18th Oct2021

‘AEW: Dynamite’ Review (Oct 16th 2021)

by Phil Wheat

Welcome to this weeks AEW: Dynamite review. This episode aired on a Saturday night AFTER Rampage, making this a big weekend of AEW action, featuring a plethora of AEW stars and industry veterans now in working for AEW. Enough talking, lets get on with the review!

Match #1: Malakai Black def. Dante Martin

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They began with a beautiful chain wrestling sequence. Dante launched off the bottom rope with a shotgun dropkick to Black. Malakai connected with a stiff back elbow to Dante. Dante attempted a springboard but Malakai Black countered with a powerbomb! Black applied a single leg crab but Dante managed to crawl to the bottom rope to force the ref break. Dante went for a pump kick but Black countered with a heel trip. Black locked on a knee bar but Dante fought out with a few kicks to Black’s face. Dante surprised Black with a reverse hurracanrana. Dante tried a double jump moonsault but Black moved out of the way, and Dante landed on his feet. Dante rocked Black with a kick to the back of Black’s head. Malakai Black fired back with a meteora, a high roundhouse kick, and then a German Suplex for a near fall on Dante Martin. Malakai Black pulled Dante up on the turnbuckles, perhaps looking for a superplex, but Dante countered with a super hurracanrana off the top rope! Dante tweaked his knee on the landing. Dante jumped off the top rope but he paid the price, as Malakai Black connected with the back heel kick! It was more than enough for Black to pin Dante. After the match, as Malakai Black was walking to the back, he turned his head and nodded at Dante Martin.

My Score: 4 out of 5

You knew Dante Martin was never going to win this one but damn did AEW book this one like it could either way. Black and Martin escalated this one higher and higher with every spot, each man seemingly digging down in their boots to keep going on in the face of “injury,” with Martin not relying totally on his high-flying skils and bringing a hard-hitting game to Black – who showed just why he’s considered one o the best in the world here. LOVED the sly nod from Black to Martin as he walked to the back – a sign of respect and a sign that, yes, Dante Martin has become one of AEW’s newest “home-grown” stars.

Match #2: Las Super Ranas (aka FTR in disguise) def. The Lucha Bros

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Super Rana #1 tried to take off the mask of Rey Fenix, but Fenix rolled him up. The Lucha Bros tried to remove the masks off Las Super Ranas. The masks came off and Las Super Ranas were revealed to be Dax Harwood and Cash Wheeler—FTR. Rey Fenix jumped off his brothers shoulders with a dropkick to both members of FTR! Penta El Cero Miedo rocketed off the top rope and crashed down onto FTR! A tope con hiro and a huge plancha from the Lucha Bros took out FTR on the outside of the ring! Rey Fenix blasted Dax the Ax with a kick to the face! Tully Blanchard ran out and distracted ref Aubrey Edwards! It was enough time for FTR to use one of the AAA Tag Team Championship belts against Rey Fenix, and then FTR pinned Fenix and became new AAA Tag Team Champions!

My Score: 3 out of 5

I did not expect the competition for the Luchas Bros. AAA titles to be FTR but that’s what we got. And good on AEW for not playing up the “surprise” element of FTR’s so-called disguise. CM Punk, who was on commentray for tonights show, called out FTR from the get-go; mad respect for not doing the  usual “Oh my god! I cant believe it” angle other promotions would do. Even if some of the crowd were shocked with the reveal! In the end FTR picked up the win and the belts in a sneaky, underhand move that made for a shocking conclusion to the match.

Match #3: Jon Moxley def. Wheeler Yuta

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Moxley wasted no time, nailing Yuta with a vicious lariat. Moxley was laying in the right hands! Moxley went right for the Paradigm Shift and then pinned Wheeler Yuta!

My Score: 1.5 out of 5

This was the squash of all squash matches. Moxlet pounded the sh*t out of Wheeler Yuta in seconds, as if he had an appointment to keep. Ultimately though, given Orange Cassidy’s post-match reaction (he was in Yuta’s corner for this match) I’m guessing this match was the start of a Cassidy/Moxley feud. Which I’m here for!

Match #4: SuperKliq (Adam Cole and Matt & Nick Jackson) def. Dark Order’s Evil Uno, Alex Reynolds, & John Silver

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The SuperKliq hit Dark Order from behind before the bell rang! They isolated John Silver on the ramp. They were looking for the assisted powerbomb but Silver reversed it with a rana! Back in the ring, Dark Order used their combination offense on the SuperKliq. John Silver caught Nick Jackson with an uppercut beneath the chin. John Silver jumped off the apron with a cannonball to Adam Cole! Alex Reynolds tried for a tope suicida but Cole superkicked him! The Young Bucks worked over John Silver, sending him into the waiting boot of Adam Cole. Cole isolated John Silver and dropped him with a neck breaker. After Nick Jackson’s sneaker was yanked off, Evil Uno pulled out a sock and used the mandible claw on Nick Jackson! The Dark Order followed up with an amazing offensive sequence on Adam Cole. Reynolds and Cole exchanged pump kicks in the ring! Reynolds popped Cole with an elevated knee strike but then the Bucks hit the superkicks on Reynolds. Cole followed up with the Panama City Sunrise. The SuperKliq waffled Reynolds with a triple BTE Trigger! Cole finished off Reynolds after a running knee strike and then pinned Reynolds! Jungle Boy ran out to the ring and the SuperKliq retreated! Jungle Boy hit a homerun on Brandon Cutler with a steel chair! The SuperKliq left Cutler in the ring.

My Score: 3.5 out of 5

This looked like it was going to be all Superkliq in this match until Jon Silver saved the day and turned things around. Silver was the real MVP of this matchm taking as much, if not more than he gave and for a second it looked like the Dark Order could’ve taken this one – which I would’ve loved. But hey, its the Superkliq and Adam Cole is not going to lose this early in his AEW run. He didn’t lose and in fact got the pin for his team before Jungle Boy – who the Superkliq jumped earlier in the episode – ran to the ring to kick some Superkliq arse!

Match #5: Penelope Ford def. Keira Hogan

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Penelope Ford used an arm drag on Kiera Hogan. Ford missed a boot to Hogan in the corner. Penelope used a running bulldog on Kiera into the turnbuckles! Kiera Hogan propped Penelope onto the top turnbuckle. Hogan superplexed Penelope to the mat! Ford and Hogan began chopping one another with Hogan getting the upper hand! She pushed back Penelope with a shotgun dropkick and then a sliding dropkick for a near fall on Penelope! Ford used a cutter off the ropes onto Hogan. Ford wrenched back with the Muta Lock and made Hogan tap out!

My Score: 2 out of 5

Not much to write home about in this one, both women put in decent performances but this one felt a bit dull compared to the rest of the card.

Match #6: Bryan Danielson def. Bobby Fish

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Fish began an assault on Danielson with kicks and forearms—Muay Tai strikes. Danielson rallied back and stomped on the back of Fish’s legs. Fish got to his feet and used his educated feet on “American Dragon”. Danielson hit back with a tope suicida on Fish! Danielson tried to bring Fish back into the ring but Fish used a downward strike on Danielson. “American Dragon” was taken off his feet the hard way—as Fish swept Danielson’s leg off the ring apron! Back in the ring, Fish worked over Danielson’s leg and knee. Bobby Fish nearly decapitated Danielson with a sliding lariat! Fish locked in a half crab submission! Bryan Danielson countered with a great ankle lock and then a release German Suplex! Danielson wrenched Fish’s leg with two dragon screws. Fish captured a kick from Danielson and transitioned with a back driver! Fish hoisted Danielson onto the top turnbuckle. Fish nailed Danielson with an avalanche Falcon Arrow and then transitioned into a knee bar! Danielson grabbed a knee bar of his own and then began to hammer down on the face of Fish with his heel! Danielson locked the heel hook and Fish tapped!

My Score: 4 out of 5

There were high expectations for this one, with two true wrestlers set to go head to head and this match did not disappoint in the slightest. It was full of technical moves that really made this one feel like you were watching PROFESSIONAL professional wrestling and not “sports entertainment,” which is what AEW is really all about isn’t it? Fish still looked strong in defeat and Danielson’s win just made him look stronger than ever. A top class main event!

News of the Night:

  1. The brackets for the #1 contenders tournament at Full Gear were announced:
    • 10 vs. Jon Moxley
    • Orange Cassidy vs. Powerhouse Hobbs
    • Dustin Rhodes vs. Bryan Danielson
    • Lance Archer vs. Eddie Kingston

Final Verdict: 4/5

To quote a cliche, AEW pulled out all the stops for this special Saturday night episode and, apart from a couple of matches, this one was a total winning package. My only worry is, where does AEW go from here? We’re now getting Punk, Danielson and Cole on TV every week and – dare I say it – some of that original roster seem to be falling by the wayside… well, at least on Dynamite and Rampage. Yes we’re getting really good wrestling but I hope it doesn’t start to get samey like that OTHER wrestling promotion.

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