AEW Dynamite results: CM Punk returns and Moxley, Danielson continue to impress (March 23)

On this week's AEW Dynamite CM Punk returns, Moxley and Danielson are 3-0, Adam Cole lowblows the AEW World Champion and much more.

CM Punk returns on AEW Dynamite this week March 23, 2022 [Image- Twitter]
By Blesson Daniel | Mar 24, 2022 | 5 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

In a spectacular 8-man Tornado Tag match on Wednesday night’s AEW Dynamite, Sting, Darby Allin, and The Hardys faced Andrade Family Office’s Private Party, The Butcher, and The Blade. The fight was the highlight of a packed show that included the return of CM Punk, the finest from Jon Moxley and Bryan Danielson, and the debut of the newly created Jericho Appreciation Society in the ring.

What happened, who emerged with the upper hand, and what does it signal for AEW as it prepares for their PPV Double or Nothing in Las Vegas in May? Know everything that happened on AEW Dynamite on March 23, 2022.

AEW Dynamite match card

  • 8-Man Tornado Tag: Sting, Darby Allin and The Hardys vs. The Butcher, The Blade and Private Party
  • CM Punk vs. Dax Harwood
  • Bryan Danielson and Jon Moxley vs. The Varsity Blonds
  • John Silver and Alex Reynolds vs. Chris Jericho and Daniel Garcia
  • Jay Lethal vs. Adam Cole
  • Red Velvet vs. “Legit” Leyla Hirsch

CM Punk returns on AEW Dynamite and goes off against Dax Harwood

For the first time since his dramatic, bloody Dog Collar battle against MJF at Revolution, CM Punk faced up against Dax Harwood, one-half of FTR and the AAA tag team champions. It was a superb, old-school wrestling bout that prioritised psychology and in-ring expertise and featured two artists of the game; a well-wrestled fight that had the audience engrossed in the match and, more crucially, the babyface Punk.

Harwood, the tag team expert, appeared to be on par with Punk, but The Straight Edge Superstar countered into the Anaconda Vise for the submission.

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8-Man Tornado Tag Team Match (Sting, Darby Allin and The Hardys vs Andrade Family Office’s Private Party)

Sting, Darby Allin, and The Hardys faced Andrade Family Office’s Private Party (Marq Quen and Isiah Kassidy), The Butcher, and The Blade in a wild, chaotic 8-man Tornado Tag Team match in the continuation of an increasing feud.

Big bumps, imaginative sequences, Andrade El Idolo’s deception to get into the fight, and Hardy’s jaw-dropping leap of faith all contributed to a fantastic battle.

The baby faces triumphed in a predictable manner, which isn’t always a negative thing. Private Party, Butcher, and Blade are excellent teams, but with the Hall of Fame talent standing against them in the ring from them, they’ll never be considered equals.

Jon Moxley and Bryan Danielson vs. Varsity Blonds

Under the direction of William Regal, Jon Moxley and Bryan Danielson decided to make it 3-0 as a team as they faced youthful Brian Pillman Jr. and Griff Garrison of The Varsity Blonds. Despite a valiant effort by the youthful pair, Moxley and Danielson cruised to win in another squash that displayed the team’s aggressive fury and ferocity.

Following that, MJF did a promo on Wardlow, refusing to let him out of his agreement and constantly calling him a “pig.”

“I own you!” Freidman shouted with the poisonous zeal of the industry’s most heinous heel. With him enlightening Wardlow that he works for him rather than AEW, then offering to pay a Wardlow to stay at home long enough for him to sink into oblivion.

He stated that The Pinnacle is far from over and that their comeback to the top of the business would begin next week, capping off another excellent promo from a man who has long been in the highest echelon of professional wrestling talkers.

Jay Lethal vs. Adam Cole

Two of AEW’s top-five singles talents squared off in a thrilling, high-octane encounter that reminded fans why they are the best. The fight was clearly planned to help keep the enthusiasm around Tony Khan’s latest acquisition of the promotion ROH alive, as it was on the lips of announcers Tony Schiavone, Jim Ross, and Excalibur early on.

Cole and Lethal put in a show-stopping match, but it was Cole who took advantage of the intervention of Red Dragon’s Kyle O’Reilly and Bobby Fish, landing a low blow on Lethal and sending him down with the Boom.

Hangman Page, the AEW world champion, responded to Cole’s loudmouth, title-hungry promo by lashing him with his own leather belt, but a low blow and beatdown forced him to seek help from Jurassic Express and Christian Cage to finish the segment.

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Red Velvet vs. Leyla Hirsch

Dan Lambert, Men of the Year, Paige VanZant, and anybody else who wanted their butts kicked were singled out by former TNT champion Sammy Guevara and Tay Conti. It had no purpose other than to remind people of the quarrel and to set up verbal humour at Lambert’s expense.

Back in the ring, the feud between “Legit” Leyla Hirsch and Red Velvet continued in a rubber bout in which Kris Statlander was forbidden from the ringside.

Hirsch cheated late in the contested bout, flattening Velvet with a chunk of the turnbuckle and securing the tarnished victory.

AEW Dynamite main event: John Silver and Alex Reynolds vs. Chris Jericho and Daniel Garcia

Daniel Garcia and Chris Jericho were brought to the ring by Jake Hager, “Daddy Magic” Matt Menard, and “Cool Hand” Angelo Parker for the night’s main event, a tag team match against John Silver and Alex Reynolds of the Dark Order.

The underestimated greatness of Silver and Reynolds, paired with the good first-time combination of Jericho and Garcia, provided for an entertaining and lively main event won by the heels by submission when Garcia tapped Reynolds out with the Sharpshooter.

It seemed like it was just a matter of time after the promo earlier in the night when Eddie Kingston, Santana, and Ortiz attacked out of nowhere, but AEW made the correct choice and let the segment live, with the heels standing strong to finish the night.