After AEW Revolution blew us all away and gave me my first ever Predictions Showdown win, it was on to this week’s AEW Dynamite to see what the fall out would be.
Would Le Champion and the Inner Circle strike?
Would the Dark Order reveal Matt Hardy as the Exalted One?
Would Bray Wyatt show up, having jumped ship because he was tired of being buried?
Well, there’s only one way to find out.
It’s time to lace up our boots and head to the ring for the AEW Dynamite Review: Mar 4 Edition.
Jon Moxley/Chris Jericho Promo
10 Count Rating: 6
My knee-jerk reaction was to give this a 7 out of 10.
This was solely down to the fact that I’d become so invested in Moxley beating Jericho for the AEW World Championship that he could’ve come out to the ring, sat down, and read a book for 20 minutes and I’d have been happy to see him.
Luckily, common sense got the better of me and on reflection, it’s a solid 6 and nothing more.
It did just what it was meant to do, keep the feud between the two ticking over nicely.
Moxley said we were all champions, not just him, and Le Champion came out to tell us we all suck ass and he’d been cheated out of the title.
I have to admit that I was intrigued when he promised that if Moxley could walk out of the arena on his own two feet after their Main Event Tag-Team match that he’d leave AEW for 60 days, but as we shall see that was just a bit of the old false hope to get people hooked in for their match.
Eight-Man Tag-Team Match: SCU & Colt Cabana vs. Dark Order
10 Count Rating: 6
There wasn’t anything fundamentally wrong with this match, it just didn’t click for me in the way that I expected it to.
It was a decent enough way to start off the show, but considering the quality of matches that the Dark Order and SCU have put on lately, there was bound to be a time where it was more a swing and a miss than a home run and this was that time.
It was good to see Colt Cabana in an AEW ring, and he’d be the one to pick up the win for his team after he hit his superb Chicago Skyline followed up by the Superman, but overall it wasn’t of the standard that I was expecting.
Winners: SCU And Colt Cabana
Big Swole vs. Leva Bates
10 Count Rating: 5
I’m not really sure what purpose this served.
Sure enough, it kept Big Swole looking strong as she ran over Leva Bates in a squash match, but that was pretty much it. I thought that there might have been some interference or a face-off with Britt Baker as she was on commentary, but she couldn’t have even gotten comfortable in her seat before this was over.
It was very strange.
Winner: Big Swole
Cody/Jake Roberts Promo
10 Count Rating: 8
A wise man once told me, never turn your back on someone you respect or you fear”
And with that simple sentence, Jake Roberts ended the MJF/Cody feud, made me spit my morning coffee everywhere, and put the whole of AEW on notice that he was back and he was bringing a top-ranked villain with him.
It hadn’t started out this way. Cody had come to the ring to explain how he felt about his loss at AEW Revolution, not good, and to call out MJF to look him in the eye and tell him he won fair and square.
But it wasn’t our Maxwell that answered the challenge, instead, it was Jake The Snake Roberts and everyone lost their fricking minds.
You could tell as he walked down the ramp that this wasn’t going to be the Jake Roberts that’s appeared a couple of times in the WWE either, he looked all business, decked out in black and focused on Cody.
Stepping in the ring he told Cody that he was tired of his bitching and whining before warning him that he was there to take Cody’s slice of the AEW pie and would be bringing in someone who’d do just that, before dropping that devastating line I opened this with, turning his back on The Nightmare and leaving the ring.
If there was ever a better Heel in the whole of pro-wrestling than Jake Roberts I’ll be damned if I can think of them
Winners: Us, Seriously.
“The Bastard” PAC vs. Chuck Taylor
10 Count Rating: 6
It must’ve been the high altitude in Denver, but this was another that just didn’t deliver on its promise.
It was, like the earlier tag-match before it, solid enough but just didn’t seem to get out of first gear. PAC pretty much owned Chuck Taylor for the vast majority of this and would, obviously, pick up the win, but the aftermath would see the Lucha Bros. rush the ring to help “The Bastard” lay a beating on the Best Friends and Orange Cassidy.
It turns out that they’re now a faction called “Death Triangle”.
Yeah, my thoughts exactly, though the name does sound better in Mexican so let’s hope that’s how it’s pronounced from now on, and they put the locker room on notice, damn there was a lot of putting on notice this week, that they were coming for everyone.
Winner: “The Bastard” PAC
Jake Hager vs. QT Marshall
10 Count Rating: 6
This was a 4 out of 10 every day of the week, but the aftershow made up for it.
Hager came out and squashed Marshall, but after the match was over the Inner Circle lay a whupping on Rhodes after he tried to save QT from being chocked to death.
This would bring out Cody who’d get the same treatment as well as Matt Jackson and just when it looked bleak for the Faces, Hangman Page would stagger to the ring and lay a beating on those attacking his “friends”.
After he’d cleaned house he would finish his beer and when Matt Jackson asked if they were cool, he just flipped him off, left the ring, and took all the alcohol he was offered on the way back up the ramp.
Seriously, he had enough glasses and cans in his arms by the time he returned to the entrance to kill a rugby team and it made me laugh, and somewhat thirsty.
When the Young Bucks finally turn, I hope Page hands them their asses.
Winner: Jake Hager
10 Count Rating: 7
MJF proved that he’s the best at what he does in AEW and that he’ll be the next serious threat to the AEW World Championship in this simple promo.
He was in complete bastard mode, gloating over his win at AEW Revolution, before telling Moxley he was coming for the gold no matter who got in his way. He then complained it was hot, removed his jacket, and revealed a t-shirt that the AEW shop should be shipping by the truckload.
The future is bright for MJF and I’m all for it.
Tag-Team Match: Jon Moxley And Darby Allin vs. Chris Jericho And Sammy Guevara
10 Count Rating: 7
Normally, when a match starts out with a beat down like this one did I’d call bull-honky and rate it about a 3 or a 4, but I’ll be damned if I haven’t bought into Darby Allin, lock, stock, and two smoking barrels.
After the Inner Circle had taken Moxley out of the equation, it was down to Allin to take on Jericho and Guevara in a 2-on-1 Handicap Match and he tried his damndest.
In fact, he almost pulled it off on a couple of occasions, as well as making me laugh when he tagged himself in after taking a beating normally reserved for Good Ol’ J.R’s government mules, and even though the numbers game would over-power him in the end, he put in such a fantastic one-man performance that I’m completely sold on this character now.
Moxley would return to the arena after the bell, swinging a chair and getting the upper hand for a while, but again numbers will out, and he ended up getting Power-Bombed off the stage, through a table below.
This does mean that Le Champion doesn’t have to go on holiday for the next 60 days, but that’s fine by me, Moxley needs Jericho like Rum needs Ice.
Damn it, Hangman.
Now all I can think about is booze.
Winners: Chris Jericho And Sammy Guevara.
Like this week’s NXT, this episode of AEW Dynamite was very “Meh” overall.
Unlike NXT, however, I’m willing to chalk this up to the fact that they were in high altitude and not because they’re suffering from some kind of AEW Revolution hangover.
The problem here was that the promos on offer were better than the action in the ring, with both the Cody/Roberts one and the MJF segment easily being the highlights of the night, but this shouldn’t be anything to worry about as I feel that when next Wednesday rolls around, we’ll have a show worthy of the AEW Dynamite monicker.
Or it’s the beginning of the end.
(It’s not, but if I don’t put that in there then I’ll have WWE fans hounding me down across the internet to call me biased towards Indy Wrestling)