The 'Anniversary' edition of AEW Dynamite looms, and in typical form, lots of story beats are intensifying on the road towards it. This is a destination booking company; they make a match you want to see, set it for months down the line, and plot the most interesting route, one that often intersects with the other attractions on the card.
October 14 feels like it's going to be big.
The rumbling underfoot suggests as much; already set is a major AEW World Championship match between Jon Moxley and Lance Archer, promoted alongside the Team Taz Vs. Darby Allin programme to further the complex and gripping relationship between the two babyfaces and, inspiredly, to cast further doubt on the outcome via the arrangement made between Taz and Jake Roberts.
Mr. Brodie Lee continues to taunt Cody ahead of a TNT Championship rematch by beating down his extended Nightmare Family. The Best Friends, having vanquished Santana and Ortiz in that classic Parking Lot Fight, are primed for a better run at an FTR outfit who had a key advantage in the Gauntlet of August 27. It feels also like the venue of a big, game-changing angle between Kenny Omega and Hangman Page.
Who's turning on who, and where will the Anniversary rank among the best of AEW's big shows?