As part of Ethan Page’s reintroduction on the Sept. 14 Dynamite as a member of Stokely Hathaway & The Firm, and a contender for the All-Atlantic championship, AEW had All Ego kick a pizza chef in the face and book a match against Danhausen.
If it seems goofy for a guy we’re supposed to be taking seriously, I think that’s the point. To paraphrase a suspended former World champ, Page is trying to run a business, but he works with children like Danhausen. And, at least for one night, pro wrestling’s premiere pizza maker, Luigi Primo.
Who, you might be asking if you’re a not-extremely-online pro wrestling fan?
Primo (portrayed by Chris Monica, a former pizza chef and delivery driver) has been wrestling for a while, but a Twitter clip from a WrestleMania 38 week indie show in Texas suddenly went viral last month. Now he’s the internet’s new favorite comedy wrestler. The video that made him online famous was from Wrestling With Unicorns, and was posted yesterday in a couple different forms by the AEW on TV account.
Never without his (sadly gimmicked) dough, Luigi will throw whatever ingredients the match allows at his opponents.
He told Sports Illustrated his act finally reached a delicious golden brown when he figured out he should finish matches like he finishes pizza:
“I start with rolling out the crust, and that’s a body slam or hip toss to get my opponent down. Once my opponent is down, that means the dough is prepared, and then you top the pizza. That’s when you do an elbow drop or senton. Going off the top rope is putting the pizza in the oven, then I finish him with the pizza cutter, which is an RKO.”
And how did this definitely not Jim Cornette-approved guy get on television?
Was Luigi Primo’s 15 seconds of fame enough to make the elusive casual viewer change the channel? Do you want to see a-more? Or was this, like his pizzas, just right? Let us know what you think, and check out the rest of the highlights from last night’s Dynamite. As usual, AEW doles out YouTube videos slowly. But we’ve compiled what they’ve released as of this morning in a playlist, and tried to catch you up with the rest of the episode via Twitter clips below that.
- Jon Moxley Moves On in the Grand Slam Tournament of Champions
- MJF Has a Warning for the AEW World Champion to Be
- Bryan Danielson & Jon Moxley Will Battle for the AEW Title at Arthur Ashe
“You’re lookin’ at New York City right here.” @ActionBronson & @730hook warn #JerichoAppreciationSociety’s @thedaddymagic & @theangeloparker to get ready for next week.— All Elite Wrestling (@AEW) September 15, 2022
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After an incredible display of extreme athleticism at @NitroCircus tour, Matt Hardy challenges Darby Allin to a match this FRIDAY on #AEWRampage!— All Elite Wrestling (@AEW) September 15, 2022
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Last week Death Triangle made history winning the #AEW World Trios Titles & PAC becoming AEW’s first double champ. Penta El Zero M & Rey Fenix aim to become Double Champs vs Swerve Strickland & Keith Lee NOW on #AEWDynamite LIVE on TBS! pic.twitter.com/euP0j7oFbD— All Elite Wrestling (@AEW) September 15, 2022
Bump in the road for #AEW World Trios Champions #DeathTriangle but seems like Orange Cassidy has his eye on PAC's #AEW All-Atlantic Belt!— All Elite Wrestling (@AEW) September 15, 2022
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We hear from #AEW Interim Women's World Champion Toni Storm and her new tag team partner Athena before they face Dr. Britt Baker & Serena Deeb in a huge women’s tag team match NOW on #AEWDynamite LIVE on TBS! pic.twitter.com/G6a2EuJXAh— All Elite Wrestling (@AEW) September 15, 2022
It’s official: #ROH World Television Champion @SamoaJoe defends his title against former @ringofhonor Pure Champion @WoodsIsTheGoods this FRIDAY on #AEWRampage on TNT!— All Elite Wrestling (@AEW) September 15, 2022
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