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Bodeen’s Top 5 Moments: AEW Dynamite (4/28/21)

AEW ramps up to Blood and Guts with an action packed show! What were Bodeen’s Top 5 moments?



With AEW Blood and Guts just around the corner, AEW delivered a great episode of Dynamite as we sew The Pinnacle confront The Inner Circle, Darby Allin defend his TNT Championship against 10 of the Dark Order and much more this week. So for the first time ever let’s ignite the fuse and bring the boom as we look at the top 5 moments on AEW Dynamite

5. Things heat up between Jon Moxley, Eddie Kingston and Kenny Omega.

After beating Rich Swann at Impact Reblillion just a few days ago. Kenny Omega would waste no time gloating in his victory as Don Callis hyped the Impact and AEW Champion as well as The Young Bucks from inside their limo. Omega would later talk about the actions of Jon Moxley and Eddie Kingston last week, telling Kingston that he would have to face off against Micheal Nakazawa later in the night with both Omega and Callis cutting a short but extremely effective promo.

Eddie Kingston would later come out in the night and refuse to face Nakazawa. This would lead to Nakazawa attacking him from behind with Kingston eventually getting the upper hand. Kingston would then grab a steel chair and wrap it around the ankle of Nakazawa. Kingston would then call out Kenny Omega, threatening to break the ankle of Nakazawa if Omega didn’t come out. Omega would then come out showing little care of Nakazawa as he called for Brandon Cutler.

Unfortatanly for Omega and Calis, Cutler would come out being attacked by Jon Moxley. Moxley would then attack Omega throwing him inside the ring. Kingston would then wrap the chair around Omega’s ankle with Moxley and Kingston threatening to break the ankle of Omega, demanding a tag team match against Moxley and Nakazawa next week, giving Don Callis no choice but to accept Kingston’s and Moxley’s demands in an entertaining segment.

4. Brian Cage and Hangman Adam Page open the show against each other

One thing AEW has done extremely well in their short time as a wrestling company it’s their ability to start things off strong with a great match. While RAW in particular has a terrible problem with starting their shows with promos or video packages that drag on for too long and hurt the early pacing of the show, AEW is straight into the action, with most of the opening matches being great to watch. This week would be no different as Brian Cage and Hangman Page went head to head to open Dynamite this week.

Before the match could start, Brian Cage would attack Hangman Adam Page, with Cage hitting Adam Page with a powerbomb on the stage. Brian would continue to assault Page as the match started, punishing him outside the ring using the barricade. Page would then fight back after putting his knees up after Cage attempted a standing moonsault, Page would keep fighting back and even hit Cage with a moonsault outside the ring.

Page would then throw Cage back inside the ring and attempt to hit the Buckshot Lariat only for Cage to reverse and later hit two powerbombs as well as a Drill Claw on Page to score a surprising win, in what was a great match to open Dynamite with Adam Page looking strong in defeat as he pushed Cage, despite being brutally assaulted by Cage before the match.

3. The Young Bucks face off against Matt and Mike Sydal in tag team action

After being hyped by Don Callis and Kenny Omega earlier in the night, Nick and Matt Jackson had a big job ahead of them as they faced Matt and Mike Sydal in tag team actions. Both teams would start things off evenly early in the match with the Young Bucks being the first ones in the match to get the upper hand with Mike Sydal getting caught with a superkick from the Young Bucks as Dynamite went to an ad break.

Despite the Young Bucks using twin magic against the Sydals, Matt Sydal would take the fight to The Young Bucks, hitting both members with various moves. Sydal would keep taking the fight to The Young Bucks late in the match hitting both Nick and Matt with a hurricanrana leading to a close near fall as Matt Sydal continued to push both members of The Young Bucks to their limit.

The Young Bucks would then later recover in the match, hitting a Johnny Cage tribute with a Split Legged Low Blow on Mike Sydal late in the match, following it up by hitting the BTE trigger to pin Sydal and win the match. With both Matt and Mike Sydal looking strong in defeat after pushing the Young Bucks to the limit despite being the clear underdogs of the match.

2. Darby Allin defends his TNT against 10 of The Dark Order

Before the match, 10 from The Dark Order gave a short touching promo on what Brodie Lee meant to him before the match. Darby Allin and 10 would start things off evenly, exchanging holds, punches and reversals as The Dark Order and Sting watched on from their corner as both Allin and 10 tried to get the upper hand over each other throughout most of the match. Things would then heat up as The Dark Order and Sting confronted each other outside the ring, leading to Ethan Page to sneak in and attack Darby Allin from behind, throwing Allin into the ring post while Sting was distracted.

10 would then hit Darby Allin with a wheelbarrow German Surplex, with Allin just finding enough strength to kick out before the referee counted three. 10 continued to inflict damage on Allin, with 10 looking to have Allin beat when he locked in the Full Nelson on Allin. Just when things looked bleak for Allin, The TNT Champion would use the turnbuckles to reverse the Full Nelson into a pinfall for the win.

After their great match, Darby Allin and 10 would pay their respect to Brodie Lee by holding up the Brodie armband and hugging each other in a touching moment. Scorpio and Ethan Page would then attack Sting and Allin with Lance Archer and 10 making the save as the show closed with Sting and Darby Allin down after being attacked by Scorpio Sky and Ethan Page.

1. The Inner Circle face off against The Pinnacle ahead of Blood and Guts 

While multi-man promo segments can drag on and feel slow at times. The Parley segment between The Inner Circle and The Pinnacle was amazing to watch with nearly everyone involved looking strong on the mic as both teams traded verbal shots at each other as well how important it is for each team to win at Blood and Guts and what they are willing to sacrifice in order to be victorious. Shawn Spears would be the first man to speak during this segment talking about how The Pinnacle deserved the advantage after being tricked into the match by The Inner Circle. Spears would then talk about Sammy Guevara and how he has not wrestled a match in quite some time, leading to Spears giving The Pinnacle the advantage as well as taking a verbal shot at Shaun Spears failures in WWE and AEW.

FTR would then be the next to have mic time as they made things personal with Santana & Ortiz, telling them to leave the soft versions of themselves behind than making things even more personal talking about their rivals children. MJF would then grab the mic and show a rare sign of respect to Jericho, telling Jericho how important he has been for AEW and the pressure that has caused Jericho. MJF would then finish things off by telling Jericho that he was going to put Jericho down.

This would then cause Jericho to snap, with Jericho cutting a personal promo on how hard he worked in WCW 25 years ago. Jericho would then call out the amount of time the Pinnacle has been together compared to the amount of time The Inner Circle has been together, with Jericho informing MJF that the Pinnacle will have to kill them to win next week in an amazing promo segment that did a great job building up for Blood and Guts next week.

These were my top 5 moments from AEW Dynamite this week. What were your top 5 moments and what are your predictions heading to Blood and Guts? Let us know in the comments down below.

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AJ’s Controversial? Wrestling Opinions 10.12.21

AJ feels like spouting off about a few wrestling topics that bug him. How controversial are they though?



As Eric Bischoff, President of WCW once said, Controversy Creates Cash…no I’m serious; it’s even the title of a book that he did. Everyone has their hot takes on professional wrestling and some are always wide eyed and kind of shocking to some. There are some of us that will have same opinions or chastise me on a show or an article maybe but hey, don’t hate the player, hate The Game.

Maybe there are some that the readers at home agree with or you want to also be the one to chastise me, @PhenomenalAJB on Twitter. This one is going to be fun!

#1- There are more things than just WWE/AEW and are better majority of the time

There are many people that will rant, rave and complain that the mainstream product is so bland and boring and the classic, “Who even watches this trash?” Whether you love the flippy dippy do’s like I don’t or long drawn out storylines that peter out very quickly because fans aren’t invested in a story or character. To those people, I will say something very bold, very confusing and very… very controversial…


I don’t know how and I don’t know why that this is even a topic. “TNA has been dead for years” No it hasn’t. Pay $1 USD for Impact Plus on YouTube so you can watch it without commercials at 8:30 Eastern. “Two hours is too long!” NWA and MLW both go for an hour on their respective YouTube Channels as well and if you want to watch, you can hop in at any time. Everyone has something for everyone and you might find your new favorite wrestler in a matter of minutes into an episode. I would never have known who Eli Drake (now LA Knight on SmackDown Live), Alexander Hammerstone or even in the early stages of TNA Impact, AJ Styles, was! You can watch more than what is broadcasted on your TV. Is it easier? Of course but, there is so much more than just the popular option.

#2- Belt Collecting now is just redundant and moronic

Back in 1996, Ultimo Dragon famously has a picture of him holding TEN championships looking like an amazing superstar with amazing defenses. What people don’t know is, that was because eight championship belts were united in a tournament called “The J-Crown Championship” with the adage of ‘All or Nothing’. He lost them one by one but, it was to show that he was the best Junior Heavyweight (or Cruiserweight/Light Heavyweight) out of everyone in various promotions.

People after that really haven’t belt collected other than unifying championships to a grand caliber… then Austin Aries showed up. Aries kind of revised the gimmick and brought it back to light. Newer fans might have thought this was cool but older fans kind of groaned and grumbled. I was one of them but, nothing is original in anything anymore so it’s a fresher concept at the time back in 2018. He did surpass Ultimo with ELEVEN championships but it seemed everyone started doing it to an extent after. Matt Cardona, after being released from WWE, started doing it, getting up to six championships before dropping them. As of right now, not necessarily solo belt collecting, The Bloodline has a stranglehold of the World Championships for both Singles and Tag Teams, we had Becky Two Belts, Bayley wanted Dos Straps but nothing makes this worse than Kenny Omega’s stint as a belt collector.

I am not and will never be a Kenny Omega fan. I don’t see the appeal, I don’t see the amazement or anything like that out of him. I’m impressed he did three 35+ Minute IWGP Championship matches against Okada because that takes a lot of stamina to do so but, that’s about it. When he won the AEW Championship, alright. That’s fine. Nothing wrong with that since he helped build the company up. The Triple A Megas Championship… nothing too wrong here. I hate that he had five defenses in two years but he vacated it due to his injuries. It wasn’t until Don Callis and Omega popped into Impact and made the Hogan Era of TNA look like a dream… okay ALMOST but still. Kenny defeats Rich Swann and Moose in two different matches and has everyone else carry the belts while holding the AEW Championship. I understand heel tactics and mentality but at one point in an interview about going for the Impact Championship, he compared it to a common Comic Book and the AEW Championship as Superman Issue #1. I understand trying to be a heel in this story but you boost your clout, not rain on what you are going after. Heel or Face, belt collecting has just been a cluster within itself in the past four years and it honestly needs to stop.

#3- Overuse of Certain Moves

This one is a more recent problem that I have seen and no, I wish EC3 paid me to say this but it is true and very annoying to even bring up but here I am, wishing for Carter money and a fifth Rum & Coke…

Stop. Overusing. Moves. Because you think. They were cool.

If I had a shot for every time a Canadian Destroyer, Superkick, Suicide Dive, Avalanche (Insert High Spot here), Dual Dropkick spots where they cancel each other out or opposing members do back to back high spots on the prone partner spot… I would not have written this article due to death… even if it was water, I would have died due to drowning. They don’t look cool anymore when everyone does it. It’s bland. When Petey Williams wrestled in his last return to Impact, the Destroyer looked very… stale. Superkicks are the new DDT apparently (another Finisher turned common everyday move) and most people that do dives mess it up in some way shape or form whether it’s their feet get caught in the ropes, they didn’t get a full launch or they overshoot it. Having your own move special to you is difficult now but different wrestlers do their own styles or the pay homage to a family member or a wrestler that they interact with or ask permission… or asked to stop.

How’d you feel if you watched WCW and WWF in 1997 and saw DDP do the Diamond Cutter and HHH did the Pedigree Pandemonium and say they do the same move? That is exactly what happened too if Dallas didn’t ask Hunter to stop using it. We might not have the RKO out of nowhere or an iconic move that seldom bigger names use today.

That’s my list. I said before if you agree with my list and if you don’t and want to throw hate my way… @PCTunney is the hate mail account so enjoy!

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AJ’s Thoughts: Five Potential Returns

With Trips in charge and already starting to bring back some people that didn’t work in Vince’s picture, AJ got an idea. Who else could we see on the horizon radar?



With Trips in charge and already starting to bring back some people that didn’t work in Vince’s picture, AJ got an idea. Who else could we see on the horizon radar?

With everything going on with WWE, the one thing we have all been hyped about are all of these returns. Dakota Kai made her return at SummerSlam alongside Io and Bayley and now on last SmackDown, Karrion Kross and Scarlett made their returns in a big way against Drew McIntyre and showed the Hourglass to The Bloodline.

With all of that, there have been things in the pipeline saying Triple H’s foot isn’t off the pedal so these are 5 returns from either NXT, main roster or even Try-Outs that I would love to see happen with the new regime.

1. Johnny Gargano

Now this is a name that people have been saying, “Maybe Impact or MLW” but, what about a return? Gargano didn’t renew his contract, most likely to be with his family which is a valid and amazing reason, will never disrespect that. If he were to return, there would be a handful of great reasons. Maybe a singles run with the Intercontinental or United States but with Ciampa getting limelight in the main roster from RAW, what if we get a tag team reunion?

WWE is hurting for Tag Teams and what better than to scare off The Bloodline, loosen  the stranglehold of championships with some Do It Yourself action. DIY reunion could be amazing, especially with newer faces showing up to get championship aspirations like Kross and Ciampa. Want to break the hierarchy? Do It Yourself.

2. James Storm

This one is a little bit weird and off. On one hand, who doesn’t love the Tennessee Cowboy, Jimmy James Storm? On the other, he is 45 and getting some nagging injuries as of late. So why would I say Triple H should bring James Storm back and give him something for the main roster? One of the things I said for Gargano, we have a lack of something and The Usos might need to watch two things in the rearview.

Watch your Money and your Alcohol.

Beer Money showing up in WWE would be amazing in my personal opinion. The Bloodline jump Roode, someone in a hoodie or jacket comes up and jumps them to even the fight and as soon as one Uso remained in the ring, the figure goes down and the old stomping goes off and we hear “BEER…” and Roode looks around and gets hyped up and shouts, “…MONEY!”

3. Big Cass

Since his departure from WWE, he has done something I have said since they split him off from Enzo. Take him through the Kevin Nash School of How To Big Man. ROH and Impact are great examples that he actually cleaned up and worked on what he has to do to be good in the ring. He can work the microphone, he can work the ring so we got a new big boy to take on the WWE once again.

Now I could have said Enzo and Cass to rejoin but, I’m sure the antics of Enzo will get Cass in deep water along with the fact that I already made two tag team predictions, we don’t need another. Cass brings a lot to the table and was kind of unproven in WWE because he was just the big enforcer to the more charismatic Enzo. Give this man about six months in the ring and you have your next MASSIVE problem in the IC or US Championship scene or even more.

4. Bronson Reed

The big man from down under is a former NXT North American Champion. He looked to have a good push going with that championship but he got release. If you wonder where he went… he actually made a pit stop in Impact Wrestling as JONAH with the most fire theme song in recent history I swear… I will link the theme song and Trips… please. Get rights to this theme song. I will be a bigger Bronson Reed fan.

Bronson to me is the weird man in all of this but, I think with Triple H involved, he could get something going for him with a good singles champion run or a big threat to go through like a gatekeeper of sorts. Big boy with a great amount of athleticism? Can’t really hate on that considering the last time we saw athletic bigger people were Keith Lee and… what was that one guy? Sherman Tank with a Ferrari Engine…?

5. Bray Wyatt

And the last one is the obvious one in all of this. Yes… we have Judgment Day as the somewhat supernatural dark group but we know the true successor of the supernatural and that is “The Eater of Worlds”, “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt. This time around, I don’t think we will get the Jekyl and Hyde, Mister Rogers gimmick. I believe this time around we get full darkness and mayhem. We get the darkness and the theory of reverting back to your prime.

To make a refresher… Miz went back to being the cocky narcissist after fighting The Fiend. Finn turned back to the Prince and much more. With guys like Edge returning, maybe we see the return of the Heel Ultimate Opportunist, maybe a Fiend fight with AJ Styles to get the TN-AJ perhaps. Possibilities are endless and with a great mind like Wyatt for character and execution, I think Hunter will pick up the phone and Let Him In.

– There are clearly others that I could say, or maybe even didn’t think about, but hey, that’s the Chairshot way of Always Using Your Head. Those are just five returns that could happen and hopefully you read this before RAW or SmackDown and who knows if I get any of these right, maybe I missed an obvious one or maybe we get a giant signing that nobody thought possible. Let me and all of Chairshot know!

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