One star at WrestleDream could be around a lot more often in AEW.
WrestleDream was a celebration of the life and legacy of Antonio Inoki in Seattle but another Hall of Famer had stolen the show by the time it was all said and done.
Christian Cage retained the TNT Championship in the night’s main event against Darby Allin after Nick Wayne viciously turned on Cage. Sting and Luchasaurus both got involved after the match was over before the lights went out in the arena.
A brief video played of someone travelling by car, apparently to the arena and the crowd came unglued when they heard the familiar phrase of “You think you know me” as Adam Copeland made his debut for AEW. The man formerly known as Edge spared his old partner Cage but took out Wayne and Luchasaurus with a chair to stand tall.
Elsewhere on the show, FTR retained their AEW Tag Team Championship against Aussie Open although Mark Davis did not leave Seattle at one hundred percent as he suffered a nasty injury in the bout. MJF also retained the ROH Tag Team Title single-handedly against The Righteous.
WrestleDream won’t be the end for Katsuyori Shibata in AEW
Eddie Kingston was in action on the show as he put both his ROH World and NJPW STRONG Openweight Titles on the line against ROH Pure Champion Katsuyori Shibata. Kingston won the bout but after the show, it became clear that AEW fans could see a lot more of the Japanese legend.
At the post-WrestleDream media scrum, Shibata was asked about his contractual status and if he was signed to NJPW, AEW, or Ring of Honor. Shibata noted in his reply he was ready to make a commitment to Tony Khan:
“If Tony wished, I am ready to make a commitment.”
Khan responded, seemingly indicating his desire to keep Shibata under his umbrella of companies:
“I want you to stay forever, you’re my favourite.”
Whether or not Katsuyori Shibata becomes All Elite remains to be seen but it seems unlikely that AEW fans have seen the last of the star.