NWA WORLD WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH: Serena Deeb (c) vs. Tay Conti (w/ Anna Jay)
Coming into this fight on a five match win streak following her DARK victory over Marti Daniels, Tay Conti is set to use her multi-faceted game to secure championship gold. As detailed in the “ROAD TO…” video, Conti is well practiced in multiple forms of combat across her lifetime, in addition to her three years of experience as a professional wrestler. She has adopted elements of her jiu-jitsu and judo background into her pro wrestling style, and created a unique synergy of all those elements. Despite her young age, Tay Conti has a level of combat experience, including the 2016 Brazilian Olympic Trials, that few (if any) women on the AEW roster can match. That makes her a definite threat for one Serena Deeb, despite the defending champions’ decisive experience advantage.
Deeb, coming into this as reigning champion since October 27th and with a victory of her own on Tuesday’s DARK over Tesha Price, has been at this for nearly fifteen years, competing around the world, and capturing championships. She spent several years helping to train some of the greatest female competitors occupying wrestling rings today, but in 2020 chose to focus once more on herself, it has paid dividends.
She defeated Thunder Rosa for the NWA World Women’s Title, has successfully defended that historic championship on three instances right here in AEW, and overall been victorious in six of her eight matches since returning to active competition. Serena represents a level of experience and competition that Conti has not faced since coming to All Elite Wrestling, one of the best when it comes to pure wrestling, and also someone who helped Tay Conti learn the ropes in the earliest days of her career.
The X factor in this championship bout is, of course, Anna Jay and The Dark Order. While not technically a member of that…group, Conti and Anna are unquestionably the best of friends, and as such Tay could be considered a surrogate member of The Dark Order. Anna Jay herself has stated that if she has Conti’s back then that means the group itself has her back as well; it’s a potential game changer if The Dark Order elects to insert themselves into this match.
So will Tay Conti make the most of the biggest opportunity of her wrestling career to become the 40th champion? Or will Deeb’s reign continue into the new year?
THE DOCTOR WILL SEE YOU NOW: Dr. Britt Baker’s Waiting Room: “The American Nightmare” Cody Rhodes
This Wednesday night, after airing exclusively on DARK since its debut, Dr. Britt Baker’s WAITING ROOM will make its DYNAMITE premiere with their biggest guest to date! Fresh off the one-two punch of his victory over Matt Sydal on Wednesday, and the hit debut of the GO BIG SHOW on TBS last Thursday, “The American Nightmare” Cody Rhodes will enter THE WAITING ROOM!
What does the former two-time TNT Champion have in store for the fans, and for the good doctor, when he arrives? There is always plenty on Rhodes’ plate to address, so be sure to tune in Wednesday night to find out!