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The return of live touring for AEW last night in Miami. And there just had to be some trouble. A fan apparently tried to rush the ring during a face-to-face between Chris Jericho and MJF. Jericho could be seen taking a swing at the fan on TV before the fan was subdued by security.
There was a big surprise during Dynamite. The former Aleister Black - who was identified on-air as both Tommy End and Malakai Black. He surprised Cody Rhodes and Arn Anderson. The arena lights went out without warning...and when they came back on...Black was in the ring. He hit his signature spinning kick on BOTH Arn and Cody.
Another instance of the arena lights going out happened earlier in the show during Cody’s strap match against QT Marshall...but it was played off as a technical glitch. Cody won that match, by the way.
The Young Bucks are still the AEW Tag Team Champions. They narrowly escaped with the titles...but did find a way to beat Eddie Kingston & Penta El Zero Miedo in a Street Fight. This match saw Michael Nakazawa, Brandon Cutler, the Good Brothers and the ELITE HUNTER Frankie Kazarian all get involved. There were also thumbtacks.
AEW Champion Kenny Omega was confronted in the ring...first by Evil Uno and Dark Order...and then by the #1 contender himself Hangman Page, who laid waste to the Good Brothers before Omega slipped away.
Getting back to Jericho and MJF...the hurdles were laid out for Jericho to get another match against MJF. He’ll have to wrestle...and defeat...every other member of The Pinnacle in matches that will each have their own unique stipulations.
The Pinnacle’s Wardlow, Dax Harwood & Cash Wheeler beat Inner Circle’s Jake Hager, Santana & Ortiz. FTR hit the Big Rig on Hager and Wardlow got the pin.
Andrade El Idolo’s AEW in-ring debut was a win over Matt Sydal.
Orange Cassidy & Kris Statlander beat The Blade & The Bunny. Statlander pinned The Bunny with the Big Bang Theory.
Stars from the MMA world were in attendance. Jorge Masvidal, Amanda Nunes and Dan Lambert. Lambert took the mic at one point and talked trash on AEW...only to be put down by Lance Archer.
New matches announced for next week’s Fyter Fest special:
Jon Moxley is set to return to Dynamite and defend the IWGP United States Championship against Karl Anderson.
Yuka Sakazaki will return to AEW...in a match against Penelope Ford…
And Christian Cage will go one-on-one against Matt Hardy.
A future shot at the NXT UK Tag Team Titles is on the line on today’s NXT UK.
Lewis Howley - one-half of the champs, Pretty Deadly - will face Mark Andrews. If Andrews wins, he and Flash Morgan Webster get a shot at the belts.
Also on today’s show...Trent Seven vs. Eddie Dennis...and Nathan Frazer vs. Kenny Williams.
WWE will air matches from the Rolling Loud rap festival in Miami on the July 23rd episode of SmackDown.
Ring Of Honor on Wednesday awarded a ticket into its women’s championship tournament to Allie Recks. Unfortunately, Recks will not be able to take part due to major knee injury.
Major League Wrestling announced Wednesday that Dave Prazak - the founder of Shimmer - is joining the league...to lead the launch of a women’s division. MLW says it plans to premiere its women’s division sometime this summer.
All Japan announced that both Shuji Ishikawa and Black Menso-re tested positive for COVID-19. TAJIRI and ring announcer Ryo Okuda were in close contact with them. All four are now pulled from upcoming shows.
Similar issues in Tokyo Joshi Pro. Pom Harajuku tested positive for COVID-19. Miyu Yamashita and Yuki Aino were in close contact with her. All three are off this weekend’s shows.
The Japan Times reports the Japanese government will declare another COVID-related state of emergency in Tokyo - running through August 22nd. That would cover the full duration of summer Olympics which begin on July 23rd.
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