Last week's episode of was again used to build the upcoming match between Cody and his brother Dustin. With Dustin setting himself as the legend & now Cody the established star and wants to start a new era, but at the same time wants to end another. He's right that for the last two decades his generation of wrestlers have been in some cases unfairly compared to the previous generation of talent, but that is how it's always been in pro-wrestling fans make comparisons and dream what it would have been like if the past met the present. If AEW wants to stand a chance though they can't rely on a bygone era to make waves and attempt to recreate the past they need to create their own path in wrestling and attempt to pave a new road.
I figured out the word to describe Chris Jericho's current gimmick is that of an outlaw a person that can do basically anything he wants to do. It was again refreshing to see PAC found his voice and proved exactly why he is still a star with a tremendous potential. Dustin Thomas clearly stole the show in this video it is crazy what he is able to do in the ring. Dustin clearly reflects just how much the wrestling world has changed in recent years. The confrontation between Chris Jericho & Kenny Omega at the independent show was the icing on the cake. The countdown continues and has almost reached it's conclusion!!
We are now twelve episodes in the series and they are still finding a way to make things different single episode. I was completely unprepared for the portion about Dylan aka Sonny Days getting his chance to show exactly what he can do. Hearing Dallas explain how hard Dylan has worked and the fact that he has had a tough road, but will get his chance on May 25 at the MGM.
Another unexpected part of this episode was everything about Anthony Ogogo seeing him training to become a professional wrestler adds another wrinkle to the new company. The WWE has made many attempts to find crossover stars and make it work, some do and others don't will Anthony be one that works I think he needs more time before we can know for sure, but he looks good so far.
It has finally been reveled after all the teasing and the hinting it is now official Dustin Rhodes will be fighting his brother at Double or Nothing on May 25. It is amazing putting things in perspective that Dustin has been in the world of wrestling for the last thirty years and he has had a legendary career. Having this entire episode focused on Dustin puts into perspective how personal this match is & just how much Dustin may have to prove. The one match that we never really truly got in the WWE will happen at the MGM Grand on May 25 will it be one last ride? We will find out on May 25!!!
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.
They continue to surprise me every week as every episode is just a little bit different from the last and adds more and more layers to the new promotion. Again disclaimer I know I am a few episodes behind, but I will cover them all between now and May 25, I just want to spotlight each one separately. I enjoy the fact that not only is the company truly looking unknown stars to give them a chance to make an impact, but they are also starting to look ahead to the July show called "Fight for Fallen Heroes."
This show will take place in Jacksonville and will be a benefit for victims of gun violence, according to a few articles AEW will donate the proceeds of the event the victims of gun violence. In my opinion, this an incredible gesture by the new promotion and I am sure it will be an incredibly emotional show, but one that lives up to the repution these guys are building.
I also want to mention just how evil Jericho comes off in this video I feel like he has stepped up the heel work from how he was in Japan. Now he is acting a bit more entitled and kinda looks like well the Joker without face paint or a mobster. It is incredible to see the never ending little changes that Jericho makes to his character without us even noticing most of the time he might actually be the best.
This is by far the most entertaining and was the most unexpected interview I have ever seen in the best way possible. At this point we are nearing the end of the mystery of who attacked Matt Tremont and even after asking Anthony Greene we are not any closer to figuring out the mystery. But this Saturday night we will get the answer and will have to atone for their actions by facing an angry "Bulldozer." In my opinion if there was anyone in wrestling I wouldn't want to piss of Matt Tremont would be on the top of the list.
The other video included is the promo that Anthony Greene is referencing in his promo. It is questionable why exactly Lex is so intense as I don't really know any context to go along with this promo, but that doesn't change how funny it is. Either way though this was the first I have heard someone attempt to recreate this promo. In my opinion, this promo from Anthony Greene was more entertaining then most of the "comedic" segments we see on Raw or Smackdown. If you'd like to find out who was behind the attack then keep your eyes on @synergywrestle or https://www.synergywrestling.com for all information.
In between putting together another section of the book I decided it was a good time to write an article and that's where this title comes from smart right!! It seems like with every episode of Double or Nothing I watch the interest in All Elite goes up a little bit more. I have never had the opportunity to really watch piece by piece of a foundation be laid for a new promotion and it's been very interesting to watch every step of the way.
This is by far the most interesting episode of the series, because it puts the emphasis on those lesser known talents that are getting their big break in AEW. There is no doubt that names like Kip Sabien, Sonny Kiss, and Brandon Cutler are just a few lesser known stars ready to breakthrough. This one of the biggest reasons why All Elite Wrestling will succeed because this is clearly a company built on passion and top stars who care about wrestling leading the charge. I feel like this was a smaller episode, but it still has big part in the bigger picture.
This is by far the most unique press conference I have ever seen but I wouldn't except anything else from All Elite. The folks at All Elite have done everything they could to stick out from the pack and be a little different that other company. In my opinion this party looked like a worthwhile trip and though some might question if a trip to Vegas is worth it just in name, but this could be the future of wrestling being built right in front of us. The card is coming together piece by piece and match by match, even though I am a little behind in the episodic series but we will get through all of them before the big day.
The highlight of this episode for me was seeing the confrontations between Chris Jericho & Kenny Omega which made their match official for May 25 in the MGM Garden. The other was seeing the Lucha Bros attack the Young Bucks on stage pretty much making their match official for Double or Nothing and considering this one match is one that never happened before or hasn't happened in the public eye. Double or Nothing will be a special event and the card is coming together nicely, I'm loving seeing everything building bit by bit.