One of the main problems that All Elite Wrestling has faced since the start of Dynamite is really allowing the less established talent the opportunity to stick out and grow. Other than Sammy Guevara and MJF very few names have really stuck out as talent that have been given opportunities to really grow into superstars. Darby Allin has a start and stop push since the start of Dynamite, but the reputation seems to finally be turning toward something good. After winning the TNT Championship it seems like Darby finally will be given a bigger platform to shine and move up the card and with Ricky Starks getting consistent television time it is only a matter of time before his natural charisma shines making him into a star.
Speaking of Ricky Starks his new stablemate has been given a massive opportunity and his name is Will Hobbs who just joined Team Taz on the most recent edition of Dynamite. Hobbs only debuted for AEW back in July on AEW Dark and was given contract based on his performance in the Casino Battle Royal back at All Out in September. Now fast forward two months and he has found himself in one of the featured rivalries on Dynamite feuding with Cody and Darby Allin after aligning himself with Team Taz (Brian Cage & Ricky Starks.) I haven't seen much of Hobbs, but at 30 years old and after ten years in the business it is always nice to see feel good story where someone is on the cusp of realizing their potential after finally getting one big break.
It has been a long time since I looked into this series, but after seeing the article about Cody discussing bringing back safe chair shots to the head. The interview can be found at the link provided here! I will not be discussing that subject and instead will talk about how I would've booked Shawn Spears vs Cody from last year. Cody was attacked at Fyter Fest last year by the debuting Shawn Spears who surprised him with a chair shot to the head sparking what should've been a heated rivalry between the two former friends.
I would've kept the chair shot to the head, but I would've changed how it was treated by AEW and keep in mind Dynamite hasn't started at this point. Cody would disappear from the company after the attack and we wouldn't hear from Shawn Spears until the revel of Tully Blanchard as his manager which would happen in September on PPV at Full Gear. At this event we'd have an impromptu match with Q.T Marshall and Shawn Spears as he'd Cody's friend stepping forward to defend him.
The reality is we should drum up the intensity and craziness that should've been made of from the chair shot. Basically the chair shot should've been made a bigger deal as it had been a long time since we had last seen a chair shot of that magnitude. Following his match with Q.T we need to have Shawn about to grab a chair but be stopped by Dustin which in turn sets up his next match. In the weeks leading to the debut of Dynamite we get the build for Dustin Rhodes vs Shawn Spears. Everything continues to revolve around the Fyter Fest attack being the straw that broke the camels back. In the "Road to Dynamite" we have Tony Khan show up announcing that Dustin vs Shawn Spears will be an unsanctioned contest. Tony also mentions that "I've spoken with Cody and he will be in the building for the first episode of Dynamite."
On the first episode of Dynamite we will see Dustin and Shawn in a bloody battle to end Dynamite. After the match which Spears would win we have Cody's theme start, but no Cody. This would make Tully and Spears brag about Cody being afraid of them and unwilling to show his face that he went back on his word. Shawn would main event again the following week against Hangman Page which would end in count-out with Cody's song starting and a figure appearing on stage which makes Spears run from the ring thinking it's Cody. This is where the episode ends leaving us to wonder if it was Cody or not.
In the week between episode two and three we see part of "Road to Dynamite" dedicated to finding Cody. For example, other wrestlers talking about if they think it was Cody last week or not. As well we see Dustin talking to someone assuming it is going to be Cody. However, for answers to these mysteries we need to wait for part two of this series.
It has been interesting and unexpected to watch the build to what has now become a match at Full Gear in less than a week. For the last few months Jericho has been trying to elevate the unproven stars on the All Elite Wrestling roster. Even though MJF is by far one of the top stars in the company he is still an unproven commodity in the world of wrestling. This feud will allow Max to further raise his stock in wrestling which has been something that AEW has needed to do since the start of Dynamite last year.
Possibly next to Moxley it is clear that Jericho is the biggest box office draw in the company which allows him to try and elevate the other members of the AEW roster. Though I think they could've gotten more mileage out of putting off the match, but considering this is the last PPV of the year for AEW as they do quarterly events. Jericho and MJF have put together segment gold in recent weeks and have been able to show off the talent they have.
In my opinion, Jericho will need to keep his stock high to be able to elevate other talent on the AEW roster to help stabilize a roster that needs a bit more direction. We saw a glimpse of his skills when he worked with Jungle Boy last year and then again with Orange Cassidy earlier this year who wasn't someone worth investing in before his feud with Jericho. Truthfully I looked at Cassidy as a joke and just comedic relief prior to Jericho, but that feud change my opinion on him as a talent as we were able see a more serious side of him. As far as MJF his feud with Moxley wasn't needed as they wanted to protect Max from losing to much momentum in a feud with the World Champion instead of just having a clear winner. It will be interesting to see what comes at Full Gear on the 7 of November.
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