The John Report: AEW Dynamite 03/06/24 Review

AEW Dynamite March 6

This week’s AEW Dynamite featured a new look plus Will Ospreay in action against Kyle Fletcher, words from The Young Bucks, Samoa Joe & Swerve Strickland teaming up, and more.

It’s the first Dynamite since the AEW Revolution PPV on Sunday that was an outstanding show featuring Sting’s retirement as he teamed up with Darby Allin to beat The Young Bucks in the main event.

This was AEW Dynamite episode #231 from the Gas South Arena in Duluth (Atlanta), Georgia. Follow me on Twitter/X @johnreport. Let’s get to it.

It’s Wednesday and you know what that means. The commentary team was Excalibur, Tony Schiavone and Taz.

There was a new set, so Excalibur claimed it was a new season of Dynamite because that’s something Tony Khan has claimed as well. The new colors and graphics look good. I like it.

Let’s Hear from Swerve Strickland

Swerve Strickland and Prince Nana joined Tony Schiavone in the ring for an interview. There were a lot of “Swerve’s House” chants from the crowd. Swerve wondered what’s a Swerve’s House without the keys. Swerve said he couldn’t get the job done in the triple threat match at AEW Revolution when Samoa Joe retained the AEW World Title. Swerve said two years ago at Revolution he signed his AEW contract. Swerve said that he would give his all to this company and win championships and be the AEW World Champion. Swerve said there was no gold around his waist or shoulder. Swerve said maybe it’s karma or payback for the bad things he’s done. Swerve said maybe he’s not supposed to be a champion, maybe he’s supposed to be a role player and maybe he just has to settle for this. The fans chanted “you deserve it” at him.

Swerve said something about Sunday felt just a little different. Swerve said something about Revolution felt different because people were truly rooting for him for the first time and it felt like the fans wanted him to win and make history. Swerve said he won’t let the fans down. Swerve said whether Samoa Joe is holding that World Championship or not, Swerve is coming for him and he doesn’t know when, but he promises he’ll win that AEW World Championship. Swerve led the crowd in more “Swerve’s House” chants.

Analysis: I think that promo was done to solidify Swerve as a babyface even though he has been a heel and had a heel stable. The fans like the guy and Swerve is in face mode now.

Samoa Joe made his entrance as the AEW World Champion and he was in his wrestling gear just like Swerve was. Joe said that Swerve was talking funny by making promises that he would never keep. Joe spoke about how they were in Swerve’s House but unfortunately, the house exists in Joe’s world. Joe decided to come out there to let the fans gaze upon an actual World Champion. The fans booed.

Swerve talked about how Joe was talking spicy about a man he hasn’t been able to beat. Swerve suggested that Joe put his AEW World Title on the line tonight. Swerve suggested they do this s**t right now.

The Undisputed Kingdom appeared on the stage with Adam Cole in the wheelchair along with International Champion Roderick Strong, ROH Tag Team Champions Matt Taven & Mike Bennett and Wardlow. Cole bragged about the titles they have. Cole said that the only reason Joe is the AEW World Champion is because they let it happen. Cole said that six months from now, nobody is going to give a damn about Swerve and the only thing he’ll swerve from is the main event scene.

Cole said that the man who will win the AEW World Championship is Wardlow. Cole said very soon Wardlow will challenge and win the AEW World Title and bring it home in its rightful place with Cole.

Swerve wondered how many times Adam Cole failed and got opportunities in AEW. Swerve mocked Cole for being the manager calling him Dr. Claw from Inspector Gadget. Swerve claimed he had Britt Baker’s phone number in his pocket. Cole suggested Bennett & Taven face Swerve & Joe in a tag team match next week. Swerve wondered why they had to do it next week when they could do it right now. Cole claimed they make the rules and said that the match is happening next week.

Tony Schiavone interrupted Cole saying he heard from Tony Khan that the match is on right now.

Analysis: This is something I like to see AEW doing. Every week they announce the full card and there aren’t surprises on the show. This match wasn’t advertised, but when Joe & Swerve were dressed in their gear it was obvious that some sort of match was coming. I like seeing AEW book a match on the fly. I know it’s something WWE does all the time and done it for decades, but I think it’s important for AEW to do it sometimes to keep the fans tuned in while booking some surprise matches. I’m not saying this should be an every week thing. I’m just saying it’s fine to do something like this once in a while.

Samoa Joe & Swerve Strickland vs. The Kingdom – Matt Taven & Mike Bennett

Joe did his avoid an attack spot that led to Taven dropkicking Bennett by accident. Joe kicked Taven to knock him down followed by Joe hitting a senton splash. Bennett tagged in with a superkick while Taven hit a springboard kick. They went to a picture-in-picture break.


The match returned with Joe hitting a uranage slam on Taven. Joe stumbled into his corner, so Swerve tagged himself in with a flurry of offense that included a headscissors and an uppercut off the middle turnbuckle. Swerve hit an impressive flatliner on Bennett followed by a brainbuster. Taven went into the ring illegally going after Swerve on the top rope, Swerve knocked Taven down and Swerve hit a Swerve Stomp on a seated Bennett. Swerve slammed Taven followed by a jumping kick to the head. Swerve hit the JML Driver for the pinfall win after about seven minutes.

Winner by pinfall: Swerve Strickland & Samoa Joe

Analysis: **1/2 An easy win for Swerve Strickland and Samoa Joe, who didn’t do much as a team, but they got the job done. It doesn’t make Taven & Bennett look credible as ROH Tag Team Champions although that’s fine with me. Every match on the show doesn’t need to get 15 minutes. Sometimes you should book shorter matches with more dominant wins. I liked how this was booked.

After the match, Wardlow walked out onto the ramp and Swerve was looking at Wardlow, so Joe choked out Swerve with a sleeper. Joe choked out Swerve so that Swerve was out on the mat while Joe posed on top of him while Wardlow looked on from a distance.

It was announced that next week on AEW Dynamite Big Business, Samoa Joe will defend the AEW World Title against Wardlow. Wardlow earned the title match by winning an 8-Man Scramble Match at AEW Revolution.

Analysis: That’s a big match for the Big Business episode. While I would love to see Wardlow win the AEW World Title, I don’t expect it to happen and I think Joe will keep the title in the match.

Hook, the FTW Champion, was interviewed by Renee Paquette about his match against Brian Cage. Chris Jericho interrupted saying that he had a connection with Hook’s dad Taz because he suplexed Jericho on his head in one of Jericho’s first matches in the US. Jericho said that he felt like he had a connection with Hook after Hook dumped him on his head at Revolution. Jericho said maybe Hook is the real deal and touched fists with him. Hook left for his match.

Analysis: That seems like a tease for a future match or an alliance.


There were highlights shown of the AEW World Title match at Revolution when “Hangman” Adam Page attacked referees.

The Young Bucks duo of Matthew & Nicholas Jackson said they had two huge announcements. Matthew said they will make those two huge announcements live in the ring later tonight.

FTW Championship: Hook vs. Brian Cage

An FTW Championship match means FTW Rules, so anything goes.

Cage used his power early on with a German Suplex along with a corner clothesline. Cage told Taz this was for him and Cage hit an overhead belly-to-belly suplex across the ring. Cage brought a steel chair into the ring and wedged it against the turnbuckle. Hook sprayed some fire extinguisher spray into Cage’s eyes. Hook nailed Cage in the head with repeated trash can shots to the head. Cage threw Hook into the steel steps. Cage went for a running attack, Hook avoided it and Cage caught a leaping Hook leading to a powerslam on the floor. Cage ran at Hook, who moved and Cage went crashing went through the very thin barricade leading to a PIP break.


Cage was in control as he teased a slam off the shoulders, but Hook DDT’d Cage onto a steel chair in the ring. Hook nailed Cage with a running clothesline along with a T-Bone Suplex. Hook nailed Cage with a trash can lid followed by a suplex onto a guard rail that was against the turnbuckle. Cage lifted up Hook from the mat and Cage hit a neckbreaker. Cage hit a Powerbomb followed by Cage’s version of the F5 onto the steel chair for a two count. Cage brought in a black bag and poured out the bag’s contents – thumbtacks. Cage went for a slam on the thumbtacks, Hook got out of that and Cage drove Hook back-first into the turnbuckle. Hook nailed Cage with a kendo stick two times in a row. Hook gave Cage a T-Bone Suplex onto the pile of thumbtacks. Hook applied Red Rum, but Cage fell back so that Hook’s back went onto the thumbtacks. Hook held onto the Red Rum and Cage passed out, so the referee called for the bell. The match went about ten minutes.

Winner by submission: Hook

Analysis: ***1/4 It was a fun match with weapons being used by both guys and Hook using that Red Rum finisher to get the big win. Cage has a lot of moves that look impressive and is a solid worker, but rarely wins big matches like this. Hook keeps getting better.

After the match, the Gates of Agony duo went into the ring and beat up Hook. Chris Jericho made the save by going into the ring with a baseball bat. One bat shot to the ribs led to the Gates of Agony retreating.

Analysis: That should lead to Jericho & Hook against the Gates of Agony.

A video aired about how AEW will be holding a tournament for the vacant AEW Tag Team Titles since Sting retired as a Tag Team Champion with Darby Allin. The video featured some of the great tag teams in AEW.

Orange Cassidy was interviewed by Renee Paquette while Trent & Chuck were there. Orange said he’ll keep doing what he does and try to fill the backpack he has. Chuck Taylor said that he wasn’t cleared to compete in the Tag Team Title tournament because of his ankle, but he thinks Trent Beretta & Orange Cassidy should be in the tournament. Chuck mentioned Orange & Trent have a match on Rampage.

Killswitch entered for singles action and had TNT Champion Christian Cage, Nick Wayne & Shayna Wayne with him.

Killswitch vs. Matt Menard

Christian Cage was on commentary. I don’t remember the last time Menard was in a match on Dynamite. Menard had his ribs taped as he aggressively attacked Killswitch with punches. Menard hit two running clotheslines to stagger Killswitch, who came back with a Chokeslam. Christian said he’s going to hold down the young lions in AEW as long as he’s here. Killswitch headbutted Menard and hit a clothesline. Killswitch clotheslined Menard in the back of the head. Killswitch hit a running clothesline to the back of the head for the pinfall win after two minutes.

Winner by pinfall: Killswitch

Analysis: *1/2 A squash match to give Killswitch a win. Menard got some offense early, but it didn’t last. Killswitch was dominant here.

After the match, Killswitch beat up Menard a bit, so Daniel Garcia made the save. Nick Wayne went into the ring to go after Garcia, so Killswitch and Wayne beat up Garcia. Nick hit his Wayne’s World move on Garcia.

Christian Cage and his Patriarchy group left together, but there was a returning Adam Copeland. Adam tossed Killswitch off the ramp and through a table. Copeland choked out Nick Wayne to put him down on the ramp. Christian ran away by jumping over the barricade and ran through the crowd so he ran outside. Christian managed to get outside and threw a guy out of a car. Christian drove off in the car.

Adam Copeland spoke into the camera and told Christian that this is going to end where it started. Copeland said it will be in Toronto on March 20th in an I Quit match for the TNT Championship. The announcers said it was made official.

Analysis: That’s a great match to do in Toronto from two guys that are local in the area. It should help ticket sales. Copeland’s last WWE match was in Toronto last year and now he might leave as the TNT Champion in Toronto. I have been to many wrestling shows in Toronto, but I don’t think I’m going to that one since I’ll be making the WrestleMania trip and that’s expensive enough for me. I’ll be at the March 30th edition of Collision because it’s in my city.

Kyle O’Reilly was interviewed by Renee Paquette backstage. She mentioned Kyle missed nearly two years of action due to action. Kyle spoke about how great it felt to be back and how he’s cleared. Renee mentioned his moment with Roderick Strong in the ring where he rejected the Undisputed Kingdom shirt. Kyle said he feels like he has to do it on his own.

Analysis: Welcome back to Kyle. He did miss about a year and a half after major neck surgery. Kyle’s a good worker, so I look forward to his in-ring return.


A video aired about Sting’s retirement match at AEW Revolution. It was a fantastic match. Sting thanked the fans and said he loved them. It was a great send off for the legendary Sting.

Let’s Hear From The Young Bucks

The Young Bucks duo Matthew Jackson & Nicholas Jackson were introduced by Tony Schiavone. When Tony mentioned the Bucks got their asses kicked, the EVPs kicked Tony out of the ring. Nicholas said that Sting & Darby Allin cheated because they got help from Sting’s sons. Nick said that they retired Sting and Nick said they’ll be in the Tag Team Title tournament where they will win the tournament.

Matthew Jackson said he had two huge announcements. Matthew said that they had to make the tough decisions as EVPs in this company. Matthew said that “Hangman” Adam Page put his hands on two AEW officials and he crossed the line, so unfortunately Hangman is suspended from The Elite without pay.

Matthew mentioned their dear friend Kenny Omega, who has disappeared off the face of the Earth claiming there is no good reason. The announcers said that Kenny had an illness. Matthew said that Kenny was fired from The Elite, not AEW. Matthew said that Kenny could light up the group chat about it.

Eddie Kingston interrupted the promo as the Continental Crown Champion although he didn’t have hit titles with him. Eddie got into the ring and threw money at the Young Bucks for saying they would fine him if he said something. Eddie didn’t even say anything while Nick attacked Eddie and Matt hit a low blow. Nick superkicked Eddie and they wanted to do the EVP Trigger…but here’s the interruption!

It’s Kazuchika Okada making his official AEW debut. This was reported earlier in the day. Excalibur had to act like he didn’t know what he was doing there. Okada grabbed Kingston and hit him with a Rainmaker clothesline. The fans booed Okada.

Nicholas Jackson announced that the newest member of The Elite is the “Rainmaker” Kazuchika Okada. The fans booed that while Okada shook the hands of The Young Bucks. Okada posed over Kingston while making the belt motion so he was coming after the Continental Crown Title.

Analysis: That was a great way to debut Okada in AEW. I don’t think most people figured he would be a heel associated with The Young Bucks, so it was a shocking move and I like how it was done. The debut/return of Okada was reported earlier in the day so it wasn’t a shock when he came out there. What was shocking is that Okada will be a heel with The Young Bucks and it looks like Okada is going after Kingston’s Continental Crown Title.

After Okada’s debut, Tony Khan made it official that Okada is All Elite.

There were highlights shown of Will Ospreay’s spectacular match with Konosuke Takeshita at Revolution that Ospreay won.

Kris Statlander (w/ Stokely Hathaway) vs. Riho

Riho tripped up a charging Kris and sent her into the ropes. Riho went for a spinning kick, but Kris avoided that and Kris got a shoulder tackle. Kris applied a quick bearhug followed by a delayed vertical suplex that looked awkward. Riho worked over Kris with forearms to the chest. Riho jumped off the ropes, Kris caught her and Kris did a military press to show off her power.


Kris remained in control with a chop, but Riho held the ropes to avoid a powerslam. Riho hit a running dropkick to knock Kris down. Riho hit a Northern Lights Suplex for a two count. Riho went up top, jumped off with a foot stomp, but Kris avoided it and Kris nailed Riho with a clothesline. Kris hit Riho with two more clotheslines. Riho sent Kris into the ropes with a hurricanrana followed by the 619 kick by the ropes. Kris caught Riho jumping off the ropes and Riho hit a Dragon Suplex for a two count. Kris avoided a charging Riho leading to a Powerbomb with a high stack pin for two. Hathaway wanted Kris to use a chain, so Hathaway distracted the referee. Kris grabbed the chain and threw it out of the ring. Kris caught a charging Riho with a German Suplex and another German Suplex after that. Kris went for another suplex, but Riho countered it into a rollup pin where she sat on top of Kris for the pinfall win. It went about ten minutes. Taz said Kris should have used the chain.

Winner by pinfall: Riho

Analysis: ***1/4 This was pretty good. They got more time than most AEW women’s TV matches. The story was that Kris worked over Riho for most of the match and came close to winning a few times, but her reluctance to use the chain to cheat to win might have cost her the victory. That is probably going to lead to Kris using the chain next time, which will be a way to turn her heel. Riho doesn’t weight a lot, but she sure moves around the ring well and she’s capable of having good matches like this.

Toni Storm, the AEW Women’s Champion, was interviewed by Renee Paquette backstage. Mariah May was dressed like Toni of the past and Luther was there. Storm said that this Saturday on Collision, she’ll present the first-ever Toni Award. Storm presented May with her own shirt. Until then, chin up, tits out and watch for the shoe.


Stokely Hathaway & Willow Nightingale were interviewed by Renee Paquette. Stokely talked about how Kris Statlander was his favorite. Renee told Willow she has to face Riho next week on Dynamite Big Business. Willow said she had her sights set on Julia Hart and the TBS Championship, but she has to get through Riho first.

Darby Allin Interview

Tony Schiavone introduced Darby Allin for an in-ring interview. Darby faces Jay White on Dynamite next week. Darby walked out with the AEW Tag Team Title and a baseball bat in tribute to Sting.

Allin was asked what it would be like for Allin in AEW without Sting. Allin said five years ago he was homeless in downtown Atlanta and Sunday he was main eventing one of AEW’s best PPVs of all time in what was Sting’s retirement. Allin said he felt like he gave Sting’s career the respect it deserved. Allin spoke about how next week at Big Business he’s got a match with Jay White and then on March 27th he’s going to climb Mount Everest. Allin said there was no guarantee that he’ll come back alive from Mount Everest. Allin thanked the fans and thanked AEW for giving him his dream. Allin said if next week is his last ever match, he’ll go out fighting for his life. Allin said that he could never replace Sting as a tag team partner. Allin congratulated the next team that wins the Tag Team Titles and he left the Tag Team Title in the ring.

Analysis: Great promo from Allin speaking from the heart. I liked that.

Jay White appeared with Gunn Club for a promo. White said that Allin is an elusive and weird guy, so he wanted to talk to him face to face. White got into the ring to congratulate Allin for an amazing night at Revolution. White said that Allin showed he would sacrifice himself so Sting would retire as a champion. White said that Allin was stupid to jump off the ladder when he went crashing through that glass. White said that Sting prevailed and had that heartwarming send off to his career that Sting deserved. White said it’s all anybody was talking about. White claimed he didn’t really care. White said he cared that Sting is gone, Allin is all alone and what is Allin without Sting? White said that Allin is a lost puppy that has nobody there to look after him. White said that their match didn’t have to happen after what Allin had been through physically, mentally and emotionally. White said that if Allin decides to get into the ring with him then something could happen worse than a couple of scratches. White invited Allin to hang out with the Bang Bang Scissor Gang. White called him Darby Scissorhands.

Darby Allin spoke up saying that White won championships and headlined the Tokyo Dome, so then he came to AEW and did what? Allin said he didn’t believe in the hype. Allin told White if he’s as good as he thinks he is, he’ll come alone for the match. Allin put the bat against White’s throat and told White he’ll see him at Big Business next week. White left with his buddies.

Analysis: That was a heel promo from White even though he’s a face in the Bang Bang Scissor Gang group. I always thought White was out of place in the group because he’s more of a natural heel, so having him do a heel promo like what he did here is what he should be doing. Anyway, I like what Allin said in response to White. It was an effective promo segment to get people interested in their match next week.

Julia Hart, the TBS Champion, and Skye Blue were backstage for a promo. Hart said on Rampage she’ll issue an Open House challenge to remind everybody who the TBS Champion is.


House of Black were backstage for a promo with a warning for Mark Briscoe. Brody King talked about causing pain to Mark at Collision. They wanted Mark to let them know if they need to dig one grave or three.

Mark Briscoe was interviewed by Renee Paquette. Mark said he feared no man and feared no evil. Mark wanted an Atlanta Street Fight on his own. Jay Lethal interrupted to say it was time to help his friend of 20 years. Mark said that he didn’t want Lethal to bring Jeff Jarrett. Lethal said that you don’t have to trust Jeff, just trust Jay and Mark touched fists with Jay to end it.

Analysis: An easy way to set up a match on Collision. I think Malakai Black might be the most poorly used wrestler in AEW considering what he could do in singles and instead is mainly a trios tag team wrestler.

Will Ospreay vs. Kyle Fletcher

Don Callis is on commentary since they are both in the Don Callis Family group. Excalibur said that Will and Kyle and best friends. Kyle is the ROH TV Champion, but this is not a title match.

Will and Kyle hugged to start the match. Kyle knocked down Will with a shoulder tackle, so Will popped back up quickly. Will ran the ropes leading to a jumping headscissors. Will avoided a leaping Kyle leading to a chop, but Kyle came back with a hard whip into the turnbuckle.


The match continued with Will going over the top with a cross body block onto Kyle on the floor. Will hit a belly-to-back suplex in the ring. Will had a visible bruise on the lower right back. Kyle came back with a Dragon Suplex, a running kick and a brainbuster for two. They took turns chopping eachother in the chest, which happens far too often in AEW, but the fans like it because they can chant “Woo” for it. Kyle decided against another chop and instead hit a superkick to the face. Will delivered an elbow strike and a back heel kick. Kyle caught Will going for a Powerbomb, but Will countered that with a DDT. Will went for Hidden Blade, Kyle avoided it and Kyle launched Will face first into the middle turnbuckle. Kyle picked up Will, who avoided a move and Will jumped off the turnbuckle with a Cutter no the apron. Will’s back hit the mat harder than anything than anything on Kyle. They went to a PIP break right before the 10 p.m. ET time.


Kyle hit a running knee to the face after Will bounced off the ropes. Kyle went for a lifting move and Will hit a Poison Rana counter that was incredible. Will went up top, Kyle stopped him there and Kyle went for a suplex off the top, but Will did a backflip onto his feet. Will hit a Ligerbomb for two. Will hit two kicks. Kyle countered a move and hit a slam off the shoulders for two. Kyle hit a Liger Bomb while holding the tights so it was like the Last Ride and it got a two count. Kyle hit a running kick to the ribs while Will was by the turnbuckle. Will avoided a move off the turnbuckle leading to a superkick. Will hit a Poison Rana off the top rope! Wow. Will hit a running back elbow for a two count. Will held Kyle’s head for some quick kicks. Kyle delivered some forearms, then Will hit a back kick and they each countered move. Kyle with a kick followed by Will hitting a Spanish Fly for two. Will jumped off the ropes leading to an Oscutter for just two. Kyle told him to bring it, so Will hit the Hidden Blade elbow for the pinfall win after 19 minutes.

Winner by pinfall: Will Ospreay

Analysis: **** It was the usual great match that Ospreay always has and they got plenty of time to have a fantastic match. I think it was four stars out of five and perhaps even a bit higher. Fletcher is talented and that’s the longest singles match I have seen Fletcher have in AEW. What hurts this match a bit is that you know Ospreay is going to win so I doubt anybody watching thought that Fletcher could win. With that said, all of the moves that Ospreay does are fun to watch and he’s really going to become popular in this company.

After the match, Bryan Danielson made his entrance and had a staredown with Ospreay to tease a future match. The show ended there at 10:07 p.m. ET.

Analysis: That’s a nice tease for a dream match with Danielson facing Ospreay in a singles match. I assume AEW will save it for the Dynasty PPV next month rather than doing it on television. It will be an incredible match.


Three Stars of the Show

  1. Will Ospreay
  2. Kazuchika Okada
  3. Kyle Fletcher


The Scoreboard

This Week: 8.25 out of 10

Last Week: 7

2024 Average: 7.5


Final Thoughts on AEW Dynamite

I thought it was a great episode of Dynamite. I praised the opening segment that led to a match right away because AEW rarely does that. Yes, we have seen it in WWE for decades, but in AEW it’s not that common so I liked seeing it because it felt different in a good way. They have clearly embraced Swerve Strickland as a babyface now so he should be on the hunt for Samoa Joe and the AEW World Title again.

There was a lot of talking on this episode. That’s fine because the PPV on Sunday had amazing in-ring action, so it’s time to advance stories a bit by doing promos and interviews. Kazuchika Okada making his official AEW debut after signing a new deal was expected on this show, but I doubt most people thought he’d be a heel aligned with The Young Bucks. Having Okada go after Eddie Kingston and his Continental Crown Title is a good way of making Okada feel like a big deal right away.

That main event with Will Ospreay defeating Kyle Fletcher was a match with an obvious result. With that said, it’s still a huge plus for AEW to have Ospreay available to be on weekly television. We aren’t going to get a 20-minute Ospreay match every week, but the guy is phenomenal in the ring so it’s fun to watch him any time he’s out there. Most of the matches other than the main event were good, but not great and that’s okay with me. A Will Ospreay-Bryan Danielson tease was a nice way to end it because that will be a match that fans want to see. This felt like a better booked episode of Dynamite compared to the usual. It wasn’t just about the in-ring action this week.


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