TJR: AEW Dynamite 09/16/20 Review

TJR: AEW Dynamite 09/16/20 Review

Welcome to another AEW Dynamite review here on TJRWrestling. We are closing in on one year of Dynamite episodes with last year’s debut taking place on October 2, 2019. The anniversary show will be October 14 with Jon Moxley defending the AEW World Title against Lance Archer. I also realized I have been numbering the episodes wrong of late because this is now episode 50, so I’ve been off for a few weeks. Anyway, it’s all good now. This show was taped last Thursday.

This is episode #50 of AEW Dynamite from Daily’s Place in Jacksonville, FL. Follow me on Twitter @johnreport. Here’s my AEW Dynamite TV review archive. Let’s get to it.

The intro video aired and I saw Miro in it, so that’s a nice addition. The pyro went off at Daily’s Place, wrestlers surrounded the ring as usual and there were some fans in the crowd at a distance. The announce team of Jim Ross, Tony Schiavone and Excalibur welcomed us to the show.

The Jurassic Express team were in the ring. The Young Bucks went out to the ring looking angry. Matt and Nick Jackson walked around the ring, then turned to the referee Mike Posey and hit him with a double superkick. Other referees ran out as the Young Bucks went to the back. They walked up to where AEW President Tony Khan was and threw a stack of bills at him as if they were paying another fine. When they walked by FTR backstage, FTR was laughing about it and FTR made their entrance as the champions for this non-title match.

Analysis: I guess they will follow up on the Being the Elite show featuring the Young Bucks. I don’t watch it because I think it’s lame, but more power to them. At least the Young Bucks have a storyline after one year in AEW instead of just random matches. They are now angry bucks because FTR manipulated Adam Page to cost Young Bucks the match in a gauntlet match a few months ago. Am I supposed to feel sad for them? The Young Bucks wrestle like two days per month at this point and they’re in the prime of their careers. Why aren’t they booked in more matches so they can pick up wins to earn a title shot? If that’s the AEW way then they should be asking to be put in matches. I don’t feel bad for them having to pay fines. They’ll be okay.

FTR (Cash Wheeler and Dax Harwood) (w/Tully Blanchard) vs. Jurassic Express (Luchasaurus and Jungle Boy) (w/Marko Stunt)

FTR made some quick tags while working on Jungle Boy’s arm with armbars. Jungle Boy hit dropkicks on both opponents. When Luchasaurus tagged in, Harwood retreated to his corner and brought in Wheeler while talking to their manager Tully Blanchard. FTR did a ref distraction setup leading to a double team move, but then Luchasaurus hit clotheslines. Harwood jumped off the ropes, right into a slam from Luchasaurus. Body slam by Luchasaurus and then Boy hit a senton off the top for two. FTR took down Boy, but then Boy hit a double team headscissors takeover, then a leapfrog by Boy, but Wheeler caught him with a powerslam. Harwood was back in with a snap suplex along with a leg drop for two. Wheeler back in as Harwood slammed Boy onto Wheeler’s thigh for a two count. Wheeler with an abdominal stretch, Boy wasn’t able to break free and FTR hit a double team front suplex with Harwood getting a two count. Wheeler missed a dropkick when Boy moved, Harwood back in with a tag and Boy hit him with a clothesline. Luchasaurus got the hot tag (they did a nice job of setting that up) and was on fire with chops, a pump kick and a running double clothesline. Luchasaurus slammed Wheeler onto Harwood and Luchasaurus hit a Chokeslam on Wheeler followed by a moonsault for two. The announcers are shocked that a move that never wins didn’t win this match. Harwood saved Wheeler from a corner attack, Luchasaurus hit the turnbuckle and then Boy tagged back in. Luchasaurus with two kicks to the head, a spin kick to Harwood and Boy with a running clothesline to the back of the head for two. Boy countered a slam into a cover when he landed on top. Harwood with a belly to back suplex on Boy. Wheeler was back in, he tried a powerslam and Boy got a cradle for two. Boy with a jumping knee to the head of Wheeler and then a cradle hooking the arms for two. Boy with a front roll into a pin attempt for two. Boy hit a boot to the bead, then up top with a cross body block and Harwood/Boy each got two counts. Luchasaurus no sold shots from Wheeler and Harwood hit Luchasaurus in the back to knock him out of the ring. Boy with another rollup on Harwood and an inside cradle for two. Luchasaurus went for a diving attack on the floor, Wheeler moved and Luchasaurus went crashing on a bunch of wrestlers on the floor. Wheeler saved Harwood from a pin attempt, then Harwood was on top and Wheeler held his partner’s hand (the referee couldn’t see it) to cheat for the pinfall win after 12 minutes.

Winners by pinfall: FTR (Cash Wheeler and Dax Harwood)

Analysis: ***1/2 This was a very good tag team match with a lot of nearfalls with Jungle Boy continuing to go for nearfalls throughout the match and came close, but heel FTR cheating found a way to win. What helps a match like this is that FTR is one of the few AEW teams that actually follows tag team rules, so that’s why you can build up to hot tags to Luchasaurus and pick up the pace from there. Jungle Boy is one of the most impressive young talents in AEW and I continue to be amazed at how skilled he is even in his early 20s. FTR remains undefeated because AEW rarely books champions to lose non-title, which is the right way to book champions. FTR is my favorite AEW tag team by far.

Was FTR Able to Defeat the Jurassic Express? | AEW Dynamite, 9/16/20

The announcers went over the card while noting the Parking Lot Fight between Best Friends and Santana/Ortiz is the main event.

There was a backstage scene where Matt Hardy was down grabbing his right knee. The Private Party guys were there with Alex Marvez saying they showed with Hardy out on the ground. Some AEW medical persona was there checking on Matt. Chris Jericho and Jake Hager showed up with Chris holding his basement bat and they laughed at Matt on the ground. That would suggest that Inner Circle had something to do wit the attack since they face Private Party later.

(Commercial)

Kenny Omega was on commentary for the next match since his former tag team championship partner is in a singles match. Omega made it clear he wants to be a singles competitor while Schiavone noted that Page, in an interview last week, wanted to keep teaming with Omega, so there was a bit of a conflict there.

“Hangman” Adam Page vs. Frankie Kazarian

Kazarian was in control a bit early with a sunset flip for two followed by a headlock. Kazarian with a knee to the ribs, Page with a shoulder tackle and a body slam. Page and Kazarian exchanged chops leading to Page hitting a snap suplex. Kazarian with some hard strikes to the face, then Page sent Kazarian to the apron and hit a springboard clothesline on the apron. Page hit a slingshot plancha over the top onto Kazarian on the floor. Page was staring at Omega after he did that move.

(Commercial)

The match returned as they were exchanging forearms, Kazarian charged with a running forearm and Page did the same thing to him. They did a double clothesline spot twice, Kazarian with a German Suplex, Page landed on his feet and Page hit a running clothesline. Page with forearms, Kazarian with the boot up, he jumped off the ropes and Page caught him with a fallaway slam. Page went off the ropes with a standing Shooting Star Press for two. Kazarian avoided a springboard clothesline and jumped over the top with a DDT for two count. Nice nearfall there. Kazarian with a backslide pin for two, Kazarian managed to get out of a backslide attempt and hit an Unprettier for two. Page was able to hit a sliding lariat, then he lifted up Kazarian hit a pumphandle into a Death Valley Driver slam for a two count. Kazarian sent Page to the apron, then a slingshot that launched Page and hit a Cutter for a two count. That was a great nearfall right there. Kazarian with a body slam, Kazarian went for a springboard attack and Page caught him leading to a sitout Powerbomb for two. The fans chanted “this is awesome” for them. They battled on the floor with Page hitting a clothesline into the guard rail. Kazarian with a back elbow, he went for a leg drop, Page held onto the ropes and Page hit the Buckshot Lariat for the pinfall win after about 14 minutes. Really cool finish to the match.

Winner by pinfall: “Hangman” Adam Page

Analysis: ***3/4 This was great as I expected from two talented wrestlers that told a nice story with a lot of believable nearfalls for both guys. Going into it, I figured Page would win since he’s got a bright future as a singles guy, but it was so competitive that it looked like Kazarian might win too.  I didn’t really think Frankie would win, but it was done in such a way that it worked and Frankie did his job well as the veteran that put up a fight that came up short while the future main eventer Page looked impressive in getting the win. The finish was set up well with Page avoiding a leg drop to the head, then they timed it well and hit the Buckshot Lariat for the victory. I’m all for the Adam Page singles push even though he’s in a conflicted state and could go in a number of different directions as a character.

Was Hangman Able to Pick Up a Singles Win? | AEW Dynamite, 9/16/20

After the match, Omega walked to the back while Page celebrated the win. Page looked over for Omega, but he had already walked to the back. Page called for a beer, so he drank some of the beer and that was it.

A short video package aired about the rivalry between Best Friends and Santana/Ortiz over the last few months.

Maxwell Jacob Friedman entered with Wardlow with MJF holding a record of 8-1 in 2020.

(Commercial)

Maxwell Jacob Friedman (w/Wardlow) vs. Shawn Dean

MJF did a poke to the eye and the Salt of the Earth armbar for the tapout win after about 10 seconds.

Winner by submission: MJF

Analysis: No rating for this match of the year contender.

MJF did a post match promo saying he was a very honest man with fans chanting “no he’s not” at him. MJF said that Jon Moxley cheated at All Out and right now MJF should be undefeated while adding he should be the AEW World Champion. Fans chanted “you’re a loser” at MJF. MJF said that since he should be undefeated, you are to refer to him as MJF the undefeated, undisputed, uncrowned World Champions of All Elite Wrestling. MJF demanded that Justin Roberts announce his new title to the whole world. MJF made sure he announced it with some enthusiasm, so Justin did it. MJF said that it’s very clear that he’s never going to get a fair shake around here. MJF said it’s almost like you have to be part of a group while adding it’s almost like there’s always a new group in AEW. MJF said that he’s a lone wolf, but maybe he needs to join a wolfpack. MJF said it doesn’t matter what he does because he’s still better than you and you know it.

Analysis: It was the usual MJF promo showing cockiness. I was having Shane McMahon “Best in the World” flashbacks during his most recent heel run when he made Roberts announce him in a specific way. MJF is also a ripoff of Jericho from about ten years ago with the scarf gimmick too. I like him a lot, but he needs to be more original. MJF teasing the idea of joining a group or starting a group could be interesting.

There was a video with Taz talking about Ricky Starks’ signature moves to put over how dangerous he is.

Let’s Hear from Eddie Kingston and Friends

Eddie Kingston was in the ring with his buddies Pentagon, Fenix, The Butcher and The Blade. Kingston said he never lost the battle royal. Kingston said they’re a family, not a stable or a faction. Kingston said that they are a family of violence, so they get violent because they’re agents of chaos. Butcher and Blade went after some of the wrestlers in the crowd. Pentagon and Fenix hit a double team slam on a guy. Butcher and Blade hit a double team belly to back suplex. Butcher hit a suplex on a guy onto the knees of Blade. That was followed by a double foot stomp off the top by Fenix. Eddie: “That was hilarious.” The group cleared the ring. Kingston said that Fenix is ready, his best friend Pentagon is ready and Butcher/Blade are ready, but…here’s the third point. Kingston told Blade to get his house in order with Blade nodding his head at him as if he was agreeing with it. The group posed together.

Analysis: It is yet another AEW stable with a great talker in Kingston delivering another solid promo. The “house in order” line is likely a reference to Blade’s wife Allie managing QT Marshall, so maybe these guys will be going after Dustin Rhodes and QT Marshall in the near future. Fenix and Pentagon should be pushed more in the tag team division. I’d like to see them holding gold within a few months.

(Commercial)

Private Party entered for their match without their veteran adviser Matt Hardy joining them since Matt was attacked earlier. The “Demo God” Chris Jericho and Jake Hager entered as the opponents. They are going for the tag team titles based on Jericho’s promo last week. A lot of crowd singing of Jericho’s “Judas” song, which is always fun to see.

Chris Jericho and Jake Hager vs. Private Party (Marq Quen and Isaiah Kassidy)

Quen used his quicks to hook Hager with the feet and Kassidy knocked Hager out of the ring. Jericho to the apron with Quen jumping up with a kick to knock Jericho out of the ring. Private Party each hit suicide dives onto Jericho and Hager on opposite sides of the ring. Back in the ring, Kassidy with a senton splash on Hager. Double suplex by Private Party on Hager for a two count. Hager broke free with a boot to the face of Quen as the heels took control. Jericho with a running forearm to Quen followed by a belly to back suplex for two. Hager worked over Quen with punches to keep him in the heel corner. Quen with a boot to the face and then a missile dropkick off the middle ropes. Kassidy got the tag against Jericho with a dropkick and a moonsault press onto a standing Jericho for two. Kassidy with a forearm to the face and Hager hit Kassidy in the legs with the baseball bat while the referee was looking at Jericho. Jericho kicked Kassidy to the floor as the show went to a break.

(Commercial)

The heels remained in control as Hager grabbed a chinlock on Kassidy to wear him down. Kassidy tried to fight his way out of the corner, but Hager slammed him down and Hager punched Quen off the apron. Quen saved his partner from being sent to the apron and Kassidy hit a DDT on Hager. Quen got the hot tag against Jericho with Quen hitting two clotheslines, an atomic drop, then dropkicks for both guys and a somersault dive onto Hager on the floor. Quen with a springboard cross body block on Jericho for a two count. Kassidy tagged in, he was still selling a sore back and a corner splash by Kassidy connected. Quen with a double foot stomp off the top into a neckbreaker for two. Hager lifted Kassidy into Jericho with Kassidy hitting a hurricanrana on Jericho, so Hager helped Kassidy do a move to Jericho. Strange. Anyway, Quen knocked Hager out of the ring and Kassidy got a two count on Jericho. Kassidy worked over Jericho with punches, Jericho went for the Judas Effect and Kassidy got a rollup for two. Kassidy hit a springboard Stunner with no cover attempt as Kassidy went up top. Kassidy went for a senton bomb off the top, Jericho moved, so Kassidy hit the mat hard while selling his back and Jericho hit the Judas Effect back elbow for the pinfall after 13 minutes.

Winners by pinfall: Chris Jericho and Jake Hager

Analysis: ***1/4 That was pretty good with Private Party getting plenty of offense, they nearly won a few times and then it was the predictable finish with Kassidy missing off the top, which led to the Judas Effect finisher. Kassidy did a nice job of selling the back injury. With that said, at no point in the match did I think Private Party might win, so that hurts some of it. Hager is fine in his role as the power guy on his team while Jericho did most of the work. I liked how it was booked.

Was Jericho and Hager able to Defeat Private Party? | AEW Dynamite, 9/16/20

Post match, Jericho worked over Kassidy with punches. Jericho slapped on the Walls of Jericho submission on Kassidy, who was tapping out. Quen hit a Pele Kick on Jericho to knock him down. Hager pulled Jericho out of the ring as the heels left as the winners.

(Commercial)

The announcers plugged a big match for next week’s show: Jon Moxley and Lance Archer in a six-man tag with partners of their choice and we would learn those partners later in the show. Moxley vs. Archer for the AEW World Title is on October 14.

The next match was for the NWA Women’s Title. AEW doesn’t know how to book a women’s division properly, so the NWA Women’s Title on the line. Good for NWA, but if AEW did better with their women’s division they wouldn’t have to bring in other people. Hikaru Shida, the AEW Women’s Champion, was watching from ringside.

NWA Women’s Championship: Thunder Rosa vs. Ivelisse (w/Diamante)

They were exchanging strikes early, Ivelisse with a headscissors and Rosa hit a dropkick. Rosa with an elbow strike and she got a nearfall. Diamante with a distraction, Ivelisse got out of a backslide attempt and hit a running knee to the face for two. Ivelisse kicked Rosa while on the floor.

(Commercial)

Ivelisse went for a kick, Rosa caught the leg and hit a dragon screw leg whip. Rosa hit a running clothesline, then she drove the knees to the ribs and Rosa hit a running dropkick. Ivelisse hit a Powerbomb for a two count. Rosa slapped on a Crossface style submission, but Ivelisse rolled into the ropes for the break. They exchanged forearms, Rosa got her on her shoulders and hit a Death Valley Driver for a two count. Ivelisse hit a rolling kick to the face for a two count. Ivelisse hit her version of a Tombstone Piledriver for the pinfall win after about nine minutes. JR called it an “outstanding match,” which is a major reach.

Winner by pinfall: Thunder Rosa

Analysis: **1/2 This was okay for the time given. Good strikes by both women during the match with some nice kicks and forearms. The Tombstone looked a bit shaky at first, but then in execution it was fine. There was no storyline going into the match, so it was hard to care about it. They furthered the storyline after the match.

Post match, Diamante attacked Rosa from behind and knocked her out of the ring. Shida went into the ring and knocked Diamante/Ivelisse out of the ring. Shida put the NWA Women’s Title on Rosa’s shoulder out of respect. Shida left.

Analysis: This set up next week’s match with Rosa and Shida teaming up against Ivelisse and Diamante.

A brief video was shown of Miro debuting as “The Best Man.”

There was a backstage scene with Kip Sabian talking while Miro was weightlifting with Penelope Ford in the background. Miro wanted to go in the ring to devour somebody and Sabian said that they had to do the other thing. Miro said he is “The Best Man” so he provides the best bachelor party ever. They kept on talking about nothing as it ended.

Analysis: I was disappointed by this. They mentioned Miro was going to be there to speak or something to that effect. Giving them one minute in a backstage segment isn’t enough after he debuted last week.

(Commercial)

Let’s Hear from Lance Archer with Jake Roberts

Lance Archer made his entrance, grabbed some random masked wrestler from the crowd sand slammed him on the floor. Archer gave the guy a Chokeslam. Jake Roberts said it was a proper ring entrance. Roberts said sometimes you need information, money and a way out. Roberts said that they need tag team partners for a six-man tag. Roberts called out Taz.

Taz made his entrance without his pair of wrestlers, the FTW Champion (the title that is never defended) Brian Cage and Ricky Starks. Taz said that they are excited and happy to do business with Archer and Roberts. Taz said that the trio of Starks, Cage and Archer is a deadly trio. Taz said there was a deal that when Archer wins the AEW World Title, he has to give a title shot to Brian Cage. Archer said that Taz and his boys are enemies of his enemy right now, so that makes them friendly. Archer said that when he puts Jon Moxley down, AEW will have a killer new champion. Archer didn’t care about Eddie Kingston not going over the top rope because Archer is going to go Godzilla on Daily’s Place.

The AEW World Champion Jon Moxley made his entrance as he stood in the crowd. Moxley had a microphone with him. Before Moxley could say anything, Ricky Starks and Brian Cage showed up to attack. A random security guy showed up, so Cage threw him away onto some nearby padding. Cage threw Moxley into some road case. Will Hobbs went running to Cage and hit Cage with the chair a few times, but Cage/Starks ran away. Moxley said that it’s a hell of a team.

Moxley said that his partner is “Oakland’s most violent” Will Hobbs, who is a new AEW signing with a lot of potential. Moxley called out his buddy Darby Allin saying he knew he was watching at home, but get to Jacksonville next week for a six-man tag.

The Monster and The Machine are Going to go Godzilla! | AEW Dynamite, 9/16/20

Analysis: Good segment overall with some nice promo work. That should be an interesting tag team match with Hobbs getting put in a big spot as a tag team partner of Moxley. I think they’ll book it where Archer gets the pin on Hobbs, but it will be after Hobbs looks good for most of the match.

Next week on AEW Dynamite:

* Lance Archer, Brian Cage and Ricky Starks vs. Jon Moxley, Will Hobbs and Darby Allin.

* Mr. Brodie Lee defends the TNT Championship against Orange Cassidy.

* Shida and Thunder Rosa vs. Ivelisse and Diamante.

* Chris Jericho will appear live. Next week’s show is live.

The main event is next.

(Commercial)

Chuck Taylor and Trent were standing in the parking lot with Justin Roberts doing the introductions. A referee was there as well.

Parking Lot Fight: Santana and Oritz vs. Best Friends (Trent and Chuck Taylor)

The only way to win is by pinfall, submission or surrender.

Santana and Ortiz had some white face paint on their faces. They were outside in the parking lot as they fought on the concrete with cars and trucks surrounding them. There were also wrestlers standing around to cheer them on. Santana worked over Taylor with chops, then Taylor sent Santana face first into a side mirror of a car. Trent slammed a car hood onto Ortiz repeatedly, which led to Chuck hitting a senton splash on the hood onto Ortiz and Trent did his own senton on the hood on Ortiz as well. That was unique. Trent and Taylor got a piece of plywood over the bed of the truck. Santana grabbed a baton that was hidden on a tier and he hit both opponents in the ribs. Santana gave Trent a catapult into the bottom of the truck and Santana was busted open. Ortiz threw a sledgehammer, Chuck moved and it broke a windshield. Taylor whipped Ortiz into a trash can. Ortiz hit a suplex onto the hood of a red car and Santana hit a splash on Taylor on the hood of the car for a two count. Trent avoided a Powerbomb on the cement and then gave Ortiz a Spear into a piece of plywood that was up against a car. It looked like Ortiz cut his elbow. Taylor gave Santana side slam onto the front of a small red car. Trent went for a DDT on the floor, Ortiz blocked it and hit him with a dustpan to the head. The dreaded dustpan! It sounded good, though. Taylor sent Santana into the silver car again and set up a barricade on the front of the silver car. Taylor blocked a suplex and Taylor suplexed Ortiz onto the barricade. Santana a hit Trent in the back with a piece of wood. The wood wasn’t that thick, but it sounded good. Trent went on the hood of a car with Ortiz, who hit Trent with a low blow. Ortiz hit Trent with a Powerbomb on the hood of the car. Santana and Ortiz gave Trent a double Powerbomb onto the windshield of the silver car! Ouch. That was brutal. It sounded bad and looked even worse. That was pretty crazy.

Taylor choked Santana with a pipe, Ortiz saved his partner and Taylor hit Ortiz with a board in the back. Santana gave Taylor a back body drop onto a trash can. JR claimed this was the most amazing street fight he can remember calling in his career. That’s not true if you count actual street fight matches (look at Triple H vs. Cactus Jack at Royal Rumble 2000), but the AEW announcers always try to pump up the current product as the best thing they’ve ever done. Anyway, Trent’s back was all bloody and Santana worked him over with wood shots to the back. Santana was trash talking Trent, he said a swear word and it was muted as Santana worked over Chuck with punches. Santana got a lead pipe, he was about to attack Taylor, but Orange Cassidy emerged from the trunk and hit Santana with the Orange Punch while having a steel chain around his fist. Taylor gave Santana a piledriver on the hood of a car, but you can tell from how they shot it that Santana didn’t come close to hitting the car. It’s the sell that matters. Trent had Ortiz hooked on his back on the back of a truck and jumped down onto the piece of plywood for the pinfall win on the bed of the truck. It went about 13 minutes.

Winners by pinfall: Best Friends (Trent and Chuck Taylor)

Analysis: ****1/4 This was awesome! It was fun to watch, very hard-hitting and they were creative the whole way. I give them a lot of credit for taking some big bumps throughout the match and making this fight feel personal. There wasn’t one guy that stood out the most, but I thought I thought Taylor, Trent, Ortiz and Santana worked very well together and delivered a memorable match that AEW fans are going to remember for a long time. I don’t think the spot with Orange Cassidy was needed because it made the babyfaces Best Friends look like they needed help to win and I would have rather seen them win in a more clean fashion without any help. The outcome made sense since this was built up for a few months with Best Friends as the faces, so they should have won. It’s not easy to have a match without the ring ropes and to have a fight in the parking lot. That’s why this deserves a lot of praise because it wasn’t just a match, it was a fight and it came off very well. Also, I saw Tony Khan tweet that they shot this match in one take and only edited the part where Santana swore, so again kudos to the wrestlers for doing an amazing job here.

Best Friends were the winners as they shared a hug. They walked over to a car in the parking lot where Trent’s mom Sue showed up to drive them away. That was funny to see and also fitting for the story of the match. Sue drove the guys away in her white van, then she stopped and gave a middle finger to the opponents. The announcers laughed as Sue drove away to end the show.

Analysis: Main event Sue! That was funny just based on the story with Sue being a part of it in the past. Feud over for now.

MUST SEE Santana and Ortiz vs Best Friends in a Parking Lot Fight | AEW Dynamite, 9/16/20

 

Three Stars of the Show

  1. Best Friends (Trent and Chuck Taylor)
  2. Santana/Ortiz
  3. Hangman Page and Frankie Kazarian

Yes, that’s more than three stars. Sometimes I go over the number.

 

The Scoreboard

This week: 8.5 (out of 10)

Last week: 6.5

2020 Average: 7.21

 

Final Thoughts

Great episode of Dynamite this week. I didn’t expect it based on the lineup going into it, but the Parking Lot Fight was outstanding and one of the better main events they’ve ever had on this show. Kudos to Best Friends and Santana/Ortiz on that match. It was really well done. There were some other great matches like Page/Kazarian, which I expected to be awesome and the opening tag as well with FTR cheating to beat Jurassic Express. I like heels that cheat to win! The Jericho/Hager tag team match win wasn’t as good as the others, but it got the job in terms of giving Private Party plenty of offense before losing. The women’s match was just okay. I think the match quality was significantly better this week compared to the last couple of weeks.

There wasn’t that much talking compared to last week, which had too much talking. I liked the setup for the six-man tag team match next week because when you build it a week in advance, it has more meaning than if it is just thrown together. I thought the follow up to Miro’s debut last week could have been a lot better. They promoted that he was going to “speak” and he was on the show for about 45 seconds. It could have been better. I also think AEW’s announcers should be less cheerleaders. I’d love a heel announcer there to counteract all of the cheerleading of the announcers, but I get why they do it that way.

This was one of the better episodes of Dynamite of the year. I went 8.5 out of 10 because of the match quality and it was easy to watch for two hours. I went 8.5 on August 2 as well and way back on February 19, so those are the three best episodes of the year based on my scores. Good job, AEW. Keep it going.

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