AEW Dynamite Predictions: MJF will take his place in the main event picture

MJF kisses his pinky ring (photo courtesy of AEW)
MJF kisses his pinky ring (photo courtesy of AEW) /

AEW Dynamite is back this Wednesday and will be broadcast live on TBS from Cleveland, Ohio.  This week’s episode is stacked with some exciting pay-per-view level matches and should be very strong in terms of in-ring action.

This episode of AEW’s flagship program will feature a highly anticipated AEW Title unification match, a Trios Title tournament match, a father-son grudge match, and, in what should be the match of the night, a one-on-one contest between Dax Harwood and Jay Lethal.  And if that isn’t enough, Britt Baker will return to action as well as she takes on Kilynn King.

With All Out less than two weeks away, this will be a pivotal show in further cementing the matches that we will see at the pay-per-view on September 4th.

Let’s take a look at the announced match card and what to expect from each on this week’s episode of AEW Dynamite.

Death Triangle vs Will Ospreay & Aussie Open

The AEW Trios Title tournament will march on this week when Death Triangle faces Will Ospreay and Aussie Open.

This should be a very fun match as the highly talented NJPW trio will make another appearance on AEW television.

The fact that Ospreay and Aussie Open are involved in this tournament is a bit of a surprise given some of the AEW trios teams that were left out.  Unless there is going to be more to this story than just a trios match.

Death Triangle will advance here as it makes little sense for the contracted AEW talent to lose to talent from NJPW on AEW television.  After one of the members of Aussie Open takes the pinfall an incensed Will Ospreay will get on the microphone and challenge Pac for the All Atlantic Title at All Out.  Winner: Death Triangle

Dax Harwood vs Jay Lethal

Two of the best in-ring performers doing it today will meet in what should be a fantastic match when Dax Harwood takes on Jay Lethal.

Dax Harwood has built a serious case to be considered the front runner for wrestler of the year in 2022.  His in-ring work has been fantastic, both in singles and tag team matches and it is getting to the point that whenever Harwood is involved in a match expectations around match quality skyrocket.

And Wednesday’s match between Harwood and Jay Lethal will be no different.

As good as Harwood has been in singles matches, he has fallen short in the majority of them and that needs to be the outcome here as well.  FTR’s bread and butter are tag team matches, Lethal’s is singles matches.  So an underhanded win due to interference from either Sonjay Dutt or Satnam Singh keeps Lethal looking great and sets up some intrigue for their upcoming trios match involving Wardlow at All Out.  Winner: Jay Lethal

Billy Gunn vs Colten Gunn

The curious case of the Gunn family will continue this week when Billy Gunn faces his son, Colten Gunn.

The Gunn boys, Austin and Colten are natural heels at this point in their young careers.  So the split with the Acclaimed, who was garnering all sorts of popularity, made perfect sense.  But the split with their father does not.

As a heel team, the Gunn Club could really use a numbers advantage in their feud with the Acclaimed, and by turning on their father they have given this all-important advantage up.  Not only that, but one could argue that at this point in their careers Billy is getting bigger crowd reactions than his sons.

Unless this is a ruse to get the Acclaimed to let their guard down, it doesn’t make a lot of sense.  But another thing that would make no sense is Billy going over on one of his sons, given the stage that each is at in their careers.  Look for the Gunn boys to get one over on their pops, setting up a possible match with the Acclaimed on the All Out buy-in.  Winner: Colten Gunn

Britt Baker vs Kilynn King

Everyone’s favorite dentist will be back in action this week on Dynamite when Britt Baker takes on Kilynn King.

This match should not be ultra-competitive.  King will get some offense in, but Baker should close this match out in short order.

Even though Toni Storm vs Thunder Rosa has been announced for the All Out pay-per-view, something just feels like Britt Baker is going to worm her way into the match as well.  It will be interesting to see just how she does that, but it will start with a win over Kilynn King.  Winner: Britt Baker

Jon Moxley vs CM Punk in an undisputed AEW World Title unification match

The Dynamite main event will unquestionably be the AEW World Title unification bout between interim champion, Jon Moxley, and current champion, CM Punk.

This was a surefire pick for the main event at All Out until Tony Khan threw AEW fans a curveball and announced this matchup for this week’s Dynamite show.

At the end of the day, this is still the match we will most likely get at All Out.

The situation regarding this match, CM Punk’s reported real-life heat that could be worked into a storyline, with “Hangman” Adam Page, and the imminent return of MJF makes the possible finish of this main event highly unpredictable.

Even though it would not be a fan-friendly decision, and even though they rarely do them, this is the perfect spot for some sort of non-decisive finish, such as a disqualification due to outside interference.

With the recent returns of Kenny Omega, CM Punk, and Bryan Danielson, AEW is just missing one more big name before all their major players are back in the fold, and that player, of course, is MJF.

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An MJF appearance at the end of Dynamite would leave the wrestling world talking about one thing, AEW, and what is next for MJF.  As we head into the fall season and the importance of television ratings gets amplified, Tony Khan would be smart to put aside any animosity that is still existing between himself and his star heel, and get MJF back on AEW television.  MJF equals ratings and views.  And that is exactly what AEW should be seeking heading into All Out, which will be highlighted by a Punk-Moxley rematch in a steel cage.  Winner: Fans of MJF and AEW’s television ratings for the weeks to come