19th Oct2021

‘AEW: Dynamite’ Review #2 (Oct 16th 2021)

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this week’s AEW: Dynamite review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and first off, I need to apologize for my humor as of late. I’ve been leaning on the more bizarre part of my sense of humor lately to compensate for how bad I’ve felt some of these shows have been. That was a bad habit for me to get into and is my fault, regardless of why I was getting mean and lazy with what and how I wrote the reviews. So, I’ve decided that I need to stop writing daily reviews. While there’s nothing wrong with writing a critical review of what you see, being vindictive about it is just terrible. I don’t wanna be the kind of reviewer that gets away with being a jerk for a living, so I’m going to do the proper thing and step aside so different people can write reviews. I’ll still review matches in The Last Week In Wrestling and maybe some columns, but I just don’t wanna review the rest of the stuff that I don’t care about. I may have grown to not like the reviews any more, but I do appreciate those of you who have read these reviews. Thank you. Well, let’s get to Dynamite!

Match #1: Malakai Black def. Dante Martin (with Lio Rush)

The following is courtesy of allelitewrestling.com:

They began with a beautiful chain wrestling sequence. Dante launched off the bottom rope with a shotgun dropkick to Black. Malakai connected with a stiff back elbow to Dante. Dante attempted a springboard but Malakai Black countered with a powerbomb! Black applied a single leg crab but Dante managed to crawl to the bottom rope to force the ref break. Dante went for a pump kick but Black countered with a heel trip. Black locked on a knee bar but Dante fought out with a few kicks to Black’s face. Dante surprised Black with a reverse hurracanrana. Dante tried a double jump moonsault but Black moved out of the way, and Dante landed on his feet. Dante rocked Black with a kick to the back of Black’s head. Malakai Black fired back with a meteora, a high roundhouse kick, and then a German Suplex for a near fall on Dante Martin. Malakai Black pulled Dante up on the turnbuckles, perhaps looking for a superplex, but Dante countered with a super hurracanrana off the top rope! Dante tweaked his knee on the landing. Dante jumped off the top rope but he paid the price, as Malakai Black connected with the back heel kick! It was more than enough for Black to pin Dante. After the match, as Malakai Black was walking to the back, he turned his head and nodded at Dante Martin.

The Verdict: 7 out of 10

Match #2: Las Super Ranas/FTR def. The Lucha Bros (Penta El Zero Miedo & Rey Fenix with Alex Abrahantes) Las Super Ranas/FTR – AAA Tag Team Title Match

The following is courtesy of allelitewrestling.com:

Super Rana #1 tried to take off the mask of Rey Fenix, but Fenix rolled him up. The Lucha Bros tried to remove the masks off Las Super Ranas. The masks came off and Las Super Ranas were revealed to be Dax Harwood and Cash Wheeler—FTR. Rey Fenix jumped off his brothers shoulders with a dropkick to both members of FTR! Penta El Cero Miedo rocketed off the top rope and crashed down onto FTR! A tope con hiro and a huge plancha from the Lucha Bros took out FTR on the outside of the ring! Rey Fenix blasted Dax the Ax with a kick to the face! Tully Blanchard ran out and distracted ref Aubrey Edwards! It was enough time for FTR to use one of the AAA Tag Team Championship belts against Rey Fenix, and then FTR pinned Fenix and became new AAA Tag Team Champions!

The Verdict: 6 out of 10

Match #3: Jon Moxley def. Wheeler Yuta (with Orange Cassidy)

The following is courtesy of allelitewrestling.com:

Moxley wasted no time, nailing Yuta with a vicious lariat. Moxley was laying in the right hands! Moxley went right for the Paradigm Shift and then pinned Wheeler Yuta! Orange Cassidy entered the ring and looked on with concern at Wheeler Yuta, who was seeing stars after that Paradigm Shift.

The Verdict: 1 out of 10

Match #4: The SuperKliq (Adam Cole and The Young Bucks [Matt & Nick Jackson] (with Brandon Cutler and Don Callis) The Dark Order (Evil Uno, Alex Reynolds & John Silver)

The following is courtesy of allelitewrestling.com:

The SuperKliq hit Dark Order from behind before the bell rang! They isolated John Silver on the ramp. They were looking for the assisted powerbomb but Silver reversed it with a rana! Back in the ring, Dark Order used their combination offense on the SuperKliq. John Silver caught Nick Jackson with an uppercut beneath the chin. John Silver jumped off the apron with a cannonball to Adam Cole! Alex Reynolds tried for a tope suicida but Cole superkicked him! The Young Bucks worked over John Silver, sending him into the waiting boot of Adam Cole. Cole isolated John Silver and dropped him with a neck breaker. After Nick Jackson’s sneaker was yanked off, Evil Uno pulled out a sock and used the mandible claw on Nick Jackson! The Dark Order followed up with an amazing offensive sequence on Adam Cole. Reynolds and Cole exchanged pump kicks in the ring! Reynolds popped Cole with an elevated knee strike but then the Bucks hit the superkicks on Reynolds. Cole followed up with the Panama City Sunrise. The SuperKliq waffled Reynolds with a triple BTE Trigger! Cole finished off Reynolds after a running knee strike and then pinned Reynolds! Jungle Boy ran out to the ring and the SuperKliq retreated! Jungle Boy hit a homerun on Brandon Cutler with a steel chair! The SuperKliq left Cutler in the ring.

The Verdict: 6 out of 10

Match #5: Penelope Ford def. Kiera Hogan (with The Bunny)

The following is courtesy of allelitewrestling.com:

Penelope Ford used an arm drag on Kiera Hogan. Ford missed a boot to Hogan in the corner. Penelope used a running bulldog on Kiera into the turnbuckles! Kiera Hogan propped Penelope onto the top turnbuckle. Hogan superplexed Penelope to the mat! Ford and Hogan began chopping one another with Hogan getting the upper hand! She pushed back Penelope with a shotgun dropkick and then a sliding dropkick for a near fall on Penelope! Ford used a cutter off the ropes onto Hogan. Ford wrenched back with the Muta Lock and made Hogan tap out!

The Verdict: 4 out of 10

Match #6: (Main Event) Bryan Danielson def. Bobby Fish

The following is courtesy of allelitewrestling.com:

Fish began an assault on Danielson with kicks and forearms—Muay Tai strikes. Danielson rallied back and stomped on the back of Fish’s legs. Fish got to his feet and used his educated feet on “American Dragon”. Danielson hit back with a tope suicida on Fish! Danielson tried to bring Fish back into the ring but Fish used a downward strike on Danielson. “American Dragon” was taken off his feet the hard way—as Fish swept Danielson’s leg off the ring apron! Back in the ring, Fish worked over Danielson’s leg and knee. Bobby Fish nearly decapitated Danielson with a sliding lariat! Fish locked in a half crab submission! Bryan Danielson countered with a great ankle lock and then a release German Suplex! Danielson wrenched Fish’s leg with two dragon screws. Fish captured a kick from Danielson and transitioned with a back driver! Fish hoisted Danielson onto the top turnbuckle. Fish nailed Danielson with an avalanche Falcon Arrow and then transitioned into a knee bar! Danielson grabbed a knee bar of his own and then began to hammer down on the face of Fish with his heel! Danielson locked the heel hook and Fish tapped!

The Verdict: 8 out of 10

Final Verdict: 6/10

This was a one match show that had a second match on it with some value, but it never exceeded the quality of the main event. The opener was a lot of kicks and jumps, but it made Dante look fierce as Black looked formidable. Black gave Dante the nod of respect after the match and it made Dante look credible. FTR dressed up as something Jim Herd would love and won the AAA tag straps doing some quick grappling to go well with LB’s lucha libre. The next few matches sucked s–t. They were short and lame. I’d skip that s–t if I were you. The six-man tag had some nice spots and some fun action, but it felt like a copy of other matches these f–ks have done already. Let’s just go to the Bryan/Bobby match. It wasn’t quite as dynamic as the Bryan/Minoru bout from Friday, but this was still top-notch combat. Technical and grueling in all the ways it needed to be, this match scored big with me. I guess this show is a great mirror for what wrestling does now. The promoters tell a bunch of stories that ony one percent of the general public will like, has random matches for no reason and has no one who wants to be World Champion unless it’s their turn to talk about that. Why am I watching MJF pretend to be a wrestler when Sting, who came out to the ring to replace an injured Darby Allin, actually is a wrestler? MJF…boy has he fallen low. Everytime he talks he comes across as indy trash. I remember when MJF used to act like a real heel. Now, MJF acts like a cosplay nerd that just wants someone to sign his program. Jungle Boy looked tough attacking Brandon Cutler. This was a decent show by and large. Watch the main event. Okay. This is my last Dynamite review for a good while. I’ll see you in The Last Week In Wrestling.


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