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AEW Dynasty Zero Hour Pre-Show Results: ROH Six-Man Tag Champions Jay White, Austin Gunn and Colten Gunn vs. AEW Trios Champions Max Caster, Anthony Bowens and Billy Gunn for both titles

By Jason PowellProWrestling.net editor (@prowrestlingnet)

AEW Dynasty Zero Hour pre-show
St. Louis, MO at Chaifetz Arena
Airing live on April 21, 2024 on AEW social media platforms

-Renee Paquette and RJ City hosted the pre-show from the stage. They put on video packages and talked about the various matches during the first thirty minutes of the 90-minute show.

-The Young Bucks arrived earlier in the day in a cyber truck with an “EVP” sign on the front.

– Excalibur checked in for ringside commentary, along with Taz and Tony Schiavone. Ring announcer Justin Roberts provided the introductions for the opening match.

1. Trent Beretta vs. Matt Sydal (w/Mike Sydal). Sydal picked up an early foul. Beretta dove to ringside to regroup and was hit with a sliding dropkick, only for Sydal to dive onto him on the floor. Back in the ring, Beretta came back with a brainbuster. Beretta pulled Sydal off the ropes and into a side suplex for a two count.

Sydal fought back and performed a meteora from the ropes for a near fall. Sydal placed Beretta in a sitting position on the top turnbuckle. Sydal readied for a move, but Beretta slid under him and then dropped him face-first onto the top turnbuckle. Beretta performed a Gotch-style piledriver for a near fall. Beretta hit Sydal with a running knee strike and then locked in a submission hold for the win.

Trent Beretta defeated Matt Sydal in 8:00.

Beretta slowly let it go well after the game. Mike Sydal entered the ring and checked on Matt. Beretta attacked Mike, who rolled out of the ring. Beretta threw punches at Matt until Chuck Taylor entered the ring, causing Beretta to roll to the floor.

Beretta grabbed a microphone and said Taylor was a dick for not answering his texts and calls. Beretta told Taylor he was giving him until Wednesday to let him know where he stands. Trent walked up the ramp, but he stopped when Orange Cassidy’s entrance music played. Cassidy came out and looked at Beretta, who was standing at the top of the ramp. Beretta walked past Cassidy and headed to the back.

Powell’s POV: A great pre-show match with the newly minted Beretta defeating the St. Louis native Sydal. The post-match bit with Beretta and Cassidy was intriguing, but Cassidy then just let Beretta go to the back without confronting him. By the way, the fans were still arriving when the game started, but most of the empty seats across from the hard camera were filled by the time the game ended.

Katsuyori Shibata made his entrance and then went to the ring with Cassidy. The entrances for Shane Taylor Promotions followed…

2. Orange Cassidy and Katsuyori Shibata vs. Shane Taylor and Lee Moriarty. Anthony Ogogo came out with Taylor and Moriarty and then provided commentary for the match. Cassidy hit an early drop off the top rope into an elbow drop and then casually leaned his head on his hand as he covered Taylor, who kicked out on one.

Cassidy and Moriarty ended up ringside. Ogogo got up from the broadcast table and landed a punch, but Shibata interrupted him. Taylor took out Shibata with a punch. Moriarty draped Cassidy’s head and neck over the apron and then Taylor performed a leg drop on Cassidy.

Cassidy was isolated and Shibata eventually returned to the apron. Cassidy avoided Taylor going for a corner. Moriarty came in and ran over to prevent Cassidy from getting out. Cassidy eventually slipped away from him and casually made the tag.

Shibata made a nice attack before Cassidy tapped again. Cassidy and Moriarty had a nice back and forth exchange that ended with Cassidy hitting a DDT. Tayor ran in and hit Cassidy in the chest with a headbutt. Taylor set up Cassidy for a move, but Shibata came in and put Taylor in a submission hold. Moriarty took out Shibata with a flying knee. Cassidy and Moriarty traded pin attempts. Cassidy hit the Orange Punch and then pinned Moriarty…

Orange Cassidy and Katsuyori Shibata defeated Shane Taylor and Lee Moriarty in 12:40.

Powell’s POV: A good match with the expected result. I was hoping Taylor and Moriarty would win to give them some strength, but they took the predictable route.

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