5 Ups & 5 Downs From AEW Dynamite (8 Mar - Review)

AEW TV stutters yet again as the true magic of Revolution feels like a false dawn on Dynamite.

Bryan Danielson

The recent spate of bang average Dynamites were easy to forget while watching Revolution.

One of the best entries into AEW's pay-per-view archive, the Sunday supercard was stuffed to the gills with so much of what the company promised before it even existed. All In and the shows before Dynamite's existence lived and died on Being The Elite skits and/or the prestige and pre-existing legacies of the wrestlers themselves. To this end, "good" wasn't good enough. In this brave new world and with so little camera time to tell stories, match quality had to do a lot of the heavy lifting and the poorer efforts had damaging consequences.

As with 2022's Forbidden Door, the opposite was true here. Some stories had been haphazardly reheated from thier once-perfect temperature (Christian Vs Jungle Boy), some felt obligatory to the point of counter-productive (Chris Jericho Vs Ricky Starks) and some felt like they weren't really stories at all (The Elite Vs The House Of Black, the Tag Team Title four way dance).

And yet, the model of stacking and jacking a roster worked - the company could and should be too good to fail when it comes to producing a quality wrestling show, and Revolution was evidence of that. If you are a quarterly customer and no more, you let again left feeling like your financial, emotional and time investments were all satisfied.

For the rest of us, Dynamite needed a drastic upswing in quality to ensure the anticipation of the next PPV cycle could be as enjoyable as the show itself. Did this week's clear that bar?

Let's light the fuse...


Michael is a writer, editor, podcaster and presenter for WhatCulture Wrestling, and has been with the organisation over 7 years. He primarily produces written, audio and video content on WWE and AEW, but also provides knowledge and insights on all aspects of the wrestling industry thanks to a passion for it dating back over 30 years. As one third of "The Dadley Boyz", Michael has contributed to the huge rise in popularity of the WhatCulture Wrestling Podcast, earning it top spot in the UK's wrestling podcast charts with well over 50,000,000 total downloads. He has been featured as a wrestling analyst for the Tampa Bay Times and Sports Guys Talking Wrestling, and has covered milestone events in New York, Dallas, Las Vegas, London and Cardiff. Michael's background in media stretches beyond wrestling coverage, with a degree in Journalism from the University Of Sunderland (2:1) and a series of published articles in sports, music and culture magazines The Crack, A Love Supreme and Pilot. When not offering his voice up for daily wrestling podcasts, he can be found losing it singing far too loud watching his favourite bands play live. Follow him on X/Twitter - @MichaelHamflett