My favorite Dynamite, to date, by far. Every week, AEW keeps putting on must see television and that is the key. The wrestling won't always be great, the production won't always be top tier, the segments won't always hit the apex but they are creating an overall product for viewers that makes you apart of the show and engaged with what they are putting out.
A few things:
- Fuck how you feel. That Cody promo is one of the greatest promos of the modern era (2010s onward) and that promo deserves every praise it has gotten everywhere. I'm sure we've heard some solid, good or even great promos before on this decade but certain promos rarely captivate you and make you feel like you witnessed something special. It was like the soul of Dusty guided Cody through that promo or simply Cody is that damn good of a promo (which isn't so surprising if you saw the Sheild/Brotherhood feud in 2015). Easily his greatest promo ever, arguably the greatest AEW promo to date, and one of the best promos in years. Cody, at this moment, is the best babyface in pro wrestling today. Period. This sold me on his match with Jericho to perfection and now I am more than hyped!
- Then we got the Jericho video package that mocked Cody's video reel from weeks ago and that was some of the funniest shit I have witnessed in a while, too. I think the only stuff I laughed at this year in terms of wrestling was the R-Truth 24/7 stuff but Truth is a great comedy act. With this, Jericho and the Inner Circle came off hilarious while also not sacrificing their intensity and mean streak as the top heel faction. You had Virgil, Old Lady Bobbitt, Bubbly references, Hager's blank stare, Sammy's funny quips. It was everything comedy in wrestling should be, IMO. Jericho, opposite to what I said about Cody, is the best top heel in the business today and the fact that he keeps reinventing himself is amazing to see still in 2019.
- All the matches were solid to good on the show. Dug PAC/Trent opening the show, despite the botched finish. The Bronze Medal match with Private Party and Dark Order was solid. I still can't dig Dark Order's speil but this was their best match thus far and Private Party going over was the right call to face SCU and Lucha Bros for the Tag Titles at Full Gear. Speaking of Full Gear, the Women's Tag match is AEW's best women's match to date as well, let alone on Dynamite. Shanna (
) and Hayter (
) are good additions to the division because it needed it and Riho continues to be a very over babyface champion, even though her mentor Emi Sakura defeated her ahead of their Full Gear match.
- Those last thirty minutes of the show were some must-see television. A good main event between Inner Circle (Jericho/Sammy) and The Elite (Omega/Page) that was a precursor to the post-match segment. Look at all the current stories they tied in for Full Gear (Omega/Moxley, Cody/Jericho, Page/PAC, Bucks/PnP) and the future stories that will continue in the Inner Circle/Elite faction war. Something big is going to happen at Full Gear. What that will be, I do not know.
Another great episode of Dynamite. Again, my favorite one thus far. AEW hasn't had a miss of an episode, IMO. The scary part is this is just a month in so far. It's crazy to think they have a lot more left in the tank still to come and they haven't completely blown their load on TV. They're doing this right and for that, I have to give them credit.