AEW Dynamite Preview for February 23, 2022
For the first time, All Elite Wrestling comes to Bridgeport, CT (Event Details) and the Webster Bank Arena with a wild Dynamite event Wednesday night! With Revolution 2022 just over a week away, the hostilities are continuing to grow as we witnessed on Rampage last Friday night. Jay White toppled Trent Beretta, Serena Deeb continued to assert her dominance in the Women's Division, Powerhouse Hobbs qualified for the Face Of The Revolution Ladder Match, and Jade Cargill looked for her next challenger.
Well on Dynamite, Cargill will face that challenge from The Bunny, while Chris Jericho goes face-to-face with an Eddie Kingston who is in no mood to exchange words. Plus one team aims to qualify for the Three Way World Tag Team Title match at Revolution 2022 as Death Triangle aims for vengeance against The House Of Black, and the rest of the AEW locker room looks to March 6th with Page/Cole, Baker/Rosa, and Punk/MJF in a Dog Collar Match already set for the pay-per-view extravaganza!
It's all going down in Bridgeport this Wednesday night LIVE on TBS when Dynamite starts at 8pm EST/7pm CST, or at AEWPlus.com for the international audience.
Now go get yourselves ready for the action by visiting the official YouTube channel for new episodes of Dark: Elevation, AEW Dark, Road To, and The Control Center!
TBS CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH...
Jade Cargill(c) vs. The Bunny
The TBS Title Open Challenge continues and this time it is one of the most unpredictable women on the AEW roster who has stepped up to the challenge! The Bunny has demonstrated time and again, be it in singles competition, alongside Penelope Ford, or supporting her AHFO allies, that she is willing to do anything to pull out the victory. Given that this is The Bunny's first championship opportunity in All Elite Wrestling, wild considering her AEW tenure, it seems even more likely she will pull out all the stops to best “That Bitch”!
As for Jade, she is rolling into this fight with an undefeated 27-0 record, and three successful TBS Title defenses under her belt over Anna Jay, Julia Hart, and A.Q.A two weeks ago. Jade's confidence is at an all-time high, continuing to grow with each successive victory, but even the greatest athletes of all-time eventually taste the bitterness of defeat.
Will this Wednesday night on TBS be the night Jade finally takes her first “L”, or will it be The Bunny who ends up disappointed in her first AEW championships match? The numbers game, should the AHFO show out for this title fight, is absolutely in Bunny's corner. Jade has Smart Mark Sterling while Bunny has Blade, Butcher, Private Party, etc, all at her back should they be deployed by the two heads of the AHFO. It's a huge opportunity for Bunny, the biggest of her AEW career, but Jade made her way to the TBS Title by spoiling the opportunities of women like Red Velvet, Thunder Rosa, and Ruby Soho. Will The Bunny's name be added to that list?
TAG TEAM BATTLE ROYALE...
2point0 (Jeff Parker/Matt Lee) vs. The Dark Order (Alex Reynolds/John Silver) vs. Private Party (Isiah Kassidy/Marq Quen) vs. Gunn Club (Austin/Colten) vs. Best Friends (Chuck Taylor/Trent Beretta) vs. The Young Bucks (Matt & Nick Jackson) vs. The Butcher & The Blade vs. Santana & Ortiz vs. FTR (Cash Wheeler/Dax Harwood) vs. reDRagon (Bobby Fish/Kyle O'Reilly)
***WINNER ADVANCES TO REVOLUTION 2022 TITLE MATCH***
Dynamite, February 19, 2020: The Young Bucks...
Dynamite, February 3, 2021: Chris Jericho & MJF...
What do both of those teams and those dates have in common? Those are the dates and the teams who previously earned World Tag Team Title bids for the first two Revolution pay-per-view events. The Young Bucks would win that Battle Royal prior to unsuccessfully challenging Adam Page and Kenny Omega in 2020, Jericho and Max would win that Battle Royal to secure their 2021 bid against The Young Bucks, but would also prove unsuccessful just as Matt and Nick did the year prior.
It is now 2022, Revolution is just around the corner, and once more a Battle Royal will take place for one tag team to earn a shot at the World Tag Team Titles now held by Jungle Boy and Luchasaurus. But there is a wrinkle in the championship picture this year; not only will the winner of this contest be part of the title fight, but so will the winner of March 2nd's Casino Battle Royale on Dynamite!
That means Jungle Boy and Luchasaurus will have to face two challengers on March 6th in a Three Way Match, the first time since Full Gear 2019 when SCU successfully retained over Private Party and The Lucha Brothers! So who will be the first team to qualify for this title bid? Will The Young Bucks be part of the Revolution title picture for the third year in a row? Will reDRagon step up to show the world why they have been one of the most feared teams in pro wrestling over the last decade? Will FTR come to reclaim the titles they lost to the Lucha Bros? Can Blade and Butcher bring glory to the AHFO? There are so many possibilities here, but also the question if this is the only chance the men in this match will have to qualify? Will the eliminated teams get a second chance on March 2nd or is this the lone opportunity for the men involved this Wednesday night? Some may, some may not, there is no guarantee any team will get a second chance, so they all need make the most of this Wednesday night on TBS!
TAG TEAM GRUDGE MATCH...
The House Of Black (Brody King/Malakai Black) vs. Death Triangle (PAC & Penta El Zero Miedo)
And speaking of tag team wrestling, this rematch from the 2/2/22 Dynamite will likely be a violent affair. Two weeks ago Malakai spit that black ichor into the face of Penta El Zero Miedo before he and Brody King delivered Penta to Dante's Inferno to score the win. It was another moment in which The House of Black found a way to hurt Death Triangle, but they may have inadvertently unleashed a darker side of Penta El Zero Miedo if the video embedded above is any indication. Despite the loss Death Triangle endured two weeks ago, there was clearly something unleashed within PAC after his experience with the black mist, and now it appears Penta is experiencing something transformative as well.
Well there seems to be something else brewing with The HoB if the above tweet is any indication. Malakai and Brody are waiting for something; was it history that Black said as he lay down that last shadowed Tarot card? Was that a person who stepped out of the shadows behind Malakai? Whatever the situation is within The House, the violence will be upon them once again come Wednesday night when Death Triangle stands across the ring. What will be the situation that unfolds on TBS when these four warriors collide once more? Tune in to Dynamite this Wednesday night to see if The House rises or if vengeance will be The Triangles!
This has been coming to a head for quite some time now, but the tag match pitting Inner Circle versus Inner Circle last week was the last straw. Although Eddie came up on the apron, he did not physically get involved in the tag team battle, but that didn't stop Jericho from dropkicking “The Mad King” down to the floor.
And although it was 100% Ortiz and Santana who defeated The Inner Circle leader on their own merit, it was Kingston that Jericho went after as soon the match ended. Watch the footage; Kingston may have spent several weeks expressing his opinion about Jericho and his effect on the careers of Santana and Ortiz, but it was the former AEW World Champion who got physical with Kingston. Even though the referee corps were immediately on the spot to separate the two men, it felt like Eddie was still holding back from just throwing down with “Le Champion”.
There isn't going to be any holding back come Dynamite, in fact, based on Eddie's tweets it doesn't seem like there will be much talking at all:
What will be the final outcome of this face-to-face? Will it be violence or civility that reigns?
AEW debuts in Bridgeport, CT (Event Details) at the Webster Bank Arena this Wednesday night with a tremendous Dynamite card! Revolution 2022 is just over a week away, the line-up is already stacked, and the fight is on for the remaining spots on the pay-per-view event! This week on Dynamite one team will qualify for the World Tag Team Title match on March 6th, a new TBS Champ may be crowned, and one can only imagine what will happen when Kingston and Jericho go face-to-face! The action kicks off on TBS starting at 8pm EST/7pm CST, as well as on AEWPlus.com for our international audience!
And don't forget, the fighting starts Monday at the official AEW YouTube channel with the latest AEW Dark: Elevation episode and continues with AEW Dark, Road To, and the latest Control Center editions to get you prepared for Dynamite!