I for one have liked the fact that AEW has ranking system since the first time they announced it as it gives the company an easy to crown a number one contender without just giving someone a title shot. Though it might point out some one sided booking in favor of certain talent it also shows who the company chooses to protect and keep strong. For example, World Champion Jon Moxley hasn't a lost a match thus far in 2020 and neither has Tag Team Champions Kenny Omega and Adam Page when they're a team. Even though we will be getting an updated rankings on Wednesday there are points to be made on this one.
Mainly the fact that Cody and Moxley shouldn't share one ranking system as the TNT Championship shouldn't be considered to be on the same level as the World Title and instead should be sort of like Cody's answer since he can't challenge for the World Title. This would then also allows other talent to be seen as contenders for the TNT championship and not for the World Title, because what makes someone qualified for one title and not the other if they share rankings list.
Both Brain Cage and MJF seem to hold the top spot on the list right now and both men seem to want a shot against current World Champion Jon Moxley. This again prompts the question why would either man challenge Cody for the TNT Championship and not Moxley. Lance Archer as number three makes sense due to his record but he lost to Cody in the finals of TNT Championship tournament. Luke Harper just lost to Moxley and though he could take a step down to the TNT Championship stacking the odds against Cody. In my opinion, Cage vs Moxley, MJF vs Moxley and even Wardlow vs Moxley could be money and they can't save every match for when fans are back, because it's not possible. The writing is wall at this point though that soon enough MJF will become World Champion in All Elite Wrestling.
After months of a never ending feud between the Inner Circle and The Elite it is nice to see Jericho finally feuding with someone new. I'm not sure the reasoning behind the rivalry between he and Orange Cassidy, but either way it is a breath of fresh air seeing him pair off with an unproven youngster. Jericho was the one who helped kick off Jack Perry's potential after the match the two had last year and now maybe he can help changed the perception that has plagued Orange Cassidy.
In my opinion, Orange Cassidy seems like someone who is meant to have a chill demeanor, but if you push him to his breaking point his attitude changes and he will show why he shouldn't be taken lightly. Cassidy has something to prove at Fyter Fest against Jericho and win, lose or draw he will prove exactly that, because even though I'm not a fan he can go when he wants to. For those unaware Fyter Fest will be a two night special starting next week on TNT instead of on PPV like last year. Then night two will happen the following week as another special edition of AEW Dynamite. Jericho and Orange Cassidy will collide on Night two of Fyter Fest on July 8 which is in two weeks. It will be an interesting two weeks for All Elite Wrestling!!!
At first I thought that Brian Cage winning the Casino Ladder Match at Double or Nothing to earn a shot at the AEW World Title was rushing him into the title picture. However, this is before I really knew that Fyter Fest was set to take place in the future, but at this point the date is still to be determined. Moxley has really hit his stride since joining All Elite and even though it took him a few months to find his footing in the new company. Speaking of someone finding their footing in a new company that's where Tazz has something in common with the current World Champion.
Initially, Tazz would appear as a guest commentator from time to time before signing with All Elite and then would assume a spot at the broadcast table joining Tony, JR, and Excalibur. Fact is unless the company was going to switch up commentary to make the show have a more constant sound then Tazz wasn't going to fit in the company and needed a new spot. The only time that Tazz was given the opportunity to manage was early on in his run with Impact Wrestling, but it was only for a short time. At this point it seems like Tazz will finally get the chance to do something very different and in turn it is a breath of fresh air especially hearing him use his old catchphrase to describe the "Machine." Let's hope that the company will take the in between time and they allow Cage find his footing in the new promotion.
I don't know how it has taken me this long to write about the events of last week on Dynamite when the first former WWE stars arrived in AEW. For years the former Revival have claimed that they are the best tag team in wrestling with only the Young Bucks fighting back the claim. Dax and Cash are one of many stars that were underrated in the WWE and now that they have a new home it is time for them to step up. Since the start of All Elite it seems like the Young Bucks have been booked similar to Cody in a way to make them seem less over hyped.
The one thing I don't know if I agree with is if they wanted to figure this in down the road instead of doing right out of the gate. At the same time I think getting this marquee match of the way to begin with could be the right thing to do. Overall though Dax Hardwood and Cash Wheeler's names are more similar to porn stars then wrestlers and they could've picked better names to start with. Either way though it amazing to see them in a place where they might be taken seriously.
On the most edition of Dynamite we were treated a battle royal where the winner would get a future title shot against Cody at a later date. Even though seeing MJF and Cody write another chapter of their unfinished rivalry it might be to soon to move back to that feud right now. I disagree that Wardlow and Luchasaurus even having the small fight they should've kept holding it off, but tossing Billy Gunn into the equation creates an interesting idea.
At this point, only MJF has been able to breakthrough since Dynamite kicked off back in October so seeing AEW shift the focus to another youngster is a welcome sight. Next to MJF the only person that has shown breakthrough potential is Jack Perry. Perry has tremendous potential and has been having an amazing 2020 so far with his matches against MJF as a glimpse into the future for AEW's main event scene. At only 23 though Jungle Boy's got a very bright future ahead of him. In my opinion, giving Jungle Boy a match with Cody will just give him another chance to grow as a performer and stay on track to become the star we are seeing grow in front of us.
These two legends gave us a sight that I for one never thought I'd see, because Arn Anderson had been behind the camera with WWE since 2001 and Jake Roberts hadn't been on television consistently in wrestling since the 1990's. They might not have had free range and this might not have been the full segment it was definitely intense though. At their peak Anderson and Roberts were two of the best on the microphone and even though they might still be better then most stars of today they have lost a step.
I don't think I'd pay to see Arn Anderson in the ring against Jake Roberts no matter how long it's been since Arn was able to wrestle. There is no real need for a match of any kind to take place between these two legends and they should just be sticking to things like this now cause that is the best way they can benefit AEW. In my opinion, trying to get anything more out of these legends would be overkill and unneeded for the company. I enjoyed the segment, because you can feel the tension and to a point you could think that Jake hates Anderson and Cody which is the point of this type of thing.
It's a lot to take in in a small amount of time as AEW split the normal weekly hype video between building up Dynamite and the upcoming Double or Nothing event. One major takeaway from Dynamite is that two of the best around will come face to face in the ring for the first time in a very very long time when Arn Anderson and Jake Roberts come face to face. I honestly had no idea that Double or Nothing was taking place this weekend or at all for that matter.
However, I'm extremely excited that MJF will be once again colliding with Jungle Boy as the two men tore down the house in February and I'm sure they will have the chance to do it once again. They should amazing chemistry and I am very happy that the match will have some build and they didn't just toss it on the show just, because of how good the match was two months ago. I still think there is money with Wardlow and Luchasaurus but that's down the road sometime. I don't know how I feel about Moxley vs The Dark Order due to Brodie debuting pretty recently and Moxley just finishing a feud with the Inner Circle where the numbers game was a center focus of the feud. Overall AEW rarely disappoints on go home shows even if the PPV doesn't always live up to expectations.
With the current issues that the WWE is suffering from with the last series being among one of the worst in the franchise. Someone chose to rush the game out to make sure that they would have a game arrive last year and it was a mistake. Though some might not agree there are a variety of reasons that WWE 2K20 will change the yearly installment mantra for WWE and will likely be the end of that franchise for now at least. It really was hit or miss every year since the start of the 2K brand and they never really took the shot to make it even better year to year.
Last year we heard about the idea that All Elite Wrestling would be pitching around the idea for a video game which is shocking knowing the amount of love that Kenny Omega and Young Bucks have for the video game industry. At this point not much is known about the game other than that it will be happening and will make use of the AKI game engine which is the same engine that was used for No Mercy and Wrestlemania 2000 back in THQ years.
Recently, Cody made it clear that the video game will take a lot of time to complete as they want to make the best game possible. In a quote taken from a sescoops.com article Cody mentions the game "He continued, “Game development is arduous, it’s a very creative space, and we want to do it right. We will keep people updated, it won’t come as a surprise, we want them to take the journey with us. Be extra patient so we can deliver.”" for the full article click here!
I loved the start to this episode with QT showing the "ignorance" of non Star Wars fans by making a Star Trek mess up. Shida playing the piano was also a welcome addition to getting a little more depth for one of the many wrestlers that haven't been given the spotlight. This was the first time I bore witness to Dr. Luther and I really don't know anything about him, but I will say the same thing about him as I did about Jimmy Havoc's promo's we need highlights of this on Dynamite to really understand his background and his past.
As far as TH2 or The Hybrid Two have been flying under the radar recently and this the first time I've heard Jack Evans speak. These two really do believe their gimmicks and they have embraced the heel turn for the team. It feels like they are telling a different story, but with the same idea that they did with MJF. I feel like if they shift the focus to the develop of an identity for QT Marshall and make him more than just a lackey for Cody and teammate of Dustin that would help him all the more in the long run.
The TNT Championship tournament has been a sleeper for an unexpected great crop of television during a tough time for society. Seeing the history retold between Cody and Darby it shows that their past matches were important and worth remembering. I also like the fact that they talk about how Dustin's shock decision to question his career and losing would've effected QT and Brandi as they have become a trio. Instead of ignoring a questionable decision they addressed it to allow everyone to make sense of the situation.
Starting with the TNT Championship and ending with the TNT Championship shows how important the championship is being portrayed. Dustin putting the title over as the most important thing in his career and an honor for him to earn the achievement. One thing that I've had a problem with is that AEW hasn't given enough time to the unproven stars is that they need to show more character and get attention from the audience. This sit down with Tony was very personal and a little real or legit it felt like it gave Darby another layer it felt a little more serious. Darby showed a new side to his career a little more darker more quite it's like the only saying goes when everyone is yelling it's your turn to speak.
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