5 Ups & 3 Downs From AEW Dynamite (December 6 - Results & Review)

MJF Vs. Hangman Page is teased on a very good if very slightly flawed night.

Christian Cage Adam Copeland

The bad thing about AEW television declining in quality - other than the general experience of your escapist fun not being so fun anymore - is that a lack of form dents trust in the process. You don't fizz about in the days before Dynamite in a state of rapt anticipation. You don't giddily discuss what's in store on TBS.

You start to worry, or, worse still, you start to not care as much. You start thinking that the thing you're about to watch will be bad. You start to wonder whether MJF and Samoa Joe will actually wrestle The Devil's Masked Men - eurgh - and not immediately attempt to reveal their faces the second that they grab them in a headlock.

That would be silly - but then, so was the show-long storyline at Full Gear.

Meanwhile, the Gold (Dynamite) League just isn't as good - as of yesterday - as the Blue League on Collision. Every result was predictable before last night, not one match has been unqualified great thus far, and Jay Lethal basically did what most expected Jay Lethal to do: wrestle gentleman's three-star matches and lose gentleman's three-star matches.

Were those worries unfounded - and did Adam Copeland justify the huge outlay and hype-job after a good, not great start to his AEW in-ring career...?


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!