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All of Elite Wrestling returns to B/R on Sunday night for its latest pay-per-view offering, the inaugural Dynasty event.

Headlined by a heated world title match that had been building for months and a dream match between two of the best wrestlers on the planet, the show had all the makings of one of the company's best productions.

At least on paper.

Did it live up to expectations, do Tony Cahn and Co. have any surprises in store for the fans, and what magic will Will Osprey and Bryan Danielson hold for fans in the wrestling city of St. Louis?

Find out with this recap of the extravaganza.



PPV main card matches

  • Will Ospreay vs. Bryan Danielson
  • AEW World Championship Match: Zwerve Strickland vs. Samoa Joe (c)
  • AEW World Women's Championship Match: Thunder Rosa vs. „Timeless” Toni Storm (c)
  • TBS Championship Match: Willow Nightingale vs. Julia Hart (c)
  • Ladder Match for the AEW World Tag Team Championship: FTR vs. The Young Bucks (final match for new champion)
  • AEW Continental Championship Match: Pac vs. Kazuchika Okada (c)
  • AEW International Championship Match: Kyle O'Reilly vs. Roderick Strong (c)
  • FTW Championship Match: Hook (c) vs. Chris Jericho
  • Trios Match: Adam Copeland, Mark Briscoe and Eddie Kingston vs. The House of Black

Zero-hour preshow contests

  • Titles: AEW World Trios Champions The Applied and Daddy vs. ROH World Trios Champions Bullet Club Gold (Jay White and The Guns) (Zero Hour Pre-Show Match)
  • Matt Sydal vs. Trent Beretta
  • Orange Cassidy and Katsuyori Shibata vs. Shane Taylor and Lee Moriarty



Trent Beretta stunned the AEW fans and his best friends Orange Cassidy and Chuck Taylor.

On Sunday, he established himself as a singles organization in AEW with a victory over St. Louis' own, Matt Sydal.

This match is an example of perfectly acceptable wrestling, for better or for worse. It was a solid match to kick off the festivities as part of the Zero Hour pre-show and highlight Beretta in the process.

Taylor then interrupted a heel demanding to know which side his longtime tag team partner was on by Wednesday at Dynamite.

As a result

Beretta defeated Sydal

Quality

C+

Great moments and takeaways

  • Chants of „We want Sue” filled the arena, proving once again that Beretta's mom can be more than her.
  • Beretta glares at Cassidy, but runs away as Shibata interrupts his exit.
Credit: All Elite Wrestling

Orange Cassidy and Katsuyori Shibata settled their issues with Shane Taylor Promotions on Sunday night, defeating Taylor and Lee Moriarty in tag team action despite outside interference from Anthony Okoko.

The babyfaces beat off a concerted effort from striking Taylor and wrestling guru Moriarty. Freshly Squeezed, as he often did, rocked Moriarty with an orange punch for the win.

A better match than the opener, but would have been more at home in Clash or Rampage than extending what was already destined to be a long show.

As a result

Cassidy and Shibata defeated Taylor and Moriarty

Quality

b-

Great moments and takeaways

  • Tony Schiavone compared Orange Cassidy's punching ability to Taylor and Okoko because of his Orange Punch finisher. Ha Ironically, that was the end.
  • Taylor leveled Shibata completely with a roundhouse, leveling him on the arena floor.
  • Shibata countered Taylor's underhook piledriver attempt to Cassidy with a sleeper in a cool spot.
Credit: All Elite Wrestling

The Ring of Honor Six-Man Tag Team and AEW World Trios Championships were at stake for the titles match on Sunday night.

The Bang Bang Gang's „Switchblade” Jay White, and Golden and Austin Gunn defeated The Applied and Daddy Ass to unify the titles.

There was solid action throughout the fast-paced match, which saw Billy Gunn inexplicably booked like Superman, giving away the wide plate runner and taking the win.

As a result

The Bang Bang Gang defeated The Applied and Daddy Ass to win the titles

Quality

C+

Great moments and takeaways

  • Colton Gunn apologizes for hitting his father and hugs him in a funny spot.
  • Caster raps are getting progressively worse at this point, not quite on that edge.
  • Superman getting the kickout sequence after being shot white by Daddy Ass's golden baseball bat is something that won't happen in 2024. Save it for the youngsters in competition.
Credit: All Elite Wrestling

AEW Continental Champion Kazuchika Okada worked over the head and neck of the pack for much of the opening match at Dynasty, targeting that area of ​​his opponent and punishing it in hopes of setting up the devastating Rainmaker.

This comes in handy, especially after The Bastard's Black Arrow knees him in the face. A missed finisher stunned Pak, rocking Okada with his finisher and picking up the hard-fought victory.

The match took its nearly 30 minutes and maxed out every single one, at a more legitimate pace than anything else on the card at this point.

This was probably Okada's best presentation since he didn't add to the Young Bucks bullshit, while Pac really stood out here, earning „he's our bastard” chants after the bell.

What better way to start a card than with some of these highly rated match-ups.

As a result

Okada defeated Pac to retain

Quality

A

Great moments and takeaways

  • There was a great fighting spirit with this.
  • Pac sold the head and neck damage incredibly well, and maybe it was actually legitimate when he appeared once or twice.
  • The coating was timely and executed.
Credit: All Elite Wrestling

TNT Champion Adam Copeland and The House of Black's Malakai Black have been on a collision course for weeks. On Sunday night, Copeland, Eddie Kingston and Ring of Honor World Champion Mark Briscoe squared off against Black, Brody King and Buddy Matthews as part of a trios match.

Black and Copeland did not touch until the final seconds of the match, when the heel blinded the Rated R Superstar with his trademark fog and rocked him with Black Mass for the win.

It was a fun, action-packed trios match that put everyone on top, but never gave too much of a money match between Copeland and Black, ensuring that the two would ultimately be interested in clashing for the TNT Championship.

As a result

House of Black defeated Copeland, King and Briscoe

Quality

B+

Great moments and takeaways

  • Briscoe delivered a running, flipping senton off the apron, over the ring post and onto King.
  • They did a great job of keeping Copeland and Black apart long enough to make more sense when they finally touch.
  • The babyfaces delivered Stereo Spheres to cut heels in a very cool place. Add to that an interesting wide shot of the production team and it was even better.
Credit: All Elite Wrestling

House of Black's Julia Hart defended the TBS Championship against Willow Nightingale, with Chris Stadtlander and Sky Blue banned from ringside by the contestant's hand-picked rule.

As Nightingale fired, Hart powered through everything she threw at her, delivering a wrenching powerbomb for a clean, convincing win in a match that looked good, but failed to survive, as it would be the Princess of the Black Throne's final defense. For some other defenses of Hart.

After the match, Mercedes Mone predictably made her presence felt and stared down Nightingale, officiating their highly anticipated rematch on May 26 at Double or Nothing in Las Vegas.

As a result

Nightingale defeated Hart to win the title

Quality

C+

Great moments and takeaways

  • Nightingale's family is shown at ringside, tipping the company's hat towards the end.
  • „Chuck E. Cheese…here we come!” exclaimed Stokely Hathaway in his commentary on Nightingale's triumph.

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