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AEW Unrestricted: The All Elite Moments, Matches & Surprises of 2021

In the latest AEW Unrestricted podcast episode, Tony Schiavone and Ref Aubrey share behind-the-scenes stories about some of their favorite AEW memories, moments, matches, and surprises of 2021! First and foremost, they talk about AEW’s return to the road and welcoming back full crowds! They also share thoughts on the incredible kick-down of the “forbidden door,” Shaquille O’Neal vs. Cody Rhodes, Blood & Guts, and that crazy cage match between The Inner Circle and The Pinnacle, the debut of AEW RAMPAGE, and the arrival of so much tremendous talent to AEW—including Paul Wight, Christian Cage, Mark Henry, Ethan Page, Adam Cole, Malakai Black, CM Punk, Bryan Danielson, Ruby Soho, and Lio Rush. They also discuss some of their favorite matches and performances like the Lights Out match between Dr. Britt Baker, D.M.D. and Thunder Rosa, CM Punk’s first match back, The Lucha Bros vs. The Young Bucks at AEW ALL OUT, Miro the Redeemer, and Darby Allin. Check out the full episode below.

QUOTES:

Tony Schiavone on working with Shaquille O’Neal on AEW DYNAMITE:

“I was so thrilled to stick my head into the ambulance, and see that Shaq had disappeared! I was glad to be a part of that. That was a lot of fun!”

Ref Aubrey on the Lucha Bros vs The Young Bucks at AEW ALL OUT:

“All of us, when we saw the cage and saw [Rey] Fenix, we just said, ‘Oh God! He’s going to do something crazy!’ Because that’s just what Rey Fenix does!”

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