An intense wrestling spectacle unfolded at the AEW Collision where Eddie Kingston showcased resilience and triumphed against Claudio Castagnoli. Held at Montreal’s Bell Centre, the evening was loaded with thrilling matchups that had the commentary team of Nigel McGuinness, Kevin Kelly, and Tony Schiavone engaged and the fans on edge. Let’s dive into some highlights from the event.
In the Continental Classic Tournament’s Blue League Match, things kicked off with high stakes as Kingston faced off against Castagnoli. Kingston’s early assault outside the ring was met with Castagnoli’s dominating offense, but despite a series of powerful moves, including a sharpshooter and a massive superplex, Kingston countered with explosive energy. Crested by Kingston’s spinning backfists, the match ended when he secured a victory with a sneaky cradle. The win was essential for Kingston, keeping his tournament hopes alive.
Away from the ring action, tension brewed backstage between FTW Champion HOOK and ROH Pure Champion Wheeler Yuta. Tensions escalated when Yuta confronted HOOK about their ongoing feud, leading to a challenge for a match under FTW rules. Renee Paquette’s attempt to get answers was cut short, only adding fuel to their burning rivalry.
The women’s division saw a competitive match featuring Willow Nightingale taking on Mercedes Martinez with Diamante at ringside. The battle saw back-and-forth action, with both competitors getting near falls. However, it was an unexpected small package from Nightingale that sealed the deal, giving her a hard-earned victory. The match’s conclusion turned chaotic as Martinez and Diamante attacked Nightingale, only for Kris Statlander to make the save, signaling further conflict.
Dialogue brewed between factions backstage as Ruby Soho’s allegiance was questioned by Saraya after being spotted wearing a Cool Hand Ang t-shirt, revealing a potential rift heading into Soho’s upcoming match against Riho.
The heavyweight clash had Wardlow showcasing his might against Willie Mack. Mack offered resistance but was overpowered by a storm of powerbombs, resulting in a referee stoppage and an assertive win for Wardlow.
Further confrontations unfolded as Malakai Black sent a sinister message to FTR, while CJ Perry was caught in a verbal exchange with her husband, The Redeemer Miro, revealing domestic and professional strain amidst the competition.
In tag team action, Penta El Zero Miedo and Komander edged out Daddy Magic Matt Menard and Cool Hand Angelo Parker. With high-flying moves and an energetic crowd behind them, they secured a thunderous victory.
The main event featured another Continental Classic Tournament showdown as Bryan Danielson went head to head with Andrade El Idolo in a pulsating bout. Both competitors put on a masterpiece, with each man gaining and losing the advantage throughout the match. In a climax strikingly enhanced by technical prowess and gritty determination, Andrade outlasted Danielson. The aftermath saw Castagnoli and Wheeler Yuta rush to check on an injured Danielson, ending the night on a note of anticipation for Danielson’s condition.
As the crowd dissipated, the echoes of “Fight forever” chants resonated, encapsulating the passion of the wrestlers and fans alike. The road to AEW DYNAMITE’s Winter Is Coming event next Wednesday is lined with excitement, showing the world that AEW remains the home of professional wrestling.