The John Report: AEW Dynamite 03/10/21 Review

The John Report: AEW Dynamite 03/10/21 Review

Welcome to the AEW Dynamite review here on TJRWrestling. This week’s show is the follow up to the Revolution pay-per-view on Sunday night (read my review here). I thought it was a very good show from top to bottom, but not as great as their best PPVs. It also sucks for AEW that the big talking point out of the show was the weak “explosion” to end the night. It was comically bad, so now we have to see how they follow up. Since the next PPV Double or Nothing isn’t until late May, they have plenty of time to build up some new rivalries. I understand there were some audio issues on the TNT version of the show. For this review, I download the Fite TV broadcast, so I won’t have any comments on those issues.

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The Dynamite opening video aired. That was followed by Jim Ross with the usual opening line: “It’s Wednesday night, and you know what that means.” A fan in the crowd had that on a sign, which is great. There were wrestlers surrounding the ring as usual along with some fans in the crowd.

Rey Fenix (w/Pac) vs. Matt Jackson (w/Nick Jackson)

Fenix and Pac earned an AEW Tag Team Title shot against the Young Bucks, so this is a singles match to preview that.

Matt with a snapmare takedown and then Fenix hit a dropkick. They showed SCU’s Frankie Kazarian and Christopher Daniels watching from the crowd. Fenix with a hard chop to the chest, then an armbar takedown and Matt avoided a dive at first, but then Fenix hit a hurricanrana off the apron to the floor. Fenix jumped off the middle turnbuckle onto Matt on the floor. Fenix hit a somersault dive over the top onto Matt on the floor. Fenix is so awesome in the air. Fenix grounded Matt with a headlock, then Matt got up and Fenix hit a superkick to the back. Fenix went for a move off the ropes, but Matt countered with a Powerbomb for a two count. That was a cool spot. Back in the ring, Matt jumped over the top with senton splash for two. Matt did a move where he flipped out of a move and then slammed Fenix face first into the mat. Matt slapped on a Sharpshooter, then the announcers joked about what that move is called and Fenix got to the ropes. Fenix with a springboard kick to the head followed by a missile dropkick off the top. Fenix tried to lift bad, but then he crumbled because he was selling a back injury. Matt ran into the ropes right into a Cutter by Fenix. Fenix had Matt on his back, spun around with him and slammed Matt into the mat. Matt went to the ramp area, Fenix went for a rope walk kick, Matt avoided that and Matt jumped into the ring with a Destroyer. That was impressive as Fenix went to the floor. Matt hit a second Destroyer on the floor. The referee Rick Knox that usually doesn’t count people out ended up counting Fenix out of the ring, then Fenix got up at around eight and back in before the ten count. Matt jumped off the top and hit an elbow drop for a two count. Matt slapped on the Sharpshooter to work on the lower back of Fenix with Fenix managing to get out of it. Fenix went for a running dropkick, Matt moved and Fenix hit Nick by accident. Matt slid out of the ring and hit a superkick on Pac, who was doing nothing on the floor. That was just mean, but I guess it’s payback.

Fenix and Matt exchanged weak-looking punches, Fenix with a release German Suplex, Matt with a superkick, then another superkick and Fenix got back up with an enziguri kick. Both guys were down as the fans applauded the effort. That’s like a New Japan spot where you do strikes leading to the laydown spot to soak in the cheers. Their chops looked better than the weak-looking punches. They kicked eachother at the same time. Matt went for a Tombstone, Fenix reversed it and hit a sitout Tombstone like move (like a Rikishi Driver) for the pinfall win after about 15 minutes.

Winner by pinfall: Rey Fenix

Analysis: ***3/4 This was a great match. Fenix makes everything look so easy while Matt was up for the challenge and is more than capable even though he rarely wrestles in singles matches. It wasn’t as good as when Fenix faced Nick Jackson a few months back, but it was pretty close to being at that level. Matt did a nice job of working over Fenix’s back for several minutes, Fenix even sold it for most of the match and then they had an exciting final few minutes. Nice win for Fenix as he continues his winning ways.

Jon Moxley and his buddy Eddie Kingston were seated in some room with some drinks on a table. Kingston said when he went into that ring at Revolution covering his friend thinking there’d be this big explosion and fireworks, he got a flashback to the last time he had this anxiety. Eddie said it was when he was sitting in a jail cell and the guards were talking to him, then everything went black. Eddie said you can go ahead, make fun of it, call him a coward or less of a man. Eddie said that Kenny Omega thinks this is a video game, but he didn’t scar his hands up playing video games. Moxley said he didn’t think Kenny was joking. Moxley said Kenny really wanted to blow him up. Eddie joked that Impact paid for the bomb and Moxley said that makes perfect sense. Moxley wondered if the bomb said “ACME” on it and wondered what the hell was that. Moxley said that he has a cool t-shirt from the match, but he didn’t win the World Championship. Moxley said that he did get a drinking buddy back. Moxley said that Kingston could have got there earlier and they argued about it in a friendly way. Moxley said that he’s glad that Eddie didn’t get blown up and Eddie said “same.” That’s kinda funny. Moxley told them (Kenny and friends) if they are going to flash a weapon, you better use it.

Analysis: It was a good way of explaining the mess of an ending at Revolution. Some fans are still going to be pissed about it, but that’s okay. Kingston did what he did because he was worried the bomb could be massive and wanted to protect his friend. The story is Kenny Omega did a poor job of building the explosives and that’s why they didn’t go off in a big way. With that said, I think AEW should have done something better like maybe blowing up the ring so that it collapsed and had more power go off. They could have done a better job of it. Anyway, this angle has brought Moxley and Kingston together so maybe they’ll go after the Tag Team Titles or at least just be allies with Kingston working as a face from now on. I like Moxley and Kingston together. It should be funny.

Jon Moxley and Eddie Kingston Break It All Down! | AEW Dynamite

(Commercial)

Cody Rhodes made his entrance for a match. Cody greeted a special fan in the crowd and gave him his leather belt.

Cody Rhodes (w/Arn Anderson) vs. Seth Gargis

Cody with a forearm to the face followed by a running powerslam. Cody slapped on the Figure Four Leglock and Seth tapped out to give Cody the win in under one minute.

Winner by pinfall: Cody Rhodes

Analysis: 1/4* Cody must have felt he needed a win, so that’s what he got here.

Tony Schiavone went into the ring to ask Cody Rhodes about his injured left shoulder. Cody had tape on the left shoulder. Cody tried to speak, but Penta El Zero showed up with the Spanish announcer Alex as a translator. Penta said that he’s a thousand times better than Cody. Penta said that if Cody’s the Prince of Pro Wrestling then Penta is the Lord of Lucha Libre. Penta spoke in English asking if Cody is serious while noting that Cody lost at Revolution. Penta said if Cody faces him then Cody will lose that match. Alex translated what Penta said saying that Cody is lucky that Penta didn’t hurt his arm even more because then Cody wouldn’t even be able to pick up his newborn baby girl. The girl is not born yet, but her birth should be soon. Cody left the ring and got into a brawl with Penta in the crowd. There were several wrestlers and officials in AEW that showed up to break up the fight.

Analysis: That should set up a Cody Rhodes match with Penta, which should be good. It already has a personal feel to it since Penta took a shot at Cody about to be a father.

There was a scene at an arcade with Chuck Taylor and Orange Cassidy. Taylor talked about their rivalry with Miro and Kip Sabian. Taylor said they wanted one more match. Taylor said if they lose then he’ll be Miro’s butler forever. Taylor said that Cassidy had an idea that they can surround the ring with video games and Chuck/Orange can put them through every single one of them. Cassidy said: “And then we break you.”

Analysis: I guess that means if there is a rematch then Cassidy/Taylor would win that match.

(Commercial)

Let’s Hear from Sting

Sting made his snow entrance for an interview with Tony Schiavone on the stage. The announcers put over Sting’s performance at Revolution. The 61-year-old Stinger did a pretty good job in that cinematic match. Sting said that Darby Allin is a dangerous man that puts his body on the line every night. Sting said when you combine a dangerous man like Darby and a man like the Stinger then they’re going to get a win.

Lance Archer showed up with Jake “The Snake” Roberts. Archer said that now is the time to let everybody know that he never needed a ladder match to prove he was the face of the Revolution. Archer said if things don’t change then he’ll take much more than time. Archer apologized for taking some of Sting’s time. Tony apologized for that, said Sting was sensational with Darby and Sting thanked him.

Analysis: This could be the start of Sting feuding with Lance Archer, who has been a face of late, but I think Archer is better as a heel.

There was an interview with QT Marshall and Lee Johnson. Marshall said that his emotions got the best of him during the tag team battle royal and they’ll deal with that later. Marshall talked about how this was a big match for Johnson.

There was the entrance for “All Ego” Ethan Page making his AEW Dynamite debut. They showed a pre-tape promo from Page, who is the second Page on the roster since there’s already Hangman Page. That doesn’t count the occasional appearance from Diamond Dallas Page either.

Ethan Page vs. Lee Johnson (w/QT Marshall)

Johnson hit a dropkick early on, but then Page took over with a punch to the face. Page with a clothesline. Page charged, Johnson got his boot up to block and Page hit a running shoulder tackle.

(Commercial)

Page was in control with a waistlock. Johnson hit a back elbow to the head followed by a neckbreaker. Johnson hit a Blue Thunder Bomb spinning slam for a two count. Johnson set up Page off the top, but Page body slammed him off the top. Page jumped off the ropes with a Cutter for a two count. When Johnson got back up, he jumped off the ropes, he was favoring his knee and Page kicked Johnson in the face. Johnson was on the floor looking at Marshall for help, but Marshall did nothing. Page lifted up Johnson and hit the Ego’s Edge (like a Razor’s Edge) for the pinfall win after about eight minutes.

Winner by pinfall: Ethan Page

Analysis: **1/2 It was just an average match. I thought they could have done more for Ethan Page in his debut in terms of making him stand out. I like the Ego’s Edge finisher a lot. I know Page is very skilled in the ring because I saw him plenty of times in Impact Wrestling, so it’s just a matter of giving him a chance to show what he can do.

FULL MATCH Lee Johnson vs Ethan Page in his AEW in Ring Debut | AEW Dynamite

Post match, Page stomped on Johnson to show that Page is a heel. Dustin Rhodes ran out to the ring to make the save. QT Marshall left in the side part of the building rather than try to help Johnson. The announcers were confused by Marshall’s actions.

There was a clip from earlier today with Adam Page driving around on a lawnmower. Alex Marvez was there for an interview. Page said he bought the lawnmower with some of Matt Hardy’s money. The Dark Order nerds showed up to ride on the lawnmower with Page, but one of the guys wasn’t allowed on due to a weight limit. I guess that’s AEW comedy.

(Commercial)

It looked like Tony Schiavone was going to interview Christian Cage, but then some women walked onto the stage with brooms and that led to “The Cleaner” Kenny Omega making his entrance.

Let’s Hear from Kenny Omega

The AEW World Champion Kenny Omega made his entrance with Don Callis along with Impact Wrestling Tag Team Champions Doc Gallows and Karl Anderson. They got into the ring for a promo.

Callis said that you’re not going to get to hear from the brand new signing of AEW. Callis said that they call the shots around here, they take what they want and they take a little bit more. Callis called Omega the greatest pro wrestler who has ever lived, the God of Professional Wrestling and “The King of the Death Match” Kenny Omega. Callis noted that on Sunday at Revolution it all went according to plan. Omega said maybe not everything. Callis joked about the explosion not heard around the world. Callis said he found it interesting that they took a lot of heat from the company and the fans. Callis said that the people wanted to see a giant explosion. Callis said he won’t confirm or deny if they had anything to do with it. Callis said it was happy to take away what you thought you wanted. Callis noted that Kenny Omega and the invisible hand make history because they took away Moxley’s big moment. Callis said that they took away Eddie Kingston’s scar making heroic moment. Callis said if that ring explodes then Moxley is gone and Kingston is maimed, but if the ring doesn’t blow up then they win even bigger because Moxley and Kingston look like a pair of idiots. Callis said that at the end of the day, all they do is win.

Analysis: Callis is such a great talker. That was an awesome promo.

Omega said it would have been fun to never have to worry about Jon Moxley again. Omega said that he still got to leave Moxley as a loser. Omega mocked Kingston dry humping Moxley in the ring while four sparklers shot up from the ring posts.

Eddie Kingston joined the four men in the ring. Callis claimed he knew Kingston. Callis said he had Kingston working in Impact Wrestling because he saw the talent, toughness and the star-maker in that face of yours. Callis said he fired Kingston because he did the same thing in Impact Wrestling that he did his whole life – Eddie somehow found a way to screw it up just like he did at Revolution. The fans chanted “Eddie” for the now babyface Kingston. Callis said that Eddie is outdone now. Callis gave Kingston ten seconds to get out of here before these guys kick his ass. There was a countdown from ten and Kenny laid down with Don on him as they mocked the explosion spot at Revolution. Kenny: “Did I blow up?” Kenny joked that he almost blacked out and he joked that it was like when he had detention (mocking Eddie’s comments earlier in the ring). Kenny wondered what Eddie hoped to accomplish there. Kenny told Eddie his first shot is free and see what happens to him. Kingston punched Omega, who bumped in the ring as if it was a deadly punch and then Gallows/Anderson attacked Kingston. Jon Moxley ran out there, he brawled with Anderson and Kingston brawled with Kingston. The wrestlers brawled out of the area.

Christian Cage made his entrance after Kenny Omega interrupted his scheduled interview time. Omega was still down in the ring from taking one punch from Kingston. Christian (no relation to Brian) Cage got into the ring with Omega and they exchanged words. Omega wanted a handshake. Christian refused to shake the hand. Omega tried a cheap shot, Christian grabbed him in position for the Unprettier, but then Callis pulled Omega out of the ring to save the AEW World Champion. Christian picked up the AEW World Title that was in the ring and Christian stared at it. Omega and Callis left without the title while Christian remained standing tall in the ring.

What Happened When Christian Cage and Kenny Omega Came Face to Face? | AEW Dynamite

Analysis: That was an interesting situation. Christian Cage is already in the AEW World Title picture just based on that interaction. It might lead to some people complaining about AEW pushing a 47-year-old like Christian Cage into the AEW World Title picture, but I don’t mind it at all because I believe in Christian as a performer. I think he’ll more than hold his own and likely be a guy that puts over Omega in a competitive match. I think having Moxley/Kingston brawl with Anderson/Gallows sets them up for a future tag team match (it will be next week). It was a good segment overall.

(Commercial)

The only women’s match on the show was next.

Dr. Britt Baker (w/Rebel), Nyla Rose (w/Vickie Guerrero) and Maki Itoh vs. Thunder Rosa, Hikaru Shida and Ryo Mizunami

Maki Itoh did a song on the stage while the other women were brawling around ringside. Itoh gently hit Shida with microphone shots to the head. Itoh with a splash of sports and then Shida moved. Itoh hit a splash against the turnbuckle, then some punches and she stomped on Shida’s foot. Shida grabbed Itoh’s hands and tossed her across the ring. Ryo tagged in with chops to the chest followed by a corner clothesline. Rosa faced off with Rose with kicks, dropkicks and Rose hit a clothesline to the back after a distraction from Vickie. That led to a break.

(Commercial)

The babyface team was in control as all three women hit moves on Baker in succession with Shida suplexing Ryo into Baker for two. Itoh was in illegally with a headbutt, Rosa was legal for her team with a dropkick on Rose. Rosa with a clothesline on Baker and she sent Baker out of the ring. Rosa went up top and hit a twisting splash onto all five ladies on the floor. All five women bumped even though at least two of them weren’t even touched. That was almost comedic. Back in the ring, Itoh hit a swinging DDT on Rosa for a two count. Rebel and Vickie were each on the apron, Rosa sent Rebel down and Rosa hit a sitout slam for the pinfall win after eight minutes.

Winners by pinfall: Thunder Rosa, Hikaru Shida and Ryo Mizunami

Analysis: **1/4 It was a decent tag team match. It got chaotic towards the finish as is usually the case until Rosa managed to get the win for her team. That finishing move by Rosa was impressive although I don’t know the name while the announcers didn’t really give it a name either. Anyway, it made sense for the faces to win here.

Post match, Britt Baker hit Rosa with a crutch. Baker applied Lockjaw submission (with glove) on Rosa and Rebel joined in with a crutch while Vickie slapped Rosa.

Analysis: That continues this rivalry that we thought was finished.

Matt Hardy was backstage with his buddies Private Party. Matt said that they need to bring more money in. Matt said that what Adam Page did to him is criminal. Matt said he’s been filling up safes of money to sustain his business until April 1st. Matt said that he signed some new people to the Matt Hardy Empire: The Butcher, The Blade and The Bunny. Matt said that the four guys are going to destroy on AEW Dark Elevation and then the five of them with The Bunny will destroy The Dark Order for what they did to Matt.

Analysis: That’s another stable in AEW. This company really likes having stables.

(Commercial)

Scorpio Sky made his entrance as the winner of the Ladder Match at Revolution to earn this title shot. Darby Allin made his entrance as the TNT Champion. The announcers put over the idea that Allin can’t be 100% going into this match after the Street Fight on Sunday.

TNT Championship: Darby Allin vs. Scorpio Sky

They did a fist bump out of respect. Allin slapped on a hammerlock on the left wrist, then Allin got two rollup pin attempts for two counts as Sky regrouped in the corner. Sky with a waistlock takedown, then Allin got back up and used the momentum to send Sky to the floor. Allin jumped over Sky getting back in the ring, then Allin turned his left ankle and Sky took him down with a clothesline. Sky with an uppercut forearm for a two count. Sky hit a backbreaker while stretching Allin’s back across the knee.

(Commercial)

The match returned with Allin escaping an abdominal stretch from Sky. Allin countered a sunset flip by sitting on top for a two count. Sky decked Allin with a big right-handed punch that knocked down Allin. Sky lifted Allin back up, but Allin came back with a leap over the shoulders into a Stunner for a two count. Sky ran the ropes, Allin hit a headbutt to the ribs and Allin hit a Code Red (sunset flip Powerbomb) for a two count. That was cool. Allin charged right into a high boot to the face by Sky. Sky with two German Suplexes, Allin broke free with back elbows and pulling back on fingers, but then Sky managed to hit a third German Suplex that sent Allin backward into the turnbuckle. Allin managed to shove Sky off and sent Sky to the floor. Allin ran the ropes leading to a suicide dive, but Sky hit a Cutter on the floor! That was awesome. Back in the ring, Sky got a two count. Sky hit a brainbuster for a two count. They battled by the turnbuckle, Allin jumped off the top with the Coffin Drop and Sky hit a Powerbomb for two. That was cool. Sky went for the TKO slam off the shoulders, but Allin countered it into an inside cradle for the pinfall win after 13 minutes.

Winner by pinfall: Darby Allin  

Analysis: ***1/4 A very competitive title match that had good action with plenty of interesting moments. I think my favorite spot was the suicide dive by Allin right into a Cutter by Sky because you don’t see spots like that very often. It was like a lot of Allin matches where he takes a beating for most of the match, yet he finds a way to come back and win matches. Sky went for his finisher to win the match and once again Allin found a way to counter into the inside cradle for the win.

Post match, Allin walked over to Sky and showed respect with a pat on the back. Sky tripped up the left leg of Allin and Sky slapped on the heel hook submission on the left leg. The four AEW referees ran out there to try to get Sky to break the hold. Sky eventually let go and then looked at his hands with a smile on his face.

Analysis: That’s the classic way of somebody turning heel. The wrestler loses the match in close fashion, they are frustrated by it and then they attack. We have seen it many times.

The advertised lineup for next week’s Dynamite called St. Patrick’s Day Slam (taped on Thursday) looks like this:

* Jon Moxley & Eddie Kingston vs. The Good Brothers (Anderson & Gallows)

* Cody Rhodes vs. Penta El Zero Miedo

* Jurassic Express and Bear Country vs. Matt Hardy, Private Party, The Butcher & The Blade

* Jade Cargill in action

* Dr. Britt Baker vs. Thunder Rosa in an Unsanctioned Lights Out Match – Anything Goes. It will be the main event, so that’s the first time a women’s match will main event Dynamite.

The Inner Circle War Council is up next in the main event.

(Commercial)

The Inner Circle made their entrance. Tony Schiavone pointed out that Scorpio Sky walked out of the building in the same tunnel that these guys walked in from. In other words, the heel tunnel.

The Inner Circle War Council

Chris Jericho, Maxwell Jacob Friedman, Jake Hager, Santana and Ortiz entered the ring. There was no Wardlow with them. The crowd sang along with Jericho’s “Judas” song as usual. There were about ten minutes left for this segment.

Jericho said that when a great army needs to change course, they have a war council to find out the best possible way to continue. Jericho said that they are the smartest group in the business today. Jericho said it might be time for a new attitude, a new outlook or maybe it’s time to introduce a new member to the Inner Circle.

MJF said that they don’t need to add a new member. MJF said that maybe it’s time that they let somebody go. Here comes Sammy Guevara making his return after missing a few weeks after he quit the group.

Jericho said he never wanted to hear Sammy’s name again. Sammy said he knows Chris isn’t happy with him, but he needs to show him something. Jericho told Sammy that he’s dead to them. Sammy said that he needs Jericho to listen to him and see this.

A video aired showing that Sammy setting up a camera in the Inner Circle locker room. It featured MJF walking into the room with Hager, Santana and Ortiz. MJF talked to the guys about taking out Chris Jericho, so the guys agreed to it. Jericho was stunned by the video.

MJF said he didn’t want Chris to find out this way, but oh well. Jericho stood beside Sammy while Santana, Ortiz and Hager approached. However, the three guys beside MJF ended up turning against him. MJF wanted to speak, so Jericho goes: “Shut up you stupid son of a bitch!” That drew cheers.

Jericho informed MJF that they talk to eachother every single day and they were waiting for MJF to hang himself. Jericho said since he brought MJF into the group, he’s going to bring him out of the group. Jericho shoved MJF on his ass. Jericho told MJF “your ass is fired” from the Inner Circle. Jericho said he’ll get an old-school Inner Circle beatdown too.

MJF said that he didn’t want to take over the Inner Circle because he was too busy building his own. The lights went out in the building. When the lights came back on, the ring was full of Wardlow, Shawn Spears, Dax Harwood, Cash Wheeler and Tully Blanchard.

That led to a fight with Spears using a chair to attack Sammy and he kicked Sammy into a steel chair. Wardlow attacked Jericho while FTR beat up Santana and Ortiz. Harwood hit Hager with a beer bottle at the start of the fight. Meanwhile, MJF sat on the turnbuckle watching his new group beat up the Inner Circle. Wardlow set up Jericho on the top rope and delivered a knee lift to Jericho to knock him down. FTR set up Santana and Ortiz, who were both handcuffed, and Tully jumped off the ropes with a Spike Piledriver. The announcers were screaming about this while nobody attempt to help the Inner Circle guys. Jericho was held up as MJF hit Jericho in the head with the Diamond ring. That led to Jericho getting a cut on his head. MJF grabbed Jericho’s baseball bat, MJF hit Jericho in the ribs and MJF hit Jericho in the head (putting his hand at the end of the bat) and Jericho bumped onto the ramp. FTR and Spears carried Jericho to the side of the stag. Wardlow picked up Jericho and Wardlow gave Jericho a Powerbomb off the stage through several tables with padding. Jericho was out on the broken tables/padding with blood on his head.

The new group of MJF, Wardlow, Shawn Spears, Dax Harwood, Cash Wheeler and Tully Blanchard stood together in celebration.

Analysis: That was great. Revolution was the end of a lot of storylines including the Inner Circle and now we get to see what this new stable can do. I think a lot of us expected the Inner Circle group to split up on this week’s show and that’s what happened, but it ended up turning into something that I doubt many people were able to predict. It’s a new heel group led by MJF while also turning the original five-man Inner Circle into a babyface team. This should set up some kind of WarGames match perhaps at the next PPV. That’s just a guess on my part at this point, but I think it’s certainly a possibility because they can build up this battle of the two stables for several months. This also means Chris Jericho is a babyface for the first time since he joined AEW two years ago and we’ve all seen Jericho have success as a face in his career although I have liked him more as a heel. The eventual singles match with MJF and Jericho will likely be a big deal. The announcers really put over Wardlow as a force, so you can tell the company is finally going to start pushing him a lot more moving forward.

I like the new grouping of MJF as the leader that can be a main event talent, FTR as the tag team in the group, Wardlow as the power guy and then Spears is the veteran that mixes in well. Blanchard is an effective manager that can get physical at times too. I don’t know the name of the group right now, but we should learn that on next week’s show.

MUST SEE: MJF Leaves the Inner Circle and Starts His Own Faction in AEW AEW Dynamite

 

Three Stars of the Show

1. Rey Fenix

2. Matt Jackson

3. (tie) MJF, Wardlow, Shawn Spears, Dax Harwood, Cash Wheeler and Tully Blanchard

3. (tie) Chris Jericho

 

The Scoreboard

This Week: 7.5 out of 10

Last Week: 7

2021 Average: 7.4

 

Final Thoughts

This was a very good episode of Dynamite where it felt like they were pressing the reset button on a lot of things while starting some new rivalries. The big turn in the main event saw MJF get kicked out of the Inner Circle, but then he revealed that he had a group of his own with Wardlow, Shawn Spears and FTR with Tully Blanchard. That should set the stage for MJF’s group against Inner Circle in what could be a WarGames style match down the road. It will also freshen up the Inner Circle stable by making them faces, so we’ll see how Jericho does in the face role in AEW.

Best match of the night was Rey Fenix facing Matt Jackson. They worked well together, it was a competitive match and Fenix continues to impress. Every time Fenix is in a singles match he’s usually going to end up as one of the stars of the night. I liked Darby Allin’s TNT Title match with Scorpio Sky, who turned heel after the loss. That’s more of a typical heel turn where a guy is frustrated after losing a match.

I thought the Revolution “explosion” explanations by the likes of Jon Moxley, Eddie Kingston, Kenny Omega and Don Callis were decent enough. Moxley and Kingston joked about it while Callis said maybe that was their plan all along to make Moxley and Kingston look like fools while Omega mocked them. After that scene broke down, Christian Cage stepped up as Omega’s potential next AEW World Title challenger. That should be interesting although I’m sure some people might think it’s too soon for Christian. I don’t mind it. Why not? It’s fresh, so let’s see what they can do.

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