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AEW DYNAMITE TV REPORT
APRIL 15, 2020
PRETAPED IN JACKSONVILLE, FLA. AT DAILYS PLACE
AIRED ON TNT
Announcers: Tony Schiavone, Chris Jericho
-A vignette began with Jake “The Snake” Roberts talking about his guy Lance Archer facing Colt Cabana later. He said this TNT Title tournament was made for them. “They would love to have a Lance Archer out there in front,” he said. “Everybody’s going to look, everybody’s going to bow down, when he walks into a place, he commands attention. Lance was made for this. In our minds, that championship belt is a bone. Do you want to try to take that bona way from this dog?” He said every time he wins, that’s closer to what they want. He then shifted to talking about Colt. He said he’s watched him for years and knows what he’s capable of, but it’s not enough. He said Archer has a chip on his shoulder because he was forced out of the country to go make a living in Japan. “He’s a friggin’ animal,” Jake said. “Listen to me or regret it. Your choice.”
-They went to Schiavone and Jericho in front of a backdrop with the TNT logo. They hyped the TNT Title Tournament. They also plugged that Britt Baker would return after the bloodied nose last week, plus Sammy Guevara and Shawn Spears. Schiavone plugged also that they’d hear from Chris Jericho and “The Bubbly Bunch.” They put a Brady Bunch logo on the screen with the Inner Circle members and a dog looking around at each other on the grid. Jericho plugged the #WatchingAEWContest” for anyone 21 and over to win the AEW watch-along contest. Details at #WatchingAEW to enter. The prize is a half case of the bubbly.
-A video package aired on Colt Cabana who spoke about his career path. He said he expected to come into AEW and have an undefeated record and get people talking, almost surprised at how good he is. He said he feels there was a lower expectation on him from people in the company and another demographic of fans, but he’s always known he’s a good competitors. He said he is charismatic and “a little fun,” but he can win. He talked up Archer. “He’s dominated the Far East for so long,” he said, “But what about me?” He said he’s wrestled all over the world – Japan, Australia, Europe. “So my track record is just as good.” He said he wants to show his worth and prove himself. He said he’s not looking past Lance Archer in any way. He said he’s a big, bad dude, but he’s defeated big bad dudes before. He said becoming a champion in AEW at this level is his goal now, and he’s taking it one step at a time. “I know there’s a lot going on right now, but this is all I’m thinking about right now,” he said.
(Keller’s Analysis: Two good video packages to set up this match. Great stuff. I’ve been craving this from AEW from the start of Dynamite.)
(1) COLT CABANA vs. LANCE ARCHER – TNT Championship Tourmanent First Round match