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    Friday, December 4, 2020

    Reviewing the Elite (12/2/20): Impact is Coming



    For a show called Winter is Coming, this sure was a hot episode of AEW Dynamite.

    This sure was a HOT episode. HOT.

    *ahem*

    Winter is Coming was an exciting and newsworthy show that just made you feel good about being a wrestling fan, you know? The fact that this episode had the return of Sting—or as Tony Schiavone calls him—STIIIIIING, was big news in itself but ending with a new AEW World Champion and teasing an Impact Wrestling invasion will ensure this episode’s place in the annals of wrestling history.

    So, Sting’s debut, awesome shit huh?
               

    First of all, the music that Sting came out to was AWESOME. The guitar playing in unison with a gothic piano (or keyboard) is a combination made for eargasms. I won’t get too into it since Smark Henry’s own Stan Sy will probably cover this in a future episode of #ThemeSongTuesday but Sting’s song helped elevate his debut, perfectly going with the presence this man has, along with the fake snow and blue lights that made his entrance feel as atmospheric as possible.

    You can criticize the fact that Sting is a 61-year-old man who scared away three young dudes with a baseball bat, but all of that criticism washed away when he stared down Arn Anderson, Dustin Rhodes, and Cody Rhodes, the biggest Sting mark of all, apparently. 




    Of course, the real story here is the long stare down he had with Darby Allin, where Sting looked at both sides of Darby’s face. I don’t know if a match between the two will be good but I’m already looking forward to the crazy videos the TNT Champion will be making for this rivalry.

    Sting being in AEW might be great but Kenny Omega winning the AEW World Championship through heel tactics and seemingly defecting to Impact Wrestling is assuredly great. You don’t see a lot of invasion angles in wrestling unless it's Survivor Series, the most creatively dead pay-per-view of the past few years, so having an actual invasion where two companies are clearly working together to excite fans ensures nothing but good things.
               

    It wasn’t just the angle that was good since Kenny Omega and Jon Moxley put on one hell of a main event before all the craziness happened. Admittedly, this wasn’t a pay-per-view quality main event since the three best matches from Full Gear were better than this but the work was still great. The best moment of this match was easily that part where Moxley and Omega were wailing on each other while sitting on chairs, which Moxley seemingly won before getting his head clocked by an awesome V-Trigger.

    By now, you all know what happened; Don Callis and Kenny Omega were in cahoots to get the AEW World Championship off Mox. Major props to AEW for having Callis appear in video packages and having him commentate a few times, making us comfortable with his presence whenever Kenny has a big match so that his run-in would cause some actual shock. The screwjob had Don dropping a microphone to the ring so Omega could bust Moxley wide open before killing him with four V-Triggers and finally winning the belt with his signature One-Winged Angel. 

    When do we hear Kenny’s explanation? This coming Tuesday (Wednesday, Manila time) on Impact Wrestling. Wrestling is the fucking best.

    Final Grade: In terms of making an impact, pun FULLY intended, the Winter is Coming edition of Dynamite gets a freaking A+

    Bullet-Point Party:

    • MJF and Orange Cassidy are the finalists in the Diamond Battle Royal: This was much better than last year’s battle royal with a ton of fun stories told throughout: Hangman Page getting along with The Dark Order, The Inner Circle imploding, Matt Hardy using Private Party for his own success, Shawn Spears and Scorpio Sky continuing their rivalry, Miro teasing a rivalry with Wardlow—all of this made for a fun opener. My only complaint was Kip Sabian not winning the ring and giving it to Penelope Ford but hey, there's always next year.
    • Britt Baker wins a tough battle against “Legit” Leyla Hirsch, brawls with Thunder Rosa afterward: Britt Baker, once again, showed how much better she’s gotten since coming back from injury in this really solid match. It also helps that she was wrestling Leyla Hersch, who keeps putting on these great matches we've seen her in. Just sign her already, AEW.
    • Chris Jericho beats Frankie Kazarian in a good match that was almost great: Jericho is not the wrestler he used to be but Kaz managed to get a good match out of the guy. It also helps that Kaz is so damn good and needs one of those veteran pushes that we sometimes see in wrestling. The only thing hindering this match was the interference in the end, because, despite The Inner Circle accidentally distracting Jericho, he still won the match, making Kaz look a bit weak here. 
    • Darby Allin and Cody Rhodes beat Team Taz: This was Darby’s first win as TNT Champion, which is a bit odd but isn’t disastrous just yet. This was actually a pretty great match before Sting debuted since both teams looked really strong as the bout went on.
    • The Inner Circle have an ultimatum next week: Will they all get along or break up forever? Honestly, it’s way too early for this story. I wanted more slow-burn storytelling, which AEW is normally really good at. 
    • The Young Bucks meet The Acclaimed: The rap from The Acclaimed was pretty cringe but it is good to see this team on Dynamite after dominating AEW Dark.
    • Hikaru Shida is totally not scared of Abadon: Short segment that wasn’t great but Shida saying Abadon is just a zombie cosplayer was funny.
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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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