Tonight, All Elite Wrestling presents AEW Dynamite Grand Slam, a mega-show in a year of mega-shows for the company. The show boasts one of the most anticipated matchups in all of modern wrestling in Bryan Danielson vs. Kenny Omega, and a slew of other enticing matches and segments. Considering the incredible amount of momentum AEW has been building in recent months, it’s hard not to expect another memorable night of fights tonight.
Grand Slam is actually a two-night event, with Rampage Grand Slam being taped immediately following Dynamite tonight for air on Friday. Rampage will see the first televised CM Punk match since January 20, 2014, when the Straight Edge Superstar defeated Billy Gunn on an episode of Monday Night Raw. It will also see the “SuperKliq”, the Young Bucks and Adam Cole, take on Jurassic Express and Christian Cage.
But before we get to Rampage, let’s take a look at tonight’s Dynamite Grand Slam card.
Where is AEW Dynamite Grand Slam taking place?
AEW Dynamite Grand Slam, alongside Rampage Grand Slam, will emanate from Arthur Ashe Stadium in Queens, New York City. The venue, which is the largest tennis stadium in the world and the home of the US Open tennis tournament, has never hosted a wrestling event. AEW is expecting well over 18,000 fans to pack into Arthur Ashe.
When does AEW Dynamite Grand Slam start?
You can catch AEW Dynamite Grand Slam beginning at 8pm eastern time on the TNT network.
AEW Dynamite Grand Slam card
MJF vs. Brian Pillman Jr.
Maxwell Jacob Friedman, coming off an embarrassing loss to Chris Jericho at All Out, has directed his rage toward Brian Pillman, Jr. After antagonizing the son of the Loose Cannon in his home town of Cincinnati, MJF got his comeuppance at the hands of Pillman. Will Flyin’ Brian do his city and family proud, or will the Salt of the Earth humiliate the young upstart?
FTR vs. Sting and Darby Allin
Tully Blanchard, FTR’s manager, has decided to go after his longtime rival Sting in recent weeks, leading to a matchup between his clients Dax Harwood and Cash Wheeler, and the Stinger and Darby Allin. FTR are the kings of old school wrestling, and it doesn’t get much more old school than Sting. But Darby Allin is anything but old school — will his X factor be enough to give his team the victory?
CM Punk live interview
We’ve heard from CM Punk quite a bit over the last month, but after 7 years without seeing him in a wrestling ring, it still doesn’t even feel real, let alone stale. On AEW Dynamite Grand Slam, we’ll hear from the former Voice of the Voiceless about his upcoming match on Rampage, where he will take on Powerhouse Hobbs of Team Taz in his first televised match since 2014.
Cody Rhodes vs. Malakai Black
Ever since joining AEW in July, the mysterious Malakai Black has been on a mission to make life for Cody Rhodes and the entire Nightmare Family a living hell. Black’s put down Cody, Dustin, Arn Anderson, and Family trainees down with his spinning heel kick, and the Dark Father hopes to make an example of Cody once again at Dynamite Grand Slam.
Dr. Britt Baker, D.M.D. (c) vs. Ruby Soho for the AEW Women’s World Championship
Ruby Soho shook up the women’s wrestling world when she appeared as the Joker in All Out‘s Casino Battle Royale, winning the match and a shot at AEW Women’s World Champion Britt Baker. Soho, formerly known as Ruby Riott, was one of the most criminally underused talents in WWE before her release earlier this year. The former leader of the Riott Squad will finally get a chance to prove herself as she attempts to dethrone the face of the women’s division in Baker, who has held onto the AEW Women’s World Championship since May 30.
Kenny Omega vs. Bryan Danielson in a non-title match
The rest of the show is worth watching on its own merit, but this is the match everybody’s going to be tuning in to see. It’s no secret that Kenny Omega is one of the best wrestlers on the planet today: the “Best Bout Machine” has broken the Meltzer scale countless times, and with the cunning Don Callis at his side, Kenny By-God Omega seems unstoppable.
Enter: The (American) Dragon. Bryan Danielson, in his past life as Daniel Bryan, is one of the most decorated WWE Superstars in modern history, main eventing WrestleMania twice, including a victory in the main event of WrestleMania XXX in what is widely considered one of the best moments of WWE’s past decade. Most recently, Bryan main evented WrestleMania 37 in a losing effort against Roman Reigns and Edge. After a couple of unsuccessful rematches, Bryan quietly faded from the WWE landscape before deciding to give a major jolt to the wrestling industry when he signed with All Elite Wrestling, appearing at All Out to challenge Omega.
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