4/20/22 AEW Dynamite Recap
The opening credits roll. Excalibur, Jim Ross, and Tony Schiavone are on commentary from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Match #1 – Singles Match: CM Punk vs. Dustin Rhodes
They lock up and Rhodes applies a hammer-lock. Rhodes turns it into a side-headlock, but Punk sends him off the ropes. Rhodes drops Punk with a shoulder tackle, and then they run the ropes. Rhodes drops Punk with an arm-drag, but Punk comes back with a side-headlock take down. Rhodes turns it into a head scissors, but Punk gets free and works over Rhodes’ lower leg. Punk goes for a quick cover, but Rhodes kicks out. Rhodes applies a wrist-lock, and slams Punk’s arm over the top rope. Rhodes chops Punk in the corner and sends him across. Punk comes back with a boot to the face and goes for GTS, but Rhodes gets free and gets a roll-up for two. Rhodes drops Punk with an arm-drag and works over his shoulder. Punk sends Rhodes off the ropes and Rhodes goes for a cross-body, but Punk dodges and Rhodes spills to the floor. Punk gets Rhodes back in the ring and works over his knee. Punk sits down on Rhodes’ knee a few times and continues to work him over as the show heads to a commercial.
Back from the break, Punk is in control and has Rhodes on the apron. Rhodes comes back and kicks Punk into the turnbuckles and then slams him on the apron. Back in the ring, they exchange shots and Rhodes drops Punk with a back body drop. Rhodes delivers a few clotheslines, and follows with right hands in the corner. Rhodes hops down, but his knee gives out on him. Punk goes for the rising knee strike in the corner, but Rhodes dodges it and delivers Code Red. Rhodes goes for the cover, but Punk kicks out. Rhodes delivers another shot and goes for another cover, but Punk kicks out again. Punk comes back and sends Rhodes into the ropes, and then chop blocks his knee. Punk locks in a Figure Four, and Rhodes’ shoulders drop to the mat a few times for some two counts. Rhodes sits up and he and Punk slap each other in the face repeatedly. Rhodes turns the momentum, but Punk makes it to the ropes. Punk goes for a spring board, but Rhodes punches him in the midsection and delivers Cross Rhodes. Rhodes delivers a pile-driver and goes for the cover, but Punk kicks out.
Rhodes delivers right hands as they get to their feet, but Punk counters with a roundhouse kick. Punk goes for the GTS, but can’t get Rhodes over, and then sits down in a roll-up for the pin fall.
Winner: CM Punk
-After the match, they check on each other and share a hug. They shake hands and Rhodes raises Punk’s arm in the air. Punk walks up the ramp, but the AEW World Champion, Adam Page, meets him at the top of the ramp. They get face-to-face and smile and nod at each other before Punk walks to the back.
Wardlow is shown arriving earlier today, but he is stopped by security. Smart Mark Sterling says security will bring him to his dressing room, the ring, and right back out of the building from now on. Sterling says Wardlow has to wear hand cuffs everywhere in the building, and one of the guys hand cuffs him.
Match #2 – Trios Tag Team Match: Blackpool Combat Club (Bryan Danielson, Jon Moxley, and Wheeler Yuta) (w/William Regal) vs. Brock Anderson, Dante Martin, and Lee Moriarty (w/Arn Anderson)
Moxley, Danielson, and Yuta attack Anderson, Martin, and Moriarty immediately, and Yuta and Martin are left in the ring. Yuta applies a bow-and-arrow stretch, but Martin comes back with a quick roll-up for two, and then delivers an enzuigiri. Danielson tags in and takes Martin to the corner and delivers a series of chops. Danielson delivers the running kick to Martin’s head, but Martin comes back with an enzuigiri. Martin delivers a dropkick and Moxley tags in. Martin drops Moxley with a dropkick and tags in Anderson. Anderson drops Moxley with a clothesline and stomps him in the corner. Anderson sends him across and charges, but Moxley dodges and delivers a half-and-half suplex. Moxley drapes Anderson over the top rope as the show heads to a commercial.
Back from the break, Moxley and Anderson are still the legal men. Anderson comes back with a spine-buster, and Moxley tags Danielson. Moriarty tags in, and sends Yuta to the floor. Moriarty takes Danielson down from the top, and then delivers a series of knee strikes. Danielson and Moriarty exchange palm strikes, and then uppercuts. Moriarty delivers a back suplex and goes for the cover, but Danielson kicks out. Moriarty applies the Steel City Stretch, but Danielson gets to his feet and suplexes Moriarty. Martin tags in, as does Moxley. Martin takes control and goes for the Nosedive, but Moxley catches him in a rear-choke. Moriarty kicks Moxley in the back, but Moxley keeps the hold applied. Yuta takes out Anderson with elbows, as Danielson stomps Moriarty and Moxley delivers elbows to Anderson. Moxley drops Martin with the Paradigm Shift and gets the pin fall.
Winners: Blackpool Combat Club
Adam Cole, reDRagon, and The Young Bucks are backstage. Kyle O’Reilly says they don’t see eye to eye with The Bucks, and they’ve all lost a lot recently. O’Reilly says he will qualify for the Owen Hart Cup, and Cole says he’s right. Cole says it’s about time they all work as a team, and says they should have an Undisputed Elite Open Challenge Ten-Man Tag next week to prove it.
Samoa Joe says he is coming for Jay Lethal, Sonjay Dutt, and Satnam Singh, and they answer by saying Singh will take Joe out.
Tony Schiavone introduces Tony Khan, who brings out the President of New Japan Pro Wrestling, Takami Ohbari. Adam Cole interrupts and announces AEW/NJPW Forbidden Door, and then says he will take on Ishii in an Owen Hart Qualifier. Cole says he has a friend here tonight, and Jay White comes to the stage. White says the last time NJPW held a joint event, he single-handedly sold out Madison Square Garden. White says it’s not about NJPW or AEW, and says it is about the Undisputed Elite and the Bullet Club, because it is still their era.
Jade Cargill is backstage with Red Velvet, Kiera Hogan, and Smart Mark Sterling. She says she will be the Problem Solver and will take care of Marina Shafir this Friday on Rampage.
MJF and Shawn Spears are in the club seats, and MJF says Wardlow is a nobody just like the fans. MJF says since Wardlow is a nobody, he will be entering to no music.
Match #3 – Singles Match: The Butcher vs. Wardlow
They exchange shots and Butcher bites Wardlow’s head. Butcher backs Wardlow into the corner and delivers a series of headbutts. Wardlow runs through a clothesline and drops Butcher with a few shoulder tackles. Wardlow sends Butcher to the outside, but Butcher throws chairs into the ring. The referee tosses them back out, and Butcher pulls Wardlow to the floor. Butcher backs Wardlow into the apron and the barricade. Butcher delivers clotheslines against both, and then slams Wardlow into the ring post. Butcher gets Wardlow back into the ring and drops him with another shot. Butcher delivers a power bomb and goes for the cover, but Wardlow kicks out at one. Wardlow comes back with a kick to the midsection, and then delivers the Powerbomb Symphony with four power bombs for the pin fall.
-After the match, Wardlow laughs as the hand cuffs get put back on him and security walks him backstage.
Eddie Kingston says it’s just he and Daniel Garcia this Friday night, and then tells Chris Jericho to watch what he does to Garcia. Kingston tells Jericho that whatever he does to Garcia, he is going to do to Jericho. Kingston says Garcia’s family and friends won’t recognize him when he’s finished with him.
Match #4 – Men’s Owen Hart Foundation Tournament – Qualifying Match: Jungle Boy vs. Kyle O’Reilly
They lock up and go for holds, but neither man gains the advantage. They tie up again, and Jungle BOy eventually delivers a chop and goes for an arm-drag. O’Reilly counters into a cross arm-breaker, but Jungle Boy grabs the ropes. O’Reilly kicks Jungle Boy in the chest and sends him to the corner. Jungle Boy dodges a kick and drops O’Reilly with a dropkick. Jungle Boy delivers a few chops, and follows with a forearm shot. O’Reilly comes back with a hammer-lock, and then slams Jungle Boy to the mat. O’Reilly goes for the cover, but Jungle Boy kicks out. O’Reilly goes for another cross arm-breaker, but Jungle Boy counters with a cover for two. O’Reilly comes back with a knee strike, and then slams Jungle Boy to the mat. O’Reilly goes for the cover, but Jungle Boy kicks out as the show heads to a commercial.
Back from the break, Jungle Boy kicks O’Reilly away and delivers a back elbow. Jungle Boy delivers a few more shots and drops O’Reilly with a few back elbows. They go to the floor and Jungle Boy keeps control with a few shots. Jungle Boy gets O’Reilly back into the ring, but O’Reilly comes back with a shot of his own. O’Reilly shoves Jungle Boy away and drops him with a clothesline from behind. O’Reilly kicks Jungle Boy in the face and charges, but Jungle Boy slams him into the turnbuckles. O’Reilly comes back and puts Jungle Boy up top and applies a wrist-lock. Jungle Boy escapes and hands O’Reilly in the corner. O’Reilly rakes Jungle Boy’s eyes, but Jungle Boy comes back with right hands to O’Reilly. Jungle Boy stomps O’Reilly in the corner and connects with a sliding dropkick. Jungle Boy goes for a sliding elbow, but O’Reilly dodges and delivers a few shots. They roll through and Jungle Boy gets a roll-up for two, and then O’Reilly applies an ankle lock. Jungle Boy counters and locks in the Snare Trap. O’Reilly makes it to the ropes and Jungle Boy goes up top, but O’Reilly cuts him off. O’Reilly delivers a Brain Buster, and drops a knee across the back of Jungle Boy’s head from the top and gets the pin fall.
Winner: Kyle O’Reilly
-After the match, Jungle Boy apologizes to Christian Cage, who meets him at ringside. They share a hug and walk up the ramp.
Backstage, MJF says Butcher didn’t get the job done, but there is a lot more money where that came from. MJF says all it takes is one bite from a snake, and Jake Roberts walks in. MJF hands him an envelope of money, and Roberts says the time is right. Lance Archer walks in and says he doesn’t want the money, he just wants Wardlow. Archer says if anybody gets in his way, remember that everybody dies.
Match #5 – Singles Match: Hook vs. Anthony Henry
Hook takes Henry down with an ankle pick and goes for a single-leg Boston Crab, but Henry makes it to the ropes. Hook delivers body shots in the corner and takes Henry to the mat. Hook delivers a clothesline to the back of Henry’s head, and then delivers cross-face shots. Danhausen appears at ringside and tries to curse Hook, but Hook isn’t fazed by it and locks in Redrum on Henry, and Henry taps out.
-After the match, Danhausen gets in the ring and says if Hook won’t get cursed by Danhausen, then he will fight Danhausen. Hook shoulders past him and gets out of the ring.
Tony Schiavone is backstage with Frankie Kazarian. Kazarian tries to challenge Sammy Guevara, but Scorpio Sky interrupts. He says he has had a lot to think about since Battle of the Belts. He says he can owe his success to Kazarian, but he needs one more favor. Sky says he wants his title back, and he will give Kazarian the first shot. Kazarian says he has always had Sky’s back, and he always will. They slap hands and Sky walks away as Kazarian looks on.
The AEW Women’s World Champion, Thunder Rosa, cuts a promo. She says she is no one’s stepping stone and is one of the best in the world. She says she will continue to prove that, and it’s time to go double or nothing.
The new AEW TNT Champion, Sammy Guevara, and Tay Conti are in the ring. Guevara says he is on top of the world as TNT Champion for a third time. He kisses Conti and says he loves her. He says he loves everyone who cheers for them, and he will give his everything forever to them. Guevara says for everyone else, their only option is to be mad. Scorpio Sky, Ethan Page, and Dan Lambert come out. Sky says no one is here to see Guevara, and Page says no one paid to see him. Page says the only reason they aren’t beating his ass is because Lambert says tonight is about business. Lambert says Guevara threw away the respect of the fans when he started acting like a douche bag. Lambert says he either gives Sky his rematch, or he will send Sky and Page to the ring to give Guevara the pounding his girlfriend only dreams about. Guevara says he will give Sky the title match if they give them the Mixed Tag Team Match that they asked for, and Sky agrees.
The House of Black cut a promo. Malakai Black says the House is owned a debt, and next week, the sun dies.
Match #6 – Women’s Owen Hart Foundation Tournament – Qualifying Match: Dr. Britt Baker, D.M.D. (w/Najee Harris and Pat Freiermuth) vs. Danielle Kamela
They lock up and Kamela shoves Baker away. Kamela drops Baker to the mat, but Baker counters with a few quick roll-ups. Baker drops Kamela with a butterfly suplex as the show heads to a commercial.
Back from the break, Kamela has a Terrible Towel wrapped around Baker’s face, but Baker comes back with a double leg take down and delivers right hands. Kamela comes back with a kick to the midsection, but Baker counters with an elbow strike. Baker delivers a few elbow strikes against the ropes and drops Kamela with a Slingblade. Baker delivers a superkick and drops her with a swinging neck-breaker. Baker delivers the stomp and gets the Steelers glove from Freiermuth. Baker applies the Lockjaw and Kamela taps out.
Winner: Dr. Britt Baker, D.M.D.
-After the match, Baker says the last few weeks have been clear. She says the women’s division has been horrible without her. She insults Ruby Soho, Toni Storm, and Jade Cargill, and Red Velvet. Baker says they can all sit the hell down because she is the baddest bitch on the block and the future Owen Hart Foundation Tournament winner.
A video package airs for the ongoing feud between Hikaru Shida and Serena Deeb. It will come to an end next week in a Philadelphia Street Fight.
Announced for this Friday’s Rampage:
-AEW TBS Championship Match: Jade Cargill (c) vs. Marina Shafir
-Men’s Owen Hart Foundation Tournament – Qualifying Match: Adam Cole vs. Tomohiro Ishii
-Daniel Garcia vs. Eddie Kingston, with their groups barred from ringside
-Lance Archer vs. Serpentico
-Keith Lee and Swerve Strickland will be interviewed
-The women who have qualified so far for the Owen Hart Tournament will be interviewed
Announced for next Wednesday’s Dynamite:
-AEW TNT Championship – Ladder Match: Sammy Guevara (c) vs. Scorpio Sky
-Ten-Man Tag Team Match: Brock Anderson, Dante Martin, Lee Johnson, and The Varsity Blonds vs. The Undisputed Elite
-Men’s Owen Hart Foundation Tournament – Qualifying Match: Cash Wheeler vs. Dax Harwood
-Philly Street Fight: Hikaru Shida vs. Serena Deeb
-Lance Archer vs. Wardlow
Match #7 – Coffin Match: Andrade El Idolo (w/Isiah Kassidy, Marq Quen, and The Blade) vs. Darby Allin
Allin goes for a shot with the skateboard, but Idolo dodges it and Private Party and Blade get in the ring and help Idolo deliver shots. They get Allin to the floor, but Allin comes back with his skateboard and delivers a few shots. The numbers advantage gets the better of Allin. Sting appears in the crowd and beats everyone down and slams them into the barricade as Allin and Idolo brawl in the crowd. Sting rakes Blade’s eyes as Allin slams Idolo into the scaffolding steps. Quen gets Sting on the steps and hits him with a chair, but Sting isn’t fazed and knocks the chair to the floor. Sting shoves Quen onto Idolo and Blade, and then takes all of them out with a cross-body from the hand rails as the show heads to a commercial.
Back from the break, Idolo has Allin in the corner with a chair wedged against Allin. Idolo charges, but Allin throws the chair at Idolo and then drops him with Code Red. Allin kicks Idolo to the floor and goes for the Coffin Drop. Idolo catches him and drops him with a German suplex on the floor. Idolo takes Allin to the coffin and punches Allin into it. The inside of the coffin lid is covered in thumbtacks, and Idolo tries to shut Allin inside. Allin pushes his arm into the tacks to keep the lid open, and then Idolo suplexes Allin on the entrance ramp. Idolo tries to suplex Allin off the stage, but Allin counters with a few knee strikes. Idolo keeps a hold of him and suplexes him onto a steel grate by the stage. Idolo drags Allin back to the coffin and then slams him into the ring steps. Idolo tries to rip the lid off the coffin and then picks Allin up. Idolo takes Allin to the apron, but Allin gets free with a few shots that send Idolo to the floor. Allin takes Idolo down into the coffin with a tope suicida and then slams the lid into Idolo. Jose runs down and prevents the lid from being closed all the way.
Allin back body drops Jose onto the thumbtacks, and then closes the lid and dives onto it to get the win.
Winner: Darby Allin
-After the match, Allin and Sting get into the ring as The Hardys come to the stage and do the “Delete” gesture with the crowd as the show comes to a close.