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Adam Cole’s first AEW feud might be with... Tony Schiavone?

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AEW teased next steps for each of its big recent signings on the Sept. 8 edition of Dynamite. For the first show after All Out, CM Punk started something with Team Taz, Ruby Soho marched toward Dr. Britt Baker, D.M.D. & the Women’s title, Bryan Danielson made it clear he wants to kick Kenny Omega’s head off, and Adam Cole picked a fight with... Tony Schiavone?

Fresh off his beef with QT Marshall, and with his issues with MJF never-ending, the legendary announcer has a new problem on his hands. Cole doesn’t like him being friends with his girl. He issued a warning to Schiavone, then bullied him out of the ring while repeatedly calling him a “nerd”.

Sadly, it’s not included in any of the highlight clips they’re released so far. But trust us, it did happen.

And it pretty much worked. I’ve seen some fans who really like the platonic, face/heel friendship between Tony & Britt worried the implication Schiavone is creeping on the Doctor sullies that. I get that, but to me this is clearly being done to establish Cole as a big old jerk - insecure about his partner spending time with other guys, and even willing to bully a 63 year old man because of it.

Not to mention, Schiavone won’t be doing any moonsaults like the last talking head Cole beefed with, but there is a track record of entertaining things happening when the Panama City Playboy feuds with announcer types.

What there isn’t much of a track record of is how AEW handles shoot couples in kayfabe. The Rhodes are the only example I can think of, and Brandi’s pregnancy put her stories on pause before we got to any mixed tag action [Author’s note: It’s me, the idiot who forgot The Bunny & The Blade, and Penelope Ford & Kip Sabian’s wedding... still Cole & Baker are higher up the card, so I do stand by Cody & Brandi as their closest analogs). It’ll be interesting to see how Baker reacts to her man bullying her friend.

In the meantime, here are the highlights from last night’s show. As is AEW’s model these days, YouTube videos are being doled out slowly. But we’ve compiled what they’ve released as of this morning in this playlist, and tried to catch you up with the rest of the episode via Twitter clips below that.

  • Who Does CM Punk have his Sites Set On Now?
  • Bryan Danielson & the AEW World Champion Come Face to Face - What Happened?
  • Was Moxley able to Shut the Forbidden Door on Minoru Suzuki in his Hometown?

For complete results and the live blog for Dynamite this week click here. To read a complete recap & review of all the night’s events click here.