Who says wrestling is faux?
AEW’s Double or Nothing happened on Might 23, marking the promotion’s unofficial one-year anniversary, and nothing actually captured the corporate’s distinctive ranges of creativity fairly like its Stadium Stampede match. It was absurd. It was hilarious. It was professional wrestling in 2020.
Provided that the present world of sports activities is ravaged by the coronavirus, wrestling has needed to discover new methods to try to hold followers engaged with their product whereas housing empty-arena exhibits. WWE housed WrestleMania on the Efficiency Heart in April and has held empty-arena exhibits since, and held two cinematic-styled cinematic-style matches through the occasion: the Undertaker vs. AJ Types in a Boneyard Match, and John Cena vs. Bray Wyatt in a Firefly Enjoyable Home match. Each matches had been will obtained critically, and had been two of the higher matches obtained in 2020.
AEW hasn’t been secure from it, both. Scores have taken successful whereas empty area exhibits have damage gates, and the corporate’s momentum was slowed after placing on persistently nice exhibits for roughly the 2 months previous to the shutdown. That does not imply they have been fully halted from being artistic, and the Stadium Stampede match confirmed it.
The faction vs. faction match pitted the Inside Circle and The Elite within the empty TIAA Financial institution Stadium, residence of the Jacksonville Jaguars, the place 10 males wrestled in, and across the empty stadium. To recap a number of the ridiculousness of the match:
- Matt Jackson did a moonsault off one of many objective posts
- Matt Hardy “reworked” 3 times in one of many stadium’s swimming pools
- “Hangman” Web page and Jake Hager had an old school bar combat in one of many stadium’s golf equipment
- Chris Jericho threw a crimson problem flag on a possible 3-count
- Nick Jackson pelted Jericho with a bag of footballs
All in all, it was a 45-minute “spectacle” of kinds that was nearly fully catered to the social-media age of wrestling, the place absurd humor and GIF-able moments reign supreme. The match itself was extra of what wrestling followers have seen from AEW because the promotion’s inception: athleticism, a splash of absurdity and numerous artistic freedom.
The Stadium Stampede was (nearly) universally nicely obtained on the Tweet machine, too:
The very best a part of the Stadium Stampede match was most likely Tony Schiavone laughing his ass off the entire time.
— Smark to Demise (@smarktodeath) Might 24, 2020
Good morning to Stadium Stampede matches ONLY.
— Jessi Davin (@jessithebuckeye) Might 24, 2020
Stadium Stampede is like Cash within the Financial institution made by individuals who like wrestling and have a good humorousness
— Brandon Stroud (@MrBrandonStroud) Might 24, 2020
Will this be a brand new customary of wrestling? It is bought potential, so long as it is nicely executed. A pleasant reminder that you could’t get 100 wrestling followers in a room and get them to agree that at this time is Sunday.
However for now, here is to AEW and delivering side-splitting laughs and unbridled leisure throughout a time once we want it. Hopefully we see extra of it quickly.