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AEW Dynamite results, live blog (Mar. 18, 2020): Exalted One reveal

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Here's a place to check results and comment along with a new episode of AEW Dynamite, airing live in its regular Wednesday night at 8PM Eastern time slot on TNT.

Check out our Wednesday morning preview post to get caught up on what led up to, and what we're looking forward to on, tonight’s show.

This episode comes our way from Daily’s Place in Jacksonville. Advertised for tonight: The Exalted One will be revealed, we’ll find out whether The Elite or Inner Circle will have the advantage in Blood & Guts, Lucha Bros vs. Best Friends, Jurassic Express faces off with The Butcher & The Blade, and more!

Come right back here at 8 p.m. ET when the Dynamite live blog kicks off once the show starts on TNT. It will be below this line here. (REMINDER: NO GIFS OR PICS ARE ALLOWED IN THE COMMENTS SECTION. OFFENDERS WILL BE BANNED.)

Enjoy the show!


Young and free, something you’ll never be. A childhood’s end, it’s lunacy. Pure dictation, they don’t listen and you’re just waiting for what you’re missing. Welcome to your nightmare, you just can’t walk away. It’s time for you, to choose your fate, you just can’t let it lay. Welcome to your nightmare, your whole life’s on the way, today, but me, I’m here to liveblog this here pro wrestling show.

The show opens with Cody Rhodes in the ring.

He talks about how small recent events have made us all feel and how important what they do is, and he’s about to ask three of the best athletes in the world to discard their petty differences and stand together. We, as human beings, need to stand together, but for many of us that means standing at a distance. We have to be informed and held responsible by health and science, but we cannot live in fear.

He doesn’t know about us but he feels alive and he hopes we feel alive. (I certainly feel alive, the way progesterone’s given me growing pains today!) He calls Matt Jackson out and says nothing is owed to him and his anger is misplaced. Cody needs his wisdom as an older brother to carry Nick Jackson’s heart into this match.

Speaking of Adam Page, he gets tired of putting him over but he’s a scary combination of light heavyweight skill and accuracy combined with heavyweight stopping power, and he thought he was going to be the first AEW World Champion. He needs to get over the loss, and he needs to be the differencemaker, the reason the Elite win at Blood and Guts.

And then there’s his most unique friendship in pro wrestling, Kenny Omega. They don’t always like each other, they can argue about who’s best all day and he respects that neither of them want to be bridesmaids but this isn’t a wedding. He needs Kenny, and he needs the *real* Kenny Omega, the Best Bout Machine.

In short, he needs the Elite to be Elite.

Matt and Kenny come to ringside and join him.

Omega gets on the mic and says normally you’d be speaking in front of a whole arena, but here they are, friends talking to friends. The whole world’s falling apart, and who knows if there even will be a Dynamite next week, but he wants to go out the same way he came in, as the Elite.

Matt grabs the mic and says they said it well but look, it’s just the three of them here. Nick is out indefinately and wasn’t even allowed on an airplane. And where is Hangman?

Enter Adam Page, wearing a Dixie Chicks t-shirt and a denim jacket, nursing a whiskey as promised. Jackson says they’re not gonna fix this tonight, but he’s asking him, man to man, will he stand with them?

Page offers something of a toast and leaves.

Kenny speaks directly to us and says it’s hard to feel our energy, but they know we’re out there and all they can do is give us their best. The world goes on, we need entertainment and positivity, so goddamnit, hit the lights and hit the pyro and start Dynamite!

We indeed get lights and pyro as the Elite lads high five with their forearms.

Commentary hypes up tonight’s show.

Maxwell Jacob Friedman is interviewed by Tony Schiavone.

He says he’s not wrestling tonight. He saw the winner’s purse on the line, and that might be a lot of money for some people, but not him, so he’s gonna let the undercard people get their TV time.

He passes some money to Shawn Spears and Tony asks if they’re gambling, which leads MJF to flip out on him and scream in his face denying any such notion.

Orange Cassidy joins us on commentary for the next match.

Best Friends (Chuck Taylor & Trent?) vs. Lucha Brothers (Pentagon, Jr. & Rey Fenix)

Trent and Fenix to start, circling and probing, collar and elbow, into the corner, clean break but Rey goes for a kick and Beretta catches it! Trading chops in the aftermath, Fenix gets a strike rush off and staggers Trent! Keeping the pressure up, knuckle lock fakeout into a chop, off the ropes and Beretta hits Meteora! Snapmare into a kick to the spine, tag to Taylor, double whip into a double shoulder block!

Drawing him up, Chuck hits a back suplex, Best Friends press the attack but soon enough Fenix is fired up and throwing kicks for separation. Whip reversed, Pentagon with the tag and the superkick! Kick to the knee, stereo superkicks box Trent’s ears but he’s able to kick out at two! Hamstring kick, working Beretta over, snapmare into a kneeling surfboard.

Double-team strikes, wheelbarrow-assisted splash, clear the apron! Lucha Brothers well in control and Orange Cassidy locks eyes with Fenix and gives Trent the opportunity to dive on Penta! Fenix returns the favor and Taylor runs him over with a lariat to send us to break!

Back from commercial, the Lucha Brothers are still in charge. Chuck gets the hot tag, big knee strike, assisted Ace Crusher! Chuck down and out on the ramp after, Cassidy with the distraction, Beretta holds them in place... ORANGE WITH A TRUST FALL SENTON OFF THE STAGE! Back in the ring, Chuck with the stump piledriver... NOPE! Lucha Brothers get a double-team flip piledriver, counter Strong Zero, jockeying for position in the turnbuckles and Penta kicks Trent in the gentleman’s area!


Lucha Brothers win by pinfall with a stomp-assisted package piledriver on Trent?

MJF gets in Spears’ face like a drinky bird, having apparently won their bet.

Post-match, Tony Schiavone interviews Best Friends.

Chuck calls Death Triangle a bunch of chumps and challenges them to a no-ring street fight! Trent? suggests that they actually fight in the parking lot and it’s officially a challenge!

Penelope Ford and Riho make their entrances and we go to break.

Hikaru Shida vs. Kris Statlander vs. Penelope Ford vs. Riho

Ford dumps Riho to start, the other two attack Penelope in return and we end up with brawling on the floor! Riho off the top with a crossbody into the crush! Fending off Statlander and Shida, she gets an octopus but Kris counters into a backbreaker! Wedging her in the corner, calling for Hikaru to come suplex her into the former champ! Shida gets a nearfall on the Bad Girl, she tries for a powerbomb in return but Hikaru slips out.

Eye poke, inside crade, Statlander kicks out! Lariat connects, Ford off the top with a tijeras but she doesn’t get all of it! Riho nails her with one, Shida with the missile dropkick to send her out. Jockeying for position, double suplex attempt on both Ford and Riho but they suplex Shida instead! Ford and Riho shoving each other, trading forearms, baseball slide takes Kip Sabian out!

Whip into the corner, handspring backflip backsplash, fireman’s carry, reversed, but Kip lends a land! Riho nails him with a Poetry in Motion knee strike! Full nelson on Ford, she elbows out of it and Shida nails Riho with a knee strike! Penelope with a boot to the face, cover, Statlander breaks it up! Hikaru off the ropes, Kris hits her with a roundhouse kick and a gourdbuster!

Statlander counters a pin and electric chairs Riho into Shida! FORD WITH A POISON FRANKENSTEINER! Back elbow, forearm, handspring countered by a dropkick from Hikaru! Suplex lift, Falcon Arrow... NOT HAPPENING! Shida follows it up...

Hikaru Shida wins by pinfall with a sliding knee on Penelope Ford.

Colt Cabana is interviewed by Tony Schiavone.

He says this is pretty weird but he’s doing some scouting and calls himself the Bruce Springsteen of AEW before offering some critique of Penelope Ford relying on Kip Sabian. Sabian rolls up to go back and forth with him and Colt slaps him in the face and sends him running.

And so we go to break.

Back from commercial, we get a parking lot interview with Jon Moxley where we find out he’s on a do not enter list.

He asks what medically cleared even is and says they don’t need him punching any cops, so he’s gonna take a drive and blow off some steam, but the Inner Circle need to know he’ll always be in their blind spot and he’s not gonna miss Blood and Guts for the world. He gets in the Ford GT and drives off.

Butcher and the Blade (Andy Williams & Pepper Parks) vs. Jurassic Express (“Jungle Boy” Jack Perry & Luchasaurus)

Perry and Parks to start, the Blade backs him into the corner and breaks dirty with kicks to the midsection! Whip reversed into an arm drag and a crucifix pin for two! Kip-up, shot off, drop down, leapfrog, springboard arm drag! Duck a lariat, another, but Pepper catches him with a kitchen sink knee! Front chancery, roll through, ram him into the corner, tag to Luchasaurus.

Kicks laid in, wheelbarrow into a reverse STO, only one. Quick tags, working the Blade over, they catch Jack on a plancha and throw him into the barricade! Dropping him face-first into the apron repeatedly, working him over, and we go to break.

Back from commercial, the Blade is still working Perry over. Whip across, tilt-a-whirl backbreaker, only two! Jungle Boy hits a lariat, the path is clear... and Parks drops an elbow on him! Dumping Jack to the floor, ramming him into the apron, throwing him back in for Pepper to a two count. Whip across, Perry fires up, to the second, he leaps over, tag made!

Luchasaurus cleans house, throwing kicks on kicks, slingshot to the apron, moonsault off the apron to take the Butcher out! Back in, backroll into a spike headscissors and a buzzsaw roundhouse follows it up! Fireman’s carry, Extinction Event... WILLIAMS BREAKS IT UP! Perry in, he and Andy have an exchange and leave Butcher and Dinosaur slugging it out more!

HOSS FIGHT continues, off the ropes, jump kick from the dinosaur! Chops to his neck, Parks comes in, double teams, assisted Bossman Slam... PERRY BREAKS IT UP! Williams with a backbreaker, Friedman calls for the finish but Luchasaurus blocks with a headbutt! Jurassic Express firing on all cylinders, scoop Pepper up...

Jurassic Express win by pinfall with a Tombstone lift into an Ace Crusher on Pepper Parks.

And so we go to break.

Back from commercial, Evil Uno and Stu Grayson make their entrance, so it’s time for the Exalted One!

Uno asks for the production team to focus on his eyes and talks about how the Exalted One is going to breathe new life into the Dark Order. He has promised the arrival of the Exalted One, and Evil Uno never lies or breaks his promises, because Evil Uno cares about you. Together, we are one, and the Exalted One is near! The Exalted One is...

Christopher Daniels rolls up and tells him to stop running his mouth. It’s been three months straight and Evil Uno has told lies every chance he gets. He’s sick of it— he talks about making lives better, but he hasn’t made Alex Reynolds or John Silver any better, all he’s done is wasted our time and we’re sick of it!

The biggest lie that he’s told is that there is an Exalted One, because he doesn’t exist and it’s just the two of them.

Strange throbbing music fills the arena and a distorted voice comes over the speakers, introducing himself as the Exalted One. The new rule of the Dark Order goes like this, they do what they want when they want, and if they want something, they take it. You open the door and you let the Dark Order in, and if you don’t, he personally will kick the door down and let you in.


You thought you were safe, Daniels? Well the word is out, because you’re very unsafe. All the jokes and games and he’s brought it on himself. He’s not the first out of touch old man to not believe in him, but he’ll be the last. He formally introduces himself as Brodie Lee... AND HE’S IN THE RING RIGHT NOW! BIG BOOT FROM THE BIG RIG AND HE FOLLOWS IT UP BY DROPPING THE FALLEN ANGEL WITH A DISCUS LARIAT!

They stand tall and we go to break.

Lance Archer is interviewed, accompanied by Jake “the Snake” Roberts as usual.

Jake commandeers the mic and tells Cody Rhodes that they laid the gauntlet at his feet and gave him respect, but what did they get in return? Absolutely nothing! He’s got a record, they don’t play games, they told him what they want, and it’s one thing to keep away and try to keep out of harm’s way, he understands that, but ignoring them is like spitting on his face and he will not have that.

He listened to him and his friends bitching like girls worried about prom, and if he doesn’t like it, he can come try and shut him up. It’s time for Cody to stand up and meet the man, and they came here for a specific reason, and it wasn’t personal, but it has become personal. He had his chance to meet them straight on, and they will get his attention.

This is followed by a Lance Archer video package that paints him as some kind of psycho backyarder, destroying challenger after challenger until no one is left standing.

Commentary announces Wardlow vs. Luchasaurus in a lumberjack match and confirms Lucha Brothers vs. Best Friends in a street fight in the parking lot for next week.

The Inner Circle make their entrances for our main event and we go to break.

Back from commercial, Chris Jericho makes his entrance and Sammy Guevara sings Judas to liven his entrance up, but he doesn’t fully know the words.

Y2J joins the commentary team.

Inner Circle (Jake Hager, Ortiz, & Santana) vs. the Elite (“Handswash” Adam Page, Cody Rhodes, & Matt Jackson)

Santana and Rhodes to start, the Inner Circle man on the attack, whip reversed, drop down, leapfrog, snap scoop powerslam connects! Arm wringer shifts the tide back, tag to Ortiz, double back suplex sets Cody up for uppercuts and the eye poke. Jockeying for position over a suplex, Rhodes hits it as release vertical and tags Jackson in. Double axehandle off the top, quick tags, working Angel’s arm over and improvising double teams.

Tags made, but Matt just wants to attack Hager and Santana takes full advantage, cutting him off with a knee. Jackson explodes out of the corner with a spear, he’s fired up but Page tags himself in and Matt manages to leave gracefully. Trading shots with Santana, strikes in the corner, whip reversed, corner lariat into a short-arm lariat and Hangman is rolling!

Pumphandle fallaway slam into a bridge, only two and Page gets into Ortiz’s face after. Turning back to Santana, tag to Rhodes, scoop, float over, block the O’Connor roll but Santana clotheslines him to the floor and tags Hager in! Ortiz works Cody over on the floor and the match breaks down as we go to break.

Back from commercial, Hager has Rhodes in a delayed vertical lift and passes him to Ortiz after a tag. Angel almost loses him but hands in there, hip swivel and he completes the suplex for two! Cody bails to the floor, Arn Anderson checks on him, the Inner Circle beat him up a bunch before taking him back inside, where Santana locks an STF on!

Bodyscissors press, Cody fires back up with chops but Santana hits a dropkick and tags out to Hager. Right hands, throw him into the corner and follow it up with a top wristlock. Shift to a front chancery, ramming him into the corner for shoulder thrusts after. Ortiz tags in, working him over, back rake, axehandle, choking him and bringing Matt Jackson in to make the save.

Ortiz tags in, Cody fires up, Cross Rhodes connects! Tag to Hager, off the ropes, Rhodes back body drops him to the floor and the path is clear! Santana clears the apron! Jake in, pick the leg, drag him into the corner and Santana starts laying elbows in as we go to break.

Back from commercial, Hager goes for the Vader Bomb but Rhodes gets the feet up! Tag to Page, boots for everybody, triangle lariat for Ortiz, fallaway slam into the kip-up for Santana, plancha for Hager! Back inside, off the ropes, sliding lariat on Santana but Ortiz makes the save! Cody with a suicide dive on Ortiz and he throws him into MJF! Wardlow with the goozle but Arn Anderson hits him with his clipboard!

Hager pulls Page out of the ring, Jackson charging at Santana, boot up, rolling northern lights suplexes ensue! Looking at the same for Jake, he’s too big but Adam joins him and helps him complete the suplexes! Reaching an agreement, thinking about the Indytaker but Hager pulls Hangman off the apron and Santana thinks fast...

The Inner Circle win by pinfall with a victory roll from Santana on Matt Jackson, gaining the advantage heading into Blood and Guts.

Jericho gets on the mic and bans fans from all future AEW events until he says otherwise.

And after what they did to Nick Jackson, the Inner Circle outnumber the Elite, so (they all flip the Elite the bird) they don’t stand a chance at Blood and Guts. Hager does pushups and Chris tells Guevara to get on his back so he can do another one.

He takes a minute to ask Sammy to talk about how sexy he is.

A drone comes flying in the arena and Matt Jackson gets on the mic.

He says there was one thing wrong with Jericho’s speech, because the Elite isn’t outnumbered. It’s not just the four of them, because he made a phone call to a friend who owed him a favor... MATT HARDY IS HERE!

He’s wearing the robe and gurning... DELETE FINGERS! HIS BROKEN BRILLIANCE HAS RETURNED!

That’s the show, folks.

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