The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly from AEW Dynamite 01/13/2021

By: Frank Hyden

AEW Dynamite had some good matches but also some outcomes I didn’t care much for. Let’s get to the rundown.

GOOD- Pac beat Eddie Kingston

These guys had a really physical back and forth match. Pac won with his Black Arrow finisher. There was a standoff after the match with Eddie, The Butcher and Blade vs. Pac and The Lucha Bros. Lance Archer came out to tilt things towards the faces.

GOOD- Miro beat Chuck Taylor

Ripped from the headlines of The Seinfeld Chronicles, Miro dominated Taylor, who now has to be Miro’s butler for a month. Meh, at least the match was decent, with Miro showing off some of his power.

GOOD- The Inner Circle promo

This blended some decent humor and set up a triple threat tag team match to determine the official tag team of The Inner Circle.

GOOD- Kenny Omega and The Good Brothers beat Varsity Blondes and Danny Limelight

This was a pretty good match, the heels sold a lot more than I thought they would. After they won, Jon Moxley came to the ring and they had a big brawl, with a bunch of wrestlers running out to try to break it up.

GOOD/BAD- FTR beat Jurassic Express

It’s fine they did the overconfidence spots where the FTR guys overlooked Marko Stunt and that allowed him to get some offense in, but this match should have been maybe 3 minutes. Maybe 5 or 6 if you really stretch it. Give Marko a few hope spots, let Jungle Boy in there for a few minutes, then Stunt gets tagged back in and gets his ass handed to him. FTR is supposed to be one of the best teams in the world, they should have destroyed these guys.

GOOD- Serena Deeb beat Tay Conti

They had a pretty good match here. Nothing that’s going to drop your jaw but still good. Deeb won with her Detox finisher.

GOOD/BAD- Darby Allin beat Brian Cage

First off, Cage should have absolutely have won this match. I know there’s some Darby fans who probably thought this was cool, I would say at least half the fans watching thought it was stupid. And potential casual fans who might have been flipping through the channels and tuned in, most of them also probably thought it was stupid. Cage outweighs Allin by literally 100 pounds. And it’s not 100 pounds of fat, it’s 100 pounds of muscle. It’s ridiculous to have such a size difference not end in a total ass-kicking. It’s like having a woman beat a man, it’s just not going to happen. Serena Williams is one of the greatest tennis players of all time, but she would lose to a man ranked in the 500’s, and likely even higher than that. That doesn’t mean she sucks or anything like that, far from it. She’s fantastic. However, there’s a reason they don’t have men and women compete in the same sport. There’s a reason they have weight divisions. Yes, skill can trump size but for every 10-20 pounds of size, your skill level has to be dramatically better in order to level the playing field.

I know they try to present Allin as being able to withstand a tremendous ass-kicking but unless they’re going the route of the supernatural kind of stuff they do in WWE, Allin is still just a man. AEW has always tried to present itself as being more “real” than WWE. That’s one of its appeals, they keep track of wins and losses and all that. That’s one of the things that makes AEW cool. I like Allin and all but come on. Maybe some of this is because I really like Brian Cage. He can do things in the ring that very few can, especially at his size. He’s a guy that should be competing for belts all the time.

Anyway, as for the match, it had some great moments. Cage pressed Allin above his head and threw him out of the ring threw the ring announcer’s table. That was awesome. He also threw Darby around in some other hard bumps, like towards the entrance steps. At another point, Cage moved the ring steps but then got knocked down onto them, which had to hurt, then Allin did The Coffin Drop onto Cage on the steps. That was insane. The finish came when Sting came out to prevent Ricky Starks from interfering again and Allin. It was great see this as the main event but I still think Cage should have won.

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