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    Monday, June 8, 2020

    Reviewing the Elite (6/3/20): Promo Fest


    Get it? Because their upcoming event is called (and misspelled) Fyter Fest? And this was a promo-heavy episode? What a knee-slapper.

    If you were hoping for another wrestling-heavy episode of AEW Dynamite, this might be a disappointment. Don’t get me wrong, there was some solid wrestling tonight, but this was an episode dedicated to promos, interviews, and video packages. While I’d rather they try to balance out the promos and wrestling, this was a fine talk-heavy outing for the company.

    Most of these video packages were intriguing since they set up some new storylines. Matt Hardy mentoring Private Party (and maybe a future babyface Sammy Guevara?) was pretty cool. Brodie Lee trying to recruit Colt Cabana after a big loss to Chris Jericho also piqued my interest. FTR, which means For the Revolution in AEW, set up their dream match against Butcher and Blade next week so the IWC is going to go nuts next week.

    Now let’s get to the good stuff.

    Cody Survives the Jungle (Boy)

            

    I feel like I’ve made that joke a hundred times. Ahem. Easily the best Dynamite match of the night, though that isn’t saying much. I’m sure some people preferred the tag match where Kenny Omega and Hangman Page beat Kip Sabian and Jimmy Havoc but this bout tickled my fancy a bit more.

    Cody and Jungle Boy make for good adversaries. Much like his matches with Darby Allin, The American Nightmare got to flex his power game against JB Jack Perry, throwing him around the ring and even into the audience. Good thing they’re filled with wrestlers. Perry continues to show why he’s the future of wrestling, mixing up his high-flying with some technical game and even some brawling.

    The finish was never in doubt, though I am surprised that Cody beat Jungle Boy with only one Cross Rhodes. That’s a move almost everyone has kicked out of at this point, though I’m fine with them rehabilitating it and making it more credible.

    A very good first outing for the horrendous-looking TNT Championship. Looking forward to Cody’s match against Private Party’s Marc Quen next week.

    The Baddest Orange on the Planet

              

    Yeah, sorry, still don’t care for Le Champion’s upcoming match against Mike Tyson but I am glad that they’re continuing the Orange Cassidy feud.

    Sad to say that I didn’t enjoy the match between Jericho and Colt Cabana. Jericho’s wrestling might be better than The Undertaker’s, but not by much; his timing was off in a few spots, though nothing was outright botched. Cabana performed decently enough but he would have gotten a better match against someone else.

    After a bad Judas Effect for the win (has there ever been a good one?), Jericho started running his mouth and asked for “The Baddest Man on the Planet” to come to the ring. Of course, rather than getting Tyson, we got good old Orange Cassidy instead.

    Cassidy looked like a badass tonight, getting in Jericho’s head by forcing him to do the “hands-on pockets” gesture and avoiding Le Champion and Hager before safely retreating to the arms of his Best Friends. We’re probably going to get Orange Cassidy vs Chris Jericho during one of the Fyter Fest nights and that should be awesome.

    Jon Moxley: Giant Slayer

              

    It’s interesting how Moxley has only defended his title against big guys thus far—Jake Hager, Brodie Lee, and soon, Brian Cage for Fyter Fest. Sure, he’s wrestled guys his size and smaller on Dynamite but when it comes to title defenses, Moxley takes on giants.

    There’s definitely nothing wrong with being a giant slayer. In fact, it’s a cool, if somewhat generic, moniker but these title defenses have made Brian Cage feel like just another opponent for the AEW World Champion. Maybe it’s because he’s similar to Lance Archer, in that he’s a powerhouse with a wrestling legend as his manager but Cage just doesn’t feel too special right now.

    Moxley and Cage should have a fun match during one of the nights of Fyter Fest but that’s all I’m expecting right now. Maybe they can get me to feel more invested next week but this feels a little too basic, at least for now. It should be a solid stepping stone for Moxley, at the very least.

    Final Grade: A perfectly watchable episode of Dynamite, but nothing more than that. B-.

    Elite Thoughts:

    • Happy that Shawn Spears wasn’t jobbed out for nothing. It looks like he’s going to go back to a darker character if that black glove from Tully was anything to go by.
    • Good night for Big Swole! She had a great match against Nyla Rose and hit her with a ton of offense. Having Nyla barely beat her was a nice way to show that she hasn’t lost a step, even after being away from the ring for a long time.
    • Definitely watch Kenny Omega and Hangman Page vs Kip Sabian and Jimmy Havoc. While the champs retaining was never in doubt, it was still a pretty fun match.
    • Britt Baker’s “motivational” video this week was hilarious. I marked out for Tony's appearance in the end. 
    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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