Welcome one and welcome all to the AEW Dynamite review for Nov. 10th, 2021. I went into this episode of AEW Dynamite feeling a little concerned. Not by anything that AEW had done up to this point – though, as we will see, there are reasons to be at least a tad suspicious of the product going forward – but because I’d already watched and reviewed RAW and NXT 2.0, and neither show had had me looking for something to gouge my eyes out.
Was it possible that I could go three for three? Would AEW Dynamite blow me away – as it’s done so many times – going into AEW: Full Gear, and have me chomping at the bit for this weekend’s PPV? Or would it fall short, making me question why the Wrestling God’s mock me so? To be honest with you, it was mostly the former, but there are elements slowly creeping into AEW that I’m not happy with.
There were four separate beatdowns on AEW Dynamite this week. Four. That’s edging close to WWE territory, and the worst thing is I was expecting each one. I have no problem when this trope is used every now and again, but to have this many happen in one show? Yeah, I’m watching you AEW, watching you a lot closer than I was last week when I warned you that I was watching you.
Bryan Danielson vs. Rocky Romero
Ever since this match had been advertised for AEW Dynamite, I had been salivating at the prospect of seeing these legends lock up. Here are two wrestlers who are respected by their peers and loved by the fans. Gladiators who will stop at nothing to entertain the masses, while putting on a pure exhibition of wrestling.
If you’ve been living under a rock for the last 20 years, then I could forgive you for not knowing who Rocky Romero is, but if you’ve been a productive member of society, then you have no excuses. He is one of the best technicians to ever lace up a set of boots. With over two decades of ring time under his belt – for some of the biggest promotions outside of the USA – he has earned his reputation among the greatest of all time, and alongside Danielson, put in a fantastic display that would’ve gotten my Fight of the Night Award, if it hadn’t been for the match that closed the show.
Romero and Danielson were like a finely tuned metronome, knowing that a match of this caliber needed to start slowly and build to a paced finished, and even though the latter would pick up the Big W with The Tequila Sunrise, I’m hoping and praying that this isn’t the last we see of the CHAOS member in an AEW Dynamite ring.
Winner: Bryan Danielson
Six-Woman Tag Match: Dr. Britt Baker, Rebel, and Jamie Hayter vs. Thunder Rosa, Anna Jay, and Tay Conti
I said a few weeks ago that I didn’t think that they’d take the AEW Women’s Championship off of Dr. Britt Baker D.M.D. yet, but after this ending, well, now I’m not sure. This was a very good tag match, that saw both sides get in enough spots to keep it ticking over nicely, but it was the finish that has spread some doubt in the Gray Household, heading into AEW: Full Gear this Saturday.
The Good Doctor was about to rush the ring to stop Tay Conti from hitting The Hammerlock DDT on Rebel when she froze. She then proceeded to get the hell out of Dodge, clutching her title, leaving her partner’s in crime laid out at ringside and dead center of the squared circle respectively. This took me by surprise. Since she teamed up with Rebel and Hayter, she’s been unstoppable, but this act of betrayal can only have sown seeds of distrust between the three. Will they have her back at AEW: Full Gear, or will they leave her to her fate, as Conti pins her to become the new AEW Women’s World Champion?
Not so cut and dried now, is it?
Winners: Thunder Rosa, Anna Jay, and Tay Conti
Jungle Boy vs. Anthony Bowens w/Max Caster
Bowens just keeps on impressing, doesn’t he? He might be picking up losses in these one-on-one contests, but he’s showing more than enough to lead me to believe that it won’t be too long before he steps away from The Acclaimed and has a very successful singles career. What this will mean for Max Caster – on the other hand – remains to be seen.
As for Jungle Boy, he’s rocking an unshaven look and is now at the point where I feel he needs to drop the gimmick and turn into a top-tier star. Look, I understand that people love this character, but for Jack Perry to be taken seriously as one of All Elite’s all elite, then he needs to step away from the Tarzan schtick, Jurassic Express, and crappy theme song – seriously, I remember when it originally came out and I hated it even back then – and embrace just being Jack Perry. Come on, would Stone Cold Steve Austin have been such a huge success if he’d stuck with The Ringmaster crap? No, of course he wouldn’t. And I think there’s more than enough about Perry for him to be at the upper echelons of Pro-Wrestling, he just needs to find something else that fits.
A very entertaining match between the two that saw Perry – as I think I’m going to refuse to call him Jungle Boy from here on out – pick up the win, was then marred by the second beatdown of the night – after American Top Team gave a kicking to The Inner Circle – which saw Bobby Fish go to work on Perry at the behest of his friend, Adam Cole (Bay Bay!). So, Undisputed Era reunion on the cards and Kyle O’Reilly to AEW confirmed then?
Damn it, I hate it when Grevas is right…
Winner: Jungle…nope…can’t do it…Jack Perry
Wardlow vs. Wheeler Yuta
I know that I use the expression ‘murdered’ a lot when I describe squash matches, but trust me, Wardlow straight-up murdered Wheeler Yuta here. He hit him with four Power Bombs in a row and looked so fired up that I thought his head was going to explode. I think this is because MJF took Shaun Spears to Vegas and didn’t invite the big man, meaning that when he gets tired of his ‘leader’s’ crap – probably this Saturday – then Maxwell and Spears better have their running shoes on, cause Wardlow’s gonna kill them.
After the match, Big Money Matt Hardy and his goons beat on Orange Cassidy – so that’s three so far – and I really didn’t care.
Tag Team Match: Lio Rush and Dante Martin vs. Matt Sydal and Lee Moriarty
This was a stupendous display of wrestling and was so high flying that I’m surprised that Indianapolis Air Traffic Control wasn’t on the phone complaining that the four men involved were interfering with the airport’s flight patterns. It was really that good and – what surprised me more than anything – was that there wasn’t a single heelish move unleashed by Lio Rush.
I’m firmly of the belief that Rush is using Martin and will either turn on him or – more than likely – turn him to the Darkside, yet this was as clear-cut a victory as you’re likely to see, when Martin hit The Double SpringBoard MoonSault under the direction of his new mentor. There were no shenanigans, no sucker punches or low blows, just four wrestlers putting on a show for everyone.
This story arc seems to be playing the long game – something which AEW does extremely well – so there’s no need to hurry to its conclusion. Just let The M.O.T.H weave his web of deceit and we shall see if he catches Martin in it.
Winners: Lio Rush and Dante Martin
The Bastard PAC vs, Dax Harwood w/Tully Blanchard
Before we get into the reasons why this was my Fight of the Night, let’s get the sh*t out of the way first, shall we? If Cash Wheeler, Andrade El Idolo, Malaki Black, Cody Rhodes, and The Lucha Brothers had been the only run-in/beatdown/brawl of the night, I would’ve been jumping out of my chair, hollering and a whopping like a redneck on crank. But it wasn’t. It was the fourth and it was coming off the back of three that had happened almost in a row. This is bull-honky and even though it’s not at Vince McMahon levels of bull-honky quite yet, if this keeps up then we are going to have a problem.
The match itself – on the other hand – was f*cking brutal. This is the kind of wrestling I live for. Two guys, in a ring, beating the living hell out of each other. PAC and Harwood really went to town, trading vicious chops – that left the latter bleeding from the chest – kicks stiffer than a week-old corpse, and hands up who thought PAC had killed his opponent when he hit a goddamn Brainbuster from the top turnbuckle? Yeah, me and all.
This was just brutal. An almost barbarous display by two incredibly talented wrestlers who seemed to go out of their way to kill each other. And I adored every second of it. If you’re only going to check out one bout from this week’s AEW Dynamite, then make sure it’s this.
Winner: The Bastard PAC
Please note: The reason that I haven’t gone into detail about the Kenny Omega and Hangman Page Contract Signing is that when I initially wrote this review, I’d forgotten all about it. But still, who cares about yet another beatdown when these two are gonna rock it in the ring?