AEW Dynamite Results (3/30) Columbia, SC – We are live from the Colonial Life Arena in Columbia, South Carolina, as CM Punk makes his way to the ring for our first match of the night. Max Caster is out next, rapping.
CM Punk vs. Max Caster
Caster and Punk immediately get after it as the bell sounds to get this one off-and-running. Punk establishes the early offensive control and then brings Caster down the mat where he focuses his attack on his shoulder and arm.
The offensive momentum shifts in the other direction when Punk changes up his planned attack when he noticed Anthony Bowens at ringside. This allows Caster to take over and he begins manhandling the veteran, even cutting off a comeback attempt tried by Punk when he caught him coming off the top with a flying cross-body splash. He walks him around the ring a bit and then brings him down with authority into a vicious back-breaker.
Punk connects with a shoulder tackle and then goes for a crossbody, but Caster catches him in mid-air and drops him down to his knee. Punk then gets launched into the corner, but he comes back with a dive down from the top turnbuckle, following up with an atomic drop and a lower suplex.
Punk then goes for the knee to the corner but misses, and then he nails a big chop to the neck, followed by a fisherman buster. However, Punk is able to kick out. Caster then heads to the top rope but Punk scouts it and fires in some chops. He then hits a hurricanrana from the top rope.
This time Punk does nail the knee strike, following it with the running bulldog, and this time it is Max kicking out of a pinfall attempt. Caster then distracts the official, and Anthony Bowens pulls Punk’s leg as he attempts a springboard. He gets hung up on the rope and Caster leaps from the top turnbuckle with a dropkick.
Caster misses with his Mic Drop, and that leads to Punk hitting a Tombstone. He follows that up with the Anaconda Vice for a submission victory.
Winner: CM Punk
After the match, Tony Schiavone enters the ring to conduct a post-match interview with CM Punk. Schiavone asks him about his title belt around the waist gesture from last week.
Punk asks the fans what it means. He then goes on to make it clear that whether it be Adam Cole or Hangman Page, he is going after that title. He addresses the gray in his beard and says before his time in AEW is done he’s going to have more.
He points at scars in his head and says before he’s done in AEW there will be more scars on his head. Finally, he says before his time in AEW is done he will be the AEW World Champion.
MJF Tells FTR That Wardlow Used To Talk Crap About Them
We head backstage where we see FTR and eventually MJF in the interview zone. They talk briefly as we see someone come by to hang up some Wardlow signs indicating that he is banned from the building tonight.
MJF then takes over the speaking portion of the segment and says FTR are more than friends, they’re family. He then tells FTR that he didn’t want to say anything before, but Wardlow used to constantly talk all kinds of crap about FTR.
He says that’s not what he’s here to talk about and then closes by saying when you’re in The Pinnacle, you’re always on top.
Jay Lethal vs. Jon Moxley
Jey Lethal extends his hand, but Jon Moxley slaps it away. The former ROH star tries to work the arm, but Moxley just throws him out of the ring, and then he gets out when Jay gets in. Jon sets in a side headlock as Lethal tries to counter with the head scissors of his own. Once again Lethal gets sent outside the ring, and then Moxley comes back and slaps him.
Lethal then goes back and forth with him in a forearm exchange which Moxley dominates. He then hits a German suplex and a string of punches in the corner. They fight on the top turnbuckle, and Lethal pushes him away as he hands up on the top rope via his leg. Lethal follows up with a huge dive to the outside which sends Moxley flying into the barricade. Jay then follows it up with a second one.
Lethal then begins working the leg of his opponent, but as they head to the top turnbuckle it is the former AEW World Champion who wins out with a superplex. The two then go back and forth with an exchange of strikes once again, and Moxley then drops his opponent with the King Kong lariat.
Lethal ends up cutting off Mox’s offensive run and takes back over. He heads to the top-rope but doesn’t connect with anything. Mox catches the boot of Lethal on a kick attempt and then avoids a Lethal Injection attempt by Lethal.
He slaps a rear naked choke / sleeper hold on him and they fall down to the mat still in the hold. Lethal counters and goes for a pin attempt but Mox kicks out.
Moments later after Mox escapes a figure-four leg lock attempt that looked dangerous, he hits his finisher and scores the pin fall victory himself.
Winner: Jon Moxley
FTR vs. The Gunn Club
We return from the break to the theme of FTR hitting. This brings out Dax Harwood and Cash Wheeler, who head to the ring for this scheduled tag-team contest.
Before the match begins MJF makes his way out to be on commentary. Dax Harwood begins working with Colten Gunn, and he gets the best of things early on. Austin then tags in, and he brings Dax down, and then walks all over his back. Cash Wheeler comes in and he gets in control of things, hitting some deep arm drags and then a dropkick.
FTR work a great double-team exchange, but that only gets a near fall. Austin escapes to the outside, and this leads to them distracting the official as Billy Gunn drops Wheeler with a huge right hand. Gunn Club then works together to keep isolating Cash, as they once again distract the official so Billy can get some shots in.
We return from the break to see The Gunn Club still dominating the action, which is now back inside the squared circle. This doesn’t last for long, however, as Wheeler decks Austin Gunn with a big back-drop to buy himself some time.
He attempts to make the tag but is stopped after The Gunn Club utilize some cheap heel tactics. Soon after, Dax Harwood tags in and after the hot tag, he begins taking over as he beats down Austin and Colten by himself and nearly scored the pin fall, only for it to be broken up.
As we see The Gunn Club get close to finishing this one off, the camera angle switches and shows Wardlow arriving inside the building via a backstage camera. He doesn’t look happy and he enters the arena through a door at the top of the rafters.
He begins making his way down through the crowd, making a B-line directly towards MJF. Arena security ends up finding his way over to him and they stop him from making it to MJF at the commentary section.
Back in the ring, we see Dax getting close to finishing this one off. He turns and sees Billy Gunn on the ring apron, which stops him.
They jaw at each other and then as Billy tries helping The Gunn Club win with a cheap shot right in front of the ref, FTR somehow overcomes this and still manages to connect with their Big Rigg finisher for the pin fall victory.
After the match, MJF goes to celebrate with them, but that leads to some tension between them. They shove a little, but eventually make up.
Eddie Kingston, Santana & Ortiz Beat Down J.A.S.
We return from the break and we see the Jericho Appreciation Society backstage in the interview zone. Chris Jericho talks about the J.A.S. being the talk of the town in the wrestling world as of late.
After he finishes up, Daniel Garcia gets a moment to talk and then he, along with Team 2point0 mock the fact that Eddie Kingston and the team of Santana & Ortiz are nowhere to be found.
They sarcastically check each curtain on both sides of the interview zone, and when pulling back the second curtain, we see that “The Mad King” and the Proud ‘N’ Powerful duo are, in fact, standing right there waiting for them.
The brawl is on, folks, and the aforementioned trio are beating the J.A.S. all over the backstage area and inside the arena. They eventually take the fight into the ring where they hit their Street Sweeper finisher.
The J.A.S. end up gaining the offensive control once the brawl settles inside the ring, as Floyd the baseball bat makes an appearance. This leads to Kingston and the duo of Santana & Ortiz being viciously beat down to end the segment.
Jade Cargill Accepts Challenge To Face Marina Shafir
We shoot backstage to the interview zone again where Tony Schiavone is standing by with Jade Cargill and “Smart” Mark Sterling.
Cargill wants to know who is going to be the victim of her 30th win in AEW. Sterling informs the TBS Women’s Champion that she will be facing off against “The Librarian” Leva Bates.
She doesn’t like this idea at all, calling Bates a joke and telling her to hit the bricks before accepting the more dangerous challenge of women’s MMA veteran Marina Shafir, who was featured in a vignette that aired earlier in the show this evening.
Bryan Danielson vs. Wheeler Yuta
We head back inside the arena and get ready for our next match of the evening. With that said, Bryan Danielson’s theme hits and out comes “The American Dragon” accompanied by William Regal.
Bryan Danielson takes control early on, hitting his forearm strike to the chest. He then looks for several pinfall attempts, but Yuta blocks it with a bridge. Danielson drops him with a shoulder tackle, and he then unloads several kicks. However, Yuta then charges out of the corner with a dropkick.
Yuta goes for a drop from the top turnbuckle, but he gets caught with a kick in mid-air. Bryan hangs up Wheeler on the top rope and continues with more kicks, and he finishes it off by dropping down with a knee to the back of Yuta’s neck. Wheeler attempts a couple of kicks, but Bryan drops him down with just one of his own.
Bryan hits several huge chops, but Yuta fires up and fights back, only for Bryan to take him back with several more. The two men then go back and forth with chops and strikes, with Bryan hitting a rolling elbow strike. However, Yuta bounces off the bottom rope and then hits a German suplex.
Bryan then hits a dragon suplex, showcasing his own skills, but Yuta kicks out again. Bryan hits some elbow strikes to the head, but Yuta then fires in some of his own after a smart counter.
Yuta spends several minutes in the offensive driver’s seat. He nearly finishes Danielson off on several ocassions, ultimately he doesn’t, however.
Eventually Danielson takes over and begins hitting his semi-finishing spots, and then he connects with a big tombstone pile driver before finishing Yuta off for the victory.
Winner: Bryan Danielson
Adam Cole & reDRagon Championship Celebration
Adam Cole and reDRagon appear, and they have the titles with their names written on in tape. Adam Cole says the actual champions are not here tonight, because they weren’t invited to the party, and they are ashamed they took the titles from them. Cole says AEW needs a new era to take control.
Kyle O’Reilly then says he sees haters saying they don’t have enough wins. But Kyle says they’re wicked, and everyone loves them. Bobby Fish then says he will put their resume against anyone in the industry. They are the three baddest dudes in the company. Cole says the celebration goes all week long.
However, Adam Page then arrives in a Tesla with some horns stuck on it. He charges his way to the ring and starts brawling with the Undisputed Elite! He takes down reDRagon and then launches Cole across the ring. But as he goes for a Buckshot Lariat, the tag team pull Cole away.
However, as they try to escape, Jurassic Express and Christian Cage appear! They brawl with the group, and then Cole gets dumped to the outside, taking out his pals. The champions then take control of their own titles!
– Thunder Rosa says it is a shame her accomplishments were cut short, but she is the champion, and the first Mexican woman to do that. She fought her way to be the face of this division, but she doesn’t want to just be the face. She wants to be the face of all women’s wrestling. She thinks there is always bullies who want to pull her down.
Thunder says pillars get knocked down, but foundations remain, and she will be that. Thunder says she’s ready. Rosa tells Nyla to use her words, or does she need Vickie to dumb it down. She wants to wrestle the best in the world, and she will defend it.
FTR Out To Recapture AEW Tag-Team Titles
FTR are shown backstage saying they might take things too seriously, but this Friday they will become the ROH Tag Team Champions. Dax says they came here to build their reputation, and that is why they want to face The Young Bucks. He officially challenges them.
The Bunny vs Toni Storm (Owen Hart Tournament Qualifying Match)
The mystery opponent is none other than Toni Storm! She starts out with a huge forearm to The Bunny, and she continues throwing hands until The Bunny responds with a slap. She hits a knee lift, but Toni then goes for a misdirect and connects with a knee strike. The Bunny connects with one of her own then, sending Toni outside the ring.
She then charges in with a lariat. The Bunny then sends her opponent headfirst into the ring post, and back in the ring, she hits a sliding elbow strike. Storm then reverses with a backslide, but it doesn’t get the job done and Bunny then hits a clothesline. She drives Storm into the turnbuckle several times before hitting a running knee.
However, she goes to the well too much, and Storm reverses, planting The Bunny face-first to the mat. They then go back and forth with punches, but Toni then hits an elbow strike and a lariat to take control. Storm nails a headbutt and then a hip attack in the corner followed by a fisherman suplex, but Bunny kicks out.
The Bunny fights back with a Death Valley Driver, but that doesn’t get the job done. She then nails two big thrust kicks, but Storm manages to kick out and stay in this one. Storm hits a German suplex and then Storm Zero, securing her victory!
Winner: Toni Storm
– Backstage Vickie Guerrero says Thunder Rosa fears Nyla. Rose then claims she is the foundation, and she refuses to be a footnote. She will cement her legacy in Thunder’s blood, and she will be a genie, abracadabra, b**ch.
Andrade El Idolo w/Jose vs. Darby Allin w/Sting
Sting leaves Darby Allin to do the match on his own. However, as Allin rides down on his skateboard, Andrade launches himself out of the ring to take him out. Allin launches him over the timekeeper’s area, and then slams him down onto the table. He follows that by throwing Darby face-first onto the ring apron.
However, as he looks to continue the attack, Allin moves and Andrade hits the stairs. Darby opts to use his skateboard as a weapon then, attacking him with it. Andrade powers up Allin, trying to drop him onto the guard rail, but he fights back. That doesn’t last long though, as Andrade grabs and throws Darby onto the stairs, which are pointing upwards, and he bounces off them.
Darby gets back into the ring and agrees to the match, and the bell rings. Andrade then turns Darby inside out into the turnbuckles. He then hits the running knees into the corner, but Allin gets a rope break. Andrade continues to dominate the match, keeping in control. However, as he launches him backwards, Darby lands on his feet.
He tries to fight back, but Andrade puts a stop to it, only for Darby to hit Code Red! However, Andrade is able to kick out. The former WWE star quickly responds with a high boot in the corner as he then kicks down on Allin several times. He fires back with several slaps, and the two men then go back and forth with them! But it is Andrade who wins out in the end.
Andrade tries to use a belt but the official takes it away, while that happens Allin uses his own to trip him and send Andrade face-first into the turnbuckle. He then connects with a Stunner, but it isn’t enough and Andrade then nails a backbreaker. From the top turnbuckle, Allin hits a crucifix, and he then looks for a submission, but Jose tries to come down and get involved.
Sting appears and doesn’t allow that, attacking him. However, The Burcher and The Blade then attack him, only for Allin to launch out of the ring to attack them. Darby looks for an attack by springboarding backwards, but Andrade catches him, hits a buckle bomb, and then the El Idolo for the win.
Winner: Andrade El Idolo
After the match the group attack Sting, but the Hardy Boyz makes the save with some chairs, running interference to finish the show!
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