Rumours are swirling around who the surprise debutant will be on AEW Dynamite with a new report seemingly ruling out one of the front runners.
AEW President Tony Khan took to social media to confirm the announcement of an imminent new arrival following Rampage, adding that the person in question is coming straight through the Forbidden Door:
“The big announcement for Wednesday’s Dynamite that we referenced on #AEWRampage (a free agent debut) and the person walking through the Forbidden Door are one and the same. They’re walking in the door, signing a contract, and then slamming the door shut Wednesday on #AEWDynamite!”
The new signing will go one-on-one with Isiah Kassidy of the Andrade Hardy Family Office on Dynamite in a qualifying match for the Face Of The Revolution Ladder Match.
On Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer offered some insight into who the surprise wrestler could be, he did seemingly rule out one of the favourites – former WWE Champion Jeff Hardy.
Jeff Hardy was released from his WWE contract in early December 2021 after an incident at a live event that caused Hardy to be sent home. Hardy recently refused a quick return to the company, also turning down an induction in the 2022 Hall Of Fame as well.
Many fans have speculated that Jeff Hardy could be the mystery opponent for Kassidy – particularly due to Kassidy’s ties with Jeff’s brother Matt, but this now looks unlikely.
Meltzer noted that options were limited for the spot due to Khan’s insistence that the person debuting will sign a contract with AEW. He then noted that he “knows Jeff Hardy cannot come until March 9th so it’s not March 9th. I know a lot of people are going ‘it’s Jeff Hardy,’ it’s not. Jeff Hardy’s not even legally talk to AEW until March 9th.” March 9th being the date that Hardy’s ninety-day non-compete clause with WWE expires.
To find out who the surprise star is, tune into AEW Dynamite as the possibilities to who the mystery debutant could be are seemingly limitless.