This is a weekly rundown of what to watch for Wednesday on AEW Dynamite (airing at 8 p.m. on TNT) And NXT (airing at 8 p.m. on USA). Will do our very best to hit you with the can’t-miss segments from both shows’ simultaneous broadcasts.
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These next two weeks are really going to define Wednesday nights in the wrestling business. With 2 weeks, 4 shows, all PPV quality broadcasts. AEW Fyter Fest on July 1st and 8th which will be countered with NXT Great American Bash also July 1st and 8th here is all you need to know heading into Night 1.
AEW presents Fyter Fest: Night 1 (Wednesday 8 p.m., TNT Network)
First up, night 1 of AEW Fyter Fest. Last year, Fyter Fest was a non PPV event on airing on B/R Live. This year it’s airing in lieu of AEW’s weekly Wednesday Night show Dynamite and the stakes couldn’t be higher. As we know All Out, AEWs flagship PPV, is around the corner in late August/early September and this should set the stage as we head into the summer. Let’s break down the must-sees on this card.
We start off with some great tag team action with two matches MJF & Wardlow vs Luchasaurus & Jungle Boy and Private Party vs Santana & Ortiz. The feud between MJF and Jungle Boy has reached a fever pitch and has brought Wardlow and the very athletic Luchasaurus into this one. Meanwhile, speaking of athletic, Private Party looks to climb the tag team rankings as they are set to take on Santana & Ortiz.
Over in the Women’s division, Hikaru Shida defends her AEW Women’s Championship against Penelope Ford. These two have given us some pretty entertaining matches in the form of four-ways and tag matches as of late. Look for them to go all out in this one.
Best Friends vs Good Friends…Better Enemies?
On to what will probably be the match of the night. Kenny Omega and Hangman Adam Page defend their Tag Team titles against Best Friends. Best Friends have silently been one of the best tag teams in AEW as of late. This is definitely a match where we are going to miss the fans as this would have surely been a crowd pleaser. I like the team of Page and Omega, but let’s face it, these guys are singles competitors. They are on a collision course with each other, and with the AEW World Title that was derailed by holding the AEW Tag Team belts. Remember, Best Friends have unfinished business with the Lucha Bros, and now that Pentagon Jr is back stateside, wouldn’t it be great if that conflict was for Tag Team gold?
The final match for Night 1 is Cody vs Jake Hagar for the TNT Championship. I’ve thought since the beginning that Cody was the perfect first champion for the TNT belt. And that ultimately he would drop it to a rising star. Ala Jungle Boy or Darby Allin. And while Jake Hagar is not a rising star, he does fit the mold of a mid-card champion. However, I think it’s too soon for Cody to drop the belt, and we are all still enjoying his weekly challenges. If this is in the main event spot I would say Sasha vs lo Shirai on NXT would be the better of the two. But do keep a close eye on this match, they might surprise you. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.
NXT presents The Great American Bash: Night 1 (Wednesday 8 p.m., USA Network)
Kids, let me tell you a story. Long, long ago, summer meant days at the pool or beach, barbecues, and of course, The Great American Bash. And now…the Bash is BACK!
Let’s start with Sasha Banks vs NXT Women’s Champion Io Shirai in a non-title match. As we saw a few weeks ago, having Bayley and Sasha on the show really upped the drawing power of NXT. And despite this being a non-title match it has every bit of the opportunity to grab the ratings over the presumed main event on Fyter Fest of Cody vs. Jake Hagar. It will be close though and really both matches have enormous potential to entertain.
The Fatal Four-Way Elimination Match between Tegan Nox vs. Dakota Kai vs. Candice LeRae vs. Mia Yim which will crown a new #1 contender to Io Shairai’s belt. This is also very much a match you will want to keep an eye on. That may go up against the Tag Team title bout over on AEW this Wednesday.
And the third match I find most interesting on Night 1 of the Bash is Dexter Lumis vs Roderick Strong in a strap match. We saw what happened last week as Strong showed no interest in going toe to toe with Lumis. This week Strong won’t have any choice when he is literally strapped to his opponent.
Also on the card is Rhea Ripley vs Aliyah and Robert Stone. Ripley must join the Robert Stone Brand if she loses.
The wars are heating up
Last week NXT finally got a ratings win against AEW due to the strong triple threat main event. Can they hold that momentum when the Great American Bash goes up against Fyter Fest?
Side Note: WWE chose to go with The Great American Bash for their 2-week event to rival Fyter Fest. The GAB concept was invented by Dusty Rhodes, Cody and AEW EVP’s father. Shots fired! This war is starting to heat up in the middle of summer and I love it!
There’s your preview, there’s the bell, this one’s over.
Now, RAISE MY HAND!
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