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AEW is returning to the Arthur Ashe Stadium in Queens, New York for “AEW Dynamite: Grand Slam.”

During AEW X NJPW Forbidden Door event, it was revealed that “AEW Dynamite: Grand Slam” is set for September 21.

On that day, there will also be a taping for “AEW Rampage: Grand Slam.” Tickets for the event will go on sale on July 22 at 10 a.m. ET.

Last year’s “AEW Dynamite: Grand Slam” saw Kenny Omega and Bryan Danielson face each other for the first time. The match ended in a time-limit draw.

The “AEW Rampage: Grand Slam” episode featured CM Punk Vs. Powerhouse Hobbs, Christian Cage & Jurassic Express (Jungle Boy & Luchasaurus) vs. Adam Cole & The Young Bucks (Matt Jackson & Nick Jackson), and a Lights Out Tag Team Match between Eddie Kingston & Jon Moxley and Lance Archer & Minoru Suzuki. 

The Hardy Boyz were initially set to become AEW World Tag Team Champions before Jeff Hardy’s recent suspension.

This is according to Bryan Alvarez, who noted that this was very much the intention of All Elite Wrestling management before plans changed upon news of Hardy’s need for a brain scan. Speaking about it on the Brian & Vinny Show, he said;

“The idea was the Hardys were going to win the tag titles in this ladder match, that was the plan for awhile. Apparently, at the pay-per-view when the Hardys and the Bucks had their match, Jeff was not looking good. Apparently, they examined him afterwards and he was all beat up and he didn’t remember the match. Remember when Jeff got pulled over and said he was on his way to a brain scan? He was on his way to a brain scan. So, his idea was to drink whatever he drank and then drive to his brain scan. They had advertised the ladder match. He was never actually going to be in the ladder match. They were going to do the angle where he and Matt were going to be coming out for the ladder match, they were going to be jumped on the ramp and they were going to be carted off and they weren’t actually going to do the match. So, whether he had his DUI or not, Jeff was never going to do that ladder match. It was always going to be Jurassic Express vs. the Young Bucks for the tag team titles with the Young Bucks winning.”

Obviously none of the above eventually went ahead following Hardy’s latest DUI, other than the revised plot to have The Young Bucks win the belts. Jeff has no set return date yet, with AEW confirming that his comeback could only occur following the completion of treatment and maintenance of sobriety.

An eventful night on AEW Dynamite ended with perhaps one of the more anticipated (as in, fans expected it to happen at some point) turns, as Christian Cage blindsided Jungle Boy and leveled him with a one-man conchairto, effectively ending their partnership.

Cage had served as a mentor to Jungle Boy for about a year, acting a de factor manager and occasional trios partner for Jurassic Express. The duo captured the AEW World Tag Team Championship in January, which they lost Wednesday night to the Young Bucks.

Afterward, Christian entered the ring to help Jungle Boy up, only to drop him with a Killswitch before retrieving two chairs and putting Jack Perry down.

The turn has been something fans have kept a wary eye out for for some time, as it was the logical conclusion to this mentorship. Recently, Christian dropped hints as he expressed frustration with Jungle Boy losing a handful of matches. At one point, Cage even called Jungle Jack a loser, but then followed up with some encouragement.

The partnership between the veteran and just-turned-25-year-old star has been hugely beneficial for Jungle Boy, but the impending feud could be equally helpful to the youngster.

All Elite Wrestling have launched another singles title.

The All-Atlantic Championship was unveiled on last night’s edition of Dynamite, along with tournament brackets that folded in wrestlers from all around the world as well as two members of the New Japan Pro Wrestling Roster.

In matches set to take place over the coming weeks ahead of a winners four-way match at AEW x NJPW Forbidden Door on June 26th, Canada’s Ethan Page will wrestle Bulgaria’s Miro and Mexico’s Penta Oscura will take on the Netherlands’ Malakai Black. Great Britain representative PAC was victorious over Australia’s Buddy Matthews to kick things off last night and continue the House Of Black/Death Triangle dispute represented elsewhere in the tournament. It’s unknown yet who NJPW will submit for inclusion.

The brackets having such international flavour (and the flags on the strap itself) suggest that the title could serve as something of a bridge between AEW and New Japan (or indeed any other promotion) going forward, though nothing of the sort was confirmed during the unveiling. “Old Glory” on the front plate also as good as confirms that American wrestlers won’t face exclusion from holding the gold going forward.

On last night’s edition of AEW Dynamite, Trent cut a promo requesting an ROH World Tag Team Title rematch from FTR, who followed him to the ring and agreed. The result of their first clash – which went to a no-contest following interference by Jeff Cobb and the Great O’Khan of the United Empire – “didn’t sit right” with them.

This brought out Will Ospreay, former IWGP World Heavyweight Champion and leader of the stable. He was not given a microphone; instead, as he motioned to enter the ring, FTR and Trent were blindsided by Ospreay’s stablemates Aussie Open and Aaron Henare. Ospreay struck Trent with a wicked Hidden Blade shot to bring the segment to a close. It was revealed later in the broadcast that Ospreay and Aussie Open will clash with Trent and FTR in a Trios match this Friday on Rampage.

This somewhat convoluted booking poses an intriguing question: what is Ospreay set to do at Forbidden Door?

Trent, while a great and underrated talent, doesn’t necessarily feel like a wrestler destined for a singles match on PPV. Might Ospreay have one of his injured friends in mind?

A dream match is set to take place at “AEW Dynamite” next Wednesday as FTR accepted the challenge from Roppongi Vice from last Wednesday’s “Dynamite”.

The show featured a backstage segment with Trent Beretta and Rocky Romero. Beretta said that the two were back for good. Romero said he wanted the ROH, AEW, and IWGP Tag Team Titles, and Beretta then issued the challenge.

On “Rampage” Friday night, FTR responded to the challenge. Backstage with Tony Schiavone, Dax Harwood and Cash Wheeler said they agreed to defend the titles on this upcoming Wednesday’s edition of “Dynamite”.

AEW Dynamite finished up with a wild ‘anything goes’ match between Jeff Hardy and Darby Allin to advance to the semifinals in the Owen Hart Foundation Tournament.

Recently signed AEW star Jeff Hardy ended up victorious over former TNT Champion Darby Allin when all was said and done. Hardy and Darby didn’t disappoint when delivering several high-flying spots throughout the match, but it was a quick crucifix pin that got Jeff Hardy the victory tonight.

Earlier tonight, Darby delivered a promo where he said how fans didn’t want anything more than a wild, daredevil match between the two men, so he asked that Tony Khan make it ‘anything goes’. It was revealed later in the program that was approved by Tony and the two men had no restrictions in the bout.

With his victory, Jeff Hardy will move on to the semifinal round and face the leader of the Undisputed Elite, Adam Cole. Other matches on the men’s side of the tournament that we will see include Rey Fenix vs. Kyle O’Reilly and Samoa Joe vs. ‘The Joker’, a surprise entrant revealed at the time of the match.

The tournament finals will be held at AEW Double Or Nothing on May 29 in Las Vegas, and Dr. Martha Hart will be there live to present the Owen Cup trophy to the winners.

AEW Dynamite featured the first quarterfinal match for the women’s portion of the Owen Hart Foundation Tournament. Toni Storm and Jamie Hayter wrestled a technical, aggressive match as they battled to see who would make it to the semifinal round.

When the dust settled, Toni Storm executed a finishing spike piledriver to get the pinfall over Jamie Hayter. She will compete against either Britt Baker or the “joker”, a soon to be revealed opponent, in the upcoming semifinal round.

Former WWE Star Toni Storm debuted with AEW on March 30, 2022, as a surprise opponent for The Bunny in a qualifying match for the Owen Hart Foundation Tournament. Storm was obviously successful in that match, advancing to her quarterfinal match tonight. Jamie Hayter previously qualified for the tournament when she defeated Skye Blue on the April 1 episode of AEW Rampage.

Upcoming quarterfinal matches include Riho vs. Ruby Soho, Red Velvet vs. Hikaru Shida, and Britt Baker vs. the “Joker” mystery competitor. The tournament finals will be held at AEW Double Or Nothing on May 29 in Las Vegas, and Dr. Martha Hart will be there live to present the Owen Cup trophy to the winners.

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This week’s episode of AEW Dynamite kicked off with another qualifying match for the men’s Owen Hart Foundation Tournament. Jeff Hardy and Bobby Fish, two wrestlers who are well known for their tag team skills, went one-on-one to determine the next entrant chasing after The Owen Cup.

Several big spots took place during the bout, including a falcon arrow off the top rope from Bobby Fish to Jeff Hardy. However, that wasn’t enough to keep “The Charismatic Enigma” down. When the dust settled, Jeff Hardy ended up defeating Bobby Fish with his signature Swanton bomb from the top rope.

There are now six confirmed entrants for the men’s tournament. Jeff Hardy joins Darby Allin, ROH World Television Champion Samoa Joe, Adam Cole, Kyle O’Reilly, and ROH World Tag Team & AAA Tag Team Champion Dax Harwood as official entrants in the quarterfinal round.

The six confirmed entrants for The Owen Hart Foundation Women’s Tournament as of this writing are Toni Storm, Jamie Hayter, Hikaru Shida, Red Velvet, Ruby Soho, and Britt Baker. The winner of Riho vs. Sakazaki on this Friday’s Rampage will determine the seventh competitor in the quarterfinals.

The 8-man and 8-woman tournaments are scheduled to kick off on May 11 at the AEW Dynamite from the UBS Arena in Long Island, NY. The finals will then be held at AEW Double Or Nothing on May 29, and Dr. Martha Hart will be there live to present the Owen Cup trophy to the winners.

Another men’s qualifying match to earn an entry into the tournament takes place tonight between Rey Fenix and Dante Martin.

During Sunday’s AEW Dark Tapings, Tony Schiavone announced a new Men’s Owen Hart Tournament Qualifying Match.

The announced match is Rey Fenix vs. Dante Martin. Fenix made his AEW return last week on Dynamite.

The 8-man and 8-woman tournaments are scheduled to kick off on May 11 at the AEW Dynamite from the UBS Arena in Long Island, NY. The finals will then be held at AEW Double Or Nothing on May 29, and Dr. Martha Hart will be there live to present the Owen Cup trophy to the winners.

The next men’s qualifier match, Jeff Hardy vs. Bobby Fish, will take place this Wednesday on Dynamite.

Saturday’s Dark tapings took place at Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida.