02nd Dec2021

‘AEW: Dynamite’ Review (Dec 1st 2021)

by Phil Wheat

Welcome to this weeks review of AEW: Dynamite – a show that features current champ Hangman Page on commentary, one of in a bevy of guest commentators; and an Atlanta Street Fight main event between Cody Rhodes and Andrade El Idolo. Let’s get straight into the review!

Match #1: “The American Dragon” Bryan Danielson def. Dark Order’s Alan “5” Angels!

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Angels turned things around on Danielson and the southpaw fired in some heavy hands in the corner. Danielson fired back with an uppercut. Angels was kicking at Bryan’s legs from down on the mat. Danielson charged at Angels in the turnbuckles and there was a chorus of boos directed at him from the hot Atlanta crowd. Angels grabbed Bryan with a backslide for a near fall. Danielson got up with a butterfly suplex and an armbar on Angels but Angels got the rope break. Angels wasted no time and took down Danielson with a tope suicida and then a moonsault off the turnbuckles to the outside. He caught Danielson with a Spanish Fly for a near fall. Angels attempted a moonsault press but Bryan Danielson moved out of the way. He grabbed Angels’ arms, looked over at Adam Page, and began stomping on the head of Alan Angels. Danielson looked on the knee bar and Angels tapped!

My Score: 3 out of 5 – LOVED how well Alan Angels was booked in this match… AEW has slowly been building him up, showing his skills rather than him being AEW’s masked pin-taker and it all culminated here. Angels went to-to-toe with Danielson but sadly Danielson’s experience was to much for Angels and he made Angels submit for the win.

Match #2: CM Punk def. Lee Moriarty

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As CM Punk was entering the ring, MJF’s music played and MJF sat at the broadcast booth next to Schiavone and Excalibur. Lee and Punk shook hands at the beginning of the match as a sign of mutual respect. Moriarty rolled up Punk with a crucifix but Punk escaped. Moriarty took down Punk with a deep arm drag. Punk got up on his feet and rammed his shoulder into Lee’s midsection. Punk delivered a diving lariat on Lee. Moriarty clotheslined Punk and smashed him with a European uppercut in the corner. He followed up with a flurry of offense on Punk! Punk connected with a crossbody press from the top rope but Lee rolled through, transitioning into a cross face submission. Punk escaped and took Lee off the top rope with a hurracanrana. Lee managed to roll Punk up but Punk kicked out. Punk rocked Moriarty with a roundhouse kick! Moriarty rallied back with a running boot and then a DDT to Punk! CM Punk narrowly escaped the pin. Punk hoisted up Lee Moriarty and nailed him with a wicked GTS for the victory!

My Score: 3 out of 5 – This one went a little long but that time allowed Lee Moriarty to show casual viewers why he’s so respected in the wrestling community even though he’s only been wrestling 6 years. Moriarty took CM Punk to the limit, making Punk change gears to keep up with him… And those close call pins at the end of the match really elevated Moriarty to the next level in AEW. Meanwhile the length of the match and the fact Moriarty was such a good competitor for Punk played brilliantly into the MJF/Punk feud story.

Match #3: Wardlow def. AC Adams

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Wardlow blasted Adams with a massive clothesline! Wardlow power bombed Adams! Wardlow delivered a second power bomb! Wardlow dropped Adams with two more power bombs and pinned Adams!

My Score: 1 out of 5 – I don’t get this match. Wardlow and Spears had a FANTASTIC match against Bear Country on Dark and we get this crappy squash match on AEW’s main show? Weird booking IMHO.

Match #4: Sting & Darby Allin def. The Gunn Club (Billy & Colten Gunn)

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Darby and Colten locked up. Colten got a side headlock on Darby. He followed up with a shoulder tackle on Darby. He blocked an arm drag attack from Darby but Darby followed up with a shotgun dropkick. Billy and Sting both tagged in for their respective teams. Sting took the fight right to Billy Gunn with backfists and then a Manhattan Drop! Sting was going for the big Stinger Splash but Billy rolled out of the ring to avoid Sting. Billy pushed Colten into the ring and right into the hands of Sting. Darby tagged in and went for the Coffin Splash. Billy grabbed a blind tag, caught Darby and pancaked him! Darby Allin suffered a laceration on the top of his head. Darby made the tag to Sting! Sting cleaned house on Billy and Colten with Stinger Splashes! Sting smashed Colten with a spinebuster! Sting put the Scorpion Death lock on Colten but Austin made the save! Darby rocketed out of the ring like a human cannonball onto Austin Gunn and then nailed Billy Gunn with one! It was a spectacular sight to behold! Darby is fearless! And then Sting planted Colten with the Scorpion Death drop and pinned him!

My Score: 2 out of 5 (match score) / 5 out of 5 (my feelings on Gunn Club finally losing) – At freaking last..! I’ve made it VERY clear how I feel about Gunn Club and I was ecstatic to see them lose a match. Why the hell they started making a big deal of the team’s winning streak when all they did was fight local talent and extras 99% of the time!

Match #5: TBS Women’s Title Tournament Quarter-Final Match – Ruby Soho def. Kris Statlander

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Kris tried for a tilt-a-whirl but Ruby countered with a backslide attempt. Ruby thought about a closed fist but pulled back at the last moment, showing respect for her opponent. Ruby rolled up Statlander and Statlander escaped. Statlander was about to kick Ruby but pulled back, showing that same respect for her opponent. Ruby brought down Statlander with a deep arm drag and followed up with a flatliner for a near fall! Ruby splashed Statlander with a senton off the top rope! Ruby tried for a bulldog but Statlander countered with Blue Thunder Bomb! Statlander applied the Spider Crab and then buckle bombed Ruby! Statlander connected with a running elbow strike. Ruby fired back with a thrust kick! Ruby impaled Kris with a poison rana for a near fall! Statlander blocked the No Future kick from Ruby. Ruby advanced after rolling up Statlander out of nowhere for the pin! They hugged one another after the match.

My Score: 2.5 out of 5 – I think the wrong woman won to be fair. I had hoped that this TBS title tournament was a chance for, like Hangman Page, AEW to build their own female star in Kris Statlander. The match itself was great though… I guess Soho is headed for the title win? It would certainly cement her position in AEW.

Match #6: Atlanta Street Fight – Cody Rhodes def. Andrade El Idolo

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Andrade El Idolo attacked Cody as Cody was making his entrance. Jose hit Arn with a cheap shot too! Cody and Andrade brawled through the arena! Cody took out Andrade after doing a dive off a barricade. Andrade turned the metal ring steps over and then dropped Cody on the corner of them! Cody walloped Andrade with a steel chair! Cody powerslammed Andrade. Cody removed his weight belt and looked at the fans, trying to draw from their energy. As Cody had his back turned, Andrade used a low blow on Cody. Andrade smacked Cody with his weight belt and then threw it out into the crowd. Andrade pulled a laptop out of Jose’s leather briefcase and clocked Cody with it. Andrade pulled a chain out from under the ring and tossed it into the ring. He swung the chain at Cody but Cody ducked it. Andrade dumped Cody with a fireman’s takeover. Andrade crushed Cody’s chest with a split legged moonsault onto a steel chair! Cody kicked Andrade between the legs. Cody was about to spring off the ropes for the Cody Cutter when Andrade kicked him, sending Cody spilling outside the ring! Arn was connecting with stiff shots onto Jose up on the ramp! Cody Rhodes grabbed the steel chain and walloped Andrade with it. Cody powerslammed Andrade El Idolo. Cody attempted a tope suicida but Andrade countered by smacking Cody in the head with a steel chair! Andrade removed the padding from the ringside area. Cody back dropped Andrade onto the exposed concrete! Cody was busted open by this point. Cody pulled a golden shovel out from under the ring. Jose came charging down to the ring with a taser but Cody fended him off with the shovel. Andrade placed a steel chair over Cody’s face and then charged at him with double knees! Cody’s face was a crimson mask! Andrade pulled a table out from underneath the ring! Andrade pushed the table into the ring and rested it on the turnbuckles. Andrade hip tossed Cody through the table! Andrade El Idolo pulled another table out from under the ring. Andrade placed Cody on the table and climbed to the top turnbuckle. Cody was playing possum and met Andrade on the top turnbuckle. Andrade headbutted Cody off the turnbuckles. Cody jumped back up to the top. In the meantime, someone in an AEW hoodie jumped into the ring—it was Brandi Rhodes! She put lighter fluid all over the table and then lit the table on fire! Cody flipped backwards with a reverse suplex and smashed Andrade through the flaming table and pinned him! Cody and Brandi kissed after the match.

My Score: 3 out of 5 – Like many of you out there probably do, I have mixed feelings about this match… The match went almost 20 minutes and really didn’t need that much time; and didn’t need to be quite such a hysterically over the top spot-fest. I haven’t really connected to this feud either so I, honestly, wasn’t as invested in the storytelling either. What I do know is that Cody Rhodes is walking a very strange path in AEW right now, with the appearance of Brandi seemingly something of a heel turn but Rhodes still desperately hanging on to his babyface persona.

News of the Night:

  1. Bryan Danielson will face “Hangman” Adam Page at Winter is Coming in two weeks.
  2. The Dynamite Diamond Battle Royal will take place next week in Long Island.
  3. Jamie Hayter faces Riho next week.

Final Verdict: 3.5/5

This episode of Dynamite started off strong with two great opening matches but then it seemed to coast along until THAT main event. Hopefully this is just AEW holding back for a huge Winter Is Coming episode in two weeks and a new start on TBS in the new year.

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