AEW Dynamite recap & reactions (Aug. 9, 2023): Legends rule!

AEW Dynamite (Aug. 9, 2023) emanated from Nationwide Area in Columbus, OH. The present featured the Younger Bucks battling the Hardys for bragging rights, Rob Van Dam delivering excessive spots, Sting roughing up hooligans, and extra on the street to All In.

Get caught up on all of the Dynamite particulars with the wonderful play-by-play from Claire Elizabeth.

Oh sure, it’s legends night time, and the sensation’s proper. Oh sure, it’s legends night time, oh what an evening. Okay… It wasn’t formally legends night time on Dynamite. I’m utilizing the time period ‘legends’ quick and free for the recap to string collectively a theme for a present with none main angles or main matches. The underside line was that the legends have been essentially the most thrilling moments on the present. Legends rule!

Younger Bucks cementing their legacy

With all this discuss FTR’s tag crew legacy, the Younger Bucks are being missed as an afterthought within the dialog. The Bucks had enterprise at hand towards legendary rivals within the Hardys to find out bragging rights for one of the best tag crew brothers.

The Bucks and the Hardys placed on a top quality match. It was similar to outdated occasions, besides with the knees of males twice their age. The Hardys virtually threw a wrench within the plans when Jeff Hardy linked on a swanton. Matt Jackson was capable of make the save on the pinfall.

Matt Jackson made a savvy transfer to show the tide when he superkicked Jeff Hardy’s ankle to fall off the turnbuckles. The Bucks sensed their window of alternative and pounced for a BTE Set off on Matt Hardy to win.

That was a enjoyable contest for the circumstances. It was most likely one of the best match we will get out of the Hardys at this level of their careers. They moved spirited with energetic offense. The chemistry was clear between opponents with familiarity for counters. It was good wrestling between two legend groups of their kinds. The robust win units the Bucks up properly with momentum heading into All In.

When the Bucks grabbed a mic, FTR interrupted for a showdown within the ring. The Jacksons have been all in to just accept the title struggle problem for Wembley Stadium.

Again to the subject of legacy. With all this tooting for FTR, let’s not neglect that the Bucks have pretty much as good a shot as anybody to win. What would that say concerning the Bucks’ legacy then? Would they be thought of one of the best tag crew on the earth (relative to the AEW storyline speaking level)?


Rob Van Dam was able to struggle for the FTW title towards Jack Perry.

FTW guidelines have been in impact, which meant something goes and falls depend wherever. RVD strut his stuff for inventive offense, comparable to this doozy of a leg drop off the apron to Jungle Boy hanging over the barricade.

RVD gave the individuals wished they wished for the nostalgic excessive of Rolling Thunder.

Van Dam additionally linked on a frog splash.

Humorous enterprise was afoot across the splash. Proper earlier than that second, Perry threw a chair that hit Bryce Remsburg. Ref down! RVD hit his signature 5 star finisher. The group chanted to 10 on the duvet earlier than Aubrey Edwards slid into the ring as backup referee. Perry kicked out of the official pinfall. Perry struck with a low blow and shoved RVD colliding head-first right into a chair within the nook. Jungle Boy scooped a roll-up and grabbed the tights to safe the win.

RVD was nice in his position on this night. He turned again the palms of time to offer followers a style of his legend standing. Van Dam put out his finest to go away the individuals wanting extra. The screwjob end appeared pointless to that extent as a solution to defend RVD in defeat, nevertheless, I believe the true intent was to point out how treacherous Perry has change into. AEW is doing their finest to shovel the shit on high of him as a chief scoundrel. It’s all piling up for cathartic payback by the hands of Hook.

It’s Sting!

Sting is again. The Icon returned to kick ass on the Mogul Embassy.

Swerve Strickland was surrounded in full by his goons as AR Fox referred to as out Darby Allin. The enigma had a distinct model of occasions resulting in Fox’s dangerous angle. He noticed Fox’s demons and knew Fox needed to beat them alone. Allin realized that Fox was jealous that Allin helped Nick Wayne get into AEW. Allin seen Fox’s new buddies. Nicely, he has buddies too. Lights out with Tony Schiavone lathering as much as shout, “It’s Sting!” Stinger smashed with a baseball bat.

When the mud settled, Sting was alone with Swerve. He pointed the bat towards the All In signal as a problem. AEW introduced Allin & Sting versus Swerve & Fox in a coffin match on the PPV.

There was nothing breaking new floor for Sting on this look. It’s been just about a rinse and repeat cycle for his AEW profession. It by no means will get outdated although, as a result of Sting nonetheless has that particular aura. one thing cool goes to occur when Sting is on display screen. Legends rule.

Let’s jam by means of the remainder of Dynamite.

JAS breakup. The Jericho Appreciation Society held a compulsory assembly to air grievances over Chris Jericho’s wandering eye towards becoming a member of the Callis Household. The frequent speaking level was Jericho being egocentric. Every member had their flip to vent and stop JAS one after the other. First it was Daniel Garcia, adopted by Jake Hager, Tay Melo, Anna Jay, Cool Hand Ang, Daddy Magic, and lastly Sammy Guevara. Sammy made it clear that he wasn’t turning his again on his buddy, however he was leaving Jericho for now. As soon as Jericho will get his head straight, Sammy is likely to be there for him.

Backstage, Don Callis apologized to Jericho for any stress he might need induced. Jericho knowledgeable Callis that he made up his thoughts concerning the Callis Household, and he’ll give his reply subsequent week. Callis was giddy. He ran off to make preparations with a constructive assumption that Jericho will be a part of.

The JAS assembly scene was productive in attending to the subsequent step of the Jericho story. Despite the fact that there have been good deliveries on the mic, particularly from Daddy Magic, the phase as an entire wasn’t all that entertaining. Nicely, count on for Garcia hilariously dancing his manner out of the ring. That was gold.

It was like watching an uncomfortable intervention. Jericho absorbed the criticism realizing his crew was falling aside. Nothing specifically made me root for any of the JAS members transferring ahead, as in any babyface turns. All of them appear to be the identical characters, simply not aligning with Jericho. The tease is what occurs subsequent week. Will Jericho attempt to make amends along with his buddies or will he be absolutely dedicated to the Callis Household?

Brochachos. Adam Cole deliberate a particular night time for MJF on the… trampoline park. MJF acquired excited when studying that dodgeball was out there. He pelted children with pressure as dramatic conqueror music performed. Cole tried to inform MJF that his actions weren’t cool, however a child mouthed off and flashed the center finger. Cole gave MJF the okay to bury her too. This scene was peak brochachos comedy. Make sure to watch it, in the event you haven’t already.

Later within the night, MJF and Cole shared promo time within the ring. Cole was appreciative of the world title bout, however he wished to do even higher. The world enjoys them as a tag crew, so Cole proposed chasing the ROH tag titles. He put over the worth of these explicit championships in his private story to make it really feel essential. Cole wished it to go down on the All In pre-show. MJF was reluctant to just accept wrestling twice in the identical night, however he relented. The brochachos are coming for Aussie Open.

The phase didn’t finish there. Roderick Sturdy stomped on stage in a hissy match about Cole palling with MJF. Maxwell shouted insults, so Sturdy tried to guilt Cole for permitting it to occur. The Kingdom was conveniently ready on the facet to embrace poor Roddy with a hug. Cole felt that sting and shoved MJF for making enjoyable of Sturdy. Tensions rose, however Cole calmly collected his composure to hug MJF as an apology.

Boy, AEW is admittedly laying on the emotion thick. Every thing is so excessive that I nonetheless can’t inform who to belief. I wish to consider MJF and Cole have a pure bond, nevertheless, I can’t shake the sensation that backstabbing is on the horizon. And it might go both manner. Except for doubtlessly successful the ROH tag titles, I’m additionally to see if Cole works gentle in that match to tire out MJF. This was Cole’s thought in spite of everything, so it could make sense as a grasp plan. He did inform Sturdy from day one to belief him. Is that this all a part of an evil scheme to control MJF? AEW is doing an excellent job protecting the thriller alive on this story.

Jon Moxley & Claudio Castagnoli defeated Fenix & Pentagon Jr. The Blackpool Fight Membership lower a promo about not fearing dying.

The Lucha Bros responded by calling them the Blackpool Coward Membership.

Ring the bell! This was a sizzling match to entertain the lots. Depth ignited from the beginning and by no means let up. Moxley and Penta shared a gnarly chop struggle. Claudio and Fenix held up their finish with thrills. The good second was Fenix leaning backward to dodge the clothesline on a Doomsday Gadget.

Wheeler Yuta was the deciding think about victory. The Lucha Bros had momentum aiming for his or her teamwork package deal piledriver finisher, however Yuta grabbed Fenix’s foot on the turnbuckles. Alex Abrahantes pulled Yuta down. Fenix saved Alex by touchdown a moonsault onto Yuta exterior. In the meantime, Claudio saved Moxley by pulling off Penta’s masks. Mox stole the win with a roll-up grabbing the trunks to cheat. Afterward, BCC stomped the luchadores, and Claudio wore Penta’s masks giving zero f-cks, as a substitute of Cero Miedo.

This was a dandy of a struggle as a novel type matchup. They got loads of time because the match progressed from kicking out of professional quality strikes right into a free-for-all. A budget end and post-match antics make it really feel like this feud is much from over. BCC often isn’t content material to win on a triple cheat, and Pentagon will certainly need revenge for eradicating his masks.

AEW Ladies’s World Championship: Hikaru Shida retained towards Anna Jay. The ladies stuffed the primary occasion slot. There have been about ten minutes remaining in this system as soon as the opening bell rang. Jay managed the primary half with assist from Daddy Magic and Cool Hand Ang. Shida rallied ultimately to interrupt free from the Queen Slayer choke. Shida climbed the nook with Jay nonetheless hanging on her again with the submission to crash down from excessive above. Jay was dazed. Shida pounced for the Falcon Arrow slam. Jay kicked out. Shida didn’t skip a beat to assault with the Katana spinning knee for victory.

This match was superb to showcase Shida as champion. Her combating spirit is on the next stage, and that helped her prevail. The bout didn’t have sufficient time to trip to really create the next stage of emotion within the ring to shine as a essential occasion.

Notes: Shida is scheduled to defend the ladies’s title in a four-way at All In in London to honor the historical past of the unique All In, which additionally had a four-way girls’s bout. AEW framed it poorly as a event. The champ fills one slot. Storm cashed in her rematch to get a bye to the ultimate. Saraya wrestles Skye Blue on Rampage, and Dr. Britt Baker DMD meets Bunny subsequent week on Dynamite. These winners full the four-way.

Kenny Omega could have a sitdown interview with Jim Ross subsequent week to debate his plans for Don Callis, Konosuke Takeshita, and All In.

Stud of the Present: RVD

Rob Van Dam hit his excessive spots and seemed good doing it. His efficiency was satisfying within the legend spot.

Match of the Night time: Younger Bucks vs. Hardys

Satisfying is the buzzword once more. The Bucks and Hardys exceeded expectations for a match with minimal construct on the tail finish of their careers. It doesn’t examine with any earlier classics within the rivalry, however it was a strong contest nonetheless with an fascinating end.

Grade: B-

Total, the episode provided a number of moments to convey pleasure and laughter. The tales have been extra within the sense of setting the desk for All In somewhat than any explosive occasions. I believe one side the place this present suffered was the order of segments. It began with an vitality downer on the JAS assembly, and the ladies’s title bout was a bland selection to shut. In hindsight, Younger Bucks versus Hardys with the FTR problem would have left a greater lasting impression to complete the present.

Share your ideas about Dynamite. How do you charge it? What have been your favourite moments from the present?

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