AEW Dynamite is owned by All Elite Wrestling, Shahid Khan, and TNT
By the time this goes up we’ll be just one day away from the All Out PPV, and like any good wrestling company AEW is clearly trying its best to get us to buy the darn thing with a show filled with angles and cliffhangers! Do they manage to make the most out of their Go Home show, or will this be just as disappointing as last week’s episode which I will remind you had like a six minute main event? Let’s find out!!
Best Friends Vs. Proud N Powerful
I’ve been rather lukewarm on the Proud N Powerful/Best Friends feud, and I guess AEW was as well because they’re blowing it off here as the opening match on the Go Home show instead of saving it for the PPV. The two teams brawl for like ten minutes before the bell even rings so at least they’re TRYING to make look like they’re out for blood, and the two teams are talented wrestlers if nothing else. Then again, I’m not sure why Chuck spends several minutes making a mountain of chairs if he just wanted to beat the hell out of his opponent, but he does just that and of course Santana ends up tossing him into it. The bell finally rings right after that spot and its Trent basically all alone out there as Chuck is still knocked out from the mountain of chairs. Trent and Santana manage to have a pretty good back and forth for a few minutes there, but with Ortiz on the outside running interference it doesn’t take long for Trent to be overwhelmed. He’s a survivor though, and manages to stay in this match long enough for Chuckie to crawl his way to the corner and make the hot tag who at which point Chuckie runs wild on the two of them. He sends both Santana and Oritz to the outside of the ring, and he does a flip Senton Cannonball over the top ropes onto both of them. If there’s one thing notable about this match it’s the solid teamwork that both of them display. Trent gets back in the ring but is almost just as quickly sent flying onto the steel steps after Ortiz holds him on the apron, and just a moment later Chuckie manages to cut Ortiz’s legs out from under him which gives Trent enough time to pull off a pile driver. THEN Santana manages to get Ortiz to the ropes during the pin which kept them in the match. It’s still not the aggressive and sadistic match up I was hoping for, but they both definitely have their game faces on and are not afraid to do what it takes to win the match. Sadly for the Best Friends though, Proud N Powerful wanted it just a little bit more as Santana sneakily attacks Trent with a baton which lays him out. The two of them land a street sweeper right after, and get the pin on Trent which I guess means they DON’T have to apologize to Trent’s Mom Sue for wrecking her car. Does that mean insurance won’t cover it? In any case, it was a decent match to start off with and definitely had some high points for both teams, but the feud still doesn’t feel all that IMPORTANT despite how much time they spent building it up.
AEW Dynamite is owned by All Elite Wrestling, Shahid Khan, and TNT
Did you all know that the next PPV All Out is going to be on September 5th!? That feels WAY too soon, doesn’t it!? Then again, who knows anymore? What does time even MEAN when we’re all cooped up in our houses and alternating between sleeping, eating, and binge watching? Well if we’re stuck in these rote rituals for the foreseeable future, we may as well keep recapping these AEW shows until things get better which by my estimation should be what, fifteen years? In any case, let’s see what AEW has for us on this show which has a greatly hyped main event and some sort of tag team celebration! Let’s get started!!
The Young Bucks Vs. The Dark Order (Evil Uno & Stu Grayson)
Before The Bucks can finish doing their poses and get in the ring, three Creepers come out from the back and start pounding away at them; softening them up as Grayson and Uno casually saunter to the ring! The Dark Order has REALLY come into their own in the last few weeks and has become one of the most pervasive elements in the show. Considering how much of a joke they were just a few months ago, it’s a testament to AEW and their foresight in seeing what The Dark Order could become if given enough time to work out the kinks. After Nick Jackson gets unceremoniously tossed into the ring, Matt Jackson goes to take out the Creepers outside the ring, but in doing so opens himself up for a devastating Suicide Dive from Grayson. Uno and Grayson then proceed to brutalize and tenderize poor Nick Jackson and look darn good doing it! I may not have used these exact words in the past, but I find Evil Uno to be one of the most magnetic personalities in the company; a guy who imbues his character into all of his actions and has a great rapport with his partner Grayson. He’s also a genuinely good worker even if he’s not exactly THE BEST wrestler at the company and does a great job selling for The Bucks once they get their comeback. The only thing that’s kind of throwing me off a bit is that Uno has some sort of gimmick going on with the tape he has wrapped around his wrist. He’s at his best when he’s being clever and this feels like an attempt at that, but I’m just not getting it. In any case, The Bucks’ comeback is cut short and Matt finds himself outside the ring surrounded by three Creepers with a very intense looking Evil Uno waiting for him to jump back in the ring. Matt’s ingenious move to escape is to dive under the ring itself and come out the side which was a fun little spot. Another fun spot was when Evil Uno did that thing where he grabs Matt Jackson’s leg, tossed it to the ref, and then gave him a Cutter. It seems to be his new thing, and I certainly still enjoy it! Sadly it’s not enough to secure victory for my favorite Spooky Perverts, and the turning point back to the Bucks is when Matt lands a hellacious spear on Evil Uno which gives him enough time to give Nick the hot tag. Nick runs wild; throwing Grayson into the crowd and Super Kicking Uno in the head. After The Bucks land a Risky Business on Uno, Matt goes for the pin but only gets a two count. Undeterred, the duo lands a draping Swanton Bomb onto Uno and would surely have gotten the pin if Uno hadn’t gotten his foot on the ropes. See, this is why special moves should be in the middle of the ring! You’re just wasting your EX meter if you do it near the edge! Grayson comes out of NOWHERE and gives Matt Jackson a Huricanrana from the top ropes at which point the two start trading big moves and near falls. Grayson takes Matt Jackson and throws him into the entrance tunnel; leaving the Creepers to guard it while the two of them finish off Nick Jackson. It looks like they’re about to win, but Nick Jackson manages to wriggle out of Uno’s hold and turns it into a pin. Grayson runs as FAST as he can and is FLYING through the air to break up the pin, but he is a second too late and Nick Jackson gets the win to the shame and consternation of The Dark Order. This was an AMAZING opening match and was a GREAT example of what I want to see in tag team matches like this! We’ve gotten quite a few tag matches the last few weeks and while some of them have been good, this one blows the rest out of the water as far as I’m concerned, and I cannot wait to see what Uno and Grayson do next. Maybe they’ll even WIN a match on Dynamite!