New Orleans, Louisiana
April 13th, 2022
The crowd was super behind both Punk and Penta here. That energy I think helped push Punk even more into this match. Outside of one rough landing which Punk handled well this was a pretty 50/50 back and forth between these two with a lot of close calls and reversals on moves. Clearly Punk wasn’t losing but this didn’t hurt Penta in the slightest as the crowd even after was into both.
3.75 / 5
A really fun tag match. Jungle Boy continues to shine most and Luchasaurus has his moments as well. ReDragon are always solid but sort of just in a spot right now where they aren’t a credible threat for the belts. Some moves here fell short or visibly didn’t connect but the good moments overlooked though.
3 / 5
Not a match, just an angle to continue MJF / Wardlow. Look past the ref taking a minute to start the count and this was just a fun continuation of the story. Count outs in AEW are super rare.
2.5 / 5
A decent tag match that was heavily carried by Kingston & Santana / Ortiz. Santana & Ortiz continue to be two of the most under utilized people in AEW. Some good tag move moments but it felt lacking to a degree. Throw in a bad cheap finish and it just ended a little off.
2 / 5
A quick squash that didn’t get the crowd much. The crowd loves Skye Blue but its odd because she’s around a lot and well liked but isn’t signed. Marina is good but just isn’t over in the slightest.
1 / 5
A fun match with a cheap heel win. Swerve and Lee work great as a team, Hobbs is always solid, but Starks even with his hometown cheer feels out. He just doesn’t do much for me to stand out. Still a fun match with some really good spots.
3 / 5
A really good match that played much more into the ROH / NJPW. A lot of hard hits and chops and while not a super fast moving action match never felt slow at all. It was great to see these two face to face but this wasn’t some 5 star classic sadly. The crowd was into though. Not related to the rating, the post match moment was horrendous.
3.5 / 5