AEW presented their new show this week, and Collision was a big show on TNT. The roster for AEW also experienced this new show in a different way, but there was a good feeling after the Chicago show in All State Arena.

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AEW debuted the highly anticipated premiere episode of Collision at the United Center in Chicago on Saturday, captivating the audience with an array of thrilling matches and segments. The highlight of the night was the long-awaited return of CM Punk, who kicked off the show with a passionate promo that even included a little shady reference to the Young Bucks.

Among the notable moments was a title change, adding an extra layer of excitement to the already action-packed episode. In the main event, CM Punk joined forces with FTR to secure a victory over Bullet Club Gold and Samoa Joe, leaving fans on the edge of their seats.


Not only did the show receive positive reactions from fans online, but according to PW Insider, the backstage atmosphere was equally upbeat. The general sentiment among the crew and talent was that the debut episode successfully captured a distinct feel, setting it apart from AEW’s flagship show, Dynamite.

Backstage after the show, we are told it was pretty much positive across the board to the first episode and that the feeling was that it hit the mark in trying to feel different from Dynamite.  I actually thought it was one of the best AEW TV presentations in a long time from a live perspective.  The main event six man tag was noteworthy in that it was the first time Samoa Joe and CM Punk wrestled since 2005 and it had as close to a 2023 feel for an All Japan or NOAH style six man tag as I can recall in recent memory.  It really was something special live.

The success of the event extended beyond the ring, as merchandise sales soared throughout the tapings. Chicago’s fans are known for their pro wrestling passion.

AEW introduced a new CM Punk shirt ahead of his return, and it quickly became the top-selling item at the show. In fact, merchandise sold out rapidly, with most items completely gone before the event concluded, indicating the tremendous popularity and excitement surrounding AEW’s latest offering.

We will have to see how AEW Collision pans out in the weeks to come. They have a lot to do if they want to secure more fan interest. Obviously, ticket sales need to pick up as well.

What’s your take on AEW Collision? Did you enjoy the show? Sound off in the comments!

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