It is time for AEW WrestleDream! The newest pay-per-view for All Elite Wrestling is in honor of Antonio Inoki, the Japanese legend who passed away on October 1, 2022. The card will be filled with New Japan and AEW stars. It includes seven title matches as well on Sunday night. Let us look at what should be a truly memorable night in Seattle!
The Acclaimed (Anthony Bowens and Max Caster) and Billy Gunn (c) vs. TMDK (Shane Haste, Mikey Nicholls, and Bad Dude Tito
(AEW World Trios Championship)
(Zero Hour Pre-Show)
The Acclaimed are certainly among the most popular acts in all of AEW. It was a big moment when The Acclaimed and Billy Gunn finally won the AEW World Trios Championship at AEW All In in front of an appreciative Wembley crowd. They have gone on to defend the Trios titles four times since August 27th. They are truly fighting champions.
On Sunday at WrestleDream, they will defend the title yet again. Their opponents are the surprising team of TMDK. The Mighty Don’t Kneel have been quite the dangerous group in New Japan Pro Wrestling. Will the unknown factor of this surprise opponent lead to an upset in Seattle? The Acclaimed and Billy Gunn better be ready.
Luchasaurus vs. Nick Wayne
(Zero Hour Pre-Show)
Nick Wayne has been a major target of Luchasaurus and Christian in recent weeks. Christian, the TNT Champion, has mocked Wayne’s late father and hit on Nick Wayne’s mom. It has become personal really quickly.
As Nick Wayne returns to his hometown, he faces the dangerous Luchasaurus on the pre-show. Can Wayne keep his focus in front of the Seattle crowd? It would be a huge moment for Wayne to win in his pay-per-view debut.
Ricky Starks vs. Wheeler Yuta
Ricky Starks was venting on last week’s AEW Dynamite after another heartbreaking loss to Bryan Danielson on AEW Collison. This is when Wheeler Yuta walked by to call out Starks as someone who whines and moans all the time. It seems Starks didn’t appreciate the insults and accepted Yuta’s challenge for a match at WresteDream.
It is a battle between two of AEW’s brightest young stars. It is the 33-year-old Starks versus the 26-year-old Yuta. Both are in need of a major victory. Two desperate talents battling it out can only lead to great things for the AEW fans.
The Young Bucks (Matt Jackson and Nick Jackson) vs. The Gunns (Austin and Colten Gunn) vs. The Lucha Brothers (Rey Fenix and Penta El Zero Miedo) vs. Orange Cassidy and Hook
(Winner Gets a Future AEW World Tag Team Title Shot)
It is certainly an interesting mix of tag teams in this four-team battle at WrestleDream. We have the established teams of the Young Bucks, the Gunns, and the Lucha Brothers. We also have the unlikely new pair of Orange Cassidy and Hook. The stakes are pretty high. The winning team gets a title shot against the AEW World Tag Team Champions at a future date.
It is really hard to pick a winner in this high-stakes match. The Young Bucks, The Gunns, and Lucha Brothers are all former AEW World Tag Team Champions. Orange Cassidy and Hook have been highly successful singles champions in the past year. It should be a chaotic show-stealer for the Seattle fans on Sunday night.
MJF (c) vs. The Righteous (Vincent and Dutch)
(ROH World Tag Team Championship)
The best story in All Elite Wrestling in recent months has been the friendship between MJF and Adam Cole. The story took quite a twist when a freak accident at AEW Grand Slam caused a major ankle injury to Adam Cole. It seems like Cole will be out for a while. What would become of the ROH World Tag Team titles MJF and Adam Cole won at AEW All-In in August?
MJF is going to go it alone on Sunday against the Righteous for the ROH World Tag Team Championship. Since MJF is recovering from his own injuries, is it wise to defend the tag titles in a handicap match? The Righteous are a dangerous team to say the least. Was this a bad decision by MJF? A lot of questions will be answered at WrestleDream.
FTR (Cash Wheeler and Dax Harwood) (c) vs. Aussie Open (Kyle Fletcher and Mark Davis)
(AEW World Tag Team Championship)
It is time for the highly anticipated tag team match between two of the best in All Elite Wrestling. FTR’s current reign started on April 5. They have defended their tag titles eight times against some of the best tag teams in the world. But Aussie Open presents quite a different challenge.
Aussie Open is looking for a breakthrough victory in AEW. When two of the best tag teams in the world face off, it should be a special match. It could even be a dark-horse show stealer at WrestleDream.
Eddie Kingston (c) vs. Katsuryori Shibata
(ROH World Championship & Strong Openweight Champion)
It was a special moment when Eddie Kingston defeated his long-time rival Claudio Castagnoli in front of a home-state New York crowd. It was a crowning achievement for Kingston after so much disappointment in previous big title matches. Kingston was now a double champion.
But what comes next for Kingston? He will face Japanese legend and ROH Pure Champion Katsuryori Shibata. This might be one of the most physical and hard-hitting matches of the entire year. It will be quite the battle at WrestleDream with both of Kingston’s titles on the line.
Chris Jericho & The Golden Elite (Kota Ibushi & Kenny Omega) vs. Don Callis Family (Konosuke Takeshita, Sammy Guevara and Will Ospreay)
This might be the most personal match on the entire card. Konosuke Takeshita shocked the pro wrestling world by defeating Kenny Omega at All In in a tag match and at All Out in a singles match. Don Callis bragged about these victories and his family picked the next target: Kota Ibushi. They were trying to destroy the Golden Elite once and for all.
Chris Jericho was trying to have a match with long-time ally Sammy Guevara at AEW Grand Slam to work out all their differences. Instead, Guevara betrayed Jericho and joined the Don Callis Family. Guevara was tired of being in Chris Jericho’s shadow.
At WrestleDream, Chris Jericho will be an unlikely ally with The Golden Elite in six-man action against the Don Callis Family. Joining the Don Callis Family on Sunday night will be Will Ospreay who has singles victories over Kenny Omega and Chris Jericho in the last few months. Who will gain the upper hand in this personal series of rivalries?
Kris Statlander(c) vs. Julia Hart
(AEW TBS Championship)
Kris Statlander has picked up some major victories in recent weeks. She has certainly shown herself to be a fighting AEW TBS Champion. She has defended the title twelve times since winning it at AEW Double or Nothing in May.
Her opponent on Sunday night is an interesting one. Julia Hart is on a twenty-seven-match winning streak. Hart’s last loss was over a year ago and was against…Kris Statlander. Can Hart continue her hot streak and win the AEW TBS Championship at just 21 years old?
Hangman Adam Page vs. Swerve Strickland
Hangman Page was celebrating winning the Over Budget Charity Battle Royale when Swerve Strickland interrupted and mocked how far Page “had fallen” in AEW in recent months. Once Strickland brought Page’s family into it, it became quite personal. It quickly set up a match for WrestleDream in Seattle.
The battle of words turns into action at WrestleDream. Both Strickland and Page are in need of a major victory to climb back into the upper card of AEW yet again. Will the home-state advantage help Swerve pick up his biggest victory to date? It will be fun to find out.
Bryan Danielson vs. Zack Sabre Jr.
On a recent AEW Collision, Bryan Danielson announced he was going to “wind down” his professional wrestling career when his daughter turned seven years old. This was making good on a promise he made to her. That will be occurring about a year from now. Is this really the beginning of the end for Danielson?
Danielson says he wants the last year to be a grand farewell, facing the best people possible. His first choice match will be in his home state for AEW WrestleDream against Zack Sabre Jr. It is truly a battle between two of the best technical wrestlers in the entire world. Who will win in this epic battle between New Japan and AEW? It is a dream match years in the making. Will Danielson’s farewell year get off to an epic start?
Christian Cage (c) vs. Darby Allin
(Two out of Three Falls)
(AEW TNT Championship)
Christian Cage has been making Darby Allin’s life a living hell in recent months. He has turned allies against him and even cost him the TNT Championship on a recent AEW Collision. Now that Cage is actually the AEW TNT Champion, he will defend it against Allin in the AEW WrestleDream main event in Darby’s hometown of Seattle, Washington.
The match will be two out of three falls for the AEW TNT Championship. We know Cage is not above cheating and mind games to get what he wants. And the fact that this match is the main event of WrestleDream? Maybe that “New Era of AEW” that was promised will give us a surprise or two in this huge main event.
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