5 Ups & 4 Downs From AEW Dynamite (April 3 - Results & Review)

Good, not great, is the theme of an almost entirely skippable show.

Powerhouse Hobbs Will Ospreay

This week's Dynamite looked good on paper.

Will Ospreay was faced with a different, intriguing match-up against Powerhouse Hobbs. Ospreay has wrestled hosses before, obviously, but not in AEW, and despite the strange continuation of the intra-stable conflict between the Don Callis Family - the Konosuke Takeshita match barely made sense - it was inspired. The people are already in love with Will Ospreay; encouraging them to sympathise with him against a monster was a good shout that should have worked to further remove him from the limited "man who wrestles bangers" role.

The Young Bucks have worked with Orange Cassidy just twice in AEW thus far, and only on a handful of occasions on the indies in matches held years before Cassidy discovered his final form. If you're a fan of both acts, this was very intriguing. Whether you're inclined to like their chosen method of laying out matches or not, there are few better at the detail and craft than them.

Mariah May and Thunder Rosa can both bump like absolute champs, and both had a path to a title match at Dynasty; Rosa is undefeated since returning in December, and a Mariah May Vs. Toni Storm match is inevitable at some point. This was an all-too-rare AEW TV match that wasn't entirely predictable.

Samoa Joe and Swerve Strickland in a contract signing felt a bit "shrug" heading in, but both are great talkers on their day.

In another scheduled segment, Chris Jericho was set to "call out" HOOK. What? Didn't they just agree to team up or be mates or whatever last week? Also, why book "Daddy Ass" in a singles match when they're never good?

How was the show in execution...?

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