AEW Dynamite is live tonight from Bridgeport, Connecticut.
A tag team battle royale will take place, with the winner earning a spot in the AEW World Tag Team Title match at the Revolution pay-per-view on March 6. The Young Bucks, 2point0, Santana & Ortiz, Best Friends, Gunn Club, FTR, Private Party, John Silver & Alex Reynolds, The Butcher & The Blade, and Bobby Fish & Kyle O’Reilly will be the attendees.
Jade Cargill will defend the TBS Championship against The Bunny on tonight’s show. Cargill holds a career record of 27-0 at AEW.
House of Black’s Malakai Black and Brody King will take on PAC and Penta El Zero Miedo in tag team action.
Ricky Starks will face 10 in a Face of the Revolution qualifier, with the winner advancing to the ladder match at Revolution. Keith Lee, Powerhouse Hobbs and Wardlow have already qualified for the Revolution fight.
Bryan Danielson will take on Daniel Garcia in a singles bout, plus Chris Jericho and Eddie Kingston will have a head-to-head showdown on tonight’s episode.
Our live coverage begins at 8 p.m. Eastern Time.
Mission report —
AEW Tag Champions Jungle Boy and Luchasaurus stepped out alongside Christian Cage to open the show and watch the tag team battle royale.
Battle Royale: reDRagon’s Kyle O’Reilly last eliminated Matt Jackson to earn a spot in the AEW Tag Team Championship match at Revolution
Participants were Best Friends, Butcher & Blade, John Silver & Alex Reynolds, Gunn Club, FTR, Santana & Ortiz, reDRagon, 2point0, Private Party and the Young Bucks.
Reynolds, Blade and the Gunn Club were eliminated early on. Butcher shone on both teams adjacent to Adam Cole before being knocked out. Fish and O’Reilly worked together to send Chuckie T packing before Dax Harwood eliminated the two Private Party members. Matt Hardy left them in response.
Santana knocked out both 2-pointers, but the Young Bucks then knocked out Ortiz. The Bucks and FTR faced off, but reDRagon then went on hiatus and the teams reset. Not much happened for a while until FTR knocked out Nick Jackson. Orange Cassidy saved Trent from being eliminated before a commercial.
The fish was eliminated during the break. Once back, Tully Blanchard tried to help Cash take out Silver, but Silver turned the tables and sent Cash packing. There was a parade of big moves until Santana and Trent stared at each other, reminiscing about their Parking Lot Brawl. They traded hard-hitting strikes until O’Reilly and Matt Jackson knocked them out as they vied for position on the apron.
The final four were Matt Jackson, O’Reilly, Dax and Silver. O’Reilly and Dax battled on the apron until Fish came back and eliminated Dax without being in the match. Silver was a fire house until he encountered a super kick from Matt and then a double team of him and O’Reilly. Matt eliminated Silver, but then O’Reilly eliminated Matt to win.
– After the game, the Bucks and reDRagon warmed up. Hangman Page came to attack reDRagon in revenge for their cheap shot last year, and the Bucks didn’t really try to save them. Adam Cole came out and attacked Page from behind, but Page took the lead. reDRagon pushed Cole out of the way of the Buckshot Lariat, but Silver then attacked them, allowing Page to hit the Buckshot on O’Reilly.
Page grabbed a microphone and said it was story time. Once upon a time, there was a young man named Adam who won world championships everywhere he went, but he’s getting closer to a six-foot hole in the ground.
Bryan Danielson was backstage. He talked about the talent of Daniel Garcia, but was frustrated that Garcia didn’t have a mentor like William Regal – instead he hangs out with geeks like 2point0. Danielson then said he would give Moxley an answer soon.
He walked out all sad and humbled, fighting off some “CM Punk” chants as he practically begged the crowd to listen to him. Meeting Punk as a kid meant the world to him, and he loves professional wrestling. When MJF was a kid, he had a learning disability and the only thing he was good at was football, but he was bullied because he was Jewish.
The only thing that comforted him was his meeting with CM Punk. He passed up scholarship opportunities to pursue professional wrestling, and he did it all because he wanted to be like punk. But in January 2014, when MJF needed Punk the most, he left — so MJF put his dreams on hold.
When he saw a photo of Punk shaking hands with Bryan Danielson, he decided he would become a professional wrestler despite Punk. At Revolution, MJF may get choked up and bleed buckets, but he’ll never stop, because then he’d be like Punk. “I’m Maxwell Jacob Friedland, and I’m better than you, and you know it.”
Punk emerged and asked MJF if what he said was true, but MJF just left the ring and walked upstage.
Daniel Garcia and 2point0 were backstage. 2point0 said no one cared that Danielson wanted to mentor Garcia, and Garcia said he was already ultra-violent.
Penta has a new gimmick, Penta Oscuro, which means “Dark Penta” (quite similar to Pentagon Dark in Lucha Underground). Alex Abrahantes was dressed as a vampire.
Kings of the Black Throne (Malakai Black & Brody King) vs. Triangle of Death (PAC & Penta Oscuro)
They brawled before the bell and Penta dove on the Kings. PAC immediately hit a 450 splash on Black for two. King scored and took PAC off with a big clothesline for two of his own before a commercial.