Saturday’s PPV was loaded with great matches, storylines and athletic moves. It also disturbed me.
I will publish a review prior to the Wednesday night show, but I need to rant.
One of the big matches was Matt Hardy vs Sammy Guevara. This has been a big storyline over the past few weeks, and this was going to be the big blowoff. If Matt loses, he leaves AEW. Falls count anywhere. You can only win by pinfall, submission or unable to respond to a 10 count.
So, given the history of this feud, this could go anywhere. So the match starts with Matt in Jaguars stadium, yelling for Sammy. He hears a motor revving behind him. Sammy arrives driving a cart, trying to run Matt over. Very classic callback.
Sammy obviously misses and the match begins. Sammy takes ridiculous bumps in the stadium. Trash cans, picnic tables, walls, etc. Then this happens. Matt sees a scissors lift and drags Sammy onto it and raises it into the air.
At the bottom of the picture, you can see two tables, ostensibly filled with merchandise. Everyone watching knows someone is going through those tables. Now, while falling through a table hurts, the breakage does break the fall of the person going through it. Table breaks look awesome, but are relatively low risk. Unless.
I couldn’t capture the exact point, but Sammy pushes Matt too hard off of the lift, and they miss the tables. Matt’s head hits the concrete square! This is the aftermath.
The referee is clearly evaluating the real health of Matt Hardy. She saw his head bounce off of the concrete. This is real concern. Now, Matt, like most athletes, always wants the show to go on. With nothing else to go on, Sammy pulls him up and continues the match. This is when things went very, very wrong.
Now, we all know that there are in-story injuries and real injuries. It is the job of the referee to let the backstage know if the injury is real and they need to stop the match. The crossed forearms is the universal signal that someone is legitimately injured. Aubrey is clearly signalling that Matt has a real brain injury. If they are using this as a work, that is not cool, because now, how does the back know if someone is really injured. As I went back and reviewed the video, she made the same gesture right after Matt hit the ground.
So, now they finally call in a doctor and repeat the “real injury” gesture.
While the doctor is evaluating Matt, Sammy gets up and heads back into Daily’s Place, where the original finish was planned. Other that screwing up the first fall, Sammy has does nothing wrong. They are clearly trying to call an end to the match. Then this happens.
They let Matt get up and chase Sammy into Daily’s Plaza! Matt has clearly said “I’m good, man. I can still go.” Like every wrestler ever. And you listened to him! If you saw him walking, you would stop him immediately. He is walking like a DFO contributor 3 hours into an open thread. There is something clearly wrong with him. Why in the hell do you let this happen? Yet the match continues. There are lots of great moves and it ends with Sammy taking a ridiculous bump off of scaffolding onto a collapsing stage. But that is not the story.
Online, Matt’s wife called out AEW for letting the match continue. Matt went to the hospital with a concussion after the show. This is why you can’t let athletes diagnose their own concussions. RE: Chris Benoit. This makes me sad that I enjoy professional wrestling. But I also watch the NFL.
Thanks for listening.