July 7’s Road Rager edition of AEW Dynamite wasn’t a perfect show. I’m not saying that. But aided by (all but one member of) a hot Miami crowd in the James L. Knight Center, it was an exciting one.
Some of that was fueled by storytelling beats they’ve been working for years to pull off, like the moment where Hangman Page confronted his old partner Kenny Omega with the World title they’re destined to fight over laying on the ground between them. Others came almost completely unexpectedly, such as when Malakai Black arrived out of the darkness to attack the heads of Nightmare Family.
The episode started with a match many associate with AEW’s territories era DNA. Then it ended with one straight out this century’s independent scene. They don’t do it every week, but Road Rager showed just how well Tony Khan & team can execute the “something for everyone” pro wrestling format.
If you’ve got to pick one thing, it’s probably the introduction of Black. It was perfectly executed, down to the foreshadowing flickering of lights during Cody Rhodes’ opener - and the kind of surprise moment that’s all too rare these days.
But Dynamite this week was a two hour thrill ride. Everything probably didn’t work for you, but during the segments that didn’t you barely had time to catch your breath before the next one that did.
YouTube videos are being doled out slowly, as is AEW’s model these days. 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.
- Andrade El Idolo def. Matt Sydal in his AEW in-ring debut
- All the Fakes are Snakes - Malakai Black Makes His AEW Debut!
- Watch the Ending to the Street Fight. Did the Bucks Survive?
- AEW Dynamite Road Rager Edition Post Show
the @njpwglobal United States Championship has been challenged by #BulletClub Original @MachineGunKA challenges the champion @JonMoxley for a championship match next week at #FyterFest Night 1— All Elite Wrestling (@AEW) July 8, 2021
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The stipulations - or Labors of Jericho - are laid out from @The_MJF to @IAmJericho. And MJF is ALSO laid out by a #JudasEffect!— All Elite Wrestling (@AEW) July 8, 2021
Tune in to @tntdrama NOW to watch #AEW #RoadRager LIVE! pic.twitter.com/tYqoVpiN1s
#ChristianCage and @MATTHARDYBRAND are on a COLLISION COURSE 23 years in the making! It all goes down NEXT WEEK at #FyterFest Night 1!— All Elite Wrestling (@AEW) July 8, 2021
Tune in to @tntdrama NOW to watch #AEW #RoadRager LIVE! pic.twitter.com/0LroqS3Vpu
Earlier today @tonyschiavone24 interviewed @RealBrittBaker the #AEW Women's World Champion about her upcoming match up at #FyterFest Night #2 in Dallas, Texas - Wed, July 21, 2021— All Elite Wrestling (@AEW) July 8, 2021
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.@LanceHoyt has heard enough from @AmericanTopTeam's #DanLambert and hits him with the #BlackOut while @UFC's @GamebredFighter & @Amanda_Leoa look on!— All Elite Wrestling (@AEW) July 8, 2021
Tune into #AEWDynamite NOW on @tntdrama pic.twitter.com/l4bskH1Zab