AEW: Changes Made to Wed. Dynamite Show, Saraya on Her “Rusty” Promo, House of Black

More on Changes to Wednesday’s AEW Dynamite Show Due to Hurricane Ian Issues

Prior to this Wednesday’s AEW Dynamite show in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, AEW CEO Tony Khan announced that attendance for this week’s show would be voluntary for all AEW talent who live in Florida and would be affected by Hurricane Ian’s landfall in the state. This issue resulted in a number of AEW talents being unavailable to work for the company for this week’s Dynamite and Rampage tapings.

Fightful Select reported that their sources stated that AEW officials made several big changes to their plans for this Wednesday’s Dynamite show due to Hurricane Ian-related issues.

Among the changes reportedly included Swerve Strickland was originally planned to be involved in The Acclaimed and Keith Lee’s backstage segment but he was unable to travel to the show.

Another change reportedly included plans for Samoa Joe’s appearance on the show being dropped due to Joe being unable to travel. Joe’s appearance reportedly was meant to tie into Ring of Honor’s notable history in Philadelphia.

Saraya Comments on Her “Rusty” Debut Promo for AEW

Wednesday’s AEW Dynamite show featured Saraya’s debut promo in the company. This promo was notable for Saraya being a bit rough and awkward in her delivery and pacing.

Following the show, Saraya reflected on AEW’s Women’s division and her being “a little rusty” with her promo performance.

House of Black AEW Status Update

As noted before, House of Black members Malakai Black and Buddy Matthews are currently on a break from AEW due to personal-related issues. The future status of Matthews in AEW is currently unknown but Black recently stated that he plans to return to AEW once his break is over.

PWInsider’s Mike Johnson reported that his sources stated that the persistent rumors of Matthews being suspended at one point by AEW is not true. Johnson reported that the origin of the rumor revolves around Matthews’ trip to Australia earlier this year that resulted in him being off of AEW programming for some time. Johnson reported that Matthews’ absence was not due to a suspension but instead due to issues with his work visa at the time.

In regards to Brody King, King recently denied on Twitter that the rumors of him also considering leaving AEW are not true.