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AEW Dynamite Review: Mar. 25

24 hours on from a very decent episode of AEW Dark, it was time for AEW Dynamite to see if it could build on the success of its sister show.

Sadly, this wouldn’t be Blood and Guts, something which we had all been waiting for with bated breath, but considering that the world is in lockdown at the moment, that was fully understandable. None the less, that didn’t mean that the company hadn’t promised a stellar show so when I sat down to view it this morning I did so with a great sense of anticipation.

At a time when wrestling is at a bare minimum, any in-ring action is greatly appreciated, so with all that in mind, let’s lace up our boots and head to the ring for the AEW Dynamite Review: Mar. 24 Edition.

Cody vs. Jimmy Havoc

Cody vs. Jimmy Havoc

Strange times make for strange bedfellows and this was about as strange as it gets.

Normally, I doubt we’d ever have seen Cody vs. Jimmy Havoc, but with everything that’s going on, there’s no real chance that AEW can book the shows as they would on a weekly basis. So, instead of The Elite vs The Inner Circle, we got this.

And it was alright.

It wasn’t something that would give Uncle Dave a 6-Star orgasm, but it was decent enough to start off proceedings and Cody did his best in putting Havoc over as a top talent. Maybe not in the tier of a Moxley or as a rising star like Darby Allen, but considering that Jimmy is a staple of AEW Dark, this did his profile no harm at all.

Cody would get the win, breaking Havoc’s 100% record in 2020, but The King of the Goths came out of this looking pretty solid.

Winner: Cody

Jake Roberts Camp Fire Promo

Jake Roberts Promo

After Cody’s win, Jake Roberts appeared to cut a brand new promo and it was, as you’d expect, awesome.

I’ve made no secret about how I consider The Snake the best promo man wrestling has ever seen and he was on top form here, challenging The Rhodes Family to come pay them a visit so they can get a contract signed and Archer can get to kicking ass in AEW.

This is obviously a set-up, but one that I have no doubt the Face element will fall for and I wouldn’t be surprised if it was Arn on the end of a serious beating next week.

This will rile Cody up, forcing his hand and putting him on a collision course with Archer and I have a sneaking suspicion that The American Nightmare will put his rival over in quite a spectacular fashion by letting him beat the hell out of him.

We shall see.

Kip Sabian vs. Darby Allin

Kip Sabian vs. Darby Allin

Having Cody on commentary this week was a very good idea, as he went out of his way to put over every single wrestler that stepped through the ropes.

He was on top form here, singing the praises of both Kip Sabian and Darby Allin as they put on a very entertaining bout, but he seemed to single out Penelope Ford for special praise. This filled my jaded wrestling heart with joy, as after she’d eaten the pin last week, I was worried that any push she deserved may not have been forthcoming.

Listening to Cody, I no longer have that worry.

The match itself was top notch with quite a lot of back and forth between the two that ended when Allin hit The Last Supper submission move before turning it into a pinfall.

But my take away from this match was that AEW is high on all three of the wrestlers involved here and, hopefully, we’ll see them get the rocket treatment at some point soon.

Winner: Darby Allin

Jake Hager

Jake Hager Squashes Chico Adams, Faces Off With Jon Moxley

There is no doubt that AEW has big plans for Jake Hager.

He’s been protected ever since he debuted as Chris Jericho’s new enforcer and it’s done him the world of good, washing away the Jack Swagger character and replacing him with a monster that hurts people for fun.

Unfortunately for Chico Adams, he was this week’s sacrifice.

Hager dispatched with him as quickly as he does most of his opponents, but as he stood mouthing off to the hard-cam, Jon Moxley walked out to the ring and after a face-off, the two would go at it, with Hager no-selling a Paradigm Shift.

This can only mean that Hager is going to be the one to dethrone Moxley. I can’t see any reason that they wouldn’t have these two feud over the title, considering that Le Champion has now, seemingly, moved on to The Broken One, and I think it would make great business sense to have Hager pick up the belt and Moxley chase him down for it.

Brodie Lee vs. QT Marshall

Brodie Lee vs. QT Marshall

Before Brodie Lee ran over QT Marshall in a manner you’d expect a debuting cult leader to do, we had a little vignette showing how he rules the Dark Order.

This was interesting, to say the least, but only because I swear that he was having a pop at Vince McMahon.

It seems to me that the non-wrestling Lee is basing his character on the Head of Titan Towers. First off, he made his followers wait until he had finished eating before he would allow them to touch their food, but it was how violently he reacted to a sneeze that convinced me this was a dig at Big Vinny.

With the Coronavirus in full flow, I could be reading too much into this, but we all know the legend of how Vince McMahon hates sneezing and Lee’s reaction here was just how I’d imagine his old boss would react towards anyone who dared to succumb to their bodily functions in his presence.

Coincidence? I think not.

Winner: Brodie Lee

Kenny Omega vs. Sammy Guevara

AAA Mega Championship: Kenny Omega vs. Sammy Guevara

It seems that Cody isn’t the only member of The Elite willing to put over other talent, as Kenny Omega did his part in this championship bout to make Sammy Guevara look like a real star.

That isn’t to say that The Spanish God needed carrying, far from it. If you’ve watched his rise through the ranks you’ll know that the company has big plans for Sammy Guevara, but that’s only because he deserves it.

This isn’t a case of favoritism for the sake of favoritism, this is favoritism based on just how godd*mn good he is.

He proved once again that he can hang with the big names, not just in AEW but in any wrestling organization, and even though he’d come up short I doubt it will be too long before we see Sammy Guevara with gold around his waist.

Winner And Still AAA Mega Champion: Kenny Omega

Chris Jericho/Matt Hardy Confrontation

Chris Jericho/Matt Hardy Confrontation

I have never, and I mean never, laughed as hard at a wrestling showdown as I did at this one.

It was f*cking brilliant.

From the moment that Le Champion insulted Vanguard One by saying;

…and I don’t like your political views all over social media”

I was laughing like a drain.

This was perfect, from its hokey special effect that had Matt bamf his was from the upper balcony to ringside, to The Broken one calling Jericho;

…a hole of the ass”

I can’t remember the last time I had so much fun with a face-off.

This is the moneymaker, the feud that will remove Jericho from the title picture but still keep him in the Main Event, and the WWE will end up kicking themselves when they see how this develops.

Le Champion is gold, Matt Hardy is gold, and this is going to be the battle of 2020.

Mark my words.

AEW Beer

Final Thoughts

With my vow to go easy on any promotion putting on a show in these hard times, you might think that I’ve gone easy on this week’s AEW Dynamite.

But I haven’t.

Outside of the Cody/Jimmy Havoc match having a couple of slips, the overall program was good, verging on great at times, and considering the extraordinary circumstances we find ourselves in at the moment, AEW is delivering a top-quality product under insane conditions.

You may agree with me, you may not, but if you want to discuss it more, or just need to vent in this strangest of times, you can find me here.

Pop by and say hello.

I’m going to finish up this review the way I’ve been finishing up everything I’ve been writing over the past couple of weeks and that’s by reminding you that during this crisis we all find ourselves in, don’t forget that you can play your part.

If you love wrestling then support those whose livelihoods are going to be affected by this outbreak. Head over to Twitter and say hello, buy their Merch, donate to the companies with Go Fund Me pages who are trying to raise the cash to put on no audience shows to keep their people in work and all of us entertained, because now is the time we need to stick together.

Look out for each other, spare a brother or sister a dime and, most importantly of all, stay safe, Wrestling Community.

Written by Neil Gray

The podcast master. The Old Metal Bar-Steward and Weekly Wrestling Ruminations are now available on Spotify and iTunes.

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