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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.

All Elite Wrestling may be eyeing a return to New York City’s Arthur Ashe Stadium in a year’s time, but the building would likely welcome them back sooner than that.

This is the word of PWInsider’s Mike Johnson. Reporting in the aftermath of last week’s well-received Grand Slam event at the tennis stadium, he noted talk of AEW potentially returning for another round of tapings in a year so, though people at Arthur Ashe would be “thrilled” to have the promotion come back earlier.

A similar report from EWrestlingNews.com’s Ryan Clark states that Arthur Ashe officials were happy with how the Grand Slam shows went down and “can’t wait” for AEW to return.

Highlighted by the acclaimed Bryan Danielson vs. Kenny Omega match, last week’s tapings went down on 22 September, with AEW capturing footage for that night’s Dynamite, the Friday episode of Rampage, and tonight’s Dark: Elevation show. As well as Danielson and Omega, CM Punk, Adam Cole, The Young Bucks, Cody Rhodes, and more of AEW’s biggest stars featured in the building.

Grand Slam was AEW’s New York City debut. A sellout 20,177 attendance was announced on the night, with the promotion making over $1 million gross in ticket and merchandise sales.

The first-ever Grand Slam edition of AEW Dynamite will be held in New York City later this year.

As noted earlier, AEW President Tony Khan appeared on WFAN 660 in New York City this morning and announced that the company will make their NYC debut on Wednesday, September 22 for a live Dynamite show. The event will take place from the USTA Arthur Ashe Stadium, which is a tennis stadium located in Queens, with a capacity of just under 24,000. Tickets will go on sale Friday, July 16.

In an update, Khan spoke with Kate Feldman of The NY Daily News and revealed that the event will be called Grand Slam. He compared it recent special Dynamite events like Blood & Guts and Winter Is Coming.

This will be the AEW’s NYC debut and their first stadium show, and the first pro wrestling event to be held at the tennis complex.

“No city is more synonymous with wrestling than New York City,” Khan said. “AEW is a new company and our company is in the business of both embracing tradition and trailblazing, trying to start new traditions and new history.”

Chris Jericho also spoke with The NY Daily News and said AEW going back on the road is a “real cool end to the chapter of our lives that we all want to move on from,” referring to the COVID-19 pandemic that canceled tours and led to limited crowds, usually made up of wrestlers and extras.

Jericho called AEW’s NYC debut a celebration and a victory. He said AEW will be vindicated as the coolest pro wrestling company in the world today.

“It’s a trumpeting call that AEW is back on the road at the highest of levels. It’s ready to take control of New York City. It’s a celebration. It’s a victory,” Jericho said. “We’ll be vindicated as the coolest wrestling company in the world today. What fans can expect is what we’ve been doing, just at a higher intensity level and a higher energy level because of the people in the crowd giving us more inspiration and more energy and more reward for what we’re doing.”

The article noted that Khan has been writing every Dynamite episode himself since late 2019. They were tight-lipped about storylines for Grand Slam, but Jericho promised that it will be one of the biggest shows in AEW history.

All Elite Wrestling has formally announced its first ever stadium show, with the promotion hitting Arthur Ashe Stadium in Flushing, Queens, for Dynamite: Grand Slam on 22 September.

This will also be AEW’s first event in New York City.

Tickets for the event start at $25 and go on sale this Friday, 16 July at 10 AM ET.

Arthur Ashe Stadium is a historic tennis arena used as the US Open tournament’s main venue since its completion in 1997. Capable of holding around 23,771 people for tennis matches, it remains to be seen how AEW’s wrestling configuration will impact that, though the building’s retractable roof should help protect against any weather-related disasters.

Grand Slam should also have the capacity to be AEW’s highest-attended event ever, so it’ll be interesting to see how the ticket sales go.

See below for AEW’s full press release.

“AEW DYNAMITE: GRAND SLAM” Shares the Love with NYC

— First-Ever Professional Wrestling Event at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center Announced for Sept. 22 —

— Tickets On Sale July 16; Show to Air Live on TNT —

June 16, 2021 – All Elite Wrestling (AEW) served a massive announcement today for the city of New York as the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens will host its first- ever professional wrestling event on Wednesday, Sept. 22.

The world’s largest tennis-specific stadium adds another milestone to its storied history as the world-class wrestlers of AEW take center court for a live AEW DYNAMITE: GRAND SLAM show in Arthur Ashe Stadium. Tickets for the historic event, airing live on TNT, will go on sale Friday, July 16, at 10 a.m. ET via AEWTix.com and Ticketmaster.com. Tickets start at $25 (not including service charges or fees).

With the roar of passionate fans still echoing from the US Open, which runs from Aug. 30- Sept. 12, AEW will put their own spin on singles and tag-team matches with a stellar line- up of legendary wrestlers and homegrown talent. AEW recently became the first major wrestling promotion to return to a traveling schedule since March 2020. After safely hosting 30 live, ticketed events over the past 10 months in Jacksonville, Fla., AEW is bringing the exhilaration of its flagship show AEW DYNAMITE back on the road starting in Miami on July 7.

“We wanted our first show in New York City to be extraordinary and epic in scale, and there’s no better venue to bring out the best in our talent and creativity than the iconic USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center,” said Tony Khan, CEO, GM and Head of Creative of AEW. “We love the concept of wrestling in a non-traditional venue and placing our AEW ring on center court in the awe-inspiring Arthur Ashe Stadium. I can’t wait for fans to experience our live AEW DYNAMITE: GRAND SLAM show in one of the coolest venues on the planet.”

“We’re incredibly excited to welcome AEW DYNAMITE to the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center and Arthur Ashe Stadium,” said Danny Zausner, Chief Operating Officer, USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. “Continuing to bring new, world-class sports and entertainment events to the home of the US Open is a primary benefit of our strategic transformation. Our versatility now allows us to welcome new fans and spectators throughout the year, turning our venue, our community and our neighboring businesses into year-round destinations.”

As a reminder, catch a special Friday edition of AEW DYNAMITE on TNT on Friday, June 18, at 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT.