Dynamite – September 22, 2021 (Grand Slam)

Dynamite
Date: September 22, 2021
Location: Arthur Ashe Tennis Stadium, New York City, New York
Commentators: Excalibur, Tony Schiavone, Jim Ross

We might be in for the biggest Dynamite in history as the show is in New York City in front of about 20,000 people. The card is stacked too and this is giving me vibes of the Raw in MSG debut, which just happened to be twenty four years ago to the day. If it’s close to that good, we’re in for a huge night. Let’s get to it.

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The Wednesday Night Commotion Thread

… featuring Spaniels.

Tonight is  and if you’re not hyped you must not be on the AEW payroll! Preview, courtesy of our friends at AEW.

  • The Dream Match: Bryan Danielson vs. AEW World Champion Kenny Omega, Non-title.
  • AEW Women’s World Title: Dr. Britt Baker (c) vs. Ruby Soho
  • Cody Rhodes vs. Malakai Black
  • MJF (w/ Wardlow) vs. Brian Pillman Jr.
  • FTR (w/ Tully) vs. Sting & Darby Allin
  • CM Punk interview.

NXT 2.0 held up well in the ratings, though I’m personally waiting for NXT 3.11 for Workgroups before I install.

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Rampage – September 17, 2021

Rampage
Date: September 17, 2021
Location: Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey
Commentators: Taz, Ricky Starks, Chris Jericho, Excalibur

It’s another stacked show this week with a pair of title matches. First up we have Butcher and the Blade getting a shot at the Lucha Bros, plus Miro defending the TNT Title against Fuego del Sol. The latter is made a little more interesting when you throw in del Sol’s car being on the line as well. Let’s get to it.

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Dynamite – September 15, 2021

Dynamite
Date: September 15, 2021
Location: Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey
Commentators: Excalibur, Jim Ross, Tony Schiavone, CM Punk

Things have been getting big in a hurry around here and that is going to be the case again this week. This time around we have the in-ring debut of Adam Cole, which should make for quite the moment. Other than that, Grand Slam is on the horizon and that should be an even bigger show. Let’s get to it.

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The SmarK Rant for AEW Rampage – 09.10.21

The SmarK Rant for AEW Rampage – 09.10.21

OMG!  After I complained about Fite.TV leaving commercials in the shows, they EDITED OUT THE COMMERCIALS this week!  I mean, obviously I’m tight with both TK and the Fite guys and we share ideas over caviar and champagne smoothies on Thursdays while yachting and waiting for the accounting department to cut me a cheque, so either one could have done it to avoid further raking over the coals in the rants.  But either way, you’re welcome, and I promise to use my awesome influence only for evil and making money.

Taped from Cincinnati OH.

Your hosts are Jim Ross, Mark Henry, Tony Schiavone & Taz

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Rampage – September 10, 2021

Rampage
Date: September 10, 2021
Location: Fifth Third Arena, Cincinnati, Ohio
Commentators: Jim Ross, Mark Henry, Taz, Tony Schiavone

The biggest week in AEW history wraps up here with a pay per view quality match. This week’s feature match will see Pac vs. Andrade El Idolo in a match that was supposed to take place at All Out. Instead it is happening here, along with hometown boy Brian Pillman Jr. facing the rather rude Max Caster. Let’s get to it.

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The SmarK Rant for AEW Dynamite – 04.29.20

The SmarK Rant for AEW Dynamite – 04.29.20

So this was the last empty arena version of Dynamite before they moved permanently to Jacksonville, which is also the only episode in the entire run of the show that I skipped and decided not to review.  At that point in the pandemic, I just couldn’t watch another empty arena wrestling show without completely crushing my love for the promotion and wrestling in general.  Thankfully both AEW and WWE quickly figured out a way to simulate crowds again and things got marginally better.  And with AEW at their all-time high right now, I figured I might as well circle back and finish off the run of Dynamite with the one I never watched.

Taped from QT Marshall’s secret lair in Atlanta

Your hosts are Tony Schiavone & Chris Jericho, with JR of course off to avoid potential exposure to Covid.

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Dynamite – September 8, 2021

Dynamite
Date: September 8, 2021
Location: Fifth Third Arena, Cincinnati, Ohio
Commentators: Jim Ross, Tony Schiavone, Taz

We’re in for a special one this week as it is the All Out fallout show, which will feature a bunch of wrestlers making their Dynamite debuts, or at least making a special appearance. The next major show is Grand Slam in two weeks and that is going to require some building up. Let’s get to it.

Note that I was in the arena for this show, sitting in the lower section, directly opposite the entrance ramp.

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AEW All Out 2021

All Out 2021
Date: September 5, 2021
Location: Now Arena, Chicago, Illinois
Commentators: Jim Ross, Excalibur, Tony Schiavone

We’re back to the still fairly rare AEW pay per view schedule with an absolutely stacked show. There are three major matches this time around, including CM Punk vs. Darby Allin, Chris Jericho vs. MJF and Kenny Omega defending the World Title against Christian Cage. Let’s get to it.

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Rampage – September 3, 2021

Rampage
Date: September 3, 2021
Location: Now Arena, Chicago, Illinois
Commentators: Excalibur, Chris Jericho, Mark Henry, Taz

It’s the go home show for All Out and the big deal is that CM Punk is here in Chicago again. They’re still at the point where it feels important even though it happened two days ago, and it isn’t like they’ll be in Chicago every week. Other than that, expect a lot of hype towards the pay per view. Let’s get to it.

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Dynamite – September 1, 2021

Dynamite
Date: September 1, 2021
Location: Now Arena, Chicago, Illinois
Commentators: Jim Ross, Tony Schiavone, Excalibur

It’s the go home show for All Out and that means it’s time for the big push to the show. As you might have guessed, CM Punk is back in the house and the ovation should crazy all over again. It’s also the 100th edition of Dynamite and that means we might be seeing something of a look back. AEW has always done those well so let’s get to it.

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Rampage – August 27, 2021

Rampage
Date: August 27, 2021
Location: UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Commentators: Mark Henry, Taz, Excalibur, Chris Jericho

We’re on to week #3 and they might have a bit of a hard time beating out last week’s show. Rampage has become a lot of fun in a hurry though as the hour run time is a great change of pace over the full two hours of Dynamite. I’m not sure how a taped show is going to work but I doubt it matters that much. Let’s get to it.

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The SmarK Rant for AEW Dynamite – 08.25.21

The SmarK Rant for AEW Dynamite – 08.25.21

So with my birthday coming up and my family looking for ideas, I’m trying to decide if an Xbox Series S is worth the $379 Canadian, since I can actually get one of those, as opposed to the PS5, which I have no chance of getting my hands on.  I don’t really need the disc drive because I buy everything digitally unless it’s really cheap disc games, and really all I end up playing is GTA5 and Red Dead 2 over and over anyway.  Plus I like the idea of all my previous purchases via Xbox Live magically appearing where available.  Is it worth the upgrade over my Xbox One S?

Live from Milwaukee, WI

Your hosts are Jim Ross, Excalibur & Tony Schiavone

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