29th Jul2021

‘AEW Dynamite: Fight For the Fallen’ Review (July 28th 2021)

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this week’s AEW: Dynamite review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we have Nick F—in’ Gage on this show to kill Chris Jericho for singing a f—in’ song with MJF last year. Gut him! Gut the f–k out of his lard ass! I hate singing on wrestling shows! Son of a b–ch! Nick Gage better fillet Mullet Ass or I’ll…I’ll…eh. I forgot what I was mad about. Here comes a big night of action. Nick Gage: Shut the f–k up, b–ch! Me: Yes sir. NG: Eat d–k d–k-head! Me: Yes sir. NG: Dynamite starts now, assholes.

Match #1: The Elite def. The Dark Order

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Page and Omega squared off as the bell rang, but Omega backed off. Omega tagged in Karl Anderson. Page wasted no time knocking down Anderson. A donnybrook broke out as the ref lost control. Dark Order turned the tables on The Elite and they stereo suplexed The Elite members. Alex Reynolds suplexed Nick Jackson onto a pile of The Elite outside! Dark Order took turns working over Gallows and Anderson with tandem offense! Karl Anderson pulled the trunks of Alex Reynolds, pinning him. Reynolds was the first to be eliminated. “Machine Gun” Anderson tried to talk his way out of trouble, but he was bounced around by Page and Dark Order. Grayson hit the Fatality on Anderson and pinned him. John Silver hurled Matt Jackson across the ring! Johnny Hungee is back! Grayson and Evil Uno did combo offense on Gallows, but Omega ran in to break the count. Grayson connected with a star-twister press on The Elite, and it was a sight to behold! Grayson and Gallows battled amongst the fans, and they were both counted out by ref Rick Knox! Evil Uno attempted a senton bomb, but Omega raised his knees to counter in the nick of time. He followed up with the V-Trigger and the One-Winged Angel and pinned Evil Uno.

John Silver speared Matt Jackson and hammered down with fists. Matt Jackson gouged Silver’s eye with a thumb. Nick Jackson tagged in a landed a leg whip on Silver. It wasn’t long before Silver turned the momentum on The Elite, using an airplane spin on Nick Jackson. Just prior to that, the Young Bucks powerbombed Page on the ring apron! Omega blasted Silver with a V Trigger and dazed him with a suplex. Nakazawa set up a basketball net and The Young Bucks hit a Meltzer Driver on Silver on the outside, with Nick attempting to slam a basketball in the process. They pulled Silver back in the ring and pinned him. “Hangman” Page was left to beat Kenny Omega and The Bucks on his own. Omega pulled off his basketball jersey and spat in Page’s face. Omega used a V-Trigger, but Page followed up with a forearm. The Bucks used superkicks on Page. Nick Jackson followed up with a 450-splash on, but Page kicked out!

Page knocked The Bucks out of the ring with clotheslines. Page followed up with a moonsault from the ring post to the outside of the ring onto Omega and The Bucks! Page got a near fall on Omega after a high angle powerbomb! Page hit both Bucks with the Buckshot Lariat and pinned Matt Jackson! Kenny Omega grabbed the AEW World Tag Team title and tried to use it on Page, but Page countered with the Dead Eye. Omega kicked out! Omega retaliated with a pair of V-Triggers on Page. Omega finished off Page with the One-Winged Angel, finally pinning him!

The Verdict: 7 out of 10 – If you like dramatic spot-fests, then you will like this, by and large. Kenny and Adam fighting was the main draw here, with Adam trying and failing to beat Kenny and The Bucks in an effort to be able to challenge for the World Title. There’s a stunt here where a basketball hoop at the ring (AEW does stupid s–t sometimes) to cross-promote Space Jam 2 and The Bucks do a piledriver on one of the wrestlers from the top of the hoop to the floor outside the ring. Make of that what you will. Adam losing was a surprise, but at least he got to go down in a blaze of glory.

Match #2: FTR def. Santana and Ortiz

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Cash and Ortiz began the match for their respective teams. Ortiz used a side headlock takeover on Cash. Ortiz vaulted Cash out of the ring with one foot! Santana and Dax “The Ax” both tagged in. They traded snug forearm shots, followed up with knife-edge chops. Santana suplexed Dax and he and Ortiz hit the Three Amigos. The fans erupted in “Eddy” chants! Santana burst into the ring with speed and cleaned house on FTR! He catapulted Harwood into the ring post and followed up with a tope con hiro on Cash on the arena floor! Ortiz crashed into Cash with a tope suicida! Santana booted Harwood in the face! Santana nailed Harwood with a frog splash for a near fall. Santana powerbombed Harwood for a two-count! Dax dropped Ortiz with a closed fist right hand! Santana ran into the ring but Harwood DDT’ed him! Harwood impaled Ortiz with a brain buster and pinned him!

The Verdict: 7 out of 10 – This was going really well until Cash got cut open on the arm, I think. It was some very nice back and forth, but the injury cut this short just as it was set to ramp-up the action. Both teams did a bit of everything, with S&O getting a bit rougher than usual in their grappling. This was certainly turning into a big time fight when it all went down, courtesy of the injury. I hope Cash recovers quickly and that the next time these two teams meet, we have a lot more luck on both team’s sides.

Match #3: Lance Archer def. Hikuleo w/King Haku – IWGP US Title Match

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Archer blasted Hikuleo with strikes. Hikuleo followed up with a powerslam! Lance Archer displayed tremendous agility, walking the top rope and flipping down onto Hikuleo. The fans went wild! Archer was looking for the Blackout, but Hikuleo had it scouted. Archer still managed to superplex Hikuleo into the ring! Archer drilled Hikuleo with the Blackout and pinned him! Archer will now have to defend his title against Hiroshi Tanahashi…

The Verdict: 4 out of 10 – This had a rock in its shorts. These guys tried to get this going, but it was just slams and movement. The idea was to do a clash of titans type of match, but it never got there. Instead, it was just big guys hitting each other. The wrestling was just not there. Hikuleo is not quite there yet. Maybe that’s the problem? Lance did what he usually does and was successful, but that didn’t lead to a good match.

Match #4: The Jurassic Express/Christian Cage def. Private Party/Angelico

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Jungle Boy and Christian Cage showed off their team work with a double arm drag on Angelico. Jungle Boy followed up with a beautifully executed dropkick on Angelico. Matt Hardy decked Jungle Boy on the outside of the ring. Back in the ring, Angelico stomped on the sternum of Jungle Boy and tagged in Isiah. Private Party double teamed Jungle Boy as ref Aubrey Edwards was distracted. Luchasaurus tagged in and decimated Private Party and Angelico, stacking them up in the corner. Luchasaurus suplexed Private Party and Angelico at the same time—all three members of the opposing team!Jungle Boy used a tope con giro on Kassidy and Angelico on the outside. Luchasaurus choke slammed Marq Quen, and Christian Cage finished off Quen with a frog splash for the pin. After the match, The Blade sucker punched Christian Cage with the brass knuckles!

The Verdict: 3 out of 10 – There were some nice bumps taken from Private Party, but that’s all this short match really offered, Hey. At least Christian won.

Match #5: Thunder Rosa def. Julia Hart

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Thunder Rosa rolled up Julia for a near fall. She followed up with a leg sleep. Julia was waving and clapping at the fans when Thunder Rosa pulled her down and then chopped at her. Thunder Rosa charged at Julia with a big clothesline in the corner. Thunder Rosa attempted a dropkick in the corner, but Julia Hart dodged it. Thunder Rosa grabbed Julia Hart’s leg for an ankle lock submission, but Julia grabbed the ropes. Thunder Rosa finished off Julia with the Fire Thunder Driver for the pin!

The Verdict: 3 out of 10 – It was a f–kin’ squash match! Ahhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!! Son of a b–ch! Rosa looked good in her official debut. Okay. Main event time. Had it with these God damn squash matches. The f–ker said there wouldn’t be any squashes! Lying son of a b–ch!

Match #6: (Main Event) Chris Jericho def. Nick Gage – No Rules Match

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Nick Gage swiped a pizza cutter at Jericho’s arm! Gage planted Jericho with a spinebuster! He headbutted Jericho on the outside of the ring. Gage superplexed Jericho, holding on and then following up with a falcon arrow for a near fall! Gage was looking for his running boot, but Jericho countered with the lion tamer. Gage rolled out of the ring and Jericho followed him. Jericho was driven face first into the ring post by the deathmatch king Nick Gage. Nick Gage pulled out light tubes from under the ring. On the opposite side of the ring, Jericho pulled out his baseball bat. Jericho swung the bat and Nick Gage countered with a back breaker. He pulled out the pizza cutter again and carved into Jericho’s forehead! Gage put a steel chair on Jericho’s head and elbow dropped it.

Nick Gage set up a pane of glass into the ring. He propped it onto two steel chairs. Gage put Jericho under the glass and was about to smash onto it himself when Jericho popped up! Jericho climbed the turnbuckles and broke Gage through the pane of glass with a hurracanrana! Jericho went for the Code Breaker, but Nick Cage reversed it and spiked him into the broken glass. Gage broke light tubes on Jericho’s head! Nick Gage used a piledriver on Jericho into the glass! Gage used the end of a broken light tube and gouged Jericho’s forehead! Nick Gage pulled more light tubes out from under the ring. Jericho spat green mist into Gage’s eyes! He waffled Gage with the bundle of light tubes! Jericho followed up with the Judas Effect and pinned Nick Gage!

The Verdict: 8 out of 10 – Nick Gage: Beat it c–t! I’m gonna f–kin’ review this b–ch! I kicked that fat-ass around like Judd Hirsch on Molly Ringwald. First, I cut his arm open with the pizza cutter. He bled so much I wanted to cut his ass up for prime rib dinner. The little b–ch got hit with light-tubes and…light-tubes and s–t. If you like Death Match s–t, then this got going pretty good. Jerich–t moved real slow, but he took a beating like a man. I cut his forehead open and he gushed like a prom queen in a mailbox. Then, that fat sack of s–t threw me through my own pane of glass. That’s f–kin’ bull-s–t! Still, I gotta give tubby-tits props. He worked a Death Match with Nick F–kin’ Gage and that s–t is the truth. Me: I thought it was quite the spectacle. It realy worked if you are into hardcore fights and the blood-letting was dramatic enough to not be a waste. NG: Thanks f–k-head. Me: That’s the nicest thing you’ve ever said to me. NG: Shut the f–k up. Me: Yes sir.

Major News:

  • CM Punk was hinted at by Darby Allin in a promo.
  • Juventud Gurrerra is Chris Jericho’s next challenger and Jericho has to win with a top-rope move.
  • Hiroshi Tanahashi will challenge Lance Archer for the IWGP US Title in Japan.
  • Jon Moxley and Hiroshi Tanahashi are teasing a feud.
  • The Blade attacked Christian Cage.
  • Malakai Black attacked Cody Rhodes.
  • Britt Baker is bringing in a bodyguard.

Final Verdict: 7/10

Easily, the big highlight here was the main event, but since much of this show was dedicated to the actual wrestling, a 7 feels appropriate. I’ll see you next time.

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