22nd May2020

‘All Elite Wrestling: Dynamite’ Review (May 20th 2020)

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this week’s All Elite Wrestling: Dynamite review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and Shad Gaspard and Larry Csonka have died. One was a wrestler and the other was a lover of wrestling and both were dedicated family men through and through. They will both be missed. Larry has a GoFundMe page for his daughters here https://www.gofundme.com/f/larrymania-living-on-in-his-girls. Well, in the name of the profession that both men spent their lives apart of, let’s get to the damn matches.

Match #1: Jon Moxley def. 10

The following is courtesy of allelitewrestling.com:

Mr. Brodie Lee had possession of Mox’s title belt; the minions of The Dark Order surrounded him. Mr. Brodie instructed 10 to take a knee while he addressed the audience at home: “I assure you I cannot walk on water and as you look at me, it may be hard to fathom. But I am no god. I am a man. A man who has come into possession of a very, very special piece. And I must win on Saturday to pay off the loyalty of these men in The Dark Order.” Mr. Brodie Lee and The Dark Order left 10 to battle Mox by himself. Mox charged 10 with a running high knee. Mox dumped 10 over the top with a shoulder capture suplex! “He is taking it all out on 10 right now,” said Tony Schiavone. “Can you imagine what this main event on Saturday means to Jon Moxley?” asked Jim Ross. 10 hit a pump kick and Mox spilled to the outside. He rammed Moxley into the steel barricade. 10 was looking to injure Mox ahead of Mox’s upcoming championship title defense this Saturday. 10 dropped Mox with a spine buster! Mox escaped a fireman’s carry attempt by 10 and wiped him out with a DDT! Mox planted 10 with a Gotch-style pile driver! Then Mox spiked 10 with the Paradigm Shift for the victory!

My Opinion: 3.2 out of 5 – This was a decent opener that had a fair bit of hard-hitting action, but the match wasn’t necessarily the most exciting over-all. 10 did well and Moxley did better, but the match was mostly them brawling all over the place, which ain’t bad, but is a bit of a let-down considering that Moxley is the World Champion.

Match #2: MJF w/ Wardlow def. Marko Stunt

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MJF bullied Marko with a body slam. He placed Marko into a bear hug after daring Marko to punch him in the abs. MJF suplexed Marko to the mat and then strutted across the ring. “MJF is effectively undefeated in an AEW ring,” noted Excalibur. Marko tried to fight back but MJF began pounding him with punches. He swung Marko across the ring by his hair like a ragdoll. Marko fought out of the corner and staggered MJF with two dropkicks. Marko connected under MJF’s chin with a jumping knee strike. On the outside of the ring, Marko used his speed and the environment, but MJF caught him with a strike of his own! MJF used a shoulder breaker and then the Salt of the Earth arm bar to cause Marko to submit!

My Opinion: 3.2 out of 5 – This turned out very nicely for a match that was, essentially, a squash. MJF did all of his heel s— to Stunt, who seems to piss people off, because he’s short…I’m not s——- you. Both of these guys can wrestle and they don’t mind letting you know about it. Everybody looked good here and that’s pretty damn good for a match that was designed to just get one guy over.

Match #3: Rey Fenix def. Orange Cassidy

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Orange Cassidy (escorted out by Best Friends Chuck Taylor and Trent) vs. Rey Fenix of The Lucha Brothers followed this! Orange Cassidy nonchalantly walked out of the way from a sneak attack kick from Rey Fenix! Orange had his hands in his pockets and fought back against Fenix effortlessly. Fenix was frustrated and went to the outside of the ring to collect his thoughts. After escaping a roll-up attempt by Cassidy, Fenix crushed Orange with a double foot stomp! Fenix smashed “Freshly Squeezed” with a springboard leg drop! Rey Fenix dropkicked Cassidy right into the cameraman! Cassidy connected with a series of palm strikes and a tope suicida! He used a diving cross body and went around the world with a DDT but Fenix kicked out at two! Orange planted Fenix with a diving DDT for another near fall on Fenix! Fenix powerbombed Cassidy off the turnbuckle, but Cassidy kicked out. He set Orange up once again and went for the muscle buster finisher but Orange escaped and reversed the Air Raid! “SuperBad” Kip Sabian carried a ladder out to the ramp and perched himself on it. Cassidy turned around to look at Kip. Rey Fenix hit a low blow on a distracted Orange Cassidy and got the win!

My Opinion: 3.6 out of 5 – This was a lot of fun and a far better example of what OC can do than many of his previous matches in AEW. Fenix was a maniac at times, taking bumps and making jumps that…hey, that rhymed. I’m a f—— genius! This had a quirky edge to it that was like watching Pee Wee Herman with an Uzi. The word of the day is: F— YOU, SUCKA! I really liked this and would like to see this pairing brought back together again real soon.

Match #4: Nyla Rose & Britt Baker def. Hikaru Shida & Kris Statlander

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Statlander stepped on Nyla’s stolen kendo stick and she and Shida used tandem offense on Nyla! They tried to double suplex Nyla, but Nyla muscled her way out of it. Nyla pounced Statlander with a running shoulder tackle! Nyla dropped her leg across Statlander’s throat! Shida took the fight directly to Nyla and Baker, whipping them into the corner and then hitting her running knee strike. She then used a knee lift on Baker’s jaw! “Shida has come to fight!” said Tony Schiavone. Statlander and Shida dumped Nyla onto Baker in the corner! Nyla tagged in, but Statlander picked her up on her shoulders and then dropped her right down. Shida hit a missile drop kick on Nyla! She tried to take Nyla over with a suplex but Nyla countered it with her own suplex! Nyla pinned Shida after the brutal Beast Bomb!

My Opinion: 3 out of 5 – This turned out well for a basic sort of tag match. Therrrrrrrrrre’s a compliment for ya. Nobody looked bad in this one, but this also wasn’t the match I was hoping for. I want these women’s matches to start having that energy to them that the men’s matches have. Well, until things start to get better, at least these women’s division matches are delivering solid action, if nothing else.

Match #5: (Main Event) Matt Hardy def. Sammy Guevara

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Hardy (as Damascus) whipped Sammy into the corner turnbuckles. Hardy took Sammy to the outside and dropped Sammy’s throat across the metal barricade. Hardy rammed Sammy’s shoulder into the steel ring post! Sammy avoided the Twist of Fate and countered it with a superkick to the back of Hardy’s skull! Hardy blocked a cutter from Sammy, good for a two-count! Sammy took flight over the top rope and crashed down onto Hardy on the outside of the ring! Sammy kicked out at the last moment after Hardy hit the Side Effect on him! Sammy tried to pick up Hardy but Hardy countered. “How do you come up with a strategy for something so vast as a Stadium Stampede Match?” asked Schiavone. “Literally anything goes this Saturday at DOUBLE OR NOTHING,” replied Excalibur. Sammy hit several superkicks on Hardy, who refused to lose! Sammy went for a shooting star press but Hardy moved! Hardy tried for the Twist of Fate but Sammy kicked out! Hardy removed Sammy’s wrestling boot and chomped down on his foot! “These guys are pulling out all the stops,” said Schiavone. Sammy went for another shooting star press but Hardy knew better! He pinned Sammy after the Twist of Fate!

My Opinion: 3.5 out of 5 – Matt gave Sammy a lot in an even match that hit harder than Jimmy Snuka’s fist to a woman’s head. That’s right…he was a bastard. You know who isn’t a bastard? …Lon Chaney. You know who Sammy Guevara looks like? …Lon Chaney. That means that Sammy isn’t a bastard and I’m an idiot. The action here was very much in the name of a fight, rather than a stunt show. I wish Sammy had won, but Matt made Sammy look tough, so at least both guys got something out of this.

News Of The Night:

  1. Shawn Spears had his news show “Shawn Spears News” and challenged Dustin Rhodes to a match at Double Or Nothing.
  2. The Casino Ladder Match competitors brawled with each other.
  3. Jon Moxley broke 10’s arm with a chair to build toward the World Title match against Brodie Lee.
  4. The Young Bucks and Adam page returned to brawl with The Inner Circle to build toward Stadium Stampede.

Final Verdict: 3.5/5

This was far better than last week’s s— show and the matches made for an easy night. The problem was that this show still didn’t really sell me on Double Or Nothing. I still feel like most of this PPV is just thrown together at the last minute. Well, at least we get to have a Double Or Nothing.

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