AEW Dynamite Review – May 1, 2024

AEW Dynamite Review – May 1, 2024

Kicking off this week’s Dynamite with Tony Khan in Jacksonville in his neck brace who said he will be covering the show live from the Jaguars office and he isn’t cleared to leave Jacksonville due to The Elite’s attack on him. He gets interrupted by AEW World Tag Team Champion Young Bucks who are in Winnipeg in the production truck and say they lost connection to Tony. They talk about how they aren’t fired due to their iron clad contracts with a founders clause and they and their colleagues are probably not going anywhere. And if Tony Khan can’t physically be there, the EVPs will run the show and they are in charge. They go and run a new show open that just has highlights of the Young Bucks, Jack Perry & Continental Champion Kazuchika Okada.

AEW World Champion Swerve Strickland talks about the matches he’s had since being AEW World Champion and stands by saying what The Elite did was a b*tch move. Strickland calls out who his next challenger is as we cut back to Young Bucks who talk about the success getting to Strickland’s head and say they will fine him for using curse words. They talk about arranging the perfect opponent for him and talk about a Canadian they haven’t seen in a while insinuating Kenny Omega but it ends up being Christian Cage & he heads to the ring with the rest of The Patriarchy. Christian goes to talk but ends up attacking Strickland with the microphone instead. Strickland starts fighting him off but The Patriarchy gets involved and take out Nana as well. Christian hits Strickland with Killswitch right on top of the AEW World Title before Nick Wayne takes out Prince Nana with Wayne’s World.

Christian gets on the mic and says there’s something you should know about him and that is that he never forgets. He didn’t forget about Strickland breaking into Nick Wayne’s gym and leaving him in a pool of his own blood. Christian hasn’t forgotten about them at one time being a tag team at the biggest show in the history of this business, and Swerve lost and embarrassed him. Christian has been waiting for the right moment and there’s no better time than right now as Strickland is the champion and he will make Strickland pay for those mistakes. He’s going to embarrass him the same way he got embarrassed and will make him a footnote in the history of AEW. Christian says he heard Strickland’s speech about his daughter feeling like she doesn’t even know her. When he’s finished with Strickland, his daughter won’t want to know him and she will have a father that she can be proud of for the rest of her life. Cage talks about the Colorado Avalanche walking into Winnipeg’s house and taking their dream, he will do the same at Double Or Nothing and take the title from Strickland’s hands and the pain has just begun. Killswitch then goes and pulls out a piece of Strickland’s hair.

We hear the voice of Malakai Black who talks about TNT Champion Adam Copeland expecting him but he’d rather have him wait and play mental games with him before Buddy Matthews comes out to accept the challenge.

TNT Title Match
Adam Copeland (c) vs. Buddy Matthews

Match starts off with a lock up before Buddy Matthews is able to take Adam Copeland down with a sidelock before Copeland headscissors his way out to put on a headlock of his own.

Matthews sends Copeland to the outside and teases diving onto him before Copeland re enters and faces off with Matthews.

Copeland then sends Matthews to the outside and meets him with a tope suicida himself as we go to picture in picture.

After the break Copeland struggling to make his way back into the ring and he gets some help as Matthews brings him in with a DDT off the ropes.

Matthews keeps Copeland in the corner with stomps and starts choking him out on the ropes. Matthews keeps Copeland down for a while in a choke.

Copeland finally fights out of it and heads to the corner.

They start punching away while on the top rope before they both go spilling onto the apron and floor with them both just getting back inside before the 10 count.

They go back & forth running the ropes before they take each other down with a double crossbody.

Matthews starts spitting up blood as doctors enter the ring as we go to a 2nd picture in picture.

After the 2nd break Copeland is in control by attacking Matthews in the corner with punches until Matthews fights out with a Liger Bomb for a two count.

Matthews heads to the top rope but Copeland knocks him down and joins him up.

They tussle for a bit until Copeland hits an avalanche Impaler DD  and crawls to cover him but Matthews is able to kick out at two.

Copeland sets up for the Spear but Matthews stops him with a kick, a couple of knee strikes and a Jackhammer for a two count.

Matthews goes right into a crossface but Copeland turns it into a cradle for two before hitting an Angle Slam for a two count.

Copeland goes for the Spear again but Matthews dodges it and goes for the Curb Stomp.

Copeland dodges that and hits the Spear for the win.

Winner & Still TNT Champion: Adam Copeland (STILL CHAMPION!!!)

After the match Copeland keeps attacking Matthews before grabbing 2 chairs and setting up for the Conchairto. Before he can deliver it the lights go out and when they turn on Malakai Black is in the ring and tells Copeland to go ahead and hit Matthews. Copeland goes to before turning the chair to Black as the lights go out once again. When they turn on both Matthews & Black are gone as Copeland is staring down at the chairs in the ring.

Samoa Joe vs. Isiah Kassidy

Isiah Kassidy goes and takes Samoa Joe’s towel & puts it on his neck and starts mocking Joe.

Joe corners Kassidy and eventually sends him up high just to crash down on the mat as Kassidy screams.

Joe goes after Kassidy with punches which sends him to the outside where Joe tries to dive into him but Kassidy is able to sneak back into the ring.

As Joe enters the ring Kassidy takes him back down with a cutter of the ropes and tries to dive onto Joe just for Joe to do his walk away.

Back in the ring Kassidy takes control and starts punching Joe in the corner trying to monkey flip him but Joe is able to easily stop him and hits Muscle Buster to score the win.

Winner: Samoa Joe

We go to Skye Blue & she calls TBS Champion Willow Nightingale a fraud and says if it wasn’t for that bald b*tch on a leash in Stokely Hathaway she would have beat her. Blue says she’s had Willow’s number and if she’s even half the woman she says she is she will put the TBS Title on the line later tonight on Rampage.

Orange Cassidy heads to the ring and says he hates this and thought after Saturday when his best friends Chuck Taylor & Trent Beretta beat each other up, they would get it all out of their system and they would stand together in this ring as Best Friends but that’s never going to happen. He has been told due to what Beretta did to Taylor after the match his best friend Taylor will never wrestle again. So now he’s standing in this ring alone to tell Beretta that the next time he sees him but he gets cut off by Beretta who says big surprise that Cassidy is making things about himself again. Cassidy  goes to rush up the ramp but security holds him back as Beretta calls Cassidy selfish and says Taylor’s career is over because of Cassidy not him. Kris Statlander comes out and holds Cassidy back before Don Callis shows up and tries to talk to Cassidy whispering in his ear before walking to the back with him. Beretta then stands in the middle of the stage and puts up a thumbs up.

Backstage Renee Paquette is with AEW World Tag Team Champion Young Bucks and asks what they have planned for tonight. Young Bucks start asking how Jon Moxley is but then cut her off saying they don’t care and said they are looking for their friend tonight and asks if she’s seen him before saying they are giving some time to their friend Jack Perry tonight. Perry said he meant what he said last night when he told Tony Khan that the only thing that he wants is AEW some people might not see it right now but that’s exactly what he did. Perry said Khan made him the scapegoat and knew it was a sacrifice he had to make. Thanks to Khan they are entering a new era under The Elite.

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

Katsuyori Shibata starts by keeping Chris Jericho against the ropes before they go into a chop exchange before Jericho goes and hits a Lionsault with his knees coming down crashing on Shibata.

Jericho heads to the outside & finds a trash can lid under the ring that says 730 on it that he starts using on Shibata.

Jericho grabs a black bag that’s full of Winnipeg Jets hockey pucks that he pours on the ring but Shibata ends up suplexing Jericho onto them.

They go back to trading chops with an extremely loud one from Shibata echoing throughout this arena as we go to picture in picture.

After the break they are still chopping away at each other which Jericho stops by tossing a puck into Shibata’s face and puts him right into Liontamer.

Shibata is able to escape and put on a Figure 4 as Jericho grabs another puck and tosses it into Shibata’s face breaking this up.

Jericho grabs a trash can and a Kendo stick putting the can over Shibata and smacking away at it with the kendo stick.

Shibata gets up with the trash can still on and corners Jericho before headbutting Jericho and delivering a dropkick to Jericho in the corner with the can on him.

They both take kendo sticks and get into a seated position before trading kendo strikes with each other.

Shibata grabs a table from under the ring and places it into the corner but Jericho stops him with a Codebreaker for a two count.

Shibata stops a Judas Effect attempt and puts Jericho in a sleeper hold before knocking him down and setting the table up.

Big Bill runs in and takes out Shibata with a big boot before chokeslamming Shibata through the table as Jericho covers Shibata for the win.

Winner & Still FTW Champion: Chris Jericho (STILL CHAMPION!!!)

Renee Paquette is in the back with TBS Champion Willow Nightingale, Stokely Hathaway & Kris Statlander and asks what happened last week with Mercedes Mone’. Statlander says she’s sorry for what she did and she just wanted to diffuse the situation and again apologies to Nightingale. Nightingale moves to Skye Blue and says last week left her in a fighting mood and she has something for Mone. Nightingale says she will massacre Blue tonight in Winnipeg as Hathaway is upset that he can’t complain to Tony Khan. We see Will Washington step in and hand Paquette a phone with a message from Young Bucks saying that Statlander & Hathaway are banned from ringside tonight.

Claudio Castagnoli vs. Brian Cage

Claudio Castagnoli & Brian Cage start by bouncing off the ropes with clotheslines.

They continue to keep bouncing off the ropes until Castagnoli catches Cage right into a backbreaker.

They fight in the corner where Cage suplexes Castagnoli from the apron back into the ring with a suplex before we go to picture in picture.

After the break Cage hits a 619 and a lariat for a two count.

Castagnoli comes back with an uppercut off the ropes as both men are now struggling to get back up. Castagnoli comes right back with his own 619 and lariat for a two count.

Castagnoli catches Cage off the ropes with another uppercut for two.

He calls for the Giant Swing which he does before putting on the Sharpshooter as Cage eventually taps out.

Winner By Submission: Claudio Castagnoli

After the break Renee Paquette is with Rocky Romero and asks him who he sides with between Orange Cassidy & Trent Beretta. Romero says he can’t side with either one and there is no real winner in this and he’s done with all of this and Romero does his own thing from now on and that is to become a champion here in AEW. He brings up being a champion in NJPW, CMLL & ROH and the only way he knows how to do it is to challenge the best so he challenges Kyle O’Reilly tonight for Rampage.

Mariah May vs. Serena Deeb

Serena Deeb puts Mariah May in Paradise Lock before breaking that up with a dropkick.

Deeb stays on top with a shoulder tackle before twisting up May in a surfboard.

May is able to dodge Deeb in the corner place her on the ropes and taking her down with a headstand hurricanrana as we go to picture in picture.

After the break Deeb is able to stop May in the corner and hit her with a neckbreaker on the ropes. Deeb hits another neckbreaker and starts rallying the crowd behind her.

They go back & forth before Deeb catches May off the ropes with a German suplex and an arm trap clothesline for a two count.

May kicks Deeb off of a Figure 4 attempt and heads to the top rope where she hits a missile dropkick and a hip attack for a two count.

May follows with a knee strike for another two before they go back & forth with pin attempts ending with spins into a backslide for a two count.

May comes back with a headbutt and a back suplex as Toni Storm is cheering her on from the outside.

Deeb stops May in the corner trying to do another handstand and puts on Serenity Lock as Storm throws in the white towel to end the match.

Winner: Serena Deeb

Renee Paquette is in the back with TNT Champion Adam Copeland and asks if he’s ok since he looked a little out of sorts tonight. Copeland says he’s ok as Kyle O’Reilly walks in and says he doesn’t dig what’s going on with House Of Black so if he needs backup he’ll be watching. Copeland appreciates it but says he has to worry about Brody King next week and tells O’Reilly good luck with his match with Rocky Romero later tonight. Copeland also throws in a line about Kyle keeping his eyes up and not looking at his title.

Kenny Omega says he’s never good at talking about injuries, sickness & weakness and talks about being diagnosed with diverticulitis, and after spending 10 days in the hospital the doctors told him he was one of the lucky ones and was 24 hours away from dying. Omega said Cool story, doc can you patch me up and send me to Dynamite’ Omega talks about it not being as easy as he had to get cut up and have a bag inserted in him and if he asked if he didn’t do it, he would have a ticking time bomb in him for the rest of his life and he might wake up one day having the surgery done to him anyway and any blunt force trauma to the stomach could kill him.

Omega continues that for the 1st time in his career, he felt scared and maybe this whole thing was to come out today and explain that he had to retire then he turned on Dynasty and saw Swerve Strickland make history and Will Ospreay & Bryan Danielson put on one of the greatest matches he’d ever seen in his life. Omega says it hurts him that he’s already been forgotten so he made a promise to himself and to each and every one of the fans that this isn’t over until he exhausts every option even if it’s a one percent chance. Bag or no bag, you guys aren’t done with Kenny Omega yet and he has a mission to change the world and since he’s talking about bags, he’ll talk about 2 shit bags in Matthew & Nicholas.

Omega says Young Bucks have been embarrassing themselves more than ever in the past, and they are free to do that as EVPs. What they forget is that there is one other EVP, and he may be fired from The Elite but they can’t fire him as an EVP and until someone says otherwise, a part of the power in this company belongs to the best bout machine. We hear Kazuchika Okada’s music as he makes his way out. Omega talks about them having quite a rivalry in Japan and if he gives him a couple of months they can settle it in an AEW ring. Okada says he is sorry and he is the best bout machine now. Jack Perry shows up and attacks Omega from behind as Okada tosses a chair into the ring. Perry starts taking out security with the chair as Omega ducks the chair shots and starts punching and kicking away at Perry before hitting him with a Dragon Suplex but goes right to clutching his stomach. Omega rips his shirt open and goes for a V Trigger on Perry but gets tripped up by Okada before Perry hits Omega in the stomach with the chair.

Young Bucks come out and tell Perry that he needs to relax before they take out Omega with EVP Trigger. FTR runs out and chases The Elite out of the ring.

Next Week’s Dynamite

TNT Title Match
Adam Copeland (c) vs. Brody King

Orange Cassidy vs. Trent Beretta

Mariah May vs. Harley Cameron

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. Christian Cage

Women’s Title Match
Toni Storm (c) vs. Serena Deeb