Re: Road to Fyter Fest Series
Spears could have done without the chains breaking stuff. It's not like he is a guy held back/handcuffed by the WWE/Machine. That's not his story. His "Did I make the right decision?" was enough of an angle for him in the promo. He should have went "I traded comfort for a shot at glory" route.
Also I get the feeling they're setting up Rhodes vs Spears with Cody's remarks of Spears "being a good hand, a player-coach, and good for the young guys to wrestle". I suspect Spears will take offense to that and claim he is here for more than that and he is good enough and we'll get Rhodes vs Spears at All Out.
Darby Allin's was really well done - kid is going to be a star. I don't know why WWE didn't swallow him up into their developmental. He always would wrestle the NXT talent they sent to Evolve shows - so they trusted him enough in the ring in that regard. He is on the smaller side, but he wrestles as the underdog willing to take a shitkicking to get his shot in.
One complaint I have is the back-to-back Spears and Allin promos - maybe one should have been saved for the next installment - they had the same basic feel.
I have to agree with Janela going too shooty with the behind the curtain references. AEW needs to draw a hard line against that exposing the business stuff on storyline. They can champion that in other media to explain why they are different/better, but on storyline/kayfabe that needs to be left out. Just sell the match as Janela is Moxley before Moxley sold out. The deathmatch kid willing to bleed and self-harm in front of dozens for a shot at fame. He should go on about how might not be big enough or strong enough but he is crazy enough. If he can't be famous, he'll be infamous - or die trying.