AEW Dynamite aired live from Jacksonville tonight at Daily’s Place. The Exalted One was revealed during tonight’s episode.
Dynamite Results (3/18)
- Lucha Bros def Best Friends
- Hikaru Shida def. Penelope Ford, Riho, and Kris Statlander
- Jurassic Express def. Butcher & Blade
- Brodie Lee is the Exalted One
- Inner Circle def. The Elite
Here are 6 takeaways from this week’s show:
Cody Asked The Elite To Put Their Differences Aside
Cody kicked off the show by speaking to the audience at home. Cody said that us as human beings need to stand together and for many of us that will mean standing at a distance. He stated that he refuses to live in fear because that is not living at all.
He claimed that Matt Jackson’s anger towards Hangman Adam Page was misplaced and he needs him at his best at Blood & Guts. Cody added that he is tired of putting over Hangman Page and challenged him to be the difference maker at Blood & Guts.
Cody said that he needs the real Kenny Omega, the best bout machine. He stated that he needs The Elite to be elite. Matt Jackson and Kenny Omega joined Cody in the ring. Omega claimed that they don’t know if they will even had a Dynamite next week but he would want to go out how they came in, as The Elite.
Matt wondered where Hangman was and looked around the empty arena. Page showed up with a glass of whiskey on the ramp and Matt asked Hangman if he will stand with them tonight and at Blood & Guts. Page raised his glass and said “yep” before heading backstage. Hangman shouted to hit the pyro and Dynamite began.
Lucha Bros Picked Up A Win
Match Recap: MJF started up a “lets go bad guys!” chant as Fenix beat down Trent to start things off. Trent battled back and hit Double Knees and followed it up with a boot to the back of Ray’s head. Chuck tagged in and slammed Ray Fenix to the canvas.
Fenix finally battled back and hit Trent with a few chops to the chest. Pentagon tagged in and hit Trent with a Superkick. Lucha Bros connected Trent with stereo kicks to the face for a near fall. MJF and Spears enjoyed some wine as Fenix booted Chuck off the apron.
Orange Cassidy stood up and distracted Lucha Bros. Trent took out Pentagon with a Suicide Dive as Chuck leveled Fenix with a Clothesline. Back in the ring, Trent connected with a Tornado DDT and tagged Chuck back in. Chuck planted Fenix with a Backbreaker. Best Friends opted not to hug and rubbed elbows instead. Lucha Bros leveled them with a couple of Superkicks as Orange Cassidy left the announce desk.
Orange Cassidy put his hands in his pockets and hit Lucha Bros with a Crossbody. Chuck hit Pentagon with a Piledriver for a two count. Pentagon pinned Trent after a low blow to pick up the win and MJF won his bet against Spears.
After the match, Tony interviewed Best Friends on the stage. Best Friends told Death Triangle to meet them in the parking lot next week for a Street Fight.
Hikaru Shida Remains The Top Contender For The AEW Women’s Championship
Penelope Ford, Riho, Kris Statlander, Hikaru Shida competed in a 4-Way match tonight on Dynamite.
Match Recap: Penelope went right after Riho start it off and sent her flying out of the ring. Kip Sabian dragged Shida and Statlander out of the ring and they responded with a couple punches to the face. Riho climbed to the top rope and took everyone out with a Crossbody. Statlander planted Riho with a Backbreaker and set her up on the turnbuckle. Shida then Suplexed Statlander onto Riho. Kris battled back with a massive Clothesline. Penelope went for a Hurricanrana and completely missed.
Ford and Riho teamed up for a second to hit Shida with a Suplex. Riho launched off Penelope and hit Kip with a knee to the face. Kris lifted Riho up in the Electric Chair and slammed her onto Shida. Penelope planted Statlander and knocked her out of the ring. Shida planted Penelope with the Falcon Arrow for a near fall. Shida followed it up with a running knee to the face.After the match, Colt Cabana was interviewed ringside. He dissed Kip and Sabian got in his face. Colt slapped him and Kip retreated with Penelope Ford.
Jurassic Express Defeated Butcher & Blade
The Butcher and The Blade squared off against Jurassic Express. MJF handed Butcher and Blade some cash and said “daddy needs a win”.
Match Recap: Jungle Boy hit Blade with an Arm Drag but Blade caught him with a knee to the midsection. Luchasaurus tagged in and slammed Blade to the canvas for a one count. Jungle Boy went for a Crossbody but Butcher & Blade caught him and threw him into the barricade.
Back in the ring, Butcher tagged in and hit Jungle Boy with a headbutt. Butcher followed it up with a massive chop and tagged Blade back in. Blade hit Jungle Boy with a Backbreaker and went for the cover for a two count. Luchasaurus finally got a tag and took out Butcher with a boot to the face. Luchasaurus went for a Moonsault and came up a bit short on Butcher outside the ring. Back in the ring, Jungle Boy hit Blade with a Cutter. Luchasaurus pinned Blade for the victory.
Brodie Lee Is The Exalted One
Dark Order came down to the ring and claimed that the Exalted One is near and will bring new life to the Dark Order. Frankie Kazarian and Christopher Daniels interrupted and said that they were sick of Evil Uno’s lies.
Daniels stated that Uno hasn’t made anyone’s lives any better in Dark Order and has just been wasting everyone’s time. Daniels shouted that there is no Exalted One before music hit. The Exalted One spoke in an altered voice and said that Dark Order will do what they want when they want.
The Exalted One then took off his hood and it was revealed to be Brodie Lee. Brodie introduced himself to Christopher Daniels and announced himself as the Exalted One. Brodie then said to Daniels that he is not the first out of touch old man to not believe in him. Brodie then appeared and the ring and leveled Daniels with a big boot and a Clothesline.
Matt Hardy Will Join The Elite At Blood & Guts
Inner Circle (Jake Hager, Santana, and Ortiz) battled The Elite ( Cody, Hangman Adam Page, and Matt Jackson) in the main event tonight. Sammy Guevara and Kenny Omega were ringside for the match. Chris Jericho joined commentary as Sammy Guevara and MJF sang along to Judas. The winner of the match will get the advantage at Blood & Guts next week.
Match Recap: Cody planted Ortiz with a Suplex and tagged Matt in. Matt got in some offense before Hangman tagged himself in. Page leveled Santana with a Clothesline for a near fall. Cody tagged in and walked into a Clothesline from Santana. Ortiz slammed Cody into the apron as Dynamite went to a commercial break.
Hager had Cody in a Wrist Lock when AEW returned from commercial. Ortiz tagged and rolled up Cody for a near fall. Cody battled back with Cross Rhodes but couldn’t make the cover. Cody crawled towards the corner but Hager tagged in. Cody Clotheslined Hager to the outside as Santana knocked The Elite off the apron.
Hangman tagged in and hit Ortiz with a big boot and followed it up with a Clothesline. Hangman planted Santana with a Fallaway Slam and then hit a Crossbody on Hager outside the ring. Back in the ring, Hangman hit a Clothesline on Santana for a two count. Cody took out Ortiz with a Suicide Dive and threw him over the barricade and onto MJF.
Wardlow grabbed Cody’s throat and Arn Anderson hit Wardlow with his notepad. Back in the ring, Matt hit Santana with three Northern Lights Suplexes in a row. Page and Matt teamed up and planted Hager with a Northern Lights Suplex. They went for the Indie Taker but Hager tripped up Hangman. Santana then rolled up Matt for the victory.
After the match, Chris Jericho grabbed a microphone and started mocking The Elite. Jericho claimed that he is banning all fans from Dynamite until he says so. Jericho boasted about attacking Nick Jackson and flipped The Elite the bird. Hager did some pushups as Sammy was on his back. Chris added that Inner Circle hasn’t done anything besides win and dominate The Elite. Jericho asked Sammy to tell the world how sexy he is and Guevara started hitting on Brandi. A drone flew over the ring as Matt stated that The Elite isn’t outnumbered. The drone (Vanguard 1) landed in the ring and Matt said he made a call to a friend. Matt Hardy was then shown standing above the ring and made the delete motion to close the show.
Opinion: Dynamite was a WONDERFUL show tonight and it is great to see Brodie Lee & Matt Hardy in AEW. The entire show tonight was entertaining and I’m looking forward to the Blood & Guts match and the Street Fight next week as well.