AEW Collision: July 6, 2024 (and Rampage July 5)
July 7, 2024 8:14 AM - Season 2, Episode 4 - Subscribe

MJF and Hangman both get Akuma-tized, Riho's makes her Collision debut(?!), Jack Perry sees a familiar face, and the finalists for the Owen Hart Cup are determined.

Quotes from The Wrestling Observer.

RAMPAGE -- July 5

Rush defeated Komander (w/ Alex Abrahantes)
"This was every Rush match in AEW where he just beats up his opponent around ringside and treats him like a total jobber. [...] Rush did the spot where he went for the diving dropkick in the corner, but stopped and hit the guy with a kick instead. But they guy isn’t moving out of the corner or anything, so why doesn’t Rush just finish the guy?... After the match, Rush dumped Komander at Don Callis’s feet. “Can we get a coroner for Komader? It doesn’t look good.”"
Konosuke Takeshita & Kyle Fletcher defeated Private Party
"The first two matches were overly long squashes that really drug down the show. [In a video package,] Don Callis conducted business earlier this week and signed Rush. Wouldn’t it have made sense to show this before Rush’s match tonight?"
Kyle O’Reilly defeated GPA

Owen Hart Foundation Tournament Women's Semi-Final Match: Mariah May (w/ Luther & Toni Storm) defeated Hikaru Shida


MJF opens the show
"MJF immediately dumps on the locals, calling them inbred. MJF said that Daniel Garcia was nothing but a pawn. He was never going to give Garcia a match at All In: Wembley and was always going to stab him in the back. MJF called Garcia a Make-A-Wish kid, having offered him the biggest match of his life only for Garcia to not answer him. After what he did to Garcia, MJF said that he would never wrestle again. MJF then threw to footage from the August 2nd, 2023, episode of Dynamite where he opened up to the fans about his mental issues and the childhood bullying he endured. Back in the ring, MJF was furious at the fans for turning on him despite him opening up about those issues. He watched from home as people chanted Thank You Joe for taking the World Title from him. The fans turned on him in favor of people like Swerve Strickland, Kazuchika Okada, and Will Ospreay.

MJF said what he did wasn’t personal to Garcia, it was personal to the fans. He was going to take everything from the fans because what they like sucks. MJF said that the fans have ruined the promotion that he built, and the only way to fix it will be with him on top. MJF said that Will Ospreay was a child, who only cared about star ratings instead of Nielson ratings. MJF challenged Ospreay to a fight right now. A good reset for MJF, as his reasons for turning on the fans were strong and logical. His vendetta against the fans allows him to go after any babyface he wants, with his focus seeming to be on Will Ospreay in particular."
The Conglomeration (Kyle O’Reilly, Mark Briscoe & Orange Cassidy) defeated Iron Savages (Boulder, Bronson & Jacked Jameson)
"I wondered what the point of putting O’Reilly against the Undisputed Kingdom was since they feuded very recently. But if the Conglomeration is going to be a regular unit, then making this a trios feud will be fun."
Toni Storm (w/Luther & Mariah May) defeated Trish Adora (w/ The Infantry)

Christian Cage & The Patriarchy were backstage, in a promo that was apparently deemed important enough to get it's own YT clip.

TNT Championship Open ChallengeJack Perry (c) defeated Marko Stunt to retain
"What a pull, getting Perry’s old partner Stunt for his first title defense. Stunt was fantastic here, bumping like a madman for Perry as the hometown crowd went wild for him. I wouldn’t be opposed to Stunt being a regular again if he can make everyone look as good as he helped Perry look. This was perfect for what they went out there to do."
Claudio Castagnoli defeated The Beast Mortos

"Matt Menard was backstage with Lexy Nair. He suffered a concussion in the attack by MJF on Wednesday. Daniel Garcia is back at home in Buffalo, having lost all strength in the left side of his body. He will be making a full recovery, and Menard promised him that he’d let Garcia get his hands on him first. MJF didn’t know when that would be, but when it came, he wouldn’t get dancing Daniel Garcia. MJF would get Red Death."

Riho defeated Lady Frost
"Always good to see Riho back in action. [...] It’s interesting to see a downcard feud in the women’s division. No titles or massive grudge, just two talents looking to find out who is the better woman. I like it."
Owen Hart Foundation Men’s Tournament Semifinal Match: Hangman Page defeated Jay White
"This was an awesome main event. These two had great chemistry, with White picking his spots against Page like a bullfighter sidestepping a raging bull. Several threads came together with the finish, with Jeff Jarrett and Christian Cage getting involved to set up future bouts. This was an odd match on paper, but it came together beautifully."
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