For months we have heard from Cody that All Elite Wrestling was working on a new championship to go along with the AEW World Title. In that time it has lead to plenty of questions about the type of championship that AEW would introduce as Cody has often insisted it shouldn't be looked at as a "mid-card title." The fact is I've always been a massive of the television championship and feel like it became a piece of wrestling's past for no good reason. Now with the introduction of the TNT Championship we have the TV Title with a modern twist to it.
I have been saying for months that one of my main criticisms of AEW was that they have a lot of guys that the fans have never met before and really don't push the "getting to know you aspect" for the unknown talent like they should. With the introduction of this title thought it will allow names like Darby Allen, Sammy Guevara, Jungle Boy, MJF, and various others to have the spotlight some weeks and continue their respective developments on a more consistent basis. I've been saying that AEW should hype AEW Dark more on the show especially if it's already taped before Dynamite, because then you can show highlights on the Wednesday show.
All we know at this point is that part of the bracket for the upcoming tournament will be announced later tonight on AEW Dark and then the rest of the bracket will be announced tomorrow on Dynamite. I for one have always been a major fan of tournaments, because they're intriguing and in the bigger picture could lead an interesting feud or two down the road depending on how the tournament goes. Either way AEW continue to keep fans guessing in the best ways possible.
At this point I've been watching Jake Hager's career for over a decade. I remember his debut in 2008 on the ECW brand, and the immediate push he would receive. Unfortunately, there was a ceiling for the former Jack Swagger in WWE and every time he got close to his potential it seemed like he hit the ceiling first. It didn't matter if it was his World Title win in 2010 or his time with Zeb Coulter in the Real Americans there is one thing WWE couldn't seem to forget and that is Jack wasn't the best on the microphone, and in WWE that's something everyone needs if they're to become a star.
In my opinion, the former Jack Swagger could've done better if he was actually given the chance to do better and not just expected to automatically hit his stride without much of any direction. This is one of the reasons it has been so refreshing to see him in AEW, because it finally seems like he has hit his stride. The amount of aggression and fluidity that Hager is showing in his new role is leaps and bounds ahead of where he was in WWE. His believable role within the Inner Circle has provided him an opportunity I feel like he never got in WWE and that's one to be a credible and believable top star, because they put his negatives aside and focus on the positives which is what your suppose to do.
I've missed this version of the "Broken One," because even though WWE allowed Matt to carry the gimmick with him from Impact Wrestling it was never the same. Matt never was able to creatively satisfy the brilliance that he posses and it is clear the exact reason he wanted to leave WWE. In less than a month Matt Hardy has shown exactly what the phrase greener pastures exactly means. The reinvention of the "broken universe" will be a sight we are witness to every week on Dynamite.
Overall it is crazy to me that Vince McMahon didn't recognize the gift that he was given having Matt Hardy under contract for the last three years. It is crazy to think where Bray Wyatt would've been had Matt been able to do what he pitched and it is crazy to think about all the possibilities that are now on the table with Matt or Damacus in All Elite Wrestling. First on the list is Chris Jericho and the Inner Circle and when the vessels collide it will be WONDERFUL!!!
Even though plans have changed the goal remains the same for All Elite Wrestling. For months we have heard the rumors and predictions for the "Exalted One" and last week we finally got our answer. The Dark Order finally has their and Brodie Lee will be featured in a prominent role for the first time on National television given the opportunity that Vince McMahon was to afraid to afford him. The fact that they came out of left field with this debut helped regain some forgotten interest in the identity of the "Exalted One" and it was enough help me wonder the answer to my next question, which what happens next?
Speaking of questions it wasn't really a matter of if it was more a matter of when Matt Hardy was going to appear in All Elite Wrestling. Once his contract with WWE expired we knew it was a matter of time and last week we got our answer. For months we have seen the slow rebirth of "Broken" Matt Hardy and his "Broken Universe." The real question is how will Matt Hardy fit into the dynamic of All Elite Wrestling and where this leaves Jon Moxley. The main thing is that with Blood and Guts postponed there is more time to allow Matt to find his place and establish this new rivalry instead of rushing into it.
Next week is set to be a major event for All Elite Wrestling with The Elite and Inner Circle in the Blood and Guts match. This week will be the six man tag match to decide who will have the advantage during the Blood and Guts match on March 25. Jericho and Cody have been in matches similar to this, but neither man has been in this type of match in their long careers. I'm still unsure about Orange Cassidy as it is to soon to really have a decision made on him in my book.
For once it is nice to see some character development within the women's division for AEW, because if Britt Baker has shown anything it's that if given the chance a talent can break through. Now after a few weeks of interviews and development it seems like Baker is finally ready for a feud with another person ready to break through in Big Swole. The segment with the Librarian is the most development Peter Avalon and Leva Bates have had since AEW got going. Thus far they really haven't shown much charisma or develop much interest in their characters until now. This is one of the main reasons that I again think that AEW should be showing parts of their YouTube series on weekly programming even if its a taste as a way to expose new talent on the program. Either way it seems like we will be in for a surprise this week on Dynamite!!
It's the first episode of Dynamite after Revolution and they really pulled out all the stops with solid episode from All Elite Wrestling. I didn't see the episode but you can imagine my surprise when I saw Jake Roberts name in the title of a video on AEW's channel. Ever since Jake has gotten clean thanks to Dallas Page, I've thought that a company could bring Jake in as a way to help mentor the future of wrestling, but prior to this episode of Dynamite nobody had given Jake a shot to make amends for his past.
Seeing all the comments praising Jake for his skills withe microphone put on display exactly what we have been missing for years from one of the best ever. Roberts has an aura about him and his rough voice makes him sound unlike anyone else ever in wrestling. They have my attention, because I really have no idea where this feud is going to go, but the starting point is interesting enough to have my attention. I hope this is evidence that All Elite Wrestling will not be afraid to make use of legends as managers which has become generally a lost art in wrestling for no good reason other than Vince McMahon not liking managers, even though managers can help sell tickets and get talent over. Think about this where would Brock Lesnar be without Paul Heyman as his hype man. Cesar your dealer has arrived let's see what happens when the ides of March have arrived.
This week will be something of a rarity for AEW as it is the first episode of Dynamite after a PPV and it promises to be an interesting episode of the weekly program. The post AEW Revolution edition of Dynamite will bring us to Denver, CO. With Jon Moxley on top of the mountain where do we go from here and what do the Inner Circle do without the World Championship, how dangerous will they be at this point. Again I'm enjoying the Jimmy Havoc segments, but they really need to do something to push these segments on television, because not everyone is aware of the YouTube series.
As always I will try to avoid the spoilers or to many of them to allow you to see everything for yourself and if you missed Revolution this video is all you need to see to know what happened last Saturday. With such a large gap now between this PPV and the next PPV offering from AEW it will be interesting to see the direction that AEW goes from here with likely some feuds coming to a close or halting for now after Revolution. For that though we will have to tune into this week's edition of AEW Dynamite on TNT.
AEW Revolution 2020
Two days ago I saw news that Kris Statlander may have the flu and therefore is questionable for tonight's PPV event. So we will have to wait and see what happens as far as the Women's Title Match tonight. click here
PAC vs Orange Cassidy
I'm going to keep this short and to the point even if Orange can go in the ring unless this is going to lead to PAC going absolutely nuts then there is no contest who needs the win here. Cassidy is an unproven in ring competitor on this level and needs to compete more before he is on PAC's level. PAC wins tonight there is no other way to go with it without risking PAC's credibility in the main event.
Darby Allin vs. Sammy Guevara
In what could be one of the more underrated matches of the night two future stars get there chance to shine on PPV tonight. Solid premise to the feud and I'v enjoyed the build-up since Darby returned as it's made the feud unique. Tonight though Darby needs the victory to get some measure of revenge against Sammy even if it is the start of something bigger. Darby still needs the victory to have some positive momentum.
Dustin Rhodes vs Jake Hager
It was great booking heading into this match that Dustin has been winning, because it makes him all the more credible and ready to take a loss tonight. I will keep this very short it will be a solid match, but Jake Hager will win the match no doubt about that.
AEW Tag Team Championship Match:
(c) Kenny Omega & Hangman Page vs Young Bucks
On a normal show this would be a match of the night contender, but there is no way this match will overshadow the other matches that have been given top billing on the show tonight. It has been interesting development seeing Omega and Page win the titles and wondering how this will end up, and I think tonight will be the next wrinkle to the feud. I see Page & Omega winning, but Page will cheat to win as a way to continue the feud with the Bucks and raise questions of his standing in The Elite which will make things weird for Omega. Either way Page & Omega retain tonight setting up the bigger picture.
Cody vs MJF w/ Wardlow
Since November this has been one of the most talked about feuds in all of wrestling and with taking the booking into account since the start it's not hard to see exactly why that is the case. I've enjoyed some parts of the build up a little more then others, but either way this feud has brought the word intensity back to wrestling. In my opinion, tonight is the first battle in what could be a very long war between Cody & MJF. I think the winner of this match will directly effect who wins the main event and with that being said Cody gets the win.
AEW World Championship Match:
(c) Chris Jericho vs Jon Moxley
Another highly anticipated match-up that has made this card one of the biggest shows in AEW history. For months Moxley has been doing one thing and that's causing havoc on Dynamite and after turning down the Inner Circle he became public enemy number one. The Inner Circle spiked Moxley in the eye partially blinding the number one contender and throwing an unexpected twist into the mix. Jericho has been champion since August of last year after he defeated Page at All Out to be crowned champion and at this point I'm sure some fans might think it's time for a switch. In my opinion, there is no need for a switch now and you can keep this feud going and make the switch in the future. Jericho will retain the World Championship tonight in a cheap manner to Moxley in the picture, but Jericho will keep his gold and the power.
Our final stop before Revolution at the end of the month we will make a stop in Kansas City for one more episode of Dynamite. Again heading back to their home away from home in Chicago, IL once more they awll out in Chicago. This week on Dynamite we get a preview of a PPV quality match when Kenny Omega locks up one more time with Pac in an Ironman match which will be the first of it's kind in AEW. I for one think that having a match of this prestige on the go home show before the PPV might take away from Saturday's event, but this might be putting the writing on the wall and could make everything worth it in the long run.
At this point what more can be said about Cody vs MJF other than the time for talking is finally over and let's get to the action. This Saturday will finally give us the in ring debut of Jake Hager who has been the muscle of the Inner Circle since he arrived in AEW. Last week it was announced that Darby Allen will collide with Sammy Guevara on Saturday as well. This will be Darby's attempt to gain revenge on Sammy for damaging his throat with Darby's skateboard months ago. Seeing Darby continue to sell his injury by not speaking is a nice touch and it is a long time coming that someone like Darby was given a chance to build his match and gain some more exposure for a still unproven commodity. Both Allen and Guevara are still proving themselves on a national level and will get their biggest chance thus far on Saturday at Revolution.
Now there is one last stop before we land in Chicago for Revolution at this point I would call Chicago the home away from home for AEW as they have played host to a number of major events in the short history of AEW so far. Since Full Gear last November one thing has been the talk of wrestling and that is the tense rivalry between MJF and Cody. For once these two have been feuding for months at this point and have yet to touch or compete against one another which is a rarity in wrestling these days. From the start MJF has played the douchey heel to perfection and Cody has worked his way up from the bottom after losing it all against Jericho thanks to MJF.
For the first time we had the chance to catch a glimpse of MJF's bodyguard Wardlow and from the small sample size we received I was impressed with the big man and he seems to have build-able potential. Following the show Cody opened up and why Atlanta has a special place in his heart other than it being in his hometown. I never saw Cody as a leader of a company, but over the last few years he has proven me wrong and showed just how much potential WWE truly did leave on the table.