Wrestling Recap: AEW Dynamite (Episode 022: March 4, 2020)

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Colt Cobana (left) and Evil Uno wrestle in an eight-man tag team match during Wednesday's broadcast of AEW Dynamite. (All Elite Wrestling photo)

DENVER (Ambush Sports) — Wednesday’s Dynamite broadcast brought forth the aftermath of Saturday’s pay-per-view Revolution in Chicago. Neither Nick Jackson nor co-AEW Tag Team Champion Kenny Omega was cleared to compete, who were under doctor’s orders to recover from the top-tier title match that has been all the rage across the sports world, from Andy Murray from WhatCulture to John Canton from TJR Wrestling to even Dave Meltzer from Wrestling Observer (subscription needed to listen to podcast).

The show kicked off with new AEW World Heavyweight Champion Jon Moxley cutting a promo.

Moxley stated that the AEW championship belt is a beautiful thing and that AEW truly represents professional wrestling, a sport he loves and has dedicated his life to.

Moxley added that the belt is not exactly his, but rather that of the fans of AEW who wanted the company to exist and brought pro wrestling back into the limelight. He promised to defend the belt with his life against anyone who wants a shot, with the end result being his opponents being choked out and dropped on their heads.

He also stated that it’s far from being over between him and the Inner Circle, knowing they’re coming after him and dared them to.

Chris Jericho and faction members of the Inner Circle entered, with Jericho stating that he doesn’t need the belt to be “Le Champion.” That earned a bit of heat from the crowd, even after Jericho told them to “shut their ass.”

Jericho inquired about the new age of Moxley as AEW world champion and later stated that “it sucks a**.” He claimed that Moxley’s win was based on a lie, as he spent three months training to face a man with one eye, but it was revealed at Revolution that Moxley’s right eye had healed and could see from both eyes, calling Moxley a liar and the fans liars as well.

Jericho continued to claim that Moxley turned the Inner Circle from a “group of good-natured and good-looking guys” to a hit squad and is putting the entire roster on notice, from “the Librarian” Peter Avalon to Michael Nakazawa to even Moxley.

Jericho offered a challenge to Moxley in light of the main event: if Moxley can walk out of the arena on his own volition, he will take a 60-day leave of absence from AEW. He also hinted that he has a plan and that Moxley isn’t as smart as he thinks he may be.

The challenge was accepted by Moxley, as he pledged to send Jericho packing and that he will make Jericho look like a “stupid son of a b[explitive].”

Wrestling action started with SoCal Uncensored (Christopher Daniels, Scorpio Sky & Frankie Kazarian) teaming with Colt Cabana in his national television debut for an eight-man tag match with The Dark Order (Evil Uno, Stu Grayson, Alex Reynolds & John Silver).

Cabana and Grayson started off the action at the bell start with Cabana using a head-scissors takeover on Grayson. The other three members of Dark Order would jump into quadruple-team Cabana, cutting him off from SCU.

Some floor interference by Daniels would allow SCU’s team to take advantage while working over Silver. Evil Uno would interfere, allowing Silver to cut off Daniels. Dark Order would continue attacking Daniels going into a commercial break.

Daniels was able to break away and make a hot tag to Kazarian, which led the match to break down for an eight-man slobber knocker in the ring. Daniels would hit a dive on Grayson, while Kazarian hit a cutter on Reynolds for a near fall.

Reynolds and Silver get nailed with a Quebrada by Cabana, with Scorpio Sky successfully nailing a tope con grio. Cabana was able to nail a Chicago Skyline/Superman pin combo on Reynolds for the pinfall.

Evil Uno took a microphone, cutting a brief promo post-match, stating that The Exalted One will be furious at The Dark Order’s loss.

A video package aired, showing highlights from the tag team title match at Revolution, with announcers Tony Schiavone, Jim Ross, and Excalibur putting over the match as the best tag team match ever for The Young Bucks.

Britt Baker joins commentary for the next match, bringing Schiavone a Starbucks coffee.

Quick squash match for Big Swole against “The Librarian” Leva Bates. Nothing of much value or notability.

Baker complained that she hoped the director got some shots of Baker’s face during the match because she claims she equates to views and ratings.

Promo time for Cody Rhodes, who stated that the only way he can cope with losing to Maxwell Jacob Friedman (MJF) at Revolution is for him to come out and say he won fair and square.

Instead, Jake “The Snake” Roberts entered the arena to a knockoff version of his 80s WWF theme music.

Roberts stated that he came out because he was sick and tired of listening to Rhodes crying about a loss and state he never cried over losing a match even once. He also stated that he’s not there to praise Rhodes but rather to slay him.

Roberts hinted that he has a client, with the dark side coming to AEW. He stated that it had been 20 years since he last had a shot, that he’s not going to play nicely and that he will be working on the outside when his client takes on Rhodes. He invited Rhodes to invite that “one-trick pony” Arn Anderson to ringside when it happens.

Before leaving the ring, Roberts warned Rhodes that he should turn his back on anyone he respects or fears.

Wrestling action continued with “The Bastard” PAC against Best Friends’ Chuck Taylor (with Trent and Orange Cassidy at ringside), which marks his first official singles match.

PAC with some early offense, until the tides were turned with a distraction by Trent and Cassidy.

Taylor nails a pop-up powerbomb for a two-count, followed by a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker. PAC would go after Taylor outside the ring, threw him into the barricade, and then floored him with a suplex.

PAC teased a springboard dropkick, which was blocked and nailed with another dropkick by Taylor, followed by a pescado. Taylor would nail a Falcon Arrow for a two-count.

PAC would later nail a slingshot cutter. Taylor nails an Awful Waffle for a two-count but missed on a top-rope moonsault.

PAC would lock on the Brutalizer for a submission win.

Trent squared up with PAC after the match, only to be pushed aside by Cassidy to square up with PAC. Just as Cassidy was about to do his signature move of shoving his hands into his pockets, Lucha Bros. (Pentagon Jr. & Rey Fenix) ran in and nailed a double superkick on Cassidy and attacked Taylor and Trent.

PAC cut a promo, calling the fans scumbags, and revealed a new stable — Death Triangle — stating no one is safe from them.

Before exiting, Penta and Fenix hit a tandem double stomp/package driver combo on Cassidy.

A video played, with Tully Blanchard inviting social media submissions for a tag team partner for Shawn Spears — alluding to a #SearchForSpears hashtag.

An incredibly disappointing match took place between Inner Circle’s Jake Hager and QT Marshall. It was actually bad, but the build came from the mayhem that occurred afterward.

Santana and Ortiz ran into the ring post-match to beat down Marshall. Dustin and Cody Rhodes and Matt Jackson each ran in, while commentary re-establishes that Nick Jackson and Kenny Omega were not cleared to compete or travel.

Hangman Page took his time to get into the ring, beer in hand, and ultimately cleaned house, which included nailing a Buckshot Lariat on Hager.

Page did his “cowboy s***,” flipped off Matt Jackson and left.

Announced for action next week in the Salt Lake City metro area: Cody Rhodes v. Ortiz, Death Triangle in action, rules announcement for the upcoming Blood & Guts episode, and Jurassic Express vs. MJF, The Butcher, and The Blade.

MJF cuts a pre-taped promo, saying fans need a new head author and believes it should be him. He has promised to be the best world champion in wrestling history while wearing an “I Pinned Cody” T-shirt. He tore into Cody’s neck tattoo and stated he’s coming for Moxley’s title.

Moxley wasn’t even given a chance to participate in the main event as he was jumped on by Santana, Ortiz, and Hager, dragging him out to the concourse for a lengthy 3-on-1 handicap beatdown.

This left Allin to start the match alone, but not without his own streaks of offense against Jericho and Sammy Guevara.

It proved too little, as a one-man show with an excellent performance from Allin was cut short by Jericho’s Judas Effect for the pinfall.

Moxley limped into the ring, with a steel chair in hand and quickly cleaned house.

A cheap forearm shot from behind by Hager would knock Moxley out of the ring and led to a relentless beatdown on the stage.

Inner Circle hit a group powerbomb off stage, sending Moxley into some tables and posed together as the show ended.

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