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Posted 02 October 2019 - 07:22 PM
So far it's been.....okay. I think what you are seeing is indie talent on a large scale.(AEW) You're also seeing similar talent in a much smaller scale with NXT. Full Sail only holds around (correction) 1000 people. As energetic as the crowd is, it's still small.
Posted 03 October 2019 - 02:40 PM
I DVRd both AEW: Dynamite and WWE: NXT. I decided to watch AEW first. It was pretty good - the wrestlilng. Cody vs. Guevara (spelling?) was very good. The woman's match was phenomenal. JR, Shiavone and Excalibur need time to fully jell, but they should be okay. Just saw that AEW: Dynamite drew 14 million viewers compared to NXT's 891,000 viewers. But, you knew that was going to happen. A lot of people checking AEW out to see what is going on.
NXT: Riddle vs. Cole was out of this ****ing world. Shirai vs. Yim was awesome as well. I did not get to watch the rest, as I fell asleep (Not bored, it was late).
Posted 10 October 2019 - 04:34 PM
The Jericho promo with "The Inner Circle" was great as well. Classic Jericho putting the AEW layers on edge wondering if he was going to violate a trademark.
Other than the main event the rest of the matches were kinda boring. Havoc and Allin was meh. Moxley and Spears bordered on bad for me. The women's tag match? Nothing.
It's rate I actually watch all the way through a match if I've DVR'd a show. I watched every minute of Dynamite and was not rewarded for it. While Dynamite was a better show than Raw, that wasn't a hard Target to hit. It wasn't better than first show.
A few things:
AEW has a bit of a "star" problem. While a lot of these guys are Indie stars, it makes you realize why some guys went to NXT before hitting the main roster. Sammy Guevara , while decent in ring, has no business being in Jericho's stable. Darby Allin? I loved the bio of him on HBO, but he has a ways to go as well.
The women's division has a ways to go as well. Britt Baker is okay, butt the rest don't seem to have the combination of ring and mic skills. I think they put the belt on Riho because she's the only on it would fit.
At some point stories are going to have to be advanced on television. I haven't watched Being the Elite since before Double or Nothing.
Posted 23 October 2019 - 05:36 PM
I do have an issue with AEW so to speak that I'll try to get to tomorrow. The issue isn't with AEW itself, but the people covering it.
Posted 24 October 2019 - 02:35 PM
Posted 24 October 2019 - 04:40 PM
I think part of it is people just desperate for something new, so ANYTHING new is automatically propped up higher than maybe it should be. And that's all right, it'll come back down to earth eventually. It happened with NXT when it first took off a few years ago, too. I'm definitely more into the NXT style of storytelling than anything I've seen out of AEW, even though they have pretty similar in ring quality.
But I'm LITERALLY BEGGING AEW to go five minutes without referencing WWE in one way or another. If they're not doing it on Dynamite, it's on BTE, or in media interviews. Just stop. It comes across so goddamn minor league. Remember when TNA used to do that a decade plus ago?
Posted 30 October 2019 - 06:46 PM
As an aside, the Rock and Roll Express-Midnight Express rivalry was one of the greatest tag rivalries of all time.