Hi guys, first things first I need to explain why this week’s Elite Journal was delayed this week.
As you have probably seen in the news, a combination of poor government planning and response, coupled with climate change as resulted in bushfire season hitting Australia earlier and worse than ever.
While I am thankfully several hours away from the nearest fire, multiple parts of the country are suffering from power cuts as well as ash clouds and an eerie haze. This has resulted in me having to wait a day or to get this done.
However, many other Australians are obviously suffering far worse things due to the fires. Many have lost their homes, their livelihoods and some…even their lives. Our native wildlife is also suffering, such as the endangered Koala (not bears FYI).
So before we get stuck into AEW Dynamite this week, I’m going to ask you guys to spare a thought for all these poor people and animals currently going through terrible hardships.
I would also ask, if you can, to please donate to these organisations and go fund me’s.
Australian Red Cross: https://www.redcross.org.au/campaigns/disaster-relief-and-recovery-bushfires
New South Wales Rural Fire Service: https://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/volunteer/support-your-local-brigade
Australian Salvation Army: https://www.salvationarmy.org.au
Save Koala’s Go Fund Me: https://www.gofundme.com/f/save-our-koala-bushfire-victims
Australian Go Fund Me page with multiple bushfire appeals: https://au.gofundme.com/discover
Nick Jackson vs. Rey Fenix
I don’t think I have ever seen Nick Jackson in a singles match, but I think I would like to see him do a few more. Unlike Rey Fenix, who has seen equal success in singles and tag’s, Nick is known to be exclusively a tag tea wrestler with his brother Matt. But he put in the work here, and I enjoyed every minute of it.
Fenix going over, in the end, wasn’t a shock (he is a former AAA Mega champion after all) but both guys shined bright in this match.
Britt Baker vs. Hikaru Shida
Britt is AEW’s biggest botch artist. I’m sorry…but it’s true. Before this match, I feared it was a lock that she was going to be Riho’s next challenger for the AEW Women’s title. But thankfully, Shida going over in this very “meh” match means we get another all Joshi title match next.
While that may be repetitive booking, it’s still better than Britt vs. Riho
Dynamite Dozen Battle Royal
Even though the outcome of this match was obvious, it was still a lot of fun, and it set up a few other potential matches.
Billy Gunn was entertaining as anything all throughout and a nice little surprise edition. Pentagon Jr being tricked by Daniels into getting eliminated first was a cool set up for their future match.
MJF vs. Hangman Page was a predictable outcome as I mentioned, but it still should be a really fun match next week.
Chris Jericho And SCU
So much fun happened here, where to start.
Jericho being unable to say sorry, so he kept giving the line to Hager was funny as anything, and a nice little dig at Hager’s critics over his famous lisp.
Scorpio Sky was a laugh riot in this from the “I like big butts” bit to essentially pulling a Bugs Bunny on Chris Jericho to secure a title match next week.
But, I have to agree with some of the criticism being thrown at AEW here over essentially abandoning their ranking system momentarily to give Sky a title match. WWE isn’t the only company that gives out title matches when a champion gets pinned in a non-title or tag match (NJPW do it too), but I like the ranking system AEW employees at it adds a sense of realism to things that has been sorely been missing within the kayfabed structure of pro wrestling.
Private Party vs. Santana And Ortiz
This match was good, but the referee botch pretty much ruined it. Ref botches have become a bad habit in AEW, and it’s something they need to look at. I know the action is hard to follow sometimes, but the referee should be the one person who should know who the legal man in a tag match is before you start counting the pin.
Jon Moxley vs Darby Allen
This match was billed as going to be a bit crazy…and it didn’t disappoint. From the beginning where Allen entered the arena in a body bag (that young man needs therapy) to the last spot of the night where Mox turned poor Allen into a railroad spike with that middle rope pendulum DDT (which Allen almost botched if Mox didn’t have the upper body strength to hold him up there) this match was mental.
Just a great main event!
Final Thoughts: All in all, another solid episode of AEW Dynamite.