By: Frank Hyden
GOOD/BAD- The Young Bucks beat Hybrid2
This had some nice athleticism to it, but there was a dumb part that really stood out to me. Angelico had Matt Jackson down in a leglock. Jack Evans had dumped Nick out of the ring and was standing guard. So Matt’s in this submission the entire time while Nick fights his way into the ring and dispatches Evans, then climbs to the top rope and does a centon to Angelico. It felt like Matt was in the submission for a full minute…without tapping…in a non-title match. I mean, come on, that’s just ridiculous. Then there’s the problem of, why the heck would Nick go all the way to the top rope to break up a pin? Why didn’t he just jump on Angelico to break the hold? The Bucks won, so let’s move on I guess.
GOOD- Sting segment
Tony Schiavone was in the ring to interview Cody Rhodes and Arn Anderson when Sting came out. He talked about not being interested in Cody right now, and pointed up towards TNT Champion Darby Allin in the stands. He then told Rhodes, “See you around, kid.” I liked it myself. It wasn’t anything great, but it’s better to build slowly with this and be mysterious.
GOOD- FTR beat The Varsity Blondes
As you would expect, this was a good match. The Blondes have definite potential. They should let them talk at some point, though, so Brian Pillman Jr. can address his glorious mullet. We all knew FTR would win but I don’t think that took away from this match any.
GOOD/BAD- Dustin Rhodes beat 10
Dustin always brings it, especially for a man his age, so that’s nice. I would have preferred to see 10 win here, though. There’s an angle here, though, as Evil Uno recruited Dustin to The Dark Order after the match, even suggesting Rhodes would become number 7, a nice callback to the Seven character he kind of, sort of did in WCW. Uno was rebuked with a slap, though.
GOOD- Inner Circle segment
They aired their issues with each other but decided to stick together. Santana wasn’t there for some reason but Ortiz was really good during this segment, convincing Sammy Guevara to shake MJF’s hand. There was also a funny part where Jake Hager complained about Wardlow always staring at him.
GOOD- Eddie Kingston, The Butcher and the Blade beat Lucha Bros. and Lance Archer
Kingston pinned Rey Fenix after some good wild action that saw Penta El Zero M put through a table. Archer then went on a rampage through everyone. I like everyone involved so I liked this.
GOOD- Abadon beat Tesha Price
Abadon is so strange and crazy-looking that she immediately becomes the best fantasy-type character on these shows. I also really like this angle with AEW Women’s Champion Hikaru Shida being afraid/apprehensive of Abadon. Price was there to get squashed and draw out Shida, who cracked Abadon over the head with her kendo stick. As Shida was helping Price out of the ring, Abadon did the Undertaker sit-up, and Shida did a great job selling her amazement. I really like Abadon and I really like Shida, too.
GOOD- Kenny Omega/Don Callis segment
This was largely a repeat of what they said on Impact Tuesday night but you can’t blame them for that. They can’t just assume that everyone watched Impact. They talked about this being a plan long in the making and really heeled it up and such. The only thing I didn’t like was the announcers repeatedly talked about how Omega screwed over Jon Moxley and how he broke the Gentlemen’s Agreement. At one point, Schiavone even said it was the biggest screwjob he’d ever seen. Why do they have the announcers say such things? Didn’t Moxley throw Omega into that big heater ringside? Didn’t Mox use a banned move to beat MJF in their match? You could probably name more examples but the point is, they make the announcers look bad having them complain like this. I don’t think it’s a huge deal but it is a little annoying.
GOOD- MJF beat Orange Cassidy to win the Dynamite Diamond Ring
These guys had a really good long match. The rest of The Inner Circle was ringside, which made Best Friends eventually bring out some backup of their own (Varsity Blondes, Top Flight, Brandon Cutler) and the match became, in essence, a lumberjack match. These guys went back and forth and had a really good match where they both showed plenty of their moves. The finish came when a brawl between the heels and faces broke out and Miro ran in and walloped OC, allowing MJF to get the win and the ring.
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