So AEW's PPV was a wonderful show top to bottom, with a little bit of something for everybody. I enjoyed the hell out of it, as you can easily see
YES to Proud and Powerful (Santana & Ortiz) vs The Young Bucks (Matt and Nick Jackson)
When they want to, the Bucks are tremendous at selling. We saw it in a lot of matches last year with Matt’s back, and this time Nick got to sell his leg after kicking the post, and did a hell of a job. I adored when he couldn’t jump off the ropes for the finish because his leg buckled, that spot ruled. Ortiz and Santana were great here too, they’ve had a ton of good matches this year and worked wonderfully as heels, going after Nick’s leg a ton and being huge dicks towards RNR Express too. Loved that they picked up the big win, and this was a fun opener!
NO but Recommended - Adam Page vs PAC
For the most part, I thought this was real good. PAC works wonderfully as a heel, just methodically brutalizing Page and playing up to the crowd as he does it. Eventually this turned into a real fun back and forth match with Page getting some nice spots. I really loved the counter PAC did from the deadeye into his submission finish, which I actually wanted to finish the match. They went too long I think in the end, and Page isn’t the best babyface in peril so the beginning was a bit subdued. Still enjoyed a lot of it though.
YES to Riho vs Emi Sakura
I was real happy to see them get the video package before the match to showcase the story, although I wish they did it on TV. Still, these two worked a fabulous match. Sakura was the elder teacher, and her heel work is real fun with how she almost is so endearing with her gimmick it becomes incredibly annoying. Riho continues to be a real great babyface in peril as she got knocked around here. The surfboards was great, I loved all those quick rollups and counters near the end too, and the finish was real nice. A great student vs teacher match!
YES to Chris Jericho vs Cody
A wonderful yet simple story told, built up amazingly from all the promos and videos we've seen. Cody put it all on the line, that ramp dive was just nasty, and he had to fight back for most of the match as Jericho just beat him and heeled it up like he’s done so well now, with the added blood being a nice touch. This was much slower paced too, a nice contrast from most of the rest of the show, and it just kept building as it went on. We got the drama of Cody’s parents involved, Hager’s ejection, and some of those near falls were tremendous and some of the best they’ve had in the company so far. The finish I actually really did like given the storyline, and it factored into the turn MJF did too. So the match and post match were both tremendous, and this exceeded the hell out of my expectations. Bravo you two.
YES to Kenny Omega vs Jon Moxley
Well then, easily the most violent televised match since Killshot and Dante Fox tried to kill each other through glass off a balcony. Props to these two going through a ridiculous, entertaining, and brutal war full of just insane spots, like all the barbed wire shots, the glass shards (Moxley crawling through them like a goddamn lunatic), Moxley actually being hung on with a chain, Omega faceplanting onto a exposed ring, and of course that suplex into the barbed wire web. They went all out and then some, and it was wildly thrilling to watch, although if anything they went a big long and kinda had some odd pacing at points. Still, props to both dudes for going through this, and I would not have expected Omega to work this kind of match, what a surprise this was!