02nd Jan2020

‘All Elite Wrestling: Dynamite’ Review (Jan 1st 2020)

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this week’s All Elite Wrestling: Dynamite review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and this is the first review of the year and the decade! Aren’t you excited? As we start the new year, we’ve got an upgrade to the TalkTech, which allows for multiple speakers at the same time, complete with name identification when switching from speaker to speaker. Since this is all just an excuse for me to pretend I have friends, let’s get right to it, buddy. Damn it! Like me!


Match #1: Cody Rhodes defeated Darby Allin

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Darby was fired up tonight! Both men locked up, but Cody hit Darby with consecutive shoulder tackles. It wasn’t long before both men tried for a quick victory with pinning exchanges. Darby ducked a lariat attempt, went for the Coffin Drop, which Cody countered by manhandling Darby, and tossed Darby into the corner turnbuckles. From the outside, Darby swept Cody’s legs, forcing him to land shoulder first on the ring apron. Darby connected with a tope suicida on Cody’s shoulder, and then rammed Cody’s left arm into the ring post. Cody delivered a swift kick to Darby’s head, and then put Darby into the figure four. Darby forced the break by touching the ropes. Cody was clutching his arm, and Darby kicked Cody into the corner again. Darby worked over Cody with a double arm bar. Darby was relentless in his attack. He tore off the pad from one of the turnbuckles, but Cody hit Darby with a power slam. Cody came back with a Cody-cutter on his opponent. Darby kicked out from a top rope Cross Rhodes! Darby went for a Coffin Drop, but Cody, listening to Arn Anderson, who was on the outside of the ring, lifted up his knees. Darby crashed down on Cody’s knees, and Cody was finally able to score the pin fall!

My Opinion: 3.8 out of 5 – This was a hell of an opener that really delivered a fabulous match. This went a long time and made me long for more of these kinds of matches on weekly television. Darby is really becoming something special. Cody is more well-rounded, but Darby is more dynamic and exciting. You gotta give Darby a big run for the World Title this year, especially if matches like this are what he’s got on the menu for the people.

Match #2: Riho defeated Nyla Rose, Britt Baker and Hikaru Shida – All Elite Wrestling Women’s Title Match

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Nyla blindsided Riho, but Shida hit Nyla with a kendo stick and then a running knee to the temple. Nyla rolled to the outside. Riho blocked an arm drag by Shida, and then countered Baker by tossing her into the turnbuckles. Nyla set up a table on the outside and attempted to put Shida through it, but Riho jumped off the top rope and stopped Nyla’s assault! Back in the ring, Nyla tried to powerbomb Shida, but Shida countered and back dropped Nyla. Then Nyla tossed Shida onto the ropes, and connected with a flying guillotine onto Shida. Nyla hit a senton onto Shida through a table on the outside of the ring. As Nyla was trying to climb back into the ring, Riho hit a diving foot stomp on Nyla. Britt Baker was there and put Nyla into an arm bar, but Nyla powered out. Riho ran into the ring and stomped onto Nyla’s abdomen, but Baker broke up the pinning attempt. Baker got caught on the top rope as Shida suplexed her. Shida then suplexed Riho onto Nyla, who was sitting in the corner. Baker hit Shida with a superkick and went for the Lockjaw submission, but Shida escaped. Riho came in and rolled up Baker for the three count!

My Opinion: 3.3 out of 5 – This was a good, solid race to the finish that took to the back-roads to get to the end of the line. Everybody hit hard and took their licking while they kept on kicking. Don’t tell me women can’t take a hit. This was pretty damn good and made the champion look tougher than a $2 buck steak.

Match #3: Jon Moxley defeated TRENT

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Taz said of Moxley, “he’s a rage-filled brother, and I like it!” Trent tried to turn this into a traditional wrestling match, but when he slapped Moxley in the face out of frustration, Moxley unloaded with some chops. Trent didn’t step down, and connected with knees to Moxley’s sternum. The chops continued, but Mox countered with a big right hand. Jim Ross said this was a slobber knocker, just as TRENT speared Moxley on the outside! TRENT dumped Mox on the back of his head with a half-and-half suplex. TRENT hit a DDT from the top rope for a two count on Moxley. Mox hit a knee on TRENT and then planted him for a near fall. Mox gave a stiff clothesline to TRENT, but TRENT connected with a haymaker clothesline of his own for a two count on Mox! Orange Cassidy climbed into the ring and distracted Mox. TRENT used a running knee and a stuffed piledriver on Mox, but Mox kicked out at two! Mox hit TRENT with a Paradigm Shift on the outside onto the ramp. Mox then dropped TRENT on the crown of his head and captured the victory over TRENT!

My Opinion: 3.4 out of 5 – This got going pretty well for a match that didn’t quite meet the challenge. TRENT had one of his best performances in quite some time, which meshed well with Moxley’s usual “How about I just kill us both?” approach to wrestling. This had shades of World Championship Wrestling Mick Foley that I really liked seeing, like when they did a big DDT on the ramp from a dive or brawling like The Nasty Boys were cutting their pay-checks. Over-all, not a bad fight at all.

Match #4: Sammy Guevara defeated Dustin Rhodes

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Rhodes came from behind and wrapped his arm around Sammy’s head with a mean lariat! Sammy didn’t even have a chance to remove his leather jacket. Rhodes clotheslined Sammy to the outside, and then smashed Sammy with a senton! “What is he? Middle-aged and crazy?” asked Jim Ross. “The Big Hurt” Jake Hager walked down the ramp and eyeballed Dustin Rhodes. As Hager distracted his opponent, Sammy landed a kick. Sammy connected with a beautiful moonsault on “the Natural.” Dustin Rhodes was reeling here. Rhodes fought back and countered Sammy G. with a powerslam and then two consecutive shots to “the Spanish God.” Rhodes used a spine buster on Sammy. Sammy countered with a running shooting star press, but Rhodes kicked out at two! Rhodes smashed Sammy with a Canadian Destroyer on the ring apron, and then hit Hager with a right hand! Rhodes tried to give the Unnatural Kick to Sammy, but the referee stopped him. As the referee turned his back to release Sammy from the corner turnbuckles. Hager interfered with a low blow. Sammy capitalized on the downed Dustin for the three count!

My Opinion: 3.2 out of 5 – This was a slow, plodding match that didn’t quite get any-where until the last few minutes, but it was solid overall. The styles mixed well, but the lack of consistent technical wrestling made this feel like it was move versus move, which didn’t work that well. Still, there are some big chances taken by both guys a few times that will keep you awake. Dustin looked great and Sammy wasn’t that far behind. All in all, the right guy won a good match.

Match #5: (Main Event) The Elite defeated The Lucha Brothers & PAC

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Kenny and PAC were about to begin, but PAC tagged out to Pentagon. The two men exchanged chops. Kenny ran into the ropes but was kneed by PAC, who was on the ring apron. Kenny went for the one-winged angel on Fenix, but Fenix escaped. Nick Jackson was tagged in and gave a shoulder block to Fenix, and then an arm drag. Fenix dropkicked Nick. Fenix and Nick exchanged roundhouse kicks to a stalemate. The Elite dished out tremendous trios sequences to their opponents, cleaning house. PAC tripped up Kenny, and then went over the top and crashed down onto Kenny! “The aerial artistry of PAC is on full display here,” said Excalibur. Kenny tagged in to Nick Jackson, who nailed a knee and then a running bulldog to PAC. Matt Jackson was tagged in, and the Bucks gave double Canadian destroyers to the Lucha Bros. Kenny Omega and PAC slugged it out in the center of the ring. PAC hit a pump kick and then a snapdragon suplex on Kenny. Then Omega hit a snapdragon suplex of his own onto PAC, and then a Liger bomb for the two count on PAC. Pentagon hit sling blades on the Jacksons, and then a backstabber on Kenny! Fenix was tagged in, but the Bucks hit stereo superkicks. Fenix rolled through with a cutter on Kenny. PAC hit the black arrow on Omega, but the Bucks made the save! PAC applied the brutalizer on Omega, but Matt Jackson hit a blindside kick to PAC’s head. Kenny hit the one-winged angel on Fenix and the Elite won the match!

My Opinion: 3.5 out of 5 – This was all moves, all the time. There were some transitions in the sense that they would change moves, but not psychology. This was the typical spectacle that these guys work and it was very enjoyable, but it was no main event. The opener should have switched places with this and it would have all worked out great, but I guess The Elite thinks that the Superkick party is the thing people want in a main event. My b——- aside, this was fun stuff and I bet you might dig it more than me (which is A-Okay with me).

News Of The Night:

  1. MJF named his stipulations for fighting Cody Rhodes at REVOLUTION:
    Stipulation #1: Cody can’t lay his hands on MJF before REVOLUTION.
    Stipulation #2: Cody has to go one on one with Wardlow in a solid steel cage and he has to beat Wardlow.
    Stipulation #3: “Live on TNT, in front of your family and friends and God, you are going to get down on all fours like the dog that you are and I’m going to whip you Cody…ten glorious times! And Cody, as the leather of my belt repeatedly rips off your skin, each scar will be a reminder that I’m better than you and you know it!”
  2. Adam Page is being teased as turning on The Elite.
  3. Britt Baker is being teased as turning heel, thanks to her reaming Riho for not defending her title more often.
  4. Jon Moxley will declare if he’s joining the Inner Circle or not, next week.
  5. Taz filled in for Tony Schiavone this week.
  6. Christopher Daniels challenged Sammy Guevara to a match, next week, after the latter insulted the former.
  7. Joey Janela was attacked by Kip Sabian and Penelope Ford.
  8. Arn Anderson debuted as Cody Rhodes’s coach in the opener.
  9. Nyla Rose attacked Riho after the Women’s Title Match.
  10. The Dark Order is teasing that there is a mysterious leader of their faction.
  11. There will be a Memphis Wrestling Legends tribute, next week.
  12. Riho fights Kris Statlander for the Women’s Title, next week.
  13. The Rhodes Brothers fights The Lucha Brothers, next week.
  14. Private Party fights Kenny Omega and Adam Page, next week.

Final Verdict: 3.5/5

This was a show with some excellent wrestling, but managed to be boring the whole time. If this show would have had more life to it, it would have been a more thrilling show. These are the times when, and I can’t believe I’m saying this, Vince Russo is right, because this straight wrestling presentation is why Vince McMahon has justified Lana getting married on RAW. AEW just needs some of that NFL posturing during its shows to give it some edge and polish. Okay, this was good and I’ll see you, next time.


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