There is an update on some of the changes that AEW made prior to the All In London and All Out PPV events.
Tonight’s WrestleDream pay-per-view is taking place four weeks after AEW All Out took place in Chicago. That show took place just one week after the biggest show ever, AEW All In London at Wembley Stadium with over 75,000+ fans in attendance.
Both of those shows have loaded lineups while also undergoing changes due to a number of different factors.
An update has been provided by Fightful Select regarding changes to those two shows. They noted that there were pitches for the likes of Paul Wight/Captain Insano, Matt Hardy and Grado against Jeff Jarrett, Satnam Singh and Jay Lethal, but it didn’t make the All In card.
The original plan for the Strap Match at All Out was going to be CM Punk against Ricky Starks. However, Punk was fired by AEW following his backstage fight with Jack Perry at All In. Punk getting fired by AEW was announced just one day before All Out took place. That led to Bryan Danielson stepping up to face Starks in the Strap Match instead. Danielson was just cleared before the match after missing about two months with a broken arm injury. That Danielson/Starks match was a bloody battle that was regarded by many people as the best match at All Out.
In the main event of All Out, Jon Moxley beat Orange Cassidy for the International Title. Fightful reported that the match was solidified as the main event in the week prior to AEW All Out.
It was noted by Fightful also that Billie Starkz wasn’t cleared to wrestle Athena at All Out as planned. They ended up doing a six-woman tag team match instead.
Regarding Saraya winning the AEW Women’s Title at All In, Fightful doesn’t know when AEW CEO & GM Tony Khan made the decision to have Saraya win the title there, but Saraya apparently only learned about the title change one day before the show.
There were no plans for Miro & Will Hobbs to appear at AEW All In. Miro apparently talked to Tony Khan about appearing, so they did a contract signing segment on the pre-show, which led to the Miro-Hobbs match at All Out.
Fightful Select also noted that Jon Moxley’s AEW WrestleDream opponent wasn’t going to be either Josh Barnett or Tom Lawlor. They did not say who Moxley would have faced at the show. Moxley is currently out of action after suffering a concussion in a match with Rey Fenix on the September 20th edition of AEW Dynamite.
AEW presents WrestleDream tonight in Seattle
The first-ever AEW WrestleDream pay-per-view will take place tonight in Seattle. The AEW World Title and International Title are not on the line, but several other championships will be defended.
Here is the advertised lineup with 14 matches overall.
* TNT Championship 2/3 Falls: Christian Cage (c) vs. Darby Allin
* Kenny Omega, Chris Jericho & Kota Ibushi vs. Konosuke Takeshita, Sammy Guevara & Will Ospreay
* Bryan Danielson vs. Zack Sabre Jr.
* “Hangman” Adam Page vs. Swerve Strickland
* AEW World Tag Team Championships: FTR (c) – Dax Harwood & Cash Wheeler vs. Aussie Open – Mark Davis & Kyle Fletcher
* Winners Receive AEW Tag Team Title Match: The Young Bucks – Matt & Nick Jackson vs. The Gunns – Austin & Colten Gunn vs. Lucha Bros – Rey Fenix & Penta vs. Orange Cassidy & Hook
* AEW TBS Championship: Kris Statlander (c) vs. Julia Hart
* ROH World Tag Team Championships: MJF (c) vs. The Righteous – Vincent & Dutch
* ROH World & NJPW Strong Openweight Championships: Eddie Kingston (c) vs. Katsuyori Shibata
* Wheeler Yuta vs. Ricky Starks
* AEW World Trios Championship Match: The Acclaimed and Daddy Ass (c) vs. Shane Haste, Mikey Nicholls and Bad Dude Tito (ZERO HOUR Pre-Show)
* Claudio Castagnoli vs. Josh Barnett (ZERO HOUR Pre-Show)
* Luchasaurus vs. Nick Wayne (ZERO HOUR Pre-Show)
* Satoshi Kojima, Keith Lee, Athena & Billie Starkz vs. Shane Taylor, Lee Moriarty, Mercedes Martinez & Diamante (ZERO HOUR Pre-Show)