The Young Bucks will put their AEW World Tag Team Championships on the line tonight, taking on Santana and Ortiz.
The Bucks had been set to defend the titles against Chris Jericho and MJF at Revolution on March 7, but The Good Brothers pointed out in a backstage segment last week that Santana and Ortiz had eliminated them from the tag team battle royale the week prior. Matt Jackson then said that they would put the titles up this week.
Jon Moxley will team with Lance Archer and Rey Fenix against Eddie Kingston, The Butcher and The Blade. Moxley and Archer also teamed on last week's Dynamite in a losing effort against KENTA and Kenny Omega.
The AEW Women's World title eliminator tournament will continue as Riho makes her AEW return after 11 months away due to travel restrictions. She will take on Serena Deeb in a first round match.
Hangman Page and Matt Hardy will team up again, this time against The Hybrid 2. This was originally announced as an eight-man with Hangman, Hardy and Private Party vs. TH2 and Chaos Project. Hardy managed Private Party in a losing effort at Saturday's Impact Wrestling No Surrender event. Hardy berated Private Party after their loss and the story continued on this week's Being The Elite, where Hardy refused to answer Private Party's phone calls.
A segment with Sting calling out Team Taz, plus FTR vs. Matt Sydal and Mike Sydal and Orange Cassidy vs. Luther have also been announced for tonight.
Our live coverage begins at 8 p.m. Eastern time.
"Hangman" Adam Page & Matt Hardy defeated TH2 (Angélico & Jack Evans)
TH2 immediately took the fight to Page, but the Hangman fought them off and tagged in Hardy, who hit a neckbreaker for two. Page re-entered with a running Shooting Star Press for another two. Page and Hardy continued to dominate until Angélico made a blind tag and kicked Hardy after a BT bomb.
Evans stomped Hardy into a sidewalk slam for two. Hardy tried to make his comeback but Evans, the illegal competitor, continued to attack him.
Hardy avoided a clothesline and hit a Side Effect, buying him enough time to reach Page for the hot tag. Page flattened Angélico with a spinebuster and sent Evans to the floor with a springboard clothesline. He concluded the flurry of offense with a fallaway slam and a plancha.
Angélico blocked a clothesline, but Page was able to hit a brainbuster for two. Page hit a pop up powerbomb on Angélico, then countered an Evans dive into another powerbomb.
Page went for the Buckshot Lariat, but Hardy tagged himself in and fell victim to a TH2 double team. Evans mostly landed a Phoenix Splash for a near fall. Hardy avoided a standing 450 and both of TH2 ran into the Buckshot, allowing Hardy to hit Twist of Fate for the win.
– After the match, Hardy grabbed a mic and asked the fans to cheer Page. He said Page looked like a billion bucks, and he's excited for Page to make a lot of money, because he will get 30% of it.
Page brought out the Jaguars' mascot to look over the contract, hinting that he switched it out last week. The contract isn't for talent representation, it's for a match: Page vs. Hardy at Revolution. If Page wins, he gets all of Hardy's earnings for Q1 2021.
Hardy proposed that if he beats Page, he gets all of Page's earnings for the same time period. Page accepted, and they shook hands, but the mascot attacked Page and unmasked as Isiah Kassidy.
TH2 joined the beatdown of Page, but the entire Dark Order, including -1, ran out to make the save. Alan "5" Angels was left in the ring with Hardy, but Hardy dispatched him and just barely avoided a Buckshot Lariat from Page. Hardy and Kassidy retreated as Page celebrated with the Dark Order.
Alex Marvez interviewed Santana and Ortiz, flanked by the entire Inner Circle, about getting their first tag title shot. They said that it took this long because the tag division was scared.
MJF said that Sammy Guevara crossed the line last week, despite all the evidence to the contrary. Jericho asked MJF to shut up, because everyone saw him goading Guevara into quitting the Inner Circle.
Jericho said this was all MJF's fault, but it's also Guevara's fault. When you walk out on the Inner Circle, you walk out on Chris Jericho, and now Guevara is dead to him. He said that Santana and Ortiz would win the tag titles later tonight.
It was announced that the next round of the American side of the Women's Eliminator Tournament would be broadcast on YouTube.
AEW Women's Eliminator Tournament Round 1: Riho defeated Serena Deeb
This was Riho's first AEW match since March of last year, and it was fantastic, maybe Riho's best match as part of AEW.
They grappled at the start, with neither competitor gaining an advantage. Deeb won a test of strength, but Riho maintained a perfect bridge throughout. Deeb downed Riho with a shoulder block, but Riho bridged out of the pinfall and landed a dropkick.
Riho landed a jumping body press for two before dropping Deeb into the ropes. Deeb caught the tiger feint kick and catapulted Riho neck-first into the ropes. She maintained control throughout a commercial break.
Deeb locked on a straitjacket, but Riho broke free and hit a dragon suplex. Riho laid in corner forearms, but Deeb turned it around and hit a series of uppercuts. Riho kicked out of the corner and landed a running hurricanrana.
Riho escaped a brainbuster and downed her opponent with a dropkick before landing a diving crossbody. Deeb rolled through and targeted Riho's left leg. Riho tried to evade the attack, but Deeb cornered her and hit a dragon screw.
Deeb hit a big swinging neckbreaker for a close near fall. Riho held onto Deeb's leg, but dropped it and instead opted for more forearms. She sent Deeb into the ropes and hit the tiger feint kick before landing a diving foot stomp.
Riho hit a diving crossbody for two, and Deeb rolled out of the ring. Riho brought Deeb back into the ring, but Deeb caught her upon re-entry with a dragon screw. Deeb then hit a powerbomb and locked on a stretch muffler, but Riho turned it into an inside cradle for two.
A Northern Lights suplex from Riho got two, and then Riho stuffed Deeb with a diving foot stomp for a great near fall. Deeb avoided the running knee strike, Deeb went for the Deeb-tox, then they had a cradle exchange where Riho locked on a Gedo Clutch to win.
Riho will face Thunder Rosa in the next round.
A video package showed Jade Cargill training. She's got a real superstar look.
Orange Cassidy (w/ Chuck Taylor) defeated Luther (w/ Serpentico)
Luther knocked Taylor off the apron and Serpentico landed a tope suicida on Taylor before the match started. Luther then surprised Cassidy with a big powerbomb for a quick two-count. He ripped Cassidy's shirt off and moved to the apron, where Cassidy escaped and powerbombed Luther onto the floor.
Serpentico looked like he was about to go for a dive, but Taylor surprised him with the Awful Waffle. Cassidy then hit the Orange Punch on Luther for the quick win.
A video package played recapping the Darby Allin, Sting, and Team Taz feud.
Taz, Brian Cage, and HOOK came out to the ring. Taz ridiculed the "Sting will call out Team Taz" advertisement and said that Starks and Hobbs were out due to the weather. He challenged Sting to come out and call them out.
Sting made his entrance, bat in hand. Taz said that stepping in the ring was the worst thing Sting could've done, and said that without that bat, he's done. Sting dropped the bat and took off his coat, attacking Cage.
HOOK tried to get involved, but Sting dispatched him. Cage took advantage by powerbombing Sting in the center of the ring. That wasn't a light powerbomb, Cage absolutely planted Sting in the ring.
Team Taz celebrated as Sting recovered in the ring.
Eddie Kingston, flanked by Butcher, Blade, and Bunny, talked about his match later tonight. He called out each of his opponents (Lance Archer, Rey Fénix, Jon Moxley) and his beef with each one. He highlighted Moxley and said that the only way he could get rid of him was through beating him.
Alex Marvez caught up to Kenny Omega, who was speaking at a preschool. Callis sent Marvez away.
Omega started to read the Young Bucks' "Killing the Business" book, but before he started answered some questions from the students.
He read a passage talking about how he was the main reason NJPW's business went up. Callis interrupted and said they were short for time, and they led the children in a "Kenny" chant.
The kids wanted to play with Omega, but Callis volunteered Michael Nakazawa. The kids said they hated Nakazawa and beat him up.
This was total comedy.
AEW World Tag Team Championships: Young Bucks (Matt Jackson & Nick Jackson) (c) defeated Santana & Ortiz (w/ Inner Circle)
This was a very good title match, although it wasn't quite at the level of recent Bucks matches.
Santana & Ortiz came out to the Inner Circle's theme music, not their own.
Santana out-wrestled Nick at the start. Ortiz tagged in and maintained control on Nick, but Matt was able to tag in and dispatch both opponents with hip tosses. Ortiz hit a lucha-style arm drag but walked into a dropkick, so Santana tagged in.
Omega, Callis, and the Good Brothers were shown looking on. The Bucks downed Santana with dropkicks. Santana and Ortiz came back with a big dropkick on Matt. MJF tried to get involved but was immediately sent packing by the official, who kicked out the rest of the Inner Circle for good measure.
Santana and Ortiz isolated Nick throughout the entire commercial break. Nick avoided a senton and hit a superkick, buying him enough time to reach Matt for the hot tag.
Matt hit clotheslines on both opponents before hitting a hurricanrana and laying in punches on Santana. Ortiz took advantage with a kick, but Matt dispatched Ortiz and hit a springboard stunner on Santana.
An Iconoclasm/powerbomb combination from the Bucks got two. They went for More Bang For Your Buck, but Santana had it scouted, hitting an avalance Falcon Arrow on Nick for two.
Santana and Ortiz hit a twisting neckbreaker and Ortiz applied a grounded octopus hold to Nick. Nick tried to bridge out of it, but Ortiz maintained the hold. Matt broke it up with a diving elbow drop.
Matt stopped a double superplex and put Santana in the electric chair, setting up a Doomsday Device. The Bucks hit their buckle bomb enziguiri combination followed by superkicks, but Ortiz broke up the pinfall.
The Bucks set up for the BTE Trigger, but their knees collided and Santana hit a double cutter. Santana and Ortiz then hit the Street Sweepter, but Nick broke up the count at the very last second.
Santana and Ortiz powerbombed Matt into the crowd at ringside, but upon re-entry to the ring, Nick cradled Ortiz for the three count, retaining the titles.
– The Inner Circle immediately attacked right after the match. Omega, Callis, and the Good Brothers were shown looking on. Omega wanted to out and make the save, but Callis wasn't having it.
Brandon Cutler ran out, but he couldn't take on the Inner Circle by himself, falling victim to Jake Hager. Jericho and MJF applied their signature submissions to the Bucks, and then the Good Brothers ran out. so Jericho and MJF escaped to the outside.
The Bucks' parents were at ringside, and Jericho and MJF got in their face. Papa Buck shoved Jericho, who smirked as the segment ended.
A Brandi Rhodes video played where she said she misses the fans. She's the only one who knows their baby's sex – not even Cody knows.
Cody and Brandi came out to the ramp, and pink pyro shot off as "It's a girl!" showed up on the video board.
Ahead of the next match, Cody joined commentary.
It was announced that there would be a six-way ladder match to determine the next TNT Championship challenger at Revolution. Cody, Scorpio Sky, and Penta El Cero Miedo were announced for the match.
FTR (Dax Harwood & Cash Wheeler) vs. Matt Sydal & Mike Sydal
No Tully Blanchard with FTR tonight. This was a really fun little sprint, with Matt Sydal in particular looking strong.
Wheeler immediately flattened Mike with a back suplex and laid in a big chop. Mike came back with a dropkick and tagged in his brother., who laid in kicks on Harwood. Wheeler made a blind tag and surprised Mike with a big German suplex ahead of the commercial break.
Back from break, Mike was able to tag in his brother and hit a hurricanrana. Matt hit kicks and knee strikes followed by the lightning spiral, sending Harwood to the floor. Mike then hit a top-rope Orihara moonsault all the way to the floor.
Matt rolled Harwood into the ring and covered for two. He rolled Harwood up, but on the kickout, ran headfirst into a Wheeler forearm. Matt tried to fight back against the double team but was met with a dragon suplex for two.
The Sydals both hit top-rope moves, but Wheeler reached the ropes on the cover. Harwood made a blind tag and FTR hit the Big Rig for the win.
– After the match, FTR took Doc Sampson's medical kit and removed the scissors from it, setting up to cut Mike Sydal's hair. The lights went out, and when they came back on, Jurassic Express were in the ring. Luchasaurus has a new mask
The Jurassic Express beat down FTR, as Jungle Boy put Harwood in the Snare Trap and Luchasaurus flattened Wheeler with a chokeslam.
Next week's Dynamite lineup:
- "Hangman" Adam Page vs. Isiah Kassidy
- Women's Eliminator Tournament Semifinals (winner of Anna Jay-Britt Baker vs. Nyla Rose-Tay Conti)
- Team Taz (Ricky Starks & Brian Cage) vs. Varsity Blonds
- Jake Hager vs. Brandon Cutler
In two weeks:
- Cody Rhodes & Red Velvet vs. Shaquille O'Neal & Jade Cargill
- FTR & Tully Blanchard vs. Jurassic Express
- Women's Eliminator Tournament Finals
Jon Moxley addressed Eddie Kingston. He said he'd whoop Kingston's ass as many times as he needs to.
He then promoted his upcoming IWGP US Championship defense against KENTA on NJPW Strong before setting his sights on the AEW World Championship. He'll pursue Omega as long as it takes to settle the score.
Jon Moxley, Rey Fénix, & Lance Archer (w/ Jake Roberts) defeated Eddie Kingston, The Butcher, & The Blade (w/ The Bunny)
They brawled all over early on. Blade isolated Moxley and allowed Butcher to crush him with a leg drop in the ring. Kingston and co. worked together, allowing Blade to hit Moxley with a powerslam for two.
Moxley hit a neckbreaker on Blade and tagged in Archer, who downed all three opponents, concluding with an overhead choke suplex. Archer hit a series of running elbows and a belly to belly slam. He went to the top for his arm-trap moonsault, but Butcher tried to break it up, so Fénix walked the ropes and kicked Butcher out of the way, allowing Archer to hit the moonsault.
The babyface team maintained control throughout the break until Kingston tripped up Archer. Kingston's team isolated Archer on their side of the ring until Archer caught Kingston and Butcher, downing them both with a running crossbody.
Fénix got the hot tag and hit a springboard heel kick on Butcher before nailing a springboard armd drag on Kingston. He followed it up with a tope con hilo on Kingston and a rolling cutter on Butcher. Fénix then landed a frog splash for two.
Kingston interrupted with an exploder suplex, leading to a parade of moves. Every single competitor hit a big move, leading to everyone being down. Moxley and Kingston were the first men up, and they both tagged in.
Moxley and Kingston exchanged forearms in the center of the ring. Kingston hit an enziguiri, but Moxley avoided the spinning backfist and after his partners attacked, Moxley locked in the Bulldog Choke. After the choke was broken up, Archer chokeslammed Fénix onto Butcher and Blade and hit a running cannonball himself.
Kingston and Moxley traded more strikes. Kingston hit the spinning backfist, but Moxley no-sold and hit a lariat and the Paradigm Shift for the win.
– After the match, the Good Brothers ran out and attacked Moxley, followed by Omega and Callis. Omega said that Moxley looks pathetic, revealing that Moxley slipped a rematch clause into his championship contract.
Omega granted Moxley the rematch, proposing that it takes place in an exploding barbed wire deathmatch. Moxley headbutted Omega, busting him open, but was met with a V-Trigger and then a second one as Omega berated Moxley to end the show.