Update: Dave Meltzer revealed on the latest edition of Wrestling Observer Radio that the match between Ricky Starks and Cody, which was taped last week, was essentially his tryout match. Halfway through the match AEW officials were so impressed that they came up with a program for him and then signed him immediately. Awesome.
Ricky Starks, the former NWA star and one of the hottest free agents on the market, made his AEW debut tonight on Dynamite, answering Cody Rhodes’ open challenge for a shot at the TNT title.
While Starks came up short against Cody, his performance was impressive enough to have the boss Tony Khan announce his signing.