Fun fact: Sasha Banks--of the WWE--waved the green flag at the Daytona 500 yesterday. 15 laps into the race, there was a monster pile-up that took out 10 cars. I went on twitter and searched for #daytona500 and over half the results were pictures of Banks (not the case anymore, as the guy who won--Michael McDowell--had never won a cup race in his 13 seasons there).
So, Opti had it right about the return of Sammy G and MJF's treachery, but neither of us predicted what went down, in what was--I think--a well-staged and scripted storyline, as MJF had seemingly set up Jericho who had actually seemingly had set up MJF who had had actually set up Jericho. Good stuff. Worthy of NWO times at WCW (maybe Bischoff had a hand in this?).
Going forward, the Inner Circle is poised to be the "heel-faces" that the Four Horsemen eventually became, while MJF's new group tries to take over AEW. And in that regard, MJF's peeps need some belts to justify their existence. Look for some titles changing hands in the near future...and MJF may swallow up the Death Triangle to facilitate this.
Beyond that, Matt Jackson v. Fenix...fucking wow. Almost a half an hour of non-top high-risk hard-hitting action. That's the kind of thing I want to see, the kind of thing that drew me back to pro wrestling and to AEW. And the way Fenix uses the ropes is just next level. Jackson was the perfect opponent for him; perfect size, both sold everything. The coming tag team battle should be lights out, but with a real chance of someone getting legitimately hurt, the way these guys go.
Finally, Scorpio Sky looked great and I think he should have won.
Yeah, I was anticipating some sort of swerve but kudos to them for doing it in a way I wasn't anticipating. They've basically, as you said, simultaneously made MJF even more of a heel, he now has his own faction and they're pretty formidable (also great because it will probably give Shawn Spears more to do), also reunites the Inner Circle while turning them kind of face. Pretty good job on all of that.
Agree about Scorpio Sky. That loss was some BS. He should be the champ. I'm honestly sick of Allin's boring lameness at this point.
I also liked that Matt Hardy also grew his stable last night by adding Butcher, Blade, and The Bunny. That's also good becaues B&B are a decent tag team but they've not yet really been able to make them work in other cliques yet. I think putting them with Hardy will hopefully be good for them. Also, I always need more Bunny in my life, so hopefully they'll do something more with her. I'd prefer to have her back in the ring though.
Also seems like possibly Christian is gonna somewhat align with Mox and Kingston? They kind of hinted at it last night, so maybe he's gonna kind of take over the feud with Omega when Mox eventually takes time off for the baby (which should be pretty soon). It was weird that they didn't have Christian speak again. This is twice now he's just walked out and kind of look at the crowd weirdly and then left. Kinda weird.
Overall, I liked the changes they made to the factions last night. Mixes things up and I think it could make for some good storylines. Also like that they have a female main event next week. Should be a good match.
Didn't watch it, but I saw some tweeting about the Alexa Bliss v. Randy Orton match. No one can complain about the AEW being too gimicky when the WWE is doing this kind of thing (though the WWE has better "fire"). Basically, Bliss used "magic" against Orton, and summoned "The Fiend" who broke through the bottom of the ring (something Sting did ages ago) to attack Orton and allow Bliss to pin him. Now, who doesn't wish they were Orton, really...
After weeks of being tormented by Alexa Bliss, Randy Orton finally agreed to face her in a match at Fastlane. As The Viper waited for his opponent, he began to cough up the same black substance we have seen in recent weeks.
Bliss stood in the corner and when the bell rang, she shot some fireballs at him. He ran at her, but she dodged the hit and he crashed into the ring post.
Orton tried to follow her around the ring until a piece of lighting equipment almost fell on him. She shot another fireball in his direction, but he managed to avoid it. The ring was then cut open behind him and a hand emerged to grab his foot.
The Fiend appeared with a partially melted mask and a new outfit. Bliss pushed Orton into his arms for Sister Abigail. She covered him to get the win.
Last night's AEW Dynamite was pretty damn good. It opened with a 20 minute highly technical match between Christian and Kazarian and finished with a very violent tag teem between Best Friends and Sabian/Miro. Trent made a surprise return and so did Kris Statlander, who eventually power-bombed Ford through an air hockey table (after Ford had laid out Cassidy, to be fair).
I think they've got their mojo back. The other matches were awesome, as well. Having the Lucha Bros go at it with the Good Bros and Omega was inspired match-making. Fenix did some awesome shit, only to see Omega do what he does best: come out of nowhere and wipe people out.
WWE has, until now, countered episodes of AEW Dynamite with its own weekly edition of NXT, putting the companies in direct competition. While both have attracted plaudits, AEW Dynamite has routinely outperformed NXT over the past year-and-a-bit, with WWE viewership wins on Wednesday nights rarer than sightings of Bo Dallas. WWE has now announced that as of April 13, NXT will relocate to Tuesday nights. The official press release didn't cite stiff competition from AEW as the cause (obviously), but the success of Tony Khan's mob is almost certainly to blame. Naturally, some are now declaring the Wednesday Night Wars over, and AEW the victor.
I'm declaring AEW the victor. I flipped over to NXT at one point to watch some weird faction called Tian Sha. Totally wack, even more so than the Alexa Bliss stuff.
Yeah, it was another really solid show. They stumble every now and then, which is just part of the biz and totally expected, but AEW is consistently good, at least for the past several months. I think they're finally hitting their stride.
Lucha Bro match was insane. Each time I think Fenix can't top himself, he finds a way. It sucks that Pac got injured but bringing in the Laredo Kid was an excellent replacement. I still hope Pac heals up quickly and makes a return soon, though.
Conversely, I thought Mox's match was the worst one. I've never really been on the Jon Moxley train. He has great matches with Omega, but other than that his character is just so generic and boring. Give me Hangman Page (with Dark Order, of course) any day. I think Mox is actually one of the most boring acts they have in their entire roster.
I'm also glad they finally paid off the QT Marshall heel turn. Though, as much as I like me some Red Velvet, I think he should've potatoed her with that chair when he had the chance. If they really wanted to cement QT as a solid heel, that would've totally put him over the top. Missed opportunity, I think.
Also, related to that, AEW has gotten a bit faction-happy recently. Seems like pretty much everyone is in a faction. That has some plusses and minuses, but unless they keep the storylines between each faction interesting, then it we'll get faction-fatigue real quick.
It's also great to finally see Bunny and Penelope Ford back in the ring. They've had a couple of matches recently on AEW Dark: Elevation the past two weeks, and I hope they continue to have more matches, though I'd prefer them to be on Dynamite. Ford has done several hardcore matches before, so I think if AEW wants to do another one like the Baker/Rosa match, then I think Ford would do very well in a match like that.
Another stellar women's match last night, Shida v. Tay Conti. Really good stuff, some great technical wrestling, some good throws, some submission stuff, and out-of-this-world knee strikes from both women. Honestly, I thought Conti went too hard early in the match. Credit to both for selling it.
And Shida is working hard at everything. She's clearly practicing her English so she can be better in the mic, and she's also creating more of a persona. I see a lot of people asking for a new champ, but I think Shida has been a good champ and is only getting better. AEW nabbed a real gem here (and make no mistake, they nabbed a real gem with Conti, as well).
Some of the other matches were quite good, as well. The Darby Allin/Jungle Boy match was strong, but I think AEW needs to let Perry loose from that persona. He should have won the match, imo. He's really getting good.
ETA: Here's a clip that shows one of those early knee strikes from Conti:
Sooooooooooooooo glad that Miro destroyed Darby Alin this week.
I've been wanting Miro to turn into a human wrecking machine ever since he debuted. His "Best Man" video game lover angle just wasn't working at all. He's a beast and should just be portrayed that way. He legit looked like he was just throwing an 8 year old child around the ring this week (given that Alin's frame is indistinguishable from that of a small boy's).
Glad Miro's the champ and I hope Alin doesn't get a belt again for a long time.
Also, Jon Moxley's new ring music sucks balls. I liked his old music and the switch to "Wild Thing" is just stupid (it's not even a good song in general). I get that they're trying to use more licensed music like used to be done in ECW and other promotions back in the day, but unless it's actually a bad ass song, it almost never works. The only time I think it's ever truly worked well was when CM Punk used Living Color's "Cult of Personality," but that's mainly because it's just a kick ass song.
If AEW is gonna keep doing the licensed music thing, at least get "Thunderstruck" for Thunder Rosa. If for no other reason that to get the idiot in the AEW employee crowd to shut the fuck up each week when he keeps forcing that chant during her matches. Not sure who it is, but that person is super annoying.
Last Edit: May 14, 2021 19:09:13 GMT -5 by Optimus