3/23/22 AEW Dyanmite Recap

Mar 23, 2022 - by Michael Riba

The opening credits roll. Excalibur, Jim Ross, and Tony Schiavone are on commentary from Cedar Park, Texas.

Match #1 – Singles Match: CM Punk vs. Dax Harwood
They lock up and Harwood backs Punk into the corner. Punk turns it around, but they have a clean break. Punk goes behind for a waist-lock, but Harwood turns it into a wrist-lock. They go to the mat, but have another clean break. Harwood applies a side-headlock, and then drops Punk with a shoulder tackle. Punk comes back with an arm-drag and applies a hammer-lock. Harwood backs Punk into the corner and pokes him in the eye. Harwood delivers a few chops in the corner, but Punk comes back with a scoop slam. They exchange holds on the mat, and then Punk gains the advantage. Harwood comes back with a rising knee to the midsection, and follows with a suplex. Harwood goes for the cover, but Punk kicks out. Harwood delivers a back-breaker and goes for the cover, but Punk kicks out again. Harwood applies a rear chin-lock, and then drops Punk with a back suplex. Harwood slams Punk into the corner and delivers a chop. The Gunn Club are sitting in the crowd, and Harwood gets distracted. Punk delivers a few shots, but Harwood drops him with a back elbow. Harwood goes for a diving headbutt, but Punk dodges it.
They exchange shots and Punk delivers a leg lariat. Punk goes for the cover, but Harwood kicks out. Punk goes up top, but Harwood cuts him off with a few shots and chops. Harwood climbs up, but Punk slams him right back down. Punk goes for the elbow drop, but Harwood cuts him off and crotches him on the top turnbuckle. Harwood delivers a superplex and follows with a diving headbutt. Harwood goes for the cover, but Punk kicks out. Punk and Harwood tumble to the floor and Cash Wheeler comes to ringside. They get back into the ring and Punk connects with a cross-body from the top. Punk goes for the cover, but Harwood kicks out. Punk locks in the Anaconda Vice, but Harwood pulls his hair to break the hold. Harwood goes for a Sharpshooter, but Punk kicks him into the corner. They exchange roll-ups for two counts and Punk goes for a running knee strike in the corner. Harwood counters with a springboard power bomb and goes for the cover, but Punk kicks outs. Punk comes back with a kick to the face, and then follows with a rising knee strike. Punk goes for the GTS, but Harwood counters and locks in the Sharpshooter. Punk breaks the hold and counters into the Anaconda Vice, and Harwood taps out.
Winner: CM Punk
-After the match, Punk motions that he is coming for a title as Wheeler helps Harwood out of the ring.

The Jericho Appreciation Society is backstage. Chris Jericho says it is heartwarming that John Silver gets a match with him tonight, but he is going to take Silver to school and it ain’t going to be pretty. Daniel Garcia says they beat up professional wrestlers and it will be a pleasure to beat up Silver and Alex Reynolds. Jericho says he’s  right, just like it was a pleasure to beat up Santana, Ortiz, and Eddie Kingston.

Match #2 – Eight-Man Tornado Tag Team Match: Darby Allin, Sting, and The Hardys (Jeff Hardy and Matt Hardy) vs. Private Party (Isiah Kassidy and Marq Quen) and The Butcher and The Blade (w/Andrade El Idolo, Jose the Assistant, and The Bunny)
Allin dives onto Butcher to start, and then String takes out Blade and Private Party with a dive. The Hardys join in on the beat down and all eight men brawl around the ring area. Blade and Jeff crash over the barricade as Allin and Butcher fight in the crowd. Sting delivers a Stinger Splash to Kassidy against the barricade, and then Jeff and Blade join Butcher and Allin in the crowd, as all four fight up the stairs. Allin delivers cross-face shots to Butcher, but Idolo hits Allin from behind. Butcher slams Allin into the hand rails and throws him down the steps into the concourse area as the show heads to a commercial.
Back from the break, Private Party are double teaming Matt on the stage as Butcher and Blade have control of Allin in the concourse. Sting and Jeff come to Allin’s aid as Private Party dive off the stage and drive Matt through tables. Sting and Allin beat down Butcher and Blade and place them on tables, and then Jeff climbs a ladder, gets on a perch, and delivers a double Swanton Bomb. Private Party bring Matt back to the ring and Kassidy goes for the cover, but Matt kicks out. Sting comes back for the save, and Kassidy hits him with a chair. Sting fires up and delivers Stinger Splashes to Private Party in the corners. Kassidy comes back with a kick, and then Private Party go for the Gin and Juice. String counters, and then drops Kassidy with a Scorpio Death Drop as Matt drops Quen with the Twist of Fate, and Matt gets the pin fall.
Winners: Darby Allin, Sting, and The Hardys

Tony Schiavone is backstage with FTR. Wheeler says Harwood wrestled with his heart, and then he calls out The Gunn Club. Harwood says he knows they have made some questionable decisions, but no one can say they are spoiled like The Gunn Club is. Harwood says he is going to call them Billy’s Sons, and challenges them to a match next week.

Match #3 – Tag Team Match: Bryan Danielson and Jon Moxley (w/William Regal) vs. The Varsity Blonds (Brian Pillman Jr. and Griff Garrison) (w/Julia Hart)
Moxley takes Garrison to the outside and slams him into the barricade, as Danielson takes control of Pillman in the ring. Moxley and Garrison come back and tag in, and Garrison delivers a few shots. Garrison comes back with shots of his own, but Moxley drops him with a shot and tags in Danielson. Danielson works over Garrison as the show heads to a commercial.
Back from the break, Moxley drops Pillman with a Gotch-style pile-driver and goes for the cover, but Garrison breaks it up. Danielson comes in and takes Pillman out, and then Garrison takes Danielson out. Garrison delivers shots to Moxley, but Moxley drops him with one shot. Pillman comes back and and The Blonds double-team Moxley. Pillman goes for the cover, but Moxley kicks out. Garrison tags back in, but Danielson drops him with the Psycho Knee. Moxley drips Pillman with the Paradigm Shift, and then Danielson stomps on Pillman as Moxley locks Garrison in the Bulldog Choke and Garrison taps out.
Winners: Bryan Danielson and Jon Moxley
-After the match, Moxley says he has been fortunate enough to get a seal of approval from Regal, and he considers it an honor. Moxley calls Danielson the perfect wrestler, and they were forged in combat. Moxley says anyone who gets in the ring with them better step up, or they will get stepped on. Moxley says anyone who wants to join them needs to reach down to the level and love pain, and says the only way to get Regal’s approval is the hard way.

MJF comes to the ring with Shawn Spears. There are security guys by the ring. He talks about Wardlow and says unlike Wardlow, he honors his business agreements. He also talks about CM Punk, and says Punk decided to cheat to win and says it won’t be over until MJF attends his funeral and pisses on his grave. MJF says people like Wardlow because they’re inbred, and says Wardlow is a greedy, little pig. MJF says if it wasn’t for him, no one would even know who Wardlow is. MJF says it’s because of him that Wardlow has a roof over his head, and Wardlow returned the favor by costing him the biggest match of his career. MJF says Wardlow had to audacity to release him from his contract, but Wardlow signed a deal with the Devil, and all the Devil’s deals are iron clad. MJF says he is about to make Wardlow’s life a living hell. Wardlow storms to ringside, but security holds him back. MJF says Wardlow works for him and he doesn’t want Wardlow around anymore. He says he is going to pay Wardlow to stay at home week after week, month after month, and year after year until everyone forgets about him. Security backs Wardlow away and MJF says The Pinnacle has never been better. MJF says they are about to move up, and MJF asks what they say about The Pinncale, and Spears says if you’re in The Pinnacle you’re always on top.

Tony Schiavone is backstage with Best Friends, Orange Cassidy, and Wheeler Yuta. Before Yuta can talk, Trent Beretta interrupts and says he’s never liked Yuta. He says Yuta is repaying Chuck Taylor and Cassidy by running out on them and joining with Regal’s club. Yuta says he never liked Beretta either, and he isn’t trying to be the best friend, he is trying to be the best wrestler.

Match #4 – Singles Match: Adam Cole vs. Jay Lethal
They lock up and Cole backs Lethal into the corner. Cole delivers a few kicks, but Lethal comes back with a right hand and chops Cole in the corner. Lethal delivers more shots, and follows with an elbow strike. Cole comes back with a body shot, and then drops Lethal with an uppercut. Lethal comes back with a dropkick and goes for the cover, but Cole kicks out. Lethal applies a waist-lock, but Cole comes back with an enzuigiri. Lethal comes back with a shot, but Cole rolls to the apron. Lethal goes for a springboard dropkick, but Cole dodges it. Cole taunts on the apron, but Lethal dropkicks him to the floor. Lethal connects with a trio of dives through the ropes and reDRagon comes to the stage to look on as the show heads to a commercial.
Back from the break, Cole and Lethal are exchange shots. Lethal takes Cole down, but Cole kicks him to the apron. Lethal comes back in, but Cole rolls him up for two. Lethal gets a two count as well, and then Cole gets another of his own. Lethal rolls through and locks in the Figure Four. Bobby Fish and Kyle O’Reilly come to ringside from the stage, and Cole makes it to the ropes. Fish gets on the apron to distract Lethal, and Cole takes advantage. Cole takes Lethal down, but Lethal comes back and goes for the Lethal Injection. Cole counters with a dropkick and delivers the Panama Sunrise and goes for the cover, but Lethal kicks out. Cole goes for the Boom, but Lethal counters and rolls Cole up. The referee is distracted and Cole delivers a low-blow as Lethal goes for the Lethal Injection. Cole delivers the Boom and gets the pin fall.
Winner: Adam Cole
-After the match, Cole says no one deserves the AEW World Championship more than him. He says Adam Page stole the match at Revolution, and that he has won two of the last three matches involving he and Page. Cole says Page is lightning in a bottle, but he is champion and a winner. Cole says Page is a coward and says Page doesn’t have the guts to face them in the ring. Page’s music hits and he comes to the ring and stands across from Cole and reDRagon. He swings his belt at them, but they take advantage and beat him down. Cole picks up the title belt, but Jungle Boy, Luchasaurus, and Christian Cage rush the ring to make the save. Cole drapes the title over his shoulder and leaves with it.

Dustin Rhodes and Lance Archer talk about their match this Friday on Rampage.

Tony Schiavone is in the ring with Sammy Guevara and Tay Conti. Guevara says he lost the TNT title a few weeks ago and says he wants to be able to make the people stand up and chant “holy shit.” Guevara says he doesn’t care about taking a toll on his body, but he and Conti need something else now. Conti says what they want is payback, and says Paige VanZant is going to get her ass kicked just like she did her whole fighting career. Guevara challenges them to a fight, but Dan Lambert interrupts. He comes to the stage with Ethan Page and the TNT Champion, Scorpio Sky. Lambert insults Guevara and Conti, among others, and hypes up his guys. Page and Sky laugh off the challenge and Lambert says the match isn’t going to happen. Guevara says he knows they live in Lambert’s head rent free, and insinuates that he and Conti used the TNT title for mature things, and Lambert gets disgusted and walks away.

Ricky Starks will defend the FTW Championship against Swerve Stickland this Friday on Rampage, and a video package hypes the match.

Match #5 – Singles Match: Leyla Hirsch vs. Red Velvet
Hirsch drops Velvet with a shot and attacks her on the floor. Velvet comes back and slams Hirsch into the barricade, but Hirsch does the same to Velvet. Hirsch charges at Velvet, but Velvet counters with a back elbow. Velvet drops Hirsch with a hurricanrana from the steps and gets her in the ring. The bell rings and Velvet slams Hirsch into the corner. Velvet delivers body shots and chokes Hirsch with her boot. Velvet stomps on Hirsch and connects with a standing moonsault. Hirsch comes back with a gut-wrench suplex and goes for the cover, but Velvet kicks out as the show heads to a commercial.
Back from the break, Velvet delivers a few shots and drops Hirsch with a clothesline. Velvet delivers an arm-drag and delivers double knees in the ropes. Hirsch comes back and they exchange shots, but Velvet delivers a roundhouse kick. Velvet comes off the ropes, but Hirsch counters with a German suplex. Velvet comes back and delivers a corkscrew kick, but Hirsch rolls to the apron. Velvet goes after Hirsch, but Hirsch drapes her arm over the ropes. Hirsch gets the spare turnbuckle from under the ring, but the referee stops her from using it. Hirsch grabs another one from her trunks and hits Velvet with it, and then gets the pin fall.
Winner: Leyla Hirsch
-After the match, Hirsch attacks Velvet but Kris Statlander rushes the ring and attacks Hirsch. Statlander takes Hirsch to the corner and delivers shots, and then takes her down in the ring. Hirsch rolls out of the ring as Statlander stares her down and checked on Velvet.

Tony Schiavone is backstage with Smart Mark Sterling and the TBS Champion, Jade Cargill. Cargill says she is going to have a huge celebration after her upcoming, 30th win. She lists things that she wants, and Sterling writes them down.

Tony Schiavone introduces the new AEW Women’s World Champion, Thunder Rosa. Before she can talk, Vickie Guerrero interrupts. Guerrero tells Rosa to not insult her state, and tells her to take her green card and head back to Mexico. Rosa argues with her, but Nyla Rose rushes out and attacks Rosa from behind. Rose beats Rosa down and Guerrero says Rose is hungry for the title.

Announced for this Friday’s Rampage:
-FTW Championship Match: Ricky Starks (c) vs. Swerve Strickland
-10 and Alan Angels vs. reDRagon
-Dustin Rhodes vs. Lance Archer
-Nyla Rose in action
-QT Marshall presents Hook with his Certificate of Accomplishment.

Announced for next Wednesday’s Dynamite:
-FTR vs. The Gunn Club
-Andrade El Idolo vs. Darby Allin

Match #6 – Tag Team Match: Dark Order (Alex Reynolds and John Silver)  (w/10 and Alan Angels) vs. The Jericho Appreciation Society (Chris Jericho and Daniel Garcia) (w/Angelo Parker, Jake Hager, and Matt Menard)
Jericho pie-faces Silver, but Silver comes back with quick shots and a shoulder tackle. Silver delivers a scoop slam and follows with an arm-drag. Reynolds tags in and he and Silver trip Jericho in the ring, and then deliver a double dropkick. Reynolds and Silver continue to double-team Jericho, but Jericho ducks to the floor. Silver runs after him and kicks him in the chest. Silver holds Jericho and Reynolds dives through the ropes, and they drop him with a tope suicida/Brain Buster combination on the floor. Garcia gets into the ring and Jericho acts like he is thrown into the steps. Referee Aubrey ejects Angels and 10 from ringside, because Parker and Menard say 10 and Angels threw him into the steps. Angels and 10 argue with the ruling as the show heads to a commercial.
Back from the break, Jericho tags back in and controls Reynolds in the ropes. Jericho chokes Reynolds over the middle rope and Garcia kicks Reynolds in the face. Reynolds fights back, but Jericho drops him with a throat punch. Jericho goes for the Lionsault, but Reynolds dodges it and tags in Silver. Silver drops Jericho with a few clotheslines and follows with a flapjack. Silver sends Garcia to the outside, but Jericho sends Silver to the apron. Silver comes back with a shot to Jericho, and then drops everyone on the floor with shots, and then takes Hager down with a hurricanrana. Silver takes Jericho down with a cross-body and goes for the cover, but Jericho kicks out. Silver delivers a series of kicks to Jericho, but Jericho comes back with the Codebreaker. Jericho goes for the cover, but Silver kicks out. Jericho delivers right hands and tags in Garcia. They double team Silver in the corner, but Silver sends Jericho to the floor. Reynolds tags in and they double team Garcia. Reynolds gets the jackknife cover after Silver delivers a German suplex, but Garcia kicks out. Silver delivers shots to guys on the outside and dives onto Hager, but Hager catches him and slams him on the floor.
Reynolds gets a two count on Garcia and delivers an enzuigiri. Reynolds runs the ropes, but Jericho hits him in the back with his baseball bat. Garcia locks in the Death Lock and Reynolds taps out.
Winners: The Jericho Appreciation Society


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