Christian Cage and Bryan Danielson’s bout had a dubious ending on AEW Collision.
Bryan Danielson earned himself a shot at Christian Cage’s TNT Championship by defeating Swerve Strickland on the Title Tuesday edition of Dynamite. That title bout took place on Collision in Toledo, Ohio on what proved to be a big night for both men.
Collision started with Adam Copeland looking for more of an explanation from Christian Cage and the TNT Champion soon made his way into the arena flanked by Luchasaurus and Nick Wayne. Cage told his former tag team partner to leave and confirmed he had got the Blackpool Combat Club banned from the building ahead of his title match.
That brought out Bryan Danielson who told Cage that Luchasaurus and Nick Wayne would be banned from ringside during the title match as well. The AEW Tag Team Champions Ricky Starks and Big Bill soon made their presence felt which ultimately ended with Starks challenging Danielson to a fight. FTR joined the fray promising to earn their way back to the AEW Tag Team Championship before Danielson challenged Cage to face him right there and then. Security intervened which led to Copeland, Danielson, and FTR taking them out to stand tall.
Ricky Starks has his say in AEW TNT Title match
Christian Cage and Bryan Danielson eventually had their bout in the main event slot of the show and it showcased the best of both men. The bout started off as a battle of technical skills before things broke down. After 20 minutes of hard-hitting action, Danielson locked Cage in the LeBell Lock but Cage managed to reach the ropes.
Danielson dragged his opponent back to the middle of the ring but struggled to re-apply the hold due to a hurt arm. This brought out Big Bill who distracted the referee while Ricky Starks clocked Danielson with his AEW Tag Team Title belt. Cage rolled on top of The American Dragon to pick up the win and retain his gold.
The issues between Starks and Danielson look to be far from over and with Starks holding tag team gold, Danielson might be on the lookout for a partner to challenge for that championship.