12th Aug2021

‘AEW: Dynamite’ Review (Aug 11th 2021)

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this week’s All Elite Wrestling: Dynamite review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we have Darby Allin here. Darby Allin: I am here. Me: How was your weekend? DA: Ummmmmm…okay. Me: Did anything…happen? DA: Ummmmmm…no? Me: Nothing came to light from a woman…of your past? DA: Ummmmmm… Me: She didn’t say anything about you, like how you may have treated her or what you made her do? DA: Ummmmmm… Me: Well, anyway, anything said by another is not proven by it being said alone and that makes it all theoretical at most. DA: Ummmmmm…yeah. Yeah! Me: Very good. Oh! I almost forgot. Darby Allin: Ummmmmm… Me: Well, let’s start the review.

[Author’s Note: Darby Allin, who has been accused of rape, has been accused of rape again. None of the accusations of rape have been proven in court and Mr. Allin has neither been proven guilty or innocent in a court of law. If you are alarmed or upset by this information, then viewer discretion is advised].

Match #1: The Elite b. Mike Sydal/Matt Sydal/Dante Martin

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Matt Jackson swiveled his hips after body slamming Matt Sydal. Mike Sydal tagged in and connected with a double stomp across the abdomen of Matt Jackson. Mike used two deep arm drags to take down Matt Jackson again. Dante tagged in but Matt poked him in the eyes and tagged brother Nick. Dante floated on air with a tremendous dropkick to Matt Jackson. Kenny Omega ran in with a blindside shot to Dante. The Sydals rocket launched Dante onto The Elite on the outside of the ring. Kenny Omega tagged in and slapped Mike Sydal. Omega palmed Mike’s head and bounced him off the mat. The Elite utilized quick tags and brought in Nick Jackson, who rammed Mike’s head into Kenny’s boot. Omega tagged back in and put the pressure on Mike Sydal with an elbow and a near fall. Matt Jackson tagged in and stomped a mudhole into Mike Sydal. Kenny came back in with an elbow to the back of Mike Sydal. The Elite triple teamed Mike Sydal. Matt Sydal tagged in with matrix moves on The Elite. After a fishermen buster suplex on Matt Jackson, Matt Sydal got a near fall on Matt Jackson. He applied a grounded cobra clutch on Matt Jackson. Mike Sydal assisted his brother, but Kenny hit snap dragon suplexes on Mike and Matt Sydal! Dante Martin got the hot tag and delivered big right hands to Matt Jackson! He followed up with a tope suicida on Kenny Omega! Dante used a swan dive hurracarana on Kenny Omega on the outside! Bedlam broke out in the ring with all competitors trading offense, but Kenny Omega came out on top! Omega stopped Dante in his tracks by planting him across his knee. Kenny connected with a V-Trigger! Kenny attempted the One-Winged Angel, but Dante countered! Dante reversed a Tiger Driver ’98 but he couldn’t close the deal. Omega dropped him with the One-Winged Angel and The Elite used the BTE Trigger. Kenny Omega scored the pin on Dante after the triple team assault!

The Verdict: 7 out of 10

Match #2: Darby Allin b. Daniel Garcia

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They locked up in the ring with Garcia forcing Darby into the corner turnbuckles. Garcia put pressure on Darby’s left arm, and then worked over his wrist. Garcia transitioned into a backslide, but Darby escaped. Darby shoved at Daniel Garcia and then applied the Fujiwara armbar. Garcia grabbed the rope immediately to force the ref to break the hold. 2.0 distracted the ref which allowed Daniel Garcia to gouge at Darby Allin. Garcia whipped Darby into the turnbuckles. Garcia continued to manipulate and dismantle Darby’s left arm! Darby tried to rally back and climbed to the top turnbuckle, eyeing 2.0, but Garcia pushed Darby from behind. Garcia applied a hammerlock to Darby and then stomped away on Darby’s head! Darby’s boot touched the bottom rope and he managed to get the ref to break the hold. Garcia slapped Darby and Darby had enough! He chopped away at Garcia. Darby went for the Coffin Drop but Garcia countered. Darby fought back with a stunner and then he connected with the Coffin Drop, pinning Garcia! 2.0 tried to get involved and Sting moved in and made quick work of them. Darby Allin and Sting made 2.0 pay for their loud mouths!

The Verdict: 6 out of 10

Match #3: Matt Hardy/Private Party b. Wheeler Yuta/Orange Cassidy/Chuck Taylor

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Orange Cassidy grabbed Matt Hardy’s hands and cradled him for a near fall. Hardy retaliated with force and a Side Effect slam on Cassidy. Marq Queen and Isiah Kassidy tried to double team Orange Cassidy, but Cassidy tagged Wheeler Yuta, who jumped off Orange’s back! Private Party surprised Yuta with their Silly String maneuver! Wheeler Yuta had a window of opportunity open after a double dropkick on Private Party! The Bunny pushed at Kris Statlander and then Nyla Rose ran out and rammed Statlander into the edge of the ring! Chuck Taylor took out TH2 with a tope con hilo! Taylor powerbombed Kassidy onto Marq, and then used a spinning Liger bomb on Marq Quen! Orange smashed Matt Hardy with a DDT and then a tope suicida! Wheeler Yuta hit a splash off the top rope onto Marq Quen for a near fall. Yuta was fighting against the odds against Private Party. They nailed Wheeler with Gin & Juice, but Orange Cassidy broke up the pin! Matt Hardy nearly took off Wheeler Yuta’s head with the Twist of Fate and pinned Yuta!

The Verdict: 5 out of 10

Match #4: Kris Statlander b. Nyla Rose

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Nyla Rose didn’t waste any time and attacked Kris at the sound of the bell. Nyla sent Kris flying with a pounce! Nyla took down Kris with a release German suplex! Statlander fought back with a pendulum moonsault off the apron and onto Nyla Rose. Nyla choke slammed Kris onto the ring apron! Nyla went up top for her diving knee strike, but Statlander did a handstand. Nyla answered with a modified spear! Kris Statlander countered Nyla’s offense with a powerbomb and then pinned her after hitting the Area 451!

The Verdict: 4 out of 10

Match #5: The Good Brothers b. The Dark Order – IMPACT Tag Titles Match

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Dark Order showed off their tag team prowess on Karl Anderson, looking for an upset early on. Brandon Cutler grabbed Evil Uno’s legs and pulled him off the apron. Cabana scared Cutler onto the ramp and “The Elite Hunter” Frankie Kazarian hauled Cutler away to the back. Excalibur mentioned that there was some dissention amongst the ranks of Dark Order, with regard to respecting “Hangman” Adam Page’s wishes. Only Colt Cabana was out there backing up Evil Uno and Stu Grayson tonight. Grayson stepped off Anderson’s back and DDT’ed Gallows! Grayson very nearly had Gallows up on his shoulders, but Gallows escaped. Karl Anderson tagged in, but Grayson launched him with a suplex. Evil Uno hoisted up Karl Anderson on his shoulders, but Anderson slipped out. The Good Brothers were about to use the Magic Killer on Grayson, but Evil Uno had it scouted and countered it! Dark Order were about to perform their Fatality, but the ref was distracted by Gallows. Anderson fired the gun stun and then they finished off Grayson with the Magic Killer for the pin!

The Verdict: 6 out of 10

Match #6: (Main Event) Chris Jericho b. Wardlow

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Jericho took the fight to Wardlow early, but Wardlow was having none of it. He lifted up Jericho and backed him into the turnbuckles. Jericho fought back with the Code Breaker, but Wardlow kicked out at the 1-count! Wardlow hurled Jericho across the ring with a vertical suplex type maneuver. He sent Jericho to the outside with a clothesline. Wardlow rammed Jericho’s head into the ring post! Wardlow pancaked Jericho with a massive powerbomb. Wardlow blasted Jericho with a second powerbomb while MJF laughed on the outside of the ring. “This is too good,” MJF said into the ringside camera. Wardlow continued with the powerbombs, one after another, with punishing, cumulative effects on Jericho! Wardlow sent Jericho for a ride with the F-10! Jericho swept out the legs of Wardlow and applied the Walls of Jericho! MJF raked Jericho’s eyes from outside the ring! MJF tried to pass his “Dynamite diamond ring” to Wardlow, but ref Aubrey Edwards ejected MJF from the ring. As ref Aubrey Edwards was dealing with MJF, Jericho grabbed his baseball bat, “Floyd”, and walloped Wardlow with it! Jericho followed up with the Judas Effect and pinned Wardlow! Shawn Spears ambushed Jericho, clubbing him with rights and lefts! Sammy Guevara jumped in to stop Spears! MJF returned to the ring and applied the Salt of the Earth arm bar submission! Jake Hager sprinted out to even up the odds for the Inner Circle!

The Verdict: 6 out of 10

Final Verdict: 6/10

Nothing was ventured and nothing was gained on a show more concerned with announcing things than doing things. Christian Cage was announced as having not one but two matches against Kenny Omega, with one on Rampage for the IMPACT World Title and at All Out for the AEW World Title. It’s a very odd booking decision, but I’ve seen worse. The Jurassic Express also gets a shot at the AEW Tag straps. As for the matches, it was a case of flips and dives stealing a show that wasn’t tacked down with a lot of logic. The individual performances of the roster were notable, but the matches they were in were but a whisper in the wind. Jericho and Wardlow barely got by with their glorified squash match, especially when the whole thing was ended by referee distractions and the like. MJF banning the Judas Effect in the match between Jericho and MJF is a weak stipulation that most will not care about. The match should be pretty good. Man. I’d love to tell you that this was a barn-burner of a show, but it was too tepid. Tony Schiavone got attacked by QT Marshall and his cucks as they assaulted his son, but Paul Wight saved Tony from getting dp’d or something. How many feuds is AEW gonna shove down our throats each week? Sting and Darby Allin will fight 2.0 next week. Britt Baker got a massive babyface reaction in her hometown and the brawl she had with Red Velvet turned out great. I just didn’t get much out of this from a wrestling perspective. Dull is not a bad way to describe this show, although there are little pockets of fun here and there. AEW has done better, but they’ve also done worse. Okay. I’ll see you next time.


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