Powell’s AEW Dynamite Hit List: MJF and Adam Cole vs. Brian Cage and Big Bill, and Orange Cassidy and Darby Allin vs. Sammy Guevara and Daniel Garcia blind eliminator tourney matches, Chris Jericho vs. Komander, Nick Wayne vs. Swerve Strickland


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

AEW Dynamite Hits

MJF and Adam Cole vs. Big Bill and Brian Cage in a Blind Eliminator Tag Team Tournament match: The first week of MJF and Cole’s bromance didn’t quite click and yet it ended up setting the table nicely for this episode. The bar and gaming video was a big upgrade over the dull gym video, and the live crowd embraced the silly fun of MJF desperately wanting to perform a double clothesline. I love that they teased the double clothesline spot only to leave fans waiting. The big question is if MJF and Cole will be able to stick the landing of this storyline. When it comes time for the big breakup angle, can they do it in a way that doesn’t make Cole look naive for trusting MJF while also not making the diabolical devil character look foolish if he’s outsmarted. I get that this sports entertainment style storytelling isn’t for everyone. But it’s the type of story that will ideally keep viewers coming back to see how it all plays out.

Nick Wayne vs. Swerve Strickland: Wayne came off really well in the video package that preceded the match. He was likable and endearing, and the two videos they aired to set up his debut told the basics of his story. The actual match was well worked and had the right finish. Wayne was given some great near falls before Swerve tormented Darby Allin by wrenching on Wayne’s arm before pinning him clean. Wayne looked really good in defeat and I like the idea of building to his first win in AEW rather than giving it away in week one. If they play it right, Wayne can get his first win over another opponent while Swerve can be more of a long term mountain for him to climb.

Chris Jericho vs. Komander: There were a few rough spots, which is par for the course with Komander matches. Hopefully he’ll be able to clean that up as he gets more experience, but his dazzling high spots seemed to be more than enough to make this live crowd forgive his off moments. That said, I did come away thinking that less is more when it comes to Komander’s big spots. They would pack more of a punch if they weren’t followed by a barrage of additional big spots. Meanwhile, Jericho’s post match angle with Don Callis was really good. Callis using the late Bad News Allen to coax Jericho into joining his new stable was perfect for his snake character. I like that this hasn’t been rushed and they are making viewers wait for Jericho’s decision. This story combined with what MJF and Adam Cole are doing are examples of good episodic television that should keep viewers coming back to see the payoffs.

Sammy Guevara and Daniel Garcia vs. Orange Cassidy and Darby Allin in an AEW Blind Eliminator Tag Team Tournament match: A solid tag team match that established the friction between Guevara and Garcia even though they were able to advance to the finals of the tournament. I really hope that Guevara showing babyface tendencies is a swerve. There are no indications that fans want to see him turn or that they will take to him if long term if he does.

Ruby Soho vs. Skye Blue in an Owen Hart Cup Tournament semifinal match: More of an in the middle than a Hit or a Miss. The blatant interference by Toni Storm should have resulted in a disqualification, but at least the referee ejected Storm and Saraya from ringside.

AEW Dynamite Misses

Harley Cameron video: Great, she can rap and sing. What was the point? And why is QTV still a thing?


Readers Comments (7)

  1. I am currently on vacation and can’t watch the show, so your updates are a great way of keeping up, thanks Jason. There isn’t much here that I wish I’d seen though…

  2. Mjf and Cole could pull a double turn‍♂️

  3. Will. MJF and Cole MUST double turn!

    1 the fans want to cheer MJF even if it’s temporary (3-6 months)
    2 this devil character doesn’t work and he has been on rinse and repeat for months
    3 Cole is a way better heel
    4 Cole could create an actually decent faction (the old UE guys plus his super hot GF- maybe even FTR for an even MORE over the top turn) that could help protect him and compensate for his limited size
    5 MJF would be way better in chase mode
    6 Cole would look like the worlds biggest idiot if MJF turns on him (I defy Jason to come up with a scenario that works)

  4. TheGreatestOne July 13, 2023 @ 3:22 pm

    The only two scenarios are the double turn, or Cole willingly moving into the 2nd heel role with MJF. He could definitely add Britt and do a modern Tully Blanchard where he’s an arrogant, undersized heel who’s really good in the ring and has his hot GF interfere for him.

  5. Apparently you don’t remember why Harley felt the need to prove she could rap, but anyway….
    Swerve gets go-away heat. He definitely should have won, but I don’t think he can come back from where he is now regarding fans not liking him, but instead, fans just literally having no interest in seeing him.

    • I remember. The question is why this is happening in general, not whether it makes sense from a storytelling standpoint. I’m all ears if you can justify this nonsense.

  6. I’m shocked so many people had the same double-turn thought I did. If Cole is duped, he’ll look like an idiot. If MJF is duped, it would completely compromise his Devil/Evil/Diabolical persona where in a sense he’s no longer a threat to anyone intellectually.

    The only way I see this working is if it’s a double turn only because if Cole turns on MJF, even when we KNOW MJF was trying to be the trickster here, I see fans booing Cole for doing such a thing. I just don’t see how we get out of this otherwise… unless there’s some kind of really clever and nasty way they do it that we haven’t seen before.

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