Jimmy Havoc and Darby Allin will compete on Dynamite tonight with the winner going on to face Chris Jericho on next week's show.
This early into AEW's existence and there isn't a lot we have not liked about the fledgling promotion. What the company will need to do is recognize that a large chunk of its roster is relatively unknown to most of its audience. A large number of the 1.4 million viewers who tuned into Dynamite last week aren't going to know who wrestlers such as Riho and Sammy Guevara are.
Fair play to AEW, even without Dynamite it has done a good job of starting to establish lesser-known indie names thus far. In particular, wrestlers known for their more hardcore and brutal brand of wrestling. Jimmy Havoc and Darby Allin, for example. Havoc and Allin, along with Joey Janela, put on a terrific match at All Out which was hard to watch at times, but in a good way.
Tonight on episode two of Dynamite, Havoc and Allin will have the chance to show exactly how crazy they are to even more people. AEW announced that the pair will clash for the chance to take on Chris Jericho for the AEW Championship a week from today. Should the eventual number one contender beat Y2J, it would very much change the complexion of AEW's next PPV, Full Gear.
This is a big night for @JimmyHavoc, if he secures a win over Darby Allin, he gets a shot at the #AEW World Championship. Who gets the victory tonight in #AEWBoston?— All Elite Wrestling (@AEWrestling) October 9, 2019
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That's because, at the time of typing this, Cody Rhodes will be challenging for the championship at Full Gear. We're assuming that should Havoc or Allin be champion at this time in eight days, Rhodes will face them for the title at the PPV instead. Chances are the title will remain with Jericho for the time being since the build to his match with Rhodes is already in full swing.
That doesn't mean tonight won't be a huge opportunity for both Havoc and Allin, and one of them will be given an even bigger spotlight on next week's Dynamite. Their number one contendership match will also give us a better idea of exactly how much AEW can get away with on TNT. We have seen these two do crazy stuff on PPVs, but they may have to reign it in a little bit for television.