The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly from AEW Dynamite 11/18/2020

By: Frank Hyden

Dynamite featured a big tag match in the main event and the addition of a new member to Team Taz. Let’s get to the rundown.

GOOD- The Young Bucks beat Top Flight

This was a very fast-paced match with plenty of excitement. The Bucks won, of course, but Top Flight looked pretty good. You can definitely tell they have a bright future in wrestling. After the win, Jack Evans and Angelico attacked Top Flight before The Bucks ran them off.

GOOD- Orange Cassidy beat Kip Sabian

Miro was on commentary and I liked it. I thought he did a good job. The match was pretty good, too, Sabian kept blocking Cassidy going to the pockets and all that stuff. Cassidy ended up winning with his Mousetrap roll-up, then got attacked by Miro before Best Friends ran out for the save. Before the match, AEW Champion Jon Moxley cut a promo sitting on the toilet in a bathroom stall or something and told some boring story about his dad telling him, “We’re the good guys.” which for some reason he felt he needed to repeat that about 19 times. He also announced his wife is pregnant. That’s cool and all, good for them, but was that the entire purpose of that segment? Why was he in the bathroom? After the match, they had their big contract signing. Except they didn’t. They did the long-winded intro for Kenny Omega but when it was time for Moxley to come out, they showed that he was knocked out backstage. They had been hyping this signing all show and on social media and you do this? Come on AEW, you’re better than that.

GOOD- PAC beat The Blade

They had a pretty good match. PAC showed off what he can do. Eddie Kingston was on commentary and was pretty funny as usual. I like how AEW has guest commentators a lot. You could argue maybe they shouldn’t do that with a 3-man booth already but I don’t know, I like it. PAC hit a Shooting Star Press and then locked in his Brutalizer finisher for the win. Kingston, Butcher, and Blade beat down PAC until Rey Fenix came out, then Penta El Zero Mieda came out and teased attacking his brother before going after Kingston, reforming The Death Triangle.

GOOD- Serena Deeb beat Thunder Rosa to retain her NWA Women’s Title

They were given time and used it effectively. The only thing I don’t get is they had Britt Baker interfere and attack Rosa. Deeb covered her but couldn’t get the win. However, Deeb did pin her a few minutes later. So why have Baker interfere if it didn’t lead to the finish? It didn’t affect the finish in any way, apparently, so why have her interfere? That kind of stuff should be kept to a minimum. Rosa attacked Baker after the match and they had a big pull-apart but they could have had Baker attack her after the match and done the same thing. This isn’t a huge deal or anything, I just found it a little odd.

GOOD- Brian Cage and Ricky Starks beat Darby Allin and Cody Rhodes

These guys had a really good match. They all did a good job, but the standout to me was Cage. Even though I’ve seen him do this stuff before, it’s still amazing to see a man that big move as well as he does and be as athletic as he is. He’s huge and has the power that goes along with that, but he can also move so fluidly and so well. Cage really deserves a big push to take advantage of that. Like I said, this was a really good match. Cage won it with his Drill Claw finisher off the middle rope. Afterwards, Will Hobbs ran out and hit Rhodes with the FTW belt, joining Team Taz. This was a good end to a pretty good episode of Dynamite overall.

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