The Good, The Unhealthy, and The Hungee: AEW Dynamite (October 26)

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

The Good

The storytelling on this present was very a lot targeted on MJF once more. His promo with Renee wasn’t his finest stuff however was nonetheless very enjoyable – the interactions these two may have over time ought to be very pleasing. His performing conflicted about serving to Moxley was a bit too excessive – although that could possibly be a CLUE – however the crowd ate it up. It was a really efficient phase.

So the query you’re left with after this episode is that if the beatdown on MJF was all a part of a swerve with The Agency. It is best to by no means belief the MJF character, so there’s not a lot of a motive to sit down there and assume that he was above taking a beatdown simply to trick somebody. However then again, he took so much from Morrissey and firm, greater than you’ll anticipate from an “I instructed you to beat me up” angle.

I actually appreciated each match from this present, which is borne out in my match rankings. This was a extremely sturdy card on paper, and it delivered in actuality. My spotlight on the night time was the FTR vs. Swerve In Our Glory match – it didn’t get near the best degree stuff FTR has accomplished this yr, however I assumed it was nonetheless a really thrilling bout with Keith Lee getting a number of very spectacular spots in.

Bryan Danielson and Sammy Guevara felt like they had been constructing to an important 25-minute match however ended it at 15. It was nonetheless actually good however felt like an important sampler than a completed product. I feel Sammy Guevara’s very a lot fallen off his “4 Pillar” tempo from about 18 months in the past, and he nonetheless hasn’t recovered.

Jamie Hayter and Riho placed on a really spectacular match. It wasn’t the crispest you’ll ever see, however the successes closely outweighed the failures to me. Penta & Moxley was a really pleasing and really intense match. The opener was concerning the definition of a 3 ½ star match, which isn’t a foul factor.

I additionally actually appreciated how the Danielson/Yuta backstage phase went. It felt chaotic, and I appreciated the way it was shot. Making extra of the present space really feel like a part of the present, quite than simply the ramp, ring, and one backstage space, results in a extra dynamic present.

The construct to Darby Allin vs. Jay Deadly has been very strong.

The Unhealthy

In an try to preserve this portion from being empty – the Saraya and Britt Baker phase was very bizarre and felt rushed.

The technical points with the backstage Jericho Appreciation Society promo ruined what might have been a superb promo, however did give us a view of the again of the pinnacle of a stagehand.

The Hungee

We received our first tease concerning the return of The Elite. Fittingly for these three, it was very meta, working off the thought of them being erased. It’s pure to marvel if that is some sort of gimmick shift. I can’t think about them doing a lot past being over-the-top jerk heels or beloved babyfaces. That is most likely a larger failing of my creativeness than the rest.

Eddie Kingston being excessive about how very a lot fantastic he’s was pleasing.

It looks as if William Morrissey goes to be the highest man in The Agency, however he’s not established as a primary eventer. I feel we’re working backward right here – quite than getting Morrissey over as a significant risk surrounded by this steady, which might then give the steady credibility, we’re utilizing the steady to get him over as such. Possibly it’ll work, however it is a steady with out anyone who’s over as a star.

Total score

8/10. Every thing that had any period of time dedicated to it was actually good.

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

FTR. They’re having an important yr and work nicely with SIOG to placed on an excellent tag match.

Match Star Scores

  • Claudio Castagnoli & Wheeler Yuta defeated Chris Jericho & Daniel Garcia: ***1/2
  • Swerve In Our Glory defeated FTR: ****1/4
  • Bryan Danielson defeated Sammy Guevara: ****
  • Jamie Hayter defeated Riho: ****
  • Jon Moxley defeated Penta El Zero Miedo to retain the AEW World Championship: ****

You may observe Fred on Twitter at @flagrantrasslin. He hosts  a podcast with Tyler Forness impressed by this text; the newest episode is obtainable right here.

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