AEW Dynamite was highlighted by an excellent match between Orange Cassidy and a possibly injured Rey Fenix, who dove into a crowd of wrestlers that failed to catch him.
Both The Young Bucks and Adam “Hangman” Page returned during a brawl with The Inner Circle at TIAA Bank Field.
Dynamite also featured an entertaining talking segment between WWE Hall of Famers Arn Anderson and Jake “The Snake” Roberts. Anderson noted Mike Tyson has “free reign” and suggested Tyson could get physical with Roberts. During the broadcast, venerable AEW announcer Jim Ross predicted Tyson was going to knock somebody out.
Mike Tyson has recently been training for a boxing comeback and is currently in the his best physical shape since his prime.
Last week’s broadcast of AEW Dynamite garnered 654,000 viewers, beating WWE NXT which drew just 604,000. With the two shows facing stiff 18-49 competition in UFC Fight Night: Smith vs. Teixeira, AEW’s viewership was its lowest in history.
AEW Dynamite Viewership, Last Five Weeks
- May 13, 2020—654,000
- May 6, 2020—732,000
- April 29, 2020—693,000
- April 22, 2020—731,000
- April 15, 2020—683,000
AEW Dynamite Key Competition
- WWE NXT
- The Masked Singer
- Mainstream news coverage of the Coronavirus
AEW Dynamite YouTube Viewership
2,647,797 (Up from 1,722,212 views)
- Most-Viewed: JON MOXLEY WILL BRING A HAILSTORM OF VIOLENCE TO DOUBLE OR NOTHING (509,872 views)
- Least-Viewed: THE AEW TAG TEAM DIVISION IS THE BEST IN THE WORLD (49,323 views)
- Median Viewership: 245,621
AEW Dynamite Results: Wednesday, May 20, 2020
Opening Segment Featuring The Dark Order and Jon Moxley
Seeing Week 1 of Brodie Lee pretending to be AEW champion makes me want him to actually win the belt.
From how the two are dressed to how they carried themselves in this segment, it’s hard to believe Jon Moxley was the real world champion out of these two.
Jon Moxley def. 10
One of these days, 10 is going to have to take his mask off and reveal himself as Shawn Spears.
It’s more than possible that 10 will go his entire career under this gimmick without ever winning a single match.
MJF def. Marko Stunt
Marko Stunt has quietly entered “enhancement talent” territory. Unfortunately for him, his ceiling in WWE is James Ellsworth.
Marko Stunt made MJF look like a monster in this match, adding physical credibility to a heel known for his mouth. Stunt is so good at selling, which is a gift and a curse in this business especially at his size.
Jake “The Snake” Roberts and Arn Anderson Face Off
Whenever wrestlers from a past generation show up to the current generation, they almost never fail to expose the current crop of talent as inferior in promos. It’s been like that for a couple generations now and I don’t know if that will change anytime soon.
How was Arn Anderson in WWE for almost two decades and he was never used as a mouthpiece for anybody?
Rey Fenix def. Orange Cassidy
Halfway through this match, it entered my personal list of Top 5 matches I wished happened in front of a full crowd.
The fact that these two will be part of a match that will involve ladders is all the convincing I need to purchase this pay-per-view.
Hopefully Rey Fenix is okay after taking a nasty bump to the outside. I think I might have jinxed him with all this praise.
Britt Baker and Nyla Rose def. Kris Statlander and Hikaru Shida
AEW is on the verge of running out of combinations of these four women to compete.
The Pounce is one of the all-time electrifying wrestling moves, and boy did Nyla Rose do it justice.
Hikaru Shida finally getting her title shot this Saturday feels like a Money in the Bank winner cashing in after holding the briefcase for more than 100 days.
After a promising start, this match fell apart badly toward the end.
Matt Hardy vs. Sammy Guevara
For the uninitiated, this match is happening because one man beat the crap out of another man’s drone. To be fair, if somebody hit your expensive drone—let alone your iPhone—with a baseball bat, would you not try to fight them?
This match was a very tame preview of what should be a very good Stadium Stampede match at Double or Nothing.
The post-match brawl, featuring the return of The Young Bucks and Adam “Hangman” Page was a very good preview of what should be a very good Stadium Stampede match at Double or Nothing.
Source: Forbes Business