AEW Dynamite summary & reactions (24 November 2021): Lesser known Miz

AEW Dynamite (November 24, 2021) from the Wintrust Arena in Chicago, IL. The show featured CM Punk and MJF in a verbal confrontation, Bryan Danielson and Hangman Page increasingly anticipating their physical confrontation, as well as Thunder Rosa and Jamie Hayter in a lavish saliva.

Get caught up in all Dynamite details with Claire Elizabeth’s excellent play-by-play.

Lesser known Miz

If you’d told me that CM Punk was opening the show for a game against QT Marshall that would run for the first 40 minutes of the show, I’d have wondered what the catch was. The catch was that MJF arrived to act like a lesser-known Miz.

Punk entered the ring in front of a thunderous doll from his hometown, then MJF came to interrupt the procedure, just as Punk interrupted him last week. MJF led with insults about Punk looking like a meth addict despite being straightforward and an unflattering reference to Punk’s MMA career. He was annoyed that Punk was not mentioned by name in interviews about talent he would like to wrestle with. MJF wasn’t concerned about Punk’s pipe bombing skills, as he drops nuclear weapons.

Punk was disappointed that MJF reached for low-hanging fruit in his criticism. The reason Punk never mentioned MJF is because he didn’t want to feed that ego. Punk was heated by comparing MJF to a lesser known Miz. MJF answered volley by pointing out that Punk was always second best behind John Cena and HHH. MJF didn’t name them outright, but the hints were clear. And in AEW, Punk will always be second best behind MJF. Punk may claim to be the best in the world, but MJF is better and he knows it.

Punk took it to heart to compare known opponents. He didn’t have to cheat to beat Darby Allin. Punk scored a killshot by saying that MJF doesn’t even realize he’s been replaced by Britt Baker as one of the four pillars of AEW. Tension escalated into the removal of clothing to go fisting, except MJF rolled out of the ring with a smile on his face as the crowd cheered.

That opening segment lasted nearly 20 minutes, and it was one of AEW’s better promo fights in the company’s fledgling history. See for yourself.

The feud between Punk and MJF has lasted two weeks so far. Last week the silence spoke volumes. There was so much talk this week that it may have lasted longer than any match on the show. Talk about opposite sides of the spectrum. Both approaches worked amazingly well. I’m not one for super long promo sessions, but this kept my attention the whole time.

It’s a tough round to call out a winner on this night. The level of insults grew sharper with each pass of the microphone. I love how MJF’s tagline actually flowed within the context of the conversation rather than an extra add-on. Ultimately, I think I’d give Punk the edge for the four-pillar line. Who do you score as the winner in that war of words?

After all that, Punk had one more game ahead of him. QT was more competitive than I expected. After eating five body slams, he rallied for a Liger bomb for a near win. Punk turned the tide with a headbutt. He made a series of maneuvers to finish with a flying elbow thrust and GTS.

cowardly shit

In the world title scene, Bryan Danielson continued his swift and effective escalation to Public Enemy #1 as he geared up for Hangman Page. Danielson mowed through another member of the Dark Order in Colt Cabana. The Chicago babyface died when Danielson ducked a clothesline for a takedown to kick his head inside. Danielson then moved on to flex his biceps before tightening the LeBell lock.

After that, Danielson sat into the microphone to the surly disapproval of onlookers. He claimed the fans were fickle because they cheered him on before and now booed him even though he hasn’t changed. Danielson called in another Dark Order member for next week. Then Hangman replied. He arrived in his gear ready to fight. The champion then and there proposed a title match. Since Danielson had just participated, he called that tactic coward shit instead of cowboy shit. Fisticuffs broke loose with Danielson escaping before a Buckshot lariat could hit its target.

This is another feud so far insane with a two week build. Danielson has been such a good troublemaker. I tend to agree that he has shown a consistent demeanor throughout his AEW run. He’s screwed up with the taunts, but that feels more like leaning against him in the energy than a jerk. Hangman is still strong as the hero. It’s weird that I want to root for both men. At the end of the day, AEW gears up for a tough match and that’s what we all hope for as wrestling fans.

Let’s jam through the rest of Dynamite.

Gunn Club defeated Bear Country. The bears mauled Billy and Colten early. Austin hooked the leg as he ran ropes for Colten to strike with the Colt 45 neck buster. Then Sting came on stage. Austin only charged for Darby Allin to sprint out of the tunnel for a crushing shoulder block. The heroes went to the ring, but the Gunn Club withdrew.

It’s wild that Billy vs Sting is a hot item in 2021, and I’m all for it. AEW has milked Sting as much as possible, and it still hasn’t soured. I’m surprised they kept Sting fresh for so long. Allin’s blindside tackle was the icing on the cake.

The newest member of Team Taz. Team Taz demanded an answer from Dante Martin. The contract was in when Lio Rush took out the pen to refuse. Martin retrieved the pen, signed on the dotted line, and ate some of Hook’s chips as an official Team Taz member. Rush was speechless upon leaving.

That was an excellent low-key swerve. It seemed like Martin had every reason to ditch his suitors, and yet he took the risk of wearing orange and black. I wonder how he will change his fan-friendly villain style. I’m also curious how Rush will react in the near future. Will he recruit more young people? Or maybe a machine like Brian Cage? So many intriguing questions emerged from that quick scene. That doesn’t even touch the deal with Hook and his chips.

TBS Championship Tournament Quarterfinals: Thunder Rosa defeated Jamie Hayter. Thunder provided a Peruvian tie, so Reba provided the referee’s distraction to get Dr. Britt Baker to give DMD the path to get Thunder off her boyfriend. The shenanigans backfired when Baker accidentally super kicked Hayter while Thunder went into hiding. Thunder used a cazadora roll-up for the win. Then tension was in the air as Hayter was angry with Baker.

Hot damn. That was a certified slobber knocker. Thunder and Hayter dropped bombs throughout the game. Hayter has been a bit of an afterthought in the ring since her return, but this outing made me stand out. I definitely want to see more of Hayter now. If she eventually leaves Baker for a title match, I’ll be happy to watch.

Andrade, Malakai Black and FTR defeated Cody Rhodes, PAC and Lucha Bros. The finish of the main event broke up into signature maneuvers all around. Black spat fog into PAC’s eyes so Andrade could end up with a DDT hammer lock.

Two stories emerged during the campaign. The first was Cody on the receiving end of loud booing from the fans. They even threw back his weight belt instead of keeping it as a souvenir. Cody didn’t help his cause by stealing a tag and accidentally kicking PAC in the face when Andrade got rid of it.

The other story was that Arn Anderson and Tully Blanchard teased a showdown. Dukes were up, but assistant Jose tried to intervene. The two legends didn’t want it and joined forces to punch him in the nose. That was it this evening.

For the game in general, the action was what you would expect with so much talent involved. No one in particular stood out, because everyone jumped out loud. The finish didn’t really add any progress to the story, but I’m sure PAC won’t be happy with Cody.

Remarks: Jurassic Express has boosted their confidence to unbeatable levels thanks to recent Elite wins. Christian Cage will make sure they win the tag titles.

2point0 and Daniel Garcia apologized to Eddie Kingston. After reading his article in The Players’ Tribune, they realized that he is no longer hungry. That’s the kiss of death for a fighter. They will be there to help through his difficult times. It turned out to be a trick. After insulting Kingston’s relationship with Jon Moxley, Garcia threw coffee in Kingston’s face. Kingston vs. Garcia takes place Friday night at rampage.

Adam Cole and Bobby Fish have been frustrated with their loss lately. They got tangled up about being best friends. Chuck Taylor, Orange Cassidy and Wheeler Yuta came in with beef over the Best Friends name so a match was made for Cole & Fish against Cassidy & Yuta on rampage.

Chris Jericho was interrupted by 2point0 and Garcia. They thought he would like it if they attacked Kingston. wrong. If they ever interrupt Le Champion again, he’ll knock their teeth down their throats.

Tony Schiavone Spoiled Friendsgiving By Notifying Baker Of A Future Match For rampage. Since Riho was never officially eliminated from the Casino Battle Royale, she gets the chance to earn a title shot by beating Baker in singles action.

Ruby Soho and Kris Statlander had a hype package for their TBS Championship tournament match next week.

Studs of the Show: Thunder Rosa & Jamie Hayter

Their fight was off the hook with physicality and intensity. It was my choice for the game of the night.

Dud of the Show: Square Head

Chris Jericho has been scraping the bottom of the barrel for his insults lately. Pointing out Matt Lee’s square head isn’t that provocative or catchy. However, what do I know. The crowd took off like a chant, so I think it was a success.

Rank: B+

Hats off to AEW. It would have been easy to call it the night before Thanksgiving. Instead, all the wrestlers went full steam ahead to create a thrilling show. The matches that weren’t that competitive on paper were supported by storylines. The promos between CM Punk & MJF and Hangman Page & Bryan Danielson were compelling. Those alone were worth watching.

Share your opinion about Dynamite. How do you rate it? Who stole the show?

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