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With the NBA returning, AEW are going to be pre-empted on TNT for a few weeks.

The show that was to be held on August 19th will now air on Saturday 22nd at 6pm ET, August 26th’s Episode Will now be shown on Thursday 27th at 8pm ET, while September 16th’s show will now be September 17th at 8pm ET.

Nothing has been announced yet as to how this will effect International airings or those on FiteTV’s AEW Plus service

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Women’s Tag Tournament started tonight, with the first two quarter final matches on YouTube.

Going in I thought it was a bit shit that this was happening on YouTube rather than Dynamite. However, having now seen it, I understand the thought process. Seemingly only existing so that Brandi Rhodes can do her Poundland Stephanie McMahon heel act again, it’s no wonder they don’t want it on their main show. She’s dreadful in this role. It’s proper go-away heat.

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12 hours ago, Supremo said:

Women’s Tag Tournament started tonight, with the first two quarter final matches on YouTube.

Going in I thought it was a bit shit that this was happening on YouTube rather than Dynamite. However, having now seen it, I understand the thought process. Seemingly only existing so that Brandi Rhodes can do her Poundland Stephanie McMahon heel act again, it’s no wonder they don’t want it on their main show. She’s dreadful in this role. It’s proper go-away heat.

Only a matter of time until we get "A Rhode to the Gold" or something. Funny thing is though they'd probably then make the women's division feel like it actually matters.

It's been a downward trend for Brandi ever since they pulled the plug on The Nightmare Collective imo. Sure it was shit but as The Dark Order showed they could have salvaged it if they really wanted to.

Everything since has felt like giving her any old shit to keep her on screen.

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18 hours ago, The King Of Swing said:

 

Everything since has felt like giving her any old shit to keep her on screen.

Which begs the question “should she be on screen?”. You shouldn’t be putting people on screen just for the sake of it

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Brandi feels like the prime example of nepotism in AEW. Most others who are involved feel like they deserve a spot and they have something to offer. But her? She's rarely shown anyone why she should be there.

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I get the idea with Brandi that she so desperately wants to be the main 'authority figure' but they obviously don't use or need one (other than the odd nod to Tony Khan), that she is trying her hardest to make something happen where she is shown as a leader. First the Nightmare Collective, then the Nightmare Family and now this tag team with Allie. 

Even as Cody's valet it wouldn't really work, as there isn't much that she could do as Cody is a face, if he turned heel, then that would be the perfect spot for her to be cheating and helping Cody out. Which now I think about it, other than the odd promo, there's not much use in Arn being there either. 

Just noticed that Taynara Conti was in the tournament this week. She never really struck me as someone who would make much out of it once she was released, however fair play to her. 

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The best thing Brandi has done in AEW was walk out with tears in her eyes during the Cody-MJF whipping segment. She comes across well in announcements regarding the business and PR side of things. That's where she should stay; not everyone needs to be an on-screen character.

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37 minutes ago, Nick James said:

noticed that Taynara Conti was in the tournament this week. She never really struck me as someone who would make much out of it once she was released, however fair play to her. 

I always enjoyed her work. She was pretty solid and made for a good bitchy character. I think she's far more interesting than some they've got on their roster at the moment.

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53 minutes ago, FelatioLips said:

Tazz and Schiavone were an absolute blast on Dark last night.

After last weeks Dynamite I was thinking to myself that Tazz and Tony would be a great combination and they didn't disappoint. They just seemed to be having good fun. Would be good to see them run with that pairing.

Was howling at "boys and men"

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That was a fantastic show, arguably the best Dynamite of the pandemic era for me.

Brodie Lee has really come into his own, and The Dark Order has miraculously turned into quite a valuable part of the roster. Brodie’s storyline with Cabana is bags of fun, and that opening tag match was excellent.

The Jericho/Cassidy debate was superb, everyone in that segment played their part brilliantly. It was a brilliant balance of comedy and drama. I’ve gone from not giving a shit about the rematch to being seriously invested in a Cassidy victory.

It’s nice to see Matt Hardy drop the multiverse schtick, and if/when his brother joins the roster they can be a huge addition to the tag division. 

I really want to like Big Swole, but at the moment she’s not really working for me. I think the main issue for me is that I don’t actually want Britt’s return match to be against her, I’m not massively invested in their feud but I am invested in Baker. I really want to see Britt against Shida at the next PPV, and I hope we somehow get there. 

MJF was great once again, and to me he seems like the right person to take the belt from Moxley outside of, perhaps, a heel Omega or (which feels increasingly like the direction we’re heading) or perhaps even a heel Cody. Whichever heel takes the belt from Mox, the end of that journey HAS to be Hangman Page. I’m not sure there’s a better face in wrestling right now.

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Fuck me just imagine if the debate took place in front of a crowd.

Jericho was on form, Cassidy held his own and Eric Bischoff was a good fit as the moderator, I would have groaned if he was used in any other capacity. Smart move to play up the TNT/WCW connection.

Surely Cassidy has to win? Probably with plenty of shenanigans of course.

On paper I was ready to hate the segment but it turned out great.

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Just now, The King Of Swing said:

Fuck me just imagine if the debate took place in front of a crowd.

Jericho was on form, Cassidy held his own and Eric Bischoff was a good fit as the moderator, I would have groaned if he was used in any other capacity. Smart move to play up the TNT/WCW connection.

Surely Cassidy has to win? Probably with plenty of shenanigans of course.

On paper I was ready to hate the segment but it turned out great.

I didn't want to, but given that the Inner Circle comedy had fallen flat in the empty(ish) arena setting before, I was expecting it to do the same thing. It's the best thing OC has done in AEW since the Pac match, and it's another gem to add to Jericho's already lengthy AEW highlight reel. 

It does feel like Cassidy has to win this. I'm curious about who Jericho will face at the PPV. I think they're right not to over-extend the Cassidy feud, but it's not like they've been hinting at Jericho's next opponent. 

In fact, there's a lot up in the air. The fact Cody and Cardona faced The Dark Order made me thing Brodie Lee was being lined up as Cody's PPV opponent (Cabana in Lee's corner, Cardona in Cody's), but there was no hint of that tonight. 

Even FTR vs. Omega/Hangman, which felt likely, isn't guaranteed. I'm starting to wonder if we'll get a three team match with The Bucks, or even Bucks vs. FTR for a tag title match, with Omega and Page facing another team. 

I quite like that. WWE is generally very predictable, whilst AEW manages to keep its options open without any of them feeling illogical. 

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On 8/5/2020 at 9:44 AM, Nick James said:

I get the idea with Brandi that she so desperately wants to be the main 'authority figure' but they obviously don't use or need one (other than the odd nod to Tony Khan),  that she is trying her hardest to make something happen where she is shown as a leader. First the Nightmare Collective, then the Nightmare Family and now this tag team with Allie. 

It’s not the odd nod anymore though is it? His name being mentioned at least once has become a weekly occurrence. Having said that, I think he’s smart enough to know that putting himself on TV would be an awful idea.

 

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