For some reason, Wrestling Twitter recently turned its attention to Adam Cole’s three month old AEW run. Because he’s not in the World title picture, some argue that he’s “regressed”, or would be in a better position if he’d remained in WWE. That argument seems to assume the Cole would be presented like the top star NXT used him as for however long he stayed in Vince McMahon’s employ. It definitely ignores the rumors & reports about name changes, hair cuts, and managerial roles. It also hand waves away the history of how NXT 1.0 main eventers have fared on Raw and SmackDown.
Nevertheless, it wouldn’t be surprising to see the “Cole’s being wasted” crowd use his ongoing rivalry with Orange Cassidy & Best Friends as evidence. The Superkliq transitioned into this program after putting over Jurassic Express. On the Dec. 1 Dynamite, it gave us the most OC Superkick Party ever.
It’s got an element of goofiness, as all Cassidy programs do. It’s probably not going to immediately propel anyone involved to a World title shot. It may not even transition them into the TNT championship scene. But that’s okay.
Cole is still over enough that he got to do his full entrance before sitting at the commentary desk for one second so he could have this scene for OC as he appeared for (I guess?) a faux match. In his brief time in AEW, he took part in the conclusion of the years-long Hangman Page coronation with The Elite against Page & Dark Order, and put over one of the Four Young Pillars. While working with another perennially over act in Cassidy, he’s also been setting up another long-term angle between himself & Bobby Fish and The Young Bucks & Kenny Omega.
Hand-wringing about Cole’s booking is rooted in all-or-nothing thinking, and years of being burned by “let it play out” angles from the biggest company in the business (or it’s bad faith WWE boosterism, but I want to give some folks the benefit of the doubt). If the Panama City Playboy is still yukking it up in the midcard this time next year, there will be cause for concern.
But for now, enjoy some lazy superkicks, and the rest of these highlights from last night’s Dynamite.
As is AEW’s model these days, YouTube videos are being doled out slowly. But we’ve compiled what they’ve released as of this morning in this playlist, and tried to catch you up with the rest of the episode via Twitter clips below that.
- MJF Won’t Stop Running His Mouth as the Verbal War Continues with CM Punk
- Who Moved into the Final Four of the TBS Women’s Tournament?
- Burned, Broken, & Bruised! Cody and Andrade Go to War in a Street Fight!
Is everything "kumbaya" now between #AEW Women's World Champion @RealBrittBaker and @jmehytr? Next week, Hayter takes on top contender to Baker's title, @riho_gtmv - Watch #AEWDynamite LIVE everywhere on @tntdrama NOW! pic.twitter.com/XtLyieOodM— All Elite Wrestling (@AEW) December 2, 2021
With @ReyFenixMx unable to travel, #DeathTriangle's @BASTARDPAC steps in to team with @PENTAELZEROM on Friday's #AEWRampage against #FTR, even with a bad eye. Watch #AEWDynamite LIVE everywhere on @tntdrama NOW! pic.twitter.com/yB56gSRElI— All Elite Wrestling (@AEW) December 2, 2021
.@TonyNese doesn’t think @sammyguevara deserves to be TNT Champion. Will the Premier Athlete take the title from the Spanish God this Friday on #AEWRampage? Watch #AEWDynamite LIVE everywhere on @tntdrama NOW! pic.twitter.com/exx8nnJRNC— All Elite Wrestling (@AEW) December 2, 2021
The odds don't look good for @TheLionelGreen going up against #TeamTaz, especially now that they have signed @lucha_angel1 - Watch #AEWDynamite LIVE everywhere on @tntdrama NOW! pic.twitter.com/aNoGcYj4jY— All Elite Wrestling (@AEW) December 2, 2021
.@Jade_Cargill & @thunderrosa22 meet in the semifinals of the TBS Women's Tournament, but first, Jade faces Rosa's student @Janai_Kai Friday on #AEWRampage - Watch #AEWDynamite LIVE everywhere on @tntdrama NOW! pic.twitter.com/TP1u7scL2Z— All Elite Wrestling (@AEW) December 2, 2021