21st May2024

‘AEW: Collision’ Review (May 18th 2024)

by Phil Wheat

Welcome to this week’s review of AEW’s latest television show, Collision, which brings wrestling back to Saturday nights! We’ve got the commentary team of Tony Schiavone and Nigel McGuinness calling the action, so let’s get into the review!

Match #1: Will Ospreay def. Shane Taylor

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Before the match began, International Champion Roderick Strong, accompanied by ROH World Tag Team Champions Mike Bennett and Matt Taven, walked to the broadcast booth. Roderick joined the commentary team. Ospreay charged and Taylor, but it was like running into a brick wall, Taylor knocking Will right to the mat. Taylor walloped Ospreay with a chop to the chest. Taylor told Strong to pay attention. While Taylor was distracted, Ospreay shoved Taylor into Taven and Bennett! Ospreay tossed a water at Roderick, splashing him right in the face. As the ref was dealing with the Undisputed Kingdom, Anthony Ogogo sucker punched Will Ospreay with a right hand strike. Back in the ring, Taylor and Ospreay exchanged chops. Will Ospreay hit a back elbow and then a running boot to Taylor. Will clobbered Taylor with a flying forearm to the back of Taylor’s head for a near fall. Taylor countered the Hidden Blade and nailed Will with a headbutt and then a splash for a two-count. Taylor power bombed Will and then socked Will with a left handed lariat for a near fall. Ospreay rallied back with a standing Spanish Fly! Taylor blocked the Os Cutter and planted Will for a two-count. Ospreay dazed Taylor with three thrust kicks. Ospreay hit the Storm Driver and pinned Taylor!

My Score: 3 out of 5

Match #2: Hook def. Johnny TV

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Hook used a judo throw on Johnny TV. Johnny stunned Hook with a running knee strike. Hook hit a belly to belly suplex and followed up with a lariat. Hook hurled Johnny TV with another judo throw. Johnny retaliated with a jaw breaker. Taya distracted the ref while Johnny connected with a springboard kick. Johnny landed the Starship Pain on Hook for a two-count! Johnny went for another Starship Pain, but Hook avoided it. Hook applied the Red Rum and Johnny TV tapped out!

My Score: 2 out of 5

Match #3: Katsuyori Shibata def. Rocky Romero

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Shibata put Rocky in a figure four leg lock early in the match. Rocky escaped and applied the iron octopus on Shibata. Shibata put Rocky back in the figure four. Rocky escaped again and drilled Shibata with a tornado DDT. Rocky double stomped Shibata off the top rope as Shibata was draped over the middle rope. Shibata leg tripped Rocky and then put Rocky in a leg lock. Rocky reached the ropes, forcing the ref to break the hold. Shibata scored with a running dropkick in the corner. Shibata rocked Rocky with a PK kick and then put Rocky in the figure four again, and this time Rocky tapped out!

My Score: 3 out of 5

Match #4: “The Bounty Hunter” Bryan Keith def. Iron Savages’ Boulder

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Boulder picked apart Bryan Keith with short arm lariats. Bryan Keith ran into a straight kick from Boulder. Boulder powerslammed Bryan Keith for a near fall. Bryan Keith stunned Boulder with a leaping European Uppercut and then a cutter, and Bryan Keith pinned Boulder!

My Score: 0 out of 5

Match #5: Serena Deeb def. Anna Jay

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Deeb went right after the back of Anna Jay. Deeb nailed Anna with a swinging neck breaker for a near fall. Deeb tied up Anna Jay in the Lady in the Lake and then dropkicked Anna Jay on the tailbone. Anna Jay rallied back with a suplex. Deeb cracked Anna Jay with a neck breaker over the middle rope. Anna connected with a forearm shot and then a high kick to Deeb. Anna Jay followed up with a flatliner for a near fall. Deeb dropped Anna with a release German Suplex. Anna Jay locked on the Queen Slayer but gave it up as she was almost pinned by Deeb. Deeb faceplanted Anna Jay. Deeb placed Anna Jay in the Serenity Lock and made Anna Jay tap out!

My Score: 3 out of 5

Match #6: Nick Wayne def. Jack Cartwheel

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Nick Wayne stomped a mudhole into Jack in the corner. Cartwheel connected with a cartwheel kick. Cartwheel back flipped over the top rope, but Nick Wayne moved out of the way! Cartwheel crashed and burned! Nick Wayne punted Cartwheel in the back with a kick. Nick Wayne smashed Cartwheel with Wayne’s World. Wayne cracked Cartwheel with the House Call kick and pinned Cartwheel!

My Score: 0 out of 5

Match #7: Orange Cassidy def. Private Party’s Isiah Kassidy

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Orange took down Kassidy with an arm drag. Orange put Isiah in a back slide for a near fall. Orange put Isiah in a bow and arrow submission, but Isiah escaped and transitioned into a pinning position, but Orange kicked out. Orange nailed Kassidy with a tope suicida. Don Callis was seen watching the match on a monitor backstage. Outside the ring, Orange clocked Kassidy with a dropkick, and then whipped Kassidy into the barricade. Trent walked down to the front row, sneering at Orange. Kassidy planted Orange onto the edge of the barricade, right in front of Trent. Kassidy rocked Orange with a tilt-a-whirl back breaker. Isiah sent Orange into the turnbuckles. Isiah moved the steel ring steps and nodded to Trent. Trent tried to piledrive Orange on the steel ring steps but Orange countered with a back drop, sending Kassidy crashing onto the arena floor. Orange and Isiah slugged it out in the center of the ring. Orange nailed Kassidy with the Stun Dog Millionaire and then the spinning DDT! Orange threw his elbow pad at Trent’s direction. Orange attempted the Beach Break, but Isiah countered with a sunset flip for a near fall. Cassidy dodged a splash from Isiah, but Isiah fired back with a cutter on Orange. Both men pumped kick each other on the apron, and both men collapsed. Isiah used the referee to stun Orange with the Silly String! Isiah followed up with a swanton for a near fall on Orange! Orange pulped Isiah with the Beach Break out of nowhere and scored the pin!

My Score: 3.5 out of 5

Match #8: Bryan Danielson and FTR (Cash Wheeler & Dax Harwood) def. Lance Archer and The Righteous (Vincent & Dutch)

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Vincent whipped Dax into the turnbuckles. Vincent fish hooked Dax’s mouth and gouged it. Dax retaliated with a leg drop. Cash tagged in and FTR hit tandem offense on Vincent for a near fall. Dutch tagged in and scoop slammed Cash. Cash ducked a big boot and dropkicked Dutch. FTR hit a double Russian Leg Sweep on Dutch. Dax smashed Dutch with a bulldog off the turnbuckles. Things broke down as all six men began to brawl! Archer splashed Dax in the corner with two running elbows. Dax chomped on Archer’s forehead. Archer ran at Dax, but Dax dodged him. Dutcher grabbed a tag but missed an elbow drop on Dax. Danielson made a tag and clobbered Dutch with kicks in the corner. Danielson wiped out Dutch with a running elbow. Danielson blasted Dutch with a tope suicida! Danielson climbed to the top rope and cracked Dutch with a shotgun dropkick! Danielson evaded the Bossman Slam from Dutch. Danielson applied the LeBell Lock but Archer broke it up. Dutch cleaned house on Danielson and FTR. Archer ran toward Cash, but Cash countered with a drop toe hold, sending Archer crashing into the steel ring steps. Archer jumped back into the ring and went for the Black Out on Cash, but Danielson saved Cash with a running knee to Archer! Dutch grabbed Dragon and decimated him with the Bossman Slam! Cash connected with a tornado DDT on Dutch, but Vincent broke up the pin. FTR hit the Shatter Machine on Vincent and Cash pinned Vincent for the victory!

My Score: 3.5 out of 5

Final Verdict: 3.5/5

There was a lot of wrestling on this week’s Collision – which is a lot better than a ton of promos etc. I’m still not digging the fact AEW feel the need to include squash matches, or quasi-squash matches on the card to pad out the number of matches but when, overall, the show was this good I can’t reallt complain too much.

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