For better or worse, as it pertains to an uneven and star-deprived first hour, this week's AEW Dynamite served as a building block show for what promises to be an explosive in-ring edition next week.
Jon Moxley decimated Michael Nakazawa in a neatly premised squash match, after which Moxley issued an open challenge in a fiery promo of his great, just-corny-enough badass verbiage. Darby Allin answered, after winning a flat three-way squash over Shawn Spears and Peter Avalon, setting up a match between the two unhinged daredevils next week. This should be as scary as it is electric - the sort of match to which you can add an extra star whenever Jim Ross complains about something.
In a believable, wild angle, Santana and Ortiz beat down the Young Bucks, after which Private Party made the save. That match was announced far too quickly - had JR not said anything, it would have appeared as if the match had been booked already, and this was a "See you next week" deal - but it will be great. The two teams earned raves for their matches on the Independent circuit, which should help to conceal the greenness of Marq Quen and Isiah Cassidy.
Lastly, whatever a Dynamite Dozen is, and whatever it's for, we're getting it, and the winner gets... a ring?
A platform for Orange Cassidy to retrieve the ring from his pockets or we riot.