Long Island, New York
December 10th, 2021
Commentary - Excalibur & Taz
They seem to be rushing into things production wise as we head straight to the ring as Excalibur is talking 1,000mph.
1) Lucha Bros (Penta El Zero Miedo & Rey Fenix) (c) vs. FTR (Dax Harwood & Cash Wheeler) - AEW World Tag Team Title Match
I’ve not been the biggest fan of this feud, and subsequently, I never look forward to their matches. I think it’s because of how much I didn’t enjoy the Full Gear match, but every match after has ruled. This was no exception and is definitely my favorite match of the entire Death Triangle/FTR feud. It was so much better paced than the Full Gear match and the false finishes were placed perfectly to the point that they felt super believable. There were some rough patches of miscommunication, but the flow of things was so much better than their prior match at Full Gear that I can’t help but still rate it higher because they actually had me completely invested in this one. Penta & Fenix retain after a thrilling match.
Match rating - ***1/2
2) Ruby Soho, Tay Conti, & Anna Jay vs. Nyla Rose, The Bunny, & Penelope Ford
I love these women’s tags and trios that AEW has been doing. It’s much easier to play toward each woman’s strengths and that means a lot when you have so much green talent in the division. There were some rocky moments here or there, but they largely held this together and I loved the formula they went for here with the faces in peril and hot tag choices. Really just a blast. Nyla gets the win off a brass knuckle shot from Bunny to Anna.
Match rating - **1/2
Backstage, Tony Schiavone is with Sting & Darby Allin. Tony starts talking about Sting’s history in Greensboro, NC and the upcoming Dynamite there in January. Before he can really comment, FTR jumps them and Tully kicks Sting in the nuts.
3) Hook vs. Fuego Del Sol
HOOK HAS AN ACTION BRONSON THEME SONG. It’s Hook’s debut match. This had a lot to live up to considering how hype people have been for Hook and it undoubtedly delivered. Hook looked just about flawless and Fuego was a perfect first opponent. You got some spots where Hook’s inexperience almost cost him like on the roll up spot, those little things rocked. The most important part is that we got to see what Hook was made of and we all loved it. HOOK.
Match rating - ***
4) Adam Cole vs. Wheeler Yuta
Happy to see Yuta getting this match. It’s not a full on squash, more like an extended with one and I’m very happy with that. Cole doesn’t deserve to be taken to the limit by Yuta, but Yuta doesn’t deserve to be completely squashed either. So best of both worlds, here. Some nice exchanges down the stretch before Cole gets the victory.
Match rating - **3/4
After the match, great beatdown by the Superkliq/Elite. BTE trigger to Trent and a kick to the nuts to Orange after Cole faked him out by teasing a Panama Sunrise which was hilarious.
That’s all for this week, make sure to check out myself, Mike, Courtland, and Zach’s Rampage instant reaction show from last night, it’s embedded at the top of this review. Also be sure to follow @ThePWTruth and @UpAndOverPod on Twitter! Thanks for reading, see y’all next time <3
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