12 Ups & 0 Downs From AEW Dynamite (23 Nov - Review)

Kenny Omega & The Elite troll CM Punk in Chicago, House Of Black return, Thunder Rosa stripped.

Kenny Omega

Chicago is still the king of wrestling crowds.

This was proven on last night's Dynamite, as AEW entered CM Punk's domain for the first time since Brawl Out. That The Elite were on the card opposite Death Triangle heightened the situation. Context meant that the audience's reactions to that specific match was the most interesting question heading into the show, even with two title fights on the lineup - and what transpired made for some of the most compelling weekly programming of the year.

Dynamite, in general, was superlative. Some segments soared higher than others but Tony Khan's cooking hasn't tasted this good in a while. Full Gear's positive energy carried through the weekend and into Wednesday night, with The Elite, House Of Black, Jamie Hayter, Orange Cassidy, and more highlighting an electric episode.

Some of the biggest things that happened on this show will spark fierce, impassioned debate. Good. That's the point. Dynamite's boldest moments were wild and provocative. Kenny Omega releasing an interview asking fans to move on from the CM Punk saga and then stoking the fires himself within 12 hours wasn't an accident.

Workers working. The essence of the sport.

Let's light the fuse...

Senior Reporter
Senior Reporter

Andy has been with WhatCulture for six years and is currently WhatCulture's Senior Wrestling Reporter. A writer, presenter, and editor with 10+ years of experience in online media, he has been a sponge for all wrestling knowledge since playing an old Royal Rumble 1992 VHS to ruin in his childhood. Having previously worked for Bleacher Report, Andy specialises in short and long-form writing, video presenting, voiceover acting, and editing, all characterised by expert wrestling knowledge and commentary. Andy is as much a fan of 1985 Jim Crockett Promotions as he is present-day AEW and WWE - just don't make him choose between the two.