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AEW DYNAMITE Third Anniversary Show Preview

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Hard to believe, it’s already been three years since AEW Dynamite (TBS at 8pm ET) made its premiere on the TV landscape, and tonight AEW CEO and President, Tony Khan has a major show planned to celebrate and to further along some of the developing, and red-hot storylines. Khan has also promised that the show will go over 15 minutes, so look for a two-hour and 15-minute action packed night.

Emanating live from Washington D.C.’s Entertainment & Sports Arena, all eyes are on what could go down in the tag team match-up where Daniel Garcia will team with his idol, Bryan Danielson, to go up against ROH champ, Chris Jericho and Sammy Guevara.

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As AEW fans know, Garcia has been a member of the Jericho Appreciation Society, but as of last week, and after weeks of a building separation, it looks like Garcia may be the next member in Danielson’s Blackpool Combat Club, or will he? Is a swerve coming? And if so on who? Danielson? We’re feeling that Garcia could be playing Bryan and is actually still with the JAS.  However, this match  also sets-up next week’s showdown between Danielson and Jericho for the ROH championship.

To kick-off the anniversary show, look for MJF to take on Wheeler Yuta. AEW’s bonafide star in MJF, took to Twitter to share: “I was the first match at ALL IN. I was in the first ever Dynamite. I’ll be in the first match for the 3 Year anniversary of Wednesday night Dynamite on @TBSNetwork against Wheelsy. I am @AEW …..as long as @TonyKhan keeps paying up #2024.”

AEW Tag Champs, The Acclaimed will be on hand to celebrate National Scissoring Day, but who will ruin their party? Smart bet is on Swerve Strickland, but could someone, or someones, interfere to start a new feud?

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Hangman Adam Page has a singles match against Rush, but something tells us that AEW champ Jon Moxley will somehow be involved given that Page will go against Moxley for the title on October 18th.  In addition, Wardlow defends his TNT Title against Brian Cage, and more.

In addition, Andrade El Idolo’s is in social media news this week after his verbal altercation on the platform with Sammy Guevara. This comes on top of his ‘career is on the line’ match for Friday’s AEW Rampage, when he goes up against Dark Order’s 10 to claim his mask if he wins. Will Guevara figure into the ending of the match? Stay tuned.

So, which match are you looking forward to on AEW Dynamite’s third anniversary edition tonight? Comment below.

 

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time to accept this is becoming a wrestling site (?)

I have visited this site daily for years. I have a visceral reaction every time I see a wrestling article. Can you take a survey and see if your readers want this? I have been clicking on the articles to see what the comments are.

I had no idea this website covered wrestling.

Stop the madness!!!!

I will admit that wrestling contains elements of soap operas, with overwrought drama, a splattering of humor, villains (and villainesses), back-from-the-dead characters (the Undertaker), charismatic good guys (and gals), insane dialogue, preposterous characters, surprising allegiances, ridiculous storylines, some overacting here and there, multiple personalities, and much repetition — and much repetition. However,… Nevermind, of course, wrestling stories belong here! 🙂

Jamesj75…I remember once you said we agree on certain topics. On this one we don’t, especially on what was once MF on soaps. It’s long gone. I just see these guys as the lowest rung of sweaty, muscle bound humanity. I won’t even speak about the women badasses who play the game. And what does that say for those that find it entertaining??

Hi Rose: I think we probably still agree on important topics. I do appreciate your reply here. I’m not trying to sell people on wrestling. I believe I am making a valid point by merely pointing out — tongue in cheek BTW — the similarities of the two genres. Take care, Friend!

Jamesj75…I’m with you on that. When you look at real life it is a giant, big soap opera as well. But not always the endings we like, Maybe MF should start a separate sports page and somehow combine soapiness with it. Lots of characters and drama. I like baseball and basketball. Always lots going on in football, Olympics, and even soccer. And not so much sweaty “manliness” going on except to score baskets and goals.
You take care as well, friend.

Rose, thanks a million for your reply! You’re right: there is much drama and lots of characters in sports, too! I’m a big sports fan, too. I probably watch too much TV/streaming of a variety of things… It’s been fun chatting with you, as always!

Oh Jamesj75, you reminded me of my feelings about many ‘love’ scenes on soaps and (especially) movies. The couples seem to use sex to express everything except love and affection. Sometimes it seems like they’re trying to beat each other up! I guess wrestling isn’t so far of a comparison. That being said, anytime I could wrestle with Billy Miller or Josh Swickard or Nicholas Chavez, I’ll give it a try!

Soaphound, you make great points about “love” scenes on soaps and in the movies. It’s no wonder that, in real life, some have a hard time expressing themselves and interacting with others. (Sidenote: the pandemic did us no favors in that regard.)

Also, you make me laugh, so thank you for that! One man’s (or woman’s) wrestling is another man’s (or woman’s) ___________________ [fill in the blank]! Hey! Maybe there is a wrestling promoter among the readers who would be willing to set up one or all of your suggested matchups… Take care, Friend!

I haven’t really kept up with wrestling since the mid-80s or so, but I’ll take it over 99.9% of “reality” TV anytime.

Yea, been waiting for this for years, who wants to read about some old dull Soap Operas anyway?

Figured my comment might post in such a popular place. Just had to comment on the Robert and Diane chemestry. I think Holly is too young for him, unless it’s just the photo I am seeing.

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Jennifer Pepperman, Former Soap Producer & Director, Joins AEW as VP Content Development After WWE Exit

When we reported last week that former soap opera executive producer and director, and longtime WWE Senior Writer/Producer, Jennifer Pepperman exited the company after 7 years, it was a shock to many behind the scenes and those in the know within the pro wrestling and sports entertainment world.  It was noted that her departure was of her choosing and not that she was asked to leave her position.

Now comes word that Pepperman is joining rival AEW in as their VP Content Development. Jennifer will work alongside AEW President, CEP and Head of Creative, Tony Khan.

The timing of Pepperman transitioning to a new position at AEW, has fueled much speculation that one of the reason’s she is coming to the company is that she is close with Mercedes Moné (the former Sasha Banks in WWE) who is about to make her highly-anticipated debut on AEW TV in March.  It is believed Moné will debut at AEW Dynamite’s “Big Business” at the TD Garden’s in Boston on March 10th.

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Moné and now Pepperman have become two of AEW’s most important acquisitions. In a statement, Tony Khan shared, “Adding Jennifer Pepperman’s brilliant mind to the AEW team opens the door for exciting new ideas and will help us build upon the incredible stories currently developing on the road to AEW Revolution across our three weekly shows on TBS and TNT, and the effects of Jennifer’s arrival in AEW will be felt for many years in the future. We’re thrilled to welcome her today, and I look forward to her creativity and collaboration with our team across the board in what will be AEW’s biggest year yet, and beyond.”

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Jennifer Pepperman’s list of soap credits is extensive, including her picking up three Emmy Awards throughout her daytime career as director of As the World Turns in 2007, as director of One Life to Live in 2014 and the Kevin Spirtas-led digital drama, After Forever in 2019. When Prospect Park finally rebooted One Life to Live online in 2013, it was Pepperman who was the series executive producer.  As of last week, Pepperman was the female who had the longest run in her position in the history of the WWE.

Congrats to Jennifer on this exiting new move and venture!

So, will you be checking out AEW Dynamite, AEW Collision and AEW Rampage a little more, or maybe for the first time, now that someone like Jen Pepperman is on-board to help develop the content for their shows? Let us know in the comment section below.

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‘Live with Kelly and Mark’ Talk with AEW’s ‘Rated-R’ Superstar Adam Copeland On Turning to Acting Amid Near Career-Ending Neck Injuries

On last Friday’s January 19th episode of the syndicated morning talk show, Live with Kelly and Mark, the former All My Children alums, welcomed professional wrestling veteran, Adam Copeland.

Having spent years in the WWE as “Edge” (from 1998-2023), Copeland is now wrestling for AEW (since October of 2023) under by his own name, but retaining his catchphrase the “Rated-R Superstar.”

During Copeland’s guest appearance mhe opened up to hosts, Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos, about his almost career ending double-neck fusion in 2011, and his subsequent additional fusion. Through his injuries Adam turned to acting, and landed several roles including on the SyFy series Haven as Dwight Hendrickson after producers saw him give his then ‘farewell” from WWE when he was told he might never wrestle again.

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More recently, Copeland can be seen in Disney’s Percy Jackson and the Olympians in the role of Ares, a role Copeland shares that his young daughters, Lyric and Ruby, love to watch their dad in.

Coming up on the January 22nd episode of Live with Kelly and Mark, The Bachelor Joey Graziadei and Jeopardy’s Ken Jennings are the guests. And on Tuesday, January 23rd look for singer Jennifer Nettles and I Can See Your Voice host Ken Jeong.

Now below, check out these clips of Adam’s appearance with Kelly and Mark, talking on his wrestling injuries, acting, being voted the most-likely to become a WWE superstar in High School, and more.

What did you think of Adam turning to Acting amid his almost career-ending neck injuries and fusion surgery and his appearance on Live with Kelly and Mark? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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AEW Worlds End: MJF Drops World Title to Samoa Joe as Adam Cole is Revealed to be ‘The Devil’

As 2023 came to a close, AEW’s Worlds End pay-per-view from MJF’s hometown of Long Island, New York was the epicenter for the action. Before AEW’s newest and final pay-per-view of the year, MJF had written a commentary in the Player’s Tribune about his run as World Champ, AEW as a company, where he’s at which is currently suffering from several injuries and suffering from exhaustion.

Well, after Worlds End was over, MJF may get his rest. Before the main event between Samoa Joe and  AEW World Champ, MJF, began, a brilliant clip package set the stage, where several Long Island residents talk up how MJF is “their scumbag” complete with MJF scarves around their necks. Once it’s time for MJF to head to the ring, it’s clear he is taped up in his torn labrum as well as having issues with his hip and is pretty beat up.

With all that said, who should join him? His BFF Adam Cole, (who now has darker hair, a clue indeed for what’s to come) on crutches to ringside. Much of the match saw Joe beating down and controlling the tempo, and MJH firing back with short bursts of energy or moves.

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When the ref got knocked out, MJF asked for his Dynamite Diamond Ring, which Adam Cole, took way too much time to find in his pocket.. Once he tossed it to Max, it was too late, as at that point, Samoa Joe locked in a near-naked choke hold.  Then, in a shocker, after the ref would check on Max, and if he could continue, he was already out, and the ref crowned Samoa Joe the new AEW World Champion.  This ending came off as very puzzling.

Next, Cole comes inside the ring to console MJF and the crowd chants “b******t” as they don’t believe Cole for a second.  The Devil’s Masked Men arrive on the scene. They are restraining both Max and Adam, with the two ‘besties” shouting and begging for the Masked Men to hit them with the chair, and not their buddy.

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All of a sudden as is ‘The Devil’s’ style, the lights g out in the arena, and when they come back on, Cole is sitting on a chair looking at Max while Wardlow, Roderick Strong and The Kingdom are unmasked behind him. MJF looked devastated at how Cole could do this to him.  Next, they beatdown the now former champ and Wardlow delivers one final power bomb and lays MJF out. Worlds End come to its conclusion with Cole revealing he is The Devil holding the Devil Mask and his posse standing around and over MJF.

In the post Worlds End media scrum, AEW President, Tony Khan alluded to the the status of Mac with the company, and that Max isn’t signed to AEW at this moment, and what led him to drop the title.

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Khan shared:  “MJF’s injury was absolutely a very big factor in the lead-up to Worlds End, but MJF wrestled through the injury and then had an amazing match tonight. He wrestled through a match against one of the hardest-hitting best wrestlers of all time. I believe Max is somebody who has a great heart and somebody who loves AEW, and I think everybody read that in the article in ‘The Players Tribune’.  I can’t speak to his future in 2024 here at this time, but I do think MJF has been a huge part of AEW for five years. MJF is somebody also that is welcome at AEW and wanted in AEW for life and is also a huge part of the growth of AEW and the success of the company.”

It is believed that MJF signed a new contract with AEW sometime ago, although Khan’s comments indicate otherwise, when he added, that he is was incredibly grateful for the contributions that MJF has made to AEW since coming aboard the company in 2019 and is “always welcome here for the rest of his career.”

So did AEW have MJF lose the world title, so he could go have any imminent surgeries and recover? Is Max still exploring WWE as an option? As of Sunday, MJF was no longer listed on the AEW site’s roster of wrestler, although some think its a “work.”

So, what do you think? Is MJF going to stay with AEW? What did you think about the way Samoa Joe basically won a clean victory over MJF? Was the reveal of Adam Cole as The Devil anti-climatic? Weigh-in via the comment section below.

 

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