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AEW Dynamite - August 12 2020

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Well major sports leagues have been able to pay to get into the express lane for testing, and Tony has ties to the two biggest leagues in the world, so perhaps he slipped Jericho's test in the pile with those to get the results faster.

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Even if Jericho is tested today, that doesn't necessarily mean anything. A test might not flag as positive for several more days. By then, the entire AEW roster is infected by this knucklehead.

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In happier news, the finally got the new TNT belt finished and it looks pretty decent. I liked the old one's silver tone for contrast as opposed to the new one being gold, but at least it doesn't look unfinished anymore.

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The Smash Bros are really good. 

Clearly Cody's I will defend every week thing was not meant to be taken literally

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Nick Jackson hits Stu Grayson with a big superkick clearly meant to be a high spot. J.R's reaction: "Is the referee in control here?!" Worst commentator in wrestling right now 

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JR is still really good when the match he's calling is in his wheelhouse. The Bucks vs Smash Bros in a PWG tribute match would be the opposite of that. Besides, "grumpy old man yelling at the clouds about tag rules" is basically his gimmick now.

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Really liked the match. It felt like a huge deal and Cody's reign has been great. Cody v. Brodie Lee sounds like it will be amazing. 

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Tully is amazing, still a great asshole after all these years.

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Plus it makes long term logical sense, it should make Tully sick to see Arn managing a Rhodes after all they've been through. 

I'm guessing the new Horsemen-type stable will end up being FTR, Spears, and ?....having Spears involved screams "guy getting turned on with the quickness" though. 

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Wrestling doesn't have to be difficult, just have Jake Roberts casually do promos while Archer kills jobbers in the background. 

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I did not need to see Jake Roberts shirtless in any form though. 

Cassidy is so cool. This angle has made him a star and they better pull the trigger and not have a fuck finish

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They do pull the trigger! And credit to Jericho, he made him look like a badass. The finish came out of nowhere, but I guess that was the idea. Would have been more amazing if Tony got to scream "WE'RE OUT OF TIME!!" but it was still excellent. 

I loved this show. There have been better matches but as far as loving basically every moment and making me excited for the next show goes, this is again one of the best shows they have done all year imo. 

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Thought Jericho looked like dog shit in the main event, being honest. His Dragon Screw sells were bad and he clearly fell the wrong way on the roll up at the finish, I've seen Orange do that move before.

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Yeah he didn't look great and his bumping was bad but he sold and sold for him, groaning with pain and had excellent facial expressions. Really thought he made Orange both in the match and in the feud. 

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2 hours ago, sek69 said:

Plus it makes long term logical sense, it should make Tully sick to see Arn managing a Rhodes after all they've been through. 

I'm guessing the new Horsemen-type stable will end up being FTR, Spears, and ?....having Spears involved screams "guy getting turned on with the quickness" though. 

Tully was great, as usual, but I marked out way more at the York Foundation shirt that Ricky Morton was wearing under his jacket.

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12 hours ago, sek69 said:

JR is still really good when the match he's calling is in his wheelhouse. The Bucks vs Smash Bros in a PWG tribute match would be the opposite of that. Besides, "grumpy old man yelling at the clouds about tag rules" is basically his gimmick now.

Yeah, that one really could have used Excalibur.

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18 minutes ago, Migs said:

Yeah, that one really could have used Excalibur.

In an ideal world Tony, Excalibur, and Taz would be the announce team and J.R. could have a weekly segment where he runs down the rankings and then gets a moment to give his opinion on something like Gordon Solie had on the Power Hour in '89

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Glad they gave Cassidy the win but I still feel like they're going to do the third match at All Out with Tyson around. Dug the show but yeah, Jericho looked awful in the main and he needs a super-reduced schedule from now on. Let him talk and work a few PPV matches a year. I loved the FTR/RnR angle and I still think Cody goes with them, FTR and Spears with Cardona being the babyface that gets killed to establish them. I also popped for Ricky's York Foundation shirt and need one immediately. Other than that, I really hope this women's tag tournament gives the division a renewed focus because Shida isn't doing it for me as champ and Diamante and Ivelisse being the top heels sounds so much better as far as I'm concerned. I'm assuming one of those challenges Shida at All Out, unless they go with Brandi but Jesus, that's not a match I want to see. MJF and Moxley was a good segment but MJFs promo is leaning into worked-shoot shit too heavily at times; AEW have ridden that line of acknowledging reality around their wrestlers but cracks about "looking up at the lights" is still bullshit about guys having to put Moxley over, no matter how you dress it up.

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1 hour ago, Stiva said:

AEW have ridden that line of acknowledging reality around their wrestlers but cracks about "looking up at the lights" is still bullshit about guys having to put Moxley over, no matter how you dress it up.

Honestly thought he meant Mox was deliberately wrestling jobbers but you might be right and yeah, worked shoots are terrible 

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