On February 22nd AEW rolled into Phoenix, Arizona for its weekly Dynamite, Rampage, and Dark: Elevation tapings.
For those interested, you can find spoilers for the February 24th episode of Rampage here.
Meanwhile, the television ratings for Dynamite are in and they provide some welcome good news for the company. After Rampage slumped to its lowest-ever viewing figures on February 17th, the February 22nd episode of Dynamite hit a four-month high.
As noted by Brandon Thurston of Wrestlenomics, Dynamite pulled in 1,028,000 viewers which is an increase of 24.8% from the previous week. The show was ranked number one on cable, with the viewing figures themselves being the highest for Dynamite since October 5th, 2022.
The show scored a 0.35 rating in the 18-49-year-old demographic which is a 29.6% increase from last week. This is the highest rating in the demographic since September 14th, 2022.
MJF Gets Emotional And AEW President Tony Khan Makes An Announcement (Kind Of)
The February 22nd edition of Dynamite opened with a wildly physical brawl between Wheeler Yuta and Orange Cassidy for the All-Atlantic Championship. Despite Yuta’s best efforts, it was Cassidy who retained the title. There were also wins for Jon Moxley — His 100th in AEW as he became the first star to hit that landmark — Saraya, Jeff Jarrett & Jay Lethal, and The Acclaimed.
Heading into the show it had been revealed that Tony Khan would be making an “important announcement.” As it transpired, Khan handed over announcement duties to Adam Cole, who delivered two pieces of important news. A new reality show titled AEW All Access is coming soon, and Cole will be back in the ring next month for the first time since June.
As the feud between MJF and Bryan Danielson continues the AEW World Champion cut an incredibly emotional promo where he lifted the lid on his real-life struggles. MJF stated that his “dream girl” had left him, meaning all that remained was the AEW World Title. After the show, it was confirmed that MJF’s comments about the end of the relationship with fiancée Naomi Rosenblum were true.