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Darby Allin Returns on AEW Dynamite, Joins Anarchy in the Arena Match

Darby Allin was supposed to be climbing Mount Everest. Instead, he was in Everett, Washington, back in the wrestling ring.

Allin’s mountaineering dreams were put on hold when he broke his foot in his sendoff match and was later hit by a bus. Those bumps and bruises didn’t stop him from joining Team AEW in their battle against The Elite.

Last night on AEW Dynamite, The Young Bucks, Kazuchika Okada, and Jack Perry were beating down Bryan Danielson and FTR when Allin thrilled the Washington State fans by making the save.

Allin will replace Eddie Kingston in the Anarchy in the Arena at the Double or Nothing pay-per-view on May 26. Doubling down on their vicious attack on AEW boss Tony Khan, The Elite had injured Kingston over the weekend at the New Japan Pro Wrestling Resurgence event in California.

On Dynamite, Okada retained the Continental title with a win over FTR member Dax Harwood. Okada hit the Rainmaker lariat before the post-match chaos took place.

Swerve’s House

Swerve Strickland, another Washington State favorite, defeated “The Machine” Brian Cage. After the match, Swerve was attacked by Christian Cage (no relation), who will challenge for Strickland’s AEW title at Double or Nothing.

Danielson (yes, he’s from Washington, too) opened the show by teaming with New Japan World champion Jon Moxley to beat Jeff Cobb & Kyle Fletcher, who are the respective TV champions of New Japan and Ring Of Honor.

The Young Bucks used the Tony Khan Driver to defeat Christopher Daniels & Matt Sydal in a non-title match. Then, they used their power as Executive Vice Presidents to fire Daniels.

“The Rated-R Superstar” Adam Copeland has shown more of a dark side in his feud with The House of Black, who attacked him on Dynamite. Malachi Black then accepted Copeland’s challenge for Double or Nothing for a Barbed Wire Steel Cage match.

Show Me The Mone

TBS champion Willow Nightingale had a contract signing for the pay-per-view with Mercedes Mone (who was Sasha Banks in WWE). You know how that goes. Mercedes slapped Willow, who responded with a powerbomb through a table.

“Timeless” Toni Storm delivered more old-timey goodness on the microphone before beating Harley Cameron in a non-title match. Storm will defend the AEW Women’s title against Serena Deeb at Double or Nothing.

Hook scored a quick win over Sebastian Wolfe before lobbying for a chance to regain the FTW title from “The Learning Tree” Chris Jericho.

(Jeff Gorman has been a pro wrestling announcer for 30 years. Message him on Twitter @JeffDGorman and order an autographed copy of his WCW history book, “King of Atlanta.”)


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