AEW Dynamite Review
Having a Tag Team Battle Royale on Beach Break to determine who would face The Young Bucks at AEW Revolution isn’t the worst idea in the world. It does, once again, ignore the existence of a ranking system that says #FTR are owed a title shot. But that’s a complaint for another time.
In addition to the Battle Royale, this episode of Dynamite featured the wedding of Kip Sabian and Penelope Ford. It was presided over by the Sinister Minister James Mitchell with Jerry Lynn walking Ford down the aisle. Unexpectedly, it turned into an ECW themed wedding.
Is this the end of the feud between Best Friends and Miro/Kip Sabian over? Unfortunately, it’s probably not. But at least the wedding was amusing. Orange Cassidy was hiding in the cake, and helped Chuck Taylor get his revenge on Miro and Kip.
Thunder Rosa vs Dr. Britt Baker, DMD
There was only one problem with this match. The annoying picture in picture commercial break cut out too much of this amazing bout. If you weren’t expecting Thunder Rosa and Britt Baker to put on an epic match on Dynamite, then you haven’t been paying attention to how great these two wrestlers are.
Britt Baker has been goading Thunder Rosa for weeks. For once, a Women’s Division match in AEW actually got some proper build up. And after the finish of this match, it’s quite obvious that this feud is far from over. That’s great for AEW, and wrestling in general.
Thanks to Rebel’s interference, Britt pulled out the win on Dynamite. It’s highly unlikely that Thunder Rosa is going to let that one slide. This will hopefully lead to more matches between these two. Perhaps a Cage Match between Thunder Rosa and Britt Baker is in order.
Fans also got a much clearer look at the AEW Women’s World Championship Eliminator Tournament. Matches will take place in both Japan and America, with the winner getting a shot Hikaru Shida’s title. In case you were wondering, both Thunder Rosa and Britt Baker are on the American side of the bracket.
The usual Dynamite shenanigans
Matt Hardy continued his push to ingratiate himself to Adam Page. The duo took on, and defeated, Chaos Project. It was actually a solid match. Hopefully, this is another step on the path to getting Page in the Dark Order. That is definitely where he belongs.
Lance Archer and Eddie Kingston had a great Lumberjack Match on Dynamite. Archer picked up a hard fought victory with Jake Roberts laying a beating on Angélico at ringside, which was hilarious. Bear Country also got into it with The Butcher and The Blade. A stellar six man tag match is likely on the way.
The Dynamite main event of the evening featured Kenny Omega and the Good Brothers against Jon Moxley, Pac and Rey Fenix. When Penta is healthy, the complete Death Triangle backing up Moxley will be a force to be reckoned with. Perhaps they will become Death Squared. Or The Sword.
Either way, this was a hell of a match with six great competitors mixing it up. This is the kind scenario fans were hoping for when this collaboration between AEW and Impact began. The Elite picked up the win, then laid into their opponents after the match. Lance Archer came out for the save, which brings him into the mix.
Then, NJPW’s Kenta showed up on Dynamite and took out Jon Moxley. That crossover moment makes a lot of sense since Moxley recently popped up in NJPW with his IWGP United States Championship in tow. Kenta is his number on contender. But this may hint at an even larger expansion of AEWs collaborative efforts.
Tag Team Battle Royale spectacular
The fact that AEW has a ranking system in place to decide who gets to face their champions rarely seems to impact the booking. AEW seems to spend an inordinate amount of time working out ways around their own ranking system. It’s enough to make you wonder if they even need a ranking system in the first place.
After their post match attack on Jurassic Express last week, #FTR were kicked out of this week’s Tag Team Battle Royale as punishment. Again, they are number one in the AEW Tag Team Rankings so they shouldn’t need to compete for a shot, anyway. The responded to being banned by kidnapping Marko Stunt.
Regardless, the Tag Team Battle Royale was actually a lot of fun. There were ten tag teams involved in the match. The only way to be eliminated was to go over the top rope with both feet hitting the floor. But both tag team members needed to be eliminated for a team to be completely out of the match.
The Young Bucks won this match last year. They also entered themselves in their own number on contender’s match this year, which was odd. Thankfully, it was MJF and Chris Jericho who picked up the win as well as the title shot at The Young Bucks. But that win on Dynamite was at the expense of the rest of the Inner Circle.
From a storyline perspective, this will fuel the breakup of the Inner Circle. Sammy Guevara was upset by this loss, and tired of sacrificing himself for Jericho’s glory. While those two went to sort out their differences, it looked like MJF was working towards his hostile takeover of the Inner Circle.