28th Jun2024

‘AEW: Dynamite’ Review (Jun 26th 2024)

by Phil Wheat

Welcome to this week’s review of AEW: Dynamite, which was broadcast from the KeyBank Arena in Buffalo, New York. We’ve got Excalibur, Taz and Tony Schiavone on commentary this week, as we head into Forbidden Door this weekend… so let’s get into the review!

Match #1: Blackpool Combat Club (Jon Moxley, Claudio Castagnoli & Wheeler Yuta) vs. Los Ingobernables De Japon (Shingo Takagi, Titan & Hiromu Takahashi)

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Claudio hit Takagi with a shoulder tackle and then dropped into a side headlock. Shingo cracked Claudio with elbow strikes, but Claudio countered with a back elbow. Shingo hip tossed Claudio out of the corner. Yuta tagged in, as did Takahashi. Hiromu charged in with a lariat in the corner to Wheeler. Titan grabbed a tag and connected with a big cross body and then a dropkick. Titan followed up with a tope suicida to Wheeler Yuta. Titan dropkicked Claudio’s ankle and then stomped him. Moxley intercepted Titan from making a tag. Titan rocked Mox with a heel kick. Titan tagged Takagi and Takagi served up forearms to Moxley. Takagi tried for a double lariat on Claudio and Moxley, but they absorbed it until Shingo quickly followed up with a faceplant and a DDT to the BCC members, a rare misstep for them. Shingo and Moxley exchanged forearms in the center of the ring. Moxley dropped Shingo with a lariat, but Shingo got right back to his feet and blasted Moxley with an explosive lariat of his own. Wheeler Yuta hurled Hiromu with a drop step German Suplex! Hiromu retaliated with a Death Valley Driver for a near fall on Yuta! Moxley was standing on the apron and Hiromu stunned him with a thrust kick. Moxley jumped into the ring with a steel chair and walloped Hiromu in the back with it! The referee threw the match out! Things broke down as both teams began to brawl!

My Score: 3 out of 5

Match #2: The Owen Hart Foundation Men’s Tournament Quarterfinal – Jay White def. Rey Fenix

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Jay White went after Rey Fenix’s midsection. Rey Fenix took Jay down with a flying head scissors. Rey Fenix jumped off the top rope and used a high velocity arm drag on Jay White. Rey Fenix followed up with a tope to Jay White outside the ring! Jay White nailed Rey Fenix with a neck breaker for a near fall. Rey Fenix ran the top rope and punted Switchblade with a kick. Fenix followed up with a big frog splash for a near fall! Rey Fenix rolled through into a hurracanrana, but Jay White kicked out of the count. Jay White intercepted a thrust kick and spiked Rey Fenix with a DDT on the crown of his head. Jay White drilled Rey Fenix with a brain buster for a near fall. Rey Fenix countered a dragon suplex with a roll up for a two-count on Jay White. Jay White was looking for the Blade Runner, but Rey Fenix countered with a roll up for a near fall. Rey Fenix tried for a belly to belly piledriver, but Jay White escaped and blasted Rey Fenix with the Blade Runner! Jay White covered Rey Fenix and pinned him, advancing to the next round!

My Score: 3 out of 5

Match #3: Toni Storm, Mariah May & Mina Shirakawa def. Saraya, Anna Jay, & Harley Cameron

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Mina used a leg sweep on Anna Jay and then kicked her in the spine. Mina ducked a punch from Anna Jay. Mina tagged Mariah May instead of Toni Storm. Mina and Mariah sandwiched Anna Jay with a double dropkick. Harley Cameron came in and hammered Mariah with elbow strikes. Mariah spun Harley around and planted her. Mariah was torn about whom to tag in. Anna Jay swept Toni off the apron, and Saraya grabbed Mina, ramming her into the guardrail. Harley Cameron whipped Mariah into the ropes and then knocked her down with a back elbow. Saraya and Toni tagged in. Toni rattled Saraya with a German Suplex and then a running hip attack. Mina tagged herself in. Saraya made the escape and tagged Harley. Harley hit a backstabber on Mina for a near fall. Mariah May ran in to make the save. Toni Storm jumped on Anna Jay, grounding and pounding her with a series of punches. Saraya ran in and blindsided Toni. Mina cracked Saraya with a spinning back fist. Mina smashed Harley with a spinning back fist and then pinned Harley after a driver!

My Score: 2.5 out of 5

Match #4: Zack Sabre Jr. def. Kyle O’Reilly

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Sabre and Kyle chain wrestled to start the match. Kyle went for an arm bar, but Zack escaped very quickly. Sabre applied a head scissor counter. Kyle escaped and kicked Zack in the spine.Sabre went after Kyle’s neck and then stomped on Kyle’s arm. Kyle escaped the flying octopus and then caught Sabre with a round kick to the hamstring. Kyle swept out Sabre’s legs. Kyle clobbered Sabre with a knee to the chest. Kyle suplexed Sabre and went for an arm lock. Sabre escaped and went after Kyle’s ankle. Kyle planted Sabre with a suplex. Kyle stunned Sabre with a rolling elbow strike. Sabre shot in for a double leg takedown, but Kyle caught him with a knee strike. Kyle and Sabre traded open hand strikes. Sabre went for the flying cross arm breaker, pulled back, and Kyle was forced to tap out!

My Score: 4 out of 5

Match #5: Swerve Strickland & Will Ospreay def. Gates of Agony (Toa Liona & Bishop Kaun)

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Ospreay used an inverted monkey flip on Bishop Kaun. Will followed up with a springboard elbow strike to Bishop Kaun. Ospreay nailed Kaun with a standing moonsault press. Toa took advantage of a moment of miscommunication between Swerve and Will and hammered them with a double clothesline. Swerve went for the tag, but Kaun swept Will off the apron. The Gates used tandem offense to plant Swerve. Bishop inadvertently dropkicked Toa when Swerve moved out of the way. Swerve blasted Bishop with a brain buster. Will tagged in and hit the standing shooting star press on Bishop for a near fall. Kaun jumped to the top and crushed Will with an avalanche jack hammer. Bishop Kaun went for the cover on Will, but Swerve jumped in to break it up. Swerve smashed Toa with the Swerve Stomp to the arena floor! Will stunned Bishop with the Spanish Fly for a near fall. Ospreay was thinking about using the Tiger Driver on Bishop, a move he vowed to retire. He lifted Kaun up, perhaps for the Storm Breaker, but Kaun escaped. Will tried for a thrust kick on Kaun but Kaun moved. Will inadvertently kicked Swerve! Toa Liona bulldozed Will Ospreay with a running shoulder block. Ospreay jumped on Toa’s shoulders. Swerve kicked Toa, and Will used the momentum to take down Toa with a reverse hurracanrana. Will spiked Toa with the Os Cutter but Toa kicked out at the two-count! Swerve snapped Kaun’s arm back with his leg. Ospreay smashed Toa with the Hidden Blade and scored the pin!

My Score: 4 out of 5

Final Verdict: 4/5

In my review of last week’s show I said it was the best episode of Dynamite in some time. Well guess what? AEW have pulled it out of the bag AGAIN. With another absolutely unmissable show. Whereas last week we got a squash match, this episode was a solid two hours of wrestling across the board – the entire show all worked, flowed, and all the other cliches of wrestling reviewing! The show kicked off strong with two great back-to-back matches, after a kick-arse promo from MJF and Daniela Garcia (yes, I am praising a promo); then we got the women’s trios match, which delivered light-hearted fun that offered a brief respite before what you could consider TWO main event matches! Zack Sabre Jr. versus Kyle O’Reilly was a ridiculously good match. Like, truly ridiculous. And whilst the main event was good, it didn’t quite hit the same heights – what it did do though was show the audience Swerve Strickland’s nasty streak and put the result of his and Ospreay’s title match in question. Ultimately this episode was truly UNMISSABLE television!

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