AEW Dynamite was packed this week, with Brian Cage making his first appearance on the show after debuting at Double or Nothing, FTR (formerly the Revival in WWE) made their AEW debut and to close the show, Mike Tyson and Chris Jericho had a pull-apart brawl that might be setting up a future match between the two.
Well, if you ask David Arquette, it is setting up a match for Tyson.
Arquette appeared on Boston sports radio station WEEI Wednesday afternoon and implied that he knows when and where Tyson will make his return to the ring. Wednesday night, Tyson and Chris Jericho brawled as AEW Dynamite went off the air on TNT.
Arquette, who has been dabbling in pro wrestling again since 2018, appeared on an episode of Being the Elite last summer.
“Mike Tyson, I love that guy. I love him so much. He is amazing. We have been talking about doing something together,” Arquette told Glenn Ordway, Christian Fauria, and Lou Merloni. “I’m so excited about his return.”
The hosts then pushed Arquette a little more and he seemed to wonder “if it was announced.”
“Oh yeah. That’s a real thing,” he said of Tyson’s return. “Did they announce who it was? … I know who it is.”
“I’m sworn to secrecy,” Arquette said with a chuckle. “And I know when it’s going to be. It’s called excitement. It’s called hype. We’re building it all up. Mike Tyson is one of the greatest champions we have and he has one more fight in him. That’s what my wrestling return was all about so I’m behind him 100 percent.”
Arquette’s first involvement in wrestling came in 2000 when he starred in the movie Ready to Rumble, which featured multiple WCW stars. As part of the promotion, Arquette appeared on WCW television and actually “won” the WCW World Championship by pinning Eric Bischoff in a six-man tag team match. His title reign lasted 12 days. Arquette also wrestled a match for WWE in 2010, when he was a guest on RAW. Arquette teamed with Alex Riley and lost a handicap match to Randy Orton.
Arquette returned to wrestling in 2018 on the independent circuit and has wrestled in 20 matches over the last two years. Over that run, he has worked with multiple AEW wrestlers, including Colt Cabana, Jungle Boy, Peter and Avalon.
Then there’s FTR, the tag team formerly known as The Revival.
Following the show’s opening match, which featured the Young Bucks and Matt Hardy defeating Joey Janela and Private Party in a six-man tag match, FTR drove a truck into Daily’s Place and headed toward the ring. The broadcast team explicitly called them “FTR,” which is a trademark the duo recently filed. They teased attacking the Young Bucks but then turned and attacked the Butcher and the Blade, who had hit the ring after the six-man match to attack the Young Bucks.
After clearing Butcher and Blade from the ring, FTR and the Young Bucks had a short stare down before FTR left the ring and headed back toward their parked truck.
FTR were grated their WWE releases on April 10, fifteen months after originally requesting them in January 2019. On last week’s Being the Elite episode, the Young Bucks spoofed the ring gear that WWE was reportedly going to use for the Revival.
During their WWE run, FTR were two-time RAW Tag Team Champions, one-time SmackDown Tag Team Champions and two-time NXT Tag Team Champions.
And then there’s Cage.
Cage is a huge signing for AEW and has the potential to be an AEW-branded star. That’s something we talked about a lot with TNA back in the day when they were the clear No. 2 to WWE. Cage has a wealth of experience, he has an exceptional look and he is an excellent athlete. In other words, he checks off all the boxes. And at the same time, he doesn’t have the “WWE stink” on him. He wasn’t jobbed out on RAW or SmackDown for the last several years.
Aside from The Elite guys, Moxley and Jericho, I think Cage is AEW’s biggest signing to date because he has the potential to be a future AEW Champion and pillar for the company. Not many guys in the business have his combination of look and athleticism. Plus there are a ton of fresh matches for him to have in AEW.