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Winners, News And Notes On March 17, 2021

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AEW Dynamite’s Saint Patrick’s Day Smash featured another advertised appearance by Christian Cage in addition to a women’s main event between Britt Baker and Thunder Rosa in an Unsanctioned Lights Out Match.

Last week’s broadcast of AEW Dynamite and WWE NXT were both down as AEW garnered 743,000 viewers compared to WWE NXT, which was essentially flat, with 691,000 viewers.

  • March 10, 2021—743,000
  • March 3, 2021—934,000
  • February 24, 2021—831,000
  • February 17, 2021—747,000
  • February 10, 2021—741,000

AEW Dynamite: Key Competition

Pro Wrestling Bits—Drew McIntyre Interview

AEW Dynamite YouTube Viewership Last Wednesday 4,652,733 (Up from 4,130,399)

  • Most-Viewed: MJF Leaves the Inner Circle (1,266,592 views)
  • Least-Viewed: Chuck Taylor and Orange Cassidy have a New Idea for a Match (70,673 views)
  • Median Viewership: 206,239 views

AEW Dynamite Results: Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Cody def. Penta El Zero M

Both guys worked their butts off, especially Cody Rhodes who continues to show no regard for his legit injured shoulder.

QT Marshall’s slow-burning heel turns is one of the hidden treasures in all of wrestling right now.

Jade Cargill def. Dani Jordan

This match was exactly what it needed to be and Cargill’s strengths continue to be featured. If she’s not a top star in the industry, it will be one of the all-time wastes of talent in wrestling.

Cargill and Red Velvet is shaping up to be the equivalent of what Jungle Boy vs. MJF has become.

MJF Debuts “The Pinnacle” Stable

Though Tully Blanchard cut a helluva promo, WWE Raw is doing a much better tribute to the Four Horsemen with The Hurt Business.

MJF is typically so original and creative on the mic, so it was quite awkward watching him cut a 2003 Triple H promo.

The Matt Hardy Empire def. The Jurassic Express and Bear Country

The poor Matt Hardy Empire rollout had to follow the marathon of a rollout from the previous segment. I have no problem with AEW’s excess of stable, but does everybody have to tell me why they’re hanging out with a longwinded promo?

Blade really went out of his way to make Luchasaurus look like a million bucks in there.

The enormous Bear Country standing next to the diminutive Marko Stunt was a sight to behold.

Christian Cage Debut Promo

Christian advised the boys to relax, because he’s not trying to take their spot, he’s just trying to become the AEW heavyweight champion, which is the primary goal of every wrestler in that building.

Christian is really setting a high bar for his debut match with all these bold claims that he’s going to outwork everyone.

Jon Moxley and Eddie Kingston def. The Good Brothers

Despite how much Jon Moxley and Eddie Kingston’s friendship is played up on AEW television, I was surprised to find out that this was the first time they had ever teamed together.

As soon as the announcers started talking up the amount of blood Jon Moxley has lost recently, I began to wonder whether or not there would be a TKO finish.

The only thing missing from this match is a hardcore or weapons-based stipulation.

Of all the ways such a highly physical match could end, who had “inside cradle by Jon Moxley?”

Sting and Darby Allin Appear Live

Darby Allin complained about only defending the TNT Championship three times since he won it, and fans erroneously cheered. He had to correct them and tell them “it’s a joke” that he only defended it three times.

Lance Archer calling Darby Allin an “indyriffic joke” is proof that there is a such thing as giving wrestlers too much creative freedom.

Brian Cage told Sting “I resect you” and the way Taz reacted, you would have thought he said “The New York Mets suck!”

Rey Fenix def. Angelico

This match had the most on-paper potential as just about any on AEW Dynamite.

As Rey Fenix continues to finally be used to his immense potential, Angelico is quietly becoming the new Rey Fenix circa 2020.

Thunder Rosa def. Britt Baker—Unsanctioned, Lights Out Match

Rebel was working almost as hard, giving Britt Baker weapons, as both Baker and Thunder Rosa were working, which was a high bar.

I assumed Thunder Rosa was using red makeup, but it was just blood. Before long, both women were bleeding.

Tony Schiavone was fantastic in this match in his role of being barely able to stomach this.

This was one of those rare moments where “human pincushion” seemed like an understatement.

Depending on how much violence you like with your pro wrestling, this match figures to be quite polarizing, but I loved it.

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