Even though it was perfect timing for the new faction to strike, and really bring make an impact and they did exactly that on Dynamite. Tension had been rising for weeks and the actions of MJF is what drove Sammy Guevara away from the Inner Circle leaving the group a few weeks ago. It was in the cards that a turn would come soon enough, but it was just unclear when the turn would come. The formation this faction was unexpected at best, because it took months for Shawn Spears to find his way in and now within a few weeks we have someone new in the cards as well.
For months Tully Blanchard and FTR had been feuding with the Jurassic Express then last week for the first time in thirty years Tully stepped in the ring for a six man tag team match. The match ended when a masked man helped the heels pull out the win and it was reveled the masked man was Shawn Spears returning to AEW. Fast forward to the Inner Circle's War Council and the lights went out when they came back on Shawn Spears, Wardlow, FTR, and Tully Blanchard were sharing the ring with the Inner Circle and the fight was on from there. With a smile on his face he strikes Jake Hager with the a bottle taking him out of the picture. It was unexpected from start to finish, even though I knew a new member would join the group I didn't expect it to happen so quickly after Spears returned.
In the end, Chris Jericho would be power bombed off the stage by Wardlow ending this brutal attack with an exclamation point. The main question left is how does Sammy fit into this picture to my knowledge his departure hasn't been mentioned, but shouldn't be forgotten. This could be what rightfully brings him back to television and makes him look like the smartest guy in the room calling out MJF before anyone else had only to have nobody listened to him. It is likely though that Jericho will be missing for a few weeks so I would hold off Sammy until Jericho returns as there is no reason to rush him back. At this point the development has been slow and unexpected so far and there is no reason to change the pace they've been going at. Reality is MJF and his faction need time to be established and tell their story which won't happen over night. An intriguing step forward for All Elite Wrestling does this mean the Inner Circle have become good guys?
In 2008, Christian Cage had his contract expire with Impact Wrestling and returned to WWE for the first time in three years. Cage took up the veteran spot on the ECW roster sharing the spot with Tommy Dreamer. Soon after his return Cage would win the ECW World Title, and always held an upper card spot within the company until his retirement in 2014. His arrival in AEW was a shock and unexpected then his appearance to help Moxley & Kingston at the end of Dynamite was again unexpected. We haven't had the chance to hear much from "Captain Charisma," but we will at some point at this point though all we have to go on is the seeds that have been planted.
Cage was interrupted by Kenny Omega at Revolution ending his interview before it really got going and then he returned the favor on Dynamite. The confrontation between Christian and Omega is planting seeds that could point to a match or rivalry down the road between the fellow Canadians. In my opinion, Don Callis having the ring with Christian would be an interesting sight considering both men came up in wrestling at around the same time and went through the same circuit to make an impact. Plus it would be an interesting place to start instead of rushing into a match with Kenny super quick.
Unexpectedly, Cody was interrupted by Penta El Zero M who enlisted the help of Spanish announcer Alex Marvez as a translator. Surprisingly the combination actually worked quite well and Penta really showed his bad guy side. For the longest time Penta had been working with Fenix and Pac as a member of Death Triangle, but with recent events it seems like they might be going with Fenix and Pac as a tag team. The real question is how will Penta fit into their story as he has spent on the injured list recently and now may have switched sides to shown his evil side. In many ways this is just another point of intrigue for us to stay tuned into Dynamite.
Last weekend we saw another installment of AEW Revolution and the expectations were high as usual for the event with the first barbed wire match on a major scale in the main event. To my knowledge the last major wrestling company to hold a bared wire match was ECW in 1997 between Terry Funk and Sabu where both men almost got severely injured. I will avoid pointing out that I was right about the main event and that it could've been done better if it wasn't confined to the gimmick. I thought a Cage match would've been able to accomplish the same blow off and then Kingston could've locked them inside.
The arrival of Ethan Page and Christian Cage is where my attention goes, because the ending of the event wasn't a shocked, but these debuts were. Page showed up in the "Face of Revolution" ladder match as the mystery opponent. Page had his contract with Impact Wrestling come up recently which made him a free agent. It was unclear what company would end up with Ethan as WWE seemed to have interest in him as well. Page and Alexander made up one of the best tag teams in wrestling for the last few years and now this is Page's chance to standout as a superstar. Page has always been a standout, but never got the opportunity to standout on a large scale until he ended up in Impact Wrestling.
In 2014, Christian would wrestle his last match after being forced into retirement by WWE before he was ready due to a concussion scare. Christian was stopped from competing due to not being cleared medically to get back in the ring. After walking out on stage at Revolution a new chapter of his career is ready to be written for him and he will hopefully be able to end his career on his terms. Originally the rumors kept our eyes on Kurt Angle and seeing Christian appear completely caught me off guard. I don't know what to expect from Christian now, but I will say it has me intrigued to see when Christian reappears on Dynamite and what comes next.
It is an understatement to say that passion in wrestling can sell tickets, because there is no question that passion in wrestling sells. Intensity makes a difference, passion makes a difference and can change your perception of a wrestler or two. Even though seeing intensity in every promo could dilute promos a little bit as is the case with everything in wrestling. However, it is exceptionally rare to see intensity and passion on display in wrestling promos. For one reason or another passion seems to a forgotten adjective to describe how a wrestler can handle himself in a promo. The reason for this in my opinion is that for the most part wrestlers aren't meant to talk fans into the arena anymore.
From the first time I saw Hardwood and Wheeler in the ring at their former employers I saw the comparison to Arn Anderson and Tully Blanchard. One of the main differences between AEW and WWE is the way the two companies view tag team wrestling and is a major reason why the former Revival became FTR. Now to the featured promo:
Intensity from both members of FTR to a very calm speaking Shawn Spears and Tully Blanchard which made for a good balance. Finally it seems like they are ready to give Spears some direction and allow him to step up, but based on how this story has been told so far it is clear that AEW will take there time continuing to tell this groups formation. Spears had disappeared and the focus of his former manager shifted to FTR and now with Spears back again the only question that remain is JJ Dillon. All I know for certain is that AEW has my attention!
In twenty three years as a wrestling fan I never thought I'd be able to watch a live match involving Tully Blanchard, but on this week's edition of Dynamite I was proven wrong. For the first time in thirty years Tully Blanchard entered the ring and not just that entered the ring with JJ Dillon at ringside. During his prime JJ Dillon was at one point his manager replacing Baby Doll who had been Tully's second for a time prior to the formation of the Four Horsemen. This pairing though takes us back to a golden age of wrestling when the Horsemen were running the world of wrestling with four of the best in ring competitors normally making up the group.
It has taken sometime, but Tully has finally found his footing as a manager in AEW instead of someone without a direction he had been early on with the promotion. After his partnership with Shawn Spears went cold it became clear he needed something new and found that with FTR. In my opinion, it's like a perfect match as it allows FTR to avoid speaking and it gives someone to get them heat. Also it allows them to stick out from the pack and not be looked at as the same when compared to other teams.
At this time, I don't know if JJ Dillon will be sticking around or not it is doubtful and more likely that JJ was there for one night and may return here and there. With Shawn now a part of the group there is officially four of them, but remember back in the day there were four wrestlers and JJ made five. It will be interesting to see if they include another wrestler within the stable or if they keep it with Tully, FTR, and Shawn Spears. Odds are for the time being at least they will keep it with just the four of them as it worth noting how long it took for them to add Spears not just keep it a trio. It's also worth noting that Arn Anderson was shown doing the old hand motion to Dillon and watching the ring after the match which could be planting the seeds for something in the future between the former Horsemen members.
In my opinion, with every AEW PPV we are seeing the benefit of not having monthly events anymore and instead having quarterly events every year. It allows AEW to have not to rush build for matches and it makes every event matter more then diluting PPV's in favor of making certain events matter. WWE has had two PPV's already this year and will have another one before Wrestlemania yet this Revolution event will be AEW's first PPV of 2021. The Beach Break show was more of a special edition of Dynamite due to the fact that the event was on a Wednesday and not Sunday. This long term approach has really let everything simmer since late last year which means they've had four or five months to build up for this PPV on Sunday.
Revolution has the potential to really set All Elite Wrestling up for an insane 2021 as the first few months of the new year have left fans asking a lot of questions for us were we are going in the coming year. Seeing Big Show jump ship to AEW was unexpected to say the least and with more surprises planned for Sunday it was just a sign of things to come. An empty spot in the Face of Revolution Ladder match leaves asking questions of who could fill that spot especially after Tony Khan making clear that this spot was not in reference to who Paul Wight was speaking of on Dynamite.
My eyes are on the tag title match between Young Bucks and Inner Circle (Chris Jericho & MJF). This has been one of the many long developing stories on Dynamite layers have been formed with Sammy Guevara walking away from the Inner Circle due to him being untrusting of MJF. Either way the partnership of Jericho & MJF has grown to be successful the only question is if this partnership leads to a title reign for the Inner Circle. In my opinion, there is a long term story arch afoot with Jericho and MJF honestly I think that the next step forward for this evolving story. Maxwell is not someone that needs to be World Champion, but this long story will keep him busy for now. Chemistry and trust will only make this feud all the more intense if the turn comes down the road and Sammy should keep his attention to the feud as this doesn't need to lead to the end of the Inner Circle.
In eight days time AEW has their next big event and they will have the first death match on a major wrestling event. I understand the concept of having the match as it's a way to protect both Moxley and Omega, and it drives home just how much both guys hate each other. However, I'm not sure it's needed to drive home that idea and that the same can't be accomplished by going the classic route of a cage match instead. I don't have much knowledge about the exploding barbed wire death match concept or much experience watch the match, but Onita would be proud.
I do know that Moxley once called Combat Zone Wrestling home and has more of background with this type of match then Omega, but still I think they chose this route for the spectacle and to get eyes on AEW more then it being actually needed to finish the feud. Either way fair play, because media coverage of the event will get eyes on AEW as when was the last time a barbed wire match was even contested on US soil it's been that long.
The other person to talk about is Sting who will be competing in his first match since Night of Champion 2014 when he got injured after the buckle bomb by Rollins. A few weeks ago Brian Cage hit a power bomb on Sting and that was the first bump Sting took in nearly seven years since the injury. It seems like Sting is fine and that might've been a test run for the match, but either way I'd be shocked if the street fight isn't more cinematic then a traditional match to protect Sting. That power bomb should be replayed time and again as it puts over Brain Cage to be the first person in seven years to do something physical to a legend that we never thought would be physically involved in wrestling again.
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.
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