By Rich BailinProWrestling.net Contributor (@RichBailin)
Dot Net contributor Rich Bailin attended Wednesday’s AEW Dynamite in Baltimore, Maryland at the Chesapeake Arena and wrote the following report.
We were able to enter the arena directly without queuing as I had purchased the Meet and Greets for my son. Last time we came to this room, he chose to meet only Orange Cassidy. This time he wanted to do it all. He met Skye Blue, Ethan Page, Eddie Kingston and Ortiz. They all took the time to talk to him. He actually told Eddie he was a Red Sox fan. Fortunately, Ortiz was able to speak to Eddie. Ok, no, that last part didn’t happen. It got the whole room talking about baseball. But that was only the start of our evening.
Of course, we went to the merchandising booth and the CM Punk shirt that was on sale in DC last month was on sale here again. Undoubtedly, The Acclaimed’s best-selling “Scissor Me” t-shirt and foam fingers. I bought two of the foam fingers for the kids and the Acclaimed shirt. My son won’t wear this to school.
From there we went to our seats. The arena was maybe 80% full. They kept the empty seats near the hard cam side, so some of that may have been by design. We were seated in the second row this time and it was perhaps the luckiest seats I have ever sat in. I didn’t realize this until just before Dynamite started, but I was sitting next to local wrestling celebrity Larry Legend. It also turns out that next to him was Jade Cargill’s Baddie section. In front of them sat Rick Ross and his entourage for a few minutes.
This is also where Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson and other Baltimore Ravens players sat. I don’t go out often, but even though I was excited to be so close and high five in the head, so was my son. It’s also where Jon Moxley dated and left after his match with Lee Moriarty. W Morrissey also stood in front of us before attacking The Acclaimed.
Dan Lambert walking around in a Baltimore Orioles shirt.
I’m currently rewatching the show as I write this and the Jade Cargill match is on. Cameras missed Nyla Rose hitting Kiera Hogan with the microphone before she ran away.
After Dynamite went off the air, Tony Khan came out and announced a few more elevation matches that were about to happen. He was set to feature Matt Hardy, but Stokely Hathaway walked out with Ethan Page and Morrisey. Hathaway told TK to leave and he did. Hathaway, Page and Morrisey came to the ring. Page talked about being the new number one contender, then Hathaway called Private Party to the ring. Hathaway said Private Party was at their training school and learning a lot. Isiah Kassidy said he didn’t learn anything but was threatened by Hathaway. Matt Hardy came out and they all had words. Page and Morrissey had their backs turned and Hardy gave Hathaway a Twist of Fate. Hardy and Private Party left the ring and Hardy said Hathaway passed out when Page talked about being AEW World Champion.
It was really just another fun night with AEW. There really is no such thing as an AEW mob. While I may criticize AEW when reviewing Elevation, there’s really no such thing as being part of an AEW crowd. Although I don’t know when the next time will be, I can at least guarantee that there will be a next time and that I will return.