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AEW’s Jake Roberts admitted via his ‘DDP Snake Pit’ podcast that he’s “frustrated” to see on-screen buddy Lance Archer “in the spot that he’s in”.

Former TNT Title challenger Archer hasn’t wrestled a singles match on flagship show Dynamite since losing to Wardlow in just five minutes on the 27 April edition. His last win on the ‘A’ show came way back on 19 January (over Frankie Kazarian).

Roberts called Lance a “phenomenal athlete” who has “an unbelievable look”. That’s why it’s confusing the ex-WWE legend that his client isn’t smashing it on TV weekly. Jake did also relent that “the only thing Lance doesn’t do really well is talk”, but said that’s why Tony Khan brought him into the company.

Things haven’t been going well lately though.

It’s interesting to hear Roberts openly criticise All Elite’s booking this way on his pod. He’s clearly annoyed that Archer hasn’t been featured more prominently on TV, or been picking up many wins. The ‘Murderhawk Monster’ last worked a meaningful one-on-one vs. Hangman Page on the 9 February Dynamite.

He’s been picking up some independent bookings since, and also appearing mainly on Dark.

The AEW World Title Eliminator continued on AEW Dynamite. Bryan Danielson defeated Dustin Rhodes, and Eddie Kingston defeated Lance Archer.

Danielson made Rhodes pass out with a guillotine choke to move on to the next round. Kingston defeated Archer with a roll up, and he and Danielson will face off in the semifinals.

The finish to the Kingston – Archer match was made on the fly after Archer landed on his head after attempting a moonsault. Referee Bryce Remsburg and AEW medical official Doc Sampson checked on Archer after the move. Archer rolled into the ring, and Kingston then rolled up Archer to take the win.

Archer took to Twitter after the match assuring fans that he was okay. He tweeted, “I’ll live! Thank ya Lord!” On Rampage, Orange Cassidy won his first round match against Powerhouse Hobbs. He will take on the winner of Preston “10” Vance vs. Jon Moxley. They are set to face off on this Wednesday’s Dynamite in Boston.

Update: Archer added another tweet about his condition.

“Listen. We choose to do this and take our health n lives in our hands every night,” Archer said. “I’ve done that move hundreds of times over my career. Just under rotated. Coulda been MUCH worse. Thank you to ALL at @AEW for taking AMAZING care of me and protecting me. I’ll BE BACK!

On last night’s AEW Dynamite, Lance Archer wrestled Eddie Kingston in a Title Eliminator Tournament Match.

During the match, Archer went for a moonsault off the top rope and landed on his head. He was checked on at ringside by the referee and Dr. Sampson, got back in the ring, and Kingston rolled him up for the win.

Archer commented afterwards, thanking AEW for taking care of him and letting the fans know he’ll be back.

“Listen. We choose to do this and take our health n lives in our hands every night,” Archer wrote. “I’ve done that move hundreds of times over my career. Just under rotated. Coulda been MUCH worse. Thank you to ALL at @AEW for taking AMAZING care of me and protecting me. I’ll BE BACK!”

This morning, Archer joked “Ice for the MiniHawk, too!” showing an action figure of himself laying on an ice pack.

On the latest Wrestling Observer Radio it was reported he passed all of his tests backstage. AEW even did a concussion check during the match and wouldn’t have bothered with a finish if it was any worse. Archer apparently wanted to keep wrestling, but was “upset backstage” that they couldn’t give the match a proper ending.

AEW star and IWGP United States Champion Lance Archer recently sat down with Wrestling Inc. Managing Editor Nick Hausman on The Wrestling Inc. Daily to talk about his upcoming title defense against New Japan star Hiroshi Tanahashi. That match at New Japan’s Resurgence event in Los Angeles this past Saturday, is another sign of AEW’s partnership with New Japan. For his part, Archer, a former New Japan star himself, loves that he gets to be apart of it.

“It’s a lot of fun,” Archer said. “The fact that Tanahashi is willing to fly over from Japan and challenge me in Los Angeles this coming Saturday. I think it’s one of those really cool elements that adds to what’s going on in professional wrestling today, with AEW today. I think it’s the reason that fans are gravitating towards our product so quickly and rapidly and having so much fun watching. You never know who’s going to show up, what’s going to happen and who’s going to be a part of it.

“So it’s fun that I get to go out to Los Angeles and face Tanahashi. I’ve faced Tanahashi a bunch of times in G1’s and many different times over the years in New Japan. You just never know who’s going to show up, whether it’s Impact Wrestling, New Japan-Pro Wrestling, Nick Gage who showed up and fought Jericho. It’s just one of those things. You just never know who’s going to show up, what’s going to happen. And I think that just makes it more fun for the wrestling fans who are watching on TV. And then for the wrestlers, you have a lot of different opponents to go up against. And I think that’s what makes it fun, that variety.”

As mentioned by Archer, Gage broke through the Forbidden Door himself, wrestling Chris Jericho in a no rules match as part of the Five Labors of Jericho. When asked if he’d be open to facing Gage in a death match, Archer kept his answer short and sweet.

“I’ll gladly put him through some broken glass and kick his ass,” Archer said. “I’m good with that.”

Later Archer was asked about a potential super show pitting AEW and NJPW stars against each other.

“I think it intrigues everybody,” Archer said. “I think that’s the fun part. Again, we keep going back and forth on the Forbidden Door, and the fact that we have a working relationship with New Japan right now, we have a working relationship with Impact. And whatever it is, the different people that are coming in and out of AEW on a consistent basis. I think that would be interesting for anybody. The fact if there was some kind of supershow  that involved several different companies with talents from every one of them, fighting each other, fighting for their championships, whatever the case may be. I think that’s the perfect element for a place like MSG.

“But I think, again, you’re saying you’re kind of surprised about the stuff in Chicago. I’m not surprised at all. And I think if we ran MSG, especially any time soon, there’s a good chance that AEW and AEW by itself could sell out MSG and kick some butt man.”

In the main event of NJPW Resurgence, Hiroshi Tanahashi defeated Lance Archer to become the new IWGP United States Championship.

Following a great battle that lasted just shy of 20 minutes, New Japan’s Ace hit three High Fly Flows on Archer to pick up the win and embark of his first reign with the IWGP US Title.

Post-match, Archer got on the mic and praised Tanahashi, explaining how much he respects the iconic NJPW favourite. Not just that, but the Murderhawk Monster then stated how he wants Tana to come to AEW, and when he does, Archer wants a rematch.

All of this played out while former IWGP US Champion Jon Moxley sat ringside, drinking a beer and watching the Archer vs. Tanahashi action. Once the Ace of New Japan got the win, a frustrated Mox stormed off – with that adding yet another layer of tease to possibly seeing Moxley and Tanahashi square off at some point in the (hopefully near) future.

Previously, Mox called out the eight-time IWGP Heavyweight Champion during a recent episode of AEW Dynamite, with some speculating that Tanahashi may end up being Moxley’s opponent at next month’s All Out PPV.

Hiroshi Tanahashi appeared on last night’s AEW Dynamite, challenging the winner of Lance Archer vs. Hikuleo to an IWGP United States Title match.

The New Japan Pro Wrestling legend was featured in a short pre-taped promo. He stated that he was interested in holding a United States Championship, having never done so in his career, and would be looking to face Archer or Hikuleo. He then signed off.

Archer beat Hikuleo in a short match later in the evening, pinning the giant after hitting the Blackout. This was Lance’s first IWGP US Title defence since taking the strap from Jon Moxley last week.

This means Tanahashi vs. Archer is now set. It won’t be going down on an AEW show, however. Instead. NJPW has announced the clash for its upcoming Resurgence show, which takes place in Los Angeles on 14 August.

Owing to the COVID-19 pandemic’s myriad travel restrictions, Tanahashi has not wrestled in the United States since February 2020. He has gone one-on-one with Archer thrice in his career, outdoing him in G1 Climax bouts in 2011, 2013, and 2019, though one would imagine the odds will swing in the opposite direction this time.

Lance Archer defeated Jon Moxley at last night’s AEW Dynamite: Fyter Fest to become the new IWGP US Champion.

The two battled in a wild Texas Deathmatch that saw Moxley get chokeslammed through two tables with barbed wire boards on them. Moxley was unable to answer the referee’s ten-count and lost the title.

This is Archer’s second run as IWPG US Champion after winning it for the first time in 2019.

As noted, NJPW star Hikuleo was in the crowd tonight and it was announced he would take on the winner of this match on next Wednesday’s AEW Dynamite: Fight for the Fallen. Archer and Hikuleo had a face-off to close out the night’s event.

New AEW TNT Champion Miro is set to defend his title at the upcoming AEW Double Or Nothing pay-per-view.

AEW announced today that Miro will defend the TNT Title against Lance Archer.

Miro is scheduled to speak during tonight’s AEW Dynamite show, but unless he defends the title on next week’s go-home show, Double Or Nothing will be his first title defense. He just won the title from Darby Allin in last Wednesday’s Dynamite main event.

AEW tweeted a video today to announce the Archer vs. Miro match. Archer noted that he should be the TNT Champion, and that destiny will be fulfilled at the pay-per-view.

AEW Double Or Nothing will take place on Sunday, May 30 from Daily’s Place in Jacksonville, FL, beginning at 7pm ET with the pre-show. Below is the updated announced card:

Triple Threat for the AEW World Title
PAC vs. Orange Cassidy vs. Kenny Omega (c)

AEW Women’s World Title
Dr. Britt Baker vs. Hikaru Shida (c)

AEW TNT Title Match
Lance Archer vs. Miro (c)

Casino Battle Royale for a Future AEW World Title Shot
Christian Cage, Matt Sydal, Jungle Boy, Matt Hardy, Isiah Kassidy, Marq Quen, Colt Cabana, 10, Evil Uno, Powerhouse Hobbs, others TBA

Cody Rhodes vs. Anthony Ogogo

“Hangman” Adam Page vs. Brian Cage

Paul Wight can’t wait to step foot inside an AEW ring.

The commentator told WrestleZone that he’s starting to get an itchy trigger finger. Wight was delighted to sign on for commentary duties this past February, but work on AEW’s Dark: Elevation show with Tony Schiavone was only going to satisfy him for so long.

Now, he feels like he’s getting closer and closer to actively wrestling again. The giant previously told Renee Paquette’s ‘Oral Sessions‘ and Chris Jericho’s ‘Talk Is Jericho‘ that he’d headhunted Darby Allin as someone he’d love to work with in the future.

Wight would also like to help teach bigger guys like Luchasaurus and Lance Archer a thing or two.

Paul told WrestleZone that he actually broached the subject of wrestling again during a recent episode of Dark: Elevation. He turned to Schiavone and asked, “Have you ever sat here in this chair and really got the desire to lace your boots up again, put them on and get out there and wrestle?”.

He’s not sure if that made it to air or not – AEW might’ve cut it out of the episode.

On a recent episode of Oral Sessions with Renee Paquette, new AEW signing Paul Wight was on to talk about his role in AEW and his future going forward. Wight first talked about what he was looking forward to.

“I get to work with younger talent. I get to work in an environment where I can really really contribute,” Wight noted. “I can do color commentating. I’m excited. I hope I don’t screw the boots on this one.”

Wight then talked about what he hopes to teach the younger talent in AEW. He also noted the differences between the AEW and WWE environments.

“I learned so much working there in how to do things and how to be an entertaining and psychology. These are tools that I can help younger guys with,” Wight pointed out. “Not necessarily that style and philosophy because the environment over there is created to be a very competitive, short-thinking environment. It’s done that way by design because the guy at the top is a fighter.

“That’s what he does. He wants confrontation. He wants all the dogs in his pack to be the same way. That’s a great environment, but at the same time, sometimes it isn’t as conducive as being as creative as you want because when that one person has a vision, that’s the vision that is mandated a followed.”

Wight later named the AEW talents that he would like to work with. He named one talent in particular that he compared to Jeff Hardy.

“My personal great match so far here that I salivate every time I see him is Darby Allin. I want to be a heel and work with him so bad,” Wight admitted. “He knows how to sell. A lot like Jeff Hardy, it’s that intrinsic value that not a lot of people have that he has. So I salivate looking at Darby. Then I look at, for big guys, Luchasaurus is someone I can help and Wardlow, and Brian Cage and Kenny Omega obviously.

“Kenny Omega and I could tear the house down. Adam Page. Lance [Archer] I’ve known for a long time. He’s gone down the road and done his thing too. Lance and I could have a lot of fun because Lance is very vicious, aggressive individual. So as a heel, I can do some stuff with him as a babyface. We can tell a story and get that over pretty good.”

Wight explained his reasoning why he wanted to start on commentary before jumping in as a wrestler. He described himself as “the new kid in school.”

“When I talked to Tony [Khan] about this, I didn’t want to, and he and I both agree, pop in right out of the gate, new gear, roll in [and] get in the middle of a title hunt because Kenny, Mox and everybody, they all built this thing and got to this point,” Wight said. “There’s nothing worse than having an a**hole jump in in the middle of your program, and plus for me, to do the best service I think I can, I’m gonna come in, do the commentating because it’s a passion, also evaluate, watch the talent [and] get to know the talent because in WWE, I was constantly absorbed in it all the time.

“So I knew what the people were doing. I knew how they were doing it and what they were thinking. So it was an easy transition. This is brand new to me. I’m the new kid in school so to speak. For me, this is a great opportunity to really study and learn the talent around me and find the right program to start.”

Wight also revealed that his desire to do commentary for over a decade. He talked about his conversation with Tony Khan about doing color commentary.

“Vince let me do a little commentating here or there, but he knew in the back of mind that, Kevin Dunn knew, Michael Cole knew, Jerry Lawler, they all knew that’s what I wanted to do,” Wight stated. “It’s been a huge huge passion of mine for I would say the last 15 years.

“What I envision my mind was, where does my career end up? My career ends up with me doing color commentating full time like Gorilla Monsoon. When we were talking on the phone, Tony was like, ‘Okay, what do you want to do?’ I said, ‘I want to do color commentary, and I also want to wrestle.’”

Paquette later asked Wight who else he wants to see join AEW. He named a WWE Hall of Famer that he has a long history with.

“Honestly, there’s one guy I miss all the time, and I don’t if he’s gonna wrestle again. It’s Mark Henry,” Wight named. “I love him. He does [still got it]. Mark would be amazing here because he’s got an eye for finding talent. That’s a thing about Mark that a lot of people don’t know because of the way his character’s done on TV, there’s so much depth to him.

“He’s a lot smarter than people know. He knows everyone under the son. He’s a got a rolodex full of athletes that he’s helped get better, train better, become wrestlers, get into colleges they want to go to, get tryouts for pro teams that they want to go to. He’s unbelievable. His heart is so big the way he gives to athletes and helps athletes. For me personally, I’d love Mark here.”