AEW Collision Preview for October 7, 2023
This Saturday night AEW returns to Salt Lake City's Maverick Center for the first time since 2020, and with it comes a stacked edition of COLLISION! Not only will it feature the COLLISION debut of Adam Copeland, but there will also be two championship bouts as FTR defends their AEW Tag Team Titles against Big Bill and Ricky Starks while Eddie Kingston puts his ROH World Championship on the line against Komander! We will also see “Timeless” Toni Storm in action against Kiera Hogan, Bryan Danielson and Kyle Fletcher will go head-to-head, and so much more!
COLLISION begins at special start time of 7:00pm ET/6:00pm CT on TNT, so visit the official AEW YouTube channel for highlights from this week's episodes of DYNAMITE and RAMPAGE, as well as the latest editions of CONTROL CENTER, and so much more!
A SATURDAY NIGHT DEBUT!
The ball began rolling at WRESTLEDREAM when Adam Copeland arrived on the AEW scene and stopped Christian Cage, Luchasaurus, and their newest ally Nick Wayne from assaulting Sting and further decimating Darby Allin. The ball continued rolling this past Wednesday night when Copeland made his first appearance on DYNAMITE, AEW's flagship program, attempting to sway Christian Cage off the path he's traveling and instead unite with this best friend and multi-time championship partner to finish out their careers together.
Instead Adam was, in as rude a fashion as possible, told exactly what to do by Cage, and then summarily attacked by Luchasaurus and Nick Wayne, While their attempts to lay Copeland out after his DYNAMITE debut failed, he was still left rather low by his best friend's words, but another day brings another opportunity to make things right, or at least right the wrongs, and ahead of his TITLE TUESDAY fight with Luchasaurus, Adam Copeland will have another day this Saturday night when he debuts on COLLISION!
What's going through the man's mind after Christian Cage's words on Wednesday? We won't have to wait long to find out!
“Timeless” Toni Storm vs. Kiera Hogan
These last few weeks have been rather tumultuous for former 2-Time AEW Women's World Champion Toni Storm and the world has watched how losing her title, compounded by losing her so-called friends in The Outcasts, has sent Toni Storm spiraling out into this woman we've seen RJ City try to navigate over the course of several interviews. Through the process of pouring her soul out to the cameras and to RJ, it seems Toni has found a way forward, and that way is timeless...
So after defeating Skye Blue on Wednesday night, “Timeless” Toni Storm is right back into action this Saturday night against Kiera Hogan! The two women last clashed six months ago on AEW DARK with Toni picking up the victory, will COLLISION see a rerun of that original screening or will Kiera Hogan call for a reshoot?
AEW WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH...
FTR (Cash Wheeler & Dax Harwood)(c) vs. Big Bill & “Absolute” Ricky Starks
In last week's huge All-Star 8-Man tag, before the situation erupted into absolute chaos, “Absolute” Ricky Starks scored the deciding pinfall over Dax Harwood to bring the victory to his team. The next night at WRESTLEDREAM both sides of that outcome would end up successful in their pay-per-view endeavors, FTR defeated Aussie Open to retain their AEW World Tag Team titles while Starks topped Wheeler Yuta to get his win, but that left some unfinished business between the tag champs and the one who put those shoulders to the mat.
That is why this Saturday night on COLLISION, FTR will make their 10th defense of the championships against Big Bill and Ricky Starks, and if they can retain once again, Cash and Dax will become the most successful tag champs in AEW history! To date the record for successful defense sits at nine, a number hit by both The Young Bucks and the Hangman/Omega duo, but FTR have reached that milestone faster than either of those championship duos.
Can Starks and Big Bill stop the champions from becoming part of AEW's record books on Saturday night, or will FTR do what they always strive do and fight through the pain they're feeling to continue reigning atop the division? And don't forget, whoever moves forward as champion has a Young Bucks title fight looming at some point in the future...
ROH WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH...
Eddie Kingston(c) vs. Komander
For the second time in the new Era of Honor, Komander will step up into a ROH World Championship fight in hopes of shocking the world and dethroning the reigning champ. The first time around it was Claudio Castagnoli in possession of the title, and though he gave a valiant effort on the June 30th edition of RAMPAGE, after fourteen minutes it was still “The Swiss Superman” who reigned as champ.
This time out, after winning a hard-fought Four Way over Johnny TV, Penta El Zero Miedo, and the debuting Lince Dorado, Komander will enter the ring to face Eddie Kingston with that championship at stake! Kingston is coming off a hard-hitting retention over Katsuyori Shibata at WRESTLEDREAM, but now he's facing a drastically different sort of challenge in Komander. Shibata brought a lethal striking game to the fight when, combined with this deadly submission game, made “The Wrestler” possibly the toughest threat Kingston could've faced in his first defense. Now he must deal with the Lucha stylings of Komander if he hopes to build a legacy as ROH World Champion that goes down in history alongside the likes of Homicide, Xavier, Samoa Joe, and the other men who've built the ROH World Title into a coveted prize.
To Kingston's benefit, his training included sitting under the learning tree of men like Skayde, running through Lucha-inspired drills, but when it comes down to it, Eddie's always found punching a man in the face the most satisfying form of combat. Will he be able to ground Komander long enough to knock his teeth down his throat, drop him on his head, and lock in the Stretch Plum? Or will this master of the ropes soar to championship success in Ring of Honor?
“The American Dragon” Bryan Danielson vs. Kyle Fletcher
With a number one contender's fight against Swerve Strickland set for TITLE TUESDAY, and a victory over Zack Sabre Jr. in his back pocket, Bryan Danielson heads back into competition this Saturday night on COLLISION to face Kyle Fletcher.
Fletcher, coming off a championship loss to FTR at WRESTLEDREAM, is hungry to get back on the right track, and nothing would right the course like a victory over Bryan Danielson. Though singles competition has not been his forte in AEW, he's just 2-1 in that avenue of competition, Kyle did quite well under the ROH banner while Mark Davis was injured, competed in the 2023 New Japan Cup earlier this year, and does have a solid track record throughout his career of singles competition.
But is it enough to topple “The American Dragon”? Danielson, after that war with ZSJ as well as those with Ricky Starks, has shown the world he's operating on a level unlike any he's been on before, and that should scare everyone who stands across the ring from him!
COLLISION comes to Salt Lake City and the Maverik Center this Saturday night for the first time since March 2020! Two titles matches are on tap as FTR defends the AEW World Tag Team Championship and Eddie Kingston defends the ROH World Title! Plus, “Timeless” Toni Storm will be in action, and Bryan Danielson takes on Kyle Fletcher ahead of his TNT Title #1 Contender's Match against Swerve Strickland! The night begins at a special start time of 7:00pm ET/6:00pm CT on TNT; make a point to visit the official AEW YouTube channel for highlights from this week's episodes of DYNAMITE and RAMPAGE, the latest editions of CONTROL CENTER, and much, much more!