30th Jan2021

‘AEW: Dynamite’ Review (Jan 27th 2021)

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this week’s AEW: Dynamite review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we have another fine review of Dynamite to discuss, thanks in part to TalkTech, the premier voice-recording technology of the decade. We have… Mr. Kramp: Nathan! Get your ass up here! The Venus Fly-Trap that looks like a big d–k-head is wilting! Me: Yes sir! Gosh! I sure don’t want to piss off Mr. Kramp! He was in ‘Nam! He feasted on their ass-holes and wore their balls around his neck like a giant pearl necklace. I’m told that is a fine way look good on a Saturday night…if you know what I mean. Mr. Kramp: Stop reviewing the damn wrestling and fix the damn plant! Me: Yes sir. I gotta get up there. Anyway, Dynamite starts… Mr. Kramp: Nathan! Now!

Match #1: Eddie Kingston def. Lance Archer

The following is courtesy of allelitewrestling.com:

“This has been a long time coming in my estimation, fellas,” said Jim Ross. “Yeah, September 5th, 2020, that was the date of ALL OUT last year,” replied Excalibur. Before making their way down the ramp to the ring, Lance Archer sent Jake Roberts to the back, opting instead to go at this one alone. Roberts was dejected by Archer’s orders. Kingston charged Archer as “The MurderHawk Monster” entered the ring, greeting him with hard chops. Archer laughed it off and then removed his shirt, balled it up, and threw it at Kingston’s face. Archer told Kingston to chop him again, and Kingston gave him his best shot. Archer sent Kingston halfway across the ring with a big boot! Archer followed up with big running back elbows to Kingston, who was backed into the turnbuckles. Kingston dodged a third attempt from Archer and countered with kicks to Archer’s left knee, trying to chop the big oak tree down! Kingston bit Archer! “Kingston doing everything in his power to level the playing field against the much bigger Lance Archer,” noted Excalibur. “So far Archer is staying vertical here,” replied Tony Schiavone. Archer weather the storm of Kingston’s chops and then knocked the “Mad King” down with a big pounce. Archer lifted Kingston and choke slammed him over the top rope and down onto the ring apron! “That had to break his back!” said Tony Schiavone. Archer moved to the outside and began stalking Kingston, ramming him into the TV camera, and then into the steel barricade. Archer used a full nelson slam on Kingston, then splashed him. He lifted Kingston up before the ref counted to three. “Archer’s not done. He wants to relish the situation,” said Excalibur. Kingston attempted a spinning backfist but Archer caught it! Kingston connected with a basement dropkick and finally got Archer off his feet. Archer got up and hit a lariat on Kingston. “The MurderHawk Monster” used a ripcord into a chokeslam on Kingston, and then smirked. Archer grabbed Kingston’s wrist, walked the top rope, and then blasted Kingston with a moonsault press. Archer didn’t go for the cover. Archer palmed Kingston’s skull with a claw, but was distracted when The Butcher and The Blade walked onto the ramp clutching Jake Roberts. As Archer left the ring to come to the aid of Roberts, The Bunny jumped over the guardrail. She snuck up to Kingston in the ring and handed him a knuckle duster. Archer returned his attention to Kingston but Kingston was waiting and nailed him with a spinning backfist and that knuckle duster! Kingston pulled out the victory thanks to the loaded hand! “Eddie Kingston had a lot of help,” said Jim Ross. “J.R., I think that’s the understatement of the year. Eddie Kingston could not have beaten Lance Archer without the help of The Butcher, The Blade, and The Bunny,” replied Excalibur. Butcher and Blade added insult to injury with their tag team finisher “drag the lake” on Archer! They help up Archer and Kingston hit a second backfist!

My Opinion: 6 out of 10

Match #2: Chris Jericho (with Santana, Ortiz, Sammy Guevara and Jake Hager) & MJF (with Wardlow) def. Varsity Blonds (Griff Garrison & Brian Pillman, Jr.)

The following is courtesy of allelitewrestling.com:

Garrison didn’t waste any time taking the fight to MJF, dropping a flurry of right hands on him! MJF rolled out of the ring and tried to carry a chair back in with him, but the Inner Circle restrained him. Jericho tagged in and Garrison caught him with a drop toehold. He tagged in Pillman who surprised Jericho with a swinging neck breaker! Jericho sent Pillman into the ropes and MJF lifted his knee into Pillman’s lower back while ref Aubrey Edwards was distracted. MJF tagged in and worked over Pillman’s ankle. Jericho tagged back in and hoisted Pillman to the top rope. Pillman knocked Jericho back to the mat and hit a flying cross body block! “Flyin’ Brian, just like his father,” said Tony Schiavone. Garrison and MJF both tagged back in and Garrison cleaned house with consecutive clotheslines, flying splashes, and then a double spear for a near fall on MJF! Pillman tagged in and blasted MJF with a missile dropkick, and then a thrust kick to Jericho for a two-count! “We were on the verge of an upset,” said Excalibur. Jericho and Pillman exchanged right elbow strikes. Pillman dropkicked Jericho to the outside of the ring. Pillman went for a springboard but Jericho met him on the mat with the Judas Effect elbow! Jericho followed up with a picture perfect lionsault and pinned Brian Pillman, Jr.! “Jericho and MJF notching to 2-0 in the tag team division here in AEW,” noted Excalibur.

My Opinion: 5 out of 10

Match #3: Adam Page def. Ryan Nemeth

The following is courtesy of allelitewrestling.com:

Nemeth immediately shot for a single leg takedown on Page. “Hangman” wrenched Ryan’s arm, but “The Hollywood Hunk” reversed it. Page, with the size advantage, took down Nemeth with a shoulder tackle. Nemeth went for a leap frog but Page booted him square in the teeth! Page put the boots to Nemeth in the corner. Page followed up with a pescado to the outside on Ryan Nemeth. “Big Money” Matt Hardy walked out to the ring in his business attire, scouting someone in the match. Nemeth drove his knees into the body of Adam Page and followed up with a rude awakening-style neck breaker for a near fall! Page got up and rocked Nemeth with several explosive lariats. Page punctuated that sentence with a spine buster! “Matt Hardy liking what he sees,” said Excalibur. “It’s obvious that his eyes are strictly on the ‘Hangman.’” Page used a sliding lariat for a two-count. Nemeth spiked Page with a DDT for a near fall! “That’s a hell of a move, guys,” said Schiavone. Nemeth attempted a German suplex on Page, but Page landed on his feet! He followed up with the discus. Page finished Nemeth with the buckshot lariat and then scored the pin!

My Opinion: 4 out of 10

Match #4: Jungle Boy def. Dax Harwood

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Tully Blanchard and Cash Wheeler were handcuffed to Luchasaurus for this match! Marko Stunt was sent to the back before the match began. Dax “The Ax” and Jungle Boy locked up, with Dax muscling Jungle Boy into the corner. Jungle Boy used his explosivity to take down Dax. And then Dax used a side headlock takeover and we were off to a fast start to this match. Dax knocked Jungle Boy down with a shoulder tackle, and then another. Jungle Boy caught him with a dropkick, and then he looked for the snare trap submission. Tully and Cash couldn’t help as Luchasaurus pulled them back down to their chairs. Jungle Boy connected with a back elbow and then a front elbow to Dax. Jungle Boy climbed to the top rope but Dax knocked him down. Dax climbed up and planted him with a back suplex off the top rope. Dax hurt his shoulder and arm on the way down as it landed underneath Jungle Boy’s body. Harwood drove the sole of his boot into Jungle Boy’s head repeatedly. Jungle Boy fired back with hard shots and European uppercut combinations and then he caught Dax with a superkick. Dax leveled Jungle Boy with a lariat! The crowd chanted “This is awesome!” Jungle Boy reversed a powerbomb for a near fall on Dax. He tried again and after setting up a slingshot, Dax planted Jungle Boy with the Liger Bomb! Jungle Boy kicked out at 2.99! Dax attempted a dragon suplex but the damage to his arm from earlier was too much. Jungle Boy escaped and devastated Dax with a backstabber! Jungle Boy followed up with two German suplexes until Dax finally grabbed the ropes and used a mule kick for some separation. Jungle Boy returned fire with a clothesline. After faking out Jungle Boy, Dax spiked Jungle Boy with a DDT! Again Jungle Boy withstood the storm of Dax Harwood, kicking out just in the nick of time! After a series of reversals, Jungle Boy locked on the snare trap submission hold! “There it is. The difference maker!” said Jim Ross. Cash Wheeler and Tully Blanchard tried to reach for Dax but Luchasaurus held them back. Dax had no choice but to tap out to the snare trap! “The biggest victory in the singles career of Jungle Boy,” noted Jim Ross.

My Opinion: 8 out of 10

Match #5: Britt Baker def. Shanna

The following is courtesy of allelitewrestling.com:

Shanna reversed a wristlock and then escaped a side headlock. Shanna used a drop toehold but Britt charged back in and pushed Shanna to the turnbuckles. Britt rolled through into a hammerlock. Shanna rocked Baker with a step-up enziguri! Shanna tried for a dropkick but Reba pulled Baker out of the way. Baker rammed Shanna’s back into the ring apron! She followed up with a sling blade on the outside of the ring! Shanna clotheslined Britt Baker for a near fall, catching her across the face. Britt transitioned into a crucifix and then connected with a thrust kick. She used a snap swinging neck breaker but Shanna kicked out! Baker had the glove applied by Reba and went for the lockjaw but Shanna countered with a leaping stunner! Shanna got a head of steam and rocked Baker with a running dropkick. She was about to go for the Tiger Driver but Baker countered, transitioning into the lockjaw in the center of the ring and forcing Shanna to tap!

My Opinion: 5 out of 10

The Elite (The Young Bucks—Nick & Matt Jackson and The Good Brothers—Karl Anderson & Doc Gallows) def. Dark Order (Evil Uno, Stu Grayson, John Silver & Alex Reynolds)

The following is courtesy of allelitewrestling.com:

Backstage, while Dasha was interviewing the Bucks and the Good Brothers, Kenny Omega walked in with Don Callis, who had his eye bandaged. The Bucks called out Callis’ “injury” but before things got out of hand, Matt and Nick’s music hit. They had to leave for the match. Evil Uno hit Karl Anderson with a Manhattan drop for a near fall. John Silver called out Doc Gallows and Gallows took his time stepping over the top rope and entering the ring. Doc Gallows dropped to his knees, mocking John Silver. Anderson hit Silver from behind as Silver ran into the ropes. Silver thought it was Nick Jackson who did it and he clocked Nick! Matt Jackson tagged in and hammered the spine of John Silver. Alex Reynolds tagged in and caught Matt by surprise with a beautiful sequence of offensive moves. Nick tagged in and he and Matt used their tandem offense to get the upper hand on Alex Reynolds. The Bucks and The Good Brothers worked as a cohesive unit bringing the attack to Reynolds. Grayson tagged in and dropkicked his way across the ring! He cleaned house and was in charge of the ring. Grayson cleared distance with a frog splash on Karl Anderson for a near fall! Nick Jackson tagged in and Grayson hit Nick with a backflipping kick! John Silver tagged in and back body dropped Nick Jackson! He used a cannonball senton on Karl Anderson and took out the other members of the team with a string of offense! Evil Uno tagged in and used a neck breaker on Nick! He tried for a senton atomico but Nick Jackson had it scouted! Matt Jackson tagged in and hit clotheslines but Dark Order used the Fatality but it was broken up by Karl Anderson! Nick Jackson superkicked Uno and Grayson and then flew to the outside on the Dark Order! Nick, Karl and Doc performed a three-way powerbomb around the ring! Dark Order was neutralized on the outside while Grayson was isolated on the inside of the ring and surrounded by the opposing team like a pack of wolves. Grayson was invited to a superkick party and was hit by the Bucks and Good Brothers with quadruple superkicks! Evil Uno broke up the pin! The Good Brothers dropped Uno with the Magic Killer! The Young Bucks planted Grayson with the Meltzer driver, more than enough for Matt to pin him!

My Opinion: 6 out of 10

Final Verdict: 6/10

Mr. Kramp: Nathan! Why is this plant so flaccid? Well…I’m not… Plant: Feed me! Mr. Kramp: Jesus Christ! That f—ker talked! Me: Wowie Wowzers! A talking plant! Mr. Kramp: What do you know about a talking plant? Me: Well, I may not know much about talking plants, but I do know that this episode of Dynamite was fairly decent. The marquee match of the night was booked in the wrong spot, but at least Dax Harwood and Jungle Boy got the time to have a great one. Make no mistake…this was a solid card. You had Britt Baker and Shanna do well in their brief match. Adam Page squashed Dolph Ziggler’s brother in a fine affair that was more competitive than it could have been. I wish Adam could get better booking than he’s been getting, but perhaps the new angle with Matt Hardy wanting to be Adam’s manager will get Adam back on track. Chris Jericho and MJF continued to push their tag team by beating The Varsity Blondes (which feels like a mistake to me). Eddie Kingston and Lance Archer had a good match that got ruined by crap finish, but at least Eddie wasn’t made to look weak…but Lance kinda was. Sting and Darby Allin cut a great promo on their Street Fight with Team Taz at Revolution. Arn Anderson convinced Cody Rhodes to fight Shaquille O’Neil and Jade Cargill by teaming with Red Velvet. Finally, Jon Moxley asserted himself even more into a feud with Kenny Omega after the main event between The Elite and The Dark Order went well enough without earning its spot. Plant: So, was it a good show. Me: Yes, good would be appropriate as a description. That being said, it also just felt like a week of television, instead of a night of big fights. Dynamite continues to stay below a million in the ratings and big part of that is that AEW in general just feels more like a fun little wrestling show than a place where you can see the biggest, best matches around. AEW has so much potential, but they keep squandering that in the name of appealing to mainstream sensibilities that might get more media attention, but not enough people watching. Plant: Well, it sounds like they oughta get a little more interesting if they want new folks to start watching. Me: Yes. The fact that they’ve actually lost viewers during the pandemic can’t even be attributed to smaller crowd sizes anymore, because their acoustics seem to carry what crowd noise they do have around every corner of the arena. AEW really needs to get ambitious with their booking and presentation, because this whole league already feels like it has peaked and that should not be happening. Plant: Well, I hope that progress does come to pass. Now…time to get gulped, honey! HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!! Me: Oh…one thing before you do. Plant: What’s that, daddio? Me: Mr. Kramp was had a weak bladder. Plant: So? (plant starts engorging with fluid) Me: Not only did he pee a lot, but he would fill his bladder quickly and to capacity. Actually, his obesity was mostly water so… Plant: S—t. (talking plant explodes) Me: Well, that may not have gone well for the plant, but this show fared better than it has in some of the other Dynamite episodes. I had fun with this, but only the Dax Harwood/Jungle Boy match stood out as worth recommending. I hope you enjoy this week’s Dynamite and I’ll see you next time.

One Response to “‘AEW: Dynamite’ Review (Jan 27th 2021)”

  • Nathan Favel

    By the way, the talking plant ate Mr. Tramp. The TalkTech kinda malfunctioned when that happened. I never realized Jonjo was so squeamish. Any-way, it was a decent show.