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    Friday, September 10, 2021

    Reviewing the Elite (9/8/21): All Out Fallout

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

    The fallout of All Out! Maybe they should have called this episode AEW Fall Out (thanks, Sean Ross Sapp).

    After a game-changing pay-per-view like All Out, Dynamite played it a bit safe this week with a big focus on segments that set up new rivalries. CM Punk will be feuding with Team Taz, MJF is starting a rivalry with Brian Pillman Jr., and The Inner Circle’s Santana and Ortiz have called out newly-crowned AEW World Tag Team Champions The Lucha Bros. 

    CM Punk feuding with Team Taz isn’t exactly mouth-watering stuff right now because it feels like a filler feud for Punk’s current “happy to be here” character. To AEW’s credit, they have been giving Team Taz more wins recently, with Ricky Starks and Will Hobbs getting pinfall victories over Brian Cage, albeit through less than honorable means. Unfortunately, Brian Cage hasn’t been built up enough to make those wins feel important, and that doesn’t make me hopeful for this, even though CM Punk vs. Ricky Starks will hump hard.


    Seeing someone like Brian Pillman Jr. get a mini-push like this against a certified star in MJF is nice since it shows that AEW is still thinking about the future despite having big-time superstars like Adam Cole and Bryan Danielson on their roster. I thought that Pillman was only getting the rub since Cincinnati is his hometown but the fact his match with MJF is happening at AEW Grand Slam—which will have the largest AEW audience by farshows that they see something in the Varsity Blond.

    The rest of the show was also able to push the narrative for several rivalries that were set up at All Out


    Establishing a history between Ruby Soho and Dr. Britt Baker D.M.D. was great because that backstage segment alone has already made this rivalry feel more important than Baker’s previous title defenses. Soho is incredibly over, more than she ever was in WWE, somehow making her the first babyface who might get cheered over Baker. I wouldn’t bet any serious money on that yet, but she's Baker's most-cheered rival thus far.


    Bryan Danielson and Kenny Omega establishing a feud over which wrestler is the best is simplicity at its finest. No one needs to see Omega break into Danielson’s house with a sledgehammer because everyone knows these two are the finest wrestlers in the world, and we just want to see them duke it out in that ring. I’m not sure if this match will happen at AEW Grand Slam or in Full Gear, but one thing is certain; HANGMAN PAGE IS THE ONLY ONE WHO SHOULD TAKE THAT BELT FROM Kenny Omega; YOU HEAR ME?!

    Wrestling-wise, this was a fine episode, though it won’t blow anyone away. 


    Jon Moxley vs. Minoru Suzuki was the match most people were looking forward to, and I thought it was a good match but not a great one. It was worthy of a Dynamite main event, but this match needed to be 20 minutes long, not the rushed 10-minute bout we got. I’m definitely expecting a more brutal rematch down the line now that Moxley has pinned Suzuki.


    Oddly enough, my favorite match of the night was the opener, where Malakai Black beat Dustin Rhodes. Black’s more story-oriented matches from previous weeks took a break here as he and Dustin put on one hell of a match. It wasn't the workrate match a lot of people wanted, but it still astounds me how Dustin Rhodes can work as a full-time wrestler at his age and put on solid bouts like this one.

    Final Grade: It was a safe but fun episode of Dynamite and one that took full advantage of the fallout from All Out. B+

    Bullet Point Party

    • The Dark Order’s self-destruction continued this week when they lost a solid six-man tag match to The Pinnacle. Anna Jay’s return isn’t enough to calm these ruffians down, so it looks like they might need our favorite millennial cowboy more than he needs them. Good stuff.
    • Knowing that we’ll be getting Santana and Ortiz vs. The Lucha Bros is boner-inducing stuff. That match is going to be sick AF.
    • Ruby Soho’s match with Jamie Hayter was mostly good, but that poisonrana botch looked nasty. Hayter seems fine, but I wish the AEW ladies would stop rushing through some of these spots and work at a steadier pace. 
    • Hearing from many of the women in the Casino Battle Royale was actually a decent way to give the division some TV time, so here’s hoping Tony Khan and the bookers actually do something with them going forward.
    • Adam Cole bullying Tony Schiavone is a great way to get the guy heat. Let’s hope he keeps it up.
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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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