AEW Dynamite is owned by All Elite Wrestling, Shahid Khan, and TNT
We’re back with another episode of WWE’s worst nightmare! Well… that and the string of awful press it’s been getting in the last few months. Seriously, WWE 2K20 AND the talent being stranded in Saudi Arabia within like a week of each other!? I wouldn’t be surprised if Full Sail got attacked by zombies which STILL wouldn’t put NXT’s ratings above AEW’s! With such an amazing string of good fortune on the side of the new guys just as the mighty king is getting repeatedly kicked in the nuts, can AEW keep up the momentum heading into this weekend’s Pay Per View show? Let’s find out!!
Trent Beretta Vs. Pac
Trent Beretta is accompanied to the ring by his tag team partner Chuck Taylor as well as Orange Cassidy
We start things off right away with a match between Pac and whatever piece of meat just so happens to be in his way. Sadly the poor bastard left to get eaten by this monster is Trent from The Best Friends who is certainly… a member of that team. Well that’s a bit unfair I guess. The duo is certainly way over with the crowd even if I haven’t been too impressed with them so far, but Pac’s the one with the big Adam Page match at the PPV and Trent is the dude who dressed as Morty last week so we can all see where this is going. The match was fine and had its brutal moments to it, but I’m more of an in-ring fast paced guy than an outside the ring pain clinic, and that was much more the speed here even with Pac doing an impressive dive over the top ropes. I guess the Adam Page match from last week worked a lot better for me, and a good chunk of it has to do with the Sammy who is much more interesting playing a losing heel than Trent does being a losing… guy I guess. Are the Best Friends even faces? I guess so considering they get the crowd reactions and they do have that hug gimmick, but it just felt a bit bland to me; especially considering that the match goes on WAY too long when Pac really should get an easy one and done match to build his momentum for the big show. But hey! At least Orange Cassidy got his moment to do his thing which led to Pac straight up MURDERING him with a kick to the face which REALLY stirred up the crowd! Trent starts to rally after Pac lands the Orange Cassidy Super Kick, but it doesn’t take long for Pac to regain control and finally incapacitates Trent with the Brutalizer submission. After the match Pac grabs the mic and gives his own promo which was solid, but wasn’t really shooting for the moon here as both Jon Moxley and Adam Page gave better ones last week.
AEW Dynamite is owned by All Elite Wrestling, Shahid Khan, and TNT
We’re back with another week of AEW action, and with the Tag Team Tournament coming to a close as well as the ever closer PPV on the horizon, they’ve got more than enough momentum to put on a dazzling display of wrestling glory! Will they continue to capitalize on their runaway successes, or will this be the week that everything starts to derail? Let’s find out!!
The episode begins with SO much stuff before we even get to the opening credits! Essentially they’re trying to build up the PPV Full Gear which will be on 11/9 with a couple of scripted promos, which is basically the opposite of last week which started out with a match that didn’t even get proper ring entrances, and I personally really liked this approach. I’m all about the storylines when it comes to wrestling and while this might not be THE MOST AMAZING PROMOS OF ALL TIME, it’s just another example of AEW showing off that they are on top of EVERYTHING when it comes to the wrestling business. Last week they started us with amazing tag team action and now they’re giving us a reason to care about the upcoming show. So what exactly DID they show us? Well there’s a scene with Cody Rhodes and Tony Schiavone chatting at the airport about his upcoming match against Jericho at the PPV where he will try to strip the heel champion and leader of the Inner Circle of his title. Last week Jim Valley gave an interesting argument as to why Cody is the best wrestling at this period of time and I kind of see it. He comes off like a genuine superstar; one who’s larger than life but not quite a cartoon. He has a great balance of innate charisma and strong showman sensibilities that makes even the obviously staged action of this show come off as something much more real. After that we get reminded that Pac and Hangman have a match as well with a montage of their interactions. No new footage here, but it’s a solid enough package. The BIG promo though comes with Jon Moxley who we see go into a room and we hear a conversation between him and Tony Khan where we learn that the match between him and Kenny Omega has been changed to a Lights Out match; i.e. an unsanctioned match which means that the results will not go on either person’s record and Moxley is VERY upset about this. I think this is a good SETUP, but they definitely need to give Moxley and Omega more time to talk about it for it to really be something special.
Sammy Guevara Vs. Hangman Adam Page
I liked this one right off the bat because it was telling a story other than the one about how awesomely two dudes can beat the crap out of each other. Adam Page is the frustrated face going up against the cocky heel that’s getting a too big for his britches since joining up with the other bad guys. They just let Adam Page go to TOWN on Sammy and it’s EXACTLY what the dude needs to be taken seriously at this point. The reason I initially had a problem with Jericho winning the title is that it made Adam Page (and to an extent the newer guys on the roster) seem lesser than the old school legend they were elevating to the top which is a trap many bad wrestling promotions can fall into. Since then Adam Page really hasn’t done much to impress me, but here it feels like they finally get it and are giving him a real chance to stake his claim. He fights clean but aggressively while Sammy can only get an edge in with underhanded tactics. It makes Adam Page look like an absolute BEAST (especially after two AMAZING spots where he lifts up Sammy like he’s a loaf of bread) but it also continues to show how smart Sammy is who has GREAT ring awareness on top of his already impressive athleticism. Hangman eventually wins with a buckshot lariat (that is SUCH a devastating looking move!) and he gives a brief promo where he acknowledges his slump but vows to show us what he’s REALLY made of at Full Gear! THAT’S how you sell a PPV, THAT’S how you tell a story in a match, and THAT’S how you turn a face into a superstar! I still think they mishandled Page a bit leading up to this moment, but this has turned me around quite a bit on the Hangman!