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    Saturday, May 30, 2020

    Reviewing the Elite (5/27/20): SAY YEAH!

    We’ve got a lively stick of Dynamite folks.

    Sure, we could talk about Chris Jericho’s face-off with Mike Tyson, Cody cutting another excellent promo, Jungle Boy becoming the #1 contender to the TNT Championship, and more, but it’s clear that there’s only one thing on the minds of AEW fans: FTR. The acclaimed tag team formerly known as The Revival have made their highly-anticipated debut and it’s smart of the folks at AEW to start building towards that dream match everyone’s been talking about for years.

    Now, let’s get on with it.

    We’re Finally Getting THE MATCH


    That’s right, FTR vs. The Butcher and The Blade. Fans have been clamoring for this legendary bout for years and their inevitable clash is going to shine brighter than the holy grail washed by God himself.

    All kidding aside, FTR vs. The Young Bucks is going to be lit. Cash Wheeler and Dax Harwood—gonna have to get used to saying those horrible names—have meshed well with a number of teams that have different styles, as have the Bucks of Youth. While Matt and Nick were spot monkeys in their match against Joey Janela and Private Party, they’ve shown off their storytelling in the past and I’m sure that will show when these two go head-to-head, whenever that is.

    Kudos to whoever booked the opening match to set up FTR’s debut as well. The brawl with Butcher and Blade, Mark Quen’s worked injury, Matt Hardy accompanying Private Party to show how much of a good sport he was (at least with the persona he used), it all bled into Wheeler and Harwood’s debut. Definitely one of the more fun ways to debut some stars.

    The (TNT) Champ is HERE!


    If you’re going to ape some ideas from WWE, you might as well get the good ones.

    Writing “Cody cut a good promo” feels pretty redundant these days because the man is just such a master on the microphone. I’m not sure if it’s his vocabulary, the way he sets up his stories, or that voice but when Cody speaks he has your attention.

    Having Cody as the first TNT Champion already made the belt feel a bit credible so why not increase that tenfold by making the American Nightmare take on all comers ala John Cena? That did wonders for the US Championship (for a little while) and seeing Cody clash with some of the more underused stars of AEW has me salivating. Cody vs Jack Evans when?

    So why did they determine the first #1 contender via a battle royal when Cody was basically asking anyone for a fight? You tell me. Still, Cody vs. Jungle Boy should be a fantastic match next week, even if there's no way in hell The American Nightmare is going to lose.

    Jericho vs. Tyson


    Mike Tyson appearing on Double or Nothing was already a huge get for AEW so the fact that he appeared on this week’s Dynamite to set up a feud with Le Champion is huge.

    Credit to Chris Jericho for using continuity to make this feud with Tyson sensible. I thought this was just going to be more of Jericho being an egomaniac so when he brought up the fact that his beef with Tyson was due to their previous altercation in a 2010 episode of RAW, I actually appreciated that.

    Am I excited about the match itself? Eh, we’ll have to wait and see. Celebrity matches are always hit and miss so I’ll just stay mum on the issue. I was honestly more excited when it seemed like they were teasing Jericho vs. Orange Cassidy but I get it. Sometimes, you have to please the casuals, and Jericho vs. Tyson is something that will get their attention.

    Final Grade: There was a lot to talk about with this episode, so I'll give it that. I'm not high on Tyson vs. Jericho like everyone else is but that probably helped AEW get back to an 800k viewership so that did good. As a whole, this episode was solid and didn't feel too long, which is always nice. B.

    Elite Thoughts

    • Not sure what’s more shocking; the fact that Kip Sabian and Jimmy Havoc’s random tag team went past the earlier recorded shows or that they beat SCU in mostly clean fashion. Most of us expected Kazarian and Scorpio Sky to pick up the win so this was a huge upset.
    • Are they seriously teasing MJF and Wardlow splitting up? It is waaaaay too early for that.
    • No Lance Archer or Brodie Lee in this show, which I’m fine with. Their absence will make Brian Cage feel more unique as he gets ready for his AEW World Championship match against Jon Moxley in Fyter Fest.
    • Back to being disappointed in AEW’s booking of women again. A segment for Britt Baker and a Hikaru Shida squash match is all we get this week from the women’s division? Come on, do better.
    Images from All Elite Wrestling

    Nico Parungo is a writer for Epicstream.com and has contributed several reviews for PWR and MWF. When he isn't frustrated about the WWE, he's playing video games at home and is bugging his friends with glorious puns. He's new to the world of Twitter drama but is quickly getting hooked.
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