All Elite Wrestling: Dynamite: AEW Dynasty 2024
April 21, 2024 6:11 PM - Season 5 (Specials) - Subscribe

All Elite Wrestling travels to St. Louis and introduces a new premium live event to make space for every single one of their titles to be defended -- and a few titles from other companies too! But the real show-stealer might be the first ever match-up between The Greatest Professional Wrestler Ever Bryan Danielson vs. The New Hottest Signee Of Professional Wrestling Ever Will By-God Ospreay.

The card for Dynasty:

Trent Beretta vs. Matt Sydal
Tag Team match: Katsuyori Shibata and Orange Cassidy vs.

Shane Taylor Promotions (Shane Taylor and Lee Moriarty) (with Anthony Ogogo)

Title Unification Match (maybe): Ring Of Honor World Six-Man Champions Bullet Club Gold (Jay White, Austin Gunn and Colten Gunn) vs. AEW World Trios Championship The Acclaimed (Anthony Bowens, Max Caster and "Daddy Ass" Billy Gunn)
AEW Continental Championship Match: Kazuchika Okada (c) vs. "The Bastard" PAC

Trios match: Adam Copeland, Eddie Kingston, and Mark Briscoe vs. The House of Black (Malakai Black, Brody King, and Buddy Matthews)

FTW Championship Match: Hook (c) vs. Chris Jericho

AEW International Championship Match: Roderick Strong (c) vs. Kyle O'Reilly

AEW TBS Championship Match: Julia Hart (c) vs. Willow Nightingale (with Stokely Hathaway)

Tournament Final Ladder Match for the vacant AEW World Tag Team Championship: The Young Bucks (Nicholas Jackson and Matthew Jackson) vs. FTR (Dax Harwood and Cash Wheeler)

AEW Women's World Championship Match: "Timeless" Toni Storm (c) (with Mariah May and Luther) vs. Thunder Rosa

Will Ospreay vs. Bryan Danielson

AEW World Championship Match: Samoa Joe (c) vs. Swerve Strickland (with Prince Nana)

posted by The Pluto Gangsta (5 comments total)
I got my wish re: the FTW Championship, it's elevated Hook about as far as it can, and now that Jericho has it the younger man is free to pursue other titles. If I were booking, the next step would be that Taz, being the originator of the title in the first place, adds a new stipulation to the belt that Jericho must defend it every week. This lets the show keep whatever ratings boost Jericho is good for, with a built-in reason for new talent to "sit under the learning tree."
posted by The Pluto Gangsta at 7:12 PM on April 21

Good Lord that Ospreay/Danielson match went hard. Several times Danielson had a ground-based answer to Will's attempts to get airborne, culminating in when he sniped the OsCutter out of the air with knee strike. Then shit went to a Samurai Showdown where first Bryan ducked under the Hidden Blade, and then met Will in the middle with the Busaiku Knee this time. I guess what swung the match in Will's favor was his ability to recover and home in on Danielson's specific known weak points, getting relentless in the elbow strikes to the head and bringing him down in a sickening Tiger Driver to the neck.
posted by The Pluto Gangsta at 8:16 PM on April 21

HAHAHA I am definitely going to get myself a gif of Jack Perry's smiling smug fucking face interfering in the ladder match.

The heat he's going to get when he reappears on Dynamite is going to be enormous.
posted by The Pluto Gangsta at 8:29 PM on April 21

The complete write-up from Wrestling Observer is here, although I'll check back later to see if Meltzer posted star ratings for the matches.
posted by The Pluto Gangsta at 5:12 AM on April 22

Outstanding trolling from Okada, who seemingly had something up his sleeve every time the crowd tried to get behind him.

I will always choose an established tag team / trio to win over just three guys, even if I happen to like all three of those guys. Copeland, Kingston and Briscoe could form a cohesive trio with the theme of being the AEW wrestlers who most look like they'd try to sell you a Ziplock full of bathtub crank outside of a Greyhound bus depot at 2 AM.

Chris Jericho is probably the greatest of all time at gimmick reinventions and he is somehow a couple years past due for a reinvention. He needs to go away for a while and give us some time to miss him.

The crowd seemed more into Strong vs. O'Reilly than I was expecting and I was happy to see it. They're both fantastic in the ring and that often gets overlooked in favor of guys with a little more flash.
posted by Parasite Unseen at 1:41 PM on April 22 [1 favorite]

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