Real Rasslin Reviews: AEW Dynamite! St Patricks Day Slam March 17th Review!
James gives us the lowdown on this weeks Dynamite!
It’s Wednesday and you know what that means!
what a show this week was, it’s St Patrick’s Day Slam, so let’s dive in to all the action!
We start off this week with: “The Lord of Lucha Libre against the Prince of Pro Wrestling: Penta El Zero Miedo vs. “The American Nightmare” Cody Rhodes w/ Arn Anderson.
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There’s no love lost between these two stars, and it shows right at the start, before Cody could even enter the ring, Penta El Zero Miedo surprised him by diving over the top rope with a cannonball. Following this up with leg kicks. Continuing thew attack, he rammed Cody’s face into the steel post. This was a pure brawl on the outside until Cody managed to break free and whipped Penta El Zero Miedo into the barricade.
The match is physical, both trading shots and hard impact moves. Cody managed to gain the momentum briefly, but was soon taken down by Miedo. The shoulder of Cody became a focus point as Miedo began the assault wearing it down.
The match goes on and both men showing signs of the toll the match has taken on them.
The closing moments of the match come to a head when Cody slammed the outside of Miedo’s knee into the steel ring post! Cody went for the figure four leglock but Miedo had it scouted and managed to grab the bottom rope, forcing the ref break. Cody attempted to apply the figure four again but Penta El Zero Miedo countered and snapped Cody’s arm back! Miedo was too busy gloating and showboating, this allowed Cody to roll him up and pick up the win!
Winner: Cody Rhodes.
After the match had concluded, Miedo began another assault on Cody, going after his injured shoulder until Dustin Rhodes and the Gunn Club chased him out.
QT Marshall finally made his way to the ring and The Nightmare Family asked him why it took so long for QT to join them in coming to Cody’s aid. They were definitely not buying QT’s excuses.
Not a bad match, a good solid opening and sets the tone nicely for the night's proceedings. I hope this feud going to go on for a while, I'm not mad about it to be honest. I'm interested in seeing this QT story play out, a possible heel turn in motion? Remains to be seen.
Alex Marvez was backstage to interview the AEW World Tag Team Champs—The Young Bucks!
Marvez asked The Bucks where their focus was considering Rey Fenix and PAC have earned an AEW World Tag Team title match.
Matt Jackson: “Hey Rey, you beat me in singles competition last week and a year ago you beat my brother, also in singles competition. Luckily for us, Rey and PAC, these are World Tag Team Championship titles, and you just happen to be looking at the best damn tag team in professional wrestling.”
Impact’s Don Callis interrupted The Bucks’ interview.
Callis: “Wow it sounds like you guys almost believe that. I was worried about your dad since he got hurt and you guys didn’t really do anything about it.”
Nick Jackson pointed to Don Callis’ eye, which was no longer injured. Callis admitted he faked the eye injury, saying he had wanted The Young Bucks to kick him because he wanted to see a little bit of that Young Bucks team that he saw in Japan.
Callis: “You guys kind of founded this place. It’s All Elite Wrestling and there’s nothing really elite about you guys anymore. I mean ‘Killing the Business’ is killing it, but you guys have killed your careers. You let everyone else take credit for everything around here. Kenny Omega doesn’t even recognize you guys anymore.”
Matt Jackson: “Yeah, Kenny Omega—our best friend, you changed him.”
Callis: “You’re right. You know how he’s changed? He’s the God of Pro Wrestling while you guys are down in the basement somewhere. Kenny doesn’t recognize you because you’re not elite anymore. You’re just another tag team with fancy tights, living off your name. When you look in the mirror each night, do you see the same Nick and Matt that I saw in New Japan? Think about that.”
Can we say Burn? Because that was a hard burn from that Wiley ol' Jackal!
Next up, we have: Jade Cargill vs. Dani Jordyn.
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Cargill quickly caught Dani with an explosive kick! Jade then tossed (easy there king) Dani overhead with a release German suplex! This allowed Cargill to drop Dani down with the Jaded and quickly pinned her!
Winner: Jade Cargill
After the match had ended, Cargill approached Red Velvet who was watching from ringside. Jade gave some trash talk, then forced Velvet in to taking a swing at Jade. They had to be separated. That sucked, let them fight!
so, a quick squash match then? Nothing much I can say on this one, Cargil does seem to be getting a little push, I wonder where this is leading to.
MJF was out to the ring with Tully Blanchard, Shawn Spears, Wardlow, and FTR.
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Tully Blanchard ran down the Inner Circle and praised MJF for popping Chris Jericho with a baseball bat last week. “That makes this the baddest group in AEW. So, when you’ve climbed the mountain and there is no place to go, you’re at the pinnacle of this sport. And that’s where we are. 34 years ago, I was with the greatest group of guys in the history of professional wrestling. And I’m going to finish my career with the greatest group of guys in professional wrestling. You can mark the words.”
MJF then took the microphone and said, “Well I guess I am Judas now, huh. Chris, pretending to like you was no walk in the park. It wasn’t easy being the most charismatic man in pro wrestling and having to take a backseat to you for six straight months! Every time you talked, I’d have to fall as far back as your hairline.
“It wasn’t easy but I sang and I danced and I pretended to like your comedy BS! But it worked, didn’t it? You thought you were taking me under your wing but in reality, I was down there plucking you feather by feather. And then I convinced everyone that I wanted to take over the Inner Circle when in reality that was just an elaborate ruse so you wouldn’t see what was coming. Chris, from day one the goal was to kill the Inner Circle from the inside. I wanted to build my own faction on top of the remains of the Inner Circle, and boy, have I ever. We are The Pinnacle and we will take every championship and anything else we want. And right now, Chris, we want your locker room I’m better than you, and you know it!” (Calm down Quizmaster P, we know, we know)
Next up is a 10 man tag team match: Jurassic Express (Jungle Boy, Luchasaurus, & Marko Stunt) and Bear Country (Bear Boulder & Bear Bronson) vs. “Big Money” Matt Hardy, Private Party (Isiah Kassidy & Marq Quen), and The Butcher and The Blade (with The Bunny)!
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The match starts out with Hardy Nailing Marko with a hard knee to the ribs. Not to be out done, Marko nailed a hard slap to the face of Not so Big Money Hardy. Jungle boy making a blind tag and landed Hardy with a huge Missile dropkick. The match had completely broken down, and was nothing short of a plain brawl! Bear Country picked up Marko and sent him flying like a human javelin towards Hardy, Private Party, and The Butcher and The Blade, wiping all of them out on the floor! This led to questions asked by Luchasaurus and Jungle Boy towards Bear Boulder and Bear Bronson as to their methods. The match goes on with action happening all over the place. All 10 men going back and forth.
During the course of the match, the [play seemed to be to isolate Jungle Boy from the rest of his team. A miscommunication between Jurassic Express and Bear Country lead to Marko tagging himself in, but was met with a pump kick from Kassidy which almost took his head off, (hello, hello can you hear me??) This gave Private Party to serve up some Gin & Juice. Hrady begged to be tagged in, he made the tag and hit the Twist of Fate to seal the win!
Winners: Matt Hardy, Private Part & The Butcher and The Blade.
Not a bad match in fairness, a brewing rivalry between the Jurassic ones and the Bear people? I'm looking forward to seeing these guys locking up in a match, would be like watching Jurassic Park taking on King Kong!
Dasha interviews Christian Cage!
“There’s a term called a ‘workhorse.’ And if you’ve ever been inside a pro wrestling locker room, you know my reputation. Jon Moxley said it himself. He said he thought he knew something about pro wrestling until he got into the ring with me. I make wrestling better. I make wrestlers level up…but I’m not a workhorse. I am the workhorse in professional wrestling. If anybody has forgotten about that in the past seven years that I’ve been gone, the second I step foot in a ring in AEW, you’re gonna remember pretty damn quick. There’s only one spot that interests me and it’s currently occupied by AEW World Heavyweight Champion Kenny Omega. As champ, Kenny, you’re on borrowed time. I need to get some wins, but trust me, Kenny, I’ll see you down the road.
“Why am I in AEW? It’s simple: I’m in AEW to cement my legacy. I’m in AEW to put into action three simple words: out work everyone.”
Jon Moxley & Eddie Kingston vs. The Good Brothers—Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson w/Don Callis.
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The Good Brothers blindside Kingston as he makes his way out of the entrance tunnel! Moxley, who’s all taped up, ran down to the make the save. Moxley then brawled with The Good Brothers around the ring! This was going to be good!
The match was physical and everything you’d expect it to be regarding these four men! Moxley who has a burning hatred for the Good Brothers after costing him the Championship at Revolution.
Both teams showing a great display of teamwork. The good Brothers were in firm dominating control of the match for the majority.
The closing moments saw the good Brothers attempt the Magic Killer double team, But Moxley managed to land a chop block taking down Anderson. Kingston entered and sent Gallows Flying over the top rope, allowing Moxley to get the win via a roll up!
Winners: Jon Moxley & Eddie Kingston.
When the match had finished, The Good Brothers began the attack on Moxley. Out came Kenny Omega as he began to strut his way down to the ring. He sat on a chair, about to deliver a message to Moxley, (Was it that the whole explosion was a shit show?)
Kingston tried, but in vain to stop what was about to happen, but The Good brothers hit the Magic Killer while Omega stomps away on Moxley! Don Callis handed Omega the steel chair. They placed Kingston’s ankle between the folding chair. Anderson jumped off the middle turnbuckle and stomped on Kingston’s ankle.
Anderson and Omega placed Moxley’s head between the folding chair and Gallows climbed up to the top turnbuckle. (I never thought I'd say this but thank you) The Young Bucks came steam rolling down to the ring and talked down Gallows. Omega climbed the turnbuckles to finish off Moxley but Matt talked sense into Omega. Omega wanted a show of brotherhood, but the Bucks refused. Omega put his hand in Matt Jackson’s face. The Bucks still resisted throwing up the hand gesture. Moxley got to his feet and swung the chair but The Good Brothers and Kenny Omega retreated! Those cowardly dogs!
Tony Schiavone was out to interview TNT Champion Darby Allin and Sting!
Seriously, why the hell does Sting have snow? Did he get the idea off of Glacier? As It began to snow in Jacksonville when Sting arrived on the scene. Darby still limping from the street fight at REVOLUTION.
“I won this TNT Championship November 7th, 2020. You know how many times I’ve defended it since then? Three times. It’s a joke. And now that everything’s done with Team Taz, I want to be a defending champion week in and week out. And I want to start by paying tribute to the greatest TNT Champion of all time. Dark Order, if you want this belt back, step up, it’s an open challenge,” said Darby Allin.
“The MurderHawk Monster” Lance Archer, with Jake “The Snake” Roberts, interrupted the interview. “You’ve got to be kidding me. How many times are you going to interview Sting, Schiavone? It should be my time, all the time. And Darby, you’re the TNT Champion? The Internet might think you’re terrific, but as far as I’m concerned, you’re the biggest indie-riffic joke this business has ever seen. And you like coffins so much, well, I’m about to put your ass in one,” said Archer.
“Sting, you know me, and you’re gonna get what’s coming to you. Tony Khan better realize you don’t play with fire. This is the biggest, baddest son of a bitch here. And he will twist it up, and he will shove it up your rear ends. So be careful, boys,” said Jake Roberts.
Roberts and Archer walked off but then Taz, “The Machine” Brian Cage, Hook, “Powerhouse” Hobbs, and “Absolute” Ricky Starks appeared on the scene.
Brian Cage: “You’re not speaking for me tonight, Taz, because I’ve got something to say. It’s not to you Darby Allin, it’s to you, Sting. You show up with some hotshot and you stick your nose in our business week after week, after all the back and forth, and after that street fight, I gotta say: I respect you. And I gotta say Ricky Starks is wrong. With or without your bat, you are still The Icon.”
Taz grabbed Cage’s mic and asked what the hell was wrong with him. The rest of Team Taz also stood in disbelief at Cage’s comments. Brian Cage pushed his way through Team Taz and made his exit through the tunnel.
Next match of the night is: Rey Fenix w/PAC vs. Angelico!
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Angelico grappled Fenix to the ground. They jockeyed for leverage with wristlocks until Rey Fenix took down Angelico with an arm drag. The match is a short and sweet one, with Angelico applying his leg submission on Fenix but Fenix grabbed the rope for the ref break.
Angelico and Rey Fenix traded various kicks until Fenix smashed Angelico with the crucifix bomb! Rey Fenix spiked Angelico head first onto the mat and scored the pin!
Winner: Rey Fenix
Loved it! Rey Fenix is incredible in the ring and I think he deserves a TNT title match! Just imagine Fenix vs Allin what a match that could be!
Now it’s time for the main event! An Unsanctioned Lights Out Match—Anything Goes! Dr. Britt Baker, D.M.D. w/Rebel vs. Thunder Rosa