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AEW Dynamite 9-16

AEW Dynamite Review 9-16

One Man’s Wrestling Opinion

AEW DYNAMITE REVIEW 9-16

AEW’s 9-9 show drew over one million viewers. Can they make it two weeks in a row? NXT is back in it’s regularly scheduled night so AEW does have opposition. While some would argue that last week’s show which was short on wrestling and long on promos/character building etc. had everything to do with the ratings jump. I disagree a little bit. The Matt Hardy situation made the show must-see. Now the Matt Hardy hook is gone. It’s time for the AEW Dynamite Review for 9-16

Jurrasic Express vs FTR

The show opens with Jurrasic Express in the ring. The Young Bucks come out to the ring and double superkick the referee and walk out. AEW is trying to make the Bucks a heel team. The problem is I am not buying it. Plus they look like wimps first kicking Alex Marvez last week and now a defenseless referee this week. How about they beat down a real babyface? That used to be the way to turn heel.

The camera follows the Bucks into the back when surprise Tony Khan is sitting in the gorilla position wearing a t-shirt, shorts, and a fanny pack. Is this really the way your owner should be seen? When Vince is shown backstage he is always dressed up unless he was wrestling that night. And even then he would be dressed up and would change before the match. Khan desperately wants to be one of the boys and probably did not have a lot of friends growing up.

The Bucks toss 10 grand at Khan and have words with FTR before walking away. That is the last we hear from the Bucks on the night? So I guess there is no backstage reporter to try to get some words with them. If you are going to tell me that there isn’t a backstage reporter who was willing to get an interview with them because they are worried about getting kicked—then say it. That would add to the heel turn or try to make it a bit more believable.

Match

I hate when the show starts with video packages or right into a match. Last week’s AEW show started great to me. A good and simple segment outside of the arena that was entertaining and something that planted the seeds to a future program.

OK, so there was nothing wrong with the match. It was good. But the match did nothing to further any characters or storylines. It was a long match where FTR needed to break the rules to win. FTR should be beating this team in five minutes. I would break up the Jurrasic Express. I can’t give this a positive rating because it was just a filler where my championship tag team who is billed as the best team in the world has to cheat to win.

Thumbs down 1

Matt Hardy Injury

This is interesting. Matt Hardy is selling a knee injury with Private Party consoling him. Then we see Chris Jericho and Jake Hager walking by and at first, look concerned. But then they started laughing as Jericho was twirling Floyd his bat around. We did not get an injury update on Matt and maybe this is just to get Matt off TV to heal up instead of admitting Matt is not cleared to wrestle which he admitted to last week.

At least if Matt works a program with Jericho it will be safer for both of them. So I can get on board with this.

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Hangman Page vs Kazarian

Kenny Omega is on commentary for this match. Please Kenny Omega I beg you to show some personality and charisma. I have not seen any of this on TV with you. There might be a glimpse here or there. But I can’t get on board with you as a superstar until I see some charisma.

Now Page has it. I can see it. He had so much momentum before the Pandemic. He has lost that edge. And this angle is going on way too long. I liked the heel Page turn better than what we have now. It looks like they are making Page a face. At least that is what it looks like. Could AEW be swerving us?

The look on his face when Kenny went to the back after the match did him no favors, Then he cried in his beer post-match. I don’t want to see Page this way. He and MJF are the future for this promotion.

Match

As for the match much like the first one, it was good. But it did no real business for either wrestler. It went too long and had too many false finishes. If your trying to build up Page as a singles wrestler then Kazarian can’t have a 15-minute match where he kicks out of most of his big power moves.

The Buckshot Lariat is a sweet finisher. But this match did absolutely nothing for Kazarian. And it hardly did anything for Page as well.

Thumbs down 1

MJF Match & Promo

MJF squashes John Dean is like 15 seconds then cuts a promo. MJF’s promos are can’t miss. He calls out Moxley for cheating against him. He orders Justin Roberts to call him the Undefeated, Undisputed Uncrowned AEW Champion. I like how he is not dropping this. Let’s see where this goes.

Then he says he always was a lone wolf and seeing that there is a lot of factions maybe he needs to join one? Could MJF be forming a faction of his own? Does AEW have yet another wrestler they are looking to debut? MJF should be on the show every week and also should have at least 10 minutes a show for a promo.

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Eddie Kingston & Family

I don’t really know what the end game for this is going to be. But he is preaching family now and said there are three things he wants to say. The first thing is that he never lost the Battle Royal. Just like MJF, I am glad they are not dropping this but we have yet to see any indication of what both will lead to. Additionally, The last two segments had as a key talking point about two wrestlers both getting screwed with nothing getting done to resolve it. Also, can I see Kingston wrestle again?

The second point was to say that we are a family. Not a faction or a stable. We fight with each other but make up and handle business or something like that. Then the Butcher & the Blade throw some random guys into the ring and they get lit up.

The third point is Kingston telling the Blade to get your house in order. That has to mean Allie. So what is this telling us? In my opinion, we will see the restart of the Nightmare Family vs the Butcher and the Blade. Or course the Chief Branding Officer will windup putting herself right in the middle of this. God, she is the worst female wrestler in the company.

Secondly and I hope I am wrong but maybe we see Kingston and the Lucha Brothers crash the 6 man tag team match next week. The Butcher and the Blade can also get involved. I would not like that angle. Way too much going on but would be typical of AEW.

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Jericho and Hager vs Private Party

This is another match that went way too long. I appreciate that Jericho wants to get everybody over but at the expense of him and Hager? These two should not be a tag team. I don’t see the appeal to Private Party? But why do they need to always have these long matches?

Jericho has been a good soldier for AEW since it started. He has put over so many wrestlers who really needed it. The problem is he is so devalued now. I feel he should now be able to feud with whoever he wants.

Jericho takes a nasty kick from Marquez Quinn after the match. He looked out of it.

Thumbs down 1

Thunder Rosa vs Ivelisse

The Women’s NWA Champion is defending her title on AEW. If that does not indicate how bad AEW’s women division is then I don’t know what will. This match was sloppy and slow. Ivelisse for some reason looked like she was throwing power punches in slow motion.

Thunder Rosa predictably wins the match. After the match Diamonte attacks Rosa. Ivelisse joins in. Shida saves Rosa. Shida looks at her NWA belt before giving it back to her and walking out of the ring. There looked like some real blows in this match and the reports are there was something between these two before the match.

Now we are getting a tag team match between Rosa and Shida vs Ivelisse and Diamante next week. The quality of the female matches are better because we aren’t seeing the women who can’t wrestle on Dynamite. Although I didn’t like this match I will give it a good rating. Plus a storyline looks to be developing.

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Miro & Kip Sabian

This was an awful 30-second segment. It is making Miro look like a clown even more. I can’t believe he is letting himself get booked like this. I am curious to know if he was promised anything when he signed with AEW.

Miro should be in the main event angle. If you want to say he just got to AEW so give it time. Ok. But pairing with Sabian who is not even over as a mid-carder is the wrong place for Miro to start.

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Jake Roberts/Archer/Taz/Moxley Segment

First, I forgot how small Taz is. He looked tiny compared to the height of Jake and Archer. So now we have Cage and Archer working together.  Roberts promised Taz and Cage the first title shot after Archer beats Moxley in exchange for Cage and Starks tagging with him against Moxley and his two teammates. Does anyone else see what is wrong with this?

Who cares about a 6 man tag match or even winning it. Archer already has a title shot. What is the goal here? Well for starters now I know Moxley will retain the title against Archer. The reason I know is that these deals and partnerships never work out. AEW will never allow two heels to face each other for the title.

Secondly, Archer told Kingston to stop crying. That to me means we will see the Kingston Family get involved in that match next week turning it into some ridiculous brawl.

Mox comes out to no doubt announce who his partners are. But he gets attacked by Cage and Starts who are pretending to be security guards. Here comes Luke Hobbs to save Mox. Mox announces that Hobbs is one of his partners. Then says Darby Allin is his other partner. He says Darby I know your watching at home, get your ass to Jacksonville we have a match.

Darby was probably resting from yet another injury.

There is too much illogical stuff in this for me to put it over. Plus the predictability of the partners. Except for Hobbs.

Thumbs down 1

Parking Lot Match Best Friends vs Santana & Ortiz

I like it when matches take place out of the ring so I was into this from the start. I didn’t like that there were fans surrounding the cars which made up the ring so to speak. But I can get over that.

I liked the spots. I liked the physicality. I can’t believe a match with all four guys bleeding got on TV. Man, there were some brutal spots in this match. The guys definitely took some chances. As far as matches outside the ring go this was very good. I won’t call it the best of all time as a lot of AEW fanboys did. But a very good match. I am going to give this match two ratings because I feel it is warranted. Thumbs up for the physicality and the spots.

Thumbs down for firstly the two wrestlers who are New York street thugs lose a parking lot match to two wrestlers who get rides to the arena in their mother’s car. In no world does that make sense. Secondly, I feel the whole match was just to get Orange Cassidy over. The match ended when Cassidy popped out of one of the trunks and interfered on behalf of the Best Friends helping them win. So the babyfaces got outside interference in this match but the heels didn’t. There is no logic to that. Sue giving the middle finger was a funny spot.

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Outlook

So AEW went back to a show of mostly wrestling and the ratings dropped. I still say the only reason the ratings got over 1 million was more because of the buzz surrounding Matt Hardy than being unopposed from NXT. Well, both of those are not happening anymore. We keep saying the same things like what else was on against it or what night is it on. If your TV show is good it will always draw a rating.

We need to stop that already and just admit that there are about 1.5 million Wednesday night fans watching Wrestling which is down about 800K from the night Dynamite debuted. These shows are never going to grow or draw over a million unopposed. Certainly not without the huge hook that Matt Hardy was.

I will say it every week. Orange Cassidy will never be a star. Tony Khan is going to try to force him down our throats. He will be fine as a mid-carder much like a lot of other wrestlers. I want my weekly TV show to have a lot of promos and character building and less wrestling. This show had very little character building and went back to wrestling. Plus the show did not end on a cliff hanger.

Mid Card Division

I really feel the biggest problem I have with AEW is that there needs to be a line drawn between main eventers and mid-carders. Could you imagine a mid-card division with Cassidy, Starks, Darby, and Sammy headlining it? You can’t have these wrestlers facing off against the big boys. If they lose it’s way too predictable. If they win it’s way too unbelievable. There is no shame in creating divisions.

Then you could have this division have longer matches while the big guys having the short matches. Plus with every ex WWE guy they bring in it becomes less believable to put the smaller guys on that main event level. Miro comes in and is bigger than the Sammy’s and the Cassidy’s. Same with Matt Cordona,

AEW Dynamite 9-16

AEW ALL OUT: QUICK REVIEW

One Man’s Wrestling Opinion

I am late to the dance here but I will make this quick except for a couple of parts which we all know what they are. A lot has been said about this pay per view and the incidents surrounding it. I went 4-5 in my predictions and none of my surprises happened although one kind of did on Dynamite. Here is my review of All Out.

Tooth & Nail Match

So a few things about this match. This match is supposed to be fun since it is a gimmick match. With these matches it’s either you like it or you don’t like it. There really is no middle ground. As I stated in my preview I hated that this match was at the beginning of the feud and not an end where it should be. The only other true gimmick matches that I can remember is the Casket Match and the Buried Alive Match. Both were staples of the Undertaker and it did not always happen at the end of the feud. But the Undertaker did win the first-ever of those matches. Britt Baker did not and that’s why I give this a thumbs down. Plus the match was not very good.

If you listen to Tony Khan he said the match was moved to the main card from the pre-show because it was so good when he watched it being filmed. I don’t believe that for a second. The fan backlash for a match that had more build than a few of the main card matches getting stuck on the pre-show was very loud. Throw in the fact it was a women’s match and you got double the backlash.

Moved To Main Card

This is why this match was moved to the main card. It should have not been the first match because it got the night off to a bad start. Again Britt has been built up over the past 12 weeks and loses her first match coming back. If she was not able to get in the ring and wrestle then don’t have the match. Just say Britt is not cleared to wrestle yet. This is not to hate on Big Swole either. Additionally, this is one of the reasons the PPV went so long. Bad choice all around.

I picked Britt. Big Swole won. 0-1

Thumbs down 1

The Young Bucks vs Jurassic Express

This is a match with zero build and it is supposed to be showcasing the Young Bucks turn to a semi heal team. They are better than Jurassic and should be going over them. It’s time for the Bucks to win matches and set up the inevitable match with FTR in November. After 11 months of TV and the few months before of Pay Per Views, I have seen all the dives and acrobats that I can handle. Nothing is going to surprise me anymore.

What I hated about this match was Jungle Boy kicking out of a double superkick by the Bucks. That is not believable in any way. Especially with the size of Jungle Boy. I won’t hate on the match because it was one of the better ones on the card. I like Jungle Boy and Luchasaurus too. Cody said that he does not feel like AEW needs a mid-card title and mid-card wrestlers. In my opinion, I think he is wrong. Not everyone can be a main-eventer. You elevate to the next level by your mic work. Both or even all of these wrestlers can go in the ring but the mic work has not been great. Even from the Bucks. I don’t watch Being The Elite on youtube and I never will. That has to be shown on Dynamite.

Jungle Boy Charisma

I would like to see Jungle Boy on his own. His father Luke(rest in peace) oozed charisma and was a heartthrob. I want to see if Jungle Boy has some of that. Plus I know everyone likes him cause he is small and it’s a great story but Marko Stunt should not be a wrestler. 

I picked the Bucks and they won. 1-1

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The 21 Man Casino Battle Royale

I am not a big Battle Royale person. But I do love the Royal Rumble because not every wrestler comes out to the ring at the same time so we see surprises. AEW has done this with the Casino Battle Royale but it is a WWE lite version. WWE’s version lasts an hour long and does not usually have so many men in the ring like AEW does. I had picked Rusev/Miro as my surprise entrant and was off by a few days. I did pick Shawn Spears to win this or Rusev if he shows up. This match was a huge schmozz. Darby Allin takes an unnecessary bump inside of a body bag filled with tacks. Not only do I feel that Darby is not main event material but this is the reason why you can’t rely on him. He takes unnecessary chances.

I hated the ending with Jake Roberts and the bag with the snake in it. Too much outside interference. Eddie Kingston was never really eliminated. The Murderhawk wins the match and a shot at the AEW title. I have no issue with him winning but he has to beat Moxley in October. If Murderhawk does not beat Moxley then he is buried once again. AEW has big issues booking their big men. On the whole, I did not like this match. 

I picked Spears. Murderhawk won. 1-2

Thumbs down 1

Last Man Standing Match: Matt Hardy vs Sammy Guevara

This is the second gimmick match of the night and you can really add in the Battle Royale match as a gimmick one too but I won’t do that. First of all Matt Hardy was knocked unconscious by taking a ridiculous bump. I won’t rehash the details because we all know what happened. AEW dropped the ball here. That match should never have continued. Tony Khan said he passed the concussion protocol. What is the concussion protocol in the AEW? Okay, that was about a minute max of the doctor examining him by just looking at him. Shame on Tony Khan who’s father owns the Jacksonville Jaguars to think this was a proper concussion protocol. In the NFL this testing lasts much more than one minute.

So once Hardy continued the match I am sure they were told to just go home to the ending. Knowing what that ending is how in the hell do you have Hardy climb that tower. AEW and Tony Khan should be ashamed of themselves for how this was handled. This has nothing to do with the WWE and what they have done in the past.

Unconscious Matt

This is about what happened when a wrestler was unconscious for what looked like 45 seconds. I really hope Sammy and Hardy never work together again. My gut tells me that there was supposed to be more to this Sammy/Matt feud but thankfully AEW has ended it. It just seems like this feud is cursed. Matt took a legit chair shot to the head and got color the hard way in a previous segment. Maybe Sammy is careless in the ring. I have no idea where Sammy goes from here.

I had Sammy winning with Hardy coming back as one of his alter egos. Hardy won. 1-3

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AEW Women’s Title Match: Shida(c) vs Thunder Rosa

AEW likes to get their spots in when this match did not need it. This women’s division needs a lot of help and a lot more of Rosa and Serena Deeb. Was this a great match? No. Was it better than most women’s matches in AEW? Yes. Plus it had the impossible task of following the match with Hardy getting a concussion and all the drama. 

I picked Thunder Rosa. Shida won. 1-4

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Eight-Man Grudge Match: Dark Order Vs Natural Nightmares, Scorpio Sky and Matt Cardona

This match could have happened on Dynamite and should have. Another spot fest with no stakes or real business beforehand. All of this was for redemption for Cody who got beatdown by the Dark Order. This really dragged the card which was long as it was. We find out after the match that Dustin Rhodes will get a title shot at Brodie Lee in the next Dynamite. I thought Dustin was a tag team wrestler. Once again an illogical decision by AEW. This match put eight wrestlers on the card for a payday. Nothing special happened in this match.

I picked the Dark Order. Nightmares/Scorpio/Cordona won. 1-5

Thumbs down 1

AEW Tag Title Championship: Kenny Omega and Hangman Page(c) vs FTR

This match has had a lot of long term storytelling that did not end at the conclusion of this match. It appears AEW is going to drag this out just a little bit longer with Omega and Page. Another match that was too long and by this time of the night I started to get drained. We all knew FTR was going to win this match. Omega’s tantrum after the match quitting the Elite was a bit much. Khan threw us a swerve here and continued that swerve on Dynamite. I never saw what was so special with FTR. This was one of the matches I was most looking forward to because of the intertwining stories involved.

But the actual in-ring action is nothing I haven’t seen before. I will be repetitive with this because it’s the truth. Nothing can or will surprise me anymore by the style of these matches. But I liked it because of the storylines but not the wrestling.

I picked FTR to win and they won. 2-5

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Mimosa Mayhem Match: Chris Jericho vs Orange Cassidy

I am glad this feud is over. Orange Cassidy will never be a star or a main eventer no matter how hard Chris Jericho tries to get him over. Cassidy is a mid-carder at best. That’s just a fact. Now, this is the third gimmick match on the card and all three were bad. The whole concept of this match was ridiculous. Jericho lowered himself to get Cassidy over. It was obvious this match was put together for Jericho to lose by getting put into the Mimosa. This way Jericho does not take a pinfall and Cassidy gets credit for beating Jericho two out of three. This match went way too long. Jericho puts Cassidy through a table instead of putting him into the Mimosa. LOGIC GAP.

I picked Orange Cassidy and he won. 3-5

Thumbs down 1

AEW World Championship Match Jon Moxley(c) vs MJF

This was a good match but I hated the ending. Moxley wins with his banned finish the Paradigm Shift. So this is the second screwed false ending of the night. I like both competitors and MJF will be a huge star no matter where he goes. I always felt Mox was the better of the three Shield members. I guess the real business is that the Paridigm shift is really a badass finisher and he needs it to win his matches. 

I had Moxley to win and he won. 4-5

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Outlook

You can be the biggest AEW fan and admit this was their worst PPV they have ever had. Not every event is going to be great. But let’s face it. This PPV ran just under four hours. If you throw in the pre show stuff we are talking about six hours. The Hardy botch was bad enough but Tony Khan’s decision to re start the match was inexcusable. I don’t want to hear that Tony said it was not a concussion. Just admit a mistake was made. Remember the cover up is always worse than the mistake.

AEW needed a big Dynamite to wash away this PPV.

AEW Dynamite 9-16

AEW ALL OUT PREDICTIONS

One Mans Wrestling Opinion

AEW is having one of their four Pay Per Views this weekend in All Out. With nine matches on the main card, this will be a very long Pay Per View. Tony Khan has promised some surprises at All Out. What I think is a surprise and what Tony Khan thinks is a surprise are two different things. But to be completely transparent I will list out what my idea of surprises would be.

Surprise # 1

Mike Tyson shows up and punches Jericho in the mush causing him to fall into the champagne and losing the match to Orange Cassidy. This will lead to the Tyson vs Jericho match as the feud ends with Orange Cassidy. Plus Jericho knows a gimmick match has to end a feud and I can’t see Jericho taking two pins from Orange Cassidy.

Surprise # 2

Brock Lesnar shows up. This would be a legit shock to me. I don’t think Brock wants to hurt his relationship with WWE. But he is a businessman and a very smart one. AEW signing Brock would go against everything they stand for and what they want to build. It could anger part of that fan base. So I don’t see it happening. But if it does what does Brock do? I say he would cost Moxley the title because he does have history with him.

Let’s say Brock has a deal with a pay per appearance and no long term commitment. If he appears at ALL OUT this would enrage Vince to throw so much money at Brock that he never goes back to AEW. If AEW was smart they would have to see this scenario a mile away. So you can’t put him in the Casino Battle Royal with him winning it.

But could he destroy Archer or Cage? Maybe. But AEW is looking to pair Cage vs Archer so that would devalue both. If he costs Moxley the title it may let the story eventually calm down or maybe Khan gets into a bidding war with Vince. Or maybe Brock shows up and sits in the front row and does nothing but collect a cool 100 grand for his appearance.

Surprise # 3

Eric Rowan shows up and gets involved in the Dark Order match. I could see Rowan helping the Dark Order win and also helping Team Cody win.

Surprise # 4

Tessa Blanchard shows up and gets involved in the Shida vs Thunder Rosa match. I can see Tessa doing a run in and beating up both during the match causing a no contest. 

Surprise # 5

Only 17 of the 21 wrestlers have been announced for the Casino Battle Royal so who knows who the last four will be. I have no idea who is available. I do expect someone we have never seen on AEW TV before to show up. I will go with Rusev/Miro. He would make alot of sense. And if he shows up I would not have him win this match. But that will depend on who they have decided to put over in the Moxley/MJF match.

The Buy-In Match: Private Party vs John Silver and Alex Reynolds

I literally have no interest in this match. It will not do any real business. It’s only happening because the fans complained that the Britt Baker/Big Swole Tooth and Nail Cinematic Match was on the Buy-In and not the main card. I am happy that four of the guys get a PPV pay check.

Winner: I don’t care

Tooth & Nail Match: Britt Baker vs Big Swole

Cinematic Matches

These cinematic matches are becoming a thing lately. WWE will run that concept into the ground. I have no problems with these kinds of matches if done correctly and if placed at the right time of a feud. The Boneyard Match between Undertaker and AJ Styles was good because WWE needed a different visual in the early stages of the pandemic. With no fans attending you can be creative. While it was the first time AJ faced Taker we never know when the DeadMan will hang up the boots. I thought that match was nicely done. I loved the Firefly Funhouse match. Bray Wyatt and John Cena did previously work together so it was a fitting end to their feud and really launching another side of the Bray Wyatt/Fiend psyche. Plus who knows how often we can get Cena in a match with his movie schedule.

Not to be undone the AEW had their first cinematic match, Stadium Stampede Match, between The Inner Circle and The Elite. This most likely replaced the War Games match that was canceled back in March. And it really was the last time we saw each stable fight with each other directly. The Inner Circle while still being a faction has broken off into separate angles. As for The Elite, who is even a part of the stable right now. I liked the match very much. There were a couple of things I would have done differently but that would be a nit pick on my part. The Swamp Match between Braun Stroman and Bray Wyatt could have been way much better and it did not signal the end of that feud. They have faced each other twice after that match.

Tooth & Nail Match

As for the Tooth And Nail match, I don’t like that this is the first match between Big Swole and Britt Baker. This match should be the end of their feud, not the beginning. Maybe it does end their feud after one match. We have to wait and see about that. But we already know that Britt is going over because no one has lost their signature cinematic match. The Stadium Stampede match does not fall into this category.

If AEW wanted to swerve us then Big Swole wins but I can’t see that because Britt Baker is getting pushed. I will admit I did not like Britt in the beginning. I hated her character and ring work,. Her ring work has gotten a little better and AEW needs more women who can actually wrestle to make everyone else look better, her character work has been on point. Plus she has grown so much on me and she is very pretty.

Winner: Dr. Britt Baker

Young Bucks vs Jurassic Express

This will be a spot fest. Zero build for this match. This is just to get the Young Bucks on the card. I like that the Bucks showed an edge on Dynamite.

Winner: The Young Bucks

Dark Order (Brodie Lee, Colt Cabana, Evil Uno, Stu Grayson) vs the Natural Nightmares, Matt Cardona, and Scorpio Sky.

This is the Cody redemption match. These are the only members of the Dark Order than mean anything. Again another tag team match and an 8 man match to boot. Expect Brandi (the Queen and the top of the food chain HAHAHA) to get involved. Maybe we even see Cody but who knows. Brodie needs to break away from the Dark Order. Again this is another match just to get these 8 guys on the pay per view. I would much rather see Brodie defend his title. 

Winner: Dark Order with interference by the arrival of Erick Rowen. This will prolong this feud a little longer.

Broken Rules Match Matt Hardy vs Sammy Guevara

The second gimmick match of the card. This is just a last man standing match but if Matt Hardy loses he will leave AEW. Clearly Hardy is not going anywhere. If he does lose then Matt Hardy would be gone but not his alter egos. That will be the hook that AEW uses to keep Hardy in the company which is so predictable. Sammy really needs a big win in a big spot and this could be it. These two have been very physical in the last two weeks and I expect to see more blood.

WInner Sammy Guevara. Matt Hardy leaves but his alter egos stay.

21 Man Casino Battle Royal Match

So we don’t know four of the wrestlers in this match and it’s a good bet that one of those four could wind up winning this match. They are teasing Darby vs Starks and Archer vs Cage. I don’t think any of them will win. Again it depends on who wins the Mox/MJF match which will determine who wins this match. The winner gets an AEW title match.  I can see a few different scenarios and that’s without knowing the four other wrestlers in the match.

Could Shawn Spears win and face Moxley or MJF and then the Horsemen reform with FTR and whoever else they pick. I can’t see Cage facing Moxley again if Mox retains. Darby just had a title shot so he is out. Starks does not deserve a title shot either. Neither does Spears. But to build the Horsemen stable it would be logical. Murder Hawk is interesting but the money mark already stooged off a program with the FTW title which will center around Cage and Archer. Could it be Eddie Kingston and one of his gang. I don’t see it plus Kingston just had a title shot against Cody. Cage won the ladder match in his debut so it could very well be someone we don’t know.

Winner: if I had to pick a winner my order would be 1. Shawn Spears, 2. One of the unnamed wrestlers. Such as Miro if he shows up. 

Mimosa Mayhem Match Chris Jericho vs Orange Cassidy

So out of nine matches on the card, three are gimmick matches. That is a very bad ratio.

This feud needs to go away. I never saw this as entertaining at any point. Jericho has lowered himself to put over Orange Cassidy who will never be a main eventer. Sorry, that’s a fact. I think Cassidy wins by Jericho falling into the Champagne. Maybe Tyson punches him and he falls into the champagne. Jericho will not eat a second pin in this match.

Winner: Orange Cassidy via Jericho falling into the Champagne

AEW World Tag Team Match Page & Omega (C) vs FTR

Okay so the build up to this match has been good. We have been teased the break up of Omega and Page for a while. It’s going to happen. Either at the PPV or on Dynamite. FTR is winning the belts too. That is happening at the PPV. Again this is way too predictable to me and maybe Khan throws a swerve. The Horsemen angle is coming with FTR as the tag team in the group. The other two I am saying will be Spears and my gut says Page but I think I am going to be wrong.  Plus we know the money match is the Young Bucks vs FTR for the titles.

Winner: FTR captures the Tag Team Belts

AEW Women’s World Championship Match Shida (C) vs Thunder Rosa

A very telling sign that AEW does not have one of their own wrestling for their title at a PPV. But it’s all about the matches. This could be a very interesting partnership with the NWA. Personally Thunder Rosa is the better wrestler and by that standard she should win. But it’s an AEW match and can you really see a wrestler who is supposedly not signed with AEW winning their belt. In the old days these matches would not have a winner or the person from that promotion would win. Or maybe Tessa Blanchard does a run in and beats down both.

Winner: Thunder Rosa is the new Women’s Champion

AEW World Championship Match Moxley(C) vs MJF

Now this one will be interesting. MJF is the future face of the company. We all know that. He has not been pinned and neither has Moxley. Something has to give. I had MJF winning this match ever since it was announced but now after this past week’s Dynamite I have changed my mind.

It’s traditional in wrestling that if the heel gets the heat on the go home show then the face wins the PPV match. That could be a swerve by Khan. Plus I already have two titles changing hands at this PPV. I don’t see a third one. Unless Shida retains. 

Winner: Moxley Retains

AEW Dynamite 9/2 Review

ONE MANS WRESTLING OPINION

The AEW Dynamite Review 9/2

Santana & Ortiz vs Best Friends

Right off the bat I hate all the chances they took before the match started. I feel Santana & Ortiz are being wasted in a bad storyline like this. AEW loves tag-team matches and we get several tag-team matches every week. I would love it if they kept the tag team matches to two at the most. But AEW likes having six-man tag matches and now the eight-man tag match is happening most every week. Way too much. All these matches are huge spot fests and nothing we haven’t seen every week. So if you don’t watch the match until the end to see what business is being done, trust me you won’t miss anything.

This has nothing to do with the quality of the wrestlers. All four can go in that ring. At a PPV you can do anything you want. But on the weekly TV show, I need to see more storylines and more character building. This match had neither. All four men will be in the Battle Royal at the PPV and all four men have zero chance of winning it. Santana & Ortiz who are a heel tag team win the match in a heel way. Nothing wrong with the outcome or the way it happened.

MJF Promo

MJF is great on the mic. He reminds me so much of Roddy Piper. Wardlow is like a poor man’s “Ace” Cowboy Bob Orton. But Orton had so much more personality. I would love to see Wardlow wrestle more. We see MJF give his scared lawyer a pep talk before his match with Moxley.

Young Bucks & Jurrasic Express vs SCU & Private Party

Just want to say that I have DirecTV and they aired a Monday Night Raw commercial.

An eight-man spot fest where each team has to get in their own business. All four teams are babyfaces which makes this a very strange match. The fact that the winning team will face each other at the PPV is just a reason to get the Young Bucks in a match at All Out. The one thing I hate about all these shows is that most times the winner of the match is predictable. So I knew the Bucks were going over. I am glad to see them show an edge after the match by not shaking the hands of Luchasaurus and Jungle Boy.

Again this is not a match I care to watch because I have seen these same spots over and over in the last 11 months of AEW TV. Like the first tag team match, all four teams can go in the ring. It’s just that I am not entertained by these matches. But I liked the change in the attitude of the Bucks. I didn’t watch any of their Japan matches and I don’t watch Being The Elite. Sorry, there is only so much of my time that I can dedicate to watching Wrestling in a week so I have been told by many that there is a different side to the Bucks than what we have seen on Dynamite. I am waiting to see that come across on TV.

Jake Hager/Orange Cassidy Back Stage

I am going to talk about what in my opinion is one of the biggest problems WWE, NXT, and AEW all have in their TV Shows. The logic gaps that exist just can’t be ignored. I know this is a make-believe world and the matches are predetermined. We all know this isn’t real. And when we say these are just TV shows that’s a true statement. When I watch TV shows or movies the one thing I hate is when something happens and I say to myself “Yeah if that happened in real life that is not how it would go down.”

Some people say that AEW needs writers to fill in the logic gaps. I agree with that statement. But when you look at what WWE and NXT do they have writers and they still have logic gaps. So I would like to see AEW close down the logic gaps. This segment has a big one.

Jake Hager is a Bellator fighter. I was not a fan of his character in the WWE. And I am not a fan of his character in AEW either. Hager finds Cassidy and sits next to him. Now that is something a heel would do especially if he knows he can kick your ass. Hager has a message from Jericho telling Cassidy he wants him at ringside for his match tonight. Hager says you better be there. Cassidy drapes his leg on top of Hager’s lap. LOGIC GAP. Hager should have given Cassidy an open-handed slap across his face at the least for getting disrespected. Instead, he pushes his leg off his lap. Is that something an MMA fighter would do if he was disrespected by a guy half his size?

Tully Blanchard With FTR

Tully must be rusty because I have seen much better promos from him. FTR just doesn’t have any natural charisma. This leads to the next segment which was a disaster.

Kenny Omega Interview

Tony Schiavone is in the ring waiting for Kenny Omega to come out. Omega really needs to dress better. Your on national TV and you look like you are coming in from the beach or sitting by the pool. If you want to be a star, then act like a star and dress like a star. If it was his ring gear I would not have a problem with it. Now like the Bucks, Omega has been described as one of the best wrestlers in the world. That was before he came to AEW.

He has not been booked that way. If you want to be fair about it he has not been the star that everyone says he is. That’s just a fact. Maybe because he is an EVP he does not want it to look like he is booking himself to win. Cody has booked himself strong and he is loved. We have not seen the personality of Omega yet. Again Omega is one of the best wrestlers in the world and he should be booked that way.

Here we have another LOGIC GAP. Schiavone said that Hangman Page cost the Bucks the gauntlet match. No he didn’t. He grabbed Nick Jackson’s leg while Matt was getting pinned. Matt did not try to kick out. I guess because Nick’s leg was being held Matt was not able to kick out. I understand what they were trying to do. I just think it was very poor execution.

Potential Swerve

I smell a potential swerve here. It is obvious they are reforming the Four Horsemen. Everyone feels that it will be FTR and Page with Spears in the group. I thought the same thing except that Page resembles Magnum TA who always was against the Horsemen. Same with Cody so I am starting to feel like it will be FTR and Spears with someone else. But I do expect Hangman and Page to lose the titles and break up at the PPV or on the next TV Show.

I didn’t like this segment. I hate the styrofoam cooler. I hate the chocolate milk stuff. Again FTR does not have charisma.  But I love the storyline. That’s what I want in my weekly TV show. My two favorite stars in AEW are MJF and Hangman Page. What I did like in this segment was the swerve they are trying to pull on the fans. This has been talked about way too much on social media so I think AEW likes to throw a seed of doubt in our minds. FTR dropping the belts in the ring and Omega walking out on Page just adds to the intrigue of this match.

Chris Jericho Interview

Jericho is great on the mic. Always has been and always will be. My problem is Orange Cassidy is not on Jericho’s level. So this whole feud is not believable to me. Orange Cassidy is not a main eventer and he never will be.

Chris Jericho vs Joey Janela

Another match where the winner is predictable. And the post-match fight was even more predictable. Jericho slams Janela’s head into the turnbuckle busting him open. Clearly, this was a blade job. It makes no sense because we had blood in the main event. You really can’t have blood in two matches especially when the main event has it. So Cassidy comes into the ring followed by Sonny Kiss to help out his tag team partner. Cassidy is in the ring by himself after running off Jericho and Hager. Another LOGIC GAP with Hager but whatever. Cassidy goes into his nap sack and pulls out a bottle of Jericho’s champagne, He opens it up and pours it out giving Jericho the thumbs down. I guess that’s cool. It’s not. I didn’t like how they did this go-home segment. And Cassidy needs to learn how to throw believable punches.

Promo For The Broken Rules Match

This is basically a Last Man Standing Match. If Matt Hardy loses he will leave AEW. Sammy with the sign gimmick needs to go away now. It has run its course. I will talk more about this during my ALL OUT Prediction.

Battle Royal Segment

This whole segment was ridiculous and completely overbooked. Everyone and their mother came out with a microphone and started talking over each other. Tazz and Jake both cut bad promos. I expect way more than what those legends gave us. Eddie Kingston’s crew comes out followed by Tully and Spears. This was just a complete waste of time. It seemed like all 21 men who will be in the Battle Royal came out to fight. I know not everyone came out but this was a complete waste of time. And it lasted way too long.

Thunder Rosa vs Serena Deeb

I won’t talk too much about this match but it was the best female match in the history of AEW. And neither of these women is signed to AEW. What does that tell you? AEW needs to sign both these ladies and bring some credibility to the women’s division. No real business was handled here because neither are AEW properties. Thunder Rosa is facing Shida at ALL OUT.

Moxley Promo

I always felt that Moxley was the unsung hero of the shield. So I am happy he is getting his chance to shine now. He has had many great promos since he got to AEW. It’s getting really hard for Mox to top his best work. This promo while being good is not his best. That’s not to put him down either.

Big Swole Segment

We hear for the first time that Big Swole and Britt Baker are having a Tooth and Nail match.  Swole is talking with Schiavone when Reba comes out with a pizza delivery. She is wearing a mask but we all know who it is. Swole calls her out and Britt attacks her from behind with the crutch. Firstly Britt Baker needs to do a better job of hitting Swole with the crutch. Secondly. Rubbing her face in a pizza. Really? Is this funny. I like how they built this matchup for weeks. I hated the pizza spot.

Moxley vs MJF’s Lawyer Mark Sterling

Wardlow accompanies Sterling to ringside. Moxley toys with Sterling before starting to brutalize him. It’s predictable that MJF will eventually show his face during this match. Mox wins and Wardlow attacks Mox. MJF comes out and shows he was faking the neck injury. MJF hits Mox with the ring busting him open. AEW has blood for the second time tonight. LOGIC GAP. MJF saying weeks ago that the neck injury will prevent him from playing with his kids one day got everyone to pop. But the injury does not prevent him from wrestling. Just saying.