It was a long wait, especially if you were there since the very beginning, but ‘All Elite Wrestling’ finally premiered yesterday! For everyone in the US it is live on TNT. For everyone outside it is available on Fite TV for 8$ (Aussie^^) a month. Which is a bargain!
Notes before to get it out of the way: Yes, I know it is ‘not real’. Like ‘Game of Thrones’. I still get invested and cheer for the performers/characters.
I was very excited for the weekly show to start and had high expectations!
And in the end I was beyond happy with episode 1! Not only did it have amazing wrestling matches, it was a perfect mix & perfect form of entertainment with the audience being hot from the start and reacting to the performers and matches! Cause let’s be honest. If the audience is not really into it, even a great match doesn’t feel like it’s that much fun.
Cody Rhodes vs Sammy Guevara
I was never a big Cody fan, but he really won me over. Seeing him so emotional and shaking his head in disbelief while he was walking towards the ring was incredible! Without him this promotion wouldn’t be there. It was quite emotional!
He was having a match against Sammy Guevara, a regular of Mexican promotion AAA (check it out if you love lucha libre, Bon Jovi, Clowns and chaos!). Sammy Guevara is basically a cocky dickhead who wears a panda hoodie. I love it. He’s super athletic and still so young. I can see them investing big in him.
The match was a great starter! Told a story, had the crowd invested and showed some really innovative moves. It was a wonderful showcase of what SammyG is capable of. And Cody wrestled his heart out.
There also was a ‘Spanish Fly’.. I’m equally scared & excited by this move. Thanks, Will Ospreay^^
Cody ended up winning with an inside cradle after Sammy whipped out a ‘Shooting Star Press’! (also one of my favourite moves!!)
This is actually important, cause your win/loss record matters and Cody is the next challenger for the AEW title!
Talking about that.. enter Chris Jericho who proceeds to beat up Cody for the next couple of minutes.
I like Jericho. He’s so over, he can’t get any more over. He also transcends the heel & face dynamic. Jericho is just Jericho. The GOAT.
Brandon Cutler vs MJF
This was a short one in which MJF showed why he is one of the best heels in the business at the moment.
He gets legit heat with the audience (and fans of ‘Dungeons & Dragons’) and plays a nasty little cheat in matches to perfection! He submitted Cutler after a low-blow and some more shenanigans. I’m digging this!
Hangman Adam Page vs Pac
I have such a soft spot for mean, scowling, evil bastard Pac! I’m so happy he’s there and I’m even more happy that he’s booked strong. He won against Hangman with the ‘Brutalizer’ after hitting a ‘Black Arrow’. The match was super stiff and I love Hangman’s ‘clothesline’! Could have been a bit shorter & the pacing was a bit off. But all in all they always had my full attention and I was sports-entertained!
Pac trash-talking and looking disgusted & like he doesn’t want to be there warms my heart 😀
Riho vs Nyla Rose for the Women’s Championship
Woah. I did NOT expect this to be that good. I’m a Riho fan now. This woman is 23 years old and a freaking 14-year veteran in the ring. Omg! I love her style, I love that she plays the perfect underdog against a beast like Nyla Rose (who was also GREAT in the match!), I love her ragdolling for Nyla and I love that she got the crowd invested like crazy!!
And Riho actually won the title! To a loud pop!
After the match Michael Nakazawa came out to cheer with Riho but then Nyla beat him up 😀 And then Kenny Omega came out and had a stand off with Nyla as well? Not sure what to think of it and where they are going with it? Maybe planting the seeds for future intergender wrestling matches? That would be neat!
The Young Bucks & Kenny Omega vs Chris Jericho & Santana & Ortiz
The main event! We are so spoiled, we knew this was gonna be lit! But woah, I was SO EXCITED WHEN JON MOXLEY TURNED UP BEHIND KENNY IN THE MIDDLE OF THE MATCH AND THEY BRAWLED THROUGH THE ARENA AND KENNY HIT HIM WITH A MOP AND THEN MOX THREW KENNY THROUGH A GLASS TABLE!
The RIGHT amount of over the top & dramatic for me, yes!!!
Also, after Jericho & team won, JAKE HAGER (formerly known as Jack Swagger) turned up and beat up the Bucks! And he looked like he had NO CLUE WHY HE WAS THERE! Maybe that’s his face but he looked confused af 😀
End of the show. The heels stand tall!
- Jay & Silent Bob where there and my dude Jack Evans was trash-talking them! God bless Jack Evans. A shame he was not on the card! I hear he was in a dark match so that is something at least. Put him in the spotlight asap!
- Mr. DZ and I both loved Aubrey Edwards, one of the refs. Her facial expressions are spot on and she’s doing a GREAT job!
- Rey Fenix’s English is getting SO good. I have lots of respect for him cutting promos in a language he is still learning.
- Lucha Bros ❤
- Pentagon Jr ❤ ❤
- CERO MIEDO
That was a great first episode. It just felt BIG and special. The audience was loud and invested and the production was excellent! We had lots of pyro, consistency, drama, interference in little doses, not too many shenanigans, surprises, feel good moments, emotional moments… that’s what I want in a TV show!
Not once did I lose interest.
I’m looking forward to next week’s show!