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5 Big Takeaways from AEW Dynamite - March 22, 2023

This week's AEW Dynamite featured stars like Sting, Jon Moxley, FTR, Darby Allin, and more, plus a marvelous main event with Kenny Omega taking on the electric El Hijo del Vikingo

This week's episode of AEW Dynamite came to us LIVE from Independence, Missouri, and it looked to keep the momentum going that the company has been slowly building in 2023.

Unfortunately, this one had a lot to live up to, which is mainly due to the incredible hype surrounding the arrival of lucha libre sensation El Hijo del Vikingo, who would face one of the jewels of the promotion in Kenny Omega. So, the AEW faithful had a lot to look forward to and were expecting a big show all around.

This episode was certainly not bad, but it wasn't at the same level as we have seen recently and seemed to work more as a 'maintenance show' than anything earth-shattering.

#1 - The Bucks take a ride to the hospital

The show started off with an ambulance scene in the back, with Hangman Adam Page on his cellphone as The Young Bucks

This turned out to be a running storyline throughout the night, as we are seeing a slow heel turn of sorts from The Blackpool Combat Club. And while they may not go completely villainous, they are certainly acting in an aggressive manner their gimmick suggests. It's been pretty clear for a while now that they are on a collision course with The Elite, and Hangman Page is stuck in the middle of it all.

That would come into play more as The BCC was heavily featured throughout the show. And rightfully so. For far too long, they are an asset that hasn't been fully utilized. So it's nice to see them causing a little bit of mayhem now.

#2 - Orange Cassidy, Darby Allin, and Sting make for quite an interesting trio

The AEW faithful rarely has to have much reason to get excited; their enthusiasm for the company is pretty obvious. But they were given an extra reason to smile on Wednesday night when the three-man team of Darby Allin, Sting, and the International Champion, Orange Cassidy, came out to the squared circle together.

While this was less a match and more of a showcase of talent, the action in the ring was more comical than it was captivating. Sting mimicked Cassidy's nonchalant kicks. He even went as far as lightly 'pounding' his chest to mock his own mannerisms.

So, once again, it was more show than go. and the bout itself was essentially a throwaway. The Stinger and his team pick up an easy but entertaining win over Kip Sabian, The Butcher, and The Blade. Just an old-school feature bout, but a chance for the fan to see the Icon in action, nonetheless.

#3 - It's win or go home