Powell’s AEW Dynamite Hit List: The Dark Order attacks The Elite and SCU, Chris Jericho vs. Jungle Boy in a ten minute challenge, Kris Statlander vs. Britt Baker, Kenny Omega and Hangman Page vs. Pentagon Jr. and Fenix

By Jason Powell, ProWrestling.net Editor (@prowrestlingnet)

AEW Dynamite Hits

Chris Jericho vs. Jungle Boy in a ten minute challenge: The in-ring action was entertaining and I love the way Jungle Boy showed heart by holding on despite Jericho having him locked in his finisher, and then how he nearly beat Jericho during the five extra minutes that Jericho demanded. Jericho claiming that he said Jericho couldn’t beat him in ten minutes only to have Tony Schiavone call him on it during the post match interview was fun. Jake Hager swatting Marko Stunt out of mid-air was a great visual. This match was the highlight of the night and hopefully they have a plan to follow up with Jungle Boy.

Kris Statlander vs. Britt Baker to earn an AEW Women’s Title shot: A good, competitive match. I like the way Statlander has been positioned as a powerhouse during her early run on Dynamite. While I still can’t wrap my head around Statlander thinking she’s an alien, they did a good job of establishing the way she communicates during the match and then having her give Brandi Rhodes an easy to understand rejection afterward. I hope they have a good plan for this alien gimmick and it’s not just a case of hoping that her independent gimmick will stick. Fans seem to be showing patience with this gimmick, but I can’t even imagine how negative the reaction would be if WWE introduced a wrestler who claimed to be an alien.

Kenny Omega and Hangman Page vs. Pentagon Jr. and Fenix: A good opener that actually came in a bit below my high expectations. The finish was logical in that the established tag team won while the match also continued the build toward the apparent Omega and Page split. I was surprised that it was Page accidentally hitting Omega followed by Omega taking the pin, as I thought they might do the opposite to play into Page’s growing frustration.

Cody and Darby Allin vs. The Butcher and The Blade: A soft Hit for a decent tag match. We know that The Butcher, The Blade, and The Bunny don’t care for Cody, but we don’t know enough about the trio beyond that. And now that they lost this match, where does that leave them? Meanwhile, I like the Cody and Allin pairing.

Overall show: This wasn’t the strongest edition of Dynamite, but it was a good show for the most part. Brandi Rhodes was still the only female given mic time, and she’s a good talker so the issue isn’t with her getting mic time as much as it is that the other women desperately need mic time and character development. That noted, they did a good job of spotlighting Kris Statlander, who apparently doesn’t communicate the way humans do (I can’t believe I just wrote that). They also made time for the Jungle Boy sit-down interview with Jim Ross, the Young Bucks video package, and some other other talking segments. In other words, this was more than just wrestling, wrestling, and nothing but wrestling.

AEW Dynamite Misses

Dark Order: The faction received some good vignettes leading up to their attack on The Elite and SCU after the main event, but it feels like AEW is going way overboard. I appreciated AEW creative doing their best to make a gimmick work that wasn’t well received coming out of the gate. But it feels like they are pushing them far too aggressively by having them work over the top guys. The Dark Order strikes me as a mid-card act. AEW creative clearly feels otherwise. If they are hellbent on making this work, then here’s hoping this is leading to something bigger and they eventually reveal a notable name as the hidden leader of the faction. The current version with Evil Uno leading a team known primarily for their enhancement work and a bunch of masked independent wrestlers just isn’t cutting it.


Readers Comments (3)

  1. They reveal the leader of the Dark Order with a hooded figure and then …Cody:”It was me! It was me the whole time!” J.R.:Sunnava…!”

  2. I watched NXT first this past week, but this show was not nearly as disappointing as I expected from some of the online takes I saw. I continue to enjoy both shows.

    I like Kris Statlander a lot and don’t mind her alien gimmick because it’s been fun so far and it’s not the main part of her character. The main part of her character is that she’s good in the ring and believable as a tougher, bigger female wrestler. Then the alien bit just adds to her persona.

    Not a fan of Dark Order, but I was wondering if Adam Page might have been one of the guys in the masks at the end, since the announcers noted he hadn’t come out with the rest of the Elite.

    Finally, I’ve been a big Jim Ross fan for a long time, but how hard is it to remember that the kid’s name is Jungle Boy, not Jungle Jack? JR occasionally comes across as if he only thinks about AEW one day a week.

    • The Dark Order segment was so bad that Mark Henry, Trish Stratus, Randy Orton and others were skewering it on Twitter.

      The Young Cucks, showing how stupid and thin skinned they are, actually quit Twitter over it and had their daddy announce it for them.

      As far as JR goes, why would you bother trying to pretend this trash is worth preparing for? It’s an embarrassing product and he’s clearly cashing a paycheck at this point.

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