Lance Archer has returned to AEW Dynamite and he made an immediate impact on the AEW World Champion!
The Murderhawk Monster had been absent from AEW since October 23rd 2021. On that occasion, Archer sustained what initially looked to be a serious neck injury after landing badly following a moonsault during a match with Eddie Kingston.
On the January 12th episode of Dynamite, Hangman Adam Page came to the ring to address the crowd. After toasting his recent blood-soaked victory over Bryan Danielson, Page said that it was a new year, and with the rankings reset it was time for a new challenge.
At this, Page was interrupted by Dan Lambert who named-checked famous cowboys of wrestling past. While Lambert praised the champion for not taking the “Cody Rhodes” way to the top through politics, he said that Page was disrespecting the legacies of the legends he just named.
After Page threatened to deposit one of his cowboy boots inside Lambert, the outspoken manager went to make his exit before Lance Archer made his big return.
While Lambert initially feared for his life given his history with Archer, the former IWGP United States Heavyweight Champion instead turned and attacked Page. He quickly dropped him to the canvas, leaving him laying in the middle of the ring with the Blackout through a chair.
— All Elite Wrestling (@AEW) January 13, 2022
At the time of his injury, Lance Archer was competing in the AEW World Title Eliminator tournament. It was a tournament eventually won by Bryan Danielson, setting up his recent matches with Danielson.