It’s Wednesday, you know what that means. On the week before Dynamite Grand Slam, fans will find out who will face MJF for the AEW World Title when Samoa Joe faces off against Roderick Strong in the Grand Slam Title Eliminator Final. The women will also be in action in a four-way eliminator featuring Britt Baker, Hikaru Shida, Toni Storm, and Nyla Rose. The winner will face Saraya for the championship next week! Hangman Adam Page and Brian Cage will run it back after two plus years in what is sure to be a hard-hitting affair.
JON MOXLEY (C) DEFEATS BIG BILL (AEW INTERNATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP):
Moxley, over the past few weeks has been pitted against smaller wrestlers like Rey Fenix, AR Fox, and Action Andretti. Big Bill provided a breath of fresh air for Mox in the ring. However, in true Moxley fashion, it didn’t take long for the blood on his face to appear. Moxley fighting from under created an interesting dynamic which made for one of Moxley’s better matches in the past few weeks. After an interference from Ricky Starks, Bryan Danielson entered the fray to even the odds. Moxley ends up submitting Big Bill, but chaos ensues after the match. Moxley, Danielson and Castagnoli fought off Big Bill and Ricky Starks.
RODERICK STRONG BACKSTAGE INTERVIEW:
Renee Paquette asks Roderick Strong about his upcoming match before getting interrupted by Adam Cole. Cole tells Strong that fighting Joe is a bad idea based on their last match. Strong is not having it and vows to beat Joe and then take the AEW title from MJF.
DON CALLIS & KONOSUKE TAKESHITA LIVE PROMO:
Callis and Takeshita made their way to the ring to announce who their next victim will be. Callis announced Takeshita as the “Alpha” and promised to break the heart of Kenny Omega as the duo will not be going after Kota Ibushi. Callis then revealed an extravagant painting of Ibushi on his knees as Takeshita is about to stab him.
BLACKPOOL COMBAT CLUB BACKSTAGE:
The BCC announce that this Saturday on Collision, Danielson and Castagnoli will face Ricky Starks and Big Bill. Jon Moxley will also face the man he took out a few weeks ago, Rey Fenix. Fenix and Penta interrupt the promo and need to be broken up. Eddie Kingston in the background goes face to face with Claudio Castagnoli, the two are also set for a match at Grand Slam next week.
HOOK BACKSTAGE INTERVIEW:
Hook is interrupted backstage by Orange Cassidy who looks to be in a down mood. Cassidy tells Hook that he has nothing to be mad about as he isn’t taped up and also currently holds a championship. Hook responds by telling Cassidy he was a great champion and the two of them fist bump. Cassidy tells Paquette that he’s still very tired.
TONI STORM DEFEATS HIKARU SHIDA, BRITT BAKER & NYLA ROSE:
The match was rushed and didn’t get to hit third gear. After a sequence at the end where Baker could’ve gotten the victory after the stomp, Storm rolled Baker up to steal the victory. Storm will now face Saraya at Grand Slam.
SARAYA BACKSTAGE INTERVIEW:
Saraya tells Paquette that one year ago, Storm was on the top of the world as the Champion and Saraya was the new kid on the block. However, now Saraya is the top woman in the company and Storm has lost her mind.
MJF & ADAM COLE PRETAPED INTERVIEW:
An injured MJF was interviewed backstage by Renee Paquette. MJF called out Roderick Strong but the interview was highlighted by some Steiner match brought to you by the AEW Champion. Big Poppa Pump forever!
HANGMAN ADAM PAGE DEFEATS BRIAN CAGE:
The match started with some back and forth between the two wrestlers. A ‘rana into a 619 was pulled off by Page before Swerve’s entrance music hit for the slight distraction. Page was pulling out all the stops, highlighted by a picture perfect moonsault onto the outside followed up by a flying cross-body for the near fall. The match was very good, Page got the victory after the dead eye with Strickland watching closely from the top of the ramp. After the match Page ran down Swerve on the mic. Swerve proposed that the two fight at the WrestleDream PPV. Cage then attacked Page before the Young Bucks came for the save.
DANIEL GARCIA INTERVIEW:
Garcia was asked for his thoughts on next week’s match between Jericho and Guevara, however Garcia wanted to talk about how he’s gone viral multiple times this month. Callis interrupted the interview and tried to persuade Garcia to join the Don Callis Family. Garcia didn’t want to hear it and instead started doing his iconic dance before walking off. It’ll be interesting to see if Garcia will have any involvement in next weeks match between Jericho and Guevara.
DARBY ALL & NICK WAYNE VS 2.0:
Before the match could really get going, Christian Cage and Luchasarus made their way to the commentary desk. The match wasn’t spectacular, but Allin ended up getting the pinfall victory after the coffin drop. Christian Cage grabbed the mic after the match. Cage antagonized Nick Wayne then proposed that Allin and Sting face off against Christian and Luchasaurus at Arthur Ashe Stadium.
SAMOA JOE DEFEATS RODERICK STRONG:
Joe and Roddy are both world class professional wrestlers. The match was solid, but it felt like both guys were holding back a bit. Joe won the match with the Coquina Clutch, tapping out Strong. Joe grabbed the mic and vowed to end MJF’s reign next week. After the match Adam Cole was making his way to the ring to check on Strong. The Kingdom was attempting to put the neck brace on Strong. When Strong saw Cole coming to the ring, he took a ridiculous bump and began selling his neck. Strong was stretchered out, clearly faking his injury in a hilarious way. When Cole was distracted at the top of the ramp, Joe choked out Cole to end the show.