4. Every single defending champion fails to retain their title
AEW has shown a commitment since its inception to not have championship reigns end lightly. Likely pushing back against the “hot potato” method many criticize WWE for having with their championships at times, AEW has preferred to give every champion the chance to make their mark before passing the torch to the next person in line.
However, we might not see a single champion that’s defending on Saturday successfully retain their title. We haven’t yet seen an AEW pay-per-view where more than one champion failed to defend their title in the same night, and now the cards seem perfectly placed for three big shifts.
Jon Moxley was left in a pool of his own blood at the end of AEW Dynamite, and the stipulation banning the Paradigm Shift along with Wardlow’s ringside presence make MJF winning a very realistic option. As mentioned earlier, the implosion of Kenny Omega and Hangman Page would cost them the titles, and finally reigning NWA World Women’s Champion can shock the world in her pay-per-view debut by dethroning Hikaru Shida.
5. Rusev aka Miro debuts in the Casino Battle Royale
Whether you like it or not, AEW has become a safe haven for underutilized and unappreciated former WWE superstars. Some, like Jon Moxley, have arrived with near-universal praise while others, like Shawn Spears, have barely seen their fortunes improve, and it may be time for yet another big name to arrive this Saturday.
Rusev last appeared on WWE television all the way back in February but was one of many WWE superstars unceremoniously released back in April as the global pandemic continued to rage. Now going by Miro, a shortened version of his real first name Miroslav, he has been open about his frustrations with WWE while remaining thankful for his time there.
The 90-day non-compete clause that WWE often writes into contracts would have expired in July, which means Miro can appear wherever he pleases if the time is right. Entering the Casino Battle Royale as a surprise entrant would be a hell of a way to debut, and simultaneously losing to Eddie Kingston could set up a low-key dream rivalry between the two.