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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.
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    • 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.
  • 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, 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), Bryce Remsburg (from CHIKARA) and Paul Turner (from ROH).
  • 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.
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    • 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).
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    • The 6 Woman Joshi Tag Match, which featured the Legendary Aja Kong
    • 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. How much so? It got five stars from Dave Meltzer.
      • Keep this in mind. This is the match that the WWE has refused to put over, back then these guys used to be with the company, because they felt this match wouldn't sell tickets. Cody vs Dustin ended up being the most talked about match on the PPV.
      • Said match would also win The 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.
    • And 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 he managed to perform a kip-up during the Casino Battle Royal with his hands in his pockets.
  • Their second big PPV All Out, sold out in fifteen minutes.
  • 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!
  • All Out
    • Kenny Omega was set to face Jon Moxley, but an infection forced Moxley to pull out. Rather than the match being cancelled, 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 Dynamite Episode 1
    • In one corner from Japan we have Riho who weighs in at 98 pounds, in the other corner we have her opponent Nyla Rose who weighs over 200 pounds. A classic David vs Goliath matchup. Despite being severely outmatched in size and height, Riho never shys away from facing Nyla. Taking it to The Beast using her speed and striking to combat her. Highlights include her diving onto Nyla to the floor only for Nyla to catch her and hit a backbreaker. And then later after dodging a senton, hitting a double stomp on the floor. Finally in the end, Riho hits a top rope Northern Lights Suplex on Nyla and taking advantage of her stunned state delivers a pair of Double Knees and puts her shoulders down for 1...2...and 3 to become The first ever AEW Women's Champion.
    • 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!
    • After winning the main event six man tag (practically a three on two handicap match, thanks to Moxley), Jericho, Santana and Ortiz continue to punish the Young Bucks, when out for the save comes Cody! But it only lasts a moment as Sammy Guevara, his opponent from earlier in the night, comes in and hits him with a low blow. But all hope is not lost, as Dustin Rhodes comes to his brother's aid! Until out of the crowd comes the former Jack Swagger, now an undefeated fighter in Bellator MMA. The heels practically destroy the faces, with Jericho and what very well might be his own Power Stable standing tall.
    • 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 though but 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.
  • All Elite Wrestling 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 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.
  • 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.
  • All Elite Wrestling 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.
  • All Elite Wrestling 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.
  • All Elite Wrestling 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 it 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.
    • Main Event and Finals of The AEW Tag Tournament, The Lucha Bros vs SoCal Uncensored.
      • The championship tournament finals 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!
  • All Elite Wrestling Dynamite 11.06.19
    • Cody's passionate inring promo about his upcoming match with Jericho at Full Gear. Hailed and praised by critics and fans.
    • 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. With 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.
  • 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 Guevera 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 head first 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 afterwards 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.
  • All Elite Wrestling Dynamite 11.13.19
    • Luchasaurus after being out with a 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 is 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.
  • All Elite Wrestling 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.
  • All Elite Wrestling 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 Metlzer Driver on Ortiz and Santana and hitting a Senton splash on Guevera to score the win.
    • Hikaru Shida vs Kris Statlander
    • 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.
  • All Elite Wrestling 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
    • QT Marshall pulling off and hitting a Sasuke Special
  • All Elite Wrestling Dynamite 12.18.19
    • Opening contest: The Lucha Brothers vs Kenny Omega and Hangman Adam Page
    • 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.
    • SCU vs The Young Bucks in the Main Event for the AEW World Tag Titles.
    • At the end of the show, The Dark Order is shown standing tall.
  • All Elite Wrestling 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 kick out of the Cross Rhodes. But Cody this time manages to pin 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 deliver 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
    • Hangman Adam Page and Kenny Omega winning The AEW Tag Titles from SCU.
    • 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.
    • Jon Moxley vs Pac to decide who faces Chris Jericho for The AEW World Championship.
  • 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
  • Kenny Omega and Riho teaming up to face Kip Sabian and Penelope Ford in the 1st ever Intergender Tag match on the 2/4/20 edition of Dark.
    • Riho during it finally has enough of Kip and hits one of Omega's signature moves, The Snap Dragon on him.
  • All Elite Wrestling 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.
    • Atomicos Match: The Elite vs The Lucha Bros and The Butcher and The Blade
    • The Main Event Segment where Cody proves his toughness which is a must watch.
  • All Elite Wrestling 2.12.20
    • Kenny Omega and Adam Page vs SCU for The AEW World Tag Titles
    • Riho vs Nyla Rose
    • A shocking appearance from Jeff Cobb who is Moxley's next opponent
  • 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.
  • All Elite Wrestling 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.

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