The SmarK Rant for AEW Dynamite – 10.16.21

The SmarK Rant for AEW Dynamite – 10.16.21

Two straight nights of AEW!  It’s a Festivus miracle!  Actually I almost had forgotten about this show because I was kind of struggling this evening to decide what I wanted to review tonight and then remembered it was on.

Live from Miami, FL

Your hosts are Tony Schiavone, Excalibur & Jim Ross

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Dynamite – October 16, 2021

Dynamite
Date: October 16, 2021
Location: James L. Knight Center, Miami, Florida
Commentators: Excalibur, Jim Ross, Tony Schiavone, CM Punk

We’re on a rare Saturday night due to the MLB playoffs and they are going to have a hard time topping what they did last night with Rampage. Tonight we see the brackets for the #1 contenders tournament, as Full Gear is less than a month away. Add in a AAA Tag Team Titles match and we should be good to go. Let’s get to it.

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The SmarK Rant for AEW Dynamite – 10.06.21

The SmarK Rant for AEW Dynamite – 10.06.21

Hot take I know, but holy crap is Squid Game great.

“Second Anniversary”

Live from Philly, and because it was on a different channel tonight here in Canada, my DVR missed it and thus I must make my fall residence in Zurich, Switzerland and watch it on Fite.  Shout out to Justin, my favorite Philly mutant in the audience tonight!

Your hosts are Jim Ross, Excalibur & Tony Schiavone

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Dynamite – October 6, 2021

Dynamite
Date: October 6, 2021
Location: Liacouras Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Commentators: Jim Ross, Tony Schiavone, Excalibur

Believe it or not, there is a big match this week as it’s time for the return of the Casino Ladder Match. That means another Joker entry, which could be a nice surprise. Other than that, we slowly continue on the way to Full Gear, which is going to need some match announcements. Let’s get to it.

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The Wednesday Night Commotion Thread

CM Punk, AEW

… featuring Spaniels.

I’m posting a little earlier than usual because I’m going to be busy at 7pm EST. Anywhooo,

Preview of Dynamite, from our friends at AEW:

  • 8 man tag: The Young Bucks, Adam Cole & World Champion Kenny Omega vs. Bryan Danielson, Christian Cage & Jurassic Express
  • TNT Title: Sammy Guevara vs. Bobby Fish
  • Casino Ladder Match: Andrade El Idolo vs. Jon Moxley vs. Lance Archer vs. Matt Hardy vs. Orange Cassidy vs. PAC vs. THE JOKER
  • Hikaru Shida vs. Serena Deeb. Shida is looking to win her 50th AEW match here.

The show is from Philadelphia, so that should be crazy. Also we hear from CM Punk tonight according to Twitter. And that cool graphic I slapped up there!

I guess there’s maybe some baseball or something, too?

And if you stay up late enough, the G1 starts at 5:30EST (2:30PST, 10:30BST)

  • Kota Ibusha v. Tanga Loa
  • Zach Sabre Jr v. Yujiro Takahashi
  • Toru Yano v. Shingo Takagi
  • Tomohiro Ishii v. GREAT-O-KHAN

Enjoy the commotions and have a great night!

The SmarK Rant for AEW Dynamite – 09.29.21

The SmarK Rant for AEW Dynamite – 09.29.21

Live from Rochester, NY, home of Brodie Lee.  Meanwhile the show is delayed in Canada so I’m in Belgium again tonight watching on Fite.  I know I was already there for Rampage but not many people read that review so I’m using the gag again.

Your hosts are Jim Ross, Tony Schiavone, Excalibur and CM Punk

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Dynamite – September 29, 2021

Dynamite
Date: September 29, 2021
Location: Blue Cross Arena, Rochester, New York
Commentators: Jim Ross, Excalibur, Tony Schiavone, CM Punk

AEW has been on a roll as of late and that means we could be in for something special tonight. I’m not sure what we are going to be seeing here, but it certainly could be a fun night. If nothing else, we’re in Brodie Lee’s hometown and that means we are probably going to be in for some tributes. Let’s get to it.

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Dynamite – September 22, 2021 (Grand Slam)

Dynamite
Date: September 22, 2021
Location: Arthur Ashe Tennis Stadium, New York City, New York
Commentators: Excalibur, Tony Schiavone, Jim Ross

We might be in for the biggest Dynamite in history as the show is in New York City in front of about 20,000 people. The card is stacked too and this is giving me vibes of the Raw in MSG debut, which just happened to be twenty four years ago to the day. If it’s close to that good, we’re in for a huge night. Let’s get to it.

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The Wednesday Night Commotion Thread

… featuring Spaniels.

Tonight is  and if you’re not hyped you must not be on the AEW payroll! Preview, courtesy of our friends at AEW.

  • The Dream Match: Bryan Danielson vs. AEW World Champion Kenny Omega, Non-title.
  • AEW Women’s World Title: Dr. Britt Baker (c) vs. Ruby Soho
  • Cody Rhodes vs. Malakai Black
  • MJF (w/ Wardlow) vs. Brian Pillman Jr.
  • FTR (w/ Tully) vs. Sting & Darby Allin
  • CM Punk interview.

NXT 2.0 held up well in the ratings, though I’m personally waiting for NXT 3.11 for Workgroups before I install.

Talk about all the news and shows here!

Dynamite – September 15, 2021

Dynamite
Date: September 15, 2021
Location: Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey
Commentators: Excalibur, Jim Ross, Tony Schiavone, CM Punk

Things have been getting big in a hurry around here and that is going to be the case again this week. This time around we have the in-ring debut of Adam Cole, which should make for quite the moment. Other than that, Grand Slam is on the horizon and that should be an even bigger show. Let’s get to it.

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The SmarK Rant for AEW Dynamite – 04.29.20

The SmarK Rant for AEW Dynamite – 04.29.20

So this was the last empty arena version of Dynamite before they moved permanently to Jacksonville, which is also the only episode in the entire run of the show that I skipped and decided not to review.  At that point in the pandemic, I just couldn’t watch another empty arena wrestling show without completely crushing my love for the promotion and wrestling in general.  Thankfully both AEW and WWE quickly figured out a way to simulate crowds again and things got marginally better.  And with AEW at their all-time high right now, I figured I might as well circle back and finish off the run of Dynamite with the one I never watched.

Taped from QT Marshall’s secret lair in Atlanta

Your hosts are Tony Schiavone & Chris Jericho, with JR of course off to avoid potential exposure to Covid.

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Dynamite – September 8, 2021

Dynamite
Date: September 8, 2021
Location: Fifth Third Arena, Cincinnati, Ohio
Commentators: Jim Ross, Tony Schiavone, Taz

We’re in for a special one this week as it is the All Out fallout show, which will feature a bunch of wrestlers making their Dynamite debuts, or at least making a special appearance. The next major show is Grand Slam in two weeks and that is going to require some building up. Let’s get to it.

Note that I was in the arena for this show, sitting in the lower section, directly opposite the entrance ramp.

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Dynamite – September 1, 2021

Dynamite
Date: September 1, 2021
Location: Now Arena, Chicago, Illinois
Commentators: Jim Ross, Tony Schiavone, Excalibur

It’s the go home show for All Out and that means it’s time for the big push to the show. As you might have guessed, CM Punk is back in the house and the ovation should crazy all over again. It’s also the 100th edition of Dynamite and that means we might be seeing something of a look back. AEW has always done those well so let’s get to it.

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The SmarK Rant for AEW Dynamite – 08.25.21

The SmarK Rant for AEW Dynamite – 08.25.21

So with my birthday coming up and my family looking for ideas, I’m trying to decide if an Xbox Series S is worth the $379 Canadian, since I can actually get one of those, as opposed to the PS5, which I have no chance of getting my hands on.  I don’t really need the disc drive because I buy everything digitally unless it’s really cheap disc games, and really all I end up playing is GTA5 and Red Dead 2 over and over anyway.  Plus I like the idea of all my previous purchases via Xbox Live magically appearing where available.  Is it worth the upgrade over my Xbox One S?

Live from Milwaukee, WI

Your hosts are Jim Ross, Excalibur & Tony Schiavone

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Dynamite – August 25, 2021

Dynamite
Date: August 25, 2021
Location: UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Commentators: Jim Ross, Excalibur, Tony Schiavone

Then everything changed. CM Punk made his, ahem, surprise debut last week on Rampage in what might be the greatest moment AEW has had in its history. Other than that….I mean does anything else really matter? All Out is in a week and a half and most of the card seems to be set but there are still some spots available. Let’s get to it.

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The SmarK Rant for AEW Dynamite – 08.18.21

The SmarK Rant for AEW Dynamite – 08.18.21

Live from Planet Houston.  Or Planet Covid I guess at the moment.  Maybe now is a good time to give the vaccine a second look, huh Texas?  I think if you’re waiting for herd immunity you might want to achieve it before everyone in the state is in the ICU.

Your hosts are Excalibur, Tony Schiavone and Jim Ross

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