19th Nov2021

‘AEW: Dynamite’ Review (Nov 17th 2021)

by Phil Wheat

Welcome to this review of the post-Full Gear episode of AEW: Dynamite, which eminates from Virginia and sees the storylines se-up in this past weekends PPV continued on national television. Let’s get right into it!

Match #1: “The American Dragon” Bryan Danielson def. Dark Order’s Evil Uno

The following is courtesy of allelitewrestling.com:

Evil Uno knocked down Bryan with a shoulder tackle. He stomped on Bryan’s hands and cradled him for a near fall. Bryan stood back up and slapped Evil Uno in the face. Bryan chopped away and then suplexed Evil Uno. Danielson peppered Evil Uno with kicks to the kidneys. Evil Uno quickly got violent with a combination of strikes in the corner. He took down Danielson with a step up hurracanrana. Evil Uno followed up with a neck breaker for a near fall on Danielson. Danielson hit a rolling elbow strike and dropped Evil Uno and then followed up with multiple palm strikes! Danielson charged at Evil Uno but Uno countered with a high boot. Evil Uno tried for a senton atomico but Danielson raised his knees. Danielson rocked Evil Uno with a running knee strike! Bryan held Evil Uno’s arms and then used the flat of his boot to pound the head of Evil Uno. Danielson applied the triangle sleeper and Evil Uno was out immediately!

My Score: 2.5 out of 5

Match #2: Orange Cassidy & Tomohiro Ishii def. The Butcher & The Blade

The following is courtesy of allelitewrestling.com:

Ishii told The Blade to hit him and The Blade obliged. Ishii didn’t move and dropped The Blade with one shot! Orange tagged in and Orange splashed The Blade. The Blade pushed “Freshly Squeezed” into the corner. Orange rallied back with a dropkick! The Butcher got the blind tag and charged at Orange. The Butcher and The Blade worked over Orange in their corner. Blade tossed Orange outside the ring where The Bunny and Matt Hardy hit Orange with cheap shots. Ishii finally tagged in, absorbed a punch from The Blade, and then shoulder tackled him! Ishii covered The Blade after a back drop suplex for a near fall. The Butcher tagged in and charged at Ishii with a clothesline that buckled Ishii’s knees. Ishii backed Butcher across the ring without raising a hand. Ishii superplexed Butcher. Blade broke up Ishii’s pin fall attempt on The Butcher. Orange Cassidy tagged in and he connected with the Stun Dog Millionaire on The Butcher. Orange tried for the Orange Punch but Butcher and The Blade countered with the “Drag The Lake”. Ishii ran in to break up the pin. Ishii tagged in and blasted The Butcher with combination shots. The Bunny passed brass knux to The Blade but Orange Cassidy jumped off the top turnbuckle and took out the HFO before they could use the weapon! Ishii grabbed The Blade and spiked him with a delayed brainbuster for the pin!

My Score: 2.5 out of 5

Match #3: TBS Women’s Title Tournament Quarter-Final Match – Nyla Rose def. Hikaru Shida

The following is courtesy of allelitewrestling.com:

Nyla was looking to neutralize the knee strikes of Shida, but Shida jumped off the turnbuckles with a dropkick. Shida hit a heel kick to Nyla’s head. Nyla got out of the ring to collect her thoughts and get advice from Vickie Guerrero. Nyla went after Shida’s knee. While Nyla distracted the referee, Vickie choked Shida with a kendo stick. Nyla slammed Shida’s knee into the turnbuckle. Outside the ring, Shida turned the tables and whipped Nyla into the steel barricade! Shida set up a chair on the arena floor but Nyla rocked Shida from behind. Nyla attempted a senton onto Shida on the chair, but Shida dodged it! Nyla crashed into the chair! Vickie tried to whack Shida with the kendo stick but Shida blocked it and hit Vickie with it! Serena Deeb, who was sitting ringside, clipped the knee of Shida while the referee wasn’t looking. Nya tried for the Beast Bomb but Shida countered with a triangle arm bar submission! Nyla managed to pick up Shida and powerbomb her. Shida tried for the katana kick but Nyla blocked it and tapped out Shida with the standing stretch muffler!

My Score: 3 out of 5

Match #4: Dante Martin & Lio Rush def. The Acclaimed (Anthony Bowens & Max Caster)

The following is courtesy of allelitewrestling.com:

Bowens and Caster had some choice words for Dante and Lio on the way to the ring. Dante and Lio heard enough and shot out of the ring with stereo tope suicidas onto The Acclaimed! Bowens chopped at Dante’s chest! Dante was pulled out of the ring when Caster grabbed his ankle. The Acclaimed rocked Dante with a double suplex on the arena floor. The Acclaimed double-teamed Dante Martin in their corner of the ring. Lio Rush got the tag and cleaned house on The Acclaimed. Rush took down Bowens with an ax kick! Lio Rush neutralized Caster while Dante Martin went soaring with a huge dropkick on Bowens! Lio tried to tag Dante but Caster threw a big-time lariat at Rush! Caster hit the Mic Drop but Dante interrupted the pinning predicament! Dante took down Bowens with the nosedive! Lio Rush followed up with the frog splash for the pin on Anthony Bowens!

My Score: 3.5 out of 5

Match #5: TNT Title Match – Sammy Guevara def. Jay Lethal

The following is courtesy of allelitewrestling.com:

“The Premiere Athlete” Tony Nese was watching from ringside. They locked up, with Sammy grabbing a waist lock. Jay went for the figure four but Sammy cradled him for a near fall. Lethal rocked Sammy with a backbreaker. Lethal went right after Sammy’s taped ribs. Sammy caught Jay with a risking knee strike! Sammy launched himself outside onto Jay with a corkscrew dive! Sammy attempted a shooting star press but Jay raised his knees and Sammy paid the price! Sammy flipped off Jay and a hockey fight broke out! Lethal tossed Sammy sky high and pancaked Sammy. Lethal was looking for the Lethal Injection but Sammy countered with a Spanish Fly! Lethal went for a tope suicida but Sammy intercepted and nailed Jay with a brainbuster on the arena floor! Sammy clocked Jay with a knee strike! Jay fell back on the ringkeeper’s table. Sammy jumped off the top rope with a backflip senton but Lethal dodged it! Sammy crashed through the table! Jay Lethal tried an elbow drop but Sammy countered with a roll up for a near fall. Sammy connected with a thrust kick but Lethal hooked Sammy’s leg and locked on the figure four! Sammy grabbed the bottom rope, forcing the ref break. Lethal dragon suplexed Sammy but Sammy landed on his feet! Sammy caught Jay with two consecutive knee strikes! Sammy hoisted up Jay and finished him off with the GTS, earning a very hard-fought victory!

My Score: 3.5 out of 5

Final Verdict: 3.5/5

A great episode that built and built, creating more momentum as the episode rolled on. Dante Martin and Sammy Guevara delivered as usual (it must be great for AEW to know those two are so reliable). Whilst the card overall moved on the stories set-up at Full Gear, we got a Bryan Danielson heel turn AND a tease of a future CM Punk / MJF feud or match – which I’m totally here for!

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