Reviews by Dave
Show air date: September 23, 2020
Kip Sabian and Miro defeated Sonny Kiss and Joey Janela
Making his AEW in-ring debut, “The Best Man” Miro and “Superbad” Kip Sabian beat Sonny Kiss and Joey Janela in a match that had some good moments but was way too long. Kiss and Sabian are good young wrestlers with tremendous upside but this is not one for the scrapbook for them. Janela is Janela and looked it. Miro looked great but out of place and this isn’t getting the most out of a big acquisition at all.
Hot Eddie Kingston Promo
Eddie Kingston immediately came out and cut another hot promo to get some quick heat for his newly announced title shot at Jon Moxley. They should have held off on this because this looks like something they could have drawn some real money with down the road.
Adam Hangman Page defeated Evil Uno
Hangman Page beats Evil Uno in a pretty good match. Uno looks to have slimmed down quite a bit. Page’s former tag partner Kenny Omega did a solid job on guest commentary (that he got his whole entrance for).
Don’t Look Forward To Heel Bucks
Matt Jackson got to heel on Tony Schiavone since it worked so well for Dr. Britt Baker. I do not look forward to a heels Bucks run.
Mr. Brodie Lee (c) defeated Orange Cassidy for the TNT Championship
Mr. Brodie Lee successfully defended the TNT Championship against Orange Cassidy in a solid match that also seemed to go a bit long. I didn’t like Lee needing so much help from Jon Silver to win but it was otherwise a good TV match. We found out CODY’s been away to change the color of his hair and have them make him a new entrance video as he made a dramatic return. Good promo after by Lee. Looks like we got a dog collar match coming. Cool.
Matt Hardy is the Least Interesting Version of Matt Hardy
Matthew Hardy is the least interesting version of Matt Hardy of them all. That sounded like he had a Raw/SD scriptwriter send him some work.
Callback to the Old Crockett Days
Talk about a callback, while shortening world title match time limits to 20 mins from 60 doesn’t really make sense, it does harken back Blanchard’s old Crockett days as World TV champ when he EXTENDED the time limit from 10 to 15 to 20. Good segment with them and then Best Friends.
Hikaru Shida and Thunder Rosa defeated Diamante and Ivelisse
A solid tag match with AEW Women’s World champion Hikaru Shida and NWA Women’s World champion Thunder Rosa beating Diamante and Ivelisse. Probably not as good as expected but everyone worked hard, they just lacked chemistry. Good week for Rosa, who also successfully defended her title against Priscilla Kelly on the NWA/UWN pay-per-view this week.
The Chris Jericho/MJF Mutual Admiration Club bits are good.
Main Event: Jon Moxley (c) defeated Eddie Kingston for the AEW
Moxley was able to fend off the challenge of Kingston in just the kind of hard-hitting brawl you would expect. I like Moxley whipping out another finish, though now I wonder why he didn’t just do that at the All Out pay-per-view. Good brawl to close as Kingston’s family of the Lucha Bros attack Moxley then take out Will Hobbs and Darby Allin when they tried to make the save (why they didn’t come out together made zero sense but…AEW). Allin showing up brings out Team Taz. Damn, Ricky Starks looks like a star. Taz looks like that vest swallowed his neck.
Solid if uneven show but not a bad show to pass a couple of hours.