During the casino battle royal on “AEW Dynamite” this week, Swerve Strickland shocked fans by eliminating his own tag team partner, Keith Lee, from the match.
The match had major implications, as the winner faced Jon Moxley in the main event for a chance to go to the AEW x NJPW Forbidden Door main event to compete for the interim AEW World Championship. The stars of Swerve In Our Glory joined the battle royal in the second group, and the former “NXT” champion eliminated four participants during his time in the ring.
Colten and Austin Gunn, Tony Nese and Lance Archer were both thrown over the top rope by Lee, but he was then stunned when Strickland knocked him out as they both celebrated on the ropes together, taking Lee off guard.
Strickland was eventually knocked out by Andrade El Idolo, but he took to Twitter to share the fact that he got rid of Lee, simply stating “…..deadweight”.
Lee also reacted to the situation on social media, and he made it clear that he was unimpressed with his tag team partner.
He wrote: “I am well aware that this is an every man for himself game…. But after I saved you from elimination…. we have a problem.”
The pair have been working together as a team for several weeks now, being reunited early in their AEW careers as they feuded with Team Taz. Their pairing has proven popular with fans, as they even won an AEW Tag Team Championship match at AEW’s Double Or Nothing, but whether or not that will be the end of their partnership remains to be seen.
The battle royale ended up being won by Kyle O’Reilly, who then faced Moxley in the main event, with the Blackpool Combat Club member picking up the win in order to advance to AEW x NJPW’s Forbidden Door event. Moxley will face NJPW’s Hiroshi Tanahashi or Hirooki Goto for the Interim AEW World Championship.
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