Former NXT wrestler Cezar Bononi was one of the 30+ wrestlers WWE released back in mid-April as part of its cost-cutting measures, and he wound up making a surprise televised appearance during this week's AEW Dynamite. Early on in the show AEW Women's World Champion Hikaru Shida was booked for a match but was distracted at ringside by Kip Sabian. Penelope Ford wound up getting in a cheap shot before the match could start, so Shida immediately hit her opponent with a Falcon Arrow so she could run out and fight both Ford and Sabian.
Bononi, who won the NXT Year-End Award for Future Star of NXT back in 2017, could be seen in the crowd alongside various AEW wrestlers. No word yet on if he's joining the company or if he was just visiting.
AEWs next major event, Fyter Fest, is booked to take place over the next two episodes of AEW Dynamite. Here's every match that has been announced for the shows:
- AEW TNT Championship: Cody Rhodes vs. Jake Hager
- AEW World Tag Team Championships: Kenny Omega & Hangman Page vs. The Best Friends
- AEW Women's World Championship: Hikaru Shida vs. Penelope Ford
- Jurassic Express vs. MJF and Wardlow
- Private Party vs. Santana & Ortiz
- AEW World Championship: Jon Moxley vs. Brian Cage
- Chris Jericho vs. Orange Cassidy
- FTR (Dax Harwood and Cash Wheeler) and The Young Bucks vs. The Butcher & The Blade and The Lucha Bros.
- Brodie Lee, Stu Grayson and Colt Cabana vs. SCU
- Lance Archer vs. Joey Janela
- Nyla Rose vs. TBD
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