Cable TV’s #1 Wednesday show invades Charleston

By Stephen Baldwin, RealWV

With a crowd of several thousand filling the floor and first deck of the Charleston Coliseum, All Elite Wrestling (AEW) returned to the Mountain State on Wednesday.

“How many of you were here in 2019 when we first came to Charleston?” asked Tony Khan, owner and promoter of AEW. “How many in 2022? And how many are here for the first time? We are thrilled to be in Charleston and have a great show planned for you tonight at AEW, where the best wrestle,” he said to the raucous crowd just before it went live on the air.

Airing 52 weeks per year on TBS, AEW’s show “Dynamite” is consistently the #1 ranked show on cable TV on Wednesday. According to a release from Warner Brothers last week, more than three million people watch the show across various platforms each week.

At last night’s show, Samoa Joe retained his AEW World Heavyweight Title in a slobberknocker with wrestling legend Dustin Rhodes. Dustin’s brother, Cody, won the World Wrestling Entertainment Undisputed Heavyweight Championship over the weekend at Wrestlemania. Dustin used his brother’s finishing move (the cross rhodes) on Joe, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the champ.

Swerve Strickland, the #1 contender for Joe’s title, attacked the champ both before and after the match. They will face off next weekend at the Dynasty pay-pew-view for the title.

In the night’s most hyped segment, the Young Bucks, who work as executives behind the scenes and wrestlers in front of the camera, aired security camera footage from All In, AEW’s record-breaking event from London last summer.

The footage appeared to show CM Punk attacking Jack Perry off camera after a backstage fight. Tony Khan could also be seen in the footage, with Punk appearing to lunge at the billionaire owner.

Khan let Punk go following that incident, and Punk has since returned to WWE. Will Punk or his team consider legal action following the footage release? Observers at Dynamite certainly though so Wednesday night. But fans chanted “CM Punk” during and after the footage aired, in defiance of the Young Bucks who are not liked by the crowd.

In other matches, Adam Copeland retained his TNT Title in a banger of a match against Penta El Cero Miedo.

West Virginia native Cole Carter lost to legend Christopher Daniels after taunting the crowd.

AEW’s newest additions to the roster–international stars Will Osprey, Okada, and Mercedes Mone–all made appearances as well.

AEW broadcast Dynamite live and recorded their Friday night show, Rampage, which will air Friday night at 10pm on TNT. Khan promised the crowd that AEW would soon return to Charleston.

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