I was at the show live. It was a hell of an event, but I can confirm that it did indeed go too long. I agree with posters saying AEW needs an intermission, and to open the doors early. I didn’t need to use the restroom, but around Punk Vs. MJF I had a hankering for a hotdog. So as soon as it ended I bolted for the concessions without knowing what the next match was.
So open the doors at 5:45. Buy-in needs to begin at 6:30. 6:45 is when you give us the first match of the evening. Main PPV card should start at 7:30. After Punk Vs. MJF headlines the first-half, then you go into intermission. 20 minutes should be given to live promos, legend interviews, and maybe last minute angles from the participants of the second-half of the PPV.
Top 3 matches for me at the show were…
1. Darby, Sting, & Sammy Vs. The AHFO’s
This was insane to watch live. It was my most anticipated match on the show. Even more so knowing it was following the tag title, and ladder match. You got three of the craziest bumpers in the company(Darby, Sammy, and Isaiah), an ace athlete(Andrade), and two wiley veterans(Hardy, and Sting). It was a formula that guarantees a spectacle.
2. Triangle Tag Team Title Match
Sometimes I come into Bucks matches expecting disappointment. This was one of them. I thought both heel teams would just completely dazzle, and turn the crowd on the faces. I was dead wrong, they instead dazzled, but gave Jungle Boy all the best spots in the match. I completely jumped out of my seat after JB hit the Frankensteiner German Suplex Counter. Luchasaurus was the only weak link in the match, just repeating similar spots. If that last part weren’t the case, I might’ve given it a top grade. Also I did not know this would have Triangle rules. Happy that style wasn’t forgotten after seeing some excellent ones recently from WCW’s peak. The only problem with doing them in AEW is that the ring is too big. The reason they worked so well for tags in WCW was because the ring was so small you had big men surrounding the ring, where they would be able to make extremely quick blind tags that would keep the pace of the match from slowing down even when the combined weight in the ring was over 2000 lbs.
3. Face of The Revolution Ladder Match
Outside of the six man, this was my second most anticipated match of the show. The main ingredient was beef, but thankfully they had a comedy worker(OC), and a ladder match veteran(Christian) to guide them all through the match. By the end they were able to put Hobbs on the same level as the beefy men of the company, further showed off Lee, and placed Wardlow into an area of star status to then shoot the first bullet for what will hopefully lead to one of the biggest headlining matches in DoN(Wardlow Vs. MJF TNT Title Matches).
All in all I had a great time. No trouble getting to the building whatsoever. The arena was located on a well designed campus, that had plenty of places to eat, and a simple, but easy to enter, and exit parking garage. Which is something I’ve never personally witnessed as I am from South Florida, and the top school basically has one of the smallest campuses for a major school in the state.