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Unread 11-14-2019, 06:38 PM
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- Mox squashing Kenny's friend Nakazawa (who dropped the comedy stuff) was smart booking. Good promo.
- Dark Order vs Jurassic Express was solid. Trying to recruit Marko was a good bit of character development for Dark Order. Can't blame him for considering it either with their poor W/L record. Nice pop for Luchasaurus.
- Spears vs Avalon vs Darby was OK. Gave Darby a win and Janela some revenge against Spears. Darby vs Mox!!!
- Nyla being built back up. Didn't expect Kong on Dynamite yet. Not Allie's hair extensions! The Joshi crew should be back from Japan next week so hopefully we get 2 proper women's matches.
- I love it when heels come out to their babyface rival's music. LOL Jericho and MJF. They really are a lot alike. Thought they might make Wardlow MJF's bodyguard.
- PAC vs Page was great.
- Fun brawl with funny OC cameo.
- SCU (c) vs Sammy & Jericho was good. Scorpio pinning Jericho was pretty cool.

Not the strongest show as it felt like a Full Gear epilogue but I appreciate that they took more time for promos and angles.
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Unread 11-16-2019, 05:36 AM
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WRESTLERS ON THE ROAD ORDERING ROOM SERVICE W/ JURASSIC EXPRESS - https://youtu.be/1hBZeCaktqU

SAMMY, FENIX & KNOX TRY THE DEADLY ONE CHIP CHALLENGE - https://youtu.be/BnOAjvKJiZk
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Unread 11-16-2019, 05:37 AM
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Next week on AEW:

Darby Allin vs. Jon Moxley
Private Party vs. PnP
Nick Jackson vs. Rey Fenix
12 Man Battle Royal
(Hopefully a good women's match)

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Unread 11-18-2019, 12:59 PM
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Dynamite last week was a very good show. A home run in several regards.

Great segment with Mox to start the show and I loved the video beforehand with Kenny.

Hangman Page and PAC had a much improved match compared to Full Gear, lots more energy and a noticeably quicker pace. Good call backs to previous matches too. They touted it as the "rubber match" at Full Gear but I'm hoping they renege on that as they both seem to be coming into their own as opponents and now appear to have a very sound chemistry in the ring together.

The MJF promo was money. Very fiery and passionate, good comedic timing with Jericho even if it did feel a bit forced and too rehearsed, but I can let that slide. He needs to lower his voice a bit though, speak clearly, not loudly.

The short Allie promo was nice and probably the first time I haven't disliked Brandi Rhodes being on my screen so... yeah, nothing wrong with that!

The idea of the Dark Order recruiting more members is a really good move. I wish The Wyatt Family had kept this story going for longer, so hopefully AEW give it the legs that it deserves.

The finish to the main event was great. I love that they're making an effort with talents like Private Party, Darby Allin and now Scorpio Sky. I imagine this leads to Jericho vs. Sky for the AEW title on Dynamite before year's end, with PnP emerging as the next significant challengers for SCU's tag team titles.

Early days, but they seem to run a better TV show than PPV, which is something I never expected to be saying.
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Unread 11-18-2019, 07:33 PM
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New Being the Elite: https://youtu.be/pAaEeRpmxUM

Dark looks good this week:

Big Swole & Kris Statlander vs Baker & Riho
Stronghearts (CIMA & T-Hawk) vs The Young Bucks

For anyone who doesn't know Kris, she's arguably the fastest rising female wrestler on the US indys this year. Similar to Kylie Rae and Deonna Purazzo in 2017-2018.
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Unread 11-19-2019, 08:42 AM
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Full Gear Thoughts:

First half of the card was average, but nothing terrible, second half was good.

For some reason they find it mandatory to give Adam Page 20-minute matches on PPV when most of the time he only has material for like 10, and the match really felt like it dragged on forever. It's almost like the booker played TEW and wanted to protect Page from some arbitrary 80% match rating ceiling.The shorter rematch on last week's Dynamite was so much better than the PPV match when it was compressed to a more appropriate length. Could also be that they were holding back because of the rematch, but I don't think that's what they should do for a PPV match.

The next match was actually a fitting contrast. Shawn Spears' offense isn't very interesting most of the time, but they booked the match well enough to make sure that there was enough variety to keep things interesting, and the match ended at the appropriate time before it gets boring. Actually surprisingly enjoyable for a match which I missed most of the build-up on Dark.

I'm glad there was finally a hype promo package for the women's title match at the Buy-in introducing some of the background. Would have been better if they actually aired on their TV show before the PPV, but it's better than nothing. I recall there was much talk on how the women's division would be treated with the same importance as the men, but so far the time devoted to hype the women's title match isn't even half of what has been devoted to the men's title match. Something I hope would improve after this.

World Title match was very entertaining, but Cody seems to be relying on the overbooked mayhem structure for all his big singles matches so far - audience interference, blood, referee ejection, screwjob finish....just about all the classic tropes are employed here. I think Cody is capable of pulling off memorable matches without using all these, and I hope I get to see it on the next PPV. The result was the right one, although I think they could have gotten a bit more mileage out of the story by having MJF continue to convince Cody that he was acting in Cody's interest and save the big turn for a later date.

About the "unsanctioned" match.....I appreciated that they went out of the way to do different things in the match, especially after seeing how much alike all of WWE's plunder matches have been last year. I just don't think there story behind the feud really warranted the amount of effort the guys were going through to torture and kill each other. I recall Moxley vs Jonela being criticized as being violent for the sake of violent. I didn't feel that way....or rather, I though the story made sense for them to simply try to out-violent each other because of their personal career background/history. That match served the purpose of establishing Moxley's personality as a new character in AEW. This match, though, I feel, really feels like they were being violent for the sake of it. I still think something like this should have been saved for a legit personal bloodfeud, which I think Omega/Moxley never reached that level.

Dynamite thoughts:

First hour was pretty much the momentum building show for a bunch of people they're probably going to feature heavily in the upcoming month getting easy wins. Nothing wrong with that, but it also means nothing too exciting. Luchasaurus return was the major highlight of the hour.

I expected Darby to accept Moxley's challenge at some point the moment Moxley cut his promo, but I was expecting (and hoping) they'd feed a few lower card guys to Moxley first before that happens, and that Darby would get a major feud. Still think they could have waited a bit on that match-up.

Page vs PAC is, as mentioned, much better than the PPV match. This is the match I wished had been on the PPV. Match of the night.

As I mentioned above, I think they could have gotten some more mileage out of MJF pretending to be Cody's friend. Cody looked ready to forgive him before was low-blowed. MJF could have then tried to manipulate himself into a title feud by pretending that he wants to "carry on the fight for Cody" and convince Cody to give him a title match....and then fail and only THEN turn on Cody.

They're deliberately keeping things vague on whether MJF will join Inner Circle, which I do think is the right move. Personally, I don't think he should join. Someone who calims to be the "new face of AEW" shouldn't be joining anything where he isn't the undisputed leader, and joining the champion's faction automatically makes you second fiddle at best.

Main event was very enjoyable ovarall, but I'm not a fan of Jericho being the one getting pinned unless they're actually going to build Scorpio Sky as a World Title contender in the near future. The champion should have been protected better, especially when you already have Sammy Guevara in the match to play the role of the fall guy.

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Unread 11-20-2019, 09:05 AM
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- Private Party vs Best Friends was great. I didn't expect Best Friends to win.
- Big Swole & Kris Statlander vs Riho & Baker was great. Kris looked impressive and commentary really put her over.
- Stronghearts vs Young Bucks was the most fun match because of the fast pace.

Best Dark yet. Dustin was entertaining on commentary.
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Unread 11-20-2019, 06:30 PM
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Dark was very good, yeah. Kris needs signing right now.
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Unread 11-21-2019, 09:09 AM
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- Nick Jackson vs Fenix was great. Big fan of the Fenix's Kinniku Buster Driver (aka Black Fire Driver). Rick Knox's reactions to all the kicks was priceless.
- Dr. Britt vs Shida was a good match with the right result. I wonder if Britt's frustration is planting seeds for a heel turn or Brandi trying to recruit her.
- Finally some Dark Order gimmick development.
- Battle Royale was fun.
- LOL Jericho. Melody! Baby Yoda! Reverse psychology! I liked Jurassic Express sticking up for SCU.
- PnP vs Private Party was good but I think they could have told the same story without slowing down the pace so much. Private Party with another upset win.
- Darby vs Mox was my MOTN. Hell of an entrance from Darby and very on-brand for him. Even better that they incorporated the body bag into the match. Paradigm Shift from the turnbuckle was sick.

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Unread 11-21-2019, 10:08 AM
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Just want to pop in to basically agree with everything from the last few posts. Kris Statlander has a lot of athletic ability and could do some great things given more experience, so I hope she is signed. Big Swole is also someone I've liked every time I've seen her too, including in the Mae Young Classics so I'm happy to see her around even if she is enhancement just now.

Dynamite was another very good show this week with a couple of unpredictable results that very much surprised me. Hikaru Shida seems to be far better than Britt Baker, who I've been unimpressed with so far, so it was good to see her pick up the win here.

Nick Jackson vs Fenix was great for people I've grown so accustomed to seeing in tag team action. I legit don't think I've ever seen Nick in singles but he more than held up his own side of this match, proving he's more than just a tag team guy. The right guy won though, Fenix looked good in singles and I want to see more of both him and his brother Pentagon in singles in future as that is where I think they both shine the most.

And man... Darby Allin feels like something special in the making, got actual goosebumps during his entrance and he once again looked great in defeat with Mox, including the incredible looking finish.

Some big matches confirmed for next week too, very excited to see them but I won't spoilt them here. I'm very impressed with AEW's ability to deliver on their word so far, they've earned a lot of goodwill from me for that so far and I hope they continue to deliver in this manner for a long time to come.
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Unread 11-25-2019, 07:33 AM
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You know a roster is way undersized overall when Billy Gunn of all people is playing the immovable giant role in the battle royal. I hope they let Wardlow and/or Hager wrestle soon because they really need to add some hoss action for variety. Right now all they have is Luchasaurus, who is awesome but not quite doing enough. If WWE really wants to take the war seriously they should feature good hosses like Keith Lee and Killian Dain more on their shows to capitalize on what the rival is currently still lacking.

It'd be interesting to see if AEW can somehow disprove the "overness cap" theory by turning Billy Gunn into a mega-star, though.

The diamond ring reward, if it really is just an ultra-valuable collectible item without any booking prop attached to it (like a title shot) sounds like the perfect reward for someone like MJF. Can't wait to see him parading around with it after he hopefully wins next week.

The Dark Order recruit video is a promising start to what may potentially be really good. The undercard really needs something more than just plain workrate matches.

And I know the Inner Circle and the Elite are the biggest stars, but they're really all over the show this week. Inner Circle seems to be feuding with almost everyone: Bucks, SCU, Jurassic Express, Private Party, Dustin. I'm still getting this weird vibe that despite having heel personalities they seem like stout underdog babyfaces who are bravely taking on the rest of the world despite not having the numbers to match up to the number of enemies they're facing.

Main event feels disappointingly one-sided. Darby's character is really the perfect one to have a long feud with Moxley, so I hope this isn't a one-off, and they continue this with Darby progressively coming closer to beating Moxley until he succeeds.
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Unread 11-25-2019, 08:34 PM
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New BTE - https://youtu.be/-kuxSnuupZI
Road to Cody's return - https://youtu.be/fElljNwrNYo

This week on Dark:

Trent vs Penta
Shanna vs Big Swole
Evans vs Omega (c) for the AAA Mega Championship
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Unread 11-26-2019, 08:10 AM
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Finally have television again, and the first thing the missus found to watch was AEW. So we caught up on the last three episodes. The first time I've watched a full episode of wrestling television since... maybe when Impact stopped being an hour? Possibly Dragon Gate.

It's mostly the ex-WWE guys who stick out to me. Great looks. Carry themselves like men. Everything's paced well and looks good. Moxley looks like a real bad ass. PAC is exceptional. Trent's good. Shawn Spears is probably the only guy with that background looking 'meh' to me. I can see why other wrestlers would rate him, but he's very bland. After that promo Cody did on the go-home show, I might finally get why people got behind him. Passion. Believability. Only slightly harmed by his wife playing such an obviously make-believe character.

I didn't think I would like Darby Allen, but dang it I do. He moves so well and the match with Moxley went exactly how it should have. One sided but the kid kept fighting. I'm also fully prepared to get on board with Adam Page.

SCU just seems sad to me. Daniels & Kaz mainly. 40 years olds dressed like they're 20 year olds, being goofy.

Jericho is a treasure, but I didn't need to see him wrestle two weeks in a row.

The wife loved Fenix/Jackson and Moxley/Allen, and Wednesday's card looks great, so I might just be watching wrestling again.
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Unread 11-26-2019, 11:55 PM
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How do you find such a women!!
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Unread 11-27-2019, 02:50 AM
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- Pentagon vs Trent was good once it got going. Big win for Trent.
- Shanna interview almost brought tears to my eyes. Also nice to see Big Swole cut a counter promo. I hope they integrate some of the footage from these interviews into future hype packages on Dynamite and PPV.
- Big Swoll vs Shanna was good but the final pin was sloppy. Between a single match and 2 promos they established their personalities and primary motivations. Now if only they could replicate this simple but effective character development for the women on Dynamite.
- Finally got a Kong squash match.
- Evans vs Omega (c) was great. Jack countering the Kitaro Crusher into a breakdance was insane.

My favorite Dark show so far. Spears was entertaining on commentary. Lots of heelish digs and putting himself and Tully over but without detracting from the in-ring action too much. I wouldn't mind seeing him face Omega.
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