Another week, another delayed AEW Dynamite Review. I know, I know, and I apologize but it seems that my beloved Demon Child has decided that sleep is for the feeble and that Thursday’s are going to be when she decides to test this theory. Luckily, with the aid of fast forward and the wonders of the interwebs at my finger-tips, it hasn’t taken me very long to re-watch the whole thing, so with that in mind let’s lace-up our boots and head to the ring for the AEW Dynamite Review: Jan 29th.
Tag-Team Match: The Butcher And The Blade vs. The Young Bucks
After the show had opened up with a great back and forth between Jon Moxley and The Inner Circle, that ended with Moxley taking on 10 men until security pulled them apart, it was time for the opening match.
As you’d expect from all involved, it was pretty damn awesome.
I like The Butcher and The Blade. They’re a hard-hitting throwback that reminds me a lot of the Road Warriors in their hey-day and, if you hadn’ figured it out by now, I’m a complete mark for anything that is connected to The Elite, so The Bucks could come out and just stand there for 20 minutes and I’d probably lose my shit.
What I’m not a fan of, however, is what they’re doing with Allie a.k.a The Bunny.
Her final run with Impact as the dark version of herself was some of the most entertaining programming that the company had done in a long time, so when she signed with AEW, I had high hopes for her.
Which makes her relegation to valet even more confusing.
I know it means that she gets to work with her husband on a day to day basis and love is great and all that, but considering just how much the AEW Women’s Divison is struggling for talented wrestlers at the moment, then to take one of the best they have and put her in a managers role is just a complete waste.
I say Free The Allie and let her wrestle.
All that aside, the match was full of the juicy spots and moves you should have come to expect from the four men between the ropes and after Matt and Nick had gotten the win, The Butcher and The Blade set about decimating them as MJF, who’d paid them to hurt the Jackson boys, cheered them on.
Kenny Omega and Hangman Page would make the save which has set up what promises to be a show-stealing 8 Man Tag-Team match for next week that includes The Lucha Bros. to round out the numbers.
Winners: The Young Bucks
Nyla Rose vs. Big Swole
Considering that the accompanying picture to this entry was the only one I could find for this fight, well that should tell you all you need to know about where the AEW Women’s Division currently stands within the company.
They couldn’t even be bothered to put out a header for it.
It also makes my comment about wasting the talent they have even more poignant, which is a shame as this wasn’t that bad.
Big Swole got in a fair amount of offense, using her speed to nullify Nyla Rose’s strength early on, before getting flattened by a brutal looking spear, which was followed up by an equally brutal-looking power-bomb, to give Rose the win.
The worrying thing here is that for a show that’s been running nearly four months, it doesn’t seem that the company has progressed at all with the women on their roster.
Winner: Nyla Rose
Kip Sabian vs. Cody
The more I see Kip Sabian and Penelope Ford in action, the more I’m convinced that if AEW plays this right, they could have the best Power Couple in wrestling today on their hands.
Now, I know that might seem to contradict everything I said earlier about Allie being wasted as a valet, but the way these two work together is a thing of beauty.
In fact, Penelope managed to get under Arn Anderson’s skin so much that he got ejected from the match and what was the finishing touch, the coup d grace that pushed him over the edge?
She threw her shoe in the ring, distracting the ref so Sabian could kick out.
The loss of his manager/coach didn’t stop Cody from picking up the win and he displayed a kind of viciousness that we haven’t seen from The American Nightmare in quite a while, dropping Sabian with three Cross-Rhodes to get the 1-2-3.
So for that and the action that proceeded it, as well as Miss Ford just being exceptional, this is my pick for Fight of the Night.
Vince McMahon Bull-Honky Alert
I don’t get it?
Am I missing something?
Why is Britt Baker now the number one contender for the AEW Women’s championship?
I know that results are supposed to matter here and she is 8-5 overall as things currently stand but Awesome Kong is at 3-1 and she has a 1-0 record for 2020 compared to Baker’s 1-1.
So who would you rather see face Riho at Revolution?
A one-woman wrecking machine or someone who hasn’t exactly shined since her AEW debut?
Also, calling out Jim Ross for daring to cut away from your promo last week?
You should buy the guy a drink as that was more painful to watch than Shockmaster’s debut.
At least that was funny.
No, I have a sneaking suspicion that I know what’s going on here and it will do with Britt Baker joining forces with The Nightmare Collective to steal the title from Riho at the next PPV and drive one more nail into the coffin of AEW Women’s Division.
Tag-Team Match: SCU vs. TH2
I couldn’t find a picture to accompany this entry either, which should once again let you know what this was all about.
It wasn’t a bad match but only existed so that SCU could pick up a win and then the Dark Order could threaten Christopher Daniels, his family, and his friends.
I’m cautiously optimistic about how this storyline is going to go.
It could be must-see-TV or it could turn out that they’re just recycling that old Ministry of Darkness plot and this time it turns out that the Fallen Angel is the Higher Power…er…Exalted One.
6 Man Tag-Team Match: The Inner Circle vs. Private Party And Darby Allin
In a match where the outcome is an obvious one, there was no way the Inner Circle wasn’t going over here, the genius behind it is being able to make your opponents look strong.
I’m not the biggest fan of Private Party or Darby Allin but I came away from this bout with a better appreciation of those three men.
The Private Party has always struck me as a one-note record, but there’s no doubting that when given the correct opposition they can put on a hell of a show, as they did here.
As for Darby Allin, I didn’t get it, but as each week passes, I think I’m starting to.
His was the standout performance and he got a chance to hit all his moves, including an arm drag take-down that had so much height to hit, I’m surprised he didn’t smack his head on the roof.
He’d fall to the Judas Elbow, as so many before him have done, but with what he showed me here and the epic beatdown that he took after the bell, I’ll be damned if he isn’t growing on me.
One thing that annoyed me though was why it took Jon Moxley so long to run down to the ring to make the save.
Allin had been getting smacked silly by the Inner Circle for a good 5 minutes, including having his own skateboard thrust into his throat, before he decided to intervene.
What the f*ck was he doing?
Could he not find his baseball bat?
Was it locked away in a flight-case and he’d forgotten where he’d put the key?
That annoyance aside, this was a great way to end the show and kept everything simmering to the boil quite nicely.
I expect to see Allin in Moxley’s corner come Revolution after all of this.
Let’s just hope it doesn’t take him an hour to make his way to the ring, eh.
Winners: The Inner Circle
Alright, that might be a bit harsh.
This week’s AEW Dynamite did do a lot of good things, including an epic promo from The Bastard Pac that you should go check out if you haven’t yet, but it also took a few wrong turns and seemed to have more filler than killer.
The Flack, aka Christopher Flackett, was trying to explain to me just yesterday that the main problem behind AEW currently is the story-telling and even though I was prepared to boil him in oil for daring to question The Elite, I have to admit, he has a point.
With only two weeks to go until AEW Revolution, there’s not really any tangible reason for any of the matches, outside of MJF vs. Cody and Jericho vs. Moxley, to exist and that could prove to be a problem.
Hopefully, as they’re still a very young promotion, this is just teething trouble and over the next few months, we’ll see the quality of plots and feuds improve.
They’re still beating NXT in the rating war, so they’ve got the fan-base willing to stick by them through thick and thin, but unless business picks up there’s a very good chance that some of these will start fading away once the novelty of a new wrestling promotion has worn off.
And once fans start to wander, it’s always more difficult to get them back.