You know that “A” in AEW stands for Albany Elite Wrestling, right?

Ah, a relaxing evening watching professional wrestling. And for me, that’s All Elite Wrestling’s Dynamite broadcast on TBS. Hell of a set of matches last night – Wardlow defeated Orange Cassidy in a rare face v. face match; Swerve Strickland and Keith Lee overpowered two teams to claim the AEW tag titles, AEW is bringing Dynamite to Albany, Christian Cage had Luchasaurus attack the Varsity Blondes …

Wait. Did I see what I thought I just saw?

Yep. All Elite Wrestling is coming to Albany on Wednesday, September 14th. And they’re not playing in a small venue; they’ve locked in the MVP Arena in downtown Albany for their show.

Wow. September 14th. That’s gotta include a live broadcast of AEW Dynamite, plus tapings for Friday night’s AEW Rampage and some footage for AEW Dark Elevation.

Chuck wants to go.

Let me repeat that.

Chuck wants to go right now.

All Elite Wrestling has been the delicious antidote for years of WWE ennui. The wrestling on AEW feels more organic, more exciting, more daring. The storylines are more believable; the faces are more exciting; the heels are more diabolical.

And look at the talent AEW has right now. They have Orange Cassidy, the “King of Sloth Style,” a guy who looks like he came in 4th place in a Ryan Gosling look-alike contest and wrestles like an unmasked luchador.

AEW also has one of the most popular tag teams in The Acclaimed, two homegrown stars that are exploding with high-flying moves and tons of confidence. As well as one of the most popular entrances in the business today.

And where else but in AEW can you get a steel cage women’s title match like the one last march between Dr. Britt Baker, D.M.D. (yes, she’s a real practicing dentist) and Thunder Rosa (yes, she’s a real practicing social worker) that allows both wrestlers to literally beat the crap out of each other?

And do you want electricity? This was the reception AEW fans gave to arguably the greatest wrestler of our generation, CM Punk, after Punk returned to the wrestling ring after a seven-year absence.

They also have several new up-and-coming talents that are just straight-up exciting. This is the debut match for HOOK, and you can hear the excitement from his father – Taz – who’s doing commentary on the broadcast. In these moments, Taz turns from intense broadcaster to proud papa. And who can blame him?

Do you like tag team matches? AEW’s got you covered. This is what you can expect from an AEW tag match – the two teams competing right now are the Young Bucks (Matt and Nick Jackson) and the Lucha Bros. (Rey Fenix and Penta El 0 Miero) in a contest that was essentially given away for free on cable television. That’s what they did on cable. You should have seen their pay-per-view battle. Holy shit.

And when you can have a match between longtime brawling veteran Eddie Kingston and rising star Konosuke Takeshita in a match where you kinda hope both guys win … that’s something as well.

Listen, I could post another 40 YouTube clips of AEW action … everything from the Blackpool Combat Club to the Jericho Appreciation Society, from Jade Cargill and the Baddies to the Andrade Family Office …

And this is all coming to Albany in a couple of months.

Straight-up hours of action and excitement. No blah-blah WWE chatter with only three worthwhile watchable wrestlers. AEW’s roster is packed like Dolly Parton in Paris Hilton’s evening gown.

Tickets go on sale July 22nd.

Hold all my phone calls until I get those tickets.

Say it with me.

THIS IS AWE-SOME (clap clap clap-clap-clap)

THIS IS AWESOME (clap clap clap-clap-clap)