AEW Dynamite recap & reactions (July 22, 2020): Grown men


AEW Dynamite (July 22, 2020) emanated from Daily’s Place in Jacksonville, FL. The show featured Cody Rhodes defending the TNT Championship against Eddie Kingston, Jon Moxley bringing out his barbwire bat, and Sammy Guevara in disguise to return with the Inner Circle.

Get caught up on all the Dynamite details with the excellent live results and play-by-play from Claire Elizabeth.

Grown-ass men

This episode of Dynamite was fantastic. It was right up my alley for entertainment in professional wrestling. Every single match had intensity and aggression. These were grown-ass men fighting, not pat-a-cake cosplayers. It makes me wonder if Cody Rhodes’ TNT Championship open challenge surprise contender set the tone for the evening.

I’m referring to Eddie Kingston. He came out in the opener with a blazing promo. Kingston took exception to Cody’s claims of being a grinder. Kingston survived growing up around alcoholics and junkies. He truly had to grind. Cody couldn’t last a day in his shoes. Kingston is a grown-ass man.

Kingston informed Cody that it would be a No DQ match, if Cody accepts. Cody did and it was on. They beat the stuffing out of each other like grown-ass men. Kingston had a strong mouth but a weak knee. He injured it early, and Cody attacked the joint whenever he was in trouble. Kingston used the lack of rules to his advantage for eye pokes, a low blow, and a painful powerbomb onto thumbtacks.

In the end, Cody focused on Kingston’s knee. A figure-four leglock was in order, but Kingston slapped Cody in the face with stiff shots. Cody returned fire until Kingston was woozy. That allowed Cody to lock in the submission for victory.

Damn, that was a fun fight. I don’t mean fight as a synonym for match. This was a knock-down, drag-out fight. I’m not a fan of thumbtacks in wrestling, but I’ll admit that those pieces of metal actually increased the drama. It fully fit into the story of Kingston resorting to out-of-bounds violence because he couldn’t hang with Cody as a wrestler.

Chalk up another entertaining TNT Championship defense for Cody. He has truly delivered on this being a fun ride. Allowing opponents from outside AEW is working splendidly to provide different style matchups. Credit to Cody for taking the rougher punishment in that bout. He put over Kingston as a serious brawler.

We’ll have to see if Kingston returns to AEW. I do hope he has at least one more appearance so he can follow through on his threat to gouge Arn Anderson’s eyes. That is something I’d like to see.

Barbwire bat

After seeing Cody vs Kingston, Jon Moxley was probably itching to feel some of that pain. He’ll get his chance very soon since his feud with Brian Cage has upped the ante.

Moxley cut an early promo by himself. He prides himself on keeping it real. When he tells you he’ll do something, he’ll do it. Look at Cage’s arm for an example. Taz made the right call…

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