By: Frank Hyden
AEW Dynamite featured a really good main event this week and some other good stuff. Let’s get right to the rundown.
GOOD- FTR beats Jurassic Express in a non-title match
This was a pretty good match. AEW Tag Team Champions FTR do a nice job heeling it up, though I would sometimes like to see them just beat a team straight up. They have good chemistry with most teams because Dax Harwood and Cash Wheeler are both smooth and capable of wrestling different styles.
GOOD- “Hangman” Adam Page beats Frankie Kazarian
Kenny Omega joined the team on commentary. Sometimes he did a good job here and other times he was a little awkward. Overall, though, this was a really good way to keep things moving towards the eventual feud between the two men. The match itself was high quality stuff. Kazarian is underrated and Page was able to show a lot of what he can do. For a moment there, you almost thought Kazarian could win. But then Page hits him with the Buckshot Lariat and pinned him.
GOOD/BAD- MJF squashes some guy
MJF submitted some jobber in a few seconds and then cut a promo about how he’s the uncrowned and undefeated champion of AEW. MJF is money on the mic but it’s still incredibly stupid that they had him lose to AEW Champion Jon Moxley at All Out. Now he just seems like some loser whining about a loss, that’s real top level stuff, sarcasm fully intended.
GOOD/BAD- Chris Jericho and Jake Hager beat Private Party
This match was fine but I don’t think these guys meshed well. Their styles are very different. Again, the match was fine but compared to other matches on the card it was underwhelming.
GOOD- Thunder Rosa beat Ivelisse
They traded a lot of power moves before Rosa hit Ivelisse with a Tombstone Piledriver for the win. After the match, Diamante and Ivelisse attacked Rosa, with AEW Women’s Champion Hikaru Shida making the save.
GOOD/BAD- Lance Archer and Jon Moxley promos
Archer and Jake Roberts announced they were getting Brian Cage and Ricky Starks for a 6-man tag match next week vs. AEW Champion Jon Moxley and his team, who turned out to be Will Hobbs and Darby Allin. I don’t know why they’re having a 6-man tag match next week to hype a world title match, but I guess I can go with it.
GREAT- Best Friends beat Santana and Ortiz in a Parking Lot Brawl
There were some really stiff bumps in this match, including some ones that don’t make any logical sense. At one point, they had Ortiz under the hood of a car on the engine and then both Chuck Taylor and Trent hit sentons on the hood. It doesn’t make any sense why they would do that instead of jumping feet first onto the hood or something. We know why they did it, to make bigger dents in the hood, but from their perspective it makes no sense. The announcers tried to cover it by saying they’re using their bodies as a weapon, as announcers always do, but it just doesn’t make any sense. Regardless, I don’t want to quibble over something like that in a match this good.
Another big bump in the match was when Santana and Ortiz powerbombed Trent through the windshield of a car, cutting his back up. They also suplexed each other on a bike rack, through a door, etc. The finish came when Orange Cassidy came out of the trunk of a car and gave Santana the Orange Punch with a chain wrapped around his hand and then Chuck hit him with a piledriver on the hood of a car while Trent hit Ortiz with something through some plywood to pin him. Best Friends then drove off in Sue’s minivan, which she stopped for a second to flip Santana and Ortiz off. I thought that was pretty damn funny. This was a great way to end the show, this was an excellent brawl.
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