Powell’s AEW Dynamite Hit List: Sting and Darby Allin vs. “Painmaker” Chris Jericho and Sammy Guevara in a tornado tag, Jon Moxley vs. Tomohiro Ishii, Hangman Page and The Young Bucks vs. Dark Order


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

AEW Dynamite Hits

Jon Moxley vs. Tomohiro Ishii: A fun follow-up to their 2019 match in the NJPW G1 Climax tournament. While I’m never a fan of headbutts, I do enjoy the strong style that was on display in this match. I like the way they incorporated Eddie Kingston into the match without having him play into the finish. The shot of Kingston and Claudio Castagnoli staring daggers through one another was well done. But I continue to feel like they need to do a better job of explaining why there’s so much friction between the two. Moxley mentioning that it goes back ten years to the niche Chikara promotion just isn’t enough. If there’s not a good backstory, then there’s no reason they can’t make one up.

Jack Perry promo: A good first outing for Perry as a heel. There’s plenty of room for improvement, but he seemed more natural as a heel than he did as a babyface. Perry referenced his girlfriend Anna Jay without mentioning her by name. It will be interesting to see if she ends up joining his act and escapes her dead end spot in the tired Jericho Appreciation Society.

Orange Cassidy, El Hijo del Vikingo, and Keith Lee vs. Daniel Garcia, Matt Menard, and Angelo Parker: A solid six-man tag match with zero mystery regarding the outcome. I rewatched the spot where Vikingo performed a flip dive onto Lee on the floor and spotted Menard and Parker fleeing. I didn’t see Menard and Parker when I covered the show live and it confused me, but they were there when Vikingo started his dive, meaning the spot was logical and actually set up the next sequence nicely.

Ruby Soho vs. Alexia Nicole: An in the middle segment. The company was put in a tough spot when they had to pull the advertised Soho vs. Britt Baker match due Baker’s illness. I’m surprised they didn’t come up with a better make good than a simple squash, but they kept it brief and Soho’s post match promo was fine.

AEW Dynamite Misses

Sting and Darby Allin vs. “Painmaker” Chris Jericho and Sammy Guevara in a tornado tag match: The work in the match was certainly better than the mess of a six-man tag team match these four took part in at Forbidden Door. But who actually thought it was a good idea to have a 64 year-old man jump from a ladder in the ring and attempt to put Sammy Guevara through two tables on the floor? I respect the heart and desire, but the fans are more than content to watch him perform the greatest hits. After all, Sting didn’t even do these stunts during his prime years. Tony Khan needs to step in and save Sting from himself.

Hangman Page and “The Young Bucks” Matt Jackson and Nick Jackson vs. John Silver, Alex Reynolds, and Evil Uno: Once again, the in-ring work was not the problem. Page and The Elite are positioned as the top babyfaces on Dynamite, yet they are disliked by the cool heel faction and now by Page’s jealous nerdy friends. Konosuke Takeshita turned on them. Don Callis turned on them. At some point, it starts to feel like maybe there’s a reason why so many characters (and CM Punk in real life) dislike The Elite and Page. It doesn’t help that Matt tried to brush off the Dark Order trio like they were beneath him. There were some boo birds for the Bucks last night. Hamilton is a long way from Chicago. It’s only one crowd and it was a vocal minority, but the Bucks need to start presenting themselves in a way that will nip this in the bud.

No brackets for the blind eliminator tournament: I honestly can’t remember a tournament that’s been presented as poorly as this one. They started by telling viewers the name of the tournament without offering any explanation of how it worked. Last week, they drew two names that just happened to be the AEW World Champion and his top challenger, yet it wasn’t even explained why either man would even be interested in entering a tournament with the goal of earning a tag team title match. And then the company advertised that the brackets for the tournament would be unveiled this week, yet they only revealed two more teams. I was never a fan of the Lethal Lottery format because it was typically booked so horribly in WCW. I’m still hoping that AEW will get it right, but they are off to a really bad start.


Readers Comments (9)

  1. TheGreatestOne June 29, 2023 @ 12:29 pm

    Yep, the clothesline hug spot was part of a “hit.” That’s just ridiculous and the entire match was embarrassing.

  2. It’s weird with the Young Bucks because while their flashy offense very much lends itself to being babyfaces, they have never come off as likeable people. Especially Matt.

    • I agree. I don’t know if they are still hung up on whatever they did/do on BTE or what the problem is. The only time I recall them being somewhat likable as characters in AEW is around the time that Callis was taking Omega away from them.

  3. THEGREATESTTHREE June 29, 2023 @ 1:15 pm

    The blind eliminator’s next pairing is actually Keith Lee and Swerve. I guess the fact that we don’t see the selections makes it a “blind” tournament?

  4. Jack Perry’s promo encapsulates what is wrong with AEW. Bringing up Anna Jay (and the language someone felt was necessary for him to use in the process) is one more “let’s make people gasp” promo that only appeals to a tiny part of the audience.

    Lump it in with MJF (and so many others) STILL bringing up WWE and Mox no selling and blading like the shiek in 1971. It’s more just shock for shocks sake. Its cheap cheap heat and lazy writing and isn’t going to add a single viewer to their hours of programming.

  5. Rather they are face or heel, the Bucks ALWAYS come across as smarmy, arrogant douchebags. They often come across that way in interviews too, which leaves me to believe that’s not far from their real life personalities. And they have neither the charisma or charm to make that persona work in a face role(like The Rock or Jericho in his prime) nor the skill/talent to dial it back and at least pretend to be likeable when they’re not playing heels.

  6. Jack Perry’s promo was just bad. He benefited from having Christian as a manager. Face or heel, he’s not good on the mic. He is young, so there is time, but Wednesday night was not a good start to his heel run.

  7. MJF hating AEW as much as everyone else who hates it is the funniest thing on tv rn

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