Elite 8: AEW Dynamite 2/26/2020

Elite 8: AEW Dynamite 2/26/2020

AEW Elite 8 is our weekly look at eight things that we liked about the latest episode of AEW Dynamite. You can check out last week’s Elite 8 here.

8. The Magical Girl

Did anyone else notice that Hikaru Shida was the only one not cosplaying in the four-way women’s match? Big Swole had on the X-Men Storm gear, Shanna was dressed in her Dragon Ball Z Goku gear, and Yuka Sakazaki was dressed like her genie self. C2E2 is this weekend, y’all.

This was a fun match with a unique style. I really liked everything that Yuka Sakazaki did throughout. She was really funny as a character, but she’s incredibly fast moving around the ring and all of her wrestling moves look painful as hell.  She’s definitely someone I want to see more of in AEW as she’s the type of wrestler that gets more and more over just by being around. Wins and losses don’t matter for someone like Yuka. The more you see her, the more you like her.

7. Silly Rabbit

6. Darby Allin: Lawful Good

You wouldn’t know it by looking at him, but Darby Allin is a man of honor with a sense of duty to uphold the rules. At least when Sammy Guevara’s involved.

The Jurassic Express and Inner Circle had a wild match that did a good job of waking the crowd up after seeing the main event first. The match was mostly clean, but at the very moment that the Inner Circle decided to introduce a weapon – Darby appeared. As a strict upholder of the rules and the integrity of the sport of professional wrestling, Darby wasn’t having that and removed the “madball” which lead to Jungle Boy getting the win.

I’m pretty excited for the match between Darby and Sammy at AEW Revolution. They are both at a spot right now where they are good enough to win most of their matches, but struggle when facing the upper echelon of AEW. They are virtually on the same level and both of them desperate to move to the next. That makes for hungry wrestlers and hungry wrestlers make for great matches. Although I am a bit worried about what Darby is going to do to his body in order to get revenge.

5. No Cody or MJF

While it is always a pleasure to see Cody on AEW Dynamite, he simply wasn’t needed this week. The match with him and MJF has been built perfectly and they weren’t needed this week. Anything else from these two would just take away from what has been done. My body is ready for this.

4. Best Friends on the mic

The in-ring segment with Tony Schiavone interviewing the Best Friends and Orange Cassidy may have been one of the best in-ring interviews we’ve seen in AEW. The Best Friends just have that unique energy where you really feel like you know them and that these are just your friends that you watch wrestle on TV.

Chuck Taylor’s excitement over Orange Casssidy’s pay-per-view match with PAC leading to him saying “he’s gonna try” was pitch-perfect Chuck Taylor. He’s being serious, but he’s joking but he’s been serious but he’s also trolling us but he’s also happy to be there. Love that dude. Then Trent, our friend who is prone to overthinking, gets on the mic to say that he’s not sure if Orange Cassidy is going to try because he hasn’t told them that. He’s worried about letting us down if Orange Cassidy doesn’t try, but then Orange gives the thumbs up to say that, yes, he will try. All these guys.

Then (!) for those watching on AEW Plus commercial free, Tony Schiavone did a four-way Best Friends hug and did a quick Orange Cassidy impression. That guy is living his best life and I’m here for it.

3. Contract signings are dead, long live weigh-ins

It’s honestly pretty silly to have a weigh-in for an AEW Championship match when that title doesn’t have any sort of weight limits, but everything about this segment just worked. Gary Michael Capetta was great in his role, a bunch of guys you’ve never seen standing around for no reason was great, and Jericho’s Painmaker Posse was a highlight. Everything about this worked and it was a neat little bow on what has been built with these two.

Plus, with all the jokes online about Jericho’s weight it makes sense that he wouldn’t want to weigh-in here. He knows that he doesn’t really have to and he was going to milk this as much as he could to get under Moxley’s skin. That’s exactly what he ended up doing and took a sick headbutt for it, but the Inner Circle got the best of him and Darby and Dustin Rhodes.

Now Moxley is going into his biggest match in AEW with one eye and just took a Paradigm Shift onto a scale. Jericho took a cut to the face, sure, but he got exactly what he wanted here and will have the upper hand this Saturday. Great stuff.

2. Iron Men

The Iron Man match absolutely lived up to the hype and more. PAC and Omega settled their feud, but they really didn’t settle anything at all. With the score tied 1-1, PAC had the Brutalizer locked in for the last few minutes of the match. Kenny was able to hold on until time expired, but if there were no clock? You have to think he would’ve eventually succumbed to that move like he did at All Out. By the time, the match was restarted PAC had released the hold and Kenny had time to recover. Kenny hit the One Winged Angel and that’s all there was. Based on how it all went down, PAC had a reason to be angry and he probably shouldn’t feel like this is over.

This match was absolutely fantastic though and it will be great again whenever AEW decides to go back to these two.

1. The Young Bucks show their true colors

The segment of the night for me had to be this sit-down interview with the Young Bucks and Kenny Omega & Adam Page. Throughout this story we’ve been very clear about Adam Page’s feelings on the matter, but never the Bucks.

For Page, he doesn’t think he’s as good as the other members of The Elite so he wanted out so that he could make his own way. He wants to be his own wrestler, not the Elite’s young boy/sidekick/little brother. Despite what he wants, the Bucks haven’t listened and Page has been put into a tag team with Kenny Omega. While much of Page’s issues with The Elite are with the Bucks, he does have them with Kenny as well. Still, they have made it work. They have built their tag team into something special and become AEW World Tag Team Champions, something that the Bucks have thus far been unable to do. Only now that he has made a name for himself away from them and accomplished something away from them, they are here to try and take it away from him. He has a good reason to be pissed and, without a clear outlet on how to deal with that, has a good reason to get pissed. (It’s British slang, you see.)

The Bucks have always put on a supportive face when it comes to Hangman, but now that he is the champion and they want that title – they want to put him in his place. He’s not meant to be the AEW World Tag Team Champion, he’s meant to be their sidekick in The Elite. I’m not even sure they even realize how wrong they are, they just feel entitled to the AEW World Tag Team Championship and Page is in their way. They realize his talent, but they also realize that they are the tag team that changed the world. In their minds, Page is acting ungrateful. They made him a star, they made him rich, and now it’s time for him to make them AEW World Tag Team Champions.

Only Page doesn’t see it that way, as he shouldn’t. This is his title, his accomplishment. He beat SCU for the titles and then beat them in the rematch. That’s something the Bucks could never do. While Kenny Omega is chalking it up to timing and good luck, Page doesn’t see it that way. He sees it as it truly is: they are a really great tag team together and they are just as good as the Young Bucks. They might even be better. We’ll find out this Saturday.

 

Vince Morales is a freelance writer and AEW fan who met the Young Bucks once. You can see his face every week as one half of the Babyface Bullies.