AEW Makes Two New Signings
Unfortunately, they are not CM Punk & Bryan Danielson... yet. However, they are two very nice additions to the roster, coming about by way of the debut of AEW Rampage on Friday night.
The first was Fuego Del Sol- a featured talent on Dark over the past year, developing a cult following as a plucky underdog. And although his AEW win-loss record was something like 1-39, he was given a spot on the one hour Rampage card. He challenged Miro for the TNT Championship- with the stipulation that if he won, not only would he become champion, he would earn himself a full time AEW contract, after working on a per appearance basis over the last year.
The match was fun, with Fuego surprising Miro with his trademark tornado DDT on a number of occasions before falling victim to the Game Over submission. Despite the loss, AEW GM Tony Khan appeared on stage with Sammy Guevara- Fuego's best friend. Sammy walked to the ring and presented Fuego with a contract anyway. Fuego was moved to tears in what seemed to be very genuine emotion, and the crowd loved it.
The second signing came by way of some shenanigans following the Rampage main event. Britt Baker defended her AEW Women's Championship against Red Velvet. DMD would get the W, but following the match decided to teach Velvet a lesson by beating her down more. The next top contender, Kris Statlander, intervened, but she was taken out by a blonde woman who the crowd nor the announcers seemed to recognise at first.
It transpired that it was Jamie Hayter, a woman who had competed in AEW a couple of years ago, but went away and drastically changed her appearance. It appears that Hayter is the "back-up" that Britt Baker referenced the other week on Dynamite. Following Rampage going off the air, AEW social media would confirm that Hayter is also All Elite.
By Mick Robson