All Elite Wrestling comes our way from Queens in New York City, in front of 18K+ fans at Arthur Ashe Stadium. Last week, Adam Cole won his first match in AEW against Frankie Kazarian. JR dunked on Brian Pillman Jr. so hard that he jumped MJF from behind. Christian creatively called out Adam Cole. Dante Martin continued to shine despite his loss to FTR. Rosario Dawson & Cody Rhodes chased Malakai Black out of the stadium. Chris Jericho responded to American Top Team’s challenge. Jade Cargill destroyed Legit Leyla Hirsh. Taz and Hook ambushed CM Punk at the announcer table. Darby Allin defeated Shawn Spears, but the joke’s on him because Tully Blanchard cleaned off Sting’s face. Kenny Omega said yes to Bryan Danielson, and finally, Suzuki confronted Jon Moxley after his match. The Suzuki Incident would not be ignored!
This Week’s Headliner:
Bryan Danielson’s new motto is “go big or go home,” apparently. Sure, his first match is a non-title match, but his first match is still against the World Champion Kenny Omega! This booking is the best of both worlds. Danielson can win his debut match, but Omega can continue his title reign. That way, if and when Danielson gets a title shot, he can stand to lose because he already won. Because as great as Danielson is, that World Champion belt belongs to one drunk, millennial cowboy.
The Title Scene:
The World Women’s Champion, Dr. Britt Baker D.M.D., will have the fight of her life tonight when she takes on AEW newcomer and Casino Battle Royale winner Ruby Soho. The duo exchanged words so heated on Friday night Rampage that they had the whole audience screaming, “It’s a shoot! It’s a shoot!” Tonight is a big moment for both of them. Britt has to prove that she still is the face of the ever-changing women’s division, and Ruby Soho gets a chance to prove to all the naysayers that she’s worth the hype. It’s unlikely that Britt will drop tonight, but it wouldn’t exactly be a great look if Ruby lost her first big match. What’s that I smell in the air? Oh, it’s shenanigans.
On last week’s Dynamite, The Lucha Bros accepted the challenge to their Tag Team Championships from The Butcher & The Blade. On Rampage, they defeated The Butcher, The Blade, and The Hardy Family Office with a little help from Santana & Ortiz. The future of the tag titles can go one of two ways. The Lucha Bros challenge more members of the HFO in an official capacity, or they reward Santana & Ortiz with a championship match.
The TNT Champion Miro defeated the disrespectful thorn in his side Feugo Del Sol (again), and
stole won his car. Unfortunately, his post-match celebration was cut short by Sammy Guevara. God’s Favorite Wrestler vs. The Spanish God? It’s downright sacrilegious! I love it.
Other things to keep an eye on:
-Cody Rhodes returns to Dynamite to battle it out with Malakai Black. Unknown as to whether or not Rosario Dawson will be in his corner. I just hope they color coordinate. It’s so hard to know who to root for if they don’t spell it out for me in literal black and white.
-CM Punk had his first match in seven years at All Out. This Friday, he’ll have his first televised match in seven years. Tonight he talks about it. Yeah...they are really milking it.
-The Brian Pillman, Jr. push is happening, and MJF is the fall guy.
-Matt Hardy maybe shaves another person’s head tonight.
Tune into AEW on TNT at 8pm ET to see how all this plays out.