04th Nov2022

‘AEW: Dynamite’ Review (Nov 2nd 2022)

by Phil Wheat

Welcome to this week’s review of AEW: Dynamite, which was broadcast live from the Chesapeake Arena in Baltimore, Maryland. We’ve got Excalibur, Tony Schiavone and Taz on commentary so let’s get into the review!

Match #1: Jay Lethal def. Darby Allin

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Darby didn’t wait for Lethal to make his way down the ramp. They brawled all over ringside. Darby whipped Lethal into the steel guardrail. Satnam stepped in the way of Darby and Lethal, preventing Darby from hitting a tope suicida. Lethal catapulted Darby into the steel ring steps! Lethal locked on the figure four leglock outside the ring. Lethal stomped on the back of Darby’s knee. Lethal dumped Darby with a German Suplex on the ring apron. Lethal was looking to drop the King’s Elbow but Darby countered with a crucifix. Darby avoided the Lethal Injection and countered with a rear naked choke! Lethal got to his feet and backed Darby into the turnbuckles. Darby released the choke and came over the top with a stunner to Lethal. Darby rocketed out of the ring with a tope suicida at Satnam Singh but Singh didn’t even budge. The ref ejected Satnam and Sonjay from ringside! A man in Sting’s coat, wearing a Sting mask, distracted Darby while Lethal hit Darby with a bat and then the Lethal Injection. Jay Lethal pinned Darby! The impostor dressed as Sting entered the ring. The man unmasked and it was Cole Karter from the Factory! Sting’s music hit but Jeff Jarrett jumped into the ring and leveled Darby with a guitar shot!

My Score: NOTHING out of 5… because of Jeff Jarrett!

Match #2: AEW World Championship Eliminator Match – Jon Moxley def. Lee Moriarty

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Ethan Page joined the commentary team for this match. Lee and Mox exchanged round kicks until Mox blasted him with a big forearm! Moxley bit the skull of Moriarty. He followed up with an overhead throw for a near fall on Moriarty. Moxley charged at Moriarty but Moriarty sidestepped him and Mox crashed into the steel ring post! Mox and Moriarty traded heavy elbow strikes. Lee hit a springboard onto Mox. Lee grounded and pounded Moxley. Moxley endured stomps from Moriarty and fought back to his feet. Mox nailed Moriarty with the King Kong Lariat. Moxley drilled Lee with a cutter for a near fall. Moriarty popped up with a knee strike to Mox. The champ grabbed a double wrist lock and then transitioned into an arm bar but Moriarty locked on the Border City Stretch. Moxley rolled and cradled Lee for a near fall. Mox finally locked in the arm bar and forced Lee Moriarty to tap out! Ethan Page sprinted to the ring and blindsided Moxley with a boot!

My Score: 2.5 out of 5

Match #3: ROH World Championship Match – Chris Jericho def. Colt Cabana

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Jericho said he was ready for this open challenge. Colt “Boom Boom” Cabana came out to accept the challenge! Cabana took the fight right to Jericho! Cabana collided with Jericho, taking Jericho off his feet with a shoulder tackle! Jericho bailed out of the ring. Cabana chased Jericho and Jericho hit Colt with a chop. Cabana tried for the Chicago Skyline but he and Jericho tumbled out of the ring and onto the cold arena floor. Jericho tried for the Walls of Jericho but Colt countered with an inside cradle for a near fall. Jericho poked Colt in the eyes. Colt dodged the Judas Effect. Colt put Jericho in the Billy Goat’s Curse! Colt attempted the Superman pin but Hager grabbed Colt to save Jericho. Colt moonsaulted onto Hager and Garcia. Jericho blasted Cabana with the Code Breaker and pinned him!

My Score: 2.5 out of 5

Match #4: All-Atlantic Championship Match – Orange Cassidy def. Rey Fenix and Luchasaurus

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Rey Fenix and Orange charged at Luchasaurus. The big dino fought back but Orange and Fenix sent Luchasaurus tumbling outside with a double dropkick. Orange Cassidy crushed Fenix with a spinning DDT! Luchasaurus entered the ring and took out both Cassidy and Rey Fenix with a double shoulder tackle. Luchasaurus plowed into Orange and Rey Fenix with a clothesline! Luchasaurus was dismantling his opponents. Cassidy came back with the Orange Punch, wiping out Luchasaurus. Luchasaurus chokeslammed Rey Fenix through the timekeeper’s table! Luchasaurus leveled Orange with a pump kick! Luchasaurus headbutted Orange on the ramp! Jungle Boy ran through the tunnel and waffled Luchasaurus with a steel chair! Jungle Boy Jack Perry threw his body at Luchasaurus and knocked him off the stage and threw tables below. “The Bastard” PAC ran to the ring and handed a ring bell hammer to Rey Fenix. But Rey wanted no part of it and he tossed it back to PAC. Back in the ring, Orange hit Rey with the Orange Punch and pinned him. Immediately after the bell, PAC jumped into the ring and attacked Orange Cassidy.

My Score: 4 out of 5

Match #5: TBS Championship Match – Jade Cargill def. Marina Shafir

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Nyla Rose and Vickie Guerrero came out on the ramp, doing live commentary over the house microphone, to distract Jade. Marina tried for a knee bar but Jade up kicked and then followed that with a pump kick. Cargill planted Marina with the Jaded and pinned her.

My Score: 1 out of 5

Match #6: ROH World TV Championship Match – Samoa Joe def. Brian Cage

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Cage dared Samoa Joe to charge at him. Joe accepted and Cage didn’t budge. Samoa Joe tried again and steamrolled Brian Cage. Samoa Joe jabbed at Brian Cage. Joe used a snap mare and then a big elbow drop on Brian Cage. Prince Nana distracted Samoa Joe and Cage took advantage of the distraction. Cage kicked Samoa Joe in the midsection. Brian Cage took the champ off his feet with a clothesline. Brian Cage sent Samoa Joe flying with a German Suplex, with Joe landing hard on his shoulder. Brian Cage did a flip over the top rope and crashed down onto Joe outside the ring. Samoa Joe got to his feet and hit Cage with heavy chops and then a Manhattan Drop. Joe sat out with a senton for a near fall. Samoa Joe powerslammed Cage for a two-count. Out of nowhere Cage gained the upper hand, jumping off the top rope and splashing onto Samoa Joe for a near fall. Brian Cage spiked Samoa Joe with a pump handle slam for a near fall. Cage smashed Samoa Joe with the discus lariat! Samoa Joe locked Brian Cage in a sleeper and forced Brian Cage to tap out!

My Score: 3.5 out of 5

News of the Night:

  1. Cole Carter appears to have joined Jay Lethal and Sonjay Dutt’s growing faction.
  2. Orange Cassidy will fight Shibata for the All-Atlantic Championship on Rampage this week.

Final Verdict: N/A

What a way to absolutely RUIN an episode of Dynamite! Yes, I’m talking about the appearance of Jeff Jarrett, wrestling’s poisoned apple, in AEW… So he turns up, smacks Darby Allin over the head with a guitar and then spews some bullshit about how he and his family are wrestling and there’d be no AEW without him. Y’know what. And I’m not going to apologise for this, but FUCK RIGHT OFF! This has to be the worst thing Tony Khan has done in the three years AEW has been up and running. OK, I get that it makes a weird “TNA” faction in the company, given that he’s aligned with Jay Lethal and Sonjay Dutt but no. Just no. Get him off TV as soon as humanly possible. I do hope he wasn’t brought in as some sort of “big name” replacement for Darby to feud with whilst Sting takes a break/fights the Great Muta in Japan. Darby doesn’t need an old-man babysitter, even less when it’s Jeff Jarrett.

But, and this is where some forgiveness is given, Colt Cabana is back! Yes, we can safely say CM Punk is never coming back to AEW after that reappearance of Cabana… And I know I’d rather see Cabana back working in AEW than being treated like crap just to please Punk. Still, Cabana’s appearance was only a small penance for Jarrett’s debut… Which, honestly, tarnished the ENTIRE show for me!

The other good part of this week’s episode? That fantastic video package featuring Julia Hart trying to revive Malakai Black and Brody King! However… on the other hand, that Billy Gunn birthday celebration from Gunn & The Acclaimed was just fucking embarrassing…


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