Titles will change hands on big episode of AEW Dynamite


AEW Dynamite will air on Tuesday this week as they will present a stacked card that the promotion is calling Title Tuesday.

Despite the catchy name, there will only be two titles on the line during the six announced matches on Tuesday night, the AEW Women’s Title and the International Title.  In addition to the two title matches, AEW will treat its fans to a number-one contender match for Christian Cage’s TNT Title and the AEW in-ring debut of Adam Copeland.

Despite its somewhat misleading title, this should be a very exciting episode on AEW’s flagship program that will feature phenomenal in-ring action as well as moving some stories along as we head towards AEW’s final pay-per-view of the year, Full Gear.

Let’s take a look at the announced matches for this week’s AEW Dynamite and what to expect from each.

Rey Fenix vs Jon Moxley for the AEW International Title

Coming off an exciting International Title defense versus Nick Jackson last week, Rey Fenix will look to win the rubber match against the man he defeated for the International Title, Jon Moxley.

It is a pretty well-known fact that Fenix only won the title because Moxley called an audible to the planned finish due to an injury he suffered during their last match at AEW Grand Slam.  So the odds of Fenix’s International Title run continuing past Tuesday are very slim.

It will be very surprising to see any other outcome than Jon Moxley winning the International Title.  Never say never, but a title change seems imminent here.  Winner: Jon Moxley

Powerhouse Hobbs vs Chris Jericho

Don Callis has been a busy man the past couple of weeks.   Not long after adding Sammy Guevara to his family, Callis has also enlisted Powerhouse Hobbs.

Hobbs is no stranger to being part of a faction in AEW.  He was a member of Team Tazz and was also part of the disaster that is the Q-TV team.  AEW is hoping the third time is the charm for Hobbs as part of the Don Callis family.

This match is the toughest to call on the card.  Conventional wisdom says that Hobbs should go over here and stay strong in this relatively new heel faction.  But Chris Jericho does not lose all that often, making predicting the winner of this match awfully tough.

Let’s hope that his induction into the Don Callis family kickstarts the most sustained singles run of Powerhouse Hobbs’ career.  Winner:  Powerhouse Hobbs

Jay White vs “Hangman” Adam Page

Fresh off of coercing himself a shot at the AEW World Title at Full Gear, Jay White will attempt to stay hot when he takes on “Hangman” Adam Page.

This is a tale of wrestlers heading in opposite directions.   White has yet to suffer a singles loss since his arrival in AEW and Page is coming off a loss to Swerve Strickland at WrestleDream.

The outcome of this match can only go one way, with White headlining the next AEW pay-per-view, there is absolutely no reason for him to suffer a loss here.

“Hangman” won’t lose clean, shenanigans by Bullet Club Gold or possibly even Swerve Strickland himself will most likely cost Adam Page this match and he will continue his descent in a directionless spiral while his opponents continue to get opportunities that used to be his.    Winner: Jay White

Swerve Strickland vs Bryan Danielson in a TNT Title number one contender match

In a match to determine the number one contender for Christian Cage’s TNT Title, Bryan Danielson and Swerve Strickland will collide in what most likely will be the match of the night.

Swerve is fresh off of the biggest win of his AEW career, beating Adm Page at WrestleDream, and Danielson has put forth multiple match-of-the-year candidates in 2023.

As much as a continued ascent up the card is deserved for Swerve, it just doesn’t make a lot of sense to put two of the biggest heels in a match for the TNT Title.  However, if booked properly, a loss to Danielson won’t impact Swerve negatively at all.

The smartest way to book this is a “Hangman” Adam Page distraction to get Swerve to take his eye off the ball just long enough for Danielson to secure a rollup win.  Winner: Bryan Danielson

Saraya vs Hikaru Shida for the AEW Women’s World Title

After securing an AEW Women’s Title shot by defeating Ruby Soho, Hikaru Shida will attempt to become the first-ever three-time AEW Women’s Champion when she takes on Saraya.

Saraya had an amazing moment in her home country winning the AEW Women’s Title in a show that needed a marquee moment.  And in a lot of ways, Saraya’s win delivered just that. But Saraya will most likely be a short-term champion as she just does not keep an active in-ring schedule and the women’s division needs more televised matches and a more present champion.

As nice as it would be to see Shida get an extended run as the AEW Women’s Champion with fans in the seats, it just does not feel like this is the spot where Sarya drops it.  However, with Full Gear only six weeks away, it is very possible that we see Mercedes Mone make her AEW debut in the very near future to start the build to the Los Angeles-based pay-per-view.

While Shida versus Mone would be a better in-ring match, Saraya and Mone is the contest that has more name value.  And to get there, Saraya must retain her title here.  Winner: Saraya

Adam Copeland vs Luchasaurus

Adam Copeland has closed the show in every AEW appearance that he has made so far, so there is no reason to believe that he won’t close the show on Tuesday as well.

It will be a very interesting next couple of months to see when Copeland and Christian Cage take us during their time together in AEW.    Eventually, we will get that Copeland and Christian tag team that Copeland longs for, but that is a long way down the road.

Copeland will undoubtedly pick up a victory over Luchasaurus here, and there are near-guaranteed post-match antics that will involve Cage, Nick Wayne, Sting, and Darby Allin.  Dynamite will most likely close on Tuesday with Copeland, Sting, and Darby standing strong as the heels retreat.  Winner: Adam Copeland

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