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5 Big Takeaways from AEW Dynamite - April 26, 2023: Things are Starting to Heat Up


Another AEW Dynamite is in the books after being broadcast LIVE from the Sunshine State this week, and their stars were shining brightly. On a night that featured turmoil, turncoats, and title defenses, the fans were on the edge of their seats.

The biggest part of AEW's annual schedule is in full swing now, with all their huge summer and fall events not far off on the horizon. So, now is the time for them to line up their chess pieces for the remainder of 2023.

At the same time, there's still the launch of a new Saturday show soon, and rumors abound that CM Punk will be returning when the company returns to Chicago in the first week of May.

With a lot of huge developments swirling around in the air, this episode of Dynamite moved along quickly and featured some great action. A definite 'thumbs up' edition of this show, and here are five big reasons why...

#1 - Wrestling's most reliable leadoff hitter led off the show once again

It seems like Tony Khan knows he can always get a great reaction and match out of Orange Cassidy at the start of the program.

That formula seems to be working, as Freshly Squeezed has been as good at the top of the lineup as Rickey Henderson in his prime. Cassidy's appearances always set the table for the remainder of the show.