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AEW Dynamite preview (Feb 17, 2021): Inner Circle In Fighting

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Tonight All Elite Wrestling comes our way from Jacksonville, Florida. Last week, Joey Janela failed to win the TNT championship, Jon Moxley reminded Kenta that he doesn’t like to play games, Lee Johnson proved that he is worthy of The Nightmare Family, The Dark Order made fools of themselves in front of Adam Page, MJF & Chris Jericho won their match but lost Sammy Guevara, Adam Page singed a contract with Matt Hardy (just not the contract Matt Hardy thinks he signed), Team Taz took Darby for a joy ride in a body bag, Kenny Omega golfs apparently, Thunder Rosa defeated Leyla Hirsch to move on in the Women’s Championship Eliminator Tournament, and Team Archer & Moxley were defeated by Team Omega & KENTA (and all of their friends) in a crazy falls count anywhere match.

This Week’s Headliner:

The AEW Tag Team Champions, The Young Bucks, are putting their championships on the line against Santana & Ortiz. If the Young Bucks win, they will be the ones to face MJF & Jericho at Revolution, which sounds wildly fine, BUT if Santana & Ortiz win, they will be the ones to face off with their Inner Circle compatriots, which sounds like (more) trouble for the fractured faction.

It’s more interesting if Santana & Ortiz win because the Inner Circle has slowly been dissolving since the induction of MJF. Last week, Sammy Guevara finally had enough and quit the group. This would be sufficient on its own to rock the proverbial boat, but tensions have been high since MJF & Jericho were named THE tag team of the faction. It was kind of a slap in the face to Santana & Ortiz since, you know, they are actually a tag team. If they win tonight, all that sweet, sweet, messy drama gets a spotlight at Revolution.

And that doesn’t even touch on the sweet, sweet, messy drama percolating between the Young Bucks and The Good Brothers.

GIVE US ALL THE DRAMA!!

The Title Scene:

The AEW Women’s Championship Eliminator Tournament continues tonight when Serena Deeb faces off with the first-ever AEW women’s champion Riho. Last week’s bout between Thunder Rosa and Leyla Hirsch had an obvious outcome, but tonight’s match-up could go either way! Serena Deeb has become a crowd favorite and has indeed re-established herself as a threat, but Riho was the first champion for a reason. Winning this match would make her return a triumphant one.

Last week was a busy week for the TNT Champion Darby Allin. He barely eeked out a win against Bad Boy Joey Janela, was attacked by Team Taz, and finally was dragged away in a body bag. A body bag attached to a car. A driving car. Now, normally, that sounds like something Darby would do for laughs, but presumably, it takes some of the fun out of it when you get punched in the face first.

Tonight Sting calls out Taz and his goons, asking the big questions like “Where is my son?” and “Is he ok?” and “Seriously, WTF man?”

The AEW World Champion Kenny Omega and pals won their falls count anywhere match against Lance Archer and Jon Moxley last week. And if you ask me, that deserves a reward —a reward like not having a scheduled match on Dynamite or maybe a reward like messing up Jon Moxley and Lance Archers match for funsies. Golf anyone?

Other Things to Keep an Eye On:

-Jon Moxley teams with Rey Fenix & Lance Archer to take on Eddie Kingston, Butcher & Blade...for some reason. On the one hand, this makes sense because it’s multiple past feud storylines converging. On the other hand, didn’t we just do this? It looks like the Dynamite writers wrote themselves into a pickle when they pushed four different guys into the main title scene at the same time. But as the saying goes, the enemy of the enemy of Eddie Kingston is my friend. Or something like that.

-Hangman Page teams up with Matt Hardy for a match against TH2. How long before Matt realizes he sold his soul to a handsome devil in a cowboy chaps? Also, can I get in on that deal?

-Orange Cassidy will face Luther with newly emancipated Chuck Taylor in his corner. Hmmm...a random match with no stakes? It sounds like the perfect time for Miro and Kip Sabian to enact a little wedding cake-tinged revenge.

-FTR takes on the Sydal brothers and apparently suffer no consequences for KIDNAPPING.


Tune into AEW on TNT at 8 p.m. EST to see how this all plays out!