AEW Dynamite is owned by All Elite Wrestling, Shahid Khan, and TNT
It is week… I don’t even know anymore, of the COVID era of wrestling and like everything else things are starting to blur for me. I USED to be able to at least keep up with the WWE PPVs, but Backlash looks about as interesting as a symposium on paint drying and NXT is only faring slightly better. That’s not to say that AEW has been above reproach in recent weeks as I’ve found the most recent episodes a bit of a chore to get through at times, but they’ve at least kept things afloat for me as a wrestling fan while the rest of the country (and the government in particular) is doing everything they can to prolong this crisis. Gee, I’ve been getting on my soapbox a bit much lately! Let’s just try to forget the world for a bit and focus on another fun show of dudes beating the crap out of other dudes and yelling into microphones! Can this week’s AEW get me out of my lockdown lethargy and get excited for this noble sport once again!? Let’s find out!!
Kenny Omega & Hangman Adam Page Vs. The Natural Nightmares (Dustin Rhodes & QT Marshall)
The Natural Nightmares are accompanied to the ring by Brandi Rhodes
Not wasting any time, the show begins with The Natural Nightmares already in the ring while Omega and Hangman get their full entrance. Seriously, I can believe Dustin got the Jobber treatment! QT Marshall, sure, but they couldn’t give freaking DUSTIN the airtime to play his song!? If it wasn’t clear from the lack of buildup last week and the entrances here, Dustin and QT Marshall don’t have much of a chance at winning these belts, but even if they spent the time to make this seem like a legitimate challenge before entering the ring, the match itself would give away how unlikely The Natural Nightmare’s chances are within the first few minutes. I don’t know, Dustin doesn’t look his best in this match and Kenny is bumping like a mo-fo which makes it all feel a lot faker than it should. There’s something about Kenny that I first noticed in his match against Joey Janela where it’s hard to buy some people fighting against him. Dustin is looking worse than he ever has working against Kenny as it just looks so fake for him to sell this damage of moves that don’t look like they’re doing that much. It’s not much better for QT Marshall who is certainly more athletic than Dustin and manages to look okay against Adam Page, but there’s just not enough here to invest in the bout as it feels far too scripted. The match heats up eventually once Marshall pulls off this awesome flip kick, and Dustin eventually does that amazing Canadian Destroyer of his, so from that point on the match feels a bit more even handed. QT Marshall even gets the advantage with a Diamond Cutter and it’s at that point that Allie comes out from the back to cheer for him who if you recall has been dating him for a few weeks now. Her encouragement spurs him to try and take out Omega with a jump from the top rope… and he totally whiffs it, so good job Allie! They go for a bit after that but it’s clear that Marshall’s momentum has been lost and he eventually eats a Last Call from Omega and Hangman to end the match. It took a while to get there, but I ended up enjoying it by the end. I think Kenny’s one fatal flaw is his ability to sell for lesser opponents, and it’s not like he isn’t TRYING but it seems he has trouble making it convincing in certain circumstances and it was the case for at about half of this match. Aside from that it wasn’t the best match from any of the wrestlers involved, but it ended up being an alright way to start the show.