Hello again everybody! If you don’t know who I am, I’m usually the Overly Opinionated Wrestling Fan, but today, I give you my 5 reasons to watch AEW Dynamite!
That’s right, I’m here to put AEW over this week! You read that correctly, so mark this day on your calendar because if you’ve ever read my weekly wrestling reviews, you’ll know that I don’t put these people over very often. For the last 12 weeks, I’ve been wracking my brain trying to find five reasons to watch the show, and I’ve finally found them! A warning to those of you with strange sensitivities: these reasons are in no particular order. One reason is NOT above another. I don’t know how to be any clearer about that. I can’t get my email to open, so if you have any hate mail, just send it to Tim King! He’ll promptly put it right where it belongs. Let’s get on with it!
I have a few of these before we get started! My first honorable mention goes to Jungle Boy (or if you are Jim Ross, he’s Jungle Boy Jack Perry). Either name is fine with me because this kid is fantastic. They’re sitting on a gold mine with this kid. He has a chance to be a top babyface for AEW in the future. An organic crowd following, great babyface fire in the ring, and a great backstory fans can get behind. I’m not sure about the gimmick, but he and Luchasaurus make it work. If you’ve been paying any attention at all, you know how I feel about the other prick.
My next honorable mention is Pac. I’ve seen it written in all caps, but it is his name, so I write it as such. Here’s a guy who’s been all over the world, and he can work any style in the ring. He has a great game face! Although he is not particularly tall, which may hold him back in some circles, he is in great condition and looks like a star. WWE’s cruiserweight division has sorely missed him since he made the decision to walk out and bet on himself a couple of years ago. NOBODY kicks out of the flippity flop.
My final honorable mention goes to the champ himself, Chris Jericho! No, not Jon Moxley, I’m actively ignoring his sham of a victory. What can I say about Chris that hasn’t already been said? He’s the master of reinventing himself and staying ahead of the curve. He’s obnoxious, but he can make you laugh at the same time. The man is pushing 50 and can still pull off a Lionsault! And he’s the biggest star they have by far. Whoever you’re thinking of isn’t even close. He’s also the subject of my next Halloween costume, but you don’t wanna hear about that here. On to the main event, my 5 reasons to watch AEW Dynamite!!
You all knew this was coming! This kid is barely old enough to drink, but he’s got so much promise to him. I can’t explain it, but I’ve been watching for over 20 years and MJF just does all the right things. Watch his entrance, if you can stand to watch that picture in picture nonsense they always do. He’s always doing little things to get the crowd to react to whatever he’s doing. It’s brilliant. You can see MJF is a student of the game. He’s studied the masters and he’s applying what he’s learned to a modern audience. Such a smart boy. It warms my heart.
Yep, it’s MJF again! Not only is he great at working the crowd, but he also has a great look for his role. He’s not the biggest guy in the world, which is great for him because he’s supposed to be portrayed as a weasel. His partnership with Wardlow is perfectly done also! He’s a motormouth who can’t keep his mouth shut, and the big guy doesn’t speak unless he’s spoken to. Not to mention Wardlow is a beast. MJF’s a believable heel, who even the fans think they can beat up. This is why people will pay to see him get his ass kicked.
3. MJF (again)
People won’t pay to see you get your ass kicked unless you can talk them into the building! Nobody can talk better than this kid right now, except maybe Chris Jericho, but he’s been at it forever. MJF has a face you want to punch, and he can hold his own against some of the best. If for some reason you’re a wrestling fan who hasn’t seen MJF talk yet, you need to see his promo from Dynamite on 3/4. They only gave him a pre-recorded two-minute promo, but he still found a way to kill it. I got emotional watching that segment. He reminded me of The Rock because he dragged all the babyfaces at the same time, even the ones he had no issue with. Even if MJF couldn’t work in the ring, he’d be a great manager in an alternate universe.
And speaking of ring work, I love MJF’s style during his matches. He gets compared to Miz a lot, but I’d say this is where they’re most comparable. Much like Miz, MJF works smart, not hard. Every single match on an AEW card has a suicide dive or something off the top rope, but you’ll NEVER see MJF do any of that.
Everything he does in the ring is safe and low-impact, plus I can tell he’s spent a lot of time studying the basics. This is how you get to be great. The great ones practice the basics. Not only that, but MJF is saving his body by not doing any high-risk moves. Darby Allin is great too, but he needs to take some notes. MJF is young, and he can continue to work like this until he’s 50. Sorry marks, Stone Cold and The Rock sold out Wrestlemania three times without jumping off the top rope once. Work rate doesn’t equal selling tickets.
1. POCKETS! (Just kidding. It’s MJF).
Sorry, I couldn’t do that one with a straight face. I have a lot of hope for the future of AEW watching certain young talent they have on their roster, but MJF is leading the pack for me. We all know Jericho has a limited amount of time left. Darby Allin is a promising athlete, but he won’t last long if he continues to do the Coffin Drop onto very hard surfaces. Hangman Page is a top star in the making, but he’s stuck in a tag team that’s going nowhere. Jungle Boy has the babyface fire, but he needs a heel to work with. This is where MJF comes in. He says he’s better than all of them, and he really believes it. For all the reasons I’ve covered here, it’s hard for me not to believe him too!
The rest of the AEW roster needs to take notes from MJF and maybe they will make my next 5 reasons to watch AEW Dynamite list!