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    Friday, April 9, 2021

    Reviewing the Elite (4/7/21): My Jerk-Off Friends



    It’s AEW Dynamite! You know what that means…

    The Young Bucks are dicks. The end.

    Okay, no, let’s start with a more formal re-introduction. Apologies for missing the last two weeks, life, work, and a little bit of isolation sadness got in the way of me watching Dynamite but I’m all caught up now. 

    Now, back to this underwhelming angle…

                

    Was anyone actually surprised when The Young Bucks turned on Jon Moxley during the main event and gave the win to Kenny Omega? Because I sure wasn’t. 

    The Bucks haven’t interacted with Kenny and The Good Brothers enough to make their break-up a few weeks ago feel special, so seeing them come back to their asshole friends feels like a redux of the last time they did the Too Sweet together. Plus, it wasn’t that long ago when The Bucks were hitting superkicks on random people because Hangman Page cost them a tag title match, so seeing them acting heelish again doesn’t have that shock factor AEW was hoping for.  

                

    Admittedly, while the main event angle wasn’t great, it does offer some enticing possibilities, particularly a feud with Kenny Omega’s Elite going up against Hangman Page and The Dark Order somewhere down the line. Kenny’s obsession with Bullet Club nostalgia due to his “lackluster” first year in AEW is still a good story that's being told so I hope they just keep The Bucks heel since there’s no excuse for what they did to Moxley.

    Yeah yeah, Moxley was hitting Kenny with one too many Paradigm Shifts but, in his defense, KENNY TRIED TO BLOW HIM UP.

    Shame that the main event angle was lackluster because this week’s stick of Dynamite was pretty good in spite of that. No, it’s not as good as NXT Takeover: Stand & Deliver but as far as Dynamite episodes are concerned, it was far from the worst.

                 

    One of the show’s biggest highlights has to be Chris Jericho’s babyface promo setting up their Blood and Guts match with The Pinnacle. It was great hearing a classic Y2J-style promo from Le Champion, burying MJF for being a mark for himself—sorry, a “max” for himself and calling him “My Jerk-off Friend,” making fun of Shawn Spears’ terrible hair, and pointing out how people can’t tell FTR’s Dax Harwood and Cash Wheeler apart, this was so damn fun. 

    Sorry Pinnacle, you are The Pineapple now.


    You know who else cut one hell of a promo? This time on the heel side? QT Marshall. Cody’s Friend turning on The Nightmare Family has been a bit of a mixed bag but last week’s big beatdown and this week’s promo were excellent. QT bringing up the fact that Cody went to the Indies so that he could feel like a bigger star than he actually is was painfully on point and I like how this stable is being used to put over Nick Comoroto, Aaron Solow, and Anthony Ogogo, who I’ll be calling The Three O’s, for obvious reasons.

    Plenty of good wrestling to boot too in this stick of Dynamite. The aforementioned main event was great, Hangman Page picked up a dominant win over The Acclaimed’s Max Caster, Tay Conti had another great showing when she beat The Bunny, but my match of the night was easily Darby Allin vs JD Drake.

               

    I didn’t know much about JD Drake going in but this match against Darby Allin made me want to see more. He’s got a good brawler-like move-set and is athletic enough to do moonsaults and cannonballs, making him a big guy to look out for. Darby picked up the win but the match was 80% Drake and I had zero complaints. The post-match attack with Matt Hardy's group and The Dark Order was a bit of a mess but at least it's leading to a match next week.


    Final Grade: B

    Bullet-Point Party:

    • Sting acknowledges how great Lance Archer is: A typical Sting segment managed to feel fresh because they actually let The Icon talk. They got me here and I liked it but that doesn’t mean Sting and Tony Schiavone should be standing together every week.
    • Jurassic Express beat Bear Country: It's everything I wanted from this match and probably the second-best match of the night, check it out.
    • Dr. Britt Baker D.M.D. tells us to watch EVERY AEW SHOW so we can watch her pick-up wins: A typical great promo from Britt. I loved the line where she said championship contenders should be decided by star-power and merchandise sales. Brilliant.
    • Team Taz wants Christian Cage to join, Brian Cage and Ricky Starks aren’t getting along: Not the most intriguing angle out there but I’m down for it. Can’t wait to see Christian work with Brian Cage, Ricky Starks, and even Will Hobbs.
    • The Best Friends and Kris Statlander want a piece of Death Triangle: Nice to see AEW going back to this feud and remembering their continuity. Death Triangle pull the whole “not being face or heel” shtick better than The Bucks, though I do wish AEW would just pick a side for these guys to stick to.
    • Mike Tyson beat up Shawn Spears: I hope Shawn got paid extra for that, some of those punches didn’t look soft.
    Images from AEW


    *****


    Nico Parungo is a freelance contributor for Geeky PH and previously wrote for Epicstream. He provides weekly recaps of AEW Dynamite for Smark Henry and has contributed several reviews for PWR and MWF shows. When he isn't frustrated about the WWE, he's playing video games at home and is bugging his friends with glorious puns. He's new to the world of Twitter drama but is quickly getting hooked.
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