20th Aug2021

‘AEW: Dynamite’ Review (Aug 18th 2021)

by Phil Wheat

Welcome to this weeks [late] review of AEW: Dynamite, the last episode before the highly anticipated “The First Dance” episode of AEW: Rampage, where one OR MORE, new wrestler MAY or MAY NOT be making their debut for All Elite Wrestling… Oh the suspense! While we wait, why not check out this review.

Match #1: Sting & Darby Allin def. 2.0

The following is courtesy of allelitewrestling.com:

This is the first time Sting is wrestling on TNT in 20 years… Darby Allin laid out Daniel Garcia with his skateboard. Darby and Sting hit 2.0 with stereo Stinger splashes! The two teams brawled into the upper concourse of the arena. Daniel Garcia jumped back into the fray. 2.0 used “2 for the show” on Darby into the concrete wall! Darby Allin walked down the concourse ramp and dove onto 2.0 and Daniel Garcia! Eddie Kingston came back out and got some shots in on 2.0 and Garcia. Jeff Parker took out Sting’s leg. 2.0 suplexed Darby spine-first onto the trucks of his skateboard! Sting rallied back and took on 2.0 by himself! 2.0 hoisted up Sting and power bombed him through a table! Sting popped right back up! Darby dropkicked 2.0 right into Sting’s arms. Sting nailed them with the Scorpion Death Drop! Sting applied a double Scorpion Death Lock to 2.0 and made them tap!

My Score: 3 out of 5

Match #2: Sammy Guevara def. Shawn Spears

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Sammy came out to a thunderous reaction. Spears tried to get the jump on him, but Sammy noticed him and countered. Sammy rocketed off the ramp onto Spears. Sammy then walked over and kissed his fiancé, Pam. “The Spanish God” then rammed Spears into the guardrail. Spears got up and he and Tully Blanchard double-teamed Sammy with a stuffed piledriver. Tully called for a second stuffed piledriver, but ref Aubrey Edwards ejected him from the ringside area! Spears dropped down his kneepad area, exposing his shinbone, and then blasted Sammy with knee strikes! Sammy caught Spears with a head kick. Sammy was looking for a cutter, but Spears moved out of the way. Sammy rolled up Spears for a near fall. They exchanged chops. Spears got the better of Sammy, picking him up vertically and then dropping him on his knee! Spears mounted Sammy and began the ground and pound attack! Guevara placed a rail between the edge of the ring and the barricade wall. Both men jumped to the top turnbuckle. Spears flipped off Sammy with a middle finger. Sammy answered with a huge cutter off the top rope for a near fall. The momentum changed when Spears got Sammy up with the Avalanche C4 from the ropes for a two-count on Sammy! Spears hoisted up Sammy, but Sammy countered with a thrust kick and then a death valley driver onto the barricade! Sammy hit Spears with the 630 senton but somehow Spears kicked out! Sammy rolled down his kneepad and rocked Spears with three consecutive knees! Sammy said, “This is over,” lifted up Spears and smashed him with the GTH for the pin!

My Score: 4 out of 5

Match #3: AEW World Tag Team Championship Match – The Young Bucks def. Jurassic Express

The following is courtesy of allelitewrestling.com:

Nick Jackson hit Jungle Boy with a shoulder tackle. Nick backflipped off the ring apron. Jungle Boy took flight and crash-landed onto Nick Jackson! Luchasaurus tagged in, and Nick quickly tagged out to Matt Jackson. Luchasaurus hit a sidewalk slam on Matt Jackson for a near fall. Jungle Boy tagged in and connected with a senton splash onto Matt Jackson. Jungle Boy took Nick Jackson down with a hurracanrana over the ropes! Matt Jackson surprised Luchasaurus with a diving crossbody block off the top turnbuckle onto the floor! The fans in the arena became unglued watching the highflying action unfold! Jungle Boy was trying to fight out of the corner of the champions. He finally rolled through and got the hot tag to Luchasaurus. The big masked dino pancaked The Bucks, overwhelming them with his prehistoric strength! Jungle Boy was on the top rope with Nick Jackson. Luchasaurus walked up to Jungle Boy, who then proceeded to hit a brain buster on Nick (jumping off Luchasaurus’ back)! Luchasaurus followed up with tail whips to The Young Bucks and then served up double chokeslams! Jungle Boy jumped off Luchasaurus’ back but this time he was met with superkicks from The Young Bucks! The champs followed up with an assisted Indy Taker on Jungle Boy, but Jungle Boy kicked out before the three-count! Kenny Omega ran down to the ring and walloped Marko Stunt with a steel chair! Kenny tossed the chair to Matt Jackson! Christian Cage chased after Omega and began brawling with him. Omega’s plan backfired as Jungle Boy rocked Matt Jackson with a brain buster onto the chair! Nick Jackson was there to break the count! The Young Bucks double-teamed Jungle Boy with the BTE Trigger, which allowed Matt Jackson to pin Jungle Boy! Christian Cage was carried back out to the ring and Kenny Omega stomped mud holes into him. The Elite stood by and mocked Christian Cage. Omega hit the One-Winged Angel on Christian Cage and Don Callis was there to make the mock three-count!

My Score: 3.75 out of 5

Match #4: Thunder Rosa def. Penelope Ford

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Thunder Rosa dropkicked Ford into the turnbuckles. Thunder Rosa charged in with a big elbow. Thunder Rosa found her mark with kicks to Ford. Thunder Rosa dropkicked Penelope Ford to the arena floor! Ford rallied back with a massive cutter on the outside! Thunder Rosa was searching for the Fire Thunder Driver but Penelope countered. Penelope Ford applied the Muta Lock but Rosa countered with a single leg crab. Penelope managed to grab the bottom rope causing ref Paul Turner to break the hold. Thunder Rosa spiked Ford with a spinning Death Valley Driver for a near fall! Penelope Ford applied an Indian death lock. Thunder Rosa countered by capturing Penelope Ford’s leg and then she applied a submission, forcing Penelope Ford to tap out!

My Score: 2 out of 5

Match #5: MJF def. Chris Jericho

The following is courtesy of allelitewrestling.com:

The Stipulation: No Judas Entrance and No Judas Effect! If Jericho uses the Judas Effect, he will be disqualified!

The entire arena sang Jericho’s theme song as he made his entrance! It was a spectacular a cappella rendition of “Judas”. MJF shoved at Jericho, and then slapped him in the face once. They locked up but Jericho went for the Lion Tamer! MJF rolled to the outside. Jericho elevated himself over the top rope and hit a body press on MJF on the arena floor! MJF grabbed Jericho by the tights and pulled him into the barricade. MJF grabbed the TV camera, taking a page out of Jericho’s playbook. MJF gave the fans in the arena (and watching at home) the middle finger. Jericho got to his feet and punched the TV camera, knocking it right into MJF’s face! Back in the ring, MJF started working over Jericho’s injured, braced arm. Jericho punched and chopped back at MJF. He took Max down with a couple of shoulder tackles. Jericho followed up with a big double sledge hammer off the top rope. MJF countered with a Judo throw onto Jericho into the corner. MJF yanked the brace off Jericho’s left arm. Jericho pulled out a Lion Sault on MJF for a two-count! Jericho rocked MJF with ten forearm clotheslines in the corner. He hoisted MJF up to the top turnbuckle and brought him back down with a hurracanrana! MJF transitioned into the Salt of the Earth armbar! He chomped down on Jericho’s fingers. Jericho rolled through, looking for the Walls of Jericho. MJF kicked up, landing right on Jericho’s jaw. MJF spiked Jericho with the Heat Seeker pendulum piledriver! MJF held ref Aubrey Edwards so she couldn’t see as he kicked back with a low blow to Jericho. MJF applied the Lion Tamer to Jericho! Jericho had enough gas in the tank to crawl to the bottom rope and grab it, forcing the ref to break the hold. Jericho grabbed his baseball bat while MJF grabbed his “Dynamite diamond ring.” Ref Aubrey Edwards saw MJF with the foreign object and pried it away from him. While she had her back turned, Jericho waffled MJF with the baseball bat! Jericho was about to smack MJF with the Judas Effect but remembered the match stipulations. The moment of hesitation cost Jericho, because MJF seized the opportunity to hit the Judas Effect on Jericho. MJF applied the Salt of the Earth armbar and Jericho had to tap out!

My Score: 3.5 out of 5

News of the Night:

  1. Sammy Guevara proposed to his long-term girlfriend before the show.
  2. Paul Wight will wrestle in his first AEW match against QT Marshall at All Out next month.
  3. A tag team tournament to determine the next challengers for the AEW Tag Team Championships will culminate in a steel cage title match at All Out.
  4. Moxley will fight Daniel Garcia on AEW: Rampage.
  5. Brock Anderson will fight Malakai Black on Dynamite next week in retaliation for what Black did to his dad and Cody Rhodes.

Final Verdict: 4/5

DAMN! This was a fantastic episode of Dynamite one that – apart from the promos – held my attention for the entire time. And there were surprises… mainly THAT main event. As I’ve read elsewhere, we had Paul Wight announced in his first match for AEW and Sting in his first match on TNT in 20 years… Two veterans given the spotlight but a veteran, Chris Jericho, LOST his match to [relative] up and comer MJF. That’s how you book a show – relish in both the past AND the future. Hopefully we get a loooooong build to a Guevara/MJF feud next as it seems, based on this episode, those two are the face and heel respectively, of AEW.

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