06th Jan2022

‘AEW: Dynamite’ Review (Jan 5th 2021)

by Phil Wheat

Welcome to this review of AEW: Dynamite, which is the first epiasode in the “TBS era” of All Elite Wrestling, with a stacked card – including the TBS Championship final and a rematch between Hangman Page and Bryan Danielson. Let’s get in the review!

Match #1: AEW World Championship Match – “Hangman” Adam Page def. Bryan Danielson

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If this match reaches the 60-minute time limit, the decision will be made by the judges: “The World’s Strongest Man” Mark Henry, Jerry Lynn, and Paul Wight. Page charged after Bryan, but Bryan rolled to the outside of the ring. Bryan did jumping jacks in front of the judges. Bryan returned to the ring and he and Page locked up. Excalibur and Schiavone noted that Bryan seemed to be stalling. Bryan evaded a chop from Page and then performed more jumping jacks, this time with a smirk in Page’s direction. Page hit a tope suicida to the outside on Bryan. He tried for a moonsault to the outside but Danielson moved. Page landed on his feet and then Page powerbombed Bryan onto the edge of the ring! Page was looking for another tope suicida but Danielson moved out of the way! Danielson shoved the soaring “Hangman” Page into the ring barricade! Bryan Danielson worked over Page’s arm, ramming Page shoulder first into the steel post! Danielson ran the ropes but Page caught him and dropped him with a fallaway slam. Page went over the top rope with a body press to Bryan on the arena floor. Page jumped off the top turnbuckle with a clothesline to Bryan for a near fall. Bryan backdropped Page out of the ring. Bryan attempted a tope suicida but Page countered him, utilizing tremendous footwork. Bryan used a drop toehold onto the steel ring steps on Page, and Page was busted wide open! Danielson headbutted Page until Page dropped to his knees. Danielson dropped elbows on a bloody Adam Page! Page caught Danielson and planted him with a death valley driver! Page ducked a rolling lariat from Bryan and then flung Bryan back with a German Suplex for a near fall! Bryan got to his feet and began hitting Page with stiff roundhouse kicks. Page answered with a high boot to Bryan’s head. Bryan and Page countered one another’s vertical suplex and they both went over the top rope! Bryan shoved Page into the ring post! Bryan grabbed Page by the arms but Page outpowered Bryan and pulled him into the ring post three consecutive times! Page headbutted Bryan and Bryan was busted open! Page taunted Danielson’s antics from earlier and began performing jumping jacks. Page hit a fallaway slam off the top rope on Danielson for a near fall! Ref Paul Turner examined the laceration on Danielson’s forehead. Danielson jumped at Page on the outside of the ring and Page countered with a Dead Eye on the floor! Page went for the Buck Shot Lariat in the ring but Danielson dropped to his knees from the blood loss. Bryan rolled up Page for a near fall! Danielson applied the Lebell Lock but Page powered his way out! Page catapulted Danielson and then booted him out of the ring! Page crashed down onto Bryan with a moonsault. Page tried for the Buck Shot Lariat again but Bryan ducked it again and answered with a running knee strike for a near fall! They exchanged headbutts again! Danielson spiked Page with a Gotch-style piledriver for a near fall, smiling at Jerry Lynn when he did it! Bryan Danielson grabbed control of Page’s wrists and viciously stomped Page! Bryan went for the knee again but Page countered with a pop-up powerbomb! Danielson lured Page in with a triangle; Page tried to power out but Danielson put a knee bar on the champ. Page escaped and began clubbing Danielson. Page folded up Bryan with a back drop driver! Page pulled down his elbow pad and hit the Buck Shot Lariat! Page pinned Bryan Danielson and retained the AEW World Championship!

My Score: 4 out of 5

Match #2: “Captain” Shawn Dean def. MJF

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CM Punk sprinted to the ring as the match began. MJF jumped out of the ring to avoid CM Punk. CM Punk kicked Shawn Dean and then nailed him with the GTS! Ref Aubrey Edwards disqualified MJF for Punk’s interference and awarded the match to Shawn Dean!

My Score: 1 out of 5

Match #3: Wardlow def. Antonio Zambrano

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Spears hit the C4 Death Valley Driver on Zambrano on the arena floor while Wardlow was being checked out by the referee! Spears rolled Zambrano into the ring and ordered Spears to pin Zambrano. Wardlow ignored Spears. Wardlow powerbombed Antonio! Wardlow hit the second powerbomb in the symphony! And then a third one! Wardlow picked up Antonio for a fourth powerbomb! And then a fifth! Wardlow placed his foot on Antonio and pinned him!

My Score: 1 out of 5

Match #4: TBS Championship Tournament Final – Jade Cargill def. Ruby Soho

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Jade Cargill had an early advantage, backing up Ruby into the corner. Ruby fired back with a stiff shot at Jade. Ruby shouldered Jade and then blasted her with a shotgun dropkick off the apron. Ruby was slow to get into the ring and Jade took advantage, stomping her, and then dropping elbows. Ruby brought Jade back into the ring with an arm drag off the top turnbuckle. Mercedes Martinez came to the ring, but Thunder Rosa sprinted down and began to brawl with Mercedes! Ref Aubrey Edwards checked on Ruby Soho’s injured shoulder. Jade tried to hit Ruby in the corner but Ruby dodged it and then connected with a knee strike to Jade! Ruby attempted a side suplex but Jade powered her way out of it. Jade nailed Ruby with a shoulder breaker and then a pump kick for a near fall. Ruby grabbed Jade and side suplexed her for a near fall! Mark Sterling jumped onto the ring apron and distracted ref Aubrey Edwards. Aubrey ejected “Smart” Mark from the match! Jade grabbed Ruby for the Jaded but Ruby countered and blasted Jade with the No Future! Jade kicked out! Ruby attempted to arm drag Jade off the top rope but Jade countered with an avalanche Jaded! Jade pinned Ruby and became the first-ever TBS Champion!

My Score: 3 out of 5

Match #5: Malakai Black def. Brian Pillman, Jr.

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The arena went pitch black as Malakai Black appeared out of thin air! Julia Hart walked out with Brian Pillman, still sporting an eye patch. They began with a methodical pace. Pillman ducked a kick from Black. Pillman answered with a dropkick that was right on target! Pillman followed up with another dropkick through the ropes to Black on the outside of the ring. Pillman hit a clothesline on Black. Pillman jumped off the ropes for the Air Pillman but he crashed and burned! Black rocked Pillman with a thunderous roundhouse kick and then pinned Pillman. Black left the ring but then returned. The Lucha Bros came out to the ring to help Pillman but the arena went dark and Black escaped untouched!

My Score: 2 out of 5

Match #6: AEW World Tag Team Championship Match – Jurassic Express def. The Lucha Bros.

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Jungle Boy suplexed Rey Fenix, but Fenix held onto Jungle Boy’s wrists. Jungle Boy got his clock cleaned by a dropkick from Rey Fenix. Luchasaurus and Penta El Zero Miedo faced off! Penta El Zero Miedo hit Luchasaurus with overhand chops! Luchasaurus blocked one and knocked Penta El Zero Miedo off his feet with a chop of his own! Jungle Boy was kicked in the back of the head by Rey Fenix, but then Luchasaurus tail whipped Rey Fenix! Luchasaurus German Suplexed Penta El Zero Miedo for a near fall! The Lucha Bros hit tandem offense on Luchasaurus until the big man made the tag to Jungle Boy. Jungle Boy took down both Lucha Bros by himself but Rey Fenix fired back with the tightrope walk kick! Rey Fenix stomped on Jungle Boy’s chest and held him down while Penta El Zero Miedo jumped off the top rope and connected with a stiff shot! The Lucha Bros double teamed Luchasaurus! Jungle Boy vaulted off the top with a Canadian Destroyer! Luchasaurus almost got the pinfall on Penta El Zero Miedo but he kicked out just in the nick of time. Rey Fenix nailed Luchasaurus with a destroyer! Penta El Zero Miedo spiked Jungle Boy with the Made in Japan for a near fall. Rey Fenix nailed Luchasaurus with the tornillo! The Lucha Bros connected with the combination Fear Factor but Jungle Boy managed to kick out. Alex Abrahantes set up a table at ringside but Christian Cage chased him away. Luchasaurus choke slammed Rey Fenix off the ring apron through a table onto the floor! Jungle Boy was looking for the Kill Switch on Penta El Zero Miedo but Penta El Zero Miedo tried to countered with the Made In Japan but Jungle Boy rolled through and pinned Penta El Zero Miedo!

My Score: 3 out of 5

Final Verdict: 3/5

Well that was something… This episode of AEW: Dynamite opened strong with the rematch between Hangman Page and Bryan Danielson – which, IMHO, was a lot better than the 60 minute draw they previously had. There was less filler and more intensity to this one, with both men looking war torn when it was all over. It was a TRUE battle this time round. I was really excited for the second match of the night, I’ve been pulling for Shawn Dean for ages (just check out ANY review where he’s on the card) and was hoping he’d get to show his skills on national TV. Unfortunately that’s not what we got; we did however get a win in Dean’s column – even if it was as the result of a GTS! THe rest of the card was something of a rollercoaster – promos and intervews galore, and matches of varying quality.

The TBS Women’s Championship final was a decent affair, with Jade delivering a good match once again, showing that against veteran wrestlers she can be helped to look like the champion she [now] is. I was hoping for more from the Malakai Black / Brian Pillman Jr. match – I saw someone mention on Twitter that it would’ve been good to see Brody King make an appearance as part of the “House of Black” stable but – especially given her demeanour coming to the ring with Pillman – I’d have loved for Julia Hart to turn on Pillman Jr. under the influcene of Black’s black mist…. But hey, ho, twas not to be and we got a standard wrestling match. Unfortunately the main event, whilst it’s a FANTASTIC win for Jurassic Express, their new reign as champs is marred by a serious looking injury to Rey Fenix (again). That arm looked thorughly broken, I sincerely hope it’s not as bad as it looks!

Ultimately this was a good but not great episode of Dynamite, one that can be built upon for the rest of the year and the for this new TBS era of All Elite Wrestling.

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