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    Looks like Joey Janela's taking a walk on the wild side.

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    FTR has put on some lbs since being off, but they looked really good in the ring.

    Penelope has gotten better over the last few months so it’s good to see more of her (obviously) and a push. The segment with Britt seemed like a waste and was just a random excuse to have her on TV. Meh.

    Moxley is still cool on the mic but I think he’s losing some steam. The Allin segment was weird in the sense he’s not cleared but he’s putting himself in more risk by doing his skateboarding haha.

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    I think the problem with Moxley is that he's a bonafide star and there aren't that many established guys that he can face. I love me some Brian Cage, but just like with Lee, Mox needs an opponent so they have to rush Cage into the title picture instead of building him up for a few months. Moxley needs a hot feud that can last over the summer, but I don't know who can step up. This makes a strong case for stretching out the Jericho feud longer.

    Thought the same about Allin. I still don't get what that spot was in the ladder match. He just let Cage throw him wildly out of the ring. What a nutjob, lol.

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    Week 01: 1,409,000 viewers
    Week 02: 1,018,000 viewers (plus 122,000 on TruTV)
    Week 03: 1,014,000 viewers
    Week 04: 963,000 viewers
    Week 05: 759,000 viewers
    Week 06: 822,000 viewers
    Week 07: 957,000 viewers
    Week 08: 893,000 (first week to lose to NXT)
    Week 09: 663,000 viewers (NXT higher)
    Week 10: 851,000 viewers
    Week 11: 778,000 viewers (tie)
    Week 12: 683,000 viewers
    Week 13 (after being off the week prior): 967,000 viewers
    Week 14: 947,000 viewers
    Week 15: 940,000 viewers
    Week 16: 871,000 viewers
    Week 17: 828,000 viewers
    Week 18: 928,000 viewers
    Week 19: 817,000 viewers
    Week 20: 893,000 viewers
    Week 21: 865,000 viewers
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    Week 32: 654,000 viewers
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    Give me a Jericho/OC feud any day, it’s going to be amazing. Shame there’s no crowd for the reactions.

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    Oh yeah... its time once again, for everybody to come aboard The AEW Dynamite Express! Its Wednesday night, on TNT -- Its almost time to light the wick, burn that candle at both ends and watch the wax puddle on the floor. The heat is sweltering inside and out, and its time for another Coronavirus-controlled burning banger, brought to you by those cosplay cosmonauts, those whacked-out warriors, those out-of-this-world talents so alien to us, we never know what they're going to bring back to Earth via our TV screens -- Its time, ladies and gentlemen and everyone else in between -- FOR AEW WEDNESDAY NIGHT....



    - We're live and in living color, with those cults of personality AEW calls its wrestlers, from Daily's Place in lovely -- and recently re-closed -- Orlando, Florida! And tonight we'll see...



    - For The AEW Tag-Team Titles -- "What Do You Do With A Drunken Cowboy?" "Hangman" Adam Page and Kenny "Twinkle Toes McFinger Bang" Omega (C) vs. The Natural Nightmares - Dustin Rhodes and QT Marshall




    - Le Sex Gods - Chris "Judas In My Mind" Jericho and Sammy "New Eddie Guerrero?" Guevara vs. The Ambiguously Gay Best Friends - Chuck "Hatchet Headed Fuck Knuckle" Taylor and Trent? No Last Name Given -- If The Best Friends lose, Jericho and Guevara become the new tag-team title Number 1 Contenders.



    For The AEW TNT Championship -- Cody Rhodes vs. A Mystery Opponent -- Who will it be? Cody's longtime rival MJF? A former WWE competitor? Andre The Giant? Mr T? Who knows?!!!





    - In more thrilling tag-team action - The Young Bucks vs. Kip "Not The Only Kip On This Episode" Sabian and Jimmy "Immune To The Coronavirus Due To His Many Other Infectious Diseases" Havoc.




    - In a grudge match -- MJF takes on "The Ass Man" Billy "Badass" "The One" Gunn



    - Anna Jay is in action!

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    Why is it Dustin and Brandi are constantly trying to cock block QT Marshall?

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    What the hell did I just watch ha.

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    “I wanna be a character. I want to put on a show.”

    Oh... for fuck sake.

    How about “I’m a fucking badass athlete. I’m a Bulldogs fan and I’ll dog your ass until I win. When I’m out there, this show’s all about me.”

    Enough of this “It’s all just a show” bullshit.

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    Swerve, bro!

    Anna Jay gets a promo video and then killed by the monster chick. And now she’s going to be recruited into The Dork Odor.

    ... and nobody cares.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Griffin View Post
    What the hell did I just watch ha.
    The Value Village bootleg of Rosemary from TNA.

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    I can see the Le Sex Gods being great entertaining champions. I'm hoping it happens.

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    Chris Jericho selling for Fuck Taylor is like Mike Tyson getting his ass kicked by some random dork at the YMCA.

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    And in one moment, Orange Cassidy goes from being a joke to, at least slightly, legit. I’m kinda cool with Jericho/Cassidy.

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    That was a damn fun main event. Trent? was totally the star of that match. He’s incredibly underrated.

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    Man, I was definitely predicting that Le Sex Gods were going to wind up winning that match and wrestling for the tag-team titles at Fyter Fest.

    But then I remembered it was a TV special and not a pay-per-view. So yeah, it makes sense to save a marquee match like Jericho and Guevara vs. Omega and Page for an actual pay-per-view event. As much as I hate to say it, because I can't stand Orange Cassidy or Chuck Taylor, The Best Friends have actually garnered some real, solid momentum. I don't think for one second they'll win the titles, but they'll have a solid match with Omega and Page as far as TV matches go.

    If they're actually going to lean into the "Orange Cassidy is pissed and he's trying!!!" thing, then a Jericho/Cassidy match should be fun. I see it going 8 minutes, Cassidy beats the shit out of Jericho for 99% of it, low blow or a baseball bat shot, Judas Effect, and Jericho wins. If Jericho is going to be playing in the shallow end of the pool with the underneath dorks, he at least needs to look like a strong swimmer at the end of it.

    Rhodes/Starks was good fun. Of the three TNT Championship matches, this was the least compelling. Ricky Starks is a talented kid, but we already have a Sammy Guevara -- A good looking, cocky, high-flying, young Hispanic guy. It wasn't bad, but booking Cody against a guy who hasn't ever been part of the company kind of gives away the finish. Especially because they've already been heating up Rhodes/Hager. Which should be a barn burner.

    The Young Bucks/Superbad Squad was... meh? Typical Young Bucks shit. Whatever. The running gag of Jimmy Havoc constantly trying to bludgeon or decapitate his opponents with different tools is funny, but it sure makes him look like kind of an idiot when he gets caught almost every time.

    The Natural Nightmares/Drinky Cowboy And Twinkle Toes McGee was solid. Dustin, Page, and QT are all three good enough to hold a match together while Omega does "Omega stuff".

    The Butcher And The Blade still looked like two sailors on shore leave. Ditch the all white outfits, guys.

    Anna Jay joining The Dark Order...? Who cares? She's been featured twice and this was the only time they gave her a vignette or any kind of personality. And they muddled things by jobbing her to Value Village Rosemary.

    Britt Baker is the best female promo in the industry right now. Its a shame she's injured. "Friendship time-out".
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    Oh yeah, no matter what they do, AEW can't make me care about Big Swole.

    I don't care how many times they make her parody The Undertaker.

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    Anna Jay seems to be getting quite a bit of attention for someone who didn't seem to be on the radar until they went to QT's gym in Atlanta. She started as a standout jobber, then she got a profile before jobbing to a gimmick act, and now she's being teased for joining The Dark Order. It's certainly a series of events but if it amounts to anything remains to be seen.

    Not sure if the time for MJF was best utilized this week. He probably didn't need to be put into a position where he needed as much help as he got to beat, of all people, Billy [redacted].

    Good to see they move the TNT Championship matches out of the main event. Seemed overindulgent to constantly have it in the main event against people not exactly seen as main event people.

    Curious to see how much stalling they plan to go through before they actually get to FTR and The Bucks.

    Goes without saying it sucks Britt is hurt but they're doing a nice job with making her minutes count when she's on TV.

    Le Sex Gods are easily going to be tag champions at some point. It's just a matter of how they want to execute that. Jericho/OC is going to be good. It'll go through the spectrum of emotions in the build and the match. Something good for Jericho to do to fill time and provide a good spotlight for OC.

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    Week 01: 1,409,000 viewers
    Week 02: 1,018,000 viewers (plus 122,000 on TruTV)
    Week 03: 1,014,000 viewers
    Week 04: 963,000 viewers
    Week 05: 759,000 viewers
    Week 06: 822,000 viewers
    Week 07: 957,000 viewers
    Week 08: 893,000 (first week to lose to NXT)
    Week 09: 663,000 viewers (NXT higher)
    Week 10: 851,000 viewers
    Week 11: 778,000 viewers (tie)
    Week 12: 683,000 viewers
    Week 13 (after being off the week prior): 967,000 viewers
    Week 14: 947,000 viewers
    Week 15: 940,000 viewers
    Week 16: 871,000 viewers
    Week 17: 828,000 viewers
    Week 18: 928,000 viewers
    Week 19: 817,000 viewers
    Week 20: 893,000 viewers
    Week 21: 865,000 viewers
    Week 22: 906,000 viewers
    Week 23: 766,000 viewers
    Week 24: 932,000 viewers
    Week 25: 819,000 viewers
    Week 26: 685,000 viewers
    Week 27: 692,000 viewers (NXT higher)
    Week 28: 683,000 viewers (NXT higher)
    Week 29: 731,000 viewers
    Week 30: 693,000 viewers
    Week 31: 732,000 viewers
    Week 32: 654,000 viewers
    Week 33: 701,000 viewers
    Week 34: 827,000 viewers
    Week 35: 730,000 viewers
    Week 36: 677,000 viewers
    Week 37: 772,000 viewers

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    I credit the jump in viewership from last week to this week on Anna Jay and Billy Gunn.

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    Decent show this week. I’m liking FTR as tweeners, I don’t think I’ve seen them hit their finishing move properly, it’s a bit shit now.

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    Brian cage sounds like something from a mortal Kombat show what a stupid idiot

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris Scott View Post
    Decent show this week. I’m liking FTR as tweeners, I don’t think I’ve seen them hit their finishing move properly, it’s a bit shit now.
    Probably because they keep doing it on the Butcher who's twice their size.

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    True but maybe apart from Kofi(he is an amazing seller) I’ve not seen a good one yet.

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    They never seem to get timing right. Where the Dudley’s with the 3D 8/10 times got it right.

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    What did Sammy Guevara do? Hes been suspended by AEW...

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    Quote Originally Posted by ckauffman28 View Post
    What did Sammy Guevara do? Hes been suspended by AEW...
    Made inappropriate comment about Sasha Banks four years ago.

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    He said something about wanting to rape her. He saw her at a WWE event and i guess was trying to express how hot she was. Poor choice of words.

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    What he said was wrong and I'm not backing him up, but if Sasha said the same thing about Sammy would this have blown up so big? Probably not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JuveLeo View Post
    What he said was wrong and I'm not backing him up, but if Sasha said the same thing about Sammy would this have blown up so big? Probably not.
    Uhhh...what? Yes, absolutely.

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    definitely not.

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    If Sasha said "i dont care if he wants it or not, I would fuck Sammy G." nobody would bat an eye.

    This should be a non story. Remember, there are actual abusers out there

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    i actually think it's a reasonable "double standard" that sasha making a comment like that about sammy would probably be much less of a big deal, since a man is genuinely a threat to a woman but a woman isn't genuinely a threat to a man. but the point is, it's entirely obvious sammy's comment was just an attempt at raunchy humor in very bad taste. since it's become an issue, it would be appropriate to maybe have him off TV for a week or two and "strongly suggest" he make a voluntary donation of a reasonable sum to a women-based charity as a token of him recognizing he said something he shouldn't. no reason for it to be any more than that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mth View Post
    Uhhh...what? Yes, absolutely.
    I highly doubt that.

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    Kendra Lust just Tweeted out that she wants to eat out Sasha Banks and @-ed her.

    Making unwanted sexual advances on someone, in this case even tagging them in a Tweet is pretty bad. When you're a woman and you're propositioning another woman, who isn't gay? Yeah... not cool.

    Sammy G said one stupid thing about Sasha Banks like 4 years ago on a podcast probably 15 people heard. And he's being dragged to Hell for it.

    ... yeah.. let's talk about those double standards, kids.

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    In a vacuum it's a harsh punishment, as he's not done it while on the books, it wasn't a direct action or threat and he's made his apologies both to the public and more importantly the addressed. But, you can't go around on podcasts saying you would rape somebody. It is an interesting grey area though. In films, obviously, characters are able to say anything to anybody as it's fiction and vocabulary creates the narrative for the film. Same with music. Creative license. So when a wrestler goes on a podcast, is he still presumed in character? It's a weird industry where guys continue their characters in the so called real world. Leonardo DiCaprio isn't playing Jordan Belfort on twitter, but Rebecca Knox does play Becky Lynch on hers. Where is the line in wrestling? At what point do they turn it off?

    It's why half of these people are utter lunatics. It's never ending method acting. Look at Hulk Hogan. That cunt has no fucking idea who Terry Bollea is. Not a scooby. He's Hulk Hogan from the time he puts his socks on to the time he takes them off. He got a paycheck for saying in court that Hulk Hogan's cock is bigger than Terry Bollea's! It's obscene. I'm working my gimmick, bro. Joey Ryan's probably worked himself into molesting people based on the wrestling character he's created. You have to completely deconstruct this ideal of kayfabe to eradicate it, really. No shoot names on camera, no worked names off it. Your existence as that character begins and ends with the curtain. If you're on a podcast or twitter, no ambiguity, your views are your own and you live or die with them.

    Most wrestlers start when they're very young too, 15, 16. Essentially, by law and by reality, malleable children. They're creating this wrestling character that consumes them before adulthood. How do you separate from it when you don't know who you are yet? It's such a psychological burden on a young person's brain, knowing that this extension of you is the person you have to project to advance in that line of work. You're working with adults who are psychologically affected from years of this, and you look up to them. If you're looking at the correlation between wrestlers and young girls, if you're starting wrestling young you're not getting that vital period in your life where you're, well, growing up. So from a structural level, there has to be an age limit to this shit, no questions asked. I wouldn't be training anybody under the age of 21. That would now be illegal. Encourage them to take acting classes or gymnastics, but professional wrestling absolutely not. Go and be you for the first part of adulthood, so you know who you is when the camera turns off.

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    I don't know too many wrestlers, even in character, who'd willingly and openly say they'd rape a woman.

    Sammy G wasn't in character. He wasn't "working". He's just a kid who said something stupid that came back to bite him in the ass.

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    That's my point, they're always, to a point, "working". The lines between reality and character get blurred within the bizarre profession that is wrestling. In Sammy's case yeah, likely the naive use of language when you're young. I can't think of anybody that's exempt from that, truthfully. The wrestling industry, it's real/fake structure and young indoctrination has created a massive bunch of weird, socially deplorable human beings though. It's structure can't hide behind "a few bad apples". There's huge flaws in the matrix that facilitate such persistent levels of misconduct.

    I think, with Sammy, the reaction is fair enough. He shouldn't be cancelled, but he should be punished. Not necessarily for him, but to set an example for younger people that using language like that can be hurtful and has consequences. It doesn't make him a bad guy, but if it can serve to make people more aware of their words and actions then it's a good thing. I do hate the witch hunt that the boy has been through considering he's shown willing to be better. Not denied it, not said he didn't see the connection between the language, not said he was playing his role as an edgelord, just completely owned it. Not like these weirdos that come out with non apologies like Will Ospreay.

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    I thought Becky Lynch's real name was Rebecca Quinn.

    I doubt AEW is even punishing Sammy. They'll just keep him off TV for 2 -4 weeks, just to get the Twitter hounds off their backs. Just a slap on the wrist to Sammy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fanny Batter View Post
    In a vacuum it's a harsh punishment, as he's not done it while on the books, it wasn't a direct action or threat and he's made his apologies both to the public and more importantly the addressed. But, you can't go around on podcasts saying you would rape somebody. It is an interesting grey area though. In films, obviously, characters are able to say anything to anybody as it's fiction and vocabulary creates the narrative for the film. Same with music. Creative license. So when a wrestler goes on a podcast, is he still presumed in character? It's a weird industry where guys continue their characters in the so called real world. Leonardo DiCaprio isn't playing Jordan Belfort on twitter, but Rebecca Knox does play Becky Lynch on hers. Where is the line in wrestling? At what point do they turn it off?

    It's why half of these people are utter lunatics. It's never ending method acting. Look at Hulk Hogan. That cunt has no fucking idea who Terry Bollea is. Not a scooby. He's Hulk Hogan from the time he puts his socks on to the time he takes them off. He got a paycheck for saying in court that Hulk Hogan's cock is bigger than Terry Bollea's! It's obscene. I'm working my gimmick, bro. Joey Ryan's probably worked himself into molesting people based on the wrestling character he's created. You have to completely deconstruct this ideal of kayfabe to eradicate it, really. No shoot names on camera, no worked names off it. Your existence as that character begins and ends with the curtain. If you're on a podcast or twitter, no ambiguity, your views are your own and you live or die with them.

    Most wrestlers start when they're very young too, 15, 16. Essentially, by law and by reality, malleable children. They're creating this wrestling character that consumes them before adulthood. How do you separate from it when you don't know who you are yet? It's such a psychological burden on a young person's brain, knowing that this extension of you is the person you have to project to advance in that line of work. You're working with adults who are psychologically affected from years of this, and you look up to them. If you're looking at the correlation between wrestlers and young girls, if you're starting wrestling young you're not getting that vital period in your life where you're, well, growing up. So from a structural level, there has to be an age limit to this shit, no questions asked. I wouldn't be training anybody under the age of 21. That would now be illegal. Encourage them to take acting classes or gymnastics, but professional wrestling absolutely not. Go and be you for the first part of adulthood, so you know who you is when the camera turns off.
    i'd support a minimum age of 18 to be trained but definitely not 21. there shouldn't be further age-based restrictions on what people want to do once they're adults.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JuveLeo View Post
    I highly doubt that.
    Seems like all these "double standards" folks would be more than ready to point fingers and make sure everyone knew LOOK A WOMAN SAID A THING TOO.
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    Tonight's card:

    -#FTR vs. SCU
    -Brodie & Colt vs. Janela & Kiss
    -Luchasaurus vs. Wardlow (LUMBERJACK MATCH)
    -Matt Hardy vs. Santana
    -Brian Cage vs. ???
    -Hikaru Shida (c) vs. ???
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    Jon Moxley and QT Marshall both are inactive tonight, due to potential contact with COVID-19.

    SCU gets the call to sub in for QT & Dustin.

    Instead of Moxley being "in action," Brian Cage will be wrestling someone instead.

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    I missed the lumberjack match. Anybody see it? Was it any good? Just tuned into the show now
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    Quote Originally Posted by JuveLeo View Post
    I missed the lumberjack match. Anybody see it? Was it any good? Just tuned into the show now

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    it's such a tragedy orange cassidy's push isn't happening in front of normal crowds.

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    Damn his ear look busted up pretty bad. Should be a fun match at Fyter Fest

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    Either Anderson is going to betray Cody or seduce him to the dark side. That kind of feels like the two routes for Cody. I'm thinking the turn is the bigger play later.

    Really good tag match between SCU and FTR. Pretty good promo package to build the tag title match at Fyter Fest. I don't see those titles changing but I appreciate them trying to make the match matter.

    I still really don't know what to make of The Dark Order. They've been doing a bunch of random things to varying degrees and I don't think it's really amounted too much. Like, you can make a case that a bunch of small piece can add up to a cool collage but I don't think we've gotten to that point yet.

    I have to think AEW has to be scrambling with Renee Young testing positive for Covid in light of who her husband is. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to presume the chances are relatively strong that Moxley could test positive for it unless they were EXTREMELY proactive and self-isolating.

    I can only imagine the response from the crowd for all of the Cassidy/Jericho stuff.

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    Week 01: 1,409,000 viewers
    Week 02: 1,018,000 viewers (plus 122,000 on TruTV)
    Week 03: 1,014,000 viewers
    Week 04: 963,000 viewers
    Week 05: 759,000 viewers
    Week 06: 822,000 viewers
    Week 07: 957,000 viewers
    Week 08: 893,000 (first week to lose to NXT)
    Week 09: 663,000 viewers (NXT higher)
    Week 10: 851,000 viewers
    Week 11: 778,000 viewers (tie)
    Week 12: 683,000 viewers
    Week 13 (after being off the week prior): 967,000 viewers
    Week 14: 947,000 viewers
    Week 15: 940,000 viewers
    Week 16: 871,000 viewers
    Week 17: 828,000 viewers
    Week 18: 928,000 viewers
    Week 19: 817,000 viewers
    Week 20: 893,000 viewers
    Week 21: 865,000 viewers
    Week 22: 906,000 viewers
    Week 23: 766,000 viewers
    Week 24: 932,000 viewers
    Week 25: 819,000 viewers
    Week 26: 685,000 viewers
    Week 27: 692,000 viewers (NXT higher)
    Week 28: 683,000 viewers (NXT higher)
    Week 29: 731,000 viewers
    Week 30: 693,000 viewers
    Week 31: 732,000 viewers
    Week 32: 654,000 viewers
    Week 33: 701,000 viewers
    Week 34: 827,000 viewers
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    Week 37: 772,000 viewers
    Week 38: 633,000 viewers (NXT higher)

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    Significant loss there for AEW, other losses were very close. It will be interesting to see the next couple of weeks, with Fyter Fest.

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    I have to wonder what caused such a huge drop for AEW while NXT remained steady. Was no Moxley and Guevara a deal breaker for so many people?

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    I know its purely speculation and whatnot, but given that AEW's viewers tend to skew toward the smarky side of the fan base and that almost all of them are very much tied to social media and Twitter and the like, maybe AEW's drop in viewership had to do with all the bad news about so many formerly "fan-favorite" wrestlers? I know they didn't work for AEW. But the Joey Ryan-types of the world were in the orbit of AEW. There's a lot of mental association there. This might have been the week where some people just had enough of it and said "meh, fuck wrestling" and watched something else Wednesday night.

    Like how viewership dropped off after Chris Benoit died.

    There's also a lot of major news out there about Covid-19 cases increasing, #BLM coverage, there was a major press conference/live stream about the new Avengers game that same day, The Last of Us 2 just came out.

    There's a lot of other things to engage with besides AEW.

    They'll probably bounce back hard with Fyter Fest next week.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spudz Mackenzie View Post
    I know its purely speculation and whatnot, but given that AEW's viewers tend to skew toward the smarky side of the fan base and that almost all of them are very much tied to social media and Twitter and the like, maybe AEW's drop in viewership had to do with all the bad news about so many formerly "fan-favorite" wrestlers? I know they didn't work for AEW. But the Joey Ryan-types of the world were in the orbit of AEW. There's a lot of mental association there. This might have been the week where some people just had enough of it and said "meh, fuck wrestling" and watched something else Wednesday night.

    Like how viewership dropped off after Chris Benoit died.

    There's also a lot of major news out there about Covid-19 cases increasing, #BLM coverage, there was a major press conference/live stream about the new Avengers game that same day, The Last of Us 2 just came out.

    There's a lot of other things to engage with besides AEW.

    They'll probably bounce back hard with Fyter Fest next week.
    But by that case, wouldn't NXT viewers have dropped also?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Donald View Post
    But by that case, wouldn't NXT viewers have dropped also?
    I suppose that should've been the case.

    Eh, its all just speculation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Donald View Post
    But by that case, wouldn't NXT viewers have dropped also?
    I don’t really see a direct correlation as to why we would have seen a drop on NXT’s side due to it. It’s not like NXT has had to decide to scrub performers out of their library like The Bucks decides they had to with Being the Elite footage. The performers in question were directly tied by employment or loose affiliation to AEW.

    I think the general theory is a good one to see why AEW would see a dip, and it seems like AEW’s audience is good to go away when other things are happening in the world and just come back via DVR.

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    Awww yeah baby... who's ready? Who's ready for another wild week of Wednesday warfare, as AEW ignites the night with their welcome Wednesday wild storm of wrestling chaos known around the world as AEW's Wednesday Night...






    - And tonight we're in line for a summer festival two-parter like never seen before. We don't have to hop a boat to an island and go eat baloney and cheese in a tent made of plastic bags and promoter's lies and best wishes. No, we can settle in and enjoy Night 1 of AEW's two-night summer spectacular -- FYTER FEST


    - And on Night 1 of AEW's super summer spectacular -- Too big for just one night we'll see...




    - For The TNT Championship -- Cody Rhodes defends his title against Jake "Has A Lot Of Swagger" Hager




    - For The AEW Tag-Team Championships -- "Cowboy Brand Whiskey Goes Down Smooth" - "Hangman" Adam "Can You Get A DUI On A Horse?" Page and "Twinkle Toes McFinger Bang-Bang" Kenny "Olivier" Omega defend their Tag-Team titles against The Ambiguously Gay Best Friends Duo -- Chuck "What 'Da Fuck?" Taylor and Trent? "No Last Name Given".




    - For The AEW Women's Championship -- Hikaru "Now Has A Youtube Channel" Shida defends her title against "Super Bitch" Penelope Ford




    - In a tag-team grudge match -- Private Party - Marq Quen and Isiah Kassady take on The Inner Circle's very own Proud And Powerful -- Santana and Ortiz




    - In yet another tag-team war -- The Jurassic Express -- Luchasauraus and "Jungle Jack Perry" Jungle Boy w/Marko "Stunted Growth" Stunt take on the team of "You've Never Met Another MJF(er Quite Like Me") and "The War Dog" Wardlow.


    - And there's your lot for tonight. A loaded free TV card, as close to a pay-per-view as you can get without having to give them your credit card number. AEW's giving the milk away for free and next week, somebody might be going home with a new cow.

    Enjoy the show!

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    unless im forgetting something, that might have been the best match of the quarantine.

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    Jake Roberts has done 8 balls of cocaine bigger than Joey Nutella.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tainted Eclipse View Post
    unless im forgetting something, that might have been the best match of the quarantine.
    FTR vs. SCU from last week was leagues better.

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    Putting white subtitles in front of someone in a plain white shirt doesn’t help their readability.

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    Billionaire Khan needs to shell out some money to license a Marilyn Manson or a Rob Zombie tune for these Darby Allin vignettes.

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    Dustin comes in and hits Hager while Jericho is on commentary and just watches? For a heel faction, much of them don't like to interfere lol. Seems like the babyfaces do it often

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    “They were driven to the ring by Trent’s mom!”

    Okay, I liked that.

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    Okay, all snarky bullshit aside, that was a damn fine show.

    - The opening tag-team match was damn fun stuff. Jungle Boy and MJF have some great in-ring chemistry and I really liked the dynamic of each team having a crafty smaller dude and a big, muscled up giant dude. The only thing I didn't like was the 4-way kip-up spot. That felt weirdly "ECW" to me or something. Like one of those spots Rob-Van Dam and Jerry Lynn would do where they'd go through a series of moves, counters, and reversals and then kip up at the same time and have a face-off. Otherwise, it was fine, bordering right there on "really good". Not sure about the choice to beat Wardlow on TV. He seems like the kind of guy you should keep undefeated for a while. Also, definitely not crazy about AEW seemingly teasing dissension between MJF and Wardlow already. Those two need to stay a unit. They're better as a duo than they would be apart. Between Brodie Lee, Brian Cage, and Jake Hager -- AEW already has enough big, indestructible singles guys. Keep Wardlow as a heater, because he's not as good or as over or as ready as any of those other three.

    - Hikaru Shida vs. Penelope Ford was really good stuff. I've been skeptical of Ford, but damn, she looked great here. Loved her using Luchasaurus' "Tail Whip" finish, as a transition spot, and doing it better than him. Ford strikes me as a weird combination of Sable and Lita -- But she has a personality, unlike Sable. And she's not as sloppy and loose as Lita. I had Ford pegged as a modern day Sunny, but now I think, with a little more seasoning, she could be the next Trish. Shida looked as good as ever. I've never had a problem with her in the ring. It just felt like going from Riho to Shida was a lateral move, at the time. Now, I can see Shida is a way bigger improvement. Her strikes look good, her knees to the face look like they could bust your face in, and her Falcon Arrow is a great, cool looking finish. Dig it.

    - Cody vs. Jake Hager was fun. Cody's found the formula for a good TV match with this TNT Championship. The 20-minute time limit means Cody can get all of his stuff in, do a good bump and feed, and then pop a comeback without having to drag things out for too long. I'm a little incredulous that Hager could choke Cody into unconsciousness in the 3-seconds it took Cody to pin Hager, but that's wrestling. They wanted to make Jake look like a beast and that was relatively successfully done. We'll probably get a rematch at Fight For The Fallen in some kind of gimmick match. And that should be good stuff.

    - Darby Allin is still not my cup of tea. Dude seems like a total Hot Topic douche. Also, if you've heard Cornette's podcast lately, you'd have heard the story about Darby doing that TLC show "Sex Sent Me To The E.R." and now I just can't help but picture a naked Darby Allin skating away from a bunch of angry bees every time he's on screen.

    - Every week, Taz seems to be getting better and better at giving live promos again. I mean, the dude has a radio show, so he's not completely unaccustomed to talking to a live audience, but a 30-second promo is different than hosting a radio show. I'm pretty hyped for Mox/Cage. I still don't think Mox is losing the title, though.

    - Private Party vs. Proud and Powerful was typical stuff from both teams. I'm pretty sure Proud and Powerful are incapable of having a really bad TV match. And Private Party were tight enough and didn't blow anything. I miss the old ECW Atlas security guy pulling the velvet rope open for Private Party for their entrance. Hopefully he comes back once the 'Rona clears up.

    - The Best Friends vs. The Omega Cowboys was great shit. Really. No, really. I hate the Best Friends' gimmick. "A League of Their Own" taught me there's no crying in baseball. Well, there's no hugging in wrestling. But I'll be damned if Hatchet Head and Trent? didn't have a fantastic match with Omega and Page. It was clearly an underdog story, but Trent? and Chucky managed to look like equals with the champions. Honestly, Trent should be a major singles star and feuding with Cody over the TNT Championship. But if he needs to team with a The Kentucky Frankenstein to get main event matches and have a chance to shine -- then so be it. I can't hate it too much.

    So yeah, good match, good work, and the right team won. The Best Friends got a solid few week push and got to mix it up with the big boys and now it looks like they're teasing FTR vs. Omega and Page. That's probably your Fight For The Fallen main event right there.

    All in all, pretty good show this week. I dig it.

    As a side note - I really enjoy how AEW brands the occasional episode of Dynamite as a special event. If they're not going to run 18 pay-per-views a year like WWE used to, this is a great way to put together some bigger-than-average cards for a show and not have to charge $50 for them. Its a little bit like the old WCW "Clash of The Champions" specials and it makes shows feel more fun when they feel more "important" than average.

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    Apropos of nothing -- I really want to see a Cody/Brodie Lee match for the TNT Championship.

    There's no way that isn't a feud somebody there hasn't at least thought about.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tainted Eclipse View Post
    unless im forgetting something, that might have been the best match of the quarantine.
    In terms of AEW, it's probably up on the list but I'd probably give more credit to matches like Moxley/Lee, maybe even MJF/Jungle Boy from DON.

    Outside of Britt, Penelope has probably been the best built or most effectively-pushed female in AEW. I'd probably go as far as saying Penelope is the better-booked platinum blonde (compared to Liv Morgan on Raw). The match was pretty good as Hikaru had an impressive title defense and Penelope was booked strongly despite taking the loss.

    Hager pretty much looks good in regards to being a wrestler today except for the actual wrestling. Cody was able to get a lot going with storytelling within the match but Hager really didn't do anything for me. AEW has built itself a stable of hosses and he's gotta be near the bottom fo the pecking order for those guys, if he isn't automatically at the bottom.

    Allin has cooled off considerably over the last several weeks. Not much there to get really invested in with him.

    Moxley/Cage moving back makes sense. They had to cover their bases based on what is going down in Moxley's house. Hopefully they're just being extra cautious and Moxley is able to dodge the virus. Good stuff by Taz.

    Sue saying "have fun" as she dropped off Best Friends was pretty hilarious. The match was good but it fell victim to what was implied. Even through the attempts, it was hard to buy into the fact that Best Friends were going to be able to get the win. That probably shouldn't matter to an extent and I should just enjoy a match at face value, but I can't necessarily do that because they propped this match as a big deal, it was given the main event treatment, etc. The framing of The Bucks and Omega on one side with FTR and Page on the other was kind of interesting. Is it just continuing to rehash the tease of Omega and Page dissolving? It did seem weird to have FTR and The Bucks interacting at the end when Private Party are entering the picture as a relatively cold No. 1 contender. I know they got a win tonight but now they've got to trot out another promo package to heat up a contender that isn't likely beating Omega and Page.

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    That was probably the best women's match they've had in AEW. Probably because they both looked like they knew what they were doing. Interesting that they had Penelope kick out of the Falcon Arrow. I guess they wanted her to look somewhat strong in defeat.

    Honestly, I'd be fine if Hager never wrestled again. He's much better as an enforcer.

    I love Allin in the ring, but his packages are confusing to say the least. "I'm not cleared to wrestle, so here's some random skateboard stunts" There's something off about him. Btw, does anyone know what his injury is that won't get him cleared? Physically, he seems fine, so maybe a concussion?

    "We don't run a sloppy shop!" That was a great dig by Taz

    Overall a really good show. My favorite matches were Jurassic Express v MJF/Wardlow, Women's Title, and Private Party v Santana/Ortiz. I have to say I liked Private Party's original entrance theme better. I wonder why they changed it?

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    Something I also noticed, it felt like the "audience" lost its steam when it came to main event time. Maybe I just tuned them out but it felt like they didn't have any juice.

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    Does Swagger still do the ankle lock? Would be cool to see him go to Impact and feud with Shamrock.

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    Enjoyed Night 1, pretty much how @Spudz Mackenzie summed it up is what I thought.

    Ford looked really strong here and delivered, knew she wasn’t going to win but for a minute you thought she might’ve. Still not into Allin yet to be honest. Taz with a very good promo hyping up his dude and the match like Taz only can. I’ll be honest I know nothing of Cage and never seen anything of him before he came here so to me up to now he’s just another jacked up big guy.

    Was Jake Hager ever this bad in WWE? I just can’t get into him in AEW. Cody again delivering in his story telling of his matches.

    Shame about Sammy/Hardy for now not happening.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BGMaverick View Post
    Something I also noticed, it felt like the "audience" lost its steam when it came to main event time. Maybe I just tuned them out but it felt like they didn't have any juice.
    Yes, come main event they couldn’t be bothered it seemed.

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    Swagger had "We the People" in WWE and that's all anyone cared about. They took that away from him in AEW, I believe Chris Jericho shit on it in a promo, and now everyone see's how bland he really is.

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    Yeah that’s all I know him from in his WWE run, even forgot he was wwe champ at one time.

    How good was Jericho again on Commentary...loved him.

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    Week 01: 1,409,000 viewers
    Week 02: 1,018,000 viewers (plus 122,000 on TruTV)
    Week 03: 1,014,000 viewers
    Week 04: 963,000 viewers
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    Week 06: 822,000 viewers
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    Week 08: 893,000 (first week to lose to NXT)
    Week 09: 663,000 viewers (NXT higher)
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    Week 11: 778,000 viewers (tie)
    Week 12: 683,000 viewers
    Week 13 (after being off the week prior): 967,000 viewers
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    Nice increase for AEW. Narrowed the gap.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tainted Eclipse View Post
    unless im forgetting something, that might have been the best match of the quarantine.
    Just finished watching about ten minutes ago, and I completely agree. That match was the tits.

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    Meltzer's Fyter Fest Night 1 ratings:

    Jungleboy and Luchasaurus versus MJF and Wardlow: 4.25
    Hikaru versus Penelope: 4.0
    Cody versus Hager: 4.0
    Private Party versus Santana and Ortiz: 3.5
    Omega and Page versus Best Friends: 3.75

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    I thought the main event had a slightly flat finish, but a small criticism. I loved night one.

    “They were driven to the ring by Trent’s mom!”

    It's the way that line was added by Roberts too, like it was a completely normal way to do an introduction. So subtle, so funny.

    I love Hikaru Shida just a little bit.

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    What matches we got for night 2 then?

    The 4 man tag match
    Jericho vs Cassidy
    Archer vs Joey

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    Quote Originally Posted by Murphy View Post
    I love Hikaru Shida just a little bit.
    Watch her try to do yoga in a tight shirt and gym shorts while her cat plays with her hair, and you'll love her even more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris Scott View Post
    What matches we got for night 2 then?

    The 4 man tag match
    Jericho vs Cassidy
    Archer vs Joey
    I read online that Kenny and Hangman are defending their Tag Titles again, this time against Private Party.

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    Oh yeah, baby, baby, baby I fell from the sky... Its time, for another hot and heavy, loaded and reloaded episode of AEW's Wednesday Night dee-lite. We're fresh off of one Hell of a Fyter Fest Night 1. There's bikini babes and bust-em-ups a plenty, as the rebellious rapscallions of the TNT Network's best-performing non-NASCAR related show bring you -- straight from the brains of Tony Khan and The Elite crew -- Fyter Fest Night 2 --

    -- And we're in for one Hell of a fight on AEW Wednesday Night...



    -- And Fyter Fest Night 2 will bring the pain and bring the action, hotter and heavier than you've ever seen it as...





    -- Chris "Judas In My Mind" Jericho takes on "My Little Dog Pockets" Orange Cassidy - In a grudge match, weeks in the making. A couple weeks ago, Jericho "juiced" Cassidy with a bag or Blood Oranges. Now the Laconic Warrior wants his revenge. Can the sloth-like Cassidy overcome The Judas of AEW?





    -- Joey "The Dan Hibiki Of AEW" Janela takes on "The Murderhawk Monster" Lance Archer w/ "Noted Piss Drinker" Jake "The Snake" Roberts -- In a special grudge match.





    -- The Manager of "The Machine" Brian Cage, Taz has an important announcement to make.





    -- Nyla Rose is in action.




    -- So-Cal Uncensored - Christopher Daniels, Frankie Kazarian, and Scorpio Sky continue their rivalry with the dastardly Dark Order and Colt "Boom Boom" Cabana in six-man-tag-team action.




    -- In thrilling Eight-Man Tag-Team action - FTR -- Cash Wheeler and Dax Hardwood team with their sure-to-be future rivals The Young Bucks - Nick "Road Warrior Buck" Jackson and "Old Balding Buck" Matt Jackson to take on the fearsome foursome of The Lucha Brothers Pentagon "Ciero Miedo" Jr and Rey "Everybody Loves Reymond" Fenix and their partners The Butcher And The Blade




    -- After a successful Title defense last week against The Best Friends -- Kenny "Twinkle Toes McFinger Bang-Bang" Omega and Adam "Can You Get A DUI On A Horse?" Page defend The AEW Tag-Team Titles against Private Party - Marq Quen and Isiah Kasady -- In what's sure to be an extraordinary tag-team encounter.


    - And that's your lot for Fyter Fest Night 2. We know the "other guys" are rehashing a WCW staple on NXT. But The Great American Bash is great for cookouts and beers on the patio, baby. Stick to AEW for another hot night of cool wrestling action, and stay where the party is.
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    Page really playing a dickhead heel tonight.

    If they're teasing a heel turn, they're making it pretty obvious.

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    Since Kenny Olivier is such a video game dork, he and Page should name their V-Trigger/Buckshot Lariat combination "The Super Combo Finish".

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    Joey Janela is the 1% of germs soaps and sanitizers don't kill.

    Joey Janela is the hood scrapings from your local diner, after a surprise health department visit shuts them down, made sentient.

    Joey Janela is what happens when Frosty The Snowman is made out of energy drinks and post-masturbation shame, instead of snow.

    Joey Janela pays for foot pics of Tessa Blanchard on her Patreon.

    Joey Janela wrings out his hair and uses the grease in his car engine.

    Joey Janela borrowed $14 from me for smokes and never paid me back.

    Joey Janela being from Asbury Park, New Jersey is causing Bam-Bam-Bigelow to roll over in his grave so hard, it causes seismic activity.
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    FTW Title?

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    Damn... called it... just under the wire.

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    So will the FTW championship be the equivalent to a United States type title? TNT belt has to be the second best i think.

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    Damn... they finally bothered to mention The Butcher being world famous in Every Time I Die.

    It only took them.. what? Eight months?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JuveLeo View Post
    So will the FTW championship be the equivalent to a United States type title? TNT belt has to be the second best i think.
    I think its going to be more of a symbolic title. Like the Million Dollar Championship.

    After Moxley/Cage finish their business, we'll probably get an angle where Darby Allin comes back and steals it and we'll get a Cage/Allin feud over it.

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    Holy shit!

    Holy shit!

    No, seriously, holy shit!

    Canadian Destroyer off the top, into a mass of humanity.

    That was wild stuff.

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    Big Swole can't come in?

    And nothing of value was lost.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spudz Mackenzie View Post
    I think its going to be more of a symbolic title. Like the Million Dollar Championship.

    After Moxley/Cage finish their business, we'll probably get an angle where Darby Allin comes back and steals it and we'll get a Cage/Allin feud over it.
    Yeah, you're probably right. I don't think the belt will last too long in my opinion though.

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    4 way tag was a fantastic match. That Canadian destroyer over the top rope was insane!!!

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    Nyla Rose is getting a new manager.

    Now guys... don't say "no" right away, but...


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    Weird question... but... what happened to the random bikini ladies they had as set dressing last week?

    They couldn't afford them for two weeks in a row?

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    Rip yokozuna

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    Tonight's show has been great so far. These tag matches have been off the hook. Colt Cabana's hematoma looks brutal

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sasori View Post
    Tonight's show has been great so far. These tag matches have been off the hook. Colt Cabana's hematoma looks brutal
    Is that real? Or was that just makeup?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spudz Mackenzie View Post
    Is that real? Or was that just makeup?
    Hard to tell, but that swelling looked pretty legit.

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    Wow. Now that's a fucking match.

    I never thought I'd say this, but Orange Cassidy did everything in that match so, so right. The fucker went from being a goof I couldn't stand to a legit star in one match. And the right guy went over.

    That's how you do an "underneath guy vs. major star"- style match. That was "Ric Flair vs. George South" levels of major star making a jobber knucklehead look good.

    Wow.

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    All joking aside, holy shit, Fyter Fest Night 2 really delivered.

    -- The Omega Cowboys defending their titles against Private Party was a solid enough opener. I dig Private Party's new music. Those two guys have leagues of potential, under the right leadership and booking guidance. And yeah, they went into the show tonight Snoopy Sno-Cone Machine cold, but they're also wrestling in front of an audience of people that AEW is probably paying pretty good money to be there. So, they're not going to be performing to an audience of crickets. They had their kind of match -- lots of flippy-dippy do shit and Kenny Omega did all of his pointing and prancing and bouncing and flouncing, but Hangman Page proved he's the glue to hold matches together for his team. He facilitated the heat and fed for the comeback and setup for the finish. He filled in all the important blanks between Omega and Private Party trying to out-acrobat each other. But it works. The one thing though -- Page seemed to be working as a little more than a subtle heel. Not sure if that was just to spice-up the babyface vs. babyface match, or if its leading to something. Anyway, it was good stuff.

    -- Joey Janela vs. Lance Archer was slightly more than a squash and exactly what it needed to be. Janela has a propensity for taking stupid bumps and killing himself for our relative "entertainment" and Archer has the propensity for murdering underneath guys in a convincing fashion. The right guy won, and Janela's bump through the table was pretty cool. No problem here.

    -- Taz's promo was short and to the point. The FTW Title is an interesting choice, but it makes it pretty obvious that Cage isn't taking the Big Boy title from Moxley. Its interesting they're willing to reference ECW history, but they never mention it by name.

    -- Big Swole getting kicked out of the building and then coming in was... who cares?

    -- The Eight-Man Tag-Team Flustercunt match was really fun if you don't think too much about it. It was like a twenty minute car crash called a "wrestling match", with the obvious highlight being that half-Canadian Destroyer, half-dive to the floor that absolutely didn't look like fun to give or receive, or have to be on the catching end of. Honestly, it felt like 4 separate teams all trying to have their own matches. FTR seem to constantly want to work logically and try to have a "real" match. Butcher and The Blade just want to use power moves and do spots. The Young Bucks are...well.. The Bucks. You can picture a Bucks match in your head as you're sleeping and it won't be any different when you're awake. The Lucha Brothers are all wild ass kicks and making shit up as they go along.

    And no, it didn't all coalesce. I did like the "story" of FTR and the Bucks working surprisingly well together for two teams who have actual heat. And yeah, the miscommunication spot that led to the heels winning was predictable, but it was all fine. An 8-man tag-team match is never going to be the kind of match where you really expect outstanding psychology and a lot of stuff to make sense. Its 8 guys trying to cram all their shit in where and when they can. And for that, it was good fun.

    Although, I do have to call out The Butcher. The dude has a great look and he comes from a cool background. The millionaire rockstar turned wrestler deal is neat, but holy shit is he green. If he fell asleep in your yard, you'd mow him without even knowing it. There were a couple of ugly moments in this match and Butcher was at the root of all of them. He's got potential, but he needs a lot of work.

    -- Nyla Rose killing two jobbers was great. I'm interested to see who her manager is. Even though I wish it was somebody like a Don Callis or a Bill Alfonso, I know that's just my 90's nostalgia puckering. It'll probably be Brandi Rhodes. Frankly, I think James Mitchell/The Sinister Minister would be a fantastic choice. Or Kevin Sullivan, especially if Sully references his feud with Dusty Rhodes back in the day.

    -- The Dark Order vs. SCU was a solid enough six-man tag. The story of Colt Cabana working through a hematoma was an interesting one. I've never seen that before. Really, it was a bit of a nothing match, but the work was good. And the right team won. Everybody looked good enough for what this was.

    -- Jericho/Cassidy was great shit. I said it already, but this was the textbook example of how to do an underneath guy against a major star. Jericho built a ton of heat and every major move Cassidy got was a hope spot. Jericho never looked like he was being dominated by the jobber, but he kept getting surprised by him. And then, *BOOM*, Judas Effect and that's it. Perfect.

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    Good opener. Not a lot of steam behind but it was quite enjoyable. Private Party needs a little more seasoning and then they'll be a legit force. Smart for everyone involved to let Matt Hardy hang around them and teach them up.

    A guy being given a belt one week prior to a big title match seems to indicate that guy isn't winning the actual belt of consequence. Fair enough. It'll be a good prop for when Allin comes back around.

    The 8-man tag was bonkers. It was geared more towards spots but it had some good storytelling sprinkled in there. I'd be curious to see it lined up against something like Undisputed Era and Imperium from World's Collide to see which one was the more well-rounded 8-man match.

    Britt has a hell of a point with her case against Swole. Brittany 'Basura' Baker is a fitting name, though.

    I don't care one bit about Nyla Rose or the tease of a manager, but my guess is its Vickie Guerrero.

    It's a mixed bag with the Dark Order stuff. It's really not doing anything of major substance but they're adding some layers to the story. I still don't really get what is supposed to be accomplished with Lee acting the way he is. It's still giving off some vibes of mocking Vince.

    The main event was very entertaining. I didn't see it as an opportunity for Cassidy to get the win so I'm fine with the result.
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