AEW Dynamite advertised Matt Sydal vs. Christian Cage, The Young Bucks vs. The Varsity Blondes for the AEW Tag World Team Championships and follow-up from Miro’s dominant TNT Championship win over Darby Allin last week.
Last week’s broadcast of AEW Dynamite was down with 936,000 viewers for a show built around Darby Allin’s TNT Championship match against Miro. AEW recently announced a move to TBS and a new Friday-night show AEW Rampage.
- May 12, 2021—936,000
- May 5, 2021—1.090 million
- April 28, 2021—889,000
- April 21, 2021—1.104 million
- April 14, 2021—1.219 million
AEW Dynamite: Key Competition
- NBA Play-in Tournament
Pro Wrestling Bits—Jon Moxley’s Wild Thing and Why AEW Theme Music is the Best Money can Buy
AEW Dynamite YouTube Viewership Last Wednesday 2,400,345 (Up from 2,118,670)
- Most-Viewed: Darby Allin vs. Miro—AEW TNT Championship (610,112 views)
- Least-Viewed: Britt Baker Interview (37,995 views)
- Median Viewership: 187,616 views
AEW Dynamite Results: Wednesday, May 19, 2021
Christian Cage def. Matt Sydal
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This was Christian’s best match yet in AEW and he continues to work his butt off throughout. He’s really starting to live up to that lofty gimmick.
This segment went from one feud to an entirely different feud all in one fell swoop. This continues to feel like AEW Impact.
Brian Pillman Jr. cut an incredible promo after this match, but neither he nor Griff Garrison bothered to mention new Varsity Blonde Julia Hart’s name until right before the wrapped the promo.
Jon Moxley and Eddie Kingston def. The Acclaimed
Jon Moxley’s new “Wild Thing” theme, the Joan Jett version, sucks.
I love the dynamic of Anthony Bowens doing the heavy lifting on the promos and Max Caster doing the heavy lifting during the pre-match rap.
Max Caster’s line about Renee Young was so disrespectful.
Sting and Darby Allin Attack Ethan Page and Scorpio Sky
Sting got an enormous pop when the lights went out, though I feel like that pop was meant for Darby Allin.
If Sting and Darby Allin just attacked these young heels who are finally getting around to explaining their actions, why else should I care about this feud?
Through the first hour of this show, every segment has had some form of post-match interference.
Hikaru Shida def. Rebel
Rebel is a fantastic non-wrestling performer and AEW should consider playing to her strengths.
If Britt Baker doesn’t win at Double or Nothing, AEW will have officially missed its best opportunity to crown her champion. .
Chris Jericho And The Inner Circle Accept
Chris Jericho noted that he could have hit the back of his head on the stage, giving AEW apologists for that terrible finish more fuel to argue that it really wasn’t that bad (it was).
The Inner Circle won tonight’s promo battle, it wasn’t even close, and that’s considering how good the Inner Circle promo was.
Serena Deeb def. Velvet Sky—NWA Women’s World Championship
Serena Deeb was great in this match.
This match, especially the finish, looked more violent than anything the men did the past hour.
Anthony Agogo def. Austin Gunn
AEW announcers made sure to continue to point out Anthony Agogo’s kryptonite, which is the fact that he is 78% blind in one eye. I expect that to play into the finish at AEW Double or Nothing.
“Son of a Gunn” is the perfect pun for Austin.
Austin Gunn bled from the mouth, which added to how lethal these punches were.
This was a perfect showcase of Anthony Agogo. He now seems like he could actually beat Cody Rhodes in his first pay-per-view match and he’s done one move his entire career.
Miro and Lance Archer Face Off
Lance Archer cut one hell of a promo, which reminded me that he does not need Jake “The Snake” Roberts and perhaps Roberts is best used as somebody else’s manager.
Both Miro and Lance Archer did a good job hyping up a match that I was already excited about.
The Young Bucks def. The Varsity Blondes—AEW World Tag Team Championships
The Young Bucks headwear alone is becoming the biggest heel in AEW in 2021.
This match was hurt by the fact that The Young Bucks already have their pay-per-view tag team championship match booked against Moxley and Kingston at Double or Nothing.
Eddie Kingston stole The Young Bucks’ Jordan Diors, which should net him about market value for counterfeit Jordans.