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SATURDAY NIGHT CERTAINLY IS ALRIGHT FOR FIGHTING - AEW COLLISION REVIEW 20/01


We have one hell of a line up tonight so let's not waste anytime and get straight to the action with our opening match.



MATCH ONE: JON MOXLEY VS SHANE TAYLOR

 

Straight into a strike exchange between both men, and Moxley starts targeting the legs with kicks. Clothesline by Mox but Taylor doesn’t go down. Taylor backs Moxley into the corner and slaps the chest. They trade more forearms, before Taylor lariats Mox in the corner. Taylor goes for a splash but Moxley moves out of the way. Moxley looking for a piledriver but Shane reverses and gets out of the way, sending Moxley to the floor.

 

Taylor is driven head first into the steel steps, and Moxley rolls him back inside the ring as Moriarty distracts Moxley, taking a cheap shot while the referee has his back turned. Back in the ring and a sideslam by Taylor gets a 2 count. Taylor climbs to the middle rope, goes for a splash but Moxley rolls out of the way. Forearm shots from both guys, and a cutter out of nowhere from Moxley.

10 count punches in the corner from Moxley and a bite to the forehead, but Taylor gets a side suplex in return but Mox is straight up for a Saito suplex. Taylor avoids the Death Rider and gets a huge clothesline and both men are down. Headbutts traded now, and a knee to the face followed by a Sky High for Shane Taylor but Moxley locks in a triangle choke. Taylor attempts to get to his feet, short powerbomb to break the hold. Moxley rolls him over and nails the hammer and anvil blows, then hits a running knee to the face.

 

Back to their feet they trade more shots and Moxley gets a rear naked choke, with Moxley bridging back and Taylor fades, forcing the referee to call for the bell.


Here is Your winner: Jon Moxley

 

Solid opening contest, Shane Taylor has shown time and time again he deserves more time. He is defo one of the better big men in AEW.

 


 

MATCH TWO: [COPE OPEN CHALLENGE] ADAM COPELAND VS DANTE MARTIN


Both men shake hands to begin. Side headlock from Copeland, shoulder block to knock Martin down, but an arm drag in return from Martin. Copeland jumps on middle rope but Martin catches him with an enziguri. Martin knocked back, Copeland dives for a crossbody but misses, and Dante hits a somersault splash.


Copeland drops a knee to the head as Dante gets back in the ring, and continues to stomp him. Back elbows to the side of the head by Copeland, and then a tight grounded headlock. Copeland is targeting the ears to knock Dante’s equilibrium off balance and attempts to remove the high risk moves – clever by Copeland. Dante gets back to his feet, nails an enziguri to give him a little space, goes to the apron but Copeland sweeps the top rope to knock him down. Copeland slides out, looking for a powerbomb but Dante avoids it and gets a hurracanrana off the apron to the floor.


Dante back in the ring and takes a run up for a suicide dive, hits it, and sends Copeland back inside the ring. Springboard crossbody connects and he gets a 2 count on Copeland. Adam avoids more offense and gets an Impaler DDT. He doesn’t cover him though, instead setting up for the spear. Martin flipped out of the way. Springboard rebound moonsault by Martin, 1, 2, Copeland gets a leg on the ropes. Martin is still off balance as he attempts to climb the ropes, but Copeland catches him off guard. He joins him up on the turnbuckle but an avalanche sunset flip powerbomb from Martin gets a 2.

Martin whips the arms over the ropes, springboards off the top rope but Copeland catches him with a spear in midair! He locks in the Grindhouse and Dante Martin has to tap.

 

Here is Your winner: Adam Copeland

 

This was an incredible match. Copeland targeting the ears was absolutely genius. Im really enjoying these open challenges and Copeland testing himself against all the young up coming talent. Works really well.


 

 

 MATCH THREE: THUNDER ROSA VS QUEEN AMINATA

 

Rosa sweeps the legs from a lockup, but Aminata avoids an armbar. Grounded grappling from both women, until Rosa gets a headscissors into a rollup for 2. Crucifix pinning combo from Rosa gets 2, and they trade pinfall attempts until Aminata gets a big time backbreaker, continuing the assault on Rosa’s back. She stands on the back of Rosa, and then gets a rope assisted knee drop.


Rosa comes back with a headscissors to send Aminata to the floor, and follows up with a running basement dropkick to the outside. Rosa holds Aminata against the barricade and chops the chest a few times, but Aminata gets a double chop of her own. Back in the ring, a body scissors by Queen Aminata allows a pinfall attempt, which gets a 2. She smacks Rosa’s back hard and gets a snap suplex to follow up. Another snap suplex, Aminata is firmly in control. Big forearm from Aminata and now they begin laying into each other. Snapmare by Aminata and a big kick to the back, followed by a double chop to the chest. Aminata signals for a hip attack in the corner, nails it…but misses a second. Rosa gets some uppercuts against the turnbuckles and hits the sliding clothesline and double knees. With Aminata in the ropes, Rosa hits another basement dropkick and gets a suplex for 2. Aminata on her knees, Rosa kicks her repeatedly but Aminata gets to her feet. Air Raid Crash by Queen Aminata! 1, 2, NO.

Aminata tries to climb the ropes but Rosa grabs the legs. Aminata with a big boot but Rosa straight back with a dropkick. Rosa hooks the arms and hits the Tijuana Bomb for the 3.

 

Here is Your winner: Thunder Rosa

 

Aminata continues to impress me. Yet to see her win but she certainly deserves the TV time she is getting.


 

MATCH FOUR: BUDDY MATTHEWS VS DANIEL GARCIA


Daddy Magic is once again on commentary for this one and who doesn’t love him on commentary.

Garcia enters the ring and FTR’s music hits, providing backup. FTR and Garcia go face to face with the House of Black, before the outsiders leave the ring, leaving Garcia and Matthews to get down to business.


Matthews escapes a lockup the hard way, slamming Garcia face first down to the mat. Shoulder block by Matthews, and another and one more as Garcia comes off the ropes. Another shoulder tackle sends Garcia to the floor, and he regroups with FTR as they give him a pep talk. Garcia attempts shoulder blocks of his own, can’t knock Matthews down, until a running shoulder tackle finally sends Matthews flying out of the ring. Matthews gets back up on the apron and the rest of the House of Black join him. FTR join Garcia on the opposite side of the ring for the staredown.

 

Garcia goes to dance but Matthews intercepts. Garcia goes to the apron while the referee checks on Matthews, but a hanging DDT from Matthews allows him to capitalise. Matthews and Garcia spill to the floor and Matthews moves the ring steps, dragging Garcia up them. Matthews is looking for a suplex on the steps but Garcia avoids it, dives off for something but is met by a huge rising knee to the face from Matthews.

Buddy gets Garcia onto the apron, looking for a piledriver But  Garcia ties the injured leg around the middle rope and pulls back on it but a rising knee with the other leg connects from Matthews. Garcia comes right back with a piledriver on the apron.

 

Jabs by Garcia, a flurry of fists, kicks to the midsection, and Buddy is down in the corner. Garcia grabs the bad leg and whips it around the ringpost. And again. Ringpost assisted figure four connects. Back in the ring, a huge tackle to the knee keeps Daniel in control, and he steps through into a sharpshooter, dragging Buddy into the middle of the ring. But Buddy reaches back, grabs the head and slams Garcia backwards into the canvas. Rising Knee out of nowhere from Matthews, and another. Deadlift Jackhammer from Matthews but Garcia kicks out at 2.

Garcia avoids a curb stomp and dances while on his knees. Matthews looks like he’ll dance, but no he nails a knee to the face again. But a jacknife cover by Garcia out of nowhere and this one is all over.

 

Here is Your winner: Daniel Garcia

 

HoB immediately jump Garcia post-match, and FTR dive in, as referees rush down to break it up. The locker room is emptying to break it all up. We head to a break as the brawl continues.

 

FTR and Garcia recover backstage as Lexy Nair approaches them. Dax thinks it’s time to end this. Next week, 6-man tag, elimination style inside a steel cage. Top Guys, out. Now how incredible does that sound. Sign me up for this one please.


 

MATCH FIVE: RODERICK STRONG VS MATT SYDAL

 

Fast start from both guys as they look to gain an early advantage. Leg takedown by Strong, looks for a half nelson suplex, but Sydal escapes. Big shoulder block by Strong, hurracanrana from Sydal and a spin kick, followed by a springboard crossbody to Strong on the outside! Sydal sends Strong back in but Matt Taven distracts him. Sydal tries to sunset flip back in, Strong catches him but Sydal gets a drop toe hold and a running kick.

 

Back elbow in the corner by Sydal, Strong tries a suplex but Sydal kicks out of it. Sydal to the top, Strong pulls him into a backbreaker off the buckles! Pendulum backbreaker follows, and Strong gets a 2 count from it. Standing Bow and arrow stretch from Strong, followed by a gutbuster, and Sydal rolls to the outside…but Strong pulls him back in to continue the assault. Side gutbuster gets a 2, and a rear chinlock from Strong keeps him in control until a jawbreaker from Sydal connects. Wheelkick attempt from Sydal is caught into a backbreaker. Tiaris from Sydal, pop up hurracanrana and a leg lariat connects. Spinning wheelkick connects too! Sydal to the top, Meteora to a standing Strong.

 

Rollup by Sydal gets 2, step up roundhouse and an air raid crash gets a 2 as well for Sydal. Strong back up with a running knee and the END OF HEARTACHE hits, allowing Strong to get the pin.

 

Here is Your winner by pinfall: Roderick Strong

 

Another solid showing from Sydal and Strong is building up serious momentum. All good all round from this one.


 

MATCH SIX: EDDIE KINGSTON & ORTIZ VS BRYAN DANIELSON & CLAUDIO CASTAGNOLI

 

 

Eddie and Danielson start things off, but Danielson wants to pose on the buckles first. Eddie relents and does the same as a big Eddie chant goes up. They are about to lockup but Danielson again backs away and climbs the ropes to pose. Eddie does the same. They finally lock up, snapmare by Danielson and a kick to the spine as Danielson does jumping jacks in the corner.

 

Snapmare from Eddie this time and a kick to the spine, chop to the chest, and a tag to Ortiz. Double suplex and Ortiz covers for 1. Danielson tags in Claudio who comes in with an uppercut to Ortiz. Ortiz fights back but Danielson tags back in only for Ortiz to nail a double dropkick. European Uppercut in the corner and a running knee by Danielson keeps the BCC guys in control.

 

Claudio drives the shoulder into the gut of Ortiz as Danielons comes in again, going for the surfboard. He has Ortiz trapped as he tries to start a ‘He’s a Bum’ chant at Eddie, before rolling back into the surfboard stretch on Ortiz. Tag to Claudio, boot to the face while Ortiz still has his arms trapped. Claudio gets a modified stretch plum, then rolls into a side headlock but Eddie interrupts it. Claudio transitions into a chinlock and stares directly at Eddie. Ortiz with a tiaris and tries for the tag but Claudio catches him and delivers the Big Swing! Danielson tagged in and gives Ortiz some kicks to the chest…but Ortiz comes back with a big clothesline on Bryan. Tag to Claudio, tag to Eddie. Eddie drops the straps as he comes face to face with Claudio.


 They trade chops and uppercuts, before devolving into big boots and kicks. Eddie backs him into the corner and delivers the machine gun chops. Exploder out of the corner! 1, 2, kickout. Kingston looks for the half Nelson suplex but a lariat from Claudio puts a stop to that. 1, 2, no. Claudio hits a chokeslam on Eddie and tags in Danielson, who heads to the top rope and nails the diving headbutt. 1, 2, Eddie gets the shoulder up. On the outside, Claudio pulls Ortiz off the apron and throws him into the barricade.

 

Claudio and Danielson double team Eddie now, but Kingston fights back. Danielson with a rollup for 2, but a DDT by Eddie equalizes things. Eddie tags in Ortiz, double team running boot/German combo, Claudio grabs Ortiz out of it but Eddie kicks him away. Kingston and Ortiz send Claudio outside, and then hit stereo dives to their opponents on the outside. Fisherman suplex attempt by Ortiz but Danielson rolls through into a LeBell Lock attempt….Claudio holds back Eddie…and Danielson locks it in! But Ortiz makes the ropes. Claudio lowblows Eddie by dragging him into the bottom rope, while in the ring Danielson administers the kicks to the head with trapped arms. Ortiz is getting his head kicked in, and Danielson prepares for the Busaiku Knee and Claudio makes Eddie watch as Danielson gets the 1, 2, 3. BCC get the win.


Here is Your winner: Bryan Danielson and Claudio Castagnoli

 

Eddie checks on and apologies to Ortiz after the match. Danielson spits in the face of Eddie and heads up the ramp.

 

How great to see Ortiz back, seriously unrated talent and should be featured way more. BCC picking up the win tells me they will be getting a title match against Kingston down the road.

 

Really good episode of Collision this week. Join me next week for Rampage.

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