The joker entrants for the respective Men’s and Women’s Owen Hart Foundation Tournaments were revealed on the May 18th episode of AEW Dynamite.
In the men’s tournament, Samoa Joe’s surprise opponent was Johnny Elite, who is best known for his time in WWE as John Morrison. Johnny Elite would hit his signature offence on Samoa Joe, but would ultimately lose the match via pinfall after Joe hit the Muscle Buster onto Elite. Joe has now advanced to the semi-finals of the tournament and will face Kyle O’Reilly in the semi-finals. It should be noted that no “All Elite” graphic has been posted on social media for Johnny Elite, meaning that this appearance is more likely a one off as opposed to signing with the company.
In regards to the women’s joker pick, it was revealed later in the show that Dr. Britt Baker D.M.D.’s mystery opponent would be the returning Maki Itoh. The Japanese star would sing herself to the ring following a big pop from the live crowd in the arena. After a back and forth battle between the two quarterfinalists, Baker would eventually get the victory. The former AEW Women’s Champion defeated Itoh by using the Lockjaw to pick up the submission victory. Baker will be facing Toni Storm in the semi-finals of the inaugural tournament.
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