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AEW planted its flag in New York with epic show — and WWE should be worried

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All Elite Wrestling has had plenty of big nights and moments in its short existence — but this one felt different. This was New York and that still means something.

AEW made history on Wednesday in its New York City debut. The market has been dominated for decades by the McMahon family and WWE with the help of having the right of first refusal for wrestling events at buildings such as Madison Square Garden. AEW didn’t need to use a building associated with WWE to make its splash in the five boroughs. Instead, it found one that hadn’t been run before and can now call it its own long term. 

“AEW Dynamite: Grand Slam” was the first wrestling show ever at Arthur Ashe Stadium and delivered AEW’s largest live audience — 20,177 — since its inception in January 2019. The event was the highest attended non-WWE wrestling event in the United States since World Championship Wrestling’s show at the Georgia Dome in 1999.

And what a night it was.

AEW delivered five hours of pro wrestling — as it also taped “AEW Dark: Elevation” and “AEW: Rampage” around “Dynamite” — to a New York crowd that may have actually gotten louder as Wednesday night made its way to Thursday morning. Late into the night they were still swaying to Jungle Boy’s “Tarzan Boy” theme song, belting out Chris Jericho’s “Judas” and CM Punk’s “Cult of Personality.” It is that engaged, passionate fan base that so often makes AEW look, feel and sound different. It gives AEW its greatest chance at success. 

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CM Punk during “AEW Dynamite: Grand Slam” at Arthur Ashe Stadium.
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The momentum Tony Khan’s company has right now is undeniable. “Dynamite” has been the No. 1 cable show on Wednesdays for the past four weeks in the 18-49 demo prior to Grand Slam. The past two weeks, it topped WWE’s “Monday Night Raw” in that coveted demo. Serving an ace at the home of the US Open only adds to the intrigue of how far they can carry all of this. It’s been 20 years since the wrestling industry has had a viable second promotion to push WWE. 

You could sense this night meant something to the talent. Many of them took a moment to soak everything in, looking at the people stretching to the very top of a roof-closed Arthur Ashe Stadium. From Sting to Jericho to Punk to locals Eddie Kingston, Santana and Ortiz. They all did it. They knew how important this night was for their company and the feeling you can do anything once you’ve made it in New York. 

The show felt like a team’s first game after some big trade-deadline acquisitions. Former WWE stars Bryan Danielson, Adam Cole and Ruby Soho debuted at the “All Out” pay-per-view earlier this month. AEW’s roster is so jam-packed with talent that Punk’s first television match in seven years was on “Rampage,” as was the case with Cole, The Young Bucks, the tag team champion Lucha Brothers and Jericho.

Ashe and Prudential Center for last week’s “Dynamite” was sold out before that WWE trio arrived, but having them and Punk only adds to the possibilities as AEW is currently WWE’s competition for talent and wrestling fans’ dollars and eyeballs. Yes, Ring of Honor and New Japan sold out MSG in April 2019, but that ended up being a one-off crescendo. Wednesday felt like the start of something for AEW in this city. Their tickets, which are priced lower, have sold quicker than WWE’s for shows at USB Arena, the new home of the Islanders, in November and December. It means while it’s unlikely AEW will have shows at the Garden or Barclays Center, they aren’t going to be shut out of New York.

“Before certain people got here we sold this mother out,” Kingston, a Yonkers native, told the crowd to end the night. “And we put our flag down in New York in dirt. But with those people that just joined us, we’ve retook our flag and put it in cement. New York is now AEW’s town.”

For one night, at least, it was.  

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Sting showed he can still go at 62 during “AEW Dynamite: Grand Slam” at Arthur Ashe Stadium.
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The Kenny Omega and Danielson non-title dream to open “Dynamite” — yes open — set the tone for the evening. The crowd buzzed as they stood across the ring from each other, roaring at the bell, giving them a near standing ovation at one point and booing as the match ended as a perfectly booked time-limit draw. Fans didn’t want to leave without a winner.

Danielson, even with some Daniel Bryan underdog qualities still there, showed exactly what he meant when he told The Post prior to the event that he wanted the freedom to be a “wild horse” in his post-WWE life. He took some serious bumps — including a running V-Trigger knee down the ramp and a Snapdragon suplex from the top rope in a super-stiff affair that is only the first chapter between Danielson and Omega, the AEW world champion. Maybe we even get AEW’s first Ironman match out if it.

It was also likely a dream for some fans to get to see Sting wrestle a match live, something not many thought would happen after he retired because of a neck injury in 2015. Sting is 62, but the Icon looked great and had arguably the second best match on “Dynamite” as he and Darby Allin defeated FTR. Cash Wheeler and Dax Harwood’s superb selling and work cutting off the ring only added to the pop for the hot tags to Sting, who even delivered a flying crossbody from the top rope.

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The New York crowd booed Cody Rhodes during his “AEW Dynamite: Grand Slam” match against Malakai Black at Arthur Ashe Stadium.
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While Sting continues to be beloved, there were heavy boos for Cody Rhodes. The majority of the crowd was behind Malakai Black, who squashed Rhodes in their first meeting and took out his brother Dustin. Even a returning Brandi Rhodes — fresh off having the couple’s first child in June — couldn’t keep Cody from the boos. There is also some tension between him and coach Arn Anderson brewing. The former member of the Four Horsemen yelled at Cody to get back in the ring after he knocked him from the apron. Cody dresses like Homelander from the series “The Boys.” AEW has two options right now with him. Let him stay Homelander — a hero to some, a villain to others — or have him turn on Arn and push him full heel.

One person whose push continues is women’s world champion Britt Baker. Choosing to close AEW’s biggest “Dynamite” with her championship match against Soho shows how much they value both of them and what the company believes this feud can become. The crowd was behind each of them at different points. The final image from “Dynamite” was Baker victorious via submission with help from outside interference. It will only make her eventually dropping the belt that much more impactful.

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Britt Baker’s big push continued as she successfully defended her title against Ruby Soho at “AEW Dynamite: Grand Slam” at Arthur Ashe Stadium.
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After “Dynamite,” “Rampage” provided a huge moment for Kingston in front of his hometown fans while UFC stars Jorge Masvidal and Junior Dos Santos of American Top Team got into an angle with Chris Jericho and Jake Hager.   

AEW isn’t perfect. While MJF working a crowd is even more impressive in person, his match with Brian Pillman Jr. didn’t seem to resonate with the fans in attendance the way others did. There was one women’s match on each of the three TV shows filmed, but you can make the case the division still needs a greater presence and more intriguing storylines on the overall product.

But those are small subplots to the greater story of Wednesday night, another big one in AEW and wrestling history. This one hit differently because this was New York — and that still means something. 

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What Time Will ‘Riverdale’ Season 6 Be on Netflix?

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The season finale of Riverdale aired in late July on The CW. Notice we said season finale? Thankfully, the beloved series will return for a seventh season, but, unfortunately, Season 7 will be the final installment of Riverdale.

If you already streamed the current season, make sure to read Alex Zalben’s interview with Riverdale showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa on Decider. If you’re waiting to binge Season 6 on Netflix, well, you better clear your calendar because all 22 episodes are about to drop on the streamer. What time will the sixth season of Riverdale debut on Netflix? What time does Netflix release shows? Here’s everything you need to know.

WHEN IS THE RIVERDALE SEASON 6 NETFLIX RELEASE DATE?

Riverdale Season 6 premieres Sunday, August 7 on Netflix.

HOW MANY EPISODES ARE IN RIVERDALE SEASON 6?

The sixth season of Riverdale consists of 22 episodes.

WHAT TIME DOES NETFLIX RELEASE NEW SHOWS?

Netflix releases new episodes at 3:00 a.m. ET/12:00 a.m. PT.

WHAT TIME WILL RIVERDALE SEASON 6 BE ON NETFLIX?

Netflix is based out of California, so Riverdale Season 6 will be available to stream at 12:00 a.m. Pacific Standard Time (3:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time) beginning Sunday, August 7. If the clock strikes 12:00 (or 3:00 a.m. for folks on the East Coast) and you don’t see the new episodes, give it a moment, hit refresh, and then enjoy the show!

WILL THERE BE A SEASON 7 OF RIVERDALE?

Yes! Decider recently covered that very topic.

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Actress Anne Heche Suffers Severe Burns After Crashing Car Into Los Angeles Home

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Actress Anne Heche, known for her roles in such films as Donnie Brasco, Volcano and I Know What You Did Last Summer, was involved in a fiery car crash in the Mar Vista area of Los Angeles on Friday.

According to TMZ, Heche was driving a blue Mini Cooper and had first crashed into the garage of an apartment complex. Residents of the apartment complex tried to get her out of the vehicle but she backed up and sped off.

Footage of Heche speeding down the streets of her neighborhood had been obtained by TMZ as well as her initial encounter at the apartment complex.

In the first clip, you can hear her car crash towards the end. It has been reported that the actress crashed into someone’s home, causing her vehicle and the house to erupt into flames. Heche suffered severe burns and was resisting being taken away in a stretcher. You can also view footage of this via the TMZ article.

It has not been confirmed whether alcohol has been involved in the incident since her condition prevents doctors from performing any tests to determine if she was driving under the influence. She is currently intubated in the hospital but expected to live.

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These are the vulgar license-plate requests the DMV has rejected

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Stay CL4SSY, New York!

The state Department of Motor Vehicles nixed 3,752 requests for vanity license plates in the last three years because it deemed them too raunchy, radical or simply ridiculous.

New York’s personalized plates go for $60 initially, and then $31.25 annually for renewal. You can get any plate as long as no one else has it and it’s not offensive.

Odds are a request for a plate that marks a wedding anniversary or shows your allegiance to a team — like METS86 — will pass muster with the DMV gatekeepers.

Vulgarity won’t get you to first base.

So plates with the phrase LFGM — the acronym for Pete Alonso’s “Let’s F–king Go Mets” rallying cry — did not make the cut.

And you won’t see anyone driving around with the custom plates MILFDAD, AS5M4N and WLHUNG.

Crude meanings such as “MILFDAD” are unacceptable by the DMV.
Crude meanings such as “MILFDAD” are unacceptable by the DMV.
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New York state Department of Motor Vehicles denied more than 3.5 thousand requests for license plates deemed inappropriate.
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“AS5M4N” was rejected for referring to “Ass man.”
“AS5M4N” was rejected for referring to “Ass man.”
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The DMV also put NICEBUNS, FATFANNY, GOTAPOOP and BENDOVER in the rear-view mirror.

One player unsuccessfully tried to score the plate YESDADDY, to no avail.

The DMV also shot down such dark requests as DEADGIRL, GENOC1DE, S8TAN, DETONATE and MURDERM3.

“SUM8ITCH” is not allowed.
“SUM8ITCH” is not allowed.
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The DMV thoroughly nixed a request for “CNNLIES.”
The DMV thoroughly nixed a request for “CNNLIES.”
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BOOBIE is prohibited.
BOOBIE is prohibited.
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Getting political is a dead end too — FJOEBIDN, FDTRUMP and CNNLIES were nixed.

LUDEDUDE, NARCO, GOT METH and BLUNT also went up in smoke.

Staten Island attorney Bill Dertinger said his blue 1995 Jaguar SJS was tagged with ESQLTD after his company and his 2014 Porsche had the plate GHOSTGTS because the sleek sportscar was white.

“The plates can make you stand out — which can be a curse or a blessing,” the 54-year-old Dertinger said. “Make sure you don’t cut anybody off.”

A man attempted to sneak in “YESDADDY” onto his license plate.
A man attempted to sneak in “YESDADDY” onto his license plate.
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The DMV stopped a request for “FJOEBIDEN.”
The DMV stopped a request for “FJOEBIDEN.”
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The DMV also rejects any license plates referring to politics.
The DMV also rejects any license plates referring to politics.
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There must be a New York Jets fan playing referee at the DMV because a request for the seemingly innocent plate GASE was sidelined. Ex-Jets head coach Adam Gase had an offensive 9-23 win-loss record during his forgettable two-year tenure.

The DMV would not reveal who gives the final yea or nay.

“The DMV reviews all custom license plate requests and works hard to ensure that any combinations that may be considered objectionable are rejected,” said agency spokesman Tim O’Brien.

“GLOCKS” referring to guns is not accepted by the DMV.
“GLOCKS” referring to guns is not accepted by the DMV.
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“FLYMOFO” is not approved by the DMV.
“FLYMOFO” is not approved by the DMV.
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He said guidelines on what plate combinations are restricted can be found on the DMV website: https://dmv.ny.gov/learn-about-personalized-plates. Approximately 50,000 personalized and custom plates are sold per year, O’Brien said.

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The state DMV has rejected 3,752 requests for custom license plates in the last three years because it deemed them potentially offensive. Here are some:

YESDADDY

FJOEBIDN

FDTRUMP

GLOCKS

FLYMOFO

BOOBIE

AS5M4N

BUDLIGHT

DEADGIRL

SUM8ITCH

GENOC1DE

S8TAN

CNNLIES

DETONATE

MURDERM3

MILFDAD

WLHUNG

Source: NYS DMV

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