Originally Posted by Chris JeriG.O.A.T
Great number and they introduced some great acts. They built to plenty. On USA they established a contender and a Women’s Title match, an interesting act in Cameron Grimes and did a title change and presented a villainous unit that holds all the gold.
On the Network they set up WALTER vs. KUSHIDA, Lio Rush challenging for the Cruiserweight Title and basically did the Tupelo Concession Stand Brawl. How the fuck is that indy? There were no jokes, no silly gimmicks (maybe some underdeveloped ones), a variety of matches and lots of people I want to see more of. Especially fucking WALTER, Matt Riddle and Velveteen Dream.
If the numbers are lower next week, it will be sad and proof that they didn’t really hit a nerve like I thought they would, but I expect them to be slightly up.
It's indy wrestling because there were no promos, no characters besides Dream, no storylines and no motivations for anything that happened, it's just wrestling and since 99% of the roster comes from the indies how's it any different than one of the serious indies like Evolve?
If you were a casual watching NXT for the first time did you get to know anybody on the show? We learned that the ring is sacred for Walter and Imperium and that was about it. Did you see the AOP vignettes this week? They spent 1 minute of tv time and told who they are, what they've done, why they've been gone and what they plan on doing, if you haven't been watching NXT you don't know that stuff about literally anybody on the show. How are new viewers supposed to get invested in anybody? It's not like anybody in NXT has an amazing look, presence and charisma that will immediately capture somebody's interest.
I haven’t watched NXT in a long time, and I haven’t been able to invest since it became evident that anyone I care about will be destroyed by the main roster, so I was unfamiliar with a lot.
* Io Shirai is the best women’s wrestler in the world. She didn’t win tonight, but she looks cool as fuck and I believe that she is closing in on the title
* Bianca Belair is a cocky athletic genius with big paws and basically beats herself. This was my first time seeing her.
* Mia Yim. Meh. I know she’s a veteran chasing the title that recently lost. She was there to lose.
* Candice LeRae has been married to Johnny Gargano for three years and is the firecracker of the division that is getting a title shot in two weeks.
* Shayna Baszler is the cocky champ of 300+ days that has an entourage.
I got introduced to 7 women in the opening segment. All of them were given more than “she’s a dentist” or “she smiles.” They had a better match than any AEW women’s match. I see a match coming out of it and have an interest in Io, Candice, Bianca and Shayna. I want to see what they do next. That’s a hook.
That was the first match.
Cameron Grimes is an eccentric southern chap. It looked interesting to me, and I have never cared for Trevor Lee before. He beat an enhancement dude in Sean Maluta, who I remember from the CWC, with one move because he’s apparently a dangerous dude. Everything on AEW goes so long. This went quick. I liked it.
Second match makes me want to see what happens next with Grimes.
Velveteen Dream is amazing. That can just stand alone.
I feel The Undisputed Era is pretty white bread. This is the best I’ve ever seen Roderick Strong look. As a gimmick, I’ll admit I don’t really know what they are about. But as a pack, they clearly have the place on lockdown. That’s gimmick enough. They’re nowhere near the level, don’t get me wrong, but what was Tully’s gimmick with the Horsemen? He was just a guy wearing suits who wrestled really well and was a reason. Well, UE have t-shirts.
This didn’t insult my intelligence by having people pretending to be something they’re not. Every presentation made sense and sucked me in, to the point where I’m *inherently* interested. I don’t need a stupid bullshit hook like “Who the baby daddy?” to make me come back. These people exist in a time and place, and I want to see what they do next.