Championships! Yeah! (AEW Dynamite Review)

It’s Thursday…and you know what that means!  Another AEW blog covering Dynamite for this week!  I always look forward to Dynamite and this week was no exception.  Let’s get started, shall we?

 

Backstage segment – Eddie Kingston

Few talk better than Eddie.  I love the story being told here.  Short but very sweet.  This is literally the first time in forever that I can remember an AEW show beginning with…talking.  How novel!

 

Pac vs. Eddie Kingston

Pac was just merciless here.  Really, they both were.  This is a long-term blood feud that has come back to life in the most uncomfortable way.  Those.  Chops.  Tho!  Eddie really made ’em land.  This was just crazy stiff from beginning to end.  Kudos to both of them for really going for it.  I still HATE seeing wrestlers wait outside the ring at another oncoming wrestler and not getting out of the way like they would in real life.  It’s just so corny – kinda like scratching nails across the back of an opponent.  It’s completely unrealistic.  Small quibble for a fantastic, hard-hitting match.

Pac didn’t just come to beat Eddie; he came to hurt him.  Hitting the Brutalizer after the match made that quite plain.  Archer came out for some fun at the end too.  Jake just needs to call it a career now.  He looks far too elderly to be out there and I worry for his safety.

 

Chuck Taylor (w/ Orange Cassidy) vs. Miro (w/ Kip Sabian & Penelope Ford)

I don’t care about Miro.  He’s the only talent on AEW’s roster than has been damaged by coming to AEW.  He just hasn’t made me care; he’s utterly nondescript angry dude.  He’s replaced Rusev’s “CRUSH!” with Miro’s “GAME OVAH!”  No work has gone into creating a unique character.  Don’t care that much about Chuck either…so here we are.  As for the match, it was fine but it was over pretty quickly.

 

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

Matt’s character has been rebooted.  “A money-grabbing carny”.  The “I’m taking your third-party money” thing is a clear WWE rip.  Matt has become a tyrant who essentially owns Private Party.  I’m letting this play out but so far, he just isn’t hate-able for me.  Maybe it’s just that I’m not ready to hate him yet?  Could be.  This is going to have to play out a bit more for me to get on board.

 

In-ring segment – Inner Circle (Chris Jericho, Santana, MJF, Ortiz, Sammy Guevara, Wardlow, Jake Hager)

I love the hostility between certain group members here.  They’ll never get along and I’m here for it.  They’re fighting for supremacy as THE tag team of the Inner Circle.  Jake was a whole fool here.  Thanks for the title, by the way.  Sami and Jake as “Sammy Hager”.  There’s literally no way that wasn’t a Jericho line.  I love that Sammy didn’t get it.  MJF is never not fun and Jericho kind of guided it…as much as it could be guided.  Fun segment

 

Dark Order (Alex Reynolds, Evil Uno, Stu Grayson, Alan Angels, Preston Vance, Anna Jay, Colt Cabana, & John Silver) & Adam Page

I still say John Silver is a star.  They want Hangman for the Dark Order and we’ll find out next week if he joins.  Since Brodie has passed away, they are a bit rudderless so Page might be good for them.

 

Kenny Omega, Don Callis, & Young Guns (Matt & Nick Jackson)

Quite the shocker to see them all together again.  I like it.  Such unity…maybe…

 

Kenny Omega & The Good Brothers (Karl Anderson & Doc Gallows) vs. The Varsity Blondes (Brian Pillman, Jr. & Griff Garrison) & Danny Limelight

Poor Justin.  Omega’s announce intro is nearly the length of the show itself.  Callis is just slime. He’s so good at it.  Fun swerve to almost say Young Bucks and say Good Brothers instead.  The crowd responded and I was surprised too.  Great reactions from the Bucks backstage.  Both Karl and Kenny really let the Blondes and Limelight get their stuff in.  They also got plenty of theirs in.  Solid match that affirms the unity between Omega and the Impact people.  Mox came out for some fun too.  When we finally get that match between Omega & Mox, it will be absolutely delicious.

 

The Waiting Room – Dr. Britt Baker, Reba, & Cody Rhodes, Red Velvet, Thunder Rosa, & Jade Cargill

Well, it was only a matter of time before AEW experienced its very first skeleton.  This is, without question, that time.  This was just strange.  This was likely just a vehicle to promote Cody’s judging gig in the TBS show that followed.  I know I’m supposed to hate Jade but I don’t yet.  I’m going to need more time on her.  They kinda/sort/half-heartedly/seemingly now have her in a feud with Red Velvet.  I’d go into this more but I don’t care…and you wouldn’t either.  Britt isn’t good as a host and…just skip this.  It’s not worth your time.

 

Jungle Boy & Marko Stunt vs FTR (Dax Harwood & Cash Wheeler) [w/ Tully Blanchard]

There’s “Tarzan Boy” – the tune Khan paid for.  What a fun match.  Everyone really put it out there tonight.  Poor Marko.  Along with Darby, he’s AEW’s crash test dummy.   He takes punishment so well.  Tully got involved and I hated it…which means it was great.  I love that FTR has renamed their finisher the Big Rig.  Totally perfect.

 

Tay Conti (w/ Anna Jay & Dark Order) vs. Serena Deeb

I just don’t care about either of them.  Tay is overrated and Serena kinda is too.  Serena getting out of that leg lock into a chin lock on Tay made no sense.  Serena got downright cartoonish by falling out the ring the way she did.  Serious overselling.  Still, this was a good match.  Fairly hard-hitting too.  I just couldn’t care much about the outcome and I wasn’t rooting for anyone.  No real reason Tay got the title shot; she just did.  BTW, why are they spending more time on the NWA women’s championship than on their own AEW women’s championship?  Shida wasn’t even on the show tonight.

 

Brian Cage (w/ Hawk & Ricky Starks)  vs. Darby Allin

Cage has NO ruth!  Darby crash test dummy’d for him really well.  The toss onto the table!  Dag!  Quite likely, Darby was busted open the hard way.  This was a really fun match with Cage just mollywhopping Cage all over the place.  It got even worse when Darby tossed him on to the walkway.  OUCHIES!!!  They both just kept upping the ante and it was just crazy.  Sting came out for some backup and Allin pulled it out.  Really fun match.  As long as this is how Sting is used, I’m totally fine with it.  I just don’t want him in a match.  Sadly, Cody has asked for just that (here).  Here’s hoping we never get it.

 

All in all, a solid show with only a few questionable things.  Pac/Kingston was more fun than I thought it’d be…and I thought i’d be fun.  “The Waiting Room” was a complete disaster and I hope to never see it again.  I still don’t care about Miro at all but maybe having Chuck to bully will make me care.  I don’t have high hopes but maybe.  Anyway, not a bad show at all.  See you next week for…well…you know what that means…