Juice Robinson made his AEW Dynamite debut on September 28, and the company is reportedly interested in having him on television more frequently.
AEW was impressed by Juice Robinson during his debut match on Wednesday Night Dynamite against Jon Moxley. The two men put on a solid non-title match in the middle of the card, going a hair over 10 minutes and fighting all over the place. Robinson was repeatedly referred to as a free agent but still walked out to the ring with his Bullet Club entrance music and garb, which he uses in NJPW.
Robinson and Moxley certainly play to each other’s strengths. The Death Rider got color early in the fight, and Juice worked the cut with headbutts and punches. It wasn’t an instant classic by any means, but it was a perfectly acceptable match on Dynamite. It probably could have gone a little longer, given that it was Robinson’s debut with the company. It didn’t seem like anyone in the crowd knew who he was, but the Philadelphia audience was oddly quiet throughout the show. A handful of entrances, such as Saraya‘s, got pops, but for the most part, the crowd was dead.
Robinson was still presented as a legit threat to Moxley, however. He received a solid promo package to build up his dislike for the AEW World Champion. And he showed enough during Dynamite to generate interest in him working more shows for the company. This, according to Mike Johnson of PWInsider.com, who writes that “after his match against Jon Moxley this past Wednesday in Philadelphia as well, there is massive interest in bringing in Juice Robinson as often as possible and making him a regular for the company. Robinson regularly works for New Japan Pro Wrestling as a member of Bullet Club but I don’t know whether he’s contractually signed there or not.“
Juice Robinson Risks Getting Lost In AEW
In NJPW, Juice Robinson is given plenty of opportunities to wrestle and has worked some big angles for the company. Especially since joining Bullet Club a few months back. Bringing him in for a one-off against a rival in Jon Moxley makes sense for AEW, but it’s unclear exactly where he’d fit in the long term. All Elite Wrestling already struggles to get all of its stars screen time. That includes former WWE standouts like Miro and Andrade El Idolo, both of whom have been outspoken about their lack of usage by AEW.
It’s unclear how Robinson would differentiate himself from the mushy middle in All Elite enough to work weekly. Very few performers are given that opportunity, and most of them are former WWE champions like Moxley, Chris Jericho, and Bryan Danielson. Perhaps the allure of working more dates in the United States would be enough of a draw for Robinson, but it stands to reason that he’d be working significantly less often if signed to a full-time AEW contract.
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