Reviews by Dave
Show air date: September 9, 2020
AEW Dynamite, this episode, had real moments that felt like chores to get through (it was like watching AEW Raw) as well as some truly great moments, particularly with the promos this week. They open with Chris Jericho and MJF arriving at the same time to talk to Tony Schiavone in the parking lot. A pretty funny segment with them expressing their clearly disingenuous admiration for each other while dissing each other as they walked away.
Jurassic Express defeated The Lucha Bros
Jurassic Express–Luchasaurus and Jungle Boy Jack Perry–pulled off a big upset, beating the Lucha Bros in a match that just looked sloppy. Luchasaurus works too hard to be cute so he delivers his flashy strikes extremely slow to be safe but it looks bad. Just stop doing so many of them, bruh. Even the finish was dumb as somehow Penta couldn’t stop from hitting his brother with a Canadian Destroyer, allowing Perry to pin Rey Fenix. This was barely a minute after Perry kicked up from their signature stomp/package piledriver finish. It only got good once the match was over, Butcher and Blade and Eddie Kingston came out to keep them from fighting. Just let Kingston talk the whole damn show.
MurderHawk and Matt Hardy Promo
That goes right into another excellent promo outside in the rain from “MurderHawk” Lance Archer and Jake Roberts, the new top contender for the World title.
Matthew Hardy delivers a pretty good promo (for him) and he gave the fans an excuse to clap for themselves so it was positively received live. He addressed his injury at the pay-per-view and seems to be taking some time off.
Orange Cassidy defeat Angelico
Orange Cassidy beat Angelico in a good TV match, continuing OC’s momentum. He’s then jumped by Santana and Ortiz, the friends of his enemy Jericho and also the heated rivals of his allies, Best Friends. Chuck Taylor and Trent make the save and challenge the Inner Circle duo to a fight in the parking lot next week and the challenge is accepted. Taylor was nothing special on the mic. Just let Trent handle the talking. Props to OC for still selling his beatdown as Best Friends did their signature hug. Details matter.
The Best Man Miro!
I can’t imagine the debut of a major acquisition being more anti-climactic than the introduction of Miro. He delivered the best promo he’s probably ever cut but since he’s going to have a ton of babyface sympathy, why bring him in with heel Kip Sabian?
Chris Jericho and Jake Hager defeated Sonny Kiss and Joey Janela
The ultimate All Lives Matter team of Chris Jericho and Jake Hager beat Sonny Kiss and Joey Janela in an okay match. Way too much Janela. But you knew he was going to go through a table sooner or later. Kiss looked good here, especially late. I think him vs Hager would be a good and unique matchup. They did a spot on the stage near the steps. Someone is clearly going to have to get hurt before they stop those. Jericho announced he and Hager will be pursuing the tag titles. I guess the Inner Circle needs ANOTHER tag team.
FTR Roasted The AEW Tag Team Division
Newly crowned tag champs FTR had a very good segment with Tully Blanchard, roasting everyone in the division. They set up their match next week with Jurassic Express, but I would loved this segment a lot more if Tully has slapped fire out of Marko Stunt.
Nyla Rose defeated Tay Conti
“The Native Beast” Nyla Rose beat the debuting Tay Conti. Rose looked good and ready for another run at the title. Conti has a nice bicycle knee strike and that is it. Face off with Women’s champion Shida after the match. Vickie Guerrero would be better if she built into the “EXCUSE ME!!” and not starting at screeching.
Main Event: Mr. Brodie Lee (c) defeated Dustin Rhodes for the TNT Championship
TNT Champion Mr. Brodie Lee beat Dustin Rhodes (I love “They Call Him The Natural” as a nickname) in a good main event. Just two big guys slugging it out. Lee shouldn’t need Dark Order flunkies getting involved with Dustin but overall the match was good with the DO dropping Dustin afterwards, while making probationary member Colt Cabana go backstage.
Okay show for matches, great for promos