If you’ve read my review of NXT yesterday, you may have noticed that I was ill. It’s not like I banged on about it, much, but it was bad enough that this week’s AEW Dynamite: Jan 22nd Review had to be put back a day.
Mainly because I could taste time.
So here we are, 24 hours later, and I’ve finally gotten through the episode without being violently sick or blacking out and I’m ready to give you my thoughts and views on the show.
That’s right folks, it’s time to lace up our boots and head to the ring.
AEW Tag-Team Title Match: SCU vs. Kenny Omega And Adam Page
Short of all four competitors falling off the side of the ship before the match started, I was always going to give this a rave review.
And even if they had I probably would’ve given it a pretty decent one.
I’m a huge fan of SCU and have already ranted about how Frankie Kazarian should be considered whenever there’s a discussion on the G.O.A.T, but Scorpio Sky is no slouch between the ropes either.
Then there’s Kenny Omega, a man I consider to be one of the best in the business today, and his reluctant tag-team partner, Hangman Page.
I love what they’re doing with Page here.
If you follow Being The Elite on YouTube then you’ll know that the Hangman isn’t happy with his lot in life. He feels that his friends are never there when he needs them and there’s a very good chance that this will lead to a heel turn somewhere down the line.
The only problem with this is, that he’s right.
The sensible play here would be for him to be seen as the babyface in all this and The Young Bucks, and possibly Omega, to take the stand of villains in the piece. Otherwise, we’re heading into The Miz territory, where his justifiable actions have been used to make him look like an asshole.
Hopefully, everyone involved sees this could happen and acts accordingly.
As for the fight itself, not one person put a foot wrong here.
It was built to perfection, with a slow build that culminated in the kind of frantic action, including near pins and signature moves from everyone involved, that’d you expect from wrestlers who truly are at the top of their game.
In the end, Hangman Page hit Kaz with the Buckshot and got the 1-2-3 for the win, meaning we have brand new AEW Tag-Team Champions and I can fanboy out for at least seven more days.
Winners And New AEW Tag-Team Champions: Kenny Omega And Hangman Page
Dr. Britt Baker D.M.D vs. Priscilla Kelly
Oh boy, this was bad.
I mean really bad.
Just when it started to look as if AEW was starting to get a grip on their women’s division they take two steps back by putting this garbage on.
At first, I was going to lay the blame at Priscilla Kelly’s doorstep. She looked completely out of her depth here and didn’t seem to have the requisite ring knowledge, or ability, to be on an AEW house show, let alone their flagship one on TNT.
She was slow, badly timed her moves, and looked about as threatening as a puppy in a tutu so when Britt Baker picked up the win, I was going to chalk it down to her lack of experience and just move on.
And then we had Britt’s promo after the bell.
What the hell was that?
Is she a face? Is she a heel?
What purpose did this serve?
It was so bad that J.R said;
Let’s cut to commercial to get out of this”
Normally I’d be mad as hell to have TNT try to flog me stuff while I’m trying to watch my wrazzlin’ but for once I was glad to be reminded I need life insurance as this was more painful than having Britt Baker try to pull my wisdom without anesthetic.
Winner: Dr. Britt Baker D.M.D
6 Man Tag-Team Match: Jurassic Express vs. The Inner Circle
Thank God for this 6 Man Tag or that Britt Baker match could’ve killed this week’s AEW Dynamite in its tracks.
It was only a couple of days ago I was stating that Jurassic Express should have the tag-team belts strapped to them as soon as possible and I saw nothing here to change my mind.
I do feel, however, that Santana and Ortiz might have something to say about that.
I’ve been a fan of these two since their time in Impact as the new LAX and I can see them having a huge run here in AEW, especially now that Page and Omega have the titles.
With Chris Jericho by their side, and The Inner Circle being the dominant heel stable within the organization, I’d be stunned if they didn’t take the belts sooner rather than later, but considering how well they worked with Jurassic Express here, then that’s the follow-up feud that has money written all over it.
The Inner Circle would pick up the win here, obviously, after Y2J hit Marko Stunt with the Judas Elbow, but if this is just a taste of things to come between the factions, then sit me at the dinner table and make mine a double-double.
Winners: The Inner Circle
Vince McMahon Bull-Honky Alert
This should in no way reflect on MJF or Joey Janela here, as they were putting on a very decent bout.
MJF has to be in with a shout as the best bad guy in the business today and the way he went about his work here, was old school heel to the max and I loved every second of it.
As for Joey Janela, the guy is just great fun to watch whenever he’s in the squared circle.
No, the reason that this gets the Vince McMahon Bull-Honky Award is because of something J.R said;
Who would’ve thought that Penlope and Sabian were gonna walk out here?”
Er…f*cking everybody did, Jim.
I get that they need to keep all the characters involved looking strong but the way this match was going, MJF could’ve cheated to win and both him and Janela would’ve walked away in a much better place.
Instead, we got the usual “Oh look, it’s my rival, allow me to get distracted just long enough for you to counter my next move and defeat me” shit that makes it seem that the loser is just that, a f*cking loser.
I hate this crap, with a passion, and the only reason I didn’t end up putting my foot through the TV was because of the showdown between MJF and Cody that followed.
It was great, but not even MJF taking a surprise trip into the onboard swimming pool could remove the taste of Vince McMahon Bull-Honky that had already filled my phlegm-filled throat.
Loser: My Patience With This Kind Of Rubbish
#1 Contenders Match For The AEW World Title: The Bastard Pac vs. Jon Moxley
I had been psyched for this match between The Bastard and Moxley ever since it was made official last week.
There is always a chance when you’re as hyped for something as I was for this that it can end up being a huge letdown, but both Pac and Jon Moxley delivered a war of epic proportions.
It was brutal, a word I use a lot when describing ultra-violence, and saw The Bastard focus on Moxley’s damaged eye throughout, while Chris Jericho sat on commentary telling everyone and their auntie that the former Dean Ambrose had brought it all on himself.
The match would end with an almost blind Jon Moxley, his injured eye exposed, grasping around the ring for Pac before dropping him with not one, but two Paradigm Shift DDT’s to claim victory and set up the title match we all want between himself and Le Champion for the upcoming AEW Revolution PPV.
The best part about this whole scenario is that they remembered that The Inner Circle had almost gouged Moxley’s eyeball from its socket last week, and used it to great effect.
Y’know, by continuing on a story that made sense.
This might be alien to people who only ever watch the WWE but there are companies out there who like to have a thread of continuity running through their shows.
Also, just how over is Jon Moxley right now?
Here’s a guy who left the biggest company on Earth as he was sick and tired of the way he was being handled and is now raking in the money and the adoration of wrestling fans across the globe.
Proving that you don’t need to sit and rot, there is a way out.
Winner And New #1 Contender: Jon Moxley
This was a well-put-together, tight show that delivered on nearly every front, as AEW seem to be able to do each week without a thought.
The MJF/Janela match deserved better but, overall, I loved this week’s episode of Dynamite.
That said, no matter how much Kenny Omega might defend it with a passion, the women’s division is in serious trouble.
It had started to look as they might be turning it around but this match between Baker and Kelly was so bad that it’s put the whole division back about five years.
I think the problem here is that WWE has the best female wrestlers in the world at the moment, and The IIconics, so it’s hard for any other company to get the quality through the door that they need.
After all, if Triple H or Vinnie Mac come knocking then you’re going to want to test your skills against the likes of Lynch, Flair, Ripley, and Baszler, so you’ll always take their dollar over everyone else’s.
This needs to change but if your opposition is hoovering up the best of the best, then what do you do?
The sensible move would be to start working with some of the female-based promotions that are out there currently.
I’m a huge fan of Glimmer and Stardom, for example, both organizations that I think could have a good working relationship with AEW that would benefit all involved.
And there’s always the chance that now that Marty Scurll is rumored to have more pull behind the scenes of ROH, we could see the Women of Honor start to pop up in AEW.
But the fact remains that they need to do something, and they need to do it soon, before their women’s division is so badly damaged that nobody wants to work for them.