Brian Pillman Jr. to Debut on AEW Dark This Week

It looks like there's a good reason Brian Pillman Jr., son of legendary wrestler Brian Pillman, was backstage at AEW Fyter Fest last week. The 26-year-old MLW star will be wrestling this week's episode of AEW Dark, AEW revealed on Twitter. Pillman will take on Shawn Spears on Tuesday's episode, which airs on AEW YouTube Channel.

Brian Pillman Jr. makes his AEW Debut in a Dark match against Shawn Spears.
Brian Pillman Jr. makes his AEW Debut in a Dark match against Shawn Spears.

Tuesday's episode of AEW Dark will feature eight matches. The Lucha Brothers, Rey Fenix and Pentagon Jr., will team up with The Butcher and The Blade in an eight-man tag match against Joe Alonzo, Brady Pierce, Tony Donati, and Faboo Andre. The Dark Order's Evil Uno and Stu Grayson will take on Brandon Cutler and Peter Avalon. Big Swole will face Rache Chanel. Orange Cassidy will take on Will Hobbs. Japanese Deathmatch Legend Luther will face Frankie Kazarian. Michael Nakazawa will fight Shawn Dean. And Scorpio Sky will take on Serpentico, in addition to the match between Pillman and Spears with Tully Blanchard in Spears' corner.

Brian Pillman, who wrestled for WCW, ECW, and WWF during their heydays, passed away suddenly of heart disease in 1997 on the day of WWF's In Your House: Badd Blood PPV, where he was scheduled to face Dustin Rhodes. Pillman was a one-time member of legendary stable The Four Horseman, of which Tully Blanchard is a founding member, though the two were not on the team at the same time. Brian Pillman Jr. announced plans to become a wrestler in 2017. In 2018, he signed with MLW, where he held the tag team championships as part of the New Hart Foundation, due to his family's longtime association with the Hart clan. MLW is currently shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic with no plans to reopen until it's 100% safe to do so, so hopefully, we'll see more of Pillman Jr. beyond this Dark match in the coming months on AEW.

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