A stirring build to a successful pay-per-view called Revolution. The acquisition of a handful disgruntled, yet gifted, ex-WWE wrestlers. TV tapings from a converted Georgia gym in which only about a third of the contracted talents were available. Another pay-per-view held without paying fans, but one that proved to be commercially and critically successful, regardless. All things considered, not a bad sophomore half year at all for All Elite Wrestling.
More than a year after its first show, what began as a loose collection of indy standouts, ageing WWE notables, and unknowns with potential has since shaped into a cohesive national promotion, most of its talents now identifiable with the AEW letters instead of where they worked previously. We've watched as the cream of the independent crop have developed new followings, WWE refugees have redesigned themselves, and top international stars have made good on the praise that existed before a national American audience gained weekly access to them.
So for the first half of 2020, the first year in which AEW has run shows from wire to (presumably) wire, who have the MVPs been? Here are my picks.
5. Best Friends & Orange Cassidy
Showy embraces of friendship, complemented by unabashed slothiness. Chuck Taylor, Trent Beretta, and the aforementioned Orange Cassidy have become true fan favourites on account of their light-hearted approach, with "OC" standing out the most for his eclectic persona.
Not only does Cassidy deserve credit for getting an unusual idea over, but the trio earns praise for their reliability. Reports emerged that all three worked a spate of matches during a 24-hour stretch at the marathon Georgia tapings, really going the extra mile.