Unexpected isn't even the best way to describe the news that arrived last week when the man formerly known as Big Show was moving over to AEW. After twenty-two years in Connecticut it was time to make a move and it wasn't expected at all. Recently, it was clear that Big Show and WWE had not been in the same mindset when it came to contract negotiations as money and booking ended a two decade relationship. In my opinion, WWE has always struggled to see the value of veterans in the locker room and how they can help produce new stars if given the opportunity to have a real feud with unproven talent. Big Show in recent years helped establish Braun Strowman into the position that he ended up in, but I think Show could've done more recently to help Drew McIntyre, Lashley, Damien Preist, and other if given the opportunity.
To further proven the point I'm making look at how Dustin was booked in WWE and then compare that to when the chains came off in AEW. Honestly, Big Show is past his prime long past and shouldn't be a fixture on Dynamite. I know that if recent reports are anything to go on he will spend time in the booth for the new television show AEW: Dark Elevation. As far as competing in the ring it's obvious he will compete here in there but likely won't be a full time competitor in AEW.
Looking at the roster there is a number of stars on the AEW roster namely Brian Cage who could bring an interesting programming for us to watch. The spectacle of seeing Paul Wight and Brian Cage face off with each other to end Dynamite one week. Add both Lance Archer and Luchasurus to the list for the spectacle of seeing the face off over seeing the match. Most importantly seeing Show work with the youngster to see how he can help the next generation will be the best way to judge how successful this signing will be for Show and AEW.
Since Dynamite started in the fall of 2019, I've said that AEW needed to spend time developing the roster explaining to the fans who these new stars are and why they matter. Over the last year we've seen the ascension of names like MJF and Darby Allin, but one name that has lagged behind was Sammy Guervara. One of the founding members of the Inner Circle Sammy seemed to be destined for success as a future star, but has character development lacked severely. Sammy needed to be allowed to stand out instead of just being the one guy without something to do in the stable. Jericho was the leader, Santana & Ortiz were the tag team and Jake Hager was the tough bodyguard. Leaving the "Spanish God" out in the cold and other than a lackluster feud with Matt Hardy, he hasn't done much worth noting.
His character really started moving forward when MJF showed interest in joining the Inner Circle and from the start Sammy showed he had reservations. This past week on Dynamite he took a step forward standing up against the Inner Circle and taking a stand to trust his gut. Continuing down the road allows Sammy to be saved if and when MJF turns on the Inner Circle and will make Sammy more credible as he didn't trust him from the start. Normally this could go one of two ways Inner Circle turning or MJF, but knowing MJF that will never happen so either Sammy stands on his own or the stable follow his lead.
Guevara is a talented youngster with a lot of potential, but needed to give fans more of a reason to pay attention to him. A lot is going in AEW right now with the Bullet Club, Kenny, and Jon Moxley to say another layered story makes Dynamite all the more interesting. To see where Sammy goes from will make Dynamite more hard to miss on a week to week basis. AEW is setting the bar higher and higher in 2021 and we just got going.
If all the questions that Dynamite has tied up with the Bullet Club and Impact Wrestling especially now that New Japan might be a part of things now. This has taken some of the spotlight off the long standing rivalry between Team Taz and TNT Champion Darby Allin. Darby was able to even the odds with the arrival of wrestling legend Sting who had shocked the world two months ago debuting on Dynamite and returning to TNT for the first time in eighteen years. One question that has been present since his arrival in All Elite was will the Stinger get in the ring. With the tag team Street fight announced for the upcoming Revolution event on March 7 we finally have our answer.
As of early this week there are only two matches announced so far for Revolution and both are tag team matches. One match is for the Tag Team titles between the champions the Young Bucks against Inner Circle (Chris Jericho & MJF). The other is the previously mentioned street fight and we will see exactly if Sting was right to continue to pitch a return to WWE before he left the company. It is more than likely that the match will be on the more cinematic side of things to allow Sting to be protected who was forced to retire from the ring after an in-ring injury in 2015. Sting would announce his retirement from the ring in 2016 at the WWE Hall of Fame induction ceremony.
Honestly, I think that Sting needs this match to be able to go out on his terms and with the advent of the cinematic styles matches it will allow Sting to end his career on his terms. Sting wanted to return and make it work, but WWE didn't want to give him the stage to do it even though he could be protected. All Elite is giving Sting the stage and it allows him to do what he wants but not be on the center stage as he really doesn't need to be just because he's getting back in the ring once again. If it works out then this clearly could lead to Sting working more then once in AEW.
It started when Kenny and Don Callis turned the wrestling world upside down and helped shift attention over to Impact Wrestling for the first time in years. The first landmark was Hard to Kill in January when Kenny Omega teamed with the Good Brothers and then the Good Brothers teamed with the Young Bucks against Inner Circle brining together the Bullet Club once again. As they add to the Impact invasion everything turned again when KENTA showed up jumping Jon Moxley following a six man match against Kenny Omega and the Good Brothers. As we think we have all the answers AEW changes the questions bringing up the idea has New Japan entered an agreement with All Elite finally.
Currently, Moxley holds the IWGP United States Championship even though he has been unable to travel to Japan due to travel restrictions. I question how KENTA got here, but Mox can't go to Japan unless it's restrictions from All Elite and not travel. Honestly it's possible we could be seeing a title match between Moxley and KENTA in the near future on an All Elite event instead to fix the issue. At this time Moxley is the longest reigning champion even though there has only been eight champions and he hasn't defended the title in a long time the record is the record. KENTA is the man with the case and the right to challenge for Moxley's IWGP United States Championship.
Another question this attack brings about is when will Moxley get a fair shot against Kenny Omega as the money match continues to point to a possible cage match to stop the disruptive finishes. Moxley has been screwed twice now in two different ways which keeps things fresh and stops us from getting tired of the same finish. The main thing about the arrival of KENTA though is that it takes the attention of Moxley away from Omega and shifts it to the new arrival. Even though a match this point hasn't been announced for Revolution between Moxley and KENTA or title defense for Omega it will likely be announced sooner rather then later. Right now Revolution is scheduled for March 7, 2021, and we will likely find more information about the upcoming event this Wednesday on Dynamite live on TNT.
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