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  1. Ricky Starks has had 4 matches on TV, spare a thought for him. Also, doing the bloody mouth sell for the Black Mass that clearly hit Dustin in the upper arm/shoulder was very stinky. I remember Black not being able to hit the move properly on big guys in WWE too, maybe he needs to set it up differently or have them go down to one knee or whatever because it's super embarrassing when your badass kickboxer guy's kicks visibly miss by miles.
  2. Post-PPV Dynamites are usually a cool-down show and a reset, and thats what we got here. Team Taz are a fine short-term program for Punk. Hopefully Starks puts Cage to bed next week and we get some of him vs Punk for a couple weeks. I think it is safe to say MJF got his heat back quickly on this show. If you hadn't seen Suzuki before, the main event was a good showcase. As someone who has seen him do literally the same match on repeat for the last 10 years or so didn't do much for me though. Their first match in Japan was much better. Oh and hey the Pinnacle are still a thing.
  3. ramblings from a Brit late to the party. apologies if i stole anyones talking points. - Loved Miro vs Eddie. This is the type of hoss fight AEW has been lacking, the sort of thing a guy like Lance Archer promises and doesn't do. Miro's chest looked like beetroot by the end. Tremendous selling and emoting from Eddie the whole way through, though they did the neck stuff well and the ref distraction was executed perfectly. 'You fucked up' chants for the deliberate referee missing the pinfall spot was awesome. Best PPV opener in forever. - Moxley vs Kojima was hurt by following Miro vs Kingston, which was stylistically very similar and much better. Still a solid match though and Kojima looked like he was having a blast, which made it even more enjoyable. I think Suzuki is massively overrated but still cool to see him turn up, and I did enjoy the first Moxley/Suzuki match so I'm down for it even though I wasn't creaming my pants like New Japan fanboys. - Baker vs Statlander was perfectly acceptable with a hot finish, but entirely forgettable. I've yet to be impressed by Statlander despite the hype around her. I'm all for more strong women in the ranks but she's still a bit awkward and ultimately very bland. Time to rotate her out and maybe give her a revamp. - Bucks vs Lucha Bros - this is the type of match everyone is going to throw snowflakes on, but I'll just say it wasn't for me. That said, it was probably the most I've enjoyed this pairing and the finish and celebration was tremendous. Penta showing such emotion and getting his family out almost made me forgive the years of phoning it in. The entrance was some big time shit too. - Battle Royale started off rocky and suffered from the same problems these Casino Battle Royales always do, but the second half served to highlight the promising young prospects they have (Conti, Cargill, Hirsh) as well as the experienced vets they've accumulated (Soho, Rosa, Hayter). Hell, I enjoyed Nyla Rose's piece in this match too. Soho has big 'solid hand' energy but cool to see her given such a superstar debut. Right call having her win - gives Britt another big scalp while it's hot and then Ruby can cycle down the card to work with the younger talent, and they can come back to Rosa with more build. Speaking of Rosa, I thought she looked awesome, one of the best workers on the whole show. - Pleasantly surprised by Jericho vs MJF and thought it was actually really good. Great trolljob with the entrance and MJF really impressed me here. We know what a lot of his strengths are, but his selling of the long term damage to the back through the match was pretty great, and of course the finish paid it off perfectly. The re-start was a great bit of sports entertainment schmozz too. I know a lot of people want Jericho to fuck off, but this crowd didn't and they were red hot for it. - I thought Punk vs Darby delivered and was a great match. The crowd were a bit sedated following singing along with Jericho, but all concerns about Punk were put to bed I think. The slow, more methodical pace worked to their advantage and made everything feel very organic and like two guys thinking about what to do next, rather than a bunch of stuff that was obviously set-up or pre-planned. A couple restholds from Punk, but first match in 7 years so not a big knock and all his offence was executed great. Some big moments without going main event big, and Darby came out looking strong. Big thumbs up. - Wright vs QT was an acceptable bathroom break match, though nothing here made me think Wright should wrestle more. - Main event was really good without copying their first match. 20-ish minutes was just right, and still felt like a long, gruelling, hard-fought, physical bout without going overboard or dragging. Just a well worked main event match, well laid out and paced with good twists and turns down the stretch. Table spear was a surprisingly nasty big spot. Good Brothers/Callis stuff was annoying but relatively minimal for Bullet Club horseshit. Another thumbs up. - I pretty much called the way this would end, just wasn't sure about Cole, but watching it play out was still a blast. Seeing Cole come out and do the instant swerve with his buddies gave me memories of why I stopped watching wrestling a few years ago, but Danielson making the save to end the show made everything right in the world. Cole being a part of the Elite at least gives me some hope he isn't going to be doing a tonne of big long main events, but let's see. Punk and Bryan in this promotion makes it basically impossible for me to hate these guys. This show felt must-see and delivered. My only criticism would be that yes, it was long. None of the matches over-stayed their welcome, but this was 3+ hours, the crowd were clearly flagging at points, I was flagging at home watching it at my own convenience, and they still have big matches announced for the next 2 TV shows. With the roster getting to the size it is, they should start running more PPVs. Not WWE level, but they can probably go from 4 a year to 6 or 8 and still have them feel major.
  4. I know I have ragged on Charlotte plenty in the past, but I do think she is a solid on the whole and have really enjoyed some of her stuff in the past. Hell, Charlotte vs Ronda might be my favourite WWE womens match, and that had a stinko DQ finish to protect Charlotte. That said, the 'Charlotte is a great worker' talking point is being badly exposed here. Great workers can work with inferior opponents and make it work. If Charlotte isn't in the ring with someone who's a strong worker themselves, she is just as useless as them. I agree with the guy who said this current run has been bad, she looks like she's just been mailing it in constantly. I have dug Nia at points, a green monster who recklessly throws people around can be fun, but that's also mitigated by how over-pushed she's been because of who she's related to. She would have been on the cutting room floor years ago if she wasn't cousins with the Rock and Roman, so the idea of her not being happy with someone else being over-pushed is a delicious slice of irony. WWE's nepotism is insufferable and these are the two biggest beneficiaries of it, so to see them have such an exposing pile of garbage match was really enjoyable.
  5. The Kingston-Miro pull apart from OK, but not super hot. Really could have done with Eddie actually working the stick. Zero interest in Bucks vs Lucha Bros for the millionth time. Lucha Bros are mindless spot machines, I am sure there will be one or two highlight reel moments but the match will be as forgettable as all their others. Would have preferred Lucha Express for Jungle Boy getting a big win.
  6. New Wolves In The Throne Room is probably my favourite album of the year so far (until new ETID). Makes me want to go live in the woods and join a craven.
  7. Starks is a bit stuck here. They already have a arrogant heel they are pushing as a main eventer in MJF, and Starks is roughly as good as him on the stick and in the ring. They've thrown their lot fully behind MJF while Starks barely gets on TV, and when he does it's like a 2 minute segment. Pairing him against a guy who can't promo back hasn't helped, but Starks is getting massively overlooked I think. He's only had 4 matches on TV this year!
  8. Bit of a dead show. Closing out with Lee Johnson running off Black was a choice. Not sure I've ever seen Hayter before but she looked good. Match was a bit dead as they had the death spot and Velvet's green-ness was coming out, but Hayter hits hard and is pretty physical. Taking those dives with a flat-back bump made them look better than usual. How have we not had any Kingston promos on Miro yet???
  9. Also, Ted DiBiase looks like Jim Ross. Grimes and Gonzales are both awesome. Good riddance to Cole and Kross.
  10. AEW might have CM Punk, but they haven't got the Best In The World. WALTER vs Ilja was fucking awesome.
  11. I can get some of this. I fell out of love with wrestling hard in the mid-2010s. I was a big indy & puro nerd, but the whole Bullet Club/Elite stuff showing up everywhere was a plague and made those places insufferable. I got back into things a couple years ago and made an effort to catch up on stuff I had missed, but found all the highly praised stuff like Okada vs Omega to be pretty tedious. I like AEW now, but when they first announced the promotion starting up, I had no interest as I didn't like Bucks, Page, thought Omega was alright, but the rest of all those indy guys largely sucked. I enjoy what they have going on now, though a lot of that is down to the booking, presentation and characters more than the actual wrestling content. I was a big Punk fan, following him back to IWA:MS, but I am keeping my expectations low here. I know that makes me look like a totally out of touch old man, but I guess the point is to say you're not entirely alone in those feelings, even if I am enjoying what AEW is doing.
  12. this show gave me a lobotomy ok some more detailed ramblings - I did not watch everything in full length, because fuck that, but from what I saw the opener was my favourite match, and even that was criminally short for the amount of time they have spent building to it. Had to get that Rick Boogs guitar session and Miz watergun stuff in I guess, because that's what people want to see? AJ is massively wasted here but I can't complain too much as he is in his veteran years and is helping develop a new talent in Omos. Omos has the presence and personality, and he seems to be getting incrementally better every match, but he is a real ground zero project. I wouldn't be surprised if he is on the chopping block next year before he even gets 'good'. For me, the real waste here though is Matt Riddle - Sheamus is still a quality gatekeeper, but Priest is mediocre and didn't deliver in his big match. Next! - There is an alternative universe where Usos vs Mysterios delivers a barn-burner, but we aren't living in it. Another match cut criminally short - Becky returning to cut off Bianca's legs. Real stinky stuff. Reminded me how absurdly overrated Becky is because she has the fake Stone Cold gimmick. She is still massively over, but good grief that was dreadful. Her and Charlotte suffocating the women's division in this company is truly awful. - Pleasantly surprised Goldberg didn't gas in 90 seconds like he usually does, but the screwy finish to set up a Saudi match is more trash - Cena is still Cena, for better or worse. Goofball acting, but still 'gets it' and worked really hard to sell for Reigns and make him look great. Match was not good though, these two clearly don't have chemistry and just worked through the textbook WWE Epic playbook. Reigns is best when he is against guys who stylistically contrast with him. - Cool to see Brock back, and as a babyface. Less cool that he is going to be paired against a guy who he's already faced 10 million times already. He looked massive, but the hair and dad jeans look was about as un-intimidating as Brock could possibly be
  13. Aren't Team Filthy contracted with MLW? I have no idea how that all works
  14. Enjoyed the opener. I have no problem with how Ever-rise were used in WWE, but it's a point worth re-iterating how much better they've been treated by AEW, even as cannon fodder. Surprised they didn't have Darby cut a promo or do anything further to tease Punk though, especially as the Rampage trailer later in the show focused on the 'Darby is close to calling himself the best in the world' tagline. Missed opportunity there to add some more juice to it. Sammy vs Spears was enjoyable though definitely went overboard for the 2nd match on a run of the mill TV episode. Would rather see them save some of that stuff for high profile matches, but that would mean Sammy has to have more high profile matches. Dan Lambert was tremendous. This guy is made for pro wrestling in 2021. What an outstanding promo that was so good at targeting the stereotype of the AEW fanbase. The idea of Arlovski and JDS having a match is very exciting. Teasing them getting involved then switching to freaking Ethan Page and Scorpio Sky is a master troll job. I am interested if this actually leads to any of these MMA guys doing something in AEW, because if not then what is the point? Bucks vs JE was whatever. JB had some good moments but typical Bucks/Elite noise, but I did enjoy the beatdown afterwards. They're doing everything they can to make Omega vs Christian a hot match. I'm a big Big Show fan but am mixed about him having a match at ALL OUT. Cool to see him step in the ring, but him vs QT doesn't seem to lead to anything. Is Wright gonna have more big matches or is this a one-off? I'd be much more interested in a 6-man with The Factory vs Wright and 2 others. The Cage-Starks feud getting a completely rushed segment is becoming a running meme at this point. Have they even been given 10 minutes in total on Dynamite since Starks won the belt? I know Cage can't talk but Starks can, so it's a shame this program is treated as such an afterthought. Lucha Bros vs Bucks for the 87th time does zero for me, and the build for Andrade vs PAC has also been a wet fart so far. I'm willing to give Andrade time because all of AEW's acquisitions seem to have lukewarm feuds on arrival before hitting their mark. Speaking of - Miro vs Eddie Kingston!! Please can this be an actual rivalry with promos rather than just a one-off match? I can hope. Main event was whatever. Thought the finish was a bit dumb, the referee is distracted long enough for Jericho to use the bat, but he hesitates to use the Judas Effect why? Made him look a bit of an idiot. The Labours of Jericho has been a pretty hot angle over the last few weeks but the resulting match was entirely forgettable. MJF goes over clean, now what? Is he getting heated up for Punk or Bryan? Is Jericho just going to walk away now? Questions I am interested in seeing the answers to, but still feels like an anti-climax.
  15. is there a reason why they are doing this on the Saturday and TakeOver on Sunday?
  16. 4 man booth is two men too much. Really enjoyed Christian vs Omega, probably the best Omega match since against Fenix. He is really, really obvious when he's just killing time for ad breaks, but he's also a tremendous bumper and made all of Christian's stuff look great. Really good use of the protected moves for big nearfalls and I thought Christian winning was a great move. The belt collector stuff has been forced from the start, this certainly adds more juice to the ALL OUT match and it's cool for Impact to have Christian come back with the belt. I like Britt, she has put in a lot of work to improve, but that match with Velvet was pretty fugly. The early chain wrestling stuff and finisher teasing looked so amateur hour after Christian and Omega did the same stuff. Cool finish at least. Post-match was a typical laughably bad AEW debut complete with no one knowing who Jamie Hayter was.
  17. I like this idea. Then they would have a big post-match beat-down from the Elite on Cage and Jurassic Express, leading to Bryan (or Punk) making the save for his debut. The pop would be incredible.
  18. Could be setting up Jungle Boy for Miro at one of the big shows coming up?
  19. Oh shit, Black came out to the new AmenRa!! That alone made me pop bigger than anything he's done before in his career. Awesome. Cool that they put him over so strong in his debut but his entrance continues to be the best thing about him. Cody teasing a retirement we know wasn't coming was an odd choice, did anyone buy that a second? Jericho vs Juvy was alright when they were just wailing on each other, but all the flying and lucha stuff was fugly. Not sure if Juvy is a full-time active wrestler these days but they looked like they weren't on the same page with a lot of stuff. Finish looked good at least and Jericho does look like an old, tired, beat up guy right now, which is fitting for the story. Trios was fun. I really hope they learn from other promotions that trios titles are utterly pointless, but I'd absolutely be down for a one-off tourney at least. Darby, Moxley & Kingston is a dream team. Frankie Kazarian being your Babyface Making The Big Save in 2021 is..... a choice Decent show
  20. AEW giving Ric one more title win after WWE get Chalotte to 16 would be the most tremendous piece of trolling in wrestling history
  21. Very different characters though. Caster as far as I can tell is a shithead mid-card geek you want to see get his lunch fed to him, Miro is an unstoppable monster. I didn't really hear the Julia Hart line, but the line about Biles was just topical internet troll stuff. I'm not saying nothing should be taboo, but he was hardly ripping on mental health. He was basically doing the pro wrestling equal of -
  22. How do we know he's a dick in real life? He's a heel saying outrageous stuff to rile people up, it's a character and it looks like it's worked.
  23. Would AEW want Alexa Bliss? Would she even want to continue being a wrestler? She's pretty bad in the ring and has a history of getting hurt easily. She has name value and is good at playing a character, but how much value does that bring to AEW women's division? Feels like she'd be better going into some other form of entertainment.
  24. Are AEW going to so So Cal any time soon? That would be ideal for a Super Dragon one shot
  25. If you thought the over-pushing of Charlotte was bad before.....
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