AEW St. Patrick’s Day Slam: Thunder Rosa wins women’s title

John Siino's report on AEW's St. Patrick's Day Slam featuring the steel cage match between Dr. Britt Baker and Thunder Rosa.

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AEW Dynamite – “St. Patrick’s Day Slam”

March 16th, 2022

By: John Siino

Freeman Coliseum in San Antonio, TX

Commentary: Jim Ross, Excalibur & Tony Schiavone

Adam Cole & reDRagon (Kyle O’Reilly & Bobby Fish) vs. Adam Page & Jurassic Express (Jungle Boy & Luchasaurus)

Jim Ross started the show with a ‘Hey Yo!’, as Adam Cole and Jungle Boy started the match. Cole stays in control before tagging in Bobby Fish, it quickly goes to Luchasaurus and Kyle O’Reilly, but O’Reilly gets saved to the floor as Fish trips up Luchasaurus on the apron. reDRagon stays in control, before Luchasaurus clothesline them both down and makes the hot tag to Adam Page who clotheslines Cole off the apron and hits a fallaway slam on Fish, before diving onto Cole and O’Reilly, knocking Fish to the outside and diving back onto Cole and O’Reilly as the crowd erupts. Page teases going for the Buckshot Lariat but ends up going to the top rope along with Jurassic Express as they hit triple moonsaults, with Jungle Boy getting a two count on Fish. reDRagon takes back control attacking Jungle Boy in the corner as O’Reilly gets a two count before, they go to commercial.

When we come back Luchasaurus is choke slamming all the opponents onto each other before hitting a standing moonsault for a two count off a double pin. O’Reilly puts Luchasaurus into a heel hook, but Cole and Page crash down on them to break it up. Cole and Page go face to face until they have an exchange ending with Page hitting the Dead Eye. All six men start brawling now with Jungle Boy hitting a double Doomsday Device. Cole ends up hitting the Boom on Jungle Boy, as Page is being held back by O’Reilly from breaking up as Cole gets the pin.

Winners: Adam Cole & reDRagon (Bobby Fish & Kyle O’Reilly) by pinfall at 13:57

You Know All About That Spinebuster

Tony Schiavone is backstage with Keith Lee, Powerhouse Hobbs, and Ricky Starks as he announces Keith Lee vs. Max Caster on Rampage. Starks and Hobbs remind Lee about being hit with the spinebuster and if Lee shows up on Rampage, the same thing will happen, but Lee says he will lay them out like a little bitch.

We see a hype video for Kris Statlander where it looks like she is wiping the make-up off her face.

Bryan Danielson & Jon Moxley vs. Wheeler Yuta & Chuck Taylor (w/ Trent Beretta, Orange Cassidy & Danhausen)

William Regal came out with Danielson, but then joined the commentary table for this match. All four start brawling to start the match with Yuta and Danielson being the two legal men, but Moxley quickly comes in and delivers a kick and a vertical suplex for a one count. As they are promoting the AEW Shop, Regal and Jim Ross mention selling barbeque sauce and jam. Taylor tags in and starts going after Danielson, before taking out Moxley on the outside. Danielson takes over and goes after Taylor’s legs, as Moxley gets the crowd amped up before coming in and hitting a short dropkick and chops in the corner, before taking him down into an arm hold as we go to picture-in-picture.

When we come back, Yuta has Moxley in the corner, before Moxley comes back with a hard clothesline, but Yuta comes back with a German Suplex for a two. Moxley ends up taking out Taylor on the outside, as Danielson delivers his kicks to Yuta, who accepts them before ducking and pummeling on Danielson and Moxley. Moxley stops him with the Saito Suplex, as Danielson hits a suplex for a two. Danielson starts kicking in Yuta’s head as Moxley gets tagged in and puts on the Bulldog Choke as Yuta taps out.

Winners: Bryan Danielson & Jon Moxley by submission at 11:45

As Danielson, Moxley and Regal are in the ring, Yuta leaves his crew and goes back into the ring to shake Regal’s hand. Regal instead smacks him in the face as they exchange some words and Yuta says he will be back, and Regal says he knows.

The Best There Is…

Tony Schiavone is backstage with FTR and asks about them firing Tully Blanchard. Cash Wheeler says it was obvious that Tully was checked out once they lost the tag titles. Dax Harwood says there’s not too many people that respect Tully more than they do, as the Young Bucks interrupt them who say instead of firing their manager, they should have fired their tailor and barber. It doesn’t matter if they recruit ‘the best there is’ as their new manager, they’ll always be the second best tag team in the world.

Ain’t That Guy a Rapper?

The Acclaimed is backstage and cuts a quick promo on Keith Lee, but Ricky Starks and Powerhouse Hobbs interrupt and tell them this is a big opportunity and now it’s their duty to put down Keith Lee and all these new people that take their spots. Swerve Strickland comes in and tells Starks this is his house, as Caster says ‘ain’t that guy a rapper?’

Jericho Appreciation Society Commencement 

After the crowd sings them down to the ring with ‘Judas’, Matt Lee of 2point0 says they have Chris Jericho to thank for that song but if it was up to him there would be no sing-along and that’s why Jericho is a better man than him. Jeff Parker says Jericho deserves to be praised and idolized for his contributions in this industry and his contributions as a human being. Jericho takes over and claims he’s the reason why AEW is around but instead of everybody praising him, they insult him on social media, and he sees everything. Jericho calls himself the ‘total package’ and says nobody appreciates him, not even the roster and the Inner Circle. Jericho mentions how he tapped out to Eddie Kingston, as the crowd chants ‘Eddie’, but Jericho says he might never come out again. They don’t appreciate him, but these men in the ring do and they appreciate each other, and they realized they can’t relate to the rest of the AEW roster because they are nothing more than pro wrestlers. A pro wrestler has never been legendary and a millionaire and the only reason Jericho was able to do it was because he is a sports entertainer. Daniel Garcia says if Jericho is going to call himself that, then he will also and calls himself a Sports Entertainer. Jericho mentions when Garcia was in a car crash on January 6th, he donated money for his recovery. Jericho mentions 2point0 being dead now, and in the Jericho Appreciation Society, they don’t use fake names and renamed Matt Lee and Jeff Parker to ‘Daddy Magic’ Matt Minard and ‘Cool Hand Ang’ Angelo Parker. He ends by saying Jake Hager saved his life in Dubai and ‘that’s entertainment’.

AEW TNT Championship: Scorpio Sky (c) (w/ Dan Lambert, Paige VanZant & Austin Vanderford) vs. Wardlow

Scorpio Sky came out with one TNT title, as Lambert was wearing the second one. The crowd starts chanting for Wardlow to start the match. Wardlow heads to the outside, as Paige gets in his face, before her husband Vanderford gets in between and makes out with Paige. Wardlow starts attacking Austin as they go picture-in-picture.

When we come back Wardlow shows injury to his left quad after he suplexes Sky. Sky tries a cutter, but Wardlow sends him to the ropes and tries a powerbomb, that Sky escapes from, before Wardlow hits a spinebuster. Wardlow calls for the powerbomb and hits it, as the crowd cheers for more. Wardlow hits the second, third but as he goes for the fourth, Lambert gets on the apron as Sky escapes to the outside. Wardlow follows him to the outside and goes for another powerbomb, as Shawn Spears makes his way down to the ring with two chairs. As the referee is distracted with Spears, MJF pushes Wardlow into the ring post. Wardlow slowly rolls back into the ring as Sky rolls him up for the three count.

Winner: Scorpio Sky by pinfall at 9:20, to retain

Right away, Vanderford goes and attacks Wardlow before Sky and MJF join in. As Spears comes in and tries to swing the chair, Wardlow fights them off and corners MJF, before grabbing a hold of him. Wardlow goes for the powerbomb, but Spears attacks him from behind with chair shots as Vanderford puts him in a chokehold and Sky delivers punches. Spears delivers a chair shot to the head of Wardlow, before MJF knocks out Wardlow with the Diamond ring.

The Kiss of Doom

Alex Marvez is with Jade Cargill and Mark Sterling as Sterling questions Marvez why he isn’t wearing green before asking who will be lucky #30. Jade says she’s done with this and asks who’s ready for the Kiss of Doom.

The Hardys (Jeff Hardy & Matt Hardy) vs. Private Party (Isiah Kassidy & Marq Quen)

Matt Hardy and Marq Quen start this match with the crowd fully behind the Hardys. Quen puts the thumbs down before Kassidy and Jeff both come in and they all brawl. Matt makes the tag to Jeff as he gets a huge ovation and they hit a couple of combo moves. Matt tries a Razor’s Edge off the corner to Kassidy, but Quen saves him before they drive Matt right into the steel post with his legs as we go to picture-in-picture.

When we come back, Matt and Kassidy are brawling on the outside before Quen dives onto Matt and takes him out. Matt is able to fight them off and make the hot tag to Jeff who hits the split legged leg drop and a couple elbow drops on Kassidy for a two count. Jeff follows with a Russian Leg Sweep into a pin for a two. Jeff hits a sit-out suplex before taking off his shirt and heading to the top rope, but Quen is able to knock him down. Matt comes back with a pair of Side Effects as Jeff hits a frog splash for a two count. The Hardys stop a Silly String attempt and hit a double Twist of Fate before Jeff hits the Swanton Bomb for the three on Kassidy.

Winners: The Hardys (Jeff Hardy & Matt Hardy) by pinfall at 12:21

Andrade El Idolo makes his way to the ring with Jose the Assistant, The Blade, The Butcher & The Bunny and surrounds The Hardys along with Private Party. Darby Allin’s music hits as he comes down to the ring with Sting and a skateboard and joins The Hardys in the ring as the AHFO head to the back.

Rampage Line-Up

  • Darby Allin vs. The Butcher
  • Leyla Hirsch vs. Red Velvet
  • Bear Country & Fuego Del Sol vs. House of Black
  • Max Caster vs. Keith Lee

AEW Women’s World Championship Steel Cage Match: Dr. Britt Baker DMD (c) vs. Thunder Rosa

Thunder Rosa has a mariachi band perform her out as she’s in a similar mariachi gear and comes out to a huge reaction in her hometown as Baker has Scott Hall nWo style inspired gear. They go right at it as the crowd is very loud for this one and Baker goes right to the cage to escape, and Rosa keeps stopping her. Rosa screams that this is her house as she tosses Baker face first into the cage. Rosa starts pounding on Baker’s head and dragging it across the steel cage as Baker’s forehead starts to bleed. They start brawling on the outside a bit, as the referee checks on Baker’s forehead as they go to picture-in-picture.

When we come back, Baker is bringing in a whole bunch of steel chairs into the ring and tries to attack Rosa with one. Rosa comes back with a couple of clotheslines before grabbing a chair herself and smacking Baker’s back with it before hitting a stunner, as the back of her tights say ‘3.16’. Rosa hits a knee strike and running dropkick into the corner and goes for the cover, getting a two. Rosa goes for the Fire Thunder Driver, but Baker escapes with a back elbow, goes for the superkick, but ends up hitting the referee Paul Turner instead. Rosa goes to roll-up Baker but ends up knocking Turner to the outside. Rosa hits the Fire Thunder Driver and goes for the cover, but there’s nobody to count it. Rosa heads to the top rope but Baker stops her with a bunch of chair shots. Baker stacks a pile of chairs and hits an Avalanche Air Raid to Rosa on top of the chairs before calling for a referee. Aubrey Edwards makes her way down, but Rosa kicks out. Baker gets in Aubrey’s face, but Aubrey pushes her off. Baker starts stacking up chairs in the sitting position and places Rosa on the top rope. Baker stacks more chairs on top of the seated chairs and joins Rosa on the top rope. Rosa fights her off as they start trading punches before Baker falls back first into them. Rosa jumps on top of her and goes for the pin, but remarkably only gets a two. Baker hits a superkick before going under the ring for a bag of thumbtacks, which she smacks Rosa with first before spilling them on the mat. Baker hits a back body drop into the tacks and tries to apply the lockjaw, but Rosa fights her off by smacking Baker’s hand into the thumbtacks, before hitting a powerbomb onto them. Baker escapes under the ring where she smacks Rosa in the head with a chair shot. Rosa no-sells it and follows Baker back inside where she hits the Fire Thunder Driver to Baker on top of the thumbtacks for the win.

Winner: Thunder Rosa by pinfall at 17:33, to become NEW AEW Women’s World Champion

Confetti rains down on Rosa as she celebrates in her adopted hometown, before Dustin Rhodes joins her inside for a hug to end the show.

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New York native and reporter at POST Wrestling. He is also Associate Producer and Social Media Director at upNXT, and the host of the 'Shot in the Dark' podcast.