Kingston Is the Real Deal: AEW Dynamite Reviews By Dave

Reviews by Dave

Show air date: November 4, 2020

I thought AEW Dynamite was a better go-home show for their Full Gear pay-per-view than their last one, though it had a few issues, including every sitdown interview doing a job to a strong echo and of course, “LeTRUMPion” Chris Jericho thought the whole point of his being at commentary was to get himself over. Lots of unnecessarily long matches and dives but some good to great promos.

MJF and Wardlow defeated Ortiz and Sammy Guevara

AEW Dynamite starts with Jericho, Jake Hager and Santana of the Inner Circle talking about the continuing bid from MJF to gain membership. They put over Hager’s latest win in Bellator MMA. MJF and Wardlow confront them and have the best segment together since the first one. Less nonsense, more taking this seriously.

MJF and Wardlow beat IC members Ortiz and Sammy Guevara in a good match for the most part. It got silly at the end because it became more about getting in their shit than even pretending they’re trying to win. AEW had to push in an angle with Matt Hardy attacking Guevara to push their Full Gear “Elite Deletion” match.

Kenny Omega Sits Down with Tony Schiavone

Tony Schiavone sat down with Kenny Omega at his Airbnb and had an eh interview. That boy is not nearly as charismatic as he thinks he is.

Miro defeated Trent

Continuing the stupidest feud in AEW, Miro beat Trent of Best Friends in Miro’s singles debut. The work was fine, but Miro should not be having long matches with a secondary tag guy. If he struggles with Trent, he doesn’t stand a chance against Moxley or Cody.

Ricky Starks With Some Hot Talk

Team Taz comes out and cut a nice promo with Taz warning TNT championship participants CODY and Darby Allin that they would be at Full Gear. Ricky Starks with some hot talk as well. The young guys really got to shine last.

The Young Bucks defeated Private Party

Guevara attacked and laid out Matt Hardy as he accompanied Private Party to the ring for their match with the Young Bucks. Isaiah Cassidy’s looking like he’s filling out. He should pass some tips to Nick Jackson. The match was another Bucks match with the Bucks winning but selling Matt’s hurt ankle. Tag champs and Bucks opponent for Full Gear, FTR with Tully Blanchard, jump the Bucks after the match, and then it got lame as they stalled and stalled until Hangman Page could stagger out and somehow he still got there before Omega.

Moxley vs Kingston: Verbal Battle

Schiavone attempts to host a final faceoff between world champion Jon Moxley and challenger Eddie Kingston. Kingston kicks him out pretty fast and he was just electric. Moxley wasn’t bad but he was not the star of that segment. Eddie is modern-day old school.

This is followed by an excellent video package on the returning PAC.

They finally give the Butcher, Blade, Bunny/Nightmare Family angle some TV time with BBB whooping Dustin Rhodes and QT Marshall’s asses backstage.

Nyla Rose defeated Red Velvet

“The Native Beast” Nyla Rose, with the most wasted big acquisition Vickie Guerrero, beats Red Velvet in a good exhibition for the top contender to the Women’s World title and champion, Shida. A brief skirmish between the two after sets the stage for what should be a good match.

Main Event: Cody and The Gunn Club defeated Ten, John Silver, and Colt Cabana

In a just damn odd match to have as the main event, TNT champion CODY teamed with Billy and Austin Gunn (The Gunn Club) to beat a mishmash of Dark Order guys: Ten, John Silver, and Colt Cabana. Not a main event level match but still with some good work. They let the young guy in Austin get the heat and get the win. I appreciate that. I was starting to think “Finally. A men’s match with no dives to the floor.” Then Cody effed it up, always looking more like a guy falling than an actual dive.

He closes with an okay promo at his Full Gear opponent, Darby Allin, who was sitting way up in the “cheap seats”, social distancing from the riff-raff.

It was a solid show. Not great but better than some of the more recent work.