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I’m Matt Carlins and this is JUST Pro Wrestling News for Thursday, January 28, 2021.
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Results from Wednesday’s AEW Dynamite, NXT and MLW Fusion are straight ahead in this update but first…
It looks like all systems GO for Shaquille O’Neal to step inside an AEW ring opposite Cody Rhodes.
(Shaq Challenges Cody)
Shaq laying out the challenge during the stream of Wednesday’s AEW Awards.
Later, on Dynamite, Cody essentially admitted AEW’s original plan for a Shaq match was supposed to involve Cody’s wife Brandi..before she announced her pregnancy.
On Dynamite, Cody seemed unsure how to proceed. So, he deferred the decision to Arn Anderson who encouraged Cody to take it...with Red Velvet in Brandi’s place.
It looks like that’s where we’re heading for Revolution - Cody Rhodes & Red Velvet vs. Shaq and Jade Cargill.
With little fanfare, AEW did finally announce the new date for the Revolution pay-per-view. It’ll be on SUNDAY, March 7th.
We may learn the next challenger for the Young Bucks’ AEW tag titles during next Wednesday’s Beach Break special. There will be a tag team battle royal to decide who gets that shot, But the Bucks will be in it too...and if they win, they get to pick their opponent.
At the end of Dynamite, Matt Jackson strongly implied that if that’s case...we’ll get the Bucks vs. the Good Brothers. Those two teams joined forces to beat the Dark Order in last night’s main event.
We should also point out the words “Bullet Club” were spoken multiple times last night - both by wrestlers and on commentary.
Here’s what else went down on Dynamite…
Jungle Boy submitted Dax Harwood. After the match, FTR and Tully Blanchard got their revenge - handcuffing Luchasaurus to the ring ropes - and CUTTING THE HORNS OFF OF HIS MASK.
Eddie Kingston needed all the help he could find to get past Lance Archer. The Butcher and The Blade provided a distraction by attacking Jake Roberts. Then, The Bunny delivered a weapon to Kingston, which he used to score the win.
Matt Hardy made some overtures to Hangman Page - offering to share his dressing room after saying Page has been getting dressed in the hallway next to catering.
Also last night, AEW announced the first match in their upcoming tournament to decide a new #1 contender for the AEW women’s title.
It will see the return of Riho...against NWA Women’s World Champion Serena Deeb. No date was announced. AEW only says it’s “Coming Soon”.
Today’s NXT UK has a 4-way #1 Contenders match for the NXT UK tag titles - Pretty Deadly vs. Mandrews & Flash Morgan Webster vs. The Hunt vs. Ashton Smith and Oliver Carter.
On last night’s NXT...three more teams advance in the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic tournaments.
Two teams advanced to the semifinals in the men’s bracket. The Grizzled Young Veterans beat Kushida and Leon Ruff...and MSK beat Killian Dain and Drake Maverick.
On the women’s side - Raquel Gonzalez and Dakota Kai beat Aliyah and Jessi Kamea.
Also, we now know the finals of the women’s Dusty Classic will go down at NXT TakeOver on February 14th.
In last night’s main event - Kyle O’Reilly tapped out one half of the NXT tag team champs, Danny Burch...as O’Reilly and NXT Champ Finn Balor bear Burch and Oney Lorcan in a non-title match.
Two potential challengers want a shot at Io Shirai’s NXT women’s title. Io was confronted - and attacked - by both Toni Storm and Mercedes Martinez last night.
The advertised cruiserweight title match between Santos Escobar and Curt Stallion did NOT happen. Stallion was found beat up backstage. NXT GM William Regal said the match will happen next Wednesday - and if something happens to Stallion again, there will be SERIOUS CONSEQUENCES.
Finally...from last night’s MLW Fusion.
MLW appears to have a “dream match” in the works. After a successful defense of his AAA cruiserweight title, Laredo Kid says he wants to be a double champion in MLW..and he has his sights set on middleweight champ Lio Rush.
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