We're coming up to a month since debuting the Verbal Brainbuster right here on ZWrestletalk.com. It has been an interesting week in the pro-wrestling world, which feels awfully like the understatement of the decade. There are sex scandals flying left, right and centre. I've seen plenty fans jumping to a verdict in some cases but we must remember that the accused are innocent until proven guilty.
Sammy Guevara has found himself in hot water over the emerging clip of him making inappropriate remarks about Sasha Banks. Immediately he's been suspended without pay, to receive sensitivity training and go through a revaluation whether the promotion want to continue employing him.
Sasha Banks has publicly addressed an apology, and Sammy Guevara has apologised multiple times. Like many topics these days, people are divided on AEW's approach on the matter. As a promotion, All Elite Wrestling's culture surrounds being ahead of the social curve. To acknowledge a scandal of this magnitude could only warrant a strong response from the get go.
We have seen time and time again where people in the limelight are haunted by a past decision through social media. For Sammy, this poor decision of his occurred back in 2016, when he was around 22-years-old. Now he's understanding the oh so real impact it can have on a performers career. This is a valuable lesson he needs to learn to manage the rest of his career.
I do believe AEW will stand by Sammy, although, there is going to be a void on the show, especially when we see the Inner Circle this coming week.
Freshly Squeezed by the G.O.A.T
Orange Cassidy is 'over' with the audience. Has his gimmick reached its peak though?
At Fyter Fest this answer should be provided. You see, Chris Jericho is an ideal adversary to test the character's stock level. Cassidy isn't a typical wrestler, that's obvious. The point of his gimmick is witnessing an explosion of offense when a boiling point is reached. It is executed well.
Back at Revolution, competing against Pac, Cassidy blended intensity alongside humour in their match. An entertaining performance which resulted in Cassidy taking the loss. A decision that I felt was justified, as Pac needed a credible win to get his momentum back.
'Le Champion' Chris Jericho is legitimately the only one who can help elevate Orange Cassidy even further. But, here is a big but, something has to give here. Win, lose or draw: Cassidy is going to look like solid gold at Fyter Fest. Once it is all over, seeing his intensity die down over time will take the same toll on the push they're aiming to give him.
There are people that dislike Orange Cassidy, period. I look at him as a unique enigma, appreciate how fans rally behind him and I'm highly interested to see how he works together with Chris Jericho.
Fyter Fest Main Event
AEW World Champion Jon Moxley is going to miss the second straight Dynamite episode in a row. At this juncture, I'm fairly certain he's walking out of Fyter Fest with the strap on his shoulder. The dreaded COVID-19 pandemic is causing another complication to the promotions creativity processes.
It is certainly fortunate that this has come to light now and not closer to Fyter Fest, because the main event could of potentially been delayed. What you'd put in its place would be anyone's guess.
Brian Cage will be back in action tonight and needs to be fed a credible opponent. One this week and next would be even better. So far, the number one contender has climbed a ladder and pinned a jobber. That's it, besides throwing the champion into the back windscreen of a car. But record wise, that's all there is to him.
Tony Khan must view Moxley as the safest bet, because once in the clear, he'll be worrying more over the status change of Brian Cage. To be fair, I don't see any champions losing their championships on July 1st of 8th. I'd been shocked if any do. Less so for the TNT championship, I grant you.
After this is all said and done, AEW needs to put the focus back on their world title. The ranking system needs to be a huge factor in deciding the next contender. The title match at Fyter Fest comes across more thrown together than the majority of the card. It shouldn't be that way.
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