Tiffany checks in with your look at All Elite Wrestling to get you ready for the week!
11-20-19 Dynamite Card
- Jon Moxley vs Darby Allin
- PnP vs Private Party
- Diamond Dozen Battle Royal
- Nick Jackson vs Fenix
News, Tidbits, and Fun
AEW Sensory Partner Kicked out of Royal Farms Arena before Full Gear
From the start, AEW has made a point to make wrestling accessible for fans who are autistic by providing a sensory inclusion area for those fans in a partnership with Kulture City. Unfortunately, that partnership hit a snag on Saturday before Full Gear, when an official at Royal Farms Arena asked Kulture City to leave the arena. Kulture City explained that this situation was not on Cody or Brandi Rhodes, who are in charge of getting this cleared, explaining that some arenas didn’t understand the need for sensory inclusion. According to Kulture City, Cody and Brandi had gotten their presence cleared, but that the person in charge on Saturday didn’t get it. Kulture City did have a mobile sensory area outside the arena.
Tiff’s Take: This is really unfortunate for everyone involved. I’ve never heard of this being a problem at other arenas, or even at Royal Farms Arena, it does sound like whoever was in charge wasn’t aware that this was cleared, or didn’t see the reason for it. Hopefully, this situation will be cleared up the next time AEW is in Baltimore.
Jimmy Havoc and Excaliber Involved in Altercation
Okay, I’m not really sure this is as big of a story as people wanted it to be. What we know is that Jimmy Havoc and Excaliber got into a fight at Jimmy’s Famous Seafood Restaurant during a birthday dinner for Tony Schiavone. Apparently, Havoc had had a few too many drinks and threw a punch at Excaliber, who promptly put him in a choke hold that knocked him out, but it wasn’t over because once security broke things up, Havoc recovered and went for Excaliber again, and again got escorted outside. According to Tony Khan, who was also at the dinner, things have been worked out and there will probably be no repercussions for either man.
Tiff’s Take: When I first heard the story, I shrugged it off, until I realized that people were trying to make this a thing because Havoc and Excaliber fought in front of Tony Khan. Really? The man is part owner of a football team, you don’t think he’s had athletes fight in front of him before? Nevermind the Simon Gotch/Sin Cara story that’s been making the rounds for years and the fact that Cody and Jericho got into an altercation at NYCC.
Renee Young NOT Happy About Jon Moxley vs Kenny Omega
I think most of us can agree that the Jon Moxley/Kenny Omega dream match surpassed expectations. However, one person not happy about the match was Moxley’s wife, WWE commentator, Renee Young. Young live tweeted some of her reactions to the match, and needless to say, she wasn’t happy. Hopefully, Mox called her after the match to assure her that he was fine.
Tiff’s Take: I think I’ve made it pretty clear that I really enjoyed the Mox/Omega match, but I can’t imagine what Renee was thinking, watching her husband do that match.
Cody Rhodes Not Cleared To Wrestle
Cody took a hell of a beating at Full Gear. According to AEW’s Twitter page, he’s got eight stitches from a cut he got the hard way during a spot on the ramp, but he’s also got some rib separation that has caused the AEW physician to say he won’t be cleared to wrestle at this time.
Kenny Omega Not Cleared to Wrestle
This one isn’t a surprise. After Saturday Night’s brutal, Unsanctioned Match, Kenny Omega announced on Twitter that AEW’s doctors haven’t cleared him to return to the ring. To reassure fans that he WOULD return, Omega added that Mox had made a serious mistake in leaving him (Omega) alive and that he would be back. Guess this isn’t over with *rubs hands in glee*.
AEW Reportedly Done with Unsanctioned Matches…For Now
In another non-shocker, it seems that AEW has decided to shelve the Unsanctioned Matches after the Jon Moxley/Kenny Omega brawl. Apparently, this match was Moxley’s idea and AEW went along with it, but Unsanctioned Matches are NOT going to become a regular part of AEW.
Tiff’s Take: I’m okay with this. I don’t want the Unsanctioned Matches to become diluted like Hell in a Cell has become. They should be reserved as the last resort. Plus, after what Mox and Omega did, I’m not sure any Unsanctioned Match after that would hold up. It’s like Paul Heyman said about the Terry Funk vs Sabu Barbed Wire Match, ‘I never booked another Barbed Wire Match after that one because NO ONE could top that! And, in good conscience, I didn’t want anyone to try.’
AEW In Talks With Madison Square Garden
This comes straight from the mouth of Tony Khan. During the post-Full Gear media scrum, Khan said that AEW was talking to Madison Square Garden about running a show in the World’s Most Famous Arena…and spiritual home of the WWE, though he also said that they were looking into other buildings in New York City.
Tiff’s TakeL I’m torn on this. On one hand, running MSG, THE spiritual home of WWE would make a HUGE statement. On the other hand, I don’t see them selling out MSG. I also don’t see WWE, who have long held the right to tell MSG that they don’t want another wrestling company doing shows there, letting AEW run MSG. We’ll have to see, but if I’m AEW, I’d look for another building in New York.
AEW Rankings To Possibly Reset In January
Nick Jackson of the Young Bucks did a Q&A on Wednesday and one question that was asked was how they handled booking with possible win/loss record issues. Nick’s reply was that the rankings would re-set. When pressed on the question, he said that he believed it would be in January, which could mean that the win/loss ranking system is only for the year, just like in most pro-sports. No official word on if this is going to actually happen, but it is intriguing.
Tiffany’s Take: I know a lot of people are skeptical about this, but I actually like it. Having the rankings reset gives everyone a fresh start. I’m not sure I like the idea of the rankings re-starting in January since AEW’s first show was at Double or Nothing and the year would be REALLY short for a lot of guys, but I still like the concept.
- Cody* – According to Nick Jackson, there is no plan to find a loophole in the pre-match stipulation that Cody won’t challenge for the AEW Title after Full Gear if he loses, so, in my opinion, he really shouldn’t be on here, but we’ll see what happens over the next few weeks
- Hangman Adam Page
- Jon Moxley
- Darby Alin
- Britt Baker
- Hikaru Shida
- Emi Sakura
- Nyla Rose
- Lucha Brothers
- Proud n Powerful
- Young Bucks
- Best Friends
- Dark Order