28th Jun2021

‘AEW: Saturday Night Dynamite’ Review (Jun 26th 2021)

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this week’s AEW Dynamite review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we have the big duke-a-roo here…Kenny Omega versus Jungle Boy for the AEW World Title. Let’s not waste any time. Cannon-balllllllllll!!!!!!!!!!

Match #1: “Hangman” Adam Page def. Will Hobbs

The following is courtesy of allelitewrestling.com:

Hobbs clobbered Page on the outside of the ring. Hobbs punished the right arm of Page, ramming it against the steel guardrail. Taz said this was part of the game plan—to go after Page’s right arm—since that’s the arm Page uses to perform his Buckshot Lariat. Hobbs was looking for the Vader Bomb, but Page had it scouted. Page lifted his knees in time, countering the Vader Bomb. “Hangman” Page charged at Hobbs, but Hobbs dodged him, sending Page back to the outside. Page was sent into the ring post, and Page’s head was lacerated. Page connected with a big boot to the face of Hobbs, followed by a second boot, and then a third consecutive boot! “Hangman” jumped over the top rope with a cross body down onto Hobbs on the arena floor. Page got a near fall on Hobbs after a moonsault press! Hobbs created some distance and rocked Page with a clothesline. Powerhouse Hobbs body slammed Page. Hobbs tried a headbutt off the turnbuckles, but Page moved out of the way! Page followed up with a lariat! Hobbs knocked the wind out of Page with a vicious crossbody. Hook and Ricky Starks walked out to help Hobbs. Starks was holding the FTW Title. Hobbs wanted to use the FTW Title to finish off Page. “The Machine” Brian Cage followed them out and pulled the belt away from Starks. Page hit Hobbs with a rolling elbow and then the Dead Eye for the pinfall victory!

The Verdict: 7 out of 10 – Both guys worked hard here to make this a real snappy match. Hobbs has shown some vast improvement here. He moves quicker than lickety-split and… Lickety Split: F–k you! I’m the fastest! Nobody moves faster! Me: Alright! Lickety Split: I shall smite thee! Me: There’s something to be said for a match that has two very different wrestlers being able to mesh so well from bell to bell. Page had another good one and Hobbs had what could very well be the first of many. What an excellent opener.

Match #2: Matt Sydal def. Dante Martin

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Dante used the bottom rope as a springboard to dropkick Sydal. Dante tried to shift levels but ate a leg lariat from Sydal instead. Sydal blasted Dante with more leg kicks. Sydal tied up Dante and stretched him with a surfboard submission. Dante Martin picked up Sydal out of nowhere and pancaked him to the mat for a near fall. Dante hit a double springboard moonsault for a two-count on Sydal. Dante and Matt climbed to the top turnbuckle. Matt shoved Dante down hard and followed up with the meteora off the top rope! Dante kicked out at the two-count! Dante wasted no time and shocked Matt Sydal with a flipping stunner for a near fall! Dante jumped off the top rope, but Sydal moved. Dante tweaked his knee on the landing. Sydal finished off Dante with a lightning spiral for the pin!

The Verdict: 6 out of 10 – This was a good little match that was athletic and exciting. Sydal was very good in the role of veteran and Martin just as such in the role of upstart. There’s not much to this beyond it working well from bell to bell. I hope Sydal gets a World Title shot at some point, especially if he is still performing like this when that time comes.

Match #3: Ethan Page def. Bear Bronson

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Ethan Page was backed into the turnbuckles by Bear Bronson. Page fought back with a big right hand, but it only angered Bear Bronson. Page mocked Bear Bronson by growling at him, but Bronson powerslammed him. Bear Bronson slammed Ethan Page’s head into the turnbuckles. Bear Bronson jumped through the ropes at Page, but Scorpio Sky pushed Page out of the way and took the brunt of Bear Bronson’s brutal blast! Ethan Page and Bear Boulder got into each other’s faces, and while ref Bryce Remsburg tried to restore order, Ethan Page hit Bear Bronson with some cheap shots. Bear Bronson backdropped Ethan Page, and then splashed him in the corner turnbuckles. Bronson clubbed Page with lariats. Bronson sat out with a senton, but Page moved out of the way. Ethan Page attempted the Ego’s Edge, but Bronson powered out of it. Bronson climbed up to the top turnbuckle but Ethan Page superplexed him to the mat for a near fall! Bronson actually followed up with a sidewalk slam and then climbed up the turnbuckles. Scorpio Sky distracted Bronson (and the ref) while Ethan Page hit a low blow on Bronson! Ethan Page took the opportunity to plant Bronson with the Ego’s Edge, and then pinned Bronson!

The Verdict: 4 out of 10: There wasn’t much here, but Page did his finisher at the end. Bear has a lot of potential. Page has really matured as a wrestler since his run with Josh Alexander in Impact as The North. You flashes of the brilliance here, but not quite as much as you’d hope for. At least this was simple and easy.

Match #4: Kris Statlander def. The Bunny

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The Bunny tripped up Kris Statlander and then walked across her back. She slapped Kris in the face, but Kris returned fire with a big-time kick! Statlander showed off her power with a body slam on The Bunny. Statlander did a handstand on the top turnbuckle and The Bunny made her pay for that mental lapse with a kick to the face! The Bunny clotheslined Kris Statlander over the top rope, sending Statlander down to the floor. Statlander connected with a powerslam on The Bunny on the arena floor! Statlander planted The Bunny back in the ring for a near fall. Statlander sat out with a Blue Thunder Bomb for a two-count on The Bunny. Statlander tried to climb up the turnbuckles, but The Bunny chased her up there and dropped her with a German suplex! The Blade slipped brass knuckles to The Bunny, but Orange Cassidy pulled them away from her and put them in his pockets. Kris Statlander rocked The Bunny with the Big Bang Theory and then pinned her!

The Verdict: 4 out of 10 – While not up to the standard that these two are capable of, this was a nice taste if what could come from these two. Kris is still a f–kin’ alien and The Bunny is a rabbit. What the f–k did I just say?! Run ET! Run! ET: AHHHHHHHH!!!!!!! Mary Hart: Make way for Mary Hart! Also, today’s star birthdays include Elijah Wood turning 36, Kenan Thompson turning 44 and Larry King turning 10,000! Me: Thank you Adolpho. This match was no nacho supreme, but it was Casa Grande!

Match #5: (Main Event) Kenny Omega def. Jungle Boy – AEW World Title Match

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Ref Paul Turner ejected Marko Stunt, then Luchasaurus, and then The Good Brothers from the match. Don Callis joined the commentary team for this match. Omega used his power to back Jungle Boy into the turnbuckles. Omega applied a wristlock on Jungle Boy and then paint brushed Jungle Boy’s head. Jungle Boy reversed it with a wristlock of his own. Omega pulled him down by the hair. Omega chopped away at Jungle Boy, but Jungle Boy turned the tables and hit Omega with smashing chops to the chest! Jungle Boy sent Omega to the outside with a tremendous dropkick! Omega pulled Jungle Boy outside and then whipped him into the guardrail. Jungle Boy’s family watched from the front row. Jungle Boy kicked Omega in the stomach. Omega lifted Jungle Boy, but Jungle Boy countered with an inside cradle for a near fall. Jungle Boy impaled Omega with his own brain buster for a two-count on the champ! Jungle Boy dropkicked Omega’s knee. Omega tried for a snapdragon suplex, but Jungle Boy countered with a back elbow. Then Jungle Boy waffled Omega with an elbow suicida, followed by a tope suicida! Jungle Boy crashed down onto Omega with a tope con hiro! Jungle Boy climbed to the top rope, but Omega stopped him in his tracks with forearms. They jockeyed for position on the middle rope. Omega superplexed Jungle Boy from the top rope for a near fall! Jungle Boy avoided the V-Trigger and then hit Omega with a thrust kick! Kenny Omega fired back with a V-Trigger! He lifted Jungle Boy for the One-Winged Angel, but Jungle Boy countered with a reverse hurracanrana! Jungle Boy applied a waist lock, looking for a rip cord. Omega countered with a V-Trigger and then a powerbomb for a near fall! Jungle Boy countered a V-Trigger with the Snare Trap! The Good Brothers ran down the ramp but Jurassic Express and Frankie Kazarian stopped them from interfering, brawling back to the locker room. Omega was able to reach the ropes and ref Paul Turner broke up the Snare Trap submission. Kenny Omega connected with a V-Trigger. He tried for the One-Winged Angel again, but Jungle Boy slipped out and applied the Snare Trap. Omega gouged Jungle Boy’s eyes to break the hold. Omega rocked Jungle Boy with a Tiger Driver and then the One-Winged Angel to pin Jungle Boy!

The Verdict: 9 out of 10 – From the first ring of the bell, this was excellent. Omega has apparently been suffering from injuries as of late and I hope he is able to rest and recover from those injuries. That being said, that doesn’t explain the way he’s been portraying himself as lately…a dink. Omega has had an issue being a convincing champion as of since he turned heel. For all the titles he’s been collecting, his portrayal of a ditzy psycho has done little to sell me and possibly others on Omega being a great champion. So, it is with great relief for me to say that Omega took this match seriously and portrayed a competent, dominant champion that could conceivably lose to the very exciting Jungle Boy. JB was incredible here, delivering one of his best performances in AEW and possibly his career. As a battle of wills, this was a brutal game played by two people who are similarly armed. Neither man wasted time in setting up the capabilities of the other. Omega gave JB plenty of opportunities to get the leg up on him and it benefited the entire match. Omega and JB never let up on the action. As we reached the climax of the match, the pre-cum was starting to spritz all over my han…I mean the match became a desperate gasp for any kind of victory these guys could muster. JB losing to Omega was a moment that should be seen as one that has made him credible as a future contender. What a match.

Final Verdict: 6/10

There was some good wrestling on this show, but the broadcast didn’t get interesting until the main event. As long as the main event is a hit, then the show has a chance to be just as such. With the return to Tuesday, perhaps we’ll cease the use of promos to get over feuds like when Konnan said funny s–t to Tully Blanchard before taking a Piledriver to help sell the FTR/Santana & Ortiz feud. Also, how many times to I have to see The Pinnacle and The Inner Circle talk and brawl? I get that they are trying to sell Sammy Guevara and MJFs match for the return to Wednesday, but enough is enough. Why does Britt Baker have to cut a promo every week? Why is Andrade El Idolo interrupting matches to tease reveals? Is he even going to wrestle anyone? There’s too much going on here. Christian Cage and Kenny Omega seemed poised to battle for the World Title soon, based on them brawling to close the show. Well, at least the main event was great. Okay. I have to sneeze. I’ll see you next time.

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