A few days ago when I spoke about my thoughts on the "Fight for the Fallen" event one of the negatives that I pointed out was that even though they are attempting to make Shawn Spears into a big deal there was something missing. Some talent may have the gift of gab and others may posse the ability to talk but not well enough to rise to the main event. I feel like as a WWE competitor Tye Dillenger did have charisma, but not enough to bring him to the next level. Think about the reactions that Tye would get during his run especially when he was done in NXT and he would soak it in every time.
Fast forward to his arrival in All Elite Wrestling it is clear the former "Perfect 10" is no joke now and is a legitimate wrestler that has cut out his past character. I mentioned earlier in the week that Shawn should've been given promo time before his six man tag match to further push his feud with Cody and explain why he attacked him at Fyter Fest. However, taking a second to think about it sometimes keeping him quite is a better way to push the feud then going the traditional route. Also the reality is Shawn isn't the best at talking, but he could be in the near future.
I have been seeing that Shawn Spears will be likely given a manager to help him, and the right manager will bring him to another level. Right now AEW is in need of another top singles heel other than Chris Jericho and giving Shawn Spears a manager could give them exactly that. I want to point out that even though MJF has been a bright spot for the company on the last few shows, but is still proving himself on a larger scale, but will be a top star in the future. As for who could be Shawn's manager well for that we will all have to tune into the upcoming Road to All Out series that will be starting soon.
As the third show for AEW has now come and gone I think it's fair to say that the company has developed a reputation for having a lot of solid matches on their shows with some minor hiccups like any other company would during an event. I don't think there is any doubt that CIMA vs Kenny Omega clearly stole the show last weekend as they tore down the house in Jacksonville. CIMA is one of the wrestlers I remember from the short time back in the day when I use to watch Dragon Gate USA and it seems like he hasn't lost a step. Omega I don't have to explain everyone knows that Kenny is one of the best wrestlers in the world today and always finds a way to step up when it matters.
As far as where the show missed I think you'd have to point to two spots the first being the six man tag match with Shawn Spears and MJF. I feel like the company wants Shawn to be a bigger star then he can be and even though I do think they can stretch the Cody feud as a way to give him a run on top I don't think it'll last. I also think he should have been given some time to elaborate on why he attacked Cody instead of trying to play upon a pre-existing relationship that not everyone knows about.
The other spot that I thought was missing something was the segments with Jericho & Page even though they did what they could to hype the upcoming World Title match in August. I feel like the fact that Hangman is an unproven main event talent is on fans minds and might put extra pressure on the match. Jericho's promo was missing something and felt like he was just waiting for Hangman to run in rather than having it seem unexpected. I know this might be a little nit picking but I feel like run-ins should feel more organic then expected in wrestling. In my opinion, the next event for AEW will be there biggest event yet next to Double or Nothing as All Out has two marquee matches for the event and I can't wait for the Road to series to begin.
The time draws closer and the days continue move forward as the next event is almost upon us and it will be a very big event. Now don't get me wrong the biggest event for AEW is still to come that being All Out in August, but the amount of raw emotion tied up in two matches on this show makes it a different type of event. Normally it seems like today the emotional aspect of a feud is left out of the picture and companies rely on the idea of good vs evil far to often. The emotional aspect can raise the intensity especially if it's something that the fans relate to it gives a feud more depth and just another reason for fans to care.
Even though this pairing with Dustin & Cody seems like it will be a one time thing it doesn't change the idea that they could win. I believe that every veteran deserves one last run and not one just as a comedy act if they can still compete at a high level let them, because it will only help the company. Since his return five years I have thought that Dustin has deserved the opportunity to compete a high level one more time and this is his chance to show he's never lost it. As far as Brandi vs Allie they are raising their match to a new level, because they are playing to how fear can stop you from trying and opening the door of emotion. For an event that had only a few weeks to build I must say I do care about a lot more of the matches on the show then I thought I was going to. Either way this weekend is going to be a busy weekend for wrestling fans with one PPV on Saturday and one PPV on Sunday. Which will you be watching?
Back at Fyter Fest on June 29, we saw the former Tye Dillenger now Shawn Spears attack his good friend Cody Rhodes. However, Spears didn't just attack Cody he swung a chair and hit him right in the head; it has been a long time since I've seen a chair shot to the head due to the negative effects that it could have on a wrestler. I do think that cause of the rarity it happens now it is a good source of heat, but if your going to rely on a relationship that it known about behind the camera then it should be established previously rather not.
After watching episode 2 of the Road to series it feels like they are going to go for the slow build for this feud instead of trying to run it into the ground early. I think that is the best way to go as it would give the company time to establish the relationship and how personal it needs to be over time rather than instantly. Done right in my opinion, this could be one of the hottest feuds in wrestling and the right thing to get momentum going for AEW. Speaking of personal the ending promo by Brandi about her career in before joining and after joining wrestling and how she views her upcoming match with Allie was well abnormal. See I never thought Brandi was a good promo before this, but after seeing the feeling and emotion she had my opinion has changed and it's clear that she has a lot potential in wrestling.
Hearing the Vice President of Business explain not only how committed Tony Khan is to All Elite, but also the reason for the event as a whole. Overall the fact that AEW is putting together an event dedicated to those who have been affected by gun violence is a testament to how the issue has affected everyone in different ways. As mentioned Tony Khan lived only blocks away from the shooting that took place a the Madden Tournament last year. I don't think that I need to put much emphasis on the importance of Fight For the Fallen, because I don't think that I need to tell you not just from a wrestling standpoint, but a standpoint of being a good person it's a big event the young company.
As far as the matches built up in this episode what is there to say about the upcoming match between the Rhodes & Young Bucks. A match that will include four of the best wrestlers in the world today colliding together for the first time ever. It is amazing to see how far the Bucks, and Cody have come in such a short time and Dustin doesn't seem like he ever ages and seems just as savy as he was 10 years ago. I am excited to see this match partially cause you never got to see Cody against the Bucks in New Japan so in turn it's something new. The only question is what else will be setting up for the show in July!!
There is no doubt that there was one focus for this episode of Road to Fyter as it centered around the young tag team Private Party. These kids seem like they know what they are about and have a good head on their shoulders, but it's about sticking out in what will be a crowded division of a new company. The one aspect of AEW that seems to be ignored by people is that the unknown stars have to find there way to become known stars. Right now these guys are added to the list of fresh youngster to keep and eye on as All Elite continues to build their foundation.
Though I understand they had a lot to talk about as the event draws closer, but I have to say it is insane to think that at one point over 100,000 people were waiting to buy tickets for All Out in August. In reality this event could've outdrew the last three Wrestlemania's which isn't testament to AEW cause it is still early it's more how ready fans are for something new. I also want to mention that Daniels recounting his history with CIMA adds an interesting layer to their match coming up this weekend as i had no idea they had like a mentor/protege relationship. Now with only four days left before the event we have hit the toughest time as we have to just wait for the second event for All Elite to see if they can continue to build the momentum from their first event.
WOW! Of all the hype videos so far this one was the best I have seen from All Elite Wrestling and that is saying something. The amount of raw emotion in this video was on another level from Darby Allen to Joey Janela to Shawn/Gavin Spears so much happened. First I wanted to point out how glad I am that the Joshi women are returning as this raises the importance of the multi-women match from Double or Nothing as it could be looked as an introduction for the women.
Seeing the end of this episode I have become even more of a fan of Darby Allen then I was before, because he offered an explanation as to why he looks the way he does. It's videos like this that should make WWE take notice, because this is a modern example of character development and I am very excited for the match on June 29 against Cody. Overall this entire video made everyone involved look like stars with a ton of potential to become future stars in wrestling.
As we move to the second event ever for All Elite Wrestling it's time for another Road to Series from our favorite new wrestling company. Upcoming on June 29, we have a video game convention presented by CEO Gaming. This convention is a celebration of fighting games in the video game world which is something that we all know that Kenny, and the Bucks have a special interest in. Now though there will be wrestling at this video game convention and as Cody said a ton of cross-over opportunity with.... well do I actually to spell it out for you or can do put it together. On June 29, AEW will head to Daytona Beach, FL for their next event which will stream for free on Bleacher Report Live as reported by @tntdrama on Twitter. In case you missed it:
From the Jon Moxley promo making his match with Joey Janela on June 29 official to Cody fighting the unorthodox Darby Allen a very intriguing episode. First off it is that intensity and feeling that had been missing from Mox's promos while he was in the WWE especially in the last year. Seeing him speak in WWE and comparing that to now you can tell how much happier he is then when he was in the big company. I'm not going to blame Vince or creative I just think that it's that Mox wanted more freedom that he was never going to get in WWE, because nobody really gets that type of freedom anymore.
As for Cody, I'm interested to see where things go for his match with Darby because in my opinion, Darby has everything to gain and nothing to lose from this match. In reality it is matches like this that will make AEW not only stick out, but give them the ability to make new nationally known stars. With both Darby & Joey going against two of the most known faces on the Independents it could be and should be the coming out party for two very worthy and deserving competitors. Fyter Fest on June 29 live from Daytona Beach, FL is already shaping up to be a very interesting event.
So they day that we have building to since January has finally past and now it's our chance to look back in awe at the first ever event in All Elite Wrestling history. Though a lot of fans have been shoveling the praise onto AEW and exclaiming that a war is upon us let's not rush into something and just step back it was their first event. In my opinion, we need to let AEW establish their own identity first before trying to figure out how they measure up against with WWE.
As far as the show I think that the main event was picture perfect as it was the right choice to headline the event. Don't get me wrong Cody vs Dustin was an incredibly emotional and a "bloody good" match pun intended. The embrace between Cody & Dustin was one of the best moments of the year in the world of wrestling period. Jumping back to the main event I will explain why it was so good it was so good that at one point that when they set up a table at ringside I got so lost in the match that I forgot the table was there until they went through it. I also enjoyed that they chose to end the match with the "Judas" elbow which is Jericho's new finishing move and was the perfect way to put it over.
However, following the match the event didn't end after the pin-fall instead Jericho grab a microphone and demanded a thank you. Jon Moxley would answer the call and make his shocking debut with All Elite Wrestling and proceeded to drop everyone with his DDT. Mox would even drop Kenny Omega with a DDT on the top of the poker chips that were at the side of the stage. I am happy that all the rumors of what he will do next can stop and we can focus on Jon Moxley becoming the star that he should've been in the WWE, but was never given the freedom to do so.
Overall this was a solid show and a positive start for All Elite Wrestling and now we look to the next event which is Fyter Fest on June 29 live from Daytona Beach, FL to see if AEW can continue to build in the right direction. Till then we just have to wait and see what happens next!
Double or Nothing
Sammy Guevara vs Kip Sabian
I think that this match is on the Pre-Show of the event and with that being said I will treat it like I do the WWE Pre-Show matches. Either way I think Sammy will get the victory tonight.
Britt Baker vs Kylie Ray vs Nyla Rose
I have only seen a little bit of Britt Baker before, but have never seen any action from these other two ladies. This match is very hard to predict as I will have to just base my opinion on how they were portrayed on Road to Double or Nothing. Considering the fact that Brandi Rhodes will likely eventually enter the ring and even though we likely won't hear anything about a Women's Championship just because it will take time. I think I could see Kylie Ray getting a surprise victory as I believe she is one of the lesser known competitors and could use the rub.
#Strong Hearts vs So Cal Uncensored
The reality is the outcome of this match would be based around if Kazarian, Scorpio and Daniels are going to be active competitors or just executives. Of the three talent I know that Daniels holds an executive position within the company and being the oldest of the three could be wrapping up soon enough. It would also be dependent on if the Strong Hearts are going to be sticking around in AEW or will it just be a one time deal or not. With that being said I am going with So Cal Uncensored getting the victory tonight.
Casino Battle Royal: Winner Earns Future World Title Shot
Even though I do believe that a few surprises will be entering into the battle royal as well, but I will not be offering predictions based on the possibility of who could show up. There have been a number of rumors going around recently about certain surprises showing up and I will just leave it with that. Based on the participants that are announced currently I would put my stock in either Jimmy Havoc or Joey Janela. This again would be dependent on who they plan on elevating up the card in the future because we all know that they have a long term plan for booking.
Aja Kong, Yuka Sakazaki & Emi Sakura vs. Hikaru Shida, Riho & Ryo Mizunami
I will be keeping this short, because I feel like it this more than any other match is being used as a special attraction match based on all of these women being from Japan. Considering the fact that Aja Kong is the only female I've heard of in this match I will be giving her team the victory.
Best Friends vs. Angelico & Jack Evans
There is no doubt that this match will be a very good match as all three of these men are extremely talented, but again like the Women's match it will be a while before the tag titles are placed in the spotlight so they will maybe set the stage for one of these two colliding with the Bucks or Lucha Bros. Honestly either of these teams would have spectacular matches with the Young Bucks this is the toughest decision for me cause it could either way. I think that Best Friends will get the victory tonight because of the way I think they will go in the other tag match.
Dustin vs Cody
In my opinion the WWE would've been better off never doing the match rather than giving it the build that they did. In a way they never did Dustin vs Cody as it was well you know that other gimmick vs Goldust. Since the announcement came down a few weeks ago I have been looking forward to this match just based on the style of build. The build for this match has really stuck out as a totally different feud then any other feud we have seen in recent wrestling. Dustin will take the victory as a form of awakening that he has done it all in his career now and can hang it up if he so chooses.
AAA World Tag Team Championship:
The Young Bucks (c) vs. Lucha Bros
Until today I didn't know this was going to be a match for the AAA Tag Team championships as this does raise the questions for the match. The reason for this is if AAA will let them decide the title change or if this was something that had been planned to allow a special switch on the big event sort of the way that they did it with the NWA World title at All In last September. Earlier I mentioned that the winner of the Best Friends vs Angelico and Jack Evans match would likely meet one of these teams next and that's why I selected the Best Friends. With the AAA title's aside I think the Lucha Bros will win to both establish them as the bad guys and also set up a fresh match against Best Friends at a later date. Mind you the Bucks will be booking AEW so I am unsure how active they will be in the ring or maybe that will change once the show comes to TNT.
Chris Jericho vs Kenny Omega (Winner Earns Future World Title Shot)
The rematch everyone has wanted to see after they fought a year ago at Wrestle Kingdom. I have mentioned before how much I like Jericho's new entitled character as it is almost like an effortless gimmick for him which makes it even better. Right now we are starting from square one this is the first ever event in All Elite Wrestling and they will have the chance to set up there universe how they see fit. In my opinion this match can go either way with both men have legitimate reasons to get the victory. I think that Chris Jericho is the stable choice, because even though Kenny is a proven commodity he has proven that over in Japan and has not yet reached that point in the States, but he will. I would also be interested to see Jericho fighting the winner of the Casino Battle Royal for the title considering Jericho's status how he could immediately establish a new star with one match if they need him to.