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    Saturday, September 25, 2021

    Reviewing the Elite (9/22/21): Grand Slam



    It's AEW Dynamite Grand Slam! You know what that means…

    Bryan Danielson vs. Kenny Omega FUUUUUUUUUUUCKED!

    AEW opened their biggest show ever (thus far) with what might be their biggest match ever. It was a ballsy move, and it paid off!

               

    Seeing two of the best professional wrestlers at the height of their game go at it in the ring was a sight to behold and that isn't hyperbole; this was a fantastic match. There were just too many good moments throughout, some of which include…
    • Danielson and Omega selling those chops
    • Danielson breaking out the Cattle Mutilation to a huge pop
    • Kenny Omega gaining momentum to hit the greatest V-Trigger ever
    • OMEGA HITTING DANIELSON WITH A TOP-ROPE DRAGON SUPLEX
    Honestly, nothing I can say will do Danielson vs. Omega justice. If you haven't seen it yet, WATCH IT RIGHT NOW! If you already know that it ends in a time limit draw, do not let that hinder your experience. This was a special moment in time for professional wrestling and everyone should see it.

                 

    The only criticism I have for Danielson vs. Omega is that nothing else in the show could top it. Now, to be fair, all of the matches had a different feel to them, making AEW Dynamite Grand Slam feel like an actual pay-per-view on TV. 

    MJF vs. Brian Pillman Jr. would have been a fine opener had Danielson vs Omega not taken place in the beginning. The young lions worked hard and we got a solid match out of it, though I wish MJF didn't beat Pillman via submission. Considering all the verbal abuse Pillman Jr. had to endure before heading into this match, it would have been nice if he looked a bit stronger in the end. Not a burial by any means, but maybe they shouldn't have had MJF mock Pillman's mother and dead father.

                 

    Cody Rhodes vs. Malakai Black was an overbooked WCW/Jeff Jarrett-style match—so a typical Cody Rhodes match in AEW—but it was a heated affair with some good moments. I did feel a little bad for Cody getting booed out of the building. But to their credit, AEW is playing into that, and Malakai winning with the mist was the right call.

                

    Sting and Darby Allin vs. FTR was another solid showcase for The Icon, and that's not a bad thing. After a time-limit draw and two heel victories—Arthur Ashe Stadium didn't treat Malakai like a heel but I digress—it was nice to see a babyface team get the win and make the crowd happy. FTR sold their asses off to make Sting look like a million bucks and I loved their nWo-inspired gear, so this was a hit with me.

                

    Dr. Britt Baker D.M.D. vs. Ruby Soho was a worthy main event and arguably the second-best match on the show. This did suffer a bit from the women reacting to spots a little too early, but they regained their composure as the match went on. Soho got her first loss after interference from Rebel (not Reba) and Jamie Hayter, so she doesn't lose too much momentum here.

               

    Final Grade: AEW Dynamite Grand Slam was a must-watch show for Danielson/Omega alone but everything else was pretty solid. No Bullet Point Party is necessary because this was a very easy wrestling show to watch and only adds to its quality. A+

    Images from AEW

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    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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