23rd Dec2021

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

by Phil Wheat

It’s Thursday so you know what that means… Welcome to this weeks review of AEW: Dynamite! This is she last show before Christmas  and is one that promises to deliver a pre-Xmas present to wrestling fans around the world! Lets get right into the action!

Match #1: Adam Cole def. Orange Cassidy

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Adam Cole and Orange Cassidy had a stare down until Orange took down Cole and kissed him. Orange hit an arm drag and cradled Cole for a near fall. Orange worked over Cole with a side headlock. Cole rallied back with a backstabber to Orange Cassidy. Adam Cole whipped Orange into the turnbuckles and then hit a double biceps pose. Cole ascended to the top rope where he met Cassidy. Orange shoved Cole off the top and then met Cole on the mat with a tilt-a-whirl DDT! The Young Bucks—Nick and Matt Jackson—and associate stooge Brandon Cutler walked down to the ring. Orange jumped out of the ring and onto Cutler! The Best Friends came out to even up the odds! Orange Cassidy connected with a tope suicida on the Bucks! Adam Cole rammed Orange into the steel ring steps. Cole attempted the running knee strike but Orange rolled out of the way and Cole collided knee-first into ring steps! Cole hit Orange with forearms and dared Orange to strike back. Orange blasted Cole with a thrust kick! Cole came back with a brainbuster on the knee for a near fall on Orange. Cole rocked Orange with a pump kick. Orange came back with the Stun Dog Millionaire. He followed up with a diving DDT for a near fall on Cole! Cole nailed Orange with a low pump kick and screamed “Stay down!” Cole headed up to the middle rope, getting in position for the Panama Sunrise, but Orange backed out of the way. He sucked in Cole for the Michinoku Driver for a near fall! Orange put on his aviator shades, placed his hands in his pockets, and jumped off the top rope—but Cole connected with a thrust kick! Cole followed up with the Panama Sunrise but Orange Cassidy kicked out! Cole charged in with the knee but Orange moved! Orange drilled Cole with the Beach Break! Orange was setting up for the Orange Punch but Cole rolled out of the ring. Bobby Fish ran down to the ring and got in the face of ref Bryce Remsburg. Kyle O’Reilly — “the Violent Artist” — jumped in the ring and attacked Orange Cassidy while the ref was distracted! Cole finished off Orange with the Boom Kick and pinned him! Best Friends tried to help Orange but Fish, Cole, and O’Reilly triple teamed Best Friends!

My Score: 4 out of 5

Match #2: Wardlow def. “The Captain” Shawn Dean

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Wardlow grabbed Dean and planted him with a powerbomb! Wardlow pancaked Dean with another powerbomb! And then a third! And then a fourth powerbomb! Wardlow placed his boot on the chest of Dean and pinned him! Spears smacked Dean with the steel chair after the match!

My Score: 0 out of 5

Match #3: TBS Women’s Title Tournament Semi-Final – Ruby Soho def. Nyla Rose

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Nyla pulled the jacket up on Ruby, like a hockey jersey, and began to pummel her with fists! Soho tried to take Nyla off her feet with a running body press but Nyla shoved Ruby down! Nyla hurled Ruby across the ring! Ruby went for a backheel trip but Nyla back elbowed Ruby. Nyla clubbed Ruby with a lariat! Nyla threw Ruby out of the ring and then jumped off the ring apron with a double sledge! Ruby battered Nyla with lefts and rights outside the ring, and then smashed Nyla with head butts! Ruby charged at Nyla but Vickie pulled Nyla out of the way. Ruby collided with the steel ring steps! Ruby turned the tables and DDT’ed Nyla! Nyla pulled a chair out from beneath the ring but Ruby kicked the chair back into Nyla’s face! Ruby climbed the top rope but Vickie shoved Ruby, and Ruby landed on the top rope. Nyla hit the flying knee drop onto Ruby’s shoulder. Nyla lifted Ruby up but Ruby countered with a Dragon Sleeper. Vickie tried to interfere again! Ruby kicked Vickie off the apron but turned into a Beast Bomb from Nyla. Ruby barely kicked out! Ruby rallied back with the No Future finisher and pinned Nyla Rose!

My Score: 2.5 out of 5

Match #4: Malakai Black def. The Varsity Blonds’ Griff Garrison w/Brian Pillman

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Griff charged at Black and Black blasted him with a high kick! Malakai went outside the ring toward Pillman but Griff surprised Black with a spectacular tope suicida! Back in the ring, Black grabbed a leg lock on Griff until Griff grabbed the ropes to force the break. Black landed upwards of 10 uncontested strikes on Griff! Griff booted Black in the jaw and then cracked him with a rolling elbow! Black rocked Griff with a knee strike! Black applied a single leg crab submission and Griff tapped out! Pillman jumped into the ring to stop Black from punishing Griff. Black knocked Pillman’s block off with a vicious roundhouse kick!

My Score: 2 out of 5

Match #5: CM Punk, Darby Allin, & Sting def. The Pinnacle’s FTR & MJF

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Punk had face paint on like Sting’s, Darby was wearing classic surfer style Sting face paint, and Sting was wearing face paint with Punk’s logo! MJF and Punk were about to square off when MJF quickly tagged out. Dax used a side headlock takeover on Punk. Harwood hit a shoulder tackle on Punk, but Punk followed up with a deep arm drag! Darby tagged in but was lit up with a solid back elbow to the jaw by Cash Wheeler! Darby nailed Cash with a dropkick! MJF tagged in and Punk chased him around the ring. MJF tagged to Cash Wheeler, putting considerable distance between himself and CM Punk. Sting tagged in and wrenched the arm of Cash Wheeler! Sting was looking for the Scorpion Death Lock and Cash bailed to the outside. MJF tagged in and tried to hit Sting with a knife edge chop but Sting didn’t budge. Sting dropped MJF with a short arm clothesline and tagged Punk in. MJF retreated to the outside of the ring and then jump over the barricades and ran away. Punk chased MJF up the stairs and out into the concourse. MJF sprinted back down the stairs toward the ring and tagged to Dax Harwood! Darby launched himself out of the ring onto FTR and MJF! Cash dropped Darby face-first across the top rope. Darby landed on the arena floor and then Dax rammed Darby into the barricade. FTR double teamed Darby in the ring. MJF finally tagged in and body slammed Darby. MJF mocked Punk and then tagged out to Dax. Dax body slammed Darby and then tagged out to Cash. Cash tried for a body slam but Darby rolled Cash up for a near fall! Darby scoop slammed Cash and made the tag to Sting! Sting cleaned house on FTR with right hands! Sting planted MJF with a spinebuster and then hit Stinger splashes on FTR! Sting applied the Scorpion Death Lock on Dax but MJF jumped in and interfered while ref Paul Turner had his back turned. Punk tagged in and single-handedly took out FTR, going to work on them with a bulldog clothesline combo! He followed up with a tope suicida to Dax! Punk hit a diving crossbody on Cash for a near fall! Punk signaled for the GTS but FTR tried to double team him. Punk fought his way out of it and nailed Dax with a neck breaker! Punk climbed to the top rope but Dax shoved him. Dax was looking for the brainbuster off the top rope but Punk reeled back and landed an elbow strike on Dax! FTR came back with tremendous teamwork for a near fall on Punk! Dax was wiped out by a roundhouse kick from Punk! Dax Harwood and CM Punk traded strikes in the middle of the ring, going punch for punch! Punk tried for the GTS but FTR smashed Punk with the Big Rig! Sting made the save until MJF jumped in! Sting tossed MJF over the top rope onto FTR! Sting jumped off the top rope and out onto FTR and MJF! Punk was about to hit the GTS on MJF when Dax shoved him out of the way, taking the bullet for his teammate! Punk hit the GTS on Dax! Darby Allin crashed down onto Dax with the Coffin Drop and then Punk pinned Dax!

My Score: 4 out of 5

News of the Night:

  1. Kyle O’Reilly made his AEW debut, reuniting the trio of Cole, Fish and O’Reilly once again!
  2. “Hangman” Adam Page will have a rematch against Bryan Danielson in 2 weeks.

Final Verdict: 4/5

This episode of AEW: Dynamite opened string and closed just as strong. The mid-card was so-so but we got a LOT of storytelling this week to set up AEW’s move to TBS – teasing matches that will open the move whilst providing some holiday fun for wrestling fans. My only critique? Doing Shawn Dean so badly in his “match” against Wardlow. For shame Tony Khan, for shame!


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