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Announcers: Excalibur, Tony Schiavone, Jim Ross
AEW returns to the Agganis Arena in Bosto, MA. The second-ever edition of Dynamite emanated from this arena back in October of 2019. The only other pro wrestling event to take place here was the 11th edition of TNA’s Slammiversary back in 2013.
Three matches, Owen Hart Tournament qualifying matches, and a debut were announced.
#AEWDynamite TOMORROW LIVE at 8/7c on TBS!
–#ROH & AAA Tag Team Championships #FTR @DaxFTR/@CashWheelerFTR v @youngbucks
–#TheHardys v #TheButcher @andycomplains/@BladeofBuffalo
–@Christian4Peeps v @AdamColePro
–#OwenHart Tournament Qualifiers continue! pic.twitter.com/gt1nC0k51t
— All Elite Wrestling (@AEW) April 5, 2022
Before tonight's #AEWDynamite LIVE from Boston, MA at 8/7c on @TBSNetwork, start your day with @tonyschiavone24 in the #AEW Control Center RIGHT NOW!
— All Elite Wrestling (@AEW) April 6, 2022
Samoa Joe made an appearance at Ring of Honor’s Supercard of Honor this past Friday, coming to the aid of Jonathan Gresham and Lee Moriarty after they were attacked by Jay Lethal and Sonjay Dutt. Following those proceedings, Tony Khan announced via Twitter that Samoa Joe is All Elite. He makes his debut tonight.
It’s official! @SamoaJoe is ALL ELITE! See you on Wednesday at #AEWDynamite! #SupercardOfHonor @AEW pic.twitter.com/n29KnFhCBP
— Tony Khan (@TonyKhan) April 2, 2022
Joe was released by WWE in January of this year, months after relinquishing the NXT Championship, which he won from Karrion Kross. Joe had been released in 2021 after spending most of the previous two years as an announcer on Raw. He wrestled briefly in late 2019 until the onset of the COVID pandemic.
Frank’s Analysis: I’m not breaking any news, nor do I think I’m a contrarian when I say it’s exciting to see Joe in AEW. They are loaded with talent, but he is different from most of the wrestlers they have there. I would (think) he comes in as a babyface, and maybe works Moxley and Danielson out of the gate? Cole and the Elite? The possibilities are there no matter what side he works.
Matt & Jeff Hardy square off against the AFO’s Butcher & Blade, former protegees of Matt Hardy when he ran the HFO.
Things have been going on for quite some time between both parties, with the latest chapter happening last week. After AFO leader Andrade “El Idodo” defeated Darby Allin, Butcher & Blade as well as Jose the Assistant went after Sting, who was checking on Darby. Fellow AFO members Private Party joined in on the festivities when the Hardy brothers made the save.
Two weeks ago, the Hardys along with Sting & Darby defeated Butcher & Blade and Private Party in a Tornado Tag match. The Haryds have a long history with matches of this sort, with the most historic being a series of TLC (Tables, Ladders, and Chairs) matches against Edge & Christian and the Dudley Boyz in the early 2000s in the WWE.
Things are far from over between #TheHardys and the #AFO’s Butcher @andycomplains & @BladeOfBuffalo. After weeks of violent clashes, the score will be settled in a TABLES match this WEDNESDAY on #AEWDynamite LIVE at 8/7c on @TBSNetwork from a sold-out @AgganisArena in Boston, MA! pic.twitter.com/EAKP4bICbS
— All Elite Wrestling (@AEW) April 3, 2022
Frank’s Analysis: I have no doubt we’re going to be entertained by this match and I don’t see anything other than a win for the Hardys. I just hold my breath for Matt & Jeff as they’re not spring chickens and left to their own devices, they can’t help themselves. Ironically, I just relived their triangle ladder match from WrestleMania 2000 against Edge & Christian and the Dudleys. I’m no doctor but it’s hard not to think about the negative effect those excessive extreme bumps had on their lives.
The AAA Tag Team Championship will be on the line as FTR defends against former champions the Young Bucks.
This is a Part II between these teams. The Bucks defeated FTR at the 2020 Full Gear PPV for the AEW Tag Team Championship. It ended a two-month reign for FTR, who captured the AAA Tag Team Championship from the Lucha Brothers on Dynamite in October of last year. Ironically, FTR ended a two-plus year reign for the Lucha Brothers who captured the AAA tag titles from the Bucks in June of 2019, following a failed attempt at the 2019 Double or Nothing.
FTR recently fired Tully Blanchard as their manager. They are still technically in the Pinnacle, led by MJF, and are caught in the middle of the issues between MJF and Wardlow, whom is still under contract to MJF but is being paid to “stay home.” They challenged the Bucks to a match on last week’s show, who accepted on Rampage after they defeated Top Flight.
The @youngbucks are here to remind #AEW why they are the Best Tag Team in the World & have accepted #FTR’s challenge, now with championship consequences! It's Young Bucks vs. #ROH & AAA champions @DaxFTR/@CashWheelerFTR pt. 2 this WEDNESDAY on #AEWDynamite LIVE at 8/7c on TBS! pic.twitter.com/yneUiEDUxI
— All Elite Wrestling (@AEW) April 2, 2022
FTR vs Young Bucks II
No more using the job title to hide from the rematch. We’ve spent a year and half walking through their EVP bullshit.
Wednesday, we bury the Bucks. pic.twitter.com/yzd6C3jacH
— CASH (@CashWheelerFTR) April 3, 2022
Frank’s Analysis: I could see MJF inadvertently costing FTR the titles. Bucks are due for a title, at least I think, so why not do a title change here. It’s not like FTR has been defending the AAA titles and they won the ROH championships anyway. FTR are going to be doing something with MJF and Shawn Spears at some point once they split from the Pinnacle.
Adam Cole goes one-on-one with Christian Cage.
Last week, Cole and ReDRagon (Bobby Fish & Kyle O’Reilly) had a championship celebration after stealing the belts from actual AEW Champion “Hangman” Adam Page and tag champs Jurassic Express. Cole said they weren’t in the building because they were embarrassed at how easy it was for them to steal the belts, but they can’t steal something that belongs to them. Page and Jurassic Express (w/Christian) came out and eventually retrieved their titles.
At the 2021 Full Gear, Christian and Jurassic Express defeated Adam Cole and the Young Bucks in a Falls Count Anywhere Trios match. Christian defeated Ethan Page on the March 4 edition of Rampage. (Cage defeated Page on Rampage. Vince McMahon would have a canary if he was running this company.). Cole recently challenged the other Page at Revolution for the AEW Championship but came up short.
This has been a long time coming…#AEWDynamite #AdamColeBayBay #BOOM pic.twitter.com/77p5GKwS1M
— Adam Cole (@AdamColePro) April 2, 2022
Frank’s Analysis: I’m still curious what’s going on with Christian. If the intention is to keep him as a mentor to Jurassic Express, that’s fine if he’s going to eventually turn on Jungle Boy, whom I assume is earmarked for a singles push. I’m in a wait and see. I don’t think Christian signed on just to be a mentor to a tag team. There’s still some capital there, and I’m sure they’ll use it.
Qualifying matches will continue tonight for Owen Hart Tournament, which will commence on the May 11 edition of Dynamite. Toni Storm and Jamie Hayter have qualified thus far on the women’s side. Nobody has qualified on the men’s side yet. As of this writing, AEW is not specific who will wrestle Wednesday’s show.
*** Update ***
Earlier today. AEW announced that Samoa Joe will take on Max Caster of the Acclaimed in qualifier for the men’s tournament. Former AEW Women’s Champion Hikaru Shida takes on Julia Hart on the women’s side.
#AEWDynamite TONIGHT LIVE at 8/7c on TBS!
–#ROH & AAA Tag Team Titles #FTR @DaxFTR/@CashWheelerFTR (c) v @youngbucks
–#OwenHart Tournament Qualifiers: @SamoaJoe v @PlatinumMax; @shidahikaru v @TheJuliaHart
–#TheHardys v The Butcher & The Blade
–@Christian4Peeps v @AdamColePro pic.twitter.com/Vzjzy5aHtj
— All Elite Wrestling (@AEW) April 6, 2022
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