26th Feb2021

‘AEW: Dynamite’ Review (Feb 24th 2021)

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this week’s AEW: Dynamite review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and I can shove an egg up my as…what the… Paul Wight: I’m the Big Show! Me: Not any more. Vince owns the name. Paul: What?! Oh s—t! AAHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!! Vince! VIIIIIIIINNNNNCCEEE!!!!!!! Help me! I’m sorry! Vince McMahon: F—k you! HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!! Paul: I…I’ll kill you! Vince: HAHAHAHAHA…GAAAAAACK!!!!!! (neck is broken) Paul: Oh s—t! I killed the little asshole! Oh s—t! I can…can fix you! Yeah! I’ll just put your…your head back on and…just…f—k! Okay! Me: Ummmmmm… Paul: Shut up! He’s fine! He’s alive! Look! His head is on! He’s fine! (hand up corpse’s ass) Hi! I’m Vince McMahon! I love The Big Show! He’s my favorite guy! I love you! You own your name now! I love you! Paul: Oh Vince! Paul (with hand in ass): Kiss me, baby! (kissing) Me: Okay, let’s just…Paul Wight works for AEW now! Paul: The Big Show! My best friend…gave me my name to use here! He loves me! (more kissing) Me: Ummmmm…AEW starts now.

Match #1: Jon Moxley def. Ryan Nemeth

The following is courtesy of allelitewrestling.com:

“This is a good opportunity for “The Hollywood Hunk” Ryan Nemeth,” said Jim Ross. “Tonight, I’m going for the starring role—the winner!” said Nemeth in a pre-taped interview. “Nemeth is in there with one of the most dominant pro wrestlers in the world,” said Excalibur. The bell ran and Ryan Nemeth immediately tried for the pendulum DDT but Moxley blocked it. Moxley greeted Nemeth with a slap to the mouth, knocking him right to the mat. “Jon Moxley just paint brushed ‘The Hollywood Hunk,’” said Excalibur. “As Gordon Solie might say, ‘Un-ugh,’” added Jim Ross. Jon Moxley hammered down on Ryan Nemeth with cross faces. “We are seeing the number one ranked wrestler in the world Jon Moxley absolutely brutalizing ‘The Hollywood Hunk,’” said Excalibur. Nemeth ducked a clothesline and followed up with driving knees to Mox’s midsection. The former champ got behind him and blasted him with a backdrop suplex! Mox stomped on Nemeth’s fingers! “This is one role the ‘Hollywood Hunk’ probably wishes he never got,” remarked Tony Schiavone. “Tony I don’t see this having a sequel,” replied J.R. Mox hit a clothesline but Ryan Nemeth caught him off guard with a beautiful dropkick. It was enough to catch Moxley’s attention, too, as he quickly spiked Nemeth with the Paradigm Shift and pinned him for the victory! “He wants the title back. He was robbed of it. We all know that,” said Jim Ross.

The Score: 4 out of 10

The Good:

  • The right guy won. Ryan looked fine in a squash…A SQUASH?!?!?!?!?!?! AAAAAAAHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!! Jon was mean. He hurt the pretty boy like a whale in a hot dog bun.

The Bad:

  • IT WAS A F—KIN’ SQUASH! AAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!

The Verdict:

  • It happened.

Match #2: Ricky Starks & Brian Cage def. Varsity Blondes

The following is courtesy of allelitewrestling.com:

Taz joined the commentary team for this match. Starks and Pillman began for their respective teams, with Pillman wrenching Starks’ entire arm with a wristlock. Starks reversed it but Pillman clocked Starks in the face with a cartwheel kick! Garrison tagged in and continued to work over Starks’ arm. Pillman tagged back in and connected with a dropkick out of the ring onto Starks. Pillman attempted to springboard from the top rope but Ricky pushed him, forcing Pillman to crash land on the arena floor. Outside of the ring, Cage hoisted up Pillman and powerbombed him on the edge of the metal ring steps and ring post! Starks and Cage worked over Pillman’s back and neck. Cage rammed Pillman into the turnbuckle and then chopped him, following up with a rough pump kick. Cage connected with a backdrop suplex for a near fall on Pillman. Cage did biceps curls using Pillman’s body. Starks tagged back in and hit a middle rope dropkick on Pillman. Finally Pillman dodged Starks long enough to get the fiery tag to Garrison, who cleaned house on Starks and Cage with clotheslines and forearms. He dropped Brian Cage with a high boot. Cage rolled to the outside. “Garrison running over Team Taz here,” said Excalibur. Garrison elevated himself over the top rope and smacked into Cage on the outside with a crossbody block. Garrison pancaked Starks and went for the cover but Cage jumped in to break up the ref’s count. Cage ate a springboard clothesline from Pillman. The Blonds used a dropkick-powerbomb combo on Starks for a near fall! “Ricky Starks kicked out with a half a second to go or less,” said Jim Ross. Cage got the blind tag and nearly took off Pillman’s head with a discus lariat! Cage spiked Pillman in the center of the ring with the drill claw for the victory!

The Score: 3 out of 10

The Good:

  • Not a lot. Nothing really happened here, but nobody did anything wrong either.

The Bad:

  • This was boring and short…like me and my Mr. Winky.

The Verdict:

  • This sucked s—t.

Match #3: Jake Hager def. Brandon Cutler

The following is courtesy of allelitewrestling.com:

Cutler tried a big right hand at Hager but Hager ate it for lunch and then chucked Cutler into the turnbuckles! Cutler dodged Hager’s charge and dropped fists on him! Hager had none of it and planted Cutler with a wheelbarrow German suplex! Hager deadlifted Cutler and dropped him with another suplex! Hager placed Cutler in the corner and slugged away at his rib cage. “Talk about text book on how to work on a body…the body blows by Hager on Cutler right there,” said Schiavone. Hager caught Cutler with a massive boot! He followed up with the Hager Bomb! Cutler used his quickness, pulled the top rope down and sent Hager spilling to the outside. Cutler shot at Hager with a tope suicida! Cutler took flight again with a tope con giro! “Hager is getting hit with all kinds of angles here,” said Jim Ross. Cutler jumped off the top rope but Hager caught him and planted him hard! Hager rag dolled Cutler with a big, running clothesline and pinned Cutler! “Jake Hager making short and impressive work of Brandon Cutler,” said Excalibur.

The Score: 2 out of 10

The Good:

  • Cutler got on TV.

The Bad:

  • This sucked, because it was short and had little in the way of concise wrestling action. Hager and Cutler looked good, but the match didn’t come together.

The Verdict:

  • Shoot it in the head and do it over again.

Match #4: Adam Page def. Isiah Kassidy

The following is courtesy of allelitewrestling.com:

Page punched Kassidy as the bell rang! He stomped away at Kassidy! Page followed up by tossing Kassidy across the ring. Kassidy kicked Page as Page rolled back into the ring. Page answered with a hard lariat out of the corner! Page stared at Hardy who was taunting him on the outside of the floor. Page jumped over the top rope and came down like a ton of bricks on Kassidy! He shoved Kassidy into the steel barricade and then clotheslined him, knocking him over into the front row. Page chopped away at Kassidy, grounding the high flyer! Kassidy escaped a powerbomb and jumped back into the ring. TH2 distracted ref Aubrey Edwards and Matt Hardy pulled Page off the ring apron before he could execute the buckshot lariat! Hardy rammed Page shoulder and arm first into the steel ring post! Alex Reynolds and John Silver of the Dark Order sprinted down the ramp to get Aubrey Edward’s attention, pointing out Hardy’s interference to her. She ejected Matt Hardy from the match! Kassidy didn’t allow this to distract him as he kept the pressure on Page with stomps in the corner. Kassidy focused on Page’s arm with a submission hold. Page rallied back as Reynolds and Silver shouted words of encouragement. Page was about to go for the Buckshot Lariat when Kassidy clobbered him with another elbow strike. “Hangman” jumped back in with a rolling elbow strike, but Kassidy kicked out at the two-count! Kassidy connected with a step-up kick. Page improvised with a death valley driver! Kassidy dodged a sliding lariat but Page followed up with a brain buster in the center of the ring! After hitting Page with a poison rana, Kassidy found a crossarm breaker but Page grabbed the bottom rope! Kassidy was looking for the destroyer but Page countered with the dead-eye in the center of the ring, pinning Kassidy! “Page scratched out a hard-fought victory here tonight,” said Excalibur.

The Score: 6 out of 10

The Good:

  • Adam Page was great and carried Isiah through the match, which was of an excellent length.

The Bad:

  • Isiah should not be on TV yet. This was a match without much in the way of wrestling.

The Verdict:

  • If you can handle a match that is more performance than contest, than this bout will have some value to you.

Match #5: Nyla Rose def. Britt Baker – Women’s Eliminator Tournament Match

The following is courtesy of allelitewrestling.com:

They locked up and Nyla pushed Britt to the mat. They locked up a second time and Britt hung on with a side headlock. She tried to shoulder tackle Nyla but Nyla didn’t budge. She scooped up Britt with two slams! Britt began throwing a temper tantrum at ringside and began kicking trashcans over. She returned to the ring but Nyla caught her with a Samoan drop, flattening Britt! Nyla was about to break Britt’s leg again with a cannonball senton but Rebel pulled Britt out of the way. Nyla overpowered Britt and pancaked her on the mat! Britt rolled to the outside and lured Nyla down, pulled her directly into the steel ring post! Back in the ring, Nyla superplexed Baker off the top rope! She tried for a second suplex but Britt suplexed Nyla into the corner, right into an exposed turnbuckle! Nyla responded with clotheslines and a forearm! Nyla climbed to the top turnbuckle but Rebel stopped her. Rebel got planted on the ring apron for her trouble! Goodnight! Nyla connected with a nasty hanging neck breaker on Britt Baker! Nyla was about to Beast Bomb Baker but Baker dropped down to one knee. Rebel handed her the surgical glove but when Baker turned around, Nyla grabbed her with an authoritative chokeslam! Nyla shoved Rebel and squashed her with a cannonball senton. The distraction cost Nyla, though, because when she turned around Britt was there waiting for her, attempting to apply the lockjaw submission hold! Nyla powered out and smashed Britt down onto the mat! Britt kicked out at the two-count! Nyla turned around to grab the turnbuckle pad but Baker hit her with a thrust kick, and then rocked her with a second thrust kick! Nyla pounded her way out of the lockjaw again! Nyla clobbered Britt with a powerful right hand! Britt kicked out after a Beast Bomb! Finally after another Beast Bomb, Nyla Rose pinned Britt Baker! “She shook the floor with that Beast Bomb,” said Jim Ross.

The Score: 8 out of 10

The Good:

  • These two worked really well together. Baker looked the best that’s she’s looked in quite some time and Rose just as such. The action was fast and fierce, like my bowels after eating your momma’s p—sy. KABLORNK! I was in suspense over who would be booked to win, thanks to the convincing performance of both fighters.

The Bad:

  • Nothing was really bad here, but there could have been some more impressive wrestling here.

The Verdict:

  • Whatever deficiencies this match had set aside, this was still a barn-burner that had the big-fight feel to it.

Match #6: (Main Event) Lance Archer def. Rey Fenix (Face of the Revolution Qualifier)

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“Who’s hotter than Rey Fenix? In many circles, fans will tell you Rey Fenix is the best in the world. And they may be right,” said Jim Ross. Archer shoved Rey Fenix and Rey Fenix slapped him back! Rey Fenix started to chop away at Archer’s legs with kicks. Archer blocked a hook kick from Rey Fenix! Rey Fenix did a handspring off the ropes and Archer just moved and knocked him down. Rey Fenix exploded out of the ring with a tope onto Lance Archer, landing onto his feet! Rey Fenix climbed to the top rope and Jake Roberts grabbed his ankle, sending him down onto the ramp. Rey Fenix went airborne, elevating over the back of Jake Roberts onto Lance Archer! Rey Fenix returned Archer to the ring and connected with a big springboard frog splash! Archer kicked out and whipped Rey Fenix into the corner turnbuckle. Rey Fenix, unsteady on his feet, was clubbed back down by Archer. “The MurderHawk Monster” attempted a chokeslam but Rey Fenix escaped. Archer decked Rey Fenix with a lariat, knocking him to the floor. Archer whipped Rey Fenix into the steel guardrail! “These two guys are having a phenomenal match. It’s an early match of the year contender!” said Tony Schiavone. Archer nailed Rey Fenix with a flipping senton against the steel barricade! He tossed Rey Fenix back into the ring and suplexed him halfway across the ring! Rey Fenix fought out of the Black Out! He dropped the double foot stomp onto Archer’s head! “He has dropped the monster!” said Excalibur. Rey Fenix tried to pick up Archer but Archer countered with a release German suplex! Archer was slow to get to his feet. Both men were feeling the toll of this extremely physical contest. Archer walked the ropes and dropped a moonsault onto Rey Fenix! “Look at Archer’s expression. What is it going to take to put away Rey Fenix?” remarked Excalibur. Rey Fenix fought his way out of the corner with knife edged chops, but Lance Archer rammed him back into the corner with an elbow right to the face. Rey Fenix countered the second elbow and Rey Fenix hit a kick to the side of Archer’s head after the tight rope walk! Rey Fenix hit a rolling cutter on Archer for a two-count! “Rey Fenix is trying with all his might to wear Archer out but Archer is a bull,” said Jim Ross. Lance Archer smashed Rey Fenix with a fishermen’s buster for a near fall! They climbed to the top rope and Rey Fenix took Lance Archer down with the Spanish fly! Archer powered out at the two-count! Archer collided with Rey Fenix with the pounce, stopping Rey Fenix in his tracks. Archer choke slammed Rey Fenix but Rey Fenix kicked out again! Archer finished off Fenix after the black out! “What a collision this was,” said Tony Schiavone. After the match, Archer and Rey Fenix fist bumped as a sign of mutual respect.

The Score: 9 out of 10

The Good:

  • The whole damn match was good. Both guys worked their asses off to make this feel big and it did. Archer has made leaps and bounds with his character lately and is far more interesting because of it. Fenix had his best performance in several months, perhaps the best since he fought his brother Penta in that instant classic. These guys took their time in getting to the good stuff, but that doesn’t mean they skipped on the fun on the way there. This was a bout that earned its position on the card second by second. I never knew what was going to happen next and that added so much to this.

The Bad:

  • Fenix should have won, but Archer is not the worst person to lose to either. A few too many spots from Fenix for my taste, but they were performed well.

The Verdict:

  • When this was contested logically, this was outstanding. Fenix still needs to take his time out there and not be so desperate to entertain, but he is making that stride, if only a bit too slow for my taste. Archer was believable in victory, so having him get the victory worked out well. Over-all, this was one of the best AEW matches so far, due to the caliber of action and the length being the right amount.

Major News:

  1. Chris Jericho and MJF attacked The Young Bucks’s father.
  2. The Good Brothers jumped in The Young Bucks’s father’s ambulance as it takes off.
  3. Miro and Kip Sabian will fight Orange Cassidy and Chuck Taylor at Revolution.
  4. Sting looked great in a brawl with Team Taz.
  5. Kenny Omega is building the Exploding Barbed Wire Death Match himself.

Final Verdict: 6/10

The first hour of this show felt pointless. It was all just promos and posturing up until Adam Page wrestled in his fun spectacle with Isiah. The last two matches were great, but they weren’t enough to make the rest of the show feel as great as a whole. Still, this fun stuff and it built toward Revolution well enough.

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