5/18 AEW Dynamite results: Powell’s live review of Adam Cole vs. Jeff Hardy, Rey Fenix vs. Kyle O’Reilly, and Samoa Joe and Britt Baker face “Jokers” in Owen Hart Cup tournament matches, AEW Champion Hangman Page vs. Konosuke Takeshita in a non-title match, MJF gives Wardlow ten lashes, William Regal and Chris Jericho meet

By Jason Powell, ProWrestling.net Editor (@prowrestlingnet)

AEW Dynamite (Episode 137)
Houston, Texas at Fertitta Center
Aired live May 18, 2022 on TBS

[Hour One] Jim Ross, Excalibur, and Tony Schiavone checked in on commentary while some pyro shot off on the stage. The big screen listed the show as the Wildcard Wednesday edition…

Samoa Joe was introduced by ring announcer Justin Roberts for his match against the first of the two Jokers (mystery wrestlers). Johnny Elite (John Hennigan/Morrison) made his entrance as the men’s Joker…

1. Samoa Joe vs. Johnny Elite in an Owen Hart Cup tournament first-round match. Schiavone said Elite was celebrating twenty years in the business. Excalibur said both men are from the west coast and yet this was a first-time matchup. After some back and forth action, Joe rolled to ringside. Elite took some time getting situated on the top rope and then hit him with a corkscrew dive heading into a picture-in-picture commercial break. [C]

Elite put Joe down and performed a clunky 450 splash for a two count. The broadcast team agreed that he was “too far away” from Joe for the move to be effective. Elite went for his Starship Pain finisher, but Joe put his knees up. Joe worked over Elite and then hit him with the Muscle Buster and scored the pin.

Samoa Joe defeated Johnny Elite in 11:00 to advance to the Owen Hart Cup tournament semifinals.

Immediately after the match, Jay Lethal and Sonjay Dutt attacked Joe. Lethal hit Joe’s arm with a lead pipe while Satnam Singh entered the ring. Trent Beretta, Chuck Taylor, and Rocky Romero came out with chairs to run off the heels…

Powell’s POV: The crowd seemed pleased by Johnny Elite being the mystery wrestler. I didn’t see much speculation about him being the Joker, but I consider him to as a satisfying surprise, especially since AEW didn’t go overboard with the hype this time around. The obvious question now is whether Elite’s wife Taya Valkyrie will be the other Joker. As much as I would welcome the idea of Valkyrie in AEW, my guess is that it will be Texas native Athena, who worked as Ember Moon in WWE, but that’s a total shot in the dark. I’m surprised the post match attack didn’t lead to Elite helping Joe run off the heels, but he didn’t really factor in.

Footage aired of Jeff Hardy beating Darby Allin in last week’s spot-fest main event. Ross said Jeff couldn’t be 100 percent…

Backstage, Lexi Nair spoke briefly with Jeff Hardy and Matt Hardy. Jeff was seated on a trainer’s table and had his ribs taped. “The Young Bucks” Matt Jackson and Nick Jackson showed up, causing Nair to walk off. Matt Jackson told Jeff that he didn’t need to go through with his match against Adam Cole. Jeff told them to give it up with the “Christian AF BS.” Matt Hardy said the Bucks are Hardy cosplayers. He said Cole won’t be the only one to get his ass kicked if the Bucks try to get involved in the match…

CM Punk made his entrance wearing an “Abortion Rights Are Human Rights” t-shirt. Punk played to the crowd on the stage and then joined the broadcast team…

2. AEW World Champion “Hangman” Adam Page vs. Konosuke Takeshita in a non-title match. Punk was on commentary for the match. A few minutes into the match, Page slammed Takeshita on the apron. Page followed up with a top rope moonsault onto Takeshita on the floor. Punk gave it a “9.5” as the show cut to another PIP break. [C]

Takeshita executed a nice Blue Thunder Bomb and got a near fall. Page went to ringside and was hit with a flip dive from Takeshita. Punk said he hopes Page doesn’t get hurt because he didn’t want any excuses when they meet in Las Vegas. Back in the ring, Takeshita hit Page with a big boot in the corner. Page returned the favor and then hit Takeshita with a wicked suplex. Takeshita returned that favor.

Page and Takeshita went for simultaneous clotheslines. “Not bad,” Punk said before adding that he was scouting. A short time later, Page put Takeshita down with a tombstone piledriver and covered him for a near fall. Takeshita ducked a Buckshot Lariat and ended up dropping Page with a forearm. Takeshita powerbombed Page for a near fall. Takeshita blasted Page with a running knee strike and covered him for another near fall.

Takeshita performed a German suplex. Takeshita came up holding his neck and shoulder area. Takeshita got to his feet and pointed to the sky. Takeshita went for a running knee, but Page blocked it. Takeshita hit Page with another forearm. Takeshita ran the ropes and was dropped by a rolling elbow. A “Cowboy Shit” chant broke out briefly. Page placed Takeshita on the top rope and joined him. Takeshita knocked him off with a palm strike. Page got right up and fired back. Page performed a Buckshot Lariat and then put Takeshita away with a GTS.

AEW World Champion “Hangman” Adam Page defeated Konosuke Takeshita in roughly 12:00 in a non-title match.

In response to Page using his finisher, Punk said imitation is the sincerest form of flattery and he loved it. He plugged the pay-per-view and then removed his headset. Punk stood on the stage and held up his arms while Page stared at him. Page grabbed his title belt and went to the ramp and held it up. Punk approached Page and held up his arms again. Page walked around Punk and they continued to stare at one another. Page eventually pushed Punk aside and headed to the back…

The broadcast team hyped a promotion with a daily fantasy sports website…

Powell’s POV: A very good match. I wish they had done more to build up Takeshita in advance of the match, but he clearly gained something in defeat by pushing the champion. That’s cool if Takeshita is sticking around long term, but a questionable move if he’s not going to be featured in AEW long term. Punk won the popularity contest over Page with this live crowd. Page had his share of supporters and some boo birds, whereas Punk was heavily cheered.

A video package aired with Fuego Del Sol talking about how he’s been calling out the House of Black. He was joined by Evil Uno and 10, and they hyped a six-man tag match for Rampage…

3. Keith Lee and Swerve Strickland vs. “The Workhorsemen” JD Drake and Anthony Henry. Lee and Strickland’s entrances were televised. Late in the match, Lee held up Henry while Strickland leapt off the top rope and double stomped him on the way down. Lee pinned Henry to win the brief match.

Keith Lee and Swerve Strickland defeated “The Workhorsemen” JD Drake and Anthony Henry in 2:10.

After the match, Lee took the mic and told his home state crowd that he and Strickland became a top five ranked team with their win.

Powerhouse Hobbs and Ricky Starks made their entrance and interrupted Lee’s promo. The teams traded insults.

Christian Cage and AEW Tag Team Champions Jungle Boy and Luchasaurus made their entrance. Cage challenged both teams to face Jungle Boy and Luchasaurus in a three-way for the AEW Tag Titles at Double Or Nothing. Cage also called for Jungle Boy vs. Strickland vs. Starks in a three-way for next week’s Dynamite. Jungle Boy looked a little surprised…

Powell’s POV: The match was the quick showcase that it needed to be for the Lee and Strickland team. The post match angle made me hope that Cage is turning heel soon, but I can’t say that it left me more excited about the three-way match that they made official.

Tony Schiavone interviewed Kris Statlander and Red Velvet about facing one another in a tournament match on Friday’s Rampage. They both spoke about winning the tournament. Statlander said there’s nothing personal about it, it’s strictly business.

TBS Champion Jade Cargill, Mark Sterling, and Kiera Hogan showed up. Cargill recalled Statlander and Velvet being friends, and said Velvet needed a real leader. She also told Schiavone to “cut the shit” before leading her team away…

MJF and Shawn Spears made their entrance. Once in the ring, MJF taunted the fans for being grotesque hicks. They responded by chanting “asshole” at him. MJF wondered if they were talking about him or the man he was about to whip. MJF said Wardlow wouldn’t get his match at Double Or Nothing if he retaliated. A loud “shut the f— up” chant broke out.

A backstage camera showed a garage door opening. A handcuffed Wardlow was led through the garage and to the ring by security. Once Wardlow entered the ring, MJF spat in his face. MJF hit Wardlow with the first belt shot. Wardlow laughed it off. MJF hit him with another shot and Wardlow no-sold it. MJF got mad and hit him with additional shots until Spears pulled him off.

Spears took the belt and hit Wardlow, who didn’t flinch. Spears finally hit Wardlow with a shot that he sold. Wardlow seethed and then pointed out that they had one more shot. A loud “Wardlow” chant broke out. MJF backed up for a running start, but then he kicked Wardlow below the belt. Once Wardlow was down, MJF hit him with several belt shots.

Spears held Wardlow up and then MJF knocked him down with a Dynamite Diamond Ring shot. Spears picked up Wardlow and then put him down with his C4 finisher. Spears covered Wardlow and MJF counted to three. Spears put his foot on Wardlow and flexed, and then MJF raised Spears’ hand. MJF told Wardlow that this would be his fate next week and he wouldn’t make it to the pay-per-view… [C]

Powell’s POV: Another top notch segment involving MJF and Wardlow. I love the way Wardlow no-sold most of the belt shots, and yet MJF and Spears still got their heat with the low blow and beatdown. This feud is going to sell a lot of pay-per-views.

[Hour Two] Trent Beretta and Rocky Romero delivered a backstage promo. Beretta said they are back together as Roppongi Vice full time and ready to make a statement. Romero spoke about going after the ROH Tag Titles. He said that was step one. He said step two was the IWGP Tag Titles, and step three was the AEW Tag Titles. Beretta challenged FTR to put the ROH Tag Titles on the line. “You know Bret would,” Beretta said…

Powell’s POV: I guess that’s nice for longtime ROH and NJPW fans, but why should newer AEW viewers be excited about this team? And what does it mean for Beretta’s team with Chuck Taylor?

4. Rey Fenix (w/Alex Abrahantes) vs. Kyle O’Reilly in an Owen Hart Cup tournament first round match. Pac and Penta Oscuro also walked onto the stage with Fenix, but only Abrahantes accompanied him to ringside. They cut to an early PIP break while O’Reilly was on the offensive. [C]

Fenix executed a Frankensteiner and hooked the legs of O’Reilly for a near fall. O’Reilly caught Fenix leaping from the ropes and performed a couple of unique underhook suplxes. Fenix came right back with a kick in the corner. Fenix put O’Reilly down with a half-and-half suplex. Both men did rope leverage moves that felt cute and unnecessary and didn’t really lead to anything, and then they were both down on the mat moments later.

Both men traded various strikes. O’Reilly ended up on the apron. Fenix walked the ropes and performed a huracanrana that took O’Reilly to the floor. Back in the ring, Fenix went for a cutter, but O’Reilly countered into an armbar and got the submission win…

Kyle O’Reilly defeated Rey Fenix in 12:00 to advance to the semifinals of the Owen Hart Cup tournament.

They showed the updated brackets and then the broadcast team hyped Chris Jericho and William Regal as coming up after a break… [C]

Powell’s POV: O’Reilly will face Samoa Joe in the semifinals, and the winner will face the winner of tonight’s Jeff Hardy vs. Adam Cole match in the finals at Double Or Nothing. The styles clash was fun. There wasn’t much psychology in Fenix just randomly no-selling strikes and moves, but the live crowd definitely enjoyed it. O’Reilly going over felt like a mild upset.

William Regal and Bryan Danielson made their entrance. Jon Moxley, Eddie Kingston, Santana, and Ortiz came out through a side entrance (Wheeler Yuta is in Japan for the NJPW Best of the Super Juniors tournament). Former NFL player and Oklahoma Sooners star Brian Bosworth was shown in the front row.

Fozzy’s “Judas” played. The Jericho Appreciation Society of Chris Jericho, Jake Hager, Daniel Garcia, Matt Menard, and Angelo Parker made their entrance. Parker called for the music to stop and no pyro.

Powell’s POV: Isn’t that the exact opposite of what a sports entertainer would want?

Jericho said the fans wanted to sing along, but last week they cheered when JAS was attacked. Jericho assumed Regal was responsible for putting together the attack last week. Jericho said it was good to see Regal because he thought he would be dead by now. Jericho said at least Regal’s brain still works, sort of. Jericho spoke of Regal’s wasted potential and said he ended up being nothing more than a world class addict.

Jericho said Regal has been fired from every company he’s ever worked for until he weaseled his way into AEW on the coattails of his proteges. Jericho took shots at each of the wrestlers who were with Regal. Jericho said Danielson might be the greatest wrestler in the world, but he’s nothing but a squeaky clean nerd.

Jericho told Danielson that if he sticks with that group long enough he’ll end up “in the program with Moxley.” Jericho called Regal and Moxley birds of a feather. He told Regal to go home or he would throw a fireball in his face. “Or maybe I’ll just take a piss in your tea again,” Jericho said.

Regal said he met Jericho in 1997. He said he’s had to listen to Jericho’s whining, vile, and pathetic voice ever since. He said the only thing that would make him more sick to his stomach would be screams from a burning orphanage. Regal said Jericho was right about the things that he said about him. Regal said that when he and Jericho worked together and Jericho was in the ring, he would take Jericho’s toothbrush out of his bag and stick it inside his backside. Garcia asked Regal how he could do that to someone. “Actually, flower, I did that yours last week,” Regal replied.

Jericho tried to challenge the group to a Stadium Stampede match. “No, no, no, I’m not doing that shit,” Moxley said. He said Stadium Stampede was a different time and a difference place. Moxley said it would be a five-on-five fight with gang rules. Moxley it would be “the sport we love against a bunch of stupid bullshit.”

Jericho accepted and then said that while JAS was a well-oiled machine, there were issues between the other team members. Jericho played on some of the past history between the other team members. Jericho recalled Moxley and Kingston trying to stab each other’s eyes out. Jericho and Menard recalled some of the things that Kingston and Danielson said about one another, including Kingston saying that Danielson is a judgmental prick.

“You are,” Kingston said while shrugging it off. Kingston said he didn’t care about pay-per-view buys or ratings, he called for a fight. Jericho’s team teased coming to the ring and then headed to the back. Kingston was going to go after them, but Danielson stood in his way. Kingston wasn’t pleased and they ended up pushing and shoving…

Powell’s POV: So this apparently won’t be a Blood and Guts match. Perhaps Double Or Nothing will be a prelude to the WarGames style match. Or maybe they are saving that match for the Undisputed Elite.

Matt Sydal and Dante Martin spoke on the backstage interview set. Sydal said the Blackpool Combat Club can’t get along with anybody because they are obsessed with violence. Martin said they wanted to fight. Sydal said they didn’t have to wait until Double Or Nothing because they would see them on Friday’s Rampage…

Powell’s POV: See who? A strange promo.

Britt Baker made her entrance. Maki Itoh came out and sang on the stage and was identified as The Joker. She sang in the ring while Excalibur recalled that she and Baker were tag team partners…

5. Britt Baker vs. Maki Itoh in an Owen Hart Cup tournament first round match. Baker and Itoh hugged. Itoh laid down for Baker, but then caught her in an inside cradle when she tried to pin her, which led to a two count. They cut to a PIP break a couple minutes into the match. [C]

Baker put her glove on and played to the crowd. Itoh no-sold having her head slammed into the corner while the broadcast team played up Itoh’s hard head. Itoh slammed her own head into the turnbuckle repeatedly. Itoh got some offense and performed a falling headbutt for a two count. Baker popped right up and superkicked her. Baker applied her Lockjaw finisher for the win…

Britt Baker defeated Maki Itoh in 6:40 to advance to the Owen Hart Cup tournament semifinals.

After the match, Toni Storm made her entrance and stared down an unimpressed Baker from the stage. The brackets show that Baker and Storm will meet in the semifinals…

Powell’s POV: Itoh’s last match in AEW was in March 2021. She made a nice an impression during that time, but bringing her back as The Joker was too much. AEW would have been better off simply announcing this match in advance and telling the story of the very limited history between Itoh and Baker ahead of their match.

Tony Schiavone stood in the ring and said they will be celebrating three years of AEW in Las Vegas for Double Or Nothing. Serena Deeb interrupted Schiavone. Deeb walked to the ring and told Schiavone that she’s sick of hearing him talk. Deeb claimed Schiavone said she couldn’t beat Thunder Rosa. Schiavone said he predicted that Rosa would win.

Deeb called Schiavone an idiot. She said Dustin Rhodes had a lot to say last week too and called him out. Dustin made his entrance without any entrance music. There was a “Dustin” chant. Deeb said of course Texas would cheer. She called their sports teams failures and then called Rhodes a failure. Deeb said Jim Ross might be the only one with any brains around here.

Deeb said she respected Rhodes. She said he knows about all of the dues she had to pay and how tough it was to be a woman “in that era.” She said she put breast implants in her body “just to satisfy some old pervert.” She said she even shaved her head and still got no respect. Deeb asked why Rhodes predicted that Rosa would beat her. Rhodes didn’t answer and she said he didn’t have the balls to. Deeb said Rhodes will respect her once she wins the title.

AEW Women’s Champion Thunder Rosa made her entrance. Deeb slapped Rhodes. Rosa wanted to go after Deeb, but Rhodes grabbed Rosa and picked her up. Rosa elbowed Dustin to break free. Rosa apologized to Dustin. Meanwhile, Deeb picked up the AEW Women’s Championship belt and hit Rosa with it… [C]

Powell’s POV: Deeb needs a mouthpiece. She’s a terrific wrestler, but this was rough. It doesn’t help that her character was bothered by predictions that didn’t mean anything to most viewers.

An ad listed Friday’s Rampage as airing at 6CT/7ET…

Jeff Hardy and Matt Hardy made their entrance for the main event. Adam Cole ran out and attacked Jeff from behind and then threw him in the ring…

5. Adam Cole vs. Jeff Hardy (w/Matt Hardy) in an Owen Hart Cup tournament semifinal match. Hardy fought back briefly, but Cole quickly regained offensive control heading into a PIP break. [C]

Jeff picked up a two count while Ross said he didn’t like his chances due to his match with Allin last week. Jeff went for a Whisper in the Wind and was kicked in the air by Cole, who went for the cover, but Hardy grabbed the bottom rope to break it. Jeff came back, but Cole avoided his Swanton Bomb finisher. Cole hit The Boom running knee and scored the pin.

Adam Cole defeated Jeff Hardy in roughly 7:00 to advance to the finals of the Owen Hart Cup tournament.

After the match, the Hardys jawed at Cole. “The Young Bucks” Matt Jackson and Nick Jackson ran out and teased superkicking the Hardys, but they didn’t follow through. Cole clotheslined the Hardys from behind. The Bucks hit the BTE Trigger on Matt Hardy.

[Overrun] Darby Allin and Sting hit the ring and worked over Cole and The Young Bucks. Bobby Fish and Kyle O’Reilly ran out and helped their Undisputed Era allies. Sting no-sold a chair shot from O’Reilly and then threw the chair in his face. The Bucks put Sting down with a double superkick. They wrapped Sting’s leg in a chair and then O’Reilly performed flying kneedrop from the ropes. The Undisputed Elite stood tall while Brandon Cutler filmed them from ringside to close the show…

Powell’s POV: Is this the feud that is getting the Blood and Guts match? A chaotic close to the show and I’m not just talking about the final angle. It seemed like they may have been pressed for time even with the brief overrun. I wish they would have scrapped the bad Deeb and Rosa segment and given that time to the main event.

Overall, the show fell apart during the second hour, and AEW once again tried to cram too many things into one episode. The pay-per-view build is really good in some cases and a hot mess in others. It’s strange that they haven’t even announced the full card yet. I will have more to say in my weekly audio review of AEW Dynamite for Dot Net Members (including our Patreon patrons). Let me know what you thought of the show by grading it below.

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Readers Comments (24)

  1. TheGreatestOne May 18, 2022 @ 7:06 pm

    A former WWE guy in his 40s is the surprise opponent for the injury prone former WWE guy in his 40s.

    AEW is barely more than the dying days of TNA at this point.

  2. TheGreatestOne May 18, 2022 @ 7:15 pm

    One match in and we’ve already got a former WWE guy debut, a couple of botches, a post match faction attack, and a save from the attack by a different faction. It hasn’t even been 15 minutes.

    AEW gonna AEW.

  3. TheGreatestOne May 18, 2022 @ 7:25 pm

    Hangnail and Take Shita have been outside the ring for over a minute and fucking useless Aubrey hasn’t even counted to 1 yet. What’s the purpose of a ref if there are never any rules enforced at all?

    These guys are having a good, crisp match where both are laying their shit in and making it look like a fight. No need to treat it like it’s all bullshit by having a ref that literally does nothing but count slowly and get stupid looks on her face while never enforcing a single rule.

  4. TheGreatestOne May 18, 2022 @ 7:39 pm

    Faygo del K-Pop and the Dork Odor are something that AEW is advertizing in an attempt to get people to watch on Friday?

  5. So is Punk going to wear a “Defund the Police” shirt or how about a “Fiery But Mostly Peaceful Protests” shirt next time?

    Celebrities, corporations, & athletes shoving their political messages has ruined so much entertainment & sports over the last five years. I don’t want pro-choice or pro-life opinions on wrestling shows. Save that garbage for MSNBC, CNN, or Fox News.

  6. I watch wrestling to escape reality not to be reminded of it. If I wanted to see a political debate I’d watch CNN FOX or MSNBC. Doesn’t matter which side of the argument you are on, this is a big fail for me.

  7. TheGreatestOne May 18, 2022 @ 8:30 pm

    “There wasn’t much psychology in Fenix just randomly no-selling strikes and moves, but the live crowd definitely enjoyed it.”

    Of course there wasn’t. You have to be a fucking idiot to think AEW is trying to be a serious, “sports based” pro wrestling company. It’s just a bunch of indie midgets who have never drawn a dime.

  8. TheGreatestOne May 18, 2022 @ 8:35 pm

    Maki Itoh?

    Holy fuck, the look of absolute hatred on the faces of most of the crowd says it all.

  9. TheGreatestOne May 18, 2022 @ 9:02 pm

    The Dung Cucks are so tiny their “super” kicks hit Sting in the shoulders.

    The main event had a jump on the ramp, a bunch on nonsense during the match, and a brawl after the match.

    So much bullshit, so little quality.

    MJF & Wardlow was great, the entire rest of the show was horseshit aimed at the dumbest possible audience. This is in the discussion for worst AEW show ever.

  10. TheGreatestOne May 18, 2022 @ 9:08 pm

    I hope someone brings a PM (Pro Murder) Cuck sign to next week’s AEW shows just to see if they’ll take it away while letting Phil wear his political bullshit.

    Keep all political views out of wrestling unless it’s a gimmick that’s being done well. If it’s just a statement by someone that doesn’t fit who they are on screen, tell them to fuck off and be more professional.

  11. “Celebrities, corporations, & athletes shoving their political messages has ruined so much entertainment & sports over the last five years. I don’t want pro-choice or pro-life opinions on wrestling shows. Save that garbage for MSNBC, CNN, or Fox News.”

    Well it’s certainly had a negative impact on movies and tv series over the last ten years; that has become an extremely selective process for me as to what I pay attention to as a consequence. That medium is in total decline across the board. If AEW or their talent pushes social and political views–outside of a dedicated storyline–during their shows as status quo then I’ll drop them like a bad habit.

  12. I am not a delicate little doiley so someone wearing a particular tshirt doesn’t offend me.

  13. I really enjoy great one’s comments. He’s not wrong.

  14. “So is Punk going to wear a “Defund the Police” shirt or how about a “Fiery But Mostly Peaceful Protests” shirt next time?”

    Yeah, Punk is getting insufferably self-indulgent at this point. Khan would be wise to rein him in.

  15. C. Peter Roberts May 18, 2022 @ 11:19 pm

    Ever notice how many of the people who want Punk to keep his opinions to himself can’t wait to share their own, over and over again?

  16. THEGREATESTTHREE May 19, 2022 @ 12:02 am

    See Peter Roberts – I’ve not noticed at all. But you and the delicate doiley dolt, Ricky (at what age do you grow up and stop using Ricky?) are not bright enough to figure out that most are not offended by the message. Just the arrogance of the celebrities who use their status to shove opinions in our face.

  17. TheGreatestOne May 19, 2022 @ 12:12 am

    Bryan Danielson injured after Rampage as the ramp and ring come apart and his leg gets stuck between them for 10 minutes.

    Quality company there.

  18. Good lord.
    Johnny Elite Really?
    That’s the most unoriginal name he’s had yet mainly because they already have The Undisputed Elite.He should’ve been Johnny Dynamite or Rampage or something.

  19. Damn….poor babies on here wanting to “escape reality” and complaining that a male wrestler is standing up for women’s rights. At least HE is. What have you done to stand up for other’s in this world? Maybe if your bodies’ cans and cannots were being decided by old, crusty religious men in power, maybe you’d be happy to see something like this. I agree with Robert’s statement.

  20. 1) @ Tom: It works with his gimmick.. Also, no drip stick!

    Seriously though.. TGO, what do you have against people under 5’11, did someone or something bite your ankle? Come out and express your issues. You talk about “drawing a dime”, but what have you drawn, pretty pictures? Should we go back to the mid 90s (fuck, now I feel old :() and have Kevin Nash and Hulk Hogan run the fucking show? Though Nash was screwed, having to carry the late Viscera.

    I wonder, wait no I don’t, SHUT THE FUCK UP. I don’t see your arse in the ring at your obvious 6’5, 310lb, because clearly you are the big man on campus, in that ring, on that screen, whatever. Adam Cole, Fenix, all of AEW could wrestle rings around you, ya fucking primitive screwhead. Also, if you hate AEW that much, TGO, why the fuck are you watching it? You don’t need to review it, you could just fuck off.

    Also, may a sandstorm blow up during your vasectomy. 🙂

    (I apologise to prowrestling.com, but that cocksplash is really beginning to piss me off.)

  21. TheGreatestThree

    You do realize that most of us do not use our real names, right? (What I am saying is Ricky is not my real name, ya idiot). Also, I didn’t say you were offended by the message. I implied you were offended by the wearing of the shirt, which was your issue.

    Dolt.

  22. If punk wants to make a particular point on his own time (attend a rally. Give a speech on social media) that’s his right (today anyway). But to show up on TV at his job with a political message isn’t what I want to see. It’s not the message, it’s the execution

    I hope everyone is as understanding if someone with a differing view takes a similar action

    Personally I just don’t like the precedent. If that makes me a delicate flower so be it

  23. J. R. Chloupek May 19, 2022 @ 3:04 pm

    Hey Jason, got to give you credit for allowing the question of wrestlers proselytizing their personal political beliefs on TV get a fair hearing among your commenters. Can’t say the same for Zack Heydorn of PWtorch, who refused to even post my comments on Punk at that site.
    While I agree with the commenters who state that Punk should keep his opinions to himself, unless it is a legitimate part of an ongoing story line or other wrestlers with a different opinion are also allowed to express that opinion of TV, I have no problem with the opposite viewpoint: we all feel strongly about some things, and viewpoint diversity is good, not bad. Props to you for openness to having your thoughts challenged (assuming you agree with Punk).

  24. I’m absolutely fine with people having their views and expressing them; that much is commonplace. Some are more overbearing about it than others but Punk can think like he wants to and align himself where he pleases.

    As I am watching a show about wrestling however I don’t care to have the talent get in the habit of pushing their social views/agendas in my face. It’s called respecting a persons time and it does come across as arrogant. Punk has many other channels to share his opinions that those interested and opt to visit. Whether I agree with the viewpoints is not the central issue.

    Same with Hollywood essentially hijacking formerly great franchises that have a passionate fanbase and infusing their one-sided social and political views while upending what made those properties beloved in the first place. I’m not going to invest my time when those tactics are being wielded.

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