Wednesday, March 22, 2023

AEW All Access Premiere Episode Review.


AEW:All Access is a behind-the-scenes docu-series covering the professional lives of Wrestling Stars that manages to capture the excitement and drama of the ring by showing up close video of some of the wrestlers as they navigate the week to week grind of traveling around the country and performing for live audiences who may not understand just how real and difficult it is to put on a show where up front the stars themselves state the outcomes are predetermined, but the bumps are real.

It also gives viewers a quick education on how the AEW came to be, the terms for hero characters, which is a Face (Short for Baby Face), and the villains otherwise referred to as Heels. I have known about this terminology for awhile back when I used to watch a different organization’s prime time programming in college. Wrestling is unique as a sport in that there is no off season. Wrestling is 52 weeks a year all over the country and it’s a tough life. Everyone there has been practicing since they were teenagers. Tay Melo originally dreamed of being an Olympic Wrestler and trained her whole life for the chance and ultimately she was not chosen, but this door closing ultimately lead to her becoming an AEW star. She has a husband who she wrestled with. The two get boos from the audience and are considered heels. Meanwhile behind the scenes they seem like two very nice kids at least from my point of view. 

There is another couple. The guy got two concussions in a row and had to go through an intense recovery period and woman is a real Dentist and a AEW wrestling champion. Please note that to me they are all champions so one should not mistake that my use of the word means the current champion. As far as I am concerned they are all champions and what I liked about this opener was it humanizes the wrestlers. There might be one or two still in character in the background, but for the most part the takeaway I got from the first episode was that these are people who have made the choice to work in a tough profession and at the end of the day they support each other on an emotional level and it is a good idea to watch something like this if you are an aspiring Wrestler who hopes to be a star because it is a real sport, you will probably suffer an injury in your career, most do not make the crossover into movies and if you are doing this to become famous and not because you are passionate for the art and showmanship then you should reconsider. AEW: All Access will premiere on TBS on Wednesday March 29, 2023 at 10pm (ET/PT) following AEW: Dynamite. 

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