AEW Collision Preview for September 16, 2023
This Saturday night, All Elite Wrestling debuts in State College, PA at the Bryce Jordan Center on the campus of Penn State University for a Saturday night full of fighting! COLLISION features an AEW World Tag Team Championship clash defense pitting FTR against The Iron Savages, a titanic tag team tussle between The BCC and Ricky Starks/Big Bill, Dark Order's Evil Uno versus The Acclaimed’s Anthony Bowens, The Hardys in action against The Righteous, and the TBS Championship at stake between Kris Statlander and Pennsylvania's own Dr. Britt Baker D.M.D!
The show starts at 8:00pm ET/7:00pm CT on TNT and be sure to drop by the official AEW YouTube channel for highlights from this week's episodes of DYNAMITE and RAMPAGE, as well as the latest edition of CONTROL CENTER, and so much more!
AEW WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH...
FTR (Cash Wheeler & Dax Harwood)(c) vs.
Iron Savages (Bronson & Boulder w/ Jakked Jameson)
Cash and Dax laid out the Open Challenge for any young team in All Elite Wrestling to step up and show their worth, and the first duo to answer the call will be The Iron Savages of Boulder and Bronson with Jacked Jameson at their side! One would be hard-pressed to find two young wrestlers in the AEW locker room who have done more to transform themselves since first coming into the fold. Through hard work, discipline, some dirty bulking, and the direction of Jacked Jameson, The Iron Savages have developed into lean, mean, fit, and trim fighting machines. Defeating FTR would be the ultimate payoff to the fitness journey they've been on, but adding in the AEW World Tag Team Championship to that equation, well it is the stuff dreams are made of.
The defending champions know what kind of risk they take leaving an Open Challenge on the table, never knowing who will answer the call to fight, but it's one Cash and Dax are willing to take in order to secure their legacy as the greatest tag team in professional wrestling today! Can Boulder and Bronson dash those hopes this Saturday on COLLISION?
TBS CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH...
Kris Statlander(c) vs. Dr. Britt Baker D.M.D
Former AEW Women's World Champion Dr. Britt Baker D.M.D laid out the challenge prior to Friday night's TBS Championship bout between challenger Jade Cargill and champion Kris Statlander; she wanted the winner on COLLISION and to challenge for a championship which she hadn't to date. All the Good Doctor had to do on RAMPAGE was sit back, watch the fight unfold, and begin to game plan for Saturday. If Jade Cargill reclaimed the TBS Championship, then Britt would clash with a woman she'd yet to share the ring with, in addition to challenging for said title for the first time. If Kris Statlander won, Baker would be facing a somewhat familiar foe, a woman she was 1-1 against in AEW, but one she hadn't fought since ALL OUT 2021. Turns out it would be the latter who walked out of Cincinnati as the reigning TBS Champion...
So it shall be that the Good Doctor comes home to Pennsylvania, back to her alma mater where she graduated Class of 2013, and attempts to become the first woman to have held both the TBS Championship and the AEW Women's World Championship. Nyla Rose is the only other former Women's World Champion who has attempted that milestone, and she was turned away in her challenges to both Jade Cargill and Kris Statlander.
But for this woman who has proven herself as champion material, and who has long positioned herself as the face of the women's division, this homecoming has to be one where she is also crowned queen. She's been frustrated at every turn over the last few months, has yet to reclaim the crown of AEW Women's World Champion, and needs this Saturday night to be the one where it all turns around. Kris Statlander, on the other hands, is on a tremendous roll ever since dethroning Jade Cargill and this COLLISION collision with Britt will mark her 14th title defense in a just over 110 days. It's a remarkable streak, and one that Statlander isn't about to let slip away already.
Who will walk away from this long-awaited rubber match and lay claim to the crown of TBS Champion?
TAG TEAM GRUDGE MATCH...
Blackpool Combat Club (Bryan Danielson & ROH World Champion Claudio Castagnoli)
Ricky Starks & Big Bill
Ricky Starks may have lost his Strap Match with Bryan Danielson at ALL OUT 2023, but the grit and guts he showed in that fight left enough of an impression on “The American Dragon” that he almost extended an offer to join The Blackpool Combat Club to Starks. Almost, but not quite, thanks to Big Bill dropping Danielson before the hand was quite extended, but Starks' expressed his thoughts on the matter when he joined in on assaulting Bryan. Even the helping hand of Jon Moxley was laid low by the big boot of Bill, though Moxley would even that score this past Monday night in Cincinnati when he bested Bill in their International Championship match.
Even though a bloody Moxley won the match, in part thanks to Danielson stopping Ricky from interfering, Big Bill and Starks jumped straight on the attack after the bell, with Claudio Castagnoli's arrival being the only thing that really stemmed the assault. All that is what's brought us to this tag team match pitting the ROH World Champion and “The American Dragon” against “Absolute” and Big Bill! It's a big game of revenge on COLLISION when this tag team clash hits the ring!
Anthony Bowens vs. The Dark Order's John Silver
It's clear The Dark Order have issues, they've been struggling for so long to achieve the promise of glory, have fought and bled and challenged for championships, but have only seen their numbers dwindle over time, and the key successes not go their way. But after their Fight Without Honor victory over The Righteous and former friend Stu Grayson at ROH's DEATH BEFORE DISHONOR 2023 event in July, something seemed to click with The Dark Order.
They promised a return to their roots, to once again find what made them a feared force in the past, and it seems they've chosen The Acclaimed and Daddy Ass as their target for this mission. The fact that they reign as the AEW World Trios Champions doesn't hurt their goals either, after all no member of The Dark Order, save Mr. Brodie Lee, has held a championship in All Elite Wrestling, and this trio of Uno, Reynolds, and Silver has proven quite successful in that field.
But in order to get there, they are expected to prove themselves to the reigning champions, and that begins this Saturday when John Silver takes on Anthony Bowens in a rare singles match for each! Can this Dark Order member show The Acclaimed why he and his ilk are worthy of a shot, or will Bowens shut that down with a quickness?
-Andrade El Idolo vs. Scorpio Sky
-The Hardys (Jeff & Matt) vs. The Righteous (Dutch & Vincent)
COLLISION debuts at the Bryce Jordan Center in State College, PA this Saturday night with a loaded edition of our Saturday night fights! Both the AEW World Tag Team Championship and the TBS Championship will be at stake, plus The BCC fights Ricky Starks & Big Bill, Evil Uno and Anthony Bowens collide, The Hardys battle The Righteous, and Scorpio Sky returns to action against Andrade El Idolo! The night begins at 8:00pm ET/7:00pm CT on TNT so swing by by the official AEW YouTube channel for highlights from this week's episodes of DYNAMITE and RAMPAGE, as well as the latest edition of CONTROL CENTER, and so much more!