AEW Grand Slam: First Matches

Roderick Strong's motives go beyond the championship belt.

by Atia Mukhtar
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AEW Grand Slam: First Matches
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In an exhilarating development, All Elite Wrestling (AEW) has taken to its official social media handles to release the news of two eagerly anticipated matches set for their Grand Slam World Title Eliminator Tournament. Wrestling enthusiasts will get to witness this action-packed event starting tomorrow, September 6, on the renowned "AEW Dynamite" show.

Darby Allin is primed to lock horns with one of his protégés, Nick Wayne, in the initial clash of this grand tournament. Since joining AEW's talented roster, Nick Wayne has consistently benefited from Allin's guidance.

This bond can be attributed to Allin's deep connection with Wayne's late father and revered wrestling personality, Buddy Wayne, who once trained Allin. However, tensions have been brewing beneath the surface, especially after Allin chose to forgive A.R.

Fox for his assault on Wayne, an incident that took the wrestling community by storm, especially given Wayne's young age of just 18.

Strong's Personal Vendetta

The stage is also set for another sizzling confrontation as Roderick Strong steps into the ring to challenge Trent Beretta in the second scheduled match for the evening.

Strong's participation in the tournament wasn't an impromptu decision; fans will recall that he declared his intent in the previous week's "Dynamite" episode. Notably, Strong has a deeply personal motive fueling his ambition – to accomplish what his ex-best friend, Adam Cole, couldn’t.

This includes overpowering the AEW World Champion, MJF. Observers believe that Strong's journey in this tournament is twofold: to claim MJF's coveted title and to settle scores with MJF for tarnishing his once cherished bond with Cole.

With emotions running high and reputations on the line, the "AEW Dynamite" episode is set to be an unforgettable spectacle. Fans will be converging on the Indiana Farmers Coliseum located in Indianapolis, Indiana, to experience this electrifying drama live.

As the countdown begins, anticipation is at an all-time high, ensuring that tomorrow’s showdown is destined to be etched in the annals of wrestling history.

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