AEW Collision Results: Christian Cage vs. Bryan Danielson, Adam Copeland appears

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This week, AEW is taking Collision to the Huntington Center in Toledo, Ohio. Bryan Danielson is slated to challenge Christian Cage for the TNT Championship. Willie Mack will also be on the show as he challenges Samoa Joe in a battle of the big boys.

Where are the opening promos?

The show started right away with the Elton John theme song, with none of the night’s performers cutting promos.

Adam Copeland and 1,000 other people

Adam Copeland opened the show, coming to the ring to address Christian Cage. It was tough to follow the full promo because the FITE feed kept cutting out. 

Eventually, Cage’s music hit, and he made his way to the ring, flanked by security guards. He sat on the turnbuckle on the opposite side of Copeland, surrounded by security guards. Cage was mad at Copeland for taking up “his” opening segment. He said if Copeland sticks around in AEW, he’ll be like Toledo, Ohio, in that he’ll be known for nothing. 

While the feed kept cutting in and out, Bryan Danielson eventually came out and said Luchasaurus and Nick Wayne had been banned from ringside for the main event match.

Shortly after, Ricky Starks came out with Big Bill to cut a promo. He said that all the guys in the ring were taking up his time. He said he respects Christian Cage and climbed into the ring behind Cage’s security detail. At one point, Copeland called Starks a vanilla version of The Rock, to which Starks said, “That really sent me over the Edge.” 

FTR’s music hit after Starks made a challenge for a tag team match featuring himself his “friends” against Copeland and Danielson. Cash sounded regretful about their choice to take the match last week with their injuries but added that they’ll earn their rematch.

Danielson said he wants his match against Christian Cage right now instead of during the main event. A huge brawl then broke out, with the security guards taking the brunt of the damage as the heels retreated. Danielson locked one of the guards in his LeBell Lock until long after he passed out. 

Despite the feed issues, which were resolved when FTR came out, it was a really fun start to the show.

MJF Stand Up to Jewish Hate segment

AEW aired a very well-produced video package showing MJF attending the Stand Up To Jewish Hate conference in Foxborough, MA. The crowd in attendance also seemed to be shown the package, as there was applause at its conclusion.

Samoa Joe vs. Willie Mack

Mack showed no intimidation as he and Samoa Joe locked up. At one point, Willie Mack hit a Plancha to the outside on Joe and bounced into the announcer’s table. He appeared to hurt his shoulder but kept working the rest of the match; it could have just been some good selling. Willie landed a Stunner on Joe but was slow to cover, giving Joe the opening to kick out. Shortly after, Samoa Joe took control and landed a huge Muscle Buster on Mack for the win, getting closer to passing Jay Lethal’s ROH TV Championship record reign.

CJ Perry interview

CJ talked about what she would ask her clients. She talked about being kept on the sidelines and helping guide performers to the spotlight. She said she’s the woman who makes made men. Action Andretti enters the scene and throws his name into the ring. 

Danhausen video

The Danhausen video first shown on last week’s edition of Rampage was shown. He’s coming back soon.

Juice Robinson vs. Christopher Daniels

Juice and Christopher Daniels had a good back-and-forth match, but as is typical with Bullet Club Gold matches, there was interference and referee distractions. 

Robinson controlled the action through the first commercial break, but eventually, Daniels made a comeback where he hit a near fall on Juice. It didn’t last long, as Juice countered and hit a Juice is Loose to win the match shortly after.

After the match, Jay White got down on one knee in front of Juice and presented him with a ring, which he used to punch Christopher Daniels in the face. Robinson picked up the mic and said MJF isn’t the only person who knocks people out with a ring. He said he got the ring from TJ Maxx and that it’s made of “pubic zirconium.” White also cut a promo, blaming MJF for attacking him from behind.

Dustin Rhodes promo

A Dustin video package aired, with him claiming he will win the battle royal, and then he’s coming for MJF. He said 2023 Dustin Rhodes is better than he’s ever been.

Nick Wayne interview

Nick Wayne sounded surprised that he is scheduled for a sit-down interview with his mom and Jim Ross on Wednesday’s episode of Dynamite. 

Kyle Fletcher vs. Bear Boulder

Aussie Open’s Kyle Fletcher took on the massive Bear Boulder in a match that seemingly came out of nowhere. Fletcher landed a huge top-rope powerbomb on Boulder that was nothing short of impressive. He then locked in a dragon sleeper, which caused Boulder to tap out quickly. 

The Acclaimed and Daddy Ass

Daddy Ass said they’ve been trios champs for 48 days. Max starts flirting with MJF before being cut off by Daddy Ass and Bowens. Bowens said Daddy Ass knows a few things about the girls, and he knows about guys. They gave Max tips to flirt with Renee, and he asked her about those Oral Sessions. She got mad and walked away, leaving Matt Menard, Angelo Parker, Jake Hager, and Daniel Garcia to come in and challenge The Acclaimed to a title match.

Skye Blue vs. Kris Statlander

Skye Blue entered the ring with her new look. The commentators pointed out that she’s changed since getting sprayed in the eyes by Julia Hart. It was a competitive match, with Statlander hitting a delayed vertical suplex that seemed to last for a minute. The announce team continued to point out Skye’s new demeanor and more aggressive style, so it’s clear that they’re going somewhere with the Julia Hart story.

Statlander hit a Blue Thunder Bomb for a near fall after the commercial break. Blue landed a huge tilt-a-whirl DDT for a near fall that actually popped the crowd. Blue went for a cross-body from the top, but Statlander caught her and threw her for a near fall. Blue grabbed the upper hand again, landing a thrust kick and knee, but Statlander quickly countered into Saturday Night Fever for the win. 

Fletcher interview

He starts by saying he sends his best to Davis, who’s injured. He then called out Kenny Omega for a match next week.

Rush is back

A Rush and Los Ingobernables promo package aired. Rush explains that he and the crew are back and that you get the horns if you mess with the bull. It seemed like these went away for a few weeks, so it’s good to see that they’re still going forward with the Lucha Underground-like Los Ingobernables storyline.

Keith Lee vs. Turbo Floyd

Keith Lee stopped Floyd before the match to take in the Bask in his Glory chants. Eventually, Turbo, who looked like Hulk Hogan from Wish, attacked Lee and posed before eating a giant powerbomb from Lee for the finish. Shane Taylor and Lee Moriarity were shown watching in the back before and after the match.

Miro promo

Miro said the last few weeks have been testing. He said Perry would be surrounded by the things she loves, and pursuing gold would anger her more. He said he would prevent this by stopping her from working with other wrestlers as he grabbed Action Andretti and tossed him away.

Byran Danielson vs. Christian Cage

The match started with a lockup and an exchange of holds. Eventually, Danielson started to get an advantage, so Cage rolled out of the ring to slow things down and lead to the first commercial break.

Collision returned with the pair in the center of the ring, exchanging more holds. Danielson took Cage down and locked in a surfboard on his much larger opponent. The action ended up outside again, and Danielson threw Cage on a chair and hit a flying knee before bringing him back onto the ring and locking on another submission.

Danielson went for a German Suplex off the apron to the outside, but Cage countered using the ropes for leverage with a modified Pele kick. Cage dropped Danielson on his arm onto the apron as the show went to commercial. Cage climbed back into the ring during the break, looking for a count-out win. Danielson beat the count but was immediately tossed back outside. He slammed Danielson’s arm into the commentary table several times while telling him he was the world’s best wrestler.

The match really picked up after this commercial break, with both wrestlers hitting high-flying moves and quick grappling exchanges. Christian Cage hit a huge frog splash for a near fall. Danielson went for the Yes kicks shortly after, but Christian countered by slamming Danielson arm-first. Cage went for a spear, but Danielson moved and kicked him in the head. Danielson attempted the Busaiku Knee, but Christian speared him and hit the Killswitch for a near fall that almost everyone believed.

Danielson got to the corner and hit a Busaiku Knee for another massive two-count, and when Cage kicked out, Danielson quickly went for a LeBell Lock. While it was locked in, Big Bill came down and distracted the ref, allowing Ricky Starks to run in and nail Danielson with the title belt, allowing Cage to grab the pinfall.

After the match, Wayne and Luchasaurus joined for a beatdown on Danielson. FTR came out to help but were dispatched by the heels. Adam Copeland came out last and cleared house, taking out the heels individually. FTR got back in the fight, going after Big Bill. The heels ran away, leaving poor Nick Wayne in the ring alone. He looked around, resigned to his fate, before taking a spear from Edge as the show went off the air.

POST Wrestling Café members — join Kate from Montreal and John Siino after the conclusion of the show for a full review on Collision Course.

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A long time POST Wrestling fan and technology writer, Dave LeClair joins the POSTmarks to cover AEW Collision.