AEW: Orange Cassidy vs. Shane Taylor Announced for Wed. Dynamite Show, Tony Khan on Decision to Air All In Backstage Footage, Adam Copeland on In-Ring Future

Orange Cassidy vs. Shane Taylor & Mercedes Mone Promo Announced for Wed’s AEW Dynamite Show

AEW announced one new match for the card of tonight’s AEW Dynamite show, which takes place at the Indiana Farmers Coliseum in Indianapolis, Indiana.

This new match announced was a singles match of Orange Cassidy vs. Shane Taylor.

Besides the new match, AEW also recently announced that tonight’s Dynamite show will also be featuring a promo segment involving Mercedes Mone.

Current card for April 17th AEW Dynamite show:

  • Mixed Tag Team match – Adam Copeland & Willow Nightingale vs. The House of Black (Brody King & Julia Hart)
  • Trios match – Daniel Garcia, PAC, & Penta El Zero Miedo vs. The Elite (Kazuchika Okada & The Young Bucks (Matthew & Nicholas Jackson))
  • Claudio Castagnoli vs. Will Ospreay
  • Deonna Purrazzo vs. Mariah May
  • Orange Cassidy vs. Shane Taylor

Tony Khan Comments on AEW Airing All In Footage “Made a Lot of Sense”

As noted before, this past Wednesday’s AEW Dynamite show featured AEW airing never before seen backstage CCTV footage of the infamous backstage altercation between Jack Perry and CM Punk at this past August’s All In event.

A recent episode of The Team 980’s The Chris Russell Show radio featured AEW CEO Tony Khan as the guest. One of the topics discussed included Khan’s thoughts about AEW’s decision to air the footage of Perry and Punk’s backstage altercation from their All In event at this past Wednesday’s AEW Dynamite show.

“Well I think it made a lot of sense (to air CM Punk-Jack Perry footage on AEW Dynamite). First of all, Young Bucks, FTR, Ladder match coming up at AEW Dynasty for the World Tag Team Championships. This is the fourth chapter in FTR versus The Young Bucks. I believe they’re the two greatest tag teams in wrestling, the two best tag teams on the planet and the last time they wrestled, Young Bucks-FTR III was at Wembley Stadium, AEW All In, and a lot happened that day. They were the third match on the pay-per-view and at one point, it looked like we were gonna have to call them up and they were gonna have to wrestle the first match and then they ended up going on in the spot they were in but The Young Bucks said the whole day, everything that happened, it really affected their mental preparation, they weren’t able to pray before the match, they were very stressed out and they slipped on the banana peel, lost the match and they blamed FTR, they blamed what happened at Wembley Stadium… in hindsight, that’s why they refused to shake FTR’s hand in front of those 81,035 fans. The biggest crowd ever in pro wrestling… And it was fascinating to see after that tape played, the reaction that Jack Perry got at New Japan Pro-Wrestling this week. He got the reaction of a superstar and that is not altogether unexpected and it is something very interesting. Perhaps the side effect of this, Jack Perry, already a big star in wrestling. Really the way the crowd connected with him in Chicago, that was interesting to see. Definitely leaves a lot of intrigue going into tomorrow night on TBS, AEW Dynamite coming off last week and also into AEW Dynasty pay-per-view this weekend.”

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Adam Copeland Comments on Future of His In-Ring Career

A recent episode of the Mostly Sports with Mark podcast featured Adam Copeland as the guest. One of the topics discussed included Copeland’s thoughts about the differences between his pre-neck injury retirement and post-neck injury return runs and the future of his in-ring career.

“I’ve lived a lot more life. As strange as that sounds, it actually does add to your utility belt out there. As a performer, any kind of performer, they have to dip into a place to pull the character off. It’s the same with wrestling. That, more than anything, is what I’ve noticed coming back. Some of the skillset I got in the acting I did during those nine years off, I did over 100 episodes of television when I was retired. You kind of pull those things back with you. I feel that’s the biggest difference. I might not be as fast as I used to be, but I feel mentally I’m better than I’ve ever been. That is why a guy like Tom Brady goes, ‘Yeah, well, mentally, I’m better than I’ve ever been. I see the game better than I’ve ever seen it.’ I think that’s the struggle. That’s kind of how I feel, but I’m also a realist. I don’t want to be that guy who sticks around to the point where a young guy looks at the sheet and goes, ‘Ah, okay, I have to wrestle him tonight.’ I don’t want to be that guy. I want young guys to still be excited if they’re going to hop in there with me. I figure maybe I have a year and a half left, give or take. Hopefully, I’ve gotten all the ‘yeah, yeahs’ out by that point.”

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