Sunday, June 6, 2021

AEW: Dynamite Review - June 4th, 2021

AEW Dynamite
Friday, June 4th, 2021
Daily’s Place - Jacksonville, FL 
Commentators: Excalibur, Jim Ross, & Tony Schiavone 

It’s the fallout from Double or Nothing! Very excited to see what’s next for everyone so let’s jump right into this Friday night edition of AEW Dynamite. 

1) The Young Bucks (w/ Karl Anderson, Doc Gallows, Brandon Cutler, & Don Callis) vs. PAC & Penta El Zero Miedo 

Don Callis: “We’ve got something to say and we’re gonna blow the lid off something!”
Excalibur: “You know what else has lids? Toilets.” 

A match that could be a main event literally anywhere in the world is our opening match tonight. It’s slightly weird seeing so many different variation of the death triangle trio teaming together, PAC & Fenix teamed together for a while, but this is the first time we are seeing PAC & Penta together. It’s pretty easy to guess that this rules though. Don Callis is on commentary. Frankie Kazarian shows up before the bell and gets an awesome assault in on Michael Nakazawa. This allows PAC & Penta to hit double dives onto the Bucks, starting this thing off at a fever pitch. This doesn’t go 25+ like the Bucks/PAC & Fenix match from a few weeks ago, but it’s damn good for what it is and honestly, it didn’t need to go that long. Just non stop action, but with bits of psychology and classic Bucks heel work on display. There’s an insane spot where Penta hits a package piledriver on Matt on the apron while Nick german suplexes PAC on the SAME side of the apron at the same f’n time. This leads to a showdown between Nick and Penta which eventually leads to the finish with the Bucks getting a high stack cheap pin on PAC as the boos rain down. I hope everyone appreciates how high quality of matches the Bucks give us on free TV every week before they’re gone. Such a blast. 

Match rating - ***1/2

The action continues after the bell where the Bucks continue beating down PAC & Penta. This leads to Eddie Kingston making the save for his former friends to a huge pop. 

Tony Schiavone brings out Mark Henry next. Henry says he isn’t here to fix AEW.. just “turn the screws” .. okay. Seeing Henry Sunday ruled, but this promo felt weird because I’m not sure where the narrative or rumor that Henry wanted to “fix” AEW came about to the point that it needed to be mentioned. Tony then asks if Henry will ever return to the ring and Henry responds that he isn’t right now but “I GOT A LOT LEFT IN THE TANK” ohhh boy. Not sure if I thought that was cool or if it made me worry about how much they will use him in ring if they decide to. Please don’t TNA this promotion, TK, please.

Vickie Guerrero interrupts these fun times and after a bunch of annoying squealing like always, she introduces AEW’s newest signing... ANDRADE EL IDOLO. WOW. ANDRADE IS HERE AND HE LOOKS LIKE A STAR. This segment came off flat, though, honestly. The crowd seemed sour on Vickie then I don’t think they realized she said Andrade so there was no pop until he actually walked out and it was still like a slightly confused pop because this crowd surely doesn’t like Vickie and ALSO they’ve been sitting through hours of DARK tapings before this, not to mention, Jacksonville is the only town AEW has ran in a year and some change because of the pandemic so in general, I’m sure things aren’t as hot as they should be sometimes on Dynamite. I’m excited for AEW to get out of Jax for a while starting next month. Anyways, yes.. Andrade El Idolo is in All Elite and I am STOKED. Yet another awesome moment delivered to us on free television. I cannot wait to see what he’s able to do here and one can only hope AEW knows the full blown main event level top star that they have on their hands. 

2) Cody Rhodes & Lee Johnson (w/ Arn Anderson) vs. Anthony Ogogo & QT Marshall (w/ Aaron Solow)

It seems as if they’re going to continue the Cody/Ogogo feud and I guess that’s okay because it pretty much has to confirm Ogogo will win the next match/the feud as a whole since he lost at the PPV. Regardless, this match is solid. Lee Johnson looks great, Cody gets the hot tag and Ogogo knocks him out and QT gets the pin. I liked that finish. 

Match rating - **1/4

Inner Circle is out next. I imagined they would move away from this story with the Pinnacle, but they aren’t and at first, I was annoyed by it. But watching this segment back, it seems like they are going the one on one route with things now as Jake Hager challenged Wardlow to a “MMA Cage Fight” in 2 weeks on Dynamite and each member of the Inner Circle cut promos that were targeted and single members of the opposing group. Santana targeted FTR, Hager targeted Wardlow and Jericho targeted MJF. Sure, this feud has had some boring and dreadful moments, but it has also had some of the highest highs in the history of AEW and also witnessing their Stadium Stampede match live made me realize how over they are and how much of a blast it is when you just sit back and enjoy this feud for what it is. So, I really came into this more lighthearted than normal and I had a good time. Inner Circle has really became such a top tier group and their legacy in AEW is being built before our eyes, surely to be remembered for years down the line. 

Orange Cassidy is in the locker room with Chuck Taylor, Trent & Kris Statlander in a pre-taped promo about what happened at Double or Nothing with Kenny Omega & Don Callis screwing Orange out of the AEW Title. Orange says “This isn’t over yet.” This segment felt so pure and good I want to cry. 

AEW World Champion Kenny Omega and Don Callis are in the production truck replaying the footage from Double or Nothing. Omega says they have the raw footage that will debunk this conspiracy that Omega screwed Orange out of the win and they will show it next week. Alex Marvez then asks him about Jungle Boy and Omega immediately discredits him and asks how many people in that battle royal he won were in the Top 5 in the rankings? Regardless, Omega defends the AEW Title against Jungle Boy in 3 weeks. 

3) Christian Cage & Jungle Boy vs. Private Party (w/ Matt Hardy) 

Christian brings such a different feel to every match he’s in because no one in AEW wrestles like him. For that reason and how cool the post match at Double or Nothing was, I knew Christian & Jungle Boy would be a super fun team and it turned out to undoubtedly be the case. Private Party were good opponents for them, too. Great bumping and heel work building to the hot tag where Christian & Jungle Boy clean house and get the win. 

Match rating - **3/4

After the match, Matt Hardy hits a twist of fate on Christian on the ramp. 

Sting & Darby Allin hit the ring next. Tony Schiavone hosts them. Page & Scorpio Sky soon interrupt and say Sting has been holding the hand of Darby through his whole AEW career and they challenge him to find any partner other than Sting to face them and prove he can beat them without Sting. 

D M D. Britt Baker’s championship celebration is next. There’s an interesting cast of characters in the ring including Jack Evans, Angelico, Nyla Rosa, Peter Avalon and more. Britt gives an awesome speech and looks just as great with the belt as expected. She has cheeseburgers for everyone and offers one to Tony and Rebel first, only for Nyla Rose to slap them out of their hands before leaving. Well, then. Guess we are going backwards a little bit and doing Britt/Nyla again. It makes sense given Nyla beat Britt in that tournament a while ago. It just seems like this show hasn’t had many new or fresh feuds so I think it comes off a little more less interesting than it would have otherwise. 

Backstage, they’re asking Eddie Kingston about him making the save for PAC & Penta. He says the enemy of his enemy is his friend and that’s all there is to it. 

4) The Bunny (w/ The Blade) vs. Red Velvet (w/ Big Swole & Kilynn King)

First off, the Bunny is a queen and I am so happy she’s getting more singles matches. The same could be said for Red Velvet though who has delivered in every big match she’s been in this year. This was a really fun little match, with both ladies looking great. Bunny has really started adding some new layers to her personality and character and it works very well. They have a nice close finish or two down the stretch before Red Velvet scoops the victory. 

Match rating - **1/2

The Dark Order is celebrating John Silver’s birthday. He was gifted a TNT title shot from Tony Khan, but he’s still hurt so EVIL UNO GETS IT LETS GOOOO. I am so stoked for Uno vs. Miro, that has potential to tear the house down. 

Speaking of Miro, he thanks god for his power and his wife for being hot. He will destroy Uno next week, basically, because he’s better. 

5) Dustin Rhodes vs. Nick Comoroto - Bullrope Match

I have some pretty conflicting thoughts on this. On one hand, I think it’s cool they can throw someone like Nick Comoroto in a Dynamite main event sorta on a whim and it doesn’t feel out of place and the match is just fine. On the other hand, Dustin wins and this as the show closer just has like.. no steam. It probably would’ve had a lot more if Cody wouldn’t have went down the dumb fucking US vs UK rabbit hole with Ogogo and stuck with thE FACT THAT QT, COMOROTO, AND OGOGO BEAT AND BLOODED HIS BROTHER AND DESTROYED HIM AND HIS OTHER NIGHTMARE FACTORY DWEEBS UGH. So yeah... match is fine, but the circumstances surrounding it suck. Show closes with Dustin celebrating in the crowd.

Match rating - **1/2

Final thoughts: This wasn’t quite the show I was hoping for. As said in my intro, I was excited for new feuds and direction, only for the majority of feuds from Double or Nothing appearing to continue through the summer or atleast until they go back to touring in July, which makes sense, so I’ll take it. Nothing here was BAD bad PLUS ANDRADE SHOWED UP and I’m probably just being a spoiled mark so I’m gonna shut up. See y’all next week <3 

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