25th Oct2021

‘AEW: Dynamite’ Review (Oct 23rd 2021)

by Phil Wheat

Welcome to this weeks review of AEW: Dynamite, the second Dynamite in a row to debut on a Saturday night AFTER rampage has aired…making it one hell of a weekend of wrestling for AEW fans in person and at home. This epsidoe features more matches in the Men’s World Title Eliminator Tournament, with TWO first-round matches on this card… AND we get the first match in the Women’s TBS Tournament too!

Match #1: Men’s World Title Eliminator Tournament First Round Match: “The American Dragon” Bryan Danielson def. “The Natural” Dustin Rhodes!

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The competitors shook hands as a show of sportsmanship as the match began. Danielson and Rhodes traded arm drags. Danielson grapevined Dustin’s legs and then placed him in a bow and arrow stretch. Dustin connected with the ropes to force the ref break. Danielson connected with two European uppercuts and then a tope suicida to “The Natural”! Dustin Rhodes rallied back with a senton off the apron to Danielson on the arena floor! Danielson dropkicked Dustin in the knees. “The American Dragon” fired away with stiff kicks to Dustin. Bryan went for a back suplex but Dustin countered with a German Suplex! Dustin chopped at Bryan’s chest but Bryan answered with chops and a headbutt. Danielson was looking for a submission with a cross arm breaker. Dustin Rhodes superplexed Danielson off the top for a near fall! Dustin Rhodes powerslammed Danielson and then pancaked him for a two-count! Dustin Rhodes had Bryan Danielson in the corner and dropped ten punches onto Danielson’s cranium. Dustin was going to try for the running bulldog but Danielson had it scouted. Danielson dropkicked Dustin but Dustin came back with a flying clothesline. Danielson transitioned and applied the Le Bell Lock but Dustin touched the ropes again, forcing the ref break. Danielson rocked Dustin Rhodes with a kick to the back of the head! Danielson trapped Dustin’s hands and he stomped on Dustin’s head! Danielson tried for the running knee but Dustin saw it coming and met Danielson with a lariat! Dustin hit a piledriver on Bryan for a near fall! Bryan Danielson placed a guillotine on Dustin and Dustin fell to the mat. Danielson locked his legs around Dustin and the ref had no choice but to end the match. Bryan Danielson advances!

My Score: 4.5 out of 5

This was two men with tons of experience between them showing EXACTLY what a good, nay great, wrestling match is. This was literally a battle between the two, with each man failing to give up and each one nearly getting over the other. A true back and forth. Other people have said it already but I’ll reiterate it here… Dustin Rhodes hasn’t looked this good in the ring in YEARS! He was a perfect foil for Danielson and made for a superb opener. And, surprisingly, there really was points in this match where you thought Rhodes could win it. The sign of a truly great match IMHO!

Match #2: TBS Women’s Championship Tournament – Round 1 Match: “The Runaway” Ruby Soho def. “The SuperBad Girl” Penelope Ford

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Penelope threw her leather jacket at Ruby to distract her and sneak in some strikes. Ford grabbed Ruby’s hair and rammed her into the turnbuckles. She stomped a mudhole into Ruby Soho. Penelope used a front handspring into a spear on Ruby! Ruby kicked Penelope in the midsection and followed up with a thrust kick for a near fall. The Bunny skipped her way to the ring! The Bunny distracted Ruby while Ford smacked Ruby Soho in the face! Ruby rallied back with a back suplex on Ford! Ruby chopped at Ford! Ruby caught Ford underneath the jaw with a knee strike! Penelope surprised Ruby with a cutter for a near fall! Ruby used a back heel trip on Ford, but Penelope came back with a back kick! Penelope Ford was about to use brass knux but ref Rick Knox saw them and kicked them out of the ring! Ruby Soho rolled up Penelope for the win! After the botched hand-off of the brass knuckles, The Bunny and Penelope Ford had Ruby cornered. Red Velvet ran out to the ring and The Bunny and Penelope Ford retreated.

My Score: 2.5 out of 5

A pretty decent match with the odd clumsy looking spot. I could’ve done without the interference angle from The Bunny but then that wouldn’t be on brand would it? Ruby deserved better than a cheap roll-up finish but at least she got the win!

Match #3: “The Infamous” Bobby Fish vs. Anthony Greene

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Bobby Fish hit a rough elbow strike and then a body shot on Greene. Bobby Fish fired back with a kick and a senton for a near fall. Bobby Fish connected with a sliding lariat on Greene. He suplexed Greene into the ropes and administered the Last Rites knock out kick, and Fish pinned Greene! After the match, Bobby Fish continued to attack a defenseless Anthony Greene.

My Score: 1 out of 5

This was a squash. On Dynamite. The only reason this existed was to start a feuad between Bobby Fish and CM Punk. Anthony Greene didn’t deserve to play the victim here… Should’ve been Peter Avalon, he lokks the same anyway!

Match #4: Men’s World Title Eliminator Tournament First Round Match: “Mad King” Eddie Kingston def. “The MurderHawk Monster” Lance Archer

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Kingston attacked Archer as Archer was making his entrance! Archer grabbed a fan from ringside and choke slammed the fan off the ring apron onto Kingston. Lance Archer was going for Black Out but Kingston applied a cross face and brought Archer down! Archer smashed Kingston with a lariat from behind and followed up with a baseball slide to Kingston’s back! Archer stomped Kingston down to the mat when Kingston tried charging in. Archer attempted a moonsault but Kingston rolled out of the way. Archer underrotated and landed on his head! The medical staff checked on Archer but Archer refused and got back in the ring. Kingston wasted no time and rolled up Archer to advance to the semifinals!

My Score: 2.5 out of 5

Damn that was a rough landing by Archer that clearly ended this one earlier than planned. On the plus side Kingston moves on in the men’s tournament. I just wish AEW had the balls to let Kingston go all the way to the final and win the whole thing!

Match #5: Jungle Boy def. Brandon Cutler

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Jungle Boy speared Brandon Cutler with a tope suicida at the start of the match! Cutler came back, looking for Panama Sunrise, but Jungle Boy countered with a backdrop. Jungle Boy powerbombed Cutler in the center of the ring. Jungle Boy locked on the Snare Trap and Cutler tapped out!

My Score: 1.5 out of 5

A quick squash match that was perfectly times to make Jungle Boy look strong (after all his opponent was Brandon Cutler). But this one was all about the post-match story and what looks to be an exciting feud between Jungle Boy and Adam Cole. Good god I’m looking forward to the day those two go one-on-one WITHOUT any outside interference!

Match #6: The Main Event: “The American Nightmare” Cody Rhodes def. Malakai Black

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They locked up with a collar and elbow tie-up. Cody immediately tried for the figure four but Black pushed out of it. Black used a side headlock takeover. Cody walked into an elbow strike from Black but returned with one of his own! Black blasted Cody with a kick and then put a knee bar on Cody! Cody turned into it and then stomped on Black’s face! Malakai Black dropped Cody with a back elbow! Cody caught Malakai with a powerslam! Cody threw his weight belt into the crowd! Black went to the arena floor and pulled a steel chair out from under the ring. Brock Anderson and Lee Johnson of The Nightmare Family walked out and surrounded the ring! Brock snatched away the chair and tossed it back under the ring. Cody Rhodes hit Black with the Cross Rhodes off the apron and down through a table at ringside! Malakai Black shoved Cody into the steel ring post! Both men were busted wide open! Arn Anderson got into the ring. Andrade El Idolo walked onto the ramp. Andrade’s assistant Jose jumped into the ring from behind but Arn planted Jose with a spinebuster! Black sprayed mist into Arn’s eyes! “The Bastard” PAC came to the aid of Cody and brawled with Andrade! Cody connected with the Cross Rhodes for a near fall on Malakai Black! Malakai Black jumped off the top rope with a diving foot stomp on Cody! Black suplexed Cody for a near fall on Cody! Black nearly decapitated Cody with a back heel kick! Cody rallied back with a tope suicida! Cody followed up with the Cody Cutter, and then the Cross Rhodes! Cody spiked Black with the Tiger Driver ’98 and pinned Malakai Black!

My Score: 4 out of 5

If this was a match in that “other” promotion it would’ve been on a PPV behind a paywall. Honestly. Yes, the blood wasn’t necessary (and you could clearly see both men go under the ring apron to blade themselves or at least make sure enough blood was spilled to make an impact) but it gave the match an intensity that – it seems – Cody’s matches are often missing. Cody really is taking after his father it seems, now he just needs to connect with the audience better and I’m not sure how he does that to be honest. The crowd were super-hot for this match and it made this feel incredibly exciting and vital. Cody got the win and he needed it… but where does he go from here?

News of the Night:

  1. Tony Neese was shown watching from ringside during a couple of matches.
  2. Kenny Omega cut a promo on ‘Hangman’ Adam Page, calling him a coward NOT a cowboy.
  3. Sting got beatdown by MJF, Wardlow and Shawn Spears.
  4. The teasing of the Wardlow/MJF split continued in a backstage segment.
  5. CM Punk came out for the save after the Fish/Greene match, trasing a feud beteween Fish and Punk.
  6. Sammy Guevara and Ethan Page will fight for the TNT Championship next week. If Page wins Sammy is out of the Inner Circle; if Sammy wins then he choses the memebers of American Top Team that will face the Inner Circle in a match.
  7. Jon Moxley cut and INCREDIBLY dark promo that made him sound more psychotic that he has been already!
  8. It looks like ‘Hangman’ Adam Page is back with his Dark Order pals once again.
  9. Jungle Boy was beatdown after his match, eventually thrown off the stage in a HUGE spot!

Final Verdict: 4/5

A brilliant opener and a brilliant finishing match made this episode of Dynamite feel like a big deal. The rest of the card floundered but that was onyl in comparison to those matches. It’s a shame the Archer/Kingston match was cut short as it looked like it was headed for greatness too.


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