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    Friday, September 18, 2020

    Reviewing the Elite (9/16/20): I’ll Be There For You

    Trent Barretta and Santana on AEW Dynamite

    Isn’t friendship the best? Having someone be there to trade puns with or talk to about video games is awesome and unlike that dumb thing called romance, you can have multiple friends (unless you’re polyamorous). 

    Seems like this stick of AEW Dynamite was a big fan of friendship and camaraderie because every angle in this show revolved around needing someone to watch your back. Jon Moxley and Lance Archer had to find partners for their six-man tag next week. MJF wants to form a stable. Eddie Kingston helped The Lucha Bros, Butcher, and Blade blow off some steam. Hikaru Shida assisted Thunder Rosa to fend off Diamante and Ivelisse. 

                

    All of that mushy friendship and alliance-building fun was capped off with an incredible pay-per-view quality main event where The Best Friends defeated Santana and Ortiz in an incredible Parking Lot Fight (guessing WWE has a trademark on Parking Lot Brawl?). This was a brutal affair with some savage spots, the most brutal of which had to be Trent taking that double powerbomb through the car’s front window. 

    Seriously, look at Trent’s back.

    Santana and the Best Friends

    Yikes.

    This has to be one of the best Parking Lot Fights/Brawls in the history of professional wrestling. It was just so violent and packed to the brim with memorable moments. Santana flying from one car to another to hit Chuck Taylor with a big splash after Ortiz hit him with a suplex, Orange Cassidy popping out of a trunk to help his (best) friends, Trent’s mom Sue giving The Inner Circle’s proud and powerful duo the finger after picking up her boys, this was a must-watch match. Definitely a Match of the Year candidate, at the very least.

    What’s crazy is that this was the best match in a Dynamite episode filled with good matches. FTR vs. Jurassic Express was a great opener, Hangman Page vs. Kazarian had ridiculously good singles action, Private Party vs. Chris Jericho and Jake Hager ended up being pretty solid, even Thunder Rosa vs Ivelisse was hard-hitting fun, despite some slow and sloppy moments early on. 

               

    I'll admit that there may have been more memorable episodes of Dynamite but it's been a while since the "worst" match was still good and entertaining. From top-to-bottom, this was a very good night of wrestling. If AEW hasn’t won you over yet, this might just be the episode to do so. At the least, watch that Parking Lot Fight.

    Final Grade: What else can I say? A

    Bullet Point Party:

    • FTR beat Jurassic Express in a fast-paced opener: I think Jack Perry needs to ditch the Jungle Boy name and call himself Cradle Boy because this young wrestler is a master of these unique pinning combinations. A strong opener where everyone looked good.
    • The Young Bucks superkick a referee: There’s no way in hell the Jackson brothers are faces right? Being mad at Hangman is fine and dandy but taking your frustration out on officials is a completely different story. Fuck these guys.
    • Hangman Page defeats Kazarian in a super singles match: This would have been the match of the night if not for that amazing Parking Lot Fight. Still, Page and Kazarian worked their asses off here, with the finishing stretch where Hangman has to fight off the SCU member’s attempts to get him off the apron before hitting the Buckshot Lariat being the biggest highlight in a match filled with them. 
    • MJF wants to build a stable, forces Justin Roberts to give him a longer introduction: Some fine heeling from MJF and this stable story could have legs. I’m also cool with Wardlow’s face turn taking some time since they don’t need to break up this act just yet.
    • Eddie Kingston tells The Blade to stop being a cuck: Sorry for using the worst word ever created but it looks like The Blade is gonna tell Allie to stop flirting with QT. Could lead to some good wrestling and I do love me some undercard feuds.
    • Private Party loses to The Inner Circle but Marc Quen gets the last shot: Solid match here, proving that Jericho transitioning to the tag team division is a big thumbs up. Having Marc Quen save Isaiah Cassidy and getting the last hit on Jericho was interesting. Could be a fun mid-card program.
    • Thunder Rosa retains her NWA World Women’s Championship, gets saved by Hikaru Shida: You would think AEW would have done more with Ivelisse and Diamante since winning that women’s tag team tournament but here they are appearing for the first time after getting those medals, and they LOSE. UGH. At the least, we should get an entertaining women’s tag match next week and one that actually makes more logical sense than most AEW women’s matches.
    • Lance Archer picks Team Taz for next week's 6-Man tag, Jon Moxley recruits Will Hobbs and Darby Allin: Super fun segment here that also made storyline sense. Taz is only letting Brian Cage and Ricky Starks help Archer so that his client can get another shot at the AEW World Championship. Also happy to see AEW put the spotlight on Will Hobbs so quickly after being signed and he should come out of next week’s match a bigger star.
    Photos from AEW.

    Nico Parungo is a freelance contributor for Geeky PH and wrote for Epicstream. He has contributed several reviews of 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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