AEW Dynamite is owned by All Elite Wrestling, Tony Khan, Shahid Khan, and TBS
It’s a New Year for everyone and a new channel for AEW! None too soon, if you ask me! The show has never dipped so low as to compare it to WWE, but there were some rough patches in the latter half of 2021 that had me hoping that a fresh start will kick things back into gear and give us the kind of wrestling show that we want to see from AEW! Does the move to TBS reinvigorate the show, or is it just more of the same no matter where you find it? Let’s find out!!
Hangman Adam Page Vs. Bryan Danielson – AEW World Title Match
The last match felt a bit padded with the commercial breaks interrupting the ebb and flow of the action, but in the end, I think we got everything we needed to out of that match, so watching this one felt a little bit redundant. There really isn’t much of a status quo change or some new issue that they have to work through; it’s just a shorter version of what we saw last time. Now that’s not to say that the action isn’t great or that Danielson isn’t one of the best in-ring storytellers working today, but I didn’t find myself enjoying the sequel as much as I would have hoped. There still feels like there’s a bit of padding here as Danielson starts the fight by intentionally stalling to try and get Hangman frustrated. This goes on for a few minutes and is certainly a great way to start a match, but almost as soon as Hangman starts to fight back, he’s stymied by Danielson who tosses him arm first into the post, and so Danielson slows things down once again as he starts to work the arm over. Hangman gets a break from this after hitting Danielson with a Fall Away Slam, but Danielson regains control almost immediately when he drops Hangman into the ring steps, which is the point where the blood starts flowing and is another thing I’m ambivalent of. There’s a lot of blood in this match (Danielson gets opened ups as well) and there are a lot of head butts to make the most of it, and while I can appreciate blood and violence in certain contexts (the Street Fight on Rampage being a good example), it just felt really excessive here. I’ve been wary about Danielson wrestling for a while now, and seeing him with a crimson mask doing running Headbutts over and over again feels like taunting at this point. Aside from some slowness here and there and the worrisome violence, the action is as good as you’d expect. Danielson is keeping up a good fight and Hangman looks to be in trouble throughout, but every once in a while he’ll hit a big move that sets up a Buckshot Lariat. The first one is when Hangman catches Danielson mid-dive to hit a Deadeye on the floor. He tosses Danielson in and sets up on the apron when Danielson comes up with the most BRILLIANT strategy imaginable to avoid the Buckshot! He drops to the mat! I mean yeah, it sounds simple when you say it out loud, but very few people (including Kenny Omega) seem to realize that standing is the only way the move can work. Truly, Danielson is a master tactician in the ring! Hangman’s second attempt happens after a Moonsault to the floor, and while Danielson stays standing for this attempt, he manages to dodge it and hits his Running Knee Strike and gets a very close two count! Danielson remains firmly in control for a while here and even does that face stomp thing that he did to the Dark Order. Hangman fights his way out of it and lands a rather scary-looking Back Drop Driver that leaves Danielson dazed. Hangman goes to the apron, lines up his shot, and FINALLY hits the Buckshot Lariat which is enough to get the pin and win the match! Hangman retains his title, and in doing so delivers Bryan Danielson his first loss at AEW! I understand the reason behind having the last match be the longest match in AEW history, and I guess you need SOMETHING for the show’s big move to TBS, but it felt like a lot of the same stuff we saw last time, and the things they did add (i.e. the blood) didn’t make it feel any more important. Still, not a bad way to start the show and to start the TBS era of Dynamite!Continue reading “Super Wrestling: AEW Dynamite (01-05-2022)”