There’s no joke when it comes to “Dynamite,” and tonight’s show could change a few things.
First, there’s the long-awaited debut of the “Murderhawk” Lance Archer, who will have legendary Jake “The Snake” Roberts in his corner. Archer and Roberts make for an interesting pairing, and they have their sights firmly set on Cody Rhodes. While Rhodes made it clear that Archer’s first match won’t be against him, it’s likely only a matter of time before that confrontation happens.
I appreciate Lance & his skillset. AEW is glad to have him. I’m not interested in social media angles though. He will debut this week, but not against me. He has zero record with AEW, me wrestling him does a disservice to others climbing into the Top-5. Maybe down the road.
— Cody (@CodyRhodes) March 28, 2020
In other scheduled matches, Kenny Omega will face off against one third of the Best Friends, Trent, in a singles match. Last week, Omega and Inner Circle member Sammy Guevera went to war over the AAA Mega Championship, a match in which Omega retained.
Speaking of Guevara, he’ll be in action alongside “The Chairman” Shawn Spears, taking on Rhodes and Darby Allin. And Jon Moxley could make an appearance tonight as well, as he’s been “100 percent cleared” to return to the ring.
Also on the show, AEW will reveal the tournament bracket for the newly christened TNT Championship, a supposed mid-card title which will do wonders for the show.
Sporting News will provide live updates, highlights and more from tonight’s show in Jacksonville, Fla.
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AEW ‘Dynamite’ results, April 1
8:43 p.m.: Getting a little Moxley content now. Recap of what’s happening with he and Hager, and a Moxley video package.
Hikaru Shida def. Anna Jayy via pinfall
Post-match thoughts: Not much here. Your standard match to continue to build the women’s division a bit. Wasn’t a total squash, but the outcome was predictable. Shida’s program with Baker continues with a little drama during the match.
8:38 p.m. FINISH: Pretty standard match here, and Shida wins with a Michinoku Driver.
8:36 p.m.: Shida gets in Britt Baker’s face, who is sitting ringside. Anna Jayy getting a little offense in in this match, so not a total squash.
8:32 p.m.: After a short Hardy/Jericho recap video and a hype video for Hikaru Shida, we have, what appears will be, a squash match with a debuting Anna Jayy.
Kenny Omega def. Trent via pinfall
Post-match thoughts: That was an excellent match to open up the show which did a lot for Trent. It’s easy to see Best Friends as a wonderful tag team, but to give guys single matches to showcase their abilities 1-on-1 is a great thing to try and do right now.
8:25 p.m. FINISH: Omega follows up almost a very catastrophic botch off the top rope with the One-Winged Angel for a 3-count. An excellent opening bout between the two. They shake hands.
8:21 p.m.: There are five minutes left in this match. This is doing wonders for Trent right now, for those who view him as a tag-team specialist solely.
8:18 p.m.: And Trent just hit a baseball-slide German suplex? What?
8:16 p.m.: Omega just powerbombed Trent into an iron post on the outside. Oof.
8:15 p.m.: Trent working some heel tactics in here now. Omega hits a deadlift German suplex on the outside. Ouch. Hard-hitting match so far.
8:11 p.m.: Kenny is working the back over a lot, with three straight backbreakers to Trent.
8:09 p.m.: Cody is absolute money on commentary.
8:07 p.m.: Both guys working as faces in this match, obviously. The Gunn Club is sitting front-row ringside, along with Kip Sabian, on the opposite side. Trent is accompanied by Chuck Taylor and Orange Cassidy,
8:00 p.m.: OK, so, tonight’s show starts with Cody and his dog Pharaoh at ringside. And also, the second half of the TNT Championship tourney bracket:
8:00 p.m.: We are live, folks. And away we go from Jacksonville. It’s deja-vu all over again.
7:55 p.m.: Just five minutes until the show kicks off. I’m curious to see if AEW can keep their empty-arena momentum going. Their last two shows have been excellent, without a doubt.
7:49 p.m.: This is gonna be good. I’d argue that Sammy Guevara, while not quite as over as Darby just yet, has made more of an impact in recent weeks than Allin.
7:40 p.m.: Hello, and welcome to SN’s live blog of tonight’s AEW “Dynamite.” My name is Joe Rivera, and I’ll be your party host for the proceedings. You can find me on Twitter @JoeRiveraSN.
Whether you’re watching NXT or doing other stuff, you can find segment and match breakdowns here with (what I hope is) fun commentary here. Let’s kick it.