AEW Dynamite advertised Wardlow vs. Will Hobbs for the TNT Championship. Wardlow won the TNT title at AEW Revolution, however his celebration was cut short when his rental car was broken into, with his equipment and championship stolen. Staying true to form, AEW turned the real angle into a story and booked a number of falls anywhere matches for the TNT Championship. With help from QT Marshall, Hobbs defeated Wardlow in the main event.
Dynamite also advertised Orange Cassidy vs. Jay Lethal for the AEW All Atlantic Championship, Ruby Soho vs. Skye Blue, AR Fox and Top Flight vs. Jericho Appreciation Society, and Jon Silver and Alex Reynolds vs. Jon Moxley and Claudio Castagnoli.
Last week’s broadcast of AEW Dynamite, the show for the AEW Revolution, drew 833,000 viewers.
AEW Dynamite Results | March 8, 2023
- Orange Cassidy vs. Jay Lethal | AEW Pan Atlantic Championship
- Ruby Soho or. Sky Blue
- Jericho Appreciation Society def. AR Fox And Top Flight
- Blackpool Combat Club def. The Dark Order
- Powerhouse Hobbs vs. Wardlow | AEW TNT Championship
AEW Dynamite Reviews
- March 1, 2023 | 833,000
- February 22, 2023 | 1.028 million
- February 15, 2023 | 824,000
- February 8, 2023 | 899,000
- February 1, 2023 | 901,000
- AEW Dynamite Venue: Golden1 Center (Sacramento, CA)
- AEW Dynamite Tickets Distributed: 5,407
- AEW Dynamite Tickets Available: 1,522
AEW Dynamite Winners and Points
Orange Cassidy def. Jay Lethal
The first Orange match continued as he started the show defending against Jay Lethal. It has set up a good position for the Dynamites to start with entertaining All-Atlantic Championship matches.
For a brief moment, AEW’s commentary was broadcast to fans before production cut the feed.
Orange Cassidy hit Lethal with a pair of weak chops (by design) and when Lethal challenged him to do it again, Cassidy ran out and hit a hard clothesline.
The very creative finish came when Jay Lethal was unable to perform the Lethal Injection due to his injured shoulder, resulting in an Orange Punch and the win.
Jeff Jarrett appeared to hit Cassidy’s right knee with the guitar, but Cassidy sold his injured left knee.
After this match, Tony Khan announced that the “All-Atlantic” Championship would change to the International Championship, with Jeff Jarrett and Orange Cassidy facing off for the AEW International Championship the following week.
Orange Cassidy vs. Jay Lethal Grade: B
Juice Robinson attacks Ricky Starks
The Bullet Club logo appeared on the screen only for Juice Robinson to tap out, which is like if the NWO logo appeared on the screen and Starks was pinned by Scott Norton. That being said, fans reacted to Juice like he was a star.
Juice Robinson vs. Ricky Starks has the potential to be a good matchup that can finally put Robinson back on the mainstream wrestling radar.
Backstage, poor Wardlow was wearing an FTR T-shirt he “borrowed from his friends” and didn’t have the TNT championship with him. Wardlow challenged Powerhouse Hobbs to a Falls Count Anywhere match for the absentee TNT Championship.
Ricky Starks-Juice Robinson Section Grade: C+
Ruby Soho or. Sky Blue
Ruby Soho blamed her turn on fans siding with homegrown talent over Soho. He even got booed after beating Kris Statlander.
Fans actually took exception, with Soho calling them fat, bearded, mouth-breathing trolls.
The heeled version of Destination Unknown comes with a massive hair-puller meant to hurt.
Willow Nightingale came down to make the save for Skye Blue before getting herself defeated by Saraya, Storm and Soho.
Ruby Soho vs. Skye Blue Grade: B
FTR Challenges The Gunn Club
FTR cut a fiery and passionate babyface promo while praising Jay Briscoe. They became huge babyfaces. If their contracts are indeed up in a month, AEW should do everything in their power to re-sign them.
Backstage, Jade Cargill questioned any “crazy” Canadians about next week’s AEW Dynamite in Canada. One of these days, AEW will book a real match between Cargill and a top star.
FTR Offer Grade: A
Jericho Appreciation Society def. AR Fox and Top Flight
Chris Jericho, Sami Guevara and Daniel Garcia posing mid-match was a thing of beauty.
With the Elite leaving the Trios division, the Jericho Appreciation Society can and should fill their shoes.
Immediately after the JAS win, they declared themselves the No. 1 contenders for the AEW Trios World Championship, effectively making the House of Black babyfaces by default.
Cool Hand Angelo Parker asked the Golden1 Center to “light the beam” for the Jericho Appreciation Society.
Jericho called the House of Black entrance one of the greatest in pro wrestling history, which is high praise. However, instead of House of Black, JAS got Elite.
Don Callis interrupted Kenny Omega and cut his promo, which was interesting and a possible tease of a breakup. House of Black challenged JAS and The Elite to a Trios Match three.
JAS vs. AR Fox and Top Flight Grade: B-
Moxley and Castagnoli op. Reynolds and Silver
Backstage, Bryan Danielson cut a great, emotional promo where he explained that he walked out because he couldn’t feel his lower limbs and wanted to put his kids before his dreams. He concluded that “it’s time to go home.”
Unsurprisingly The Blackpool Comeback Club won. Even less surprising, with Bryan Danielson out of the picture (for now) the BCC continues to be full heel.
AEW seems to be moving forward with Evil Uno vs. Hangman Adam Page.
BCC vs. Dark Order Grade: B
Powerhouse Hobbs def. Wardlow
There was a fan with a copy of the TNT Championship who asked why AEW couldn’t just take Wardlow out with a copy.
This match started backstage with Hobbs pounding Wardlow with his Face of the Revolution ring.
QT Marshall slaughtered Wardlow while wearing a QTV t-shirt. This was a callback to Marshall saying he got Hobbs back, which no one remembers
Hobbs defeated Wardlow and, after a 10 count, Hobbs finally won the TNT Championship.