All Elite Wrestling comes our way from Now Arena in Hoffman Estates, Illinois. Last week, Orange Cassidy outwrestled Matt Hardy for three seconds. Chris Jericho announced that if MJF could beat him one more time, he would never wrestle in AEW again. The Lucha Bros and Jurassic Express qualified for the tag team eliminator tournament finals (that the Lucha Bros would go on to win on Rampage). Jaime Hayter made easy work of Red Velvet. Dark Order was in disarray. CM Punk made his first appearance on Dynamite. Miro made his desire for the Mad King known. Kingston, Moxley & Allin defeated The Wingmen. Kenny Omega challenged Chrisitan to a tag match on Rampage. Jon Moxley announced his match at All Out against Satoshi Kojima. QT Marshall inexplicably got air time, and Malakai Black kicked the entire Anderson family to death.
This Week’s Headliner:
It’s the last Dynamite before All Out. Not to sound like a broken record here, but let’s be real. We’re all still tuning in to see what CM Punk is going to do. Sunday is his first wrestling PPV in literal years! He’s going to be the buzz for some time still to come, but until we actually get to see him wrestle on Sunday, our brains are simply a ceaseless thought train of CM Punk chants.
Tonight he gets mic time, presumably to hype the PPV and his match with Darby Allin. Hey, maybe he’ll tease Daniel Bryan some more while he’s at it!
The Title Scene:
World Champion, Kenny Omega, will be doing his best to stay calm and collected in his novelty t-shirts and terrible sunglasses. He can’t show Christian Cage that he’s rattled, but after the past couple of weeks of failed sneak attacks, tough guy promos, and embarrassing losses, the pressure has to be weighing on the man!
Tag Team Champions, The Young Bucks team up with their Elite partners, The Good Brothers, as they take on two tag teams that have a been a big pain in their championship reign; Jurassic Express & Lucha Bros. Jurassic Express may have lost the title shot to the Lucha Bros, but as the saying goes, the enemy of my enemy is my friend. Expect some shenanigans to occur so commentary can remind us many times how a steel cage works.
The World Women’s Champion Britt Baker is set to take on Kris Statlander at All Out. In true AEW women’s division form, there is very little feud building happening here. Still, both competitors are strong enough individual characters that this match, fortunately, doesn’t need a lot of storytelling. Kris Stadtlander was supposed to be in a championship match before she got injured. She’s back, is a babyface, and wants both the championship and to stop the Bad Bitch Britt Baker. Britt Baker is the face of the division and won’t let just any old alien change that. Sometimes it works to keep things simple. Tonight expect a couple of promos or at the very least a video package to hype this match.
I really don’t have anything productive to say here except OMG MIRO VERSUS EDDIE KINGSTON FOR THE TNT CHAMPIONSHIP AT ALL OUT IS HAPPENING! THIS IS NOT A DRILL PEOPLE!!
Other things to keep an eye on:
-FTR is not doing so hot physically after their last big match, but they want one more, balls to the walls match with their forever rivals, Santana & Ortiz, before they face the prospect of being shelved due to injury.
-Brian Cage goes one-on-one with Powerhouse Hobbs. A match also known as “big manly men slapping man meat!”
-An interview segment in which Chris Jericho and MJF try and convince us it’s worth our time to watch another match between them.
-Allie tried to convince Tay Conti to part ways with the Dark Order. Tay Conti said no thanks and receive a pair of brass knuckles to her face due to a little ref distraction by Penelope Ford. Tonight Tay Conti is looking for revenge. Hopefully, she brings a friend, or else it’ll just be more of the same!
-I appreciate that even though they can’t seem to figure out what to do with one of their megastars, they continuously keep Orange Cassidy wrestling on TV. Also, we get to see Jack Evans, which is great! He should be on TV more.
Tune into AEW on TNT at 8pm ET to see how all this plays out.