It might not have been to everyone’s taste but one AEW match did an awful lot of good.
The 16th of August edition of AEW Dynamite saw Jeff Jarrett return to his home city of Nashville, Tennessee but trouble was waiting for him. As part of a promotional tie-in with the new Texas Chainsaw Massacre game, Jarrett faced off with Jeff Hardy in a death match that proved to be a horror show in Music City.
The anything goes match kicked off backstage when Hardy approached an area bathed only in red light to find himself attacked by Jarrett. It wasn’t long before both men’s respective factions were involved with Karen Jarrett punctuating proceedings with various screams including “We’re gonna die” and “I want to go home.”
The Jarretts were covered in a bucket of red liquid which added to the horror motif and ensured nobody actually had to be dismembered with a chainsaw to achieve the look.
Eventually, the fight made its way to a weapon-laden ring and Jeff Hardy looked to be on the verge of victory when he drove Jeff Jarrett through a table with a Swanton Bomb but Jay Lethal broke up the pin attempt. As promised by Jarrett in the build-up to the bout, Leatherface appeared wielding a chainsaw and chased off Karen Jarrett.
Ultimately, Satnam Singh – who had previously been seen tied up backstage – broke free from his chains and laid out Jeff Hardy with a chokeslam that allowed Jarrett to pick up one of the strangest victories of his long career.
AEW received huge charity boost
Tony Khan previously revealed that the Nashville edition of Dynamite would come under the Fight For The Fallen banner with money raised for the event going towards the relief efforts for the Maui wildfires.
AEW received money for promoting The Texas Chainsaw Massacre game on the show and was compensated handsomely for doing so but Tony Khan confirmed that all of that money was pledged to charity as well. Speaking on Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer revealed that it was “it was over $100,000 sponsorship.”
While many fans might have panned the bout online, the money received by the company and then put towards such a good cause might put things into perspective.