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Wednesday Night War Preview (29 January)

Tonight’s battle in the Wednesday Night War will see a Tag Team tournament final, a championship contender announcement, former friends going head-to-head, and a World champion competing in a six-man tag match.

Here’s a preview for both shows.

On NXT, former best friends Tegan Nox and Dakota Kai finally go one-on-one after Kai turned on Nox at TakeOver: WarGames, costing the latter her opportunity to compete in the titular match. Both wrestlers did appear in the Royal Rumble match this past Sunday, but they never crossed paths as Kai was surprisingly eliminated by Chelsea Green before Nox had even entered the match. After weeks of jumping one another, the two will finally get a their hands on each other. Hopefully this is a well-told, intense match that kicks off a good, longterm feud.

The next challenger for NXT Champion Adam Cole is set to be revealed tonight. It has not announced if there will be some sort of #1 contender’s match, or if General Manager William Regal will simply declare a challenger, but there will be some clarity heading into TakeOver: Portland on 16 February. Considering that the hottest wrestler, Keith Lee, will likely be defending his newly won North American Championship at the PPV, there are two obvious top opponents for Cole: NXT UK Champion WALTER or Tommaso Ciampa. If Triple H decides that the international rivalry between Imperium and The Undisputed Era should continue, then a Champion vs. Champion match would be phenomenal, but it seems hard to see either champion dropping their titles, unless there is a full press to strap a rocket to WALTER’s back. The Ciampa angle would be a little more conventional, but would still make sense. With the (likely) one-off #DIY reunion over, and Johnny Gargano taking on Finn Balor at the PPV, this leaves the door open for “The Blackheart” to recommence his pursuit of recapturing his “Goldie.”

The BroserWeights take on the Grizzled Young Veterans as both teams try to capture the fifth Dusty Rhodes tournament final. Both are already scheduled to take on Bobby Fish & Kyle O’Reilly in a Triple Threat match for the NXT Tag Team Championship at TakeOver: Portland, so this will set the stage as to who goes into the match with the advantage. On the other hand, if there’s going to be some classic WWE 50/50 booking, then perhaps whichever team loses tonight’s tournament final, will end up being the team that ultimately wins the Championship at the PPV.

Wednesday Night Dynamite is live from the Wolstein Center in Cleveland, OH. After being out at see in The Bahamas for Chris Jericho’s Rock ‘n’ Wrestling Rager Part Deux: Second Wave last week, AEW gets as far away from the salty sea by heading into land-locked Ohio. After the production disaster that was last week’s episode, here’s hoping that this week is spared from blistering wind, spraying pyro, and obnoxiously drunk fans.

There have been two matches announced for tonight’s show.

AEW World Champion Chris Jericho, Santana & Ortiz take on Private Party & Darby Allin. Pretty randomly booked match, but what else is new for AEW? Since his shot at Jericho’s World title, Allin’s had both a singles match against Cody and a tag team match as “The American Nightmare’s” partner, but there hasn’t been much direction with his character. This also leaves little room for any feuds to emerge out of this match for Allin, as Jericho is embroiled in a blood feud with Jon Moxley and both tag teams will likely pair off themselves.

The other match sees Cody taking on Kip Sabian ahead of the the former’s Cage Match against Wardlow and eventual clash with MJF at Revolution. This should be another standard Cody-putting-over-younger-talent match, as Sabian is locked in a feud with Joey Janela. MJF will likely involve himself in this match, possibly even costing Cody to build heat as we move closer to the February PPV.

It all goes down tonight, as both promotions head towards their respective PPVs next month.