks, but Penta breaks it up with a trash can shot. All three start going after each other, until Moxley takes out Beretta with a King Kong lariat and starts punching away with Penta. Moxley stops Penta off the ropes and hits him with a Paradigm Shift. Beretta takes out Moxley with a knee strike and covers Penta to get the pin and the win.
Winner: Trent Beretta by pinfall at 12:28
Moxley starts choking out Beretta, as Claudio Castagnoli & Wheeler Yuta make their way to the ring, but Orange Cassidy & Chuck Taylor run through the crowd to stop them. They make their way ringside, as Beretta dives onto them off the top rope. Claudio & Yuta start retreating, as Cassidy takes out Moxley with an Orange Punch. Taylor gets on the mic and says this doesn’t accomplish a damn thing, and proposes a Parking Lot Fight at Daily’s Place on Rampage between the two teams.
Renee is backstage with Rob Van Dam and asks what brought him there to Dynamite. RVD says he heard Jack Perry running his mouth and next week he is going to challenge Perry for the FTW Championship.
Adam Cole & MJF Are All In
MJF makes his way to the ring and says he’s feeling emotional and wants to have a heart-to-heart talk with everybody here in Tampa and everybody at home, watching him. He brings up his Attention Deficit Disorder, as the crowd chants ‘ADD’ and talks about ‘Rejection Deficit Disorder’ as his brain can’t handle rejection-based emotions or behaviors, making life difficult for him. MJF talks about being bullied, abused, cheated on, lied to, battered on, and beaten up in his past but one thing he didn’t blackout about was the day when kids walked up to him and threw quarters at him and told him ‘Pick it up, Jew boy, pick it up’. MJF said he learned from this to stab everybody in the back before they could stab him but he’s realized that’s no way to live. While he was protecting himself, he ended up becoming ‘one of them’ and a scumbag, himself. He said being a scumbag and making people hate him and boo him is easy, but what’s hard is to be vulnerable and open. MJF says he’s not scared anymore and he’s not going to change overnight and says he’s still a scumbag, but he’s ready to be ‘your scumbag’. He brings up someone who taught him to live with hate in his heart, which is no way to live at all, and even Max Friedman ‘the devil’ deserves a friend before he introduces his ‘best friend’ Adam Cole.
Cole says MJF continues to impress him every day and says he is not alone because he was afraid and scared and didn’t understand what being a man really was and MJF is becoming the man he was meant to be. Cole says the fans cheer him because deep down they know there is a good guy in MJF and they are all incredibly proud of him. MJF said he enjoys Cole’s ‘verbal fellatio’ and loves that Cole is wearing their brand new T-shirt, before plugging it. MJF says he called Cole out because he made him a promise that after their match with FTR, he would give him a title shot at the AEW World Championship. After thinking hard and long at it, he’s come to the conclusion that Cole doesn’t deserve a match, before getting a contract and saying Cole doesn’t deserve just any match, but ‘the’ match at All In London at Wembley. Cole signs it right away (without reading the terms and conditions) as they both hug it out and the graphic is shown making it official.
We see a very angry Roderick Strong (and his neck brace) throwing stuff around in the back before The Kingdom comes in and Matt Taven tells Strong that Cole is always forgetting about his real friends.
The Elite (Kenny Omega, Matt Jackson & Nick Jackson) (w/ Brandon Cutler) vs. Jeff Jarrett, Jay Lethal & Satnam Singh (w/ Sonjay Dutt & Karen Jarrett)
Kenny Omega & Jeff Jarrett start the match, a matchup I never envisioned. Jarrett controls to start, struts and tags out to Jay Lethal as the Young Bucks take turns tagging in and out and going after Lethal before taking out Jarrett with a double dropkick. Matt Jackson tells Lethal to tag out to Satnam Singh, which he does. Satnam gets in Matt’s face, but as he goes to tag out, Nick Jackson & Omega comedically back away, before Matt tags out to Nick as they start double-teaming on Satnam who takes them both out with a double crossbody. Satnam stays in control, as he, Jarrett & Lethal mock The Elite pose before they go to picture-in-picture.
When we come back The Young Bucks stop a Lethal Injection with a superkick, followed by one on Jarrett before they chop Satnam down with kicks before Omega hits him with the V-Trigger. The Bucks dive to Jarrett & Lethal on the outside as Karen Jarrett gets on the apron to distract the referee. Omega tries to lift up Satnam in the One Winged Angel, but Sonjay Dutt runs in to stop him. Brandon Cutler sprays the cold spray on Karen’s face, but Dutt takes out Cutler. The Hardys run out to stop Dutt, and Adam Page runs out and stops Lethal trying to use a guitar, by hitting him with the Buckshot Lariat. Omega follows this with the One Winged Angel on Lethal to get the pin and the win.
Winners: The Elite (Kenny Omega, Nick Jackson & Matt Jackson) by pinfall at 9:00
Maybe Even Collision
They get on the mic as Page says The Elite have resigned to AEW and are here to the next 200. Omega says they can see them on Dynamite, Ring of Honor, Rampage, and maybe even Collision.
What Does The Fox Say?
We go to the Mogul Embassy backstage as AR Fox asked Darby Allin why he didn’t call him when he got signed to AEW, and he didn’t call him for five years and now that he’s here he’s going to take away everything that Darby gave him. Swerve Strickland throws to one of his ‘new movies’ as we then cut to Swerve & Fox (with Prince Nana behind the camera) at the Buddy Wayne Academy as we see Nick Wayne and a student training in the ring. Swerve calls the Academy shit and asks ‘what does the Fox say’ as Fox tosses a skateboard into the student’s face. They start attacking the students before they corner Wayne and start attacking him. They attack Wayne with a framed picture as Swerve takes the picture of Wayne and his dad and places it on the ring. A bloody Wayne tries to call Darby Allin, but Swerve takes the phone away and tells Wayne to unlock the phone as they call Darby. Swerve tells Darby this is just the beginning, before tossing the phone through a glass window saying ‘Mogul Embassy Forever’
ROH World Tag Team Championship: Aussie Open (Kyle Fletcher & Mark Davis) (c) vs. El Hijo del Vikingo & Komander (w/ Alex Abrahantes)
El Hijo del Vikingo and Kyle Fletcher start the match by running the ropes before Vikingo springboards in the ring with a crossbody and hits a twisting hurricanrana before Mark Davis & Komander both tag in. Both teams with a bit of back and forth before Komander is able to dodge Fletcher (while in the ropes) as Fletcher goes spilling to the outside. Vikingo vaults off of Komander’s back, sending Davis to the outside but Fletcher is able to fight them both off before they trap Fletcher on the ropes as Vikingo hits him with a diving leg drop. They try to dive to Aussie Open on the outside, but they catch them and drive them against the ring as we go to picture-in-picture.
When we come back, Aussie Open is in control until Vikingo & Komander take them to the outside where they hit them with a crazy double moonsault off the ropes. Back inside, Vikingo & Komander both go to the top rope together and hit a double 450 Splash on Davis, but Fletcher is there to break up the pin attempt. Vikingo and Fletcher go to the outside as Komander walks the ropes, but misses a Shooting Star Press. Davis takes him down with a kick before tagging Fletcher back in and they hit Coriolis on Komander for the pin.
Winners: Aussie Open (Kyle Fletcher & Mark Davis) by pinfall at 9:51, to retain.
- Real World Championship: CM Punk (c) vs. Ricky Starks (Special Outside Official: Ricky Steamboat)
- TBS Championship: Kris Statlander (c) vs. Mercedes Martinez
- AEW World Tag Team Championship: FTR (c) vs. Big Bill & Brian Cage
- Parking Lot Fight: Jon Moxley & Claudio Castagnoli vs. Best Friends
- Anna Jay vs. Skye Blue
- Swerve Strickland & AR Fox in action
- The Hardys & Keith Lee vs. Kip Sabian, The Butcher & The Blade
- FTW Championship: Jack Perry (c) vs. Rob Van Dam
AEW Women’s World Championship: Toni Storm (c) (w/ Saraya & Ruby Soho) vs. Hikaru Shida
Right away Toni Storm goes outside to talk to The Outcasts, but Hikaru Shida is able to take control and send Storm flying into the barricades while scaring off Ruby Soho & Saraya. Storm takes over and sends Shida back inside, where they trade knocking each other into the turnbuckle, before Shida hits a pair of suplexes. Storm knocks Shida to the outside with a hip attack, as Saraya & Soho start attacking Shida. Storm stays in control as they go picture-in-picture.
When we come, Shida hits a missile dropkick for a two, heads back to the top, and hits a Meteora for another two. Saraya distracts the referee as Soho takes Shida off the top rope, which Storm follows with a hip attack and DDT for a two. Shida comes back with a Falcon Arrow for two as Saraya tosses the Kendo stick into the ring. Shida teases using it, as Storm tells her to, instead Shida uses it on Soho who got on the apron. As the referee is putting the stick away, Storm uses the spray paint in Shida’s face and hits Storm Zero, but Shida kicks out at two. They go back and forth until Shida rolls up Storm and gets the pin.
Winner: Hikaru Shida by pinfall at 13:16, to become NEW AEW World Women’s Champion