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?
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.
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.
Today, Blizzard announced the last day for Season 23 on July 18th. While no start date for Season 24 has been released, it is suspected that with Diablo 2 coming up in short order on 9/23/2021 we should be starting the new season on July 23rd which provides roughly 2 months of solid farming action for Ethereals during season 24 to warm our taste buds for Resurrection. That said, I wanted to share my overall thoughts on Season 23 and what I believe they could have done to improve what to me was my overall favorite season thus far.
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.
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.
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.