Posted on 9/17/123 by Colin Vassallo
AEW Collision tonight comes to us from Penn State University
in Pittsburgh, PA. After last week drawing 476,000 & 0.15
in the 18-49 demo.
Claudio & Danielson wondered how hungry and greedy Ricky
Starks would be with their fists down his throat
Big Bill said the BCC’s blood was still on his boots, Starks
that they’re the face of Collision
Kris Statlander said she’s the fighting champion
Britt Baker that she and Statlander are the first women to
main event Collision and said TBS would be ‘The Britt Show’
(they also made sure Statlander mentioned she’d main evented
Rampage, guess they got some blowback from Weds)
John Silver said the Acclaimed hadn’t read the contract
properly, they’re facing him not Uno
The Acclaimed said generic Acclaimed stuff – Bowens’
delivery was very good, that guy’s becoming an all-rounder
Bryan Danielson & Claudio Castagnoli vs Big Bill & Ricky
Backstory: Danielson challenged the heels after they
attacked the BCC following Moxley beating Bill Wednesday
Starks and Bill out to Starks’ music; the BCC to
Danielson’s. The ex-ROH guy (Bobby Cruise?) is ring
announcing. They played a video of Claudio’s stand-off with
Eddie Kingston Weds. And showed Bill’s boots which did
indeed have blood on them.
Starks tagged out immediately to boos, Bill and Danielson
squaring off, the Dragon firing kicks at Bill’s legs, shaken
off, taken to the corner and beaten down. Danielson hit a
shotgun to the knee then hit more kicks to the thigh until
being flung back towards Claudio. Tag.
Bill called for a test of strength, Claudio obliged, crowd
chanting for him, taken down to his knees, powering up,
exchange of rights, Claudio ducked but couldn’t get Bill on
his shoulders. Bill smacked him with a lariat in the corner
but took an uppercut, another, tag to Danielson, Bill ran
both over via lariat.
At which point Starks flew in to pound on a downed BD in the
corner. Some kids were chanting for him so Starks yelled
‘This is for the kids’ before ten punches in the corner.
The kids cheered. Starks then slapped Danielson. Big
mistake. The vet was pissed: stiff kicks in the corner,
chops to the chest, Starks taken upstairs for an avalanche
hurracanrana for two.
Then took Starks to the opposite corner for more of the same
until Starks landed a flying lariat and tagged out. Bill
absolutely crushed BD in the corner, tried again, Danielson
got the boot up but was distracted by Starks and booted up
and over by Bill. Starks took cheap shots then flung him
Back to Starks beating down Danielson in the corner,
Danielson flipped clear, busaiku knee, both on their backs,
looking for tags. Both found them, big uppercuts from
Claudio, running lariats too, Bill didn’t budge. An endless
stream of crushing lariats in the corner – crowd counted to
twenty – Claudio finally took Bill off his feet with a
running lariat, finally got the big man on his shoulders for
a TKO, very nearly three.
Not a ton of folks here but they’re enthusiastic. They
booed as Bill blocked the Swing, landed a chokeslam, the ROH
champ kicked out (worth noting – Nigel McGuinness was really
heeling on Danielson all match). Starks in, right into the
Swing, crowd alive. Count of two. Right into the
Sharpshooter, Bill instantly broke it up, took a shotgun and
a tope from Danielson, leaving Starks to counter a powerbomb
into a ddt for a close count.
Starks up first, Claudio in the opposite corner, the former
ran right into an uppercut for two. Dragon back in, Yes!
kicks, Starks on his knees, he ducked the last for a rollup,
Danielson transitioned smoothly into the LeBell Lock but
couldn’t hook it, Starks propelled him into the ropes, Bill
met him with a big right, Ricky followed with a Spear,
Claudio made the save at 2 ¾.
Starks looking for Roshambeaux, Danielson slipped behind,
shotgun to Bill, Starks down, BD to the top, Bill crotched
him, dropped Claudio into the crowd, Starks countered an
avalanche belly to back into a cross body for two. Then
literally grabbed the ref – the camera cut away for no
reason – we came back to the ref looking outside so Starks
could hit a low blow, Roshambeaux, win.
Claudio came in with a chair to chase off the heels, I’m
assuming he and Eddie shake after the upcoming Dynamite and
he goes properly babyface.
Can AEW please hire a finish guy not named Jeff Jarrett?
Good match, crappy finish. I’d be fine with the low blow if
it was done well. Big win for Starks regardless. He
certainly can’t complain about being overlooked anymore.
Winner: Ricky Starks & Big Bill
Recap of Hangman/Brian Cage match and angle from Dynamite.
And Swerve presumably ( the audio sucked even though it’d
already been filmed) challenging Page and the Bucks on
Rampage. For Grand Slam.
Cut to the Bucks & Page asking Brandon if they were live.
The Bucks were all jokes as usual, Page very serious: Swerve
has the Embassy working hard for him, if they want a trios
match so bad they can put their ROH Trios titles on the
line. The Bucks then acted like totally heelish pricks and
made more ‘jokes’ as they said they’d take those belts for
the second time.
That’ll be on Rampage.
Speaking of pointless tags, it’s FTR vs Bear Country coming
Will Hobbs talked generically about the Book of Hobbs again.
About ripping peoples’ arms off and beating them with it.
‘No one is safe’.
Miro called him an SOB since he’d beaten Hobbs but it didn’t
make him humble. Meaning they’ll have to finish that
sometime. He then talked about god tempting him with ‘my
hot and flexible wife’ (so he does know her! That
‘mysterious woman from his past’ is actually his longtime
wife. Did you guys know?)
He asked ‘why, why, why’ every time he tries to step away he
gets tempted again. He said anyone who doesn’t want to be
redeemed will be packaged in a palm box and ‘sent your
FTR vs Iron Savages (Tag Titles)
Backstory: FTR came up with this new idea, it’s called an
open challenge, basically…
The Iron Savages look like people who should’ve lost to the
Steiners in 1996. Jacked Jameson – their manager I guess? –
shouted who they all were and talked about sippin’ sauce and
being hoarse or something.
And are on a ‘win streak’ apparently. Jameson was taken out
with a Shatter Machine after making fun of Harwood’s gut.
The Savages then hit moves to Cash to the most silent
silence there’s ever been. They hit splashes off the top,
flung Dax out and hit a powerbomb to Cash for two.
More very silent silence.
One of the Savages missed a charge in the corner, crashing
into the ringpost (it’s quite unbelievable that they’ve
thrown them out there without properly saying which is which
– the commentators aren’t even naming them, is it any wonder
the crowd is so quiet?)
Allowing the tag to Dax, crowd waking a bit, Boulder
immediately knocked him down, more silence. Dax ducked a
lariat, slid through the legs, fired jabs, running shotgun,
avoided an elbow but caught into a tree slam. Boulder
missed a moonsault, FTR set him atop the buckle, hit Shatter
Machine to the other guy, then a Powerplex to Boulder for
Solomonster (silly name, great pod – check it out) said he’d
like to see them win with that move, he’s got his wish.
If ever you wanted a definition of silence or wasting time,
this has you covered. To make it more fun, the Workhorsemen
were out next, FTR offered a handshake, the four got in each
other’s faces and the crowd, very understandably, chanted
‘Who are you!?’.
Aussie Open were shown watching backstage.
Lexi Nair with Keith Lee. (Wow! Kevin Kelly was hesitant in
sending to it and we saw why, they weren’t ready: director’s
hands in the shot, ‘Collision take 22’ *clap*. They even
counted them in. Dude did this even ever happen in TNA?)
Lee was immediately interrupted by Shane Taylor and Lee
Moriarty. Taylor said Lee had said prospective opponents
should run but he won’t. Lee said Taylor had made mistakes
and ‘not running would soon be one’.
Glad Taylor’s getting tv time, he can talk and had a decent
match with Joe at All Out.
John Silver vs Anthony Bowens
Backstory: DO want a Trios title shot
Caster kissed-up to the crowd and made masturbation jokes
about Silver. Silver came out by himself and took the mic –
‘First of all, I Google’d scissoring and you guys are doin
it wrong’ – crowd laughed, as did I. Then said the contract
they’d signed meant Gunn and Caster were banned from
ringside. Which might’ve been slightly more heelish if it
didn’t mean they were now facing one-on-one and the faces
hadn’t had a three-on-one advantage.
Silver attacked from behind, Bowens quickly turned the
tables, chops and shots in the corner, Silver covering up.
Scoop slam, Bowens posed for the second time in two minutes
and Silver got pissed. But bailed after taking a dropkick.
Then used a rope break to take a cheap shot, hit an enziguri
in the corner, Bowens tumbled outside.
Back to a headlock, Bowens punching at Silver’s gut, Silver
hit a kick and knocked him down. Bowens up firing rights,
thrust kick, stopped to pose again, more kicks, over the
shoulder facebuster for two. Silver fought off a uranage
with elbows, they exchanged yay/boo shots, Silver hit a kick
to the thigh, ran into a discus shot, came back with a pump
kick & thrust kick but ran into a lariat and hit the deck.
Bowens missed a charge in the corner, took a German, kick to
the face, brainbuster, two. Crowd chanting for Bowens as
Nigel casually said the crowd were ‘fairly even’ –
tremendous. Silver missed a punt, took an off the shoulder
backbreaker and knee strike and rolled outside. Bowens
followed, another discus strike dropping Silver at ringside.
Bowens stopped to fire up the crowd, Uno appeared out of
nowhere and flung him into the buckle (the announcers said
he came from under the ring, we didn’t see it). Silver hit
a punt and won. Wow, was waiting for the kickout.
Was actually thinking this could be a sleeper but outside of
a few flurries it didn’t have time to get going.
Winner: John Silver
Eddie Kingston promo. He talked about him and Claudio going
back to 2001 – they were friends, lived together, then
Claudio started judging him. Despite what he goes through
physically and mentally. But he’s still here standing tall.
Then talked again about Castagnoli ‘not doing business’,
leaving pot holes in the road that the rest of them had to
Renee told him to fix it with Moxley and he’s been trying
but nothing’s worked. But this will be the end of it
Wednesday. Claudio once told him he doesn’t know how to
have friends and he’s right – Eddie blames them and pushes
them away, it’s his ‘curse’. But what he does have is hope.
New York’s always been with him. It’s his home. And if
Claudio thinks he’s losing in front of those people –‘you
are outta your f****** (bleeped) mind’. ‘Try to beat me
there, try to beat me in New York, we’re different there,
we’re built different’. They live with the cold and the
misery, can Claudio deal with that?
He then called Claudio an ‘amazing’ wrestler who has
‘everything’ ‘but you ain’t ready for the misery, you ain’t
ready for home, I’m gonna f*** you up in New York’.
Damn this was great. Again could do without the ‘doing
business’ part but Eddie’s so raw and believable. This was
a rah rah hometown babyface promo perfectly pitched for New
From that to Renee with Hook and Orange Cassidy, who were
sharing a bag of Doritos. Cassidy said they should do a tag
match or something. ‘Grand Slam?’ ‘Let’s do it’. Would’ve
been better if they’d just happened across them on a couch
or something rather than this being a ‘promo’.
Aussie Open vs A Small White Guy and Big Black Guy
They seem to be back to trying to talk up records for wins
we haven’t seen on tv – Aussie Open are apparently seven for
They started against the small white guy and took him down,
the big black guy came in and was crushed with a lariat in
the corner. The Aussies tried to fire up the crowd who
weren’t the least bit interested in their second tag squash
in twenty minutes.
They hit their finish and won.
Davis took the mic – ‘F…T… are you paying attention?’.
Fletcher said they’d beaten their jobbers quicker than FTR
had. And both teams have won tag titles everywhere they’ve
been. They ‘call(ed) our shot’ for WrestleDream, a year
after they last met. Titles or not.
So we’re just done with Bucks/FTR then? Boy what a feud.
Winner: Aussie Open
We then cut to an old fashioned black-and-white ‘motion
picture’ with old-fashioned music and everything – Toni
Storm: Portrait of a Star. Then strangely went to a
brightly lit modern-day room where Toni was sitting with RJ
City. Storm complained about the lighting which was
RJ asked about her facing Saraya for the title. And about
her changing. She objected – she hasn’t changed, the
business has. Every little girl with a sob story gets hired
now – ‘these people wouldn’t know talent if it slapped their
tits off’. If that makes her different, then so be it.
She complained about the lamp. Then it ended. To be
I stand corrected about the definition of wasting time.
Scorpio Sky promo talking about his back-to-back injuries
and being dropped back in the deep water, which is where he
belongs and wants to be. He put over Andrade.
Andrade El Idolo vs Scorpio Sky
Backstory: Are they going to tell us why Andrade disappeared
for a month?
Then came out to almost no reaction. Andrade’s wasn’t much
better tbh. One of the best pairs of entrance themes in AEW
at least. You could hear individual voices as Andrade
offered a handshake. Sky shook with the ref instead and was
Headlock from Andrade, to a hammerlock, Sky got free,
leapfrog smoothly down into an ankle lock, Andrade got a
front facelock, into a headlock, Sly hit a kick to the face,
ducked a lariat then bagged a headscissor takedown. Was
sent to the apron, Andrade hit a dragon screw against the
Sky then shoved Andrade off the top, he smacked his back on
the apron on his way to ringside. Nasty spill. Guess that
means Sky’s the heel but have no real idea. Break.
Back to Andrade fighting up from the mat, he countered a
belly to back into a cross body, Sky up first, firing rights
with Andrade on his knees, a trio of kicks finally knocked
him back down. He fired-up, beckoning Sky to bring it and
caught him into a pair of dragon screws, flying lariat (he
even kinda spills under the ropes like Shawn on that), kip-
up, Sky caught him with an elbow, got a sunset flip from the
middle rope, Andrade got the ropes.
Sky then hit a flip dive but came up holding his knee (I
guess he was out with a knee injury?)
Back inside – duelling chants – Andrade blasted him with a
spinning back elbow, Sky countered a suplex into a cradle
for two, Andrade went back after the knees with a low
dropkick then applied the figure four, bridging into the
Figure Eight to cheers and the tap.
It should bother the folks in the back that easily the
biggest pop all match was copying a WWE move but doesn’t
seem to. The announcers even joked about ‘royalties’. Like
Silver and Bowens, I expected more. Dead crowd didn’t help.
El Idolo offered a hand to help Sky up; Jay White’s music
interrupted. He came heavy. ‘I’ll get to you in a second’,
he said to Andrade, before starting to address the crowd but
having to ask Colten ‘where are we?’. Stellar heel work.
Then addressed Andrade. He was watching Andrade watch the
rest of BCG last week. It looked like Andrade was having
fun watching… (he put over each of his boys in turn with
special nicknames, including the cardboard cutout, until
simply saying ‘Austin Gunn’ – Austin looked all sad).
And wonders if Andrade wants ‘that Switchblade Spotlight’.
And asked if he wanted to find out next week that it’s too
bright. Andrade sarcastically applauded. The Gunns then did
the ‘Two Words… Gunns Up’ thing.
White took the mic back to say they could also do it right
now. Andrade headed up the ramp, a bunch of refs came and
got in between them.
Jay White looks, talks and acts like a star. In fact he’s
the only guy all show long who’s come off like that.
Video package of Takeshita beating Omega and Callis talking
about Ibushi being their next target. Then a Riccaboni-
voiced package explained the friendship between Omega and
Ibushi, including highlights from DDT. Then finished with
Callis plunging the screwdriver into the painting. More
things like this are needed to explain backstories.
Cut to Schiavone with Katsuyuori Shibata. Who played a
promo through the voice translator on his phone – he’ll be
performing at WrestleDream but we don’t yet know who
The Righteous vs the Hardys
Backstory: the Righteous have been feuding with the Hardys
on Rampege, per some video clips
Kelly said you could feel the momentum building for Matt and
Jeff. Certainly not something one could ascribe to the
Righteous, who came out to more indifference.
Vincent shook off a Side Effect, fired shots from the mount,
crowd almost silent once more. They woke for ‘delete’ heads
to the buckle, Dutch was bridged outside after coming in
illegally. Jeff tagged in, the Hardys hit a double team
combo ending with a Jeff splash for two.
Snapmare and dropkick to the back, Matt back in, Poetry in
Motion, Vincent grabbed a headlock and tagged Dutch who came
in to hit a blackout for two.
Matt hit a Side Effect to Vincent, Jeff back in, series of
lariats, Manhattan Drop and legdrop to the nads as Dutch
came in, crowd chanting for the vet, Dutch broke up a pin,
all four in now, the Hardys sent Dutch back out, Vincent
blocked Side Effect the first time but not the second, Dutch
crotched Jeff about to hit a Swanton, Vincent hit a sloppy
sliced bread off Dutch’s chest to win.
The crowd booed in a ‘we genuinely don’t like this’ way.
More 50/50 booking from AEW – the Hardys dominated the
match, the Righteous cheated to sneak a win.
Dutch took the mic to more boos. He said their names, said
they were the Righteous, ‘two believers who seek truth in
the liar’s eyes’. Vincent said they just beat one of the
best teams in the world. And everyone in the world is a
prisoner to false icons, fooled by the conman, listening to
the devil on their shoulder. But they’re here to tell us
the truth and kill our egos that lead to false love and fake
friendships, like the one between MJF & Adam Cole. Who are
the ROH tag champs, ‘dig what I’m sayin?’.
The crowd did not. There were ‘what!’s and such.
If you’re going to introduce a brand new team and push them,
you have to actually introduce them. One generic video and
a cheap win does not make a team ready to face the hottest
act in the company. This needed weeks of work.
Winner: the Righteous
Claudio/Eddie package pushing their match again.
FTR interview with Tony. They briefly put over the
Workhorsemen then accepted Aussie Open’s challenge.
Package of Danielson talking about promising his daughter
he’d quit when she turned seven. Contrasted with Zack Sabre
saying it’s about time they faced and found out who the best
really is – ‘I surpassed you yonks (ages) ago’. Danielson’s
one of the best ever but Sabre will end his career.
I guess they tried to make a joke out of what happened
earlier by having the director be in the shot again as
Schiavone interviewed Ricky Starks and Big Bill. Bill told
the director to get out of the shot and shook his head.
Starks is still angry and Tony doesn’t understand why.
Ricky said it’s because Danielson lost to him but gets a
video package, as does a guy who doesn’t even work there.
While Starks isn’t even on WrestleDream as yet. He beat
Danielson tonight, and while it might be some peoples dream
to beat the Dragon, ‘I’m gonna be your nightmare – shoutout
Cody’ (okay he didn’t say that last bit).
So next week he’s challenging Danielson to a Texas Death
Match. And will put an end to Danielson.
Really liked this, more focused than Starks’ usual work. It
made sense coming out of the video package and continued the
feud. Also continue to like the pairing with Bill, he gives
Ricky a little more believability with his size.
Kris Statlander vs Britt Baker (TBS Title)
Backstory: So what they didn’t tell us about that 4-way Weds
is that whoever took the pin won a TBS title shot!
They showed Statlander beating Jade on Rampage and Jade
raising Stat’s arm (she’s seemingly off to WWE). Britt very
popular in her home state.
Lockup, stalemate, reset. Nother lockup, Statlander ran
through Baker to boos. Then landed a body slam. Baker
rolled outside to regroup.
Got back in pissed off and fired a forearm, an exchange
followed – yay/boo – Statlander getting the better until
leapfrogging Baker in the corner and landing badly on her
surgically repaired knee. Britt took advantage with a
running neckbreaker, Stat avoided a slingblade and hit a
powerslam for two.
Back to them battling up top, Stat threw her off then
readied a moonsault, missing by miles after Baker moved.
Britt snapped the champ across the ropes then worked over
Statlander’s knees against the ringpost. The announcers
compared it to Bret working over Steve Austin.
Baker hit a pair of slingblades back inside, Statlander
ducked a lariat and hit a blue thunder bomb for two.
Fisherman buster for another close count. Britt avoided a
running knee, hit a curb stomp to a big pop for two. Then
the gloves came on.
While doing her ‘DMD’ pose, Statlander rolled her up for
two, missed a lariat, Baker tilt-a-whirled into Lockjaw in a
very smooth spot, Statlander blocked the hold, fighting up
to her feet to heavy boos, the two exchanging forearms once
more – crowd into it like nothing since the opener – until
Britt got a flurry, took a big roundhouse, came back with a
thrust kick, missed a lariat, landed a thrust kick with
Statlander looking for a discus punch, the champ toppling
but managing to land a lariat before crashing to the mat.
Crowd chanting ‘DMD’ as the ref’s count reached seven.
Britt sent to the corner, Statlander missed a running knee,
further injuring it, but countered Pittsburgh Sunrise, Baker
countered back into a rollup for two. Statlander back up
with another roundhouse, looking for a powerbomb, Baker
slipped free to hit a destroyer, Angel’s Wings, Curb Stomp,
the champ kicked out at 2.999999. To an avalanche of boos.
Britt back to the middle rope but snatched onto Stat’s
shoulders. Fighting free, she countered back into Lockjaw,
Statlander trying to block it, Baker finally getting her
hand in Statlander’s mouth, the champ rolled her weight to
pin Britt’s shoulders while still in the hold.
Very nice match. Enjoyed this. Actually bought some of the
false finishes. Helped by a crowd who wanted to be part of
the show all night but weren’t given much to work with.
More matches like this, between wrestlers the fans care
about, whose outcome is in doubt, would really help this
division. Though the same could be said about the whole of
Julia Hart was shown watching from the crowd. Statlander
offered Baker a hand up, Britt accepted, the two posed as
the show ended.
Winner: Kris Statlander
Grand Slam Dynamite:
* Chris Jericho vs Sammy Guevara
* Saraya vs Toni Storm (Women’s Title)
* MJF vs Samoa Joe (AEW Title)
* Jon Moxley vs Rey Fenix (International Title)
* Eddie Kingston vs Claudio Castagnoli (ROH Title vs Strong
* Jay White vs Andrade El Idolo
* RVD returns in his home state
* FTR vs Workhorsemen (Tag Titles)
* Bryan Danielson vs Ricky Starks (Texas Death Match)
* Bryan Danielson vs Zack Sabre Jr
* Hangman Page vs Swerve Strickland
* FTR vs Aussie Open (Tag Titles)