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Two Finalists Emerge From Dynamite Diamond Battle Royale

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MJF and Orange Cassidy emerged as the two finalists in the second annual Dynamite Diamond Battle Royale tonight, kicking off a special “Winter is Coming” edition of AEW Dynamite on TNT.

The rather unique battle royale debuted in 2019 and bestowed a $45,000 diamond ring to the very first winner, the notorious Maxwell Jacob Friedman. The Burberry-clad loudmouth with now face off against Orange Cassidy next Wednesday night on Dynamite to determine who will leave with the ring.


The match told multiple stories and set up for some potentially interesting future feuds on AEW television. Scorpio Sky eliminated Shawn Spears after weeks of tension, and even violence between the two. Spears then later returned to the ring, attacking Sky with a loaded up glove to set up his elimination.

The Dark Order continued to prove their loyalty to prospective new member Hangman Page. The cultish faction has been pursuing the lost and brooding cowboy for quite some time, and actually caught Page as he was being thrown out of the ring, saving him from elimination.

Miro also looked very impressive throughout the entire battle royale. He threw over several stars including Matt Hardy, Marq Quen and Joey Janela before finding himself in a 3-on-1 brawl against the Inner Circle; a mountain that proved just a bit too much for the “Bulgarian Brute” to climb.

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Handcuff Stipulation Added To 1/27 AEW Dynamite Match

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Dax Harwood of FTR is scheduled to face Jungle Boy of Jurassic Express in a singles match on Wednesday’s AEW Dynamite.

While the action inside the ring is expected to proceed like normal, their respective ringside onlookers are going to be restrained. AEW announced on Monday that Cash Wheeler and Tully Blanchard will be handcuffed to Luchasuarus at ringside to prevent outside interference.


Below is the updated lineup for Wednesday:

  • Hangman Page vs. Ryan Nemeth
  • Britt Baker vs. Shanna
  • Dax Harwood vs. Jungle Boy
  • Chris Jericho & MJF vs. Varsity Blonds
  • Eddie Kingston vs. Lance Archer
  • Jon Moxley speaks
  • Cody Rhodes responds to Shaq
  • Darby Allin & Sting address their Street Fight
  • Young Bucks & Good Brothers vs. Dark Order

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Darby Allin Discusses Working With Sting & Being The TNT Champion

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Darby Allin has given his thoughts on working with Sting in recent weeks, and what it has been like to be TNT Champion.

Allin spoke with The Total Slam Podcast where he spoke about working with Sting, who he has been together with since the wrestling legend joined the company.


“I don’t know where it is going and how it came up,” Allin said of their storyline. “I feel like he saw something in me that is almost lost in wrestling today with the creative side of things. I know he saw my videos and it’s something different, and I feel he sees a little bit of himself in me.”

Darby also spoke about getting to be the TNT Champion and the experience he has had with the company since he joined.

“It feels amazing. When I first stepped into AEW and I saw what they had to offer, in my mind I thought I was the poster child of creative freedom. You’ll give me creative freedom and I will show everything I can do here and not elsewhere,” said Allin. “They realized it with all my videos and how I put matches together and it feels really good and that I belong in that spot.

“I was bitter and angry on my independent run because I was a second match card guy and saw the main eventers, and in my mind, I thought there is no reason why I can’t be there. I’m just not taken seriously like I want to be taken. If you give me the opportunity like I did with Cody or with Cage, and I can show everybody that if you give me the ball, you will never get it back.”

Allin is currently set to be part of Sting’s first match back at AEW Revolution, where the duo are set to face Team Tazz members, Brain Cage and Ricky Starks in a street fight. (H/T to WrestlingInc.com for the transcriptions)

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Dax Harwood Reveals He’d Like Chad Gable To Join AEW

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AEW’s Dax Harwood recently spoke about WWE Superstar, Chad Gable, discussing the chemistry they had and how he should join AEW.

Harwood and Gable have a huge history together from their rivalry in WWE with American Alpha and The Revival having some fantastic matches together. When speaking with Arn Anderson as part of a special AdFreeShows watch-along for the ARN podcast, Dax spoke about how you can tell if a wrestler belongs, and why AEW should sign Gable.


“That’s what separates the wrestlers from guys who are playing wrestler. There are guys who can go in there and do some athletic, crazy stuff, and I wish I could. But if you believe in your heart that you’re the best, if believe you’re the biggest badass in the world, nobody can beat you, you’re gonna look legit. I think we should get Gable into AEW, but that’s just my thought.”

Harwood then put over the American Alpha stars as two of the hardest workers they’ve ever wrestled, and how they shook up their matches regularly to keep them fresh.

“Those two guys are two of the hardest working guys I’ve ever been in the ring with. They are the two hardest working guys I have ever been in the ring with. We worked with those guys for I don’t know, four months straight, 5 months straight on these house shows. This is when NXT was picking up and we were going to these house shows every week. Every week, my goal was to change the match. I never wanted to do the same thing, ever. There’s some guys that want, and I can understand, there’s some guys that want to preserve their body and preserve their mind and just get through it, and I get that, but these guys weren’t like that.” (H/T to Fightful.com for the transcriptions)

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