With Christmas just around the corner, AEW has been doing a great job of keeping our minds off all the holiday stresses that come along with this time of year. This week was no different.
Coming off of a red hot two weeks in which Sting made his triumphant return to professional wrestling after a less-than-favorable WWE run a few years back and then the whole protege/possible mentor angle of Darby progressing. It has just been some great TV to tune into. And this week was no different!
One thing AEW does very well is start off a show with a bang. This week had “The Hardy Party ” consisting of Private Party and Matt Hardy taking on Hangman Adam Page and two members of the Dark Order, John Silver and Alex Reynolds.
Now I must admit Silver is indeed growing on me. His charm and his playfulness towards Hangman always puts a smile on my face. I think The Dark Order could actually be good for Page although many are cautious. This would be a very different version of the whiskey drinking cowboy we’ve grown accustomed to since AEW’s TNT premiere a little over a year ago.
Excalibur said it best when he said, “they could bring something out in Hangman Adam Page that we have yet to see.” Page has certainly lost some of his flare since losing to Kenny Omega a few weeks back in the No. 1 Contender’s tournament. As things progress between the relationship of Silver and Adam Page, It remains to be seen if Page will make the full commitment to Brodie Lee and The Dark Order.
This leads us into a much lighter tone of the show. Brandi Rhodes announced her pregnancy, which warmed my heart to its core. The Rhodes family is wrestling loyalty. To see them doing so well is something of a marvel to witness considering where they have been and how hard they had to fight to get where they are today. Dusty would be damn proud.
With all of this said, I am upset at the fact we now may never get to see the Brandi versus newly-presented heel “Jade.” This would have been an outstanding match. It had the potential to be a longtime feud that would have commanded center stage.
Speaking of family legacy in wrestling, Brian Pillman Jr. was allowed some spotlight. He went against Jericho in the 10 man tag-team match between the Inner Circle (Jericho, Jake Hager, Santana, Ortiz, Sammy Guevara and MJF) against Best Friends, Top Flight and Pillman’s Varsity Blondes. Not only did this match give a lot of talented young superstars a platform to shine and showcase their talents, it threw a bit of spice into the Inner Circle and MJF storyline. Quite frankly, it has started to get a bit stale. It’s been a bit of the same for the last couple of weeks. I hope it all comes to a head with “The Spanish God” Sammy Guevara going one-on-one with MJF.
And finally, the main event of the evening….FROM NORTH CAROLINA!!! Kenny Omega took on the “Bad Boy” Joey Janela in a hardcore match. Janela could earn a title shot next week with a win. As we expected, he lost. However, he gave Omega a run for his money albeit for only a few short minutes at that.
And how could we end the show without Don Callis running his mouth the same way he’s been doing since playing the “Simon” character in the late ECW days? We couldn’t, that’s how.
But it wasn’t over yet, oh no! Pac graced us with his presence yet again. He revealed Tony Khan had signed a title match for December 30 between Rey Fenix and Omega. The match should have happened back in the finals of the AEW No. 1 contenders tournament before Fenix got hurt wrestling his brother Penta El Zero Miedo the week prior in the semi-finals. This seems to be a god-send. Omega will finally be a fighting champion instead of cowering behind Callis’ chrome dome until the next AEW pay-per-view. Can’t wait for next week!
Overall I would give the show a solid 7.3/10.0.