Chris Aiken has your Wednesday night preview for the AEW Dynamite and NXT shows, or the “Wednesday Night War.”
Invasion and vengeance are the words of the day on the Wednesday night wrestling shows. An invasion continues in AEW by the Bullet Club as Revolution nears. On NXT is the go-home show ahead of Vengeance Day.
Below are lineups and a preview for tonight:
- Lights outs match: KENTA & Kenny Omega vs. Jon Moxley & Lance Archer
- TNT Championship: Darby Allin vs. Joey Janela
- Women’s World Championship Eliminator tournament: Leyla Hirsch vs. Thunder Rosa
- Chris Jericho & MJF vs. The Acclaimed (Anthony Bowens & Max Caster)
- Cody Rhodes & Lee Johnson vs. Peter Avalon & Cezar Bononi
- PAC vs. Ryan Nemeth
- Tony Schiavone interviews Sting
- Hangman Page speaks
- Go-home for TakeOver
- Men’s Dusty Classic semifinal: Grizzled Young Veterans (James Drake & Zack Gibson) vs. Timothy Thatcher & Tommaso Ciampa
- Men’s Dusty Classic semifinal: MSK (Wes Lee & Nash Carter) vs. Legado del Fantasma (Gran Metalik & Lince Dorado)
- Women’s Dusty Classic semi-final: Candice LaRae & Indi Hartwell vs. Ember Moon & Shotzi Blackheart
- Austin Theory vs. Kushida
- Cameron Grimes returns
2/10/2021 AEW Dynamite
The next pay-per-view is beginning to take shape on the road to Revolution. Matches are finally coming together for the next supercard, but probably the biggest news is not even necessarily related to the PPV. A door has opened, which once was thought forbidden.
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— All Elite Wrestling on TNT (@AEWonTNT) February 10, 2021
KENTA, in a surprise run-in, debuted on Dynamite last week. Likened to the opening of a forbidden door, someone from New Japan Pro-Wrestling invaded an AEW show. Inter-promotional matches are already on the horizon, including a title match a long time in the making.
Jon Moxley is still the reigning IWGP United States Champion, and KENTA remains the holder of the right-to-challenge contract. A title bout is finally happening between the two in a New Japan ring.
KENTA attacking Moxley last week comes after Mox confronted KENTA on an episode of NJPW Strong. A working relationship of some sort between AEW and NJPW is now evident, making an IWGP US title match possible in the states. Moxley defends against KENTA on February 26th as part of New Beginning USA, which is a card from the US arm of the New Japan promotion.
Despite the limits on travel during a global pandemic, the championship match became a possibility because of simple geography. Aside from company politics allowing the bout, KENTA having a residence in Florida makes the situation far easier. Dynamite being broadcast from Florida not only makes it easy, KENTA appearing there is down right convenient.
Whatever the extent of the working relationship between NJPW and AEW, it has already resulted in an inter-promotional match. Tonight on Dynamite is anything goes when KENTA teams with AEW World Champion Kenny Omega against the team of Jon Moxley and Lance Archer. The bout in storyline is billed as an unsanctioned “lights out” match where falls count anywhere.
The match also marks a Bullet Club reunion of sorts as Omega teams with KENTA. Omega recently also reunited with former Bullet Club stablemates The Good Brothers. Maybe when you are Bullet Club, you are indeed Bullet Club 4 Life.
Darby Allin defends his TNT Champioship against challenger Joey Janela. These have beaten the hell out of each other in the past, so it stands to reason they will do it again. That is even part of the build leading up to the match.
Team Taz could also factor into the match with their ongoing feud against Allin. Aligned with Allin, Sting could also play a factor. Sting teaming with Allin against Team Taz in a street fight is one of the few matches already announced for Revolution.
Sting is also being advertised for an interview segment with Tony Schiavone tonight on Dynamite.
An Eliminator & Other Matches
Also announced for Dynamite are four other matches and a few more talking segments. That includes Hangman Page set for an interview of some sort.
Thunder Rosa meets Leyla Hirsch as part of the Women’s World Championship Eliminator tournament. The budding relationship between Chris Jericho and MJF continues to evolve as they face The Acclaimed in a tag match tonight. In other tag action, Cody Rhodes and Lee Johnson team up against Peter Avalon and Cezar Bononi. In addition, Ryan Nemeth returns to Dynamite for a match against a “Bastard” known as PAC.
AEW Dynamite airs tonight on TNT starting at 8 p.m. ET.
2/10/2021 WWE NXT
All roads on the black-and-gold brand lead to this Sunday for Takeover: Vengeance Day. Tonight is the go-home show as NXT finalizes the build to their upcoming supercard.
TakeOver This Sunday
A huge focus tonight on NXT should be on the upcoming show this Sunday. The haphazard nature of matchmaking that seems to be plaguing the main roster appears to be contagious. The build to TakeOver has been disjointed and distant until recent weeks.
The main event of the card is the NXT Championship match with Finn Balor defending against Pete Dunne. Another title match set for TakeOver is now apparently no longer part of the card.
Kushida was set to challenge Johnny Gargano for the NXT North American Championship as part of the TakeOver, but that title bout is no apparently off. Gargano is out with an injury. Austin Theory in storyline is blaming Kushida for the injuring, leading to a match tonight on the NXT telecast.
— WWE NXT (@WWENXT) February 10, 2021
The two tag team tournaments continue tonight with semifinals match-ups. On the women’s side of the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic, Candice LeRae and Indi Hartwell meet Ember Moon and Shotzi Blackheart in a semifinal match.
Among the men’s tournament matches is a semifinal bout pitting Grizzled Young Veterans against the team of Timothy Thatcher and Tommaso Ciampa. The other tournament match set for tonight could include high flying. The rising team in NXT known as MSK collide with Legado del Fantasma in a semifinal match.
Also advertised for tonight is the return of Cameron Grimes.
WWE NXT airs tonight on USA Network starting at 8pm ET.