In a riveting episode of "AEW Dynamite" this week, a blockbuster match was set in stone. Swerve Strickland, partnering with AR Fox, is set to face off against the charismatic Darby Allin and the legendary Sting in a heart-stopping tag team Coffin match.
But what makes this duel even more historic is the venue — London's iconic Wembley Stadium, chosen for AEW's monumental event, All In. However, the announcement wasn't the only thing that grabbed the headlines. Post the revelation, Strickland immediately took to the social media platform, Twitter, to address the sea of naysayers who've been critical of his journey in AEW.
In a defiant tweet, he retorted, "Was told I didn't have the size to elevate up the card. (gained 30 lbs in 6 months). Told my rapping sucks and should stick to wrestling. (made it on XXL Magazine and working with Grammy winners).
Was told my AEW run was mid and floundering and I 'fell off.' (Wembley vs an icon)."
Strickland's Cinematic Rise Highlighted
Swerve Strickland's journey in recent times has been nothing short of cinematic. This past July, he proudly announced a feature spotlighting him in the prestigious Freshman issue of XXL Magazine — a significant nod to burgeoning hip-hop talents.
This recognition came on the heels of the release of his debut solo album earlier in March. On the wrestling front, Strickland's presence has been undeniable. With regular appearances on flagship shows "AEW Dynamite" and "AEW Rampage", he's been in the thick of the action.
Following a high-profile feud with former tag team ally Keith Lee, Strickland took aim at Orange Cassidy's coveted AEW International Championship. And although he didn't clinch the title, he's been making waves as the influential leader of 'The Mogul Embassy'
This dominant faction comprises talents like Fox, Brian Cage, The Gates of Agony, with Prince Nana helming as their astute manager. For those tracing Strickland's ascension, he penned his AEW deal in March 2022, soon after his WWE departure in late 2021. Notably, he holds the distinction of being a former AEW World Tag Team Champion.