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AEW Collision Preview for January 20, 2024



After an exciting RAMPAGE on Friday night, AEW is right back in the action with an all-new COLLISION, coming to you from the Chaifetz Arena in St. Louis! Last night we saw an amazing clash between Jeff Hardy and Darby Allin, the continuing...something...with Kris Statlander and Stokely Hathaway, Anthony Henry give Penta El Zero Miedo a tremendous fight, and Chris Jericho get back to business in a bout with Matt Sydal! 



The night begins with COLLISION at 8pm ET/7pm CT on TNT, featuring a huge Grudge Tag match pitting Eddie Kingston and Ortiz against The BCC of Claudio Castagnoli and Bryan Danielson, Adam Copeland laying out another Open Challenge, Buddy Matthews and Daniel Garcia going head-to-head, and Jon Moxley back in the house after a wild trip through New Japan Pro Wrestling! Fans can get prepared for the action-packed evening by visiting the official AEW YouTube channel, as well as AEW's other social media platforms, for highlights from this week's DYNAMITE and RAMPAGE, as well as the latest CONTROL CENTER, and so much more!


TAG TEAM GRUDGE MATCH...

Continental Crown Champion Eddie Kingston & Ortiz

vs.

Blackpool Combat Club (Bryan Danielson & Claudio Castagnoli)



As if there wasn't enough fuel to the fires that burn between Continental Crown Champion Eddie Kingston and The Blackpool Combat Club, last week during RAMPAGE: HOMECOMING 2024 Eddie beat ROH Pure Champion Wheeler Yuta in a Continental Crown defense, leaving the young man battered and bruised.


So this Saturday night, with Bryan Danielson back on the scene after his New Japan excursion for WRESTLE KINGDOM 18 and NEW YEAR DASH!! 2024, and Claudio coming off a victory over Bryan Kieth Thursday night during ROH ON HONOR CLUB, The Blackpool Combat Club will reunite for tag team action against Kingston and his partner, friend-turned foe-and back again, Ortiz! When last we saw Ortiz and Eddie Kingston engage with one another, the former came to ringside at FULL GEAR 2023 to help the latter in his ROH World Championship match with Jay Lethal. That was on the heels of Sonjay Dutt trying to recruit Ortiz to their little unit, and given that Jeff Jarrett's guitar ended up around Dutt's head, that was a clear indication of where Ortiz stood. The question of whether or not that choice had anything to do with Kingston, or was just a response to Dutt, was answered fairly quickly when Ortiz and Eddie stood side-by-side in the ring; it was as if the Stadium Stampede at ALL IN: LONDON got the bad blood out of their system, and now they could move forward as friends.


Hopefully that is the case because Eddie and Ortiz will have to be on the same page when facing The BCC if they want any hope of leaving St. Louis with a victory. Claudio and Bryan are 2-1 as a duo with their last fighting being the bout with Orange Cassidy and Okada in October while Ortiz and Eddie are 9-2, but it's been over a year since their last time teaming up. Will the bonds forged by The BCC in their time together prove stronger than the ones between Kingston and Ortiz that were so tested in the last year?


ONE-ON-ONE...

The House of Black's Buddy Matthews vs. Daniel Garcia



Last Saturday night, in one of the many super trios matches AEW has produced, FTR and Daniel Garcia fell to The House of Black, the end coming after Buddy Matthews smashed Dax Harwood's face into the canvas for the pinfall. It was an intense, chaotic, hateful battle, but the result doesn't appear to have settled anything between these six men, or should that be seven given how The House pulled Matt Menard into the fray in the aftermath of their victory.


Garcia and FTR may have ran The House off before they could inflict too much damage, but all that means is the fight will continue in one form or another as long as all these men are still able to throw hands. The next form this explosive issue will take goes down this Saturday night on COLLISION when Buddy Matthews and Daniel Garcia meet in singles competition for the first time! Garcia has come so far in his career since debuting in AEW, and seems to have the number of House member Brody King, but will that success parlay over to Buddy as well? Or will Garcia be the next man whose face Matthews stomps into the mat?


ASK AND SOMETIMES YOU RECEIVE...

Jon Moxley vs. Shane Taylor



Though Jon Moxley has not been seen in All Elite Wrestling since WORLDS END, that doesn't mean he's been inactive, sitting on the sidelines, watching the world pass him by. As a matter of fact, it has been quite the opposite as the former 3-Time AEW World Champion returned to New Japan for WRESTLE KINGDOM 18 where he vied for the NJPW Global Heavyweight Title against Will Ospreay and David Finlay. Finlay would be the one who ultimately walked away with the newly created crown, pinning Ospreay to claim the title, and sending Mox to NEW YEAR DASH!! 2024 empty handed. Unfortunately loss would follow Mox to his eight-man tag on that event as well, with TMDK's Shane Haste pinning Moxley's partner Tomohiro Ishii to get the victory.


Thankfully Moxley rebounded in his No Disqualification bout at NJPW's BATTLE IN ALLEY 2024, scoring a victory over Shingo Takagi after twenty-six minutes of hard-hitting, violent action, and subsequently let new IWGP World Heavyweight Champion Tetsuyo Naito know that he had eyes on that prize, issuing a challenge for WINDY CITY RIOT 2024 on April 12th.  


But before Moxley gets to that potential championship challenge, he's coming back home to All Elite Wrestling this Saturday night! And initially we wondered if he was coming for a fight, or was he simply making the trip to St. Louis to let the world know where he's focusing his energy in the new year; but thanks to one social media follower in particular sharing an older video of Shane Taylor's, we know now just what's in store:


Just goes to show that sometimes when you ask for something, you get it, and boy are we all going to get it this Saturday when Shane Taylor throws down with Jon Moxley! These are two of the hardest-hitting, rough and tumble individuals in all of AEW, and Shane Taylor has proven in his fights with Samoa Joe and Keith Lee that he gives as good as he gets in a fight. Aside from the fight with Joe last year, this is Shane T's biggest match since joining on with AEW, and he aims to leave an impression on the AEW fans, as well as on Jon Moxley's face! There's nothing more Mox loves than a fight, and he is now guaranteed to get one on COLLISION!


THE OPEN CHALLENGE CONTINUES...

Adam Copeland vs. ???



Last week it was Shane Taylor Promotions' Lee Moriarty who answered the call of the Adam Copeland Open Challenge, giving the Hall of Famer a fight he did not anticipate, but one he certainly appreciated, with Moriarty showing the world he's got the potential down the line to stand with the greats in this business. But that time wasn't last week, Copeland's drive to earn himself another stab at Christian Cage is too strong, and it is going to take a very special individual to disrupt this man's track to the TNT Championship.


Well with “The Rated R Superstar” set to appear on COLLISION for another Open Challenge, someone else will have that opportunity to play spoiler to Copeland's quest, and given how the competition has escalated with each outing, it's going to be very interesting to see just who answers the call this week in St. Louis!


CHAMPIONSHIP DESIRES...

Roderick Strong vs. Matt Sydal



Roderick Strong has made it very clear that he wants the AEW International Championship around Orange Cassidy's waist, and though “Freshly Squeezed” was more than willing to give Roddy a title match Wednesday night, the man was dubbed “The Messiah of the Backbreaker” decided he wasn't going to break his own on DYNAMITE, and would rather make Cassidy sweat it out until REVOLUTION 2024.


That's a long time to wait for some, but Strong is nothing if not patient, and he will absolutely relish any psychological advantage he can garner over OC before their bout. The only problem with waiting until March is all the roadblocks that can pop up along the way, like if Roderick blows his opportunity by losing one match after another, or suffers an injury, or Cassidy drops the title to someone else in the interim. There's a lot at risk, but that is Strong's choice to wait, just as it is his to enter into combat this Saturday night against a man he knows very well: Matt Sydal!


Nearly twenty years ago, May 22nd of 2004 to be exact, a faction known as Generation Next was born in Ring of Honor, and it would prove a game-changing night in ROH history. One of the men who helped found that group was a young Roderick Strong, and another who would join it down the line would be Matt Sydal. They fought side-by-side against many a foe, but they also fought one another over the ROH World Tag Titles that Roderick held for a great deal of 2006.


Suffice to say they are quite familiar with one another as friend and foe, so after eight years since their last one-on-one contest (a PWG World Championship bout during All-Star Weekend 11) they will go head-to-head this Saturday night on COLLISION! Can Sydal derail Roderick's mission in its infancy, or will Strong make his former ally another victim on the way to his desired International Championship challenge?


LA MERA MERA IS BACK!


It's been awhile since her last singles match, an August 6, 2022 championship fight with Jamie Hayter during BATTLE OF THE BELTS III to be exact, but this Saturday night Thunder Rosa is back in action! We got a taste of “La Mera Mera” on the December 23rd COLLISION and on DYNAMITE: HOMECOMING 2024, but those were in multi-person bouts, a singles match is a whole different story that could put the former AEW Women's World Champion to the test! Who will step up to the fight with Thunder Rosa this Saturday in St. Louis?



COLLISION comes to St. Louis this Saturday night, with the action starting at 8pm ET/7pm CT on TNT, and showcasing a massive Grudge Tag Team fight pitting Continental Crown Champion Eddie Kingston and Ortiz against Blackpool Combat Club members Claudio Castagnoli and Bryan Danielson! Plus, Adam Copeland plans to lay out another Open Challenge while, after their tremendous trios bout last week, Buddy Matthews and Daniel Garcia will meet one-on-one! We haven't seen Jon Moxley since WORLDS END as he's been putting in work with NJPW, but he will be back home this Saturday night! Before showtime, be sure to visit the official AEW YouTube channel, as well as AEW's other social media platforms, for highlights from this week's DYNAMITE and RAMPAGE, as well as the latest CONTROL CENTER, and so much more!



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