AEW: Dynamite is back this Wednesday and will be broadcast live on TBS from Boston.
This week’s episode of Dynamite involves intriguing matchups and segments that will set up matches for the upcoming Full Gear card.
In addition, the AEW World Title Eliminator Tournament will begin as the eight-man field was announced last week. This should be unpredictable, as there is no main event star power involved, and the fact that almost anyone could come out as the winner should make this one of AEW’s more intriguing tournaments to date.
On the flip side of that, it is nearly impossible to see any of the eight competitors defeating either Jon Moxley or MJF for the AEW World Title when they receive their title shot at Winter is Coming.
Let’s take a look at the announced matches and segments for this week’s AEW Dynamite and what to expect from each.
Eddie Kingston vs. Ethan Page in the AEW World Title Eliminator Tourney Match
On the surface, this seems like Eddie Kingston’s tournament to win. He is the biggest name competing in it and AEW could use this tournament to springboard him back into the upper card scene after some time away from the ring.
However, this needs to be Ethan Page’s time to shine. Page has been vastly underused since his arrival in AEW and this would be a great spot to give him a run. He can do it all; he has a good blend of athleticism and power in the ring and is underrated on the microphone as well.
Page’s involvement with The Firm seemed to be just another way to get Page some screen time without actually featuring him. However, he seems to have stepped into somewhat of a lead role in the faction and his current involvement with Jon Moxley should lead to a match between the two down the line.
Ring the upset bells on this one, as this contest will mark the beginning of Ethan Page’s biggest AEW push to date. Winner: Ethan Page
Britt Baker and Saraya come face to face
During a sit-down interview last week, Renee Paquette asked Saraya about being medically cleared to compete. Saraya said there was “one more doctor” that she wanted to consult; that doctor is undoubtedly Britt Baker.
Expect some physicality between Saraya and Baker on Dynamite this week, as Saraya looks to prove to Baker that she is good to go, culminating with a match between the two at Full Gear.
The Acclaimed & FTR vs. Swerve In Our Glory & Austin and Colten Gunn
Before The Acclaimed and Swerve In Our Glory clash in the rubber match of their entertaining trilogy, the champions will team up with their likely next challengers, FTR, and that will most likely tell the tale of this match.
While Swerve In Our Glory will get the next shot at the AEW Tag Team Titles at Full Gear, FTR also has their sights set on the gold that is currently around The Acclaimed’s waists.
This is a classic type of match that we have seen hundreds of times before in wrestling: The always popular “Can they co-exist?” match. The answer on Wednesday will be no, as the heels get an underhanded win aided by The Acclaimed and FTR not being compatible as a team. Winners: Swerve In Our Glory & Austin and Colten Gunn
Skye Blue vs. Jamie Hayter
One of the fastest-rising stars in AEW over the past couple of months has been Jamie Hayter. You can hear it from the crowd anytime that Hayter’s music hits. This is not surprising as Hayter has a hard-hitting style in the ring that creates exciting matches.
What is surprising, however, is the fact that Hayter has stayed in Britt Baker’s shadow for this long.
At All Out, Hayter came so very close to becoming the interim AEW Women’s World Champion, before Britt Baker cost her the fall and the title, enabling Toni Storm to score the win. But at Full Gear, Hayter will get Storm one-on-one, and AEW has a chance to right a wrong from All Out.
No disrespect to Storm, but for whatever reason, the AEW fans just don’t react to Storm the way they do to Hayter and Tony Khan would be smart to strike while the iron is hot and give Hayter a title run now. Oh yeah, and Hayter will beat Skye Blue on Wednesday. Winner: Jamie Hayter
Bryan Danielson vs Sammy Guevara in a Two Out of Three Falls Match
In what will most likely be the main event of this week’s Dynamite card, Bryan Danielson will take on Sammy Guevara in a two-out-of-three falls match.
These two had a fine singles match a couple of weeks ago on Dynamite, but it’s a little surprising that they would run it back this week, especially since they will both be involved in a Ring of Honor World Title match at Full Gear, also involving Chris Jericho and Claudio Castagnoli.
There is always a shot that Guevara wins due to his affiliation with the Jericho Appreciation Society and that faction’s penchant for cheating. But Bryan Danielson has already done his part for the young up-and-comers by putting over Daniel Garcia recently.
Guevarra will most likely score a fall, but Danielson should head into Full Gear with momentum, creating serious mystery over who might come out of the pay-per-view as the Ring of Honor World Champion. Winner: Bryan Danielson