Reviews by Dave
By David E Houston II
Show air date: November 3, 2021
As a whole, I thought AEW Dynamite was pretty good. They have gotten the backstage promos/vignettes thing down pat.
Kenny Omega defeated Alan “V” Angels
While I immediately thought they should have promoted their world champion wrestling this week better than they did, the match with Kenny Omega and Alan Angels was good. Commentary was great with the callback to their match from two summers ago and it wasn’t too long so Angels wasn’t overly competitive.
Omega’s Full Gear world title challenger, Adam “Hangman” Page, came out to stop Omega from beating on his Dark Order ally any further. Good segment, also not too long.
Ominous promo from Malakai Black. Hm.
Putting Work to the Side for a Minute
Loved CM Punk putting the work to the side for a minute and respecting Jon Moxley. Then he got to work, and I am ready for him to fight Eddie Kingston whenever.
“God’s Forsaken Champion” Miro killed another promo. Dude is amazing.
A Classic ConChairto
I thought the segment with the SuperKliq and Jurassic Express and Christian Cage was pretty good. The SuperKliq has won all of these matches or close to it so this was a good way to get some heat back for the faces, ending in Cage hitting a classic Conchairto on Adam Cole.
Good promotional vignette for the Ruby Soho-Kris Statlander TBS Women’s title tournament match. Both women came across really well. They should let Statlander speak more often.
FTR defeated Samuray del Sol and Aerostar
AAA tag champions FTR–Cash Wheeler and Dax Harwood with Tully Blanchard–successfully defended their titles against the debuting Samuray del Sol (formerly Kalisto from WWE) and Aerostar. Good match with FTR relying on their superior power and old school heel tactics to overcome the faster Lucha team.
Nice backstage segment with Hikaru Shida and her TBS tournament opponent, “The Native Beast” Nyla Rose (with Vickie Guerrero). Rose was really good here, but I hope they don’t forget about Shida’s feud with Serena Deeb.
I was good on the whole Inner Circle-American Top Team/Men of the Year deal. Get to the Bastdamn matches. Two non-wrestlers and a non-athlete in a match. FF.
Nice backstage segment with a tag match set up for Lio Rush and Dante Martin vs Matt Sydal and recent acquisition, Lee Moriarty. Sydal back there looking like those guy’s AAU coach.
Jamie Hayter defeated Anna Jay
Jamie Hayter, accompanied by Women’s champion Dr. Britt Baker D.M.D. and Rebel, beat Anna Jay to advance to the next round of the TBS tournament. It was okay. Then they jammed in a lot as Tay Conti–the Full Gear challenger for Baker’s Women’s title– came down to save Jay from a beatdown, got overwhelmed, and then saved by a returning Thunder Rosa.
Short and good promo from Jade Cargill and Smart Mark.
Made MJF Look Like a Real Fighter
Forget the talking–same shit, different day with MJF–everything after Sting coming out was pretty good. It made MJF look like a real fighter when he didn’t wait for Darby Allin to come to him but hopped the rail to start the fight. Real top heels have to be tough too, even if they lose the fight, they have to engage.
Andrade El Idolo defeated Cody Rhodes
Andrade El Idolo beat Cody Rhodes in their first-ever meeting. Very good match. Andrade got a little help from FTR, which felt odd since he beat up Chavo Guerrero for helping him against PAC a few weeks ago. Hot angle with Arn Anderson and his former tag partner, Tully Blanchard facing off and the Lucha Bros–AEW world tag champs Penta and Fenix–running down to help Cody and Arn.
Nice John Silver promo for his upcoming match with Adam Cole.
Also a good vignette for the Bunny vs Red Velvet TBS tournament match.
Main Event: Miro defeated Orange Cassidy
Miro punched his ticket to the World Title Eliminator finals and punched out Orange Cassidy in the process. Loved it. OC got to do all his shenanigans but when the big man put hands on him, it was over. Hope spots here and there but never in question. The count on that count out was bullshit but nearly perfect.
The co-finalist “American Dragon” Bryan Danielson came in for the face-off.
If you saw “Daniel Bryan vs Rusev” somewhere else, this won’t be that.
A fun show for the most part.
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David E Houston II he’s attended small independent shows with less than 100 people and large stadium shows with over 20,000 fans and live worldwide pay-per-views.