AEW Dynamite is back on Wednesday night and will be broadcast from Independence, Mo. Coming off of a strong show last week, this week’s episode will include a match in both the AEW World Title Eliminator Tournament and the TBS Women’s Title Tournament.
Full Gear will be upon us in less than two weeks and the card will start filling out over the next seven to ten days. One of the more intriguing feuds that will come to a head at Full Gear is the program between Darby Allin and MJF.
While the scathing MJF promos and Darby’s ability to be just as mentally tough as he is physically tough can sell this match by itself, we also have the added layer of a discontented Wardlow becoming more and more vocal about how he is treated by his employer, which makes this feud even more intriguing.
We will also see the Inner Circle announce which members of American Top Team will have to compete in the 10-man tag team match alongside the Men of the Year at Full Gear. On one hand, this seems set up for Dan Lambert to be chosen and eventually get a much-deserved beatdown at the hand of the Inner Circle.
However, the quality of the match will suffer if Lambert is involved. So, AEW may choose to just go with the members of ATT that will give the fans the best match.
Also, after suffering an embarrassing loss to the Dark Order last week, with a big assist from Adam Page, Kenny Omega and members of The Elite will no doubt be on the warpath looking to even up the score before Page and Omega lock horns at Full Gear.
While there are only three announced matches for Dynamite thus far, there should be plenty of story progression across the two-hour episode.
Let’s take a look at the three announced matches for AEW Dynamite and what to expect from each of them.
Jon Moxley vs Orange Cassidy
Jon Moxley has been on an absolute, well, rampage lately. After running through young, talented performers Wheeler Yuta and Preston “10” Vance in consecutive weeks, Mox will attempt to do the same to Orange Cassidy. The winner of this match will go on to meet Bryan Danielson at Full Gear in the finals of the World Title Eliminator Tournament.
While Cassidy and Danielson in the same ring together is something we must see in the future, as it absolutely has the potential to be both wrestling and comedic gold, it doesn’t seem destined to happen here.
Mox is on a collision course with Bryan Danielson at Full Gear and Orange Cassidy is merely a speed bump in Mox’s way right now.
The only question is whether or not this will be a competitive match or a squash. The answer to that is: This match needs to be a Moxley squash of Orange Cassidy.
This sets up a showdown between Mox and Danielson that could legitimately go either way, either to be the next challenger to Kenny Omega or the first for Adam Page. Winner: Jon Moxley
Anna Jay vs Jamie Hayter
Anna Jay and Jamie Hayter will meet up to decide who gets the right to advance in the TBS Women’s Title Tournament to face one of the favorites to win the tournament, Thunder Rosa.
A babyface waiting in the second round lends itself to making Jamie Hayter the favorite to win this match. Not only that, but Jamie Hayter is the muscle watching the back of current AEW Women’s World Champion, Britt Baker.
A loss to Anna Jay would make the woman protecting the champ seem weak.
That being said, Anna Jay has more to gain from this matchup. Hayter is kind of stuck in her role right now, and her immediate future isn’t really impacted by this match. If Jay picks up a win here and then can put on a good showing against Thunder Rosa, it could elevate Jay up into the upper half of the women’s division. Winner: Anna Jay
Andrade El Idolo vs Cody Rhodes
Cody Rhodes will face Andrade El Idolo in a matchup brought about by Andrade and Malakai Black aligning themselves together. These two men seem to be heading to Full Gear on opposite sides of a tag team match that will feature Rhodes teaming with PAC and Andrade teaming with Malakai Black.
Even with Cody handing Black his first AEW loss in their third match, Black spun the loss nicely in a vignette following the match, asking, “Did you really think this was about pinning shoulders to a mat?” And with that line, Black’s first AEW loss moved to an afterthought.
This alliance between Black and Andrade is interesting. But time will tell if it is a long-term partnership, or just a “the enemy of my enemy is my friend” arrangement. Either way, this singles match between these two highly skilled wrestlers should be a lot of fun. And more than likely both Pac and Malakai Black will play some role in the decision.
Look for Cody to pick up his second big win in a row, albeit amidst a chorus of boos, heading into a hotly contested match between these four men at Full Gear. Winner: Cody Rhodes