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5 Big Takeaways from AEW Dynamite - April 12, 2023

This week's episode of Dynamite featured a host of AEW stars, including Darby Allin, Chris Jericho, Sting, World Champion MJF & more

AEW Dynamite emanated from the beer-brewing city of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and there were a few reasons to toast this one. The show featured some terrific action, some more movement in storylines as we head towards some huge events, and a really charismatic return.

Even though they found themselves the target of a lot of ridicule from their naysayers in 2022, things couldn't be going much better for AEW as we start heading toward the halfway point of this year. The announcement of their upcoming event in London's Wembley Stadium was groundbreaking, and it's been long awaited by fans across the pond.

Regardless of what anyone may point to - including the CM Punk soap opera - All Elite Wrestling seems to be focusing on building for the future, not looking back at the past. That's a good sign for a fan base that was starting to get a little worried just a few months ago.

That future includes the Four Pillars that Tony Khan named at the very inception of the franchise. Sammy Guevara, Darby Allin, Jungle Boy, and (of course) AEW World Champion MJF have always been an important part of the promotion's programming, but it feels like they are taking the next step now. Perhaps TK's long-term vision was more correct than anyone thought.

This was not a total 'blow-away show' but it had some great highs and a couple of nice surprises. Here are five things that stood out on this entertaining episode of AEW Dynamite.

#1 - Darby Allin, MJF & Sting have a meeting of the minds

The show kicked off with a long segment that saw Darby Allin gain a victory over Swerve Strickland. It's odd to see how much of a side note that Swerve has become recently, considering he was one of the most over guys with the crowd just a short time ago. The heel turn hasn't done much for him at all so far. However, he would seemingly play a factor later on in the evening.

Allin would have a long heart-to-heart with MJF, who came out to chastise his fellow Pillar. He then