The inaugural episode of "All Elite Wrestling (AEW) Collision" was warmly welcomed with primarily positive reviews across various online platforms. Yet, despite the widespread acclaim, wrestling veteran Dutch Mantell has raised questions about the creative genius responsible for the distinct character of the show, which is noticeably different from AEW's flagship program, "AEW Dynamite." Mantell took to Twitter, sparking debate about the creative direction behind the show's distinctive style.
"After taking in the new @AEW show, Collision, I'm quite convinced that Tony Khan wasn't the person behind the booking," Mantell speculated. "I strongly feel someone else was at the helm, possibly CMPunk. The show's aesthetic felt completely different; there was an evident presence of larger, more muscular performers, and the show exhibited a fluid continuity.
I'd love to hear others' thoughts on this." Indeed, "Collision" demonstrated a contrasting ambiance and organization compared to AEW's midweek offering. Notably, the commentary team was stationed at ringside, reminiscent of the current setting in WWE, which further fuels the distinctness of the new show.
However, the widespread belief within the industry asserts that Khan remains the main driving force behind creating and booking decisions on "Collision."
Mantell Questions Khan's Involvement
Insiders have previously revealed that some prominent figures, including Bryan Danielson, Jerry Lynn, Christopher Daniels, and Dean Malenko, will lend their creative talents to the Saturday night show.
The innovative steering wheel for "Collision" is also expected to be shared among Khan, Pat Buck, Will Washington, Sonjay Dutt, and QT Marshall. Known for his hands-on approach to all things AEW and Ring Of Honor, it seems implausible that Khan would deviate from his usual involvement in this latest venture, regardless of Mantell's conjecture.
Among the creatives, Dax Harwood and CM Punk, both directly involved in the main event of the premiere episode, are said to have significant input. In this highly anticipated bout, they teamed up with Cash Wheeler to overcome the formidable trio of Samoa Joe, Juice Robinson, and Jay White, bringing the debut episode to a thrilling conclusion.
Despite the whispers and speculation, the truth behind the fresh style of "AEW Collision" remains firmly within the AEW camp.