AEW Dynamite Preview (11/20/2019)
Jordan Huie of the Overtimer here with the other half of the Wednesday Night War preview! AEW Dynamite brings us a pretty stacked card of five matches, so let’s not waste any time!
The Dynamite Dozen Battle Royale
A unique concept here. Distinguished from the Casino Royale, I don’t believe we’re getting timed entrances here, everyone’s likely starting in the ring at once. As the name suggests, 12 people will be squaring off, however rather than getting to the last man standing, the match will end when there are only two left. Those two will go on to face each other in a singles match next week, with a ‘beautiful diamond ring’ on the line.
I can’t help but be curious about this as it’s fairly out of nowhere. I wouldn’t imagine they’d do a match like this for no reason so I’m quite interested to see who’s involved and where it goes.
Proud-N-Powerful vs. Private Party
Last week, the wrestling world lost Matt Travis, trainer of Santana & Ortiz. The two of them already dedicated their Full Gear bout against the Young Bucks to him but they’ve also requested this match to further honor him. To say nothing of the potential it has all it’s own, it should be a truly compelling bout. One has to think P-N-P are winning given the situation and the simple fact that they’re a very dominant tandem at the moment.
Britt Baker vs. Hikaru Shida
Big match here with the two top ranked women’s wrestlers squaring off. Should be a real good one, that I imagine Hikaru will be taking en route to challenging Riho. Britt got her shot last month and it’s too early to go to that well. And Riho and Hikaru now have a fair bit of history to play off of, so this could turn into a legit program.
Rey Fenix vs. Nick Jackson
After Matt Jackson was injured by P-N-P last week, Nick is now foraying into singles action for the first time in several years. Lauded by most as the most talented of the two Young Bucks and among the most talented in the world, he squares off with Rey Fenix, who similarly has a stellar reputation, perhaps the best high flier in the game.
In short, this will rule, and probably be filled to the brim with mind-blowing spots we’ve never seen before. It’s also kicking off the show so the crowd will be electric for it the whole way through. It’s gonna be an exciting opener to say the very least.
I’m also not totally sure who would win which adds to the appeal. Of course either of the Lucha Bros would be much more likely to have a singles run at a given point than the Young Bucks would be…
Jon Moxley vs. Darby Allin
Last week Moxley laid out an open challenge, and it didn’t take long before Darby Allin took up the call. This should honestly be fantastic, and the dichotomy between the two will be something to watch. It’d almost be cliche to point out how similar the two are, but Darby does give off a very similar vibe to a young Mox.
Undoubtedly, Mox is almost definitely winning this, and we’ll see Allin bump like crazy for him in the meantime. But it’s yet another big match for Darby against an established star and once more I suspect he won’t look at all out of place in there. They continue to present him in a big way without overdoing his push.
I’ll of course be giving a live play-by-play of AEW Dynamite as it airs, so stay tuned!