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Ariya Daivari to make AEW debut against Dante Martin on Rampage


A former WWE cruiserweight is set to make their AEW debut on Rampage tonight.

AEW has announced that Ariya Daivari will make his debut for the promotion as he faces Dante Martin on tonight's Rampage. The show is taking place at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Both wrestlers are from the Minneapolis/Saint Paul region.

Daivari was released by WWE during a round of roster cuts this June. He regularly appeared on 205 Live as a member of the cruiserweight division in WWE.

Martin & Lio Rush defeated Matt Sydal & Lee Moriarty on this week's Dynamite. Due to the death of his grandmother, Rush won't be with Martin on Rampage tonight. Rush learned of his grandmother's passing on Tuesday night and dedicated his match on Dynamite to her.

Tony Khan tweeted about Martin vs. Daivari: "On #AEWRampage: hometown heroes clash TONIGHT as @AriyaDaivari debuts in @AEW vs. @lucha_angel1 Dante Martin, a battle of 2 of the Twin Cities’ top high flyers! Dante is without partner/coach #LioRush (@TheLionelGreen), who is home tonight after the tragic loss of his grandmother"

Tonight's Rampage is the go-home show for Full Gear.

Here's the updated lineup for Rampage:

  • Jungle Boy vs. Bobby Fish
  • Lumberjack match: Orange Cassidy vs. Matt Hardy
  • Jade Cargill vs. Santana Garrett
  • Dante Martin vs. Ariya Daivari