28th Feb2020

‘All Elite Wrestling: Dynamite’ Review (Feb 26th 2020)

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this week’s All Elite Wrestling: Dynamite review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we have Millennials versus King Kong in the Steel Cage Of Death! See big monkey smash whiny puss-bags! They cry, they moan, they b—-…then they get smashed! Millennials versus King Kong! Sunday! Sunday! Sunday! F— yeah! Also, PAC and Kenny Omega have their big Iron-Man Match, right now.


Match #1: Kenny Omega defeated PAC – 30 Minute Iron-Man Match

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This was the rubber match in a three match series, and what a way to kick off DYNAMITE! “The question is, is PAC here to win, or to hurt…or both?” asked Jim Ross. Kenny Omega was walked down to the ring by his Elite friends—Nick and Matt Jackson, the Young Bucks. “Hangman” Adam Page was conspicuous by his absence. PAC and Omega tied up with wristlocks to begin, with the timer set at 30:00. Two minutes into the match and they were trading hard chops. Omega went for the One Winged Angel, but PAC countered with an attempt at the Brutalizer submission. Omega escaped before too long. Omega took a big chance early on and it paid off as he walloped PAC with a tope con hiro! He followed up with a Kotaro Crusher for a two count. Five minutes in and Omega used a dragon suplex on PAC, but PAC rolled out of the ring, smartly avoiding a pinning attempt. Omega chased PAC to the outside, but PAC had him scouted and planted Omega with a DDT! PAC met Omega on the top rope and drilled Omega on the back of his head with an avalanche brainbuster eight minutes into the bout! After a cutter, PAC covered Omega but came up short. So far there had been no successful pin falls. The Young Bucks cheered on Omega from ringside. Omega and PAC were exchanging haymakers with one another. “Neither guy is gonna quit, you can tell that,” said Jim Ross. PAC used a pump kick on Omega and then a waist lock into a snap German suplex. Kenny Omega connected with two knees to PAC and then the Tiger Driver ’98 but PAC kicked out! Omega hoisted PAC up and bridged back with a suplex, and PAC escaped at 2.99! The AEW fans were on their feet chanting “This is awesome! This is awesome! This is awesome!” Omega used a V-Trigger to the back of PAC’s head and then climbed to the top rope with PAC on his shoulders. PAC reversed it and pancaked Omega down to the mat. Omega kicked out at two! PAC ran to the outside and assaulted Omega with a steel chair to the head. PAC was disqualified, so Omega got the first point in the match. There was a thirty-second interval in between, and the Bucks gave Omega some bottled water and words of encouragement. PAC capitalized on the earlier cheap shots with the chair, and used the Black Arrow on Omega for a three count! Now both competitors were tied with a point each in their favor! With ten minutes remaining, PAC and Omega battled on the ring apron. PAC suplexed Omega with a sickening thud to the outside of the ring! Ref Paul Turner told AEW medical support Doc Sampson to watch Omega’s leg. PAC set up a table while the referee himself was down from an errant hit. PAC hit an insane shooting star press from the top of the turnbuckles down to Omega, crashing onto Omega through the table. The ref counted both men, but PAC was back in first. Omega somehow managed to slide back in the ring, just barely breaking the ref’s count! PAC went back to the top for another Black Arrow, but Omega raised his knees, knocking the wind out of his opponent. Omega used two V-triggers and then dropped PAC on the back of his neck. PAC kicked out before the pin fall! Omega connected with a third V-trigger and went for the One-Winged Angel but PAC countered with the Brutalizer with three minutes counting down on the clock! “Omega is in deep, deep water right here,” said Excalibur. “This is an amazing pro wrestling contest here on DYNAMITE,” added Jim Ross. Omega got his foot on the ropes and the ref broke PAC’s hold. PAC stood up to his feet and went right back to the Brutalizer with a minute and twenty seconds on the clock! Thirty seconds remained and Omega tried digging his fingers into PAC’s face, anything to escape PAC’s clutches. PAC was wrenching the Brutalizer on Omega but Omega wouldn’t give-up. It was a stalemate! PAC was furious and took out his frustration on ref Paul Turner, striking him down with a fist and a forearm. AEW announcer Justin Roberts was notified from the back that the match would continue under sudden death rules! Ref Aubrey Edwards ran down to the ring, replacing injured ref Paul Turner. Omega jumped to his feet and hit the ripcord V-trigger on PAC, and then another knee, but PAC popped out! Omega lifted PAC up for the One-Winged Angel and pinned PAC to win it 2-1 in overtime! “All I can say is ‘wow.’ What an athletic event!” said Jim Ross.

My Opinion: 5 out of 5 – This kicked more ass than Diana Ross in a bar-room brawl with Martin Short and Tommy Lister. This was a PPV match on free TV. You don’t get much better than this. The action was right at the start of the bell and kept going until the last fall. There’s so much to cover here that I’m gonna send it over to Ollie. What’s up, Ollie? Ollie: S— GOOD!!!!!!! Nathan: Thanks Ollie. Ain’t he great? I could go move for move on this sucker, but I wouldn’t even get close to doing it justice. Hell, it’s a 5 out of 5. I was gonna give this a 4.8, but it was so damn good, how could I not go all the way with this? This has got to be one of the best openers in wrestling history.

Match #2: Jurassic Express defeated The Inner Circle

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Jungle Boy blasted Sammy with a shotgun dropkick! The action spilled to the outside. Unfortunately, the Inner Circle were the first back into the ring, and they isolated Marko Stunt, triple teaming him. Sammy slapped Marko, but Marko finally got the tag to Luchasaurus, who wiped out Santana and Ortiz. Sammy slapped Luchasaurus in the back of the head, but Jungle Boy and Marko entered the fray for a trio of superkicks onto Sammy! Jungle Boy floated over the top of Sammy G, but “the Spanish God” grabbed the loaded sock as ref Bryce Remsburg was distracted. Before Sammy could use the “mad ball” on Jungle Boy, Darby Allin intercepted it from ringside. Jungle Boy grabbed the distracted Sammy and rolled him up for the victory!

My Opinion: 3.3 out of 5 – This was a good match that favored JB and Sammy, which makes sense, since they are so damn good. There wasn’t a bad point during this match, but this was also not your most intelligent match either. This was octane laced with amygdala juice. Did I spell that right? Well, maybe I should use my amygdala more often when I’m spelling things. All in all, this was pretty good.

Match #3: Best Friends defeated Butcher & The Blade

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The Butcher and the Blade singled out Trent, as Chuckie T. had been knocked to the ringside area. The Butcher dropped Trent onto the middle of the ropes across his abdomen. Finally Chuckie T. got the hot tag, and the Best Friends hit Sole Food on the Blade! The momentum was short lived, however, as the Butcher and the Blade began double-teaming Chuck Taylor, utilizing quick tags to one another. The Butcher stomped Chuck Taylor in the corner. Chuckie tried to stand and was met with a shoulder block from the Butcher. Trent was tagged in and used a swinging DDT onto the Blade. Trent tried for a pescado onto the outside, but was caught by the Blade. Trent speared Blade, knocking him to the concrete floor. Trent hooked up the Blade, who had been distracted by Orange Cassidy. The Best Friends used Strong Zero on the Blade for the victory!

My Opinion: 3.1 out of 5 – This was fine, with the right team beating the Tim Burton rejects like the freak show schmucks that they are. I mean…look at these stupid moustaches! Winona Ryder wouldn’t do me for a million dollars. Taylor continued his streak of secretly being great. That’s a very dinkish thing to say, but I’ll risk it for the little guy who refuses to even think about a WWE contract…no soup for you! This was a nice mixture of chain wrestling (a little anyway) and tag wrestling, but nothing that’ll knock your socks off.

Match #4: (Main Event) Hikaru Shida defeated Big Swole, Shanna and Yuka Sakazaki – Fatal 4 Way Match

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Shanna hit a deep arm drag on Shida. Swole rolled up Shida for a one count. Shanna hit a double hurracarana on Sole and Shanna! Sakazaki interrupted a three-way test of strength and paid the price for it, getting tossed to the outside. Shanna used a leaping elbow on Shida and knocked her out of the ring. Shanna rocked Big Swole with a forearm. Sakazaki hit a low clothesline to Shanna, then applied tarantula leg scissors over the top rope to Shanna. Shida suplexed Shanna onto Sakazaki, hitting two birds with one stone. Swole came in with palm strikes and an effective head-butt to Shanna, and then a cutter for a two count! Shida took down Big Swole with a flying missile dropkick! Shanna gave a diving stomp onto Sakazaki and Shida! Then Shanna went for Swole but Swole hit the ripcord onto her. Shida won the match with a running knee strike against Big Swole! “A hell of a contest by all four ladies,” said Taz.

My Opinion: 2.8 out of 5 – This was a bit messy, but there was a bunch of cool moves in here, so I can’t be a big ol’ b—- the whole way about it. Dianne Wiest would want me to be a good boy, so I’m a good boy. Shida winning was the right way to go, as the others seems to have enough momentum with or without the victory. Over-all, this wasn’t much of a main event, but it was a decent fight.

News Of The Night:

  1. Chris Jericho and Jon Moxley had a weigh-in that was handled well, but took-up the main event spot that could have gone to, I don’t know, a match.
  2. PAC will fight Orange Cassidy at Revolution, thanks to PAC smacking the laziest athlete in the world.

Final Verdict: 3.7/5

The instant classic that was the opener and the other good matches made this into a better rated show that needed more longer matches on here to go with the barn-burner that opened the show. Revolution is coming and this show had some nice vignettes to sell it, but not good enough to make me wanna buy it on PPV. That being said, this was a very fun show over-all and an easy one to watch.


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