AEW Dynamite airs Every Wednesday 8/7c on TNT
***CONTAINS SPOILERS*** Tony Schiavone and “The American Nightmare” Cody (& Pharaoh) kicked off the show from ringside, running down tonight’s card! They revealed the matches for the other side of the TNT Championship Tournament Bracket: “Superbad” Kip Sabian vs. “The Natural” Dustin Rhodes & “The Murderhawk Monster” Lance Archer vs. “Boom Boom” Colt Cabana The tournament begins next week! Our first bout of the evening was AEW World Tag-Team Champion Kenny Omega (on a 6-match singles winning streak) vs. TRENT (accompanied by Chuck Taylor and Orange Cassidy)! Cody noted that TRENT is a 16-year pro in the wrestling ring. Kenny and Trent chain-wrestled early on in the matchup. They traded forearms and then Kenny began stomping on Trent. “Kenny is an absolute mauler of a striker,” said Cody. Kenny ran into the corner where TRENT put the double-stomp on him, and then pulled off a moonsault to the outside. Kenny retaliated with a tope con giro to The Best Friends. Kenny followed up with a Bret Hart-style backbreaker on TRENT. “He smells blood here,” said Cody. Kenny went for the pin attempt after three consecutive backbreakers. Kenny continued to work over TRENT’S back, throwing him hard into the turnbuckle. TRENT stomped on Kenny’s hand out of desperation. He dropped a knee along Kenny’s jaw, and then took him over with a snapmare. Trent dropped sledgehammer fists on Kenny, who rolled out of the ring to buy some time. Kenny blasted TRENT with a deadlift German suplex on the outside floor! He then threw TRENT into the ringside barrier. “This is a donnybrook!” said Tony Schiavone. Kenny caught TRENT and spiked him spine-first into a post on the outside of the ring! TRENT grabbed Kenny with a tornado DDT, a la Jerry Lynn! TRENT was still alive in this match! TRENT followed up with a baseball slide snap German suplex to Kenny! “These guys have entered the fourth quarter here,” said Cody. Kenny nailed TRENT with a half-nelson suplex and a knee! TRENT fought back but missed a running knee strike of his own. Kenny countered with a quick snapdragon suplex. TRENT threw heavy back elbows and a lariat to Kenny! “The Cleaner” came back with a V-trigger! With two minutes left, TRENT suplexed Kenny off the top rope, and almost got the three count with a running knee! Kenny battled back with a knee strike and with barely a minute remaining, Kenny pulled out the victory with the One-Winged Angel! In a show of mutual respect, Kenny and TRENT shook hands when the match concluded. This was followed by (#1 ranked) Hikaru Shida vs. Anna Jayy! Shida took down Jayy with a shoulder block, but Jayy countered with a running knee. Shida gave a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker to Jayy. Shida gave a running knee to Jayy, while Dr. Britt Baker was on the outside of the ring advising Shida not to approach her. “Don’t come any closer!” said Baker. Shida knocked down Jayy with an ultra stiff forearm! Shida blocked Jayy’s attempt at a knee strike. Jayy rolled up Shida with a schoolgirl pinning attempt, but Shida countered with a submission. Jayy escaped by clutching the bottom rope! Shida won after planting Jayy on her head! “Shida has now won seven of her last eight matches in AEW,” noted Tony Schiavone. Shida approached Dr. Baker at ringside. Shida kicked the barricade to intimidate Dr. Baker. Dr. Baker took off her shoe and threatened to club Shida with it if she got in her personal space. Up next was a video package highlighting the escalating tension between “Big Hurt” Jake Hager and AEW World Champion Jon Moxley! “I guarantee Mox will get everything Jake Hager has,” said Hager. “He is just a man. There is a formula. There is an Achilles’ heel. I’m not looking for applause. I’m looking to fight Jake Hager!” said Moxley. In two weeks on DYNAMITE, tune in for Hager against Moxley in an Empty Arena No Holds Barred match for the AEW World Championship! “Boom Boom” Colt Cabana joined Tony Schiavone at the commentary table. The next match was the official AEW in-ring debut of “The Murderhawk Monster” Lance Archer vs. Marko Stunt! Archer knocked Marko down with a lariat before the bell rang. He chopped at Marko and yelled threats over to Colt Cabana. Archer invited Marko to give him his best shot. Marko threw some fists at Archer and “The Murderhawk Monster” shrugged them off! “He is laying waste to Marko Stunt,” said Tony Schiavone. Archer ran right into Stunt, who ricocheted out of the ring. Archer pulled Marko back in and choke slammed him. Archer won decisively with his finisher, the Blackout! Archer picked up Marko and launched him out of the ring, over the barricade, crashing onto the Gunn Club and Orange Cassidy. “I’ve never seen a wrestler handled like that ever!” said Tony Schiavone. “Lance Archer made a statement in his debut tonight,” added Cabana. A video package of Brodie Lee and The Dark Order played. Brodie Lee stood at the head of a conference table. He ordered the members of The Dark Order to refer to him as “Mr. Brodie.” One of The Dark Order minions was caught yawning. “Don’t you ever yawn in front of me again! It shows weakness!” said Brodie Lee. #8 & #9 of The Dark Order vs. The Natural Nightmares—“The Natural” Dustin Rhodes & QT Marshall (with Brandi Rhodes) was next! QT slapped one of the members of The Dark Order and tagged in Dustin. The Natural Nightmares utilized quick tags to work over #8 and #9 of The Dark Order. Dustin picked up one of the minions and threw him hard onto the mat. #8 and #9 were having their way with QT Marshall. Dustin got the tag and clotheslined the minions and followed through with a bulldog. Dustin powerslammed #9. The Natural Nightmares worked like a well-oiled machine and got a great win over Mr. Brodie’s minions from The Dark Order! The Exalted One, Brodie Lee, walked out of the entrance tunnel. He gave a wicked powerbomb to #8 and stared at #9 of The Dark Order, making his point! #JoinDarkOrder A video package played of Le Champion Chris Jericho. “Today is a holiday,” said Jericho, from his hot tub at home. “Today is April Fool’s Day, and I’ve never met a bigger group of fools than The Elite!” Vanguard 1 snuck up on Jericho and hovered overhead. Jericho wanted to apologize for his harsh comments last week. He invited Vanguard 1 to join The Inner Circle, offering him an Inner Circle t-shirt. Vanguard 1 flew away with the free shirt. “That little bastard stole my t-shirt!” said Jericho. There was an update on Nick Jackson of The Young Bucks. Matt Jackson was shown at his brother Nick’s home, and said, “We can’t really go anywhere, so I brought a ring to you.” There was a wrestling ring set up on Nick’s property. Matt ran Nick through some drills to help him train for a return date. “How’d it feel? Are you ready to get back in there?” asked Matt. “Not yet,” replied Nick. It was time for the main event! “The American Nightmare” Cody (with Brandi Rhodes) & Darby Allin vs. “Spanish God” Sammy Guevara & “The Chairman” Shawn Spears! These four men will be in the first half of the TNT Championship Tournament Bracket! Darby and Sammy started for their respective teams, but Sammy quickly tagged out to Spears. Cody was tagged in after Spears demanded for him. Spears snatched a side headlock on Cody. A big pump kick took Spears down, and then Cody tagged in Darby. Sammy entered the ring and was vlogging for his YouTube channel. Sammy found himself distracted by Brandi at ringside, and Darby capitalized, knocking the “Spanish God” into the guardrail! In the ring, Darby rolled up Shawn Spears but Sammy kneed Darby to break the count! Sammy snap suplexed Darby for a two-count. Sammy wrenched Darby in a headlock, and then jumped onto him with a double stomp! “There’s so much fight in Darby Allin. It’s gonna take a lot,” said Colt Cabana. Sammy and Spears were placing bets on the match while it was taking place! And while this was happening, Darby pulled out a vertical suplex on Spears! Darby tagged in Cody, who scoop slammed Sammy G! Cody followed up with a springboard cutter on Sammy for a two-count! Cody applied a sharpshooter onto Sammy, and then a figure four onto Shawn Spears! Sammy attempted a cutter, but Cody caught him with the Cross-Rhodes! Cody and Spears traded fists and chops in the center of the ring. Cody came off the top with a moonsault onto Spears, possibly injuring his knee upon landing. Darby got the hot tag and cleaned house, hitting a Coffin Drop onto Spears and Sammy! Darby jumped through the ropes to the outside but Spears caught him and chucked him into the steel barricade! Sammy took flight with a missile dropkick onto Darby. Spears connected with a C4 onto Cody on the inside of the ring. Cody rolled out of the ring, but Spears and Sammy double-teamed him. Darby climbed a pole in the venue and from great heights hit the Coffin Drop! Cody took down Sammy with a reverse suplex, but Spears was ready and splashed down on Cody. Spears pulled out a chair to use on Cody, but Darby made the save, and in doing so, was rolled up and pinned by Spears. Cody reached for Darby, and out of frustration, Darby decked Cody clean! Catch all the explosive action as AEW DYNAMITE is broadcast on TNT next week!
– Cody and Darby Allin vs. Shawn Spears and Sammy Guevara – Nick Jackson is on the road to recovery – Vanguard 1 invades the Jericho compound – The Natural Nightmares with Brandi Rhodes vs. 8 and 9 – “There Is No Reason For You To Yawn In My Presence” – Lance Archer vs. Marko Stunt – Hikaru Shida vs. Anna Jayy – Kenny Omega vs. Trent (with Chuck Taylor and Orange Cassidy)
Another Wednesday brings to you, the amazing fans of All Elite Wrestling, another edition of “Dynamite”! Hitting the airwaves at 8pm EST/7pm CST on TNT, we are bringing to you the absolute best wrestling on television. Last week fans saw “Broken” Matt Hardy and “Le Champion” Chris Jericho have a face-to-face confrontation, as well as Kenny Omega retain the AAA Mega Championship in an epic clash with Sammy Guevara. Plus Cody heard the words (embedded below) from Jake Roberts pertaining to Lance Archer, after going through a tremendous battle with Jimmy Havoc. What will this week have in store for the athletes of AEW when we take to the airwaves for “Dynamite”? ***RANKINGS AS OF 3/25*** THE TNT CHAMPIONSHIP TITLE TOURNAMENT!
— Eight-Man, Single-Elimination Tournament Culminates with Final Match at DOUBLE OR NOTHING in Las Vegas — March 30, 2020 – AEW announced its first-ever “TNT CHAMPIONSHIP,” a high-stakes, eight-man tournament which kicks off on Wednesday, April 8, on the weekly AEW: DYNAMITE show on TNT. The single-elimination tournament will feature the biggest names in AEW all vying for the inaugural TNT CHAMPIONSHIP belt. Wrestlers in the first half of the tournament bracket will be revealed this Tuesday, March 31, on AEW’s YouTube show, AEW DARK. The second half of the bracket will be announced this Wednesday, April 1, during the live AEW: DYNAMITE show on TNT. The TNT CHAMPIONSHIP will culminate with an epic final match at DOUBLE OR NOTHING, AEW’s highly anticipated PPV event on Saturday, May 23, in Las Vegas. “It’s been a privilege working with Kevin Reilly and TNT to bring fans the best live wrestling show week after week on AEW: DYNAMITE, especially during these tumultuous times,” said Tony Khan, president and CEO of AEW. “I’m glad we’re now able to announce the TNT CHAMPIONSHIP. The first ever titleholder will be determined by an unforgettable tournament that fans will not want to miss, and that our wrestlers will be desperate to win. I’m excited for the announcement of the full bracket live on Dynamite this week. And, it’s only fitting that the champion and the title belt will carry the logo of the globally-respected TNT brand, and that they’ll represent not only AEW but also the great quality programming, massive reach, and storied history in the wrestling business that are all associated with TNT.” About AEW AEW is a new professional wrestling promotion headlined by members of The Elite (Cody & Brandi Rhodes, Matt & Nick Jackson, Kenny Omega and Hangman Page) and Chris Jericho and Jon Moxley. For the first time in many years, AEW is offering an alternative to mainstream wrestling, with a growing roster of world-class male and female wrestlers who are poised to bring new spirit, freshness and energy to the industry. The inaugural event under the AEW banner was DOUBLE OR NOTHING in Las Vegas in May 2019. AEW: DYNAMITE is a two-hour weekly show airing on Wednesdays from 8 to 10 p.m. ET on TNT. The action-packed matches take place in different cities across the nation each Wednesday. For more info, check out @AEWrestling (Twitter), @AllEliteWrestling (Instagram), / AllEliteWrestling (FB), AllEliteWrestling (YouTube).
***CONTAINS SPOILERS*** Tony Schiavone, Kenny Omega, and “The American Nightmare” Cody kicked off the show from the broadcast table, running down tonight’s card! And the opening contest was “The American Nightmare” Cody vs. Jimmy Havoc! Brandi Rhodes was the ring announcer tonight! She gave Cody a kiss as he entered the ring. Havoc got Cody down with some leg sweeps, and an arm drag. Cody used his bulk and brawn to push Havoc into the corner, but Havoc rolled through for a near fall. “I think the more this match becomes a mat-based contest, the more it favors Cody,” said Kenny Omega. Cody hit a cutter off the ropes, and then went for a figure four leg-lock. Havoc poked Cody’s eyes to break the hold. Cody knocked Havoc outside and then blasted him with a tope suicida! They brawled on the outside, and this style favored Havoc. Jimmy Havoc suplexed Cody into the turnbuckle, wrenching Cody’s legs on the ropes in the process. Havoc stomped on Cody’s hands and right elbow. Cody went back to the entrance tunnel, ran down the ramp, and used a running lariat on Jimmy Havoc…”shades of the Great Muta!” said Tony Schiavone. Cody attempted a cutter but was caught in an arm bar by Havoc! Cody rolled to the ropes, and Havoc took him down with a clothesline. Jimmy Havoc was laying in the shots in the corner, but Cody put the brakes on it. Down to the mat they crashed as Cody gave Havoc a reverse suplex! Cody spiked Havoc with two CrossRhodes for the victory via pin fall! Jake “the Snake” Roberts had a message for Cody, played over the big screen. Cody watched from inside the ring. “Lance Archer is chomping at the bit just to get in the ring with somebody from All Elite Wrestling,” Jake said. “Here I am, the best mind that wrestling’s ever had, yet not a phone call when All Elite Wrestling started last year. And not a phone call for Lance Archer, who was in Japan, romping and stomping. Because you guys were afraid. Bring your people. Bring Arn Anderson. Bring all of ‘em. Give us something to sign that says you, Cody, will meet us, one time. One time! That’s all I’m asking for Cody. What are you going to do? It’s up to you, Cody. Trust me.” Cody joined Tony Schiavone at the broadcast table. Tony asked Cody about Jake’s challenge. “I’m aware of Lance Archer’s work in Japan, but he doesn’t have a body of work here. I don’t want to be a whiny babyface so Lance can debut next week. Spoiler!” replied Cody. Next was “SuperBad” Kip Sabian (with Penelope Ford) vs. Darby Allin! “Do you get the young Sting vibes when you look at Darby Allin?” asked Cody. “I get that,” replied Schiavone. Darby got tremendous elevation off the top rope and pulled Kip down with an arm drag. Things escalated quickly on the outside of the ring, with Darby getting launched into the metal barricade. Penelope Ford got physically involved in the match, and Cody compared her to legendary pro wrestling valet Baby Doll. Darby smashed Kip with the John Woo dropkick, and then a stunner, good for a two count! From the ring apron, Ford grabbed Darby’s legs, giving Kip enough time to switch gears. Kip smacked Darby with a right hook, but Darby pulled out the win using the Last Supper leg submission! “Big Hurt” Jake Hager squared up with Chico Adams! Hager rammed Chico into the corner post. He followed up with a Vader Bomb! Chico tried to fight back but Hager squashed him with a chokeslam. Hager put him to sleep with an arm triangle in a quick, decisive victory! The AEW World Champion Jon Moxley walked down to the ring. Moxley wasted no time and nailed Hager with the Paradigm Shift! Hager rolled up and snatched Moxley’s leg, applying the ankle lock! Hager retreated out of the ring as Mox swung the AEW championship belt at him! There was a camera backstage and Mox had some choice words for Hager. “I’m 100% good to go, cleared for action, and I’m ready for blood! When this belt is on the line, you’re not walking away, you’re getting carted out on a stretcher, or I’m gonna die trying!” In a video package taped earlier, Brodie Lee was shown eating a steak dinner as two of his Dark Order minions waited for permission at the table to have their first bite. “Strength in numbers. This is the new Dark Order. We do what we want, when we want to now, ok? You understand that? We are the lions of AEW. We prey on the weak. What is wrong with you two? You don’t eat before I’m done. You understand that? That’ll smarten you!” yelled the Exalted One. QT Marshall vs. “The Exalted One” Brodie Lee was next! “QT has an uphill battle for sure,” said Cody on commentary. Brodie booted QT to the mat! He slammed QT into the metal barricade on the outside. Brodie used a running back elbow in the corner and then two vertical suplexes! “QT may have a stinger,” said Cody. Brodie picked up QT and after a few glimmers of hope from QT’s offense, Brodie gave him a spinning sidewalk slam. Brodie then turned QT inside out with a discus lariat. Brodie was victorious in his AEW debut! One of the minions dropped a Dark Order mask onto the torso of QT Marshall, who was writhing in pain. Tony Schiavone said there was an update on Nick Jackson’s condition, brought to us via Vanguard 1 (v 2.0). The drone flew down to Nick Jackson’s house in Rancho Cucamonga, California, where it transmitted its signal. Vanguard 1 spied Nick training his way back to good health! Jackson’s recovery was reported as being at 61%! In an AAA Mega Campeon Championship Match—Kenny Omega defended the title against “Spanish God” Sammy Guevara! “Sammy needs to stay light on his feet here,” said Tony Schiavone. Sammy and Kenny grappled on the mat until Sammy gouged Kenny’s face. They went to the outside and traded chops, slugging it out. Sammy lured Kenny in and clocked him with a forearm! Sammy ducked a clothesline but Kenny followed up with a vertical suplex onto the floor. “I love Kenny but he’s a shark and he smells blood,” said Cody. Kenny went up top for a crossbody block on Sammy. Kenny missed a splash and Sammy countered with an arm bar. Kenny forced the break when he touched the ropes. Sammy continued to work over Kenny’s arm and hand. Sammy missed a moonsault and Kenny capitalized with strikes and a head-butt. Somehow Sammy managed to roll up Kenny with a pinning combination but Kenny kicked out! The AAA Mega Campeon was in trouble as Sammy was connecting with serious shots to Kenny’s jaw! Sammy was rocked with a swift boot from Kenny! He followed that up with double ax handles to Sammy G.! Kenny hooked Sammy and attempted a snapdragon suplex but Sammy rolled out and stomped onto the Cleaner with double boots to the midsection! Sammy used the ropes to springboard and drop Kenny with a cutter! Sammy was caught by Kenny, who powerbombed the Spanish God, then used a V-Trigger! Sammy escaped a Liger Bomb attempt by Kenny! Sammy missed a shooting star press, as Kenny moved just in the nick of time! Kenny wiped out Sammy with a V-Trigger, and then another! Sammy flipped out of Kenny’s snapdragon suplex, but Kenny outsmarted Sammy with the J-Driller! Kenny Omega grabbed the victory after the One-Winged Angel! Le Champion Chris Jericho and Matt Hardy met face to face inside an AEW ring for the first time! “Those arrogant S.O.B.’s got Matt Hardy to pledge his allegiance to The Elite last week. Come down to the ring Matt Hardy.” Vanguard 1 flew down to the ring instead. Jericho said Vanguard 1 was a piece of trash. And then Jericho asked the drone to join The Inner Circle. Vanguard 1 flew away and it outraged Jericho. Matt Hardy was standing at the top of the arena, and then in the blink of an eye, he was teleporting to different parts of the arena, until finally appearing ringside. “Maker of pain, you knew I’d come!” said Matt Hardy. “How did you do that?” asked Jericho. “Because I am magic!” replied Matt Hardy. “When you show up in AEW, you want to align yourself with me, not with the arrogant Elite,” said Jericho. “No, I owe the Bucks of Youth a debt, because they helped resurrect me. And AEW represents freedom. It is my Arcadia. And I cannot allow you and The Inner Circle to run roughshod on AEW!” said Hardy. “I’m gonna give you another shot to join The Inner Circle.” “I am Damascus. And Damascus is over 3,000 years old,” said Hardy. “Then you must be extremely wise. Outside you look very different. But inside you’re the same Matt Hardy that I’ve known for 25 years. Always living in the shadow. The shadow of your brother, the shadow of bad booking, and now the shadow of Le Champion. I’m gonna ask you one more time: are you Inner Circle or are you Elite?” asked Jericho. “Delete! Delete! Delete! Delete!” shouted Matt Hardy. Hardy continued: “Take off your sunglasses because I want you to take a good look at the entity that will delete you and The Inner Circle!” Jericho slapped Hardy, but Hardy punched back, knocking Jericho to the mat! Sammy G. jumped Hardy from behind. Kenny Omega and Cody ran down to help Matt Hardy, swinging steel chairs at Sammy and Le Champion! Catch all the explosive action as AEW DYNAMITE is broadcast on TNT next week!
– Matt Hardy & Chris Jericho Come Face To Face – Did Vanguard 1 Join The Inner Circle? – Was Kenny Omega Able To Retain The AAA Mega Championship? – The Exalted One Brodie Lee Leaves A Wake Of Destruction – AEW World Champion Jon Moxley Won’t Back Down From Anyone – Darby Allin Remains One Of The Hottest Wrestlers In AEW – Jake The Snake Roberts With Some Words For Cody
With the world in an unpredictable state right now, All Elite Wrestling comes to you once again this Wednesday night with another exciting edition of “Dynamite” on TNT! Hitting the airwaves LIVE at 8pm EST/7PM CST, the athletes of AEW aim to bring to you the unique and exciting in-ring action fans have to come to anticipate with each & every event! Last week’s chaos saw the arrival of Matt Hardy to apparently aid The Elite in their eventual Blood & Guts battle with The Inner Circle, and Brodie Lee revealed himself as The Exalted One behind The Dark Order! This week we’ve got the AAA Championship match between champion Kenny Omega and challenger Sammy Guevara, and one hell of an interesting singles match-up on tap between Cody and Jimmy Havoc! Plus, for the first time in their mutual history, former AEW World Champion Chris Jericho and “Broken” Matt Hardy (or perhaps it’s Damascus as Matt has referred to in tweets and on #FREETHEDELETE (Watch Here) will have an in-ring battle of words. ***RANKINGS AS OF MARCH 18TH*** HARDY AND JERICHO… December of 1999 marked the first time Chris Jericho and Matt Hardy competed against one another inside the squared circle. It was just a random handicap tag match in New York City, the three-on-two variety, and it would mark one of barely thirty confrontations over the course of the next decade. Their final meeting was just over a decade ago, a singles match in February 2010 in Memphis, and each man would go their totally separate ways from that point forward. Their paths have been quite different, each one evolving in drastically different fashions from the other, and expanding their horizons (physical, spiritual, mental, etc) far beyond the original habitat which the two shared. To say they are as far beyond where they started as they are far apart from one another wouldn’t do justice to the evolution of either individual. And yet, in all that time, despite the varied fashions in which they have battled one another, Jericho and Hardy have never found themselves engaged in a head-to-head war of words. Both are quite gifted in that aspect of their game, but Hardy (in his current incarnation) comes at his opponents from a realm far beyond the ken of your average bear. It’s metaphorical, psychological, bizarre, and yet still cuts just as deep the very direct insults of Jericho’s verbiage. The former World Champ leans towards the very direct, very crass, occasionally juvenile brand of insult, but still has no problem going straight for the jugular when the moment strikes. Pit these two minds against one another this week on “Dynamite”, and see what kind of verbal trauma is unleashed… AAA MEGA CAMPEON CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH (#3) Kenny Omega (c) vs. Sammy Guevara It has been over 150 days since Kenny defeated Rey Fenix at “Heroes Immortales XIII” in Veracruz, Mexico, and in that time he has successfully defended the championship on two occasions. One against Dragon Lee at “Triplemania Regia” in December, and the other. a few weeks prior against Jack Evans on an episode of “AEW Dark” from Indianapolis. But this 3rd defense will mark the first time Omega has defended his championship on “Dynamite”, and the first time a non-AEW Title is defended on an event since “All Out” when the AAA Tag Titles were defended in La Escalera de la Muerte between The Young Bucks and The Lucha Bros. This is a history-making contest going down on “Dynamite” this week, and who better to be involved than Kenny Omega. A week ago, his Elite brethren said they were in need of the version of Kenny worthy of being dubbed “The Best Bout Machine” and “The Best Wrestler In The World”, and this match will be the chance to show them just how strong that Omega lives inside the heart of the man. But, it’s also the perfect spotlight for “The Spanish God” Sammy Guevara to showcase what he has inside. The talent is clearly there, after all Chris Jericho isn’t going to waste his time recruiting someone without top shelf skill into The Inner Circle, and he has the quality of wins against men like Christopher Daniels and Dustin Rhodes to back it up (nevermind how he may have gotten there). He also has some AAA experience of his own, last competing there in August of 2019 on the same “Triplemania XXVII” card where The Young Bucks & Cody were defeated by The Lucha Bros & Laredo Kid. But here in AEW, this opportunity is undoubtedly the biggest one Sammy has experienced. That is not short-changing the two matches mentioned above, nor the ones opposite Darby Allin, Jon Moxley, or his failed bid at capturing the World Tag Team Titles from SCU with Chris Jericho. Rather this chance is one all his own, his first crack at a singles title since coming to AEW, and in the Mega Campeon Title, one with a strong lineage that includes Rey Fenix and Dr. Wagner Jr. in its history. Oh, and one last thing to keep in mind when watching this match; the shadow of Blood & Guts looms strongly over this one, just as it will any time a member of The Elite and The Inner Circle square off until the day inevitably comes that they are all locked inside that massive steel structure. ONE-ON-ONE… (#4) Cody vs. Jimmy Havoc Undefeated in 2020, wins in four out of his last five matches, and one of the most intimidating presences on the AEW roster. One would think that Cody was the competitor being described here, but it is in fact Jimmy Havoc carrying those impressive statistics into this Wednesday night’s edition of “Dynamite”. That being said, Cody only carries two blemishes on his 2020 record and the lone singles defeat comes from the battle against MJF at the “Revolution” PPV event. He was taken to the limit, but won, against Darby Allin, survived a Cage Match against “The War Dog” Wardlow, and Cody even survived the ten brutal lashings from Max. He has been pushed to his physical and emotional limits already in 2020, just shy of four months into the year, but has persevered in the face of it all. Yet he still has not seen anything like Jimmy Havoc. Well that’s not entirely true, three years ago they did compete against one another in a singles bout in Georgia, but both have grown so much in the time since that April 2017 evening. Unfortunately for Cody, much of Jimmy’s growth has been of a rather violent, sadistic bent, and many a man in AEW has experienced that firsthand. Still, blood and guts is only a part of what Havoc brings to the table. He has demonstrated on numerous occasions throughout his career as equally capable of grappling and chain wrestling as he is wrapping a chain around his fist to punch a face. Havoc brings something to the table much harder to predict than possibly any opponent Cody has faced in AEW, and in the rather unpredictable situation that Wednesday nights have become, Havoc may be the one best suited to thrive. SINGLES MATCH Kip Sabian vs. Darby Allin Two men who have been labeled as the future of professional wrestling, yet two men who could not be more different on every level save their desires to be the best at what they do (even if sometimes what they do is not very nice). Sabian definitely ticks all the boxes: stylish, attractive, beautiful girl on his arm, damn good at his chosen profession, he knows it, and intends to make sure everyone else knows it too. Not bad things necessarily, but the arrogance that comes with the Sabian/Penelope Ford package, the sense of entitlement, the willingness to bend (or break) the rules at leisure, those are the things that can make even the most talented individuals in the world utterly insufferable. Darby Allin, on the other hand, is someone who has proven, since even before he set foot in the ring, that he’s willing to grind it out to accomplish his goals. He’s been homeless, he’s done the monotonous hours of driving for little-to-no money while cutting his teeth, he’s suffered career threatening injuries during the evolution of his career, yet has stood in face of that opposition and said “more”. No matter the bump or bruise, whatever the hurdle of life, Darby has remained, as his tattoo says, relentless, and his career thus far in AEW is testament to that. He was the man who stood up when Jon Moxley demanded a fight. He was the one who took Cody to a time limit draw the first time out, and then pushed “The American Nightmare” to his limits in the rematch. Several weeks ago, just days removed from “Revolution”, he even fought Sammy Guevara and Chris Jericho BY HIMSELF, after The Inner Circle assaulted Moxley to remove from the match. Do any of these things sound like something Kip Sabian would step up to, much less ask for himself? Does he have the inner reserves of Darby to fight every second as if life depended on it? Fans will find out this week on “Dynamite” when Sabian takes on Darby in their very first televised singles match! During the Jericho Cruise back in January, the two competitors had a match only witnessed by the fans on the ship, and that ended in a victory for Darby. But this one carries the weight of live TV and getting witnessed worldwide, and, most importantly, of being reflected in the AEW record books. Who will step up to the challenge in that contest? And what will happen with Jericho and Hardy in the ring together? Can Guevara ascend to that next level, or will The Best Bout Machine rear its head for this AAA Mega Campeon title bout? Will it be Havoc or Cody who has their hand raised in that singles contest? All this and more comes to our fans this Wednesday night on “AEW Dynamite”, dropping on your television screens at 8pm EST/7pm CST!
PHILADELPHIA As a precautionary measure against COVID-19, the AEW DYNAMITE show on April 22 in Philadelphia, PA, will be relocated. The relocated show will be televised live on TNT on April 22. Until further notice, live episodes of DYNAMITE will be produced at closed set locations with essential personnel only. The DYNAMITE show in Philadelphia will be rescheduled for Wednesday, July 29, at the Liacouras Center. Fans who have already purchased tickets to the Philadelphia show will be offered a refund via the point of purchase, or have their original ticket valid for admission to the event on July 29. Additional details will be forthcoming. HOUSTON As a precautionary measure against COVID-19, the AEW DYNAMITE show on April 29 in Houston, TX, will be relocated. The relocated show will be televised live on TNT on April 29. Until further notice, live episodes of DYNAMITE will be produced at closed set locations with essential personnel only. The DYNAMITE show in Houston will be rescheduled for Wednesday, November 4, at the Fertitta Center. Fans who have already purchased tickets to the Houston show will be offered a refund via the point of purchase, or have their original ticket valid for admission to the event on November 4. Additional details will be forthcoming. NEW ORLEANS As a precautionary measure against COVID-19, the AEW DYNAMITE show on May 6 in New Orleans, LA, will be relocated. The relocated show will be televised live on TNT on May 6. Until further notice, live episodes of DYNAMITE will be produced at closed set locations with essential personnel only. The DYNAMITE show in New Orleans will be rescheduled for Wednesday, December 2, at theUniversity of New Orleans Lakefront Arena. Fans who have already purchased tickets to the New Orleans show will be offered a refund via the point of purchase, or have their original ticket valid for admission to the event on December 2. Additional details will be forthcoming. ALBUQUERQUE As a precautionary measure against COVID-19, the AEW DYNAMITE show on May 13 in Albuquerque, NM, will be relocated. The relocated show will be televised live on TNT on May 13. Until further notice, live episodes of DYNAMITE will be produced at closed set locations with essential personnel only. The DYNAMITE show in Albuquerque will be rescheduled for Wednesday, December 30, at the Santa Ana Star Center. Fans who have already purchased tickets to the Albuquerque show will be offered a refund via the point of purchase, or have their original ticket valid for admission to the event on December 30. Additional details will be forthcoming. We appreciate your understanding as the safety and well-being of our fans and talent is always our top priority. We will continue to closely monitor this evolving situation related to COVID-19 and be guided by government officials, health organizations and venue management.
Our goal every week with AEW Dynamite on TNT is to produce great shows for our fans, and I believe we do. We felt especially motivated to serve our audience this past Wednesday night given what the entire world is coping with, and hopefully we gave them a well-deserved escape during these trying times. Everyone at AEW is very proud of what we delivered and humbled by the response and the kind words we’ve received from fans and partners throughout the world. Thank you! We plan to continue answering that calling with live weekly shows every Wednesday night on TNT, but the time and circumstances aren’t right for the card we had planned next week for Blood and Guts. That show will happen when the time is right, but what you can count on instead this coming Wednesday night is a great live episode of AEW Dynamite featuring Chris Jericho confronting Matt Hardy, face-to-face, one-on-one, for the first time ever and a tremendous night of wrestling action. In the meantime, until AEW Dynamite this Wednesday night, please follow us via social media and please be safe and smart so we can get back to seeing you all on the road as soon as possible. Thank you for making this all possible for everyone here at AEW, it’s a dream come true to be able to do these shows for all of you.
– Cody & The Elite Kickoff DYNAMITE – Lucha Bros vs. Best Friends – Hikaru Shida vs. Kris Statlander vs. Riho vs. Penelope Ford – Jurassic Express vs. The Butcher and The Blade – Jon Moxley Gives An Update – The Murderhawk Is Not Here To Talk – The Exalted One Has Finally Been Revealed – Matt Hardy Makes His AEW Debut