Welcome one and welcome all to the AEW Dynamite Review for Oct. 27th, 2021. It’s been an interesting past couple of days for your friendly neighborhood wrestling writer as he’s finally come to terms with the hierarchy of AEW shows. Wrestling is food – and I am always hungry – so, after the breakfast that was AEW Dark Elevation and the brunch of AEW Dark, it was time for the feast of AEW Dynamite, and oh, how I gorged myself.
AEW Dynamite is the best two hours of wrestling you can have on your televisual set – sorry Smackdown fans – and this week was no exception as the boys and girls of AEW put on yet another masterclass on how to cut promos and kick-ass. At this rate, I’m going to have to start reviewing WWE shows just so I can vent my spleen.
Promo Of The Week
MJF won the first-ever Sports Obsessive promo of the week and I predicted then that it wouldn’t be the last time we’d see him take home the (nonexistent) award, and he very nearly made it two for two. There just isn’t a better bastard in the whole of wrestling right now – and there’s an argument to be made that there’s never has been – and he was on fire here. He’s so good at what he does that I counted two real fans who were so infuriated by him just walking to the ring that they looked like they wanted to jump the barrier and attack him. Which would’ve been stupid, never do that, or you’ll find yourself on the end of a hellacious beatdown. But yet, no matter how much I laughed my ass off at this promo – and it was great to see Darby Allin and Sting clean house – it was when Cody Rhodes took to the mic that I knew there could only be one winner.
This wasn’t about setting up a feud with Andrade El Idolo or carrying on the one with Malaki Black, this was about a man speaking from his heart, and he had a few choice words to say. Outside of comparing Jim Cornette to Grandpa Simpson – old man yells at cloud, I fall about laughing – he addressed the fans and flat out told them that no matter what they did, they’d never turn him heel. They could cheer him or boo him – which nearly all of them decided to do – but he said that he’d never abuse his position within AEW and he’d never take the easy road. He was also quick to remind them that he is just as responsible for AEW existing today as anyone and perhaps they should be a little more grateful, leading me to believe that he read my review last week where I said the same. Though in reality, I very much doubt that, a guy can dream, can’t he?
This was a brilliant piece of mic work by The American Nightmare, letting everyone know that he understands that he’s not on the same level as his father or – in his opinion – his brother, but that he was going to keep on busting his hump for the ungrateful assholes in attendance, week in, week out.
Those are my words by the way, not his.
Bobby Fish vs. CM Punk
If you’d told me at the start of 2021 that this was the year we’d finally see CM Punk return to pro-wrestling, I’d have told you to stop living in the past. If you’d then tried to convince me that it would be for AEW and he’d have no problem being the opening match of the night, I probably would have had you committed. Yet, here we are with only a couple of months to go and I look dumber than an entire series of Ryback podcasts.
It’s almost as if Punk is going out of his way to prove to everyone that no matter what Big Vinnie and The Stamford Mob leaked to the press, he really isn’t that guy. He isn’t difficult to work with, he does care about the business, and he’ll do whatever the company wants him to do. And all he asks in return is that you treat him with the respect he deserves. Well, if that’s what it takes to have him put on top-quality matches, then long may it continue.
There might be a bit of snow in his beard, but The Best In The World once again proved that he hasn’t lost a step as he and Bobby Fish had a good old-fashioned scrap, and it was joyous. This was a hard-hitting affair – though as we shall see, not the hardest hitting of the night – and even though there was no chance in hell that Fish would be the one to end Punk’s winning run, AEW had invested enough in a short space of time for you to consider him a legitimate threat. That is, as long as you watch AEW Elevation and AEW Dark, or else you would’ve just thought he was there to take the pin. Which he eventually did, but not before the two had traded some vicious blows, submission locks, and kicks – with Fish concentrating on Punk’s leg to disable his GTS – which ended when The Voice Of The Voiceless connected with his finisher for the 1-2-3.
Winner: CM Punk
Bryce Donovan vs. MJF
This was over before it began. MJF extended his hand, Donovan was stupid enough to take it, and one heatseeker piledriver later, MJF pinned his opponent with one finger. But this wasn’t about the match, it was about the promo he cut afterward, and I seriously urge you to go check it out if you haven’t already. MJF comes off as the perfect bastard he is, Sting and Darby Allin return, and we’ve now got Allin vs. MJF at AEW: Full Gear. Sorted!
TNT Championship Match: Ethan Page vs. Sammy Guevara(c)
I’ve saved up my weekly AEW Dynamite swear allowance so far, and now I think it’s time I cashed it in. Just how f*cking good is Sammy Guevara? Every time I watch the Spanish God get between the ropes I am blown away by his performance. There seems to be nothing that this man can’t do. You want to brawl? Fine, he’ll hit you with some of the stiffest looking shots this side of Animal and Hawk. You want to mat wrestle? Not a problem, he’ll work over your limbs like Kurt F*cking Angle. You want to take to the air? Sure thing, he’ll fly higher than anyone and hit you with moves that you didn’t think were possible. It’s easy to see why Chris Jericho wanted to work with him, the guy has all the makings of a true legend in the business.
Ethan Page is no slouch either, and between the two of them they put on a hellacious bout, filled to the brim with ultra-violence and acrobatics that wouldn’t have been out of place in a Lucha Libre ring. Or outside of it either, as that’s where a vast majority of this match went down, including a shooting star press from Guevara to Page that has to be seen to be believed.
Sammy ultimately picked up the win – let’s face it, he was never leaving The Inner Circle – and in retaining his title he also gets to choose the other members of ATT that will be competing in the five vs. five match at AEW: Full Gear, which is going to be a Minneapolis Street Fight. Because they’re in Minneapolis, I guess?
Winner And Still TNT Champion: Sammy Guevara
TBS Women’s Title Tournament Match; Serena Deeb vs. Hikaru Shida
I love the fact that Serena Deeb is getting into it with Hikaru Shida, as she’s bringing out a side of the former AEW Women’s Champion that we’ve not really seen before. When the two face-off, Shida seems more vicious, nastier, almost as if she genuinely wants to hurt her opponent, and that’s A) the mark of two top-quality wrestlers and B) brilliant storytelling across the board.
This was a great fight and it saw both women try to murder the other right from the off. There were some brutal-looking moves laid in by both Deeb and Shida, including a couple of knees to Deeb’s face that would rattle anyone’s dentistry. It also looked for all and sundry as if the former would steal the win. She went to hit Shida with the trophy she carries everywhere, only for Shida to take it off her a contemplate doing the same. When she handed it off to the ref, Deeb poked her in the eye and rolled her up, only for Shida to reverse it for the victory.
This wasn’t the end of the story, however, as after the bell Deeb went loco and attacked Shida’s leg with a chair, doing quite the number on her foe before leaving her lying in the ring. This means that when Shida faces off against Nyla Rose she’s going to have one hell of a clipped wing, adding another level of adversity to her challenge to become the first TBS Women’s Champion.
Winner And Advancing To The Quarter-Finals: Hikaru Shida
AEW World Title Eliminator Tournament First Round Match: No. 10 Of The Dark Order vs. Jon Moxley
I have yet to go scurrying to the dirt sheets this morning, so I don’t actually know the answer to the question I am about to pose, but did Jon Moxley go rogue here? Or have I been worked so expertly that I shall now be known as Marky McMark Face from here on out?
As with Bobby Fish, AEW had spent some time building up No. 10 as a legitimate threat to Moxley, but that all went out the window the moment ‘Wild Thing’ hit and he made his way to the ring. I don’t know – so this is all guesswork on my part – but Mox legitimately did not seem happy. He almost threw a proper fan out of his way to get through the barricade, and then he proceeded to put a beating on No. 10 that was nothing short of assault.
He literally battered him from pillar to post, ripped his mask off so he could bite his face, cut him open so he bled like a stuck pig, no sold any offense that No. 10 attempted, then hit him with a Paradigm Shift before pinning him. It was almost one of those matches you watch from between your fingers, wincing as Moxley laid a world of hurt on No. 10.
On the way back through the crowd – having left a very dazed and blood-soaked No. 10 in the middle of the ring – I swear it looked as if Moxley was about to knock out another fan who had gotten in his way. As I said, I have no idea if this was a shoot or if I’ve just been played like a cheap violin, but Jon Moxley looked pissed and it seems as if No. 10 took the brunt of it.
Winner And Advancing To The Semi-Finals (Where I Genuinely Fear For Orange Cassidy’s Life): Jon Moxley
The Dark Order vs. The Elite
Goddamn, this was fun. My Fight of the Night and one that is guaranteed to have wrestling purists running to social media to rant about how AEW is killing the business, this eight-man tag was a riot from start to finish.
For a start, everyone was dressed up for Halloween. You had John Silver dressed as Rudolph, Stu Grayson dressed as Kratos, Colt Cabana dressed as Brandon Culter – spray cans and all – and Evil Uno dressed as a cowboy. Not to be outdone, The Elite entered the fray as The Ghostbusters, while the theme from the movie played, and were accompanied by Michael Nakazawa as a giant baby and ‘the real’ Brandon Cutler as The Stay Puft Marshmallow Man. It was hysterical and no doubt caused quite a few aneurysms among ‘real wrestling’ fans.
Those who hadn’t already had a conniption at the sight of grown men cosplaying would’ve exploded at the shenanigans, inside and outside of the ring, that went down. We had proton packs being used as weapons, Big Baby Splashes, Evil Uno riding around on Elite members as if they were horses, and an ending that saw the ref get Super Kilq Super Kicked out of his shoes, so they could reveal that it was actually Hangman Page in the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man costume, so he could put a world of hurt onto his former best friends.
Go on, rant away all you like, tell me how AEW and The Elite have stripped away the dignity of pro-wrestling and how it isn’t like it used to be, back in the day. I’m a student of the game. I might not be as knowledgeable as Cornette or our very own Chris Flackett on wrestling’s history, but I can hold my own and I’m learning day by day and I can tell you right now, you’re missing the point. The idea behind pro-wrestling – from year zero – was to put bums on seats. That’s what it’s there for. Making money, and if this little tag-team match has entertained even one person who has never thought about watching the sport before, then it’s done its job and AEW has brought one more customer into their fold.
It’s okay for you too not to like it, but don’t for one second think you have the right to tell others what they should find enjoyment in. You don’t, so just shut your mouth and know your role and scuttle back off to a time when men were men and women were grateful, you f*cking dinosaurs.