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    Friday, September 11, 2020

    Reviewing the Elite (9/9/20): Happy Miro Day

    It’s Miro Day you guys! MIRO DAY!! Order McDonalds, pop open a cold Soju, and be happy that the only daily holiday has returned, hopefully, better than ever. Rusev Day? Deader than PLDT’s credibility when a pretty lady asks for fast internet.

    You know what wasn’t dead? This stick of AEW Dynamite. We got a very lively show this week, with most of the matches and segments being pretty damn good. Maybe it’s because today is Miro Day, but the quality of matches and segments presented to us in this week’s episode was pretty great, with younger and older talents stepping up to the plate. 

    While I am glad that we have Miro Day, I was a tad bit disappointed with the Bulgarian Beast’s promo. Don’t get me wrong, it was passionate and well-said, but anytime a former WWE talent takes a shot at Vince McMahon’s company, it feels low-rent. I’m sure Miro has a lot of rightful anger towards his former employer but I’d rather hear that on Chris Jericho’s podcast.


    Oddly enough, I really liked that quick comedy segment with Kip Sabian before “The Best Man” came out. Sabian did a great job of being a dick to Puff and Brian Pillman Jr. The fact that he had the gall to ask Puff to resubscribe to his Twitch after saying he "takes up space" was heelish enough but telling Brian Pillman Jr. his birthday sucks was extra mean. Awesome.

    Sorry, Brian, your birthday and all other birthdays have been canceled by Miro Day.

    There were actually a lot of people joining Sabian on the Awesome train this week. Jurassic Express got a big win over The Lucha Bros, making Jungle Boy look strong as hell by having him kick out of that Assisted Package Piledriver. Angelico of TH2 got to show off his unique submission offense against Orange Cassidy, even though he lost. And Tay Conti may have had her best singles outing ever, looking great in defeat against Nyla Rose. 

    Not wanting to be shown off by these young people who won’t get off their damn lawn, Mr. Brodie Lee and Dustin Rhodes had a pretty hard-hitting main event. Some people might complain about Dustin looking so good here since Mr. Lee squashed Cody like a bug but I really liked this main event and it was hard not to like it. I particularly liked that dramatic near-fall when Dustin hit a piledriver, Mr. Brodie was too weak to kick out, quickly saw the rope, and just grabbed it. 

    Let’s end this week’s recap with The Elite and their drama since they are who this company is named after. The Young Bucks looked like absolute dicks when they superkicked Alex Marvez and I have no idea how we’re supposed to cheer for them right now. "Hangman" Adam Page was great at being remorseful and depressed during his sit-down interview and I like how he was hopeful about teaming with Kenny Omega again while his partner basically told JR their team was done in a separate interview. It's intriguing but I want to see more heel behavior from Kenny since The Bucks are bigger heels than him right now.


    Final Grade: Another enjoyable two hours of Dynamite that didn’t feel too long. A-

    Bullet Point Party:

    • The Lucha Bros almost broke up after losing to Jurassic Express: Was not expecting this at all. While the Eddie Kingston group was able to calm them down, this was pretty dramatic and needs to be followed up on in the future.
    • Matt Hardy thanks the fans but takes too much of the blame: Don’t get me wrong. Hardy deserves some of the flack since he agreed to do such a dangerous spot at his age but I don’t like how he took full responsibility for what happened. The doctor and Tony Khan should have canceled that match. At least this program with Sammy Guevara is done.
    • Lance Archer and Jake Roberts think they're going to take the AEW World Championship, Jon Moxley disagrees: Everybody dies. Everybody dies. Everybody dies. Moxley's promo was better.
    • Chris Jericho and Jake Hager beat Joey Janela and Sonny Kiss, announce that they will be doing more tag team wrestling: At this point in his career, it’s good that Jericho is transitioning to tag team wrestling. Solid No DQ match here with Janela and Kiss looking like threats to Jericho's Inner Circle.
    • Santana and Ortiz end their beef with The Best Friends in a Parking Lot Brawl next week: How did this match not make the pay-per-view? Guess they needed more bodies for the battle royal but they've been building up this rivalry for a long time. Should be fun. 
    • FTR celebrate their tag title win by burying the tag team division: This was a fine segment, though not too great. I liked how they mocked SCU by saying they would have stood a chance 10 years ago but this was a typical heel segment and their match with Jurassic Express next week should be great.
    • MJF ends his campaign, informs us that he's the only reason Wardlow has a job: It looks like we're getting a Wardlow face turn soon. If anyone can make this big guy a sympathetic babyface, it's a prick like MJF.
    Photos from AEW.

    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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