The Good, The Unhealthy, and The Hungee: AEW Dynamite (November 2)

It’s time for a weekly take a look at the perfect, the worst, and the bizarre or in any other case notable—the Hungee—from the most recent episode of AEW Dynamite.

The Good

There wasn’t an amazing match on this present, however Lee Moriarty vs. Jon Moxley, the All-Atlantic triple risk, and the primary occasion had been all pleasing. Brian Cage has impressed since he’s come again on display – it seems like they’ve higher labored in his fashion of “doing the utmost quantity of cool stuff however get winded pretty rapidly” in comparison with his first run.

Lee Moriarty additionally had a good exhibiting reverse Moxley. I’m fairly excessive on Lee – he has some charisma and may go within the ring.

Rick Ross could have minimize the promo of the night time. He felt extraordinarily pure on the mic.

I’m intrigued by the place the Loss of life Triangle strife goes from right here. PAC was truly right on this night time, although – Rey Fenix legally might have used the hammer!

I assumed Jack Perry seemed actually good in his return. The cross-body spot off the stage was actually spectacular.

I had a great snigger at Chris Jericho difficult Lamar Jackson after he very noticeably got here into the sector to MVP chants.

The Unhealthy

I used to be optimistic for the match of Colt Cabana vs. Chris Jericho when it began. After which the Chicago Skyline botch occurred. There have been a pair different ugly spots – Cabana clotheslining Jericho in opposition to the ropes and Jericho not taking the bump excessive rope (perhaps as a result of it was on the incorrect facet of the ring?) after which a sloppy Codebreaker.

The thought of Nyla Rose & Vickie Guerrero haranguing Jade Cargill throughout her match could have seemed good on paper, however this didn’t work in any respect. It didn’t assist that the match was stuffed with aimless brawling for many of its brief size. Taz demurring “I believe our jobs are protected, guys,” was extraordinarily humorous. After which the digicam missed Nyla Rose working away and punking out Kiera Hogan.

The debut of Kole Carter 100% killed the gang. They didn’t know who he was, and didn’t care.

The Hungee

It’s time to speak concerning the three debut/returns from final night time.

I don’t know if it was meant as such, however the return of Colt Cabana in such a outstanding spot felt like an enormous “fuck you” to CM Punk. I truly believed Punk when he insisted he didn’t have something to do with Colt Cabana being despatched off to the hinterlands of the AEW universe whereas Punk was on high of the corporate. Nevertheless it’s obvious that even when it wasn’t requested by Punk, it was completed to appease him. That is simply one other signal that the AEW-CM Punk relationship is on demise’s door.

Katsuyori Shibata debuting to avoid wasting after which problem Orange Cassidy was teased at Forbidden Door, however nonetheless seems like a fever dream. Placing it on Friday seems like actually brief discover for a Shibata match within the U.S., however I think about there are two components right here.

One is Shibata’s schedule; I’m assuming there are limitations on his availability, therefore how issues are transferring right here. The opposite is simply how a lot Shibata’s identify means right here within the U.S. – perhaps Tony Khan assumed that there wasn’t a lot to be gained from hyping this for weeks.

If Shibata was a fever dream, Jeff Jarrett debuting felt like a foul journey.

I don’t know what to evaluate him by on as a entrance workplace employee – although listening to You’ve Bought to Be Kidding Me has jogged my memory of the common backstage tales from early TNA about how Jarrett was a foul backstage chief. However I can 100% say that Jarrett on display doesn’t sit effectively with me. Possibly in case you simply do a fast feud involving him and Sting on reverse sides, that may truly be cool in a manner, however I don’t assume there’s a single Jarrett match I’d be excited for in 2022.

However Jarrett having “My World” (what a foul tune, however an amazing theme) is completely excellent.

We’ve solved the disappearing Elite video – Brandon Cutler is simply actually pleased with his video modifying expertise! Thriller over, the whole lot’s nice.

I wouldn’t say that the Billy Gunn birthday celebration was significantly good – it felt like they ran out of concepts about midway via – however I wouldn’t say it was unhealthy, both. It was principally there, buoyed by how over they’re. I did get a great snigger at Billy Gunn’s Greatest Dad(dy) trophy.

After the final month plus of the present being extraordinarily heavy on MJF content material, it was type of jarring when he was solely a part of two brief promo segments on this present.

Clearly, we’re going to have Danhausen lead the Home of Black after he’s possessed by the spirit of Malakai Black. I can’t be taking additional questions on this.

General ranking

4/10. I wouldn’t say this was a great present, and it wasn’t a foul one, both. Nevertheless it was extraordinarily bizarre.

Fred Morlan’s Chris Jericho’s Sports activities Entertainer(s) of the Week

This was a tough one to decide on this week and not using a true standout, however I’m going with Samoa Joe. He was the glue that stored the primary occasion robust and had an excellent exhibiting.

Match Star Rankings

  • Jay Deadly defeated Darby Allin: ***
  • Jon Moxley defeated Lee Moriarty: ***3/4
  • Chris Jericho defeated Colt Cabana to retain the Ring of Honor World Championship: *3/4
  • Orange Cassidy defeated Luchasaurus and Rey Fenix to retain the AEW All-Atlantic Championship: ***1/2
  • Jade Cargill defeated Marina Shafir: ½*
  • Samoa Joe defeated Brian Cage to defend the Ring of Honor World Tv Championship: ***3/4

You possibly can comply with Fred on Twitter at @flagrantrasslin. He hosts  a podcast with Tyler Forness impressed by this text; the most recent episode is accessible right here.

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