AEW returned to Daily’s Place in Jacksonville Florida for Homecoming after taking a small road trip around the country as things began opening up again.
While I’ve always been a fan of pro-wrestling since ’85, my love for it goes in waves where something might turn me off for a period before another thing reinvigorates my interest. In the past 10 years, I only would catch glimpses of it through YouTube and barely follow the results on news sites. I would say within the past 4-5 months, my interest has started to peak again as a result of numerous changes in the industry. So that begs the question: what exactly has caught my attention?
At this point in time, it’s almost a lock for CM Punk and Bryan Danielson to come into AEW. The hint given by Darby Allin at the recent Dynamite for the event coming up at the Chicago United Center, along with the way the announcers have posed hints about the huge show being planned without giving any concrete names out pretty much allude to CM Punk’s inevitable arrival. Despite all the excitement and talk being generated, I think this situation will ultimately fall flat on its back and come back to haunt AEW in the long term.
Tonight’s Dynamite was at the Bojangles Coliseum, Charlotte, North Carolina, which in theory had been a traditionally strong spot for NWA wrestling in the 80s and maybe up to the mid 90s through WCW with Flair, etc. And the spot looked fairly packed with people hot for the opening which would start off with a big 5 v 5 match.
This is just a general blog post about my experience with the season 24 so far. Going to talk a bit about the first day or two and my lack of luck and a few bad choices but how things eventually changed for the better.
The talk right now has been that the plan with AEW was to load up these shows as AEW goes back on the road. And it seems that with the various contracts cuts or expiring contracts, Tony Khan has been opening up the checkbook and trying to get as many people as possible along with plenty of title matches or stipulations to take advantage of the returning crowds. So how did Fyter Fest Night 2 compare?
I will firmly admit that pro-wrestling right now might be getting very interesting. While the pandemic hurt the business from an audience drawing capability along with the product losing a lot of its luster, one of the weird positives to result was the WWE casting off many people. I consider this a positive because what it did was create a massive tidal wave of movement and opportunities for potentially under utilized talent that hopefully could find a spot elsewhere. An example is Malakai Black. However, one name that isn’t included, has been on the sidelines of his own volition but adds a massive amount of appeal is CM Punk.
I’m probably going to perma-delete my Path of Exile game and all related files from my game machine seeing the direction that the company is heading. But the last two leagues for me were skipped for various reasons, mostly in that I had been losing interest for some time. With the new league launch coming up against Diablo 3’s season 24, there’s no question which game I’m going to be playing.
Coming from the H-E-B Center in Cedar Park, Texas, this is one of the first truly on the road shows for AEW as things begin opening up again from COVID-19. For me this show would be the initial litmus test for seeing how non-Florida fans would react. The current theory is that fans are going to be exceptionally hungry for wrestling and live events since the start of the pandemic and various lockdowns. According to Wikipedia, the H-E-B Center holds about 8000 people and for the most part this place looked sold out and was pretty hot to start.
Now, that I’ve caught up with AEW and familiarized myself with their product and a few of their shows, I wanted to put some thoughts down as someone who has watched pro-wrestling most of his life (since 1985) and offer a critique of what they’re attempting to accomplish. While my reviews may come off as being scathing, bombastic tirades, the truth is that I want a promotion like this to succeed but am purely frustrated at what I see. Hopefully, this post clarifies my position on my overall views of AEW.