03rd Oct2019

‘All Elite Wrestling: Dynamite’ Review (Oct 2nd 2019)

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this debut of All Elite Wrestling: Dynamite, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and this is the debut All Elite Wrestling’s weekly Wednesday night broadcast on TNT. This is a big moment for wrestling, as the last attempt at getting a new competitor on national TV, Total Non-Stop Action Wrestling, failed despite coming so close on many occasions. TNT hasn’t had wrestling on since World Championship Wrestling, so this is twice as important as it would normally be. Holy moly! Let’s kick some ass!


Match #1: Cody Rhodes defeated Sammy Guevara

My Opinion: 3.4 out of 5 – This worked out quite well for a match that may not have been as exciting on paper. Sammy is incredibly talented and came across as some-one that could be a big success early into AEW’s history. Cody was…Cody. Cody will likely never be the great technician or the great entertainer, but he can perform his ass off at the drop of a dime and can keep up with the best of them. This was a good of an opener as you would normally get from a league that knows what it’s doing. Do you think assless chaps would look good on an assless guy? Go-Karts are ridiculous. I can’t fit my lame, fat ass in one of those sardine cans. This thing was just what it needed to be and gave Sammy something to hang off of for future shows, as he looked like he could win.

Match #2: MJF defeated Brandon Cutler

My Opinion: 2.3 out of 5 – This only went a few minutes, but MJF shined here all the same.

Match #3: Pac defeated Adam Page

My Opinion: 3.6 out of 5 – They had the match they should have had. Pac was the star here, with Page just a step behind in that department. This was a good combination of every kind of style that wrestling has. Actually, this match is a great one to show to any-one that’s on the fence about wanting to watch wrestling. This was such easy viewing that even Dead Turner himself would rise from his grave just to BRAINS! Like Steely Dan in a “Don’t Look Up The Band’s Name” contest, this match was fantastic. The length was about right and provided plenty of time for these guys to make their mark. This was the first classic of Dynamite’s run on TNT…I just got it! Dynamite on TNT! Boom! I’m an idiot. What a match.

Match #4: Riho defeated Nyla Rose – All Elite Wrestling Women’s Championship Match

My Opinion: 3.5 out of 5 – This was some great stuff. Rose is not quite ready for TV, but she’s close enough that Riho can carry her with little to no problem. As for the match itself, this was hard-hitting, smash-mouth fighting that women don’t always get the chance to do. In the name of J.J Cale, I say these crazy mamas can go like potatoes in Idaho. Hey! I ain’t a joke machine! I mean, that’s pretty clear if you’ve ever seen me attempt…anything. Riho deserved to win the title and become the first champion. Hey…she did. Far out!

Match #5: (Main Event) Chris Jericho, Santana and Ortiz defeated The Elite (Kenny Omega and The Young Bucks [Nick and Matt Jackson])

My Opinion: 3.6 out of 5 – This was a strong main event that had interesting winners. The Elite were officially booked as the faces, meaning that they are, indeed, the stars of the show (a surprise to no one). There was a lot of drama and thrills here, which is thanks to every-one working hard. The match had a light atmosphere to it, but still retained some of the edge it needed to be more than just a Teddy Long joint. This was as easy on the eyes as it gets.

News Of The Night:

  1. Kenny Omega and Nyla Rose have a feud being teased between them.
  2. Jake Hager (f.k.a. Jack Swagger) debuted to help Chris Jericho, Sammy Guevara and Ortiz/Santana attack The Elite.
  3. SoCal Uncensored and The Lucha Bros. are in a feud over who’s the best.
  4. Jon Moxley attacked Kenny Omega and had a great backstage brawl that saw Jon suplex Omega through a glass table.

Final Verdict: 3.6/5

This was an excellent debut of AEW: Dynamite. This wasn’t ground-breaking or any-thing like that, but it was a real wrestling show that was booked to feel like a wrestling event. There were some lulls in certain areas, with commentary from Jim Ross and Tony Schiavone taking a bit longer to get interesting, or the mood not being as energetic as the crowd was. Over-all, this was still a breezy two hours that came and went so pleasantly that I can already see that as my preferred show for Wednesday (I do like NXT, though). This show was a blast, warts and all.

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