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AEW Rewind: Former WWE wrestler makes in-ring debut, Orange Cassidy rap battle, more!

Don’t have time to follow all of AEW’s online content? Don’t worry. We got you covered with the AEW Rewind, which will rewind through social media bits and YouTube videos from the past week to prepare you for Wednesday night Dynamite.

Starting with story beats on Elevation and Dark, Tony Nese made his in-ring debut. The former WWE cruiserweight champion was itching for competition, so he started working his way up the ladder. Fuego del Sol was the first rung. Nese wrestled with agility and arrogance, which allowed Fuego to pick up momentum. Nese was able to counter the tornado DDT into a roll-up, then he picked up Fuego for a powerbomb into the corner. A running knee earned the win to make the hottest free agent 1-0 in AEW.

On the developmental side of WWE, former NXT wrestler Tiger Ruas (Arturo Ruas) requested tougher matches, and he got more than he bargained for against PAC. Ruas’ capoeira movement was neutralized with headlocks. PAC controlled much of the action. He turned it up a notch with a powerbomb, blitz of kicks, a German suplex, then the Brutalizer submission.

Bunny ran in to punch Red Velvet with brass knuckles. Hooray for the continued usage of brass knuckles.

Orange Cassidy brought the chuckles with a rap battle answering Max Caster’s sass for the Boston crowd.

“Road to KC,” was a short one this week to hype Cody Rhodes versus Andrade and the TBS Championship tournament matchup between Anna Jay and Jamie Hayter. Unfortunately, there were no juicy soundbites.

Andrade made up for that with a humorous retort about his match with Cody being on free television.

Darby Allin posted a different angle to his rock concert vignette of attacking fake MJF.

Allin ended up surprising MJF with an appearance on Dynamite. That ambush resulted in Allin hitting Wardlow in the back with his custom thumbtacked skateboard. Wardlow’s wounds showed that those tiny metal spikes are all too real.

Shawn Dean was the guest for the latest episode of A Shot of Brandi (here). They drank tequila with pineapple juice. The dish was chicken and jasmine rice stuffed into a pineapple. Topics of conversation were Dean’s naval career and his backstage roles in AEW.

Being the Elite, Ep. 280 (here) was a Halloween special based on the Netflix series Squid Game. The full, “Elite Game,” show was its own story without the usual skits or stories relevant to AEW. Private Party, Brandon Cutler, Michael Nakazawa, and Lulu Pencil were the contestants. The big reveal was Lulu admitting to sleeping with Nak’s wife. He couldn’t pull the trigger to kill her with a spoon, so she quit instead. At the very end, Omega killed the Young Bucks and Adam Cole.

We’ll close with merch from the AAA tag champs. Super Ranas, out.

FTR will have a chance to defend the AAA gold in an open challenge for luchadores on Dynamite.