Don’t have time to follow all of AEW’s online content? Don’t worry. We got you covered with the AEW Rewind, which will rewind through social media bits and YouTube videos from the past week to prepare you for Dynamite tonight.
We’ll start with updates on two items from last week’s AEW Rewind. The special episode for AEW Plus on Fite TV in place of Dynamite last week was basically the same as last night’s Dark episode. The only difference was the intros. Tony Schiavone and Excalibur did it on Fite TV, while Schiavone and Dasha Gonzalez did it on YouTube.
Cody Rhodes had teased a Christmas announcement. It looks like the news was a show in Newark, NJ.
Cody made headlines by hiring Arn Anderson to be his ringside manager. MJF responded by translating the official press release.
Allow me to translate this misleading trash heap of paragraphs.— Maxwell Jacob Friedman™️ (@The_MJF) December 30, 2019
He will never be a world champion because I bested him and he has no clue what to do next with his career.
He’s terrified of me so he hired a legend as his bodyguard who barely remembers his own name. #DotheWork https://t.co/A4uKnzX5sB
Dustin Rhodes brought the fire in a promo on why he is targeting Sammy Guevara first. They will have a match tonight on Dynamite.
That closing line calling Sammy a reject was a bit off considering one of AEW’s unofficial taglines is, “Undesirable to Undeniable.” The promo might be a little over-dramatic, but it still gets the job done in making me want to see them fight.
No, “Being the Elite,” this week, but Kenny Omega and Michael Nakazawa were guests on, “Wrestlers Ordering Room Service,” with the Young Bucks (here). It wasn’t connected too much to Dynamite. It was still interesting to listen to anyway. Topics include their history of becoming friends and The Elite, Omega not being happy with his exit from NJPW, and Omega wanting to show his vision of women’s wrestling in AEW, which includes working mixed tag with Riho.
Jon Moxley was ranked the top wrestler of 2019 by Sports Illustrated. Cody Rhodes clocked in at third. Chris Jericho was fifth, and Kenny Omega was sixth. Check out the full list here.
Aidan Gibbons of Cultaholic wrote an article about Dave Meltzer reporting that AEW has beaten NXT in ratings every week when DVR views are included. “On average, 540,000 people record Dynamite to watch at a later date, while 400,000 do the same for NXT. This means that AEW attracts between 1.3 million and 1.4 million viewers every week, while between 1.2 million and 1.25 million watch NXT.”
Drink me more. Ryback reviewed A Little Bit of the Bubbly on his YouTube channel. It is worth watching if only for when the Big Guy opens the bottle. The video starts with a clip of that right at the beginning. Ryback enjoyed the sparking wine and gave it a positive review.
If you are itching to buy some AEW merch, they have a sale starting today (Jan. 1) at noon ET.
Ring in the new year with us!— All Elite Wrestling (@AEWrestling) December 27, 2019
It's our #AEW Anniversary Sale
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Get in the mood for tonight’s Dynamite by watching Cody Rhodes vs Darby Allin from Fyter Fest. AEW posted it for free on YouTube (here). Also check out, “The Road to Jacksonville,” as it hypes the storylines between Jericho & Moxley, Dustin & Sammy, and Cody & Darby (here).
Here’s to AEW kicking off a new year. Do you think Arn Anderson will pay dividends tonight for Cody? Will Dustin destroy Sammy? Does anyone have odds greater than 1% that Moxley will join the Inner Circle?