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    Saturday, December 12, 2020

    Reviewing the Elite (12/9/20): Spaghetti on the Wall



    You know how we logical AEW fans—there are so few of us, it drives me to tears—have always praised AEW Dynamite for building new stars, having a decent pace, and letting stories breathe, among other things? Well, this show gets one out of three of those things. While it doesn’t just focus on the ex-WWE talent or Sting, they kept throwing storylines and brawls in our faces like it was going out of fashion.

    To completely misquote our queen Carly Rae Jepsen, this show was a little too much.

    I wish I was lying when I said that every match in this show had someone coming out to pick a fight, but that’s exactly what happened here. Every match had some sort of post-match angle and then we’d cut into some other promo or segment that was building to another story. They hyped up too many stories this week and it was a mess. 

    Shaq hyping up Jade Cargill and disrespecting Brandi Rhodes, Sting teasing feuds with Cody Rhodes and Darby Allin, Team Taz reminding us that they still have beef with the aforementioned Rhodes and Allin, The Inner Circle settling their differences that also teased a rivalry with MJF and Sammy Guevara—the former of whom had a match against Orange Cassidy for his Dynamite Diamond Ring—Kenny Omega and Don Callis re-emphasizing the champ’s heel nature, Eddie Kingston’s family feuding with Death Triangle and Lance Archer, THIS WAS ALL TOO MUCH FOR ONE EPISODE.

               

    The most frustrating part? That wasn't even the whole show, yeesh.

    What’s sad is that some of these angles were good! Kenny Omega feels completely different from the guy he used to be last year and his promo was fun, even if he isn’t the best promo guy around. Hangman Page agreeing to team up with John Silver and Alex Reynolds—both of whom seemingly paid homage to Kurt Angle by wearing small cowboy hats—was adorable. Miro also looked like a badass by throwing a dude off the stage, which is (sadly) the most memorable thing he’s done in AEW since his debut.

              

    Plus, Hikaru Shida HAS A STORYLINE with Abadon! Imagine that, the AEW Women’s World Champion in a rivalry, how brave of them. Give AEW a round of applause everyone, they gave their top female talent a storyline, and it's almost 2021, woooooo.

             

    Sting was great in this episode. An argument could be made that he should have been more mysterious like he was in last week’s Winter is Coming special and I never want to hear him chant “this is awesome” with the audience ever again, but, he’s still got it on the mic. I adored him wanting a hug from Tony “It’s STIIIIIING” Schiavone and his interaction with Cody was good! The fact that he brought attention to the similarities between himself and Darby Allin was also appreciated so this could make for a good rivalry, though it will be odd seeing Sting switch from happy-to-be-here to silent ass-kicker when those videos start.

    And in terms of wrestling? There was some great stuff here. The Young Bucks beat TH2 in one of those overly-choreographed spotfests that fans will either love or hate (I loved it by the way). MJF defeated Orange Cassidy to retain his Dynamite Diamond Ring in a good TV main event that, to be honest, would have been better if the finish wasn’t so screwy. FTR had a nice long squash against The Varsity Blondes and I’m happy to see the latter team will be wrestling next week.

              

    Still, all those positives can’t hide the fact that this show felt like they were throwing spaghetti on the wall and hoping that something would stick. I’m actually pretty worried since this episode outperformed Winter is Coming in the ratings so this might end up being the norm. To be fair, they already announced some stuff for next week and it looks like things are going back to normal; here’s hoping that’s the case.

    Final Grade: What a mess. C. Seek out The Young Bucks vs TH2 and Kenny Omega’s promo. No Bullet-Point Party for this week, this show was tiring to watch.

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    Nico Parungo is a freelance contributor for Geeky PH and previously wrote for Epicstream. He provides weekly recaps of AEW Dynamite for Smark Henry and has contributed several reviews of PWR and MWF shows. 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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