AEW Dynamite advertised Darby Allin vs. Jungle Boy for the TNT Championship, “Trent?” vs. Penta El Zero M, Tai Conti vs. Hikaru Shida and Billy Gunn vs. QT Marshall.
Last week’s unopposed broadcast of AEW Dynamite garnered 1.219 million viewers, its highest number since its debut.
- April 14, 2021—1.219 million
- April 7, 2021—688,000
- March 31, 2021—700,000
- March 24, 2021—757,000
- March 17, 2021—768,000
AEW Dynamite: Key Competition
- The Masked Singer
Pro Wrestling Bits—Chris Jericho Interview
AEW Dynamite YouTube Viewership Last Wednesday 3,073,116 (Up from 3,020,207)
- Most-Viewed: Chris Jericho vs. Dax Harwood ft. Mike Tyson (804,112 views)
- Least-Viewed: Jade Cargill vs. Red Velvet (88,008 views)
- Median Viewership: 171,345 views
AEW Dynamite Results: Wednesday, April 21, 2021
Hangman Adam Page def. Ricky Starks
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This was a rare moment where they played Ricky Starks’ music, and it almost fits him like a glove.
Ricky Starks landed directly on his neck and somehow was able to immediately walk it off and continue wrestling this match.
This otherwise solid match was overshadowed by a pair of dangerous bumps by Ricky Starks, who also randomly sold his ankle during parts of this match.
Hook’s stomping needs some work to say the least.
Penta El Zero M def. Trent?
Penta El Zero M seems to be the last remaining heel in the Death Triangle.
Trent? has really leaned in to the question mark after his name, with even Justin Roberts pronouncing “Trent?” like he can’t believe he’s saying it.
Maybe it was because he was wearing a slimming all-black outfit, but Penta El Zero M appears to have gotten himself in great shape over the past few months.
Trent? was a bit rusty in this match, slipping, getting hung up on the ropes and even landing a spike piledriver directly on his head.
Alex Abrahantes was the star of this mach.
Hikaru Shida def. Tai Conti—AEW Women’s Championship
I thought tonight could have—and probably should have—been Tai Conti’s night.
These two seem to really love working with one another.
This was a fantastic match with a lot of creative, violent-looking moves from both Hikaru Shida and Tai Conti.
The Inner Circle Appears Live
The back-and-forth promos between The Pinnacle and The Inner Circle continue to entertain, but The Pinnacle won this round.
Chris Jericho’s show tunes song about MJF was very funny but I feel like his final line about sticking MJF’s head in a toilet was supposed to rhyme with “poo.”
QT Marshall def. Billy Gunn
QT Marshall was effective in getting heat from this crowd as nobody continues to do more with less.
On a night filled with scary bumps, Billy Gunn took a wicked piledriver from Marshall where his head slipped off the side of Marshall’s leg.
Judging by how slowly QT Marshall raised the wooden chair to hit Billy Gunn, it was a given somebody was going to interfere.
Everybody got over in this segment except Aaron Solow, who was used as a human shield before the match even started.
Christian Cage def. Powerhouse Hobbs
This match made me realize that AEW really takes its time counting people out. At one point, Christian Cage and Powerhouse Hobbs were on the outside for at least 30 seconds.
This match led to a tease of Christian Cage vs. Ricky Starks, which should be great.
Darby Allin def. Jungle Boy—AEW TNT Championship
Sting seems above being announced as a second for Darby Allin, but it shows AEW’s commitment to getting Allin over as a major star.
Why would the AEW Women’s Championship have a 60 minute time limit on television if AEW had multiple advertised matches on after?
As expected, the crowd was split between these two top babyfaces.
Never one to take a play off, Darby Allin pulled off a superplex during picture-in-picture.
The “this is awesome” chants seemed Pavlovian by this point, but they were still well-deserved.
Luchasaurus selling for ting hurt his Luchasaurus’ mystique a bit.