By: Frank Hyden
AEW Dynamite had their “Winter is Coming” show last night and it featured some good stuff. Let’s get to the rundown.
GOOD- MJF and Orange Cassidy win the battle royal
It was your typical battle royal early, though there were some cool spots. “Hangman” Adam Page was saved by The Dark Order after he was sent over the ropes, furthering that angle a bit. Miro eliminated several guys in a row before Wardlow, MJF, and Sammy Guevara united to eliminate him. That left them in there with Jungle Boy. He and Guevara did some cool moves on the apron before MJF pushed both of them out. They celebrated, thinking they won, but Orange Cassidy had been attacked outside the ring by Miro and was still in the match. OC eliminated Wardlow and it’s down to him and MJF. They’ll wrestle next week and the winner gets that diamond ring.
GOOD/BAD- Chris Jericho beat Frankie Kazarian
This had more Inner Circle drama, to the point that Jericho said after the match that next week they’ll decide whether to all work together or split up for good. The match itself was good, Kazarian brought it and I would have preferred to see him win.
GOOD- Britt Baker beat Leyla Hirsch
This match was fine. It wasn’t the best match of the night but it was good enough and they told a nice story. I like Baker so I liked this. Thunder Rosa attacked Baker after the win, so they should be wrestling here soon.
GOOD- Darby Allin and Cody Rhodes beat Ricky Starks and Will Hobbs, Sting debuts
The match was what you would expect, the faces worked over Starks for a bit before the hot tag to Hobbs, then the heels worked over Allin. JR built up Hobbs by going over his lift totals and strength. Eventually, the faces won with Allin hitting the Coffin Drop for the win. Team Taz went on the attack, beating down Cody and Allin, even attacking Arn Anderson and Dustin Rhodes when he ran out to help. Brian Cage entered to help the rest of Team Taz. They were going to beat the faces down even more until Sting made his AEW debut and cleared the ring, coming face to face with both Rhodes brothers, Allin, and Arn. They announced on Twitter that Sting signed a multi-year contract. It’ll be interesting to see how they use him going forward.
GOOD/BAD- Kenny Omega beat Jon Moxley to become AEW Champion
You could tell they were going for a long match as they started slowly and built. This match was good, but it wasn’t nearly as good as I personally thought it would be. I thought they would tear the house down with a wild match. That’s not where the BAD comes from, though, I’m not going to penalize a match because my expectations were too high. The BAD comes from Moxley’s bad selling in the match. One example I gave on Twitter is there was a point where Omega suplexed Moxley outside of the ring on the floor. Omega grimaced and grabbed his back and did all the usual selling you’d do. What did Moxley do? He made a face for a second, then got up and got into the ring BEFORE Omega did. The guy giving the suplex sold more than the guy taking the suplex. That’s just bad.
I also didn’t like how they Superman’d Mox and protected him. He hit his Paradigm Shift DDT on Omega but chose not to cover him, instead, grabbing some chairs and doing some stupid thing where they sat down and punched each other repeatedly. Yeah, that’s exactly what the match needed, more punching… The announcers also kept repeating that Moxley had the match won.
The entire point of all this building Mox up was for this match. They jobbed out so many guys, so many promising guys, for this moment. They spent so much time building this guy up and then give him the perceived win so Omega doesn’t even get the full rub of beating him? What the hell kind of bullshit is that? Think of all the guys they fed to Moxley, I’m talking Jake Hager and Brodie Lee and Brian Cage and Lance Archer and MJF and Eddie Kingston. Think of all the TV time they devoted to building those matches up, and Moxley won every one of them clean. Think of all the TV time devoted to building this match up, and Omega can’t even win clean? You sacrifice all those guys at the altar of Mox and for what? Nothing. Unless this is leading towards a third match between the two where Omega wins clean, what the hell was the point of giving Mox the win but having him choose not to take it? That’s some Hulk Hogan bullshit there, but at least Hogan lost clean to the Ultimate Warrior at Wrestlemania VI. This is one of my most-hated wrestling tropes, where the heels have to have 17 guys interfere because the face can’t lose clean, yet the interference is never discussed moving forward. The next week, when the heel brags about beating the face, the announcers don’t correct him and mention the interference. So why even have the damn interference in the first place? This kind of shit used to happen all the time with The Undertaker, Stone Cold, John Cena, etc.
Example- The Miz beats Stone Cold due to interference of John Morrison and Triple H with his sledgehammer. The next week, Miz brags about beating Stone Cold but the announcers don’t mention the interference. The week after that, same thing. Even Stone Cold doesn’t bring up the interference. Suddenly, the record is “Miz beat Stone Cold”. So why even have the goddamn interference in the first place? All that does is taint the initial victory. I hate that. Relating it back to this match, why have Mox with the victory in hand and choose to not pin Omega? It’s just dumb.
It gets even worse, though, as they had Impact authority figure Don Callis there doing commentary. He has ties to Omega and has known him for 27 years. They did some spot where Omega hurt his eye on the concrete and Callis went to check on him. Mox threw Omega in the ring, Callis objected and got shoved to the ground, dropping a microphone in the process. Ref checks on Callis, Omega uses the mic to hit Mox and bloodies him up, then Omega hits a million running knees, hits the One-Winged Angel and pins him. Then Callis and Omega run off and say that they’ll address things this Tuesday on Impact Wrestling on AXS TV. I like the crossover aspect as that’s different and unique. But I didn’t like the Supermanning of Mox. I could have done without that. Especially because they could have done the Callis/Impact stuff after the match when Mox goes to shake Omega’s hand and gets jumped, maybe even by a few Impact wrestlers and Omega. Oh well. Despite all this, I am interested in seeing where this all goes.
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