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AEW Dynamite Preview: Stepping Into the Octagon?!

Last week’s episode of Dynamite was much more structured then the week prior, and I felt that led to a much smoother show. There is tons to build off of from last week, and we have yet another packed show for Friday night. We’ll have a big 6-man tag match, Darby Allin has set himself up in a handicap match, a legendary wrestler’s son will make their debut, and we have an MMA rules cage fight.

All that and so much more, and here is where we’ll break it all down.

Eddie Kingston, Penta El Zero Miedo & Frankie Kazarian vs Matt Jackson & the Good Brothers

This is a match that comes directly from the aftermath of last week’s post match brawl. PAC, Penta, and Kingston were victorious last week, but the Bucks jumped the winners as soon as the bell rang. The Good Brothers came down to help with the beatdown, then Frankie Kazarian ran to the ring to even the odds, and to help chase off the Elite, and basically set up the match for tonight.

The story for me in this match, is the relative unfamiliarity that both teams have with their partners. Now Matt Jackson is no stranger to teaming with the Good Brothers, going back to their time in New Japan Pro Wrestling, and now again in AEW, but not having his brother Nick in his corner, will be weird to watch. For the other team, Kingston and Penta have teamed together before, but adding Kaz to that team is certainly unique. This team is the epitome of “the enemy of my enemy is my friend”.

This match can go either way, because the elite won two weeks ago and Kingston’s team won last week. It’ll be interesting to see how AEW play out this storyline, and I think this will be a cheat win by the Elite.

Jake Hager vs Wardlow – MMA Rules Cage Match

So we all know that Jake Hager has a legitimate career in MMA, and currently has a 3-0-0 record. Wardlow also has a background in boxing and Jujutsu, so he’s no stranger to throwing bombs either. These two guys are some of the biggest guys on the AEW roster, and are probably the two most “believable” fighters, but I’m a little worried about how they’re going to pull this off.

Is AEW going to film this like a cinematic match? Or are they going to let these two go out and shoot fight each other? To me, I don’t see either of those two options coming out looking good. I mean AEW have done a great job with all the cinematic matches they’ve had in their short history, but will this match just be too difficult to convince the audience?

I really enjoyed the first match that these two had against each other, so was this MMA rules match really needed? If I had to pick, I’m going with Hager on this one, because he’s got the actual MMA career.

Cody Rhodes & Brock Anderson vs QT Marshall & Aaron Solow

I feel like that feud going on between Cody and QT has gotten some unnecessary bad reactions from the IWC. Maybe QT isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but I think he’s doing a great job playing the role of heel in this story, and both teams have multiple members, so matches can remain fresh, with new wrestlers every time.

However, the focus of this match isn’t on Cody or QT, the focus is on the debuting Brock Anderson. Brock is the son of former Four Horsemen member, and current coach of the Nightmare Family, Arn Anderson. It’s cool to see all these younger guys getting TV time, and Brock is next in line to gain some attention from that exposure. Anderson is only 23 years old so it’ll be interesting to see how far along he is in his development on Friday night. I see Cody and Brock as the winners in this match, with Brock picking up his first pinfall or submission victory.

There is also two other scheduled matches at this time. We have Darby Allin deciding not to choose another partner, and going up against Scorpio Sky and Ethan Page in a 2 on 1 handicap match. Orange Cassidy will be back in action, as he goes one-on-one with Cezar Bononi, and JR will have a sit down interview with AEW’s recent big signing, Andrade El Idolo

All this and so much more can be seen on TNT (TSN in Canada) at a special day and time of Friday at 10PM.

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