07th May2021

‘AEW: Dynamite’ Review (May 5th 2021)

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this week’s AEW: Dynamite review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and it’s time for Blood & Guts! Ew. That sounds so gross. Well, it’s just the original WarGames match, so don’t worry. They’ll all be dead soon! Jonjo! Activate the nuclear implosion/explosion device! HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!! Jonjo: Da wut? Me: You know, I only ask so much of you, you hillbilly computer dictation TalkTech mother-f–ker! You have two jobs: 1. Record everything I say for these reviews. 2. Blow up the f–king people I tell you to killllllllllllll!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Jonjo: I like hammocks! Me: God damn it! Are you f–king listening to meeeeeeee???????!!!!!!!! Jonjo: Here kitty kitty kitty kitty! Me: AAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!! Jonjo: Push lady! Push! Lamaze! Me: I’m not pregnant God damn it! Jonjo: The baby died?! Oh s–t! Me: N…h…shut the f–k up! Just get to the review! Jonjo: ‘Cuz ya once…twice…three times a ladyyyyyy…and ya baby…diiiiiiiiiiiied. Me: AHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!! Jonjo: Push lady! Push! Lamaze!

Match #1: Jon Moxley and Eddie Kingston def. Kenny Omega and Michael Nakazawa

The following is courtesy of allelitewrestling.com:

Prior to the match, Don Callis said Kenny Omega was unable to attend and MT Nakazawa would face Mox and Kingston on his own. Tony Schiavone informed viewers that Callis was lying as he’d seen Omega earlier in the day. As Moxley and Kingston made their way to the ring, Omega rushed them and ambushed them from behind! Nakazawa and Omega double-teamed Kingston until Moxley made the save. Omega struck with another blindside shot to Moxley, until Moxley countered with a sidewalk slam. Mox followed up with a tope suicida to Nakazawa and Omega on the outside! Nakazawa hit a low blow on Kingston while ref Paul Turner was distracted. They worked over Kingston in the corner turnbuckles. Kenny hit a Kotaro Crusher on Eddie Kingston for a near fall! Omega was looking for a brainbuster, but Kingston widened his base to prevent it. Kingston retaliated with stiff knife edged chops to Kenny Omega. Kingston avoided a moonsault and followed up with a big falling clothesline on Omega. Mox and Nakazawa tagged in for their respective teams. Mox stomped a mudhole in Nakazawa. Mox folded Nakazawa in half with a German suplex. He blasted him with a piledriver, and then Omega broke up the pin. Moxley planted Nakazawa with a half and half and then pinned Nakazawa!

The Score: 4 out of 10

Match #2: Cody Rhodes def. QT Marshall

The following is courtesy of allelitewrestling.com:

After fist-bumping The Factory on the entrance ramp, QT walked to the ring on his own. Cody Rhodes leapt into the ring and blasted him with rapid strikes and then a standing vertical suplex, wasting no time taking the fight to QT! Cody removed his weight belt, but the referee pulled it away from him. QT had a weight belt of his own and whipped Cody with it. QT Marshall and Cody Rhodes traded shots until Cody had enough and went to QT’s eyes. Cody raked QT’s back! Cody climbed up top, but QT met him up there and brought him down with a double-underhook! QT used a deadlift suplex on Cody! QT met Cody outside the ring and chopped away at Cody. QT showed Arn Anderson away. “The Enforcer” grabbed QT Marshall by the face and began to grind it on the ring post until AEW officials ran out and pried him off! QT dropped Cody after a high boot. Cody went over the top, looking for a sunset flip, and then finally planted QT with a crisp DDT! Cody hit a moonsault onto QT for a near fall! QT dodged a Disaster Kick and then caught Cody as Cody attempted Cross Rhodes! QT signaled for the diamond cutter, but Cody countered with a backslide! QT picked Cody up and bucklebombed him! Cody reversed a tombstone piledriver, nailed QT, but QT kicked out before the three-count! Cody grabbed Cross Rhodes and connected this time, but QT kicked out. QT asked for help to get to his feet and Cody assisted him. When QT stood up, he gave the middle finger to Cody! Cody locked on the figure four and made QT submit! Anthony Ogogo entered the ring and dropped Cody Rhodes with the bolo shot. He then covered up Cody with the Union Jack!

The Score: 7 out of 10

Match #3: Britt Baker def. Julia Hart

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Baker kicked Hart in the abdomen. She followed up with the sling blade clothesline. Baker used the air raid crash and then she made Hart submit after the Lockjaw!

The Score: 1 out of 10

Match #4: SCU def. The Acclaimed, The Varsity Blonds and Jurassic Express – #1 Contender’s Match To The AEW World Tag Team Titles

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Jungle Boy and Frankie Kazarian locked up at the start of the match. Kaz hit a shoulder tackle on Jungle Boy and rolled him up for a near fall. Max tagged himself in, as did Brian Pillman, Jr. And then everything broke down with all the teams brawling. The Acclaimed displayed acclaim-worthy tandem offense on Christopher Daniels. Bowens hooked the legs of CD for a close count. Daniels planted Bowens with a backheel trip. Luchasaurus got the blind tag and took out both members of the Acclaimed with tail whips! He choke slammed both members of Varsity Blonds. Luchasaurus sent Kazarian over the top rope with a chokeslam! Jungle Boy tagged in and almost stole the victory over Bowens until Daniels made the save. Pillman used a springboard clothesline for a near fall on Jungle Boy! Jungle Boy blasted Pillman with a clothesline! Jungle Boy climbed to the top rope but Kazarian tagged himself in and rocked Pillman with a clothesline! Pillman got caught in midair and then Daniels jumped off the top rope with the BME! Kazarian pinned Pillman! Next week it’ll be SCU vs. the AEW Tag Team Champions The Young Bucks on DYNAMITE.

The Score: 6 out of 10

Match #5: (Main Event) The Pinnacle def. The Inner Circle – Blood & Guts Match

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Sammy entered the cage first. Dax was elected by Tully to start for his team by Tully Blanchard. Sammy sprinted across one ring and jumped onto Dax in the second ring! Dax dropped Sammy with a big shoulder tackle. Sammy answered with a dropkick, but Dax came back with a spinebuster. Harwood climbed up to the top strand and Sammy met him up there. They balanced on the top rope, trading chops. Harwood was knocked down and possibly turned his knee on the landing. Sammy sent Harwood face first into the cage. Harwood was busted open by the chain-link fence! Sammy performed a beautiful double springboard into a cutter on Harwood! Shawn Spears was next! He entered the cage with a steel chair! Spears propped up the chair in the turnbuckles. Sammy tried to fend off Spears and Harwood until Spears finally waffled Sammy with the steel chair!

Ortiz was in next for the Inner Circle, and he was like a pit bull let off a chain! Ortiz chucked the chair at Harwood! Sammy smashed Spears with a Spanish Fly after bouncing off the top rope of two separate rings. Cash Wheeler entered the match. Cash ran in to save Dax and then Spears. FTR connected with an assisted brainbuster on Ortiz! Spears ran Sammy into the cage! Spears locked in a sharpshooter on Sammy. The Pinnacle began to dominate here. Santana entered the fray next… Santana cleaned house on The Pinnacle!

Wardlow came in and manhandled every member of the Inner Circle. Jake Hager jumped in and tossed FTR around, making a statement! Spears tapped to Hager’s ankle lock, but the match couldn’t end because not everyone had entered the match yet. Wardlow and Hager rocked each other with thunderous strikes! Hager used the cage for leverage and began to knee Wardlow. MJF was next in the match. He distracted Hager as Wardlow chop blocked Hager. MJF taunted Jericho, who was watching from outside, waiting for his turn to enter BLOOD & GUTS.

The Pinnacle retreated to one ring and began to beatdown on Santana. Chris Jericho was finally allowed to enter the ring. Both teams charged and met in the middle! Jericho grabbed “Floyd” the baseball bat. Spears tried to climb up the cage and Jericho began to choke him on the truss. FTR ripped the canvass off the ring and exposed the wood. Santana and Ortiz held up FTR and with an assist with Sammy, they hit double spiked piledrivers. Jericho connected with the Code Breaker! Sammy went coast to coast, dropkicking the steel chair on the opposite side of the ring that was on Spears’ face! Jericho jacked MJF with the turnbuckle cable! Santana pulled out a fork and gouged MJF with it! Jericho choked Wardlow with the baseball bat! Ortiz grinded Cash Wheeler’s face in the steel cage! Jericho found his mark with a right hand on MJF’s forehead!

Ortiz went “street” and swung the steel chair at Wardlow. Hager rammed into Wardlow with a stiff lariat! MJF escaped to the roof of the cage! Jericho climbed to the top to meet MJF up there. Jericho applied the Walls of Jericho on MJF, but MJF used a heavy-handed low blow to counter Jericho. MJF put on the Salt of the Earth armbar! MJF began to bite Jericho’s hand. MJF pulled out his Dynamite Diamond Ring and found his mark right between Jericho’s eyes! Sammy Guevara pleaded for MJF to stop and said the Inner Circle surrendered. MJF then threw Chris Jericho off the top of the cage and down onto the steel ramp!

The Score: 7 out of 10

Final Verdict: 7/10

This was a one match show that had a second match worth seeing once and a few others that ranged from bad to good. Cody and QT had their grudge match and it ended-up being a better technical spectacle than I thought it would. QT doesn’t feel like a heel, but he does come across as a capable wrestler, which is evident in the battle with Cody. SCU has a title shot next week against The Young Bucks, thanks to winning a four-way spot-fest that was fun to watch, despite being easily forgettable. I look forward to seeing SCU possibly win the titles next week. Julia Hart lost to Britt Baker in a squash. The opening tag bout was just a lot of movement, but it was pretty movement…I think. Kenny Omega was involved in a long promo where he was told that PAC and Orange Cassidy will fight next week to decide the contender to Kenny at Double Or Nothing. Kenny laughed off OC for ten minutes or some-thing like that and heavily hinted that OC is gonna be the contender to Kenny at the aforementioned Pay Per View. From there, it’s the Blood & Guts Match, which was like most of the decent WarGames matches from World Championship Wrestling. There was a lot of brawling and enough blood to make the Red Cross jealous. They had the two rings and the cage with a ceiling and all that stuff. This was very energetic and tightly booked, but what was booked was brawling and last-minute-saves and more brawling. If you like brawling, then watch this match. A lot of this match was obscured by Picture-In-Picture, but what was allowed to consume the entirety of the screen was solid and exciting, despite being very repetitive. Blood & Guts was WarGames without the sinister atmosphere or the feeling of danger…until the end of course. Much will be made of Chris Jericho being thrown off of the Cage at 50. MJF looked evil throwing him off after winning the bout. This was…it was Blood & Guts. AEW promised Blood & Guts and we got Blood & Guts. Blood & Guts went over a half an hour and it was the right length for a match that the entire episode was named after. If you liked Blood & Guts, then this was a show you liked and if you hated the match, then this was not much of a show to you. There you go. Okay. I’m outta here. I’ll see you next time.

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