14th Jun2024

‘AEW: Dynamite’ Review (Jun 12th 2024)

by Phil Wheat

Welcome to this week’s review of AEW: Dynamite, which was broadcast from the Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, Iowa. We’ve got Excalibur, Taz and Tony Schiavone on commentary this week, so let’s get into the review!

Match #1: TNT Championship Ladder Match Qualifier – Jack Perry def. Dustin Rhodes

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Jack Perry raked Dustin’s eyes. Dustin fired back with a big lariat. Jack Perry ripped off the middle turnbuckle pad. Jack Perry shoved Dustin out of the ring and into the steel ring post! Perry pushed Dustin into the steel ring steps. Jack exposed the cement, peeling back the protective padding on the arena floor. Jack Perry tried to piledrive Dustin onto the cement, but Dustin countered with a back drop. Dustin Rhodes was busted wide open, blood gushing from his forehead. Jack Perry lined up Dustin for the V-Trigger, but Dustin countered with a powerslam. Dustin followed up with a running bulldog. Dustin was looking for the Cross Rhodes, but Jack Perry escaped. Dustin jabbed at Jack and then delivered an American elbow. Dustin drilled Jack with the Cross Rhodes for a near fall! Jack Perry sent Dustin headfirst into the exposed turnbuckle. Perry plastered Dustin’s head on the concrete outside the ring with a DDT! Jack Perry kicked Dustin with a low blow when the ref had her back turned. Jack Perry cracked Dustin with a charging knee strike and pinned Dustin Rhodes!

My Score: 3 out of 5

Match #2: Rush def. Deonn Rusman

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Rush clobbered Deonn with a big elbow strike! Rush whipped Rusman into the barricade. Rush blistered Deonn with chops in the corner. Rush smashed into Rusman with the Bull’s Horns and then pinned Rusman!

My Score: 0 out of 5

Match #3: Roderick Strong, Kyle Fletcher & Konosuke Takeshita def. Mark Briscoe, Kyle O’Reilly & Orange Cassidy

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Fletcher and O’Reilly squared off. Fletcher hit a shoulder block on O’Reilly. Briscoe tagged in but Takeshita gouged Mark’s eyes. Mark tagged out to Orange and Orange tried for a diving crossbody, but Takeshita caught Orange and planted him. Takeshita followed up with a running knee strike. Trent distracted Orange outside the ring while Takeshita knocked the block off Orange Cassidy! Takeshita turned Orange inside-out with a lariat for a near fall. Roddy grabbed a tag, as did Kyle O’Reilly. Roddy tagged out to Fletcher. O’Reilly walloped Fletcher with a flurry of strikes. Mark Briscoe and Roderick Strong traded strikes. Fletcher ate a combination from Mark Briscoe. Briscoe clocked Strong with redneck kung fu. Orange spiked Fletcher with a diving DDT for a two-count! Orange was looking for the Orange Punch, but Takeshita grabbed Orange’s leg and Fletcher nailed Orange with a half and half. Briscoe blasted Roddy with a fisherman bomb! Takeshita rocked Mark with a Blue Thunder Bomb! Orange planted Takeshita with a DDT! Fletcher ate a StunDog Millionaire from Orange! Orange climbed to the top rope and Roddy went to grab him, but Kyle O’Reilly kicked Roddy away. Briscoe grabbed a blind tag while Fletcher pulped Orange with a turnbuckle brain buster! Briscoe splashed Fletcher with a Froggy Bow, but Roddy broke up the pin attempt. Fletcher blocked the Jay Driller from Mark! Takeshita jumped into the ring and clocked Mark with a wicked forearm! Takeshita cracked Mark with a power drive knee strike! Fletcher spiked Mark with a piledriver and scored the pin fall victory!

My Score: 4 out of 5

Match #4: Samoa Joe & HOOK def. Premier Athletes (Tony Nese & Ariya Daivari)

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HOOK and Samoa Joe ambushed the Premier Athletes on the ramp! Samoa Joe jabbed Nese in the ring! Hook took down Tony Nese with a lariat. Ariya tagged in and he and Nese double teamed Hook with stomps in the corner. Hook escaped and suplexed the Premier Athletes. Shibata wiped out Sterling outside the ring with a kick! Samoa Joe put Nese in a rear naked choke. Hook locked in the Red Rum on Daivari and Daivari tapped out!

My Score: 2.5 out of 5

Match #5: TBS Championship Match – Mercedes Moné def. Zeuxis

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Zeuxis used a flying mare into a chin lock to take down Mercedes. Mercedes used the déjà vu to drop Zeuxis. Zeuxis dropped Mercedes with a roundhouse kick. Mercedes launched off the announcers’ desk to take down Zeuxis with an arm drag. Zeuxis sent Mercedes to the floor with a dropkick and then a tope suicida! Zeuxis power bombed Mercedes for a near fall. Mercedes blasted her opponent with a bulldog. Mercedes smashed Zeuxis with a meteora for a near fall! Zeuxis nailed Mercedes with a double underhook into a lung blower for a two-count! Mercedes hit the MoneMaker and pinned Zeuxis!

My Score: 3 out of 5

Match #6: Daniel Garcia def. Nick Comoroto

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Nick charged at Garcia, but Garcia dodged him. AEW International Champion Will Ospreay was watching Garcia on a monitor backstage. MJF was watching from a separate monitor. Garcia locked in a guillotine and then rocked Comoroto with the Red Cross, scoring the pin!

My Score: 0 out of 5

Match #7: AEW International Championship Match – Will Ospreay def. Rey Fenix

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AEW World Champion Swerve Strickland was in the front row. Ospreay handed Swerve the contract for the Forbidden Door main event, and Prince Nana took it from Ospreay. Ospreay blocked an Os Cutter from Rey Fenix, the action off to a red hot start! Fenix took down Will with a rana. Ospreay connected with a running boot to Rey Fenix. Rey stunned Will with a frog splash for a near fall! Rey Fenix went for a hurracanrana off the top rope, but Will landed on his feet! Rey Fenix connected with a heel kick. Ospreay nailed Fenix with a version of the Air Raid Crash. Rey Fenix rocked Will with a crucifix bomb for a near fall. Rey Fenix flipped off the turnbuckles and nailed Will with a German Suplex. Fenix reversed a Storm Breaker, but Will escaped. Ospreay planted Rey Fenix with an Os Cutter for a two-count! Ospreay removed his elbow pad. Rey Fenix countered the Hidden Blade with a snapping hurricanrana for a near fall. Ospreay walloped Fenix with the Hidden Blade. Ospreay climbed to the top turnbuckle and stared at Swerve! Ospreay used the Swerve Stomp and then the Hidden Blade to pin Rey Fenix!

My Score: 4 out of 5

Final Verdict: 3.5/5

What a great show this was. Another week where the entire thing flowed brilliantly – with MOST matches delivering in spades (apart from the squashes, obviously) and with some great storytelling in there too. The only letdown this week? Yet more of Chris Jericho’s ridiculous schtick. But hey, when you get two four-star matches on one show, what’s a little Jericho drivel between friends?

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