The first four wrestlers hoping to be the next challenger for MJF’s AEW World Championship have been confirmed.
Following the announcement that the Grand Slam World Title Eliminator Tournament would be beginning on September 6th, two first-round matches have been made official for Dynamite as announced on social media.
The first quarter-final will see allies Darby Allin and Nick Wayne put their friendships aside for one night as they will be opponents. Allin looks to get another opportunity at MJF after previously being beaten multiple times by the World Champion, while Wayne looks to make an early impression at the start of his wrestling career.
The other quarter-final match will see Roderick Strong make good on his promise and enter the tournament despite still requiring a neck brace. An emotional Strong confronted Adam Cole on the August 30th episode, still trying to convince Cole that his best friend is using him. Cole strongly advised Strong to not enter the tournament due to his neck issues, but Strong would not listen. Strong’s opponent will be Trent Beretta.
With the bracket yet to be announced, it is unknown whether the winners of each of these matches will face each other or the winners of the other first-round matches.
AEW Builds To Grand Slam
The winner of the 8-man tournament will become the new number one contender to the World Championship and will face MJF inside Arthur Ashe Stadium on September 20th. This will be the third time that AEW has hosted the special show inside the New York Stadium. At the inaugural show in 2021, MJF would win his Grand Slam match by defeating Brian Pillman Jr.