King’s Takes For AEW Dynamite 12/18/19

Welcome folks were still in the Lone Star State for the final episode of Dynamite. Tonight The Young Bucks will challenge SoCal Uncensored Scorpio Sky and Frankie Kazarian for the AEW Tag Team Championships, The Lucha Bros will take on “Hangman” Adam Page & Kenny Omega, and our main event will feature “Le Champion” Chris Jericho vs. Jungle Boy in a ten-minute time limit non-title match. Let’s get to the action! 

The Lucha Bros def. Hangman Adam Page & Kenny Omega 

Coming off their miscommunication last week both Page and Omega started things off pretty rocky but after some great high-octane offense, they began to gel together quite nicely. Page and Pentagon Jr. shared a nasty chop-fest that was very brutal. This definitely was a fun match to watch as the heels isolated Omega for the majority of it. 

Page eventually, got the hot tag and was doing some real “Cowboy Shit” but he inadvertently blasted Omega with The Buckshot Lariat and Lucha Bros capitalized with the Package Piledriver Combo for the victory. Post-match there were some high tensions between Page and Omega but they were put to the side when PAC came on the Tron. 

He went right after Omega’s best friend Michael Nakazawa. Omega left the ring and went on the hunt but “The Bastard” and Nakazawa were nowhere to be found. Omega continued the search but was beat down by Lucha Bros. 

Cody & Darby Allin def. The Butcher & The Blade w/Bunny

I hate to say this but I am having a hard time getting behind The Butcher and The Blade. Don’t get me wrong they can go but I just can’t connect with their personalities. The heels dominated Cody for the majority of the match until Allin came in. 

He’s got such a special and unique character and he’s incredibly talented at only twenty-two years old. Allin hit a coffin drop on the outside which allowed Cody to pick up the victory. Now, Allin can get his rematch somewhere down the line. 

Awesome Kong def. Miranda Alizae

I’m not going to lie, this wasn’t a pretty match and I felt that this only served one purpose: to continue the path of destruction led by Brandi Rhodes and Kong. Brandi called out Kris Statlander hoping that she would come to join them. 

Jungle Boy lasts over ten minutes against Le Champion Chris Jericho

I think this sums everything up by saying The G.O.A.T doing Goat things here. Say what you want about Jericho, is he old yes, is he a little out of shape, yes, but he is damn good at being selfless and giving young up-and-coming superstars a chance to shine. Jungle Boy got dozens of near-falls on the champ and even lasted over ninety seconds in the Walls of Jericho. That’s pretty damn impressive for a superstar his size. 

The wily and arrogant veteran then demanded five more minutes to secure the victory and when he couldn’t he pitched a fit like a crybaby. Jericho then gave Mox something else to think about for the New Year’s episode. He and The Inner Circle have a special present for their “friend” (umm a five-on-one beatdown)? 

Kris Statlander def. Britt Baker (Number-One Contenders)

The doctor came in prepared to secure the Lockjaw but Statlander overpowered her and outmatched her at every turn. The young up-and-comer brought the fight to Baker in a really good match the only problem I saw was it never kicked into second gear as you would see for a number-one contender’s match. Statlander got caught in the Lockjaw but Statlander utilized her strength to counter it into the Big Theory for the win. 

Post-match, Brandi Rhodes came out and again asked her to pledge her allegiance to The Nightmare Collective but Statlander refused. Melanie Cruz and Kong appeared on the ramp which allowed Brandi to blast her in the eye with the heel of her shoe. 

AEW World Tag Team Championship — SCU (c) def. The Young Bucks

In my opinion, this is everything and more that you’d want to see in not only the main event but also a tag team championship match. The action was fast-paced and exciting and the AEW crowd was on their feet throughout the match. I had no idea that The Bucks and SCU were really good friends. This was a battle of one-upmanship between both teams. 

I can’t say it enough that every time Matt and Nick are performing it’s absolutely incredible to watch their timing is perfect and their double-team maneuvers are crisp and effective. Frankie Kazarian and Scorpio Sky looked great in this match too, they really gel together like a well-oiled machine. I especially loved when Sky caught Matt off the ropes into the Cutter. In the end, SCU hit their finisher to successfully retain their AEW Tag Team Titles. 

Post-match, the creepers surrounded the ring and Evil Uno and Stu Grayson came down the ramp. They proclaimed this wasn’t an invitation this was an initiation for Alex Reynolds and John Silver. Everyone flooded the ring with a vicious attack on both teams. The rest of The Elite came down for a save but to no avail. Dark Order stood tall to close the show! 

I’ve heard over the internet that this was the worst episode of AEW Dynamite, I disagree with that. It’s extremely hard to battle your competition when they showcase both top championship matches. With that being said, there were some great storyline developments from PAC and Omega’s issues escalating, a potential Darby Allin/Cody II match, Jericho was amazing again and so was Jungle Boy, and last but certainly not least a phenomenal tag team championship match to close the show!