An update has come out clarifying why some names were missing from last night’s AEW Dynamite.
We are just four days removed from All Elite Wrestling’s UK debut, where over 81,000 people filed into Wembley Stadium for All In. Though, the company also find themselves three days away from All Out in Chicago, with this week’s TV episodes crucial to putting together the card for their next pay-per-view and providing fans with enough build up for the show.
A key match that has been announced for the September 3 All Out event is Kenny Omega vs Konosuke Takeshita, set up after the Japanese star got a roll-up victory for his team in a win over Omega, Hangman Page and Kota Ibushi at Wembley. Despite a backstage promo from the 28-year-old and his manager Don Callis on last night’s Dynamite, there was no sign of Kenny Omega on the episode.
To provide an update on Omega’s absence from the August 30 Dynamite, as well as why performers such as Swerve Strickland and Saraya missed the show, Dave Meltzer spoke on Wrestling Observer Radio, where he referenced illnesses and restrictions limiting travel as elements that hampered AEW last night.
“They were gonna do stuff to build that up tonight but because of the hurricane, Kenny Omega didn’t make it.
A lot of the Florida people…you know tonight’s show was totally redone at the last minute because Saraya & Swerve were pulled from the show for illness reasons, and I know a bunch of Florida guys, including Omega, because of the hurricane couldn’t get out of Florida to get to Chicago.”-Dave Meltzer
Of course, fans are still looking forward to Omega’s clash with Takeshita this Sunday, as it continues the long-running story between himself and the Don Callis family.
As for Saraya, her illness is an unfortunate occurrence, but this is particularly the case given that the 31-year-old Brit was recently crowned the new AEW Women’s World Champion at Wembley Stadium. It appears as if there will be no defence of the title in Chicago this weekend.
As always, we’ll aim to provide any further updates on the AEW roster and their availability as we hear more.
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