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The prodigy AEW signed when he was 16 debuts on Dynamite next week

Early last year, Darby Allin returned to his hometown promotion, Seattle’s Defy, to offer then-16 year old Nick Wayne an AEW contract. On Dynamite last night (July 5), we were reminded of the connection between Allin & Wayne in this video:

Later in the show we learned that Wayne will debut next Wednesday (July 12), just days after his 18th birthday. He’ll take on another who’s very familiar with Defy & the Seattle scene — Swerve Strickland.

Swerve confronted Wayne just after Darby handed him his AEW deal, before Strickland had even debuted for Tony Khan’s company. It turns out, the former WWE star announced the third generation wrestler’s debut match back in April at a Defy show:

Excited? Is that because you’re familiar with Nick Wayne and his story, or because AEW’s video gave you enough to connect with the young man & his story?

Let us know in the comments beneath our playlist of highlights from the July 5 edition Dynamite below.

  • Swervin’ to the Semis? Keith Lee & Swerve vs Orange Cassidy & Darby Allin
  • Rock, Paper, Scissors, Blades? The Acclaimed vs Bollywood Boys & The Blade
  • Is Don Callis the change Chris Jericho needs?
  • Gym Bros, Bay Bay?! AEW Champion, MJF, and Adam Cole work out
  • Better than you, BAY BAY! AEW Champion, MJF, & Adam Cole team!
  • Bracket BUSTED? Dr. Britt Baker DMD takes on Ruby Soho in the Quarterfinals
  • Angel in Alberta! Did Wheeler Yuta ruin Kenny Omega’s homecoming?

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

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