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AEW Collision Preview for March 16, 2024




This Saturday night All Elite Wrestling begins a tour of Canada with a visit to Ottawa, ON, Canada and the Canadian Tire Center for an all-new edition of COLLISION! It was already set to be an exciting night with the return of Kyle O'Reilly to in-ring competition for a fight with “Bounty Hunter” Bryan Keith, but then the heat got cranked way up with the announcement of Katsuyori Shibata's return to action for a match with “The American Dragon” Bryan Danielson! As if that wasn't enough, an enraged Julia Hart opened up the House of Black's doors with a TBS Open Challenge invitation, and The Infantry's Trish Adora has stepped up in response, plus The House of Black's Buddy Matthews & Brody King will meet The Infantry's Carlie Bravo and Capt. Shawn Dean in the first World Tag Team Title Tournament Wild Card match!


The night begins at 8pm ET/7pm CT on TNT, and fans around the world can get prepared by visiting the official AEW YouTube channel, as well as AEW's various social media platforms, to watch highlights from this week's DYNAMITE and RAMPAGE, as well as the latest CONTROL CENTER! Then come join us next Wednesday in Toronto at the Coca-Cola Coliseum (https://www.allelitewrestling.com/aew-event/aew-dynamite-rampage-toronto) for a loaded edition of DYNAMITE featuring Christian Cage defending his TNT Championship against Adam Copeland in an “I Quit” Match!!!


DREAMS CONTINUE TO COME TRUE...

“The American Dragon” Bryan Danielson vs. Katsuyori Shibata



In so many ways the last year in the career of “The American Dragon” Bryan Danielson has felt like one dream after another coming to fruition, if not for Bryan than at least for the fans of his work inside the squared circle. They've got to witness Danielson fight Kazuchika Okada twice, Zack Sabre Jr. twice, Timothy Thatcher, Yuji Nagata, Jun Akiyama, and Hechicero, not to mention the countless top shelf fights he's had against opponent like Eddie Kingston, Swerve, RUSH, Ricky Starks, and his own BCC mate Claudio Castagnoli. It's been one of the wildest years in Danielson's career, and that's with having to take time off due to a broken arm and a fractured orbital bone, so imagine what else could have been had he not been required to let his body heal.


And yet it's only March 16th, meaning there are plenty of days left on the calendar of what Danielson has referred to as his last full-time year of professional wrestling, and that there are plenty of dreams left to be fulfilled both for “The American Dragon” and his fans! We already know one of those will come true at DYNASTY on April 21st when he faces Will Ospreay for the first time, but another comes to pass this Saturday night on COLLISION when Bryan Danielson goes one-on-one for Katsuyori Shibata for their first encounter!


Just about a year ago, following his ROH Pure Championship victory over Wheeler Yuta at ROH SUPERCARD OF HONOR 2023, Shibata told the world that winning that championship meant he was one step closer to fighting Bryan Danielson, and though he may have taken some time to take those steps, including Shibata having to return to Japan following his loss to Yuta on 11/25/23, we are finally there! 


This is a dream that seemed impossible, especially given that at various points both athletes thought their respective in-ring careers would be over, but on COLLISION it becomes reality, and fans will be able to rejoice when two of the most dangerous strikers, and most dangerous grapplers, in the history of the game step inside the squared circle as opponents. After nearly four months out of action, Shibata is certainly going to be tested with this battle against Bryan, but so too will “The American Dragon” be pushed to his limits as he prepares for Will Ospreay in five weeks time. This is a fight both men want, both men need, and fight fans around the world have been praying they would get to experience before the sun set on either competitors career!


RETURN TO ACTION!

Kyle O'Reilly vs. “Bounty Hunter” Bryan Keith



Imagine having your livelihood taken away in an instant, your dream smashed, and it all happening while you were unconscious. That is what happened to Kyle O'Reilly, that is what happened in 2022 when he went under the knife for one surgery only to wake up and discover complications from that left him with a wholely different problem to handle. Unable to use his arm for the most basic of day-to-day functions, Kyle never thought he'd be able to use that arm to hold his child again, much less get back into the ring for a fight, yet here we are, 647 days removed from Kyle's last match against Jon Moxley, and his indomitable spirit has led Kyle back to the place he never thought he'd experience again: the inside of a wrestling ring!



There is so much emotion wrapped up in this return to action on Saturday night, so much trepidation about what might happen when he steps back between the ropes, and yet Kyle O'Reilly has chosen to do it with one of the hottest prospects in the game today in “Bounty Hunter” Bryan Keith. Keith may seem like an overnight sensation to some, a man who skyrocketed into the AEW spotlight because of his showing at ROH's FINAL BATTLE 2023 event, but in reality he's an overnight sensation ten years in the making. His Survival of the Fittest performance may have been the launching pad into AEW, the fight with Eddie Kingston may have been the icing on the cake that got him a contract, but it was fights against men like Timothy Thatcher, Masato Tanaka, Rocky Romero, as well as his performance in PWG's 2023 BOLA that woke the world up to his abilities. 


Since his arrival in AEW men like Malakai Black, Kingston, Orange Cassidy, and Claudio Castagnoli have experienced the hard-hitting fight Keith brings to the table, and clearly Kyle O'Reilly has watched this from a distance as well, with “Bounty Hunter” leaving enough of an impression that he's who Kyle wants to test himself against after nearly two years away from the fight! As Kyle said, right into the fire, but it's the only way O'Reilly is going to know what he still has inside, what he needs to find again, and what needs to change for the future to look as bright as did when he stepped into the ring on June 8, 2022.


However this fight goes, win or lose, it is a triumph for Kyle O'Reilly to know he worked his way back into fighting condition after staring the end of his career, and frankly his life as he knew it, right in the eyes. It's not an easy thing to come back from the brink, he could've slipped away and quietly thrown in the towel on his wrestling career, but instead he chose to fight for everything he loves, for everything from the ability to hold his child to the ability to throw a punch, and that is why this Saturday night is a type of victory no matter the result of the match. To be able to claim a win on top of that victory though, now that would be even sweeter...


TBS CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH...

The House of Black's Julia Hart(c) vs. The Infantry's Trish Adora



Making a decision while lost in the heat of anger is not always the best time for a potentially life-changing decision and yet here Julia Hart finds herself. Just days after being embarrassed by Mercedes Mone on DYNAMITE: BIG BUSINESS, the TBS Champion is throwing open the doors of The House once again for an Open Challenge, and this time the call is being answered by The Infantry's Trish Adora! 


Coming off a tremendous battle with Mariah May last Saturday night, Adora is looking to bolster her reputation as one of the best women competing today, and between the Mariah fight, her battle with Riho on RAMPAGE prior to that, the ROH Women's World TV Title Tournament contest with Mercedes Martinez, and her NJPW STRONG Women's Title bout with Giulia back in January, it's hard to argue against Trish's abilities. She simply needs to put it all together and she will be one of the deadliest women competing in AEW, ROH, or frankly anywhere else in the world, and there's no better moment to pull it all together than this Saturday night when she enters The House for a TBS Championship Match!


This is first-time bout, meaning a case of neither woman having first-hand experience with the other, only knowing what they've seen on tape, and trying to figure out how to turn that into a formula for victory. We know Julia is going to be fighting angry, looking to hurt any woman who would've answered this Open Challenge, but will that be her undoing? Will her own emotions towards Mone and Willow Nightingale blind her from focusing on Trish Adora? This could be the prime night for Adora to rock the foundations of The House and claim the TBS Championship for The Infantry!


AEW WORLD TAG TEAM TITLE TOURNAMENT WILD CARD MATCH...

***WINNER FACES FTR IN QUARTER-FINALS***



The brackets for the AEW World Tag Team Title Tournament have been set and we know the finals will take place at DYNASTY on April 21st in St. Louis, now it's a matter of seeing which two teams survive the road to get there, with the Wild Card duos having the longest road to the top! The first of the two Wild Card match-ups takes place this Saturday night on COLLISION when The House of Black, honored by Brody King and Buddy Matthews, lock-up with The Infantry of Carlie Bravo and Capt. Shawn Dean, with the winners moving on the Quarter-Final round to face FTR!


On paper it's reasonable to assume The House moves through The Infantry to renew their rivalry with Cash and Dax, but after the confrontation that took place between Captain, Carlie, Cash, and Dax last week, it's a safe bet that The Infantry is coming to Canada ready to go to war! They are unquestionably the underdogs in this entire tournament, meaning they are going to bring the fight to The House that much harder, and the fact that the teams in the Wild Card bouts have to win four matches to earn the vacant championship is not fact lost on any of them either. It's an uphill battle for The Infantry, but one that the two veterans are more than willing to undertake in order to prove themselves the equals of the other teams slotted into the field. This could be The Infantry's night to break out in front of the eyes of the world, or it could be the night The House of Black uses Bravo and Dean as examples to all others standing in their path to tag team glory!




ALSO:



-We will hear from Adam Copeland ahead of his TNT Championship “I Quit” Match on Wednesday!

-And more!!!



COLLISION kicks off at 8pm ET/7pm CT on TNT, live from the Canadian Tire Center in Ottawa, ON, Canada and what a jam-packed night it will be! With Shibata versus Danielson, Hart versus Adora, O'Reilly versus Keith, and so much on tap, it's going to be one memorable night, and you can get ready for it by visiting the official AEW YouTube channel, as well as AEW's various social media platforms, to watch highlights from this week's DYNAMITE and RAMPAGE, as well as the latest CONTROL CENTER! 


Then be sure to join us at Toronto's Coca-Cola Coliseum next Wednesday night for a stacked edition of DYNAMITE showcasing Christian Cage defending his TNT Championship against Adam Copeland in an “I Quit” Match and Eddie Kingston putting the AEW Continental Championship at stake against Kazuchika Okada!!!



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