The backstage reaction to the AEW Collision debut was positive, which was centered around CM Punk’s return following suspension and surgery.
Reaction To The AEW Collision Debut
After all the hype, AEW Collision debuted on TNT last night. The new weekly two hour show saw several matches, returns and a title change. Overall, it was an exciting show.
PW Insider addressed the show and noted how the backstage atmosphere was upbeat. Overall, the reaction to the AEW Collision debut was seen as a success, with it having a feel different compared to Dynamite.
“Backstage after the show, we are told it was pretty much positive across the board to the first episode and that the feeling was that it hit the mark in trying to feel different from Dynamite,” the report stated. “I actually thought it was one of the best AEW TV presentations in a long time from a live perspective.”
“The main event six man tag was noteworthy in that it was the first time Samoa Joe and CM Punk wrestled since 2005 and it had as close to a 2023 feel for an All Japan or NOAH style six man tag as I can recall in recent memory. It really was something special live.”
To begin the show, Punk spoke on the microphone. He got a massive reaction, as expected from the Chicago crowd, and dropped subtle hints about the All Out brawl.
Miro and Andrade El Idolo finally made their long-awaited return to the promotion as well. Also, Luchasaurus won the TNT Championship from Wardlow.
So, the reaction to the AEW Collision debut was positive from the perspective of wrestlers, but what did the fans think?