Tonight All Elite Wrestling comes our way from Jacksonville, Florida. Last week, Nakazawa was sacrificed to Jon Moxley & Eddie Kingston by his “friend” Kenny Omega, Cody Rhodes bladed in his match with QT Marshall even though a match literally called Blood & Guts was scheduled for later in the show, Anthony Ogogo satisfyingly punched Cody in the gut, Ethan Page and Scorpio Sky threw Darby Allin down the stairs, Britt Baker made quick work of Julia Hart, SCU earned a tag team title shot, Orange Cassidy dominated a promo with Kenny Omega without saying a word, Miro challenged Darby Allin, and The Pinnacle won Blood & Guts after Jericho took a tumble onto
a crash pad the steel floor.
This Week’s Headliner:
It was exciting when it was announced that IWGP US Champion Jon Moxley would be defending his belt on an episode of Dynamite as it will be the first time ever that an NJPW title will be defended in AEW! It was even more exciting when we learned that he would be defending it against wrestling legend Yuji Nagata.
Tonight we get to see two brutal men battle not only for the championship but for badass supremacy.
Nagata isn’t worried about some “snot-nosed punk” defeating him. He’s got experience on his side, and he doesn’t need any fancy gimmicks to school Moxley. To quote Nagata himself, “In that ring, there is no need for cheap props. In this business, we rely only on our brawn.”
And Jon Moxley? Well, that man is nuts. I don’t think he worries about anything.
It’s going to be a good ole fashioned brawl. Get excited about a real Blood & Guts match!
The Title Scene:
SCU has vowed that if they lose a match that they will disband as a tag team. So far, that has not been a problem for them as they have been sweeping up the w’s in the tag division. Tonight, however, is different. Tonight not only do they take on The Young Bucks, but they also have the opportunity to win the AEW Tag Team Championships. It’s a real make-it-or-break-it night for SCU. I hope they have a clause in their vow for “loss by Good Brother interference.”
Last week Miro was spitting mad and let Tony, Darby, and the world know that he is ready to take his rightful place as a formidable singles competitor in AEW. Tonight he gets that chance when he faces a bruised and battered Darby Allin for the TNT Championship. Unlike some of the other open challenge competitors, Miro feels like a genuine threat. He needs a big win, and earning a belt could be just the thing he needs to boost him to the next level. Plus, Darby and Sting are tangentially involved in a feud with Ethan Page and Scorpio Sky. Losing the belt may give him a chance to focus on that ever-looming threat and to only roll downstairs that HE chooses.
In an unnecessarily convoluted but wildly entertaining booking decision, the next challenger for The AEW World Champion will be decided tonight when Orange Cassidy and PAC face off. On the one hand, PAC has a pretty extensive history with Omega in AEW that the writers could build on to forge a satisfying feud. On the other, Orange Cassidy vs. Kenny Omega for the main title belt would SLAP and slap hard. I mean, Orange Cassidy just stood there while Kenny lost his mind last week, and he stole the show. Imagine what he would do when presented with the opportunity to win the big belt. Sure, he’ll probably lose due to shenanigan’s, but it would be fun!
Hikaru Shida will defend AEW Women’s Championship at Double or Nothing against her challenger Britt Baker, D.M.D. Will there be any actual build-up to this match on the subsequent Dynamite episodes, or will we be treated to a random video package the Wednesday before the PPV and be told that’s enough? Only time will tell.
Other Things to Keep an Eye On:
-Blood & Guts ended in controversy after MJF threw Chris Jericho off the cage and onto a very obvious crash pad. (Seriously, fire that cameraman and whoever decided it wasn’t worth it to paint both sides of the cardboard). Tonight The Pinnacle is “coronated,” which is code for “struts around and gloats a lot.” Dear God, I hope they don’t give MJF a crown.
-In the only advertised women’s spot, Tony Schiavone will interview Jade Cargill. Jade has made it clear that she’s allowing Britt Baker to have the spotlight for the moment but that she is ready to take her place as the actual face of the division. Tonight hopefully, we learn what her next steps are.
Tune into AEW on TNT at 8 p.m. EST to see how this all plays out!