Now that is a “go home” show.
Ahead of their Pay Per View this Sunday, AEW put on a top tier Dynamite program on TNT tonight, that also featured another big personality from the network. NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal from Inside The NBA.
O’Neal wrestled. And he exceeded everyone’s expectations, crashing through a pair of tables with Cody Rhodes near the end of the match. The bold act was widely lauded online and AEW saw themselves trending for the majority of prime time.
That wasn’t all. We saw legends like Sting and Tully Blanchard (he was in an actual match). We had a first class hype press conference with Chris Jericho and MJF. We also saw the Young Bucks and Eric Bischoff crash that press conference.
And the wrestling was snappy all night.
It wasn’t a perfect program. The women’s division still isn’t popping as hard as the WWE competition. While Jade Cargill and Red Velvet were wonderful in the Shaq match, the championship scene is a little dull.
But the set up fo the rest of the AEW Revolution pay per view was solid. This included my guys from Dark Order being featured nicely.
And that end of the show brawl with all of the tag teams? There is no better way to end a great wrestling program.
This is why we watch wrestling. What an excellent job.
And this is all good for TV in Florida. And as for the WWE product here in Orlando, they missed an opportunity with their women’s tag titles. That’s for another post.
Great job by those athletes up in Duval.
I’ll see you guys Sunday.