AEW DYNAMITE Results for March 18, 2020
Excalibur, Taz, and Jim Ross were the broadcast team for tonight’s event.
Cody opened up the program standing alone in the ring with a microphone. The arena was dark and there was a spotlight shining on him.
“As human beings we need to stand together, and for many of us that means we have to stand at a distance. I refuse to live in a prison of fear. I feel alive and I hope you feel alive.
“Matt Jackson I know you are listening. I think you’re a tag team master. You need to put your anger aside. And I am tired of putting over “Hangman” Page. I need you to get over it—be the difference maker, be the reason we win at ‘Blood & Guts.’
“And then there’s Kenny Omega. We don’t always like each other, and that’s ok, this isn’t a wedding. It’s ‘Blood & Guts.’ I need you. But I need the real Kenny Omega—the “Best Bout Machine.” In short…I need the Elite to be…the Elite.”
Kenny Omega and Matt Jackson joined Cody in the ring.
Kenny said, “Here we are, just friends talking amongst friends. The entire world is falling part around us. If it’s up to me, I want to go out the way we came in, and that’s as the Elite!”
“I love the whole call to action for the Elite,” said Matt Jackson. “You saw what the Inner Circle did to my brother Nick. He’s out indefinitely. He couldn’t even get on a plane because of what they did to them. Where’s Adam Page?”
Adam Page walked out onto the ramp from the backstage area.
“We’re asking you,” said Matt Jackson, “will you stand with us?”
Page raised his glass and nodded in the affirmative.
Kenny looked into the camera and said, “Everybody needs some positivity so all we can do is give you the best possible show. So hit the lights. Hit the pyro. And let’s start DYNAMITE!”
The first match saw the Lucha Brothers (Pentagon Jr. & Rey Fenix) vs. (#4 ranked) Best Friends (Chuck Taylor & Trent, accompanied by Orange Cassidy)!
Tony Schiavone interviewed MJF ringside. MJF wasn’t impressed with the winner’s purse for tonight’s event, so he decided he’d sit back tonight, rest, and watch the matches from the front row.
Lance Archer, Jake “the Snake” Roberts, Wardlow, MJF, Tully Blanchard and Shawn Spears were also watching from the ringside area. On the other side of the ring, in the front row, Colt Cabana, Christopher Daniels, Frankie Kazarian, Joey Janela, and Sonny Kiss rooted for the Best Friends.
MJF and Shawn Spears had money riding on the match.
Brandi Rhodes was the ring announcer for tonight’s show!
Trent and Fenix were trading shots with one another. Chuck Taylor was tagged in and he began working over Fenix. Trent was tagged back in and Fenix got the advantage after a poke to the eyes. Fenix tagged in Penta and they nailed stereo thrust kicks on Trent! Both teams brawled outside the ring!
Orange Cassidy was…chilling at the commentary booth, as only the King of Sloth Style can.
Trent was able to connect with some desperation offense on Fenix and got the tag to Chuck Taylor! Meanwhile, from the top of the ramp, Orange Cassidy jumped onto the Lucha Bros (of course keeping his hands tucked in his pockets the entire time)!
Chuck Taylor used the stuffed piledriver on Pentagon for a two-count! The Best Friends were looking for Strong Zero but the Lucha Bros countered it. Penta hit a low blow on Trent, and after a package piledriver-stomp combo, the Lucha Bros pinned Trent for the victory!
Tony Schiavone interviewed the Best Friends after the match.
“Death Triangle, you’re a bunch of chumps for kicking my partner in the d—! Next DYNAMITE, we want to meet you in the streets, or a parking lot!” said Chuck Taylor.
In a Fatal Four-Way, it was Hikaru Shida (ranked #1) vs. Riho (ranked #2) vs. Kris Statlander (ranked #3) vs. Penelope Ford (accompanied by “Superbad” Kip Sabian)!
Sabian pulled Shida and Statlander out of the ring by the ankles, and they began clobbering him. Riho used a diving cross body onto the three competitors on the outside of the ring!
Statlander ordered Shida to suplex her onto Riho! Statlander then clotheslined Shida.
Shida tried for a double suplex on Riho and Ford, but they reversed it. Riho and Ford started striking one another. Riho was distracted by Kip Sabian, allowing Ford enough time to perform a backflip elbow onto Riho!
Shida used a Falcon Arrow on Ford for a two-count! Shida followed up with a running knee to gain the victory, cementing her position at the top of AEW’s rankings!
Tony Schiavone interviewed “Boom Boom” Colt Cabana (2-0) from ringside. Having watched the women’s match from the front row, Colt noted that Penelope Ford would be much better off without her scheming boyfriend. Sabian took exception to the comment and got into Colt’s face. Sabian was shoved away by Colt, who warned Sabian that he’s a wrestler, too!
Jurassic Express (Luchasaurus & Jungle Boy) vs. The Butcher & The Blade!
After some dynamic chain wrestling, Jungle Boy went for a quick pin attempt on the Blade, to no avail. Luchasaurus and Jungle Boy executed rapid tags in and out for the tandem offense on the Blade.
The Butcher and the Blade caught Jungle Boy on a dive outside the ring and jolted him with a toss into the metal barrier! Now they had the advantage and were using tandem offense against Jungle Boy!
“Jungle Boy is hanging on by a thread!” said Jim Ross.
Jungle Boy threw every last ounce of strength into a clothesline to the Blade, but he was cut off before making the tag to Luchasaurus.
Finally Luchasaurus got the tag and he completely changed the tenor of the match, noted Excalibur. The Butcher and Luchasaurus were slugging it out like the two big hosses that they are!
MJF screamed from ringside at the Butcher and the Blade: “Full Death right now!” However, Jurassic Express countered as the Butcher and the Blade were distracted by MJF’s orders. After being planted on the mat, Luchasaurus pinned the Butcher!
The Dark Order—Evil Uno and Stu Grayson—walked down to the ring to reveal the identity of the Exalted One!
“I have promised the arrival of the Exalted One! Together we are one,” said Evil Uno.
Christopher Daniels yelled at ringside for Evil Uno to stop. Daniels grabbed a microphone. “I’m tired of these lies Evil Uno. You’ve wasted our time. We are sick of it. The biggest lie that you’ve told is that there is an Exalted One. It’s just you two!”
A video began to play of a bearded man shrouded in white, surrounded by beams of light! The bearded man began to speak and said, “Christopher Daniels, you are not the first old man not to believe in me, but you will be the last. My name is Brodie Lee and I am the Exalted One!”
When the video ceased playing, Brodie Lee was in the ring, and like a big rig, he kicked Christopher Daniels, nearly taking his head off!
Tony Schiavone was ringside to interview Lance Archer. Jake “the Snake” Roberts grabbed the microphone from Tony and said Lance was not here to talk. Jake said Cody better pay attention to them because they don’t play games.
“To ignore us is like spitting in our face, and we just don’t have that. We won’t have that! Shut me up if you can, and I don’t think you can. So Cody, it’s time for you to stand up and meet the man. We came here for a specific reason and it has become personal. You had your chance—but now we will get your attention.”
It was time for the main event!
The Inner Circle (“Big Hurt” Jake Hager, Santana and Ortiz, accompanied by “The Spanish God” Sammy Guevara) vs. The Elite (“The American Nightmare” Cody, accompanied by Arn Anderson, Matt Jackson, and “Hangman” Adam Page, with Kenny Omega at his side)—with the winning team earning the advantage at “Blood & Guts!”
Le Champion Chris Jericho joined the broadcast team for this match.
Santana blindsided Cody at the start of the bout. Cody countered with a powerslam! Matt and Cody utilized quick tags to cut the ring in half and work on Ortiz. Page ran in illegally with a boot to Ortiz.
Matt speared Santana, gaining a bit of revenge for his brother Nick Jackson, who wasn’t medically cleared to be at the event after last week’s brutal assault.
Page got the tag and followed through with a clothesline to Santana.
“You can’t go into a match with the Inner Circle with any animosity amongst your own team, and they’re too stupid to realize that,” said Jericho about the Elite.
Hager handed Cody over to Ortiz for the stalled suplex. Santana whipped Cody into the guardrail. Jackson had seen enough and began nailing Ortiz with stiff shots to the head!
“Cody has got to try to get one of his partners from the Elite into the match-up,” said Taz.
“I don’t like him but I respect him,” added Jericho.
Hager started the ground and pound on Cody. Hager put the pressure on Cody, who was trying to reach for his corner and a tag. Hager rammed Cody into the turnbuckles of the Inner Circle’s corner!
Cody rallied back with the Cross-Rhodes on Ortiz! Cody began crawling to his corner, but Hager tagged in and tried to stop him. Cody flipped Hager over the top rope!
“Hangman” was tagged in finally and cleaned house! He scooped up Santana with the fall away slam, and then went over the top rope onto Hager! Cody connected with a tope suicida onto Ortiz! Cody went after MJF at ringside, but Wardlow grabbed him by the throat. “Nightmare Family” head coach Arn Anderson hit Wardlow with his clipboard!
Back in the ring, Page and Jackson suplexed Hager! Jackson had Santana up and called for the IndyTaker to Page, but Jackson was rolled up after Page was pulled from the ring apron! The Inner Circle won the match and the advantage in “Blood & Guts”!
Chris Jericho took a microphone and celebrated with the Inner Circle at the top of the ramp, rubbing the victory into the face of the Elite. Jericho said at “Blood & Guts,” the Inner Circle would have the Elite outnumbered, since Nick Jackson was out indefinitely with an injury suffered at the hands of the Inner Circle.
There was a loud buzzing, and down came a drone, landing in the center of the ring!
Matt Jackson said he had called in a favor to help the Elite.
Piano music began to play, and there, standing in the balcony of the arena, was MATT HARDY!
Catch all the explosive action as AEW DYNAMITE is broadcast on TNT next week!