Jon Moxley vs. Ortiz (w/ Santana)
This episode of AEW Dynamite started with the match between Jon Moxley and Ortiz while Santana was at ringside and Chris Jericho and Sammy Guevara were on commentary while Jake Hager was beside them. So, we had once more the situation that the whole Inner Circle was out there while Moxley was alone.
The match itself was good but what else would you expect from these two performers. Santana tried several times to get involved, but in the end, Moxley performed the Paradigm Shift for the three count. After the match, Santana attacked Moxley from behind but seconds later he also had to eat a Paradigm Shift. Then, Moxley used the Ford GT keys to spike Santana’s eye and flew through the crowd just before Hager, Guevara and Jericho arrived in the ring.
Opinion: A great match to open the show, but the main focus was logically on the post-match angle which was also interesting. They definitely continue to have a good build-up towards the title match.
“Best Friends” Trent and Chuck Taylor (w/ Orange Cassidy) vs. “SCU” Frankie Kazarian and Scorpio Sky
That match was quite entertaining and took about ten minutes. In the end, Chuck Taylor and Trent shared a hug after some successful moves what gave Scorpio Sky and Frankie Kazarian too much time to recover and Kazarian hit Trent with a Yoshi Tonic for the pinfall victory. After the match, the Dark Order came out and attacked both teams. Orange Cassidy confronted them, and they offered him a mask but he didn’t accept it by putting his hands into the pocket what led to an attack by Stu. Christopher Daniels came out to save both teams and the Dark Order left without taking the fight.
Opinion: A good match, but the Dark Order just makes no progress and doesn’t get interesting in any way.
Britt Baker vs. Yuka Sakazaki
This fight didn’t even take five minutes as then Britt Baker wanted to apply the Lockjaw which Yuka Sakazaki turned into a crucifix for the three count. After the match, Baker attacked Sakazaki and applied the Lockjaw.
Opinion: So, Baker now doesn’t just talk trash like a heel, but also acts like one during and after the matches. Due to the post-match attack, some blood came out of Sakazaki’s mouth what let the whole attack look even more brutal.
“The Elite” Adam “Hangman” Page, Kenny Omega, Nick Jackson and Matt Jackson vs. “The Lucha Bros” Rey Fenix and Penatgon Jr. and “The Butcher and the Blade” (w/ the Bunny)
As you would expect from eight such amazing athletes, this match was really entertaining. Also, we saw interesting teamwork combinations by the Elite and high-flying moves by the Young Bucks, Penatgon Jr and Rey Fenix. In the final phase of this match, it got quite chaotic since all eight men showed one move after another in the ring.
In the end, Adam Page seemed to have no energy left, but refused to tag in Matt Jackson or Nick Jackson. This gave Pentagon and Fenix the chance to perform their typical form of the Pentadriver for the win. After the match, Page left alone through the crowd while, his three partners were still in the ring and it seemed as Omega would apologize to the Young Bucks for Page’s behaviour.
Opinion: The next entertaining match and you have to give AEW credit that they find each week on AEW Dynamite a different way to let this storyline around the Elite and Page look interesting.
Pac and Omega
Tony Shiavone wanted to interview Omega, but Pac appeared on the screen and said that it would be his interview now. He said that he might have left Michael Nakazawa for dead, but we would find out how much Omega cares about Riho who also could be seen on the screen. Omega said that he would give him the match. Pac answered that he wouldn’t attack a woman and explained that he’s a bastard but not a beast like she is and suddenly Nyla Rose appeared who attacked Riho and hit her with a Powerbomb on a table.
Opinion: Good stuff by Pac as always even though it looks a bit like he would be in no man’s land. Yes, he’s in this feud with Omega but the real focus is on the storyline between Page and Omega.
Kip Sabian (w/ Penelope Ford) vs. Joey Janela
This match took over 10 minutes and logically, in the end, it was Penelope Ford who helped Kip Sabian getting away with a roll-up victory.
After the match, we saw the Inner Circle in the backstage area as the got approached by an interviewer. Jericho was furious and said what kind of person would stick a key in someone’s eye. Santana stood up and went close towards the camera to talk aggressively as he explained that he would have to bring out a side of himself which nobody has ever seen and noted that next week it would be an eye for an eye.
Backstage, Page got approached by Lexy who wanted to interview him. Also, the Young Bucks came into the picture and said that they would want to know what his problem is, but they already would know it and took the beer away from him. However, Page then drank directly from a beer pitcher and we heard the crowd cheering.
Opinion: I was quite surprised that Sabian and Janela got that much time. The backstage promo by Santana was full of energy and extremely good. However, it’s a bit questionable that the crowd cheers for Page’s alcoholism.
MJF’s 10 lashes to Cody Rhodes
Then, it was finally time for the main event of this episode of AEW Dynamite. MJF came out first with Wardlow and then Cody joined them in the ring. Cody took off his shirt to get ready for the lashes as then MJF explained that his belt would be too nice for Cody and demanded his one. The American Nightmare handed his belt to MJF.
After the first hit, the Butcher, the Blade, the Bunny, Sabian, Baker and Guevara all came on the stage to watch what happens in the ring while MJF took off his jacket. After the following lashes, Cody went to the ground while Arn Anderson told him to not give MJF the satisfaction he wants.
After the fourth lash, MJF asked Cody if he would want to quit. Dustin Rhodes came out after the fifth and demanded that he would take the remaining one. MJF told him that this wouldn’t be how this works and sent Dustin to the ringside. After number seven, the Young Bucks came out while Cody rolled to the ringside. Dustin, the Young Bucks and Anderson supported him as he then went back into the ring for number eight. Wardlow took number nine what sent Cody again back on the ground. Brandi came out and she and Cody held hands while they had tears in their eyes. The whole crowd and the other wrestlers motivated him to take the 10th lash as he did, but then MJF gave him also a low kick before he and Wardlow escaped through the ground before the show closed.
Opinion: They wanted to let it look like a real drama and really tried everything. There are surely enough people who liked this segment, but I definitely didn’t. They did a good job, but these 10 lashes just were not my taste. However, the biggest problem is maybe that they have such a big build-up and both men are perfect heel and face respectively, but I’m not sure if Cody can get such an incredible match out of MJF as this feud surely deserves.
This was a great episode of AEW Dynamite even though the main event was not perfect in my eyes. It was a real drama and the crowd was really emotional and so they reached what they wanted. Anyways, AEW has quite interesting storylines at the moment, but one little problem is that some receive incredibly much time while others don’t, and this is at the moment the “worst” thing about this show.