10th Sep2021

‘AEW: Dynamite’ Review (Sept 8th 2021)

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this week’s AEW: Dynamite review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and this whole league has gotten a shot of life in the last few weeks, hasn’t it? CM Punk, Ruby Soho, Adam Cole and Bryan Danielson have brought the rush of energy this league has desperately needed. It feels like big things are happening here. Speaking of which, Jon Moxley fights Minrou Suzuki in the main event. I’ve got a good feeling about this show. Let’s get to it.

Match #1: Malakai Black def. Dustin Rhodes

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Dustin charged at Malakai Black and took him down with a kick to the head. He followed up with kidney punches and then a German suplex. The action spilled outside the ring where Dustin stalked Malakai Black. Dustin’s momentum came to a screeching halt when Black suplexed Dustin through a ringside table! Dustin began to clutch his knee immediately. Back in the ring, Malakai Black removed the turnbuckle cover. They exchanged strikes but Black blasted Dustin with a knee to the midsection. Malakai Black applied a tight chin lock, and then he transitioned into a heel hook submission. Dustin finally got to the ropes, forcing ref Aubrey Edwards to break the hold. Black continued attacking Dustin’s left leg. Dustin Rhodes finally got to his feet and found the muster to powerslam Malakai Black. Dustin was looking for the Canadian destroyer but his knee buckled. Black escaped it but Dustin rolled up Black for a near fall. Malakai Black caught Dustin Rhodes with a vicious running knee strike for a near fall! Malakai went outside the ring and pulled Cody Rhodes’ boot out from under it. He threw the boot towards Dustin to get into his head. Dustin finally found the Canadian destroyer for a (very) near fall on Malakai Black! Malakai Black dodged Dustin and Dustin collided with the exposed turnbuckle corner. Malakai Black followed up with his spinning heel kick and pinned Dustin Rhodes!

The Verdict: 8 out of 10 – This was as snappy as it gets. This match had all the quick, sudden strikes and counters that you’d need to be on the edge of your seat. Black focused on his kicks while Dustin used his limber body to block and escape Black’s offense. As for this fast fight to the finish, I loved it. You get an awful lot in this moderately lengthed match and that’s what an opener should give ya. Boston: Smokin’! Me: Boston! The Mask: Smokin’! Me: The Mask! The Mask: They call me Cuban Pete! I’m the king of the rumba beats! When I play my marraccas I go chick-chicky-boom, chick-chicky-boom, chick-chicky-boom! Me: F–k yeah! Boston: Chick-chicky-boom, chick-chicky-boom, chick-chicky-boom! Me: F—————-k yeaaaaaaaaaaaaah!!!!!!!!!!!!

Match #2: Will Hobbs def. Dante Martin

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Hobbs slammed into Dante with a running shoulder tackle! Dante fired back with forearms and a springboard press—but Hobbs caught him. Dante escaped and then drop kicked Hobbs outside the ring! Dante tried for a tope suicida but Hobbs caught him midflight and then rammed Dante’s skull into the steel ring post! Hobbs rolled down his knee pad and dropped a knee on Dante’s sternum. Hobbs attempted another knee drop but Hobbs rolled out of the way. Dante blasted Hobbs with a gigantic shotgun dropkick off the top turnbuckle! He sent Hobbs to the outside with a running pump kick! Hook jumped up onto the apron to jaw-jack with Dante but Dante jumped right over Hook and smacked right down onto Hobbs! Dante spring boarded into a pump kick at Hobbs, but Hobbs answered with a nasty spinebuster for the victory!

The Verdict: 6 out of 10 – This was a nice ol’ whoop-fest. It went a while, but it never quite went to the next level. That being said, it held together and offered what these two can do well right now. I thought this was fun for something that needed some juice in the gullet. Jumbo Jones: Whoop-fest? It was a hootenanny! Hootenanny! Hootenanny! Hootenanny! Hootenanny! BABADABADABADADABADABADABA!!

Match #3: Ruby Soho def. Jamie Hayter

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They locked up with Hayter pushing Soho into the corner. Soho blocked a hip toss and then walloped Hayter with a knee strike. Hayter answered by punting Soho in the midsection. Ruby Soho DDT’ed Hayter for a near fall! Hayter propped up Soho on her shoulders but Soho countered by smashing Hayter head-first into the mat! Out of nowhere, Soho kicked Hayter in the jaw and it was more than enough to pin Hayter!

The Verdict: 4 out of 10 – Hayter was very clumsy here. Soho carried what she could here. At least she won.

Match #4: FTR (Cash Wheeler & Dax Harwood) and Shawn Spears def. Dark Order (Evil Uno, John Silver & Stu Grayson)

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Silver body slammed Spears. He tagged in Stu Grayson but Spears pulled Stu into The Pinnacle’s corner. The Pinnacle worked over Grayson in their corner. Evil Uno got the tag and served up a big boot to Spears! Spears hit a jawbreaker on John Silver and tagged in Dax from FTR. Silver countered Dax and snapped him back with a quick vertical suplex. Silver rocked Dax with kicks and then a bridging German suplex for a near fall! Dax hit a slingshot suplex on Grayson after Grayson and Uno accidentally collided heads. Spears finished off Silver with the Death Valley driver for the pin.

The Verdict: 6 out of 10 – This was a simple match with the goal of FTR getting to win something for a change. The DO lost because they are girly-men. Arnold Schwarzenegger: You’ve got…to..have…personality! Whop! Personality! Wham! Personality! Me: What? Anyway, this match was all about the basics of proper tag work, mainly because FTR are so staunchly in favor of the traditions of tag wrestling. If you like solid, consistent tag action, then this short match will offer you a taste of what you crave.

Match #5: (Main Event) Jon Moxley def. Minoru Suzuki

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Mox and Suzuki stood in the middle of the ring and traded forearm shivers! Mox staggered Suzuki with a forearm and then raked his face! Suzuki attempted a kick but Mox blocked it and then bit Suzuki’s face. Suzuki bit back! Mox and Suzuki exchanged headbutts! They slugged it out on their knees. Suzuki blocked a lariat attempt from Mox and tried to counter with a Gotch style piledriver. Mox backdropped his way out of it and then dropped Suzuki with the Paradigm Shift. Suzuki was busted wide open! Suzuki met Moxley with a dropkick! Suzuki applied a sleeper but Mox escaped and rocked Suzuki with two punches. Mox nailed Suzuki with another Paradigm Shift and then pinned Suzuki! Mox celebrated his victory in the stands amongst the fans!

The Verdict: 8 out of 10 – For a match so short, it was packed full of the kind of competition that some of the longest and best bouts have personified. Jon and Suzuki, who was driven here by Toyota Honda Hyundai Kawasaki-Saturn, had the New Japan bout of your dreams…complete with the ending from Deadly Friend where Kristy Swanson turns into a dip-s–t robot and kills what’s-his-face while looking like a Pac-Man vibrator. Homer Simpson: Simpson! Homer Simpson! He’s the greatest guy in historyyyyyyyy!!!!!!! From the…town of Springfield…he’s about to hit a chest-nut tree. AHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!! Jon and Suzuki battled with their forearms and their heads and their legs and… Homer Simpson: MMMMMMM. ALLLLLLLLLLLLGH!!!!!!!!!!! Oh… The match! Jon and Suzuki…This match offered enough from Minoru that it was worth having him on the show. I got my money’s worth and I bet you will too.

Final Verdict: 6/10

This show was really obsessed with promos. From MJF to CM Punk to The Elite to Taz to Bryan Danielson…oh…yeah…Bryan f–kin’ Danielson! F–kin’ A! I don’t have to type Daniel Bryan anymore! I’m tired of the race-car s–t. Daniel Bryan…sounds like he’s performing at the CMAs. Bryan and Punk, along with Adam Cole and Ruby Soho brought a whole new complexion to this league. It was a breath of fresh air to have them here and I’m thrilled they are here. Punk getting into a feud with Taz is no good, but Punk fighting Starks eventually is good…good enough to tease on this show. The matches were enjoyable overall, but they were too short and not the focus of the card. The promos got top billing and that’s not what wrestling is for. AEW has a lot of momentum right now. Wasting it on promos is no way to take advantage of what you have. Also, Malakai Black fights Cody Rhodes at Arthur Ashe and Brian Pillman Jr., who defended his family against MJF/Mini-Jacked F–k, will fight the aforementioned at Arthur Ashe as well in what is being called Dynamite: Grand Slam. Well, this was worth watching, even if it was disappointing more often than not. Still, this was fun. I’ll see you next time.

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