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ALL ELITE WRESTLING DYNAMITE PRIMER
MARCH 9, 2022
ESTERO, FL. AT THE HERTZ ARENA
AIRS ON TBS NETWORK, 8:00 p.m. EST, 7:00 p.m. CST
BY FRANK PETEANI (@FrankPeteani), PWTORCH.COM CONTRIBUTOR
Announcers: Excalibur, Tony Schiavone, Jim Ross
Match Results and Key Segments from Last Week
- Tony Khan opened show announcing he had purchased Ring of Honor.
- Bryan Danielson defeated Christopher Daniels in a battle of long-time Ring of Honor stalwarts.
- The Young Bucks (Matt & Nick Jackson) won the Tag Team Casino Battle Royale to earn the third spot in the AEW Triple Threat Tag Team match at Revolution.
- MJF bloodied CM Punk in a promo segment in advance of their Dog Collar match at Revolution.
- Thunder Rosa & Mercedes Martinez defeated AEW Women’s Champion Dr. Britt Baker & Jamie Hayter.
- Wardlow defeated Cesar Bononi.
- Adam Cole & ReDRagon (Kyle O’Reilly & Bobby Fish) defeated AEW World Champion “Hangman” Adam Page and Dark Order’s John Silver & Alex Reynolds.
Revolution Buy-In Results
- “Legit” Leyla Hirsh defeated Kris Statlander.
- Hook defeated QT Marshall.
- House of Black (Malakai Black, Brody King, and Buddy Matthews) defeated Death Triangle (Pac & Penta Oscuro) and Erick Redbeard.
Revolution PPV Results
- Eddie Kingston defeated Chris Jericho.
- Jurassic Express (Jungle Boy & Luchasaurus) defeated ReDRagon and the Young Bucks in a Triple Threat match to retain the AEW Tag Team Championship.
- Wardlow defeated Keith Lee, Christian, Orange Cassidy, Powerhouse Hobbs, and Ricky Starks in a Face of the Revolution Ladder match to earn a shot at the TNT Championship.
- Tony Schiavone announced the latest AEW signing, Shane “Swerve” Strickland, who came out to sign a contract.
- Jade Cargill defeated Tay Conti to retain the TBS Championship.
- CM Punk defeated MJF in a Dog Collar match.
- Dr. Britt Baker defeated Thunder Rosa to retain the AEW Women’s Championship.
- Jon Moxley defeated Bryan Danielson. They went at it after the match until William Regal make his AEW debut and got the men to shake hands.
- Sting & Darby Allin & TNT Champion Sammy Guevara defeated AHFO’s Matt Hardy & Andrade “El Idodo” & Isiah Kassidy of Private Party.
- “Hangman” Adam Page defeated Adam Cole to retain the AEW World Championship.
AEW stays in the sunshine state of Florida for this week’s Dynamite & Rampage taping. They will check in to the Hertz Arena in Estero, FL, just outside of Fort Myers which opened for business in 1998. It is the home of the Florida Everblades of the ECHL (formerly known as the East Coast Hockey League). The venue opened as the Everblades Arena and has gone through several names’ changes. WWE and TNA have checked in with some of their events, including WWE presenting a “Supershow” just last summer when crowds started appearing at live events.
Two matches and a confrontation are advertised for the show. Here’s the “Road to Fort Myers” and the Control Center:
#AEW Road To Fort Myers premieres right now with a preview of this week's action!
— All Elite Wrestling (@AEW) March 8, 2022
Chris Jericho Addresses Eddie Kingston
Humble pie could be abode tonight when “Le Champion” Chris Jericho of the Inner Circle will address the man who defeated him at Revolution in Eddie Kingston. It became personal in the run-up to this match with the point being made by Chris that Eddie couldn’t “win the big one.” That changed this past Sunday when Eddie tapped Chris with a Spinning Stretch Plum. The match went about 14 minutes and started with a suplex that dropped Chris on his head.
The feud goes back to December and involves Chris’s Inner Circle cohorts Santana & Ortiz, who are longtime friends of Eddie.
Chris said he would shake Eddie’s hand had he won the match, but he didn’t keep his word and walked out saying he couldn’t. We’ll find out where things go tonight.
Frank’s Analysis: Chris is promoting his upcoming Fozzy tour heavily on social media and thus it looks like AEW is getting its first taste of one of his sabbaticals. There’s nothing wrong with that as this is what he does. It works out well because when he comes back, he’s a fresh face. I always enjoyed that about his time in WWE. I’m leaning towards Chris having a change of heart and shaking Eddie’s hand. Perhaps him not doing so on Sunday and setting up this confrontation was a hook?
TNT Championship: Sammy Guevara (champ) vs. Men of the Year’s Scorpio Sky
Sammy Guevara could potentially have a busy two weeks defending the TNT Championship. Scorpio Sky gets his shot, with the winner to face Wardlow next week at the St. Patrick’s Day Slam edition of Dynamite. Dan Lambert secured the shot for Scorpio when he talked to Tony Khan, and they agreed he would get the shot before the winner of the Face of the Revolution ladder match would do as such. Wardlow won that match at Revolution and will face the winner of Sammy vs. Scorpio.
There are some external factors to consider. There appeared to be some dissension between Scorpio and his Men of the Year partner “All Ego” Ethan Page. Page insisted he trust Lambert because of how he had gotten him TNT title matches in the past. Wardlow betrayed MJF in his match against CM Punk, giving the Dynamite Diamond Ring to Punk instead of MJF in their Dog Collar match at Revolution.
This isn’t much, but here’s a little trash talk from Scorpio:
— Scorpio Sky (@ScorpioSky) March 8, 2022
Frank’s Analysis: I can’t see Scorpio winning the TNT title, but rather more issues cropping up in the Men of the Year. I feel like they’re getting ready to break them up, but that’s just a gut feeling. It’s also perhaps what I want to see because I just feel like they’re an odd pairing and they don’t need Lambert. On the other hand, they both might be doing nothing if they were just singles acts, so maybe it’s better this way.
Winner Earns AEW Women’s Championship Match: Thunder Rosa vs. “Legit” Leyla Hirsh
Another match with implications for next week features Thunder Rosa taking on “Legit” Leyla Hirsh. The winner goes on to face Dr. Britt Baker next week for the AEW Women’s Championship. Rosa was defeated by Baker at Revolution, but there were multiple interjections by Rebel and Jamie Hayter. At one point Rosa tapped Baker with a half straight jacket but Rebel distracted the referee, and he couldn’t see it.
During last year’s St. Patrick’s Day Slam edition of Dynamite, Rosa defeated Baker in an Unsanctioned Lights Out match.
Hirsh won her match over Kris Statlander, who not too long ago challenged Baker for the Championship. She is talking some trash on Twitter:
I proved Sunday that nobody knows the ins and outs of that squared circle like me. Rosa, you proved you’re a failure. Time to move out of the way of the future Legit Champ. pic.twitter.com/qqkBVoacEn
— Legit Leyla Hirsch (@LegitLeyla) March 8, 2022
Frank’s Analysis: I’m going to go with Rosa, and she goes on to beat Baker on the one-year anniversary of their Lights Out match. Leyla is on the rise, and perhaps if she has a good showing tonight, she becomes a challenger to Rosa should she win the title next week. I don’t see a Leyla vs. Baker match.
I had to go back and check the last Dynamite preview for their show following a PPV, and that was fairly loaded. They had Tomohiro Ishii from New Japan Pro Wrestling teaming with Orange Cassidy, Bryan Danielson wrestled Evil Uno after a confrontation with new champion “Hangman” Adam Page, and a lot more. Not that there’s nothing significant on this show tonight with two high consequence matches and a confrontation, but it seems a little light for AEW standards. Now, I’m far from worried about it. AEW is excellent about setting up their shows and making them feel important. I’ll be paying attention throughout Wednesday to see if anything else gets announced.
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