AEW Dynamite Preview for August 30, 2023
Coming off of the biggest night in All Elite Wrestling history, when over 80,000 fans in Wembley Stadium witnessed ALL IN: LONDON, AEW is right back on the road to pay-per-view! ALL OUT 2023 is this Sunday night, and though a few key bouts are on the books, there is so much to be determined and that begins this Wednesday at the NOW Arena in Hoffman Estates, home of last year's ALL OUT event, as well as so many other key nights in AEW history! We know both the TBS Championship and the TNT Championship will be on the line, we know Miro will collide with Powerhouse Hobbs, and that Kenny Omega will face Konosuke Takeshita, but what else will come to be? Just a few days removed from a vicious Stadium Stampede, Orange Cassidy will defend his AEW International Championship against Penta El Zero Miedo, and to the winner goes the spoils of fighting Jon Moxley on Sunday night!
From the NOW Arena in Hoffman Estates, DYNAMITE comes to the world beginning at 8pm ET/7pm CT LIVE on TBS, as well as at AEWPlus.com for our international fans, so be sure to visit the official AEW YouTube channel to get caught up on highlights from last week's episodes of DYNAMITE, RAMPAGE, and COLLISION, as well as ALL IN: LONDON, plus the newest edition of THE CONTROL CENTER, and more!
AEW INTERNATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH...
Orange Cassidy(c) vs. Penta El Zero Miedo
It's been over two years since the last time these to men clashed in singles competition, but with a championship spot at ALL OUT 2023 on the line, and Orange Cassidy requesting a title match for Wednesday even after what went down at ALL IN: LONDON, “Freshly Squeezed” and Penta El Zero Miedo will meet once again!
Now the sheer fact these two men coexisted as allies for the last several weeks was rather surprising, after all The Death Triangle was essentially born at the expense of The Best Friends, and Cassidy has had his own share of problems with Penta's ally PAC over the years, but in the face of a shared foe, that being The Blackpool Combat Club, several unlikely allies came together at Wembley Stadium. Not only did they come together, but OC, Penta, Eddie Kingston, Chuck Taylor, and Trent Beretta were victorious over Jon Moxley, Wheeler Yuta, Ortiz, Mike Santana, and ROH World Champion Claudio Castagnoli. That win came when Orange drilled Claudio with an Orange Punch, a glass covered Orange Punch it should be noted, but the fight absolutely took a toll on every man involved.
And yet here we are, with two of the men who went through hell on Sunday night, facing each other with not just the AEW International Championship at stake, but also a spot at ALL OUT 2023 hanging in the balance as the winner of this will meet 3-Time AEW World Champion Jon Moxley with the title at stake!
Every man in the Stadium Stampeded experienced their own personal hell at ALL IN: LONDON, but Orange Cassidy's body has been through it ten-fold over the course of his championship reign. He has taken on every challenge, he has requested fights when none were scheduled, and gone beyond just title defenses into Trios Championship challenges, multi-man fights, and all of it has worn the man down. Just look at how Orange collapsed following that pin on Claudio; it's hard not to question if he has anything left for this fight, much less a PPV bout with Jon Moxley provided he survives the wrath of Penta?
And as for the former AEW World Tag Team & World Trios Champion, he would love to score his first singles championship in All Elite Wrestling, and get another shot at Moxley after their Three Way with Trent Beretta at the beginning of August, not to mention their AEW World Championship fight from October of last year. This bout is intriguing enough due to its ramifications for ALL OUT 2023, but add in the question of what condition both men are in after Stadium Stampede, and it gets even more so! Do not take your eyes off this fight Wednesday night because you know Jon Moxley's eyes are going to be locked on it as well!
Last Sunday night in London was a mixed bag for Adam Cole; he and new best friend MJF were successful in capturing the ROH World Tag Team Championship from Aussie Open, but Adam was less so later in the night when failed to defeat that same bro-chacho in their AEW World Championship bout. Despite both Cole and MJF sinking a bit into the depths in their attempts to best the other, their bond managed to survive the battle, and the night actually ended with a hug between the two.
Again...mixed; so how does Cole rebound from the a night that started so high but ended so low? We will find out this Wednesday on DYNAMITE when Adam Cole will be live and in-person to talk about ALL IN: LONDON and what is next!
Straight from 80,000+ at Wembley Stadium for ALL IN: LONDON to the NOW Arena in the Chicago suburbs, DYNAMITE kicks off the home stretch to ALL OUT 2023! With two championship matches already set, plus two huge singles matches, Orange Cassidy will defend his AEW International Championship against Penta El Zero Miedo do see who fights Jon Moxley on Sunday night, and we will see what else falls into place with AEW World Champion & ROH World Tag Team Champion MJF, his championship partner Adam Cole, the brand new AEW Women's World Champion Saraya, and the other men & women who comprise a roster of the best professional wrestlers on the planet today!
DYNAMITE begins at 8pm ET/7pm CT LIVE on TBS, as well as at AEWPlus.com for our international fans, so drop by the official AEW YouTube channel to get caught up on highlights from last week's episodes of DYNAMITE, RAMPAGE, and COLLISION, plus the newest edition of THE CONTROL CENTER, and more!