Posted on 3/09/123 by Colin Vassallo

rena: Golden 1 Center

City: Sacramento, CA

Last Week’s Rating: 833,000 overall; 0.27 in 18-49 demo

God damn, that trios match. Comfortably better than any of
the best of seven. The House of Black need to be on tv
every week. And we need Kenny vs Matthews & Kenny vs
Malakai asap.

Christian/Perry was also very good. Kudos to Cage for the
turtle-neck singlet. Though the way they lowered the coffin
was laughably ‘AEW’. Rush, rush, rush, quick! Next segment!

Mox vs Hangman was just way too bloody for me. Knew there’d
be some but hoped it’d be dessert rather than the entire
menu. Moxley deserves a ton of credit for the finish,
frantically tapping in a match where he had ‘home court’.
Couldn’t have done more for Page.

The wrestling’s there, now we just need the stories to go
along with it.

It’s Wednesday night, it’s Dynamite. Let’s go.


The show’s opening was all highlights from Revolution
instead of the usual intro.

Jay Lethal vs Orange Cassidy, All-Atlantic Title

Backstory: Long story short – Lethal & co. attacked
Cassidy’s friends recently on Rampage

After all the matches AEW refuse to repeat, they choose this
for a third go-around? Per Tony Khan it’s done ratings in
the past. If people wanted to see Jay Lethal that badly,
ROH wouldn’t have been sold.

Both came ‘heavy’, but all of Lethal’s entourage were
quickly ushered backstage as we were shown highlights of
their previous encounters. There was then the weekly
technical screw-up as the announcers started doing-so over
the loudspeakers.

Cassidy went right to a headlock as they continued pushing
him as the ‘hottest’ wrestler in the company. He kept
working the headlock in between brief sequences. Lethal
bailed outside for a good minute.

From how tight the cameras were, they cannot have pulled a
great crowd here.

Both countered in and out of big moves: Lethal Injection…
Beach Break… until a second Lethal Injection attempt saw
Cassidy boot Lethal in the arm. Which he continued working
over in the corner as Lethal headed outside once more.
Cassidy was caught on a dive but slipped out to fling Lethal
into the ring-post. Lethal reciprocated into the steps.

Then caught Cassidy re-entering via dragon screw against the
ropes. And crotched Cassidy before targeting the knee
again, sending Orange tumbling outside as the ref began to
count. Lethal dropped an elbow but sold his own arm after
Cassidy’s earlier work on it, coming back with a knee-
breaker against the post as the ads arrived.

If anyone wondered how much AEW’s audience is aging, the
first ad was Just for Men. They also pushed the new behind-
the-scenes show debuting March 29th. For AEW that is, not
Just for Men. Next on Behind the Beard…

Cassidy went back after the arm, Lethal the knee: both
struggled to execute moves because of their injuries. Jay
missed a charge in the corner, Cassidy clambered up top,
Lethal met him, attempting a suplex, being fought off,
Orange came off with a diving ddt, then a tornado.

Two slaps of the mat.

Cassidy then collapsed attempting the Orange Punch (did not
look believable). Lethal went straight for the figure four,
Orange finally scrambled to the ropes.

Both ended up on the apron, Jay fired chops, threw fists;
Cassidy smashed him against the ropes Sheamus-style until
knocking him back inside, Lethal dropped him out of a
gorilla press, went for the figure four once again; Cassidy
snagged a small package for two but got up right into a
Lethal Combination.

Jay headed up top, badly missed an elbow, kinda landing on
Cassidy’s knees. Then caught Cassidy in a cutter while
countering the Orange Punch for a close two. A thrust kick
to the knee followed, Lethal Injection on the way but Jay
buckled due to his injured arm, leaving him open for an
Orange Punch as Cassidy retained.

As much as I don’t want to see Jay Lethal, this was a very
good opener.

Lethal went for the Golden Globe, the ref cut him off, you
knew an attack from behind was coming. And of course, Jeff
Jarrett did just that with the Stroke. That’s what I get
for saying something positive.

Jarrett then broke his guitar across the knee. Yaaaaaay,
he’s going after another title.

Did I mention the young audience has left in droves?

WINNER: Orange Cassidy

Knew this was an angle. They showed footage of Wardlow’s
smashed-up rental car and told us his belt had been stolen.
Cut to Hobbs with Renee: Will said Wardlow only had one
thing left, his championship. ‘Tonight, I’m taking that.’

Cheers from the audience. Uh-oh.


They’d pushed that Hangman was ‘next’ during the opener.
Ricky Starks was out instead. To proclaim he was having a
hell of a week after spending time in Cali & beating
Jericho. So what’s next? ‘I’m not sure.’ The Bullet Club
logo appeared, the music played, distracting Starks as Juice
Robinson attacked from behind.

That’s twice in two segs that the babyface has been tricked
and caught from behind.


Schiavone and Wardlow (wearing an FTR shirt which he said
they’d loaned him). He promised to ‘demolish’ Hobbs and
offered to make tonight ‘anything goes’. The crowd seemed
to be behind Wardlow too.


Ruby Soho vs Skye Blue

Backstory: Soho faces an AEW Original after her recent turn

From the ring, Renee introduced Soho. Pretty loud boos.
Saraya and Toni came to the top of the ramp but Soho came to
the ring alone. Renee asked why she’d joined them.

Apparently, the fans ‘created this monster’. The people
cheered when Britt beat her in her first match. In the
semi’s of the Owen tourney they cheered Statlander against
her (loud cheers here in the arena too) and booed Soho.

Called the fans ‘fat, bearded trolls’ (just about spitting
the words out amid weak STFU chants). She and the others
came to help AEW but the foundation is broken, the ‘entitled
little s**** & rookies… Tony Khan ‘gives it (opportunity) to

This was very bad-WWE. It’s the fans’ fault, they never
appreciated me. Don’t know if that’s supposed to be ironic
or whether it just sucked. The result was the same either

And was unconvincing: acting isn’t a strong suit of Soho.

Match starts here

She attacked Skye Blue quickly, flung her into the post,
after which Blue was loopy. But tried to fight back. A
Soho back-heel trip got two as the break beckoned.

Blue was still basically out on her feet as we returned, a
pair of suplexes dropping her, Ruby twice missed punts (very
badly), after which Blue fought back, step-up knee strike,
snapmare, her basement enziguri, boot up in the corner,
diving cross body, count of two.

Then a strange sequence where Skye just slipped off Soho’s
butt/back led to Ruby using the hair to set-up Destination

Post-match, Soho and her crew spray-painted Blue. The
stupid, moronic, idiotic babyfaces continued as Willow
Nightingale came out and tried to calmly ‘talk sense’ to
Soho. And got the crap beaten out of her three-on-one.

WINNER: Ruby Soho

The Adam Page promo we were promised forty minutes ago was
‘next’, finally arrived.

Joined by Renee, Hangman (sporting a black eye) was asked
how he’s doing after Revolution.

Page said he’s been better. He let his heart blacken on
Sunday, but it showed what’ll happen if anyone wants to try
him. He’ll beat you, choke you, take you to hell and ride-
off afterward (honestly sounded just like Moxley).

Then apologized to Renee for ‘what you had to see’. Though
suggested Mox was the person to blame if anyone was.


MJF promo post-match. He made Danielson tap, he’s the devil
and he has the greatest prize of them all. He’s single in
San Diego. On March 15th he’s gonna celebrate the Ides of
March with his re-Bar Mitzvah. ‘My reign of terror, has
just begun.’

Was hoping they’d forgotten that last phrase.

Undoubtedly, someone’s going to interrupt, but most
candidates are already occupied based on tonight. Adam
Cole? A challenge for his first match back? Tie in the
concussion thing with the Danielson storyline?


Schiavone mid-ring to bring out FTR. Excalibur inferred
that he hoped they were here to say they were staying in AEW
(Dax on his podcast said nothing had changed and they still
only have about a month on their deals).

Deafening FTR chants, easily the loudest the fans have been
all night.

Cash talked about how bad the last few months had been,
losing all their titles in the space of a month. Then
losing one of their best friends, Wheeler tearing up as the
crowd chanted ‘Jay’. But he cannot sit at home while the
Gunns call themselves the best team in wrestling. He put
them over a bit but called them ‘entitled little assholes’.

Dax told the fans that they and professional wrestling
accepted him when he didn’t feel deserving of love. More
loud FTR chants.

And that the last memory he has with one of his best friends
(the third match against the Briscoes) was ruined by the
Gunns. So now they’ve got to beat the Gunns for themselves,
the Briscoes and ‘all of y’all, Top Guys… out’.

Short but effective, backed by a rabid crowd.


Renee with Jade & Leyla Grey. Cargill laughed at the idea
of her feeling tested. She challenged any Canadian for next
Wednesday in Winnipeg.

Chris Jericho, Sammy Guevara & Daniel Garcia vs Top Flight &
AR Fox

Backstory: None

Hopefully the start of some regular trios action. Excalibur
put over the phenomenal title match Sunday.

Fox and Jericho kicked things off, Fox ducking a series of
lariats before kipping up into an enziguri then skinning the
cat into a dropkick in the corner. And taking flight onto
the vet who’d bailed outside.

Jericho ran to his corner, hugging Guevara’s waist before
tagging in his fellow Sex God. The pair then hit their pose
(the whole JAS joined in) after a lariat. Darius tagged in
and Sammy bailed to hug Garcia, tagging the youngster who
ate an Asai moonsault from Dante but caught him with a right
hand after Angelo Parker grabbed the youngster’s ankle.

Break time. Almost total ‘comedy’ thus far.

Garcia was dancing on the apron as we returned, so not much
had changed. Sammy kept cutting off Dante from the tag
until being flung into the air, allowing the tag to Fox.
Who hit a cutter on Garcia, sent Jericho outside, then
crushed Guevara against the ropes while dropkicking Jericho
on the outside. And rolling across the ring to hit a double
cutter for a two count on Garcia.

Darius in, deadlift German, two on Garcia. Who grabbed the
hair to tag Jericho.

The vet stumbling into a Spanish fly then a back-kick for
another two. Everyone in, Dante took out Garcia with a
dive, Fox=Guevara & Parker (who stood there way too long,
not helped by the camera work), leaving Jericho and Darius
in the ring, the youngster cradling out of the Walls for two
until Hager caught him with Floyd, right into the Judas
Effect for the usual BS win.

A nothing match with a few highlights. Not what I was
hoping for to kick-start an actual trios division.

JAS challenge HOB & Elite come out

Parker made a ‘light the beam’ reference (you cannot be a
heel and say that in Sacramento, so lame). Menard said
(shouted) that tonight is the the one year anniversary of
the JAS.

Garcia said they should be #1 contenders for the trios
titles. Jericho then directly challenged the House of Black
to get their asses in the ring.

The lights went out. Carry on My Wayward Son struck-up as
the Elite came out instead. To a decent number of boos
because the crowd wanted the champs.

Omega acknowledged that they and Jericho had stayed out of
each other’s business for three years, which he’d like to
think was mutual respect.

Callis then demanded the mic. Saying it was ‘obvious’ that
the Elite were the #1 contenders. Then that while they’d
been friends for over thirty years, Jericho was only the
second greatest wrestler from Winnipeg (Jericho looked like
his dog died, as the crowd chanted ‘Kenny’) ‘and if I had a
couple months to train… you’d be third’. Jericho was
furious at that last jab.

The House appeared on the big screen. Both teams are
equally deserving of being humiliated in their hometown.
‘So, if you want these…’ the lights went out, the HOB
appeared in the aisle, ‘come and get ‘em’.

Lights back out, House gone. Three-way set for next week.

Should be a great match. And should be a red-hot crowd
assuming they’ve moved some ticks.

Callis’ mic-work made this, exceptional.


Another of Tony Khan’s announcements. He spoke for himself
this time.

Orange Cassidy has demanded a title match vs Jarrett next
week. To support Shazam: Fury of the Gods, the title will
be named (‘levelled up’) the AEW International Championship.

A video package blending the movie, Cassidy and Jarrett

All very lame. But tbf, if the network asks, you don’t have
much choice. Now all I need to do is buy a network and I
can get rid of Jarrett for good.


A broken-sounding, tearful Bryan Danielson after Sunday’s
match. He’s thought his whole life that fighting is the
answer. But maybe Max was right. Because at the end of the
match he couldn’t feel his arms and his legs were a mess: he
couldn’t play with his kids. Realizing he hadn’t put them
first made him even more ashamed than tapping out.

‘It’s time for me to go home’.

Crowd didn’t react much as we came back to the arena.

Jon Moxley & Claudio Castagnoli vs John Silver & Alex

Backstory: The Moxley/Hangman feud has spun off into the BCC
feuding with Page’s friends

Though they did to ‘Wild Thing’ as the BCC made their way
through an almost totally blacked-out audience.

Hopefully, Claudio’s taking the brunt of this because Mox
can’t be in good shape after Sunday. The Dark Order had new
music (I think?).

The BCC attacked immediately, leaving Reynolds outside as
they worked over Silver in the ring. Quick tags left Silver
at a deficit, though he kept fighting back. A bunch of
attempted suplexes were blocked between he and Claudio until
Silver won out.

A quick tag to Mox and a gator roll brought the BCC back on
top as the quick tags continued with Castagnoli back in:
bodyslam, leg drop, count of two. Uppercuts and body shots
in the corner maintained the assault until Claudio was
dropped atop the buckle.

Reynolds in, running back elbow, discus to the back of the
head, dive onto Mox outside, boot to Claudio’s jaw; Claudio
elbowed his way free then drilled Reynolds off the top rope
for a nasty spill to the outside.

The BCC must officially be heels. Because that brought the

Claudio took a spill himself as we came back, Reynolds made
the crawl but the Swiss raced back in to grab a headlock and
block the tag. A back body drop and double stomp finally
allowed it, Mox in too as Silver went to work with stiff
kicks in the corner but was drilled with a back elbow, came
back with a pumpkick, knee to the back of the head, German,
count of two.

Mox fired off kicks of his own, Silver caught the last and
rained down blows, Mox hooked him into a triangle choke,
Silver countered into a choke of his own, broken by Claudio.

A stiff uppercut and arrogant, heelish kicks from Claudio
led to him being taken out via double-team pop-up uppercut,
as Mox was worked over by the team’s usual combo until
countering Reynolds’ cutter into an ‘anaconda variation’
(Taz) as the latter tapped.

Mox slapped the hold right back on as Excalibur admonished
him and Claudio cut-off the ref. Then gut-wrenched Silver
over the top, Reynolds now inthe Bulldog Choke as Uno
charged down to make the save. But after a brief flurry was
beaten down by Yuta.

Cue Hangman who limped his way down to check on his friends.
And received a three-on-one beatdown after popping

Page and the others then had to be held back from going
after the BCC as the crowd chanted ‘let them fight’.

Mox/Page probably should’ve finished at the ppv but some
tags and trios can’t hurt. Silver & Reynolds looked good as

WINNER: Jon Moxley & Claudio Castagnoli

The Acclaimed with Renee. They’re on their way back to the
tag titles. 2.0 interrupted to say that the JAS too love
the Acclaimed, who are ‘sports entertainers at heart’. The
ex-champs and Billy howled with laughter at the invite.
Then exited.

Wardlow vs Will Hobbs, TNT Title

Backstory: Hobbs won a shot last week in a ladder match,
Wardlow won the belt Sunday

It’s a mistake booking this so quickly. Could’ve really
been something with the right build. And actually the mini-
story they did was good and could’ve been stretched out at
least a couple weeks.

Wardlow’s music played as they cut backstage to the two
already fighting in the parking lot.

Hobbs beat Wardlow into and around a car, including a suplex
on the hood, just as the bell rang. Hobbs channeled D-Lo
Brown by taking a back drop onto the vehicle.


Wouldn’t you know it, the two made it into the arena right
as we returned.

A smattering of ‘Powerhouse’ chants as Hobbs planted the
champ with a spinebuster. Wardlow popped right up as the
two slugged it out, both dressed for a fight rather than a
match. An F-10 brought two as the crowd chanted for tables.

Turning the tables (that’s what you call a 5* transition), a
second spinebuster, then a third brought a two count as
Hobbs finally brought out the lumber. Wardlow spat water at
Hobbs, set him on the table at ringside then came off the
top via senton, count of two in the aisle.

TiA chant as Wardlow landed a powerbomb on the ramp, the
champ dropping and clutching his side afterward. Then
marching the challenger up the ramp, right in front of the
announce desk, taking way too long as QT Marshall attacked
with a chair.

The crowd completely died.

Excalibur noted Marshall had ‘QTV’ (has that been
sufficiently explained?) on his shirt and mentioned
something he’d apparently said to Hobbs in the past
(definitely wasn’t sufficiently explained) as he helped
Hobbs powerbomb/throw Wardlow off the ramp. The ref began
his ten count, Wardlow was unable to answer, new champ as
Taz yelled excitedly that we ‘havent seen QT in forever’
(no-one noticed, promise).

Poor Wardlow.

Well, that sucked. Went barely a few minutes either side of
the break.

Marshall is very talented. He can talk, he can work. The
problem is, no-one cares. And haven’t been given reason
too. It often feels like AEW are stuck in their own bubble,
not realizing how little connection there is between the
fans and acts pushed into prominent roles such as the Gunns
and QT.

It’s no coincidence this finish felt just like when the
Gunns won their belts.

WINNER: Will Hobbs


Next Rampage:

Sammy Guevara vs Action Andretti
Acclaimed vs TBA
Konosuke Takeshita vs Preston Vance
Riho vs Nyla Rose
Next Dynamite:

Jeff Jarrett vs Orange Cassidy, International Championship
MJF’s re-Bar Mitzvah
HOB vs Elite vs Jericho, Guevara & Garcia, Trios Titles
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