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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.