…Flip The Switch!

(An AEW Review)

Hey, kids.  It’s the Botching One…and you know what that means.  Another review of AEW Dynamite.  Let’s get started, shall we?


Young Bucks & SCU vs. The Acclaimed (Max Caster & Anthony Bowens) & Hybrid2 (Angelico & Jack Evans)

They always start hot and I love to see it.  I only mention this because it surprised me but Daniels is beginning to get pudgy.  Never seen him that way before.  In spite of that, he’s lost nearly nothing in terms of ring work.  It’s like he has a picture aging the attic.  Not bad for a fifty year-old.  Jack Evans is really fun to watch.  Even his pins are inventive.  That one he nearly got on Matt was just incredible.  The out-of-the-ring dive is so played out and I never need to see them again.  There were a few of them and they are just so obvious and unreal-looking.  Fun to see the Bucks & SCU collab on the finish.


In-ring segment – Jon Moxley

So edgy.  LOL!  Anyway, Mox really does cut one heck of a promo.  He understands pacing better than just about anyone.  He hasn’t forgotten about what Omega did and he’ll just bide his time until it’s right.  Loved every second of this.  Very well done.


Backstage segment – Chuck Taylor, Orange Cassidy, Miro, Kip Sabian, & Penelope Ford

Miro is just so completely boring in AEW.  I don’t care about anything he says and he has absolutely no spark.  He was supposed be menacing here and I just didn’t believe him – not one bit.  I don’t care about the forthcoming match between Chuck & Miro either.


Jake Hagar vs. Wardlow

Interesting story being told here.  Hagar and Wardlow do not like each other.  I enjoyed the storytelling on commentary too.  What I didn’t exactly love was the beginning of the match itself.  It was just off.  It just didn’t quite come together.  Here’s another thing I don’t love:  wrestlers wiping their hair out of their face when they’re being assaulted.  It makes no sense.  You wouldn’t do that if someone were inflicting pain on you.  Wardlow did that and I detest it.  Beyond that, this was a decent match.  Wardlow’s inventive escape from the Triangle Choke was really fun.  Even more fun is the outcome.  Wardlow took out Hagar and there’s no way that’ll be the end of it.


Backstage segment – Private Party (Marq Quen & Isiah Kassidy), Snoop Dogg, & Matt Hardy

Matt’s character is totally tweaked and I’m not sure how I feel about it.  He’s clearly going heel but thus far, it’s been boring.  They even got in a cheap shot about the Cameo and Twitch thing.  Still, a fun little segment.


In-ring segment – Brian Cage, Darby Allin, & Sting

Taz is just so hate-able.  Here, he was actually pretty good.  No clue who the censor is who’s supposed to be censoring the “edgy and cool” language but he was obviously pharmaceutically enhanced.  He kept missing entirely.  Of course, Sting came out and pointed his bat.  I’m all for Sting aligning with Darby and that’s what’s happening here.  As long as he doesn’t get in the ring, it’s fine.


Backstage segment – MJF & Jake Hagar

MJF keeping the peace.  Gotta love it.  Both of them did well here.  Short but sweet.


Backstage segment – Marko Stunt, Jungle Boy, Luchasaurus, & FTR (Dax Harwood & Cash Wheeler) [w/ Tully Blanchard]

Marko was pretty good here!  This is the first time he’s really cut a promo like that and I liked it.


Matt Sydal vs. Cody Rhodes (w/ Snoop Dogg)

Well, this wasn’t great.  Sydal has been bad since he got to AEW.  He began botching on the first night he showed up and it hasn’t changed.  Cody and Sydal are not good together and Sydal is to blame. There were a few badly placed botches from Sydal.  Cody did what he could but this all came down to Sydal.  Commentators said he looked good but he didn’t.  At least Cody won and we can move on from it.  I will give Sydal his ability to at least sell.  Serpentico & Luther came out to inflict damage on both of them so the direction is rather obvious.  Snoop doing a splash was just odd.  It was awkward and strange.  Nothing worth seeing from any of this.  Eleazar sent this to me via DM and he’s dead on so here he goes:

Eleazar: I need to let this petty out. The match between Cody and Sydal was barely even solid as they weren’t on the same wavelength and the botches in the match were obvious. It got this weird “this is awesome” chant at one point and it didn’t wasn’t deserved.  


Hikaru Shida vs. Abadon

What a bizarre match.  Not even sure what to say about this.  That was, of course, the idea.  This wasn’t wrestling so much as it as a fight.  I do not understand the life of me why Shida is still champ and why she came out of this the champ either.  She’s been a completely boring champ and I don’t care about her.  Abadon could be fun and this wasn’t a terrible match at all.  It was, however, a failure on the storytelling side of things.  I just don’t know why she didn’t win.  She certainly should have.  The women’s division needs a seismic shift and an Abadon victory could have provided it.  Bizarre…


Tay Conti, Anna Jay, John Silver & Alex Reynolds

This happened.  I don’t care about Tay and I don’t care about Anna Jay either.  Tay is utterly overrated and I haven’t seen enough from Anna to be a fan yet.  Jon is such a total star but he said nothing.  This was, of course, just a teaser for next week’s NWA Women’s championship match that I also couldn’t care less about.  It is rather odd that, relatively speaking, they’re treating the NWA Women’s title with slightly more respect than their own.


Kenny Omega (w/ Don Callis) vs. Rey Fenix

This was fairly hard-hitting – more than I thought it’d be.  That snapdragon on the ground to Fenix just looked nasty.  Omega has become completely sadistic and he does it really well.  Callis is incredibly good slime.  I see him and I hate him.  That’s as it should be.  Fenix did that leap outside (which I still dislike) and came out with incredible force.  Kudos to Omega for taking the edge off of it so that Fenix wasn’t injured.  He also does one heck of a chop.  Both of them had chops to spare.  Really fun story told in there between them.  The near-falls were fun too.  Omega pinned Fenix after the One-Winged Angel and Fenix’s shoulder came up.  Whatever.  This was still a great match and I’m not bothered by it.  Kudos to both of them.  I didn’t think Fenix would win but this was still really good and there were enough “maybe” moments that I was totally into it.

Seeing Butcher, Blade, Bunny, and Eddie Kingston taking out the Death Triangle too.  I honestly didn’t think Mox would he back to wreak havoc so fast but here he was.  Even surprising-er was Gallows and Anderson coming in to handle Moxley.  Omega, Gallows, and Anderson were just merciless!  Better still, the band is back together!  Who saw that coming?  Nice surprises one and all.


So not the strongest episode of Dynamite this week.  This was a definite comedown from last week, though anything would have been.  The Omega/Fenix watch was absolutely fire and the surprises at the end were even better.  Loved the opening match and who among us doesn’t love a great Mox promo?

On the flip side, Miro is just DOA.  He may have been better off in WWE because he’s utterly boring here.  Sydal is still a botching mess too. The women on the whole are barely worth talking about and their most charismatic woman, Big Swole, was chillin’ in catering.  No Jade, no Nyla, no Britt either.  At least we didn’t have to contend with Brandi and her bad acting.