One of my favorite series to do for this site has been the "Road to Double or Nothing" far none at this moment, it puts everything into perspective for what's to come on May 25. Seeing underrated announcers like Alicia Atout, Excalibur, and Justin Roberts joining the All Elite roster puts their commentary team ahead of the curve from the outset. However, there is something else and that is in the thumbnail or the video the fact that Jim Ross will have be at the helm of All Elite's announce booth is incredible.
Though Jim may have lost a step with age he is still one of if not the most recognizable voices in all of professional wrestling. I am very excited to hear Jim Ross in the booth once again and I feel like he still has a lot to give and offer this great sport.
First off it is amazing to see Glacier for the first time really since his days in WCW and even though some fans might not understand the impact Ray Lloyd had on wrestling well check out the Power Plant's past. Glacier is a very well respected trainer in wrestling and I am very happy to see him in All Elite Wrestling. As for Kylie Ray I have become a massive fan of her, because you can sense the passion in her voice and in my opinion that not only humanizes her, but makes her an instant favorite. I can't wait to see more from her in the future and think she & Brian Pillman Jr. are two of hottest prospects in wrestling right now. Smooth transition to Darby Allen who looks unlike anything or anyone else in wrestling right now can't wait to see more from him.
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Again the focus shifts over to the Young Bucks vs Lucha Brothers match that is official for May 25. Seeing the difference in the filter of the video gives you the feeling that these guys are meant to be memorable. Thus far Chris Jericho is only person to come off as a right heel, but these two felt very different because they felt like dangerous people. Since his arrival in AEW Jericho has come off like an entitled legend and the Lucha Bros are opposite. Either way tension is rising for their contest at Double or Nothing.
Being able to hear from Allie one of the newest signings for the company and learn about her story in wrestling was very interesting. To learn that she has been working in the wrestling business for 15 years at this point and now only getting her big break shows just how long a pro-wrestler can go without breaking through. Overall she is a great addition to AEW and has just how talented she is with the work she had been doing over in Impact Wrestling.
The other episode really is a break down of the Starrcast convention that will be happening in the lead up to Double or Nothing. I always love to see so many legends coming together in one place, because it gives fans the opportunity to say "Thank you." Also like Conrad mentioned Arn Anderson appearing at the event it will be the first time he had done anything outside of WWE since 2001. Honestly I don't think I need to break down Starrcast, but it is incredible to think that they will be running at Cesar's Palace this makes things a bit more interesting and makes Double or Nothing more like a destination and not a one night event.
The road is getting a bit clearer with Wrestlemania is out of the way all eyes are on May 25 in Las Vegas at the MGM Garden Arena. Again like others this episode is unlike the previous episode as it shines a light on another aspect of the company and the upcoming major event. It is extremely interesting to see the background work that goes into them working on Britt Baker's theme song for the event. This is something that we have never see the work that goes into that side of the wrestling business.
Seeing them pull back the curtain on what she's like outside the ring and the type of work she put in getting to the point that at right now because of AEW. It seems like they are continuing to shift gears to different matches in every episode which helps spread out the attention and extend anticipation for all of the announced matches. I also want to again point out just how much a heel Chris Jericho is right now coming off right now in this episode he sounded like an entitled, pompous, veteran which in my opinion is little different to who he was in New Japan. It will be very interesting to see where they go from here and what the next episode has for us. I know last time I said I will be including two episode from now on, but I feel like enough happened in this episode for it to be on it's own and we will start that next week instead.
This episode was extremely different then most other episodes because I really felt like it took down the curtain and showed another side of All Elite. Breaking down the employee structure of the company is a way to give fans the little bit extra they may need to see that the company is doing their best to set up a good foundation. Note: from this point forward we will be bringing together two episodes of the series instead of just one to make sure I will get through all of the episodes.
Looking back I do remember a match between the Young Bucks and Lucha Brothers in PWG and they seemed to have worked together very well or well enough. In my opinion, pacing a match use to carry a lot more weight as it was like the wrestlers were building a story over the course of a match as opposed to just leaning on high spots to pop the crowd. In the past I had been very critical of the Young Bucks and the amount of constant high spots during matches. However, they have made the move to more of a storytelling and sold a bit more during matches and I think that it really improved the quality of their matches. I also think that this will help them work a little bit better with the Lucha Brothers on May 25, but this is just my opinion.