Hurricane Ian affected the pro wrestling world in a major way. WWE had to close the Performance Center in Orlando, Florida. Several superstars couldn’t attend the SmackDown tapings in Canada as well.

AEW faced similar predicament as two major stars missed out on the Dynamite show this past Wednesday. According to Dave Meltzer, AEW intended for a program to take place between WarJoe (Wardlow and Samoa Joe) and Swerve In Our Glory this week but were forced to put that on hold.

The 9/28 Dynamite show and Rampage tapings had to be rewritten due to talent not being there although every advertised segment took place. Less was advertised ahead of time than usual because Khan was aware of the potential problems for several days ahead of time.

The only names that appeared obviously missing were Jake Hager and Swerve Strickland, both of whom were confirmed as two of the people not there due to the hurricane hitting where they live badly and them needing to stay home.


Strickland wasn’t with Keith Lee in a confrontation with The Acclaimed to build a tag team title rematch, and Hager wasn’t with the Jericho Appreciation Society. In a trivia note, it was Hager who came up with the idea of the JAS coming out in all purple suits in the celebration.

There were several others not there including Samoa Joe, and the plans to start a Joe & Wardlow vs. Lee & Strickland program had to be put on hold.

WarJoe was formed in Arthur Ashe week ago when Samoe Joe and Wardlow teamed up to take on Tony Nese and Josh Woods in tag team action. Swerve In Our Glory, on the other hand, lost their tag team titles to The Acclaimed.

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Manik Aftab

Manik Aftab is a news writer at Ringside News. Outside of his writing responsibilities, Manik is a fan of fiction, thrillers, comics, manga and anime. He’s an occasional journalist and likes to spend his free time watching movies and reading stuff about politics, science, medicine, etc. Manik also enjoys jogs in the park and workouts in the gym. 

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