Cody was back in action on 'AEW: Dynamite.'
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AEW: Dynamite returned to its old stomping grounds of Chicago this past week.

All Elite Wrestling has its roots at the All In pay-per-view organized by Cody and the Elite in September of 2018. They returned this past August for the AEW: All Out PPV.

In a lot of ways, the Sears Centre in Chicago has become the Madison Square Garden for AEW.

But with a huge card, including the AEW World Champion Chris Jericho defending his title against Scorpio Sky, did AEW: Dynamite feel like it was coming from hallowed ground?

The show had a PPV feel, but it didn’t go off without a hitch.

HIT — Le Celebration For Le Champion

As hyped on last week’s AEW: Dynamite, Chris Jericho had a celebration held in his honor, emceed by Soultrain Jones (Virgil) himself. And he got his long-awaited “thank you” from the AEW brass.

Elements of this segment felt like they were plunked right out of the best parts of the Attitude Era. It was irreverent, but it wasn’t too tongue-in-cheek. Honestly, I had fears that it would be littered with backhanded swipes at WWE, but AEW kept the story where it needed to be. On Chris Jericho, whose arrival was heralded by a marching band.

The Inner Circle was present with gifts for Le Champion. Sammy Guevara presented the champ with a cardboard cutout of himself and Jericho mugging for the camera. Santana and Ortiz gifted Jericho with a Boricuas gift basket (including a bottle of “a little bit of the forty”), and Jake Hager presented him with a goat named Chris JeriGoat.

At least Hager knows that, when in Chicago, you always let a goat into the building.

But it didn’t dwell too long on the wackier aspect.  Jericho instructed ring announcer (and Chi-town native) Justin Roberts to read aloud his thank-you note from AEW. He didn’t care for Roberts’s tone, though, and the Inner Circle beat him down. The marching band rushed in to make the save, revealing themselves to be SCU in disguise.

We got a goofy segment played solely for laughs that came around full circle to remind us of the big title match with Scorpio Sky. It was an immensely entertaining AEW: Dynamite segment, expertly produced.

The Best Friends battle the Lucha Bros on 'AEW: Dynamite'

HIT — Best Friends Vs. Lucha Bros

Speaking of goofy, it’s not every day you see Orange Cassidy in a turkey suit. Because Thanksgiving, you see.

The Best Friends picked up the win on AEW: Dynamite, but it doesn’t seem like it had any bearing on the tag team championship picture. It was really too short to have much impact, but it was good for what it was.

Pentagon and Fenix continue to amaze, and they made Trent and Chuckie look like a million bucks in a losing effort.

But if wins and losses are truly supposed to matter, this should push the Lucha Bros pretty definitively out of the title picture. Then again, AEW: Dynamite has shown a knack for playing the long game. And without a PPV to promote every five minutes (slide eye toward WWE) they can afford to drag things out.

If AEW wants me to take their rankings seriously, though, this makes it a little more difficult than it should be.

Statlander takes to the sky against Sakura on 'AEW: Dynamite.'

HIT — Women’s Action

Before we get too far into this, Jim Ross referred to Emi Sakura as “oriental” on AEW: Dynamite this week. Here’s why this isn’t a Jim Cornette situation. Ross realized that wasn’t a word he should’ve used, and he immediately corrected himself. See, Corny? This isn’t rocket surgery.

In any event, the tag match pitted Hikaru Shida and Kriss Statlander against Sakura and Bea Priestly. And everybody looked good. Shida looked strong as the number-one contender to the AEW Women’s Championship (somebody put Riho on a milk carton, by the way). Priestley continued to look like a wrestler to be reckoned with, as did Sakura. And Statlander made a big impression on her AEW: Dynamite debut.

If there’s a complaint about this match, it’s that Sakura doesn’t seem to understand the heel/face dynamic in American wrestling. She tried a couple times to get a “We will rock you” chant going, and the crowd wasn’t having it. Because she’s a heel.

JR and Excalibur made sure to remind us that Shida is at the top of the women’s division rankings (at least until the loss). It was stiff, it was competitive, and it continued the trend of the women’s division looking like more of a big deal with each passing week on AEW: Dynamite.

And the chants of “Shida” from the Chicago crowd says that AEW fans are starting to take the women’s division more seriously.

HIT — Moxley’s Promo

Jon Moxley continues his career renaissance in AEW.

His promo on AEW: Dynamite furthered his “scorched earth” objective in AEW. I can’t speak enough about how great AEW’s approach to Moxley’s character is.

The meta-text is that he finally clawed his way out of WWE to AEW, where he could be taken seriously. And he’s just “the hardcore guy” in AEW. So he’s resolved to dance with what brought him to the show.

Moxley’s insistence that he’ll just take everyone out until there’s no one left looks like it might be AEW’s longest-term plan.

And I can’t wait to see where it ends.

Cody was attacked on 'AEW: Dynamite'

MISS — Cody’s Unnecessary New Direction

Seriously, why is Cody the only one who gets to enter through that weird chandelier thing on AEW: Dynamite?

After his victory over newcomer Matt Knicks, Cody was jumped by the debuting team of Butcher and Blade.

If you saying, “Wait, who?” you’re not alone. They’re managed by Allie in a bunny mask, if that explains anything.

Granted, attacking the promotion’s number-one babyface is a good way to debut. Except that babyface already has a program established against MJF. And if this segment was somehow attached to that program, why wouldn’t the attack have come from Wardlow?

The crowd not knowing who either of these guys were killed any heat this might have had. Jim Ross was just as confused as we were, which isn’t a good sign. Not that JR being confused is unusual these days.

This isn’t even one where I can give them the benefit of the doubt. AEW: Dynamite put on a stinker of a segment here. The match was a jobber squash, and nobody seemed to benefit.

'AEW: Dynamite' featured an 'All Out' rematch between Omega and Pac.

HIT — Pac Vs. Omega

Two weeks ago on AEW: Dynamite, Kenny Omega decided his loss to Pac at All Out is the root of his recent funk.

Omega’s direction in AEW has been week-to-week. But his status in the wrestling world is too high for them not to be going somewhere with him.

The match itself was as fantastic as you’d imagine. I mean, it’s Pac and Omega. There were some spots in this match that made me “ooh” and “ahh,” and there were spots that made me cringe. Do see the picture above for an example of the latter.

It reminded fans that, in the Wednesday Night WarAEW: Dynamite is the home of rivalries. Omega got his win back, but I don’t think these guys will ever be “done” with each other.

And if they keep putting on matches like this, that’s fine with me.

MJF defeated 'Hangman' Page on 'AEW: Dynamite'

HIT — The Dynamite Dozen Final

If MJF isn’t the AEW Champion within the next two years, then this AEW thing wasn’t worth it.

His victory over ‘Hangman’ Adam Page wrapped up a feud that’s been brewing since Double Or NothingThat feud began with a battle royal, and their first stop ended in the aftermath of one.

Nobody that’s yet been seen on AEW: Dynamite has more potential up-side than MJF. He has that heel charisma that resonates with fans. They hate him, but they can’t wait till they’re allowed to love him. He oozed punchability in his pre-taped promo, and I loved it.

And while Page needs some momentum, he has the tools he needs to be a main eventer.  That much was clear from his own pre-tape. He’s early-90s Steve Austin and late-80s Barry Windham thrown into a blender.

As with Omega and Pac, this is a feud that could headline PPVs for years to come. Page’s time will come, but MJF and his issue with Cody needs to be center stage. That angle was furthered with MJF’s henchman Wardlow taking on Cody ally DDP.

But years from now, we’ll look at this match as the first match in a long, long rivalry.

Also, MJF was the best choice to win. Because what’s a cowboy supposed to do with a diamond ring, anyway?

Scorpio Sky challenged for the AEW Championship.

HIT — Le Champion Retains

Jericho proved why he’s the top guy in AEW.

His match against Scorpio Sky on AEW: Dynamite ended exactly as it should have. It was one-on-one, as both the Inner Circle and SCU were banned from ringside. And Jericho retained his title fair and square.

All while making Scorpio Sky look like a worthy challenger.

It was a self-contained story that ended exactly as it should have. And it led to something big, as Jon Moxley made his way through the crowd to glare at Le Champion.

This was another feud with its origins at Double Or Nothing. After all, Jericho was the first to eat a Paradigm Shift when Moxley debuted.

And while these guys had a feud in WWE, this is a whole new ballgame. Both guys are playing different characters. This will likely headline AEW’s next PPV. And this was finish on AEW: Dynamite was a great way to pave the road.

Orange Cassidy in a turkey suit. That is all.

The Breakdown

AEW: Dynamite continues to take advantage of AEW’s spartan PPV schedule.

There’s a long game at play, for sure. MJF vs. Cody and Jericho vs. Moxley looks to be the double main-event for the next PPV. But this week’s episode showed that many of AEW’s stories will be resolved week-to-week.

It’s an old-school approach, and it’s one that continues to make AEW: Dynamite destination television.

AEW: Dynamite airs Wednesday nights at 8 PM/ET on TNT.

All images courtesy of All Elite Wrestling.

'AEW: Dynamite' - November 27, 2019

0.00
8.9

In-Ring Action

7.7/10

Booking

9.5/10

Production Value/Video Packages

8.5/10

Entertainment Value

9.7/10

Pros

  • Moxley just keeps rolling
  • Chris Jericho might actually be the GOAT
  • More momentum for the women
  • MJF. That is all.

Cons

  • Anybody seen Riho?
  • Those tag team rankings will mean something eventually, right?
  • Butcher and Blade? Who?
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