Last night’s AEW Dynamite officially saw the remaining two spots in the Owen Hart Foundation Tournament be filled, with the brackets being confirmed.
Over the past couple of weeks, we have seen numerous qualifying matches between some of the best in AEW as they look to pay respect and homage to Owen Hart by becoming the first victor in the tournament.
The participants confirmed for the tournament are ROH World TV Champion Samoa Joe, one half of the ROH and AAA Tag Team Champions FTR’s Dax Harwood, the Undisputed Elite’s Adam Cole and Kyle O’Reilly, Jeff Hardy, Rey Fenix, Darby Allin and a Joker card entrant.
Joe qualified for the tournament in his debut bout on AEW, disposing of the Acclaimed Max Caster.
Adam Cole qualified after beating NJPW star Tomohiro Ishii. Fellow Undisputed Elite member Kyle O’Reilly qualified after defeating rival and one half of the AEW Tag Team Champions Jungle Boy.
Dax Harwood qualified in what could be considered as a match of the year candidate as he went to war for the first and last time ever with his fellow tag team partner Cash Wheeler.
Darby Allin qualified after going to war with old rival Swerve Strickland.
Jeff Hardy and Rey Fenix were the latest acquisitions to qualify for the tournament as they were both victorious in their bouts with reDragon’s Bobby Fish and Top Flight’s Dante Martin.
Fenix’s bout with Martin is another top contender for the AEW match of the year as the two put on a beautiful display of technical athleticism that ultimately resulted in an aerial masterclass.
It was confirmed during last night’s Dynamite that the tournament will officially kick off next week with Rey Fenix and Kyle O’Reilly being the first match.
The other matches in the brackets include:
Adam Cole v Dax Harwood
Jeff Hardy v Darby Allin
Samoa Joe v Joker Card
The winner of O’Reilly and Fenix will advance to the semi-finals to face either the ROH World TV Champion Samoa Joe or the Joker. Therefore, the winner of Adam Cole and Dax Harwood will go on to face the winner of Jeff Hardy and Darby Allin in the other semi-final.
There is already mass speculation as to who the Joker card could be, with names like Cesaro and Johnny Gargano appearing frequently within the wrestling community. However, with the relationship AEW has with numerous companies it could be anyone from numerous promotions, the forbidden door is wide open for this one.
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