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AEW Collision Preview: International Title Defense and Forbidden Door Build-Up

One big thing: Will Ospreay defends the AEW International Championship against Brian Cage

Will Ospreay puts his AEW International Championship on the line against “The Machine” Brian Cage on tonight’s AEW Collision.

• This marks Ospreay’s third title defense in 27 days since winning the belt at Double or Nothing 2024.
• Ospreay has defeated Cage in their two previous encounters, but their last match was two years ago.
• The champion is on a 17-match winning streak in AEW.

Why it matters:

This high-stakes match comes just eight days before Ospreay challenges for the AEW World Championship at Forbidden Door 2024, potentially impacting his momentum heading into the pay-per-view.

More Forbidden Door build-up

Kazuchika Okada vs. Ultimo Guerrero in an Eliminator Match

• Ultimo Guerrero, a 33-year veteran from CMLL, makes his AEW debut.
• The winner earns a future shot at Okada’s AEW Continental Championship.
• This is their first-ever singles match, despite knowing each other since 2006.

Chris Jericho & Big Bill vs. Private Party

• Jericho continues his “Learning Tree” mentorship angle with Big Bill.
• Private Party aims to upset the veteran duo despite being underdogs.

HOOK, Katsuyori Shibata & Samoa Joe vs. Premier Athletes

• This unique trio of HOOK, Shibata, and Joe team up for the first time.
• They face the well-oiled machine of Ariya Daivari, Josh Woods & Tony Nese.

By the numbers

• 2,037: Combined days Ultimo Guerrero held the CMLL World Heavyweight Championship
• 18: Consecutive wins Will Ospreay will have if he defeats Brian Cage

What’s next

AEW Dynamite next Wednesday will be the final show before Forbidden Door 2024 on June 30th.

Will Will Ospreay successfully defend his title and maintain momentum heading into Forbidden Door? Leave your predictions in the comments below!

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