Who Was Britt Baker's Mystery 'Joker' Opponent On AEW Dynamite?

Here's who filled the second Joker spot in the AEW Owen Hart Foundation Tournament.

Maki Itoh silhouette
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Maki Itoh returned to All Elite Wrestling on last night's episode of Dynamite, taking the Joker spot in the ongoing Owen Hart Foundation Women's Tournament.

The Tokyo Joshi Pro Wrestling star met a familiar face in Britt Baker, with whom she had teamed in prior appearances for Tony Khan's promotion. Pleasantries were soon dispensed with when Itoh went for a pin attempt after appearing to lay down for Baker, leading to a competitive bout that emphasised Itoh's inhumanly strong skull and 'Fired Idol' gimmick.

Baker ended up advancing after finally putting Itoh in the Lockjaw. This sets her up for a semi-final showdown with rival Toni Storm, which has now been announced for next week's episode of Dynamite.

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Itoh, meanwhile, was making her first AEW appearance since March 2021. Debuting through the Women's World Title Eliminator Tournament's Japanese bracket the previous month, Itoh made her way stateside for a short run in the aftermath, highlighted by a surprise appearance on the Revolution 2021 pay-per-view's Buy In pre-show.

The reigning International Princess Champion has enjoyed an ascendent 12 months, partaking in acclaimed TJPW matches with Miyu Yamashita, Moka Miyamoto, and more.

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Andy has been with WhatCulture for six years and is currently WhatCulture's Senior Wrestling Reporter. A writer, presenter, and editor with 10+ years of experience in online media, he has been a sponge for all wrestling knowledge since playing an old Royal Rumble 1992 VHS to ruin in his childhood. Having previously worked for Bleacher Report, Andy specialises in short and long-form writing, video presenting, voiceover acting, and editing, all characterised by expert wrestling knowledge and commentary. Andy is as much a fan of 1985 Jim Crockett Promotions as he is present-day AEW and WWE - just don't make him choose between the two.