19th Nov2020

‘AEW: Dynamite’ Review (Nov 18th 2020)

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this week’s All Elite Wrestling: Dynamite, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and let’s go fly a kite…right up my ass and to the left. We have some matches on here and…you wanna hear a secret? I’m not wearing any underwear. Wanna hear another secret..? F–k you. Let’s start the review…

Match #1: The Young Bucks (Matt & Nick Jackson) def. Top Flight (Darius & Daunte Martin)

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This was a non-title match. Darius and Nick began for their respective teams. Darius got the better of the exchange so Matt tagged in. Daunte took down Matt with a dropkick and Top Flight utilized quick tags to frustrate the Bucks and control the pace of the match early on. Daunte blocked a superkick from Matt Jackson, but Matt blind tagged Nick. Daunte ate a superkick from Nick Jackson. The Bucks showed off their aggressiveness, as Matt applied a sharpshooter on Daunte and sat down low into it. Matt buckle bombed Darius into his brother Daunte. Nick followed up with a backstabber. Daunte countered the Meltzer Driver from the Bucks and tagged out to Darius, who connected with hard strikes to Matt Jackson, and then a standing Spanish fly! Top Flight took flight as Darius used a tope suicida and Daunte followed up with a tope con hiro onto the Bucks on the outside! “Daunte’s got some hops,” said Jim Ross. Matt speared Daunte, and then the Bucks isolated him. Matt climbed to the top and they hit and assisted sliced bread but Darius made the save! Finally the champs hit the BTE Trigger and Nick pinned Daunte. “A great debut for Top Flight. They made an excellent showing,” said Jim Ross.

My Opinion: 3.4 out of 5 – This was a fast match that went long enough to not be forgotten so easily, but not long enough to make use of the talent on hand. Top Flight looked good for their debut and hung in there with the far more experienced Bucks, who were busy makin’ sandwiches the whole time! I want a f—-n sandwich! Any-hoo, I enjoyed the chemistry here between these two teams. They wrestled a similar style to each other. Top Flight has a lot of pep in their step and you get to see that here… Well, for a match with plenty of action, it sure had plenty of action. I kissed a girl and I liked it…before she called the cops…and I liked this opening contest.

Match #2: Orange Cassidy (with Best Friends [Trent & Chuck Taylor]) def. Kip Sabian (with Penelope Ford & Miro)

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“The Best Man’ Miro joined the commentary team for this match. Orange Cassidy sent Best Friends to the back before the match began. There was a swing and a miss by Kip. Orange headed to his pockets but Kip would have none of it and brought Orange down with a side headlock. Orange pushed off and brought down Kip with a headlock. Sabian countered head scissors from Orange by just pancaking him to the mat! Cassidy nailed Kip with a dropkick and followed up with a tope suicida! Penelope distracted Orange long enough for Kip to take the advantage back in the ring with consecutive dropkicks to Orange. Miro mentioned on commentary that he was teaching Kip how to be more smash-mouth with his in-ring game. Orange and Kip battled on top of the turnbuckles. Orange knocked Kip down and connected with a diving crossbody. He followed up with a DDT, planting Kip on the crown of his head! Kip kicked out before the three-count! Orange spiked Kip with another diving DDT, but Kip got his shoulders up! Kip nailed Orange with a brainbuster but it wasn’t enough to finish Orange. Kip nearly put away Orange, but Orange cradled Kip with the mousetrap and pinned Kip!

My Opinion: 3.5 out of 5 – This turned out quite well, with plenty of fluid action. Fluid action? What is this, a switch-hitting porno? Woo-hoo! You’re getting kinetic wrestling mayhem from two of AEW’s most consistent fighters, so shut up and enjoy it! OC did his usual California coast meets Rambo thing and he worked it girlfriend! Kip is British…so there you go. I liked the pace for this and I would like to see these guys get back in the ring again.

Match #3: PAC def. The Blade (with The Butcher & The Bunny)

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Eddie Kingston joined the commentary team for this match. PAC wasted no time with a shotgun dropkick on Blade! He stomped Blade in the corner. PAC rammed Blade into the steel barricades on the outside of the ring. PAC hit another shotgun dropkick, this time off the top rope! PAC went to the outside to turn his attention to Butcher. Blade blindsided PAC. Blade picked up PAC and dropped him over the ropes, attempting to knock the wind out of him! PAC countered Blade with a DDT and then punted him in the face! PAC ran to the ropes but Bunny grabbed his ankle from the outside. Butcher tackled PAC from behind. Back in the ring, Blade planted PAC with a doctor bomb for a near fall! Blade tried to bully PAC. They traded strikes and PAC followed up with a pump kick and then a thrust kick! Blade countered with a powerslam for a near fall. PAC met Blade on the top turnbuckle—PAC superplexed Blade! PAC tried for the black arrow but Butcher and Bunny distracted PAC. Finally after disposing of Butcher and Blade, PAC hit a shooting star press and transitioned into the brutalizer. PAC forced the Blade to tap out! “Outstanding matchup that could have gone either way, but tonight was PAC’s night,” said Jim Ross.

My Opinion: 3.6 out of 5 – PAC and Ginshu Pete worked well together…dawg. Yeah…dawg. We have to update our verbiage, so we can be cool with urban youth. Hizzle fo’ shizzle! E-Z fo’ she-Z! Bounce, foo’! Flippity-floppity-floop! Yes…very hip. PAC is now 2-PAC. 2-PAC shot Bowie Knife with the arrow-like offense that only the realest mofos ain’t be ill’n. 2-PAC was totally ballin’, boo! He was like, fo shizzle my nizzle! Alright alright alriiiiiiiight! Pointy man was ain’t nevah gon beat 2-PAC, ‘cuz he be fightin’ like a punk! Gazoink! 2-PAC is better than Fiddy, than P-Diddy, than Biggie, than Pokey-Doke Stabbity-Slash (The Blade) and that’s why he won the day. Peace!

Match #4: Serena Deeb def. Thunder Rosa – NWA Women’s World Championship Match

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They locked up with a collar and elbow tie up. Deeb used a standing switch but was taken down by Thunder Rosa. Deeb countered Thunder Rosa’s armbar and took her down for a near fall. “Nice chain wrestling,” said Jim Ross. “This is great wrestling, guys,” replied Tony Schiavone. Deeb connected with a European uppercut on Rosa. The challenger scooped up Deeb and drove her down with a scoop slam. Rosa used a drop toe hold on Deeb, but Deeb retaliated with a dragon screw leglock. Thunder Rosa regained momentum after a powerful dropkick and then a modified suplex to Deeb. Thunder Rosa went to ram Deeb with her shoulder but Deep countered with a neck breaker! She speared Thunder Rosa on the apron for a near fall! Thunder Rosa muscled Deeb over the top with a German suplex! She followed with a missile dropkick off the top! From the ringside area, Reba appeared and distracted the referee while Dr. Britt Baker DDT’ed Thunder Rosa on the ramp! The ref and Deeb were unaware of the assault. Deeb powerbombed Thunder Rosa but Thunder Rosa kicked out at two! Thunder Rosa rolled up Deeb but Deeb countered with a submission. Rosa escaped and stomped Deeb’s midsection! Deeb captured Thunder Rosa’s arms and planted her after numerous counters! Deeb finally pinned Thunder Rosa!

My Opinion: 3.7 out of 5 – This was damn good wrestling, but not quite as good as the previous match between the two. That being said, this was a joyous reminder of how good these guys can be together. Rosa and Deeb stuck to the ground game and played Stratego…and Checkers…and Tummy Sticks. So much of this was great transitions and close-quarters action. I wanted this to not have the Britt Baker run-in, but the match recovered from booking error, so at least this match survived the bump in the road. I would have liked to see Rosa get her strap back, but Deeb is an excellent champion, so it works out fine.

Match #5: (Main Event) Brian Cage & Ricky Starks (with Taz) def. Darby Allin & Cody Rhodes (with Arn Anderson)

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Taz joined the commentary team for this match. Cody was wearing a shirt to the ring that took a swipe at Shaq. Darby and Starks chain wrestled to begin the match. Darby kept Starks off balance with a hammerlock. Cage and Cody both tagged in. Cody slugged Cage but Cage hip tossed Cody into a backbreaker! Cody hit a dropkick on Cage! Cody connected with a moonsault on Cage. Taz left the broadcast booth and went down to the ring to have a conference with his team. Cody ran to the ropes but Taz grabbed Cody’s ankle. Arn Anderson was outraged and threw a chair into the ring. The referee ejected Double A from the ringside area! Cage pulled Cody to the corner and tagged Starks. “Absolute” Ricky Starks dropped his boot on Cody’s arm. “There’s no limit on how good Starks can be,” said Jim Ross. Darby tagged in and cleaned house! Darby jackknifed Starks for a two-count. Cage got in the ring and suplexed Darby, who was holding onto Starks. Cody went after Taz but Starks speared Cody! Cage went for a powerbomb on Darby but Darby countered with the Yoshi Tonic! Cody caught Starks with CrossRhodes! Brian Cage came in and decimated Cody with a clothesline! Cage hoisted Darby to the top rope and finished Darby with an avalanche drill claw! “Darby is all heart and he’s relentless and he’s the TNT champ but how do you withstand something like that,” said Excalibur.

My Opinion: 3.4 out of 5 – This was good, but it was mostly just move after move. It went for a while and I’m tired of talking about wrestling for one day. Cody did moves and Cage did moves and Darby did moves and Ricky kissed his nipples. You get Darby doing jumps and dives because he’s got nothing better to do. Really, the best part was Cage just smashing his way to the finish. I wanted Cage to just keep beating the s—t out of Darby/Cody, but that’s my sexual fantasy, not yours. As a main event, this was pretty fun, but I wanted more out of this.

News Of The Night:

  1. Britt Baker attacked Thunder Rosa.
  2. Will Hobbs joined Team Taz.
  3. Death Triangle reunited.
  4. The Inner Circle went to Las Vegas and it was stupid. Konnan and Swoggle were there, along with Piff The Dragon.

Final Verdict: 3.4/5

This was fine, but the talking segments slowed the whole thing down.


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