AEW Dynamite advertised Mike Tyson’s return as part of a Chris Jericho vs. Dax Harwood grudge match where Tyson would be the special guest enforcer. Dynamite also advertised Red Velvet vs. Jade Cargill and an AEW World Tag Team Championship as PAC and Rey Fenix challenged The Young Bucks.
The main event featured Matt Hardy vs. Darby Allin for the TNT Championship.
Last week’s broadcast of AEW garnered its second-worst total viewership of the year with 688,000 viewers.
- April 7, 2021—688,000
- March 31, 2021—700,000
- March 24, 2021—757,000
- March 17, 2021—768,000
- March 10, 2021—743,000
AEW Dynamite: Key Competition
Pro Wrestling Bits—Chris Jericho Interview
AEW Dynamite YouTube Viewership Last Wednesday 3,020,207 (Down from 4,019,451)
- Most-Viewed: Mike Tyson Returns (1,031,393 views)
- Least-Viewed: Godzilla vs. Kong War (88,684 views)
- Median Viewership: 344,884 views
AEW Dynamite Results: Wednesday, April 14, 2021
The Young Bucks vs. Rey Fenix and PAC—AEW Tag Team Championship
The Young Bucks teased cutting off their tassels, which broke my heart, but the alternative gear with fur isn’t half-bad either. The Young Bucks also wrestled in Jordans. A special shoutout to British Bulldog, Ultimate Warrior, Randy Savage and all the tasseled wrestlers.
The heel Young Bucks wrestled at a Grizzled Young Vet’s pace during the early goings of this match, but didn’t waste much time going into show-stopping transitions against Rey Fenix and PAC.
This feud was robbed of a Nick Jackson vs. Rey Fenix singles match.
This match could have take up the entire first hour and I wouldn’t have complained.
Jade Cargill def. Red Velvet
Jade Cargill plays a monster heel effortlessly.
When Jade Cargill took her first bump of the match, the announcers rightfully treated it like it was a big deal.
Jade Cargill won this match literally flexing her bicep.
I loved Britt Baker breaking down the rankings and why she deserves to pass Red Velvet because it puts value on wins and losses while explaining the reasoning behind the rankings.
Anthony Ogogo def. Cole Carter
Anthony Ogogo is a very impressive-looking athlete, but both him and Cole Carter are very green. AEW protected that with a short match that ended with a very convincing body punch. That’s exactly what this match—an Anthony Ogogo—needed.
For those wondering, QT Marshall’s stable is officially called The Factory.
Chris Jericho def. Dax Harwood
Mike Tyson and MJF had a very funny segment near the beginning of this show, prior to this match.
Jim Ross has seen so many FTR matches, he knew the exact moment where Dax Harwood would have needed a tag.
Mike Tyson called this match down the middle early on, which made me suspicious he was going to turn on Jericho before leaving town. Of course, this was disproven as soon as Tyson knocked out Cash Wheeler.
This match, much of which was an entertaining slugfest, saw a rare counter of the Judas Effect.
Kris Statlander def. Amber Nova
Orange Cassidy has the quietest undefeated streak of 2021.
Kris Statlander looked great in this match, I love how the announce team has found a balance as to how to talk about her alien origins without the “grumpy JR” element.
Team Taz Destroys Christian Cage
They keep playing up Christian Cage in full gear backstage, looking for somebody to fight, and every time I pictured the visual he was having a midlife crisis.
Taz complaining he wasn’t acknowledged by Christian seemed to be a subtle jab at WWE for doing the same thing to Taz on Twitter.
Darby Allin def. Matt Hardy—AEW TNT Championship
When Matt Hardy and Darby Allin were one-on-one, it was a slow-paced, smartly worked weapons match where Darby didn’t have to almost kill himself. This is one of many benefits of having a veteran like Matt Hardy
This pre-taped match featured a surprise appearance by Sting, who wrestled a considerable stretch of this match.
Ethan Page and Scorpio sky appeared at the end of this match, because that’s probably how long it took for them to climb the stairs from the balcony.
The announcers admitted it was hard to keep their eyes on the main event due to all the bodies involved. AEW continues to triple down on its polarizing outside interference formula.