17th Oct2019

‘All Elite Wrestling: Dynamite’ Review (Oct 16th 2019)

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this week’s All Elite Wrestling: Dynamite review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and since AEW doesn’t have recaps on their website yet, I’m gonna use their previews to provide some context to the matches being reviewed. It might be a bit weird, but I’ll just change the way I start each review accordingly and it should work out fine. A head of lettuce can get robbed too. Okay, Dynamite starts…yesterday. You already know what happened. They all died. Oh, we’ve got a World Title Match! Holy $#!@!

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Match #1: SCU (Scorpio Sky & Frankie Kazarian) beat The Best Friends (Chuck Taylor & Trent) – All Elite Wrestling World Tag Team Title Tournament Quarter-Final Match

The following is courtesy of allelitewrestling.com:

At first it was not clear which two members of SCU would enter into this tournament, but Scorpio Sky recused himself, deferring to the championship resume of Daniels & Kazarian as a unit, in hopes of SCU becoming the very first tag Team Team Champions in AEW’s record books. With multiple tag team champions reigns across the wrestling business under their belt, this SCU duo are certainly favorites with the odds makers, but The Best Friends are no slouches themselves. They may not have the championship pedigree of their opponents, but Chuck and Trent have competed against the best teams in the world, have the added motivation finally securing a title for themselves at the end of this tournament, not to mention a chance for some redemption against The Dark Order if they advance to the Semi-Finals. We have already seen one major upset with Private Party defeating The Young Bucks in Boston, is there one in store for the fanatics in Philadelphia??

My Opinion: 3.4 out of 5 – There wasn’t an upset as the preview suggested, but there was a strong tag team match. How does that work for you? Italian chicks sure can cook better than me. I’m stuck eating Hot Pockets! HOT POCKET! The match delivered plenty of thrilling moves and action sequences, which is what this match should be doing. They’re establishing an entire division here, so these matches aren’t just selling the next one, but all of them. Seeing SCU win was a good feeling and was the right call. This was fine stuff and a great way to open the card.

Match #2: Santana & Ortiz beat Jon Silver & Alex Reynolds

My Opinion: 2.6 out of 5 – Oh no! AEW did…a squash! AHHHHHHHHHHH! That being said, it turned out well enough. Bring back all four of these guys. I mean it. AHHHHHHHHHHH!

Match #3: Riho beat Dr. Britt Baker – All Elite Wrestling Women’s Title Match

My Opinion: 3.2 out of 5 – These two worked well together. The match was intense, if not without its graces. These two worked hard to make their limited length of time worth the effort. A title match should always go past seventeen minutes (with few exceptions) so the eight minutes are not enough under any circumstances (with few exceptions). Over-all, this had promise, but got cut off just when it was getting good.

Match #4: The Lucha Bros (Pentagon Jr. & Rey Fenix) beat Jurassic Express (Luchasaurus & Jungle Boy) – All Elite Wrestling World Tag Team Title Tournament Quarter-Final Match

The following is courtesy of allelitewrestling.com:

The Lucha Bros are on fire in AEW after their victory in Escalera de la Muerte and a victory in 8-Man Tag action on the premiere of “AEW Dark” from Washington D.C. Their momentum is strong… The same cannot be said for Jurassic Express unfortunately. They may be emotional favorites with the fans of AEW around the world, but their successes have been few. Twice now SCU has bested Luchasaurus, Jungle Boy, and Marko Stunt in 6-Man tags, and JurEx tasted defeated at “Fight For The Fallen” in a 3-Way Tag Team match as well. But all it takes is one match, one win, to turn that all around, and this is the most important match of Luchasaurus and Jungle Boy’s existence as a team. Not only would they move on in the AEW Tag Title Tournament, but they would be doing it at the expense of a team that can deservedly lay claim to being the best in the world. Pentagon Jr. and Fenix have fought them all, defeated them all, and won the championships to prove it. So this match right here needs to be the coming out party for Jurassic Express to cement their name in the tag team ranks…

My Opinion: 3.4 out of 5 – They went with the more experienced team for the victory and it was the right call. Everyone came out of this looking formidable, so that part worked out for both teams. This was good stuff from bell to bell.

Match #5: Kenny Omega & “Hangman” Adam Page beat PAC & Jon Moxley

The following is courtesy of allelitewrestling.com:

It has been clear for several weeks, essentially since “All Out”, that the members of The Elite are not on the same page. Omega’s head has been…somewhere…since the loss to PAC that night, and the Bucks certainly believe the same of Page since his defeat in the AEW World Title Match. As you can see in the above clip from “Being The Elite Ep. 174”, the tensions continue to mount in the face of what Chris Jericho’s Inner Circle has brought to the table the last two weeks on “Dynamite”. And, with Moxley’s return to the scene during the premiere of “Dynamite”, Kenny Omega has yet another foe pulling his attention in a thousand directions. After all, it’s hard to just look the other way when someone has driven you through a glass coffee table…

And then there’s PAC, a man who has defeated both Omega and Page, and could very well find himself in line for a World Title match if he continues to notch victories like those two. Moxley and PAC carry themselves in two very different fashions, but both have marked their intentions to do what they want when they want to very clear. That makes this tag team clash very intriguing as the two members of The Elite have an opportunity to face their demons at the same time. It is also a chance for Omega and Moxley to prepare for their “Full Gear” clash in November that will go down live on Pay-Per-View. Of course there’s the question of just what will happen if PAC and Mox are the ones with their hands raised? Will it send Omega and Page further down the spiral or will it be a wake-up call for each man to rally?

My Opinion: 3.4 out of 5 – This was another smart, brisk match that went a proper length of time and got The Elite looking cohesive again. The wrestling was less technical than I was hoping for, but it all worked the whole way through. Trust me when I say that this was a lot of fun and I could go for another one of these between these four.

Match #6: (Main Event) Chris Jericho beat Darby Allin – Philadelphia Street Fight Match For The All Elite Wrestling World Championship

The following is courtesy of allelitewrestling.com:

The goal of every professional wrestler in All Elite Wrestling is to become a champion, or Le Champion as Chris Jericho has come to call himself as of late. He was the first man to earn that title when he defeated Adam Page at “All Out”, and now Jericho (not for the first time in his storied career) finds himself as the focus of everyone’s championship aspirations. Perhaps that is why he has chosen to surround himself with Jake Hager, Santana & Ortiz, and Sammy Guevara… Enter Darby Allin; the man who went the distance with Cody at “Fyter Fest”, who defeated Japanese legend CIMA in an “AEW Dark” contest from Washington D.C, and who then defeated Jimmy Havoc in Boston on 10/9 to earn this championship opportunity. But Allin was not done yet that night; as seen in the clip above, Darby mounted his skateboard, traversed the entrance ramp, and relentlessly attacked Le Champion, letting Jericho know that he was not intimidated by the 30 year resume or the Inner Circle surrounding the champion.

So with that fresh on his mind, after DYNAMITE went off the air, Jericho sat down in front of the camera and challenged Darby to make this historic first World Title defense a Philadelphia Street Fight! That is Darby’s wheelhouse, as he has demonstrated in the past, but so to is it a world in which The Painmaker has played throughout his career. Over the last 3 decades, Jericho has been inside a steel cage, been in street fights, been in Last Man Standing bouts, competed in Ladder matches, and bled more than his fair share inside the squared circle. Jericho has the experience, but also the wear and tear of those matches on his body. Darby may not have “seen and done it all”, as Jericho may say, but he has youth and hunger and a relentless desire that rivals what experience has taught the AEW World Champion. At this point in his career, is Jericho as willing to get grimy and Gritty with Darby? We shall see…

My Opinion: 4 out of 5 – This was a great match. They did it. Jericho made Allin look great and Allin did the same for Jericho. The idea was that Jericho was willing to get rough with Allin, but still willing to cheat as well. There were so many points in this match where Allin got the better of Jericho, which will do so much for him later in his career. The prize fight came together like they’ve been doing these for a long time. I’m a happy nut-ball.

News Of The Night:

  1. Santana & Ortiz want to fight The Young Bucks at Full Gear.
  2. Christopher Daniels was attacked by The Lucha Bros. and forced to allow Scorpio Sky to be his replacement.
  3. Jon Moxley fights Kenny Omega at Full Gear.
  4. Lucha Bros fight Private Party, next week.
  5. SoCal Uncensored fight Dark Order, next week.
  6. Britt Baker wrestles next week.
  7. The Young Bucks wrestle next week.
  8. Pac fights Jon Moxley next week.

Final Verdict: 3.7/5

This was another strong show that flew right by. The main event didn’t go to my seventeen minute preference, but it got close and was great, so screw it.

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