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AEW Top 25 of 2023 – #15 & #14

This one’s up a little early for my Miami & St Thomas connects.  Also cause the footy’s on.  You know, priorities.

  1. So Much Fun

Lucha Bros & Bandido vs Jon Moxley, Claudio Castagnoli & Wheeler Yuta, Dynamite, 05/31/23 

Meltzer: 4.25*

So, not to figuratively cheap out or anything but the subtitle just says it all.  Hot crowd, rapid pace, nine minutes of bang, bang, bang with big moves.  An example to speak for the whole – Bandido held Yuta in his single-arm delayed suplex for a solid minute while the Bros fended off interference with thrust kicks and arm locks as the crowd counted along.

After a Claudio uppercut, Yuta knee strike and hammer & anvil elbows, Yuta bagged the win over an already out-of-it Bandido via an unnecessary seatbelt pin.

  1. A Vince Russo debut-show of returns

Young Bucks & Hangman Page vs Jon Moxley, Claudio Castagnoli & Wheeler Yuta, Dynamite, 06/14/23 

Meltzer: 4.5*

The best match on the same show that included a world title eliminator, and it wasn’t close.

Featuring the babyfaces wrestling as a trio for the first time in AEW as the graphic noted: ‘Formerly known by a sexually suggestive and anatomically misleading team name’ (Hung Bucks).

Nine frantic minutes beginning with the long-feuding Mox and Page unable to resist going face to face, slugging away as a gleeful Danielson purred on comms, the others joining in until the faces hit a series of aerials to take out the BCC.

Cue constant scrapping as each guy was just mown down in rapid succession, highlighted by Nick running through his ‘comeback’ only to be muscled up out of a moonsault into a pop-up uppercut by Castagnoli.

The heels cutting him off for several minutes, crowd desperate for what became just an awesome hot tag from the Cowboy who ran through the BCC with boots, shots, springboard clothesline to CC, fallaway to Yuta, kip-up, vaulting cross body to Claudio, Yuta sent off the apron, hit with a tope, to the top, crowd feverish at this fantastic flurry as Page came off with a forearm strike.

The fun continuing for several minutes until Yuta was polished off via Buckshot/BTE Trigger combo.

Cueing a post-match brawl featuring Takeshita coming out, Eddie Kingston returning, Kenny Omega returning and Will Ospreay showing up to build to match II.

Hope the weekend’s treating you well, selections from opposite ends of the year coming tomorrow.

Paul Hemming
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Paul Hemming got into AEW during the pandemic, lives in Liverpool, England, and is a huge Liverpool fan, Playstation player and history lover.

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