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Here’s How Top Flight Got Signed By AEW, Tonight’s Episode Of Dynamite To Have Overrun

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AEW President Tony Khan took to Twitter on Tuesday evening to announce that tonight’s episode of Dynamite will have an overrun. He wrote,

“#AEWDynamite TBS
TOMORROW
*With an Overrun!

World Tag Team Title
Ricky Starks + Big Bill v
Sting + Darby Allin

CMLL/BCC

Women’s World Champion
Timeless Toni Storm v Red Velvet
Deonna Purrazzo on commentary

Jericho v Takeshita

My Big Announcement

Hangman v Swerve 3

TOMORROW”

Darius Martin recently appeared on the “Talk Is Jericho” podcast to discuss a variety of topics, including how Top Flight wound up getting signed by AEW.

You can check out some highlights from the podcast below:

On emailing the EVPs: “It was just kind of like, ‘Hey, I’m really interested in what AEW is doing, and I’m a really big fan of how you guys are being an alternative and everything, and we’d love to be a part of it.’ So I sent a little highlight video, and [Matt Jackson] got back to me, which blew my mind, and said he was interested. He brought us down, and we worked Stu and Uno in our first match. We did a couple of Darks and then we ended up doing The Bucks match on TV, that was our first match on TV. We got signed after that.”

On finding out after the match that they got signed: “We just thought we were called back just to not be in the shot as TH2 was coming in and making their entrance. But we actually ended up coming back, and CD was right there, Christopher Daniels, and right there he told us that we were getting signed, and we were also running out after the match.”

And finally, Mayu Iwatani will be defending the IWGP Women’s Championship against Mina Shirakawa at the NJPW ‘New Beginning’ in Sapporo event, which takes place on February 23, 2024.

You can check out the official announcement below:

IWGP Women’s Championship set for Sapporo!
STARDOM this weekend made it official that the IWGP Women’s Championship will be defended on February 23 at New Beginning in Sapporo, when Mina Shirakawa of E Nexus V will challenge the champion, STARD’ Mayu Iwatani.

Iwatani has held the IWGP Women’s title since April of 2023, when she defeated Mercedes Mone to become the third holder of the gold. Since then defences over Utami Hayashishita, Stephanie Vaquer and Syuri have folllowed over a title reign that is soon to surpass 300 days. Shirakawa is former Wonder of STARDOM Champion in her own right, and with desires to be the international face of the promotion, has issued a challenge to be the holder of the globally facing belt.

New Beginning in Sapporo now sees the first defence of the IWGP Women’s Championship in NJPW since Lonetsar Shootout in Texas this past November, and the first in a domestic NJPW event since Sakura Genesis 2023.

You can check out the updated lineup for the show below:

* IWGP Global Championship Match: David Finlay vs. Nic Nemeth
* IWGP Women’s Championship Match: Mayu Iwatani vs. Mina Shirakawa
* New Japan World Television Championship Match: Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Matt Riddle
* NEVER Openweight Championship Match: EVIL vs. Shota Umino
* El Desperado vs. SHO
* Tetsuya Naito, Shingo Takagi, Yota Tsuji, Hiromu Takahashi, and BUSHI vs. SANADA, Taichi, Yuya Uemura, DOUKI, and Taka Michinoku
* Toru Yano & Tomoya vs. TBD

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