9 Ups & 0 Downs From AEW Dynamite: Grand Slam


9. The Sheer Atmosphere

AEW Dynamite Arthur Ashe

Holy sh*t. Wrestling, bloody hell.

This felt like early 1998 WCW Nitro, before it all went to hell, plummeting beyond the molten core that was the rise of Bill Goldberg. Arthur Ashe Stadium was the Georgia Dome, only with exponentially better in-ring.

But before Kenny Omega and Bryan Danielson worked what might have just been the greatest television wrestling match of all time, the fans in the venue and at home luxuriated in the fulfilled promise of that incredible backdrop. This was as loud and lush - and as special - as a pro wrestling atmosphere gets. As the American Dragon made his entrance, the crowd orchestrated a deafening Yes! chant. It was so glorious - almost too glorious. Danielson and Omega had to work something transcendent to reach that volume level again.

And they f*cking did.

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Writer, podcaster and editor. Deft Punk. Author of Becoming All Elite: The Rise of AEW, which is available to purchase at the following link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Becoming-All-Elite-powerful-Wrestling/dp/B09MYSNT71