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The first of four quarterfinal matches in the inaugural TNT Championship tournament is in the books with Cody Rhodes picking up a win over Shawn Spears on Wednesday's AEW Dynamite.
Rhodes recovered from a C4 from the ring to a table on the outside. After crawling back in the ring, he connected on two CrossRhodes but Spears kicked out only to eventually get pinned while being ensnared in a figure four leglock.
This was the first time the two have wrestled in singles competition since the first All Out pay-per-view in 2019.
Rhodes advances to face the winner of Darby Allin vs. Sammy Guevara which will air at some point over the next three weeks. Allin and Rhodes teamed up last week with Allin punching Rhodes in frustration after the match. They have wrestled two singles matches in AEW with a time limit draw the first time and Rhodes picking up a victory the second time.
Cody and Guevara wrestled on the very first match in Dynamite history with Rhodes picking up the win.
Next week's Dynamite will feature Lance Archer vs. Colt Cabana in a quarterfinal match with the winner facing the winner of Dustin Rhodes vs. Kip Sabian.