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AEW Weekly Recap May 2-May 8: The Good, The Bad, and Everything In Between

With Double or Nothing just a few weeks away, the action for All Elite Wrestling is at its peak right before the latest PPV.

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With less than three weeks until Double Or Nothing, the major matches are taking shape. That said, it is time to take a look back at all the action from last week.

The Good

The first highlight of the week was Dante Martin vs Rey Fenix. Yes, their style might not be everyone’s favorite. But, these two had counters and moves that you don’t see every day. It was a fast-paced and fun match.

Another week and another great showing by Wardlow, on top of the great storytelling. This time, he had a match with current IMPACT Wrestling star W. Morrissey, who is now the biggest wrestler that Wardlow has faced. It was a fun match all around and was a great time to show as well how Morrissey has grown as a professional since his WWE days.

We love a Blackpool Combat Club match, but this time it was their best match as a trio. They continue to build their chemistry and it’s fun to see how each match changes. Also, we had a House of Black segment that many thought would end with Julia Hart joining them. Instead, we were left with questions still surrounding if she will be joining.

Her eye patch got ripped off after she wouldn’t hit Griff Garrison with the chair. She continued to cover her eye though, but this might be a form of showing her “the true evils” of the world.

In the Main Event of Dynamite, we saw Mercedez Martinez vs Deonna Purrazzo fighting it out for the Unified ROH Women’s Championship. It was a solid match that helped cement Martinez as the face of the new ROH, and it was awesome seeing this match be the finale on Wednesday night.

The AEW Women’s division also had a showing on Rampage Friday Evening. There were two great matches. The first was a Tag Team match with Jamie Hayter & Britt Baker vs Toni Storm and Ruby Soho. It was a match with fantastic pace, in addition to Hayter and Baker nearly pulling off the win until Storm was able to pin the former AEW Women’s Champion. The second match was the final qualifier match for the Owen Hart Foundation Tournament, which featured Riho vs Yuka Sakazaki. This was a return for both women as well. The fans were split on who they wanted to win this one. Hula looked like she might pull off a win a few times, but Riho was still able to walk out the winner.

Now for Hookhausen! Hook had a quick match with JD Drake, but he was impressive in a match where he gave up 100 pounds. He had a counter to a chop, which as a fan I have never witnessed. It was a headbutt to the open backhand, which is totally crazy. Hook was also able to toss Drake and finished off the match with the REDRUM. Danhausen made his way to the ring following the match and asked Hook to be in his corner for his match against Tony Nese. Hook was not interested in the offer, Danhausen even left him a present, which was a bag of chips and it was wrapped in a bow. Hook showed some emotion when he picked it up. But in the end, he dropped it on the ground again. Don’t wait too long in this build Tony Khan, the people want it!

The Bad

This one hurts, but Bobby Fish vs Jeff Hardy was a rough one. However, seeing Jeff Hardy win to get into the Owen Hart Foundation Tournament was really cool. He did have a chance to face Owen in the early years of his career. So, it comes full circle.

Also, Jericho vs Santana wasn’t a bad match. It is more so about the beatdowns after that are overdone. Hopefully, they get some help soon. Please give the Blackpool Combat Club a really match heading into Double or Nothing.

Speaking of that PPV, we finally heard from the AEW World Champion about his match at that show against CM Punk. The promo he gave was one of aggression and not very babyface style. It also seemed a little forced. Thankfully that match will still be good, but Hagman needs to pick it up. He hasn’t been the most memorable Champion that people wanted.

The In Between

The only other match to discuss was Jay Lethal vs Konosuke Takeshita from Rampage. The match itself was solid. Many fans are happy to see Takeshita back in AEW and he is working himself back on to the main shows. This match was more about advancing the story between Samoa Joe and Jay Lethal. That will surely end in an ROH TV Champion match soon.

One of two other small observations is Chris Jericho’s newest nickname, “The Wizard”. To keep it short, it’s a weird one, but he will make it work. Also, Riho was wearing black gear, which isn’t normal for her. Could we see a change in character for her during the Tournament?

Finally, we got the announcement for Thunder Rosa vs Serena Deeb at Double Or Nothing, which should be an awesome match.

What were your thoughts from the last week of AEW action? Let us know!

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