It’s the go-home show for NXT as it heads into its next TakeOver event this Sunday in Portland, will AEW stacks its card with title and grudge matches over on Dynamite.
Here’s what to expect from tonight’s edition of the Wednesday Night War.
Dynamite is live from the H.E.B. Center in Austin, TX and has five matches already set.
“The Natural” Dustin Rhodes takes on Sammy Guevara in a rematch from a few weeks ago. Guevara picked up the win in their first match-up after a low blow kick from Jake Hagar, so Rhodes will be looking for revenge and to even their personal head-to-head record at one apiece.
After administering his ten lashes on Cody last week, MJF takes on Jungle Boy just two weeks ahead of Revolution. The Jurassic Express has been involved with Chris Jericho‘s Inner Circle as of late, so it’s an opportunity for Jack Perry to add another competitive match with a main eventer to his resume. But, at the same time, it just doesn’t seem like likely that MJF is going to eat a pin so close to the PPV.
Speaking of The Inner Circle, after Jon Moxley go at least some retribution them last week after his match with Ortiz, attacking Santana‘s eye with his Ford GT car key. Now the two will have an “Eye for an Eye” match, as Moxley likely picks up another win as he moves through The Inner Circle on his path to Jericho and the AEW World Championship at Revolution.
In the first of two title matches, Riho defends her AEW Women’s Championship against the rampaging Nyla Rose, who attacked the champion last week– after she had been interrupted during a backstage promo by Pac— and driven through a table. It’s been a pretty improbable run for Riho, and while her to going over a powerful competitor like Rose would result in some massive babyface heat, the AEW bookers seem to have decided to really push the destructive Rose, possibly leading to a confrontation with the pride of Brandi Rhodes’ Nightmare Collective, Awesome Kong.
And finally, the AEW Tag Team Champions Kenny Omega & “Hangman” Adam Page defend the titles against the men they won them from, Frankie Kazarian & Scorpio Sky of SCU. This match seems less about the championship– a division that AEW prides itself on– and more about the converging of two separate storylines: 1) What will happen with Christopher Daniels and if “The Fallen Angel” will succumb to the enlisting of The Dark Order; and 2) If “Hangman” Page will finally have enough of Omega and The Young Bucks and cost them the titles. Could we see a “Broken” Matt Hardy debut as he appears to persuade Daniels? Is Page going to turn on Omega, or simply abandon his partner? Again, the titles seem secondary here, but they serve as a platform to do some really interesting longterm angle booking.
Over on the USA Network, NXT has their go-home show before TakeOver: Portland, so it will likely be a night full of more storytelling and segments rather than matches.
We do have three matches announced. First Angel Garza takes on Lio Rush in a #1 Contender’s match to face Jordan Devlin for his NXT Cruiserweight Championship. Garza has been pulling double-duty the past two weeks, appearing on Monday Night RAW and embroiled in a feud with Rey Mysterio and Umberto Carrillo. It will be interesting to see if Garza continues to get a push on NXT while his stint on RAW remains as only a placeholder until Andrade returns from “injury,” or if this while be a means so sort of write him off of Wednesday nights; will we see a Carrillo appearance as he costs Garza his title opportunity and officially making-way for his full-time movement to Monday nights?
Kushida vs. Ahead of his title defense against Tommaso Ciampa this Sunday, NXT Champion Adam Cole takes on Kushida in a grudge match after Undisputed Era put the Time Splitter in a trash can during their backstage rampage last week. This should be a competitive match, but undoubtedly we will see an appearance from “The Blackheart” as he tries to gain an advantage heading into their match in Portland.
And finally, Teagan Nox’s friend Candice LeRae takes on Nox’s heated rival, and opponent this Sunday, Dakota Kai. Nox and Kai have a Street Fight at TakeOver, so it seems unlikely that the “Pint Size Pixie” will score a win here, and in fact, might lose in a squash in order to but some real heat on Nox heading into Portland.
The Velveteen Dream returned last week, exacting revenge on The Undisputed Era after they had put him on the shelf. Will he get his revenge match against the man who took the North American Championship off of him, Roderick Strong?
And before Rhea Ripley can worry about defending her NXT Women’s Championship against Charlotte Flair at WrestleMania 36, she has Bianca Belair to deal with first this Sunday. After their tandem attack on Flair last week, what will these rivals have to say as they try to re-focus on each other, and have we seen the last of Charlotte Flair on the Black and Gold brand for now?
Keith Lee and Dominic Dijakovic will be facelifts-to-face ahead of their North American Championship match this Sunday, and what who will have the upper hand between Finn Balor and Johnny Gargano as the two prepare to go to war this Sunday at TakeOver: Portland?
Whichever show you prefer, either way we’re in for a great night as pro wrestling fans. It all goes down at 8pm EST on TNT and the USA Network!