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AEW DYNAMITE PRIMER
APRIL 29, 2020
AIRS ON TNT, 8:00 PM EST
BY JOSHUA CHAMBERS (@JoshuaMChambers), PWTORCH CONTRIBUTOR
Road to TNT Championship
This week’s “Road to” featured a tournament breakdown with Jen Decker, a video call between Q.T. Marshall, Brandi Rhodes and Dustin Rhodes, a Librarians vignette, a video package hyping Dustin vs Lance Archer, and a Tony Schiavone doing a sit down interview with Darby Allin.
AEW Dark Results
- Jimmy Havoc defeated Shawn Dean
- Best Friends defeated Musa & Lee Johnson
AEW Dynamite Matches and Segments
- AEW Champion Jon Moxley
- Brodie Lee vs. Marko Stunt
- Best Friends vs. Kip Sabian & Jimmy Havoc – No Disqualification/No Count-Out Match
- Dustin Rhodes vs. Lance Archer – TNT Championship Tournament Semifinal
- Cody Rhodes vs. Darby Allin – – TNT Championship Tournament Semifinal
- Chris Jericho on color commentary again
The #TNTChampionship Tournament continues as the semi-final matches kick off with The #AmericanNightmare @CodyRhodes going face to face with a familiar opponent in @DarbyAllin.
Watch #AEWDynamite every Wednesday night on @TNTDrama 8e/7c. #AEWonTNT @AEWonTNT pic.twitter.com/HRChcYo64z
— All Elite Wrestling (@AEWrestling) April 28, 2020
— All Elite Wrestling (@AEWrestling) April 29, 2020
Hardcore Trash-Talking between Brodie Lee and Marco Stunt
Shut up, stupid https://t.co/XFx6a7dZtJ
— Mr. Fun Size (@realmarkostunt) April 28, 2020
I’ve been running through TNT Championship Tournament possibilities a lot this week, trying to work out the logical outcome. The only person we can definitely rule out of the finals is Dustin Rhodes, as it would be an absolute burial to have Archer lose to him after all of his hype and build up. Archer is a monster, and as a monster they need to keep him strong to keep him interesting.
On the other side of the bracket we have Cody and Darby Allin, the biggest babyface in the company and a future megastar. Given the story they’ve told with Archer so far, it looks like he’s going to get Cody in the final, which leads to my biggest concern: I don’t think Archer’s squash matches and his (probable) win over Dustin are enough to maintain his status as a monster if he loses, BUT I am also tired of Cody almost winning big matches and then cutting a “I’m disappointed, but I’ve just got to keep working hard” promo.
Outside of the tournament, Chris Jericho’s commentary has been a real highlight and I look forward to his quips and references. I’m also still enjoying the Dark Order/Exalted One stuff, and look forward to it developing further.