'AEW: Dynamite' delivered its strongest showing on 11-6-19.
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One phrase best describes this week’s episode of AEW: Dynamite.

Now that’s more like it.

After stumbling somewhat with some shaky segments in last week’s episode, AEW: Dynamite bounced back with a vengeance.

The in-ring action remained exciting and strong, but it was the storytelling where All Elite Wrestling shone brightest this week.

AEW: Dynamite was overflowing with hits tonight on the go-home show before the Full Gear pay-per-view. And they just kept coming.

Pac battled Trent on 'AEW: Dynamite.'

HIT — What A Bastard

Pac continues to become a bigger and bigger part of AEW: Dynamite. And if there is any doubt of how talented he is, look no further than his match tonight with Trent of the Best Friends.

It was far from a squash, but Pac was definitely booked to be the stronger of the two on the way to his match with ‘Hangman’ Adam Page at Full Gear.

Yet it remained competitive without weakening Pac’s position or making Trent or the Best Friends look like also-rans. In fact, Trent looked like a million bucks, including a vicious brainbuster outside the ring that made me cringe.

Jim Ross and Tony Schiavone hit the nail on the head when they compared Pac to a young Dynamite Kid. And with each passing week, Pac is living up to all the potential that WWE wasted when they had him on their roster as Neville.

Also, I don’t hate Orange Cassidy by any means, but Pac punking him out served a double purpose for me. It got real, legitimate heat on the Bastard, and I got to see Orange Cassidy’s indy geek show stuff get wiped out.

AEW: Dynamite scores with yet another superb opener.

Cody delivered an epic promo on 'AEW: Dynamite.'

HIT — Cody’s Announcement

Write down the date November 6, 2019. Because Cody delivered the best promo I have heard in forever. Maybe the best promo in pro wrestling since CM Punk’s pipe bomb.

No, definitely the best promo since the pipe bomb.

All of the advertising for this week’s AEW: Dynamite was centered around a major announcement from Cody. The promo comes in the lead-up to his AEW World Championship match with Chris Jericho at Full Gear. Their match will have a 60-minute time limit with three judges at ringside to determine the winner should it go the distance without a winner.

But what was the announcement? Cody addressed his situation as AEW’s Executive Vice President and declared that if he doesn’t defeat Jericho, he will never contend for the AEW title again.

And beyond the sheer exposition of the promo, Cody delivered it with the kind of passion not seen in a promo in ages. All without a script.

I won’t try to describe it with words, because it was a segment that has to be felt and not transcribed. Cody’s promo took AEW: Dynamite and All Elite Wrestling to a truly elite level.

HIT — Private Party Stays Hot

AEW: Dynamite featured a tag team match between the Dark Order and Private Party. The winners earned a shot against AEW tag champs SCU and the Lucha Bros in a triple threat tag match at Full Gear.

The Dark Order still failed to come across with the creepy, dangerous vibe AEW wants them to have. But Private Party continued to climb and make huge names for themselves, winning the match and a shot at the titles.

It was a brilliant segment in multiple ways. First and foremost, it put Private Party in an even better position and made them more over. And with SCU doing commentary with the English announcers and the Lucha Bros. joining the Spanish commentators, the stakes were never lost on the TV audience.

Wait, AEW has Spanish commentators?

Anyway, Private Party’s star stayed on the rise and reinforced AEW’s position as having the strongest tag team division in pro wrestling.

HIT — Jericho’s Career Renaissance

Questionable choices for podcast guests notwithstanding, Chris Jericho remains at the top of his game.

His pretaped segment on AEW: Dynamite had humor and wit, and it didn’t detract from making Jericho look like a supremely dangerous champion.

Produced by the Inner Circle, it had interviews with Virgil (complete with Olive Garden references), and lots of shots of Jake Hager looking menacing and saying nothing.

Also, if Chris’s Mom’s Friend’s Aunt From Church isn’t trending, then this whole internet thing isn’t worth it.

The whole segment combined the best of the arrogance of the nWo and the humor of D-X. All without making anyone involved look like a joke.

NEAR MISS — That Women’s Division

AEW: Dynamite continues to struggle with building its women’s division.

It was nice to finally see AEW Women’s Champion Riho again. She teamed up with Shanna to take on Jamie Hayter and Emi Sakura, who will challenge Riho for the title at Full Gear.

I have some questions, though Why is Emi Sakura the number-one contender? And why should I care about this title match?

Riho has barely been on television in AEW: Dynamite‘s six-week history. And Sakura’s only televised action has been in tag matches. So we have an under-utilized champion defending against someone we’ve barely seen.

This segment avoids being a complete miss by virtue of Hayter and Shanna. It’s not often we can say that we’ve seen women in repeat appearances on AEW: Dynamite. Also, the match was extremely good, if a little long for my taste.

But AEW has a lot of work to do in building this women’s division. Frankly, I thought they would’ve been there by now.

HIT — Brandi Builds The Intrigue

Brandi Rhodes cut another enigmatic promo on AEW: Dynamite.

It continued to build her character as holding a vendetta about being taken for granted within AEW. And it helped put a spotlight back on the absent Awesome Kong.

While Brandi hasn’t been in action in the ring since this past summer, this AEW: Dynamite video package displayed her gift of gab.

She sold herself as someone dangerous and reminded us that Kong is in her back pocket.

While it’ll be painful to see the women’s champ continue to take a back seat, this might be what it takes to make the women’s division real. If these segments can keep up this level of quality, I’m okay with the wait.

MISS — Cutler And Spears Stumble

Remember a couple months ago when Shawn Spears was in the semi-main event of AEW All Out? Yeah, I don’t really either.

And if anything this AEW: Dynamite match pushed it further into the back of my mind.

It was nice to be reminded that Spears is on the roster, but the match didn’t do either guy any favors.

Cutler didn’t get a chance to display anything particularly interesting, and Spears didn’t manage any forward momentum.

With a pay-per-view in just a few days, this is TV time that could’ve been used far more wisely.

It did build on an angle that began on AEW Dark between Spears and Joey Janella. And presumably to a match at Full Gear. But there was bigger money to be made with this airtime.

The Elite battled the Inner Circle on 'AEW: Dynamite.'

HIT — More Main Event Madness

AEW: Dynamite continues its trend of closing the show with controlled chaos.

The main event pit Kenny Omega and ‘Hangman’ Page, representing the Elite, against the Inner Circle. Which left openings for Cody and Jon Moxley to get involved in the aftermath. Moxley will face Omega in a Lights Out Match at Full Gear.

Each episode of AEW: Dynamite ends in a complete cluster in the tradition of WCW and the NWA. But better. The show closes with the kind of insanity to get the crowd rocking and rolling. But it also furthers every major storyline.

This is how a go-home show is supposed to end. With fevered anticipation for the pay-per-view. Cody made comments about a “match beyond” in his earlier promo. That might be a reference to AEW putting together its own version of WarGames.

And the show closing with an all-out war with the Elite taking on the Inner Circle, Pac, and Moxley might back that up.

AEW may only have two pay-per-views under its belt. But AEW: Dynamite proved again that they know how to sell them.

The Breakdown

This was AEW: Dynamite‘s best outing to date. I feel like I need to get used to making that statement.

All of this week’s action built to Full Gear while also planting the seeds for the pay-per-view beyond this Saturday.

All Elite Wrestling is firing on all cylinders right now. And it shows no signs of slowing.

AEW: Dynamite airs Wednesday nights at 8 PM/ET on TNT.

All images courtesy of All Elite Wrestling.

'AEW: Dynamite' - November 6, 2019

9.5

In-Ring Action

8.8/10

Booking

9.4/10

Production Value/Video Packages

10.0/10

Entertainment Value

9.8/10

Pros

  • Cody kills with the best promo in years
  • Jericho's career Renaissance continues
  • Another incredible opener
  • Main event ties everything into a bow heading to 'Full Gear'

Cons

  • The Women's Division keeps slipping
  • Cutler vs. Spears added nothing
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