13th May2021

‘AEW: Dynamite’ Review (May 12th 2021)

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this week’s AEW: Dynamite review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we have a bunch of great matches here. I’m excited. Bernie Sanders: I’m not! Me: Bernie Sanders! BS: I hate wrestling! They’re not socialists! Me: Well, socialism isn’t normally a good thing. BS: Yes it is! Me: How? BS: Well…equality! Me: How is socialism equality? BS: Ummmm…people get things! Me: People get things in a democracy. Why not just have actual democracy? BS: Socialist democracy! That’s the way. Me: Hold on. Socialist democracy? Socialism is doing things for mankind regardless whether you want to or not, right? Me: What’s best for society. Me: Okay. Democracy is people choosing do to things or not do things. Right? BS: Yes, baby! Me: Okay. So doing things because you’re told to and doing things because you choose to are the same thing? BS: Y…no! Me: Okay. Well, here’s Robert De Niro. Robert De Niro: That s—t didn’t make any f—kin’ sense! Why don’t you kiss my ass, you f—kin’ turtle mother-f—ker you?! BS: I apologize for angering you, good sir. RDN: Blow me you f—kin’ puke! I oughta smash you like a f—kin’ cheerleader! BS: You smash cheer-leaders? RDN: I beat the f—k out of them! Me: Well, this was just me making up a bunch of characters to randomly make me sound like I understood politics. Okay. Let’s… BS: Oh s—t! RDN: Come here you f—kin’ pussy! I’ll smash you! Smash you good! Me: Dynamite! HACHACHACHA!!!!!!!!!

Match #1: Jon Moxley def. Yuji Nagata – IWGP United States Title Match

The following is courtesy of allelitewrestling.com:

Moxley came out to “Wild Thing” by The Troggs tonight. They shoved one another and wasted no time with forearms to the face. Nagata dropped the champ with a big boot and a knee strike. Rocky Romero was seen watching in the crowd. Moxley came back with a diving knee strike between Nagata’s shoulder blades. Moxley was in control with an elbow drop and then a lateral press for a near fall. Jake “The Snake” Roberts and “The MurderHawk Monster” Lance Archer were watching from the crowd. Mox jumped off the turnbuckles but Yuji countered with knee strikes and then found an exploder suplex! Nagata faked a dropkick, Mox covered up, and then Nagata nailed him with a basement dropkick. Nagata followed up with kicks. Mox got to his feet and they began to slug it out again. Mox dodged a high boot from Nagata, connected with a German suplex, and then used a stiff lariat for a two-count! Moxley was looking for a piledriver but Nagata found a wide base and backdropped Mox. Nagata hoisted Moxley to the top turnbuckle and used an exploder avalanche from the top! Nagata covered for a 2.99 count! Moxley applied a sleeper but Nagata dropped down and wrenched on an arm breaker! Moxley reached for the ropes with the toes of his boots, his only salvation. Moxley found a lariat out of nowhere. He tried to put out the submission expert Nagata with a sleeper. Mox used driving knee strikes and then blasted Nagata with the Paradigm Shift for the victory!

The Score: 8 out of 10

Match #2: Young Bucks def. SCU – AEW World Tag Team Title Match

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SCU will break up if they lose the match! Kaz took down Nick Jackson with chain wrestling and then slapped him. Nick slapped back and then ran out of the ring. Kaz was fired up and fired on all cylinders with a clothesline to Nick. He used a floating neck breaker on Nick. Daniels hit an elbow drop and he and Kaz displayed their legendary tandem offense, isolating Nick Jackson. Daniels ran toward the ropes, but Matt Jackson backdropped him out. The Bucks worked over CD on the outside of the ring, with Matt powerbombing Daniels on the ring apron. Nick followed up with a senton. SCU employed more tandem offense on Nick Jackson for a near fall by Daniels. SCU caught Matt Jackson with the Celebrity Rehab! Daniels went for the BME, but Matt Jackson anticipated and shoved CD out of the ring. Nick Jackson walloped Kaz with a bulldog and then punted Christopher Daniels. Nick planted Kaz with a face buster. Nick superkicked Daniels on the outside of the ring; Daniels’ head was driven into the headpost and the “Fallen Angel” was busted wide open! Matt bucklebombed Kaz! The Young Bucks were about to go for More Bang For Your Buck but Kaz saw it coming and adjusted with a counter. He backdropped Nick out of the ring onto the ramp. Kaz rolled up Matt but Gallows distracted the referee. Frankie Kazarian nailed Matt with a Styles Clash! Nick broke up the pin attempt! Kaz set up for a cutter but it was blocked, and he was caught with a tombstone by Matt Jackson. Daniels ran in and neutralized Nick with Angel’s Wings. Matt Jackson speared a bloodied Daniels! Matt Jackson mockingly said, “I’m sorry, I love you,” and superkicked Daniels. “Fallen Angel” kicked out of the pin. Daniels hit the BME on Matt Jackson! While the ref was distracted, Matt Jackson spiked Daniels with the cold freeze spray! Christopher Daniels found the intestinal fortitude to kick out! The Bucks came back with the BTE Trigger and Nick pinned Christopher Daniels!

The Score: 8 out of 10

Match #3: PAC vs. Orange Cassidy (double countout)

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The winner faces AEW World Heavyweight Champion Kenny Omega at DOUBLE OR NOTHING 2021! Orange removed his sunglasses and placed them on PAC’s face. PAC destroyed the shades. Orange went for Beach Break and almost won the match right away! Orange Cassidy crashed onto PAC with a tope suicida (and of course, his hands remained in his pockets). PAC rammed Orange Cassidy into the steel barricade on the outside of the ring. PAC sent him a second time into the barricade! Back in the ring, PAC hit a shotgun dropkick on Cassidy, turning “Freshly Squeezed” inside out! PAC went up a third time and connected with a third shotgun dropkick, this time to Cassidy’s back! PAC climbed to the top rope, perhaps looking for the Black Arrow, but Orange rolled across the ring and out of the way. Orange gave PAC the thumbs up. PAC sent Orange into the ropes and stopped him in his tracks with a thrust kick! PAC followed up with a Liger Bomb for a near fall, Cassidy barely sneaking his shoulder out in time! Ref Aubrey Edwards was checking on Cassidy’s condition. Don Callis grabbed a microphone and said he wanted a winner because Kenny Omega is a busy man. Omega blindsided PAC with the heavyweight title as ref Aubrey Edwards was distracted by Callis’ commotion! PAC and Orange Cassidy couldn’t get up before the 10-count. Tony Schiavone walked onto the ramp and said he was just informed that on May 30th at DOUBLE OR NOTHING, Kenny Omega will have to face PAC and Orange Cassidy in a three-way match!

The Score: 7 out of 10

Match #4: Thunder Rosa def. Jazmin Allure

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Thunder Rosa pulverized Jazmin with chops in the corner! After a flash of offense, Thunder Rosa took Jazmin off her feet with a dropkick. Thunder Rosa used a shoulder breaker and then a fire thunder driver for a statement victory over Jazmin Allure!

The Score: 3 out of 10

Match #5: (Main Event) Miro def. Darby Allin – TNT Title Match

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Miro manhandled Darby, assaulting the champ before the bell rang! Miro rag dolled Darby on the outside of the ring! Miro clotheslined Darby over the top of the guardrail. Miro flung Darby over the guardrail with a belly-to-belly suplex! Ethan Page and Scorpio Sky were cackling as they watched from the upper deck. Ref Paul Turner asked Darby if he could go. Darby said yes and Paul Turner signaled for the match to begin. Darby surprised Miro with a shotgun dropkick and Miro shrugged it off! Darby blasted Miro with a cannonball tope suicida! Darby attempted a Coffin Drop but Miro caught him with a belly to back suplex onto the arena floor. Ethan Page and Scorpio Sky used a chop block to neutralize Sting! Darby escaped and jumped onto Miro’s back. Darby applied a sleeper, and Miro dropped to one knee. Miro made it to the ropes and the ref was forced to break the hold. On the outside of the ring, with Darby on his back, Miro sprinted into the wall, knocking Darby silly on impact! Miro hammered down with the point of his elbow on Darby’s shoulder. Miro slammed Darby into the ropes! Darby Allin slapped Miro’s face! Darby came over the top with a stunner for a near fall! Darby connected with another stunner! Darby went up top for the Coffin Drop but Miro caught him! Darby created some distance and used a Code Red for a near fall. Miro locked on the Game Over submission and referee Paul Turner stopped the match!

The Score: 8 out of 10

Final Verdict: 8/10

Finally. AEW has a hit. From the opener to the closer, this was a fabulous show, even when it made big mistakes. The Moxley/Nagata bout was an incredible display that saw Moxley come out to The Troggs’s “Wild Thing” and battle an ageless Nagata who seems like he could wrestle forever. Boy did I love that match. Then, SCU was retired as a team in an emotional fight that got so bloody that you’d think we were in the middle of Blood & Guts. Oh. The opener got bloody too. Man, there was a lot of blood. PAC and OC were kicking some ass until OC got injured…at least I think it was him. I can hardly tell anymore. There are so many big moves in wrestling these days that always look like a calamity when they work that, when they fail, it’s hard to tell what’s what. The announcement of Omega defending against both PAC and OC at Double Or Nothing is contrived, both as a booking decision and by way of the double countout that likely had to happen due to OC’s injury. Rosa clobbered her way to a squash. Cody Rhodes is calling himself The American Dream for Double Or Nothing when he fights Anthony Ogogo. Finally, Miro decimated Darby Allin to become the TNT Champion in a brutal fight that packed a wallop. Oh. The Inner Circle did the spot where they sprayed booze on The Pinnacle to build toward the Stadium Stampede bout that will have the former faction’s future on the line, because if The Inner Circle loses, they are done. I hate promos. This show had too many long promos. The matches were awesome. This is a wrestling show. Maybe, just maybe, Tony Khan should just stick to matches from now on? Eh. What do I know? It’s not like I watch and review enough modern wrestling to see what works and what doesn’t. Okay. There’s some great matches here to see and, since that’s what this show is supposed to be about, I’d wager that this was a success overall. Well, it’s been fun. I’ll see you next time…bitch.


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