Here’s a place to check results and comment along with the new episode of AEW Collision, airing live tonight (Dec. 23) at 8 pm ET on TNT.
AEW is broadcasting this week’s show from Bojangles Coliseum in Charlotte, North Carolina. It will feature fallout from the company’s Worlds Ends event last Saturday as they build toward March’s Revolution PPV.
That will include a tag grudge match between FTR (Dax Harwood & Cash Wheeler) and House of Black’s Malakai Black & Buddy Matthews, as the two teams wrestle for the first time!
Plus, Eddie Kingston makes his first defense of the new Continental championship when he takes on Trent Beretta, Sting & Darby Allin get ready for The Don Callis Family by facing The Workhorsemen, Ric Flair says he’ll be making an appearance, and more!
Come right back here at 8 pm ET when the Collision live blog kicks off once the show starts on TNT. It will be below this line here.
Enjoy the show!
AEW COLLISION RESULTS FOR JAN. 6
As Dakota Prescott would say, “yeeeeah, here we goooooo.”
No time to waste, the theme song plays and we already have people in the ring.
Ric Flair’s music hits and he comes strutting out to a solid pop. We are in Charlotte, after all. Commentary puts over Flair’s long history here and how much of a legend he is in this area.
Sting & Darby Allin vs. The Workhorsemen
Before the match even starts, Drake and Henry attack on the outside to get the party started. Flair even gets involved, chopping Drake before Sting throws him around. The heels attack Sting low, though, and use the advantage to throw Allin around and eventually into the ring to start the match proper with a big advantage.
It was going well for them until Drake went for a moonsault and missed. Stinger Splash! They throw Henry out and Allin hits the Coffin Drop to the outside. Back in the ring, Sting hits Drake with the Scorpion Death Drop and that’s it for this one.
Sting & Darby Allin def. The Workhorsemen via pinfall
Time for the Continental championship match.
Eddie Kingston (c) vs. Trent Beretta
A lot of cheers and chants for Eddie. He is beloved.
The usual early back-and-forth, with both guys getting their stuff in. At one point, Kingston did the fast chops in the corner, leading to Trent slapping him in the face. Eddie responded by chopping Beretta in the face and he was cut when he came back up from it. They were showing his mom in the crowd looking concerned and shouting at the ring.
Beretta’s big comeback gave us multiple close near falls, including off a big piledriver after the running knee (right after Kevin Kelly called for it). They did a really great near fall for Eddie when he cut him off, hitting the spinning back fist after the Exploder. Finally, Kingston hit the Northern Lights Bomb for the three count.
Eddie Kingston def. Trent Beretta via pinfall to retain the Continental championship
Tony Schiavone talked to Willow Nightingale and Kris Statlander earlier today. Willow said she’s stoked and excited for the hot start they’ve had to 2024 and keeping it rolling. Statlander agrees, saying they both had a huge year in 2023 and they want to make this year even bigger and better than ever.
They’re two of the best wrestlers in AEW, bottom line.
A video of Hook saying it’s time for him to go after another championship, considering his win percentage is second to none. He’s got his eye on someone — Samoa Joe.
“I’m coming for you and your world title.”
Komander & Bryan Keith vs. The Undisputed Kingdom
They explain this is a “Proving Ground” match, meaning if you beat the champs or hold them to a draw, in the 10 minute time frame for the match, you get a future title shot.
The Kingdom had all the control before the commercial break, and all of it coming out of it. They set up a hot tag to Komander and he ran wild off that while the clock slowly ticked down. They did a huge suplex with Komander doing it off Keith’s shoulders, then Keith throwing him out of the ring to take both Bennett and Taven out.
However close they got, though, wasn’t enough to keep the Kingdom from taking them out in time.
The Undisputed Kingdom def. Komander & Bryan Keith via pinfall
They cut backstage to Renee Paquette, with Bullet Club Gold.
She asks about their relationship with The Acclaimed. Jay White was about to say there is no relationship when the trio in question come into the picture. White says it’s none of their business, and they’ll be the ones to handle The Undisputed Kingdom. They start to bicker back and forth before Anthony Bowens asks everyone to calm down and says that while it may be a crazy idea they should probably band together.
“The one thing I’ve learned in AEW is the only way to get to the top is through factions.”
He tells BCG to think about it and they walk off.
The Rated R Superstar Adam Copeland is out.
He grabs a mic and says in case we missed Worlds End, he and Christian Cage beat the crap out of each other. He even won the title off him! But he noticed Cage saying Copeland goes to the back of the line now. Copeland says he’s due an automatic rematch as a former champion.
But either way, Cage has been talking shit forever but the reality is, going back a long way, Copeland just works harder. So if Cage wants him to earn another title shot that’s fine. He is going to start doing that tonight.
He came ready for a fight and is issuing an open challenge. The Cope Open, you can call it. Or something like that.
So who is going to answer the call?
Maria Kanellis walks out with Griff Garrison and Cole Karter. She’s holding a mic but Griff takes it to introduce himself. He calls himself a guy who steps up to the plate against a Hall of Famer. He demands Copeland show him some respect, since he’s the guy who has accepted the open challenge.
Copeland says he reminds him of himself when he was younger but you want to talk about stepping up, this man is stepping up from below sea level to Mt. Everest.
Griff slaps him in the face. Copeland says that makes him like him even more, but now he’s going to have to beat his ass.
Adam Copeland vs. Griff Garrison
Copeland had his way, and then outside interference gave Garrison the chance to get some offense in. There was never really a time Griff was a real threat, however, and a superplex led to a crossface and a tap.
Adam Copeland def. Griff Garrison via submission
Karter hopped in the ring to attack Copeland from behind but he failed after going to the top and ended up eating a Spear while Kanellis was distraught on the outside.
Flair, Sting, and Allin backstage. Flair says the next big stop is Greensboro but before that there will be a big stop in Jacksonville. It’s where Sting returned in AEW, and united with Allin. Daily’s Place, sold out to the rafters.
Sting shouts and says he’s ready, and he’s screaming and doing a retro promo. He says he’s got a smack talking guy talking like he’s going to take them out. But he won’t be coasting through the last few weeks of his career. He’s got Flair and Allin with him and the only thing for sure about Stinger is at Daily’s Place it’s gonna be showtime.
“How about that for retro?”
Skye Blue vs. Kiera Hogan
I wish I could tell you what happened in this match but Mediacom decided to do its usual thing and crap out. Do not get that service if you can help it. Blue did score the victory.
Skye Blue def. Kiera Hogan
Serena Deeb video package saying that at her best she’s magic. She is the professor of professional wrestling and now she’s finally ready to return.
Claudio Castagnoli vs. Andrew Everett
They showed an earlier promo from Claudio saying Hangman is looking for a fight daring anyone to give him a reason. Well, his job is to fight and he’s really good at his job. So how about they fight on Dynamite next week?
They didn’t even give Everett an introduction, even though Schiavone made room for it. Claudio just choke slammed him and played to the crowd. Then he ran him down and hit the uppercut. Back in the ring, he did the Giant Swing for 10 rotations.
Everett got a bit of offense in, and then went up top and tried for a shooting star press but came up with nothing but air. Claudio ended it shortly after.
Claudio Castagnoli def. Andrew Everett via pinfall
The tag team champions interviewed backstage.
Ricky Starks is asked about returning as champion to Daily’s Place. He says everyone is waiting for his return and how fitting considering he made his debut in a championship match. He wasn’t successful then but he’s coming back holding a title.
He’s excited for the first singles match between him and Sammy Guevara and he promises to destroy and manhandle Sammy.
Big Bill says he hopes they’ll be here next Saturday because he’s got a challenge for Battle of the Belts — Starks and Bill defending against Guevara and Jericho.
Main event time.
House of Black vs. FTR
Hell of an early show being put on, with Dax Harwood and Malakai Black countering each other well and going to a stalemate. Black did his signature pose sitting with his legs crossed, so Dax sat down just like him and gave him the finger. Black responded to this by hopping out of the ring and going after Harwood’s child sitting front row.
After a commercial break, Harwood exchanged chops with Buddy but the heels gained control and got the heat on. That went on for quite a while, with Wheeler in and trying to get the tag back to Dax but getting cut off repeatedly.
They came back from another commercial break with and the hot tag had already happened. Harwood was running over both guys. FTR gets the big suplex and splash to Malakai but only get two because Buddy comes off the top rope with big knees to leave everyone laid out.
Standing ovation from the live audience in response to that. They also gave them a “this is awesome” chant.
Wheeler tried a dive to the outside but he was caught and blasted with double knees before being tossed over the announcer’s desk. Black grabbed a chair and brought it into the ring. He looked to Dax’s family and the young daughter was smiling at him, funny enough. He said to watch what he does but Dax gets up to fight him off. Buddy, who tagged in, rolled him up but only got two.
By this time, Wheeler was back up and after Dax sent Black out he sent Buddy off and they hit the Shatter Machine for a close two. Malakai just barely got in to break it up.
Shortly after, they hit a piledriver on Black on the apron and everyone was laid out once again. Cue up Brody King walking out to loud boos but before he can make it to the scattered bodies around the ring, Daniel Garcia runs in with a chair and takes it to Brody’s back multiple times. He hypes FTR to get up and get back in the ring. When Dax does so, he’s met with a curb stomp from Matthews for yet another close two only stopped by Harwood getting his foot on the ropes.
A powerbomb in the center of the ring gets another two count but Dax manages to reverse Buddy into a pin of his own and that steals it!
FTR def. House of Black via pinfall
Garcia gets in the ring and celebrates with FTR. They’re attacked from behind by King, who is quickly joined by Matthews and Black. In comes a chair and Wheeler is curb stomped on it. Harwood is held up with a chair held up in front of his face and Black kicks it. Finally, Garcia takes a big chair to the back.
Julia Hart is shown ringside, ringing the bell.
They get a good shot of FTR laid out and trying to recover while House of Black stands tall in the background. A House of Black chant seems to break out. Strange.
Buddy gets down to taunt Dax while pointing to his family.