After thirteen years, Dennis Rodman returned to The United Center in Chicago, home to his multiple NBA Finals victories with the Chicago Bulls, on AEW: Collision. The Bad Boy was announced for the show relatively last minute, as Tony Khan told fans yesterday that he would be appearing on the show. Rodman’s last pro wrestling appearance happened in 2008 as part of Hulk Hogan’s Celebrity Championship Wrestling, a reality competition series he won.
Tony Schiavone set the stage, welcoming the former NWO member to the ring, and before Rodman could utter a word, he was cut off by Jeff Jarrett’s music. Jarrett, along with his usual band of misfits, attempted to woo Rodman to their side, hoping he would become a part of their faction. After thinking about it for a moment and oddly trying to rip off his shirt, Rodman dropped Sonjay Dutt to the mat before being encircled by the rest of Jarrett’s crew.
This is when The Acclaimed’s music hit, and the AEW Trios Champions made their way to the squared circle to help the former Bull ward off his aggressors. Daddy Ass took the microphone and laid down a challenge to Jarret and his team to take them on for the Trios title tomorrow night at All Out, with Rodman in their corner. The challenge appears to have been accepted, and fans can now expect Rodman as part of tomorrow night’s pay-per-view.
For what it is worth, it is plausible that Rodman’s inclusion as part of these shows is a make-good of sorts on Khan’s part for the fans who are missing out on CM Punk being there. Punk was terminated by the promotion earlier today, and Rodman was already scheduled to be in the Chicago area as part of the Starrcast fan convention.