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Creating compelling wrestling television in the COVID-19 era is a tough challenge. So much of the game is built around a crowd reaction, to the point that a good audience can make or break a show.
All were able to use elite wrestling, extras and undercard wrestlers for a time, to create some excitement, and a series of new signs helped to create bulbul. But those tricks no longer have the same power they once wielded.
This week, for the first time in ages, it felt like AEW missed the dynamite mark. Instead of focusing on the talent already in the house, it added another pre-WWE mouth to feed into Matt Cardona and its wild multi-man frivolity, which typically evolved into a full and total mess of a match (high ) Hits the spot.
Usually, I come out of an AEW show ready to walk through a wall, confused as to how I’m going to manage it until Wednesday for another dose of my favorite wrestling drug Am
This week it seemed that the highway train was closing the tracks and AEW could derail in spectacular, terrifying fashion.
Of course, in two hours, there were a lot of hits. But there were also some big mistakes, which were big enough that you could feel the air on the couch all the way home.
Let’s go through them, segment by segment, in the “Real Winners and Loss” style of Bleacher Report.
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I had so many expectations for this match. Everyone involved is a veteran of these wild AEW trainworks and, to be clear to all of them, has outstanding talents on a week-to-week basis.
But, clearly, this stunk.
I’m not one of those fans who worry too much about “following the rules” or “catching the tag ropes”, but the nature of this boxing free form is really subtracted from the action in the ring. Typically these matches are made smartly, providing matchups and pairings. AEW wants to best highlight the contestants in the ring.
Without the structure of a typical tag match, however, there was no narrative to rely on for storytelling purposes, making the entire spectacle seem a bit listless and off-kilter.
Finally, Lucasorus’ mask fell when he was about to go on the attack. The match came to a halt and everyone seemed silly – it was the best metaphor for a 15-minute segment that never spoke again.
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Photo by Tim Crockett, courtesy of Synergy Pro Wrestling
Warhorse (in all caps to honor Indy Legend) was the biggest opportunity of his life against TNT champion Cody. He either rose to the occasion as the protagonists do, or came back to the indie scene as a man with a new reputation who could not cut it in the big leagues.
Well, let the rest of the independent wrestling fans: Our boy went to the ring on national television and proved that he is one of the best people in the entire industry.
He did not win the match, but he proved to own the moment, saying that his 38 defense of the Independent Wrestling Championship made him ready to accompany anyone in the world.
I’m not sure what’s next for one of the veterans of IWTV, but if it’s his one cup of coffee, he has a lot to be proud of.
For the second consecutive week, a Steller wrestler came to the AEW from the shadowy world of independents and proved his worth. Perhaps AEW owner Tony Khan and his team focused on those who failed in the North, instead of leaving WWE headquarters? Isn’t this promotion about change?
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Warhorse’s big moment, it turned out, was quickly overseen by Matt Cardona’s AEW debut, which the artist previously knew as Jack Ryder. Toilet years on the Indies and a 10-minute battle with Cody were quickly erased so that AEW could once again shine a bright light on another WWE Casteva.
And, look … I get it.
For AEW, the crowd has long been a staunch protagonist, so close to the cast that they often feel part of a larger, extended family. That energy has been hard to replace – the natural ebb and flow have been replaced by a “surprise sign” so a desperate effort to keep the base attached and ratings where they need to be.
Occasionally, with Matt Hardy or FTR, Ploy works. Acts that feel like they are in the hype are able to provide a shot of adrenaline, even without the roar of the crowd to greet them.
For the second time, like Wednesday, the inauspicious debuts of Cardona and Ariane (formerly WWE) Cameron), they feel like failures from the jump, a sad attempt to capitalize on the faded New York glory.
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Kenny Omega and Adam Page were his usual constellations, combining incredible ring work with the slow-burn story of their event breakup. what else is new?
But the real winners here were The Dark Order, the first notable failure of AEW which was completely rehabilitated to the point that it became one of the show’s most consistent acts. Evil Uno and Stu Grayson proved that they could compete with the best in the world, both in a kafebe and in a very real sense.
Even better for me, are those groups (including John Silver and Alex Reynolds’ understanding) stealing the show weekly Being elite– Given the small work that has gathered in the past years.
This is not the Dark Order we envisioned when he debuted in Double or Nothing last year. It is better. And that is the beauty of wrestling when it is working well. At its best, the style can still surprise and delight. Personally, I can’t wait to see what Mr. Brody Lee and his rag-tag group will get until the next.
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MJF had a fight with AEW executive Cody Rhodes — and not particularly handsome for the young star after he won the fight in the ring.
Although Cody has won the title of glory, MJF remains stuck in neutrality, unable to achieve the greatness that seems pre-determined despite his impeccable ring record.
MJF believes he will be a better champion than John Moxley, a man whom he considers inferior to “Stone Cold” Steve Austin Ripoff. And based on his ranking, he should have had a chance to prove it long ago. Unfortunately, because he did not come from WWE, it only takes a little more than excellence to make that case.
And, it seems, MJF is tired of sitting nearby hoping the phone will come from the Duval County area code.
Instead of waiting for Brass to reach the same conclusion he has reached and to give him the title he has earned, MJF has taken his case to the people, seeking a chance to prove he is the best. is.
“My talent,” he told Moxley, “your tenor John likes.”
On 5 September All Out, he will get a chance to prove himself right.
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Ricky Starks, a former independent wrestling and NWA star, has greatly influenced AEW fans. Joining forces with Taz and Brian Cage, she launched herself immediately into the main event scene.
As far as awareness and brand building are concerned, it is a good thing.
But it can also be a bad thing. This main event slot comes with serious expectations at a company like AEW, filled with lanterns that will do anything to uplift them.
Last week, the Starks attacked Darby Allen from behind. This week, unfortunately, he received a receipt in the form of a dozen or a thumb in his back. Delivery mechanism? A skateboard from the top rope.
Wrestling, when done right, is absolutely great for everyone, except Ricky Starks, in this case. Welcome to the big leagues!