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AEW Dynamite 6/7 Review: MJF + Adam Cole Deliver Plus Blood, Violence & Orange Cassidy

AEW Dynamite 6/7/23
Photo Credit: All Elite Wrestling

In the opening match of AEW Dynamite 6/7, Orange Cassidy retains the AEW International Championship against Swerve Strickland. Phenomenal start to the show. Second half of the match saw some tremendously close calls. Everyone hit their finishers, and surprisingly, Cassidy won using Swerve’s own underhanded tactics by pulling the pants for leverage in obtaining the pinfall. 

Great match. I legit thought Swerve was winning. After the match, the rest of The Embassy rushed the ring to put the hurt on the champ. After a very long lights out to reveal Sting and Darby Allin set up future matches, the heels ran off, but likely this feud is not over. 

I would have been fine if Cassidy lost the title, Swerve would make a great singles heel champ for a babyface to chase after. 

Hype for Saturday Night’s Punk Event… Sorry, AEW Collision. They might as well call it the CM Punk show at this point. Tony Khan is gonna make another announcement for the main event!!

Bryan Danielson joins the commentary team as a video package rolls to hype up Forbidden Door, against Kazuchika Okada. Epic level match. 

Blackpool Combat Club defeated “CHAOS” members Trent Baretta, Chuck Taylor, and Rocky Romero

Decent match, but predictable outcome. Some close calls which made it look as though Best Friends had a chance, but when commentary considers them as underdogs and a victory over BCC would be considered an upset, I lose a little interest. Trent, Chuckie, and Romero are established wrestlers, not rookies. 

After the match, The Young Bucks and “Hangman” Adam Page challenge The BCC to a trios match next week. 

Video package hype for Will Ospreay vs. Kenny Omega for the NJPW United States Championship.

MJF Promo was fire. MJF begins to speak about his reign of terror as World Champion, but is interrupted by his next challenger, Adam Cole, Bay Bay! The next few minutes is one of the best verbal exchanges in recent memory. MJF controls the mic, heavily putting over Cole from his indy days to a “promotion in Florida” where he would go on to “Shock the System.” However those compliments turn sour as MJF wonders where “that” Adam Cole went off to, as the version in front of him is nothing compared to his past. MJF proceeds to go real-life, using real-life jabs at Cole’s physique, and name dropping Vince McMahon in regards to the belief Cole is not top tier material. Welp, Cole fires back with some sick bombs of his own, even going as far as to taunt MJF with a urine test. Blam-o. 

Check it out online, must-see promo. MJF channeled some serious Ric Flair vibes towards the end. 

JungleHook defeated Dralistico and Preston Vance

I admit, it took a bit for me to get into it. The early picture-in-picture commercial didn’t help. Jack Perry and Dralistico appear to put on a good show in the ring while Vance and Hook brawled all over the arena. Somewhere, somehow, Vance and Hook brawl with a chain, which Hook wraps around his fist and clocks Vance with it. Camera pans away, and return to see Vance bleeding like a completely open water valve. Somebody bladed a little too deep. Action kicks up with Hook T-bone-plexing Vance through tables. Perry forces Dralistico to tap while Hook locks Jose the Manager in a submission to watch helplessly. 

Good match. 

Tony Khan announces the main event for AEW Collision will be Jay White, Juice Robinson, and Samoa Joe vs. FTR and CM Punk

Got to give the people what they want! CMFTR FTW!

Konosuke Takeshita in action 

He defeated an indy guy, because we don’t say “jobbers” anymore. After the match, Don Callis attempt to speak but the crowd booed the almighty hell out of them. It was great. This has to keep up until the inevitable Takeshita vs. Omega match. 

Kris Statlander retains the TBS Championship against Ana Jay

Right. Because there was ever a chance of a title change. However, everyone loves Statlander. The focus shifted towards backstage where Taya Valkyrie was watching on screen, intently, angrily at the new TBS champion emerging victorious following a Tombstone Piledriver. 

Yes, we know. Taya will be challenging soon. Should be a good match though. 

Tons of hype for Rampage and next week on Dynamite! Next Wednesday we will get MJF and Adam Cole collide, BCC vs. Hangman Page & The Bucks, Mogul Embassy vs. Darby, Sting, O.C., and Keith Lee!

Main Event of AEW Dynamite 6/7: “Absolute” Ricky Starks vs. “Switchblade” Jay White — Juice Robinson and FTR are banned for ringside.

Bill Bodkin Filling for Mike: This was a solid match that like most Ricky matches start off solidly and end with a wonderful swell of drama and action. However, like most Ricky Starks matches, his hand is not raised here. My feeling is Starks is bound for WWE, something I’ve thought ever since Cody Rhodes jumped back (he along with Prest10n Vance and Will Hobbs), hence why the wins aren’t stacking up. White, meanwhile, was finally in the position he belongs — the main event. I liked the back and forth here and these two have great chemistry.

Then came The Gunns. Looks like they’ll be the new addition to Bullet Club Gold. I don’t hate this. The Gunns have come a long, long way from being in the nebulous Nightmare Family. They’re solid as hell in the wrong and they get heat (the right way), so adding them to the Bang Bang Club works. Let’s see where this takes us.

Good episode of Dynamite tonight, enjoyable show. The MJF/Cole segment was ridiculous. 

AEW Dynamite 6/7 is now streaming on the TBS app and on demand via your local cable operator.


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