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AEW Dynamite Preview 10-14

One Man’s Wrestling Opinion

AEW Dynamite Preview 10-14

So once again we have the tag “A Huge Card” for tonight by the money mark Tony Khan. For the first time in history, we will see all four AEW titles defending in one show. Notice the FTW title is not part of this. So for those of you who thought that was a real title, this is the second time an officer of the company did not include it when talking about titles. Cody did it in his promo when he accepted Brodie Lee’s challenge. Now that we have that out of the way let’s move on. In this AEW Dynamite Review, I will look into each announced event for tonight.

Tonight’s card is very predictable, in my opinion, as they always are. To me, this ruins the matches when the winner is known prior to the match. For these matches to be worth it, I would have to rely on AEW to tell good stories which they have not shown they can either. To be fair WWE does this extremely poor as well. Which is why the Reigns/Uso angle is extremely surprising to me. But this is an AEW article. I am a fan who needs storylines, character building, and vignettes in my weekly TV shows. Leave the 20-minute matches for the PPV’s where they belong. But looking at tonight we could see two matches go over 20 minutes and in a two-hour show with only around 90 minutes of actual TV time that is half the show in just two matches.

Jon Moxley(c) ve Lance Archer AEW Heavyweight Championship Match

I think this match might have the most to talk about. Archer is getting his shot at Moxley from winning the Battle Royal at the last PPV. That same Battle Royal where Eddie Kingston did not technically get eliminated so that match did not have a real winner. Kingston got his shot and lost. More on that later. Now as Archer returns from Covid will we see a title change? I say no. But do you realize that since Moxley won the title on February 29th he has been on the losing side just once ironically in his first appearance with the title as Darby Allin’s partner against Chris Jericho and Sammy Guevara. But I want to talk about his most recent title defenses and how he was not booked strong in those matches.

On Sept 24th it was The Butcher who was never going to win that match or made to look strong. Prior to that was Eddie Kingston. Moxley won when the referee quickly rang the ball as Kingston was in a submission hold. Khan must be all in on this as Kingston keeps bringing it up and even was given an open contract from the owner which he gave to The Butcher. Then prior to that we have MJF at All Out. Moxley won when he used a banned hold to beat MJF. Interestingly MJF mentioned it once and then dropped it. In fact, MJF mentioned it in the same show that Kingston mentioned him getting screwed in the Battle Royal and it was in back-to-back segments. This was something pointed out by a lot of former wrestlers.

Darby Allin was before MJF and Darby was not going to beat Moxley for the title. Finally, we have Brian Cage. Cage the monster was in a submission move when Taz threw in the title. So Cage never tapped out. Does any of that make Moxley look strong? Now as for Lance Archer. He came in hot with Jake Roberts as his manager/coach. He straight-up murders Colt Cabana, Dustin Rhodes, and QT Marshall en route to the TNT Championship Tournament FInals against Cody where he loses. Since then we have not seen Archer on the show every week In fact most of his matches have been on Dark. So Archer lost all his heat and was buried by the Cody Express. Now AEW is trying to rehab him for what another burial?

Prediction

I think Moxley wins this and ultimately drops the title to Kenny Omega at the next PPV. But here lies the problem. A clean win for Moxley buries Archer once again. If Moxley wins another match with a questionable finish or run in by Kingston then how does the champion look with yet another bad title win? The right call is for Archer to win the belt and carry it into 2021. But Khan will keep the strap on Moxley until Omega takes it off of him. I highly doubt Khan has Archer win the belt then lose it next month at the PPV.

FTR (c) vs The Best Friends AEW Tag Team Championship Match

This has to be the slowest moving angle between FTR and The Young Bucks. I am all for long-term storylines but when you drag something out this long we get stupid Weiney jokes which are not funny. Plus we have the FTR in a match where we know they are not winning. The Bucks are not funny or believable in this heel turn that is taking way too long. They are kicking referees, ring announcers, cameramen but not an actual person who can fight back. So where is the heat? Khan should be the next person they kick and we all know that Tony is dying to have a visible part on the show.

It used to be so easy for a face to turn heel. Just attack a babyface. That has always worked and will always work. Now if any of FTR, Best Friends, and the Bucks had any charisma or personality then this would be entertaining. But they don’t and it’s obvious.

Prediction

There is no way Khan messes up his and Meltzer’s dream match of the FTR vs Young Bucks for the title at the next PPV. FTR wins.

Cody (c) vs Orange Cassidy TNT Championship Match

Oh Boy. Cody is the hand-selected champion by TNT because they love him. He buries Lance Archer en route to winning the title. Archer has not been the same since that match. Then he leaves to go and shoot a shitty TV show and he comes back and gets his title back. It’s good to be the EVP of the company. Oh and Brodie Lee gets buried for the second time since joining AEW in March. But we now have Tony Khan’s Golden Boy Orange Cassidy who answered Cody’s open challenge for tonight. Khan is going to push Cassidy down our throats until we accept that he is a star. But the problem is Orange Cassidy is not a star and he never will be.

I think Cassidy would be great in the mid-card level as a champion. I think of it as a more glorified Cruiserweight level. AEW has several wrestlers that would be great in that same level. But when you put these guys up against bigger wrestlers it does not look believable. Cody has been putting over a lot of the talent in matches with them but he still gets the win. This will be what happens tonight. Does anyone think that Khan will take the title off Brodie Lee and burying him in the process only to have Cody lose the title the very next week? Oh but if you ask Khan and the AEW stans they will say that Brodie Lee is not buried. But he is. Aside from that this match is between two big babyfaces.

Prediction

Cody retains and will carry this title until Hollywood comes calling. There is a small part of me that thinks Cody could turn full-blown heel tonight and dropping the title in the process. That is because of the love Tony Khan has for Orange Cassidy.

Hikaru Shida (c) vs Big Swole AEW Women’s Championship Match

Really who cares about this Women’s Division. It’s a joke. Shida will be known as having a bad title reign due to no fault of her. These female wrestlers are just not ready for TV. This is why Thunder Rosa was brought in to wrestle on the show. The only fix is that AEW has to only use the female wrestlers who are ready and the rest have to remain on Dark which includes the Chief Bikini Officer.

Prediction

Shida retains. I just can’t see Big Swole winning this match.

MJF’s Announcement

Clearly, MJF is going to try to take over the Inner Circle. Jericho is not really a heel anymore or rather he can’t get heel heat anymore. I feel that MJF and Sammy Guevara are working together to take control of the Inner Circle. Now do they all turn on Jericho who knows. I kind of feel that there is something we could do with MJF vs Wardlow. I am not sure if the turn happens tonight but it is coming.

Miro and Kip Sabian

So Miro and Kip are wrestling tonight and we know Miro can’t lose his second match on AEW TV. As I say each and every week. I won’t support Miro until he gets out of this ridiculous angle. Yes WWE screwed up with Miro. Big Time. But AEW took him from bad to worse. For Miro, it’s the same clown different circus.

Outlook

AEW tries to make every TV Show like a mini PPV. So when anyone says AEW does not worry about ratings that’s a lie. This is the same reason why Khan was pushing any stat he could find when NXT won the ratings a few times earlier this year. So let’s not fool ourselves. This show just does not get new viewers. The matches all look the same with the flipping and flying and gymnastics they do in each match.

Plus the matches are mostly predictable and the attempts at comedy are just that attempts. They are not funny. Khan does not know how to book big men. There is rarely any heat during the matches.

I am not asking anyone to agree with me. You are free to like what you want to like. A lot of fans love AEW and that’s fine. But just don’t like it because it’s not WWE. And if you let a lot of what they are not doing right go unnoticed then you are doing them a disservice. I do want them to succeed and I treat them no differently than I do WWE.

AEW Dynamite

AEW Dynamite Review 10-7

One Man’s Wrestling Opinion

AEW Dynamite Review 10-7

Why does it take a few seconds into the show for me to get aggravated with AEW? On this AEW Dynamite review I will rate each segment of the show. This show is billed as the Celebration of Jericho’s 30 years in wrestling. So throughout the night, there will be various wrestlers and celebrities talking about Jericho. Right off the bat, Ricky Starks calls Jericho one of the most influential people in the world. I love Jericho but you can’t make that comment. UGH

So I am annoyed really quickly. Then as they do their intro I see Miro playing an arcade game with Kip Sabian and I wonder what he must be thinking now that he is still stuck in a clown angle.

Brian Cage(c) vs Will Hobbs FTW Championship Match

Tazz and Starks are on commentary so that means they will get involved in this match. So despite this being a fake title as Tax explained he created it it’s more of a lifestyle than anything else. Hobbs has an 0-1 record on Dynamite losing to Darby Allin back in August. So he was a  jobber. This match goes close to 10 minutes. I am not sure why. Cage wins and that means the guy they were trying to push just lost.

After the match, Taz says he was impressed by Hobbs and he invites him to be a part of Team Taz. If he says no Cage and Starks will beat the hell out of him. Then we hear one of Tony Khan’s boyfriends music and he comes out to the ring. Cage and Starks exit the ring. Why are Cage and Starks afraid of a man half their size. LOGIC GAP. Just tragic

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Lance Archer Promo

I like this promo. Jake did not talk at all. Archer was controlled and spoke directly. He brought up their past. I am looking forward to this match more than I was before. But still, I already know Moxley is not losing the belt.

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FTR(c) vs The Hybrid 2

Ok so the Hybrid 2 has not been on Dynamite in months but here they are getting a title shot. LOGIC GAP. Don’t we have rankings? What’s the sense of rankings if the top teams never get title shots? We see the Bucks watching FTR on TV in the back. But they are standing sideways facing the camera. That’s important to remember for later.

As for the match who the hell cares. FTR was not losing the title to the Hybrid 2. Was it a good match? Yeah. Did it develop a storyline? Yes but a bad one. This match went way too long as usual. After the match, we see the Bucks in the back and they notice a cameraman recording them and they say let’s do out favorite move, and they superkick him. Matt says he does not have his waller and asks Nick to take care of it. Hello, you were facing the cameraman the whole time. How could you not notice it? LOGIC GAP. This could have been handled much better.

Tragic

Now it goes from bad to worse. Best Friends come out wearing a shirt with FTR inside hot dog buns with the titles around their waist and they call them weiners again. So AEW has tripled down on this and it is not funny in any way. This has to be a rib that we don’t know about because this is just tragic. Best Friends will get their title shot next week and will lose.

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MJF Promo

MJF praises Jericho for 30 years. This is interesting because a storyline is building. MJF is gold on the mic.

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Brodie Lee(c) vs Cody TNT Championship Dog Collar Match

This match was always going to be brutal. I expected blood and a lot of physical spots and I got it. Of course, Brandi has to come out to the ring with Cody only to leave before the match starts. Brandi has to get her screen time. Doc Sampson is still employed at AEW. Good for him. So Cody is now the Prince of Pro Wrestling. Brandi is the Queen so wouldn’t Cody be the king? This match is not the main event which I think is a mistake.

I am not going to rehash the whole match but it was very physical. Brodie flung a chair at Arn Anderson. Anderson gets in the ring and Alex Reynolds comes into the ring and Arn gives him a spine buster. Then Brodie hits Arn with the chain. Why are they having Arn do a physical spot in this match?

The ends when Cody wraps the chain around Brodie’s head and hits forearms to his head before giving hin a cross rhodes. Cody regains the TNT title. After the match here comes Brandy for more TV time. Now it’s time for a Cody promo addressed to the marks. Now Cody is saying this is his life’s work while he will drop everything in AEW every time Hollywood calls. It’s ok though that once he gets back he gets his title again. Brodie is buried once again and maybe he leaves the Dork Order.

Cody says he wants to defend the title next week. He was asked who he wants to defend it against. So once again rankings don’t mean shit with this company because Cody is picking his opponent. Here comes Orange Cassidy and he gives the thumbs up and Cody gives it back to him. So Orange Cassidy who had a title shot recently and lost is getting another title shot because he beat 10 from the Dark Order.

Thumbs up for the match and a thumbs down for everything else.

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Kenny Omega Promo

It’s a little better promo but Omega is corny as hell. In the ring he is a star. On the mic he is not even close. Omega will face Moxley for the belt. Take that to the bank.

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Big Swole vs Serena Deeb

I felt this match was a little off and sloppy at times. But I felt it was because of Swole and not Deeb. These AEW women need so much work it’s ridiculous

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Jon Moxley Promo

Moxley really puts Archer over in this promo. This is the first promo where Moxley actually sounds like he will lose the match. But I don’t see it. Mox will drop the belt to Omega at the next PPV.

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Chris Jericho and Jake Hager vs Chaos Project

This match was bad and never should have been the main event. This match was so bad and yet it still went for almost 10 minutes. Jericho starts a promo that sounded like a babyface promo. MJF’s music plays and he says cut my music this is about Chris. MJF brings a clown who has a gift.

As Jericho was about to open the present MJF says to Sammy he swears he will get him his jacket and then tells Jericho that next week he will have a career-defining announcement and he wants Jericho out there with him. Jericho opens the present and it is a picture of MJF. Jericho slams it over the head of the clown and gives him the Judas effect.

He then turns to MJF and says he hates clowns and to never interrupt him again. They stare each other down and then point at each other and laugh. Jericho says good night and some of the heels come out of the locker room. The credits roll and Jericho’s name is attached to every job on the show. The match gets a thumbs down but the promo work gets a thumbs up.

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Outlook

Tony Khan really needs writers and real bookers who have done it before. AEW Dynamite will never get any better with the way it’s going now. We were told that rankings would matter. Well, that is not the case. Orange Cassidy is 11-6 this year. After beating Chris Jericho two out of three matches he got a TNT title shot against Brodie Lee on September 23rd and lost. Now less than one month later he is getting another title shot? I don’t want to hear that it’s an open challenge. This stuff is not real people. Even the open challenges are scripted. Don’t put this shit over because it’s AEW.

The Hybrid 2 has never won a match on AEW Dynamite. They are 3-3 on Dark. They are not ranked but they get a title shot. Last week Jon Moxley gave Eddie Kingston an open contract for a title shot and he picks the Butcher who has never had a singles match in AEW. This has to stop.

Storylines

AEW Dynamite has long-term storylines they do have them but they are not getting done right. The Young Bucks keep hitting officials and announcers. It is not funny and if they are trying to make them a heel tag team then have them beat up babyfaces. That always works. This Weiney stuff has to go. It’s not funny to anyone except for the Money Mark who made t-shirts. Someone has to tell Khan this stuff is not good. FTR is not funny and they don’t have any charisma. Brian Cage who more than doubles the weight of Darby Allin leaves the ring when Allin enters. Please stop forcing these little wrestlers down our throats as top guys.

Brodie Lee is buried once again. I don’t want to hear about how bad assed he looked in this match. This is the second time Brodie Lee has been buried. AEW has no idea on how to book big men. For this reason I know Moxley will beat Archer next week.

Next Week

Next week on AEW Dynamite we already know Cody will defend the TNT title against Orange Cassidy. Cody won’t lose the title until Hollywood calls him again. So once again Cassidy is getting forced down out throats as a main eventer which he is not.

FTR defends the tag team titles against the Best Friends. Another match where we know who the winner is. Everything is being set up for FTR to face the Young Bucks at maybe the next PPV in a title match.

Also next week on AEW Dynamite is Jon Moxley defending the title against Lance Archer. Moxley will retain the title too. Moxley will drop the belt to Kenny Omega at the next PPV. I can’t see AEW having Archer win the belt only to drop it next month. I should never say never with the money mark in charge.

AEW Dynamite

AEW Review

One Man’s Wrestling Opinion

AEW REVIEW 9-30

Ricky Starks vs Darby Allin

We get a Darby Allin promo which was not good. It is obvious Darby is one of Khan’s pets. Khan likes to push the smaller nerdy guys. During the match Brian Cage comes out followed by Will Hobbs. This lasted only a few seconds and did nothing for this match. Yes if you want to say they are building a Hobbs vs Cage program. Cage and Hobbs should be beating down smaller wrestlers leading up to a match. We find out that next week Cage will be defending the fake FTW title against Hobbs. Big deal. Once again I don’t care about the match on my TV shows. I only care about storylines and character builds and vignettes.

This match was ok. Darby went over of course in a 10-minute match. Darby Allin will never be a main eventer. His size and wrestling style is not believable as a top guy. Khan continues to try to force him down our throats. Darby takes way too many risks and is always hurt. I can’t build a company around a wrestler who is not long for the business. So now that Darby went over is this feud with Starks now over? Khan waited this long to have this match which should have been done on a PPV. It’s actually one of the stories they have built well.

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Cody Promo

The AEW fans put over every single thing Cody does or say but I can’t. This promo was very bad. Cody is usually a great promo so he is allowed to have a bad one. Cody is obviously trying to transition into Hollywood and I can’t blame him. Dasha asks him about his injury. Cody quotes an Al Snow comment made to him and I am sure the AEW diehards will say that is the greatest thing I ever heard. Well I have heard that a million times by pro athletes. I even heard it in movies. Check out “The Program” to hear that quote. So please don’t call Cody a prophet. Cody’s babbling shows he is really gone Hollywood.

He never really addressed his injury and he just said Hollywood came calling. So we have Cody putting over his show on TBS which is going to be just another stupid game show like Cannon Ball with the Miz. All these shows suck. Cody talking about being the Ace. Saying that the Ace’s are the champions. Also notice that he never mentions the FTW title. So AEW fans please understand that the FTW title is not real. Cody first says he does not accept Brodie Lee’s dog collar challenge because of his EVP position. He walks away and comes back and gets intense and says no regrets of accepting this match. Sorry people. Cody has had much better promos and this was his worst one since AEW started.

Turns Tragic

Now, this promo turns from bad to tragic. Brodie Lee comes out and they start to brawl. Soon there are like 25-30 people trying to break them up. Cody can’t out brawl a man the size of Brodie Lee. That is a fact. Cody is not very big.  Then we get Brandy coming out and jumping from the top rope onto 5 or 6 guys including Brodie Lee taking them all out. Are you kidding me. That is not believable. Please stop pushing Brandy. She is not a wrestler. They should have caught her and threw her to the ground. Then we have Anna Jay coming out to fight with Brandi who was mugging for the fans that are not there. Nyla Rose attacks a female wrestler for no reason. What a mess.

Much like Cage and Hobbs in the first match all this does is get these people a payday for appearing on TV. I am not any more excited about this match than I was when Brodie made the challenge last week which I knew Cody would accept. Please don’t take the title off Brodie but I think they are. This whole segment was one gigantic clusterfuck and if you don’t think Cody is gone Hollywood then think again.

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FTR with Tony Schiavone

FTR saying they did the Best Friends a favor by holding off that match because they were banged up. No one cares about an FTR vs Best Friends match. FTR still has no charisma and personality. Tony asks about the Young Bucks. FTR says they don’t deserve a title shot because they have lost all of their chances. Talks about Dave Meltzer’s star ratings. So tragic. The Bucks give Tony a double kick. Why? Why are they beating up announcers and referees? This makes them tough. FTR says why are you attacking the little guys when we are standing here. 

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FTR vs SCU

Nothing special. Very short promo with SCU giving the guarantee they will win the titles in the match. We see Shawn Spears by the curtain smiling and saying good luck. Another four horseman tease and a payday for 3 seconds of work for Spears. Hangman Page is on commentary for this match. Now he comes out dressed nice compared to Kenny Omega coming out in beach clothes. Cash falls and blames Daniels on the outside. Daniels gets sent to the back. Page asking Daniels to get him another drink. Just that line Page had was far better than anything Omega did in his two weeks commentating Page’s matches. Tully interferes to give FTR the win. Good match. Page did nothing outside of that line.

JR announces there is another tournament for a title shot. The final match will be at Full Gear with the winner getting an AEW title shot. So much for rankings. The first three wrestlers announced are Jungle Boy, Rey Phoenix, and Kenny Omega. Page gets sad and leaves. There is so much wrong with this.

 

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Jericho vs Cassidy

Once again Jericho is the one tasked with trying to put everyone over. All he is doing is devaluing himself. Cassidy in my opinion is just an average wrestler who does flips. There were so many people at ringside that I thought this was a lumberjack match. Jericho wins in a way too long of a match. Inner Circle attacks after the match. Matt Hardy comes in with a chair and he does nothing physical.

Khan still not going to admit he was wrong with how he handled the Matt Hardy situation. During the match while outside of the ring, Jericho was attacked by Luther. No one knows why. After the match, Jericho and the IC beat up Luther and Serpentico with JR trying to put over their tag team record. So two more wrestlers for Jericho to put over. While I hated this at least Jericho is trying to get the boys put over.

 

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Miro & Kip Sabian Segment

My words for the past two weeks will continue regarding Miro. Until he gets out of this awful angle I can’t get behind anything he does. He was talking about Blue Balls and again more of him being a gamer. This guy needs to be booked as a monster not a clown. Billy Mitchell who is a gamer tells Miro he can help him with the Bachelor Party. Tragic

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Best Friends Promo

FTR interrupts and says we did you a favor. Calls them mid-carders. Tells them you can ride around in your mommies car and eat your milk and cookies. Then they say Top Guys out. Best Friends fake a punch and FTR cowers away. Then Orange Cassidy grabs the mic and calls them Weineys. Again with Weineys. This is WWE level bad. This was ok until they used weineys again. No grown man or even kids use weineys. Don’t say this is great because it’s AEW.

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Orange Cassidy vs Dark Order # 10

This is more of what Cassidy should be doing. He belongs in the mid-card so I have no problems with this. Like I said AEW needs a mid-card title.

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MJF/Inner Circle

Great promo here. MJF is magic on the mic and he should be given 5-10 minutes a week for promos. I don’t even need to see him wrestle. Giving out jackets to the Inner Circle and leaving Sammy’s out tells you something. I have a feeling MJF wants control of the Inner Circle. When MJF leaves Sammy calls him a loser. Jericho said maybe not. Something is cooking and I don’t mind a slow build for this. I would have liked MJF to keep on about Moxley cheating to beat him.

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Britt Baker vs Red Velvet


Britt is the one true star in this division. Her character got over when she was injured. AEW needs to protect her and bring in female wrestlers who can actually wrestle.

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Eddie Kingston Promo

So Moxley gave Kingston an open contract to pick his opponent. Good lord that is tragic. Moxley was so mad at beating Eddie Kingston last week that he gave him an open contract this week. What sense does that make? We already know that Moxley is not losing the title. Kingston brings out the referee who ended his match with Moxley last week.

Kingston is harping on that he did not tap out in that match. Kingston who has been a good promo thus far did not have one of his better promos. Why are the referees such a big part of this show? Please tell me. We should never be discussing referees unless it is a special circumstance like Dave and Earl Hebner years ago with the Hogan vs Andre match. Kingston is set to beat up the ref when Moxley comes out. Kingston says your fighting the Butcher who is standing behind Moxley.

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Moxley (c) vs The Butcher

This was a physical match. However, the Butcher has not had any singles matches to this point. Ratings mean nothing when stipulations are always going to be added for title matches like this. So we know that the Butcher is not winning this match. I don’t care how good of a match it is unless it develops business and storylines then I have no interest in it.  Why is Kingston even mad at Moxley? Because he was in the WWE? Shit makes zero sense. AEW really needs writers.

 

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Outlook

We were told that records would matter in AEW. That is not really the case. We were promised that AEW would be different but looking at what they put on TV every week that is not the case. Brandi Rhodes who weighs at most 150 pounds jumps to the outside and takes out five men including Brodie Lee. Come on man. AEW needs people in that company to take Tony Khan into a room and tell him to stop running this company like he is playing a video game.

Their attempts at comedy are tragic. This show is the same each and every week and I feel like the only person who really protects his business is Cody. And Cody I guarantee will not be around in three years if AEW lasts that long. He can have a good career becoming a B movie actor and appearing in stupid game shows like the one he is judging. He won’t ever reach Rock or Cena heights but he can be another Miz. There is nothing wrong with that.

So this week is the 30 years of Jericho show. Jericho and Hager will be facing Luther and Serpentico. Guess who is winning that match. Cody vs Brodie Lee in a Dog Collar Match. Brodie Lee better be winning this match but my gut says Cody wins the title back or there is a another multi man schmozz causing a DQ. Cage vs Hobbs is interesting only because neither guy can afford a loss. Hobbs has had only one match on Dynamite and it was the Saturday show where he lost to Darby Allin. Yes I didn’t forget that match happened. So he needs a win to start his push. Cage has lost every big match he has had thus far.

AEW Dynamite

AEW Dynamite Review

One Man’s Wrestling Opinion

AEW Review 9-23

Kip Sabian/Miro vs Sonny Kiss/Joey Janela

So Miro is going with the Most Handsome Man ever gimmick as well as The Best Man. Jr was talking up that Sonny and Janela have an 8-3 record as a tag team. Must be all on Dark which I don’t watch. All the announcers were talking up Miro. His body looks great. He is rusty. Kip & Miro win with the Camel Clutch on Sonny by Miro. Game Over.

Ok, so this match was sloppy and had a lot of botches. Miro rolled his ankle doing a move that the smaller wrestlers do. Once again Miro should not be in a tag team with a mid-carder at best. Furthermore, I will never support Miro until he gets out of this stupid angle. Miro was booked bad with the WWE and he goes to AEW and is booked bad again.

This match was way too long and should have ended the first time Miro got into the ring to show his dominance. But Tony Khan likes his long matches. I need storylines and character building. This had neither. Miro should be booked like a killer and for this reason, this angle will never work for him.

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Eddie Kingston Promo

Murderhawk has COVID so Eddie Kingston is getting his second title shot in what two months. He has two wins. Decent promo and once again another shot is taken at the WWE. Can AEW have one show without taking shots at the WWE? Moxley comes out and there is a staredown in the ring.

I am not one of the AEW marks who were screaming in excitement for this match. Don’t tell me that one of those title matches was an open challenge. This is fake. It’s not real life. Don’t tell me he never lost the Battle Royal. He didn’t win it either. Don’t tell me that AEW was thinking fast and put Kingston in this match.

Moxley did not need to defend the title on this show. How about still have the 6-man tag match and put another wrestler in that match maybe even Kingston himself. Instead, we got all of the other members who were supposed to be in the tag match all appear after the match anyway. I just don’t get it.

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Hangman Page vs Evil Uno

Kenny Omega on commentary and once again Omega is dressed like he was on the beach or sitting by the pool. Hangman Page should not be having a 10-plus minute match with Evil Uno who is a tag team wrestler. Why is this angle getting dragged out? Turn Omega or Page heel. I am always going to be consistent. I don’t care how good the match is. I need my TV show to be entertaining and to develop characters and storylines. This match did nothing for anybody.

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Tony Schiavone With Matt Jackson

Matt saying Nick and him know that they have been edgy lately. They have lost a lot. Kept saying don’t be afraid Tony just do not ask me about FTR. Tony kept on asking about FTR. Matt asked to see his phone and he grabs it and smashes It against the wall. Matt tosses money at him.

The Young Bucks can’t sell this heel turn. Maybe if I was familiar with their work in Japan I can buy it. I just can’t. At least I am seeing some personality out of the Bucks and specifically Matt.

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Orange Cassidy vs Brodie Lee ( C )

Brodie Lee should not be giving Orange Cassidy over 10 minutes in this match. Especially when Cody only got three. Brodie should have won this match in five minutes tops. But Khan loves Cassidy so he is going to continue to force him down our throats as a main eventer. This is not happening. Brodie should have destroyed Cassidy. It is just not realistic to think Cassidy can last more than five minutes. But Khan has a serious man-crush on Cassidy.

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Cody Attacks Dark Order/Brodie Lee Promo

Cody is back and he has dark hair. He was wearing a suit with a pocket watch. He beats up the lower level of the Dark Order. Brodie Lee cuts a good promo possibly exposing the goings-on in the locker room of AEW. He challenges Cody to a Dog Collar Match. I really hope Brodie was not a placeholder for Cody until he finished his personal projects.

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Matt Hardy Birthday Celebration

Hardy comes out really selling that knee injury. Private Party is with him. Pretty bad promo by Hardy. The big mystery is who hit Matt Hardy in the knee. Does anyone really care? This is Khan’s way of keeping Matt out of the ring while he waits to be cleared to wrestle. Matt calls Jericho an asshole. Pretty good stuff huh? LOL

The Inner Circle comes out and Jericho cuts a so so promo. Sammy is back. Who gives a shit about your birthday. So now Sammy was out because Hardy took him out. My god Tony Khan. Please stop. You messed up. Stop trying to cover it up. No one is going to forget what happened. The million viewer man. I know he is trolling the fans but still. This is awful.

Private Party is god awful on the mic. I don’t care how good you wrestle. If you can’t cut a promo then you are not over. I almost beat you Jericho not once or twice. Do you want a participation trophy Cassidy? Cassidy vs Jericho next week. I can’t hardly wait. LOL

I expect so much more from both Hardy and Jericho

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FTR with Tully Blanchard

What the hell was this? Blanchard is so much better than this. While I enjoy the promos this was not a very good one. So FTR matches will be 20-minute time limits and if it’s a draw then FTR gets the credit for the win. What? People just because it’s different that does not mean it’s good. Brush of Greatness. That’s all I need to say about that. We find out that FTR is facing SCU next week in a title match. SCU is not ranked in the Top Five.

Best Friends come out and man are they bad on the mic. They challenged FTR to a title match and FTR backed down. When was the last time you called someone a weenie? For me that’s easy. I never have. This was a clusterfuck all the way around.

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Thunder Rosa/Shida vs Diamante/Ivellise

Again we already know who is winning this match so I already lost some interest in the match. Decent match. AEW’s women’s Division needs a lot of work. When you are featuring a wrestler who is a champion on another promotion then you know your division is bad. Shida already beat Rosa. So where is this really going? AEW fix your Women’s division.

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Chris Jericho/MJF Promo

Anything these two do together will be great. As I stated last week, the promos will always be better than the actual match. Jericho’s career is winding down and is showing his age in the ring. MJF is never going to take crazy chances in his matches so that makes these two a good matchup. I wonder if maybe MJF steals control of the Inner Circle and breaks away from Wardlow who needs to start wrestling.

I heard someone already say it. Wardlow and MJF can tell a similar story as HBK and Diesel.

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Moxley ( C ) vs Kingston

I didn’t want to see this match happen in the first place. But it was a decent to good match. Kingston is a brawler and I would be shocked if he ever gets to be the top guy. Despite how good a promo he can cut. Moxley has already beaten guys way bigger than Kingston. The problem is when you have been promoting Moxley vs Archer there is no way Mox was going to lose this match. So I hate that this finish was so predictable.

The end happens when Kingston passes out. He passed out way too quickly. The Lucha Brothers come out and attack Moxley. Will Hobbs makes the save. Then Darby Allin comes out and lays out three bigger guys. And of course, Khan has to play Darby’s music but no one else’s. I know he used a skateboard but how does the smallest guy take out the much bigger wrestlers. Starks comes out and the heels go over strong.

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Outlook

I have three ups and eight downs. This was one of their worst shows of the year. If you liked it then I am glad you did. But I can’t put it over. I love promos and most of them were bad. The matches were too long and did no real business. We were told repeatedly that wins and losses matter. So how does SCU get a tag team title shot before any of the top five teams? Forget the fact that Orange Cassidy got a title shot and he was not ranked.

Eddie Kingston just got his second title shot and he has won maybe two matches and he didn’t win the Battle Royal. This is what I am talking about when I say LOGIC GAP. This is a company being run by a wrestling mark who’s father is a billionaire. Tony Khan was the skinny awkward runt growing up who now wants to push the smaller outcast type of wrestlers like Darby and Cassidy.

The ratings were down again and I think next week they might go a little lower too.

AEW Dynamite

AEW Dynamite Review 9-16

One Man’s Wrestling Opinion

AEW DYNAMITE REVIEW 9-16

AEW’s 9-9 show drew over one million viewers. Can they make it two weeks in a row? NXT is back in it’s regularly scheduled night so AEW does have opposition. While some would argue that last week’s show which was short on wrestling and long on promos/character building etc. had everything to do with the ratings jump. I disagree a little bit. The Matt Hardy situation made the show must-see. Now the Matt Hardy hook is gone. It’s time for the AEW Dynamite Review for 9-16

Jurrasic Express vs FTR

The show opens with Jurrasic Express in the ring. The Young Bucks come out to the ring and double superkick the referee and walk out. AEW is trying to make the Bucks a heel team. The problem is I am not buying it. Plus they look like wimps first kicking Alex Marvez last week and now a defenseless referee this week. How about they beat down a real babyface? That used to be the way to turn heel.

The camera follows the Bucks into the back when surprise Tony Khan is sitting in the gorilla position wearing a t-shirt, shorts, and a fanny pack. Is this really the way your owner should be seen? When Vince is shown backstage he is always dressed up unless he was wrestling that night. And even then he would be dressed up and would change before the match. Khan desperately wants to be one of the boys and probably did not have a lot of friends growing up.

The Bucks toss 10 grand at Khan and have words with FTR before walking away. That is the last we hear from the Bucks on the night? So I guess there is no backstage reporter to try to get some words with them. If you are going to tell me that there isn’t a backstage reporter who was willing to get an interview with them because they are worried about getting kicked—then say it. That would add to the heel turn or try to make it a bit more believable.

Match

I hate when the show starts with video packages or right into a match. Last week’s AEW show started great to me. A good and simple segment outside of the arena that was entertaining and something that planted the seeds to a future program.

OK, so there was nothing wrong with the match. It was good. But the match did nothing to further any characters or storylines. It was a long match where FTR needed to break the rules to win. FTR should be beating this team in five minutes. I would break up the Jurrasic Express. I can’t give this a positive rating because it was just a filler where my championship tag team who is billed as the best team in the world has to cheat to win.

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Matt Hardy Injury

This is interesting. Matt Hardy is selling a knee injury with Private Party consoling him. Then we see Chris Jericho and Jake Hager walking by and at first, look concerned. But then they started laughing as Jericho was twirling Floyd his bat around. We did not get an injury update on Matt and maybe this is just to get Matt off TV to heal up instead of admitting Matt is not cleared to wrestle which he admitted to last week.

At least if Matt works a program with Jericho it will be safer for both of them. So I can get on board with this.

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Hangman Page vs Kazarian

Kenny Omega is on commentary for this match. Please Kenny Omega I beg you to show some personality and charisma. I have not seen any of this on TV with you. There might be a glimpse here or there. But I can’t get on board with you as a superstar until I see some charisma.

Now Page has it. I can see it. He had so much momentum before the Pandemic. He has lost that edge. And this angle is going on way too long. I liked the heel Page turn better than what we have now. It looks like they are making Page a face. At least that is what it looks like. Could AEW be swerving us?

The look on his face when Kenny went to the back after the match did him no favors, Then he cried in his beer post-match. I don’t want to see Page this way. He and MJF are the future for this promotion.

Match

As for the match much like the first one, it was good. But it did no real business for either wrestler. It went too long and had too many false finishes. If your trying to build up Page as a singles wrestler then Kazarian can’t have a 15-minute match where he kicks out of most of his big power moves.

The Buckshot Lariat is a sweet finisher. But this match did absolutely nothing for Kazarian. And it hardly did anything for Page as well.

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MJF Match & Promo

MJF squashes John Dean is like 15 seconds then cuts a promo. MJF’s promos are can’t miss. He calls out Moxley for cheating against him. He orders Justin Roberts to call him the Undefeated, Undisputed Uncrowned AEW Champion. I like how he is not dropping this. Let’s see where this goes.

Then he says he always was a lone wolf and seeing that there is a lot of factions maybe he needs to join one? Could MJF be forming a faction of his own? Does AEW have yet another wrestler they are looking to debut? MJF should be on the show every week and also should have at least 10 minutes a show for a promo.

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Eddie Kingston & Family

I don’t really know what the end game for this is going to be. But he is preaching family now and said there are three things he wants to say. The first thing is that he never lost the Battle Royal. Just like MJF, I am glad they are not dropping this but we have yet to see any indication of what both will lead to. Additionally, The last two segments had as a key talking point about two wrestlers both getting screwed with nothing getting done to resolve it. Also, can I see Kingston wrestle again?

The second point was to say that we are a family. Not a faction or a stable. We fight with each other but make up and handle business or something like that. Then the Butcher & the Blade throw some random guys into the ring and they get lit up.

The third point is Kingston telling the Blade to get your house in order. That has to mean Allie. So what is this telling us? In my opinion, we will see the restart of the Nightmare Family vs the Butcher and the Blade. Or course the Chief Branding Officer will windup putting herself right in the middle of this. God, she is the worst female wrestler in the company.

Secondly and I hope I am wrong but maybe we see Kingston and the Lucha Brothers crash the 6 man tag team match next week. The Butcher and the Blade can also get involved. I would not like that angle. Way too much going on but would be typical of AEW.

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Jericho and Hager vs Private Party

This is another match that went way too long. I appreciate that Jericho wants to get everybody over but at the expense of him and Hager? These two should not be a tag team. I don’t see the appeal to Private Party? But why do they need to always have these long matches?

Jericho has been a good soldier for AEW since it started. He has put over so many wrestlers who really needed it. The problem is he is so devalued now. I feel he should now be able to feud with whoever he wants.

Jericho takes a nasty kick from Marquez Quinn after the match. He looked out of it.

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Thunder Rosa vs Ivelisse

The Women’s NWA Champion is defending her title on AEW. If that does not indicate how bad AEW’s women division is then I don’t know what will. This match was sloppy and slow. Ivelisse for some reason looked like she was throwing power punches in slow motion.

Thunder Rosa predictably wins the match. After the match Diamonte attacks Rosa. Ivelisse joins in. Shida saves Rosa. Shida looks at her NWA belt before giving it back to her and walking out of the ring. There looked like some real blows in this match and the reports are there was something between these two before the match.

Now we are getting a tag team match between Rosa and Shida vs Ivelisse and Diamante next week. The quality of the female matches are better because we aren’t seeing the women who can’t wrestle on Dynamite. Although I didn’t like this match I will give it a good rating. Plus a storyline looks to be developing.

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Miro & Kip Sabian

This was an awful 30-second segment. It is making Miro look like a clown even more. I can’t believe he is letting himself get booked like this. I am curious to know if he was promised anything when he signed with AEW.

Miro should be in the main event angle. If you want to say he just got to AEW so give it time. Ok. But pairing with Sabian who is not even over as a mid-carder is the wrong place for Miro to start.

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Jake Roberts/Archer/Taz/Moxley Segment

First, I forgot how small Taz is. He looked tiny compared to the height of Jake and Archer. So now we have Cage and Archer working together.  Roberts promised Taz and Cage the first title shot after Archer beats Moxley in exchange for Cage and Starks tagging with him against Moxley and his two teammates. Does anyone else see what is wrong with this?

Who cares about a 6 man tag match or even winning it. Archer already has a title shot. What is the goal here? Well for starters now I know Moxley will retain the title against Archer. The reason I know is that these deals and partnerships never work out. AEW will never allow two heels to face each other for the title.

Secondly, Archer told Kingston to stop crying. That to me means we will see the Kingston Family get involved in that match next week turning it into some ridiculous brawl.

Mox comes out to no doubt announce who his partners are. But he gets attacked by Cage and Starts who are pretending to be security guards. Here comes Luke Hobbs to save Mox. Mox announces that Hobbs is one of his partners. Then says Darby Allin is his other partner. He says Darby I know your watching at home, get your ass to Jacksonville we have a match.

Darby was probably resting from yet another injury.

There is too much illogical stuff in this for me to put it over. Plus the predictability of the partners. Except for Hobbs.

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Parking Lot Match Best Friends vs Santana & Ortiz

I like it when matches take place out of the ring so I was into this from the start. I didn’t like that there were fans surrounding the cars which made up the ring so to speak. But I can get over that.

I liked the spots. I liked the physicality. I can’t believe a match with all four guys bleeding got on TV. Man, there were some brutal spots in this match. The guys definitely took some chances. As far as matches outside the ring go this was very good. I won’t call it the best of all time as a lot of AEW fanboys did. But a very good match. I am going to give this match two ratings because I feel it is warranted. Thumbs up for the physicality and the spots.

Thumbs down for firstly the two wrestlers who are New York street thugs lose a parking lot match to two wrestlers who get rides to the arena in their mother’s car. In no world does that make sense. Secondly, I feel the whole match was just to get Orange Cassidy over. The match ended when Cassidy popped out of one of the trunks and interfered on behalf of the Best Friends helping them win. So the babyfaces got outside interference in this match but the heels didn’t. There is no logic to that. Sue giving the middle finger was a funny spot.

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Outlook

So AEW went back to a show of mostly wrestling and the ratings dropped. I still say the only reason the ratings got over 1 million was more because of the buzz surrounding Matt Hardy than being unopposed from NXT. Well, both of those are not happening anymore. We keep saying the same things like what else was on against it or what night is it on. If your TV show is good it will always draw a rating.

We need to stop that already and just admit that there are about 1.5 million Wednesday night fans watching Wrestling which is down about 800K from the night Dynamite debuted. These shows are never going to grow or draw over a million unopposed. Certainly not without the huge hook that Matt Hardy was.

I will say it every week. Orange Cassidy will never be a star. Tony Khan is going to try to force him down our throats. He will be fine as a mid-carder much like a lot of other wrestlers. I want my weekly TV show to have a lot of promos and character building and less wrestling. This show had very little character building and went back to wrestling. Plus the show did not end on a cliff hanger.

Mid Card Division

I really feel the biggest problem I have with AEW is that there needs to be a line drawn between main eventers and mid-carders. Could you imagine a mid-card division with Cassidy, Starks, Darby, and Sammy headlining it? You can’t have these wrestlers facing off against the big boys. If they lose it’s way too predictable. If they win it’s way too unbelievable. There is no shame in creating divisions.

Then you could have this division have longer matches while the big guys having the short matches. Plus with every ex WWE guy they bring in it becomes less believable to put the smaller guys on that main event level. Miro comes in and is bigger than the Sammy’s and the Cassidy’s. Same with Matt Cordona,

AEW Dynamite

AEW Dynamite Review 9-9

One Man’s Wrestling Opinion

AEW Dynamite Review 9-9

Jericho/MJF

The show begins with a funny promo between Chris Jericho and MJF. I like segments like this. It was quick and every word had an impact. The ending was so predictably funny. These two are destined to work together. The match will not be nearly as good as the promos which is not a bad thing. They both have an old school style in the ring. But the magic will be in the promos.

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Lucha Bros vs Jurrasic Express

TV shows are not to have good matches but they need to have storylines. Jurassic Express went over the Lucha Bros and I am not so sure that was a good thing. I like Jurassic Express but the Lucha Bros are on another level. But the problem is all four of these men and for that matter, everyone on the outside of the ring like The Butcher, The Blade, and Marko has zero mic skills.

I don’t know too much about Eddie Kingston but I heard he is a very good promo. I have to say that is correct but his promo after the match was the worst one I have seen from him so far. Kingston gave the TV audience the wink when he first came out with the four other guys so that means something is up. However, he should have been pushing that he was never eliminated from the Battle Royale instead of this rah we are family and shake hands speech. Plus he needs to stop screaming his promos, especially when there aren’t any crowds.

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Jake Roberts/Murderhawk Promo

As a talker and having this great mind for promos, Jake Roberts is one of the best of all time. I remember when he had the Snake Pit he knew how to get his guest worked up. I also loved how at the end of the segment he would go into the wrestler he was feuding against. Like when he was facing The Honky Tonk Man at Wrestlemania 3. He would end every Snake Pit by saying time is ticking down for you Honky Tonk but in a cryptic way.

With that, the last couple of promos he has had to me have been very disappointing and this one was no different. He told Moxley this is what we came here for meaning the AEW title. That is not true. He debuted with Cody and he wanted to take Cody’s slice of the pie. Well, that did not work out. I do believe Archer will lose to Moxley in October which will once again derail him. 

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Matt Hardy Announcement

I will start off by saying that I knew Matt Hardy was going to take the high road and not blame Tony Khan. I find it hard to believe that now all of a sudden Matt wants a title run and was openly talking about it. In my opinion, Khan told him to go out there and save face for the company and I really hope he did not promise him a title run. And I am not saying that Matt asked for it either.

But Matt said he needs to heal up and he is not cleared to wrestle. Why is he not cleared to wrestle? Is it because he really was concussed in the Last Man Standing Match? I really hope the AEW fans are not taking the stance that “Tony said it was not a concussion so it wasn’t.”

Khan does not get a pass for this either. If he was a regular person who started his own wrestling company he would get a pass. But when your family owns two sports franchise including the Jaguars who shares the property with Daily’s Place he damn well knows the concussion protocol. Shame on him for restarting that match. Also, shame on those supposed wrestling journalists who did not challenge his response on that ridiculous scrum conference call.

I am glad Matt looks to be ok.

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Orange Cassidy vs Angelico

This match made no sense. Angelico is a nobody and if AEW thinks Cassidy can start getting other wrestlers over then that’s a huge mistake. The post-match was meh. Santana and Ortiz are having a very underwhelming feud with the Best Friends. They attacked Cassidy and the BF made the save. They challenged them to a street fight the next week. How about have that match right now? Why do we need to wait? I don’t understand that.

I will say it every week. Orange Cassidy is not main event material. He is a mid-carder at best.

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Alex Marvez/Young Bucks

Why oh why are we kicking innocent announcers? What is the pay off here? Are you going to tell me that Marvez is going to get in the ring? If you want the Bucks to be heels then just do it. We already are seeing too many very slow turns with Omega and Page.

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Kip Sabian Reveals Miro As The Best Man

Ok so first of all Sabian isn’t even a mid-carder. So the fact that he is getting TV time is amazing. I get the drama by having two other wrestlers come out. The first guy was a ha-ha moment. But Brian Pillman Jr? This was a good spot for him to get some traction.

Now I expected Miro to join AEW. In fact, I felt he would debut in the Battle Royale. So I don’t mark out so easily. Maybe you do but I don’t. I have seen so many more memorable moments in wrestling that this does not mark me out. Secondly, I hated the way he debuted. First of all, what was he wearing? It looked like pajama bottoms. Secondly, is he really billing himself as the best gamer on Twitch? He had blonde hair like Eminem. And as with every ex WWE wrestler he had to take his shots against them which is getting really old. Next up is the Jericho podcast for another half hour of him bashing WWE and telling us nothing we haven’t heard before.

I will say this about Miro. I loved his gimmick when he first got to WWE. With Lana, it was Drago and his wife. WWE did drop the ball with him big time. There is no denying he had a legit gripe about that. But when WWE puts you against Lana in an angle you don’t go out and get married and put videos on Instagram killing the whole angle. Rusev was his own worst enemy at times. Additionally, he is the one who went on Instagram and appeared in Total Divas in a comedy act making it impossible for him to be believable as a monster heel. And yes the Rusev day was over but that was killed probably because the old man in Stamford likes to hold grudges.

How To Book Miro

If it was me booking Rusev I would have let him say what he wanted to say. Then I would have had him look at Sabian. Then looked around and said, ” I am done being a clown for any company or promoter.” Then I would have told him to lay out Sabian. Tell me I am wrong about that. But the glass ceiling line was a killer though.

Miro debuts. Same Clown, Different Circus.

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Hangman Interview With Tony Schiavone

I love Hangman. I didn’t really like this interview. I am not sure what they are trying to accomplish other than swerving us big time. Now Page wants to remain in a tag team with Omega. I am always someone who will let angles play out so I will with this one. But I don’t like how Page was portrayed in this interview.

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Jericho & Hager vs Janela and Kiss

This was an ok match. I feel Kiss got too much offense on Hager. Jericho’s sole purpose in AEW is to put everybody over. So I commend him for that. He does not need to carry a strap anymore. I hate the Jericho/Hager tag team looking to win the titles. AEW has way too many tag teams to begin with. I don’t know where the Inner Circle goes from here. I do think it’s time for them to break off into their own things. And they could still be a part of the Inner Circle when needed.

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MJF Headquarters

MJF is always a great promo and this was no different. He mentioned that Moxley used a banned hold to beat him. Let’s see if AEW advances this storyline. Also I like the Wardlow tension. MJF cements his heel status but also Wardlow has to remain a heel.

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Moxley Promo

Nothing special about this promo. I like Moxley but can’t really believe that he is a larger than life champion. I also can’t believe he can beat Archer or before that Cage and Brodie. But I like that he is having a long title reign.

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FTR Celebration

The whole celebration after winning a title segment is old. And yes it is because the WWE beat this to death. But FTR does not have any charisma or personality. Can they go in the ring? Yes. Do they have any personality? No. There was so much wrong with this segment. Talking down to the other tag teams is fine. I have no issues with that. But yet again we need to take another shot at the WWE. This is getting so old. Please worry about your own promotion. Because when WWE starts taking shots it has been proven that AEW can’t handle it.

Now I get that they are trying to push Jurrasic Express. But when Marko Stunt gets in the ring and stares you down please don’t have any wrestler fake it that they are worried about Stunt doing anything to them. But here is the issue. JE has a non-title match next week against FTR. We all know that FTR is facing the Bucks at the November PPV. That will be a title match and in that card I am predicting that Omega and the Bucks leave with the gold. With that FTR who is undefeated can not suffer their first loss before that PPV. But hey let’s dump a cooler of ice on top of FTR. The cooler was probably bought at WaWa. Can’t AEW get them their own FTR cooler since we see it every week?

Stop Marking Out

Also for god sake Tony Khan please stop making matches as the angles are playing out in the ring.  Please stop being a mark. They are announcing the match between FTR and JE as the angle is playing out in the ring. Khan does that way too much and he needs to fucking stop already. Let them go to the back and maybe see a quick 30-second clip of FTR or JE talking about it then announce it.

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Ricky Starks Segment

I actually like this because they are going to have a good match. But they need to stop going to the well too often with Stark dressing up as Allin. And what are the odds that Darby is banged up again after that unnecessary spot during the Battle Royale.

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Nyla vs Tay Conti

I understand this being a big moment for Conti. So I am not going to shit on her for being emotional. But someone in the back needs to get her under control. With that please stop saying this was a major signing for AEW. I get that she might be better than half or most of the women’s roster but that is not really saying anything. This match went too long and why haven’t we seen Nyla Rose wrestle on TV for about a month. 

This women’s division needs a lot of help. Thunder Rosa is defending her NWA title on AEW TV next week. What does that tell you?

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Jim Ross Interview Kenny Omega

All I kept hearing that Omega was one of the best wrestlers in the world. But since AEW has started I have not seen that. So Omega needs to be a singles wrestler. I also want to see if he has a big personality because he hasn’t shown that yet. This was a very believable interview with Omega so I love that. I will say it again I believe that Omega beats Moxley at the November PPV for the belt. 

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Brodie Lee VS Dustin Rhodes

I hate when matches are predictable. So this match did not appeal to me. This match went around 15 minutes with Dustin getting in a lot of offense. So it makes me wonder why Cody got zero offense in. Bringing out a beaten down QT Marshall does not interest me in this angle one bit. All it did was most likely set up a Dustin & QT match against two Dark Order members next week. Probably Silver and Cabana. Brodie needs to get out of this group.

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Bait And Switch

We heard all show long that Cody was making an announcement after Dynamite. When he made his announcement it brought back shades of WCW as they did this so many times. Oh, wait it’s the same network. Now I get it. Cody is a judge on some ridiculous talent show that will go nowhere.

But I got to give it to Cody. He is not stupid. AEW is not going to last forever if Khan the Mark does not learn how not to be a fan and just be a promoter. Cody is setting himself up for life after AEW. He went from trying to be The Game and now he is trying to be The Rock. He is not the Rock and will never even remotely follow in his footsteps. But I do like that he is branching out. So aside from this hideous show, he is a part of I do like what he is doing for himself. Aside from not selling his injuries.

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OVERALL

I never thought AEW would top the million mark in the ratings so I am not going to shit on it. I didn’t do it on Twitter or anywhere else. But there were two very big factors that led to this big rating. One is that the show was unopposed as NXT was on Tuesday night. There is no way Vince McMahon agrees to a Tuesday night move despite it being better for the business. He is not built that way.

Secondly there was alot of buzz around Matt Hardy and what he was going to say after the PPV. His appearance was heavily promoted by Tony Khan since the day after the PPV. You just can’t create that kind of buzz. This was a real life situation that Khan exploited. Good for him and it popped a rating which he took bows for. Now stay above one million which i think they can’t. There is no way that happens now that NXT is back on Wednesday nights. This show still has a lot of logic gaps and Khan needs someone to reel him in and no one is doing this behind the scenes.