AEW Dynamite advertised a major show, one week after Blood and Guts, with three championship matches promoted. In addition to The Pinnacle’s Coronation, Jon Moxley—who now walks out to “Wild Thing,” by The Troggs—defended his NJPW United States Championship against Yuji Nagata, Miro challenged Darby Allin for the TNT Championship and SCU challenged The Young Bucks for the AEW Tag Team Championships.
Last week’s broadcast of AEW Dynamite was No. 1 on cable for its first time ever with 1.090 million views for Blood and Guts.
- May 5, 2021—1.090 million
- April 28, 2021—889,000
- April 21, 2021—1.104 million
- April 14, 2021—1.219 million
- April 7, 2021—688,000
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- The Masked Singer
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AEW Dynamite YouTube Viewership Last Wednesday 2,118,670 (Down from 2,958,130)
- Most-Viewed: The Shocking Conclusion to Blood and Guts (469,899 views)
- Least-Viewed: Dr. Britt Baker is Ready for her Shot at the AEW Women’s World Championship (59,890 views)
- Median Viewership: 187,616 views
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AEW Dynamite Results: Wednesday, May 12, 2021
Jon Moxley def. Yuji Nagata—NJPW United States Championship
This was a New Japan Pro Wrestling match inside an AEW ring.
Yuji Nagata was limited at Age 53—especially if you knew what h was at 33—but he and Moxley deftly worked around it.
Watching Jon Moxley walk out to “Wild Thing” gave me goosebumps. It’s one of the most perfect matches between wrestler and song I’ve ever seen. If Jon Moxley ever updates his tired ring gear, he’ll have everything going for him.
The “American Dream” Cody Rhodes Challenges Anthony Agogo
This was Cody’s best promo of his career, and think about how high of a bar that is.
Cody felt like he was practicing for his political career, which will be a promising one if he eventually chooses to go that route.
When’s the last time you heard the word “segregation” on a pro wrestling television show?
One day, Cody very well may become the first sitting president with a neck tattoo.
The Young Bucks def. SCU—AEW World Tag Team Championship
The Young Bucks’ accessorizing gets more outrageous with every passing weeks. This week, Matt Jackson had beads hanging form his headband.
The Young Bucks dress like The Hardy Boyz going through a midlife crisis.
SCU has a double-team move called the Celebrity Rehab. This show is just the gift that keeps on giving.
The second Christopher Daniels started to bleed, Don Callis repeatedly insisted the match because he was bleeding all over The Young Bucks’ shoes.
The ring was just as bloody as it was last week, and it was all form Christopher Daniels.
Christopher Daniels botched a BME, and it was either intentional to sell that he was losing blood, or the announce team did a fantastic job covering for him.
Just as AEW finally got its payoff for Kazarian and Daniels breaking up, it cut to Jon Moxley and Eddie Kingston tearing up The Elite’s locker room. It was a TNA transition in the worst way.
PAC vs. Orange Cassidy Ends in a No Contest
To my knowledge this is only the second disqualification in AEW history and its was a waste.
The overbooked finish transitioning into a Triple Threat match made this really feel like TNA.
AEW spent a lot of time promoting Orange Cassidy last week only to awkwardly throw PAC into the equation.
The Pinnacle Coronation Ends in a Stadium Stampede Challenge
As expected, MJF took credit for AEW winning the night last week.
MJF hugging FTR after his promo was subtle hilarity.
FTR is dressing like it did during its DGAF days while on their way out of WWE.
As Sammy Zayn doused The Pinnacle in “A Little bit of the Bubbly,” this show took the form of WWE Raw—but from the glory days.
MJF challenged The Inner Circle to a Stadium Stampede, and if The Inner Circle loses they must break up forever. This was already an exciting match due to the Stadium Stampede alone, but the breakup stipulation makes it a potential main event candidate.
Thunder Rosa def. Jazmin Allure
This was a complete squash match by Thunder Rosa to build up the NWA Women’s Championship, which is becoming a de facto Intercontinental Championship for women.
Miro def. Darby Allin—AEW TNT Championship
Pre-Match Thoughts—I consider Miro to be a huge favorite in this match, and I wouldn’t be surprised if it was a squash.
The commentators immediately launched into Darby Allin’s tough schedule as he was getting pounced by Miro, which further convinced me Miro was going over.
Miro had an emblem of the TNT Championship on his trunks, so he needed to win this match more than most challengers.
Ethan Page and Scorpio Sky are starting to feel like Statler and Waldorf from The Muppets.
Miro is the new TNT champion and he needs it far more than Darby Allin, who managed to become a legit draw while champion.