The electric atmosphere of AEW Collision on December 2nd intensified as Brody King faced off against Claudio Castagnoli in a clash that epitomized the diversity of wrestling styles.
Castagnoli, akin to an expensive luxury car, collided with King, a monstrous force resembling a monster truck. The match unfolded as a hard-hitting spectacle from the bell’s first ring, eschewing holds and reversals for a barrage of impactful strikes.
The unpredictability soared as both competitors left everything in the ring, blurring the lines of prediction. In the end, Brody King’s resilience prevailed, securing a well-earned victory and becoming the first star in the blue league to accumulate six points.
The sheer fun and intensity marked this bout from start to finish, earning it a commendable grade of A-.
Abadon vs. Kiera Hogan
The enigmatic aura of Abadon returned to the AEW ring, setting the stage for a captivating showdown against Kiera Hogan. Abadon, with her eerie theatrics, sought to intimidate Hogan, but the former Baddie quickly regained composure and unleashed her offensive prowess.
The match, while occasionally marred by the differing styles of the competitors, delivered a decent performance. Abadon’s unique version of a DDT ultimately secured the victory, adding a layer of unpredictability to the outcome.
As the lights flickered post-match, Julia Hart’s appearance hinted at potential future feuds or alliances, leaving the audience intrigued. Despite a few awkward moments, the overall presentation earned this match a grade of C.
Andrade El Idolo vs. Daniel Garcia
In a technical masterpiece, Daniel Garcia clashed with Andrade El Idolo in a battle to secure points in the blue league. Unlike the preceding hard-hitting encounter, this match commenced with a standard exchange of holds and counters, emphasizing the technical prowess of both competitors.
Garcia, aiming for redemption after a prior defeat, showcased strategic brilliance by targeting El Idolo’s leg. The match unfolded as a back-and-forth affair, with momentum shifting multiple times.
While Garcia controlled the pace with technical finesse, El Idolo’s power advantage proved decisive. In the end, Andrade El Idolo secured victory, reaching six points and exemplifying respect by shaking hands post-match. The blend of physicality and technicality earned this bout a commendable grade of A-.
The Kingdom vs. The Iron Savages
The tag team matchup between The Kingdom and The Iron Savages brought a rapid-fire sequence of action to AEW Collision. Accompanied by Roderick Strong, Matt Taven, and Mike Bennett of The Kingdom, clashed with The Iron Savages in a match that, while not a squash, showcased The Kingdom’s dominance.
Despite the brevity, the action delivered was impactful, allowing The Iron Savages more screen time and a chance to showcase their underrated skills. The Kingdom emerged victorious, securing a commendable grade of C for the overall presentation.
House of Black vs. Christopher Daniels and Matt Sydal
Continuing the tag team theme, Christopher Daniels and Matt Sydal faced off against Malakai Black and Buddy Matthews in an intense showdown. The match began with a dynamic exchange between Sydal and Matthews, setting a fast-paced tone.
House of Black, known for their aggression, intensified as the match progressed. The encounter spilled through breaks and segments, with both teams exhibiting their strengths.
Despite a valiant effort from Daniels and Sydal, House of Black emerged triumphant, with Black and Matthews sending a message to FTR post-match. The impactful sequences and the overarching narrative earned this match a commendable grade of B-.
Vikingo vs. Kip Sabian
The AAA mega champion, Vikingo, and the agile Kip Sabian engaged in a somewhat impromptu matchup, injecting spontaneity into AEW Collision. With Vikingo known for his high-flying prowess and Sabian possessing agility, the match unfolded as a fast-paced, entertaining encounter.
While labeled as filler, the bout served its purpose by delivering fun moments to the live audience. Vikingo, a human highlight reel, showcased his acrobatic skills, and despite Sabian’s competitive spirit, the luchador secured victory with a breathtaking 630.
The sportsmanship offered by Vikingo was rejected, adding a touch of drama to the conclusion. The entertaining nature of the match earned it a commendable grade of B+.
Bryan Danielson vs. Eddie Kingston
The main event of AEW Collision featured a Continental Classic tournament match between Bryan Danielson and Eddie Kingston, offering a captivating blend of striking prowess and technical finesse.
Both men, skilled in their respective styles, presented a contrast in size and strategy. Danielson, known as The American Dragon, aimed to balance strikes with technical ability against the formidable Eddie Kingston, the ROH world and NJPW Strong champion.
The bout unfolded as a unique blend of the hard-hitting slugfest between Castagnoli and King and the technical encounter of Garcia and El Idolo. Kingston, desperate for a win after a prior loss, targeted Danielson’s injured orbital bone in the latter part of the match.
The back-and-forth nature kept the audience on the edge of their seats, with Danielson ultimately securing the victory with his running knee. The match’s overall presentation, marked by impactful moments and a sense of desperation, earned it a commendable grade of A-.
The Final Word
From an in-ring standpoint, AEW Collision on December 2nd delivered one of the top three episodes of Collision since its debut. The Continental Classic tournament showcased three outstanding matches, each offering a unique blend of styles and narratives.
Beyond the in-ring action, the episode advanced several storylines, including Timeless Toni’s continued dominance, Abadon’s resurgence potentially leading to a feud or alliance with Julia Hart, and the brewing tension between FTR and House of Black.
The absence of weak segments and the commitment to diverse storytelling contributed to the overall success of the episode, earning it a well-deserved grade of A-.