04th Jun2020

‘All Elite Wrestling: Dynamite’ Review (June 3rd 2020)

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this week’s All Elite Wrestling: Dynamite review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and I’m really getting tired of Tony Khan lying about what AEW is really going to be about! Well, I’m gonna give this show a fair review, no matter how offended I am by Tony’s ego. Okay, Dorothy Gale has a hot date with The Wizard Of Oz…she’s so off to see the…wiz.

Match #1: Adam Page & Kenny Omega vs. Kip Sabian w/Penelope Ford and Jimmy Havoc – AEW Tag Team Titles Match

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“Sabian and Jimmy Havoc—I thought were fabulous last week,” said Jim Ross. “I feel like the idea of “Hangman” Adam Page and Kenny Omega not getting along is water under the bridge now,” added Schiavone. “At least they’re having cocktails together. They’re communicating to some degree,” said Jim Ross. “They are clocking in at 6-0 right now,” noted Excalibur. Omega and Jimmy locked up, with Jimmy showing up Kenny with a series of elbow strikes. Jimmy rattled Kenny with a big running elbow strike! Best Friends were watching from ringside; they will face the winners of this match at FYTER FEST! Jimmy tagged in Kip and took Kenny down with an elbow. Kip and Jimmy had a fierce and fast pace. Just as quickly, Kenny turned the tables with a suplex on Jimmy! #FTR were sitting to the rear of the arena, watching the match. Page got the tag and charged in on Jimmy Havoc, taking him to the mat with a lariat. Page and Omega were playing Ping-Pong on Havoc with chops to the chest! Sabian tried to springboard in but the champs caught him and tossed him like a sack of dirty laundry. Penelope Ford jumped off the top rope and attempted a hurracarana on “Hangman,” but he caught her and deflected her to the mat! AEW ref Rick Knox ejected Ford from the ringside area! While Knox had his back turned to the ring to deal with Penelope Ford, Jimmy Havoc blindsided Page and Omega and attacked them with a ring wrench! Havoc concealed the evidence and went for the pin, but “Hangman” just barely escaped. Jimmy continued to work over “Hangman” and Kenny Omega was nowhere to be found after being assaulted himself. Sabian gave a series of aggressive stomps to Page and then booted him out of the ring. As Omega climbed back up the ring apron, Sabian dropkicked him right back out. “This is great teamwork going on right here. You may not like what they’re doing, but they’re working quite well,” commented Schiavone. “Isolation and a double-team,” added J.R. “Hangman” Adam Page fired back and showed that great true grit he’s known for. He finally got the tag in to Kenny, and Kenny cleaned house with Polish hammers across the chests of Kip Sabian and Jimmy Havoc! After a series of reversals, Kenny got Kip down with a hurracarana. Kenny sent Havoc across the ring with another hurracarana! “Omega is cookin’ here,” said Jim Ross. Omega used the backstabber on Sabian after neutralizing Havoc! It was good for a very near fall. Omega used the Kotaro Crusher on Kip and Page followed up with a shooting star press. Sabian kicked out at two! “Sabian shows amazing resilience to kick out of the tandem offense from the champs!” said Jim Ross. “Hangman” hit Kip with a big fallaway slam, then went up and over the top rope and crashed down onto Havoc! “These two teams are tearing it up, guys! This is a heck of a world tag team title match,” said Tony Schiavone. Sabian telegraphed Omega’s offense and countered with a swinging DDT, planting him hard on the mat! Jimmy was tagged in and blasted Kenny with a jumping European uppercut, and then carried him and dumped him with a Death Valley Driver on top of Page, who had been sitting in the corner near the turnbuckles! Sabian got the tag and used a diving stomp onto Kenny. Havoc was seamlessly tagged back in and dropped Omega with a DDT. The pinning attempt was broken up by “Hangman” Page who was able to break the pin for Omega at the very last moment. Sabian hit Omega in the back of the head with a springboard dropkick! Sabian spiked Omega with a reversed hurracarana and tagged in Jimmy Havoc! “Omega appears to be like a ragdoll right now,” noted Schiavone. Omega escaped out of a Michinoku Driver and countered with a snapdragon suplex on Havoc! Omega connected with the V-trigger knee strike on Kip! Page was tagged in and used an assisted German suplex on Havoc and then powerbombed Kip Sabian! Kenny followed up with a knee to Kip’s spine. “They are hitting them with everything, and these kids keep coming back,” noted Schiavone about Sabian and Havoc’s perseverance. Finally, “Hangman” Adam Page used the Last Call (Buckshot/V-Trigger combo) on Havoc for the pin fall victory! So it’ll be Best Friends challenging Page & Omega for the AEW Tag Team Championship at FYTER FEST!

My Opinion: 3.7 out of 5 – This was a great way to start the show. It’s nice that they have dropped the “evil drunk” gimmick for Adam Page, since it just felt like a dirty way to exploit alcoholism. All that matters here was that the match kicked ass. Kenny was fantastic here, finally unlocking the goods for a change. The right team won and that’s a fact.

Match #2: Brian Cage (with Taz) def. Sean Dean

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“The assault has started early,” Jim Ross said, as Cage jumped over the top rope and repeatedly rammed his shoulders into Dean’s midsection! Cage trapped his opponent’s arms and gave him a belly-to-belly released suplex as Taz laughed on the ring apron! “When you’re talking about suplex, Taz loves it,” said Schiavone. “He has so much power, he’s like a heavyweight boxer. How many shots can you take before something breaks,” said Jim Ross about Brian Cage. Cage had Dean up for the power bomb and chucked him right into the turnbuckles! Cage ended the match with the Drill Claw for another decisive victory!

My Opinion: 2.2 out of 5 – Cage won a…SQUASH MATCH!!!!!!! NOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!! WHY?! WHY?! WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY?!?!?!?!??!?!?!?!?!?

Match #3: Chris Jericho w/Sammy Guevara and Jake Hager def. Colt Cabana

The following is courtesy of allelitewrestling.com:

Jericho had blamed Cabana for getting in his way last week and preventing him from knocking out “Iron” Mike Tyson. QT Marshall was watching from ringside, once again flirting with The Bunny. Cabana struck first with a couple of hard shots to Jericho. Le Champion raked Colt’s eyes. Jericho changed levels and was showing off his boxing skills on Cabana, using him like a heavy bag in the corner. Colt chopped back and tossed Jericho out of the ring. “Cabana astutely identified the opportunity presented to him here tonight,” noted Excalibur. Colt went up high and connected with an asai moonsault on Jericho and Hager on the outside of the ring! Cabana’s mouth was busted open in the process. “Right now, Cabana is dominating Jericho in a big way here,” said Jim Ross. While the ref was distracted with Jericho, Hager interfered and smashed Cabana’s head on the top turnbuckle, sending him crashing onto the arena floor. Colt rallied back against Jericho. Le Champion tried for a running bulldog, but Colt outsmarted him and pushed him into the turnbuckles! Cabana followed up with a big clothesline on Jericho! “Colt Cabana in the driver’s seat,” said Excalibur. Colt jabbed at Jericho and then connected with the big bionic elbow! Cabana built up a head of steam and squashed Jericho in the corner with the Flying Apple! Cabana jumped from the second turnbuckle, splashing Jericho for a two-count, nearly pinning Jericho! “How close was that?!” exclaimed Tony Schiavone. Jericho fought back now, missing the Lionsault on Cabana, but Jericho lured Cabana in with the Lion Tamer. Colt made it to the ropes and Jericho was forced to release the hold. “A week ago, we saw The Dark Order take interest in Colt Cabana. Obviously, you can see why,” said Schiavone. Colt clothesline Jericho in the corner and sent him crashing from the top turnbuckle with an avalanche Frankensteiner! Jericho barely kicked out before three! Colt tried to run up to the top turnbuckle but as he turned, he was blasted with Jericho’s Judas Effect elbow! Jericho took the match by pin fall!

My Opinion: 2.7 out of 5 – This was clumsy fun that made me feel like a Klondike bar. There’s nothing bad here, but this was like watching a water balloon audition for Julius Caesar with the death scene…you know, cool, but messy. In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida is what happens when you do drugs before you record the single and this match is what happens when you send a big match out to the ring with limited time and no fanfare.

Match #4: Nyla Rose def. Big Swole

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Baker was watching from ringside in her “Role’s Royce” wheelchair. Swole transitioned into a side headlock as the bell rang. Nyla hoisted Swole up but Swole took down Nyla, avoiding the pinning predicament. Swole rolled up Nyla for a near fall. Swole charged at Nyla for a shoulder block but Nyla didn’t budge. Swole followed up with an abdominal stretch on Nyla Rose, but Nyla fought free with an elbow. Nyla got the better of an exchange and hip tossed Big Swole! Nyla lured Swole to the outside and rammed Swole’s spine into the ring apron. Nyla dropped Big Swole with a brutal back breaker! Nyla was staggered from a big headbutt by Big Swole! Swole followed up with a running elbow. Swole connected with a cutter on Nyla, but Nyla managed to kick out before three! Swole dropped Nyla with a big pump kick, but again Nyla kicked out at two! Swole took down Nyla with a chop block and then a big kick to the back of Nyla’s head. “The Native Beast” speared Swole! Nyla was looking for the Beast Bomb but Swole rolled up Nyla for a two-count! Nyla countered Swole’s Dirty Dancing with a spinebuster powerbomb combo for the pin fall victory! “You cannot count Nyla Rose out of this AEW Women’s World Title picture,” said Excalibur.

My Opinion: 2.7 out of 5 – These two worked well together in a match that wasn’t long enough to offer more of what these two can do. One thing I got out of this though was that they’ve both got a mean streak that is really refreshing in a women’s division that is quite dull right now. For a bout that was in need of some seasoning, it was still very tasty.

Match #5: (Main Event) Cody (Rhodes) w/Arn Anderson def. Jungle Boy – TNT Title Match

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This was the first title defense for the TNT Champ! Cody and Jungle Boy started with mat wrestling, with Cody having the edge. Cody took down Jungle Boy with a big shoulder tackle, but Jungle Boy followed that up with hurracarana on Cody! Jungle Boy cradled Cody who kicked out at two! “It’s hard to prepare for a guy as quick as Jungle Boy,” noted Jim Ross. Cody and Jungle Boy exchanged chops and forearms in the corner. Cody caught Jungle Boy midair with a power slam for a near fall! Cody applied the figure four submission on Jungle Boy, but Cody had to break the hold when Jungle Boy reached the ropes. Jungle Boy jumped from the outside and nailed Cody with a DDT for a near fall. Cody rolled out of the ring to collect his thoughts, but Jungle Boy quickly followed with a tope suicida! Jungle Boy attempted a second tope suicida, but Cody caught him and tossed him over the guardrail onto the concrete! “Cody has built some momentum here,” said Jim Ross. Cody connected with a headbutt on Jungle Boy. He tried again but Jungle Boy moved, and Cody’s skull smashed into the wall, busting The American Nightmare wide open! MJF and Jungle Boy began jaw-jacking at the ringside area. Jungle Boy went back and grabbed Cody and pushed him back into the ring. Jungle Boy began hammering at the head of Cody. Jungle Boy hit a John Woo-style dropkick and then an inside cradle for a near fall on Cody! Cody rocked Jungle Boy with a bicycle kick! Jungle Boy fought back with a wicked lariat on Cody. Jungle Boy trapped Cody’s arms and began the ground and pound attack! Jungle Boy went to the top rope, but Cody stopped him with a dropkick. Cody suplexed Jungle Boy down from the turnbuckles for a two-count! “A lot of heart in Jungle Boy. Amazing!” said Tony Schiavone. Cody removed his weight belt. He attempted the figure four, but Jungle Boy pushed him away with his foot. They battled on the top turnbuckle and they came crashing through a table off the top after trading shots! Cody executed a spine-tingling CrossRhodes on Jungle Boy and won the match! “What a hell of a fight,” noted Tony Schiavone. “What a first defense for the TNT Champion Cody,” added Excalibur.

My Opinion: 3.5 out of 5 – This was an excellent main event that delivered a fine first defense for Cody’s TNT Title. Jungle Boy kicked ass here and Cody sold his opponent’s offense like a million bucks. There’s nothing to this other than smart, heavy action that will make you feel like you just got hit by a car. Not a bad way to end this muscle party at all.

News Of The Night:

  1. Tully Blanchard gave Shawn Spears a glove.
  2. Lance Archer beat the shit out of a wrestler at a construction site.
  3. Big Swole attacked Britt Baker with a chair, because Britt is a big jerk.
  4. Colt Cabana might join The Dark Order.
  5. Chris Jericho wants to fight Mike Tyson.
  6. Private Party formed Hardy Party with Matt Hardy.
  7. Matt Hardy showed Sammy Guevara respect, which seemed to touch the cockles of his soul.

Final Verdict: 3.4/5

There was still too much of the goofy comedy shit for me, but the opening and closing matches were a real pleasure.

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