In recent weeks, it seems as though every match including Darby Allin falls into chaos. His match with Matt Hardy and now his match with Jungle Boy had funny business at ringside. At this point it seems that Scorpio Sky and Ethan Page are looking for their opportunity to fight for the TNT Championship. Lance Archer seems to have a hard time staying away from Allin and Sting lending a helping hand to the champion this week buying time for Sting to reappear. The one problem is the distractions at ringside take our eyes away from the action in the ring. This happening from time to time is fine, but weekly or even bi-weekly starts watering down the concept they seem to be using. Fact is Darby is capable of holding his own in the ring he showed that with Cody, and he doesn't need distractions outside the ring shifting the attention off him.
Sting is unquestionably a perfect mentor for Darby, but needs to stay in the background as it is doubtful that Sting will jump back in the ring anytime soon. Archer and Darby would be a better tandem against Sky and Page then seeing Sting get in the ring again. Sting's in ring schedule should be barely existent and kept low to make his in ring appearances special. Plus keeping Archer in the rivalry keeps the seeds there if they want him against Sting and or him against Darby in the future.
I offered up some advice a few weeks back that Darby needed to be more consistent competing and defend the gold a little more often, and they changed that. Next thing that needs to change is formatting Darby's matches he needs to win clean without the outside shenanigans going on even if it comes to Sting being banned from ringside. Actually that would be a perfect way to get more out of a feud if you ban everyone from ringside to show that Darby can go at it alone. I know that the shenanigans don't take the competitors away from the ring, but it takes us away from the ring and that's a problem as it could lead to us missing something that happens in the ring. Darby's stock has risen higher than most on the AEW roster in the last year and if they want to keep going then they need to prove he can win one on one where there spotlight stays on him and just him nobody else. Darby has shown potential, raw emotion, and the ability to be a star, but now needs to prove that he isn't flash in the pan and can keep growing.
Christian has slowly been trying to find his footing in his new home especially considering the fact that Christian has been out of the ring since 2014. From the start I thought it was better idea for them to find a young star to work with Christian first and they did exactly that starting him with Team Taz. I picked Kip Sabain as my choice to be his first short feud to bring him into the company, but Kip isn't exactly the most credible choice to give Christian his first feud in AEW so giving him someone else might be a better choice.
It is an understatement to say that Team Taz is currently a dumpster fire and is in need of resetting momentum. Tension seems to have been bubbling since Starks and Cage lost to Sting and Darby back at Revolution, but when egos clash that happens from time to time. In every faction they need to help establish themselves as they matter and it was Powerhouse Hobbs's turn to get attention. Cage and Starks were the focus in the Sting and Darby feud with Powerhouse being a background fixture, but now he's moved to front and center to feud with Christian.
In my opinion, the best way to allow a veteran to best help the roster is placing them with an unproven youngster to help establish the youngster as a new star. Powerhouse had the spotlight when he turned heel on Cody, but fell to the background when Sting became Darby's partner. From the get go I've said that AEW needs to invest time into developing the stars that fans aren't aware of to get attention on the unknown stars. Though Brian Cage and Ricky Starks gained attention they aren't fully established, but to get Powerhouse up another level a feud with Christian is needed for both men.
Inner Circle is Back
On the night the Pinnacle debuted we were surprised to find that MJF not only turned on the Inner Circle, but totally destroyed the once dominate faction within AEW. Though the Pinnacle does draw comparisons to the Four Horsemen it is still early to tell for this faction, but there debut couldn't have gone down better. One note worthy part is that Sammy comes out of this smelling like a rose considering he was the only one that didn't trust MJF from the very start. It was unexpected to see Inner Circle behind door number one after MJF open the door, but it was also a question of why else would a restroom be in the locker room.
Raising the intensity another step forward when Hager was reveled behind door number two and the fight was on from there with the Inner Circle. A fight in confined spaces is always tough to pull off, but they did it the best way possible by splitting everyone up right out of the gate. If this is the start of things to come and things will only get worse for the Pinnacle it will be a dangerous time on Dynamite for everyone with a war about to begin. Don't believe again it would be easier for me to let the video do the talking!!
At Revolution, QT Marshall turned and eliminated fellow Nightmare Family members the Gunn Brothers from the tag team battle royal. Then eliminated himself from the match to the surprise of his partner Dustin Rhodes. Marshall has been the faceless member of the family for months and at one point was given a chance to try and begin developing his own identity which is something he was unable to do. On a recent edition of AEW Dark fellow Nightmare family member Lee Johnson finally got his first AEW victory and would thank everyone in the family except QT Marshall which was what causes him to snap. The only thing is that we didn't know how crazy he went until this past week's edition of Dynamite when the exhibition match when s*** hit the fan.
In my opinion, this was the best way they could've continued this feud and I didn't think there would be this much insanity. Marshall struck Arn Anderson which looked accidental at first, but it seems like it was apart of the plan. Intensity, unexpected and the bar was set high, because once blood is spilled everything changes. They definitely worked to push a lot of the talent and the announcers were tasked with making those trainees matter more and prove that they important enough to be included in this big turn. It is the best decision to split up the nightmare family and break some talent off from the group as a way to better develop more future stars instead of keeping them behind the shadow of Cody and Dustin.
Omega's One Opponent
Considering AEW has left a lot on the table thus far due to there booking of his feud with Jon Moxley it has left a question on the table who is next for the World Champion. Omega has had a short program with Pac, and Fenix, but has had his focus on Moxley since his title win in December. Either way though after the deathmatch it is time to move on from Moxley and find a new challenger. It is possible that Omega could have smaller challengers wasting time in between Revolution and Double or Nothing. Looking at the rankings both Pac and Jungle Boy provide interesting challengers for the World Champion and both actually could give a bigger rivalry considering they have tag team partners in Lucha Brothers and Jurassic Express respectively.
However, speaking of rankings there is one name that catches my eye and it's the number one ranked wrestler Hangman Page. Since the end of his tag team with Omega it has seemed like Page started associating with the Dark Order. Pulling an interesting picture into perspective with the Dark Order, The former Elite and Bullet Club all under the same banner. Also the former longest reining tag team champions. Page has really found his own way in the last year since taking his own path away from Young Bucks and Omega. I mean who else could get drinking over like Adam Page has in the last few months.
Think about this an announcement of a battle royal on Dynamite winner gets a title shot against Kenny Omega at Double or Nothing. It can be one of those situations where Kenny is focused on his recent challengers and making sure Christian Cage doesn't win further planting seeds for a feud. Christian doesn't need to challenge for the World Title this soon and we can wait on this feud for a little while. Imagine Don Callis and Omega on commentary for the battle royal and their surprise when they see Adam Page is victorious and laughed at because of his recent association with Dark Order. Page has shown that he can have fun and Omega has gotten a lot more serious in recent months which could lead to the line you will never World Champion, because this is a business not a funhouse your a joke Kenny Omega is your punchline.
In my opinion, I don't think that Page needs a long feud with Omega and that this feud could be more like a space saver instead of a big deal. It could also set the stage for a bigger feud down the road instead of rushing into something now. Either way a feud with Page would revisit a past rivalry and give us a break from Moxley vs Omega. In that same battle royal it could set up other matches for Double or Nothing focusing on Moxley & Kingston against Good Brothers, and Christian Cage vs Kip Sabian setting up a small quick feud for Christian and touching on the unspoken other side of Moxley's feud with Omega.
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