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AEW Dynamite Preview (August 18, 2021): Sing if you believe in Jericho!

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All Elite Wrestling comes our way from Houston’s Fertitta Center. Last week, Kenny Omega & The Bucks defeated The Sydal Brothers and Dynamite standout Dante Martin. Unfortunately for Kenny, their celebration was cut short when Christian Cage interrupted and challenged Omega to an Impact title defense on the premiere of Rampage (which worked out pretty well for him!). Darby Allin narrowly defeated “Red Death” Daniel Garcia with Sting running outside interference on 2.0. The Hardy Family Office beat The Best Friends with some casual cheating and a well-placed chair shot. PAC vs. Andrade made it to the All Out card. Kris Statlander defeated former champion Nyla Rose, and the crowd went appropriately wild for Britt Baker. The Good Brothers retained their Impact Tag Team Championships against the loveable losers, The Dark Order. QT Marshall got more underserved screen time, and Chris Jericho defeated Wardlow and the fourth labor despite the many, many obstacles The Pinnacle threw in his way.

This Week’s Headliner:

He did it! Chris Jericho defeated four of MJF’s five labors and will now get to face off with the man himself. But MJF is a tricky, sneaky crook of a man, so naturally, he had a couple of last-minute stipulations up his sleeve. So tonight, when he goes one-on-one (sure) with Jericho, he’ll do so without the threat of Jericho’s two best weapons. Per the stipulation, he will not be able to use his finisher, the Judas Effect, and, perhaps more devastating, he won’t be able to enter to his banger theme song, “Judas.” All in all, it’s a pretty good plan for MJF and one that could possibly throw the veteran off his game. Except.

Except!

Except, there is absolutely no way in hell that we aren’t treated to an arena-wide acapella version of “Judas” from the audience. In fact, this whole plan is about to blow up in MJF’s face when Jericho is even more inspired by the literal voice of the people. It’s really a brilliant move, storyline-wise and positions Jericho as a true man of the people. So if you want to sing along at home, check out the lyrics here!

It’s a wrestling Tinkerbell moment!

The Title Scene:

After his embarrassing defeat on Rampage to Christian Cage, World Champion Kenny Omega was prevented from enacting retribution by Cage’s pals, The Jurassic Express. Tonight Tag Team Champions The Young Bucks defend their titles against the prehistoric duo.

The World Women’s Champion, Britt Baker, made history when she retained her championship in the main event of the first-ever Rampage. But as they say, no rest for the wicked! She may have defeated Red Velvet, but Kris Statlander, fresh off her win against Nyla Rose, has made it clear that not only is she back, but she’s back and wants the championship. This could be the beginning of a great feud that leads into All Out! Hopefully, tonight, we get some follow-up. I expect the champ has a few choice words for her out-of-this-world challenger.

TNT Champion soundly defeated Fuego Del Sol on Rampage, destroying the man’s dreams of an AEW contract. Fortunately for Del Sol, heart gets you everything in AEW, and he got a contract anyway. I wonder how God’s favorite champion feels about his sacrifice being undercut?? My guess is NOT GOOD.

Other things to keep an eye on:

-Sammy Guevara goes head-to-head with Shawn Spears. He also has a “major announcement.” I hope it’s “I never want to wrestle Shawn Spears again.” It could also be, “I’m striking out on my own. Thanks for the memories, Inner Circle, but I have to grow up.” It’s definitely one of those.

- Sting wrestles on TNT for the first time in 20 years alongside his son protégé Darby Allin when they take on 2.0 in a Texas Tornado tag team match. This one is going to be fun!! Get your earplugs ready for a BIG pop from the crowd.


Tune into AEW on TNT at 8pm ET to see how all this plays out.