AEW Dynamite is owned by All Elite Wrestling, Tony Khan, Shahid Khan, and TNT
Tis the season for things to get lost in the shuffle as the holidays approach and these recaps get more and more delayed, but I’m not about to give up gosh darn it! December has been full of stress and scrambling, but the AEW show each week is something I always look forward to even if they don’t always knock it out of the park. Was this episode another reminder of why I keep doing this week in and week out, or is it a confusing mess that’s practically begging for me to skip a week? Let’s find out!!
Hangman Page & The Dark Order (Reynolds & Silver) Vs. Hardy Party (Matt Hardy, Isaiah Kassidy, and Marq Quen)
Page and the Geeks come out first with Reynolds and Silver wearing matching (and VERY adorable) cowboy outfits. Seems like an innocent enough homage to me, but Page seems particularly annoyed when Silver tries to throw up his hand sign so perhaps he’s not ready to embrace his new buddies just yet and form a new faction. Speaking of hand signs, what is that supposed to be? As far as I can tell, it’s just Hangman throwing up a Loser “L” which doesn’t seem particularly cowboy, but he’s also a 90’s kid so I’ll let him have it. As for that match itself, it was pretty darn good; especially for an opening match. It’s a bit odd that neither teams are truly faces or heels which means that there isn’t much DRAMA there, but it also means that they focus on spots and big moves which I like to see in the first match of a show. The opener doesn’t have to be advancing the most important storylines but it has to POP and this match definitely does that with some impressive work from all involved. If I had to pick an MVP it might be Marq Quen because he is in this several times and does a GREAT job with everybody. He starts off the match with Page and they have a great exchange for a bit before the rest of Hardy Party tries a triple team. Page manages to avoid it however and Silver & Reynolds rush in to make the save and look like superstars while doing it! With Silver soaking up so much spotlight it’d be easy for Reynolds to get lost in the shuffle (much like Other Dude in WHAM), but he’s a good worker and balances out Silver’s overwhelming exuberance and he has possibly the best moment in the match towards the end of it. If anyone is a heel in here, it’s Hardy as he’s the only one getting any sort of heat; in this case on Silver with submissions and beatings which eventually leads to a hot tag for Page who explodes out of the corner and runs wild! Even this however is brought to an end by Matt Hardy with a Side Effect and a two count on Page. He goes for a Twist of Fate but Page gets out of it and the two tag in Reynolds and Quen who are so great in these brief moments that I want to see them have a singles match! Reynolds probably isn’t as athletic as Marq Quen (who possibly could be?) but he holds his own and their brief confrontation is topped off with that RIDICULOUSLY AWESOME combination that he and Silver does with a Powerbomb from Hangman for good measure. The ending is a BIT of a disappointment for me and the only thing close to a sour note in the whole match. Silver takes a Twist of Fate on the apron that ended up hurting his knee which was concerning to see, though he later confirmed that it’s fine and he just has a bruise which is a relief considering how injury prone people have been at AEW, but the point is that this is what takes Silver out of the match which leaves Page and Reynolds at a disadvantage. Page takes a kick from Isaiah that knocks him over the barricade and Private Party finishes off Reynolds with a Gin and Juice, but instead of pinning him themselves they go to the effort of letting Matt tag in so that he can make the pin and win the match. Perhaps I’m overthinking it, but the kick and tumble that Page took REALLY shouldn’t have taken him out of the match long enough for Private Party to land their super move and then have someone else run in and make a three count, but I guess we can’t have Page win with these two goofballs just yet so they had to find a way for it to make sense that Page couldn’t make the save. Aside from that, which isn’t TOO big of a deal, this was a fun match and a GREAT way to start the show! My only hope is that Page’s loss here doesn’t discourage him from teaming up with these two again, because they made a fantastic team and I want to see them each and every week!Continue reading “Super Wrestling: AEW Dynamite (12-16-2020)”