Another day, another review. The big thing about this Dynamite episode is that it’s the last crowdless taped show. And next Saturday will show a live airing at Daily’s Place, which is weird considering that their ratings have steadily dropped since moving to Friday. Not sure if the Saturday move will help much but I guess they’ll take what they can get.
Another Friday night, another AEW Dynamite review. Thought this show was stronger than last week’s but I did feel it still needs a lot of work.
Again, I’m not going to do a play-by-play of every match. I only saw a sampling of the program so I can’t provide a specific context. Also, I think that would just take too much time and mental energy to make it worth my while. So I’m going to focus on key points for each segment.
Yesterday, there was a rumor that hit the net about more WWE releases and today it actually happened. When I checked the names out, I wasn’t entirely surprised but decided that with my recent writings on wrestling again (the Dark Sides, AEW review, WWE’s future), I felt another blog would be great to put my thoughts in order for the people who got the axe.
I caught the AEW Double or Nothing 2021 PPV and had been mulling it over for a few days and decided to finally write up a review. My review isn’t going to be a play-by-play type of review just an overall summary of each match and a conclusion of the PPV.
After hearing Jim Cornette rant about garbage wrestling, I wasn’t too keen on this episode. Matter of fact, I never heard of Nick Gage up until this episode, which had it more a novelty than something I was passionately interested in (compared to say the Benoit, Hart or Pillman ones). That said, garbage/hardcore style wrestling never really had been my thing and this one looked to be quite violent and graphic.
For a while now, I have concluded that the WWE has not been a pro-wrestling company for some time. Instead, I describe them as a marketing company, specializing in a specific vertical. The problem with the WWE’s vertical has been shrinking for some time and the COVID-19 pandemic has inflicted some hefty punishment that puts a light on some of the key weaknesses of the WWE that should be examined as the company looks towards their future.
Frequently, I tune into Jim Cornette’s podcast/YouTube show and one of the consistent things he mentioned is the general decline in pro-wrestling over time. Part of his argument for this decline is the result of the lack of true stardom, the numbing to overdone spots, stupid story lines and dis-service these elements play into creating a more exposed, fake view of pro-wrestling in comparison to what former years had been. As someone who grew up with pro-wrestling since 1985, I am inclined to agree and want to talk about where much of this started and how things through time caused pro-wrestling to take major hits and lead to the point of what we’re seeing.
Saw that WWE made a few releases; some surprising, others not so surprising. The three that made me look twice were Samoa Joe, the Iiconics and Mickie James. I only say look twice because those were the three people I was most familiar with as I do not keep up with the product. There were others as well but the only other name I’m somewhat familiar with is Chelsea Green.