High Spots: Saturday Night Dynamite was a whole vibe, guys! And for someone as introverted as yours truly, getting to stay inside to watch some wrestling was perfect. Yes, I’m washed. Whatever! Anyway, we were treated to some great in-ring action here. After CM Punk bathed in all that live audience adoration, Malakai Black and Dante Martin competed in the first match of the evening. There was smart limb work on display here as Malakai had midsection issues, while Dante’s leg got worked over throughout the match. Dante’s high-flying work was heat as usual, but it all came down to a swift Black Mass kick from Malakai. Lio Rush tried to help his boy Dante get the win by avoiding another springboard maneuver, but the Top Flight member ignored his pleas. At least Dante got some recognition from Malaki, though! Based on the backstage beatdown handed down by The Elite to Jurassic Express, I’m fully prepared for a major grudge match between the two stables at Full Gear. Jungle Boy, Luchasaurus, and Christian Cage vs. Adam Cole & The Young Bucks in a rematch with a special stipulation works for me!
I’m kinda diggin’ this whole American Top Team vs. Inner Circle feud now! After that hot trios match we got on Rampage the night before, I actually care about what happens between the two stables from this point forward. Adam Lambert is a friggin’ heat magnet and one of the biggest heels in wrestling, which is pretty wild when you think about the current heel landscape. We’re due for a 10-man tag between the groups at Full Gear, I say. And hopefully, another singles match between Scorpio Sky and Chris Jericho, plus a TNT Championship match between Sami Guevarra and Ethan Page on Dynamite in the coming weeks. So Andrade El Idolo promised us a masked duo for this episode’s AAA World Tag Team Championship (Campeonato en Parejas AAA) match against The Lucha Bros. Here I was expecting a AAA tag team, but instead, we got a mysterious new duo. And after a few minutes of watching them work, it became increasingly evident that it was FTR under the masks. My initial confusion turned into excitement as both teams ended up having quite the exhilarating tag team contest! The lively Miami crowd loved every moment of it and so did I.
The end result of that match was the most shocking as FTR escaped with the belts. It turns out an earlier business transaction between Andrade and MJF led to that whole affair coming together in the first place. It’s gonna be pretty wild once FTR makes the trek over to Mexico to get embroiled in some AAA action! Backstage, we learned that Lio has something new in mind for his young protege Dante - a new tag team partner. And of course, it’s gonna be Lio himself. That’s pretty dope, actually! Can’t wait to see how well those two mesh together. Another backstage vignette saw Serena Deeb embrace her new heel role by making it clear that she single-handedly saved AEW’s women’s division. Hikaru Shida put hands and feet all over her to disrupt that promo, which has me excited to see them run it back in the ring once again. Jon Moxley’s on a warpath, it seems! Wheeler Youta just so happened to be on that path and got himself a swift beatdown for his troubles. I wonder if Orange Cassidy will step in to defend his boy Wheeler and step up to Moxley at Full Gear…
Three words, folks - SOCKO! SOCKO! SOCKO! Evil Uno went to the Mankind well during an insane trio match between The Dark Order and the SuperKliq. I realize The Bucks’ balls to the wall match formula is off-putting for many, but I just can’t get enough of it. This match was another example of just how awesome it is to witness PWG trios matches being broadcasted on cable TV. The Dark Order had some renewed spirit thanks to Adam Page’s return, but Cole and The Bucks’ combined awesomeness overcame them. Afterward, Jungle Boy came back to enact some revenge on the guys that jumped him earlier in the show. Brandon Cutler got his ass whupped as usual while his stablemates left him behind. I loved that moment just cause the super-live Miami crowd sung along to “Tarzan Boy” all the while. We got a much stronger Cody Rhodes and Arn Anderson training vignette on this episode. Arn and Cody’s wrestling school trainees showed him some tough love in an effort to get him refocused on being the best he can be. This is all leading to a rematch with Malaki at some point, so count me in for this new version of Cody once that third meeting between the two comes to pass.
MJF sure loves the word “mid” now, I see! He sprinkled it into his scathing promo aimed at Darby Allin and the entire city of Miami. I think we’re due for a major grudge match between the two at Full Gear but based on what happened during the ref’s countdown, Sting wants a piece of the privileged slimeball first. Just imagine MJF getting to go one on one with Sting! I’m hoping we get that on the next Saturday Night Dynamite. AEW’s ladies got to shine a bit! It looks like Britt Baker and Anna Jay is starting to take shape, which I’m slightly intrigued by. In the ring, we saw Kiera Hogan and Penelope Ford deliver a solid exhibition. It started off a bit sloppy at first, but it gradually grew into something I got some enjoyment from. Kiera has a sick superplex, I must say! Penelope ultimately got the win, but her celebration was short-lived as Ruby Soho came out to dish out some revenge. It’s looking like all these women’s division mini-feuds are going to have a huge impact on the TBS Tournament! COWBOY SHIT! COWBOY SHIT! COWBOY SHIT! “Hangman” Adam Page spoke to the crowd and delivered an emotional promo that covered everything that’s gone on in his AEW career thus far. Fresh off the heels of him winning an AEW World Championship opportunity at Full Gear and the birth of his son, Page is ready to realize his dream and capture the big strap.
"The Redeemer" Miro is now questioning the very same God he fought for as TNT Champion. That promo of his was so convincing that I thought he was about to enter a feud with the man upstairs! I can't wait to see which direction Miro goes next. This airing of Saturday Night Dynamite was capped off with a hard-hitting scrimmage between former Ring of Honor greats Bryan Danielson and Bobby Fish. Both men were all about that “tap and snap” game plan during their heated main event. Bobby was definitely on one here as he talked super spicy with the crowd and tore up Danielson’s leg with stiff kicks and submissions. The “American Dragon” responded in kind with some debilitating kicks and leg locks of his own, which made their match especially brutal when compared to the rest of the evening’s card. Bryan got the W and sent me & the Miami crowd home happy after another eventful evening of AEW action!
Botches: None to speak of, honestly...