AEW Dynamite Review – April 17, 2024

AEW Dynamite Review – April 17, 2024

Kicking off this week’s Dynamite with Jon Moxley & Moxley starts with one of the 1st titles he ever won was here in Indianapolis. Moxley says even back then he never had help and was told what he could and could not do and the message is the same now to kiss his ass and watch him climb mountain after mountain. Being great isn’t about what other people say, it’s about what’s inside you. He introduces the IWGP World Heavyweight Title and gets a ‘you deserve it’ chant, and he talks about how he has been chasing it for 5 years. He was told holding this title especially live on Dynamite would be impossible but it’s not impossible if they knew what was inside him.

Moxley moves on to talk about The Don Callis Family and says that Don Callis is a creep and he has no time for him. Moxley says over the weekend they tried to injure his teammate and friend Bryan Danielson and if you’re going to put a target on Bryan’s back you might as well put a target on his. Moxley says if they want to be violent and tough guys, he will be waiting all nice but he suspects he might not be their type. He talks about using weapons and a car to run them over but he gets the sense they won’t learn anything so he’s going to pick the biggest, baddest and meanest one in Powerhouse Hobbs and he challenges him 1 week from tonight on Dynamite in Jacksonville. And in that match Hobbs will find out just how out of his depth he is when he steps in the ring with Moxley because he won’t make it quick or easy he is going to drag Hobbs to the deepest waters that they are. Hobbs will then know that Callis is feeding him lies and that nobody can touch Moxley as there is only one Jon Moxley.

We cut to Mercedes Mone’ in the back who says someone attacked her in the back but as the CEO she can’t wait to pay back that b*tch who attacked her last week. Mone’ says lights off sounds familiar and brings up Julia Hart. She doesn’t picture Hart to be a coward, but maybe it’s someone who wants her to think it’s Hart and face her when she’s not healthy and she is putting the entire women’s division on notice. She will be watching her Mixed Tag Team match tonight and there is a price to pay when you mess with Mercedes Mone’.

Willow Nightingale’s music hits we see her in the back and she has just been attacked and is telling Stokely Hathaway & Kris Statlander that she is fine.

Mixed Tag Team Match
House Of Black (TNT Champion Julia Hart & Brody King) vs. TNT Champion Adam Copeland & Willow Nightingale

The lights go out to turn on as Brody King is there to attacks Adam Copeland from behind as Julia Hart is making her way down to the ring.

King sets up Copeland on a chair on the outside and hits him with a crossbody.

Copeland makes his way into the ring as the match is started with a 2 to 1 Handicap Match as we go to picture in picture.

After the break King keeps working on Copeland by putting him on the top rope but Copeland is able to punch, headbutt and bites King off before hitting him with a top rope clothesline.

King & Copeland start trading strikes before Copeland sends King into the corner with clotheslines and a big boot. Copeland follows with Impaler DDT but King kicks out at two.

Copeland follows with a blockbuster then goes for the spear but gets stopped by a lariat from King.

Copeland is able to dodge a cannonball in the corner as Hart goes to check on King.

Willow Nightingale starts making her way down to the ring all taped up in the neck and starts cheering on Copeland before tagging herself in and hitting a crossbody to King.

Copeland takes out King with a spear before Nightingale hits a cannonball on King.

Hart enters and takes out Nightingale with a chain as the referee isn’t looking as Copeland clotheslines himself & King to the outside.

Hart puts Hartless on Nightingale as Aubrey Edwards ends the match.

Winners By Referee Stoppage: House Of Black

After the match Mercedes Mone’ makes her way down to the ring with a chair but Hart escapes. Mone turns her attention to Nightingale while still holding the chair but Copeland enters the ring as Mone drops the chair and shakes Copeland’s hand.

Renee Paquette is in the back, with a sit down interview with AEW World Champion Samoa Joe and asks in this situation taking on Swerve Strickland how he views him as an opponent. Joe says Strickland is a nuisance as he’s someone who keeps standing up when he knocks him down and he thinks of him as a punching bag. Paquette asks what was going on in Joe’s head when Strickland held his AEW World Title up as Joe says maybe it should be disinfected as we don’t know where Prince Nana has been. Joe starts talking about what Strickland represents as in every title he’s challenged for he’s come up short and calls him a choke artist. Every time Swerve comes closed but then chokes, history will repeat itself at Dynasty. Come Dynasty Joe will be the one choking him instead.

After the break we were in the middle of a Young Bucks & FTR video package but the Young Bucks cut it and said they were short on time and couldn’t air that, as they were back with Kazuchika Okada & Tony Khan. Okada tells PAC that he won’t make it to Dynasty because he is a dead man. They tell Tony Khan to cue their music and get the elevator thing.

Trios Match
The Elite (Continental Champion Kazuchika Okada, Matthew Jackson & Nicholas Jackson) vs. Death Triangle (Pentagon Jr & PAC) & Daniel Garica

Kazuchika Okada & PAC starts the match but right away Young Bucks run in and attack PAC from behind.

Matthew Jackson & Pentagon Jr tag in as Death Triangle start double teaming on Matthew with Penta getting a two count.

The Elite keep triple teaming on Pentagon while tagging in and out.

Pentagon is able to fight them off before making the tag to Daniel Garcia.

He attacks Matthew in the corner with the 10 punches plus his dance.

The Elite take control and attack Death Triangle & Garica as we go to picture in picture.

After the break Matthew with the mic in his hand gets tagged in and starts attacking Garcia while doing play by play and asking Garcia if he thinks he’s better than him.

Garcia is able to take him out with a back suplex before making the hot tag to PAC.

PAC takes everybody out with a moonsault to the outside before telling Okada to enter the ring which he does but not before Matthew knocks down PAC from behind.

Pentagon enters and hits Made In Japan on Okada then a cover but Nicholas Jackson is there to break up the count.

Both teams start going at it before Okada & PAC finally start going at it with a forearm exchange.

PAC goes for Black Arrow but Matthew sweeps PAC’s leg and he goes crashing down before making the tag to Garcia.

After some help from Young Bucks, Okada hits a Tombstone on Garcia followed by another one on Pentagon. The Elite then hits Superkick/Rainmaker combo on Garcia for the win.

Winners: The Elite

After the match they keep attacking Garcia by hitting him with EVP Trigger before bringing in a ladder and attacking Garcia with it. They place Garcia in between the ladder but PAC runs in with the bell hammer to chase off The Elite.

Chris Jericho heads to the ring where Taz is waiting for him as he has brokered this meeting with FTW Champion Hook. Jericho talks about being the greatest of all time and calls himself The Learning Tree. Jericho lists all the names who have gotten to the next level by going through the Jericho Vortex coming out the other side as a better wrestler, performer and person and says he wants the same for Hook. He wants them to get to the top of Wizard Mountain and breathe the Rarified Air of Jericho. Jericho asks Hook if he wants to sit under the Learning Tree and Hook plainly says no. Hook says he doesn’t need Jericho’s help but Jericho tells him not to be stupid. Taz interrupts but Jericho tells him to stop and tells Taz he’s just doing what Taz should have done 30 years ago and gives him some guidance. Jericho talks about the dead weight that’s been surrounding him his entire life as Taz tells Jericho to calm down but Jericho tells Taz to stop.

Jericho says Hook is not as good as he thinks he is but as Taz interrupts again, Jericho pushes Taz down. Hook corners Jericho into the corner and says Jericho has crossed the line and if he wants to see how good he is he will show him again, anytime, any place and anywhere and tells Jericho to get out of his ring. Jericho starts to leave as the crowd sings the goodbye song to him.

Renee Paquette is in the back with Swerve Strickland and says his entire career could change by winning the AEW World Title at Dynasty and asks Strickland for his reaction to Joe calling him a choke artist. Strickland asks Paquette if she believes what Joe said as she says no about him being a choke artist. Strickland says Joe was right about him stumbling in his career but he’s always fallen forward to success. Strickland talks about being put in a coffin, stapled, thrown in barbwire, knocked in the face with a chain and bloodied but he always gets back up. Joe can call him whatever he wants but this Sunday at Dynasty, he’s going to be calling him the new AEW World Champion. Paquette asks what makes him so confident about beating Joe & Strickland says with all due respect this isn’t something he should be answering to her but to Samoa Joe as he takes off his jacket and hat and says he will tell it to Joe’s face in the ring tonight.

Deonna Purrazzo vs. Mariah May

Mariah May corners Deonna Purrazzo but Purrazzo comes right back with a whip and sends her down with a Russian leg sweep before May escapes to the outside preventing an armbar.

Purrazzo drapes May on the middle rope and hits a DDT for a two count but May comes right back and places Purrazzo on the top rope and pushes her off.

Purrazzo crash to the outside as we go to picture in picture with Toni Storm hovering over Deonna.

After the break Purrazzo mounts a comeback on May by knocking her down with a kick and a clothesline but only gets 1 count.

May & Purrazzo go back & forth until Purrazzo knocks May down and puts on Fujiwara Armbar but May is able to crawl and get her foot on the rope to break it up.

Purrazzo knocks May down with a pump kick for a two count and tries a powerbomb but May escapes out and hits a headbutt sending Purrazzo to the corner.

Storm gets on the steel steps and tells May to do the hip attack which she does followed by a DDT for two. They go back & forth with pin attempts as Purrazzo holds on for the win.

Winner: Deonna Purrazzo

After the match Storm runs in and attacks Purrazzo with May as Thunder Rosa runs out and takes out Luther before going and taking out both Storm & May. Purrazzo gets in Rosa’s face as they start shoving each other before May trips Purrazzo out of the ring and they start brawling. As Rosa turns around Storm attacks her but Rosa escapes a Storm Zero attempt punches Storm down then traps her in a Camel Clutch and starts spreading lipstick all over Storm’s face.

Backstage Renee Paquette is in with Bullet Club Gold as they have asked for this time. Jay White talks about all the fun they’ve been up to recently and says they will fulfill their destiny at Dynasty and it’s all about gold. White says The Acclaimed & Billy Gunn have what they have and suggests both teams put their titles on the line.

After the break we go to Trios Champions The Acclaimed & Billy Gunn who say if BCG wants a fight at Dynasty they accept their challenge to put all their titles on the line. Max Caster says for all time they can run it back and challenge The Gunns for Collision.

Orange Cassidy vs. Shane Taylor

Shane Taylor drops Cassidy on the ropes sending him outside and distracts the referee as Lee Moriarty attacks Cassidy.

Taylor continues on the attack and sends Cassidy back outside as we go to picture in picture.

After the break Taylor stays on the attack by cornering Cassidy with punches as Cassidy mounts a comeback and starts attacking Taylor in the corner with punches and uses the turnbuckle pad.

As Taylor distracts the referee Anthony Ogogo & Moriarty attack Cassidy in the corner, and Taylor grabs him only for Cassidy to escape and try the DDT just to reverse and hits Stundog Millionaire.

Cassidy takes out Moriarty & Ogogo with tope suicidas before entering back inside and trying Orange Punch just for Taylor to duck it and knock Cassidy down with a clothesline for two.

A bit of back & forth until Cassidy hits an Orange Punch but it doesn’t knock down Taylor as he hits a punch of his own.

Cassidy comes right back with another Orange Punch for the win.

Winner: Orange Cassidy

After the match Moriarty & Ogogo enter the ring and Moriarty holds Cassidy just for Ogogo to hit a liver punch to him. Matt Sydal & Christopher Daniels make their way down to the ring, but Trent Beretta attacks them with chair shots to the face and watches on as Taylor knocks out Cassidy with a big right hook. Moriarty puts on Border City Stretch as Beretta makes his way to the back.

We see footage of International Champion Roderick Strong turning on Kyle O’Reilly on Collision with words from them as they hype up their title match at Dynasty.

Claudio Castagnoli vs. Will Ospreay

Claudio Castagnoli goes right after Will Ospreay as soon as the bell rings with an uppercut and stays on top of him with a backbreaker.

Ospreay mounts a comeback and follows Castagnoli to the outside where they start fighting against the barricade.

Castagnoli whips Ospreay over the barricade but he just comes back with a springboard forearm to Castagnoli before sending him back inside.

Ospreay sends Castagnoli to the outside with Deja Vu before trying a springboard crossbody to the outside just for Castagnoli to grab him and send him onto the apron with a backbreaker, as we go to picture in picture.

After the break Castagnoli stays on top of Ospreay by holding him down in a chin lock but Ospreay is able to punch his way out flips off of Castagnoli and hits a springboard kick to knock down Castagnoli.

More back & forth as Ospreay puts a Sharpshooter on Castagnoli but he is able to quickly reverse it.

Ospreay catches Castagnoli off the ropes with a kick followed by a Tiger Driver for a two count.

Castagnoli starts taunting Ospreay with soft kicks and smacks to his face before Ospreay gets up and trades forearms and uppercuts with Castagnoli.

Ospreay is able to reverse a Ricola Bomb for a two count then Ospreay calls for OsCutter but Castagnoli catches him.

After running the ropes Ospreay hits a Spanish Fly for a two count and sets up for Hidden Blade but Castagnoli is able to stop the attempt with a pop up uppercut but only gets a two.

Castagnoli goes for Giant Swing but right away Ospreay reverses it into a DDT and hits Cancun Tornado for a two count.

Ospreay quickly follows with the Hidden Blade for the win.

Winner: Will Ospreay (Recommend)

After the match Powerhouse Hobbs, Kyle Fletcher & Konosuke Takeshita run out and start attacking Castagnoli but Jon Moxley runs out and takes out The Don Callis Family. Ospreay yells at the rest of The Don Callis Family and is pissed off for them attacking.

Swerve Strickland cuts the music off and heads to the ring talking about the AEW World Title match at Dynasty. Swerve talks about Samoa Joe having fear in his eye and quivering, as he held the AEW World Title high and says that Joe showed him that he was scared at the fear that Strickland was going to beat him for the AEW World Title. Strickland then calls out Joe to the ring so he can say it to his face. With security trying to hold him back Joe makes his way to the ring. With security in the way Strickland takes them out with Swerve Stomp off the top rope and gets right in Joe’s face and they go right into a brawl. As Nana goes to check on Strickland in the ring, Joe starts cornering Nana just for Strickland to take out Joe with a kick and House Call. As Strickland heads to the top rope Joe stops him and says he’s not that man before taking Strickland out with Muscle Buster and standing tall over Strickland with the AEW World Title to close out this week’s Dynamite.

Saturday’s Collision

Trios Match
The Elite (Continental Champion Kazuchika Okada, Matthew Jackson & Nicholas Jackson) vs. FTR (Dax Harwood & Cash Wheeler) & PAC

Tag Team Bunkhouse Brawl Match
Blackpool Combat Club (Claudio Castagnoli & Bryan Danielson) vs. The Don Callis Family (Konosuke Takeshita & Kyle Fletcher)

Tag Team Match
Trios Champions The Acclaimed (Anthony Bowens & Max Caster) vs. The Gunns (Austin & Coleton)

Dynasty Card (April 21st)

Will Ospreay vs. Bryan Danielson

Ladder Match Finals Of The AEW World Tag Team Titles Tournament
Young Bucks (Matthew Jackson & Nicholas Jackson) vs. FTR (Dax Harwood & Cash Wheeler)

TBS Title Match
Julia Hart (c) vs. Willow Nightingale

AEW World Title Match
Samoa Joe (c) vs. Swerve Strickland

Trios Match
TNT Champion Adam Copeland, Eddie Kingston & Mark Briscoe vs. House Of Black (Malakai Black, Buddy Matthews & Brody King)

Women’s Title Match
Toni Storm (c) vs. Thunder Rosa

Continental Title Match
Kazuchika Okada (c) vs. PAC

International Title Match
Roderick Strong (c) vs. Kyle O’Reilly

Winners Takes All Match
Bullet Club Gold (Jay White, Austin Gunn & Coleton Gunn) (ROH 6 Man Tag Team) vs. The Acclaimed (Anthony Bowens & Max Caster) & Billy Gunn (Trios) (Pre Show)

FTW Title Match
Hook (c) vs. Chris Jericho

Next Week’s Dynamite

Jon Moxley vs. Powerhouse Hobbs