High Spots: This may have been the best episode of Dynamite thus far. And that’s due in part to the perfect trifecta of a hot crowd, strong matches, and good storyline development. Jon Moxley set the pace early as he stormed out through the crowd and earned himself a roaring ovation. His match with Karl Anderson for the IWGP United States Championship ended up being a fun opener. Moxley has to heal back up in time since he’s destined to face Lance Archer in a second Texas Death Match on Fyter Fest Night 2. Now I’d love to see Archer rip the title out of Moxley’s hands, but NJPW obviously gets the final say on their championship winners and losers. Since NJPW loves Moxley, I just can’t see Archer winning the title from him just yet. Which pains me to say cause Archer really needs something good to sink his teeth into.
Ricky Starks and Brian Cage kept the good vibes rolling with their FTW Championship match. Their match started out a little sloppy, but it quickly recovered and grabbed the crowd’s attention. It was so strange hearing the crowd boo Cage since he was clearly the babyface, but I totally understood their reactions since Ricky Starks is just a bit hotter as a personality. Looks like Cage is out of Team Taz while Starks has been crowned as the new diamond for the whole stable. Andrade El Idolo called out The Death Triangle, which leads me to believe that he’s either trying to steal Penta El Zero M and Rey Fenix from PAC or take them all on in singles matches. Santana and Ortiz pulled up on Tully Blanchard, which did a good job of further building up the eventual dream match between them and FTR. That’s a tag team classic in the making if you ask me!
The build to Kenny Omega and Adam Page’s AEW World Championship continues. We got a more confident Page verbally jousting with Omega that led to them setting up a 10-man tag team elimination match that will determine if their match will happen or not. Page’s team is obviously gonna get the W, which will hopefully set up their epic encounter at All Out. I didn’t care to see Matt Hardy vs. Christian Cage when it was first announced, but I was pleasantly surprised by how good it turned out to be. I should have known their match was going to be better than expected since Cage hasn’t lost a step and Matt still has it in him to hold up his end of the bargain this late in his career. We got a Wheeler Yuta sighting on this episode as he proved to be the perfect opponent for the Texas hometown boy in Sami Guevara. A good showing there from the two young stallions.
Chris Jericho has his work cut out for him now that MJF has set up his Pinnacle comrades to put him down. Jericho caught a beatdown in the back from Shawn Spears that set up their match on the next episode. Penelope Ford vs. Yuka Sakazaki was a solid showcase for the women’s division. And speaking of the women’s division, I’m pretty hype to see how Britt Baker vs. Nyla Rose unfolds. Shout out to God’s favorite champion Miro. His promo work stayed strong as ever on this episode as he debuted the new white and green TNT Championship strap. And finally, kudos to Ethan Page and Darby Allin for being the madmen they are during their show-closing Coffin Match. They went above and beyond to keep the crowd alive thanks to their brutal spots and incorporation of their signature partners. That top rope powerbomb to the steel steps and Allin’s Coffin Drop after the match popped the hell outta me. The sight of a damaged Allin looking up triumphantly at the camera was a great closing shot from a great episode of Dynamite.