The latest episode of AEW Collision took place in Memphis.
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.
FTR vs Darian Thangston & Bad Thad Brown was not scored.
Let’s take a look at this week’s ratings:
Andrade (9) vs Bryan Danielson (9):
This was nailed down as match of the night as soon as it was announced. There was a lot of mat wrestling executed smoothly by two of the most technical wrestlers alive. The Gory Special, credited to Gory Guerrero, was. Andrade’s answer to Danielson’s Cattle Mutilation. The quick pin variations livened and loosened the pace of the match at different intervals, highlighting a stalemate on more than one occasion. Andrade often expressed frustrations at not being able to get the better of the American Dragon. A thoroughly vibrant display by both men who could’ve phoned it in and still put on a match better than 90% of the roster.
Skye Blue (5) vs Holyhood Haley (5):
For anyone who has seen the Netflix documentary on OVW, Hollywood Haley will have been a familiar name in this week’s jobber spot. She is a talented wrestler who is awaiting a bit of faith put in her, and even though she only had a few minutes to showcase herself in this match she came across well as a stubborn fighter. Likewise, Skye’s aggression which was the main ongoing story, also delivered.
The makeup gets darker as does Skye’s demeanour. It didn’t quite make sense that she was repping a Scooby Doo themed attire, but we’ll go with it for now.
The Gunns (5) vs The Outrunners (5):
This one was short and sweet, almost ungradeable. The Outrunners are a real throwback to 80’s wrestling and it would be nice to see them feature on Collision more going forward. The match was mainly a setup for the brief post-match vignette but signified a long way that The Gunns have come since being a laughing stock.
Eddie Kingston (5) vs Jeff Jarrett (4):
This match was marmite. You either loved the chaos of it or you found it to be pointless. Considering that the match was really just a set-up for Kingston vs Lethal, it could’ve easily been conducted as a backstage brawl without needing to take unnecessary TV time away. It felt like one of them Halloween/Christmas ‘specials’ that WWE seasonally do. Whilst the match did pick up some more seriousness towards the end of it, the promo that Kingston laid on Lethal later on served a more meaningful purpose than this match.
Miro (5) vs Action Andretti (5):
It was an interesting matchup to see such different guys go at it. Miro’s really let his punches deliver, they looked great. Andretti seems to know no such thing such as ring rust. The height on his dropkick was incredible to see, and he doesn’t even need a trampoline to do such things. The critique from this match was not for the performance, but rather the story itself - who are fans actually meant to root for?
Claudio Castagnoli (7) & Wheeler Yuta (6) vs Ricky Starks (6) & Big Bill (6):
Claudio was the MVP of this match. The hot tag had amazing momentum to it and the Swiss man’s ability to moralise a crowd by the simple art of clotheslines, swings and uppercuts is a good measure of his talent and charisma. Closing out Collision with an eternal swing to Starks was nauseous yet hilarious and how every episode should go off-air.
The match was gifted some serious minutes but wasn’t greatly necessary for four established wrestlers. Yuta spent much of the time getting beat, but the contrast in four men gave some real presentation to seismic differences in battle.
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