AEW: Dynamite - March 31 2021: Arcade Anarchy

Christian Cage makes his in-ring debut, and QT Marshall and Cody Rhodes have an exhibition match

AEW: Dynamite was once again broadcast from Daily’s Place, Jacksonville, Florida.

The show kicked off with Christian Cage making his AEW in-ring debut against Frankie Kazarian - the first time the two have fought in over 13 years according to Excalibur. Kaz and Cage had a back and forth match, with Cage looking for The Killswitch, and Kaz looking to lock in the Crossface Chickenwing. Frankie threw everything at Christian but he wouldn’t stay down, with Cage eventually sinking The Killswitch for his debut win.

Sting and Darby Allin were shown on a bridge in downtown Jacksonville. Darby said Matt Hardy is breaking down, and while he once won respect he now has to buy it. Darby said Hardy’s money ‘doesn’t mean s***’ to him, as Sting dumped a bag of cash off the bridge, whilst elsewhere someone in a crude Matt Hardy mask stood in front of burning debris.

QT Marshall and Cody Rhodes were in action next, in an unsanctioned exhibition match with Arn Anderson as the referee. Cody was easily in control for most of the match, but his sportsmanship came across as cocky to QT. QT targeted Cody’s injured shoulder, before snapping and attacking Arn Anderson. The Nightmare Family ran in to check on Arn as Marshall looked remorseful on the stage, but Marshall’s students Aaron Solow, Anthony Agogo, and Nick Comorato swerved the rest of the family, and laid them out. Comorato powerbombed Lee Johnson out of the ring to Marshall’s feet, before QT piledrove a bloodied Dustin Rhodes onto the ring steps. As QT went to smash Cody’s head with a chair, Red Velvet ran out to stop him.

Velvet was interviewed backstage about the situation, before Jade Cargill jumped her out of nowhere and threw Velvet into some loading crates. Earlier we’d seen Cargill taunt Red Velvet in a video package, because ‘she is that b****’.

Amongst all the carnage was a quick video package, showing that Ethan Page and Scorpio Sky have joined forces, with the pair tired of being overlooked by everyone else. They’ll take on The Sydal Brothers on AEW: Dark Elevation.

We then heard from Jon Moxley who was pissed off at everything that’s happened to him recently. Mox then took on Cezar Bononi in singles action. Bononi actually had a decent showing, with pals Ryan Nemeth and JD Drake distracting Mox throughout. Bononi went for a Pump Handle Slam, but Mox slipped out and locked in the Rear Naked Choke, as the ref called the match.

We heard from Team Taz who were still trying to maintain that everything was fine. Ricky Starks was in a good mood due to a victory on Dark, but Brian Cage was angered, saying the win would have come sooner had Ricky tagged him earlier. Taz defused the situation as Starks smiled at the camera.

Gift time as MJF bestowed The Pinnacle with a private stylist ready to get them suited and booted. MJF also had an interior decorator ready to improve their locker room, but as he went to inspect the bathroom he found The Inner Circle waiting for him. A huge brawl erupted; Sammy Guevara nailed Shawn Spears with a reverse GTS and slammed his head with a door. Jake Hager put Wardlow through a massage table. Proud & Powerful attacked FTR and Tully, with Santana smashing a bloodied Dax Harwood with a broken chair leg. Finally Chris Jericho flushed MJF’s head down the toilet before throwing him through a glass fridge door, as The Inner Circle reclaimed their dressing room.

Alex Marvez was backstage with The Young Bucks, but Don Callis shooed him and Nick Jackson away so he could talk to Matt Jackson. Callis once again said The Bucks have broken Kenny Omega’s heart, and could have saved him from the Lucha Brothers last week. Callis slapped Matt and called him pathetic, as Matt just looked at the floor

Talking of Kenny Omega, he was in action next, teaming with The Good Brothers against The Lucha Brothers and Laredo Kid. This was a very PWG style match, with tons of high spots, dives, and fast paced action. However, amongst all this there was still time for the heels to beat down Laredo Kid. Eventually Kenny nailed Laredo Kid with a huge One Winged Angel for the victory. Post-match Jon Moxley made his way to the ring, shortly followed by The Young Bucks. Mox and The Bucks then rushed the ring as Kenny and The GBs escaped.

We heard from Britt Baker who mocked Thunder Rosa, and Jurassic Express who take on Bear Country next week in a match sponsored by Godzilla vs. Kong.

Tag team action saw Tay Conti and Hikaru Shida take on the team of Nyla Rose and The Bunny. Shida and Tay had The Dark Order as back-up, as the heels had Matt Hardy’s Family Office with them. Shida was dominated and isolated for most of the match, until Conti came in with judo throws. Everyone soon started brawling outside, and in the confusion Bunny nailed Conti with a kendo stick then Down the Rabbit Hole for the win.

Tonight’s main event was Miro and Kip Sabian taking on Orange Cassidy and Chuck Taylor in an Arcade Anarchy match. This was a huge gimmicky brawl similar to the Moxley and Archer vs. KENTA and Omega match from the other month. The ring was surrounded by arcade machines and a prize booth, as the four beat each other up with all manner of tables, chairs, and even a big powerbomb onto a pile of LEGO. Cassidy looked to have the match sewn up until Penelope Ford attacked him, leading to Kris Statlander making her return, and hitting a huge leg trap Falcon Arrow onto Ford off the apron through an air hockey table. That wasn’t the only return of the match, as when Miro was looking for the kill, Sue turned up in the mini van with a returning Trent. The Best Friends beat Miro down and speared him through a table, as Chuck hit a running powerslam onto Kip off of the stage through some tables for the victory. Post match The Best Friends, Cassidy, and Statlander shared a hug in the ring.

Check out the full results:
• Christian Cage def. Frankie Kazarian
• QT Marshall vs. Cody Rhodes - No contest - Unsanctioned Exhibition Match, Arn Anderson referee
• Jon Moxley def. Cezar Bononi
• Kenny Omega & The Good Brothers def. The Lucha Bros & Laredo Kid
• The Bunny & Nyla Rose def. Hikaru Shida & Tay Conti
• Chuck Taylor & Orange Cassidy def. Miro & Kip Sabian - Arcade Anarchy

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