It’s time for a weekly look at the best, the worst, and the weird or otherwise notable—The Hungee—from the latest episode of AEW Dynamite.

The Good

All conversations on this episode should center on the trios match. In my opinion, it’s the best The Elite and Death Triangle have had since their pay-per-view match and it flirted with becoming a five-star match in my book. This was an absolutely out-of-control match which worked in the chaos of a classic Memphis-style brawl with opportunities for these six to pull off some completely insane moves. This was a blast, and a fantastic precursor to what’s surely going to be an insane ladder match in two weeks.

Ethan Page had what was undoubtedly his best match since his coffin match with Darby Allin last year, with a great outing opposite Bryan Danielson. Danielson elevates everyone he works with, and he did it here – you got to see Page’s power spots worked very well into the story of a match. Hopefully, Ego will be able to keep that momentum moving forward, because his run in AEW so far has been underwhelming. At this point, just do constant powerslams.

I liked the show-long storyline of Samoa Joe attacking Wardlow’s knee, and how it was worked into their main event match. This was a fun mean guy match with Wardlow busting out several big moves. I’m sure there’s some complaints out there about how Wardlow did a bunch of power moves with the bad knee, but frankly, that feels realistic to me – you can go up and down the history of sports and see guys play hurt who still do the key things they excel at in their sport. If LeBron James is playing on a bum ankle, he’s not going to stop jumping.

Top Flight and the BCC had a very solid match, with a tremendous finish of Claudio delivering the best European uppercut I’ve ever seen.

On the promo side of things, the definite highlight was The Acclaimed’s rap. I think Max Caster hit a new level with last night’s rap against Jeff Jarrett & Jay Lethal with several smart lines about the history of both men.

I wasn’t wild about Adam Page’s segment last night, but his little swipe at Renee Young when she asked about his condition after last week – “of course, you’d want to know” – and the subsequent awkward pause before he apologized matched his character very well.

I also thought this Dynamite did a good job of building this week’s Rampage, which will hopefully help that show out some. It made it feel like a much bigger show than usual. The usage of Rampage as an inessential B-show has been a big complaint of mine for awhile now, so hopefully we’ll keep doing things like this to break that streak.

The Bad

Ruby Soho & Willow Nightingale disagreeing about a blind tag in their first TV match as a duo is some extremely WWE stuff. Hopefully, we’re not fast-tracking a break-up angle here, because I don’t think there’s going to be much juice to it right now and AEW has been leaning hard on the “partners begin feuding”-type storyline recently. The match was pretty solid for me, though, so that’s a positive.

Wardlow’s wind-up lariat looks bad outside of squashes, and should exist solely in those matches.

I just don’t understand the continued usage of Kip Sabian at all. He felt like the weakest act on the show by a significant margin.

Samoa Joe cutting off a man’s top knot is a babyface move.

The Hungee

Taz and Excalibur joking about the former’s difficulty pronouncing chardonnay is one of the reasons why I love their pairing – they’re able to come across as people who enjoy talking with each other, which makes them very unique in professional wrestling. Jesse Ventura’s heel work as a color commentator back in the 80s was great, but the brain worms it gave everyone about how announcing had to be approached is quite possibly the worst side effect of a good act in the history of wrestling.

(extremely Bryan Alvarez voice) Bay LUM LINKS.

Having a lot of talk about new Kevin Dunn coming in, and then immediately dropping Dasha Fuentes’ last name is not endearing to me. They might not be connected at all, but it just feels really dumb.

Overall rating

9/10. A super high-level Dynamite with four matches checking in at very good, if not better.

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

Max Caster’s promo is the perfect example of why The Acclaimed had the year they did.

Match Star Ratings

  • Bryan Danielson defeated Ethan Page: ****1/4
  • Claudio Castagnoli & Jon Moxley defeated Top Flight: ***3/4
  • Hook defeated Baylum Lynx: 3/4*
  • The Elite defeated Death Triangle in match six of their Best of Seven Series; the series is now tied 3-3: ****3/4
  • Anna Jay & Tay Conti defeated Ruby Soho & Willow Nightingale: ***
  • Samoa Joe defeated Wardlow to retain the AEW TNT Championship: ****

You can follow Fred on Twitter at @flagrantrasslin. He hosts a podcast with Tyler Forness inspired by this article; the latest episode is available here.

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