There was a title change during the first match in the history of AEW’s new television show Collision.
AEW Collision debuted Saturday night on TNT from the United Center in Chicago. The show was built around CM Punk’s return to the company after being away for nine months. Punk started the show with a promo and was featured in the main event tag team match as well.
The TNT Championship has changed hands yet again because Luchasaurus found a way to win his first singles title by taking the championship from Wardlow.
Luchasaurus had his friend Christian Cage at ringside during the match while Wardlow didn’t have Arn Anderson, who was attacked by Luchasaurus/Christian in the past.
Wardlow looked like he was going to finish off Luchasaurus after hitting one of his signature Powerbombs, but Luchasaurus was back up with a Chokeslam for a two count. Wardlow used his power to hit a powerslam followed by a Swanton Bomb off the top rope.
The finish of the match saw Wardlow trying to work over Luchasaurus against the turnbuckle, then Luchasaurus broke free while grabbing the referee to prevent him from seeing Christian hit Wardlow with a camera to the head! Luchasaurus clotheslined Wardlow in the back of the head and covered for the pinfall win to become the new TNT Champion.
While some champions in AEW have long title reigns, the TNT Championship often changes hands. In fact, that was the sixth TNT Title change of 2023. The men that have held the title this year are Darby Allin, Samoa Joe, Wardlow (twice), Powerhouse Hobbs and now Luchasuaurus.