Editor’s Note: While this post may have my name, it was wholly conceived, fed through an umbilical cord, and brought to life by our very own Joliet Jake Delhomme!
Consider me the surrogate mother that got paid with gently used fleshlights.
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Without further ado, here is Mr. Delhomme:
Let me date myself. I grew up in the midst of the regional era of wrestling. When I was at home in Illinois, I saw Verne Gagne and AWA on TV and in person. When I went to my grandparents in Missouri, I saw Harley Race and the NWA. It was a simpler time.
Today, there are “three” major wrestling promotions. WWE is the death star of wrestling promotions. Impact is Alderaan and AEW is the Resistance. That is my opinion, yell at me in the comments.
My maternal grandfather loved to watch wrestling. I remember sitting on the floor in front of the TV and looking back at my grandpa sitting in his chair. He was wrestling as hard in his chair as they were on the TV. My paternal grandmother was a huge wrestling fan as well. I remember going to a live show at a minor league baseball stadium for a cage match with Doctor X. My grandmother hit him in the mask with a tomato.
A short history of AEW: Tony Khan used his dad’s leftover Jaguar money to start a wrestling promotion because he loves wrestling. He attracts 3 key players: Cody Rhodes (Son of Dusty, brother of Dustin), The Young Bucks (Of indy and Japan fame) and Kenny Omega ( Of indy and Bullet Club fame). They now have a weekly show on TNT on Wednesday nights, 8/7c. Like I said, very short.
Today’s story lines: There are three main factions in the Men’s division. The Elite are aligned with the founders of the promotion. They are faces. They also include the current tag team champions, Kenny Omega and Hangman Adam Page. They have been teasing tension between Kenny and Adam for weeks. The second is the Inner Circle. They are led by Chris Jericho and are a heel group and are hilarious. The third is the Dark Order. They are a heel faction that recruits new members and are advertised as a cult. There are lots of wrestlers who are not part of these factions but have individual heat with other wrestlers.
The tag team division: This is probably the strongest part of AEW. They have a number of very strong tag teams with multiple stories for them to develop. One interesting story: Jurassic Express is one of the most fun teams in the division. Jungle Boy (Jack Perry) is the son of Luke Perry, of 90210 and Riverdale fame.
Women’s division: Currently the weakest, but some of this is due to much of their talent being from Japan and the UK and not able to come to shows. They are working on a women’s tag team title division, but, again, the talent availability pool is still limited.
I know all the story lines so feel free to ask. Let the show begin!