Last night’s AEW Dynamite continued the build to the Owen Hart Cup tournament. Jeff Hardy qualified to compete after defeating Bobby Fish. Dante Martin lost a high-flying bout that sent Rey Fenix into the competition. On the women’s side, things were settled during the Rampage tapings, which took place after Dynamite.
Britt Baker and Jamie Hayter are set to take on Ruby Soho and Toni Storm for Friday’s broadcast. During Dynamite, they stressed what a huge deal it was for the match to be the opening contest on Rampage. Typically, AEW runs the biggest match in the opening spot on Friday nights.
Dave Meltzer discussed a spoiler for the women’s tag team match on the latest Wrestling Observer Radio. Britt Baker took the pinfall at the hands of Toni Storm. Between that and some other backstage segments involving the two, it looks like AEW is positioning things for Britt and Toni to meet in the finals of the Owen Hart tournament.
“On the TV, they made a big deal out of the first time in the history of Rampage, they are going to open with the women’s match. Which, actually, for Rampage, the opener is a prestige position, so it actually is something. But they were acting like, ‘For the first time, women are going to be in the opening match.’
And Britt Baker’s going, ‘I broke another boundary and I’m going to have every record here.’ So Ruby Soho and Toni Storm beat Britt Baker and Jamie Hayter when Storm pinned Britt Baker which is one of the reasons why I think it’s going to be Storm and Britt Baker in the finals because Britt Baker does not lose unless there’s a reason. And she did lose here. I heard this was a good match.”
Toni Storm and Britt Baker would then take place in the tournament’s final round at Double or Nothing. The PPV already has a stacked card with many more huge matches rumored to be added soon. With AEW’s women’s division facing regular criticism, Tony Khan is trying to position his biggest stars in massive matches at the pay-per-view.
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