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Wow, I liked that episode a lot. Dynamite's taped shows feel much more consistent to me. They have a better flow to them with a bit more production sheen, and the piped-in audio helps tremendously.

I rolled my eyes at the main event graphic to be honest, because I couldn't give a shit about Best Friends or Trent's mum. But boy, did they turn that unfunny, silly bollocks around. That match delivered beyond all expectations. Massively fun brawl that was creative without feeling contrived. Even the punches were snug and lovely, and the violence was gripping until the end. I'd rather they pull back on the gimmick stuff altogether, but I'll take something that's this visceral and this logical over dumb stunts with scissor lifts and body bags any day. Best parking lot brawl since Piper/Goldust? I was grinning like a loony watching the closing shot of the boys in the car with Sue giving the finger. I can't remember the last time a wrestling show ended with such a cool, feelgood moment. 

FTR rocks. They wrestled like The Revival of old too, with the heat, cool cut-offs and sneaky team work. Tully needs to dump Shawn Spears already, he's onto better things.

Kenny Omega was such a slimy, infuriating twat on commentary and it was fucking GLORIOUS to hear it. He finally felt like a TV ready personality again, rather than the wishy-washy weirdo, phoning it in. I could just feel Jim Ross seething in the booth at the dickhead.

I liked the raw, wild feel that the parking lot brawl, Eddie Kingston and Jon Moxley promos had to them. There was a sense of chaos to it all, but in an organic way, and not - as is often the case - in a bad train wreck way.

Miro still has the stink of the clubhouse, goofing-off, BTE stuff, that I don't feel clued-in on and kind of hate. But at least he got his top off this week and showed where the money is. Let's face it - Lana is hugely missed as part of the Miro package, and he's with a guy in Kip Sabian that seems impossible to make interesting. Hopefully he blows him off ASAP. There's something there with Miro if he wants it, and if they can make me care about Trent's bloody mum, I'm fairly confident they can get it running with Miro. 

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Right people, right time, just the wrong location.

Fucking hell who’s arsed. Let people get excited about things.

For a TV Guide photoshoot promoting a new wrestling show, this is what you want to see. Not you brothers wedding reception, like those cunts above. You're selling professional wrestling. Nothing else.

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Quality episode. Great open with the Young Bucks and a quality tag match between FTR and Jurassic Express. The main event was fantastic, best hardcore-style match they've done and a real fun ending. Moment of the show for me though was Hangman looking for Kenny after the win.

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* Anxious Millenial Cowboy "Hangman" Adam Page had a very good professional wrestling match with Frankie Kazarian. Kazarian's been quietly having bangers on Dark for the past few weeks, and let's face it he was ALWAYS good, and Hangman is just THE BEST. Seriously, when they were looking to push Page this time last year, after being in the Bullet Club and Ring of boring Honor, I was all, like, ugh, but I am a stupid man because he is great. Omega added some storyline beats on comms, too. Good job.

* MJF is such a shitty person that even the heels at ringside were booing him.

*: Only slightly but there's a weird feel to the Eddie Kingston stable family and it's not quite gelling. Like, why would the Lucha brothers hang out with the Butcher & the Blade? I DO like that the Mad King is AEW's continuity cop, hammering home that he wasn't eliminated from the battle royal, AND he's the only one who remembers that Allie should be with the Blade!

* I get that Jericho is a BIG deal and I enjoy watching him (not as much as I enjoy listening to him on comms, but there you go), but this tag-team run seems way too forced, and Private Party got nothing out of this match at all, especially when Hager and Cassidy disappeared forever. I do like the Judas Effect, though.

* Ivelisse, man.

* I was, erm, all-in on jake Roberts when he first came in but he's a liability now, stumbling over his words and making every angle awkward. Archer can talk just fine. I'd have also preferred that Darby Allin was left as a - massively obvious, admittedly - surprise for next week. I like the push they're giving Will Hobbs, too.

* The Parking Lot Fight - that's its official name, right? - was ace, with the right amount of big spots at the right times to do them, and the major league debut of SOMEONE BEING PUT THROUGH A DOOR. And I LOVED Best Friends driving off with Sue at the end, just as it should be. What I want now, though, is for Santana and Ortiz's mum - or just Dasha, I suppose - to come looking for revenge...

* This was such an easy watch, after a few tricky weeks and an under-par PPV. It flowed nicely, with some big angles sprinkled throughout, and there's a lot of storylines going on to keep you engaged. If they could cut Dark in half - although don't rob me of KiLynn King or Red Velvet or The Initiative - and keep their PPVs under 3 hours, they'd be golden.

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Jake Robert's is always drenched in sweat and massively out of breath just walking to the ring. He's great in pre tapes but in front of an audience on live telly he constantly looks moments away from a heart attack.

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Kenny acting like Page is lost without him was infuriating in the best way possible. Liked how he couldn't wait to fuck off once Page won.

Kingston's "family" is pretty oddball but still intriguing. I'm fully on board for a few weeks worth of QT beat downs.

JR was bearable this week.

Big Tony sounds like he loves every second of being back on a westling show.

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34 minutes ago, The King Of Swing said:

Big Tony sounds like he loves every second of being back on a westling show.

This. 

Tony's thrill of being there and his genuine enjoyment of watching the action really rubs off on me as a viewer and makes me enjoy it more. I'm so glad he is back in wrestling! 

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The actual like just joy the commentary team had at the end with the Sue bit I've rewatched twice today so far. It's honestly a blessing to hear guys happy to be doing their job. 

And JR. 

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1 hour ago, LaGoosh said:

Jake Robert's is always drenched in sweat and massively out of breath just walking to the ring. He's great in pre tapes but in front of an audience on live telly he constantly looks moments away from a heart attack.

The quality of his promos has declined dramatically since his early run with Archer and that’s a real shame. I hope he can recapture that early fire.

As for JR, his refusal to call the Silly String by name, his constant sniping at Excalibur, and his apparent dislike of what he’s watching is frustrating. They do have a ready made answer though in Taz, and I wish they’d use it. I suspect JR’s pay packet may be the problem though, making it difficult to justify removing him.

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Just now, RedRooster said:

As for JR, his refusal to call the Silly String by name, his constant sniping at Excalibur, and his apparent dislike of what he’s watching is frustrating. They do have a ready made answer though in Taz, and I wish they’d use it. I imagine JR’s pay packet makes it difficult to justify removing him though.

Totally. Since Dark has finally stopped being six hours long an episode, I've watched the last couple and Taz is great. Constantly easy, funny and smart. So much fun and it makes Dark an easy watch.

Also, I love that AEW goes with simple, straightforward booking at times. The Brandon Cutler/Peter Avalon match was really fun, and the ending was the most obvious one they could have gone for. And that wasn't a bad thing at all.

 

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The commentary on Dark is tremendous, just complete good fun. The laughs, the jokes and the banter is brilliant. 

It's taken me a while, but i think i am now fully converted to AEW. This episode was the most fun i've had with wrestling sine the NXT Takeovers of old before Ciampa / Gargano went way too long. 

 

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I really wasn't sure if the Best Friends/Proud and Powerful match would work as a main event, but that was incredibly fun. Those bumps at the end were clearly pretty safe but I cringed at every one (and I was surprised how unpleasant the blood on the concrete looked compared to on the mat) in just the right way. Then, from the point where Orange Cassidy turned up, it was just grins from there on. The idea that anyone could hate on a feud of the babyfaces beating up the assholes that called their mum names is mind-blowing to me. Trent's constant super-serious face just makes it funnier. And yes, that middle finger at the end was just the perfect ending. Brilliant stuff.

Trent throwing down the piece of wood and it bouncing up and hitting him in the face was hilarious, by the way. He handled it great, but it was still funny.

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