09th Jul2024

‘AEW: Collision’ Review (Jul 6th 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: The Conglomeration (Mark Briscoe, Orange Cassidy & Kyle O’Reilly) def. The Iron Savages (Beefcake Boulder, Bulk Bronson & Jacked Jameson)

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Boulder and Bulk bulldozed Kyle with a double shoulder tackle. Jameson tried to jump on Kyle, but Kyle raised his knees to defend himself. Bronson tried to grab Kyle, but Kyle tagged out to Mark who served up Redneck Kung fu to the Iron Savages. Orange Cassidy tagged in and hit a tope suicida on Jameson. Cassidy followed up with a high cross body to Bronson and then a spinning DDT on Boulder! Orange went for the Orange Punch, but Bronson caught him with a massive bear hug. Orange escaped and blasted Bronson with the Orange Punch and scored the pin!

My Score: 3 out of 5

Match #2: Toni Storm def. Trish Adora

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Trish knocked the champ to the mat with a shoulder tackle. Trish hoisted up Toni and twisted her up like a pretzel. Trish rolled up Toni Storm for a two-count. Toni Storm cracked Trish with a hip attack, knocking Trish to the arena floor. Toni nailed Trish with a backstabber from the ropes. Trish turned the tables on Toni with a back breaker. They traded forearms in the center of the ring. Trish hit a low angle German Suplex for a near fall. Toni Storm fired back with a hip attack. Toni spiked Trish with the Storm Zero and picked up the victory!

My Score: 3 out of 5

Match #3: TNT Championship Match – Jack Perry def. Marko Stunt

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Marko headbutted Jack Perry. The champ retaliated with a vicious lariat! Jack Perry launched Marko headfirst into the turnbuckles. Marko rallied back with a flurry of offense. Marko jumped off the turnbuckles, but Jack caught him and nailed Marko with a buckle bomb! Perry charged at Marko with a knee strike and pinned his former friend from the Jurassic Express!

My Score: 2 out of 5

Match #4: Claudio Castagnoli def. The Beast Mortos

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Claudio planted the Beast Mortos with a tilt awhirl backbreaker. He followed up with a big stomp on the Beast. The Beast Mortos power slammed Claudio for a one-count. The Beast Mortos dropped a knee pad and charged at Claudio. Claudio dodged him and the Beast collided with the turnbuckles, falling outside the ring and knocking down a cameraman in the process. Claudio went for a baseball slide, but the Beast moved out of the way. The Beast Mortos followed up with a tornillo through the ropes. The Beast charged at Claudio again, but Claudio dodged him, sending the Beast into the steel ring post. The Beast Mortos and Claudio traded chops and forearms. The Beast blasted Claudio with a crucifix bomb for a near fall. The Beast jumped off the top turnbuckle and then hit Claudio with a headbutt. The Beast Mortos speared Claudio out of nowhere. Claudio back dropped the Beast Mortos out of the ring. Claudio clobbered the Beast with a running European Uppercut on the arena floor. Back in the ring, Claudio went for the Big Swing but the Beast headbutted Claudio. The Beast Mortos drilled Claudio with a back breaker for a near fall! Claudio grabbed the Beast by both legs and put him in the Big Swing, hurling him around the ring! Claudio clocked the Beast with a big ax bomber lariat and picked up the victory via pinfall!

My Score: 3.5 out of 5

Match #5: Riho def. Lady Frost

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Lady Frost tumbled through with a neck breaker on Riho for a two-count. Riho rallied back with a big cross body press from the top turnbuckle. Riho rocketed off the top turnbuckle, this time crashing onto Lady Frost outside the ring. Lady Frost dodged a double stomp and clocked Riho with a spin kick. Lady Frost rocked Riho with the Chiller Driller for a near fall! Lady Frost was looking for the Frost Bite, but Riho pulled Lady Frost off the turnbuckles. Lady Frost came back with a suplex. Lady Frost connected with a moonsault, but Riho kicked out at the two-count. Riho drilled Lady Frost with a dragon suplex. Riho pinned Lady Frost after a version of the STO.

My Score: 3 out of 5

Match #6: The Owen Hart Foundation Men’s Tournament Semifinal – “Hangman” Adam Page def. “Switchblade” Jay White

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Hangman hammered down on Jay White’s back. Jay White booted Page in the abdomen. Adam Page slugged Jay White with a forearm, knocking Jay White to the mat. Page walloped White with a fallaway slam. Jay White tried to stun Page with the Blade Runner, but Page escaped and grounded and pounded White! “Switchblade” got back to his feet and busted open Page. Jay White charged at Page with a European Uppercut. Jay White blistered Page with chops in the corner turnbuckles. Jay White gouged the eyes of Page. Jay White spiked a bloody Page with a DDT for a two-count! Jay White face planted Hangman and then drilled Page with a deadlift German Suplex! They slugged it out on the apron, trading forearms. Page power bombed Jay White onto the edge of the ring apron. Adam Page was looking for the Buckshot Lariat, but Jay White countered by slumping to the mat. Jay White lured in Page and cradled him for a near fall. Jay White hit a dragon screw leg whip. Page retaliated with a pop-up power bomb for a near fall! Page went for the Buckshot Lariat, but Jay White countered by planting Page on his head! Jay White went for the Blade Runner, but Page countered, looking for the Dead Eye, but Jay White escaped, and then Page shoved White, inadvertently knocking him into the referee! Ref Paul Turner was knocked down. Page spiked White with the Dead Eye but there was no referee to make the pin. Page took off his belt and began to whip Jay White with it. Jeff Jarrett walked down to the ring and pulled the belt out of Page’s hand! As Jarrett and Page were arguing, Jay White dropped Page with a dragon suplex! Another referee came down and ejected Jeff Jarrett from ringside, but while the second referee was distracted, Christian Cage jumped into the ring! Christian Cage speared Jay White! Hangman hit the Buckshot Lariat on Jay White and pinned the Switchblade!

My Score: 4 out of 5

Final Verdict: 4/5

Well this was one hell of an improvement over the previous night’s Rampage! Nice appearance from Marko Stunt, who apparently hasn’t wrestled since being injured in 2023, fighting against his former tag partner. OK, so it was only a quasi-squash match but still, Marko Stunt looked good, even in defeat and his appearance was certainly a crowd-pleaser. This episode was solid across the board from start to finish – speaking of finish, what a fantastic main event! I’m not a fan of Jay White but you can’t deny when he has the right opponent – as he did here – he can deliver high-quality matches. I could’ve done without all the shenanigans from The Patriarchy but it’s clear that their interference was building to a bigger feud for those involved. Overall an unmissable episode of Collision!

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