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Wrestler Ratings | This Week’s AEW Collision: 07/10/2023

The latest episode of AEW Collision took place in Salt Lake City. AEW programming has been going through a hot streak as of late, and this continued well into Saturday night.

A 1 to 10 point scale will be used each week to score wrestlers who appear in matches on AEW Collision, and occasionally in notable segments. Wrestlers will be scored as follows:

Note: Not all personalities who appear will be scored i.e. wrestlers in backstage promos or interviews, jobbers. Wrestlers who feature in matches but are not part of AEW’s roster will be scored but will not feature in the Form Table.

Let’s take a look at this week’s ratings:

Ricky Starks & Big Bill (5) vs FTR (5):

This was a weird opening title bout, to say the least. Cash Wheeler only took two spots in this short match - a shove out of the ring and a chokeslam to the announcer’s table due to his fractured rib from WrestleDream. The TV camera was well positioned to see the impact of the spot, as the table collapsed as smoothly as the chokeslam. Harwood took all of FTR’s offence besides that. Bill and Starks dominated, giving Harwood little to no control time to gather any momentum or fight.

Bryan Danielson (8) vs Kyle Fletcher (8):

It is no surprise that this one was the match of the night. It was a great technical bout that had some really cool visuals when a few submissions were locked up. Danielson used some really good transitional moves to shift between different submissions and lock-ups in his arsenal. Fletcher locked in some brutal dragon sleepers that really yanked on Danielson’s neck. There was very little high flying from Fletcher in this one, which made for a classy match. That usually looks better for Aussie Open when there’s a contrast between Davis and Fletcher’s wrestling styles.

Angelico, Metalik & Gravity (7) vs The Gunns & Juice Robinson (7) w/ Jay White (7):

May I add that the AEW Championship looks so good around Switchblade’s waist? That brown strap against Jay in white pants is a fashion statement. Both entrances by the teams were a vibe to start with - the glowing streamers alongside Angelico’s entrance song gets some great presentation points. Whenever Juice is having fun, he looks completely unhinged as a man.

However, this match surprisingly showcased the opponents more than expected. Angelico’s smooth hot tag and a double submission on The Gunns was excellent, and a further case for why the South African wrestler should feature on AEW programming much more. From the two brothers, Austin is distinctively the better wrestler and it shows. Everything to do with Bullet Club Gold is meshed so well at the moment. To top it off, White delivered a smooth promo to follow up on his last few.

The Acclaimed (6) vs Iron Savages (6):

A lot of this match felt like it was centred on letting Max Caster shine. The biggest pop of the match was his fireman carry on not one, but two Iron Savage members. Equally, Caster’s hot tag ran well. With all the shenanigans that come with The Acclaimed, it makes it hard to notice just how much Caster has improved in the ring in the last year. On the other side of the ring, Boulder’s moonsault was near perfect - as it has been every time on Collision thus far. In their last few appearances on the show, the Savages have centred their matches around out-powering their opponents but it was difficult to do this against three big guys. Not quite as strong as their last appearance, but still good nonetheless.

Toni Storm (6) vs Kiera Hogan (6):

Putting this match on the card after The Acclaimed really made the transition into the second hour turn into Ass Hour - if you know what I mean.

Having ring-time will really allow Toni Storm to build on the foundations of her character. In this match, she did that smartly by adding little quirks that could get over real fast e.g. giving Kiera a script, ‘how dare youuu…?’, her focus on talking to the camera. Coupled with Kiera being a good opponent that puts over talent really helped. This is another underused wrestler on the roster that should be featuring more than she does.

Eddie Kingston (7) vs Komander (7):

Komander walking to the ring with his AAA Tag Title really added to the plausibility of this match. Before the match began, the commentators did a really good job of planting seeds of doubt for this title match by mentioning Kingston’s gruelling schedule over the summer and if it would be too much for a man of his physique to be accustomed to these demands. It’s one of the rare times that a physique reference came across rationally rather than lazily.

The Octopus hold was a feature used by a few wrestlers at WrestleDream in homage to Antonio Inoki, so it was nice to the continuation of this by Komander on the card. This was a fun match that made for some brutal chop sequences by Kingston and Komander selling moves like the uranage, lariat and backfist beautifully.

Adam Copeland promo (6):

So calling it the Copecution is going to be a thing, huh? It was a fairly standard promo by Copeland in his Collision debut, and it set up anticipation for the next episode of AEW programming whilst putting heat on the heels of a reinvigorated version of Luchasaurus and Nick Wayne.

Form Table

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