Matt Cardona and the Actual Winners and Losers from AEW Dynamite – Bleacher Report

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    Photograph courtesy of AEW

    Final week’s AEW Dynamite was a uncommon misfire for the promotion, an off-kilter present that by no means appeared to thoroughly get its bearings. This week, it was again to enterprise as ordinary—for AEW which means the perfect weekly wrestling present on the planet.

    Like all the time, Dynamite was a wrestling buffet, offering one thing for all palates. It had conventional professional wrestling heel shenanigans within the type of MJF, cutting-edge motion wrestling from The Elite and even some ’90s throwback motion courtesy of Eric Bischoff (and Matt Cardona’s ring work).

    All advised, it was night time to be a wrestling fan. However, even on the perfect nights, nothing is ideal. We’re right here to interrupt all of it down for you and share some ideas about the actual winners and losers from this week’s AEW Dynamite.

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    Photograph courtesy of AEW

    I used to be fearful going into the 12-man tag match that kicked off AEW Dynamite. Final week’s match was comparable in idea and fell aside shortly and by no means actually recovered.

    There have been no such points this week.

    Not solely was this match an action-packed high-spot extravaganza, but it surely was additionally full of the form of storytelling beats AEW followers have come to anticipate. The groups managed to arrange future matches with out sacrificing match high quality—not an particularly simple activity.

    It was nice to see The Darkish Order in a match like this. After a sluggish begin, the group has change into a private spotlight for me, not solely within the ring but in addition on YouTube exhibits like Being The Elite. Mr. Brodie Lee and his minions have discovered the right stability between comedy and severe wrestling drama, and I discover myself trying ahead to seeing what they do subsequent each single week.

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    Adam Web page was the precise loser of the opening match, falling to a brutal Brodie Lee clothesline. However the partnership of Kenny Omega and Web page might have been the actual sufferer on Dynamite, their friendship as soon as once more being put to the take a look at by FTR.

    I can virtually forgive the No. 1 contenders for abandoning the hard-fought match—accidents occur and maybe Money Wheeler thought his place was by his fallen associate’s facet.

    That does not, nevertheless, clarify why Web page felt the necessity to disappear to the again for an prolonged time frame, leaving Omega and The Younger Bucks to battle six males by their lonesome. Until he is a medical physician, it is unclear how he may have probably been of help.

    His burgeoning friendship with FTR, presumably constructed on whiskey and nation music, is affecting his skilled judgment. And, finally, it will value him and Omega their tag staff gold.

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    Photograph courtesy of AEW

    I felt unhealthy for MJF’s marketing campaign volunteer “Lee.” He simply needs wrestling to be a greater place and obtained chastised by MJF himself for hanging up a crooked poster.

    However the actual loser right here was Jon Moxley. Based on inside information supplied by MJF, Moxley is polling at an terrible “unfavourable 88 %.”

    That is not good!

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    Poor Sue Beretta.

    Trent’s mother loaned her son and his tag staff associate Chuck Taylor her prized minivan to go over to Each day’s Place for AEW Dynamite, solely to see it torn to shreds and desecrated by Santana and Ortiz.

    It was among the many most heinous acts within the historical past of AEW Dynamite.

    The 2 groups had an important match early within the present, one way or the other following the completely insane 12-man tag with a extremely stable piece {of professional} wrestling. However dropping did not sit nicely with Proud and Highly effective. Since they could not take it out on Trent and Chuck within the ring, they went after the duo’s experience.

    In any case, at the very least a minivan cannot battle again.

    Usually, Greatest Associates, good friends with the laid-back Orange Cassidy, are very chill—maybe to a fault. I’ve by no means seen them so fired up. Not solely do they need a rematch, however the stakes Greatest Associates have proposed are excessive certainly.

    “You are going to personally apologize to my mother,” Trent mentioned. “On speakerphone.”

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    Within the late 1990s, when The Hardy Boyz burst onto the scene within the famed Angle Period, they had been the little guys, a small tag staff in a enterprise full of giants. Rather a lot has modified within the final 20 years. In the present day’s Matt Hardy is big-brothering guys on the AEW roster, one of many greater males on a roster full of athletic however comparatively tiny wrestlers.

    The downsizing of the enterprise cannot be overstated.

    Hardy’s altering function within the sport hasn’t slowed him down a bit. He works simply in addition to the larger man as he did when he was the relative pipsqueak. He got here out as himself (not within the “Damaged” Matt Hardy gimmick) and each gave and took a beating from Sammy Guevara, hitting a gusher and customarily getting followers excited for what guarantees to be a extremely enjoyable midcard feud.

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    Matt Cardona, the artist previously generally known as Zack Ryder, has been featured on AEW Dynamite twice in two weeks. That has to really feel good for the previous web sensation who many followers imagine by no means obtained a correct alternative in WWE.

    That alone makes him a winner.

    Here is the factor, although—being good associates with an Government Vice President behind the scenes solely ensures you a shot. You must do the remaining by yourself—and contours like “he is one of many foremost collectors of motion figures on the earth” is probably not the important thing to getting over with anybody however probably the most hardcore of wrestling fanatics.

    Up to now, I am not 100 % bought on Cardona. He is massive and tan and has thousands and thousands of social media followers. However, within the ring, there’s simply nothing particular about him.

    In a promotion crammed to bursting with the hungry and the daring, an act that appears prefer it was inbuilt 1992 simply is not going to chop it.

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    Twenty minutes after the present went off the air, I can not actually bear in mind a lot about Eric Bischoff’s look on AEW Dynamite. His “shock” gig because the moderator of the Orange Cassidy-Chris Jericho debate was the worst-kept secret in wrestling.

    Ultimately, greater than 20 years faraway from his run as the pinnacle honcho of WCW, his return to TNT did not quantity to a lot.

    In some methods, that makes Bischoff the winner of a largely uneventful section. Usually you’d anticipate somebody together with his divisive status to be left mendacity or the sufferer of a vicious verbal assault.

    As a substitute…nothing. I suppose that beats the choice for Straightforward E!

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    Once I final talked to Darby Allin, he was excited to be getting alternatives however not keen to settle into a snug place in the course of the pack. He needs what all of the greats need—the prospect to be the perfect.

    “I do know there’s lots of s–t I have to do,” he advised me, “to make it to that subsequent stage.”

    Ethical victories do not rely for Allin. Not anymore. Lengthy gone is the newcomer simply completely happy to be within the ring with Cody, completely happy merely to not lose.

    Competing with Jon Moxley is not sufficient. To be the perfect, Allin must beat the perfect. And he did not handle that.

    Nonetheless, as a lot as he’ll hate this, Allin managed to shine in defeat. He, as soon as once more, solidified his potential to be one thing fully distinctive in a enterprise of copycats.

    Positive, he did it on the expense of his personal well being and well-being, throwing his physique round with a recklessness that’s unsettling to witness.

    However who mentioned greatness would come with no value?

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