Preview: AEW Dynamite (4/22/20)

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All Elite Wrestling‘s weekly broadcasting returns with another episode of AEW Dynamite.  Though ratings are down across the board for professional wrestling programming right now, it continues to entertain.  It continues to provide a worthy distraction away from the COVID-19 epidemic news which dominates television currently.  Last week’s show featured a wild, thirty minute brawl between Jake Hager and Jon Moxley.  This week has Kenny Omega returning to singles action, a Brodie Lee match and the continuation of the TNT Championship Tournament.  Without further ado, let’s jump right back in!

Wardlow In Action

AEW Dynamite

Wardlow returns to the AEW ring, two-weeks removed from his AEW Dark victory over Ryan Pyles.  A true, “big hoss” wrestler, Wardlow has the potential to establish himself on the AEW roster and it is almost a certainty he will grab a victory here.  All Elite Wrestling have used the lockdown to build some of their lesser known talent and that should continue here.  Can he get some momentum and build a winning-run? Stay tuned.

Mr. Brodie Lee In Action

“The Exalted One”, Mr. Brodie Lee returns to action tonight.  The man formerly known as Luke Harper has dominated in his two AEW bouts so far.  Both matches – against Lee Johnson and QT Marshall – ended in victory under three-minutes.  There is a clear sense of direction for Brodie Lee’s new character.  With the Dark Order cultishly backing him to the hilt, Mr. Brodie Lee can be unstoppable.  Much like Wardlow, expect a quick victory here.  It is far too soon for Lee to be losing.

Kenny Omega In Action

AEW Dynamite

The man widely considered to be the “best in the world” returns to action.  Nope, not CM Punk.  AEW’s EVP, Kenny Omega, returns to AEW Dynamite.  Despite being one-half of the AEW World Tag Team Champions with Adam Page, Omega will instead be focusing on singles action.  We do not know who will be facing Omega, but as always, it is sure to be a fun match.  Will the AAA Mega Championship be on the line? Quite possibly.  Kenny has defended that championship a lot recently.  Title defense or not, any Omega match is must-see.  His last match was a tag team defeat (with Michael Nakazawa) against Best Friends (Chuck Taylor and Trent).  He will be looking to return to winning ways.

Orange Cassidy vs Jimmy Havoc

In what could prove to be an interesting match, Orange Cassidy squares off with Jimmy Havoc.  Cassidy’s last victory in AEW actually came way back on October 30th.  In that match, Cassidy teamed with Best Friends to defeat Alex Reynolds, John Silver and QT Marshall in a short match.  Despite the lack of victories under his belt, the “Freshly Squeezed” Orange remains one of the most over guys on the roster.  Meanwhile, Havoc has been in good form – losing just two of his last six matches in AEW.  The most recent defeat came against Cody, on the March 23rd edition of Dynamite.  Who wins this match is anyone’s guess, but with these two competitors, it should be highly entertaining.

TNT Championship Tournament: Darby Allin vs Sammy Guevara

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Though perhaps not the AEW Dynamite main event this time, the last match to be announced today is this match.  Sammy Guevara wants again comes face-to-face with Darby Allin.  Two of the hottest young stars in pro-wrestling today, this is sure to be another stellar match.  Both men have been killing it as of late; both having drawn comparisons to Eddie Guerrero and Jeff Hardy, respectively.  However, there is no doubt that these two young stars are their own men forging their own path.  Who wins this time around? Whereas Darby has had the upper-hand in previous encounters, he might not be so lucky this time.  Either way, this match will be helped by Chris Jericho‘s hilarious fawning over Guevara on commentary.  This is going to be good.

TNT Championship Tournament: Dustin Rhodes vs Kip Sabian

AEW Dynamite

The billed main event of the evening sees Kip Sabian square off with Dustin Rhodes.  This is the third of four quarter final matches in the TNT Championship Tournament.  So far, Cody and Lance Archer have advanced to the semi-finals, beating Shawn Spears and Colt Cabana respectively.  Kip Sabian is on a two match winning run, having recently beaten Tony Donati and Chuck Taylor.  Meanwhile, Rhodes is on a three minute winning run – his last defeat coming at the hands of Jake Hager back in February.  This match sees the ultimate battle of youth vs experience.  At 51 years of age, Dustin is almost twice the age of 27 year old Sabian.  However, for Dustin, age is merely a number; he has been a standout performer on Dynamite since its inception.  To add extra drama to the bout, Dustin has promised to retire if he “can’t beat that son of a b***h.”  Can Sabian pull off one of the biggest wins of his career? Will Dustin Rhodes retire? Tune into AEW Dynamite tonight!

Stay tuned to Last Word on Pro Wrestling for more on this and other stories from around the world of wrestling, as they develop. You can always count on LWOPW to be on top of the major news in the wrestling world, as well as to provide you with analysis, previews, videos, interviews, and editorials on the wrestling world. You can catch AEW Wednesday nights at 8 PM ET on TNT and weekly on YouTube.

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