AEW WrestleDream Round Up

by | Oct 2, 2023 | AEW News | 0 comments

AEW WrestleDream (Oct. 1, 2023) resonated from Climate Pledge Arena, Seattle, WA. The show spotlighted the unexpected entrance of Edge, Christian Cage’s advantageous deception against Darby Allin in the TNT Championship headliner, Bryan Danielson’s fantasy bout, and a tribute to Antonio Inoki.

Explore all the intricacies of WrestleDream through Claire Elizabeth’s insightful commentary.

Yes, you read right. Edge has joined the Elite. His sensational debut closed the event, but let’s backtrack a bit, starting with the night’s main event.

TNT Championship Showdown

Christian Cage and Darby Allin took center stage with a 2-out-of-3 falls clash for the TNT title. Christian made the first entrance, asking Luchasaurus to remain backstage. Seattle’s own, Allin, followed suit, signaling Nick Wayne to the back.

The match kicked off with Allin securing the first fall swiftly by using Christian’s attire to his advantage. This allowed Allin to execute a jackknife roll-up, leading 1-0.

The momentum shifted as Christian dominated the second fall. An unexpected interaction with Mama Wayne turned the tides when she rejected Christian, leading Allin to seize the moment. Despite Allin’s impressive moves, Christian regained the upper hand, evening out the score.

Injury concerns arose for Allin, prompting referee Bryce Remsburg to call for medical attention and a stretcher. Not wasting a moment, Christian revealed the wooden base of the ring. Seeing Allin being attended to, Christian decided to escalate the intensity.

Despite the odds, Allin showed resilience, even when Christian tried to seal the deal multiple times. But a surprise intervention by Nick Wayne took a shocking turn, benefiting Christian, who retained his championship.

The match was a rollercoaster. While some moments were brilliant, others seemed to defy logic. A particular critique was the inconsistency in how medical emergencies are portrayed in AEW matches. While the physicality was impressive, the storyline twists felt forced at times.

One notable discussion is the choice to highlight the TNT Championship match as the main event, and it proved to be a wise decision. With Darby Allin’s local connection and the unpredictability surrounding the outcome, it added immense value to both Allin’s rising star power and the TNT Championship’s prestige.

But the surprises weren’t over. Enter Edge!

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Rated R Superstar’s Entrance

Post-match, Christian and Wayne took the opportunity to further their dominance. Just when things seemed dire, the arena went dark. The next moment, the iconic Edge emerged to a roaring ovation.

But whose side was he on? With chair in hand and Sting as the target, Edge took an unexpected turn, defending the AEW legends and securing his position as a fan favorite.

Edge’s debut was electrifying, a beacon signaling a new direction for AEW. While the PPV’s theme hinted at a new beginning, what that truly signifies remains to be seen. If Edge is the answer, it promises an exciting future.

Now, let’s delve into the other highlights of the night.

AEW World Tag Team Championship: FTR overcame Aussie Open to hold onto their titles. This match was nothing short of a classic dish made by top-tier chefs. High-flying moves, intense combat, and near falls kept the audience on their toes. Aussie Open’s spirited performance proved that they are a team to watch, and while FTR secured the win, both teams showcased their prowess.

Trios Match: Konosuke Takeshita, Sammy Guevara, & Will Ospreay pulled out a win over Kenny Omega, Chris Jericho, and Kota Ibushi. Despite a shaky start, the face team’s unity shone, leading them to victory. With entertaining moments and drama-filled sequences, Jericho once again proved that he’s a master entertainer. Ibushi, too, had standout moments, teasing a future showdown with Takeshita.

One-on-One Battle: Bryan Danielson bested Zack Sabre Jr. in a grappling masterclass. Far from the slow-paced mat wrestling some might expect, their match was a dynamic and engaging contest, a showcase of two technical maestros at the top of their game.

Intense Showdown: Ricky Starks managed to outwit Wheeler Yuta, asserting his position over the up-and-coming talent. The match was full of passion, with Yuta’s fiery spirit shining brightly.

Main Event Showdown: Swerve Strickland pulled a surprise win over Hangman Page, with a mix of skill and subterfuge. The result was unexpected but sets up an interesting continuation of their story.

Four-way Tag Team Match: In a thrilling contest, the Young Bucks emerged victorious, earning a future championship opportunity. While the match itself was thrilling, the storyline implications left something to be desired.

TBS Championship: Kris Statlander successfully defended her title against Julia Hart. Both competitors showcased their determination, with Statlander’s consistent intensity highlighting her champion mindset.

Double Championship Defense: Eddie Kingston overpowered Katsuyori Shibata to retain both titles in a power-packed contest. While Shibata’s technique was superior, Kingston’s raw power and determination proved unbeatable.

Handicap Match: Despite being outnumbered, MJF retained the ROH World Tag Team Championship against the Righteous. The match was filled with humor and surprise tactics, with MJF proving once again why he’s one of the most entertaining figures in wrestling.

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The complimentary pre-show showcased four exciting matches.

AEW World Trios Championship: The match saw The Acclaimed & Billy Gunn successfully defend their titles against TMDK. Representing The Mighty Don’t Kneel were Shane Haste, Mikey Nicholls, and Bad Dude Tito. Billy Gunn, affectionately known as Daddy Ass, started a winning streak with his Fame-asser move on Tito. With The Acclaimed’s signature Mic Drop combo, Max Caster sealed the win by pinning Tito. The Acclaimed delivered as fans anticipated, leaving them satisfied. Despite their loss, TMDK’s Tito displayed exceptional strength, hinting at potential future storylines in AEW.

In another bout, Luchasaurus overcame Nick Wayne. Luchasaurus’s raw power was evident as he overpowered Wayne, whose athletic comeback was swiftly halted. A powerful strike to Wayne’s head confirmed Luchasaurus’s win, a decision that many, including me, support. Wayne’s spark and Luchasaurus’s dominant presence set the stage for a potential rematch.

Claudio Castagnoli bested Josh Barnett, with Jon Moxley, his Blackpool Combat Club teammate, providing enthusiastic commentary. Their fight was a gripping display of grappling, with Claudio securing victory through a series of expert moves, concluding with a pin. In a show of sportsmanship, Barnett acknowledged Claudio’s prowess but hinted at a future rematch.

In a mixed tag match, Athena, Billie Starkz, Keith Lee, & Satoshi Kojima triumphed over Mercedes Martinez, Diamante, Shane Taylor, & Lee Moriarty. Following mixed tag rules, the match culminated with Kojima pinning Moriarty after a series of signature moves from Athena and Lee, much to the crowd’s delight.

Special Mention: Prior to the first bout, AEW honored wrestling legend Antonio Inoki with an opening ceremony. The ceremony, graced by Tony Khan, Rocky Romero, Katsuyori Shibata, and Inoki’s grandsons, Naoto and Hirota, paid homage to Inoki’s legacy in the wrestling world. A nod of respect to Khan for valuing wrestling’s rich history.

Highlight of the Night: Bryan Danielson vs. Zack Sabre Jr.

The dream match did justice to its hype, a commendable achievement indeed.

MVP of the Show: Bryan Danielson

While I typically refrain from repetitive accolades, the “American Dragon” truly earned it. His performance reiterates his reputation as a top technical wrestler.

Event Rating: B

AEW consistently sets a high bar for PPVs. While every match at WrestleDream had its merits, the event slightly missed the high benchmark set by previous AEW shows. This might be attributed to the underwhelming build-up to the PPV. Nonetheless, from a pure wrestling standpoint, it was an enjoyable watch.

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