Whereas the person storylines AEW inform might be extremely intricate and dense (generally drenched in historical past with different firms and/or international locations and enjoying on issues solely a sure few will know from a decade prior to now), the premise of the entire firm is fairly easy. Give the individuals what they need. Put wrestlers they like watching on TV and allow them to do issues individuals will like. After which do it once more. After which do it within the subsequent match. Besides if you need extra time for girls wrestlers. Then you definitely’ll nonetheless be discovered wanting.
Typically which means letting Keith Lee simply throw individuals via some rafters. Typically it’s letting Bryan Danielson or CM Punk simply stay out their wrestling fantasies. Typically it’s Malakai Black falling deeper and deeper right into a Sleep album or letting FTR put collectively the best tag crew run just because they will.
And generally it’s simply letting two bruisers chop the shit out of one another till each of their chests seem like a plate that had pasta on it two hours in the past however has been sitting untouched within the sink since:
In case you don’t know who these two nutjobs are, one is Samoa Joe, yet one more refugee from WWE with an enormous following from his work on the indies, ROH, and NXT. Joe was signed to AEW/the brand new ROH only a couple weeks in the past after the acquainted story of not being appreciated by the powers that be In New York (together with some harm issues), mainly to spearhead and legitimize ROH’s rebirth underneath Tony Khan. Whereas he’s extraordinarily agile for a person his dimension, his rep is constructed on being fully vicious each within the ring and on the mic.
The opposite dude, the one who seems like Devil’s uncle, is Minoru Suzuki, a legend in Japan with NJPW who has grow to be the world’s favourite Homicide Grandpa. Suzuki’s legend has been constructed via matches that aren’t based mostly on workrate or acrobatics and even complicated storytelling, if there’s even any storytelling in any respect. Suzuki’s matches are simply measures of how merciless he can get, how merciless he could make his opponent in live performance, and the way a lot both can stand from the opposite. As a result of Suzuki’s gimmick is that he enjoys ache and distress, both distributing or receiving equally, he’s typically seen because the final particular person anybody would need to get in a hoop with. His facial features is continually one in every of “last item you see earlier than you die.” Even should you win, you’ll depart items of your self behind, and it’s largely the pores and skin out of your chest.
So when Khan introduced that this may be the primary occasion of final evening’s Dynamite, most followers had been anticipating one thing like this. However after all, the credo of AEW and Khan is whereas providing you with need you need in addition they must exceed expectations. And so they often do (once more, except it’s the ladies’s division).
So whereas all of us knew that Suzuki and Joe would have some kind of chop-off or strike competitors, few imagined it will be proper at the start and final for over two minutes of skin-slapping echoing round New Orleans’s Lakefront Enviornment. However to reiterate, AEW provides you what you need and customarily with none bullshit. These two are recognized for being cruel within the ring, they’ve direct, htting types, so why the fuck would we wait round? It’s wrestling’s model of “GET TO THE WORKIN’ OVERTIME PART!”
Even should you’d by no means seen AEW earlier than, you’d know precisely what these guys are about two minutes in. Suzuki is a cult favourite and solely often pops throughout the ocean to star in AEW, however watching him hammer some dude who outweighs him by 100 kilos and make him prefer it and turning into the dominant power within the match, all whereas grinning like he simply dedicated some kind of ritual sacrifice (and in some methods he did) would nearly actually need to make you see extra.
Even being the clearly greater man, anybody would have been captivated by Joe’s flip turning into the underdog on this match just by seeing what a demonic creature Suzuki is, how prepared he’s to out-suffer his opponent (there’s a chunk to be written connecting Suzuki to Atlético Madrid at some point however I’m not within the temper) and watching Joe get via it. You’ll be able to’t watch this match and never instantly need to see what Joe does subsequent (although AEW did type of biff the post-match by introducing some character nobody had ever heard of with the overused houselights-blackout and look gimmick, all for the advantage of European and Asian TV offers).
Give the individuals what they need. Typically which means watching two guys beat one another into burger.