05th Jul2024

‘AEW: Dynamite’ Review (Jul 3rd 2024)

by Phil Wheat

Welcome to this week’s review of AEW: Dynamite, which was broadcast from the Wintrust Arena in Chicago, Illinois. 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: Men’s Owen Hart Foundation Tournament Semifinal – Bryan Danielson def. PAC

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Danielson used a side headlock takeover on Pac. They got to their feet and locked up in a test of strength. Danielson applied a wrist lock and then used an arm breaker on Pac. Pac took down Danielson with a dropkick. The arena was packed with dueling chants from the fans for both competitors. Pac and Danielson traded chops, blistering one another’s chests. Both men had the same idea and collided in the ring with running cross body presses. Danielson walloped Pac with European uppercuts, but Pac answered with a vicious forearm and then a pump kick. Pac wiped out Danielson with a moonsault and then quickly applied “the Brutalizer.” Danielson managed to reach the ropes with his boot, forcing the ref to break the hold. Pac tried for a German Suplex, but Danielson landed on his feet and followed up with a roundhouse kick to Pac, buying Danielson some time to recover. Danielson tried for a sliding dropkick, but Pac avoided it. Danielson jumped off the apron with a diving knee strike to Pac on the arena floor. Danielson charged at Pac, but Pac caught Danielson with a thrust kick. Pac jumped off the barricade and connected with a diving elbow drop. Pac hit a second elbow drop, this time a springboard off the ropes onto Danielson. Pac drilled Danielson with a tombstone piledriver for a near fall. Danielson grabbed Pac with the Le Bell Lock out of nowhere, grounding Pac on the mat. Pac reached the ropes forcing ref Paul Turner to break up the submission attempt. Danielson climbed to the top turnbuckle, but Pac made a desperate lunge to sweep out the legs of Danielson. Pac climbed to the top and blasted Bryan with an avalanche brain buster for a near fall! Pac ascended to the top and went for the Black Arrow, but Danielson dodged it! Danielson clobbered Pac with the running knee strike! Danielson went to cover Pac, but Pac transitioned into the Brutalizer. Danielson escaped and put on the Le Bell Lock. Pac countered by rolling up Danielson, but Danielson reversed it and pinned Pac!

My Score: 4 out of 5

Match #2: Women’s Owen Hart Foundation Tournament Semifinal – Willow Nightingale def. Kris Statlander

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Statlander charged up the ramp before Willow had a change to completely exit the tunnel. Willow hit the pounce on Statlander. Willow took down Kris with a snap suplex on the arena floor! In the ring, Statlander jammed her eye in Willow’s eyes and then hit a back elbow on Willow. Statlander fired off a chop to Willow on the apron. Willow tried for a German Suplex off the apron, but Willow countered with a back elbow, knocking Kris to the floor. Willow jumped off the apron and flattened Statlander with a cannonball senton! Willow dropkicked Kris from the turnbuckles. Kris came back with an ax kick, right on target. Kris followed up with a beautiful German Suplex. Statlander tried to climb the turnbuckles, but Willow brought her down hard with a German Suplex of her own! Statlander retaliated with a high boot kick. Stokely placed a steel chain on the apron. Stokely distracted the ref while Kris grabbed the chain. Willow ducked a punch from Statlander and rolled up Statlander, scoring the pin!

My Score: 3.5 out of 5

Match #3: Samoa Joe, Katsuyori Shibata & HOOK def. Cage of Agony (Brian Cage, Toa Liona & Bishop Kaun)

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Samoa Joe jabbed at Toa and then clobbered Toa with a big kick. Cage and Shibata tagged in for their respective teams. Shibata cracked Cage with forearms in the corner. Shibata had a leg capture on Cage, but Cage reached the ropes to force the break. Hook tagged in but Cage backed Hook up into the corner. Bishop Kaun grabbed a tag and splashed Hook in the corner. Hook took Kaun off his feet with a lariat. Hook ate an uppercut from Toa and then Bishop Kaun stunned Hook with a gut buster for a near fall. Samoa Joe jumped into the ring, but Toa wiped out Samoa Joe with a shoulder tackle. Hook spiked Cage with a DDT! Samoa Joe got to his feet and cleaned house on the Cage of Agony! Shibata and Hook double suplexed Toa and Joe followed up with a senton. Cage of Agony were choked out and submitted by Hook, Shibata, and Samoa Joe simultaneously, picking up the victory!

My Score: 2.5 out of 5

Match #4: Men’s Owen Hart Foundation Tournament Quarterfinal – “Hangman” Adam Page def. Jeff Jarrett

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Page booted Jarrett in the head and then hammered down with rabbit punches. Page clocked Jarrett with a vicious lariat. Page followed up with a fallaway slam. Page power bombed Jeff onto the edge of the ring apron. Page smashed Jeff’s head into the steel ring steps repeatedly. Adam Page bit Jeff on the forehead. Jeff countered the Dead Eye on the apron with the Stroke! Jarrett took down Page with a Russian Leg Sweep in the ring. Jeff rocked Page with an Owen Hart style kick to the face. Jarrett countered another Dead Eye attempt, but Page backed up Jarrett with right hands. Page finally landed the Dead Eye on Jarrett, but Page didn’t cover Jarrett for the pin. Jarrett countered the Buckshot Lariat with a sharpshooter! The fans erupted! Hangman crawled to the ropes to force the break. Page blasted Jeff with the Buckshot Lariat! Page drilled Jeff with another Dead Eye and then pinned Jeff Jarrett!

My Score: 3 out of 5

Match #5: AEW International Championship Match – Will Ospreay def. Daniel Garcia

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Ospreay knocked Garcia to the mat with a massive chop. Garcia got right back up and hip tossed Ospreay. Garcia cracked Will with a short piledriver. Ospreay retaliated with a dive over the top rope onto Garcia. Garcia battered Ospreay with strikes in the corner. Garcia hit a neck breaker, and then a second neck breaker! Ospreay nailed Will with a DDT, and then a third swinging neck breaker for a near fall. Ospreay taunted Garcia, offering him an open shot. Garcia hit a side suplex. Ospreay came back with a Spanish Fly for a near fall. Garcia countered a Storm Breaker, planting Ospreay on the crown of his head. Will power bombed Garcia and then transitioned into a Styles Clash for a near fall! Garcia countered the Hidden Blade with a back mount. Garcia had a front choke on Ospreay, but Ospreay escaped. Garcia reversed the Os Cutter with a piledriver for a near fall! MJF rolled his Dynamite Diamond Ring into the ring for Garcia and encouraged Garcia to use it on Ospreay. Garcia handed it back to MJF. When Garcia turned around, Ospreay was waiting for him with the Hidden Blade, scoring the pin on Garcia!

My Score: 4 out of 5

Final Verdict: 4.5/5

Three weeks, three weeks. That’s how many weeks Dynamite has been on a hot streak, delivering better and better shows each week. And this week it’s another absolutely unmissable show featuring a solid two hours of wrestling across the board – the entire show all worked, flowed, and all the other cliches of wrestling reviewing! Hell, even the promo stuff felt like it had a synergy WITH the show instead of working against the in-ring action. Why? Well this week the promos all meant something – from Mercedes Mone and Britt Baker going at it; to MJF’s truly GLORIOUS heel-turn on Garcia, which was built on an earlier promo; to Hangman Page’s brilliant diatribe against the Bucks before revealing he is even MORE of a heel than they are! Speaking of Page, you know his heel turn worked when the fans were behind Jeff Jarrett. Jeff Jarrett! And – here’s the kicker – I’m invested in whatever’s going to happen between Jericho, his learning tree stooges and Taz/Hook!

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