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AEW Dynamite Review: Mar 11

After this week’s AEW Dark left a distinctly average impression on me, it was down to the promotions more glamours and well-loved show, AEW Dynamite, to step up to the plate.

Could it put on a show that grabbed my attention?

Would The Elite finally implode?

Was there any chance that the Inner Circle might finally get their comeuppance?

Well, there’s only one way to find out.

It’s time to lace up our boots and head to the ring for the AEW Dynamite Review: Mar 11 Edition.

Cody vs. Ortiz

Cody vs. Ortiz

10 Count Rating: 6

Let’s start by putting the cat among the pigeons, but this just didn’t quite click for me.

This is a shame as both Cody and Ortiz have been on a roll lately. Cody has been in the form of his life, including putting MJF over at AEW Revolution, and Ortiz has been riding high alongside Santana as members of the Inner Circle, but for some reason, this just didn’t seem to get out of first gear.

This was in no small part down to the emergence of Jake Roberts and his new client Lance Archer during the opening stretch of this match.

I understand the booking here, Roberts threatened Cody’s position within AEW last week and this week he emerges with one of the hottest talents in the world right now, letting everyone know what’s going to happen.

That’s a feud between Archer and Cody that will see Cody put over another new, rising star, it’s just that doing it like this, during this bout, drew attention away from the in-ring action and made it hard for the two men involved to get into a groove.

That said, I can’t wait to see how this all unfolds over the coming weeks and I fully expect Archer to cost The Elite against the Inner Circle at Blood And Guts.

Winner: Cody

Nick Jackson Ass-Whupping

Nick Jackson Ass-Whupping

10 Count Rating: 7

Normally, I wouldn’t touch an injury angle with a ten-foot pole, preferring as I do to keep my reviews to in-ring action and promos, but this has me intrigued.

It seems as if they’re setting it up to write Nick off of TV for a while, or at least until after Blood And Guts, and I’m curious as to what the play is here.

Is he carrying a legitimate injury as certain other sites have been reporting, or is it because of the new arrival in his family?

And who’s going to step up and take his place?

The answer to the latter question is Dustin Rhodes, on the evidence of this week’s show, but the former, well, I have no idea.

Either way, it seems as if Nick will be missing from our screens for some time as they went all-in on this angle and it took up quite a chunk of air time as he was wheeled into the ambulance, while everyone acted concerned before Cody and Matt followed him to the hospital.

It really sold the seriousness of the situation, though I could’ve happily done without the fake blood, and worked pretty damn well.

Nyla Rose & Bea Priestley vs. Kris Statlander & Hikaru Shida

Tag-Team Match: Nyla Rose And Bea Priestley vs. Kris Statlander And Hikaru Shida

10 Count Rating: 7

Like a lot of people, I haven’t been kind to AEW Women’s Division, but this isn’t out of spite.

Instead, it’s out of a desire to see it succeed and to live up to the endless potential it has with all of the top quality wrestlers that fill out its ranks, but what we normally get is badly booked matches with little to no fluidity between the participants involved.

It’s almost as if they’ve got the brakes on and are being told to hold back, which is why, in my opinion, the AEW Women’s Division hasn’t caught fire yet.

Having said all that, this tag-team bout went a long way to adding some much-needed shine to the female branch of the company.

And I think a lot of that was to do with Bea Priestly.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m a huge Nyla Rose fan, have been saying for months now that Hikaru Shida should be getting a title shot, and have started to warm to Kris Statlander’s gimmick, but there’s just a certain something different about Yorkshire’s Finest.

She just oozes star quality, has already proved her worth time and again in STARDOM, and should be given serious consideration when AEW start talking about viable threats to Rose, as she proved here when she lay a beating on her tag-team partner after they picked up the 1-2-3, making it clear to everyone she wants a shot at the AEW Women’s World Championship.

And the “Call Me” gesture she made at The Champ when she left the ring was a touch of genius.

Winners: Nyla Rose And Bea Priestley

Christopher Daniels Promo

Christopher Daniels Promo

10 Count Rating: 7

This was both funny and brilliant.

Christopher Daniels mocked the Dark Order, pointed out that only Stu Grayson and Evil Uno seem to be benefiting from the group, challenged them to a fight, and generally took the pish.

It was hysterical and moved the feud on without any need for wedding cakes or dog food.

Good work, Fallen Angel.

MJF, The Butcher, The Blade vs. Jurassic Express

6 Man Tag-Team Match: MJF And The Butcher And The Blade vs. Jurassic Express

10 Count Rating: 7

Yet another pretty damn good match that once again allowed MJF to show why he’s the best bastard in the business today.

He really is on another level when it comes to getting everyone and their grandma to hate him, whether that’s in the ring, on social media, or at meet and greets, he’s on another level when it comes to pissing people off.

Teaming him up with The Butcher And The Blade is a very good idea, as here is a tag-team that is kind of spinning their wheels at the moment, waiting for the Elite program to be over before they can get pushed into the title picture again.

And as for the Jurassic Express, I’ve been blowing their horn for a fair few weeks now and hope that when the dust settles between the Bucks, Page, and Omega, they’re also allowed to make a claim for a shot at the belts.

Though let’s be honest here, it’s going to go to the Inner Circle next.

Winners: MJF And The Butcher And The Blade

Britt Baker/ Big Swole Promo

Britt Baker/ Big Swole Promo

10 Count Rating: 7

A good promo all-round that had me in stitches when Britt Baker insinuated everyone in the audience was the product of inbreeding.

After the horror show of her promo on the Jericho Cruise, Britt’s started to up her game and this was easily the best interview that she’s given in AEW.

Her braggadocious nature would bring out Big Swole and after the two had taken a dig at their respective others, Baker threw some coffee in Swole’s face and just like that, a new feud is born.

Death Triangle vs Joey Janela And Private Party

6 Man Tag-Team Match: Death Triangle vs Joey Janela And Private Party

10 Count Rating: 8

First off, this was a fantastic match.

All six men involved should automatically be given raises as a thank you for putting on the Fight of the Night. It was pretty much hell for leather from the off and there were so many fantastic spots, including a combination Gin And Juice/Death Valley Driver that has to be seen to be believed, that I was afraid to blink for fear of missing something.

It was a work of art.

Secondly, is there a chance we might be getting 6 Man Tag-Team Titles sooner rather than later?

It seems as if the signs are there, there’s a lot of talent that either performs in normal tag matches or the six-man variation each week that the logical step would be to introduce these belts to give more gold for AEW’s roster to chase.

Thirdly, is it me or is Death Triangle the kind of name you use when you’re playing a wrestling game and you’ve run out of decent monickers for your stables?

Winners: Death Triangle

Jon Moxley Promo

Jon Moxley Promo

10 Count Rating: 6

A pretty solid promo from the AEW Champion.

He had a sit down with JR, talked about how he was going to defeat the Inner Circle, put over Jake Hager’s strength, told Jericho and his boys to watch out, y’know, the usual promo stuff.

Not fire from Mr. Moxley but good enough.

Hangman Page

Tag-Team Match: Hangman Page And Mystery Partner vs. Chris Jericho And Sammy Guevara

10 Count Rating: 7

When is a mystery partner not a mystery partner?

Why, when its Dustin Rhodes, of course.

Now don’t get me wrong, I’m completely in love with this newer, freer Dustin Rhodes. Getting out of the WWE was the best thing he ever did and he’s going from strength to strength in AEW, but through-out this show, and in the week proceeding it, we were led to believe that the Hangman was going to surprise us all with a tag partner of epic proportions.

Even at the start of the show, he’d basically flipped off Matt Jackson again by informing him it wouldn’t be either of the Young Bucks as he needed someone he could trust, so I was really looking forward to seeing who he’d choose.

Then Nick got a kicking and Dustin said “It’s me, you’ve got no choice”

It was a tad anti-climatic.

The match was pretty damn good though, everyone did their thing and Page and Rhodes got the win after a vicious looking Buckshot put down Sammy Guevara, but these post-match beatings are starting to get a little bit repetitive and boring.

The Inner Circle storm the ring, the Elite come out one at a time, for some damn reason, and it ends with Jericho and his crew standing tall as they’re not stupid and fight in numbers.

Having Matt Jackson save Hangman Page by beaming everyone with a chair he could get near was a great touch, as was having him flip the bird in Page’s face, but having the show end with a gloating Inner Circle each week is starting to feel a little stale.

Maybe it’s time to shake things up.

Winners: Hangman Page And Dustin Rhodes

Page Beer

Final Thoughts

Last week’s episode of AEW Dynamite only scored a 6 out of 10 from me, overall, so I was hoping that it had just been a glitch in the Matrix and nothing to worry about.

I’m happy to report that that is exactly what it seemed to be.

This week’s show was pretty damn good, with one truly awesome fight thrown in for good measure, and though there was a couple of, is missteps too harsh, moments that just didn’t really get going such as Cody’s opening match and Moxley’s promo, it was great to see AEW do what it does so well, put on a wrestling show.

With AEW Blood And Guts only a couple of weeks away, I expect next Wednesday’s show to be absolutely fricking insane, and the way they continued on with the relevant feuds here was more than enough to have me eager to tune in to see what happens.

I’m warning you now though AEW, you keep sending your Baby-Faces out to the ring one at a time like cannon fodder, I’m gonna start docking points.

Sort that crap out.

10 Count Overall Rating: 7

 

 

 

Neil Gray

Written by Neil Gray

The Undisputed Sports Obsessive One Man Wrestling Writing Machine. He is The Gray and he is 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 damn good.

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