Preview: AEW Dynamite Card Tonight (1/18/23) – Darby Allin vs. KUSHIDA TNT Title Match

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Three weeks into the new year, All Elite Wrestling is already firing on all cylinders. Last week’s AEW Dynamite card absolutely tore the house down, with bout after bout meeting and exceeding expectations. With this stacked before us, it’s a guarantee that AEW will put on another amazing show in front of the Fresno, California crowd in the Smart Mart Arena!

On this week’s Dynamite, the brand-new TNT Champion defends against a six-time former IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion. “The American Dragon” takes on one of the best “open secrets” in professional wrestling. Plus, Orange Cassidy puts the All-Atlantic Title on the line against Jay Lethal.

Strap yourselves in; it’s going to be a wild ride in Fresno. It’s Wednesday night after all, and you know what that means! This is AEW Dynamite. Let’s run it down.

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Full AEW Dynamite Card Tonight:

  • Hangman Page Speaks w/ Renee Paquette
  • Willow Nightingale vs. Toni Storm
  • The Young Bucks vs. Top Flight
  • AEW All-Atlantic Championship Match: Orange Cassidy (c) vs. Jay Lethal
  • Bryan Danielson vs. Bandido
  • Jake Hager vs. Ricky Starks
  • TNT Championship Match: Darby Allin (c) vs. KUSHIDA

The Arrival of KUSHIDA

It’s only been two weeks since Darby Allin regained the TNT Championship for the second time, and yet he’s taken all challengers left and right. Two days after his monumental victory over Samoa Joe, Allin took on Mike Bennett in a barn-burner on AEW Rampage. A week after that affair, he defended the title against  Juice Robinson in a hard-hitting bout that saw Darby once again triumph over another terrific competitor.

The fighting champion participates in his third defense this Wednesday night as he takes on New Japan Pro Wrestling Junior Heavyweight legend KUSHIDA. KUSHIDA is a well-traveled and respected veteran that has dominated every promotion he has ever been to. He’s won titles all around the globe, and in his AEW debut, he’s gunning for one the richest prizes the promotion has to offer.

Buckle up for this because it will be relentless from bell to bell! Will Darby Allin keep his streak of wins going as he holds on to the TNT Title? Or will KUSHIDA make a big splash in his AEW debut and take the championship for himself?

No Rest for the Wicked

Two-thirds of the brand-new AEW World Trios Champions The Young Bucks are in action, as they take on the amazing team known as Top FlightMatt and Nick Jackson, along with championship tag team partner Kenny Omega, have gone through hell and back over the past few months in their “Best of 7 Series” against Death Triangle.

Last week on Dynamite, fans saw the unthinkable happen. The Elite was down 3-1 at one point and managed to crawl their way back to secure their second reign as Trios Champions. Only seven days removed from the grueling final clash, the Young Bucks have quite a test on their hands in the form of Top Flight.

Brothers Dante and Darius Martin are one of the top tag team prospects competing in the world today. In their short run in the wrestling business, they have proved they can hang and beat some of the industry’s best Unfortunately, this team has come into a string of misfortunes, with injuries plaguing them over the last few years. That said, they can turn all this bad luck into something golden with a win over the Bucks.

Can Top Flight notch a win over one of the best teams wrestling has ever seen? Find out this Wednesday night on a spectacular edition of AEW Dynamite only on TBS!

Stay tuned to the Last Word on Pro Wrestling for more on this and other stories from around the world of wrestling, as they develop. You can always count on LWOPW to be on top of the major news in the wrestling world. As well as to provide you with analysis, previews, videos, interviews, and editorials on the wrestling world.  You can catch AEW Dynamite Wednesday nights at 8 PM ET on TBS and AEW Dark: Elevation (Monday nights) and AEW: Dark (Tuesday nights) at 7 PM ET on YouTube. AEW Rampage airs on TNT at 10 PM EST every Friday night.