New Japan Pro Wrestling star Hiroshi Tanahashi is all set to make his AEW debut. The star is slated for an appearance on the June 22 edition of AEW Dynamite. He is going to face off against a formidable face in AEW.
Tanahashi will lock horns with AEW superstar Jon Moxley. Tony Khan has apparently aew event schedule prevented the two from locking horns several times, but it’s finally happening. A lot will be at stake at Forbidden Door next Sunday, as the two stars will fight for the AEW Interim World Championship.
Jon Moxley and Tanahashi have plans that extend beyond their match, however. The two will also fight beside each other to face off against Chris Jericho and Lance Archer. With the limited schedule given, it’s not exactly clear whether the two will co-exist.
AEW Dynamite’s upcoming episode has some big names on the card. Will Ospreay & Aussie Open will be fighting fan favorite Orange Cassidy & Roppongi Vic. Malakai Black will battle Penta Oscuro in a 1v1 match.
This week’s AEW Dynamite will set up for the Forbidden Door event in a big way. However, there are fights on the card with stars trying to settle their score against each other. Penta Oscuro and Black have history, but their all-qualifier match will decide who gets to have the last laugh. Here’s the card for the upcoming edition of AEW Dynamite.
Will Ospreay and Aussie Open vs Orange Cassidy and Roppongi Vice
Chris Jericho and Lance Archer vs Jon Moxley and Hiroshi Tanahashi
Penta Oscuro vs Malakai Black All-Atlantic Qualifier
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Booker T Criticizes Top AEW Star’s Lack Of Size
Booker T has been critical of AEW in other areas so it should come as no surprise that he is critical of one of their stars.
AEW star Adam Cole has reportedly been dealing with multiple injuries for quite some time now, dating back to his AEW Title program with ‘Hangman’ Adam Page back in February. Two-time WWE Hall of Famer Booker T spoke on the “Reality of Wrestling Podcast” about Cole’s injuries and criticized his build.
“If Adam Cole has to have surgery and he’s down for six, nine months and he, you know, lose any more muscle, it’s going to be hard on this brother,” Booker T stated. ” You know what I’m saying? Right now, he’s about a buck 60.
“… We gotta get more weight on Adam Cole, you know what I mean? That’s his problem, he’s light, bottom light. We gotta get some muscle on this kid. That’s probably one of the reasons why he’s going out there, getting hurt because it can’t be the schedule at AEW.”
Booker T is billed at six foot three and about 250 pounds whereas Adam Cole is billed at five foot 11 and about 200 pounds. Despite his lack of size, since arriving at AEW, Cole has made quite the name for himself. In March of 2022, less than a year after his debut with the company, Cole faced off against ‘Hangman’ Adam Page in the main event of “Revolution”, AEW’s first Pay-Per-View in the calendar year.
Cole went on at the subsequent AEW Pay-Per-View, “Double or Nothing”, to win the Owen Hart Foundation Tournament on the men’s side by defeating Samoa Joe. Cole received a championship and is name engraved on the Owen Cup, as did his girlfriend, Britt Baker, who won on the women’s side. The tournament was created to honor the legacy of Owen Hart, who passed in 1999.
Prior to his AEW run, Cole, along with the rest of his faction known as The Undisputed Era, went head to head with AEW in the ‘Wednesday Night Wars’ as a part of “NXT.” NXT and “AEW: Dynamite” would both premiere on Wednesday nights at 8:00 P.M. E.T., with “NXT” on USA Network and “Dynamite” on TNT. Cole was NXT Champion for a record-setting 396 days.
Before joining the black and gold brand, Cole found success in Ring of Honor, winning their World Championship on three different occasions. Cole’s last, and shortest, reign as ROH World Champion came while the Panama City Playboy was part of the Bullet Club.
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AEW Returning To Charleston, West Virginia In August
For the first time in nearly three years, AEW will return to Charleston, West Virginia, for the August 17th live Dynamite and Rampage taping afterward.
Tickets go on-sale this Friday — the same day they go on-sale for their previously announced Columbus, Ohio, debut on August 3rd.
AEW last appeared at the Charleston Coliseum on October 30, 2019, for a Halloween-themed episode that also tied in with the Rick & Morty TV show. The main event saw SCU win the inaugural AEW Tag Team titles in a tournament final with the Lucha Brothers.