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TOP TIER FEUDS…
1) STING & DARBY ALLIN vs. TEAM TAZ
New Developments: Tony Schiavone was about to interview Sting and ask him about the tag team street fight at Revolution. Before Sting could say anything, Taz and Hobbs showed up on the big screen in the front of a car. They said they were bringing a “new friend” along for a ride. Behind the car, Starks and Cage were tying a body bag to the hitch. Starks revealed that an unconscious Darby Allin was in the bag as Taz and Hobbs sped away, dragging Allin along the pavement. Sting immediately ran to the back but was unable to help Darby.
Highs & Lows: If you’re going to book an interview segment with Sting, he should talk at least a little bit about his upcoming match. While it’s odd that Sting said nothing at all, the segment was still very effective. Team Taz continues to come across as cowardly heels and this segment sets AEW apart from WWE. Heels on the AEW roster can get real heat by being violent and underhanded which only makes feuds feel more personal.
Length of Feud: November 7th, 2020
Forecast & Prediction: No matter if there’s a stipulation or if the match is a straightforward tag match, Sting should be victorious in his return. Sting should go on to put a heel over in defeat later.
(2) JON MOXLEY vs. KENNY OMEGA
New Developments: During the 6-man tag match at Beach Break, Kenta attacked Moxley and left him lying in the middle of the ring. This week on Dynamite, Moxley and Lance Archer faced Omega and Kenta in a tag match. Due to outside interference from The Good Brothers, Omega and Kenta were victorious.
Highs & Lows: It’s great that AEW is establishing relationships with other promotions. However, this feud has been a real mess. Should Moxley, who is arguably AEW’s top babyface, be allowed to be spread so thin? Shouldn’t he be focused on regaining the AEW title and making it feel like the most coveted title in pro-wrestling? AEW should continue to work with New Japan and Impact, but the relationships should not come at the cost of sacrificing the focus of their top stars.
Length of Feud: January 6th, 2021
Forecast & Prediction: There needs to be a return match between Moxley and Omega. It’s too soon for Omega to lose the title to anyone, but Moxley should go on to win whatever his next feud is in order to maintain his status as a top babyface.
SECOND TIER FEUDS…
(1) FTR vs. JURASSIC EXPRESS
New Developments: In a short, pre-taped segment with Tony Schiavone, Jungle Boy said his match with Dax Harwood was still being talked about. He said he had never had a fight like that before and he came out on the other side of it a new man. Schiavone asked about FTR kidnapping Marco Stunt and Jungle Boy said Stunt wasn’t hurt. Jungle Boy ended the segment by saying he and Harwood would fight again and he was going to “make Harwood his bitch”.
Highs & Lows: This is a great way to establish Jungle Boy as a new, top babyface on the AEW roster. He’s stepping to the front to represent both himself and his team. While his promo was short, he sounded honest and believable. If he continues to hone his personality, he can be a credible main-eventer in the future.
Length of Feud: November 7th, 2020
Forecast & Prediction: There’s plenty of room for both tag matches and singles matches here. Jungle Boy should continue to establish himself as the leader of Jurassic Express, but the other members of his team should have his back. A series of tag matches will likely take place and to continue to establish Jungle Boy as a top star, Jurassic Express should ultimately come out on top at the end of the feud.
DEVELOPING OR TEMPORARY FEUDS…
- MIRO vs. ORANGE CASSIDY
- LANCE ARCHER vs. EDDIE KINGSTON
- CODY & RED VELVET vs. SHAQ & JADE
- SAMMY GUEVARA vs. THE INNER CIRCLE
CONCLUDED AND FORGOTTEN OR DORMANT FEUDS…
- Hangman Page vs. The Elite – Dormant
- Chris Jericho vs. Mike Tyson – Forgotten
- Cody vs. Jake Hager – Concluded
- Hikaru Shida vs. Penelope Ford – Concluded
- Jon Moxley vs. Brian Cage – Concluded
- Britt Baker vs. Tony Schiavone – Dormant
- Darby Allin vs. Brian Cage – Dormant
- Brodie Lee vs. Cody – Concluded
- Jon Moxley vs. Lance Archer – Concluded
- Jon Moxley vs. Eddie Kingston – Concluded
- The Young Bucks vs. FTR – Concluded
- Jon Moxley vs. Kenny Omega (1) – Concluded
- Hikaru Shida vs. Abadon – Concluded
- Dustin Rhodes vs. The Dark Order – Forgotten
- Britt Baker vs. Thunder Rosa – Concluded