Posted on 10/21/120 by Bob Magee

AEW Dynamite Preview for October 21, 2020

Last week we witnessed every AEW title defended in one
evening, and it would end up being a great night for the
defending champions as all four managed to retain their
prizes in the face of tremendous competition. FTR bested
Best Friends, Hikaru Shida topped Big Swole, Cody and Orange
Cassidy went to a 20 minute draw, and Jon Moxley survived
Lance Archer long enough to eek out a three count.

This week there may not be any championships on the line,
but the future of both the AEW World Title and the AEW World
Tag Team Titles will begin to take shape this Wednesday
night. In the case of the former, the World Title Eliminator
Tournament kicks off as eight men vie for a future shot at
Moxley's championship. As for the latter, the four tag teams
who were drawn from the tumbler last week will compete in
one match to see which duo will face FTR at FULL GEAR 2020
on November 7th LIVE on pay-per-view!

On top of that, Dr. Britt Baker D.M.D will be back in action
as her epic comeback rolls one, and we will all bear witness
to what happens when The DemoGod and The Ratings Ruler
sit down for a steak dinner together.

All the excitement kicks off at 8pm EST/7pm CST on TNT, and
on for our International audience. And don't
forget to check out our Pre- and Post-Game shows EXCLUSIVELY
available on our YouTube channel (Click Here), and it's also
the home for the action-packed AEW DARK that comes at you
every Tuesday night!

Rey Fenix vs. Penta El Zero M

Family fights, that's what they do, Eddie Kingston even said
as much many weeks ago in reference to The Lucha Brothers,
The Butcher, and The Blade when tensions began to run high
between those four men. A family of violence is how he
referred to his quintet, and on Wednesday night, with a
potential World Title opportunity down the line, that is
just what two of the men will become. It is also quite
apropos then that the two members of la familia engaging in
battle are the actual blood relatives.

Rey Fenix and Penta El Zero M are not unfamiliar with one
another as opponents inside the wrestling ring, it's a
position the two men have been placed in several times in
their careers, but this marks the first time in All Elite
Wrestling, and the first since April of 2019. And although
there have been championships on the line in some of their
previous encounters, this is by far the most important and
highest profile match between the brothers.

And the world of singles wrestling is not unfamiliar to
either man, but it is certainly a rarity in terms of Penta
who, prior to this Tuesday night's episode of DARK, had not
competed in an AEW singles match since a December 2019
victory over Christopher Daniels. Fenix has had far more
experience inside the AEW ring as a singles competitor,
having gone six-and-one in that role since AEW's inception,
and rattling off four of those victories in a row, perhaps
even a fifth since he too is in action on DARK Tuesday

Which of the Lucha Brothers will advance in this tournament,
and take one step closer ward challenging for the AEW World
Title? Whichever it may be, they've got either Kenny Omega
or Joey Janela in their future, and to be frank, Rey Fenix
has a little something to settle with both of them...

Kenny Omega vs. Joey Janela

Two big zeroes in the win column for Joey Janela; that's
what he sees when he looks at his record versus Kenny Omega
here in All Elite Wrestling. And although one of those
bouts, an Unsanctioned Lights Out Match from the 10/15 AEW
DARK, may not officially count as a loss, it still matters
in the heart and in the mind of Janela. On top of that, Joey
also has to look at his record where DYNAMITE is concerned,
and face the fact that he has yet to secure a victory on
AEW's flagship program. On Wednesday night he will have an
opportunity to rectify both of those facts, but he will no
doubt have to go through a small hell to make it happen
because Kenny Omega, if this week's BTE (Watch Here) and his
demeanor since being announced for the tournament are any
indication, seems to have found himself some motivation.

Tournaments are his thing, according to the man himself, and
Omega's history is certainly indicative of that, exampled by
his status as the 2009 Pro Wrestling Guerrilla BATTLE OF LOS
ANGELES winner, and the only gaijin wrestler to win New
Japan Pro Wrestling's illustrious G1 Tournament in 2016, to
name a couple.

This tournament also marks Omega's return to the ranks of
singles competition, something he has apparently been
craving despite having spent the majority of 2020 reigning
as World Tag Team Champion with Hangman Page. And despite
that initially being a relationship Omega insisted upon, it
was certainly evident that Kenny had exhausted of the
pairing and all its headaches even before ALL OUT 2020 when
they lost the championship to FTR.

So will this Wednesday night be the night Kenny Omega
heralds a triumphant return to solo competition after
shedding the albatross that he perceived Hangman Page to be?
Or will Joey Janela take a quantum leap forward in his AEW
career by defeating the once dubbed Best Bout Machine and
wipe out the aforementioned blemishes on his AEW record

Hangman Adam Page vs. Colt Cabana

On the other side of the bracket stands (or is it stumbles)
the former championship partner of Kenny Omega, one Hangman
Adam Page. Despite the way Page conducted his business in
the latter days of their World Tag Team Title reign, costing
The Young Bucks the Gauntlet Match for a title shot and his
general outside the ring behavior, Hangman somehow believed
that fence could be mended.

It wasn't until he heard Omega announced for this
tournament, then discount Adam as just a tag team
wrestler, and state he was done with tag team wrestling that
Page truly understood the reality of his post-ALL OUT 2020
world. He truly believed there was a chance to salvage the
relationship, but the harsh truth has set in, and now
Hangman must focus on the task before him, Boom Boom Colt

Colt heads into this singles bout having won his last three
singles bouts, possibly a fourth with his DARK bout against
Bshp King this Tuesday night, and would love to add three
more to that tally en route to winning this tournament. His
road starts with Page, a tough battle for sure, but Colt may
be catching this opponent at his most vulnerable. With no
friends at his side, nor support at his back, Page has to
fight an opponent who has the entirety of The Dark Order at
his back if the need strikes and Mr. Brodie Lee wishes it to
be so.

Page has indeed netted a couple singles wins since losing
the World Tag Team Titles, most recently against Cabana's
Dark Order compatriot Evil Uno, but it's a long path to the
finals of this one, with a loaded line-up of competition.

In the next round, the winner of this one has to either
contend with the power of Wardlow or the all-around
athleticism of Jungle Boy, but that's putting the cart
before the horse. It comes one match at a time, and this
Wednesday night is where it begins for both these

Wardlow vs. Jungle Boy

These next two competitors in the tournament are not
unfamiliar with one another, in fact it was a tag team
battle back on the July 1st DYNAMITE that saw Jungle Boy and
Luchasaurus hand Wardlow and MJF a loss, one of the few on
either man's record. By his association with MJF, Wardlow
has found himself embroiled in many instances with the
members of Jurassic Express during the last year of
DYNAMITE, but this will mark the first one-on-one meeting of
these two drastically different competitors.

These differences are quite clear, evident to all, and are
most notable when it comes to the size and strength
disparity. Wardlow is one of the powerhouses of the AEW
roster, Jungle Boy is woefully dominated in that category,
but all of the speed and agility here come from his side of
the equation. Jungle Boy has been in the ring with men who
had similar advantages, men like The Butcher or Jake Hager,
and come out as the victorious party. He's taken the fight
to former AEW World Champion Chris Jericho, and survived a
Ten Minute Challenge to give Le Champion the first blemish
in his singles record. It wasn't a win, but it wasn't a loss

And Jack Perry has only gotten better, garnered greater
experience since those early days of AEW, including being
the first challenger to the TNT Title after Cody claimed it
at DOUBLE OR NOTHING 2020, winning a four way on last week's
DARK, and fighting a very physical beast named KTB on this
Tuesday's DARK.

Wardlow, despite his physical gifts, has not been a
perpetually active competitor like his opponent, forced to
serve primarily as protector to MJF and his running mouth,
while, prior to this Tuesday's DARK contest with Vinny
Pacifico, only notching one match under his belt since July.

Still, as Wardlow proved when he entered into a Steel Cage
against Cody for his very first AEW match, the lack of ring
time does not equate to downtime. He is a beast in the gym,
training at every opportunity so as to be at his best
whenever he enters the squared circle, and with a potential
World Title match at the end of this three match journey,
odds are The War Dog has been pushing himself harder than
ever before since his name was added to the mix.

Tune in Wednesday night to see which warrior will advance to
the semi-finals and, hopefully, the finals at FULL GEAR


(#4) The Butcher & The Blade vs. The Dark Order (Alex
Reynolds & John Silver) vs. Private Party (Marq Quen & Isiah
Kassidy) vs. (#2) The Young Bucks (Matt & Nick Jackson)
With FULL GEAR 2020 a little over two weeks away, and FTR
having beating the top ranked contenders in The Best Friends
on last week's edition of DYNAMITE, a lottery of sorts was
held to help determine the next contenders for the World Tag
Team Championship. As seen in the video above, a slew of tag
team names were placed inside a tumbler and four names were
drawn out to compete in this number one contender bout for
that pay-per-view title opportunity on November 7th.

In terms of familiarity, The Young Bucks, The Butcher and
The Blade, as well as Private Party, are all very familiar
with one another. Matt and Nick have engaged in some pretty
rough battles with Butcher and Blade, including a Falls
Count Anywhere bout on DYNAMITE back in July that the
brothers Jackson won. The Bucks were on the wrong side of a
huge upset when Private Party beat the odds-on favorite in
the opening round of the World Tag Team Title Tournament
just over a year ago, a loss Matt and Nick never got a
chance to redeem in a straight-up tag team bout.

That upset put Private Party immediately on the map here in
AEW, and they even secured an unsuccessful World Tag Team
Title opportunity at the 2019 FULL GEAR PPV event last
November in Baltimore. Marq Quen and Isiah Kassidy would
also get a chance to challenge Adam Page and Kenny Omega for
the belts in July, but were unable to dethrone the champions
there either. In the aftermath of that title shot, PP would
have their first encounters with The Butcher and The Blade,
first in tag team action and then as part of an eight-man
battle, and would end up on the losing end of both

Alex Reynolds and John Silver, representing The Dark Order,
would be the wildcards of this four way tag team bout. Of
their opponents, only Private Party has faced the boys
before, and it marked a victory for Quen and Kassidy on the
ALL OUT 2020: BUY-IN event. And while the men Mr. Brodie Lee
has dubbed Three and Four may seem the most unlikely
candidates to earn the title shot, they have been gaining
traction on DARK with victories in both tag team and multi-
man matches. They, along with Butcher and Blade, will even
be in action on this Tuesday's DARK in their own respective
bouts. As if the chance to challenge for the World Tag Team
Titles live on pay-per-view wasn't enough motivation,
Reynolds and Silver have something else that no other team
has to motivate them: Mr. Brodie Lee.

Many pundits are taking The Young Bucks as the favorites
again here, thinking that FULL GEAR 2020 will give everyone
the match against FTR they've been clamoring for years to
happen. It's a goal Matt and Nick certainly aim to
accomplish, and the brothers have certainly had no qualms
about infuriating everyone in recent weeks in order to get
into that championship head space they feel they need. Will
it be the missing ingredient to finally get The Young Bucks
where everyone though they'd be a year ago? Or will they
continue to be frustrated in yet another crucial moment of
their AEW career?

On the September 30th edition of DYNAMITE, Britt Baker
stepped back into the AEW ring for the first time since her
crushing defeat at ALL OUT 2020 in the Tooth and Nail match
with Big Swole. In just under five minutes, AEW's resident
doctor reminded Red Velvet why she is one of the baddest
woman on the roster.

It marked the beginning of what Baker consistently refers to
as her epic comeback, and that grand return to glory
continues this week on DYNAMITE when the D.M.D is back in
action with intentions to prove she still belongs, not just
in the top five rankings, but also in any conversation about
future challengers for Hikaru Shida.

Chris Jericho and MJF having a steak dinner; that sounds
like one of the most intriguing fly-on-the-wall situations
imaginable in All Elite Wrestling and it will in fact happen
this Wednesday night on DYNAMITE.

A few weeks ago the on-again, off-again courtship between
MJF and Chris Jericho that seemed to start after Max turned
his back on Cody nearly a year ago, veered back into ON
territory once more. Platitudes were exchanged, gifts were
presented, and last week, Maxwell, with much consternation,
finally uttered his desire to join The Inner Circle.

And while Jericho seemed very open to the possibility of
this union, other members of the Inner Circle were not so
keen on the idea, with Ortiz in particular vocalizing his
disdain quite quickly. Thus The Million Viewer Man
acquiesced to his fellows, and told MJF it would have to be
a group discussion, something decided within The Inner
Circle, not solely by its figurehead.

But in lieu of giving MJF an immediate response, he did
extend the invite to Max to meet a restaurant...for
a steak dinner. Yes, that is correct, two of the most
despised individuals on the AEW roster will be engaging in a
meeting of the minds over a prime cuts, and MJF's biggest
concern looking at his Twitter feed is apparently what kinds
of sauce to put on his steak. Apparently he is unaware it
may be considered an insult to the chef to commit such a

Where will this Dinner Debonair lead? Will we see the
devils of AEW align over filet mignon and bubbly? Check in
Wednesday night to see how this unfolds...

By the end of DYNAMITE, four men will have taken a step
closer towards a World Title opportunity, while one team
will have secured their Tag Team Title bid for FULL GEAR
2020. AEW is full speed on the road to that pay-per-view
extravaganza set for November 7th, so be sure to join the
ride at 8pm EST/7pm CST when DYNAMITE takes over the TNT
airwaves for two hours of top shelf wrestling on Wednesday

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