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AEW Dynamite Preview for August 12, 2020

This Wednesday night, capping of another thrilling three days preceded by the WOMEN'S TAG TEAM CUP and AEW DARK on our official YouTube (Watch Here) channel, DYNAMITE returns with a brand new LIVE edition of the most exciting professional wrestling in the world today!

Last week Darby Allin gave it everything he had in an unsuccessful attempt capture the AEW World Title from Jon Moxley, Matt Cardona made a victorious debut alongside TNT Champion Cody in tag team action, The Dark Order scored the win in an epic twelve man tag, Sammy Guevara left Matt Hardy a bloody mess, Jericho and OC's debate ended in violence, and a whole lot more with MJF, PnP, Swole, and Sue's van!

This week DYNAMITE presents TAG TEAM APPRECIATION WEEK hosted by FTR, Cash Wheeler and Dax Harwood, with the refined art of tag team wrestling front and center. The World Tag Team Titles will be on the line, the Young Bucks and The Dark Order will meet, and they will honor the legendary Rock n Roll Express, Arn Anderson, and Tully Blanchard, for their contributions to the evolution of tag team wrestling.

***RANKINGS AS OF 8/5***


***Inner Circle & Best Friends banned from ringside***

“The DemoGod” Chris Jericho vs. “Freshly Squeezed” Orange Cassidy

Orange Cassidy and Chris Jericho, the self-proclaimed “DemoGod”, have been at each other for many weeks now both inside and outside the ring. Whether at the commentary area, or with an orange juice bath, or through the debate footage embedded above, Cassidy has found his own ways to push Jericho's buttons, and to embarrass the thirty year veteran.

But the one time they competed in the ring one-on-one back at FYTER FEST 2020 NIGHT 2, it was the former AEW World Champion who picked up the win via Judas Effect elbow, the same elbow Orange tasted last week on DYNAMITE. But the difference this week is that there will be no Jake Hager to help Jericho so he doesn't have to get his hands dirty. There won't be a Santana, Ortiz, or Guevara at ringside to help Jericho win and get that $7,000 (what Jericho's OJ soaked jacket costs he claims) because the members of The Inner Circle have been banned from ringside. That being said, The Best Friends of Chuck Taylor and Trent are also barred but it's not as if they would be interfering to help their pal, their presence would serve to rally OC and to counter the members of The IC. Without one, no need for the other...

So with no outside distractions or worries of interference, Orange Cassidy and Chris Jericho will lock up in a greatly anticipated rematch this Wednesday night on DYNAMITE! Can the Freshly Squeezed One make good on his promise to embarrass Jericho once more, this time with a loss to “the guy who puts his hands in his pockets”? Or will it be the original AEW World Champion turning the aspirations of Orange Cassidy to pulp? Either way, each competitor has to do it on his own, without a friend or ally at ringside, and prove who is the better man.


“The American Nightmare” Cody(c) vs. Scorpio Sky

There is fire, and then there is what Scorpio Sky brings to the table. As fans can see in that video embedded above, this is a man coming to the ring on Wednesday night with a chip on his shoulder, and with a great deal to prove to a locker room, and perhaps an audience, that seems to have forgotten what Sky brings to the table.

Look at his track record since the inception of All Elite Wrestling, and you will see one worthy of top contention for any championship. He was one-half of the first World Tag Team Champions alongside Frankie Kazarian, he was the first man in AEW to pin Chris Jericho back in November in a Tag Team Championship Match. That pinfall earned him a shot at Jericho's AEW World Title, and although Sky was the loser in that contest, he demonstrated to the world that he deserved to be spoken of in that same rarefied air in the singles ranks as Jericho, Moxley, Omega, or Cody, to name a few. It's hard to argue, Sky is 7-1 in singles competition, has essentially made AEW DARK his kingdom, and now he is coming to take Cody's, specifically that TNT Championship Title.

Having just passed his eightieth day as champion, Cody has successfully defended his prize seven times against seven wildly different athletes. Be it the No DQ war with Eddie Kingston, the surprise debut of Ricky Starks, or the jaws from the victory of defeat win over Jake Hager, The American Nightmare has found a way to win no matter what his opponent brought to the table, and has no intention of ending this open challenge anytime soon. In fact, Cody's focus on the TNT Championship has been so laser-like that last week was the first time since winning the title that he competed in a match that wasn't a championship situation.

But it's back to the grind this week after that tag team victory with Matt Cardona, and with a versatile opponent like Scorpio Sky standing across the ring, there is a good chance this could be the night Cody's kingdom comes tumbling down, and Sky beats The American Nightmare for the first time in their careers.


Kenny Omega & Hangman Page (c) vs. (#5) Jurassic Express (Luchasaurus & Jungle Boy w/ Marko Stunt)

Sitting at the number five spot in the tag team rankings, Jurassic Express will receive their very first opportunity at the AEW World Tag Team Titles this Wednesday night on DYNAMITE, and on an evening dubbed TAG TEAM APPRECIATION NIGHT, this championship contest will certainly have extra special attention. The eyes of the two legendary tag teams mentioned at the top of the article will certainly be watching, as well as those of FTR as they aim for future shots at the championship. Safe bet to say every tag team will be watching this bout to see if Hangman Page and Kenny Omega will make it any deeper into their 200-plus day title reign that began January 21st on the Jericho Cruise.

Adding another layer to this match-up, as if they championship wasn't enough, is the actions of Kenny Omega towards the third member of JurEx, Marko Stunt, several weeks ago. As seen in the video embedded above, Omega inexplicably lost it on Stunt after The Elite defeated Jurassic Express in Trios competition. It was a side of Kenny that has barely been glimpsed in AEW, something his Elite compatriots even mention in the most recent BEING THE ELITE episode (Watch Here), and left quite a foul taste in the mouths of the Jungle Boy and Luchasaurus.

This is their first shot at revenge on behalf of Marko, and what would be sweeter than upsetting Page and Omega just after their landmark 200th day as champs, making their ninth title defense their last, and doing it on TAG TEAM APPRECIATION NIGHT as well. It's a longshot for sure, the odds are certainly in the defending champions favor, but to paraphrase former NFL Commissioner and Philadelphia Eagles owner Bert Bell “Any Given Wednesday, any team in AEW can beat any other team”...


(#4) The Young Bucks (Matt & Nick Jackson) vs. (#3) The Dark Order (Evil Uno and Stu Grayson)

As seen above, The Elite and FTR were on the losing end of a devastating defeat to The Dark Order last week, with Hangman Page the one to eat the deciding fall courtesy of Mr. Brodie Lee's lariat. With the World Tag Team Champions otherwise engaged in the aforementioned title defense, The Young Bucks will meet The Dark Order as part of TAG TEAM APPRECIATION NIGHT, and this is one that has been stewing for quite some time.

See despite previous instances involving these two teams, the brothers Jackson have yet to meet Evil Uno and Stu Grayson inside the AEW ring, not in a traditional tag team situation anyway. And while Matt and Nick may have collided with these foes elsewhere in the past, notably in Pro Wrestling Guerrilla years ago, those two men were not the individuals they will be facing Wednesday night. The men they knew once upon a time have (d)evolved into The Dark Order, into disciples of the rhetoric of Mr. Brodie Lee, and have a sadistic streak that runs deep. Grayson, for one, lives for the fight and would have no problem heading into this battle all by himself if the situation called for it. But together, with a great many years of tag team experience under their collective belt, this Dark Order pairing is one of the biggest threats to the tag team division, to anyone holding the championship, and to The Young Bucks this Wednesday night in particular.

But it's TAG TEAM APPRECIATION NIGHT, and that is something Matt and Nick Jackson have been synonymous with for the last fifteen years. As a tag team, they helped change the landscape of the industry and redefine what tag team wrestling could be for this, and future, generations of wrestlers. There are likely no tag teams more decorated over the last fifteen years than The Young Bucks, with over 30 championship reigns around the globe to their title lineage.

In many ways, as much as it may irk FTR to recognize, Matt and Nick Jackson ARE tag team wrestling today. And that is why Wednesday night, on a night to celebrate the art that is tag team wrestling, The Dark Order needs to defeat their opponents and defeat them soundly. Collectively they took one huge step by winning the twelve man a week ago, took a stumble when Silver and Reynolds dropped the ball, but now this is the next necessary step if that...cult...wants to firmly establish the dominance they have tasted on occasion.


One thing that must be acknowledge, even though neither man is scheduled to compete this Wednesday night, is the assault perpetrated by MJF on Jon Moxley during the midst of his AEW World Championship defense against Darby Allin. The number one ranked contender for the ALL OUT pay-per-view event on September 5th took the AEW Championship title and cracked Mox across the skull with it, hoping that would be enough to cost Jon his title to Darby. Clearly the intent was to shift the championship onto someone who MJF (wrongly) views as lesser competition for ALL OUT, but his machinations failed and Moxley retained.

What will be the fallout from that attack that left Moxley bleeding? Are there repercussions in the near future for Mister Salt Of The Earth? Or will he hide away from his future opponent, tucked away in the office of his MJF 2020 campaign headquarters, Wardlow guarding the door, believing himself safe and secure? Max, sorry not sorry to inform you, there isn't anywhere safe from Jon Moxley if he decides it is your time...

Tune in Wednesday night, 8pm EST/7pm CST, LIVE on TNT to find out if MJF's time has come, if Scorpio Sky can end the dominance of The American Nightmare, if Orange Cassidy can put down the “DemoGod”, and to see if we will crown new World Tag Team Champions! All that, and much more, is waiting for you during TAG TEAM APPRECIATION NIGHT, this week on DYNAMITE! And make sure you check our our official YouTube page for the Pre- and Post-Game shows exclusively available on YouTube!


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