23rd Sep2021

‘AEW: Dynamite’ Review (Sept 22nd 2021)

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this week’s AEW: Dynamite review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and this whole show is all about Bryan Danielson versus Kenny Omega. Let’s not bull-s–t anybody here. Sting has a match later on and Britt Baker defends the Women’s strap against Ruby Soho, but this show is built on Danielson having his first match under his real wrestling name in over a decade. I am ready for this. It’s time. I waited a long time to not have to call him Daniel Bryan anymore. Randy McNASCAR is dead. Maybe he shouldn’t have turned right on that last lap? Oh well. Screw the other matches. Let’s get to good s–t.

]Author’s Note: Darby Allin, who has been accused of rape by multiple people, is on this show and if that alarms or upsets you then viewer discretion is advised].

Match #1: Bryan Danielson vs. Kenny Omega (Draw)

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Paul Turner was the referee. The fans were going bonkers before the two wrestlers even locked up. Danielson was being calm, letting the moment sink in. Omega and Danielson finally locked up with a collar and elbow tie-up. Omega chopped at Danielson, but it didn’t bother The American Dragon. Danielson fired back with a mid-kick, knocking Omega onto the mat. Omega cartwheeled his way around a monkey flip attempt from Danielson. “The American Dragon” wrenched at Omega’s wrist. He sent the AEW World Champ into the corner turnbuckles and rocked Omega with chops and kicks. Omega absorbed them and retaliated with chops of his own. Danielson had enough and flipped Omega over the top rope and then rocketed to the outside onto Omega with a tope suicida! Danielson jumped off the top turnbuckle with a knee to Omega’s arm, likely softening him up for a submission move. Omega was able to shift the momentum of the match on a dime, stomping on Danielson after sending him into the ropes. Omega Irish whipped Danielson and met him with a hard knee to the abdomen. Then Omega began to punish Danielson’s spine with kicks, one after another. Omega attempted a moonsault but Danielson got his knees up to counter just in damn.

Danielson walloped Omega with a hurracanrana for a near fall. Omega planted Danielson with a hurracanrana of his own! Omega launched himself over the top rope and smashed down onto “The American Dragon”! Danielson rolled up Omega, but Omega countered with a roll up of his own. Danielson escaped and applied the Cattle Mutilation submission. Omega was able to touch the bottom rope to force the ref to break the hold. Danielson flew off the top rope onto the ramp and nailed Omega with a knee! Omega countered Danielson’s knee strikes with a snap dragon suplex! Omega got a running head start on the ramp and blasted Danielson with a massive V-Trigger! Omega followed up with a bucklebomb! Omega hit Danielson with a missile dropkick for a near fall! Omega used a heel kick to Bryan’s spine. Omega was looking for an avalanche dragon suplex but Danielson escaped, dodging the proverbial bullet. Danielson used an avalanche back suplex on Omega, and both men hit the mat hard! Danielson used a shoulder capture suplex for a near fall on Omega! The fans were on their feet cheering! Omega was a bit slow getting to the top rope. Omega spiked Danielson with an avalanche dragon suplex for a near fall! Omega, wanting to end the match, connected with a V-Trigger! Omega lifted up Danielson for the One-Winged Angel, but Bryan countered with a reverse hurracanrana! Danielson went for a running knee but Omega countered. Omega tried for a Phoenix Splash but Danielson rolled out of the way! Danielson rallied back with kicks and Omega finally dropped to the mat! Danielson held Omega’s arms and began to stomp on his face! Danielson was looking for the LeBell Lock but Omega got to the ropes! With less than a minute remaining, Danielson and Omega began trading offense! Time ran out as Danielson was applying the LeBell Lock! The match was a draw! The SuperKliq ran to the ring to remove Danielson away from Omega. They superkicked Danielson! Christian Cage and the Jurassic Express sprinted to the ring to even up the odds!

The Verdict: 10 out of 10 – They went to a thirty minute draw. What do you think the score would be? Bryan went right back to his offensive style from Ring Of Honor like he never left it behind for the WWE money. There was no underdog routine here. Bryan was large and in charge. You get a whole hell of a lot of grappling here to go with those Danielson kicks. Omega, who’s more performer than wrestler, gave a great performance to go with Bryan’s wrestling clinic. It was smart, crisp and intense, like a Pringle straight out of the freezer. Oh yeah. It cuts the roof of your mouth and it stings for two days. That’s the good s–t. Yeah buddy. Bryan and Kenny fit each other like a glove. Bryan would attack and Kenny would react. Kenny didn’t try to take the reins here. Kenny understood who the better wrestler was and he wisely leaned on that man’s skills to make the match a great bout. There was no nonsense here. None of that dumb “Kenny Emots The Blues” s–t that he likes to do. I know Dave Meltzer thinks that the Kazuchika Okada matches are the best of Kenny’s career, but this was right there with those bouts, so maybe he oughta make room for another seven thousand star review. This was such a relief. I almost doubted whether Bryan could resist the temptation to just have a WWE match, but when I saw Bryan go right for the grapple to start, that brought me back to reality. Of course Bryan was going to wrestle this match. Bryan did the parody of wrestling for a decade and he’s ready to get back to work. This may have been a clean draw, but it was thirty minutes of some of the best wrestling you’ll ever see. Welcome back Bryan. This was one of the best debuts in wrestling history.

Match #2: MJF def. Brian Pillman Jr.

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Pillman took down MJF with a double leg! He followed up with forearms! MJF poked Pillman in the eyes but Pillman sent MJF flying with a hip toss and a backdrop. MJF slapped Pillman in the face, and Pillman fired back with a heavy slap to MJF! Pillman rolled up MJF with a sunset flip for a near fall. MJF sent Pillman shoulder-first to the canvas! Pillman fought back with a high cross body press on MJF! He blasted MJF with a thrust kick! Pillman powerslammed MJF! MJF rolled to the outside and used Julia Hart as a human shield. MJF grabbed Julia’s wrist and while he was distracted, Pillman connected with a dropkick to MJF’s jaw! Pillman tried for a dropkick on MJF back in the ring, but MJF countered with the Salt of the Earth armbar and forced Pillman to tap out!

The Verdict: 7 out of 10 – This was a rollicking little match that made both guys look feral and wild. The intensity was off the charts here. It’s a shame that they didn’t get more time to fight, but they made what they had work for them. MJF felt like a star again. There was none of that goofing around s–t from MJF. Everything that happened was in the name of victory and both men acted like they wanted the win. Pillman felt like a big deal here. Pillman losing was the right call, as he can chase MJF for a good while to get the big pin on him. I had fun with this match.

Match #3: Malakai Black def. Cody Rhodes

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Malakai Black and Cody Rhodes traded offense but Malakai swept out Cody’s legs. Cody rolled out of the ring. Brandi got in the ring and flipped off Malakai. Cody ran into the ring from the other side but Malakai Black applied an Octopus-like submission on Cody. Cody connected with a boot to Black! Cody jumped off the top rope toward Black who was on the ramp, but Black countered with a strike! He brought Cody back into the ring and followed up with more strikes—punches and swift kicks! Malakai Black nearly decapitated Cody with a roundhouse kick! Cody was hit so hard he flew out of the ring! Cody rolled back into the ring just in time. Black attempted to pin him but Cody lifted up a boot to the rope to stop the ref’s count! Cody rallied back with a chop block to Malakai Black! Cody hit a second chop block, and then used a dragon screw on Black. Malakai Black caught Cody in the back of the ear with a back elbow. Black countered CrossRhodes, hurling Cody halfway across the ring, using Cody’s momentum against him! Cody hit the Cody Cutter and then the CrossRhodes for a near fall on Malakai Black! Arn Anderson jumped on the ring apron. Cody collided with Arn inadvertently! Cody went to check on Arn but Arn told him to concentrate on Black. Cody started to wear out Black with body shots. Malakai Black sprayed a black mist into Cody’s eyes and rolled him up for victory!

The Verdict: 7 out of 10 – Black got Cody and won the match, because he’s a bad mother-f–ker. Cody was a bit sluggish here, but Black was not. This was longer than their first match and better in quality. It was more exciting as it went on and the finish was a bit of a surprise, based on the way the match was being wrestled. It was performed as if Black was more resourceful than Cody, which adds a new wrinkle to Cody losing. I could go for another between these two.

Match #4: Sting/Darby Allin def. FTR

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Dax lured Sting toward FTR’s corner and then FTR began to double team Sting. Seconds later, Sting scoop slammed Cash and Dax! FTR went right back to the corner to double team Sting again! Dax dropped a leg on Sting, good for a one-count. Sting knocked Dax down to the mat with a shoulder tackle. Darby tagged in and blasted FTR with a shotgun dropkick and then two consecutive Coffin Drops. He tried for a third Coffin Drop but FTR caught him and slammed Darby onto the edge of the ring! Sting tagged in and hit Harwood with a spinebuster for a near fall. Sting connected with a crossbody on Dax for a very close near fall. Cash baited in Sting and Dax rolled up Sting for a near fall! Dax lifted up Sting for a tombstone piledriver but Sting countered, looking for a Scorpion Death Drop but instead he connected with a Stinger splash on FTR! Tully Blanchard handed Dax a chair in the corner. Sting didn’t realize there was a chair. Sting ran in for a splash but Dax moved out of the way. Before Sting smashed into the chair, he stopped himself and instead clocked Tully Blanchard! Sting made Dax tap out with the Scorpion Deathlock after Darby sacrificed himself with a Coffin Drop on Cash!

The Verdict: 7 out of 10 – Both teams worked well together here. FTR really put their back into it. This was their best performance since The Young Bucks match. Sting was great here. If you like watching Sting just fly around the ring and kick ass, then come on down and give this big ol’ bull a ride.

Match #5: (Main Event) Britt Baker def. Ruby Soho – AEW Women’s Title Match

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Ruby used a back heel trip and quickly turned it into a dirty fight. Britt fish hooked Ruby. Ruby dazed Dr. Britt Baker with a knee to the face! Baker bailed to the outside. Ruby Soho launched herself off the top rope to the outside onto Rebel and Hayter. Britt Baker hit a thrust kick on Ruby and then a swinging neck breaker on the challenger on the outside of the ring! Things broke down into a slugfest with Ruby then headbutting the AEW Women’s World Champion. Britt Baker ran across the ring with a sling blade clothesline. Rebel gave Baker the surgical glove and Baker tried for the curb stomp but Ruby dodged it. Ruby catapulted Baker into the turnbuckles! Ruby Soho used a senton onto Baker for a near fall! Ruby charged in but Britt got a boot up. Britt followed up with a stiff neck breaker for a near fall! Britt nailed Ruby with an Avalanche Air Raid Crash for a near fall! Britt curb stomped Ruby’s head for another near fall! Ruby kicked Baker with the No Future! Jamie Hayter jumped onto the apron and distracted Ruby. Baker used the opportunity to apply the Lock Jaw submission to Ruby Soho and forced her to tap out!

The Verdict: 8 out of 10 – This got good in the second half. It’s hard to follow the opener that was on this card, but these guys tried and that’s what counts. Britt and Ruby both felt like stars here. I’d call this the first great feud of the AEW Women’s division, but there’s also the Thunder Rosa feud that Baker has going on as well, so I guess we’ll just say that Baker is the MVP for the ladies right now. Hey! Britt is champion. Britt retained the strap here, which was the right call. Ruby gave Britt the best match of her recent months, which is something she has been needing. This felt like a turning point for Britt and a big moment for Ruby. I enjoyed this.

Final Verdict: 8/10

Well hell. Would you look at that? The large chunk of this show focused on wrestling and it was good. There wasn’t a lot of information here to get lost in. CM Punk cut a promo on Team Taz for attacking him. Other than that, this was a show about matches. Bryan and Kenny had what might just be the match of the year. Josh Alexander and TJP may also have that honor by way of their Iron-Man match from a few months ago. Keep up the good work, Tony. Don’t start slouching now. Bryan Danielson is back! F–kin’ A! See you next time.

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