After waiting a little while to allow for the spoiler period to wear away. This week the main event of Dynamite saw SCU compete against Sammy G & Chris Jericho for the AEW Tag Titles. I liked this match more then the three way match from Full Gear as it made more sense from a logic point of view considering Lucha Bros just lost the finals two weeks ago yet got another title shot. The reason this made more sense was that Jericho was trying to prove he is the best by grabbing the other AEW championship.
The end of the match saw Scorpio Sky pin Chris Jericho opening the possibility of a Jericho vs Sky match in the next couple of weeks. With Cody out of the way it is possible that it's time to at least move Jericho onto a new feud and even though this could be only a few weeks at least it would be something of a bridge feud between Full Gear and the next PPV. Think about this though So Cal Uncensored could be a new feud for the Inner Circle the only problem is there would be a little bit of a numbers disadvantage unless Santana and Ortiz are going to stick with Young Bucks for the time being in which case SCU vs the remaining Inner Circle members would be perfect. Also consider this SCU has went on record saying that they will not be doing the Freebird rule which means Daniels is open to challenge Jericho also for the World Title.
Some minor criticisms with the PPV was that the Women's division comes out looking like a lesser part of the promotion. Based on the lack of build up for the match between Riho and Emi Sakura it is clear that AEW needs to work on sharing the attention they give to the feuds in between the PPV events. The main issue I have with the division is that not many people in America know about Riho or Emi and could benefit from being given the opportunity to learn more about both women and their history.
As for the top matches on the card between Cody and Jericho as well as Moxley and Omega. Both these matches more than lived up to expectations and more then tore down the house because these two guys made things work. For one not getting the match between Moxley & Omega at All Out and instead getting it at Full Gear. The anticipation and tension that built over the last few months gave us the match that we all wanted to see.
Overall I am extremely happy with result of Cody vs Jericho partially because it lived up to the build and the other reason is that I was right. Not only can Jericho move into a feud with either Moxley or Page now, but Cody is now in a feud with the greatest heel in wrestling MJF. This feud with MJF and Cody will be exactly what I thought the feud between Cody & Shawn Spears should've been but wasn't. Jericho is showed why he is still one of the best and this does raise and interesting dynamic of where does MJF fall on the heel hierarchy now, because he needs to be kept away from Jericho & the Inner Circle.
Full Gear 2019
Dr. Britt Baker vs. Bea Priestly
Joey Janela vs Shawn Spears
Neither guy has really found their footing in AEW just yet, but seeing them both together it could help them find their footing. It is difficult to predict what happens from this match other than it could be a solid opener or at least something to give us a break from the insanely anticipated matches on the night. Shawn Spears gets the win as he has a chance to find his footing as a top heel in AEW just needs to keep momentum and find his heat again.
Hangman Page vs PAC
In my opinion, very few people have impressed more since the start of AEW than PAC and Hangman Page. In all likelihood this could set up the next #1 contender for the World Championship. PAC has seemingly reinvented himself today and showed really what the WWE could've had if they just given him a little space. Page has been growing since the very beginning and next to MJF is one of the few clear up and coming future stars in AEW and will not just be World Champion, but a top star before very long in the promotion. PAC gets the win he has been unbeatable since arriving in AEW.
AEW Women's Championship:
(c) Riho vs Emi Sakura
I don't know a lot about these two women, but from what little I've seen they are both very athletically gifted young ladies who will put on display why AEW's Women's division has a very bright future ahead of it after the foundation has been put in place. Riho will retain the title.
AEW World Tag Team Championship:
(c) SCU vs Lucha Brothers vs Private Party
The one criticism I have about this is why should the Lucha Brother be in the match if they lost the finals to SCU two weeks ago. How did they earn another chance to win the titles they just had a shot to win two weeks ago? Private Party belong in the match and even if they are trying to protect a team there is a better way to do then having an unneeded triple threat tag match. Either way I don't see SCU having such a short reign with the gold and they will retain.
Young Bucks vs Santana & Ortiz
Two of the best tag team in wrestling lock horns in the first high profile match for Santana and Ortiz in AEW. This will be only the third match for the former LAX in AEW so there could be some ring rust for the team, but I think they will do fine against the Bucks. The Young Bucks are the only reason I believe that tag team wrestling could still be in the main event of a major event as they have proven time and again with the right opponents it works. Depending on which way the main event goes that will effect this match, but I'm going with Santana and Ortiz lifting the win as there first big victory in AEW. Remember the numbers game!
AEW World Championship:
(c) Chris Jericho vs Cody
Even with the unneeded stipulation Cody and Jericho will be set to have the type of match I expected to see when Cody locked up with Shawn Spears a few months ago at All Out. The amount of tension and energy that has gone into this feud is incredible in my opinion. It has produced some can't miss moments and has been a perfect way to start the AEW Dynamite era on TNT. Either way though Cody will fall short as the Inner Circle will keep the power as again remember the numbers game.
Lights Out: Unsanctioned Match
Kenny Omega vs Jon Moxley
It has been years since I remember anyone running an unsanctioned match especially at a major event like this. For those who may have forgotten Moxley was suppose to fight Omega back at All Out, but the match was cancelled due to Moxley sustaining an injury a few weeks before the event. I didn't expect that the match would gain such intensity in the weeks since they started to rebuild now that it was official, but they showed how intense the match will be. The winner will likely move into a tie with the winner of PAC and Page as a top contender for the title which makes things a little harder. Moxley will get the win as this is his first shot in a marquee match in AEW in place of his injury.
One of the problems with wrestling today is that promos lack the emotion and energy that went hand in hand with the promos of yesteryear. It didn't matter if it was emphasizing a specific word or just showing feeling to indirectly build fans interest through talking them into the arena. The main difference is that when the idea of a script came to the forefront instead of talent fending for themselves and could really believe in the promo as they were talking for themselves.
The last couple of weeks Cody has promised a career altering announcement and has been interrupted by Chris Jericho. This week he promised that he would get to it without being interrupted and looking back he did exactly that this week. Cody delivered one of the best promos in recent years to the point watching him speak at points gave me goosebumps. The amount of raw emotion that Cody had in his promo put on display exactly what is missing in wrestling today, because there is no emotion, nobody tries to stick out anymore they all just are the same and don't raise the intensity. Cody put his heart on his shoulder, and showed the passion that he has for this business that other people are missing what wrestling use to be.
Overall all it use to take was Austin Idol, Roddy Piper, Dusty Rhodes, Ric Flair, Jerry Lawler, or a number of other talent talking about their upcoming match and it would make fans want to attend the event. Nowadays wrestling has drifted so far away from where it use to be that promos like this make think why can't do this more. They can it's just that the emotion, the passion, the feeling has been gone for so long that fans aren't asking for it to come back when we should. Logic, Passion, Emotion are all traits that make it easier for us to invest in what we are watching. I'm investing in All Elite Wrestling especially if things like this keep happening.
It only took me about month to join in on the wrestling Wednesday craze and I honestly felt so much like my childhood during the Monday night wars switching the channels between NXT and AEW. I really didn't know what to expect watching All Elite Wrestling for the first time and I can say that I was impressed. I just never really thought about sitting and watching it until I started watching NWA Power weekly recently it got me interested in watching weekly wrestling again.
I have to say that the Inner Circle are a great faction and are in a way a throwback to stables of old. All this means is that they are dangerous, hated, and what a stable should feel like. I think that for the most part a lot has been lost in modern wrestling from what worked in the past, but this feels like how stable use to be like it benefits everyone involved and there is a purpose. Seeing LAX attack Rock N Roll Express and then power bomb Ricky Morton through a portion of the stage was an incredible sight. Watching the crowd cheer for Rock N is also something I never thought I would see in my generation.
I almost forgot that we also saw the finals of the tag team title tournament and I thought that the Lucha Brothers would get the win, because they fit the modern wrestling appeal, but I was surprised to see Kazarian & Scorpio Sky win. I feel like they gave the veterans an early thank you for giving as much to AEW as anyone has and that they chose them to lead AEW during their formative time while they establish the rest of the division. Either way this is the start of something new and I will be watching AEW again not sure if it will be weekly, but more often I can guarantee.
Starting off with the inevitable match to crown the Women's Championship with Nyla Rose now getting her piece in before her title match with RIHO. I have spoken about this match often since this series kicked off and even though it is a big part of the first show it will not be the focus anymore, I have nothing more to say about it other than it being a classic underdog story between two talented wrestlers.
Where I wanted to focus is Brandon Cutler who much like Sammy Guevara is getting his first taste in front of a national audience on October 2nd. Also Cutler is someone we haven't seen since Double or Nothing in the pre-show battle royal so we don't know what to expect from him. There is no doubting MJF is one of the best heels in wrestling right now, but if anyone is going to underestimate someone it will be MJF underestimating Brandon Cutler. Seeing Brandon get this opportunity gives me another reason to be happy that we have two major wrestling companies around right now. In my opinion, everyone deserves a chance to make it on the big scale, but not everyone always gets the chance to make that impact. On October 2nd a new era begins and the stars of AEW will get their chance to make an impact on TNT and it will be Dynamite.
It is still crazy to see Tony Schiavone in every episode knowing how long it's been since Tony has been an active member of pro-wrestling it's going to take some getting use to. Think about this right now Tony Schiavone, Eric Bischoff, Paul Heyman, and Jim Ross all have a prominent position in the two major american companies like it's 1999 all over again. It was interesting to hear from Riho and see the type of adjustments this young lady has had to go through since making the move from Japan to America. Her upcoming match with Nyla will be a classic underdog story and whoever gets the victory will earn the ability to call themselves the first ever AEW Women's Champion.
Overall there is little doubt at this point that anyone is a better heel then MJF and he shows it every single time he's on camera. As far as the tag team tournament this will be AEW's chance to stick out and show exactly why they will be different then their competition, because everyone knows WWE doesn't care about tag team wrestling. I also think that LAX was left out of the tournament intentionally as they will likely be the first challengers for the team that wins the tournament. The next "Road to" series is coming to an end very soon as we have around a week and a half before wrestling changes forever.
The last time wrestling was on TNT was on Monday March 26th, 2001, and as Tony Schiavone historically exclaimed while the pyro exploded "This is a landmark night in the industry." Again I love the control center because it now allows fans who may missed All Out to get a recap of the event and it also allows fans to get accustomed to hearing certain members of the announce team ahead of weekly television in October. As someone who watched the final episode of Nitro on TNT back in 2001 it is surreal to know that in less than a month wrestling will return to TNT which is something I never thought would ever happen.
I've spoken about my opinion of All Out already, but I will also mention that seeing LAX debut in AEW was a pleasant sight I just wish they either would've not removed their masks or just not worn masks, because the idea of running out covered just to take off the masks seems a little pointless to me. Looking ahead to the second official match announced for AEW's debut on TNT, Sammy Guevara is one name that hasn't been spoken about a lot since the start of All Elite Wrestling. This upcoming match between Cody and Sammy is similar to his match against Darby Allen as this is the biggest chance for Sammy to prove himself and show something on the big stage. Sammy has a ton of potential to become a future star for AEW.
The last thing I wanted to mention was about the upcoming Women's Championship match between Riho and Nyla Rose. I know that a lot has been said about this match, but I am looking forward to it both women have shown enough since the start of AEW that I know this will be a very interesting match. I just wonder if they will be giving us the expected "David vs Goliath" type of story.
At first I thought that Cody vs Shawn Spears had disappointed but it was very under the radar for a match that I thought it was a big deal. Especially since I thought that this match was going to be the start of a bigger over arching story, but with Spears taking the fall in the clean as a whistle. Now it is the point that Cody will move to challenge the World Champion Chris Jericho as we move forward to AEW on TNT. The interesting point now is to wonder where Shawn Spears goes from here at this point heading for the future. Speaking of the World Championship, I was impressed by the performance of Adam Page who is ready to break through but it wasn't the right time for him to get the big victory.
The one criticism I have for the show is that they need to settle out the rules of the Casino Battle Royal or stop doing it. It clunky and the two that the company have done so far haven't done the best overall. In my opinion, it isn't even about the match it's more along the lines that it is extremely difficult to introduce unknown talent in a battle royal, because you aren't able to focus on the new faces like you can in a singles match. This is especially evident in the women's battle royal, because how many of the names that were in the match are going to stay with the company. It's for that reason that I think they could've accomplished the same thing by having two fatal four ways with talent that are sticking around to allow some names to have the spotlight and allow the fans to invest in new talent.
Since the very first show in May the talk has been about who will be the first World Champion for All Elite Wrestling. For the last few years Adam Page has been one of the quickest rising stars in wrestling and has been perfecting his Hangman character and slowly moving from prospect to borderline main event talent. Page does have what it takes to lead a promotion as it's franchise, but he isn't there just yet and AEW needs a proven talent to be on top as they continue to lay the foundation for the company.
Enter Chris Jericho! At this point I'm not sure how to describe Chris Jericho other than by saying he has truly done it all in the wild world of wrestling. It is hard to believe that next October will enter an exclusive club as someone who has been active in ring for thirty years. Jericho debuted on October 2nd, 1990 and has found his footing in every promotion he has ever been a part of even if it took a little longer in some places. The first time remember seeing Jericho was a member of WCW, but I didn't really become a fan until a few years into his run with WWE.
Overall everyone has used endless adjective to describe the career of Jericho and I think the best way to describe him at this point is the "ageless wonder." At 48 years old, Jericho is not only a household name, but is leading the charge for AEW in building their foundation. Very few people in wrestling nowadays are a more stable person to build around. At one point I thought that they would go with the bold choice and let Page take the title and build him, but I also knew giving the gold to the established star was the right decision especially heading to October 2nd on TNT. One more note is that Jericho is now the only person to have held gold in NJPW, WWE, ECW, WCW, CMLL, and AEW he has become an "Icon".