Andrade El Idolo, Sammy Guevara beef spills into backstage altercation at Dynamite

Andrade El Idolo and Sammy Guevara weren’t playing around when they said they’d see each other Wednesday.

It appears the issues Sammy Guevara and Andrade El Idolo have with each other have reached the “on sight” level of enmity.

After trading insults and accusations with each other earlier this week on Twitter, the two wrestlers had their first chance to be in the same room at the same time at AEW Dynamite on Wednesday night in Washington D.C.

It did not go well.

TMZ was one of the first outlets to report that Guevara and Andrade got into a backstage altercation, which was quickly confirmed by Fightful Select while Dynamite was underway. While the first reports implied both men were sent home, it quickly became apparent that Guevara was still on the card, appearing in a promo with the Jericho Appreciation Society and being promoted for the main event.

Both outlets also cut off the obvious question from many wrestling fans by reporting that all indications were that the situation was not a work.

Wrestling Observer’s Dave Meltzer summed up a common reaction to the news from fans online, expressing incredulousness that Guevara and Andrade were allowed to interact so easily.

Andrade, who is slated to face 10 of the Dark Order on Rampage Friday, tweeted something later that certainly seemed to be a reference to what had just gone down.

There’s almost certainly more that will come out about this particular incident, but it’s the latest sign that whatever improvements have taken place in the AEW locker room since the All Out brawl haven’t fixed everything that’s ailing the promotion. The eyes of the wrestling world will be on AEW continuously until things settle down for an extended period of time, and not for a reason the company would prefer.

AEW Dynamite results: Dynamite turns 3 with oversized show

Get full AEW Dynamite results for the extra long three-year anniversary episode on October 5, 2022 from Washington D.C.

Ah, wrestling shows are so cute once they turn three, almost like they’re little people. They’re talking more, running around all the time, and … no, wait. That’s when human beings turn three. Well, anyway, AEW Dynamite has definitely changed some since 2019, and that should be reflected in tonight’s anniversary episode from the very straightforwardly named Entertainment & Sports Arena in Washington D.C.

Tony Khan has already decreed that the show will go an extra 15 minutes tonight, meaning it should be packed to the gills with potential goodness. One of the biggest matches will feature a battle between two current ROH champions and possibly former Jericho Appreciation Society teammates. Chris Jericho and Sammy Guevara will be on one side, with Daniel Garcia and Bryan Danielson on the other. Could this be the time when Garcia finally breaks free and declares himself a wrestler, or are there more twists to this story coming?

The women’s division has heated up a bit with the arrival of Saraya, and while she’s not hitting the ring yet, most of the other big players are for one six-person tag match. Toni Storm, Athena and Willow Nightingale will join forces for all that is right and good, facing a team of Jamie Hayter, Serena Deeb and Penelope Ford. We’re not the only ones who wish Hayter would just embrace her newfound fan favorite status, but we don’t expect that to happen this week.

Other matches announced for tonight include Wardlow defending the TNT Championship against Brian Cage, MJF throwing down with Wheeler Yuta, Rush colliding with Hangman Adam Page, and Darby Allin stepping in against Jay Lethal. All this plus it’s National Scissoring Day, so Max Caster is dropping punchlines on someone.

What do you know, that actually does add up to a show that can easily be more than two hours. Plenty of reasons to tune in live on TBS, or to bookmark this page right here as we update it with the latest AEW Dynamite results in something approximating real time.

Sammy Guevara and Andrade El Idolo are really going at it on Twitter

Another day, another Twitter beef in AEW.

If you’re an AEW fan, you’ve no doubt noticed that it seems someone is always unhappy with Sammy Guevara, whether it’s in the company’s storylines, real life or both. On this particular day, the person with the issue is Andrade El Idolo, as the two wrestlers have been going back and forth with some pretty pointed barbs on Twitter.

It started, as these things often do, with a subtweet.

What set Guevara off? This interview that Andrade did with Más Lucha. When asked about recent backstage issues in AEW, Andrade said he never had a problem with the likes of recently suspended talent like CM Punk, Kenny Omega or the Young Bucks.

But he did take issue with Guevara, claiming Sammy once came back to the locker room to complain that he was being hit too hard (h/t to Fightful for the transcription).

They are all good with me, but I did have one issue with a wrestler. I am going to say his name, it was Sammy Guevara. I had an issue with him because he once came to the locker room and complained that we hit him too hard. It’s wrestling, solve it in the ring. If I hit hard, hit me hard too. I learned that he came in and that he accused me like a little girl. After I learned about it, I spoke to him and asked if he had an issue with me, but he said he did not and that’s all there was to it.

After seeing Guevara’s tweet, however, Andrade responded:

To which Sammy countered, claiming Andrade did not, in fact, say anything to him:

Andrade sort of laughed it off and implied he’d see Guevara at Dynamite and would repeat himself if needed:

Could it all be a work? Of course it could! This is pro wrestling, folks, and AEW has shown it has no big qualms about blurring the lines between reality and storyline when it comes to Guevara.

It’s just a bit of a weird look if that’s the case considering there’s been so much recent public perception that AEW is somehow out of control behind the scenes. And it’s not a work, just add this to the seemingly endless list of headaches Tony Khan and company have had as of late.

Opening Bell: WWE prepares for Extreme Rules, Dynamite going to OT

Get set for the week in WWE and AEW with Opening Bell: quick previews of Raw, SmackDown, Dynamite and Rampage.

Welcome to the Opening Bell, where we round up what’s been announced for WWE (Raw and SmackDown) and AEW (Dynamite and Rampage) programming for the week we’ve just begun.

WWE Raw preview – Monday, Oct. 3, Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul, MN

With Extreme Rules beckoning at the end of the week, WWE is pulling out all the stops to drum up that final interest. To wit, there’s a ton advertised for Monday’s Raw in Minnesota — more than usual, for sure.

It’s almost a requirement to have a contract signing for the last Raw before a premium live event, and Bianca Belair and Bayley will have theirs in St. Paul. The champ has been doing a good job of preventing Bayley from living in her head, but will have to stay strong this week ahead of their Ladder Match.

Matt Riddle and Seth Rollins have a feud that’s even more “on sight” than Belair and Bayley, but they’ll also have their face-to-face confrontation on Raw. Because they can’t keep from throwing down when they’re together, WWE says if either man makes contact with each other on Raw, they’re out of their Extreme Rules Fight Pit match. So it’ll be words, not fists, supposedly. And how will the news that UFC Hall of Famer Daniel Cormier is refereeing that match get worked into the mix?

Also on tap for Raw this week:

AEW Dynamite preview – Wednesday, Oct. 5, Entertainment & Sports Arena, Washington D.C.

Perhaps the most exciting thing that’s been revealed about this week’s Dynamite is that it will go an extra 15 minutes. That implies something big, or at the very least a pretty stacked show.

We already know one of the matches will see MJF take on Wheeler Yuta. These two have been going at it since MJF’s return, and though hardly anyone can hang with the self-professed Devil on the mic, Yuta can certainly give him a full night’s work in the ring. Alas, one gets the feeling that The Firm will bail MJF out if he runs into too much trouble.

Another big bout will see Daniel Garcia tag with his idol, Bryan Danielson, to face Chris Jericho and Sammy Guevara. Garcia has been wavering for a while on his Jericho Appreciation Society membership, and after the American Dragon invited him to jump to the Blackpool Combat Club, this could be the chance for him to make a clean break. But you know “The Ocho” will have something to say about that before it’s all said and done in this battle of teams featuring two ROH champions.

Here’s what else has already been promoted for Dynamite:

  • Darby Allin takes on Jay Lethal, who’s promised to leave his entourage behind this time around
  • Luchasaurus will be in action
  • The Acclaimed will get everyone to help celebrate National Scissoring Day, because everybody loves The Acclaimed

WWE SmackDown preview – Friday, Oct. 7, DCU Center, Worcester, Mass.

‘Twas the night before Extreme Rules, and it also happens to be the episode that WWE is promoting as the season premiere of SmackDown. So it’s being headlined by a very big match indeed: the rematch between champion Gunther and challenger Sheamus for the Intercontinental Championship. These two tore the house down the first time around, so fans are pumped for round two.

Solo Sikoa will be in action on Friday as well, taking on Ricochet. Sikoa’s friendship with Sami Zayn has been one of the most pleasant surprises on recent WWE programming, so you can bet Sami will likely be on hand to support Solo for this one.

And because it’s never too early to start promoting the next big premium live event (and because the Tribal Chief isn’t working Extreme Rules), Roman Reigns and Logan Paul will go face to face. Crown Jewel is only a few weeks away, after all.

AEW Rampage preview – Friday, Oct. 7, Entertainment & Sports Arena, Washington D.C.

It’s two shows in three nights for AEW this week in the nation’s capital, with both of them live. Rampage has a special bonus feature this week too: Battle of the Belts IV will take place live immediately after it at 11:00 p.m. ET. That special is expected to have multiple title matches, with the one announced featuring Pac defending his All-Atlantic Championship against Trent Beretta.

As for Rampage proper, we know the Dark Order’s 10 will face off against Andrade El Idolo with some surprisingly big stakes. If 10 loses, he forfeits his mask, but if he wins, Andrade has to leave AEW. Expect Dynamite to add some more spice to this card as well.

AEW Rampage results: Rush might have a Hangman problem

Get quick AEW Rampage results for the September 30, 2022 episode from Philadelphia.

One thing about AEW Rampage is that it keeps things moving.

Wrestling Junkie was on hand for AEW Dynamite and Rampage in Philadelphia on Wednesday and saw it for ourselves. Yes, it still definitely feels like a ‘B’ show, but it’s tight because its only an hour, so there’s no real down time. It’s match to segment to match at a brisk pace.

The Philadelphia crowd stayed pretty live too, even though it was hanging in through more than three hours of wrestling by the end of the night. But Philly always represents, legitimately one of the best wrestling markets anywhere.

In any case, even though we’ve known for two days what would happen tonight, it’s going to be fun to watch it back and check everything out. Let’s do it up.

AEW Rampage results in 30 seconds:

  • The Acclaimed def. Private Party and The Butcher and The Blade to retain the AEW World Tag Team Championship
  • The Gunn Club doubles down on their taunts to FTR form last week
  • Jade Cargill complains about her lack of competition, but maybe she’s getting some in the form of Nyla Rose
  • Lee Moriarty def. Fuego Del Sol by submission, and W. Morrissey roughs up Fuego some after the bell
  • Hangman Adam Page says he’s looking forward to his world title shot, and Andrade El Idolo comes by to try to recruit 10 again … and challenge him for his mask; Ethan Page also stops by to suggest Matt Hardy is contract tampering with Private Party
  • Jamie Hayter def. Willow Nightingale by pinfall
  • Maybe Wardlow and Samoa Joe are going to stay a tag team?
  • Hook comes out to shut up Ryan Nemeth by beating him down and choking him out, and the Trustbusters leave a contract for Hook that he ignores
  • Rush def. John Silver by pinfall, Dark Order tries to stop a La Faccion Ingobernable beatdown, but it’s Hangman who finally clears the ring, throwing down with Rush and teasing a match for the future (meaning next Wednesday at Dynamite) … and then giving Jose The Assistant the Buckshot

Kenny Omega, Young Bucks ‘haven’t heard anything’ about suspensions ending

Being The Elite still means being it at home for now.

The Elite are expected back in AEW eventually, but exactly when is still up in the air.

Dave Meltzer reported in his latest Wrestling Observer Newsletter that Kenny Omega and the Young Bucks “haven’t heard anything” about when they might be able to return. All three men have been suspended since the now infamous behind the scenes fight after All Out that also involved CM Punk and his friend and trainer Ace Steel.

The company hasn’t and won’t address anything regarding pretty much anything these days on these type of subjects, but the belief is that their situation is on hold pending potential legal action, which unless cleared up, could delay things for some time and there is also a second hold up that hasn’t been made clear.

Earlier reports indicated that the length of the suspensions would be dependent on the results of an internal investigation AEW launched after the incident. That investigation quickly cleared some of the people who were determined to be either bystanders or those looking to break up the altercation, and they’ve been back to work for a while.

Omega and the Bucks, however, are right at the center of the confrontation, and while accounts differ a bit on whether or not they were the aggressors, there doesn’t seem to be any doubt that they went looking for Punk after his post-All Out press conference comments (one of which was for people who had a problem with him to say it to his face).

The possibility of legal complications could certainly complicate things and draw them out a bit further, and AEW would no doubt want its EVPs back ahead of Full Gear in mid-November if possible. But the promotion has rolled on without them, and would seem to have enough things going on and talent in the fold to keep going with Omega and the Bucks sidelined if necessary.

As for Punk, a number of observers expect that his time with AEW could be done, but the same factors holding up an end date for The Elite are likely to be preventing a final word on his fate as well. For now, the wrestling world continues to simply wait and see.

AEW Rampage non-spoiler preview: Scissor time in Philly

Get the match rundown for AEW Rampage on Friday, September 30 without spoiling the results.

We don’t believe in spoilers here at Wrestling Junkie, even for shows taped in advance like AEW Rampage was on Wednesday night (Sept. 28) in Philadelphia.

We do, however, want to give people a taste of what to expect when they tune in at 10 p.m. on TNT (and there are places on the internet you can go if you want spoilers, no worries). Since we were at The Liacouras Center live, we’re in great position to do just that.

Without further ado, here’s a quick AEW Rampage non-spoiler preview for Friday, September 30:

AEW Dynamite live report: Even less in numbers, Philly crowd still hot

Wrestling Junkie reflects on the best moments, crowd reactions and more, live from the September 28 AEW Dynamite in Philadelphia.

PHILADELPHIA — If absence makes the heart grow fonder, perhaps the opposite is also true. When AEW Dynamite went live on Wednesday night from The Liacouras Center on the campus of Temple University, it was in front of a noticeably lighter crowd than the last time the show came to Philly.

Then again, said show was just over five months ago.

There’s definitely a law of diminishing returns when it comes to how often pro wrestling promotions can hold events in the same venues, and with only a few years of operation under its belt, AEW is still feeling its way through some of these things. Maybe Dynamite and Rampage simply hadn’t been gone long enough to make this particular show a must-see for fans in the area.

AEW had something else working against it on this particular night: Mother Nature. Though the weather was fine in the Philadelphia area, Hurricane Ian was menacing the company’s home state of Florida. Tony Khan had already informed talent that if anyone needed to miss the show because of travel or family concerns, they had his blessing.

Several wrestlers reportedly were forced to cancel plans to participate, leading to some changes to Dynamite. It felt just a slight bit off, or at least different than the usual. Instead of the match that kicks off most Wednesday broadcasts, there was an extended in-ring bit with the Jericho Appreciation Society, one that felt like one of the longer non-wrestling opens in Dynamite history.

Another segment featured recent AEW debutant Saraya calling out the entire women’s division, or a good chunk of it anyway. That one led somewhere, namely an interim women’s title match between Toni Storm and Serena Deeb with the other women as lumberjacks, but it still seemed a bit disjointed. And there was additional filler, like a squash match for Ricky Starks.

Despite a number of hurdles, though, Dynamite didn’t have a less enthusiastic crowd, even if it was smaller. Philadelphia has long been a hotbed of the east coast wrestling scene, and it sounded that way again on Wednesday. With few exceptions, the fans reacted to pretty much everything offered and seemed pleased by the end of the night.

Some random observations from section 114, row K:

  • Masterful as ever at trolling fans, MJF appeared on a pre-recorded video that played (several times in a row) before Dynamite went live, singing “Meet the Mets.” He also riled up the crowd in person during his segment of the show, and it’ll be interesting to see how Wheeler Yuta, who can go in the ring but is a ways behind MJF in terms of mic skills, might get a rub from working against him.
  • Khan got a mix of boos and cheers when he spoke to the crowd immediately before Dynamite, but that appeared to be mostly due to his role with the Jacksonville Jaguars, who play the Philadelphia Eagles this weekend.
  • “We want pizza” chants were a recurring theme all the way until the end of Dynamite thanks to the Jericho Appreciation Society having some pies, but not sharing them, to open the show. Also, poor Luigi Primo got KOed by Daniel Garcia and carried out by Sammy Guevara like a sack of potatoes.
  • Juice Robinson had a nice match with Jon Moxley, but the crowd definitely tailed off in the middle, and it didn’t seem like everyone knew who Juice was.
  • Hangman Adam Page remains very popular, starting from the time his music hits. The live crowd was definitely into his staredown with Moxley.
  • Jamie Hayter is incredibly over right now, getting such a loud face reaction at one point that it was hard for Britt Baker to talk over it. She’s set to be a breakout star whenever AEW decides to push start on her inevitable face turn.
  • Bandido was more warmly received than Robinson as a “visitor” to AEW, but that was likely because of his history with ROH and the fact that he was the face in the main event. Putting him in a big spot for the TV audience was a nice touch, however, because he is terrific.
  • No spoilers for AEW Rampage, but The Acclaimed was on the show, and being there in person during the run they’re on right now is definitely special.

Saraya will be with AEW for multiple years, wrestling status still unclear for now

Saraya will be in AEW for the next few years, at least.

AEW wants Saraya to stick around for a while.

The artist formerly known as Paige during her time in WWE made a dramatic (but non-contact) debut at AEW Dynamite Grand Slam, helping to run off Britt Baker, Jamie Hayter and company. AEW later sent out a “Saraya is #AllElite” tweet, which it generally only does when it has signed a performer to a contract.

Fightful Select reported today on some of the details of that deal, stating that “Saraya has agreed to a three-year contract with AEW” while adding that there could be option years as well. No money figures are disclosed, which isn’t unusual with news on wrestler contracts, but the outlet does add that “the amount of money it was signed for ‘largely implies that she’ll be wrestling in some capacity.'”

That’s a significant angle to the story because of the uncertainty around Saraya’s ability to return to the ring. As Paige, she suffered a serious neck injury in 2016 that required surgery, then was injured again shortly after she was cleared to compete in late 2017. The second neck injury was one that WWE was never willing to clear her from, leading to her eventual departure from the company this summer.

Other high profile wrestlers, including Bryan Danielson and Edge, have come back from injuries thought to be career-ending in recent years, and the assumption is that Saraya and AEW expect that she’ll be able to do the same. The contract news certainly points in that direction, so it could be more of a matter of “if” and not “when” she returns to the ring.

More hints to that end could come as soon as tonight. Saraya is being promoted as part of the AEW Dynamite broadcast from Philadelphia, and plenty of eyes will be on her to see if she’s still hands off or talks more about her plans in the company.

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Jim Ross says AEW will have less ‘controversial language’ but adds ‘there is no rule’

Jim Ross says decisions on bad language in AEW will be made on a case-by-case basis.

AEW has often sprinkled certain four-letter words and mild swearing into Dynamite and Rampage, but that seemed to change recently when Jade Cargill‘s most recent plea to “cut the s–t” was censored. That’s led some to wonder if the policy on language in AEW had officially changed.

According to someone who should know, legendary commentator Jim Ross … kind of? In a recent podcast appearance on AdFreeShows, J.R. addressed the topic of “coarse” language and what he thought would happen going forward (h/t to Fightful for the transcription).

We had a string in AEW where there was a lot of controversial language. I think you’ll see less of that. It’s unnecessary and shows a lack of creativity if you can’t come up with an adjective or adverb that is better than something a little coarse. The times are going to dictate that. … It’s all case-by-case, there is no rule, we all just have to use common sense and logic.

The time of day might have something to do with how AEW approaches language on its broadcasts as well, with Ross mentioning how in his WWE days, the later time slot for Raw (with a third hour going until 11 p.m. ET) gave them more leeway. Dynamite airs from 8-10 p.m. ET, but Rampage only starts at 10, so perhaps that will become the official “controversial language” show.

In any case, there doesn’t seem to be any edict from AEW’s broadcast partners to control what wrestlers are saying, so call this an internal effort to simply clean things up just a tad. Ross is right that there’s almost always a more creative way to express a thought than cursing, but there are also times when it feels appropriate in the moment, and pro wrestling doesn’t have to hunt hard for those times. Maybe Jade’s catchphrase will get to live on.