• “This is going to be a big deal” – Mike Tyson Returning To AEW
Tomorrow night will be the final time WWE’s NXT and AEW Dynamite will go head-to-head (as NXT will move to Tuesday starting next week).
While a normal episode of Dynamite will air tomorrow night, NXT will air their Night 1 of TakeOver: Stand & Deliver event.
To avoid losing the final night of their ratings war with NXT, AEW is bringing in Boxing Legend Mike Tyson.
All Elite Wrestling issued the following statement for Tyson’s return to Dynamite tomorrow night:
“No stranger to the squared circle, Tyson appeared at the DOUBLE OR NOTHING PPV event In May 2020, followed by a memorable AEW DYNAMITE episode where he brawled with Chris Jericho and The Inner Circle.
Unlike last May, when there were no fans in attendance at Daily’s Place In Jacksonville, Fla., fans will now have the opportunity to see Tyson in-person this Wednesday night in a safe, live event setting.”
— All Elite Wrestling (@AEW) April 6, 2021
AEW President Tony Khan said the following about Tyson’s return in an interview with Sports Illustrated:
“There are many reasons I wanted Mike to come back. He made a huge impact last year at Double or Nothing, and we’re at a point where we can bring him back in front of our fans.
The fans who have come to the shows in Jacksonville have added so much to AEW, and it’s important for me that our fans get to see him live. We’re excited to have Mike back.
This is going to be a big deal. With Mike coming to town, he’s going to have a real impact on Dynamite.”
Below is the match-card for NXT TakeOver: Stand & Deliver:
Night 1 (April 7)
– NXT Women’s Championship Match: Io Shirai (c) vs. Raquel González (with Dakota Kai)
– NXT UK Championship Match: WALTER (c) vs. Tommaso Ciampa
– Triple Threat Match For The Vacant NXT Tag Team Championship: MSK vs. Grizzled Young Veterans vs. Legado Del Fantasma
– #1 Contender Gauntlet Eliminator Match to determine the next challenger for the NXT North American Championship: Leon Ruff vs. Isaiah “Swerve” Scott vs. Bronson Reed vs. Cameron Grimes vs. Dexter Lumis vs. LA Knight
– Pete Dunne vs. Kushida
Night 2 (April 8)
– NXT Championship Match: Finn Bálor (c) vs. Karrion Kross (with Scarlett)
– Unsanctioned Match: Adam Cole vs. Kyle O’Reilly
– NXT North American Championship Match: Johnny Gargano (c) vs. Winner of the Gauntlet Eliminator Match from Night 1
– Ladder Match For The Undisputed NXT Cruiserweight Championship: Jordan Devlin (NXT Cruiserweight Champion) vs. Santos Escobar (Interim NXT Cruiserweight Champion)
– NXT Women’s Tag Team Championship Match: Ember Moon & Shotzi Blackheart (c) vs. The Way (Candice LeRae & Indi Hartwell)
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• ON THIS DAY IN WWF HISTORY (April 6, 2000) – WWF SmackDown!
On this day in 2000, the World Wrestling Federation aired an episode of their weekly TV show ‘WWF SmackDown!’.
It was pre-taped at the San Jose Arena in San Jose, California and featured pre-taped matches & storyline segments on the road to the ‘WWF Backlash 2000’ PPV.
Here’s the card:
1. Chris Benoit vs. Rikishi
2. The Dudley Boyz vs. T & A
3. Tazz vs. Perry Saturn
4. The Big Boss Man & Bull Buchanan vs. Al Snow & Steve Blackman
5. Dean Malenko vs. TAKA Michinoku
6. The Big Show vs. The Godfather
7. Edge & Christian vs. Kurt Angle & Hardcore Holly
8. Road Dogg & X-Pac vs. The Rock