WarnerMedia Greenlights Second Weekly AEW Show as Dynamite Extended Through 2023
Too much, too soon?
I personally only watch Dynamite myself since it’s only two hours.
(but I have to say, AEW has got me back into watching a weekly product)
I'm wary of adding more content to the mix, although if it's just something like bringing Dark to TNT so they can monetize it, good for them. This definitely answers the "questions" about how happy TNT is with the ratings, though.
WWE TV (and all US wrestling) continues to be invested in the fabricated backstage skits from the 90s where everybody is pretending there is no camera there but then is clearly playing up to a camera. You would think that three decades in that it would improve or move forward (re: the Lucha Undergound stylized vignettes) but it has not. Meanwhile, NJPW really has the post-match presser as a constant for all its big shows and it does a great job of having wrestlers speak to the camera in a style that is familiar to sports fans all over the world.
Case in point, I have not seen the full Okada vs Naito match but the YouTube of the after math is amazing. First, you have Okada, a dynasty style champion in the vein of Tom Brady/Lebron James/Flair/Big Match Cena, deflated and perplexed after losing his most valued possession. We also get KENTA's brazen promo where he is totally gloating on ruining Naito's coronation. Bonus, Natio not even on the press conference video sells that he is either too injured, pissed, and/or embarrassed to speak. Cha-ching! More drama and context for a series of matches that can be easily re-shown on any of the promotion's shows or packaged off to other media as teasers for buying the PPV or jumping on to new stories.
Any thoughts on Keith Lee possibly being the guy to eliminate Brock Lesnar from The Rumble?
You know who would have a SICK match with Brock Lesnar? Matt Riddle. That’s where the money is with Brock.
I’m only at Halloween Havoc 94 but so far the MVP of this whole fued for me is Sherri. She is more believable than either of them and she took some mad bumps during the fued.
But I never seem to hear her getting much credit for it?
I know you didn’t seem over keen I her and Flair as a combo from your reviews but it worked for me, what didn’t you like about it?
Then they revealed the masked man and I’m pretty sure it all goes to shit now.
"As much as I think some of AEW's detractors are…purposefully obtuse at times, I have to agree on the Cody/QT/MJF thing.
This is show don't tell stuff. I enjoyed the match; I enjoyed QT surprising people; i would have enjoyed it more if it was really put over before hand that this was MJF putting Cody in check. And that insert promo gets the bare minimum of credit.
I appreciate that they are still trying to figure out the balance of creating drama without spelling everything out, but they are erring too much on the side of telling too little"
Now that it's well established that NXT is handily destroying AEW on
Wednesdays and Cody's promotion is on its deathbed, is the end also
near for NXT as we know it?
With NXT taking a more prominent position (live on Wednesdays against
AEW, all the Survivor Series nonsense, bringing Raw/Smackdown guys in
to "invade") I just have this sinking feeling that Vince is going to
start mucking with it more and more. What makes NXT so great is that
it's far removed from Vince and his army of writer monkeys. I worry
that in the wake of NXT beating AEW a couple of weeks in a row, the
lesson Vince will take away is that it's the Raw/SD "influence" that
turned the tide and he'll start tinkering with it until NXT is as much
of a chore as Monday and Friday nights are.
What do you think? Is Vince going to mess with the Wednesday show or
does Triple H put his foot down? Or will Vince be too busy pretending
to be a football mogul to care?
With Triple H a front-office fixture, does the title of "Smartest Man
in Pro Wrestling" now belong to Randy Orton?
He calls out bullshit whenever he wants, works whatever schedule he
wants, "corpses" on camera (to borrow Maffew's phrase) whenever he
wants, gives whatever level of effort he feels is justified on any
given day… and he just signed a contract for "fuck you" level money
because Vince doesn't want him to go play with Cody in AEW.
Given all the kayfabe accolades he's already achieved, is there a
wrestler on the planet who sits in a better position?
Update: Add the Ascension to the list of released.
Hard to say that a taped show had much effect when Smackdown was up.