6 Ups & 6 Downs From AEW Dynamite (Jul 29)

Matt Cardona and Ariane debut on an uncharacteristically flat show.

Matt Cardona

AEW Dynamite's energy, atmosphere, and exuberance are its biggest selling points. This is typically a bright, colourful wrestling show teeming with life, where freedom of expression crushes sterility and "boring" doesn't exist, regardless of the show's quality.

This wasn't the case last night. A flat atmosphere permeated the worst episode of Dynamite in weeks, accentuating the lows and taking the shine off the highs. This made for an uncharacteristically laborious viewing experience despite the episode playing host to several newsworthy events, including two debuts, a Tag Team Title match, and a huge Inner Circle ten-man tag.

Jerich led his mob into battle against Best Friends, Orange Cassidy, and Jurassic Express, while The Dark Order's Stu Grayson and Evil Uno challenged Kenny Omega and Hangman Page. Elsewhere, indie standout Warhorse jumped up from the underground to face TNT Champion Cody, Jon Moxley teamed with Darby Allin to meet Brian Cage and Ricky Starks, and MJF delivered his "State of the Industry" address.

The Ups-to-Downs ratio in the title should tell you that this wasn't a bad show, though some elements of it definitely didn't work. Let's light the fuse...

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Andy has been with WhatCulture for six years and is currently WhatCulture's Senior Wrestling Reporter. A writer, presenter, and editor with 10+ years of experience in online media, he has been a sponge for all wrestling knowledge since playing an old Royal Rumble 1992 VHS to ruin in his childhood. Having previously worked for Bleacher Report, Andy specialises in short and long-form writing, video presenting, voiceover acting, and editing, all characterised by expert wrestling knowledge and commentary. Andy is as much a fan of 1985 Jim Crockett Promotions as he is present-day AEW and WWE - just don't make him choose between the two.