On a night where, once again, expectations were high for what AEW were planning to showcase, many fans wondered if they could keep the momentum going ahead of their huge upcoming TV debut on TNT. Questions were answered and AEW staged another fantastic night of grappling action. Let’s recap the notable happenings from the sold-out Sears Centre Arena in Chi-Town!!!!
Thank You Chris Jericho! Yes, he did it. He became the very first AEW Champion in a gruelling battle with Hangman Page. In a match that was even better than many could have predicted, Page went blow for blow with Jericho and proved that, whilst maybe not quite yet, he is capable of hanging with the big boys in the main event picture. One does wonder where this leaves both men now. If the post-show videos indicated anything, it would be that Page and Pac will continue their rivalry that began during the initial AEW launch party earlier this year. As for the champ, it seems a showdown with Cody could be on the cards. AEW returns to PPV Nov 9th for Full Gear and from a marque point of view, this could sell some tickets. Time will tell as the build for the PPV will begin on Oct 2nd when AEW goes Primetime.
Dangerous was the word we used to preview the AAA tag title ladder match last week and we were not wrong. Not at all! The Young Bucks and The Lucha Bros left everything in and out of the ring during this brutal massacre and left fans in the arena in absolute awe. The focus will now shift towards the AEW tag titles for both teams and despite what we said in our preview, do not be surprised now if one final time we see these two teams hook it up to become the first tag champs of AEW.
In what was a throwback to days of old, Cody and Shawn Spears put on an old school romp that told a tremendous story and solidified both men’s spots as top-end talent for the company going forward. This writer almost wet himself when Arn Anderson made his surprise appearance and took us all back to the days of the NWA when he hit Spears with his trademark Spinebuster. No doubt the future will see an eventual MJF turn on Cody and lead to a huge grudge match. Slow burn for that one please!!!
So Pac did indeed finally show up in AEW and tore the house down with Kenny Omega in a thrilling, back and forth tussle. Both men held nothing back here as they built the match perfectly to a surprising submission victory from the Geordie Bastard. As for the finish itself, it makes you wonder what is next for Omega. Once Jon Moxley returns then a showdown for the two is inevitable but as for beyond that, what’s next? The Omega story is definitely one to keep a close eye on.
The undercard was a mixed bag with some good and some bad but standout performances from the likes of Nyla Rose, Private Party, SCU and Darby Allin shows that there is great depth to the AEW roster and, according to Cody, the roster is not even half full yet.
Good times are ahead for AEW as TV land is knocking on their doors and will another PPV coming in November, the thirst fans have for AEW right now is seemingly unquenchable!!!