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AEW Delivers International Stars, Trios Action Leading into Forbidden Door

What makes AEW different than WWE? Last night’s Collision showed that six-man tag team matches and international stars are a big part of the AEW presentation.

In fact, AEW is devoting an entire pay-per-view to matches involving wrestlers from around the globe. Forbidden Door will take place on Sunday, June 30 on Long Island.

The main event of last night’s Collision show from Allentown, Pa. featured British superstar Will Ospreay. He was one of the top stars of New Japan Pro Wrestling, but as Forbidden Door approaches, he is on the AEW roster.

Ospreay retained his International championship last night on Collision with a win over “The Machine” Brian Cage.

New Japan has had no bigger star in the last two decades than Kazuchika Okada. He is also a full-time AEW wrestler now after racking up seven World titles in Japan.

Okada won a non-title match over Mexican legend Ultimo Guerrero with the Rainmaker clothesline. With Ospreay and Okada on the roster, AEW has punched up the Forbidden Door concept by adding Mexico’s CMLL promotion to the mix.


AEW has a Trios championship that belongs to the Bang Bang Gang (Jay White and The Gunns). Several other rivalries are brewing in the AEW trios division.

Samoa Joe, Hook & Katsuyori Shibata opened the Collision show with a win over the Premier Athletes. They challenged The Learning Tree (Chris Jericho, Big Bill & “Bounty Hunter” Bryan Keith) for Forbidden Door.

Last week on Collision in Youngstown, Ohio (I was there!), Christian announced that he wanted in on the trios action as well. He teamed with Nick Wayne and Killswitch (formerly Luchasaurus) to beat The Iron Savages & Jacked Jameson last night.

Other Collision results included CMLL star Hechicero over “Daddy Magic” Matt Menard; Jericho & Big Bill over Private Party; Toni Storm & Mariah May over Lady Frost & “Legit” Layla Hirsch; and House of Black squashing LSG & MSG.

The most buzz from last night’s collision came from Jeff Jarrett, who has been wrestling since the 1980s. He talked about his friendship with Owen Hart and his desire to win the Owen Hart Cup tournament.


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