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AEW DYNAMITE PRIMER
MARCH 25, 2020
JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA AT DAILY’S PLACE
AIRS ON TNT, 8:00 PM EST
BY JOSHUA CHAMBERS (@josh_chambers), PWTORCH CONTRIBUTOR
This week’s Dynamite will emanate from Daily’s Place in Jacksonville, Florida. The 5,500 seat arena hosted AEW’s Fight for the Fallen in July 2019, and will be home to Dynamite tapings for the duration of the global Covid-19 outbreak.
ROAD TO DYNAMITE
AEW DARK RESULTS
Jake Hager defeated Joe Alonzo
The Natural Nightmares (Dustin Rhodes & QT Marshall) defeated Jon Cruz & Matt Sells
SCU (Frankie Kazarian & Christopher Daniels) defeated Shawn Spears & Robert Anthony
Kip Sabian defeated Suge D
Colt Cabana defeated Brandon Cutler
Joey Janela & Sonny Kiss defeated Corey Hollis & Mike Reed
AEW DYNAMITE MATCHES & SEGMENTS
Cody vs. Jimmy Havoc
Luchasaurus vs. Wardlow in a Lumberjack match
Best Friends (Chuck Taylor & Trent) vs. Lucha Bros. (Pentagon Jr. & Fenix) in a Parking Lot Street Fight
Kenny Omega (c) vs. Sammy Guevara for the Mega Campeón Championship
Matt Hardy and Chris Jericho meet face to face
Cody joins Tony Schiavone on commentary
Last week AEW managed to put together a fun, engaging wrestling show despite the lack of audience. Given the conditions, last week’s show was tremendous–giving us the debut of Matt Hardy and Brodie Lee (f/k/a Luke Harper), as well as four pretty good matches. My only complaints revolved around COVID-19 safety concerns (unnecessary personnel, MJF literally spitting in Tony Schiavone’s face), and my disappointment over not getting to experience the pop that Brodie, Matt, and Vanguard One would’ve caused.
AEW made the right decision postponing the Blood and Guts match, but hopefully this week will see a more conscientious effort to protect the older members of the roster. There is absolutely no reason for JR, Jake Roberts, Arn Anderson, Tully Blanchard, and Tony Schiavone to all be involved. It looks like JR will be out this week, and Arn and Tully can both stay home with zero impact on storylines or the product. If we absolutely have to have Tony and Jake, I hope that we’ll at least see them practicing responsible social distancing.
Tonight’s show is looking pretty good, but I’m most excited to see Kenny Omega defend the Mega Campeón Championship against Sammy Guevara. The title was defended once before on Dark, but we don’t hear too much about AEW’s partnership with Mexico’s Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide. It’s understandable that AEW doesn’t seem interested in reminding us that Kenny is another promotion’s world champion, but I’d love to see more of a crossover and don’t think that the AEW Championship is really devalued by acknowledging it.
The other big draw for me is Matt Hardy and Chris Jericho meeting face to face. Both are fantastic performers and I look forward to their shenanigans.
All in all, AEW is doing a great job! It’s a scary time, and it is comforting to still have wrestling. That being said, the safety of the performers and crew needs to always come first, and I trust that the back office will be able to handle the difficult times and hard decisions that lie ahead.