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Reviewing The Elite (10/23/19): All My Friends Are Wrestlers




We’re officially four episodes into AEW Dynamite and the show has been remarkably consistent thus far, giving us a lot of quality wrestling in two hours. There was a lot to enjoy about this show as well if you’re a fan of wrestling in general and The Elite, who all got to shine in this episode. However, the fourth installment in Dynamite’s weekly series ended up showing making the company’s weaknesses a bit more apparent.

For all the good wrestling AEW has to offer, we could have used a video package or two to help build up unfamiliar stars like Joey Janela and The Best Friends. The lack of showtime for their women has also been disappointing, with only one match this week to showcase Britt Baker, while Nyla Rose, Emi Sakura, and AEW Women’s World Champion Riho just sat on the sidelines.

Does that mean it was a bad episode? No, not by a longshot, but there’s still a lot of things Dynamite can improve on.

PAC You



If there’s one thing I can respect about Dynamite, it’s that they announce a 15-to-20 minute time limit in all of their matches. As Jim Ross pointed out, it adds a sense of urgency for the wrestlers to complete their match in time or have a draw on their record. That’s exactly what happened during PAC and Jon Moxley’s stellar bout, which was an understandable but controversial decision.

Moxley and PAC are two of AEW’s biggest stars, so it’s easy to see why they would want to protect them. The time limit draw isn’t new to the company either since Cody also fought Darby Allin to one back in Fyter Fest. That didn’t make the decision any more popular but Moxley did DDT the referee, making us feel a bit better about what happened. There better be storyline repercussions for that.

Personally, I would have been fine if PAC pinned Moxley after the beatdown that happened before the main event started. The Bastard attacked Moxley from behind with a chair and choked him out with his jacket, which was brutal and just a little bit kinky. Moxley would have looked tough trying to fight it out before succumbing to the Black Arrow and PAC would have looked like a, well, a Bastard.

Then again, Moxley needs to look strong for his match against Kenny Omega in Full Gear. To be honest, their hands were tied with this one when they had that fantastic angle last week so I’ll give em a pass for giving us a finish that makes sense. Let’s just hope they don’t overdo it.

I’ll Be There For You…



When the heels start to fall….

Not gonna lie, this segment with Team Cody taking on The Inner Circle was amazing. It had a couple of nitpicks too (why does AEW’s VIP area come with microphones? What was the announcement Cody was going to make before The Inner Circle interrupted him? Did The Inner Circle really need to buy tickets to get in when they work for this company?) but seeing Cody stand up to Chris Jericho’s gang with his own group consisting of older brother Dustin Rhodes, “best friend” MJF, and Diamond Dallas Page for some reason is everything great about pro wrestling. 

I hate to channel The American Nightmare and take a cheap shot at WWE but how many times have we seen a babyface attack a group of heels and have no one to help them? Better yet, how many times has a heel attacked a babyface and their friends don’t help them out? AEW has always had Cody’s friends help him against The Inner Circle, whether it’s The Young Bucks, MJF, or his brother Dustin Rhodes so the consistency in making sure he has help has been a breath of fresh air.

You also have to give props to Chris Jericho for being such a prick. Jericho is basically at that point in his career where he’s always going to be cheered but The Painmaker and his lackeys managed to elicit some boos by blowing air horns around. He also gets points for running down each person who came to help Cody on the mic before running away like a coward. It was and made their beatdown that much more satisfying.

Jericho weeping and shouting “WE HAVE TICKETS!” after getting beat up was the cherry on top. I just hope it doesn’t lead to the heels suing AEW, though they should probably run some sort of angle where Cody stays a night in jail or explains the situation to the police. The Inner Circle were technically audience members after all.



This week’s episode of Dynamite was still pretty good but wasn’t too newsworthy, especially when compared to Finn’s heel turn in NXT. That being said, remaining consistent has been AEW’s biggest strength thus far, making it my favorite weekly wrestling show out right now. AEW Dynamite Episode Four gets a solid B, but I hope they improve on their weaknesses.

Matches Announced for Next Week:
  • SCU (Franky Kazarian and Scorpio Sky) vs The Lucha Brothers (Pentagon Jr. and Rey Fenix) to crown the first AEW World Tag Team Champions

Elite Thoughts

  • So Sammy Guevara just shows up to public places without a shirt? Going for that fuccboi look is annoying as hell, but works with his heel persona so I’ll consider this a positive.
  • It was smart of them to show replays of the AEW Dark Non-Sanctioned match between Kenny Omega and Joey Janela before their first official match tonight. This was my first time seeing Janela in a non-hardcore singles match and I thought he performed well. Wouldn’t have killed them to give us a video package explaining who he is though.
  • SCU and Lucha Brothers winning their respective semifinal matches was predictable but that was the story they’ve been building up to. They both put on awesome matches this week and could have a Match of the Year candidate next week.
  • Britt Baker fought a girl named Jamie Hayter, which has to be the edgiest wrestling name in history. Their match was okay and I’m curious as to why Brandi Rodes attacked Hayter when she was about to get interviewed about her loss.
  • Orange Cassidy is too cool for school dudes. His interaction with The Young Bucks was pretty fun. Also, The Young Bucks fought The Best Friends and that’s another match y'all should check out.

Images from All Elite Wrestling

Nico Parungo is a writer for Epicstream.com and has contributed several reviews for PWR and MWF. When he isn't frustrated about the WWE, he's playing video games at home and is bugging his friends with glorious puns. He's new to the world of Twitter drama but is quickly getting hooked.

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