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Bryan Danielson’s surgical scar is busted open in first Continental Classic loss

AEW’s Continental Classic tournament continued with two more matches in the Blue League on tonight’s (Dec. 9) episode of Collision.

Eddie Kingston vs. Claudio Castagnoli kicked off the broadcast in a match that went more than 17 minutes in length. It was damn close to a must-win for Eddie after already dropping his first two tourney matches. Claudio kicked Eddie’s ass for most of the match and knocked him loopy on more than one occasion. Yet Kingston somehow hung in there and rolled up Claudio to score his first three points in the Continental Classic.

The main event saw Bryan Danielson go one-on-one with Andrade in a match of undefeated wrestlers. Just like Claudio vs. Eddie, this bout almost went to a time limit draw.

The fight turned during the commercial break when Andrade ripped off Bryan’s protective eye patch and tossed it into the crowd. Bryan was bleeding from his surgical scar, and it only swelled up and got worse from there as Andrade targeted it with moves like this:

Bryan’s face was banged up altogether, with blood coming out of his nose too. Andrade was willing to do whatever it took to win, including this disgusting tactic where he shoved his finger right into Bryan’s eye socket:

Bryan fought like hell to come back with only one good eye, but it was too much for him to handle on this night. Andrade finished him off with the hammerlock DDT for the pin fall win.

AEW’s medical staff checked on Bryan as Collision went off the air. Andrade appeared to be concerned for Bryan as well, but the Blackpool Combat Club came out to shove Andrade away from their guy.

For what it’s worth, this match was taped on Tuesday, one night before Bryan’s tournament match with Daniel Garcia on Rampage was taped, so it appears to all be part of a work to add drama to the tournament.

These results give us the following updated standings for the Continental Classic:

Gold League

Jon Moxley (3-0-0): 9 points
Swerve Strickland (3-0-0): 9
Jay White (2-1-0): 6
RUSH (1-2-0): 3
Mark Briscoe (0-3-0): 0*
Jay Lethal (0-3-0): 0*

Blue League

Brody King (2-0-0): 6 points
Andrade El Idolo (2-0-0): 6
Bryan Danielson (2-1-0): 6
Eddie Kingston (1-2-0): 3
Claudio Castagnoli (1-2-0): 3
Daniel Garcia (0-3-0): 0

* Will continue, but mathematically eliminated and can not advance past the round robin stage.

The Gold League is back in action on the Dec. 13 Dynamite with a huge showdown between the co-leaders:

  • Jon Moxley (9 points) vs. Swerve Strickland (9 points)
  • RUSH (3 points) vs. Jay Lethal (0 points)
  • Jay White (6 points) vs. Mark Briscoe (0 points)

What did you think of Bryan vs. Andrade, Cagesiders?

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