10 Times AEW Turned Trash Into Treasure

Trust the process.


In his famous, incredible promo of November 8, 2019, All Elite Wrestling EVP Cody took pride in AEW's willingness and ability to "listen".

This verbal segment wasn't all talk.

The early, mostly well-received phase of AEW Dynamite was not without flaw, and certainly not without criticism. The paradigm-shifting bluster was off-putting to some, and they let AEW know about it. Time management was one such early issue. Several matches worked by the less experienced members of the roster went too long, where matches involving the best workers ran a similar length, which both stifled their own potential and homogenised the whole. Now, the undercard matches run shorter, maximising their impact and benefitting the flow and purpose of the show.

Promo time was at a premium on the wrestling-centric early shows. People were mystified and unhappy that MJF and Jon Moxley hadn't brought the fire. Now, they, Cody and Chris Jericho are bringing back a level of unscripted mic brilliance not witnessed consistently in the U.S. mainstream in decades.

More characters are fleshed out via vignettes, the bespoke production of which gets them over as unique personalities. Darby Allin's own, artistic short films are superb - likewise PAC's work with Beyond Gorilla, which depicts him as the last person one would wish to run into in those dangerous night scenes.

AEW has refined itself - and solved far more pressing issues - to even more profound an extent...

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