Top NJPW Star Minoru Suzuki defended the ROH World TV Championship during the main event of this past Wednesday’s episode of AEW Dynamite against Samoa Joe, but would lose the match and the title to Joe. Suzuki won the title back at ROH’s Supercard Of Honor, when he defeated Rhett Titus and Samoa Joe was also at the PPV, when he made his debut by saving Undisputed ROH World Champion Jonathan Gresham from a 2-on-1 beatdown at the hands of Sonjay Dutt and Jay Lethal.
After Samoa Joe defeated Minoru Suzuki on last Wednesday night’s Dynamite, Jay Lethal and Sonjay Dutt appeared at ringside to congratulate Joe and give him the present they promised him. The lights would then go out and when it came back up, the 7-foot-3 former NBA player Satnam Singh was in the ring and would attack Joe. Singh, who signed with the promotion last September and would train at the Atlanta-based Nightmare Factory, which is run by WWE’s Cody Rhodes and QT Marshall, then completely destroyed Joe to end the broadcast.
Dave Meltzer noted on a recent edition of the Wrestling Observer Radio Program that Singh’s AEW debut was designed to build the AEW brand in India and it also had a lot to do with the merger of Discovery and WarnerMedia. AEW has been airing their television shows on the Discovery-owned channel “Eurosport India,” which is a deal that AEW President and CEO Tony Khan made based on the merger between the two companies. Meltzer also noted that the first week after the merger was done, AEW CEO Tony Khan wanted to do an angle, where they would connect with the market in India and they wanted to do that by using someone that was renowned and well-respected in their country.
Satnam Singh will be managed by Sonjay Dutt moving forward, who is well-known and renowned especially when he was the top star of TNA/IMPACT Wrestling. The report also mentioned that Singh and Dutt “will be used to promote AEW on Eurosport India” and pushed as a lead act in the promotion of the AEW brand in India.
Singh is the only Indian-born player ever drafted by the NBA as he was picked by the Dallas Mavericks in the second round of the 2015 NBA draft and even though he never played in the NBA, Satnam did play several years in the NBA’s summer league, G League and National Basketball League of Canada.
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A despicable scene to end a huge night of #AEWDynamite on TBS tonight as @TheLethalJay, @sonjaydutterson and @hellosatnam stand over new the ROH World TV Champion @samoajoe! pic.twitter.com/LT0YiIYUft— All Elite Wrestling (@AEW) April 14, 2022