26th Nov2021

‘AEW: Dynamite’ Review (Nov 24th 2021)

by Phil Wheat

Welcome to this weeks review of AEW: Dynamite, which opens with a red-hot promo between MJF and CM Punk… Let’s get straight to the action!

Match #1: CM Punk def. QT Marshall

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CM Punk and QT Marshall squared off! Punk ran into the ropes but Solow grabbed his leg. Punk rebounded with four body slams on QT! Nick grabbed Punk’s ankle and ref Paul Turner saw enough and ejected The Factory from ringside. QT caught Punk with a knee to the abdomen. QT followed up with forearms to Punk. QT was taken off his feet with a back elbow from Punk. QT Marshall taunted the crowd and then put a neck crank on Punk. CM Punk reversed an Irish whip from QT and then clotheslined QT over the ropes. Punk flew off the apron with a lariat to QT on the arena floor! QT Marshall fired back with a massive Liger Bomb on Punk for a near fall. Punk bought himself some time with a roundhouse kick to QT! Punk hit a swinging neck breaker on QT and then caught QT right under the jaw with a running knee strike! Punk climbed to the top rope and dropped an elbow across the chest of QT. Punk hoisted QT up for the GTS and then pinned him for the three-count.

My Score: 2 out of 5 – Punk was wasted in this match against QT Marshall. I know they want to have Punk do more than just open shows and deliver promos but after THAT opening rthere was nowhere to go but downhill. And go downhill this match did.

Match #2: Colten Gunn and Billy Gunn def. Bear Country

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The Gunn Club blinded Bear Country. Bear Boulder press slammed Billy Gunn. Bronson flipped Colten over his head with a suplex. Colten rallied back with the Colt 45 DDT to Bronson after Austin grabbed Bronson’s leg! The Gunn Club were victorious. Sting and Darby Allin came out! Austin charged at Sting but Darby exploded out of the tunnel with a shoulder tackle to Austin, completely wiping him out!

My Score: 1.5 out of 5 – Another waste. This time of Bear Country, who SHOULD NOT be jobbed out to the Gunn Club. Ever. They have more charisma, more skill and are more likeable than Bily Gunn and his egotistical offspring who took this spot from more deserving teams IMHO.

Match #3: TBS Women’s Championship Tournament Quarter-Final Match – Thunder Rosa def. Jamie Hayter (with Dr. Britt Baker, D.M.D. and Rebel)

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The winner of this match will face Jade Cargill in the semi-finals. They grappled until Hayter slapped Thunder Rosa across the face. Thunder Rosa answered with a slap of her own. Hayter tossed Rosa to the arena floor. Rosa reversed an Irish whip into the steel barricade! Back in the ring, Jamie kicked Thunder Rosa in the kidneys. Thunder Rosa tripped up Jamie and dropkicked her in the spine! Thunder Rosa rocked Hayter with a dropkick and then suplexed her on the arena floor! Thunder Rosa jumped off the edge of the ring but Jamie Hayter caught her and rammed her into the ring post! Thunder Rosa willed herself back into this fight. He drove all the air out of Hayter’s lungs with a running dropkick to Hayter in the corner. Somehow Hayter fought back with a back breaker! They traded shots in the center of the ring! Thunder Rosa took Jamie down with a Russian leg sweep! Thunder Rosa locked in a submission but Rebel distracted the referee and Britt jumped into the ring. Britt went for a thrust kick on Thunder but Thunder Rosa moved and hit Jamie Hayter instead! Thunder Rosa rolled up a dazed Hayter and pinned her to advance to the next round of the tournament. After the match, Jamie Hayter pushed Rebel and then Britt Baker and left the ring alone!

My Score: 2.5 out of 5 – A great match let down by a crappy ending. Interference from Rebel and Britt Baker AND a roll-up for the win? Weak stuff. the rest of the match was pretty hard-hitting though, which is good.

Match #4: “The American Dragon” Bryan Danielson def. Colt “Boom Boom” Cabana

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Bryan and Colt chain wrestled to start the match. Colt applied a surf board to Danielson but Danielson escaped. Bryan nailed Cabana with roundhouse kicks to the chest! Bryan followed up with European uppercuts. Danielson charged at Colt in the corner but Colt dodged it. Colt dropped an elbow on the crown of Danielson. Colt attempted the Flying Apple but Danielson countered with a suplex. Danielson went back to the kicks and chops to Colt’s chest! Danielson and Cabana jockeyed for position on the top turnbuckle and Cabana got the better of it! Colt hit a perfect moonsault down onto Danielson. “The American Dragon” trapped Cabana’s arms and then stomped his head! Bryan applied the LeBell Lock and Colt had no choice but to tap out! After the match, Danielson picked up one of Colt’s teeth off the mat.

My Score: 2.5 out of 5 – A good match that actually saw Colt Cabana show off how good a wrestler he can be when he’s not up to the usual shenanigans. Of course Bryan Danielson was his usual badass self!

Match #5: FTR, Malakai Black, & Andrade El Idolo def. The Lucha Bros, Cody Rhodes & “The Bastard” PAC

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Cody and Dax began the match for their respective teams. Cody took down Dax with a hard shoulder tackle. Cody dropped low and rocked Dax with a stiff punch. PAC tagged in and showed off his explosivity against Cash Wheeler. Penta El Zero Miedo tagged in and stomped down on Cash! Penta El Zero Meido followed up with a thunderous thrust kick! Cash tagged out to Andrade El Idolo! Rey Fenix launched himself off the bottom rope and twirled Andrade by the head and dropped him to the mat hard! Death Triangle triple teamed Andrade El Idolo with an amazing combination of offense. Cody tagged himself in but it backfired as he found himself in the opponents’ corner where they began to pummel him. Cody managed to tag out to Rey Fenix. Rey Fenix hit a double cutter on FTR! Rey Fenix changed levels and brought Malakai Black to his knees after a roundhouse kick! Malakai Black used a back heel kick and then worked over Rey Fenix in the corner. Penta El Zero Miedo tagged in and connected with a body press to Andrade El Idolo! He nailed FTR with double DDTs! Penta El Zero Miedo blasted Andrade with the back stabber! PAC took out all four members of the opposition with a dive over the top rope! Penta El Zero Miedo got spike by a piledriver from Dax! Malakai Black hit Rey Fenix with a knee in the jaw! Cody accidentally connected with a thrust kick to PAC. Tully Blanchard and Arn Anderson entered the ring as their men were down! Jose jumped into the ring and Arn and Tully knocked him out of the ring! Penta El Zero Miedo and Rey Fenix got back into the fray and took out FTR with an aerial assault! Malakai Black sprayed mist into PAC and then Andrade El Idolo finished off PAC for the pin!

My Score: 4 out of 5 – This was a brillian 8-man tag team match that out the 4-man tag featuring some of the same wrestlers to shame. This was a well-b`lanced match that told a great story, whilst STILL concentrating on the ridiculous will he/won’t he heel-turn tale of Cody Rhodes. LOVED the ridiculousnees with the weightlifting belt.

News of the Night:

  1. Dante Martin signed with Team Taz.
  2. January 8th is touted as a “Battle of the Belts” special episode.

Final Verdict: 3.5/5

A show that was made by the opening promo and the main event with some good suporting matches – though the less said about the Gunn Club’s appearance on Dynamote the better. Hopefully Rampage can deliver strong to end the week on a high.


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