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AEW Dynamite

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.