April 8, 2020
Parts Unknown (Nightmare Factory in Norcross, GA)
Commentary: Tony Schiavone and Chris Jericho
Results by: Josh Boutwell of Wrestleview.com
Quick Match Results
- Lance Archer defeated Allen Angels via the Blackout
- Hikaru Shida defeated Dr. Britt Baker via flying knee
- Best Friends defeated Kenny Omega & Michael Nakazawa via Strong Zero on Nakazawa
- Brodie Lee defeated Lee Johnson via Discus Lariat
- TNT Championship Tournament Round 1 Match: Cody defeated Shawn Spears via Figure Four pin
Promo: Jake “The Snake” Roberts
— All Elite Wrestling on TNT (@AEWonTNT) April 9, 2020
Jake Roberts opens up “Dynamite” in a pre-tape. He says that his history will not be his destiny and asks if any of us if we would jump out of an airplane without a parachute, and compares that to standing in the ring with Lance Archer and thinking you have a prayer of winning.
“If you step in the ring with Lance Archer then it is done,” Roberts says. “You saw what happened to poor Marko.” Roberts says that sometimes it’s better to be believed to be a fool than to take action and refuse all doubt, which Marko did. Roberts taunts Cody and even suggests that Cody might throw the match so he won’t have a chance of facing Archer. “Cody, are you a man or a mouse,” Roberts asks. “Squeak up and tell me.”
Chris Jericho is on commentary with Tony Schiavone.
Lance Archer vs. Allen Angels
Archer destroys Allen as he gets in the ring and does a crazy Choke Overhead Suplex sending him clear across the ring. Archer hits the Blackout for the pin.
Winner: Archer via pinfall (Blackout)
Dr. Britt Baker vs. Hikaru Shida
Baker sidesteps Shida as they start out and connects with a Back Kick, but Shida shrugs it off and lays Baker down with a kick of her own. Baker and Shida shove each other and then Baker grabs her by the hair and slams her into the turnbuckles. Baker puts the boots to Shida and puts her in a Front Facelock.
Baker gets a nearfall and then just mounts Shida and lays into her with right hands. Baker chokes Shida in the corner and hits a Running Face Wash for another nearfall. Baker talks trash to the camera on the outside and tosses Shida into the barricade. Shida hangs Baker up on the barricade and some of the wrestlers old her down as Shida hits her with a Running Knee.
Shida connects with a Vertical Suplex for a nearfall. Shida goes for the Flying Knee but Baker moves and rolls Shida. Shida counters the rollup into a Triangle Choke. Baker manages to crawl her way to the ropes and break the hold. Shida goes for a clothesline but Baker ducks and hits a Slingblade followed by a Butterfly Suplex for a nearfall.
Baker puts the boots to Shida and hits a Russian Leg Sweep and floats over into the Lockjaw but Shida immediately gets to the ropes. Shida and Baker exchange forearms. Shida botches an Enziguri and then walks into a sloppy Superkick from Baker. Baker has a busted nose but I’m not sure where that came from.
Shida counters a Slingblade into a Michinoku Driver. Baker counters the pinfall attempt into a nearfall of her own and then locks in the Lockjaw. Shida rolls her over and gets a nearfall. Shida then destroys what’s left of Baker’s nose with a Flying Knee! Shida goes for a Falcon’s Arrow but Baker counters into a Swinging Fisherman’s Neckbreaker for a nearfall.
Baker hits another Superkick and then starts smiling as the camera catches an insane visual of her blood-filled mouth. Baker goes for the Curb Stomp in the ropes but Shida blocks it and tosses Baker over the top. Baker lands on the apron and exchanges forearms with Shida again.
Baker climbs up top but Shida heads up with her and hits a disgusting Backbreaker onto the top turnbuckle. Shida follows up with another Flying Knee for the pin.
Winner: Shida via pinfall (Flying Knee)
After replaying it, it seems like the botched Enziguri is what busted Baker’s nose.
Segment: Kenny Omega, Michael Nakazawa, Orange Cassidy, Best Friends
— All Elite Wrestling (@AEWrestling) April 9, 2020
Omega talks to Michael Nakazawa earlier today about a team they had in Japan. Nakazawa says they should call themselves Best Friends but Omega reminds him that AEW already has a Best Friends team. Orange Cassidy walks in and kicks the door open as Best Friends walk in. Trent is not happy. Trent says that Omega should be ashamed. Chuckie T says they will put the name on the line tonight.
Video: Jon Moxley, Jake Hager
In a terrific video package highlights the match between Moxley and Hager is shown again. These are done in the old HBO 24/7 style. Hager says that he had agreed for a Bellator fight in May that was never announced (and got canceled obviously) so he’s been in fight camp this whole time.
Moxley talks about how Hager pretty much no-sold his Paradigm Shift a few weeks ago and compares him to a monster from a monster movie, but says this match will be No Holds Barred which changes things. He says that neither he nor Hager are paid by the hour, so this thing could end in three minutes or 33 minutes. Footage of both of them training is shown throughout.
Video: Cody, Shawn Spears
Cody talks about the TNT Championship and says that Warner Media was really pushing for it. He and Spears talk about the tournament and their match. Spears says there isn’t a lot of firsts in wrestling anymore but he could be the first TNT Champion. Cody discusses the stipulation of him not being able to challenge for the World Title anymore, so this gives him a chance to get on top with a different title. They also discuss their past.
Best Friends vs. Kenny Omega & Michael Nakazawa
Taylor and Omega start things off. Omega and Taylor chain wrestle for the first couple of minutes until Trent and Nakazawa tag in. Nakazawa pours his stupid baby oil on his chest and Trent’s chops slide off him. Omega tags back in and they take turns stomping on Trent.
Nakazawa hits an Atomic Drop on Taylor followed by a Omega Bulldogging Nakazawa onto Taylor’s crotch. Nakazawa pulls Trent out to the apron and crotches him in the ring post.
Omega hits an Elbow Drop for a nearfall and puts Trent in a chinlock as this match just won’t end. Trent catches a charging Omega with a Lariat. Taylor and Nakazawa tag in. Taylor lays both Omega and Nakazawa out with Running Sledges. Taylor Drop Toeholds Nakazawa into Omega’s nuts.
Trent clotheslines Nakazawa to the floor. Taylor and Trent hit tandem Slingshot Planchas. OC rolls into the ring and Best Friends go to hug him but Omega and Nakazawa trip them. Omega and Nakazawa try to hug him but he avoids them.
Trent and Taylor hit them from behind. Best Friends avoid a Cross Body attempt from Nakazawa and then he squirts oil in their faces. OC hits a Suicide Dive onto Omega and the referee lets all of this to go for whatever reason. Trent hits a Tornado DDT for a nearfall on Nakazawa.
Omega tags in and hangs Trent up in the ropes. Omega then hits a Fireman’s Carry on Chuck followed by a Hanging Backstabber on Trent. Omega hits a Snap Dragon on Trent and runs into a Flying Knee from Taylor. Trent hits a Flying Knee on Omega and then tosses him into a Pop-Up Powerbomb from Taylor for a nearfall.
Omega hits a Buckle Bomb on Trent and Nakamura hits a Super Angle Slam on Taylor off the top. Omega and Nakazawa hit a Doomsday Device on Trent for a neafall before Taylor breaks it up. Nakazawa hits his stupid Ultimate Venom Arm but Taylor breaks up the pin attempt again.
Nakazawa goes for it again but Trent ducks and he hits Omega. Trent hits the Half-and-Half for a nearfall but Omega breaks it up. Taylor drags Omega to the floor and Trent hits a Spike Piledriver on Nakazawa for another nearfall.
Taylor throws Omega into the barricade and Best Friends hit the Strong Zero for the pin.
Winners: Best Friends via pinfall (Strong Zero)
Segment: Brodie Lee, The Dark Order
In a vignette, Brodie Lee is shown arriving to meet Dark Order members. Brodie talks about perception to them and asks them why two of them look sloppy, while another member looks nice. Lee says that he is here to make every life he touches extraordinary.
Lee tells the sloppy members to get their act together and show him that they want the unlimited power he is offering. He tells the other member that he has an opportunity for him and they walk away.
Backstage: Britt Baker
— All Elite Wrestling (@AEWrestling) April 9, 2020
A bloody Britt Baker is interviewed backstage. She says Shida plays dirty and calls her the dirtiest wrestler she has ever stepped foot in the ring with. She says that she better be glad that she didn’t touch Baker’s teeth but even if she did she could fix them herself because she is a dentist.
Video: Jon Moxley, Jake Hager
Another Hager-Moxley hype package is shown.
Segment: Matt Hardy
Matt Hardy cuts a promo on the Inner Circle. He says that he calls Proud-n-Powerful “Loud and devourable” and he loves Puerto Rican food so he can’t wait to sink his teeth into them. Hardy says that Jericho has brainwashed Hager. He says that he will not let Inner Circle overtake AEW and tells Vanguard to bring the Inner Circle shirt Jericho tried to give him, but Vanguard burns it.
Hardy says that he and The Elite will “delete” the Inner Circle and offers Jericho to come to the Hardy compound and face him in the “Elite Deletion.”
Brodie Lee vs. Lee Johnson
Johnson attempts to dropkick Lee as he comes in the ring but gets killed for his troubles. Lee hits a Big Boot and then an Eddie Guerrero-style Slingshot Somersault Senton. Lee hits a Running Elbow in the corner and a Half Nelson Suplex. Lee hits the Black Hole Slam followed by the Discus Lariat for the pin.
Winner: Lee via pinfall (Discus Lariat)
TNT Championship Tournament Round 1 Match
Cody vs. Shawn Spears
After the two go back-and-forth for the first few minutes Spears rolls out to the floor and shoves Austin Gunn. He then pulls out a chair and throws it in the ring. As Cody reaches out to grab it, Spears slides in but eats a clothesline. Cody hits a Springboard Cutter for a nearfall.
Cody hits a Front Suplex for another nearfall but Spears comes back and rolls Cody up for a nearfall. Cody floats over a charging Spears and hits a Pump Kick for a nearfall. Cody uses his weight to lay on top of Spears’ shoulders with his knees for another nearfall.
Cody goes to the top and attempts a Diving Moonsault but Spears moves and hits a Piledriver. Spears drags Cody to the floor and hits him with a Neckbreaker.
Spears whips Cody into the corner and then Superkicks him outside. Spears grabs a barricade and leans it up against the apron. Spears Suplexes Cody onto the barricade. Back in the ring, Spears gets a nearfall and then attempts a Springboard Frog Splash but Cody gets his knees up!
Cody hits a Snap Powerslam for a nearfall followed by the Beautiful Disaster attempt, but Spears avoids it and hits a Sky High for a nearfall.
Cody hits a Tope Suicida onto Spears on the outside as Spears was pulling out a table at ringside. Cody sets up the table at ringside and tosses Spears back in the ring. Cody climbs to the top but Spears shows off his athleticism by leaping to the top and hitting a Butterfly Superplex.
Spears rips the padding of the top turnbuckle as Brandi climbs up on the apron and yells at him. Cody grabs Spears from behind and goes for the Crossrhodes, but Spears blocks it and goes for the C4. Cody blocks it so Spears tosses Cody over the top rope through the table at ringside! Cody manages to roll back in the ring right before the 10-count.
Spears talks trash to Cody and slaps the hell out of him. Spears attempts the C4 again but Cody counters into a pair of Crossrhodes’! 1…2…NO Spears kicks out and Cody cannot believe it! Cody pulls Spears’ knee off and locks him in the Figure Four. Cody bridges up on his hands and actually pins Spears.
Winner: Cody via pinfall (Figure Four)