What was on tap? Dynamite is one of the most fascinating case studies in recent wrestling history and there is nowhere near enough material to give it a proper study. The show has only been around for about a month now and only time is going to let it grow up as it needs to. AEW has done some very good things with the show so far, though there is still time to do more with it. That means they are still figuring out what they are doing, meaning some of their initial ideas may not be the best. Things can change, and that is what happened this week.
This week’s episode of Dynamite opened with a match between Pac and Trent, with Trent surviving for nearly twelve minutes before falling to the Red Arrow and the Brutalizer. The show also featured Private Party defeating the Dark Order in a match to earn a spot in the Tag Team Title match at Saturday’s Full Gear pay per view. The match was billed as a match for third place in the Tag Team Title tournament with bronze medals being held up before the match. As it turns out, neither of these matches were in the original plans for the show.
This is what happened. Check out Pac vs. Trent:
According to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, the original plans for the show called for Pac to defeat Cima instead of Trent. AEW President Tony Khan made the call to change the match to Pac vs. Trent as Cima has taken too many losses so far. Instead, Cima was moved to a dark match that will air on Tuesday. On the other hand, the tag match was originally scheduled to be a triple threat match, also involving the Hybrid Two. However, the change was made as it was decided that the third place match made more sense.
This happened too. Check out the fast paced tag match:
Opinion: This is the kind of change that makes sense and suggests that AEW is paying enough attention to what is going on with their shows. Cima has indeed taken a few losses and does not need to be losing again. At the same time, the tournament makes a little more sense as there is little reason to have the Hybrid Two, who lost earlier in the tournament, in the same spot as teams who lost in the semifinals. If AEW can keep track of this sort of thing in the future, they could be in a good place.
Do you like the original plans or the new ones? Which change was better? Let us know in the comments below.
Thomas Hall has been a wrestling fan for over thirty years and has seen over 50,000 wrestling matches. He has also been a wrestling reviewer since 2009 with over 5,000 full shows covered. You can find his work at kbwrestlingreviews.com, or check out his- Amazon author page with 30 wrestling books. His latest book is KB’s Complete 2004 Monday Night Raw Reviews.
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