AEW DYNAMITE! Run down 31st March.
James gives us the run down on all the action from this weeks Dynamite!
It’s Wednesday, you know what that means!
This week's Dynamite was jam packed with action, fun and games with surprising returns!
I’m James and this is your AEW Dynamite run down!
This week's Dynamite brought us 6 epic matches, and a gift from MJF to the Pinnacle:
• The in-ring debut of Christian Cage vs Kazarian
• An exhibition match: Cody Rhodes vs QT Marshall
• John Moxley vs Cezar Bononi
• MJF's Gift to The Pinnacle
• A six-man tag team match: The Lucha bros and Lerado Kid vs AEW World Champion Kenny Omega and the Good Brothers.
• AEW Women’s Champion Hikaru Shida and Tay Conti vs The Bunny and Nyla Rose
• Arcade Anarchy: Chuck Taylor and Orange Cassidy vs Kip Sabian and Miro.
So, let’s kick things off with the In-ring debut of Christian Cage vs Kazarian.
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Stepping inside the ring in for his first match after 7 years away, Christian Cage returned in singles competition. Kazarian made his way to the ring, the last time these two collided was at IMPACT Wrestling way back in 2007 where Kazarian had defeated Cage in a ladder match.
The match was a solid opening, Kazarian started strong, catching Cage with quick moves and high impact moves. Dominating the early going.
After maintaining the momentum for the majority of the match, Cage had battled his way back but Kazarian managed to hold him off.
As the match progresses, both men battle to the top rope, both athletes went back and forth with Kazarian regaining the upper hand. He hit a beautiful Flux Capacitor but only got a two count!
Cage managed to gain control long enough to hit a frog splash, but it was Kazarian who kicked out this time. The ending came quick as Cage hit the Kill Switch to pick up the win!
Winner: Christian Cage
A solid opener, loved the storytelling in this match. Great to see Christian back in the ring and in my personal opinion, he definitely still has it! A great signing for the company. A veteran with 20+ years of knowledge and experience, to pass on to the next generation of stars.
Match 2 of the evening features Cody Rhodes taking on QT Marshall in an exhibition match, with Arn Anderson as Special guest referee.
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Before the match had started, a video package played with Jade Cargill showing confidence with a cocky and arrogant promo, simply ending it with “I am the bitch!”
QT made his way to the ring, looking like a man full of confidence, even though the fans weren’t too happy at seeing him. Cody then made his way to the ring with his usual overly long entrance.
The Nightmare Family also joined ringside to see the match up close. The two combatants locked up in the middle of the ring. Rhodes had begun to out-wrestle QT in the early stages and really quite often. Cody showing a nice little tribute to the great Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat as he toyed with QT with a series of arm drags. As the match went on, Cody was reluctant in locking in the figure-four leg lock as he ducked out of the way of a cross body attempt by Marshall.
Cody showed brashness as he held the ropes open for the “Hero of Wrestling”, this only caused Marshall to become more frustrated, Understandably, Cody was just basically running rings around him. This sent Marshall over the edge and he lost it as he threw a punch straight at Anderson, causing the match to come to an abrupt end.
and then the turn happens, Aaron Solow, Anthony Ogogo and Nick Comoroto inevitably turned their backs on The Nightmare Family by attacking Dustin and The Gunn Club before beginning the assault on Cody. Red Velvet came charging to the ring to make the save! She gave QT a good telling off, what a naughty boy he was tut tut, and then went to check on Cody.
Winner: Well would you believe it? It only ends in a No Contest!!
Well, I wasn’t a fan of this in all honesty. The only real payoff we got was QT finally turning on Cody and the rest of the Nightmare Family. It's been leading up to it for weeks, ever since the Revolution PPV. I do wonder where it will lead, but a possible new faction? When will Cody learn, his friendships never last.
Moving on to match 3 of the evening: Jon Moxley vs Cezar Bononi w/Ryan Nemeth and J.D Drake.
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Before the match begins, we see Red Velvet try to be interviewed by Dasha Gonzalez, only for her to be attacked from behind by Jade Cargill, she sent her flying like a long dart through an Anvil case.
Out comes Jon Moxley (I can already automatically hear Justin Roberts voice) looking mightily angry and all crazy. Bononi ready and waiting in the ring, with “The Hollywood Hunk” and J.D Drake looking on at ring side. Moxley started out quick and strong until shenanigans in the form of interferences from the ring side spectators.
The match goes on. Bononi finds his way to the top rope but Moxley caught him with a superplex. Once again Nemeth tried to get involved in the match, with Drake distracting the referee, but Nemeth was met with a Paradigm Shift for his troubles.
Moxley fought off one last effort from Bononi, applying the sleeper hold and picking up the win.
Winner: Jon Moxley
A short but sweet match, Bononi showed some promise, not a bad little match. But Moxley as always looked great. Good to see Nemeth and Drake get some TV time.
it was a squash but a lengthy squash match, Moxley sold great, liking the fact they’re using the sleeper as a dangerous looking finisher.
Now, we see a gift being given, n’aww, as MJF gives a gift to The Pinnacle.
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Backstage, we see MJF telling his Pinnacle stable (Tully Blanchard, Shawn Spears, FTR and Wardlow) that he had a gift for them, which was an interior decorator for what once was the Inner Circle’s dressing room.
However, when MJF opened the door, he didn’t see a new room, he saw the Inner Circle (Chris Jericho, Jake Hager, Santana and Ortiz and Sammy Guevara) put the beating on the Pinnacle and took it back to the locker room.
Damn, now I genuinely wasn’t expecting that! That was epic, with the Inner Circle’s noticeable absence last week, I was wondering when they’d get their revenge on their former stablemates! Great to see. That was very well executed and I salute the one who orchestrated that.
Now we have match 4: The Lucha Bros and Laredo Kid vs AEW World Champion Kenny Omega and The Good Brothers.
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The match got off to a quick start, with Omega and the Good brothers controlling the match in the early stages. They isolated Laredo Kid, while working on wearing him down.
Laredo managed to break free and get a much needed tag to Penta El Zero Miedo, which sparked a frenzy.
The match continues as Omega attempted a one-Winged Angel, but Laredo had it scouted and had countered into a head scissors takedown. He then followed up with a Tope Suicida on the floor.
Laredo then went for the Phoenix Splash; however, Omega had managed to dodge it.
after hitting the V-Trigger this gave him the momentum to try the One-Winged Angel once again and delivered it with authority, giving his team the win.
After the match, Omega and the Good Brothers began to celebrate their victory, only for it to be cut short by the interruption of Jon Moxley. The Young Bucks made their way out shortly after and chased off the victors.
Winners: Kenny Omega and The Good Brothers.
This match was everything it should have been for me, it was awesome. The latter stages of the match were chaos, with action happening everywhere, I found it hard just to keep up.
Laredo is an amazing talent; I do hope we see more of him on Dynamite because he’s a solid worker.
Nice to see a possible alliance between Moxley and The Young Bucks.
The Lucha Bro’s once again showing exactly why fans love them, showing exactly why they’ve been in the high-profile spotlight.
Next up, Match 5, AEW Women’s Champion Hikaru Shida and Tay Conti vs The Bunny (Allie) w/Matt Hardy and Nyla Rose w/Vickie Guerrero.
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The match starts out with Allie and Rose isolating Shida, (I must note that most of the action was during the ad break)
Shida managed to make a much-needed tag to Conti, who exploded in the ring! Taking down both opponents. She hit a hard backbreaker on Allie. A huge brawl ensued as the Dark Order and the Hardy entourage both broke into a battle.
This gave Guerrero the chance to distract referee Aubrey Edwards long enough for Allie to swing and hit a hard shot to the back of Conti.
she followed up with the Down the Rabbit Hole to pick up the win.
Winners: The Bunny (Allie) and Nyla Rose.
Okay, I have to state that most of the match took place during the ad break so most of the action wasn’t seen. so, it was difficult to fully invest.
However, notwithstanding from what I saw Conti had burst into a huge ball of lightning energy, she is definitely one to watch in the growth of the women’s division.
could she be the one to dethrone Shida at some stage? I would love to see that.
Now, for the main event: The Arcade Anarchy match: Chuck Taylor and Orange Cassidy vs Kip Sabian and Miro
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As the arena filled with sound of The Pixies “Where Is My Mind” Orange Cassidy and Chuck Taylor made their way to the ring, observing the devastation that is to follow. Out comes Miro and Kip Sabian.
In the early going, Miro showed his dominance, with vicious attacks as arcade games had surrounded the ring side area. Bulldozing his two opponents, giving the ol' trash talk as he went on.
Taylor managed to gain the advantage and grabbed a Kendo stick and swung it with full force to subdue Miro. Cassidy and Taylor then used great teamwork by clotheslining Miro into the guardrail, then proceeded to bury him under anything they could find.
the match goes on with sheer brutality.
Taylor introduced Lego (now as someone who’s stepped and fell on Lego, those little fuckers hurt!)
But ate a powerbomb onto the toys by Sabian. Yeah, that’ll hurt like a bitch! The pin was broken by Cassidy.
Penelope Ford interjected herself into the match as she then pulled referee Aubrey Edwards out of the ring, breaking up her count.
Wait, is that, is that Kris Statlander?? Holy shit it is! She has made her return; she delivered a huge Michinoku Driver from the apron through an air hockey table.
Miro now back to his feet, started brutalizing the opposition and tossing them around (easy there king, put them coins away) as he set up a table in time for a white minivan to pull up.
Holy shit, Trent?? He emerges from inside the van to join his friends in a three-on-one attack. Miro managed to fend off the attack and headed toward the minivan.
Trent saved his mother, Sue (aww what a dutiful son! Go Trent!), from any harm and brawled with Miro back into the arena. Trent dodged a flying arcade cabinet and speared Miro through a table. Taylor grabbed hold of Sabian, driving him off the stage and through several tables for the win.
The show went off the air with Best Friends, Cassidy and Statlander celebrating the win.
And a thumbs-up from Sue!
Winners: Orange Cassidy and Chuck Taylor
Loved it! This match was so much better than I expected it to be! It was awesome, I mean, that’s probably my dream match. Ah reminds me of old-style fighting games in the arcades during my youth. With the surprising returns on Statlander and Trent, and an appearance from Sue, too!
Very creative and fun to watch! For me, this solidifies the Best Friends as the kings of weird but wonderful matches! And that, is this week's Dynamite run down!
What did you think of this week’s Dynamite, let us know in the comments below!