Posts Tagged ‘AEW Grand Slam 2022’

Saraya, formerly known as Paige in WWE, is All Elite after a shocking debut at AEW Dynamite Grand Slam on Wednesday night.

The Anti-Diva made her AEW bow after the conclusion of four-way match for the Interim AEW Women’s World Championship, saving Toni Storm and Athena from a beatdown at the hands of Dr. Britt Baker DMD, Jamie Hayter, and Serena Deeb.

Saraya’s WWE contract expired in July, ending her 11-year tenure with the company. A former NXT Women’s Champion and two-time Divas Champion, Saraya’s in-ring career was cut short by neck injuries, including a final blow that came at a December 2017 house show, which was her last match to date. After that, she served in multiple on-camera roles, including SmackDown GM, manager of the Kabuki Warriors, and a contributor for WWE Backstage.

Her debut at Grand Slam sent fans into a frenzy at the surprise appearance and immediately thrust her right into the thick of things, seemingly aligned with Storm and Athena against Baker and her cronies.

It’s unclear whether Saraya will get back into the ring to wrestle – she did not do anything physical Wednesday – or if she will serve in a different on-air capacity, but her appearance was a true feel-good moment for a company that needed news like this after a bunch of bad personnel publicity recently.

Jon Moxley Is the new AEW World Heavyweight Champion.

The two-time titleholder made it three thanks to victory over Bryan Danielson in the final of the Grand Slam Tournament Of Champions. The match was the main event of the second annual Grand Slam edition of Dynamite from Arthur Ashe Stadium in Queens, New York.

The all-Blackpool Combat Club headline attraction passed without involvement of looming contender MJF, who was shown constantly throughout the contest holding onto the giant poker chip that entitles him to a match for the belt any time he wishes. Moxley submitted Bryan in 19:15, getting on top of him with a chokehold having drilled him with a Paradigm Shift on the ramp seconds earlier.

The two embraced after the show went off the air, with Bryan ceremonially wrapping the belt around Moxley’s waist in post-match scenes.

Moxley became the first ever three-time Champion in AEW history, having previously defeated Chris Jericho in 2020 and CM Punk last month for the strap. He was also entrusted with holding the gold on an interim basis this summer following Punk’s first injury-related absence. His first contender of this reign will be decided by a battle royal set to take place on this Friday’s Grand Slam edition of Rampage.

Chris Jericho is your new Ring of Honor World Champion, defeating Claudio Castagnoli for the title at AEW Dynamite Grand Slam Wednesday night.

Jericho captured the title with the help of a low blow, followed by a Judas Effect, ending Castagnoli’s two-month reign. The announcers rightly sold it as a dark cloud being cast on the ROH title, considering a self-avowed sports entertainer cheated to win a championship that symbolizes honorable competition.

Castagnoli seemed to be getting the upper hand when Jericho resorted to grabbing Floyd, his bat, and then capitalized when the referee’s view was obstructed.

Afterward, the Wizard celebrated with the rest of the Jericho Appreciation Society, although ROH Pure Champion Daniel Garcia looked less than thrilled to congratulate Jericho after taking a shortcut. That could be the next wrinkle in the tenuous relationship between the two stablemates.

Claudio won the ROH title, his first world championship, in July at Death Before Dishonor, defeating Jonathan Gresham. For Jericho, this is his eighth world championship, including six WWE world titles and the AEW World Championship.

Everybody loves The Acclaimed.

Max Caster and Anthony Bowens are the brand new AEW Tag-Team Champions. The popular duo dethroned Keith Lee and Swerve Strickland on Wednesday’s special ‘Grand Slam’ edition of Dynamite – some fans believed The Acclaimed should’ve won the belts back at All Out, but all’s well that ends well.

‘Swerve In Their Glory’ held the belts for a total of 70 days after winning them from The Young Bucks back at ‘Fyter Fest’ in July. That three-way bout also involved then-Team Taz members Powerhouse Hobbs and Ricky Starks.

Hopefully, this is the start of something special for The Acclaimed. They’ve managed to rise up through the ranks and go from slightly-grating heel unit to genuinely over babyface sensations. AEW’s fanbase was ready to see the titles switch hands on Wednesday night, and Tony Khan didn’t disappoint.

It remains to be seen what All Elite will do with Lee and Swerve now they’ve dropped the straps. They always felt like a thrown-together tag anyway, so major singles runs could be coming for both. Meanwhile, Caster and Bowens should hold the belts with distinction.

Over the past eight months, we’ve seen Eddie Kingston feud with Chris Jericho and the Jericho Appreciation Society. Kingston defeated Jericho at the Revolution pay-per-view before coming up short alongside the Blackpool Combat Club, Santana, and Ortiz at Double or Nothing and then coming up short one more time against Jericho again, only this time, Jericho teamed with Minoru Suzuki and one of the newest additions to the Jericho Appreciation Society, Sammy Guevara.

Ever since Guevara joined the ranks of JAS, he’s been a thorn in Kingston’s side, even costing Kingston his last bout against Jericho, but it appears their rivalry will finally come to a close next week. It was announced this week on “Rampage” that during AEW’s Grand Slam week at Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York City, Kingston and Guevara will finally go one on one.

The two were originally supposed to meet at the AEW All Out PPV. Kingston initially called out Guevara on an episode of “Dynamite” in early August. Guevara recorded a segment intended for the following “Rampage” where he accepting the challenge. However, that segment never aired and the match planned for All Out never did either.

It was reported that due to comments made by Guevara during his promo about Kingston’s body, Kingston approached Guevara backstage. The altercation that followed led to Kingston serving a suspension. Instead of going one-on-one at All Out, both Guevara and Kingston were instead booked in separate matches on the Zero Hour pre-show.

Not only was it announced that the duo will stand across the ring from one another next week, but the AEW commentary team also declared that the match will be the finale of their rivalry.

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. 

All Elite Wrestling is heading back to Arthur Ashe Stadium for Grand Slam 2022.

AEW founder and president Tony Khan suggested as much in a new interview with News 12, calling Grand Slam 2021 a “huge success” after saying he expects to return to the 23,000-seater arena for Dynamite and Rampage tapings:

“I expect we’ll be back to have AEW Grand Slam Dynamite and Rampage back in Queen’s at Arthur Ashe Stadium again. It was a huge success for everyone involved and it’s all thanks to this great partnership with the USTA. They were so kind and I think it resulted in a big partnership. It was almost the first million dollar gate in AEW history, just came shy of that but it was real close. We will be back and it will be another hopefully huge success going back to Queen’s for AEW Grand Slam Dynamite and Rampage later this year in 2022 again.”

Then, during last night’s television tapings in Long Island, Khan told the New York state audience that he would “see them in a few months for AEW Grand Slam” (h/t Figure Four Online/The Wrestling Observer).

AEW has not yet confirmed a date for its return to Queens, New York City, though the previous Grand Slam was an immense success, drawing over 20,000 fans on a night that hosted Kenny Omega and Bryan Danielson’s critically lauded first-time-ever match.

With Grand Slam 2021 taking place on 22 September, it’s likely reasonable to expect something similar in 2022.