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ALL ELITE WRESTLING DYNAMITE PREVIEW
MARCH 30, 2022
COLUMBIA, S.C. AT THE COLONIAL LIFE ARENA
AIRS ON TBS NETWORK, 8:00 p.m. EST, 7:00 p.m. CST
BY FRANK PETEANI (@FrankPeteani), PWTORCH.COM CONTRIBUTOR
AEW Announcers: Excalibur, Tony Schiavone, Jim Ross
- C.M. Punk defeated Dax Harwood of FTR.
- Sting, Darby Allin, and the Hardys defeated Butcher & Blade and Private Party in a Tornado Tag match.
- Bryan Danielson and Jon Moxley defeated the Varsity Blondes.
- MJF reasserted his “ownership” of Wardlow. As Wardlow made his way out to confront him, MJF said he didn’t want him around anymore, and would pay him to stay home. Security guards prevented Wardlow from getting in the ring until he left on his own accord. MJF then proceeded to say the Pinnacle was still a thing, and FTR would “move up” while being in action next week.
- In a backstage interview with Tony Schiavone, Trent Berretta told Wheeler Yuta he never really liked him. Yuta, for all intents and purposes, said the feeling was mutual and was trying to be the best wrestler he could be instead of the best friend.
- Adam Cole defeated Jay Lethal with a distraction from Bobby Fish and Kyle O’Reilly.
- Sammy Guevara and his girlfriend Tay Conti were interviewed by Schiavone. Guevara said taking bumps is worth it because of the people. Conti said they wanted payback and called out Paige VanZant and a partner of her choosing. Lambert came out with “All Ego” Ethan Page and TNT Champion Scorpio Sky and called Tay “Lucha Whorus” amongst other things.
- “Legit” Leyla Hirsch defeated Red Velvet.
- Nyla Rose attacked new AEW Women’s Champion Thunder Rosa as she was being interviewed by Schiavone.
- Chris Jericho and Daniel Garcia of the Jericho Appreciation Society defeated John Silver and Alex Reynolds of the Dark Order.
AEW checks into the Colonial Life Arena in Columbia, S.C., as they make their first appearance in the state. The arena, which opened in 2002, is no stranger to wrestling events, most recently including the February 21, 2022 edition of WWE Monday Night Raw.
Three matches are advertised for Dynamite this week, along with a company signing that is tethered to one of the matches:
#AEWDynamite TOMORROW at 8/7c on @TBSNetwork!
–@DarbyAllin w/ @Sting v #AFO's @AndradeElIdolo
–#FTR v #GunnClub
–#OwenHart Foundation Women's Tournament Qualifier @AllieWrestling v A New Addition to the #AEW Roster that @TonyKhan will officially sign this Wednesday night! pic.twitter.com/kQWCb8fX7t
— All Elite Wrestling (@AEW) March 30, 2022
— All Elite Wrestling (@AEW) March 30, 2022
Darby Allin vs. Andrade “El Idolo”
Things continue to roll tonight between Darby Allin and the Andrade Family Office (AFO) as Darby goes one-on-one with Andrade “El Idolo.”
The AFO was more recently known as the AHFO until Matt Hardy was voted out of the group. He then aligned with his brother Jeff upon making his AEW debut. Last week, as I mentioned in the recap, Darby & Sting & the Hardys defeated Butcher & Blade and Private Party (Isiah Kassidy & Marq Quen) in a Tornado Tag match.
Let us not forget how Andrade tried to recruit Darby to be in the AHFO. Darby and Andrade were involved in a triple threat match on the March 4 edition of Rampage when they challenged then-TNT Champion Sammy Guevara. At Revolution, Darby & Sting & Sammy took on Andrade & Kassidy & Matt (when he was still part of the group) in a six-man tornado tag.
Frank’s Analysis: It feels like this feud has been going on forever. I was looking up clips on YouTube and found something from the Beach Break episode in late January which saw Andrade talk to Sting about Darby. I mean this is a good match and I’m looking forward to it, but I’m somewhat lost on what the story is about anymore. Is Andrade still trying to recruit Darby?
Non-Title Match: AAA Tag Team Champions FTR (Dax Harwood & Cash Wheeler) vs. Gunn Club (Austin & Colten Gunn)
FTR goes at it with the Gunn Club after what took place on Dynamite last week. Early in the match between Dax Harwood and CM Punk, the Gunn Club were at ringside taunting FTR. Later in the show, Tony Schiavone interviewed FTR. They acknowledged they had “done some things,” but nobody could call them spoiled brats like the Gunn Club. They also said the Club wouldn’t get respect just because of what their dad (Billy Gunn) accomplished.
The Gunn Club recently challenged AEW Tag Team Champions Jurassic Express unsuccessfully for the titles. FTR posed as “Las Super Ranas and defeated the Lucha Brothers for the AAA Tag Team Championship on the October 16 edition of Dynamite. Hints have been dropped about WWE Hall of Famers Bret “Hit Man” Hart joining AEW to manage FTR including Dax putting Punk in Bret’s signature Sharpshooter.
Let’s not also forget MJF discussing the Pinnacle still being alive. Technically, FTR are still a part of the group despite firing Tully Blanchard a few weeks ago. MJF mentioned that they “move up” after he discarded Wardlow last week. A little trash talk took place on Twitter between Dax and Austin, and Cash got a few words:
Bruh, I wish, but these bills gotta get paid. We’re gonna beat your NOT ass, boy. https://t.co/H2fbWYIYDv
— Uncle Dax FTR (@DaxFTR) March 28, 2022
Billy’s boys are actually kinda talented so it’s a shame they’ve have had their best moments on the wrong side of the barricade. We’ll change that Wednesday. https://t.co/42W0vpT5Ew
— CASH (@CashWheelerFTR) March 29, 2022
Frank’s Analysis: With FTR leaning babyface, it’ll be interesting to see how things unfold with MJF. Do they tell him to go to hell and introduce Bret Hart as their manager? It seems like AEW debuts someone every other week, so why not keep the good times rolling, yah?
Owen Hart Tournament Qualifying Match: The Bunny vs. New AEW Signing
According to AEW’s Twitter account, Tony Khan will officially sign a new talent to take on The Bunny in an Owen Hart Tournament Qualifying match.
WEDNESDAY night on #AEWDynamite at 8pm ET / 7pm CT on @TBSNetwork, we will the have FIRST #OwenHart Foundation Women's Tournament Qualifier as #TheBunny @AllieWrestling will go 1-on-1 w/ a New Addition to the #AEW Roster that @TonyKhan will officially sign this Wednesday night! pic.twitter.com/PKSpZbZ67i
— All Elite Wrestling (@AEW) March 28, 2022
There will be a men’s and women’s tournament which will kick off with the May 11 edition of Dynamite at the UBS Arena in Elmont, N.Y. My wife and I will be in attendance that evening. The finals for both the men and women will take place at Double or Nothing.
Frank’s Analysis: It’s better I don’t say anything.
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