The latest episode of AEW Collision took place in Toledo, Ohio.
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:
Samoa Joe (6) vs Willie Mack (6):
The first match of the night welcomed back the ROH World Champion on Collision. However, it was his opponent whom the commentary team did a good job at hyping up for the benefit of viewers not familiar with Mack’s work in AAA, MLW and Lucha Underground in previous years. Mack’s chops and arm drag counters provided a good variety of perfect wrestling moves to a ‘meat! meat!’ backdrop. In what was ultimately a glorified squash, it felt like one of those performances (pre-ROH) acquisition that would have signed Mack to AEW. Good performances by both men, who got more time than I thought they would have. The only hazard was the power slam by Joe that was lucky not to have damaged Mack’s neck.
Christopher Daniels (5) vs Juice Robinson (6):
There was a 19 year difference between these men in age; one in his career twilight and the other on his hottest run in his career. Daniels moved like a veteran but he also executed the simple moves eloquently and took the pace right off it - i.e. arm drag. It was a fairly standard showing by both men, who didn’t have to get out of 2nd gear. The match helped set up the strong promo delivery by Juice to tease next week’s Battle Royale.
Kyle Fletcher (5) vs Boulder (5):
This was Boulder’s first singles match on AEW TV. If you noticed from the last few times that Iron Savages have been on Collision, Boulder has been the standout member - mainly for his moonsaults. The gorilla press by Boulder was impressive, even if it was against a smaller man. In the limited time both men had, a resistance to the Savage dominance was centric to building up Fletcher’s impressive powerbomb and Dragon Sleeper.
Kris Statlander (7) vs Sky Blue (7):
Despite the persistent tease on Sky Blue’s heel turn, the production of this match made for her wrestling a babyface style. It’s remarkable how much Sky has improved in recent weeks; who would have thought that a wrestler consistently wrestling could that? It was a solid back and forth match that continues to reinforce Statlander’s reign as TBS Champion.
Keith Lee (5) vs Turbo Floyd (5):
The Limitless One was paid by the minute here. The conducting was probably longer than the entirety of this match. The pop up powerbomb looked great when the ‘pop up’ part is to a guy of Floyd’s physical strength.
Bryan Danielson (9) vs Christian Cage (9):
By the time this main event was getting the introductions in, there was around half an hour to go which gave plentiful time for this title match. The match was paced well as a result of this. Some great technical wrestling on display soon turned into focusing this match around cancelling Danielson’s right arm, which Christian worked on throughout. There aren’t too many ring generals more experienced than the American Dragon, but Danielson found himself facing one who was. The pace was broken down after the first ad break to showcase Christian. How does the Father of the Year hit a frog splash as beautifully as a spear? It’s hard enough to perfect the art of just one of those. Even if the finish was predictable, the journey was an excellent showpiece between two modern greats in their 40’s and showing no signs of regression.
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