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AEW Dynamite Preview for January 17, 2024



After a loaded week of AEW action featuring FOUR massive events, the week begins anew with AEW's flagship program returning to South Carolia! This Wednesday night DYNAMITE will emanate from North Charleston for the very first time, featuring three championship matches, including Samoa Joe's first AEW World Title defense, Christian Cage's first TNT Championship defense of his second reign, and a huge ROH World Six-Man Championship fight! Plus Deonna Purrazzo makes her return to DYNAMITE when she faces Anna Jay one-on-one, and so much more on tap!



AEW DYNAMITE begins at 8pm ET/7pm CT live on TBS, as well as at AEWPlus.com for international fans, just make a point to drop by the official AEW YouTube channel, as well as AEW's assorted social media platforms, for highlights from last week's episodes of DYNAMITE, RAMPAGE, COLLISION, and BATTLE OF THE BELTS IX, as well as the newest CONTROL CENTER, and more!  Then we head to St. Louis and the Chaifetz Center for an all-new COLLISION on the road to REVOLUTION 2024!


AEW WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH...

Samoa Joe(c) vs. FTW Champion HOOK



When Samoa Joe fought his first professional match, HOOK was less than one year old, and when the current AEW World Champion first began his historic 645-day reign as ROH World Championship on March 22, 2003, HOOK was almost four years old. When “The Cold-Hearted Handsome Devil” had his first professional match, Joe had just began his twenty-second year in the sport, and yet despite those differences, in spite of his massive experience disadvantage, HOOK put himself out there as Samoa Joe's first World Title challenger! 


HOOK may be a young man, just twenty-four years old, but he's not a stupid one. He's a man well aware of the advantages Joe has over him, very cognizant of the fact he's coming into this bout as a massive underdog, but he's also a man very confident in his own abilities. It isn't luck that led HOOK to a twenty-five match singles win streak or his thirty-four consecutive wins overall, or brought him the FTW Championship two times over. It was hard work that brought him there, that put him behind only Orange Cassidy on that list of singles win streaks, and tied with Jon Moxley. It was that hard work that earned him the respect of the fans, and causes them to rise to their feet with the opening beats of “The Chairman's Intent”. HOOK knows that he's worked his tail off to get to this point, but it's Samoa Joe he's got standing across the ring from him on Wednesday night, and it's going to take something extra to overcome that mountain. Perhaps that extra comes from the knowledge his father Taz holds from being rather close to Joe years earlier in their careers...



That knowledge isn't experience though, that isn't coming from someone who was in the ring with Samoa Joe and felt what it's like to have him staring at you as you walk to the ring, or to have those roles reversed and be the one watching him heading your way. At no point was Taz an opponent of Joe's, but that doesn't mean he didn't learn a few things about how the man ticks during his time with the AEW World Champion, knowledge he may have passed on to his son heading towards this showdown.


But once that bell rings, that knowledge has to be applied, application requires room to breathe, and Samoa Joe isn't likely to let HOOK do that for very long. He will either look to end this quickly, or be the animal that plays with his food before devouring it, hoping men like Swerve Strickland and Hangman Page are watching to see the fate the AEW World Champion has in store for all who step to his title. Those are the moments HOOK needs to look for, the openings Joe might accidentally give, the spaces between that provide a moment to turn the tide; that is where HOOK will thrive, that is where he will find his successes. Create space, be relentless, and perhaps look for a roll-up victory given that Joe has proven susceptible to those throughout his career. HOOK may be an underdog, he may be the only one who believes he can pull this off, but self-belief goes a long way towards actualization, and given his track record of success in AEW to date, there is certainly a possibility we could be hearing the words “AND NEW AEW WORLD CHAMPION...” at the end of this contest!


TNT CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH...

“The Patriarch” Christian Cage(c) vs. “The Natural” Dustin Rhodes



TNT Champion Christian Cage sure knows how to make enemies, in fact all it takes to be labeled his enemy is to have any association with Adam Copeland, and “The Natural” Dustin Rhodes joined that field simply by teaming up with Copeland during DYNAMITE: HOMECOMING 2024. Now Rhodes wasn't the only one at Adam's side, Orange Cassidy and Preston Vance were there too, but Dustin is the only one singled out by Christian, and perhaps that's because he's the one without allies by his side. Dustin doesn't have Best Friends, Danhausen, and HOOK like “Freshly Squeezed” nor La Faccion Ingobernable like “Perro Pelligroso”, he stands alone that majority of the time, and that can't be a coincidence for why Christian Cage chose to single him out.


But this numbers game the TNT Champion plays, the intimidation factor of Killswitch at his side, it obviously doesn't faze “The Natural”, after all with 35 years spent lacing up his boots, there's very little Dustin hasn't experienced. He's been the victim of that numbers game countless times, he's been up and he's been down, experienced life as both champion and challenger, and still comes back to the fight every day. Still, there are some things he hasn't accomplished during his illustrious career and one of those is the acquisition of the TNT Championship. Dustin was part of the inaugural tournament back in 2020, defeating Kip Sabian in the opening round before falling to Lance Archer in the next, and he unsuccessfully challenged Mr. Brodie Lee on the September 9, 2020 edition of DYNAMITE. Dustin also tried to fill the role of Interim TNT Champion when he fought Sammy Guevara on the very first BATTLE OF THE BELTS, but the title eluded him that evening as well. 


So now the possibility of finally acquiring AEW gold is upon Dustin once more as he faces Christian Cage this Wednesday night in South Carolina! One of the biggest wins in Rhodes' career took place in this very venue twenty-seven years ago, can he add another one to his North Charleston record with this TNT Championship fight on DYNAMITE?


ROH WORLD SIX-MAN CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH...

The Mogul Embassy (Bishop Kaun, Brian Cage, & Toa Liona)(c) vs.

BULLET CLUB GOLD (Austin Gunn, Colten Gunn, & Jay White)



On the heels of defeating The Righteous and “The Murderhawk Monster” Lance Archer to retain the ROH World Six-Man Titles, Prince Nana actually stepped up to the plate and made the challenge himself for BULLET CLUB GOLD to fight The Mogul Embassy this Wednesday night on DYNAMITE! It wasn't The Bang Bang Gang chasing after them, although they've definitely voiced those intentions, but the champions taking the first shot rather than potential challengers. 



“Switchblade” Jay White and The Gunns had no problem accepting the challenge, nor any qualms about mocking their opponents this week in South Carolina. While that may not be the smartest move, mockery is something in which The Bang Bang Gang is well versed, and frequently uses to play with their opponents before the big fight. These three members of BC GOLD have had a few weeks to rest up, something sorely needed by Jay White after his tour of duty in the Continental Classic, and are ready to bring some gold to their little clique, but to do that, they'll have to survive three of the biggest, baddest monsters in All Elite Wrestling or Ring of Honor, as well as one of the craftiest managers pro wrestling has seen in the last twenty years!


THE BOYS ARE BACK HOME!



At the close of the night last Wednesday in Jacksonville, Tony Schiavone posited the question to Sting of just who he would face at REVOLUTION 2024 in his final professional wrestling match. Before “The Icon” could even take a breath, the all-too familiar music of The Young Bucks kicked in, and out walked the former 2-Time AEW World Tag Team Champions. Matt and Nick Jackson had been absent from AEW programming since losing their guaranteed World Tag Team Championship opportunity to Kenny Omega and Chris Jericho at FULL GEAR 2023. Brandon Cutler, often disparagingly referred to as their stooge, even tweeted to respect their privacy as they took time away. Then again, perhaps disparagingly isn't appropriate because Cutler also tweeted that high-fives and hugs erupted upon their return to AEW last week...


Anyway, given the timing of their return, it is quite evident that The Young Bucks are propping themselves up as the REVOLUTION 2024 opponents for Sting and Darby Allin, aiming to be the ones who put “The Icon” out to pasture with a devastating loss rather than triumphant victory. Well this Wednesday night on DYNAMITE we will hear directly from the brothers Jackson about their intentions with that interruption. It's the first time Matt and Nick have been on AEW programming in two months, so they've likely got plenty to say!


ONE-ON-ONE...

“The Virtuosa” Deonna Purrazzo vs. Anna Jay

***AEW WOMEN'S WORLD CHAMPION TONI STORM ON COMMENTARY***



Last Saturday night two of AEW's women had huge nights, but only one was successful! Deonna Purrazzo made her debut on COLLISION, defeating a very game Red Velvet, and sending a clear message to AEW Women's World Champion Toni Storm about why “The Virtuosa” came to All Elite Wrestling; the title is what's on her mind, and Purrazzo doesn't intend to let anyone stop her from acquiring that championship!


Anna Jay, however, was less successful with her Saturday night fight as she came up short in a TBS Championship challenge opposite The House of Black's Julia Hart. It was a very close call, alas not one that went Anna's way, but that doesn't mean she's done striving for her first championship success! That's why this Wednesday night, Anna Jay is getting right back into the fight and welcoming “The Virtuosa” back to DYNAMITE competition, her first since fighting Mercedes Martinez in May 2022, while the eyes of “Timeless” Toni Storm watch from commentary! 


As the AEW Women's World Champion gives her unique perspective on this contest, will she also watch as her next challenger ascends to the top?



TAG TEAM CHALLENGE...


Due to Marq Quen suffering an injury, Private Party has not had a tag team match since a December 2, 2022 loss to Jay Lethal and Jeff Jarrett, but after a long hard road to recovery, Marq is back in action, and that mean Private Party is back in the hunt for championship success! They announced their intentions to the entire division when they confronted Top Flight, Action Andretti, Orange Cassidy, HOOK, and Danhausen in the ring, and later their former mentor Matt Hardy, as well as brother Jeff.


Well this Wednesday night on DYNAMITE, Isiah Kassidy and Marq Quen have their first fight back in over a year, and it's against one of the hottest teams in AEW, another pair who struggled with injuries but are finally back on track, the Martin brothers collectively known as Top Flight! This will be the first time these two teams have squared off in a traditional tag, though they have been on opposite side of several multi-man affairs in the past. Will this be the night Private Party begins their ascent back up the tag team ladder, or another moment Top Flight shows why so many consider them the future of the tag team division?


HANGMAN AND SWERVE...




With both Hangman and Swerve confronting AEW World Champion Samoa Joe during DYNAMITE: HOMECOMING 2024, it's pretty evident each has championship aspirations, but Adam Page also made sure that Strickland knew they were not quits yet either. This Wednesday night we expect to hear from both men about what their future holds as we move forward into 2024! Will they lock horns once more after everything that transpired in their Texas Death Match at FULL GEAR 2023? If so, what more could they possibly do to one another and still have a career to return to after they're done? Tune into TBS for words from both these competitors!


ALSO FEATURING:

-AEW International Champion Orange Cassidy & Trent Beretta

vs.

Komander & Penta El Zero Miedo!!


AEW World Champion Samoa Joe began his reign over AEW at WORLDS END, and will make his first defense of the title this Wednesday night when AEW debuts in North Charleston, South Carolina against FTW Champion HOOK! Plus, The Mogul Embassy will put their ROH World Six-Man Titles on the line against The Bang Bang Gang, Deonna Purrazzo and Anna Jay collide for the first time, and Christian Cage's TNT Championship will be at stake when he faces Dustin Rhodes one-on-one for the first time since November 2009!It all begins at 8pm ET/7pm CT live on TBS, as well as at AEWPlus.com for international fans, so be sure to drop in on the official AEW YouTube channel, as well as AEW's numerous social media platforms, for highlights from last week's episodes of DYNAMITE, RAMPAGE, COLLISION, and BATTLE OF THE BELTS IX, as well as the newest CONTROL CENTER, and more!



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