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    AEW Dynamite - 2019 
  • AEW Dynamite Episode 1
    • In a true David vs. Goliath matchup, Riho defeated Nyla Rose to become the inaugural AEW Women's World Champion.
    • The main event six-man tag ended before a brutal brawl between the heels and the faces: even after run-ins from Cody and Dustin Rhodes, the heels triumphed thanks to the debuting Jake Hager.
    • Jon Moxley appears and attacks Kenny Omega, and they brawl all over the arena to the VIP section, culminating in Moxley hitting a Death Rider through the glass table!
    • The Opening Match between Cody and Sammy Guevara sets the tone for the night. With the two going at it and Sammy holding his own against Cody showing he isn't going to be a cakewalk for him. Cody manages to win by outsmarting him and rolling him up in a small package.
      • Brandi, Cody's wife, gets one when earlier Sammy pulled her in causing her to get also hit in a suicide dive by later slapping the taste out of Sammy's mouth.
    • Even more amazing than all of this? AEW won the first ratings war with NXT, crushing them 1.4 million to 891,000 viewers.
    • The numbers don't look like a big difference until you realize how much of an advantage NXT had.
      • They were part of the world's premier wrestling company with decades of brand recognition.
      • They had a robust roster of talent, as well as alumni who already had mainstream success in the RAW and SmackDown and could cross brands.
      • They had nearly ten years of running shows, five of which consistently produced some of the most critically acclaimed wrestling.
      • They debuted on network television two weeks earlier specifically to get a head start and counterprogram against Dynamite.
      • All of that... and they still lost to a brand new upstart filled mostly with unknown talent. And a year later, Dynamite is still kicking NXT's ass.
  • AEW Dynamite Episode 2
    • Opening match in the Tag Title Tournament, Private Party vs The Young Bucks. Two teams that are mirror images of one another with some saying Private Party are what The Bucks were 10 years ago. The teams go at it wowing the crowds with their moves and aerial attacks and Private Party shocks everyone when they get the win advancing to the Semi-Finals!
    • After last week's brutal ending, Chris Jericho follows up by introducing his new faction: The Inner Circle. Jericho's promo has the crowd eating out of his hand (and booing vociferously) as he puts over Sammy Guevara and Santana and Ortiz huge, but when he gets to Jake Hager the crowd starts up a "We the people!" chant. Jericho's greatest masterstroke is when he cuts the legs out from under that by declaring that "'We the people!' sucks and it's dead and buried!", before adding "It was a stupid idea from bad creative and all that's gone!" And just like that, with only a few words from Jericho, Jake Hager is taken seriously as the brutal Wrestling Monster he should be. The promo gathered universal praise as a sterling example of exactly what Jericho had to bring to AEW and why he's one of the best in the business.
    • The Inner Circle has won in the Main Event and is looking for a beatdown when all hell breaks loose with Cody, MJF, Ortiz/Santana and more getting involved. When Jericho decides to flee and fight another day, Darby Allin, his challenger for next week comes down the rampway on a skateboard and leaps off it and attacks him.
      • Plenty of commentators pointed out that mainstream promotions like WWE or TNA have rarely if ever used skateboards in any capacity, so Darby Allin just further differentiated AEW using creativity and connection to the youth crowd.
  • AEW Dynamite 10.16.19
    • The team of Kenny Omega and Hangman Page take on the team of Jon Moxley and PAC. Seems pretty straightforward, two singles feuds being booked in a tag match. But the whole mood changes when PAC pushes Mox around too much. In response, Moxley gives PAC a two-finger salute and a Paradigm Shift for his troubles, showing that Jon Moxley isn't taking shit from anyone.
    • The main event: a Street Fight for the AEW World Championship. The reigning champion, Chris Jericho, against the young upstart, Darby Allin. Both Allin and Jericho utilize the former's skateboard to great effect throughout the match, with multiple other weapons being used. Taking everything Jericho can give him, Allin refuses to stay down. It gets to the point where "The Painmaker" resorts to restraining Allin's hands behind his back...with gaffer's tape. Allin takes even more punishment, including being powerbombed onto the skateboard. But Allin still doesn't give up. He delivers a no-handed flipping suicide dive and a no-handed lionsault! Allin comes up just short when, climbing up to deliver the Coffin Drop, Jake Hager knocks him off the top rope, allowing Jericho to lock the Walls in and steal a victory.
  • AEW Dynamite 10.23.19
    • The show kicks off with a banger with Private Party and The Lucha Bros having a wild million miles a minute tag match
    • Joey Janela and Kenny Omega have a rematch from their matchup on Dark. Janela proves he's more than just a hardcore guy that most dismiss him as he takes Kenny to the limit
    • Cody comes out for an interview only to be mocked and harassed by Inner Circle who have bought tickets in the skybox section of the arena as Jericho claims he'll do nothing as its 4 vs 1. Suddenly, Dustin Rhodes comes out, then MJF, and who's the 4th man to even the odds? DDP! The four head up the arena and The Inner Circle tries to hide in the VIP box and Jericho mocks Cody. Cody responds by taking MJF's scarf and wrapping it around his fist for protection, breaks the glass so he can open the door and the fight is on.
    • Main Event, Jon Moxley vs Pac. Pac ambushes Moxley as he makes his entrance with a steel chair and Moxley can barely stand but the pain he receives brings him back to life as he takes on The Bastard. Pac retaliates later on by doing a 450 on the ring apron to the floor and goes for Black Arrow but Moxley moves and getting up hits Paradigm Shift and just as he covers, Pac kicks out and the bell rings as TV Time has expired and its a draw.
      • Undaunted, Moxley takes it out on the Referee hitting his finisher on him to the delight of the crowd.
  • AEW Dynamite 10.30.19
    • For Halloween, The Elite have a match The Young Bucks again dress up as Ryu and Ken but this time their partner Kenny Omega dresses as someone else. He gets a video package showcasing his struggles the past months in 8-bit form and shows up dressed as Sans from Undertale
      • During the match, one of their opponents Kip Sabian attempts a somersault dive only for The Elite to catch him in midair and do an apron bomb and take him out of the match
    • Hikaru Shida makes her Dynamite debut and the crowd instantly takes to her. During the match, she gets a chair and using it as a stepping stone leaps and hits a high knee onto her opponent.
      • Her opponent Shanna wasn't going there to just be beat there. During the match Hikaru gets caught upside down in the Tree of Woe position hanging from the turnbuckles and Shanna takes that opening to jump up and stomp her right on the chest.
    • The finals of The AEW Tag Tournament, The Lucha Bros vs SoCal Uncensored, were certainly a crowning moment for SCU's Scorpio Sky. He wasn't even going to take part in the tournament, letting his two stablemates Christopher Daniels and Frankie Kazarian gun for the gold, but had to step in after Daniels was attacked and injured by the Lucha Bros before the first-round match. Once the dust settled, it was him who scored the fall for his team to take the titles.
    Jim Ross: Yes! Yes! Scorpio Sky has done it!
  • AEW Dynamite 11.06.19
    • AEW Women's Champ Riho teams up with Shanna to take on the person who trained her Emi Sakura and Jamie Hayter. In the end, Sakura shows that the Student still has much to learn from the Teacher
    • The wild out of control brawl at the end of the show. The Elite, The Inner Circle, and Jon Moxley all getting involved.
      • Omega and Moxley each with a weapon coated in barb wire look ready to go when they are attacked by Ortiz and Santana who pick up the weapons only for The Young Bucks to hit the ring and deliver Superkicks to them.
      • When Jericho tries to sneak out and is talking trash as he's got Hager with him to protect him, MJF comes out from and blasts Hager with the chair and when Jericho turns around MJF waves hi at him and nails him and throws him back into the ring so Cody can get his hands on him.
      • Ortiz and Santana are about to put Matt through the stage in a replay of what they did to The Rock N Roll Express last week when Omega and Moxley attack and take them out and immediately go back to fighting one another.
      • Nick Jackson climbs the set and delivers a somersault senton onto The Inner Circle.
    • Lights Out: Kenny Omega vs Jon Moxley, an unsanctioned match not for the faint of heart. We'd been waiting for this clash ever since Double or Nothing, and Mox and Omega made sure we were not waiting in vain.
  • AEW Dynamite 11.13.19
    • Luchasaurus after being out with an injury makes his return to save his teammates Marko Stunt and Jungle Boy from The Dark Order. Dispatching of The Creepers effortlessly and when three stand against him, wipes them all out with one spin kick
    • Jon Moxley at the beginning of the show after winning issues an open challenge for anyone on the AEW Roster to face him after what he did to Omega at Full Gear. Later on in the night, someone who's just as psychotic as he answers the challenge, Darby Allin!
    • Main Event for The AEW World Tag Titles, SCU defends against Chris Jericho and Sammy Guevera. It appears that The Inner Circle will walk away with the belts at the end as Jericho's bodyguard Jake Hager takes out Kaz as well as Christopher Daniels but Scorpio refuses to give up and shocks everyone when he counters and small packages Jericho pinning The World Champ retaining the belts and making him suffer his first loss in AEW.
  • AEW Dynamite 11.20.19
    • The opening contest between Nick Jackson and Fenix sets the tone for the show. Wild fast-paced action all over the place between the two that if you blinked you missed something
    • A brawl breaks out between Inner Circle and SCU, Inner Circle gets the number advantage and are beating down Sky, Daniels, and Kaz. But Jurassic Express hit the ring to lend aid and when Luchasaurus makes his way in, Jericho and his cronies flee to fight another day wanting no part of him.
    • Main Event: Darby Allin vs Jon Moxley. Darby sets the tone for the match arriving being carried in a bodybag with Moxley's name on it. When Moxley makes his standard entrance through the crowd, he dives onto him and the two have a wild match culminating in Moxley hitting the Paradigm Shift from the Top rope to finally put Darby down.
  • AEW Dynamite 12.4.19
    • The Young Bucks and Dustin Rhodes take on The Inner Circle's Proud N Powerful and Sammy Guevera. The Bucks and Dustin have been aching for revenge on The Inner Circle and they get it. Culminating in them doing a Double Meltzer Driver on Ortiz and Santana and hitting a Senton splash on Guevera to score the win.
    • Jon Moxley's open challenge is accepted this time by Joey Janela. Having a sanctioned match this time around, the two don't disappoint as Janela goes against Moxley. The Bad Boy shows he can hang when he dives from the top rope and crashes onto Moxley through the time keeper's table. But Moxley endures and hits a Paradigm Shift, this time on the top turnbuckle and then another to score the win.
  • AEW Dynamite 12.11.19
    • The street fight between The Young Bucks and Proud N Powerful. Numerous tables are broken, trash cans have been dented and chairs wielded by the time the match is over with The Bucks hitting a Meltzer Driver onto a pile of chairs for the win.
  • AEW Dynamite 12.18.19
    • Jungle Boy proving everyone who's doubted him wrong as he lasts the ten-minute challenge set by Jericho, being trapped in the Walls of Jericho but refuses to give in and rides out the clock. When Jericho demands five more minutes and Jungle Boy starts to regain the advantage, Jericho flees.
    • Darby Allin and Cody teaming up, the only thing Darby wanted was another match against Cody in exchange for helping him against The Blade and The Butcher and he got it.

    AEW Dynamite - 2020 
  • AEW Dynamite 1.1.20
    • Opening match, a rematch from Fyter Fest between Cody and Darby Allin. The two know each other very well as Darby again holds his own against Cody and kicks out of the Cross Rhodes. But Cody this time manages to beat Darby after blocking the Coffin Drop and scoring the pin.
    • Women's 4-way match. When Hikaru Shida gets put through a table during it, you'd expect that she's done for the night and won't factor for the rest of it. But she gets back in and attacks Nyla Rose and delivers a Michinoku Driver to her showing her impressive strength. In the end, Riho retains the Women's Title by taking advantage and getting the win.
    • Dustin Rhodes, who's been wrestling for 31 years, discovering the Fountain of Youth hitting a Canadian Destroyer. But doing so on the ring apron.
    • Main Event: The Elite vs The Lucha Bros and PAC. A wild sprint from beginning to end with all 6 going out.
  • Shanna gaining revenge on Nyla Rose, spearing her through a table.
  • AEW Bash At The Beach
    • The Opening 4 way No.1 Tag Titles Contenders. The four teams go wild throughout it each wanting the title shot with nonstop action throughout it. Culminating in Trent Superplexing Matt Jackson to the outside onto everyone.
    • Pac wins the Main Event and proclaims himself the number one contender to the AEW World Title to face Chris Jericho. But Jon Moxley who despite earlier having been jabbed right in the eye with a spike by Chris Jericho, with a bloody eye appears and claims that he will be at the show next week and will beat Pac.
  • Rock N Rager at Sea
    • Chris Jericho enters for the Inner Circle's tag match against Jurassic Express with the entire crowd singing along to his "Do It Yourself" Theme Tune "Judas", even continuing to sing it acapella after the music is cut off.
    • Cody confronts MJF and is reminded that he's not allowed to lay a finger on MJF. Cody knows that he can't but that doesn't mean others can't. Cue Superkick from The Young Bucks and for bonus fun they chuck the smarmy weasel into the ringside pool.
    • The following week when confronted by The Inner Circle as well as some extra hired thugs, why does Moxley do? He decides that Jericho didn't bring enough men and immediately launches himself onto them.
  • AEW Dynamite 2.5.20
    • Jon Moxley gets revenge on The Inner Circle after they blinded him by taking note of an Eye for An Eye by jabbing Santana in the eye with car keys returning the favor.
  • AEW Dynamite 2.19.20
    • Battle Royal to decide the challengers for Revolution. Matt Jackson is left on his own as his brother Nick is eliminated early through the match. Despite the odds, he fights on and manages to outlast the others and wins the match
    • Jon Moxley vs Jeff Cobb: Cobb instantly makes his presence to those who don't know him known by tossing Moxley around with suplexes and slams. And Moxley showing he's not just brawler manages to win by catching Cobb in a pin.
      • When The Inner Circle attacks post-match, Dustin Rhodes comes down but is getting overwhelmed due to numbers. But then the lights go out and Darby Allin appears on stage skateboard in hand as he makes his return and skates down to the ring to fight.
    • Kenny Omega and Hangman Page vs The Lucha Bros for the AEW World Tag Titles. A crazy match where either team on multiple times nearly had it, in the end, The Elite win and retain the gold.
    • Main Event the first ever Cage Match in AEW's history. Cody taking on MJF's hired muscle, Wardlow. Cody early on is busted open and donning the crimson mask as Wardlow showcases his strength and power but Cody continues to fight on and ends the match by climbing up the Cage and hitting a Moonsault off the top onto Wardlow to pin him to the mat.
  • The night after Revolution, the legendary Jake the Snake Roberts appearing and delivering a promo on par with the best he's ever cut as he puts Cody Rhodes on notice.
    Jake Roberts: Now, a wise man once told me: never ever turn your back on somebody you respect, or you're afraid of."
    (Roberts turns around, tosses his microphone over his shoulder into Cody's hands, and exits the ring.)
  • Even with the coronavirus scare, the 3.18.20 episode of AEW is still able to pull off an amazing show, with the end showing the AEW debut of BROKEN MATT HARDY!
    • After months of The Dark Order proclaiming the existence of The Exalted One, he finally appears and reveals himself to be none other than Brodie Lee
  • Kenny Omega vs Trent Barreta on the April 1st Edition of AEW Dynamite. Trent takes the Best Bout Machine to the limit, but in the end, Omega wins with just seconds left on the clock.
  • AEW Dynamite 4.22.20
    • Dustin Rhodes has stated that if he fails to win against Kip Sabian, he'll end his legendary 33-year career. The Natural shows he still has plenty in the tank and isn't hanging it up yet as he wins The Main Event advancing in The TNT Tournament. When Penelope Ford tries to get involved, Brandi hits the ring and spears her taking her out of the equation so Dustin can pick up the win.
    • Orange Cassidy's Dynamite debut against Jimmy Havoc, where Cassidy scored his first singles win.
  • After his brother and his wife had been assaulted by Lance Archer and Jake Roberts, the following week, Cody arrives and crashes the show in a truck and charges the ring not sparing a single word as he attacks The Murderhawk Monster.
  • On the May 6th, 2020 episode of Dynamite, the Dark Order stormed the ring after Moxley's match against Frankie Kazarian, beat Moxley to a pulp, and stole his championship belt just so Brodie Lee could challenge Moxley for the championship. Moxley's response was simple:
    Jon Moxley: Dude, all you had to do was ask.
  • AEW Dynamite 5.20.20
    • Jon Moxley staying true to his word and breaking 10's arm with a steel chair despite not getting his title back from Brodie Lee.
    • Arn Anderson's promo on Jake Roberts. The legendary Enforcer of The Four Horsemen and Cody's mentor letting The Snake know that he's pure evil and that Arn's not afraid of him and ready to spinebuster him through the table between them.
  • FTR, formerly known as The Revival make their debut on the May 29, 2020 episode of Dynamite and have a standoff with The Bucks! Fans of both teams have long been clamoring for a match between them and it looks like it will finally become a reality.
    • In the same episode, during the rumble match for the #1 contender spot for the TNT Championship comes, Orange Cassidy manages to out-maneuver MJF and Wardlow, getting the former to hit his bodyguard with his diamond ring, allowing the King of Sloth Style to, with the help of Jungle Boy, eliminate both of them. Seeing MJF trying to angrily scramble back into the ring with the referees holding him back is as priceless as it is satisfying. And note that Cassidy did this despite Santana and Ortiz attacking him moments after the match started and before he could enter the ring, simply because he walked past the Inner Circle during an interview and Jericho doesn't like him.
      • The battle between Orange Cassidy and Jungle Boy afterward may have been short but was quite the spectacle itself, with Jungle Boy emerging the victor.
    • Tazz's intense promo where he warns Jon Moxley that he better bring his absolute best against Brian Cage at Fyter Fest, reminding many of ECW, especially with his rendition of an old line.
      Tazz: Beat him if you can! Survive... If he lets you!
      • Jon Moxley also deserves credit for not looking the least bit intimidated, emphasizing how ready he is to take on his new foe.
  • AEW Dynamite 6.3.20
    • The show kicks off with Hangman Adam Page and Kenny Omega defending The AEW Tag Titles against Kip Sabian and Jimmy Havoc. They finally have a name for their combined finisher, The Last Call.
      • When Penelope Ford tries to get involved and gets caught by Page, The Ref catches it and ejects her immediately stopping her interfering.
    • Jon Moxley swiftly setting the record straight to Taz and Brian Cage after his perceived dismissiveness of their upcoming title match for Fyter Fest the previous week. He picks Taz's talking points apart with almost surgeon-like precision making it very clear why he's the top champion in AEW.
    Moxley: You are swimming with a different breed of shark. With all due respect, gentleman! Don't waste your time or mine trying to intimidate me. And the next time you wanna bring my name up on TV just remember exactly who the hell you're talking about!
    • Taz's promo before Moxley's entrance was pretty great too, explaining why Brian Cage needs to be taken seriously as a championship contender and the trouble that Moxley is going to be facing.
    • When Chris Jericho calls out Mike Tyson demanding him to come out and face him, instead Orange Cassidy appears and saunters down to the ring and does his hands in pockets pose to Jericho and Hager. When Jericho orders Hager to attack, Orange swiftly dodges and avoids all attacks making them look like fools.
  • AEW Dynamite 6.17.20
    • Cody's TNT Title Defense issues an open challenge to anyone outside the Company. The challenge is answered by Ricky Starks who despite coming up short showed everyone he's no cakewalk
    • After the match between The Young Bucks and Superbad Death Squadnote , The Butcher and The Blade attack, and then FTR gets involved, leading to both the Bucks and FTR working together to hit Dual Finishers.
    • Main Event: The Best Friends vs Le Sex Gods with BFs putting their Tag Title shot on the line. After last week's show had their friend Orange Cassidy beaten bloody, Trent and Chuck Taylor, normally known for being all smiles and hugs, waste little time taking the fight to Jericho and Guevara. Despite Jericho's and Guevera's attempts to cheat out a win, Best Friends with a little help of a cameraman (see below) get the win.
      • During the match, Sammy Guevara is seemingly accidentally tripped up by a cameraman, leading to the Best Friends winning. After the match and Jericho gets back in the cameraman gets up on the apron and ditches his gear and mask as he enters the ring to reveal Orange Cassidy! Wasting no time he attacks and pummels Jericho and finishes it off with a Superman punch, sending Jericho out of the ring as the show ends with Best Friends and Orange Cassidy group hugging.
  • AEW Dynamite 6.24.20''
    • Luchasaurus is well known for his agility, hitting standing moonsaults, but he tops it this week when he hits a Shooting Star Press off the stage.
    • The show ends with Chris Jericho and Orange Cassidy having a Face to Face to build up their match for Fyter Fest. Jericho treats Cassidy with utter contempt telling how he hates his character and gimmick. Cassidy then takes the mic as if to speak for the first time ever only to drop the mic and do his hands in pockets routine and turns his back on Jericho showing he's not intimidated or fazed by him. When the inevitable Brawl happens, OC gets the best of Jericho and the show ends with him knocking Jericho into a table and Orange Cassidy is shown standing tall.
  • Fyter Fest 2020
    • Night 1
      • The Jurassic Express getting one over and defeating MJF and Wardlow. After everything MJF's gotten away with, its good to finally see karma catch him to him
      • Cody making his fourth defense of the TNT Championship, this time outsmarting Jake Hager and pinning him when he's got a submission move on him. Hager thought he won until after Cody is announced the winner
      • Orange Cassidy just by doing nothing at all and taking a seat next to the announce booth gets Chris Jericho all riled up that Jericho goes crazy and has to be held back by six others while Cassidy walks away with a smirk on his face.
    • Night 2
      • With Jon Moxley forced to reschedule his title defense against "The Machine" Brian Cage to Fight For the Fallen due to being forced into self-isolation by his wife Renee Young's Coronavirus diagnosis, Cage and his advocate Taz come out so Taz can present The Machine with gold of his own to carry into the match against Moxley- the long-inactive FTW Championship that he himself had once held back in ECW!
  • Fight for The Fallen 2020
    • After cheating to win last week, Chris Jericho appears with his group and talks and brags about how he'll never give Orange Cassidy another match. Orange Cassidy appears in the stands and gives his half-hearted thumbs up only to turn it into a thumbs down. When he does, gallons of Orange Juice from above drop-down upon Jericho soaking him and the rest.
    • After over a month and due to the match being rescheduled, Jon Moxley finally faces Brian Cage. Cage uses his power to overwhelm at first but Moxley shows he's more than just a brawler as he attacks Cage's arm, applying different submissions and holds onto it gradually damaging The Machine's arm. He finally wears Cage down and locks in an arm-breaker submission leaving Cage nowhere to go and forcing Taz to throw in the towel to save his client's career.
      • After the match, Darby Allin finally returns after being on the shelf for a month.
  • AEW Dynamite 7.22.20
    • Cody's Open Challenge for The TNT Championship is this time accepted by Eddie Kingston who comes out and cuts a deep promo about how while Cody was growing up surrounded and mentored by Champions, Kingston was surrounded by drugs, convicts and murder and how he's fought and scrapped his entire Career having never been handed anything. He challenges Cody to put the belt on the line in a No DQ match and Cody response is to order the bell rung
      • A scene not for the faint of heart is Eddie Kingston performing a powerbomb on Cody onto a pile of tacks laid out.
      • Before this match, Eddie Kingston was a free agent and not an official member of AEW yet. After what many people call the best promo of the year and a balls-to-the-walls match to follow that, there were plenty of calls for Eddie to be added to the roster, and he was eventually recruited.
    • The Young Bucks vs The Butcher and The Blade in a Falls Count Anywhere match. Starting off in the Kitchen area and ending with the Bucks climbing up and performing dual dives off the set through their opponents onto tables.
  • AEW Dynamite 7.29.20
    • Cody's 7th defense of the TNT Title this time is against internet fan favorite and Memetic Badass Warhorse.
      • After the match when The Dark Order attacks, Matt Cardona arrives to make the save.
      • Props to Warhorse, when the Dark Order rushed in behind Cody while they were shaking hands, he shoved Cody out of the way and took them on himself, despite having just lost the match against Cody. He got beaten down, but it was a brave effort.
    • After the match between Kenny Omega and Hangman Page vs Evil Uno and Stu Grayson for the Tag titles, The Exalted One Brodie Lee orders his Creepers to attack them and The Young Bucks, but FTR arrives to even out the odds.
    • In the Main Event, a Tornado Tag, it appears that Jon Moxley will have to go it alone against Brian Cage and Ricky Starks as his partner Darby Allin is nowhere to be seen looking like he had been taken out beforehand. But when Cage and Starks make their entrance in what is now appears to be a handicap match, Darby appears on top of the stage and delivers a Coffin Drop right onto both of them.
      • This is later followed up by the ending of the match where Darby Allin pulls a skateboard full of tacks on the back side and hits it off Ricky's back from the top rope to score the pin!
      • Right before this, Cage tries to stop Darby from doing this. Jon's response? To seamlessly put Cage into an armbar, keeping it locked in until the match ended!
  • AEW Dynamite 8.6.20
    • Jon Moxley vs Darby Allin for The AEW World Championship, despite Moxley yelling at him to stay down and quit, Darby refuses to give up the entire match.
      • Jon's promo before the match where he noted typically, others had to stop him from doing dangerous things. In this case, he would do the same for Darby.
  • AEW Dynamite 8.13.20
    • MJF is cutting a promo in the middle of the ring when Moxley's music hits and he orders Wardlow and his other goons to go up the stands to cut him off as Moxley always comes from there. But Moxley is one step ahead as instead, he comes out through the entranceway leaving MJF all alone with him unaware he's behind him. Cue beatdown from The champ and MJF laid out ten seconds later.
    • Freshly Squeezed Orange Cassidy scores the biggest win of his life in the Main Event: we see him pin Jericho cleanly in the middle of the ring.
  • AEW Dynamite 8.22.20
    • When The Lucha Bros and The Butcher and The Blade lose an 8 man tag and start blaming each other and get ready to fight, Eddie Kingston who has wrestled with them all over the years hits the ring and calls them out telling them how they've fought to get where they are now and there is no reason to blame each other stopping the brawl telling them they are better than this and they need to come together.
    • Jon's promo on MJF, where he manages to not only put over his opponent, but still keep up his image as a badass, telling MJF he would actually like for his foe to be the face of the this company for the next 25 years, thinking he himself would be lucky to keep going for 18 months and that in their upcoming match, they'll see MJF for who he truly is.
    • Brodie Lee vs Cody for The TNT Championship. The Exalted One, in a stunning display absolutely destroys Cody in less than four minutes to become the new champion. The announcers and everyone at ringside is shocked at what happened.
  • Jon Moxley outsmarting MJF and his Lawyer, that while he agrees to not use The Paradigm Shift in their match, snuck in a clause and page of his own in it where he gets a match with The Lawyer, and if the Lawyer refuses to face him, MJF doesn't get his title shot.
  • Thunder Rosa vs Serena Deb. This being Rosa's first match in AEW, you'd expect her to dominate in the match and for it to end rather quickly after she's shown a good amount of what she's capable of. Yet not only does the match go on for quite a while, Serena gets in just about as much offense as Rosa whom really shows she's why the NWA Women's Champion, aswell! Jim Ross even notes this one of the best women battles he's seen in AEW!
  • AEW Dynamite 9.8.2020.
    • Kip Sabian reveals (after a couple of fake-outs) who he's chosen to be the best man for his upcoming wedding to Penelope Ford- the "Best Man", previously believed to be retired, Miro!
  • AEW Dynamite 9.16.20
    • Jake Roberts and Lance Archer announce that they've cut a deal with Tazz for his stable to be Archer's partners for next week's 6-man tag against Jon Moxley. Moxley appears, only to be attacked by Ricky Starks and Brian Cage from the crowd, leading to the newly signed Will Hobbs to make the rescue with chair in hand to drive them away. Moxley then reveals that Hobbs will be on his team for the match and calls out his other partner through the camera, someone who has plenty of scores to settle with Tazz and his men, Darby Allin
    • Best Friends and Santana & Ortiz in the main event have the parking lot brawl to end all parking lot brawls. Dave Meltzer unironically called it a genuine match-of-the-year candidate, and hardcore legend Mick Foley himself praised the guys for one of the best street fights he'd ever seen. And in case we're not quite making it clear yet, Meltzer eventually gave it five stars in his weekly ratings, the first 5-star match the promotion has ever earned for a Dynamite match, as well as the first 5-star Meltzer has awarded since the start of 2020's COVID-19 Pandemic era.
  • All Elite Wrestling Dynamite 9.23.20
    • Cody's return since having been absent since his brutal defeat at the hands of Brodie Lee, he returns to the ring and lays out The Dark Order.
    • The original planned Main Event was to be a Six man tag, but due to Covid Lance Archer had to pull out of the show. Instead, AEW improvises and The Main Event is Jon Moxley vs Eddie Kingston for The World Title.
  • AEW Dynamite 9.30.20
    • With an assist from Will Hobbs to repel an interfering Brian Cage, Darby Allin gets revenge on Ricky Starks for the weeks of mockery.
    • Cody comes out and at first looks like he will refuse Brodie Lee's challenge for their match to be a Dog Collar Match, only to then turn right around and states that he accepts the match
      Cody: No, as in no regrets! No, as in no looking back! We enter much different than we leave! TNT Title! Dog Collar Match, I accept!
      • During the brawl, Cody's wife Brandi scales the top rope and does a somersault onto The Dark Order on the outside taking them out.
    • FTR defending The AEW Tag Titles against the first ever Tag Champions, SoCal Uncensored in a superb match.
    • Eddie Kingston confronts Bryce Remsburg, the referee for previous week's match he had against Jon Moxley, and is getting ready to have Lucha Bros beat him down but Jon Moxley hits the ring with a baseball barb wired bat in hand to drive them off before his World Title defense against Butcher.
  • Cody vs Brodie Lee for The TNT Championship, for the first time ever in AEW and in years in Wrestling, a Dog Collar Match is held. Both don the Crimson Mask during it in a brutal matchup between the two who are chained together by the neck and pull out all the stops. In the end, Cody regains The TNT Championship.
    • Arn Anderson reveals he's Still Got It as during the match he hits his patented Double A Spinebuster on Alex Reynolds.
    • The episode opened with Brian Cage defending his FTW Championship against Will Hobbs in a clash of two startlingly fast hosses. Hobbs puts on an impressive performance before he misses his desperation frog splash and Cage finishes him with the Drill Claw. After the match, an impressed Taz offers Hobbs a place on his team, with the alternative being a beatdown from Cage and Ricky Starks, before Darby Allin comes out with his skateboard to make the save, causing Taz's boys to leave it for another day to give Hobbs time to think.
  • Cody and Orange Cassidy take themselves to the limit for the TNT Championship on the anniversary show. Cody being the first to kick out of the Orange Punch as well as OC fighting out of the Figure Four, in the end Cody retains due to time running out and the match ending in a draw.
  • Chris Jericho outdoes himself as his "dinner" with MJF culminates in a brilliant Broadway-style musical number.
  • Brother vs Brother, Rey Fenix vs Penta El Zero M, a match that Eddie Kingston claimed could be match of the year and it delivered with both wrestlers pulling all the stops to win, culminating in Penta breaking his brother's arm who then counters his next move with an amazing Canadian Destroyer to finish an incredible match.
  • Kenny Omega vs Penta El Zero M, who got the spot after his brother was forced to drop out due to injuries. The two pull out all the stops to win between them. Including Penta hitting a Canadian Destroyer on the ramp and Omega fighting off a broken arm to hit the One Winged Angel to win.
  • Before they face at Full Gear, Jon Moxley and Eddie Kingston have a face to face interview, each giving a passionate promo about how much their match Saturday means to them and the paths they took.
  • AEW Dynamite 11.11.20
    • The Natural Nightmares vs The Butcher and The Blade in a Bunkhouse Brawl match, come as you are and ready for a fight, and all four were.
    • The Main Event, Penta El Zero M vs Rey Fenix in a rematch from three weeks ago. Two brothers doing anything it took to win.
      • After the match, having been gone for seven months due to the pandemic, Pac finally returns.
  • Top Flight vs The Young Bucks from the November 18th episode of Dynamite. The Bucks face a young team of Brothers that are basically who they were a decade ago. The Bucks win, but Top Flight impresses everyone to the point that they get a contract with AEW.
  • The December 2, 2020 special episode of Dynamite, Winter Is Coming. The most significant episode of Dynamite since its debut:
    • When Cody and Darby (along with Arn and Dustin) are being brutalised by Team Tazz, something truly shocking happens, something that hasn't happened on TNT in nearly twenty years...
      Tony Schiavone: It's STING!!!
      • Particularly awesome is a long staredown between the Icon and the young TNT Champion Darby Allin, staggered from the beating he's just received but still boldly pulling himself to his feet to meet Sting face-to-face without flinching.
    • In the main event, even the greatest champions must someday fall, as the indomitable Jon Moxley's epic title reign finally comes to an end at the hands of "the Cleaner" Kenny Omega and his sure-kill Finishing Move, the One-Winged Angel. Finally, Kenny Omega is the AEW World Champion. But that's not all...
      • After Omega's victory, the new champion and his long time friend Don Callis, the executive vice-president of Impact Wrestling who was commentating the match (as he had done before for Omega's match against Hangman Page at Full Gear) and had gotten involved to distract the ref and let Omega cheap shot Moxley, scampered off to the back to drive away, with Callis announcing that if you wanted to see what would happen next you'd have to tune in next Tuesday. That's right, the new AEW Champion is going to appear on the next episode of Impact and the wrestling world has been shaken to its roots!
    • Miro's performance in The Dynamite Dozen Battle Royale was impressive, as he manhandled everyone in his way and had the most eliminations and even when The Inner Circle all ganged up on him, chucked them off of him like they were gnats.
  • The Young Bucks vs The Hybrid 2 from the December 9th episode.
    • Jack Evans during it goes for a dive outside only for Matt Jackson to catch him in the air in the tombstone position, his Brother Nick then springboards and they do The Indytaker onto the floor taking him out.
  • At the end of The December 16th episode, Death Triangle comes out and Pac reveals to Kenny Omega that they've talked to management and they agreed that since Rey Fenix was not able to get his match against him in the Tournament, they had decided to go and have the match be held on December 30th, with Kenny Omega having to defend The AEW World Title against him. Unfortunately, real life events (see below) had to postpone it until 2021.
  • The Tribute show To Mr. Brodie Lee on the final show of the year who sadly left the wrestling world far too soon. Just two hours of great wrestling and TV. Notable highlights:
    • After defeating Eddie Kingston's Family, Evil Uno, Stu Grayson and Lance Archer proceeded to beat Eddie around the ring, culminating in Jake Roberts finishing Eddie off himself with a short-arm clothesline.
    • When Wardlow interfered in the match between John Silver, Alex Reynolds and Adam Page vs MJF, Santana and Ortiz, Erick Redbeard ran in, flattened Wardlow with an Iron Claw Chokeslam and shrugging off all of Wardlow's attempts to fight back, drove him out of the arena again.
    • When MJF taunted Brodie's son, Brodie Jr. (aka -1 of the Dark Order), snatching his mask off his head and spitting on it, the eight-year old boy smashed the jerk over the head with a Singapore cane, smiling as he staggered away into a ballistic crossbody from Adam Page. In the ring, John Silver destroyed Ortiz with a discus lariat (Brodie's iconic finishing move) to win the match for the Dark Order.
    • When Taz attempted to interfere in the main event match between his team and -1's hand-picked team of Cody, Orange Cassidy and 10 of the Dark Order by grabbing a steel chair, Arn Anderson grabbed a steel chair of his own and faced Taz down, keeping him out of the ring and giving the faces a chance to hit Ricky Starks with an Orange Punch, Cross Rhodes, and Spinebuster for the win. When Team Taz spitefully attempted to beat the victors down, Darby Allin entered the arena from the back, skateboard in hand, followed immediately by Sting, driving the heels away.
    • Tony Khan awarding the TNT title belt to Brodie Jr. for life, officially retiring the belt and having a new one made for champion Darby to carry instead so Brodie Jr. could keep the prize his father had won (despite all the drama AEW had gone through to get the belt made in the first place), was hailed as one of the classiest moves anyone could possibly make.
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    AEW Dynamite - 2021 
  • Kenny Omega vs Rey Fenix for The AEW World Championship on January 6th 2021.
    • What happens next is a major shocker, Don Callis orders Omega to attack the defeated Fenix only for Jon Moxley to appear and attack, looking like he'll get his revenge for what Omega had done. But then, to the shock of everyone, Karl Anderson and Doc Gallows appear in the ring and attack Moxley and then they and Omega attack everyone in sight, including several of the Wrestlers at ringside who try to stop them. But then The Bucks hit the ring and appear to try and stop and talk sense into them, only for then they join in and attack as well. The show closes with all five, each of them having been part of Bullet Club standing in the center of the ring and making the symbol.
  • Darby Allin's determination and will to win is showcased fully on the January 13th episode which has him defending the TNT Championship against Brian Cage who has a massive size and weight advantage which he uses to throw and toss Darby around. But Darby in full Determinator mode refuses to stay down and keeps kicking out no matter what Cage does to him, even at only a one count. Darby when he finally gets a chance hits a Coffin Drop on the outside onto Cage who's prone on ringsteps and hurts The Machine. And then when it appears that Ricky Starks is gonna cost him, Sting appears and takes out Starks so Darby can hit a Crucifix Bomb onto Cage and retain the title.
  • Kenny Omega and The Good Brothers vs Jon Moxley, Pac and Rey Fenix at Beach Break in a 6 man classic.
    • Afterwards, the wrestling world is shocked again as coming into the ring is none other than New Japan Pro-Wrestling's own and Bullet Club member KENTA enters an AEW ring for the first time and gives Moxley the Go 2 Sleep as a reminder of their match for the IWGP United States Heavyweight Championship. The working relationship between AEW and NJPW is finally happening.
  • Kenny Omega and KENTA taking on Jon Moxley and Lance Archer in a wild Falls Count Anywhere match that went all over the arena.
  • Riho returns to AEW after 48 weeks on the February 17th show and faces Serena Deeb. The crowd there chants her name and "Welcome back!", glad to see her return.
    • Jon Moxley will get his rematch against Kenny Omega for The AEW World Title, but then it gets interesting. Omega agrees to the clause in the contract but only if he gets to pick the match. He decides to have for the first time ever in a major promotion, an Exploding Barbed Wire Death Match!
  • Ryo Mizunami wins The AEW Women's Eliminator Tournament lastly defeating Nyla Rose to win the trophy and earn the right to face Hikaru Shida.
  • At the end of the post-Revolution episode of Dynamite on the 10th of March, the Inner Circle (minus Wardlow) hold a "war council" to address their recent slump. Jericho suggests adding a new member, while MJF suggests maybe they need to cut some dead wood, only for the departed Sammy Guevara to come out and play some secret footage he'd recorded with a hidden camera of MJF attempting to turn Jake Hager, Santana and Ortiz against Jericho. MJF admits it and orders the three guys to get Jericho and Sammy- only for them to turn around and reveal that they're all siding with Jericho as the OG Inner Circle reunite, with Jericho asking MJF if he was really so dumb as to not realise that the members of the group talk to each other every day? However after Jericho shoves the smarmy worm down into the corner, declares him fired from the group and prepares to destroy him, MJF tearfully begs Jericho to believe that he wasn't planning to take over the Inner Circle... because he was too busy building his own! The lights go out, and when they come up, Wardlow has appeared behind the Inner Circle, accompanied by FTR, Shawn Spears and Tully Blanchard! MJF's new group jump the Inner Circle and overwhelm them, beating the hell out of them and ending the episode with Wardlow giving Jericho a powerbomb off the stage through a table, and what looks like AEW's version of The Four Horsemen (and Wardlow) supplanting the Inner Circle as the new Big Bad Ensemble of AEW! (Which was unveiled the following week as The Pinnacle.)
  • 17th March episode of Dynamite, "St. Patrick's Day Slam". Main event. Dr. Britt Baker vs Thunder Rosa. Unsanctioned lights out match. FULL. STOP. The two women, given the opportunity to be in the first women's main event in AEW history, seized the opportunity like their lives depend on it- and destroyed each other]. Whatever people had expected from the idea of a "unsanctioned lights out" women's match, Baker and Rosa blew their expectations away with a full-bore hardcore match, with tables, ladders, chairs and... more. Both women got busted open (Britt scored at least an 0.5 or 0.6 on the Muta Scale), Rosa gave Britt a Death Valley Driver from the turnbuckle across a propped-up ladder, Britt gave Rosa a DDT on a set-up steel chair, Rebel got dropkicked off the apron and through a table on the outside and Rosa eventually won with a Thunder Driver off the apron through another table, but the shocking highlight of the match came when Britt went for a bag full of, yes, thumbtacks, only to eventually get powerbombed full on her back into them by Rosa. Then when she rallied and managed to catch Rosa in the Lockjaw, Rosa was only able to get out by rolling over to push Britt down into the tacks again. The Hardcore Legend Mick Foley himself gave it his seal of approval and the match, to the surprise of absolutely nobody, stole the show and went viral, hailed as probably the greatest women's match the promotion had ever put on, and a star-making event for both women. Maybe not a match for everyone (the YouTube video features a content warning that it's "GRAPHIC/VIOLENT") but it's still a huge, gruesome leap forward for the much-maligned AEW women's division.
  • AEW Dynamite 3/24/21
    • Kenny Omega vs Matt Sydal opens the show
    • The Young Bucks team up with Brandon Cutler to take on The Lucha Bros and Laredo Kid
      • Post match, The Bucks finally have enough of Omega's attitude towards them and walk out on him for good. When Kenny is demanding that they come back, Penta and Fenix get back in the ring and lay out him.
      • Main Event for The TNT Title: Darby Allin vs John Silver.
  • AEW Dynamite 3/31/21
    • Christian makes his AEW in ring debut and first match in seven years against Frankie Kazarian, someone who he knows very well from matches before in their career.
    • MJF goes to deliver a gift to The Pinnacle which he has waiting for them in the Bathroom. When he does, to his shock he finds The Inner Circle waiting for him and not in a good mood after what he's done. He tries to run away but other members are at the other side and The Inner Circle attacks and lays out The Pinnacle getting revenge
    • 6 man tag: Kenny Omega and The Good Brothers vs The Lucha Bros and Laredo Kid
    • Main Event: A match between Orange Cassidy and Chuck Taylor vs Miro and Kip Sabian in a No DQ match that is titled Arcade Anarchy. Classic Arcade games are shown at ringside including Mortal Kombat, Primal Rage, Gradius 3, an Air Hockey Table and Whack-a-Mole amongst them
      • Two returns are made during it. First when Penelope Ford gets involved, from out of an UFO Catcher comes Kris Statlander who comes to the aid and takes Penelope out driving her through the Air Hockey Table
      • Then, later on when it appears that Miro is unstoppable and nothing Cassidy or Taylor can do can stop him, a van drives up to the arena and reveals that its Sue driving Taylor's Best Friend Trent to the ring back coming back from injury to even the odds.
  • The Young Bucks vs Death Triangle's Pac and Rey Fenix for The AEW Tag Titles on the April 14th edition of Dynamite

    AEW Dark & Dark Elevation 
  • Joey Janela vs Kenny Omega on the second episode of AEW Dark, an unsanctioned match filled with the two going crazy against one another with The Bad Boy holding his own against The Cleaner. At the end of the match, AEW's internet show was trending worldwide.
  • The Northern Lights Suplex is one of Matt Jackson's favorite moves and he loves to do multiple in a row. On The 2/18 edition of Dark, he did not one, not two, not three but eight of them in a row.
  • On the 2/25 edition of Dark, Joey Janela is facing Kip Sabian in a Falls Count Anywhere match. Due to anything goes, Penelope Ford, Kip's Manager, and Janela's former flame is taking advantage to interfere. But when she tries late in the match, Janela rolls through and picks her up and tosses her onto Kip sending the two crashing onto tables.
  • Ben Carter vs Lee Johnson, two of AEW's young prospects go out and tear the house down on the September 22nd edition of Dark earning praise from many
    • Later that night on a special edition of Dynamite, Ben Carter would have another well received match against Scorpio Sky and he would be trending as well.
  • Brandon Cutler finally wins a match for the first time after over a year of coming up short, defeating Peter Avalon on the October 27th edition of Dark to get his long sought after first win.
  • On the 12 April 2021 episode of Elevation, Konosuke Takeshita (from Dramatic Dream Team) makes his AEW debut against Danny Limelight, and the two men tear the house down, with some people in the comments even saying Takeshita reminded them of a young Kazuchika Okada.

    Pay-Per-View Events - 2019 
  • Double or Nothing, the first pay-per-view to be produced by AEW (and second to include its wrestlers-turned-executives in The Elite counting the independent ALL IN), sold out in FOUR minutes. Cody Rhodes, AEW executive vice president, said it is the first ever same-day sellout for a Las Vegas pro wrestling show.
    • Dylan Frymyer, a video editor for AEW, is also a wrestler, performing as "Sunny Daze". In April 2019, Cody announced that he would be part of the Double or Nothing Over Budget Battle Royal (later changed to the Casino Battle Royal). Dylan was in tears when asked about it. AEW even showed a picture of 15-year-old Dylan with the legendary Diamond Dallas Page.
    • Speaking of the Casino Battle Royal, the gimmick-based match format is interesting. Four sets of five wrestlers enter the ring in order based on what suit of playing card they draw (hearts, clubs, spades, diamonds). The wrestler who draws the Joker card is the 21st and last wrestler to enter. Come the event, who was Joker? "Hangman" Adam Page, the eventual winner. Oh, and some of the entrants? Glacier, Billy Gunn, Tommy Dreamer and Shawn Spears (the former Tye Dillinger).
    • AEW also stunned the Double or Nothing crowd and fans watching at home with the cameos of Awesome Kong, who had gone three years between matches, and Bret Hart, who introduced the AEW World Championship belt.
    • Cody vs. Dustin Rhodes. The match was instantly held up as one of the best, if not the best, singles match of both brothers' careers. This is the match that the WWE had refused to put over, back when these guys used to be with the company, because they felt it wouldn't sell tickets. Cody vs Dustin ended up being the most talked-about match on the PPV. And how awesome it was? It got five stars from Dave Meltzer and won Match of the Year for 2019 from Pro Wrestling Illustrated.
    • The tag team match for the AAA Tag Team Championships between The Young Bucks and the Lucha Brothers (Pentagón Jr. and Rey Fénix) was an absolute barn-burner, an absolutely exhausting display of the high energy style both teams have mastered, with the Bucks ultimately emerging victorious.
    • The main event didn't disappoint as well. Kenny Omega and Chris Jericho tore down the house in a match for the ages. But the best bit was after the fight: while Jericho single-handedly took credit for AEW and gloated that he deserved a thank you, along came JON MOXLEY!
  • Further comments about Orange Cassidy's Memetic Badassery have already been made on other pages, but it's undeniably impressive that one of his signature moves is a kip-up with his hands in his pockets.
  • Fyter Fest
    • The Elite are no strangers to being Video Game fans, and for their match against Pentagon Jr, Fenix and Laredo Kid, make their entrance. The Young Bucks dressing up as Ryu and Ken and Omega making his Entrance as Akuma.
    • At The Buy In, Private Party are the unknowns of the opener but by the end of the match, the crowd is unanimously chanting for them as both looked like stars.
    • The CZW-level unsanctioned fight between Jon Moxley and Joey Janela. It starts with tables and chairs, and things don't appear to be as violent and crazy as advertised. Then Mox gets a barbed wire enveloped chair which he gets to use on the Bad Boy. From then on, things undergo a Serial Escalation: tables with barbed wire, Janela doing an elbow drop on Moxley from the top of a ladder, and thumbtacks. Moxley wins by doing a Death Rider on Janela over thumbtacks.
      • Possibly the most wince-inducing moment came when Moxley tore Janela's boots off, picked him up, then instead of slamming him just put him back down on his feet again... on the thumbtacks!
    • Darby Allin vs Cody, a shining example of how to make a new star in only 20 minutes. While it's clear than Cody is stronger and more experienced than Darby, he just can't put the relentless younger man away, with the match going to the full 20 minute limit to end in a draw, and the previously unknown Darby emerging a made man.
  • All Out
    • The PPV itself sold out fifteen minutes after tickets were put on sale.
    • Kenny Omega was set to face Jon Moxley, but an infection forced Moxley to pull out. Rather than the match being canceled, a new opponent is announced. That man? PAC.
    • The Ladder War for The AAA Tag Titles between The Young Bucks and The Lucha Brothers. With both teams going wild, in the end, The Lucha Brothers climb the ladders and retrieve the belts.
    • Orange Cassidy's appearance and doing a no-hands suicide dive to take out The Dark Order to save The Best Friends.
  • All Elite Wrestling Full Gear
    • Proud N' Powerful (Ortiz and Santana) kick off The PPV vs The Young Bucks. The heels win, but it's still an excellent match where the Bucks defy their Spot Monkey reputation with excellent storytelling and psychology after Nick injured his leg kicking the ring post.
      • After winning, Sammy Guevara joins his allies in the ring to do a post-match beatdown on the Bucks, and who comes to the aid than the iconic tag team and idols of The Bucks, The Rock 'n' Roll Express, who have scores to settle with Ortiz and Santana. Ricky Morton (that's 63-year-old Ricky Morton) hit a Canadian Destroyer and Tope Suicida to see the heels off.
    • AEW World Championship Chris Jericho vs Cody. Thirty brutal minutes, including a horrific spot where Cody misses a dive and smacks headfirst onto the steel entrance ramp, ripping his head open, before a dramatic ending where MJF throws in the towel to save Cody from an inescapable Lion Tamer.
      • MJF after the match gets a villainous moment afterward and becomes the most hated man in wrestling, with all of Baltimore wanting his head.
    • Lights Out: Kenny Omega vs Jon Moxley, an unsanctioned match not for the faint of heart. We'd been waiting for this clash ever since Double or Nothing, and Mox and Omega made sure we were not waiting in vain.

    Pay-Per-View Events - 2020 

Revolution

  • Darby Allin vs Sammy Guevara
    • An insanely fast-paced and brutal exhibition, the highlight of which was Sammy laying Darby out on a table outside the ring and hitting him with a 630 Senton off the top turnbuckle- and this was before the match had even officially started!
  • Kenny Omega and "Hangman" Adam Page vs. The Young Bucks for the AEW World Tag Titles
    • Not only a spectacular display of athleticism as always, but a masterclass in subtle, multilayered storytelling, as the tension between Page and the Young Bucks built to a boiling point with desperate peacemaker Omega in the middle. Once the dust had settled, Dave Meltzer gave it SIX STARS, calling it nothing less than the greatest tag-team match of all time!
  • Jon Moxley vs. Chris Jericho for the AEW World Title
  • Orange Cassidy affirming his status as a Lethal Joke Character par excellence when he took "The Bastard" PAC, the man who's beaten and brutalized both Adam Page and Kenny Omega, to the absolute limit and may have very well won if not for some untimely interference by the Lucha Bros. As an aside, it's absolutely staggering how over Cassidy was with the crowd, possibly even more over than Cody or Moxley.

Double or Nothing 2020

  • The Casino Ladder Match kicks off the show, with "The Machine" Brian Cage making his debut as the mystery entrant. How does he enter the match? By carrying his own ladder out with him... and then ripping it in two with his bare hands!
  • Cody vs Lance Archer to crown the First TNT Champion. Cody wins with two back-to-back Cross Rhodes, finally winning the big one after repeatedly coming up short in the past.
    • During the match, Archer's manager Jake Roberts tries to get involved bringing a bag to the ring no doubt containing a snake. But special guest and belt presenter, Boxing legend Iron Mike Tyson gets up from his seat and stands in front of Roberts who backs down from The Champ and flees.
  • Hikaru Shida vs Nyla Rose in a No DQ match for The AEW Women's Championship. At the end of the match, after hitting Nyla with a flawless Falcon Arrow, Shida winds up and breaks her kendo stick across Rose's head, smacking the fight completely out of her. One more running knee to the face and Shida is the new AEW Women's Champion!
  • Jon Moxley vs Brodie Lee. Even after a Paradigm Shift that sends both men through the stage, Moxley still cannot put the Exalted One away, as successive Paradigm Shifts only see the bloodied but determined Lee kicking out at the count of one, then two. Moxley has to resort to a rear-naked choke to render his monster opponent unconscious to retain his championship.
  • The Main Event, Stadium Stampede. Words cannot describe the utter insanity and crazy fun Inner Circle and The Elite and Matt Hardy had fought against each other using an entire football stadium as their ring. Highlights include:
    • Both teams coming out to full football entrances, complete with smoke and fire machines, cheerleaders and a marching band (in face masks), and The Inner Circle wearing football uniforms with numbers relevant to their respective histories.
    • The first clash between the teams starts with a kickoff-esque charge across the field against each other, with Kenny Omega's broom rendered useless against Ortiz's football helmet.
    • Hangman Adam page was not in The Elite's starting lineup and running a little late. Why? Because he was coming BY HORSE (which he uses to chase down Sammy Guevara).
    • Matt Jackson, who had been legitimately injured in the ribs due to a bad landing earlier in the week, climbs the goalposts and does a freakin' moonsault to Chris Jericho and Sammy.
    • Speaking of Sammy, he was back in the stadium after losing Adam Page in the backstage area. Adam, still on his horse, decides to just futz off to the bar.
  • Up in the stands, Proud and Powerful manage to separate Matt Hardy from Kenny Omega, and throw Matt into a swimming pool. They dunk Matt into the pool, and in response, up pops Matt Hardy Version 1 (he even gets a screen overlay, which even Ortiz and Santana can see, explaining he can hold his breath for 346 seconds). Matt gets dunked again, pops back up as Damascus (Tony Schiavone calls the pool 'The Lake of Reincarnation'), and tosses Proud and Powerful onto a table, puts Ortiz under a ceremonial bell, rings the bell, duct tapes Ortiz to a wheelchair when the man is stunned, and then locks Santana in an icebox.
  • Jake Hager is prowling the backstage area for Hangman page, spots Page's horse parked outside the bar, and joins Adam for a whiskey. They immediately start an honest to goodness bar fight after one drink, and Adam, in what Vince Verhei calls 'the spot of Hangman Page's dreams', gets thrown onto the bar and slid face down across the entire bar, tossing drinks and food all the way like in the old comedy cowboy movies.
    • Kenny Omega then comes in for the save, busts open four bottles of Bubbly on Hager's head, then gives Page a boost to perform the Buckshot Lariat onto Hager. Kenny and Adam then share a drink (milk for Kenny).
    • Back out on the field, Matt Jackson is doing repeated Northern Lights Suplexes onto Sammy Guevara, from one end of the field to the other, with his busted ribs. He scores a touchdown and begins to do the Alex Wright dance. The referee gives him a penalty for excessive celebration, and Matt superkicks the ref for his troubles.
    • Chris Jericho takes time out of fighting with Nick Jackson to give the Judas Effect onto the Jackson Jaguar's mascot (who for some reason decided to taunt Jericho).
    • Jericho then gets into an argument with referee Aubrey Edwards for what he thought should have been a three count, demanding they see a replay. Aubrey stands on her decision, and Jericho calls her a bad ref.
    • Nick Jackson decides to do a table spot onto Chris Jericho by running all the way up the stands, all the way back down the stands, then splashing onto Jericho, who is on a table, on the field, held down by Matt.
    • Sammy Guevara, still trying to get up after being suplexed literally across the field, gets a sprinkler to the face, and then Kenny Omega and Matt Hardy show up in a golf cart and begin chasing Sammy again. This time, Sammy manages to escape by jumping the fence and running up the stands.
    • Sammy manages to throttle Hardy against a raised platform, and who should come in for the save but... NEO-1, the upgraded version of the recently murdered Vanguard-1. NEO-1 manages to distract Sammy long enough for Kenny to take Sammy out, and then deliver the two-story-tall One-Winged Angel on to Sammy for the win.

All Out 2020

  • Hikaru Shida defending her AEW's Women's Title against the reigning NWA Women's Champion Thunder Rosa. The two go out and put on a clinic that had those in attendance applauding.
  • FTR becoming the new AEW Tag Team Champions ending Omega and Page's 200+ day reign, as well as their team.
  • The Nightmare Family (Dustin Rhodes, QT Marshall, Scorpio Sky and Matt Cardona) avenging Cody by defeating The Dark Order and afterwards Dustin claims he's coming for Brodie Lee's TNT Championship.
  • Orange Cassidy ends the feud between him and Chris Jericho winning the first ever Mimosa Mayhem match, ending with 2 wins to 1 and emerging a made man.
  • Main Event: AEW World Champion Jon Moxley vs Challenger MJF. Despite the odds stacked against him, Moxley outsmarts MJF by hitting his banned finisher while the referee is distracted and retains and puts the first ever singles loss on MJF's record. It was a particular display of savviness from Moxley who, realising that Wardlow had distracted the ref to throw MJF his Dynamite Diamond Ring, decided that if MJF was going to cheat then he was perfectly justified in cheating first.
    • After the match while celebrating, Moxley spots his next challenger, Lance Archer in the crowd. Undaunted and unafraid he flips him off daring him to come try and take the belt.

Full Gear

  • Former tag partners Kenny Omega and Adam Page set the tone for the show in the opener, putting on an instant classic.
  • Darby Allin finally manages to defeat Cody and in the process becomes the new TNT Champion.
  • Hikaru Shida retains the AEW Women's Championship against Nyla Rose, finally putting her down with repeated knee strikes until Nyla was unconscious.
  • FTR and the Young Bucks in a long sought after dream match and it finally happens. Two teams who are regarded as the best today finally meet and they do not disappoint. FTR representing the wrestling tag style of the 80s and the Bucks representing the style of the new millennium. They pull out all the stops and in the end, the Young Bucks win and capture the AEW Tag Team Championship.
    • Dave Meltzer gave this bout 5.25 stars, and some people even claimed it was better than the already-legendary match between the Bucks and Omega/Page from Revolution earlier in the year.
  • Jon Moxley vs Eddie Kingston in a match that consists of two words and five letters, "I Quit".
    • In the end, Moxley goes beyond the norm to end the match: he wraps barbed wire around his arm and locks in a chokehold on Eddie, not only cutting off his air but grinding the wire against his throat and jaw, forcing Eddie in tears to finally say it.

     Pay Per View Events- 2021 
  • Revolution
    • Maki Itoh who had become a fan favorite the past month due to the Women's Tournament makes a surprise appearance that nobody was expecting.
    • The Young Bucks retain The AEW Tag Titles over The Inner Circle's Jericho and MJF, making that the first time they've ever been beaten in tag action.
    • AEW Women's Champion Hikaru Shida vs Tournament Winner Ryo Mizunami.
    • After the months of tensions and escalating the feud, TNT Champion Darby Allin and Sting face Team Taz in a wild Street Fight.
    • In the first time in a major US company, an Exploding Barbed Wired Deathmatch is held in The Main Event between Jon Moxley and Kenny Omega. And while the post-match angle was one of AEW's most embarrassing botches due to faulty pyro, the match itself was pure, beautiful, horrible brutality, as Mox and Kenny built actual storytelling and psychology into a freakin' Exploding Barbed Wire Deathmatch!
      • During the match Omega seems to have Moxley pinned and is going to win, only for Moxley to kick one of the ropes and set off an explosion to break up the count and blind Omega.
    • Despite the dud finish, Revolution turned out to have been a smashing success for AEW — the top-selling non-WWE North American PPV since 1999, surpassing even what WCW was able to make during its last yearsnote , and pulling in $7 million worth of PPV buys.
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  • AEW landed a TV deal with TNT, returning pro wrestling to Turner Sports after the end of WCW in 2001.
    • TNT signed a rookie, unproven wrestling promotion without a single show to its name (ALL IN was put on prior to AEW's formation). This is the same network which had a memorable and contentious foray with wrestling in the past, even with vastly different management at the time. While AEW is backed by a billionaire, that is a notable business coup for the North American wrestling industry.
    • Similarly, landing a TV deal with ITV for broadcast in the UK on ITV4 beginning in October 2019. After the disastrous relaunch of World of Sport Wrestling that lasted just a few episodes before unceremoniously being pulled, there was a question of whether or not ITV would be broadcasting wrestling again. Through the Khans, AEW has been put in position to singlehandedly revive wrestling in the British mainstream. The real kicker? The best that WWE could do was switch from longtime partner Sky Sports to BT Sport, a subscription service with 2.6 million subscribers. Through ITV, AEW could be broadcast for free in as many as 27 million homes. A spectacular coup for the company.
    • Naysayers of the TNT deal who didn’t expect it to last even a year were proven wrong in January 2020, a mere three months after Dynamite starting airing, when TNT announced a four year renewal. According to Tony Khan, this would make AEW profitable by the end of 2020, a feat which numerous pro wrestling organizations have failed to accomplish over much longer lifespans.note 
  • AEW signed veteran commentator Jim Ross, less than a week after his WWE contract expired in March 2019. This makes Ross the only commentator in pro wrestling history to be employed by NWA, UWF, WCW, WWE, NJPW and AEW.
    • The fact that they also signed Tony Schiavone could be considered one. Especially since it means that he and JR are going to be working together again, like they did back in the early days of WCW.
  • The promotion markets their signed referees the same way they would wrestlers. As of May 2019, the referee roster is Earl Hebner (WWE, TNA/Impact Wrestling veteran), Aubrey Edwards (from Defy Wrestling), Rick Knox (from PWG and Lucha Underground), Bryce Remsburg (from CHIKARA) and Paul Turner (from ROH).
  • While it's more an indictment of WWE's declining ratings more than anything elsenote , and was only restricted to the (admittedly key) 18-49 demographic, the December 9th 2020 episode of Dynamite managed to outdraw the following episode of Monday Night RAW,note  a feat none but the most hopelessly optimistic fans even dreamed AEW would ever be able to accomplish! This despite RAW running unopposed by other wrestling shows on Mondays, while Dynamite is being directly counterprogrammed by NXT! In general, while Dynamite has only managed to draw over 1 million viewers one time since it's first three episodes, the show has proven a major success for TNT overall, dominating the key demographic of 18-49 year old viewers, and regularly managing to be one of the most popular shows on cable.
  • AEW crushed The Wrestling Observer Newsletter Awards for 2020, even having a heavy presence in the runners-up for most of the few (positive) awards they didn't win. Despite COVID-19 (or possibly even in part because of it, due to how well the company was able to continue producing top quality product while other promotions floundered), 2020 truly was the year of AEW. Their haul, as follows:
    • Wrestler of the Year: Jon Moxley
    • Most Outstanding: Kenny Omega
    • Tag Team of the Year: The Young Bucksnote 
    • Best on Interviews: Eddie Kingston
    • United States/Canada MVP: Jon Moxley
    • Mexico MVP: Rey Fénixnote 
    • Feud of the Year: Moxley vs Kingston
    • Most Improved: Britt Baker
    • Most Charismatic: MJF
    • Best Brawler: Jon Moxleynote 
    • Best High Flyer: Rey Fénix
    • Best Non-wrestler: Taz
    • Best TV Announcer: Excalibur
    • Best Wrestling Maneuver: Kenny Omega's One-Winged Angelnote 
    • Best Gimmick: Orange Cassidy
    • Best Pro-wrestling Book: The Young Bucks: Killing the Business from the Backyards to the Big Leagues
    • Best Booker: Tony Khan
    • Promoter of the Year: Tony Khan
    • Match of the Year: The Young Bucks vs Omega & Page at AEW Revolution 2020note 
    • Best Major Wrestling Show: AEW Revolution 2020
    • Best Weekly TV Show: AEW Dynamitenote 
    • Best Promotion: AEWnote 

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