AEW Dynamite is owned by All Elite Wrestling, Shahid Khan, and TNT
We’re back with even more AEW goodness, though for whatever reason I’m just not feeling it going into this episode. Last week we had the big main event that was built up in the week prior while this week’s match was just thrown out at the end of last week’s show. I mean sure, the Orange Cassidy and Best Friends Vs. The Inner Circle match will be fun, but other than that I’m hard pressed for an episode that has less going on heading into it. That said, hype is far from the most important part of a wrestling show and AEW has done far more with far less, so I’ve little doubt that this will be yet another outing from them. Will this be yet another collection of solid matches to the week that much more bearable to get through? Let’s find out!!
Before the first match begins we are informed that Jericho will be joining Jr, Tony, and Excalibur in the booth tonight. Jericho doesn’t JUST walk to the booth and do commentary! Dude comes out with his FULL entrance and theme music just to walk to the right and put on a headset. THAT’S how you get a show started! I know that JR has his own theme, but why doesn’t everyone else? I’d LOVE to see what Excalibur’s entrance is like!
FTR Vs. The Butcher & The Blade
The first showcase for the former Revival is something that fans have anticipated for months, so can they live up to those expectations? Heck, it’s been a while since we’ve seen The Butcher and The Blade in action so you could argue they have as much to prove as FTR does, and thankfully both teams manage to bring their A-game here for a very satisfying opening bout. I still don’t really GET The Revival the way that apparently everyone else does (I still don’t know which one is which), but they are a VERY good team here and pull off some impressive moves; especially this one part where one of them grabs Blade out of mid-air and slams him to the mat which looked brutal and a spot later where the bald one superplexes The Blade to the mat and is soon followed by the one with hair landing an elbow drop from the top rope. There’s also a great bit of storytelling here where a lot of the big wigs at the company, Arn Anderson, Tully Blanchard, Jake Roberts, you could even count Jericho since he’s calling the match, have come out to see what happens. Everyone wants to know what FTR are about and are hoping to recruit them to whatever faction they represent; whether they’ll join The Nightmare Family, help Lance Archer get another stab at the belts, or join The Inner Circle which frankly would be the BEST option. I’d love to see Santana and Ortiz get super passive aggressive at them like a bad sitcom plot. The match eventually comes to an end when FTR lands a Goodnight Express on The Butcher (kinda looks like a Jackhammer only with two people) which gets him out of the match and they immediately follow it up with a Mind Breaker (a pile driver thingy) onto The Blade for the win. FTR are then being interviewed in the ring when The Young Bucks come out form the back. They tell FTR how great the match was and they thank them for helping fight off The Butcher & The Blade two weeks ago. However, they are a LITTLE bit salty that FTR has kind of been avoiding them up to that point and makes it clear that THEY are the best tag team at AEW and FTR can sit comfortably in second place. It looks things are about to spark between them when The Butcher comes back and takes out The Bucks. FTR tries to make the save but are overwhelmed by Kip Sabian and Jimmy Havoc who come out… for some reason, but are soon run off by Kenny Omega and Adam Page who come out to ACTUALLY make the save. Once the heels are gone, the three teams are left to stare at each other; a teasing of things to come as these three times will no doubt clash in the near future. In a company full of really great tag teams, I’m not convinced that they are at the TOP of the heap (especially with the Omega/Page Vs. Bucks match still fresh in my memory), but they’re gonna have lots of chances to prove themselves so perhaps I’ll change my tune soon enough. In any case, this was a fun match and a solid introduction for these two.