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AEW Dynamite March 18 Odds and Predictions: Who Will Be the Exalted One?


by Graham "GSM" Matthews in Entertainment

Mar 18, 2020 · 12:50 PM PDT

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AEW Dynamite will take place tonight in Jacksonville, FL, but without fans in attendance.
  • AEW Dynamite will take place in an empty Daily’s Place amphitheater in Jacksonville, FL, on March 18th
  • A full card has already been announced for what should be an interesting episode
  • Who among The Elite and The Inner Circle will get the early advantage ahead of Blood and Guts?

The COVID-19 outbreak has been affecting the entire wrestling world over the last week and AEW will be no exception. Tonight’s Dynamite (Wednesday, March 18) has been moved from Rochester, NY, to Daily’s Place in Jacksonville, Florida. No fans will be in attendance, similar to recent episodes of WWE Raw and SmackDown at the Performance Center.

Despite the drastic change, the show will go on and will feature a loaded card. From what has been announced so far, there will be three tag-team matches, a four-way women’s match, and the highly anticipated reveal of The Dark Order’s Exalted One.

The table below shows the odds for every advertised outing ahead of the stacked show.

AEW Dynamite (March 18) Odds

Wrestlers Odds
The Butcher & The Blade -425
Jurassic Express +265
Wrestler Odds
Hikaru Shida +100
Riho +150
Kris Statlander +275
Penelope Ford +300
Wrestlers Odds
Best Friends -160
The Lucha Brothers +120
Wrestlers Odds
The Inner Circle -250
The Elite +170
Who Will Be The Exalted One? Odds
Matt Hardy -200
Brodie Lee +150
Raven +350
Field +600
Lance Archer +1000

All odds taken March 18th.

Jurassic Express vs Butcher & Blade

Jurassic Express has been one of AEW’s most popular acts since the start of AEW despite losing a majority of their matches. They’ve been on a bit of a roll this year, but as the odds show, The Butcher & The Blade are heavily favored to hand them another loss.

Although Butcher & Blade are more than competent in the ring, their characters aren’t terribly interesting, whereas Jurassic Express should be next in line for a shot at the AEW World Tag Team Championship because of how beloved they are as a unit.

Expect them to defy the odds and walk away the winners on Wednesday night.

Shida vs Riho vs Statlander vs Ford

Penelope Ford is fresh off a huge win over former AEW Women’s champion Riho on Tuesday’s edition of AEW Dark. If she can repeat that feat on Dynamite, she’ll surely ascend in the AEW Women’s Championship rankings and be considered for a future title shot.

However, Hikaru Shida has the best odds of emerging victorious tonight. She still has unfinished business with the reigning AEW Women’s champ Nyla Rose (who pinned her in a tag team match last week) and has the most momentum of the bunch, making her the favorite in this four-way affair.

Best Friends vs Lucha Brothers

After sitting on the sidelines for the better part of the past few months, The Lucha Brothers were immediately put in a prominent position on AEW TV again at Revolution when they were paired off with Pac. The trio collectively known as Death Triangle dominated in their debut last week, so Pentagon Jr. and Fenix beating Best Friends should be considered a foregone conclusion.

Best Friends are slightly favored at -160 over Lucha Bros’ +120, and while Best Friends could conceivably clinch the win, Lucha Bros are the smarter option in order to keep their winning streak intact.

The Elite vs Inner Circle

The winner of this war between The Elite and The Inner Circle tonight will earn the advantage in next week’s monumental Blood and Guts main event, assuming it won’t be postponed or canceled. Regardless of who represents The Elite and Inner Circle here, Inner Circle must reign supreme.

Every WarGames match in existence has almost always had the heel team score the early advantage because it makes for a better story and forces the faces to fight from underneath. The Elite can come out on top in Blood and Guts and Inner Circle won’t endure any damage, assuming Inner Circle at least wins this round of the rivalry.

Who Will Be Revealed as The Exalted One?

With so much speculation for months on end about who The Exalted One could be, bettors are putting their money on Matt Hardy being revealed as The Dark Order’s ominous leader tonight on Dynamite.

He’s the best possible person for the role, especially if he brings back his “Broken” persona. Then again, Hardy being The Exalted One has been so heavily teased by AEW and by Hardy himself that it seems almost too obvious, leading fans to consider other options.

Also in the running is Brodie Lee, who is the likeliest candidate considering Dynamite was originally supposed to be held in his hometown of Rochester, NY. If he wasn’t going to be revealed as Jake “The Snake” Roberts’ mystery client, then leading Dark Order seemed to be a solid second choice.

Raven and Lance Archer are in the running as well, but neither are as good of a fit. Adam Page and Christopher Daniels have also been rumored for the role but have been debunked in recent weeks with both men battling Dark Order on separate occasions.

Look for Lee to emerge as The Exalted One, even if there won’t be a live crowd to give it the reaction it deserves.

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