Last night's AEW Dynamite was stellar. Absolutely stellar.
You'll struggle to find two better hours of wrestling television all year, despite the potentially game-changing Finn Balor heel turn over on USA Network. While Dynamite didn't quite have anything as impactful as that, this was genuinely a pay-per-view calibre show from a company that has hit nothing but home runs since debuting on TNT, with a match-heavy layout breaking only for Cody to throw a fist through Chris Jericho's window.
AEW gave themselves a lot to do last night. With two tag team tournament matches, Britt Baker's homecoming, The Young Bucks vs. Best Friends and two blockbuster one-on-ones, this show could have been a jumbled, rushed disaster. It wasn't. It was a triumph of immaculate production, pacing, and pops, and with the Pittsburgh crowd on fire all night long, the argument that this is a dead wrestling city can finally be laid to rest.
The NBA's return could well make this an ugly, ugly night for Dynamite (and NXT) when the ratings come in tomorrow. A shame, as all the promotion can do is bring their best work to the table. That's exactly what Cody, Kenny Omega, and co. did last night...
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