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3 Talking Points From Tonight’s Episode Of AEW Dynamite GrandSlam – 20th September 2023

9 months ago By Sports Desk

In an industry known for its dramatic storylines, acrobatic moves, and charismatic personas, AEW Dynamite GrandSlam’s episode on September 20, 2023, did not disappoint. From emotionally charged scenes to athletic prowess, the show was a rollercoaster of entertainment. While it had many captivating moments, three key talking points stood out that could shape the future of AEW.

First, let’s discuss Roderick Strong’s sensational skit that had the wrestling community buzzing. Initially portraying a character evocative of Stanley Kowalski, this week he presented himself as the most forlorn figure in professional wrestling. Bedridden in a hospital, wearing a neck brace, and oozing desperation, Strong’s character is turning out to be the epitome of comedic tragedy. His interactions with Adam Cole, Mike Bennett, and Matt Taven are becoming something of a dark comedy, as these wrestlers play the rational characters against Strong’s exaggerated emotional ruin. The theatrical anguish Strong is displaying might remind you of Tim Robinson’s skits on the comedy series “I Think You Should Leave.” As Strong seemingly self-destructs, straining his friendship with AEW World Champion MJF and Adam Cole, one can’t help but be entertained by the ludicrous extents he is willing to go to gain sympathy. What initially started as a somewhat childish narrative about camaraderie is now becoming a laugh-out-loud segment on AEW television.

Next on our radar is Eddie Kingston’s spectacular and emotionally charged win. Kingston finally tasted victory by defeating ROH World Champion Claudio Castagnoli. Sporting the colors of another iconic player, Toshiaki Kawada, he conquered Castagnoli with Kawada’s iconic powerbomb. The match was not just about the championship; it was a sweet reprisal for a history of losses and rivalries with Castagnoli that transcends time and wrestling promotions. This triumphant moment set an exhilarating tone for the entire episode. It was American wrestling at its core—invoking the spirit of the common man in a way that hasn’t been seen since the era of Dusty Rhodes. With figures like MJF dominating the scene with his elitist persona, a win for the common man in the form of Kingston resonates deeply with the wrestling community.

Last but certainly not least, the spotlight shines brightly on Toni Storm. Despite a recent defeat, she has emerged as an undeniable force in AEW’s women’s division. Shedding her prior affiliations and emerging as “The Illustrious” Toni Storm, she commands attention with her captivating presence and showmanship. Her character overhaul—a nod to the glamour of Hollywood’s Golden Age—is an undeniable hit. Even if she came up short in her recent match, the manner of her performance has clearly set her on a path to even greater heights. Her parting from Saraya and Ruby Soho seems like the right call, as her potential seems boundless compared to her former allies. A single setback is unlikely to derail her journey to the top of the women’s division. Furthermore, she adds a layer of unpredictability to her bouts; as we saw in the last match, opponents will now have to be wary of flying footwear. The stage is set for her to ascend further, perhaps culminating in a riveting showdown at WrestleDream, potentially with new contenders like Mercedes Mone entering the scene.

In summary, the September 20 episode of AEW Dynamite GrandSlam was an outstanding display of storytelling, athleticism, and pure wrestling spectacle. Whether you’re laughing at Roderick Strong’s absurdly pitiable character, cheering for Eddie Kingston’s long-awaited triumph, or being mesmerized by Toni Storm’s charismatic new persona, the show had something for every wrestling fan.

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