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AEW Dynamite Preview for September 6, 2023



ALL OUT 2023 is in the books, and GRAND SLAM 2023 is right around the corner, and in-between All Elite Wrestling has some exciting stops along the way! This Wednesday night, we return to Indianapolis, IN and the Farmer's Coliseum!


After seeing the Jericho Appreciation Society crumble around him, and dropping the match at ALL IN: LONDON to Will Ospreay, Chris Jericho has chosen to reunite with Sammy Guevara and bring Le Sex Gods into the tag team championship hunt! Plus, Hangman Page has some thoughts to share after winning the Over Budget Charity Battle Royale on the ALL OUT 2023: ZERO HOUR, AEW World Champion/ROH World Tag Team Champion MJF has something to say to ROH World Television Champion Samoa Joe after their interaction on Sunday night, and the Grand Slam World Title Eliminator Tournament begins!

DYNAMITE kicks off 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 and catch up on highlights from last week's episodes of DYNAMITE, RAMPAGE, and COLLISION, as well as ALL IN: LONDON, ALL OUT 2023, plus the newest edition of THE CONTROL CENTER, and so much more!

GRAND SLAM WORLD TITLE ELIMINATOR TOURNAMENT QUARTER-FINAL...

Trent Beretta vs. Roderick Strong



Over the next several weeks, eight men will compete in the Grand Slam World Title Eliminator Tournament to determine MJF's challenger for DYNAMITE: GRAND SLAM 2023 on September 20th; we learned last week that Roderick Strong, despite his still healing neck, would be cleared to participate in this tournament, and he has promised to do what Adam Cole could not, that being defeat MJF to claim the championship. Before that can happen though, Strong has to actually win the tournament, and that means three opponents all trying to stop Roddy from achieving his goals as they strive to achieve their own.


The first of those opponents, and possibly the last of them, is one with whom Roderick Strong is quite familiar, though it's been eight years since their last collision, and his name is Trent Beretta! First meeting in singles competition back in 2013 in the hallowed halls of Reseda, Strong and Beretta have fought in one-on-one bouts on three occasions and Roderick holds the advantage 2-1. Now those three bouts are not their only meetings over the last ten years, in fact when looked at on the whole, in their five bouts as opponent, it's Beretta who holds the advantage 3-2.


Now they actually did team up one time in February 2014 and, sheer coincidence, one of the two men they faced happened to be the future “Hangman” Adam Page. Sadly the Roddy/Trent team was not a successful one, lasting just that one match, and they would resume a life as foes, albeit a brief one. Well this Wednesday night on DYNAMITE, Roderick and Trent will reignite that old rivalry, if only for a night, as each pursues their goal of facing Maxwell Jacob Friedman at Arthur Ashe Stadium on September 20th! For Trent this is just about proving to himself, and the world, he is a premiere fighter both as a singles and a tag with Chuck Taylor, but for Roddy this is far more personal. The end of this road means fighting a man who Roderick believes destroyed his friendship with Adam Cole, who Roddy sees as usurping his position as Adam's best friend, and the opportunity to get him in the ring is too good to pass up. There may be a long road to travel to get there, but the benefits are worth the work in the mind of Strong who would likely do anything to lay his chops into the flesh of Maxwell Jacob Friedman.


So can Roderick, fighting with this injured neck, rise to the occasion and continue on the path to GRAND SLAM 2023? Or will Trent Beretta stifle Strong at the starting line, leaving “Mr. ROH” further frustrated, and further away from his aspiration of showing up Adam Cole? And, the question should be asked, where does The Kingdom of Mike Bennett and Matt Taven fit into this scenario?


GRAND SLAM WORLD TITLE ELIMINATOR TOURNAMENT QUARTER-FINAL...

Darby Allin vs. Nick Wayne



It's been a rough couple weeks for Darby Allin; he was battered in London during the tag team Coffin Match, he and Sting walking out the victors, but the former 2-Time TNT Champion saying as a result he is in more pain than he's ever experienced in his life. Given everything we've seen Allin put himself through since joining AEW, that is saying a considerable amount, and that's just from what happened at ALL IN: LONDON. Factor in this past Sunday, the fact that Darby is still a 2-Time TNT Champion rather than the reigning 3-Time, and all the hurt put on him by Luchasaurus, and then maybe one can garner an idea about where Darby Allin is at coming into this match.


And that's just the physical side of things; mentally, he's likely a bit out of sorts as well, especially given the tension between Nick Wayne and himself stemming from Darby's willingness to forgive AR Fox's transgressions. It's hard to blame young Mister Wayne, after all Fox did participate in The Mogul Embassy's assault on his late father's training facility and on Nick himself. Fox did leave Nick laying in his own blood, and who knows if Fox would've ever been apologetic for his actions if Swerve Strickland and The Mogul Embassy hadn't evicted him from their unit.


Suffice it to say when Darby accepted Fox's apology, it did not sit well with Nick Wayne, but despite that fact, Nick was still there when Darby needed him both in England and in Chicago this past Sunday night, though it almost cost Wayne dearly at Christian Cage's hands. So with both men, particularly Darby, still recovering from all this trauma, they will engage in the first one-on-one bout of their career! The winner of this will advance one step closer towards challenging MJF for the AEW World Championship at GRAND SLAM 2023 on September 20th, so there is a great deal at stake in this battle of mentor and protege.


Will the wounds of the last several weeks catch up with Darby and leave him vulnerable to young Mr. Wayne, or will Darby's experience with fighting battered allow him to survive this bout and fight another day?


TAG TEAM BOUT...

Le Sex Gods (Chris Jericho & Sammy Guevara) vs. Aussie Open (Kyle Fletcher & Mark Davis)



From the beginning of DYNAMITE, Sammy Guevara and Chris Jericho have been part of each other's lives, initially as The Inner Circle and later with The Jericho Appreciation Society, they have been bonded through thick and thin. Through Stadium Stampedes and Blood & Guts cages, they've been there for one another at nearly every turn since Jericho first brought “The Spanish God” under his tutelage.


Yes there has been separation, Guevara was the first man to walk away from The Inner Circle ahead of The J.A.S. being formed and they had their issues over the ROH World Championship, but when it's come down to brass tacks, Sammy has always stuck by Jericho. As the entire J.A.S. walked away from “The Ocho” in the midst of his indecision regarding Don Callis, it was only Guevara who continued to show support for Jericho, and it continues to be Sammy by his side when all others have abandoned the original AEW World Champion.

So with this reunited duo setting their sights on the tag team division, it is very clear former ROH World Tag Team Champions Aussie Open have their issues with Le Sex Gods. Part of that may be due to Jericho's issues with their United Empire cohort Will Ospreay, part of that may just be a warning of what's in store for Jericho and Guevara if they choose to seriously compete in the tag team ranks. With a 6-5 record in those ranks since AEW's inception, Le Sex Gods are just 1-1 in 2023 with their last tag bout being a loss to Darby Allin & Sting on June 28th. In other words, they've got a long way to go to be in contention for FTR's AEW World Tag Team Championship titles, but if that's the goal, may as well start with one of the baddest teams in All Elite Wrestling!

MJF IS NOT HAPPY...

Sunday night in Chicago was a great night if you entered the United Center as a champion; in four of the five championship bouts, it was the defending champion who retained, and that trend started with the ROH World Tag Team Champions Adam Cole & MJF, collectively dubbed Better Than You Bay Bay. Their fight against The Dark Order took its toll on both men, particularly MJF when Alex Reynolds dug up some of the old Dark Order nastiness and drove a steel chair into Max's neck. Now that neck had been banged up in London during the course of his World Title defense against his own partner, and Alex took advantage of the referee's distraction to deliver the weapon-assisted blow.


The situation forced Adam Cole to fly solo for quite some time, but eventually the AEW World Champion dragged himself back into the fray, and the defending ROH World Tag Champs found a way to defeat The Dark Order. MJF's choice to return to the fight only served to exacerbate his injured neck, leading to AEW's medical staff attending to the man for quite some time after the match, long enough that the next match had to send its competitors to the ring. Unfortunately for MJF, the first man to the ring was ROH World Television Champion Samoa Joe, and in a moment hearkening back to Brooklyn circa 2016, Joe shoved Maxwell out of his way, and continued to the ring with a satisfied smile on his face.


Max wasn't having it, but given his debilitated condition, there was little his body was going to let him do, and thus he ended up with Joe's arms around his throat. Not the greatest moment for the AEW World Champion, but he wasn't about to take Samoa Joe's disrespect lightly regardless of the condition he was in after retaining the ROH World Tag Titles.

So this Wednesday night on DYNAMITE, the AEW World Champion will be in the arena live and apparently with the intent to address what happened with Samoa Joe. As Joe's inches towards Jay Lethal's record as the longest-reigning ROH World TV Champ of all-time, does it seem the best idea for an injured MJF to confront the man?


HANGMAN FOR CHARITY...

During the ZERO HOUR on Sunday night, former AEW World Champion “Hangman” Adam Page managed to survive a fight with nineteen other men to win the Over Budget Charity Battle Royal. For the victor of that fray would go a donation in their name of $50,000 to a charity of their choice. Hangman chose the Chicago Public Education Fund to receive the money, rather unsurprising given his own history as a teacher, but now that that victory is in the rear view, it's time for Page to talk about his future.


With that in mind, the AEW faithful will hear from Hangman this Wednesday night; what he will have to say, where his head is at, we will all find out together live on TBS when DYNAMITE kicks off at 8pm ET!


TBS CHAMPIONSHIP OPEN CHALLENGE...

Kris Statlander(c) vs. Emi Sakura

For the first time since FULL GEAR 2019, Emi Sakura will challenge for an All Elite Wrestling Championship, but where that was a shot at Riho's AEW Women's World Championship, this will be an opportunity to dethrone Kris Statlander as TBS Champion!


Statlander is coming off a tremendous victory over Ruby Soho at ALL OUT 2023, one that saw Toni Storm play spoiler to another Outcast member's nefarious attempt to use the green spray paint as a weapon.


It was quite the physical affair, one that Statlander is certainly still feeling, but that doesn't mean she's going to sit back and rest on her laurels. Stat is a fighting champion, evidenced by the nine defenses over her 101 day reign, and isn't going to rest until the wheels fall off. Seems like Kris learned a little something about the type of champion she wants to be from Orange Cassidy and his International Championship reign.


It's been 18 months since the last time Statlander and Sakura locked up on DARK: ELEVATION #53, a bout won by Kris in four minutes and change; will this championship affair play out differently for the 28-year veteran or will it be Statlander who moves forward still TBS Champion?


AEW INTERNATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP OPEN CHALLENGE...

Jon Moxley(c) vs. AR Fox


It feels extremely strange to write International Championship without the name Orange Cassidy, but here we are, after 326 days, having to refer to someone other than “Freshly Squeezed” as the AEW International Champion. As strange as it may be, at least the newly crowned Jon Moxley is keeping with the standard set by OC and continuing to accept the Open Challenge.


The first man to step up to Mox, just three days after he bested OC at ALL OUT 2023, will be the recently excommunicated former Mogul Embassy member AR Fox. After making amends with Darby Allin, but failing to do so with young Nick Wayne, Fox is hoping to turn his fortunes around the right way and it looks like that endeavor starts with one of the biggest undertakings Fox could possible take, fighting Jon Moxley!


Now Moxley already holds a place in history as the only 3-Time AEW World Champion, but with the International Champion win, he also became the first man to hold multiple AEW singles championship. No previous AEW World, TNT, or International Champion has ever managed to capture a separate singles championship, not until Jon Moxley stopped the incredible run of Orange Cassidy. Luchasaurus and Scorpio Sky both held TNT and World Tag Team gold, PAC held International and World Tag Team, Samoa Joe was TNT and ROH World TV Champ simultaneously, and Kenny Omega has been a World, Trios, and Tag Team Champion, but none of those men, nor any other, ever held two different AEW singles championships until now.


So Moxley isn't about to let history slip through his fingers on his first defense of the International Championship reign, no matter how much AR Fox may want this as part of his post-Embassy redemption tour. Fox is going to have to maim Jon Moxley to beat him, fans saw him get pretty ugly when it came to Nick Wayne, is Fox willing to go that far now when it comes to championships?




This Wednesday night All Elite Wrestling returns to Indianapolis and the Farmer's Coliseum for an all-new DYNAMITE, and the beginning of the road to GRAND SLAM 2023! The Grand Slam World Title Eliminator Tournament kicks off with two Quarter-Final matches, AEW World Champion MJF will be on-hand live to address ALL OUT 2023's engagement with Samoa Joe, Hangman Page will be in the house, and Le Sex Gods will be in action against Aussie Open!


DYNAMITE begins kicks off at 8pm ET/7pm CT LIVE on TBS, as well as at AEWPlus.com for our international fans, so be sure to check in on the official AEW YouTube channel and see highlights from last week's episodes of DYNAMITE, RAMPAGE, and COLLISION, as well as ALL IN: LONDON and ALL OUT 2023, and so much more!







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