Yesterday was a busy day for AEW in regard to new hires, both on-screen and behind the scenes. On-screen, two performers made their public debuts for the promotion, Nigel McGuinness and “Switchblade” Jay White, while another internal signee already seems to be engrained backstage, Adam Hopkins.
PWInsider was the first to report that Hopkins, the former WWE VP of Communications, had signed with AEW. Haus of Wrestling can also confirm that Hopkins has joined the promotion. Hopkins parted ways with WWE earlier this year after being with the company for more than twenty-five years. The former WWE VP looks to have started his new role last Wednesday at the AEW Dynamite in St. Louis, MO, so, he was already on the road ahead of last night’s buzzy show.
What made last night’s Dynamite so buzzy? Well, for starters, there was the big announcement from Tony Khan that AEW will run Wembley Stadium later this year. Alongside Khan for that announcement, were Adam Cole and Nigel McGuinness. McGuinness first appeared in Khan’s orbit this past Friday at ROH Supercard of Honor when he joined Ian Riccaboni and Caprice Coleman at the commentary desk. The AEW head honcho made McGuinness’ signing with AEW official last night when he released a coveted “All Elite” graphic featuring the UK star ahead of the show.
Dynamite also featured the very buzzy AEW debut of “Switchblade” Jay White, who has now officially signed with the promotion. As Ricky Starks made his way to the ring to face Juice Robinson, White’s music hit and he dashed to the ring to help beat down Starks alongside his fellow Bullet Club member. Starks attempted to fend off both men but was dropped with a Blade Runner from White before the two left the ring.
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