After yet another jam packed episode of Dynamite, multiple new angles were created, and the one that’ll get the most attention will definitely be the huge 6-man tag match that has former best friends facing off. Boxing LEGEND makes his return to AEW. We’ll also see a women’s singles match that could decide who will face the champ Hikaru Shida next… and speaking of champions, Darby Allin’s TNT championship will be on the line.
All that and much more — Here is where we’ll break it all down.
Kenny Omega & the Good Brothers vs Jon Moxley & the Young Bucks
This match came about from a post match angle from last week’s Dynamite, where Jon Moxley came to the ring to confront Kenny Omega and the Good Brothers after their match and in a surprising turn of events, the Young Bucks were there to have Moxley’s back.
The tension between the Bucks and Omega has been building for some time now, after what looked like a version of the Bullet Club reunion in AEW when Gallows and Anderson debuted. However, in the last couple of weeks, Matt and Nick Jackson have disagreed with the decisions that Don Callis and Kenny Omega have been making leading to them being on opposite sides for tonights encounter.
The Bucks have also had their issues with the Good Brothers, with Gallows and Anderson being the reason the Bucks lost the tag team battle royal a few months ago, and there have been talks that an inter-promotional match could be set for the AEW tag team titles somewhere in the future.
It’s also safe to say that Kenny Omega and Jon Moxley have some history together as well, and the story has been told so well that everything they do seems new and fresh, even though they’ve been technically feuding for close to two years (since Mox’s debut at Double or Nothing 2019). The latest chapter between the two had Omega trying to crush Moxley’s neck with a steal chair before the Bucks made the save.
There are tons of stories in this match that are all intertwining with one another and on top of that, all six of these wrestlers can really go. In my opinion, Matt Jackson and Kenny Omega are two of the best storytellers in the business, and I expect these two really grab at all the viewers emotions. AEW have really made the most of their 6-man tag matches, which makes the singles matches feel way more important.
Tay Conti vs the Bunny
Tay Conti is on arguably the best run of her career in professional wrestling right now that has lead to her being ranked #1 in the women’s division. She has been on quite the tear recently and even scored a huge win over Nyla Rose a couple of weeks ago that has the roster taking her very seriously right now. The only slip up on here resume in the last month was in last weeks tag match, where the Bunny took advantage of a Vickie Guerrero distraction and hit Conti with a Singapore cane and then nailed the rabbit hole for the win.
The Bunny has been mostly used as a manager for 2020 and since she and the Butcher & the Blade joined the Matt Hardy empire, she’s been put back in the ring. I think that the Bunny is a good manager, but it was a shame she wasn’t getting more in-ring time, so this is a welcomed change in my view.
Having said that, I’m happy that the Bunny is back wrestling, but I do hope that Conti can get even and pull out a win tonight. Conti is one of the most improved wrestlers in 2020, and I’m happy that AEW are giving her a serious push. If the winner of this match does get a shot at the champ, I think Tay Conti would more deserving of that shot then the Bunny.
Darby Allin (C) vs J.D Drake
Darby Allin came out on Dynamite a few weeks ago and let it be known that he wasn’t happy with how little he was defending the TNT championship, and fair enough to him is following through and defending the belt on a more frequent basis. After defeating Cody Rhodes to become the champion, Allin has made four title defences since then. The first two were against Brian Cage and Joey Janela were almost a full month apart (because of Darby being tangled up in the Sting/ Team Taz story), but the last two defences were from back-to-back tv tapings were Allin was victorious against Scorpio Sky and John Silver. Up next for Darby will be another tough test in indy veteran J.D Drake.
For those of you who have never seen J.D before, picture what a heel character would look like in the 70’s and 80’s. He’s a big, burly dude who wrestlers in plain black trunks and is a no-nonsense type of wrestler. Drake doesn’t have the best win-loss record in AEW, but he had a few entertaining, hard hitting matches (check the Eddie Kingston match) that has gained him some new fans.
J.D Drake has only won one of his last five matches in AEW and I don’t think this will be the match to turn this streak around. Drake will definitely have the size advantage over the champ like in most cases, but expect Darby Allin to outlast the challenger and earn his 5th title defence.
Last week we saw the return of the Inner Circle as they beat down the Pinnacle in a crazy brawl. Tonight we’ll here from “Le Champion” Chris Jericho, it’ll be the first time we hear from the Inner Circle since the debut of the Pinnacle. We have also have a big tag match between Jurassic Express and Bear Country. Max Caster has defeated 3 Dark Order members in a row, and now had his request granted to get a one-on-one match with Hangman Adam Page. And it was revealed late Tuesday afternoon that Mike Tyson will be making his return to AEW tonight and Tony Khan has said that Tyson’s return will be a “Big Deal”!
All this and so much more can be seen on TNT (or TSN in Canada) at 8PM EST.
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