AEW WrestleDream takes place tomorrow night (Oct. 1) on pay-per-view from the Climate Pledge Arena in Seattle, Washington.
There were already 12 matches announced for the card coming into tonight’s episode of Collision, but that’s not quite enough to properly pay tribute to Antonio Inoki.
Fresh off losing the ROH world championship to Eddie Kingston, Claudio Castagnoli decided to challenge anyone to fight him on the pay-per-view. His challenge was immediately answered by Inoki’s prized pupil, Josh Barnett:
Antonio Inoki’s prized pupil Josh Barnett, The Warmaster, challenges former #ROH World Champion Claudio Castagnoli TOMORROW NIGHT at #AEWWrestleDream Zero Hour at 7pm ET/4pm PT!— All Elite Wrestling (@AEW) October 1, 2023
Watch #AEWCollision Live on TNT!@JoshLBarnett | @ClaudioCSRO pic.twitter.com/ld9hqdXLQU
The AEW commentators on Collision described this bout as a “dream match of sorts,” which I interpret as an acknowledgement that it’s not really a dream match at all. But hey, I’m sure it will still be worth checking out on the Zero Hour pre-show.
With the addition of this sort-of-but-not-really dream match of Castagnoli vs. Barnett, that gives us the following 13 matches for WrestleDream on Sunday night:
- TNT Championship: Christian Cage (c) vs. Darby Allin in 2-out-of-3 falls
- AEW World Tag Team Championship: FTR (c) vs. Aussie Open
- ROH World Tag Team Championship: MJF (c) vs. The Righteous in a handicap match without injured Adam Cole
- TBS Championship: Kris Statlander (c) vs. Julia Hart
- ROH World Championship & NJPW Strong Openweight Championship: Eddie Kingston (c) vs. Katsuyori Shibata
- Bryan Danielson vs. Zack Sabre Jr.
- Kenny Omega, Chris Jericho, & Kota Ibushi vs. Konosuke Takeshita, Sammy Guevara, & Will Ospreay
- Swerve Strickland vs. Hangman Page
- Young Bucks vs. Lucha Bros vs. The Gunns vs. Orange Cassidy & Hook with the winner earning a future AEW tag title shot
- Ricky Starks vs. Wheeler Yuta
- AEW World Trios Championship: The Acclaimed & Billy Gunn (c) vs. Shane Haste, Mikey Nicholls, & Bad Dude Tito (pre-show)
- Nick Wayne vs. Luchasaurus (pre-show)
- Claudio Castagnoli vs. Josh Barnett (pre-show)
How do you like the card, Cagesiders?