12th Feb2021

‘AEW: Dynamite’ Review (Feb 10th 2021)

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this week’s AEW Dynamite review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we turn things over to Heaven with our senior correspondent, Harry Carey:
Hello sports fans! It’s Harrrrrry Carrrrrrey! BLGAYKASKLAFKA!!!!!! Just here in the big I’m Cloud 9 to talk with legendary wrestling icon, Stu Hart. NYAKNYAKNYANK!!!!! Stu Hart: I like…wrestling. HC: I bet, b–ch! SH: Maybe you could show me a thing or two about…wresting. HC: You bet your ass ol’ Harry can sh…AHHHHHH!!!!! Stu: Gotcha in a headlock! YOU’RE GONNA DIE DOWN HERE!!!!! YOU WORTHLESS F—! DIE GODDAMN YOU!!!!! I’LL BREAK YOUR ASS WIDE OPEN YOU FUDGE PACKIN’ DIP-STICK! I…oh look. The sandwiches are ready. I sure do like the sandwiches. Why are you crying? That’s crazy. Why cry when you can have the sandwiches? That’s silly. HC: Ow! Harry has to go bleed internally folks. Why don’t you go ahead and read the Dynamite review… Stu: Sandwiches!

Match #1: Darby Allin def. Joey Janela – TNT Title Match

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They locked up, with Janela taking the fight directly to Darby Allin. Janela mocked being intimidated by Allin, but Allin transitioned into hammerlocks. Allin was displaying great technical wrestling until Janela hit Darby with a back elbow. Darby answered with a shotgun dropkick, knocking Janela into the middle rope. Janela planted Darby on the edge of the ring and followed up with an elbow suicida! Janela maintained control with brutal uppercuts in the ring. Darby fought back with forearms, but Janela used his size advantage and whipped Darby sternum first into the turnbuckles. Janela applied body scissors on Darby and worked over Darby’s shoulder as well. Darby fired back with elbows to Joey’s ribs. Janela came off the top with a double sledge to Darby. He went back up, possibly for an elbow drop, but Darby pulled him down, yanking him by the arm. Janela sling-shotted Darby’s face and eyes into the ropes. Darby used another shotgun dropkick to stop Janela’s momentum. Darby built up a head of steam and jumped through the ropes, flying like a missile at Janela! Darby began working Janela’s arm, looking for the Fujiwara armbar. Janela finally grabbed the bottom rope, forcing the ref to break the hold. Janela gazed at the belt on the outside for a moment and Darby took advantage of the moment, using rapid fire shots at Joey. Darby used a stunner but Joey kicked out. Janela rocked Darby with a piledriver, but Darby kicked out at the two-count! Darby used an avalanche code red on Janela, but Janela kicked out, surprising the announcers. Darby went back to the top and finished Janela with the coffin drop, scoring the pin!

My Opinion: 8 out of 10

Match #2: Cody Rhodes and Lee Johnson def. Peter Avalon and Cezar Bononi

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Arn Anderson’s son was sitting ringside. Cody stomped a mudhole, taking the boots to Peter early on. Lee tagged in but was decked from behind by Cezar after a blind tag. Peter tagged back in but Big Shotty Lee blasted Peter with a dropkick. Bononi tagged in but was served a jawbreaker from Lee. Cody tagged in and connected with a big clothesline to Bononi. Cody took Bononi off his feet with a falling clothesline. Cezar answered with a pump handle suplex and then stomped Cody’s chest. Avalon and Bononi took turns working over Cody, with Bononi using a reverse body slam on “The American Nightmare.” Cody landed awkwardly on his shoulder. Avalon tagged in and jumped off the top rope but Cody caught him! Cody had him in a fireman’s carry and then dropped down hard, the impact hitting its target. In the process, it was evident that Cody’s shoulder was noticeably bothering him. Cody tagged out to Lee Johnson, and Big Shotty was a fresh man, knocking Peter right off his feet with an explosive offense sequence that ended in a neck breaker on Avalon. For good measure, Lee Johnson nailed Bononi with a spectacular corkscrew over the top rope! Johnson used a fisherman’s neck breaker on Peter but Bononi ran in to break up the pin. Cody came in and paired up with Bononi, but the big man chucked Cody out of the ring. Bononi lifted up Lee and pancaked him. Bononi was pulled out of the ring and he and Cody began slugging away while Peter attempted the martinis—the double knees to the back of the head. Johnson moved out of the way and rolled up “Pretty” Peter for the three-count!

My Opinion: 5 out of 10

Match #3: PAC def. Ryan Nemeth

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They locked up and PAC kicked Ryan to the mat. He suplexed Ryan down quickly and followed up with a running uppercut. PAC took flight off the top rope with a massive dropkick! Ryan tried to fight back but PAC countered with vicious kicks! Ryan Nemeth surprised PAC with a dropkick and then a powerful DDT. On the outside of the ring, PAC rammed Nemeth into the steel guardrail. He rolled Nemeth back into the ring and dished out more kicks. PAC climbed to the top and decimated Nemeth with the black arrow and then transitioned into the brutalizer submission hold, forcing Nemeth to immediately tap out!

My Opinion: 3 out of 10

Match #4: Chris Jericho and MJF def. The Acclaimed

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Max Caster attempted to lock up with MJF, but MJF rolled to the outside, complaining about his rib injury. Jericho tagged in but Caster knocked Jericho to his feet with a shoulder tackle. Bowens tagged in and met Jericho with a high rise kick! Bowens ran into Jericho’s boot and Jericho tagged out to MJF. Bowens planted MJF face first on the canvas for a near fall. The Acclaimed continued to work over MJF’s ribs. MJF finally pushed Caster into the Inner Circle’s corner and they isolated him with double team maneuvers. Bowens tagged in and trucked Jericho with a shoulder tackle, and then dropped MJF with right hands! Bowens grabbed MJF in a torture rack and then drove his midsection into the canvass. Jericho was going for the lionsault when Max Caster blasted Jericho in the head with the boom box! Bowens covered Chris Jericho but the “Demo God” kicked out in the nick of time. The Acclaimed were going to attempt their finisher—the Claim to Fame, when Hager knocked Caster off the top rope before Caster could connect with Jericho. And when Caster got his legs under him, Jericho walloped him with the Judas Effect back elbow! It was more than enough for Jericho to pin Caster!

My Opinion: 5 out of 10

Match #5: Thunder Rosa def. Leyla Hirsch – AEW Women’s Eliminator Tournament

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Leyla grappled Thunder Rosa to the mat, her amateur wrestling background front and center. Thunder Rosa showed off some of her own grappling prowess and then both got to their feet. Thunder Rosa employed an offensive onslaught on Leyla and then hit a senton for a near fall. After a frankensteiner from Leyla, Thunder Rosa rolled to the outside to collect her thoughts. Leyla met her out there with a tope suicida! Back in the ring, Leyla Hirsch transitioned into a cross arm breaker. Thunder Rosa fought out of it and caught Leyla with a neck breaker over the ropes. Thunder Rosa rocked Leyla with a shotgun dropkick in the turnbuckles. Leyla dumped Thunder Rosa on the back of her head with two German suplexes. She climbed to the top and tried for a moonsault but Thunder Rosa got her knees up just in time! Leyla wasted no time and hit two bicycle knee strikes to the head of Thunder Rosa. She tried for the moonsault again and again it backfired on her as Thunder Rosa dodged it. Leyla grabbed an arm bar from the ground on Thunder Rosa, but Thunder Rosa picked her up off the canvas and slammed her hard to the mat! Thunder Rosa spiked Leyla with a driver and scored the pin.

My Opinion: 8 out of 10

Match #6: (Main Event) Kenny Omega and KENTA def. Jon Moxley and Lance Archer – Falls Count Anywhere Match

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The bell rang and KENTA ambushed Moxley with a briefcase shot to the back of the head! Archer chucked Omega into the corner and started peppering him with hard strikes! KENTA smashed the briefcase into the spine of Lance Archer! “The MurderHawk Monster” turned around, unfazed, while KENTA begged him off. It was all a distraction for Omega to chop block Archer from behind. Kenny followed up with a kotaro crusher! Moxley turned things around on KENTA with offense of his own until Omega sucker punched Moxley. KENTA walked over and pushed Omega out of the way as he wanted to get his hands on Moxley. Then Omega pushed KENTA away, as he wanted Mox for himself! KENTA and Omega began arguing with one another until Moxley settled the argument with his fists!

KENTA and Omega took turns charging into Mox in the corner, until Archer pounced Omega! It bought Mox enough time for him to counter KENTA’s charge with a lariat! Archer attempted to powerbomb Omega but Omega popped the hips and escaped with a hurracanrana, sending Archer to the outside. Omega rammed his knee into Omega’s spine! Alone in the ring, KENTA and Mox exchanged forearms with one another! KENTA tried for the GTS but Mox escaped and went for the Paradigm Shift. Before Mox could hit it, Omega cracked Mox with a garbage can! Omega connected with a moonsault while holding the trash can onto Mox’s midsection! Omega held the trash can in front of Mox’s face, teeing up KENTA, who ran in with a flying dropkick! Archer ran over Omega and KENTA with a ladder. Moxley knocked Kenta to the floor with an elbow suicida! Then Archer belly-to-belly suplexed Omega into the ladder, which had been propped up in the corner!

KENTA wiped out Mox with a running knee strike! On the outside, Omega strangled Archer with a transmission cable! Mox and KENTA fought in the kitchen. Mox set KENTA up on a stainless steel table, but KENTA reversed it and bounced Mox’s head off it with a DDT! Archer came to the rescue with a sack of potatoes! Mox grabbed a potato and…potatoed Kenny Omega! They made their way back to the ring and Moxley pulled out a kendo stick from beneath the ring. He whacked Omega in the midsection with it. Mox jumped from the turnbuckles with the kendo stick but Omega countered with a V-trigger! Archer and KENTA brawled on the ramp, getting closer and closer to the broadcast booth. KENTA fought out of a powerbomb and then sprinted off the stage and landed with a double foot stomp onto Moxley, who was on a table below!

Archer met Omega in the ring and Archer dared Kenny to use the kendo stick on him. Omega swung it and Archer caught it! Archer grabbed it away from Kenny and broke it across his knee! Archer choke slammed Omega in the center of the ring! Archer grabbed Omega’s arm, walked the top rope, and then used a moonsault press for a near fall on Omega! Archer lifted Kenny Omega up for Black Out but The Good Brothers ran out, causing Archer to drop Omega. Archer knocked down The Good Brothers, but KENTA ran in the ring and served up spinning backfists to Archer! KENTA was knocked silly with a big boot by Archer. Karl Anderson ran into the ring and Archer tried to chokeslam him but Karl countered with the Gun Stun! Jake Roberts entered the ring and dropped Anderson with his legendary short arm clothesline! Gallows came in and hit Jake with a thrust chop to the throat!

Omega was setting up for a V-trigger on Jake Roberts but Mox ran in with the barbed wire baseball bat, swinging it at Omega, Gallows, and Anderson! KENTA jumped in and drilled Mox with the GTS! Archer got to his feet, charging KENTA and wiping him out! Archer attempted a double chokeslam on Omega and KENTA but they hit him with stereo low blows! The Good Brothers silenced Archer with the Magic Killer! Omega followed up by cracking Archer with a V-trigger. With the assistance of The Good Brothers, Omega lifted Archer up and planted him with the one-winged angel! Omega pinned Archer for the victory!

My Opinion: 9 out of 10

The Good:

  • We had three fabulous matches and the rest hurt nothing. The main event delivered a lot in a lot of time. Sammy Guevara finally quit The Inner Circle. Adam Page signed with Matt Hardy and tricked Matt into letting him sign a contract of his own making. The women showed that they can have a vicious match with strong psychology. Lee Johnson seems poised for a push and possible feud with QT Marshall. Sting was here. The commentary was top-notch. MJF continued to play a great heel.

The Bad:

  • Darby Allin was dragged in a body bag while tied to a van. MJF had too much promo time. The Sammy/MJF backstage promo had MJF attempt to frame Sammy as a bad friend to Chris, even though they both were being watched by a camera that they were both aware was there, so the angle just made MJF look like the biggest doofus in the world. No-name wrestlers were used on this show without any promotion of who they were ahead of time. Needless risks were taken in the main event. The Inner Circle feels like dead weight. The show still feels like a mess, with every idea possible being thrown against the wall just to see what sticks.

Final Verdict: 8/10

I said this show felt like a mess and that’s true, but less so than previous weeks. There was more of a focus here and with three great matches, this was an easy show to watch.

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