24th May2024

‘AEW: Dynamite’ Review (May 22nd 2024)

by Phil Wheat

Welcome to this week’s review of AEW: Dynamite, which was broadcast from Mechanics Bank Arena in Bakersfield, California. We’ve got Excalibur, Taz and Tony Schiavone on commentary this week, so let’s get into the review!

Match #1: Roderick Strong & Trent Beretta def. Orange Cassidy & Will Ospreay

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Orange and Trent began to brawl ringside, with Orange taking the fight to Trent. Will jumped over the top with a tope to Trent. Orange followed up with a tope on Trent, too! The Undisputed Kingdom distracted the ref long enough for Roderick to nail Ospreay with a backbreaker. Roddy kicked Will in the face. Ospreay rallied back with a back body drop to Roderick, and then tagged in Orange Cassidy. Roderick bashed Orange with a gut buster on the top turnbuckle. Roderick pulped Orange with a back breaker on the ring apron and then Trent speared Orange on the floor. Cassidy dropkicked Roddy and tagged out to Will. Trent grabbed a tag from Roddy. Ospreay connected with a flying forearm and then hit a flipping back elbow on Trent and Roddy. Ospreay blocked a swinging DDT from Trent, but Trent fired back with a half-and-half suplex. Roddy battered Will with repeated running forearms and then pancaked Will for a near fall. Ospreay power bombed Roddy and then Orange dropped an elbow from the top rope for a two-count on Roddy. Orange drilled Trent with a diving DDT. Orange spiked Roddy with a DDT for a near fall. Taven and Bennett distracted the ref. Roddy was looking for the End of Heartache on Orange, but Don Callis grabbed Orange’s leg, preventing Roddy from completing the move. Wardlow blindsided Will on the outside of the ring, like a runaway bus! Trent connected with a big knee strike on Orange and then Roderick finished off Orange with the End of Heartache. Roderick scored the pin on Orange, with a big assist from Wardlow.

My Score: 3.5 out of 5

Match #2: FTW 3-Way Eliminator Match – HOOK & Katsuyori Shibata def. “The Bounty Hunter” Bryan Keith

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The winner will go on to face FTW Champion Chris Jericho at AEW DOUBLE OR NOTHING for the title. FTW Champion “The Learning Tree” Chris Jericho was on commentary for this match. Big Bill accompanied Chris Jericho. Keith shoved Hook into Shibata. Hook came back with a judo throw. Hook suplexed Shibata but Shibata stood up and dished out a suplex of his own to Hook. Hook attempted to apply the Red Rum on Bryan Keith, but Keith headbutted Hook. Keith fired back with the Diamond Dust on Hook. Shibata cracked Keith with a PK kick. Shibata put Keith in a heel hook, but Hook applied the Red Rum to Keith. Keith tapped out to both men. Both Hook and Shibata were declared the victors.

My Score: 2 out of 5

Match #3: Konosuke Takeshita def. Matt Sydal

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Takeshita battered Sydal to the mat. Takeshita followed up with a brain buster! Sydal countered a Blue Thunder Bomb attempt with a hurracanrana and a dropkick. Takeshita fired back with the Blue Thunder Bomb! Takeshita knocked out Sydal with a forearm to the side of the face and pinned Sydal.

My Score: 2 out of 5

Match #4: Swerve Strickland def. Nick Wayne

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Nick Wayne tried playing mind games, but Swerve said, “I’ll be his father,” and started to whip Wayne with his leather belt. Swerve dropkicked Nick Wayne. Nick Wayne rammed Swerve’s head into an exposed turnbuckle. Nick Wayne flipped out of the ring and spiked Swerve with a DDT. Swerve tattooed Nick Wayne with a kick. Swerve blocked a kick and countered with a jab to Nick Wayne. Swerve planted Wayne onto the edge of the ring. Swerve hit the Swerve Stomp on Nick Wayne on the arena floor! Swerve went for it again, but Wayne blocked it with a powerful up kick. Nick Wayne blasted Swerve with a thrust kick and then a Code Red for a near fall on Swerve. Swerve countered the House Call from Nick Wayne with a back breaker and then transitioned into a powerslam. Swerve nearly decapitated Nick Wayne with the House Call kick and then pinned Wayne.

My Score: 2 out of 5

Match #5: Malakai Black def. Kyle O’Reilly

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Black kicked Kyle’s legs out from beneath him. Kyle retaliated with a round kick, but Black used a low sweep on Kyle. Black walloped Kyle with a rising knee strike. Kyle was dazed on the outside of the ring. Back in the ring, Black went for a brain buster for Kyle escaped with a knee to Black’s head. Kyle splashed Black in the corner with a flying forearm dive. Kyle cracked Black with a snapping German Suplex. Kyle went for an arm bar, but Black blocked it. Kyle transitioned to an ankle lock. Black dazed Kyle with a knee and then nailed Kyle with a brain buster for a near fall. Kyle staggered Black with a forearm but then Black knocked out Kyle with the End kick and pinned Kyle!

My Score: 3 out of 5

Match #6: Toni Storm & Mariah May def. Saraya & Harley Cameron

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Mariah May dropkicked Harley right in the face. Harley tagged Saraya in. Saraya pointed to Toni, calling her out. Toni entered the fray and exchanged forearms with Saraya. Mariah tagged in and Toni body slammed Mariah onto Saraya. Toni tagged in again and body slammed Mariah onto Saraya again. Mariah smashed Saraya with a running knee strike. Saraya played possum, drawing the ref’s attention, long enough for Harley to run in and attack Mariah. Toni Storm drove down Harley with a head butt. Toni planted Harley with the Sky High but Saraya broke up the pin attempt. Toni hit a Storm Zero on Cameron and pinned her!

My Score: 2.5 out of 5

Match #7: Bryan Danielson vs. Satnam Singh (No Contest)

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Satnam ripped a turnbuckle pad off. As the ref was dealing with Sonjay Dutt, who had him distracted on the apron, Danielson kicked Satnam with a low blow. Danielson followed up with a running knee strike. Danielson gouged Satnam in the eyes and kicked Satnam. Satnam smashed Danielson with a chop. Satnam hoisted up Danielson, but Danielson transitioned into hammer and anvil elbow strikes. Danielson applied the Le Bell Lock but Jeff Jarrett, Jay Lethal, and Sonjay Dutt jumped into the ring and attacked Danielson. The ref stopped the match due to outside interference. Danielson had Jarrett’s guitar, but Satnam punched right through it. Satnam splashed Danielson in the corner as Lethal and Jarrett held Danielson back. Matthew and Nicholas Jackson walked to the ring with an envelope filled with cash for Sonjay. Matthew and Nicholas grabbed Danielson and went for the EVP Trigger, but Danielson escaped and dished out kicks and strikes to the Bucks. Okada walked onto the ramp and Danielson turned his attention to “The Rainmaker”. Jack Perry blindsided Danielson as Danielson was focused on Okada. Okada clocked Danielson with the Rainmaker clothesline. The Elite pulled Danielson up the ramp to the top of the stage. Outside the arena, a vehicle pulled up. Darby Allin walked out of the car and fist bumped Tony Khan, who was driving the car! Darby walked into the arena and onto the ramp with a flame thrower! Danielson threw Nicholas off the stage and sent him crashing through a table below!

My Score: 2 out of 5

Final Verdict: 3/5

What an odd episode of Dynamite this week. The show opened strong but then proceeded to give us little more than quasi-squash match after quasi-squash match for the rest of the episode, with only the Black/O’Reilly match rising above that. Even the main event was little more than an extended promo for Anarchy in the Arena at this year’s Double Or Nothing. Though to be fair, seeing Tony Khan drive Darby Allin to the arena, fist bump him and then Darby emerge from the back with a flamethrower(!) was one hell of a cool ending to the show!

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