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AEW Dynamite Preview: Grand Slam at Arthur Ashe!

Tonight is set to be one of the biggest shows that AEW have ever done. With an expected attendance to be over 18,000 fans, AEW has prepared one of the highest profile match cards I ever seen for free TV. We already have six segments announced for tonight’s show, and all of them are huge. The women’s championship will be on the line, Cody Rhodes is returning to face the man who’s been tormenting the Nightmare Family, Sting will be in action, and we get a dream match that everyone is excited for!

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

Kenny Omega (C) vs Bryan Danielson – Non-Title Match

In what can only be considered fantasy booking years, Bryan Danielson vs Kenny Omega looked like it would never happen again. These two have squared off before, but they were much younger and less experienced. Since then, both of these wrestlers have risen to the top of the wrestling world, taking to two very different paths to get there. Bryan Danielson forced his way to the top in WWE, and is a multiple WWE champion, while Kenny Omega took over Japan, winning the IWGP Heavyweight championship, and was have putting together 5+ star matches for fun. Tonight these two write the next chapter in their history.

All Out was a night that was full of memorable moments, and arguably the biggest was the arrival of Bryan Danielson. He was quick to make an impact, as he targeted the AEW champion right away. He called out Omega on last week’s Dynamite, and even though Don Callis was adamantly against it, Kenny Omega accepted the challenge. 

A special note for this, is that this is a non-title match. It’s important because AEW tell us that wins and losses matter, so it wouldn’t make sense with the AEW ranking system if Danielson got a shot at the title right away. So the fact that Danielson noted that “one day it’ll be about the championship”, this time it’s just to see who is better. 

This should be a fantastic match, and I don’t think anyone is expecting anything less. The bar is set so high for these guys, but if two guys can live up to the hype, it’s Kenny Omega and Bryan Danielson. This match is easily big enough to be a PPV main event, but somehow we’re getting it for free. I think this will just be a teaser for something much bigger, and I’m predicting a time-limit draw.

Britt Baker (C) vs Ruby Soho – Women’s Title Match

We were just talking about not getting a shot at a champion as soon as you make your debut in AEW, but thankfully for Ruby Soho, there are ways around this that still make sense. Ruby Soho made her debut as the joker in the women’s Casino Battle Royale, and won the whole thing to instantly put her as number one contender. So even though she’s only racked up two wins so far, winning the Battle Royale was the loop hole to jump to the front of the line. 

Standing in Ruby’s way of becoming the new women’s champion, is Britt Baker. Baker has really cemented her place in AEW when she became the champion by defeating Hikaru Shida. The face of the women’s division has just continued on with her momentum, and was successful in defending her title at All Out against Kris Statlander, and now facing maybe her biggest test to date.

I think that these two women are the most over of the entire division, and it makes sense to have this match right away. It’s a big event that will be seen by a lot of eyes, so it’s a good call to have your two most popular wrestlers in the division competing for the title. I think Britt retains here, probably with some form of interference.

Malakai Black vs Cody Rhodes

Since his debut Malakai Black has be going through members of the Nightmare Family one-by-one. Black took out both Arn Anderson and Cody Rhodes on night one, then easily dispatched Rhodes in under 5 minutes a couple weeks later. Rhodes was looking like he was going to retire before Black came back in the ring and continued the beatdown. While Malakai has remained dominant, Cody had been away until last week, where Rhodes return and brawled with Black throughout the arena.

Cody will now get his shot at redemption as he gets another match, one-on-one with Malakai Black. I think this is an interesting match up that could go either way. I personally think the right move would be to have Malakai Black win this, as there is no direction for Cody to go from here, and Black can keep the momentum going. I think that if Cody is sticking around, or if he’s leaving again, will play a big role in who the winner is.

That’s just the half of it as well, for this super stacked card. Sting and Darby Allin will take on FTR, and MJF faces Brian Pillman Jr. We’ll also have an interview with CM Punk. With so much going on, tonight’s Dynamite is going to be one for the ages.

All this and so much more can be seen on TNT (TSN in Canada) every Wednesday night at 8PM EST.

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