AEW Dynamite: Bash at the Beach opened with a tribute to Rocky Johnson, and JR mentioned all the wrestlers that have died in the past week. This was very nice.
The opening match off AEW Dynamite was the four way match for the #1 contendership to the AEW Tag Team Championship.
Hangman Page (1-0) & Kenny Omega (2-0) vs. Santana & Ortiz (0-0) vs. The Best Friends (Chuck Taylor & Trent) (0-0) w/ Orange Cassidy vs. The Young Bucks (Matt & Nick Jackson) (0-0) – #1 Contendership for the AEW World Tag Team Championship
Trent and Nick Jackson started the match, hitting shoulder tackles, but Trent was bigger, so he took him off his feet. Trent chopped Nick, but Nick flipped over a back drop attempt and hit a lucha armdrag. Both men exchanged attempts to strike, but all of them dodged. Hangman and Chuck ended up in there, and started with fast offence too, but it ended with Page hitting a fallaway slam.
Kenny Omega tagged in and he faced off against Matt Jackson. They fist bumped and locked up, but Santana & Ortiz came in and attacked them both. Santana tagged in and hit Omega hard, but ate some double team offence from Nick Jackson and Omega, as they can’t help but work together despite being on opposite sides this time.
Omega and the Bucks played to the crowd, and Omega pointed to Hangman, who looked really unsure and unsettled. That was fantastic foreshadowing of Hangman turning on the Elite. Matt Jackson hit a series of Northern Lights suplexes on Trent, and went back to a corner, but Trent held on and rolled into a Tornado DDT.
Chuck Taylor hit a huge belly-to-belly on Matt Jackson, and hit a pop up powerbomb, but Ortiz broke the pinfall. Chuck hit Sole Food on Matt, and Trent hit a half and half suplex. Chuck and Trent went for a hug, but Ortiz and Santana broke it up though to boos from the crowd. Ortiz hit an O’Connor Roll on Santana which sent him into a cutter on Matt Jackson.
Both men hit dives to the floor onto everyone they knocked out there, to a roar from the crowd. Ortiz planted hit foot on Matt Jackson’s chest and said, “Come on, baby!” like Jericho to a pop from the crowd. Santana hit a series of rolling suplexes, but stalled with Matt on the third, and tagged out to Ortiz, who took over the vertical suplex and hit Matt with it.
Matt Jackson managed to hit a spear on Santana and almost made the tag, but Ortiz pulled Nick off the apron and sent Chuck and Trent to the floor. Matt went to tag Page but skipped over him and tagged Omega. Again, they are slowly getting more and more blunt with what is happening with Page. Omega and Page hit a double team You Can’t Escape on Trent, and Page hit a moonsault to everyone on the floor!
Santana hit a running dive off the top rope to the floor on everyone, and Chuck and Trent both hit dives off their own. Trent put Matt Jackson on the top turnbuckle and hit a superplex to the floor onto everyone! All eight men tried to suplex each other, and they tried to suplex one another. Orange Cassidy rolled into the ring and slowly went into the suplex, to help Trent and Chuck, and they suplexed The Elite.
Chuck and Trent hugged Orange Cassidy and the Best Friends hit stereo Gotch style piledrivers on Page and Omega. They then hit Strong Zero on Omega but the Bucks broke up the pinfall! Hangman took out Chuck with a lariat, but Trent took out Page. Santana and Ortiz took out Trent, but Nick Jackson hit a superkick on Ortiz and a huge kick on Santana.
They ended up hitting a double team Liger bomb on Nick Jackson, but Matt broke it up, and a superkick party went wild. Chuck caught a superkick, and Page tagged himself in and as Matt argued with him, Chuck threw Matt out. Omega hit a V-Trigger on Chuck and then they hit a double team Buckshot Lariat and V-Trigger for the win!
Result: Kenny Omega & Hangman Page
Rating: ****3/4 (4.75 stars)
This match was absolutely incredible. Page and Matt Jackson argued, but Kenny played peace maker, fist bumping Page and getting all four to celebrate. Matt gave a fist bump to Page, and all four left the ringside area as Page drank a beer. This was phenomenal, as the hinting of Hangman Page’s heel turn has just been masterful storytelling.
DDP was working out backstage, preparing for his match later tonight.