4 Ups & 5 Downs From AEW Dynamite (July 26 - Review)

AEW All In is a month away, but this Saturday's Collision somehow feels more exciting.

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What are Tony Khan's imminent priorities?

The All Out / All In double header is just over a month away, and while the incredible novelty of the former is grounds for excitement alone, the experimental scheduling posed questions - questions mostly pertaining to whether or not All Out, the less important show, is going to resemble on paper a B-level PPV for the first time in the history of the promotion. Or, given those rumours of an expanded calendar, a pilot for an altogether less premium era.

In short, it was time to tease and or build some monumental matches.

What is Kenny Omega doing at Wembley? Clearly, AEW is plotting a big match against Konosuke Takeshita, and while Takeshita is a phenomenal talent, he isn't quite there as an attraction that rivals, for example, the prospect of Omega Vs. Ospreay III. Takeshita was not advertised for last night's show, but did he get a promo segment? He needs a strong build whether he's working Omega in London, Chicago or anywhere else. FTR teased a show-down with the Young Bucks on Collision. Did the Bucks respond?

Was last night really the time to book the PAC Vs. Gravity meme match, and was it worth the polite laugh of a punchline?


Michael Sidgwick is an editor, writer and podcaster for WhatCulture Wrestling. With over seven years of experience in wrestling analysis, Michael was published in the influential institution that was Power Slam magazine, and specialises in providing insights into All Elite Wrestling - so much so that he wrote a book about the subject. You can order Becoming All Elite: The Rise Of AEW on Amazon. Possessing a deep knowledge also of WWE, WCW, ECW and New Japan Pro Wrestling, Michael’s work has been publicly praised by former AEW World Champions Kenny Omega and MJF, and surefire Undisputed WWE Universal Champion Cody Rhodes. When he isn’t putting your finger on why things are the way they are in the endlessly fascinating world of professional wrestling, Michael wraps his own around a hand grinder to explore the world of specialty coffee. Follow Michael on X (formerly known as Twitter) @MSidgwick for more!