I haven’t done one of these in a while but with my extra time these days and the fact that I recently got back into pro-wrestling, I figured it might be a good reason to write up a review of the latest Dark Side of the Ring entitled “Plane Ride from Hell.” This episode talks about an infamous case where various WWF stars returned from a European trip and created a big commotion. While not as heinous sounding compared to say the double murder-suicide of Chris Benoit and his family, the producers described this episode as being quite dark in its own right.
From the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ, this event was sold out with a reported 13k crowd. A pretty big deal considering that this is one of AEW’s go-home shows before next week’s massive Athur Ashe Stadium show in New York. Nonetheless, pretty much this was primarily a build up show with a few bright spots and CM Punk doing commentary.
Another taped edition that was part of the Cincinnati, Ohio showing at the Fifth Third Arena. Once again, Chris Jericho was absent from the booth along with Excalibur. Excalibur though had a legitimate excuse in being married whereas Jericho might be taking the week off after his match with MJF. Instead, Jim Ross, Tony Schiavone, Taz and Mark Henry started off the program and they wasted no time with entrances.
This episode of AEW Dynamite was broadcast from the Fifth Third Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio. Pretty much the two things heavily advertised here were Jon Moxley’s main event match with Minoru Suzuki and Brian Pillman Jr as both are hometown heroes (well Pillman is quickly becoming one here). Also, this event was the start of the fallout for their All Out PPV and the first time AEW had come to Cincinnati. So a unique crowd for them as a first time situation.
Recently, I’ve been watching a variety of old Piper’s Pit videos on YouTube. It reminds me of an era where people could cut promos, get heat, be controversial to sell tickets without the PC fanatics and cancel culture riding up ones bunghole. However, probably the most infamous of these skits was the one where Jimmy Snuka got smacked by a coconut. I decided to do some research on the subject matter because something struck me that I wasn’t aware of until the Dark Side of the Ring episode: the death of Nancy Argentino.
I did a preview early yesterday for this show. It ended up going almost 4 hours and I caught it late as well as watching some follow up material in the form of a post-show media scrum. I won’t get into that part but I will provide some post-show thoughts on the current AEW situation since there’s a lot of things going on here.
Right now, AEW is calling All Out 2021 their biggest card to date. It will for the 3rd night be held at the Now Arena in Chicago Illinois and feature the return of CM Punk while hinting at various surprises. This post will go through each of the matches with some predictions.
Once again from the triple hitter at the Now Arena in Chicago, Illinois we have another edition of Rampage. After that horrible ending from Dynamite especially with the situation with Daffney, I lost a bit of enthusiasm for wrestling in general. So I really needed a better show, especially considering this was their go home show before the All Out PPV on Sunday.
From the Now Arena in Chicago Illinois, AEW is doing a triple hitter out there. I will admit that this show ended up being a damper for me just because I was distracted by what was going on from TNA’s Daffney, who went on Instagram Live and was essentially threatening suicide. It was quite disturbing and I think she even had a gun, but so far no one has heard anything back, which makes me even more concerned given the 10+ hour period since she turned off the camera (or perhaps Instagram turned it off). If Instagram had been the one turning it off, I really hope they also took responsibility for tracking her down via an IP and relaying her messages to her local police to get her help because that situation was severe.
This was the first taped episode of Rampage coming from the same arena that Dynamite this past Wednesday was broadcast from in UWM Panther Arena in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. That gave the episode a little less dynamic of a feeling but AEW is starting to ramp up their PPV for All Out on September 5th.