19th Feb2021

‘AEW: Dynamite’ Review (Feb 17th 2021)

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this week’s AEW: Dynamite review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we have…stuff! Don’t f—k a polar bear. In these times of unrest, I’d like to just remind you that I’m a f—king idiot. I know. You’re in shock. Dr. Pepper’s pecker pecked pickled peppers pickled perfectly peppered. Blow me. Max Von Sydow is with us…aaaaaaaand he’s dead. I…what the… Marco Polo: Marco! Polo! Marco! Polo! Marco! Polo! Me: Get a job! Polo! Here comes AEW! Marco Polo: Marco! Me: (punches in face) Polo!

Match #1: Matt Hardy & “Hangman” Adam Page def. The Hybrid2—Angelico & Jack Evans

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TH2 jumped Hardy and Page before the bell rang, taking the fight directly to their opponents. Page returned fired, chopping away at Evans and then he tagged in Hardy. Page tagged back in and hit a running shooting star press for a near fall on Jack Evans. They double suplexed Evans. Hardy hit a powerbomb on Evans but in the process Angelico got the blind tag. Angelico took the boots to Hardy. Angelico hoisted up Hardy and from the top rope Evans hit the double foot stomp on Big Money Matt! TH2 double teamed Hardy in their corner. Evans attempted a back spring elbow but Hardy countered with a Side Effect! Page tagged in and cleaned house on The Hybrid2. Page rocked Angelico with a spinebuster and then rattled him with a big lariat. Page was building momentum and jumped over the top rope onto Evans on the arena floor! Page powerbombed Evans onto Angelico! Page was going for the buckshot lariat but Hardy tagged himself in—and he paid for it—as TH2 gained the upper hand. Luckily for Hardy, Page connected with a double buckshot lariat on TH2 and then Hardy spiked Angelico with the Twist of Fate and pinned him!

The Score: 6 out of 10

The Good:

  • Adam Page kicks ass. Matt Hardy got better in the second half and felt more like the old Matt. Evans and Angelico were a great team here. You never knew what those two were going to do next.

The Bad:

  • Matt Hardy’s pants suck. I wanted the tagging to be better. It’s my time of the month.

The Verdict:

  • I’m pregnant. Not a bad opener.

Match #2: Riho def. Serena Deeb

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Deeb and Riho locked up. Riho got behind Deeb with a waist lock. Riho grappled her to the mat. Deeb countered with a side headlock. Riho stepped on the back of Deeb’s left leg to escape. Jim Ross acknowledged Deeb is having issues with her left knee, and in fact she was wearing a leg brace. Riho bridged out of a pin attempt by Deeb and then connected with a basement dropkick. Deeb battled back by catapulting Riho, aiming her neck squarely on the bottom rope! Riho took down Deeb with a snap dragon suplex. Deeb landed hard on her shoulder. Riho backed Deeb to the counter with big elbow strikes. Deeb came back with European uppercuts on Riho and hurled her into the corner. Deeb charged in but Riho countered with head scissors. Riho attempted a northern lights suplex but Deeb had it scouted and blocked it, but Riho jumped off the top rope with a cross body press! Riho charged at Deeb but Deeb hit a dragon screw leg whip on Riho, and followed up with a swinging neck breaker. Riho kicked out just in the nick of time! Riho grabbed Deeb’s leg and then rocked her with stiff shots. She used a 619 on Deeb and followed up with a diving foot stomp onto Deeb’s spine! Riho jumped off the top rope with a diving cross body for a near fall on Deeb. Out of nowhere Deeb powerbombed Riho and then applied the stretch muffler. Riho got the bottom rope and then got firm control after a northern lights suplex on Deeb. Riho came off the top rope and landed with both feet on Deeb’s sternum! Deeb kicked out at two! Riho tried for a running knee strike but Deeb dodged it. After several pinning attempts were reversed back and forth, Riho finally came out on top and pinned Serena Deeb! “The fans are chanting ‘This is awesome!’” said Jim Ross.

The Score: 9 out of 10

The Good:

  • Everything.

The Bad:

  • Nothing.

The Verdict:

  • Deeb is wrestling at Bret Hart levels of technical ability. If Deeb can’t get a shot at the AEW World Title, then this incredible match was in vain. This match will be remembered for its tremendous quality and for being the moment when Deeb set herself up as one of the best Women’s wrestlers in professional wrestling history.

Match #3: Orange Cassidy (with Chuck Taylor) def. Luther (with Serpentico)

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Serpentico used a tope suicida on Chuck Taylor before the match began. It distracted Orange, who was nailed by Luther with a pump kick and a powerbomb. Orange Cassidy wiped out Luther with a powerbomb of his own from the apron onto the arena floor. Serpentico entered the ring again and Chuck Taylor stopped him with the awful waffle! Orange Cassidy hit the orange punch on Luther and it was plenty to pin Luther with the three-count!

The Score: 1 out of 10

The Good:

  • Orange Cassidy actually wrestled.

The Bad:

  • The Match.

The Verdict:

  • Try booking this to go outside of a minute. Also, Luther can’t wrestle anymore. Why not put a younger wrestler who can wrestle in here? I wouldn’t recommend this bout to anyone other than the most ardent OC fans.

Match #4: The Young Bucks (Matt & Nick Jackson) def. Santana & Ortiz – AEW World Tag Team Title Match

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Santana used his power to prevent an arm drag from Nick Jackson. Ortiz tagged in and so did Matt Jackson. Jackson hip tossed Santana and Ortiz. Matt hit a dropkick on Ortiz. Santana tagged in and The Bucks double dropkicked him! Santana and Ortiz used the Magic Killer backbreaker combo! Omega, Callis, and The Good Brothers were seen watching the match on a TV monitor backstage. Because of interference, ref Rick Knox ejected the Inner Circle from ringside, and while this happened, Santana and Ortiz double-teamed Nick Jackson. Finally, Nick Jackson superkicked Ortiz and got the tag to Matt Jackson! Matt Jackson was a one-man wrecking crew on Santana and Ortiz! Matt used a twisting stunner on Santana for a near fall! Nick tagged in and blasted Santana with a powerbomb! The Bucks were setting up for More Bang for Your Buck but Santana and Ortiz had it scouted! Santana nailed Nick with the avalanche falcon arrow but somehow Nick found the strength to kick out! Ortiz cranked Nick’s neck in a submission hold. Matt Jackson dropped a Savage-like elbow off the top onto Ortiz to save his brother! The Bucks used the Doomsday Device on Santana! Matt buckle bombed Santana. They set Santana up for the BTE trigger but their knees collided as Santana moved! Santana and Ortiz followed up with the street sweeper and Matt Jackson broke the pin at the last possible moment! Santana and Ortiz powerbombed Matt Jackson into the front row! Ortiz was yelling that they were the best but Nick cradled Ortiz with a small package and scored the victory for The Bucks!

The Score: 7 out of 10

The Good:

  • The Jacksons and S/O paired-up very well together. This was the best match S/O have had in a few months. There wasn’t really a wrong note played here.

The Bad:

  • The ending really cut the wrist, so to speak. Why is Tony Khan copying the WWE so extensively? I thought this goofy bastard wanted to promote sports-centric wrestling? Whatever.

The Verdict:

  • Watch this sucker all the way until you get to the end…then just stop, so you don’t have to watch the end.

Match #5: FTR—Cash Wheeler & Dax Harwood def. Matt & Mike Sydal

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Cody Rhodes joined the commentary team for this match. He revealed his Face of the Revolution ladder match that will take place at REVOLUTION. Cash rammed Mike into the turnbuckle. Dax chopped away at Mike Sydal. Matt tagged in and kicked away at Dax! Cash got a tag, unbeknownst to Mike Sydal, who had been taking the offense to Dax. Cash surprised Mike with a wicked belly to back suplex! Matt Sydal took out both members of FTR with his offense. Mike used a moonsault to the outside for good measure! Back in the ring, Matt reversed a roll up on Dax, but Cash blasted Matt with a Dory Funk-like uppercut! Matt Sydal attempted to jump from the top rope but Dax grabbed his leg from the outside, forcing Matt to lose his balance. FTR finished off Mike in the ring with the Big Rig, grabbing the victory.

The Score: 6 out of 10

The Good:

  • Both teams worked well together. The contrast in styles worked well here. Both Sydals made for a refreshing team. FTR just powered on through and kicked ass, as they should.

The Bad:

  • I wanted more here. This never felt like an epic. It’s a shame that this match only felt like an exercise in teasing what these two teams could do.

The Verdict:

  • Give these guys more time. This was doing really well and then it ended abruptly.

Match #6: (Main Event) Jon Moxley, Lance Archer (with Jake “The Snake” Roberts) & Rey Fenix def. Eddie Kingston, The Butcher & The Blade (with The Bunny)

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We were off to the races as the match began with a brawl between both teams! Blade held Mox while Butcher tagged in and dropped a leg on him. Kingston tagged in and charged Moxley with a clothesline. Blade tagged in and hit a powerslam on Moxley. “Quick tags…it’s a good strategy,” said Jim Ross. Archer tagged in and decimated Blade with a belly to belly suplex. Archer walked the top rope, holding Blade’s arm, and then came crashing down on Blade! Mox tagged in and punted Blade, and then dished out a suplex to him. Kingston tagged in and neutralized Archer with headbutts. Archer took down Butcher and Kingston with a running cross body block. Rey Fenix was tagged in and caught Butcher with a cutter! Rey Fenix used a frog splash on Butcher for a near fall. Mox jumped into the ring and German suplexed Butcher. Rey Fenix caught Blade with a dropkick out of nowhere! All six competitors were down at this point, as the match had completely broken down! Mox and Kingston traded forearms. Kingston tried for the spinning backfist but Mox moved out of the way. Mox applied the bulldog sleeper to Kingston but it was broken up. Kingston got back to his feet, hit the spinning backfist, but Mox absorbed it. Mox powered through with the Paradigm Shift and pinned Kingston!

The Score: 7 out of 10

The Good:

  • Jon Moxley and Eddie Kingston were the glue here. Fenix worked hard. Archer got really good in the second half. The whole match moved along nicely until it reached a fever pitch at the end.

The Bad:

  • This was a match with little order and a lot of chaos, but not in compelling ways. The last act of the match is when everything settled in and we could make heads or tails of it all.

The Verdict:

  • As main events go, this was capper and a lively one at that.

Major News:

  1. Sting took a power-bomb from Brian Cage.
  2. Kenny Omega will fight Jon Moxley at Revolution for the AEW World Title in an Exploding Barbed Wire Death-Match
  3. A Face Of The Revolution Ladder Match for a TNT Title shot happens at Revolution with Scorpio Sky, Penta El Zero M, Cody Rhodes and three others.
  4. Adam Page tricked Matt Hardy into fighting him at Revolution for each other’s first quarter earnings at Revolution.

Final Verdict: 7/10

This was pretty good wrestling, by and large. Tony Khan stills needs to learn how to book as opposed to just writing stories, but the matches tend to do really well regardless. I had fun here, regardless of whether or not this was every-thing I wanted.

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