AEW Dynamite Review – April 24, 2024

AEW Dynamite Review – April 24, 2024

Kicking off this week’s Dynamite with The Elite arriving at the arena before another vehicle pulls up as Jack Perry comes out and joins them. Security stops them and tells Perry he can’t be here but AEW World Tag Team Champion Matthew Jackson says that he’s with them and they keep going. They talk about having some business to attend to tonight before saying Hands off the merchandise as one of the security was holding back Perry.

We go to the ring where we hear Orange Cassidy’s music but we see Cassidy being tossed onto the ramp as Trent Beretta is revealed to be his attacker. Beretta keeps attacking Cassidy by sending him into the ring. Beretta gets on the mic and calls out Chuck Taylor to make his decision on whose side he’s on. Taylor enters the ring as Beretta says he wants to start by apologizing and says he’s sorry but sorry for not doing this a long time ago and spending 5 years hugging this prick. Beretta said Cassidy was supposed to be his mascot and somehow made them his lackeys. They did everything for him and he gave them nothing and told Taylor that Cassidy doesn’t care for him or is his friend. Beretta says he cares about Taylor is his friend and loves him and tells him to do the right thing and give the people what they want. Taylor goes to hug Beretta but then says he always thought he was a piece of shit and attacks Beretta with the mic. Taylor says they won’t clear him for a match in this ring but he doesn’t want to fight him in the ring, he wants to fight him in the parking lot.

We go to Jon Moxley in the back who says he’s feeling confident tonight and will successfully defend his IWGP World Heavyweight Title but don’t mistake that for arrogance or ignorance and won’t underestimate Powerhouse Hobbs as he knows what he’s capable for. He’s aware of what’s happening tonight and it only takes one mistake for him and he knows just how far Don Callis is willing to go to get an edge to win and nobody knows better than him what it takes to go and stay at the top. Tonight will be a march through hell but there’s nowhere he’d rather be, he doesn’t play golf, this is pro wrestling, the greatest sport in the world and tonight he will remind the world just who he is. And they will feel from Jacksonville to Tokyo what he does to Hobbs tonight.

Non Title Match
AEW World Champion Swerve Strickland vs. Kyle Fletcher

If Fletcher wins he gets a AEW World Title Match.

Swerve Strickland & Kyle Fletcher start the match by taking turns trying to take each other down as Strickland is able to but Fletcher gets his foot on the rope to break it up.

They start dodging each other’s moves and mirroring each other before Fletcher sends Strickland to the apron and kicks him off to the floor before following him out there.

Prince Nana tries to get involved and it distracts Fletcher as he gets back body dropped on the floor as we head to picture in picture.

After the Strickland is able to get some momentum and slow down Fletcher by trying to set up for an armbreaker before they get into a slap exchange that ends with a kick and Michinoku Driver from Fletcher.

Strickland hits Swerve Stomp to Fletcher on the apron but Strickland rolls to the outside and shows a bit of an injury to himself because of it.

Back in the ring Strickland tries to go for House Call but Fletcher catches him right into a heel hook but Strickland is able to eventually grab the rope to break it up.

Fletcher starts kicking away at Strickland before they start trading kicks and strikes.

Strickland stops the sequence with a flatliner before hitting a brainbuster for a two count.

They go back & forth with Tombstone attempts before Fletcher is able to hit it for two.

Don Callis starts calling plays by yelling Melbourne! as Fletcher goes to get a table before changing his mind and going after Strickland putting him on the top rope.

Strickland fights him off and hits the Swerve Stomp as Fletcher is on the ropes but Fletcher kicks out at two. Strickland follows with House Call to put Fletcher away.

Winner: AEW World Champion Swerve Strickland (Since Fletcher lost he doesn’t get a AEW World Title Match)

Renee Paquette is in the back with Thunder Rosa and says it’s been two years since they’ve seen her with the Women’s Title and asks what went wrong with her title match from Dynasty. Rosa says she can make excuses about Deonna Purrazzo & Women’s Champion Toni Storm but says she was proud of what she was able to accomplish as Purrazzo walks in upset that she mentioned her and they start pushing each other before security breaks them apart.

Mina Shirakawa vs. Anna Jay

Mina Shirakawa & Anna Jay starts the match by taunting each other.

Jay takes advantage and starts going after Shirakawa but Shirakawa is able to trip her up and starts kicking away at her before working on her knee.

Shirakawa starts counting while dropping elbows on Jay’s knee with a dance in between.

Shirakawa transitions into a Figure 4 but Jay is able to grab the rope.

Jay comes back with an eye rake before dropping Shirakawa on the ropes with a neckbreaker and gets in Mariah May’s face on the outside as we go to picture in picture.

After the break they are having a forearm exchange before Shirakawa is able to knock Jay down with a backfist and a knee strike from the top rope for a two count.

Jay comes back and hits Gory Special but Shirakawa kicks out at two.

Shirakawa comes back with a dragon screw and puts the Figure 4 back on as Jay scoots over to the ropes again.

Mina goes and hits a missile dropkick followed by an enzuigiri for two.

Jay reverses out and puts on Queen Slayer but Shirakawa escapes out and rolls up Jay for in the Glamours Collection for the win.

Winner: Mina Shirakawa

After the match Shirakawa & May go to drink champagne and celebrate but Jay attacks them both from behind and puts Queen Slayer on May. Women’s Champion Toni Storm runs out and chases Jay away before going to check on May. Serena Deeb then makes her way out and picks up the Women’s Title that Storm left by the ramp. Deeb looks into the camera and says she’s making the promise that the next time she touches that title she will become the Women’s Champion.

After the break Stokely Hathaway & Kris Statlander are in the ring as Hathaway brings up Bill Withers’s 1977 song Lovely Day and says that’s how he feels today as he shows that Caprice Coleman is on commentary for this celebration. Statlander gives a speech about Willow Nightingale that Hathaway calls 2 packs of ass before they bring out Nightingale. Coleman starts singing & rapping to Nightingale theme. Willow says this is the very place where in Spring 2020 she was in the front row here before she was in the ring in 2022 where she became All Elite. Tonight she is not a rookie and stands there as the face of TBS.

Mercedes Mone’ interrupts and makes her way to the ring as Nightingale calls this the 4th time she’s interrupted her and if she has something to say now is the time to say it. Mercedes says she was just here to congratulate her and enjoy the celebration because at Double Or Nothing you’ll be looking at the new face of TBS. She then asks if Willow was that b*tch who attacked her as Statlander butts in and they start blaming each other. Stokely brings up Julia Hart as Nightingale says Mone has a personal vendetta against her and asks if she thinks she intentionally injured her. Mone brings up how Nightingale doesn’t want to know the truth as Nightingale says she feels awful and she herself has doubts. When she went back and had the championship she asked herself if she could have beat Mone at 100% then heard the same thing everywhere she looked. That championship had an asterisk next to it but the TBS Title has no asterisk and at Double Or Nothing she wants Mone at 100%. Mone tells Nightingale to try her hardest because at Double Or Nothing she can’t beat her. As Mone goes to leave Statlander goes to hold her back and Mone thinking it was Nightingale goes and slaps her instead.

Alex Marvez catches Jack Perry coming out of Tony Khan’s office and asks if he’s been reinstated in AEW. Marvez goes to ask Continental Champion Kazuchika Okada & AEW World Tag Team Champions Young Bucks after as Matthew Jackson says his future is uncertain but Khan has agreed to an in ring segment with Perry tonight.

International Title #1 Contenders 8 Man Casino Gauntlet Match
Trios Champion Jay White vs. Dante Martin vs. Pentagon Jr vs. Kyle O’Reilly vs. Will Ospreay vs. Lance Archer vs. Komander vs. Jay Lethal

Jay White & Dante Martin starts this match as White heads to the outside.

Martin tries to dive onto him but White dodges him and attacks him ringside before Marin.

White stops him with a knee strike by sending him back inside.

Pentagon Jr comes out next at #3 and goes after Marin as we go to picture in picture.

After the break it’s still the 3 of them as Kyle O’Reilly makes his way out at #4.

O’Reilly & White face off and start trading strikes before O’Reilly kicks White down and takes Martin down before going right back to White and putting on a heel hook as Will Ospreay comes out at #5 and goes right after O’Reilly.

Ospreay takes out O’Reilly with a springboard elbow before Martin & Pentagon go after Ospreay before going face 2 face with White.

They go to shake hands before White goes after Ospreay.

Ospreay takes out Martin with a Spanish Fly as Lance Archer makes his way out at #6 and goes at it with Ospreay.

Archer starts fighting everybody off and drops Ospreay to everybody else on the outside with a Blackout as we go back to picture in picture.

After the 2nd break Archer is still in control as Komander comes out at #7 and sends Archer off the apron onto 2 tables with a hurricanrana.

Komander & Ospreay go at it before White gets involved as Ospreay hits him with Liger Bomb for a two count.

As Ospreay goes for Hidden Blade he gets stopped by #8 entrant Jay Lethal.

He hits Lethal Injection to Pentagon before getting stopped by White with a sleeper suplex.

Ospreay goes for the Tiger Driver 91 but stops himself.

Komander gets involved and hits a springboard 450 on O’Reilly but Ospreay follows that with Hidden Blade to Komander to get the win.

Winner & #1 Contender To The International Title: Will Ospreay

After the match Undisputed Kingdom comes out as International Champion Roderick Strong goes face 2 face with Will Ospreay.

FTW Champion Chris Jericho says the FTW Title means a lot of things but now it stands for For The World as Taz on commentary is upset about all this. Jericho says he is doing God’s work and brings up Terry Funk telling him that it’s his responsibility to teach the next generation and take them to the next level and that’s what he’s doing. Jericho starts thanking Hook but says his only flaw is there are still things he has to learn from the Learning Tree and get rid of the dead weight that surrounds him like Taz & Katsuyori Shibata. More importantly Hook needs to listen when Jericho tells him to stay down and he was forced him to hit him in the head with a baseball bat. Jericho knows Hook is at world listening and thinking about the lessons he learned and that’s exciting to him. What’s also exciting to him is the list of men and women drawn into the Jericho Vortex and came out bigger stars.

Big Bill interrupts and says he’s been in the back listening to him and he only has one thing to say and that’s that he needs to learn from The Learning Tree and calls him the Socrates of professional wrestling. Bill says there is a long line of people trying to get an opportunity at The Learning Tree but says there is nobody bigger and better fit than he is for The Learning Tree. Jericho says he’s been watching Bill and he will think about what he said and he will be watching him as Bill tells him to and he will show him.

Backstage Renee Paquette is with The Don Callis Family’s Don Callis, Will Ospreay & Kyle Fletcher & Callis says he’s so happy and excited for Ospreay as he will get the gold as he is an International star. Callis asks why he didn’t do the Tiger Driver as Ospreay says after what happened to Danielson he isn’t doing it anymore. Callis gets upset but Fletcher stops him and says he won the match as Callis says Fletcher shouldn’t say anything about winning matches and leaves before saying Hobbs will win a title tonight just like Ospreay will at Double Or Nothing.

IWGP World Heavyweight Title Match
Jon Moxley (c) vs. Powerhouse Hobbs

Jon Moxley & Powerhouse Hobbs go back and forth to start before Hobbs slams Moxley down as he goes to the outside and shows a bit of injury to his back.

They start fighting on the outside where Moxley kicks Hobbs over the barricade almost hitting a security guard in the process. They start fighting through the crowd.

Hobbs sends Moxley back ringside before they go back towards the ring as Hobbs slams Moxley onto the apron going into PIP.

After the break Hobbs is in control before Moxley is able to dodge Hobbs who goes crashing into the corner and clutches his knee.

As he spills to the outside where Moxley meets him with a dive.

Moxley attacks Hobbs in the corner with a flurry of punches before hitting Paradigm Shift for a two count and puts on a Bulldog Choke & the ref calls for the bell.

Winner & Still IWGP World Heavyweight Champion: Jon Moxley (STILL CHAMPION!!!)

After the match Konosuke Takeshita comes out and stares down at Jon Moxley motioning for the IWGP World Heavyweight Title.

Backstage Renee Paquette is with Katsuyori Shibata where Shibata is offended by Chris Jericho’s comments from earlier and challenges him to a match for next week for the FTW Title with FTW Rules before complementing Paquette’s dress.

Tony Schiavone is in the ring and calls out Jack Perry as the crowd chants Oh cry me a river before Perry says he’s had many great memories here in Jacksonville but calls out Tony Khan & he makes his way to the ring. Perry says it’s been a long road and says almost 5 years ago was the very 1st Double or Nothing and since then AEW has gone on to change the world. Perry says it’s no secret they have had their ups and downs but from the bottom of his heart he swears to God the only thing he’s ever wanted is what’s best for AEW. Perry then asks Khan to shake his hand reinstate him and continue to go on and change the world together. They shake hands and hug as Perry smiles into the camera and raises Khan’s hand before hitting a punch to Khan’s gut. The rest of The Elite come out and help up Khan teasing an EVP Trigger before changing it to the Tony Khan Driver on Tony Khan.

The Elite leave and say it’s time to change the world as officials go to check on the downed Khan including his father Shad Khan to close out this week’s Dynamite.

Saturday’s Collision

Trios Titles Match
Bullet Club Gold (Jay White, Austin Gunn & Coleton Gunn) (c) vs. Top Flight (Dante Martin & Darius Martin) & Action Andretti

Non Title Match
Women’s Champion Toni Storm vs. Anna Jay

Saturday’s Rampage

Thunder Rosa vs. Deonna Purrazzo

Parking Lot Brawl
Trent Beretta vs. Chuck Taylor

Next Week’s Dynamite

FTW Title Match
Chris Jericho (c) vs. Katsuyori Shibata

Updated Double Or Nothing Card (May 26th)

TBS Title Match
Willow Nightingale (c) vs. Mercedes Mone

International Title Match
Roderick Strong (c) vs. Will Ospreay

AEW World Title Match
Swerve Strickland (c) vs. TBD (Challenger will be name next week)