The TNT Championship was on the line as Cody defended against Jungle Boy on 'AEW: Dynamite'
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AEW: Dynamite was exactly what we all needed this week.

It’s been a rough week. And that’s putting it mildly.

Between lingering uncertainty regarding the coronavirus pandemic and protests erupting nationwide, it’s a time when distractions are in short supply. And desperately needed.

This week’s AEW: Dynamite was a breath of fresh air. For two hours, the world seemed normal again.

These are the hits and misses from this week’s AEW: Dynamite.

HIT – The Warmest Cold Open Of All Time

This is an AEW: Dynamite review. It’s supposed to be about the wrestling and the drama. And I know I just said we needed distractions.

But, I mean. This.

I don’t wanna be this guy. Honest, I don’t. But this is class you don’t get from the other guys.

'Hangman' Adam Page intercepts Penelope Ford on 'AEW: Dynamite'
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HIT – AEW Tag Team Championship: Page & Omega (C) Vs. Sabian & Havoc

Sabian and Havoc earned the right to face the champs on last week’s AEW: Dynamite.

Hard to believe that it’s been almost three months since the last time Omega and the Hangman teamed up.

You wouldn’t know it, though, as Page and Omega had a sterling outing. And the challengers fared pretty well, too.

‘Hangman’ Page gets to display some chivalry, though. Penelope Ford goes for a huricanrana, but Page catches her in midair. He contemplates what to do but then remembers that this isn’t the Attitude Era and just kinda puts her down. The referee ejects her.

In the stands, hot off their AEW: Dynamite debut, FTR watches this tag title match with great interest.

The Elite pick up the victory in a solid match and a great way to kick off AEW: Dynamite. FTR seems satisfied with what they’ve seen JR reminds us that Page & Omega are set next to defend against Best Friends at Fyter Fest.

HIT – Shawn Spears And Tully Blanchard Promo

We get a recap of the fantastic promo from earlier this week. Let me tell ya, Tully’s still got it.

Fast forward to this week on AEW: Dynamite. In the back of a limo, Tully gives Spears the missing piece. The one thing that’s holding him back from becoming a legend.

Doesn’t seem like much. To the casual AEW: Dynamite fan, it isn’t much. But the single black glove is a staple among some of the most badass heels in wrestling history.

Is it possible? Are they about to get serious with Shawn Spears? If so, be still my heart, and thank you, AEW: Dynamite.

The kid’s been on auto-pilot since All Out. It’s past time to go for it.

Brian Cage destroys Shawn Dean on 'AEW: Dynamite'
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HIT – Brian Cage Vs. Shawn Dean

Hey, AEW: Dynamite found a new squash victim! The smart mark in me can’t help but wonder if Shawn Dean is a reference to the legendary animosity between Shawn Michaels and Shane ‘Dean’ Douglas. It’s possible I watch too much pro wrestling.

So anyway, Brian Cage murders him to go 3-0 lifetime in AEW.

Y’know, a lot of times I’m not fond of squash matches. Whether it’s AEW: Dynamite or anywhere else. Cage is somebody who needs to squash every human on his way to Fyter Fest.

Speaking of Cage’s date with the AEW Championship.

The AEW Champion Jon Moxley confronts Cage and Taz on 'AEW: Dynamite'
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HIT – Moxley/Cage And Taz Promo

After Cage finishes murdering Dean, Taz gets on the mic. He promises that Cage will kick the living poop out of Mox. I mean, he didn’t say poop. You can’t say “poop” on AEW: Dynamite.

Heh. “Poop.”

Anyway, Moxley makes his way out. Much to Taz’s chagrin, the champion still seems like he isn’t taking Cage’s challenge seriously.

“On the contrary,” Moxley says. He doesn’t say it quite that eloquently. The microphone practically catches fire with the intensity Moxley unleashes with this promo. He puts Cage on notice, says he does take the challenger seriously, but he adds that Cage is “swimming with a different breed of shark” now.

Pro wrestle and cut promos forever, Jon Moxley.

Also, as much of a breath of fresh air that Taz was on commentary, I do believe he’s found his calling. This is a great spot for him, and it should be a great rub for Cage.

NEAR MISS – Lance Archer Murders People/Hardy Party

Next up on AEW: Dynamite, we have Lance Archer just hanging out and destroying people at a construction site. Under an overpass.

You know. As one does.

Archer is still smarting from his loss to Cody at Double Or Nothing. He threatens to destroy anybody in his way, including poor Alex Marvez. Who apparently wanders around in his AEW blazer.

After the interview, Jake apologizes for Archer. You know you’ve stepped a little too far when Jake Roberts thinks you might need to cool it.

Meanwhile, Private Party is having some drinks at the bar when Attitude Era Matt Hardy walks up. So Isaiah Kassidy proposes a “Hardy Party,” and all three head off. They bump into Sammy Guevara, who’s confused by Hardy’s identity crisis.

This was a decent couple of AEW: Dynamite segments. Not sure of the point of the Private Party one, apart from Hardy playing good Samaritan for Quen on last week’s AEW: Dynamite.

Also, apparently Fyter Fest will be a two-week event. On Wednesday, July 1, an Wednesday, July 8. Nice.

Jericho takes on Colt Cabana on 'AEW: Dynamite'
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HIT – Chris Jericho Vs. Colt Cabana

Okay, this segment gets a “hit” just for Sammy’s rendition of ‘Judas.’ Wherein he doesn’t get the words anywhere close to right. The camera catches Jericho biting his cheeks to hold back laughter. Meanwhile, during the entrance, QT Marshall is still flirting with the Bunny. Or is it Allie? I need answers, AEW!

As for the match itself, it was about as good as it was going to be. It’s on free TV, AEW: Dynamite, and it’s an old guy taking on a not-quite-as-old guy.

Hager plays the muscle, beating Cabana up on the outside. Back inside, Le Champion goes for the Lionsault and misses, eventually locking in the Walls of Jericho. Cabana escapes but walks right into the Judas Effect, and Jericho gets the win.

After the match, Jericho is still annoyed at Mike Tyson for what happened on last week’s AEW: Dynamite. He calls out the baddest man on the planet. So of course, out walks:

Orange Cassidy comes out, because who better to chill Jericho out on AEW: Dynamite? He tries to get Jericho to put his hands on his pockets Cassidy-style. But Jericho doesn’t have any pockets. So the King of Sloth Style tucks them into Jericho’s belt.

Hager and Jericho take swings at Cassidy, but he roles out of the ring. Best Friends lift him over the barricade to keep him safe. That was great.

AEW: Dynamite doing what it does best. Telling a good story this week that leads into another story next week.

HIT – Dr. Britt Baker’s Rehab

Next on AEW: Dynamite is probably the best video package I’ve seen in years.

Dr. Britt Baker is rehabbing her injury. All while staying in her wheel chair, as Rebel and her doctor do the lion’s share of the work for her.

It’s basically the montage from Rocky IV, but from a wheelchair. And with Tony Schiavone.

Yeah, at the end of it, Britt tries wheeling herself up a very shallow ramp, with the doctor, Rebel, and Tony cheering her on.

That’s how good a heel Dr. Baker is. She’s injured, she won’t be in the ring till All Out, and she’s going to come out of this more over than when she got hurt.

Fantastic AEW: Dynamite segment.

Nyla Rose returned to 'AEW: Dynamite' in singles competition against Big Swole
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HIT – Big Swole Vs. Nyla Rose

I’m not quite sure how to handle this. The women’s match got about 10 minutes on AEW: DynamiteAnd it was a good match.

Both women got their stuff in, and Swole looked a lot better against Nyla Rose than she did the last time they faced off.

This was anything but a squash, and it shouldn’t have been. See, Cage is on the way up an en route to a big main event AEW Championship match. Nyla needs to stay just a little vulnerable coming out of her title loss. But so vulnerable that she should start losing matches.

Nyla vs. Swole was well-wrestled, well-booked, and well-executed. It’s rare for an AEW women’s match to get all of the above right.

Just to make the segment even better, Baker is heckling Swole at ringside. From her wheelchair, propped up in the back of a golf cart (the Rolls Royce). Swole grabs a chair, and takes a swing. Britt: “Back it up. Back it up!”

HIT – FTR Interview

Tony sits down with Not-The-Revival.

FTR runs down the tag teams they’d love to face. Butcher and Blade, Private Party. They mention Lucha Bros., and their comments get a big pop from me. “Actually, they’re the opposite of what we stand for. Tag team wrestling, emphasis on tag.”

I love it.

But one team they don’t mention on AEW: Dynamite? Young Bucks.

They dispute their reputation as the best tag team in the world and say they don’t want to wrestle the Bucks. “We wanna punch ’em in the mouth.” I. Love. It. As the interview is wrapping, Butcher and Blade enter the fray, setting up a match for next week’s AEW: Dynamite.

Before we move on to the main event, Mr. Brodie Lee tries to recruit Colt Cabana for the Dark Order backstage. More like Cult Cabana. Am I right?

I’ll see myself out.

Cody put his TNT Championship on the line against Jungle Boy on 'AEW: Dynamite'
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HIT – AEW TNT Championship Match – Cody (C) Vs. Jungle Boy

And now the AEW: Dynamite main event. Cody defending the TNT Championship against Jungle Boy.

It was awesome. The match wasn’t a classic by any stretch, but it was great.

Both Jungle Boy and Cody showed off some great stuff, including blood from Cody. Hey, I remember blood in televised wrestling!

It’s becoming clearer all the time that Jungle Boy is gonna be a big deal in AEW. Having said that, maybe have him win a match once in a while? And not just battles royal. I get that he couldn’t win here on AEW: Dynamite. Cody needs to hang onto the TNT title to make sure it means something.

But he isn’t super over. The kid needs some wins to stay over. And JR getting his name right every now and then wouldn’t hurt my feelings either.

Still, solid match to cap off a great AEW: Dynamite.

The Breakdown

AEW has its finger on the pulse of everything that works in North American wrestling.

And they make it look easy every week. AEW: Dynamite has been giving a master class in wrestling week after week since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

Great action, great wrestling, great promos. I’m not sure we’ve ever needed AEW: Dynamite to get great more than we do right now.

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

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'AEW: Dynamite' - June 3, 2020

8.7

In-Ring Action

8.2/10

Booking/Writing

8.3/10

Promos/Video Packages

9.0/10

Entertainment Value

9.4/10

Pros

  • Fantastic main event
  • They're using FTR perfectly
  • Nyla and Swole took a women's slugfest and made it great
  • Dr. Britt. Baker.

Cons

  • Jungle Boy needs a singles win
  • Not sure where we're going with Private Party and Matt Hardy
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