Reviews by Dave
Show air date: March 10, 2021
Now that was a great episode of AEW Dynamite. Great follow up to the Revolution pay-per-view while setting up some interesting stories going forward.
Rey Fenix defeated Matt Jackson
AEW opens with Rey Fenix beating one half of the World tag champions Matt Jackson of the Young Bucks. I was enjoying this match but then Fenix took 2 Canadian Destroyers–one of the floor–then a top rope elbowsmash and didnt lose. FOH!
I’m Here for Penta vs Cody
Cody Rhodes beat Seth Gargis in a quick match. Effective use of a squash match but it was Cody so when faced with a noticeably larger guy, he had to show he was the strongest of them all. He must have been watching some “Dr. Death” Steve Williams matches before. Stopping him from talking our heads off about nothing, Penta, with a handy translator, Alex Abrahantes, who looked to be having a ball, got off some hot lines, leading to a pull-apart brawl. I’m here for Penta vs Cody.
Ethan Page defeated Lee Johnson
After a short backstage interview with his mentor QT Marshall, “Big Shotty” Lee Johnson faced “All Ego” Ethan Page, making his Dynamite debut. TNT had some audio issues but the work was good as Page got the win but Johnson looked very good. I don’t know what he was thinking Marshall was going to do during the match but once Page picked up QT wasn’t going to do jack, he went back to put the boots to Johnson, bringing out Dustin Rhodes (make that match). Marshall just walked off. Good everything here on AEW’s end.
The Murderhawk Monster Interupts Sting
“MurderHawk” Lance Archer interrupts a Sting interview. Good. Though the whole point of Jake Roberts–who has a great history with Sting from WCW–should be for him to do most of the talking. Don’t waste this legendary promo.
A Great Job Kayfabing the Revolution Mess
The pre-tape segment with Jon Moxley and Eddie Kingston and then the in ring segment with World champion Kenny Omega, Don Callis and Impact tag champs, the Good Brothers did a great job of kayfabing the Revolution mess while moving a lot forward: cementing Kingston’s new face status and setting up two possible future challengers for Omega’s championship as it ends with the champ facing off with new signee, Christian Cage.
Hikaru Shida, Ryo Mizunami, and Thunder Rosa defeated Dr. Britt Baker, Nyla Rose, and Maki Itoh
Women’s champion Hikaru Shida, Ryo Mizunami, and Thunder Rosa beat Dr. Britt Baker, DMD, “The Native Beast” Nyla Rose and Maki Itoh in a match that I absolutely hated until Rose and Rosa tagged in. It ended correctly though: the wrestler doing all the shenanigans got beat by someone taking the match dead serious. Rosa is then jumped by her longtime rival Baker and her assistant Rebel. They settle up next week.
Darby Allin (c) defeated Scorpio Sky
for the TNT Championship
Darby Allin remembered he was TNT champion (3 title defenses in almost 4 months?) and had a great defense against Scorpio Sky, who earned a title shot at Revolution. Great match that played into both men having physical, violent matches at the pay-per-view with Allin pulling out a win with a well-done surprise roll-up when it looked like Sky had him beat. Sky did NOT appreciate the mime standing over him and slapping him on the back after and laid him out with a good-looking heel hook, smiling as he left the ring. Everything was great here.
Main Event: MJF and ’em Destroys The Inner Circle
FINALLY resolving the MJF-Inner Circle story, they kick MJF out of the group only to find out he never wanted to take over their group, he was building his own. Lights out. Light on. In the ring are FTR, Wardlow, and Shawn Spears with Tully Blanchard, leading to an epic beatdown that ends with “Le All Lives Matter” going through a table off the stage, leaking from the head. I guess the staredown was meant to be good TV but fellas, just jump them. Great finish and I hope Tully can help MJF work on this bad Tully Blanchard impersonation he’s been doing.
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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.