AEW Dynamite Review
New Years Smash Night One
Rey Fenix and Kenny Omega put on an amazing main event on AEW Dynamite. If it wasn’t for that match, this would have been a contender for the worst Dynamite to date. And that’s saying a lot coming off the best episode AEW has ever put together last week.
Snoop Dogg made a confusing appearance to promote the new show he and Cody are on. He was originally billed as being on commentary. Instead, Snoop acted as Cody’s coach. He also hit some kind of move off the top rope, which was kind of cool to see him do.
What should have been a pay-per-view worthy show ended up being uneven and off kilter. The only match that really seemed to find a rhythm was the main event. Honestly, the same can be said of all the promos and interview segments, most of which missed the mark.
An outright bad Women’s Title Match
The only substantive presence for the Women’s Division on Dynamite was in the form of a title match between Hikaru Shida and Abadon. It was a match with potential but it fell apart so fast that some people watching might have gotten whiplash.
Most of the bout happened during a picture in picture commercial break. That actually turned out to be quite merciful as it wasn’t good. At one point, Abadon dragged Shida under the ring and bit her again. It was a dumb gimmick moment worthy of WWE.
What was shameful about this was the antics overshadowed the wrestling. Both women can go but they didn’t really get the chance to. The booking was bad, and AEW devoted little time and promotion to it. This was a title match. Yet, it was barely mentioned throughout the rest of the broadcast, if at all.
Sting’s weekly foam party continued on Dynamite as he sauntered to the ring. He enigmatically saved Darby Allin after the most boring weigh in ever happened. There was no reason for this segment. Fans know that Brian Cage is bigger than Darby. No one was questioning this. It was a segment that accomplished nothing.
The only worse segment was Miro and Kip Sabian confronting Chuck Taylor and Orange Cassidy backstage. No one is invested in this pointless feud. AEW needs to have the final match and walk away from this mess as soon as humanly possible. It’s waste of time for everyone involved, especially Penelope Ford.
There were other matches, too
Cody Rhodes versus Matt Sydal was a perfectly fine Dynamite bout but having Snoop at ringside was distracting. His presence was primarily for the sake of cross-promotion and corporate synergy. But at least Snoop is into wrestling, so him being there isn’t too odd.
Snoop was also present for a weird backstage interaction between Private Party and Matt Hardy. But Snoop wasn’t the problem. The segment would have been dull with or without him. Honestly, it all felt like AEW just wasted the presence of Snoop on Dynamite, which could have been a lot more fun.
Snoop Dogg’s frog splash leaves something to be desired… pic.twitter.com/1js4xpJ0vZ— SI Wrestling (@SI_wrestling) January 7, 2021
The opening eight man tag match featured The Young Bucks and SCU taking on TH2 and The Acclaimed. As always, Max Caster’s rhymes were on point. And all the wrestlers did fine jobs. But the whole match was a little messy and discombobulated. It was definitely a “too many cooks” situation.
Jake Hager and Wardlow also faced off on Dynamite. It was a solid match that featured two big bulls tearing each other apart. They both looked great. But storyline is starting to overwhelm the wrestling with them. If the Inner Circle is ending, AEW needs to move things forward.
Rey Fenix and Kenny Omega save the day
The main event featured Rey Fenix challenging Kenny Omega for the AEW World Championship. Just like every time these two get in the ring together, this match was an absolute classic. They took each other to the limit, pulling out all the stops and leaving everything in the ring.
Kenny Omega ended up defeating Rey Fenix but that wasn’t the end of the night. After showing Rey that Eddie Kingston and friends had taken out Penta and Pac, Kenny moved in for the kill. Then, Jon Moxley came to the rescue. That didn’t last long as the Good Brothers stormed the ring.
Karl Anderson and Doc Gallows are the current Impact World Tag Team champions, and have been associating with Omega on their program. Showing up on Dynamite was the next step in whatever this thing is between Impact and AEW. The development on this story has definitely been a slow burn.
Taking things up a notch, The Young Bucks also appeared to side with Omega and the Good Brothers. This move created more questions than it answered. Who is involved in the inter-promotional heel faction? Who is involved in the face faction that will oppose them?
⚡️ “AEW NEW YEAR’S SMASH | NIGHT ONE | HIGHLIGHTS | 01/06/2021”https://t.co/fUQSHdydy1— All Elite Wrestling (@AEW) January 7, 2021
Noticeable by his absence on Dynamite was Lance Archer. Given his ongoing enmity with Eddie Kingston and loose alliance with Death Triangle, it was odd that he didn’t get involved in the closing moments of the show. But perhaps that’s coming down the road.