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.
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.
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.
AEW Road Rager at the James L Knight Center in Miami Florida, live once more with a hot crowd. To me this was the start of the test to see how AEW can do beyond their COVID-19 base at Daily’s Place. I couldn’t tell 100% but it mostly looked like a full house, but I imagine at this stage, fans are going to be super hungry for live pro-wrestling, despite the variants floating around of COVID-19 and that a good percentage of the population probably still is unvaccinated.
This is the last show at Daily’s Place since the start of the pandemic as AEW will be going on the road from next week. That should be refreshing in a sense in seeing a new location, even though I still disagree that places should be re-opening with the variant. Nevertheless, tonight was with a live crowd as the show made its comeback from the awful Friday and Saturday times. So I figured it would be good to get off a review while it’s fresh in my mind.
Right now, AEW is in a good position to grab up some ex-WWE talent as a 3rd round of layoffs has occurred the other day. Given the three big cuts since April, I decided to put together a list of wrestlers I think would be a good fit from these groups to come to AEW.
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.