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We have a new Cruiserweight Champion! Breezango become heavy machinery! And WALTER becomes the first man to beat Kushida!
I’m El Fakidor Laurie Blake, click the thumbs up, leave a comment and give us a subscribe and click the I above my head to let us know who you think won the Wednesday Night War this week: NXT or AEW Dynamite.
Luke will be reviewing that over-hyped t-shirt company’s show in a bit, but first I’m giving you the rundown of NXT for October the 9th.
Things kicks off with a hot opener over the newly renamed NXT Cruiserweight Championship, it’s still the same belt and still utterly gross but at least the ropes aren’t purple.
Lio Rush was a hungry challenger to Drew Gulak’s title coming out of the gate with Mach 5 feats of flying.
But he gets himself grounded like someone just flew a drone over Gatwick airport after Gulak shoves him from the top rope sending him crashing into the conveniently placed ring crew.
They closing moments following a tense submission battle see Rush land a side on frog splash, his impossible springboard cutter and the Final Hour to pick up the victory and become the new Cruiserweight Champion.
Big Willy Reegs comes out to present the title but Gulak snatches it away before giving it over like an angry present and a respectful handshake.
We’re then reminded that Finn Balor is NXT and Tegan Nox has working knees.
Then Rhea Ripley makes her way down to the ring for another squash match.
And this time she moshes off Aaliyah, who foolishness decides to rake the back at one point, drawing the ire of Ripley and earning herself a ride on the big swing.
A sort of figure four lock that Rhea uses to twirl Aaliyah through the air, slam her to the mat and make her tap.
Post-match Rhea grabs a mic and tells Baszler she’s coming for her. I’m glad they’re positioning Ripley like this.
Next up we get the Benny Benassi remix of Breezango’s entrance as the pair try to find Satisfaction in a match against yeast-based tag team Ever-Rise.
Except they don’t because Jaxson Ryker walks out onto the ramp carrying both lads and then uh, just inserts Wesley Blake and Steve Cutler into a regular tag match with them… the villainy, it’s unparalleled.
The match was built around a Fandango hot tag which kick started a rumba in the jungle, but the extra man power in the Sons corner left Breezango in a certain way, fittingly starting with the phonetic letter FOXTROT.
Next Cameron Grimes literally squashes Boa with a leaping double stomp after Killian Dain distracts everyone on the ramp.
Grimes grabs his hat and makes himself disappear like the swamp wizard he is, while Dain decides to squash Boa some more – dumping him on the announce table and saying this is just the beginning. Will Dain now start to run rampant through the NXT roster? I kind of hope so.
Isaiah Swerve Scott takes on Roderick Strong for the North American Championship next, and in a big swerve, Scott gets in lots of offence and looks legit.
He kind of got forgotten about in the Breakout Tournament, despite feeling like the most ready made star in his opening contest – except Angle Garza and his interchangeable trousers.
I loved this match and thought it put over Swerve amazingly, though not completely as he comes a cropper to an Undisputed Era classic finish, getting distracted by the lads on the outside an eating an End of Heartache and tapping to the Stronghold.
Cole grabs a mic and says he loves NXT because the best of the best come here to see if they can measure up to UE, but that is just a dream.
Did someone say Dream? Because Velveteen Dream is on the balcony, like Baz Luhrman’s Romeo and Juliet taken to its logical extreme.
And he has a pic of Roddy’s dong, or lack there of, and this somehow is leading us to a NA Championship rematch in two weeks!
To cap it all off Tomasso Ciampa makes his way to the ring, dragging a crutch and grabbing a chair, the Era clear out and he sits down and says Goldie, Daddy’s Home.
People react to this like Daddy Ciampa went out to get a pack of cigarettes 20 years ago and go crazy.
Great match, great promos, great photo, great daddy.
A fired up Dakota Kai took on Biance Belair next, in a match that showed off what the Captain of Team Kick can do with, but ended with Belair picking up the quick victory with a KOD.
This felt like the wrong choice after Kai’s emphatic return to NXT the other week, especially as she took so much of this match, but the post promo from Belair is setting her up for a match with Rhea Ripley so I’ll forgive it.
We’re told that we’re getting Keith Lee vs Dominic Dijakovic number 75 next week as the main event and I honestly couldn’t be happier.
Then finally it’s time for the main event Kushida vs WALTER, and hoo boy what a match this was. It was streak vs streak, and not in a Roderick Dong kind of way.
This was about Kushi using speed to duck and weave through Walter’s offence, before falling victim to the power game.
There were some mad moments like WALTER blocking a sunset flip powerbomb off the apron by stomping Kushida’s face, WALTER taking the tornado hoverboard lock transition from the top rope, they even had an amazing submission trade off sequence in the middle.
The size-advantage seemingly proves to much as Walter hits the glorybomb, but Kushi kicks out, however a rip-chord lariat does the deed.
This was an incredible main event and kind of shocking to think that a televised WWE show would end with a main event between a Japanese guy and an Austrian billed as top stars.
Almost time for AEW but click the ‘i’ above my head to give your rating of this week’s NXT – where you can choose from: An EST NXT, Undisputed-ly Good, The Fine-est, 2 Out of 5 Live, and *cough* Cameron Grimes’ Hat.
This week’s NXT had a blistering opener and a strong finish, everything in between was definitely good, but we are clearly in the building phase after last week’s blow-out mini TakeOver.
There are feuds to set-up and story still to uncover, it’s just that middle hour felt like too much teasing and promising and I get enough of that at home with the missus… *cough*
So overall I’m giving this week’s NXT a low Undisputed-ly Good.
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Private Party advance in the tag title tournament! Darby Allin will face Chris Jericho next week! And the Midcard of Evil get themselves a brand new name. I am Luke Owen, and this is my review the 9th of October 2019 edition of AEW Dynamite.
A stacked night of wrestling kicked off with the tag title tournament match between The Young Bucks and Private Party, the latter of which were billed from a location you need an invitation to, and their weight was described in vodka cranberry. I think if I was a wrestler I’d have my weight announced in cups of tea. And it would be lots of cups of tea.
This match was awesome, and not only highlighted why The Young Bucks are so bloody good, but why they signed Private Party to AEW. Isiah Cassidy and Marc Quen are both incredible wrestlers, and their tandem moves are often mind blowing. The story of the match was that the more it went on, the more frustrated the Bucks became – seen as though they were the #1 seeds in the tournament, and Private Party were the #8 seed. Private Party refused to die, and it led to a more vicious side of Bucks. After a series of really good nearfalls, Quen rolled Matt Jackson up off a reversed Meltzer Driver for the shock win. An amazing showcase for Private Party, and a great story of them advancing over the experienced team. If this was what we can expect from this tag tournament going forward, we’re going to have a lot of great wrestling on TV.
AEW Champion Chris Jericho came out with his cronies of Sammy Gueverra, Jake Hager, Santana and Ortiz, who said that Dynamite was the highest rated premiere on TNT in years and that was all down to him and his new friends – including Sammy who he called a Spanish God and shouted at us to look at how sexy he is. He also introduced the former LAX, Santana & Ortiz, who he said are back alley brutes and he likes them. However when introducing Jake Hager, he was drowned out by chants of We The People, which was the chant for Hager’s previous WWE gimmick when he was Jack Swagger. Jericho told everyone to shut up, and said We The People sucked, calling it “a stupid idea from bad creative”. But remember it’s not a war. He also ran down Cody ahead of their Full Gear match in November, and introduced this group as the Inner Circle – a possible reference to the TV Inner Circle, which TNT used recently for feedback on the first episode of AEW. They also have a new t-shirt, which proved so popular it crashed Pro Wrestling Tees. I was unconvinced about this group last week, fearing it would be another Midcard of Evil, but this one promo cemented them as a real faction, and Jake Hager is a really intimidating presence standing behind Jericho. WHY WON’T YOU BLINK, MAN?!
And Jericho is set to be in action next week when he defends his AEW Championship against Darby Allin, who beat Jimmy Havoc in a very entertaining and hard hitting match. There was a nice bit of storytelling in the match, with Havoc continually bitting Allin’s fingers, but Allin did the same to him as he attempted the Acid Rainmaker, hitting the Flipping Stunner and Coffin Drop for the win. This put Allin over very strong, and also established that Havoc could be in the AEW Championship conversation some day.
AEW Women’s Champion Riho teamed with Dr. Britt Baker to take on Bea Priestley and Emi Sakura in an entertaining tag bout, which was designed to further push Baker as a top contender but also continue her feud with Priestley. There was also a nice bit of commentary work when they pointed out that Riho’s only loss in AEW came from a tag match where she teamed with Baker. Emi Sakura had her moments to shine, including an impressive spear from outside the ropes to the inside and into the corner. Sounds weird but trust me it was great. The babyfaces ran wild, and Baker picked up the win with the Mandible Claw on Sakura. She will face Riho next week for the AEW Women’s Championship after this win, and her win on AEW Dark – and she brawled with Bea Priestley after the match – leaving Britt with a nice shiner.
Best Friends got a video package, which Chuck Taylor called the best video he’d ever seen, and it also got the thumbs up approval from Orange Cassidy who got a massive pop.
Jon Moxley made his official AEW in-ring debut next as he took on Shawn Spears. Sorry, did I say Jon Moxley? My apologies Justin Roberts, I meant to say JAAAAAAAAAAAAAN Moxley. This was another hard-hitting match, with Spears giving Moxley a death valley driver into the barricade which looked like actual death. Spears continued to work over Moxley before he made a comeback and hit Paradigm Shift for the win.
On top of that, we also had Pac out on commentary who was asking a question that a lot of people were asking on Twitter when it was announced that Darby Allin and Jimmy Havoc would be fighting for the #1 contendership next week. Despite Havoc picking up the win at All Out, and Allin going the distance with Cody and beating Cima last week, Pac has a 2-0 record in AEW and has only been pinned once in 2 years. So where’s his shot? It’s an interesting character direction for Pac and his feud with the concept of All Elite Wrestling, furthered when Kenny Omega came out after the match to confront his Full Gear oppenent Moxley – carrying a barbed wire bat and the far more deadly a barbed wire mop. I can’t wait for that to be a weapon in the AEW video game. Omega tossed Moxley the bat, but was blindsided by Pac with a chair. This is different storylines between different characters crossing over – making AEW feel like a fleshed out world with various character with various motivations. If you’ll excuse the pun, I’m all in on that.
And in the main event, Dustin Rhodes teamed with Hangman Page to take on Inner Circle of Sammy Guevarra and Chris Jericho, which was also awesome. This may not come as a surprise, but Dustin Rhodes is an excellent pro wrestler, and Hangman Page is absolutely fantastic. The heels worked over Page for a long time, who did an excellent job of playing the babyface in peril desperate to get the hot tag to Dustin, and the crowd got hotter and hotter as each tag attempt was thwarted. Finally Dustin tagged in and ran wild, but interference from Jake Hager allowed Jericho to hit the Judas Effect for the win.
Inner Circle continued their beatdown after the match, but Cody appeared in the ring to make the save – before being blindsided by Santana & Ortiz. MJF also ran down, and in an excellent character moment teased hitting Cody with a chair, but stuck with his best friend to lay out Inner Circle. But his heelish mannerisms led to him getting a Code Breaker from Jericho. It was a great babyface moment for the very heel MJF, a very well-defined three dimensional character. The Young Bucks also ran down to get in on the action, and Darby Allin attacked Jericho with a skateboard to build their match next week. Jericho ended the show by calling Darby Allin a bitch, so you know this is super serious.
What did you think of the show? Vote in the poll above my head to let me know where you can choose from: All Elite, AEW-Some, Middle of the Rhodes, SC2 Out Of 5, and What The Buck. Last week’s debut was AEW setting out their stall for what you can expect going forward with Dynamite, and this show was all about building storylines and characters. And while last week’s show was a solid one, it was not without its issues. However all of those issues were addressed this week. The production was smoother, the commentary was clearer in explaining referee decisions, and there was a nice balance of action and story. This was an excellent episode of pro wrestling. This week’s AEW Dynamite was a very high AEW-Some.
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