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AEW DYNAMITE TV REPORT
APRIL 14, 2021
JACKSONVILLE, FLA. AT DAILY’S PLACE
AIRED ON TNT
REPORT BY TYLER SAGE, PWTORCH CONTRIBUTOR
Announcers: Jim Ross, Tony Schiavone, Excalibur
-The show started with a recap of what The Young Bucks did last week. Matt Jackson explained their actions, he said that they are not a group of guys they are a family. He admitted they were content before, but now they are a better version of themselves.
-The open for the show was shown.
-Mike Tyson had a video hyping his involvement tonight. MJF dropped in and said the boys in The Pinnacle were made at him, he tried to convince Mike to attack Jericho. Tyson didn’t like that, MJF said to be on the right side of history and not to make the same mistake, like the one on his face. He then handed Tyson a blank check, Tyson then ripped it up, chewed on it and spit it at MJF.
-The announce team ran down the card for the evening.
(1) THE YOUNG BUCKS vs. PAC & REY FENIX
Matt Jackson and Pac started the match, Pac pushed Matt into the ropes, he then let up. The men traded waist locks and athletic mat moves. Matt tagged in Nick Jackson, Pac tagged in Rey Fenix at the same time. Nick dodged Fenix in spectacular fashion, Fenix did the same. Jackson won the exchange and he tagged in Matt in the Bucks corner. Very quickly all 4 men were involved with Rey doing a dive to the outside on both Bucks. Rey and Matt were now in the ring, Rey controlled and tagged in Pac.
Rey was quickly tagged in, and both Pac and Rey hit several kicks on Matt Jackson, this led to a near fall. Matt cut the legs of Rey and tagged in Nick, who kicked pac off the apron and spiked Rey. Nick did heel work to the camera instead of covering Fenix. Nick tagged in Matt in his corner, both Bucks teamed up and hit a move on Rey Fenix. Eventually Pac got a hot tag and he took out both Jacksons. Pac got a near fall on Matt Jackson in this exchange.
Pac then kicked Matt Jackson, while he has on his knees. Nick Jackson tripped Pac, as a result he and Matt hit stereo power bombs on the apron to both of their enemies. Nick Jackson held Pac in the corner while Matt Jackson raked the back of Pac [c]
When the show returned The Young Bucks were still working over Pac. Eventually, Pac was able to throw both Bucks out of the ring, but Nick Jackson threw Rey off of the ring, stopping Pac from getting the tag. Matt Jackson than made fun of his old character while working over Pac.
Pac was able to hit an inside out lariat, both he and Matt were laying on the mat after. Both men got the tag, Fenix was able to work over both Bucks with high flying Lucha moves, ending with a double cutter for a near fall. Pac was tagged in, he and Fenix teamed up and Pac hit a Blue Thunderbomb for a near fall of his own. After another near fall for team Death Triangle, Pac went to the top rope but jumped down and was then taken out by both Bucks. Nick then hit a destroyer after bouncing off the ropes to make it once more Matt Jackson and Pac in the ring. Both men traded forearms and strikes, with both men ending up on the apron and then on the floor.
All four men were left laying after a series of intense moves. Matt Jackson and Pac ended up back in the ring. Pac hit a brain buster off the top rope, to a Fenix front splash, to a Pac Black Arrow, Nick Jackson then broke up the pin, and was tagged in. Nick Jackson ht a low blow on Pac and then took off the mask of Rey Fenix. A double Superkick took out Fenix and lead to a pinfall.
WINNER: The Young Bucks in 23:00
(Sage’s Analysis: First of all, I love the new presentation of The Bucks. This is the first time they have felt special on TV, and this match felt like a PPV match before it started. The match itself was easily PPV worthy and it seemed at times that the Bucks would lose. This whole segment was a home run for me.)
-Adam Page was backstage with The Dark Order and he was asked about The Young Bucks aligning with Kenny Omega. He didn’t answer the question and said that he was gonna go get some egg rolls. John Silver then did some rehab on his shoulder. [c]
-The Inner Circle were interviewed with Mike Tyson. Chris Jericho explained why they changed their ways, he said he called people and apologized. Mike Tyson was his first call. He realized that he has so much respect for him, he stayed relevant and on top for 30 years, just like him. He said he asked him to come and have The Inner Circle’s back. He said he doesn’t expect special treatment. Tyson said that he would call it down the middle during his match.
(2) JADE CARGILL vs. RED VELVET
Red Velvet attacked Jade Cargill as soon as she entered the ring. Cargill hit a pump kick to ground Velvet, Cargill then hit several kicks to the midsection. Velvet hit a spinning heel kick and then she dove out onto Cargill. Now on the floor the two battled, with Cargill slamming Velvet into the barrier and then she hit a fall away slam on Velvet into the crowd of wrestlers. Velvet got back into the ring, by getting vertical suplexed by Cargill. [c]
Cargill speared the ring post when the action returned, Velvet hit two chops and a sling blade to ground Cargill. This was followed up with a face buster on Cargill, into a standing moonsault for a near fall for Red Velvet. Cargill was able to get out of that and she hit he finisher Jaded, for the pinfall win.
WINNER: Jade Cargill in 7:00
(Sage’s Analysis: This was really good, Jade and Red Velvet have great chemistry. Jade looked great is a huge star for a reason. But, Red Velvet was really great in this match and she has really become a solid member of the roster.)
-Britt Baker was backstage and she showed that she was ranked #3 and that she should now be ranked #2. She announced she would be wrestling on elevation and that she would soon be champion.
(3) ANTHONY OGOGO vs. COLE CARTER
A collar and elbow tie-up started the match. Anthony Ogogo got a wait lock and then punched Carter in the stomach, leading to a ref stoppage. [c]
WINNER: Anthony Ogogo in 1:00
(Sage’s Analysis: Squash match, but I like the presentation of Ogogo and his ruching ability being used as his main strength.)
-A video featuring Miro was shown, he called out Kip Sabian. He said that he was moving on with or without Kip.
(4) CHRIS JERICHO vs. DAX HARWOOD w/GUEST RING ENFORCER MIKE TYSON
Chris Jericho and Dax Harwood battled with punches to start, with Jericho punching Dax out to the floor. Jericho grabbed a chair, Mike Tyson pulled the chair away from Jericho. Dax Harwood then grabbed Jericho’s bat. Tyson grabbed the bat from Harwood to keep things even. Jericho and Dax battled on the outside and then back into the ring. Harwood took down Jericho when they got back into the ring, Jericho responded with stiff chops and forearms in the corner. After that Dax went to get his stitches checked out. Dax grabbed a mic and hit Jericho and Jericho responded by poking Harwood with a pen. Jericho threw Harwood back in, but he was quickly thrown into the ring post and the match continued on the outside. [c]
Dax and Jericho traded chops with Jericho getting the advantage, this turned into a double axe handle on Harwood, then a Lionsault for a near fall. Harwood responded with a series of forearms, Jericho responded with a lariat that turned into a near fall for Jericho. Harwood the hit a springboard power bomb on Jericho for a near fall of his own.
Harwood then slapped the downed Jericho and tried for a diving headbutt, Jericho was able to dodge and lock in a submission. Sammy and Cash battled on the outside. Harwood hit a brain buster and got a near fall. Jericho was able to hit a Codebreaker. After this the rest of The Pinnacle ran out and they were met by Inner Circle. Cash Wheeler grabbed the bat and was knocked out by Tyson. Jericho hit the Judas effect and got the pin.
WINNER: Chris Jericho in 15:00
(Sage’s Analysis: There was A LOT goin on in this match. I though it was good and a nice sample of what Blood & Guts will be like. I also thought it was a perfect use of Tyson, not too much, not too little.)
-Post match Jericho got on the mic, he announced that Mike Tyson is officially a member of The Inner Circle.
-Kenny Omega & The Young Bucks & The Good Brothers were in the parking lot. Don Callis said when you think you have seen it all you haven’t see anything. He said that The Young Bucks coming back is not the end, but the start. Kenny Omega said that they never changed and they are acting just the way they actually are. Matt Jackson said that they are the best in the world and he called out all the other tag teams. Callis said that you wanted old Kenny and Young Bucks, now they got em’ and be ready to be surprised again. Callis then super kicked the camera. [c]
-Thunder Rosa said she was back. She wants both the AEW and NWA titles. She called out both champions and said she was back.
(5) KRIS STATLANDER vs. AMBER NOVA
Kris Statlander, boomed the nose of the ref to start that match. Kris then put Amber Nova on the top rope and threw her to the mat. Statlander then booked the nose of Nova, and punched Nova and slammed her opponent to the mat. Statlander then pressed Nova and hit a leg drop. After that she hit Nova in the corner, then hit a roundhouse kick and Supernova to get the pinfall.
WINNER: Kris Statlander in 3:00
(Sage’s Analysis: Total squash match, Statlander looks like she has improved a lot and her move set looked crisp.)
-Team Taz was looking for Christian Cage, Taz told Ricky Starks and Brian Cage to stay back. [c]
-Christian Cage came out to the ring to meet with Tony. Cage said it was an honor to work with Tony for the first time, he just started his talk, then Taz came out to the arena with Hook and Powerhouse Hobbs. He asked if Cage was in or out. Christian said Team Taz is a dumpster fire. He came to win championships not put out fires, and he told Taz no. Hobbs walked into the ring with Christian Cage. After an exchange Cage was distracted and laid out by Hobbs. Hobbs then threw Cage into the barrier at ringside several times. Hobbs then threw Cage up in the air and crushed his head on the steel steps. Team Taz walked off looking strong.
The announce team ran down the card for next week. Including hyping the title match between Tay Conti vs. Shida. [c]
(6) DARBY ALLIN vs. MATT HARDY
Matt Hardy grabbed a chair to start the match, Darby Allin dodged a strike with the chair and he then tried a Coffin Drop. Hardy hit Allin with the chair as Allin was mid air. Hardy then hit Allin with that chair in and out of the ring. Hardy then punched Allin from a seated position, and then hit Allin over and over with the top of that chair. Allin got up and hit strikes of his own. Hardy responded with a hanging neck breaker for a near fall.
Hardy set up the chair and slammed Allin’s head on the seat of the chair. Hardy grabbed the chair and hit Darby in the back once more. Hardy then set up the chair once more and laid Darby’s chest on the seat of the chain, Hardy tried to hit a Twist of Fate. Darby stood up in the chair and rammed him and then hit Hardy with the chair. Butcher & The Blade and Private Party came out and started to beta up Allin. Dark Order answered the call and evened that odds, Sting was in the vanguard and they worked over the Hardy Family Office. Sting took out Private Party as the show went to break [c]
Once action reconvened Matt Hardy tossed Allin into the steel steps, retaining into the floor. Lance Archer came out and stared down Sting. He then ran and hit Blackout on Isiah Kassidy, Archer then went and continued to fight with Private Party. Allin and Hardy continued on the stage, Sting threw his bat to Allin. Hardy hit a low blow as Allin went for a strike with the bat. Hardy hit the twist of fate within. the chair and got a near fall on Allin.
Hardy then tossed Allin into the backstage area and threw Allin into a series of monitors. Hardy then grabbed a ladder and put Darby on a table. Hardy climbed up the ladder and hit a leg drop on Darby through the table and got a near fall. Hardy dragged Allin back out onto the stage area, Hardy tried a power bomb, but was countered. Allin grabbed Stings bat and hit Hardy three times with it, then a forth time on Hardy’s stomach. Allin then put Hardy on the announce table, Allin then climbed the scaffold and did a coffin drop on the table, Allin got the pin.
WINNER: Darby Allin in 16:00
(Sage’s Analysis: That was a main event, Darby Allin is such a star and was presented as such. I have to send a huge shoutout to Hardy for having a match like this, especially with the passing of his father. Both men brought it and created a memorable main event. The extra stuff was a little much for me, but that was a small note based on how much I enjoyed this match.)
Final Thoughts: This was an excellent show, on of the best in the last 12 months. The Young Bucks representation works great and they now feel like the main event guys they should be. The Pinnacle & Inner Circle story moved forward and Mike Tyson was the extra seasoning that it needed. The match between Jericho and Dax was a nice appetizer for Blood & Guts. Jade and red Velvet was very good. Statlander and Ogogo looked like effective stars in their presentation. The main event was epic and keeps pushing Allin to the top, at this point he should be the one to take out Omega at some point. I did not like the presentation of Page or Christian Cage tonight, but they were not bad by any stretch.