Coming off a great night of action at AEW Dynamite Grand Slam, the promotion looks to capitalize on that momentum heading into this weekend’s inaugural WrestleDream pay-per-view.
AEW Dynamite is back this Wednesday and will be broadcast live on TBS from Broomfield, Colorado as All Elite Wrestling presents the go-home edition of its flagship program.
The theme of this Wednesday’s episode will surely be to garner excitement for Sunday’s first-ever WrestleDream show, a pay-per-view inspired by NJPW founder, Antonio Inoki.
With only two announced matches so far, this show looks like it is shaping up to be a more dialogue and story-driven episode of AEW Dynamite.
Let’s look at the announced matches and segments for this week’s AEW Dynamite.
Swerve Strickland and “Hangman” Adam Page sign their WrestleDream contract
Ahead of their highly anticipated match at WrestleDream, Swerve Strickland and Adam Page will sign the contract for that matchup on this week’s Dynamite.
This match is a candidate to steal the show on Sunday, but even more important than that, this is a match that Swerve Strickland needs to be booked to win.
Swerve Strickland has had a remarkable year in 2023. The Washington-based product has proven time and time again that he is one of the best performers in the company and is ready for an ascension up the card. His heel persona is firing on all cylinders right now and all he is missing to get to the next level is a signature win over a top-of-the-card babyface.
To that end, this booking could not have landed any better. Adam Page is the perfect opponent to put Swerve Strickland over and hopefully, land Swerve an AEW World Championship program against MJF in the very near future.
If Swerve is going to pick up the win on Sunday versus “Hangman”, he will most likely use this contract signing to weaken his opponent with some underhanded tactics ahead of their showdown at WrestleDream.
Julia Hart vs. Willow Nightingale
Two of the brightest young stars in the women’s division will go one-on-one when Willow Nightingale looks to get revenge on Julia Hart.
This match was supposed to take place on the most recent episode of AEW Collision, but it was announced that Nightingale had to be rushed to the hospital after taking mist to the face from Hart earlier in the day.
Normally, Willow would be the favorite here. However, Hart has a TBS Title match against Kris Statlander at WrestleDream coming up, and there is no shot that she will go into that match coming off a loss.
There will be shenanigans, and Brody King may even get involved, but Hart will find a way to get past Nightingale and head into Sunday with her impressive winning streak still intact. Winner: Julia Hart
MJF and Adam Cole respond to The Righteous
Following their win in the four-way tag team match to determine the number one contenders for the ROH Tag Team Titles, The Righteous have been very vocal about their plans to unseat the team of Adam Cole and MJF.
This week’s AEW Dynamite will give the team known as Better Than You Bay Bay the chance to respond to being called out by these unique challengers.
Pairing The Righteous against two of the most popular stars in AEW is a smart move, as those who do not regularly watch ROH programming probably do not know much about Vincent and Dutch.
On Wednesday, Tony Khan’s mission here is to give the fans something to make The Righteous seem like credible challengers to MJF and Adam Cole, so a face-to-face meeting is very likely.
Orange Cassidy vs. Penta El Zero Miedo vs. Austin Gunn vs. Matt Jackson
In a preview of a four-way tag team match that will take place at WrestleDream, one-half of each team will meet in a four-way match on Dynamite.
The winner here could really be any of the four men involved as there is very little recent story involving these four teams. The point of this match will be to try to create some excitement for the tag match on Sunday, so no matter who wins, the post-match is likely to break down into a brawl including all eight participants involved in Sunday’s match.
The most interesting thing about this match is that Rey Fenix is now the International Champion, a belt that Orange Cassidy really brought into relevance during his run with it. With Jon Moxley having to drop the belt to Fenix due to injury last week, Tony Khan may decide to have Orange Cassidy set his sights on getting that belt back sooner rather than later. And if that is the case, OC should pick up a win in this one. Winner: Orange Cassidy