Wrestling Review: AEW Beach Break (2021)

All Elite Wrestling (AEW) presents a night of sun and sand at the special event known as Beach Break. A unique six man tag team match will serve as the main event, as Kenny Omega, Karl Anderson and DOC Gallows team as a trio in their first advertised match in almost five years, against the unlikely and dangerous threesome of Jon Moxley, PAC and Rey Fenix. The championship team of former Bullet Club members will have their work cut out for them, especially as Kenny Omega contends with three bonafide threats to his AEW World Championship. Kicking off the show, all of the best tag teams in AEW — including the current, reigning Tag Team Champions, The Young Bucks — will contend in a battle royal to determine a number one contender. And not to be outdone, AEW will also see its first ever wedding, as Kip Sabian and Penelope Ford tie the knot. All of this and more at AEW Beach Break.

+ Kenny Omega & The Good Brothers (Karl Anderson & DOC Gallows) vs Jon Moxley & Death Triangle (PAC & Rey Fenix): this was absolutely fantastic. Omega, Fenix and especially PAC are three of the best wrestlers on the planet right now, and seeing them all go full tilt was something special. Even Karl Anderson has not lost a step, and of course Gallows’ size makes for an interesting addition to any team. Moxley almost felt like the odd one out, despite being the top good guy, but it all made sense in the end. I was hesitant to call the Omega/Anderson/Gallows team “Bullet Club” here as I would have back in New Japan, but maybe I was wrong… because oh yes, it’s happening
+ Eddie Kingston vs Lance Archer (Lumberjack Match): after the fantastic brawl these two had last week, this is where the show turned around. Long running partnerships continued and new feuds began around the set piece of another brutal slugfest, where these two once again showed their skills. This was pretty good overall, though not quite as good as their straight up wrestling match from the week before
+ Hangman Page & Matt Hardy vs Chaos Project (Dr Luther & Serpentico): this was short and sweet ad mostly just a way to keep the story of Hardy/Page going. I have a soft spot for Chaos Project as a team, so I enjoyed this

The Wedding of Kip Sabian & Penelope Ford: wrestling weddings are a cliched affair, these days, but frankly this one didn’t go far enough in either direction (“off without a hitch” or “everything goes wrong”) for it to be truly memorable as the first ever wedding on AEW. I’m sure the historical video packages, ten years from now, will make it out to be something special, but in the moment it just felt I’d seen it all before
Dr Britt Baker D.M.D. (w/ Reba) vs Thunder Rosa: I actually had quite high hopes for this, but it ended up being quite sloppy, with a really disappointing ending. Rosa is really good, and Britt is not bad, but not at Rosa’s level, so it never felt like these two were on the same page. Gosh they both looked good, though
Tag Team Battle Royale For the No. 1 Contendership: AEW generally does well with Battle Royal matches, but frankly this didn’t feel like anything special at all. I won’t say it had an obvious winner, but once the final few was decided it was very clear who would be the most likely outcome. Chris Jericho, Sami Guevara, Luchasaurus and Jungle Boy, and all four Dark Order representatives looked good, but this was still a bit of an overbooked mess

> Forbidden door status: opened.

Should you watch this event: The first half of this show was not very good, but from the Lumberjack Match onwards, and then especially in the main event the show turned around. Moxley is a star, Omega is a fantastic champion, PAC and Fenix are two of the best wrestlers in the world, and Kingston and Archer are both great at what they do. Don’t get your hopes too high (until the main event) but otherwise this was an acceptable 90 minutes of wrestling.

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