AEW DYNAMITE Preview for March 18th
It has been a chaotic week, to say the least, since “Dynamite” went off the air last Wednesday night in Salt Lake City. But we are committed to bringing our fans the best wrestling action in the world each and every week that we can, and as such, the face of “Blood & Guts” will be determined this week on “Dynamite”! Plus tag team action with two titanic matches, contention in the Women's Division, and The Exalted One will finally be revealed before the world! It will be one heck of a night this week when AEW hits the airwaves Wednesday night at 8pm EST/7pm CST LIVE on TNT!
The Inner Circle vs. The Elite
A six-man tag will go down this week on “Dynamite” pitting members of The Inner Circle against members of The Elite, and to the victor goes the advantage for “Blood & Guts”! And what a difference that advantage can make in a match certain to be violent, certain to leave a lasting effect on its participants, and certain to injure the men involved.
But it can be argued, as members of The Inner Circle make in the “Road To...” video above, that they already have the advantage going into “Blood & Guts” regardless of the outcome of this 6-Man tag. Nick Jackson is out for the foreseeable future after being assaulted last week, Kenny Omega is still recovering from a broken wrist, and those are just two examples of the PHYSICAL damage within The Elite.
Psychologically speaking, they haven't all been on the same page for months, most notably Hangman Page. After all, he has repeatedly told his estranged brethren he wants nothing to do with them, and even his team with Omega (in spite of the successes) is not one he pursued but rather was foisted upon him by Kenny. Even the instances when Page has assisted the others have seemed more like Hangman just rubbing it in their faces that they needed his help, especially doing so after he and Omega bested The Young Bucks at “Revolution” in their epic World Tag Title match. Watch “Being The Elite” this week (Watch Here) and see for yourself how disconnected Page is from the reality of what's going on with the others.
And that is the situation surrounding this 6-Man tag match for the “Blood & Guts” advantage. The numbers game leaning in the favor of either team for five minutes is clearly desired by both units, but all of the other factors offer another kind of advantage to The Inner Circle that cannot be equaled.
They are a well-oiled machine, they are all on the same page, The Elite is not and has not been for a long time. That is an undeniable fact that will loom over everything they try to accomplish, that may sabotage any goal they may have.
The Death Triangle...
Lucha Bros (Pentagon Jr & Rey Fenix) vs. (#4) Best Friends (Chuck Taylor & Trent)
At “Revolution”, PAC bested Orange Cassidy, but fans also witnessed The Best Friends get assaulted by the Lucha Bros seemingly out of the blue. Days later on “Dynamite”, the scene was repeated in the aftermath of the PAC/Taylor match when Pentagon, Fenix, and PAC declared themselves The Death Triangle, and put all of AEW on notice. Private Party and Joey Janela felt the wrath of the trio last week, as you can see in the video above, and it has all brought us to this week's tag team battle!
The Lucha Bros find themselves on the outside of the rankings at the moment, but a victory over the fourth ranked team may bump them back into the top 5, and continue the momentum Death Triangle has had since forming in Chicago. For Best Friends, it would be a step closer to proving they deserve a shot at the World Tag Team Titles, as well as a measure of revenge for what has gone down at the hands of Pentagon, Fenix, and PAC in recent weeks.
Tag Team Fight...
Jurassic Express (Luchasaurus & Jungle Boy) vs. The Butcher & The Blade (w/ The Bunny)
Last week fans witnessed Trios action with the full Jurassic Express taking on MJF, The Butcher, and The Blade, with Max picking up a submission victory on Marko Stunt. That may have given MJF some satisfaction, but it did little to quell the competitive fire between the units. It was pretty evident, especially in the moments where The Butcher and Luchasaurus shared the ring, that there was plenty of gas in this tank. The fans wanted to see the two hosses of the AEW roster go toe-to-toe, while Luchasaurus and Butcher certainly wanted to fight it out themselves.
This week on “Dynamite”, they will get the chance as JurEx goes to battle with B&B in a tag team grudge match! Both pairs are on the outside of the rankings looking in, so this could also play heavily into their respective chances of getting into title contention. AEW is undoubtedly home to the best tag team wrestling on the planet, and this is just another example of that fact!
Four Way Fight...
(#1) Hikaru Shida vs. (#2) Riho vs. (#3) Kris Statlander vs. Penelope Ford
Last week saw a bit of a shift in the Women's division within AEW. A tag match pitting Women's World Champion Nyla Rose and Bea Priestly against Shida and Statlander saw the champion's team pick up the victory, but then Rose's partner attacked her, held up the championship belt, then tossed it onto the prone form of Nyla. Bea very clearly declared her intentions in the ring, and again in an interview with Alex Marvez after the fact (Watch Here).
Later on, as part of “AEW Dark”, the former AEW Women's World Champion Riho was in action against Penelope Ford and, in shocking fashion, Ford picked up the victory over Riho! Calling it a shocker to Riho and fans alike would be understatement, but calling it a game changing moment for Penelope Ford would be right on the money.
With those two moments in mind, but Bea unfortunately unable to make the travel, officials signed this Four Way Contest for “Dynamite” pitting the top three contenders, and the upstart Ford, against each other this week! You can be sure Nyla Rose will have a close eye on this one as it will certainly impact her life, and the next challenger for the AEW Women's World Championship!
The Exalted One...
The time has come for The Exalted One to be revealed. After months of speculation from fans, and within the locker room, after months of listening to Evil Uno rant about the Exalted One being near, or watching, or whatever the case may be, the identity of this individual will finally be brought to light on this week's “Dynamite”. What will this mean for the future of AEW? Will the revelation bring more people to the side of The Dark Order? There is a lot to be determined when the truth finally comes out, but based on this week's “Road To...”, Leva Bates and Peter Avalon may already know the answer to a query that has been haunting All Elite Wrestling for months. The answer is nigh...
Make sure your eyes are glued to AEW “Dynamite” this week as the face of “Blood & Guts” is determined, the tag team division gets showcased, the women's division fights over contention, and the truth behind The Dark Order finally comes to light. It all goes down on TNT at 8pm EST/7pm CST when All Elite Wrestling goes LIVE with “Dynamite”!!