For a casual fan, other than the Jericho match, there's nothing here to draw them in and the pricepoint is certainly not going to do them any favors, unless the idea here is to just milk the hardcores, in which case, they may turn a profit, but they will not grow.
Post by currentbigthing on May 25, 2019 18:22:24 GMT -6
I paid for it. I felt rather compelled to do so because I’ve been saying for so long how much I want WWE to have some real competition so as to make WWE produce a good wrestling show. AEW looks very much like it could finally be that competition that I feel quite compelled to put my money where my mouth is.
That said, I don’t know how I feel about a guy with no legs lasting more than a few seconds in a battle royal or a 110-pound dude being any kind of problem for anyone else in said battle royal. I also don’t know how I feel about the AEW’s seemingly hyper-liberal, “look how ‘inclusive’ we are” approach to hiring. I dare them to use even one of their LGBT, handicapped, etc., workers as a heel.
Didn't care for the first women's match, although it was nice to see Awesome Kong.
Didn't like the WWE style camera cuts or the different color lights on the crowd (hate it on RAW and Smackdown too).
Commentary was rough, but I think they got much better as the night went on. I can't really be negative on them too much, first time working a live show together.
Thought the show picked up during the joshi tag match. Great to see Aja Kong again. First time seeing Hikaru Shida; she's great, got the presence of a star and legit beautiful. Would make a much better face of the division than Britt Baker, who is pretty good too.
The final three matches were all phenomenal and for different reasons. The ending with Jon Moxley was fantastic too.
From pre-show to close, it went "yikes, this is WWE-lite" to "okay, WWE has some legit competition."
The show definitely peaked at the right spots. Losing the Pac/Hangman match kind of hurt things as that would have picked up the undercard slack quite a bit, but if you a buy show for the main matches, all three of them delivered and then some, and the surprise, even if it was an expected surprise, still knocked it out of the park.
Post by currentbigthing on May 27, 2019 5:57:30 GMT -6
I don’t agree with the folks saying it’s one of the best shows ever— that seems a bit much— but I did feel like I was watching a wrestling show for the first time in a long time and that’s far from insignificant. From the matches being taken seriously to their avoiding turning every available surface into an LED screen to the matches all having decisive finishes, I was watching wrestling the whole time and I enjoyed myself.
It was nine years ago that I wrote about the future of wrestling being “Dashing” but I had no idea it would be of this scope and scale.
At least I see some heart and spunk. Not bad at all first the first time out. I just think they really need to rethink the finances and make the product more accessible than $50 a pop PPVs.
Welcome to freedom, Moxley.
This year is going to be very interesting to watch because if AEW comes into its own (on realistic points)... how many others might leave WWE? There's a slew of people that could have new lives in AEW.
One minor nitpick. This Excalibur guy (who I've read commentates on PWG and is a former wrestler) does a really good job. In fact, in one night he joined my top five favorite currently active commentators behind JR, Cornette, Kevin Kelly, and Don Callis... BUT the mask just looks so bush league to me. Drop it and the gimmick name. If it was a famous luchador then fine, but if I've never heard of this guy, a casual audience will just roll their eyes at him as well. It just takes away from the serious presentation for me and makes it seem like an indy level joke fed whenever he's on camera. (When he's off camera calling the action he's great though.)