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    Friday, August 13, 2021

    Reviewing the Elite (8/11/21): Welcome To Brittsburgh



    It’s AEW Dynamite! You know what that means…

    An episode that feels like an advertisement for AEW Rampage, awwww yeaaaaaaaah!

    Okay, that’s not being fair. AEW does need to make Rampage feel like a big deal, or else people will think it’s just an extension of Dark or Dark Elevation. They definitely made sure to make the second flagship show feel important since Dr. Britt Baker D.M.D. will be main eventing in her hometown of Pittsburgh—which everyone has now since dubbed Brittsburgh—against Red Velvet, and that is going to get a monstrous reaction.

    Having Dr. Baker cut a promo in her hometown to promote the AEW Women’s World Championship match was a smart move since it showed just how over she is in Brittsburgh, and they even decided to make her a bit of a cocky babyface. This gives me CM Punk in Chicago vibes, which we could be getting soon 👀—or Bret Hart in Canada vibes if you’re an older fan. One thing's for sure: AEW would be smart to lean into that going forward for future episodes in Brittsburgh.

                 

    We’re also getting Kenny Omega vs. Christian Cage early because they have a Rampage match as well—this time for the Impact World Championship. Interestingly, AEW is rushing the Christian/Omega feud since Hangman Page suddenly has more important things on his plate. 

    Now, the logical part in my brain is thinking that they will have a regular singles match in Rampage and a ladder match at All Out because running two straight singles matches back-to-back would be boring and very WWE.

    But maybe. Maybe. Christian gets taken out and replaced by someone else? Could it be someone more popular like Darby Allin or the rumored Bryan Danielson or… or… CM… Cookie Monst—damn it! I can’t even suggest his joke name until he actually debuts.

               

    These teases for Rampage and All Out were some of the biggest highlights because this was a trademark set-up episode of Dynamite, a.k.a. a necessary evil in wrestling. Nothing too important happened this week aside from Chris Jericho beating Wardlow and moving on to MJF next week. Admittedly, I LOVE the stipulation where Jericho can’t come out to "Judas," making me think that the crowd will sing it regardless, but we all knew Le Champion was beating Wardlow.

    I will say that everyone should check out the opening match where Kenny Omega and The Young Bucks beat Dante Martin and The Sydal Brothers. That was an entertaining and fast-paced match that ended up being a showcase for Top Flight’s Dante Martin, who got over with his awesome high-flying moves. I was also a fan of the finish where The Elite hit Dante with the BTE V-Trigger, which is a super sick trios move, though part of me wishes they pinned Mike Sydal instead of Dante, but that’s a nitpick.

               

    Final Grade: Aside from The Elite’s opener, Jericho vs. Wardlow in the main event, and the Britt Baker promo, this was a fairly skippable episode of Dynamite, but the few highlights we had were great. B

    Bullet Point Party

    • Why did Matt Hardy and Private Party vs. Best Friends and Wheeler Yuta take so long?! I get they were killing time, but they chose this match to do it? It wasn’t terrible, and Hardy winning was the right call since The HFO needs some credibility, but this match's length killed the crowd.
    • I have similar criticisms for Darby Allin vs. Daniel Garcia. They wanted to make Garcia look good, and he had some cool submissions, but the Dynamite audience hasn’t been given enough reason to care about him or think he’s a threat to Darby. At least Darby and Sting’s tag match next week against 2.0 looks fun.
    • Kris Statlander beating Nyla Rose with Area 451 was great because Stu Grayson hit one on Karl Anderson later and made people think The Dark Order was gonna win the Impact World Tag Team Championships. Also, both of these matches were short and (too) sweet, which can’t be said for the two matches above that I just criticized.
    • The build to PAC vs. Andrade El Idolo hasn't been great, but I can fuck with their upcoming All Out match.
    • QT Marshall and The Factory are a joke, but at least no one will bitch about Paul Wight beating them up.
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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 for 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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