AEW: Winter Is Coming is best TV special of the year

MJF kisses his pinky ring (photo courtesy of AEW)
MJF kisses his pinky ring (photo courtesy of AEW) /

AEW Winter Is Coming has become a stable show for the company over the years.

All Elite Wrestling has always had a fantastic TV product. Every AEW Dynamite feels like its important and they deliver on so many occasions. But when it comes to their TV specials, AEW always seems to raise the bar even higher.

Tony Khan has produced TV specials over the past few years, and they always seem to deliver. It’s very rare that a special Dynamite flops and goes poorly. And that’s a credit to everyone involved between the roster and everyone behind the scenes at AEW.

But among all the big TV shows lined up for AEW, Winter is Coming is by far the best show they produce. No offense to AEW’s secondary show Rampage or other TV specials such as Grand Slam, St. Patrick’s Day Smash, Fyter Fest, Fight for the Fallen, and Road Rage. However, AEW puts some of the best story work and match quality on Winter Is Coming going into the new year.

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Going back the past couple of years, starting in 2020, we have seen the shocking debut of Sting in AEW. Also in 2020, a new champion was crowned in Kenny Omega, as well as a full-fledged heel turn thanks to Don Callis. The 2020 edition of Winter is Coming was an awesome edition of AEW Dynamite.

Then the following year, they put together a 60-minute classic between Bryan Danielson and “Hangman” Adam Page for the AEW World Championship. To end the show, MJF and Dante Martin battled for the Dynamite Diamond Ring in what was an amazing contest. There are so many moments that happen on these shows.

This year is no different, as the young upstart company stacked the deck again. With the main event likely being MJF VS Ricky Starks, both the AEW Championship and Dynamite Diamond Ring will both be on the line in the match. A high-stakes match between fresh new blood is desperately what AEW needed for a while.

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Ricky Starks and MJF put together one of the best back-and-forth promos of the year. Ricky Starks may be one of the best investments AEW has ever made. He’s such a likable babyface and the promo he cut on this past Wednesday’s episode of Dynamite, further proves my statement.

While I expect MJF to retain the AEW Championship as well as the Dynamite Diamond Ring, this should not be a step back for Starks. The Austin, Texas native should be hovering around the main event picture for the foreseeable future as one of AEW’s top babyface acts. As for MJF, his reign of terror is just getting underway.

To add to the show, it’s match four of a best of seven for the AEW Trios Championships between The Elite and the Death Triangle. The team of PAC, Rey Fenix, and Penta El Zero Miedo currently lead the series 2-1, but Kenny Omega and the Young Bucks are looking to gain momentum after winning match three last week on Dynamite. These two teams have put on clinics both on pay-per-view and on regular TV.

I expect this to go the full seven matches and this to be one of the best trio rivalries that we’ve ever seen in wrestling. These teams have so much chemistry, and you can count on it being a banger wherever they place this on the card.

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As of now, those are the only listed matches for AEW Winter is Coming, but I’m sure Tony Khan has a few more matches up his sleeve. The company definitely needs more matches to bolster this card, but it’s pretty safe to assume that this could be one of AEW’s best cards of the year without a doubt. What do you want to see Tony Khan put on the Winter is Coming Card?