03rd Jan2022

‘AEW: Dynamite – New Years Smash’ Review (Dec 29th 2021)

by Phil Wheat

Welcome to this review of AEW: Dynamite special New Years Smash programming, which emanates from the home of AEW, Dailys Place in Jacksonville, Florida. Let’s get right into the action… Oh, but first… Jim Ross is BACK!!

Match #1: FTR, Matt Hardy and Private Party def. The Lucha Bros, Christian Cage and Jurassic Express

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Cash Wheeler flexed and then he and Christian Cage locked up. Christian had a wrist lock on Cash until Cash reversed it. Christian flap jacked Cash and then dropped a series of punches on the crown of Cash’s cranium. Jungle Boy and Dax Harwood tagged in for their respective teams. Jungle Boy chopped away at Dax. Jungle Boy took down Harwood with a back elbow. Christian tagged in and made Dax pay for being overconfident—with a right hand from the floor. Jungle Boy tagged in and quickly tried for the snare trap but Dax escaped. The Lucha Bros and Jungle Boy teamed up to triple their offense on Isiah Kassidy! Marq Quen tagged in and he used a hurracanrana to take Jungle Boy off the top turnbuckle directly into a Side Effect from Matt Hardy! Ref Aubrey Edwards had her attention diverted and Tully snuck in some cheap shots on Jungle Boy! Matt Hardy used a sledge hammer shot between Jungle Boy’s shoulder blades. Jungle Boy used a comeback lariat and tagged out to Penta El Zero Miedo! He hit sling blades and then tagged in Rey Fenix. The Lucha Bros used their tremendous tandem offense on FTR to clean house! Rey Fenix rocketed off the top rope with a senton atomico for a near fall on Marq Quen! Marq Quen stuck Rey Fenix and then tagged out to Dax Harwood! Dax dropped Rey Fenix with a gord buster for a near fall! Dax hoisted Rey Fenix onto the top turnbuckle but Rey Fenix chopped Dax off the ropes. Rey Fenix hit a moonsault onto FTR and then tagged out to Luchasaurus! Luchasaurus was a difference maker and leveled the playing field, clearing the ring of the opposition! Luchasaurus grabbed a chokeslam on Dax and then Penta El Zero Miedo took a blind tag to get into the ring. Rey Fenix and Jungle Boy both jumped over the top rope to hit splashes onto the opponents. There was a little bit of discourse between Christian Cage and Penta El Zero Miedo and in the moments that followed, FTR capitalized. FTR scored the win after nailing Christian Cage with the Big Rig!

My Score: 3 out of 5

Match #2: 2point0 & Daniel Garcia def. Eddie Kingston and Santana & Ortiz

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Parker kicked Ortiz in the midsection but was tripped up by Ortiz, who then continued his offense when he hit a dropkick. Santana tagged in and invited Daniel Garcia to enter the fray. Santana nailed Daniel Garcia with the three amigos! Santana and Ortiz hit some beautiful tandem offense on Garcia. Matt Lee grabbed a blind tag and pulled Ortiz out of the ring by the ankles. Garcia caught Ortiz off guard with a dropkick on the outside of the ring. 2point0 double teamed Ortiz in their corner of the ring. Kingston tagged in and went right after Daniel Garcia, lighting him up with machine gun chops! He tagged Santana who hit Matt Lee with a charging high boot. Santana tried for a moonsault off Ortiz’s back but Matt Lee got his knees up! Lee grabbed Santana’s tights and rolled him up for the pin! 2point0 went after Santana while Garcia grabbed the time keeper’s bell! Garcia rammed the ring bell into Santana’s skull! Chris Jericho sprinted to the ring with his baseball bat and 2point0 and Daniel Garcia retreated! Eddie Kingston told the production truck to cut off Jericho’s music. Kingston got into Jericho’s face, saying he didn’t need Jericho’s help. Ortiz got in between then to try to calm down Kingston.

My Score: 2.5 out of 5

Match #3: Wardlow def. Colin Delaney

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Wardlow turned Delaney inside out with a massive clothesline! Wardlow powerbombed Delaney! He began conducting the powerbomb symphony early and nailed Delaney with another powerbomb! And then a third! And a fourth! Wardlow pinned Delaney!

My Score: 1 out of 5

Match #4: TBS Women’s Title Tournament Semi-Final Match – Jade Cargill def. Thunder Rosa

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Thunder Rosa connected with a low dropkick to Jade’s knees! Thunder Rosa hit a senton to take down Sterling. Rosa paid for turning her back on Cargill though, who hammered Rosa with forearms. Jade Cargill cracked Thunder Rosa’s back with a nasty back breaker! Thunder Rosa went after Jade’s knee again with another drop kick! Thunder Rosa was looking to incapacitate Jade Cargill, working on her leg. Jade flung Thunder Rosa into the steel barricade. Jade rang Thunder Rosa’s bell, ramming her Rosa’s head into the ring post! Thunder Rosa grabbed the leg of Jade and hit a dragon screw on her opponent. Jade fired back with a wicked pump kick! Thunder Rosa rallied back with tremendous strategy, going after Jade’s vertical base again and again with a running drop kick. Jade fought back with a Samoan drop, but in the process, she may have tweaked her leg even more. Jade placed Thunder Rosa in a torture rack-type maneuver. Thunder Rosa used a knee breaker and then applied the figure four on Jade Cargill! Jade reached the ropes and forced the ref to break the hold. Mark Sterling distracted the referee when someone in a hoodie attacked Thunder Rosa. Cargill planted Thunder Rosa with her Jaded finisher and then pinned Rosa! Thunder Rosa knew she got robbed and charged Jade Cargill. The hooded figure jumped into the ring and revealed herself to be Mercedes Martinez! Martinez and Cargill double teamed Thunder Rosa until Ruby Soho ran out to the ring and chased them off with a steel pipe!

My Score: 2.5 out of 5

Match #5: Adam Cole, Bobby Fish, & Kyle O’Reilly def. Orange Cassidy and Best Friends

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O’Reilly and Taylor started the match for their respective teams. Kyle kicked Taylor. Trent tagged in and he and Kyle slugged it out. Kyle went for the ax kick but Trent moved. They took each other down with high boot kicks. Bobby Fish tagged in. Orange Cassidy got in the ring, ducked a kick from Fish, and rolled him up for a near fall. Cole tagged in and used a hammer throw on Orange Cassidy, but Cassidy, Trent, and Chuckie T. triple teamed Adam Cole! Cole blindsided Orange with a superkick! Cole grabbed Trent by the ankles but Trent retaliated by throwing Fish across the ring with a half and half! Trent vaulted off the top turnbuckle with a DDT on Kyle! Orange Cassidy tagged in with a crossbody onto Kyle and then a tope suicida to Fish! He hit a Stun Dog Millionaire on Cole! Fish and O’Reilly—ReDRagon—double teamed Orange Cassidy! Cole superkicked Orange and then ReDRagon hit the high-low on Orange! Bobby Fish ate a thrust kick from Chuck Taylor, but then Cole rocked Taylor with a superkick on the ramp! Cole attempted the Panama Sunrise on the ramp on Chuck but Chuck countered with a backdrop! Trent speared Adam Cole on the ramp! Trent tossed Cole back in the ring and Orange nailed Cole with a diving DDT! Cassidy blasted Cole with the Beach Break! ReDRagon broke up the pin attempt with their interference! O’Reilly hit a combo on Orange! He charged Orange but Orange moved and Kyle kicked Cole inadvertently! Best Friends used their tandem offense on ReDRagon! Brandon Cutler ran down to the ring with the cold spray. The Bucks sprinted to the ring too. ReDRagon finished off Chuck Taylor with their Chasing the Dragon finisher and pinned Chuck Taylor! Cole was upset that Kyle mistimed the kick. Cole left the ring with The Young Bucks while Kyle and Bobby celebrated the victory.

My Score: 3.5 out of 5

Final Verdict: 3.5/5

It looks like, apart from another Wardlow squash match, AEW wanted to end 2021 on Dynamite with a bevy of brilliant matches. Including, shocker, giving Jade Cargill a long ,match in which she came out looking 1000x better than she does in her sub-1-minute squash matches – even if it did take a debuting Mercedes Martinez interfering to get the win. A pleasant end of year AND end of TNT-era television for AEW.

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