In a gripping display of raw talent and tenacity, Eddie Kingston successfully defended his AEW Continental Crown Title against the formidable Trent Beretta in Charlotte, North Carolina, at the much-anticipated "Collision" event.
This marked Kingston's first title defense since his remarkable victory over Jon Moxley at the World's End pay-per-view, where he emerged as the inaugural champion in a fiercely contested tournament final. Kingston's opponent, Trent Beretta, a name synonymous with tag team excellence alongside his Best Friends partner, Chuck Taylor, stepped into the singles competition spotlight.
Despite his recent focus on tag team wrestling, Beretta's individual prowess remained undiminished, as evidenced by his challenges for the New Japan Pro-Wrestling NEVER Openweight Championship, the Ring of Honor Pure Title, and the AEW TNT Championship in just the past two months.
Kingston vs. Beretta Clash
The showdown for the Continental Crown Championship, the second bout of the evening, commenced with an explosive start. Beretta unleashed a flurry of forearms, to which Kingston retaliated with his signature chops.
In a particularly intense exchange, Kingston's chop struck Beretta across the face, resulting in Beretta bleeding from around the bridge of his nose. This did little to deter Beretta, who, with his mother watching anxiously from the front row, continued to battle fiercely, demonstrating the heart and resilience he's known for.
The match saw Beretta execute a formidable powerbomb, yet Kingston resiliently kicked out at two. Beretta continued his offensive onslaught with a trio of German suplexes, a running knee to Kingston's face, and a piledriver, each time coming close but failing to secure the win.
In an impressive comeback, Kingston regained control with an Exploder suplex and a Northern Lights bomb, only to be thwarted at the two count once again. The climax of the match saw Kingston, with renewed vigor, deliver another Northern Lights, decisively securing his victory and retaining his title.
This triumph not only cements Kingston's status as a dominant force in AEW but also heralds an exciting era for the Continental Crown Championship. With such high-caliber performances, both Kingston and Beretta have undoubtedly elevated the standards of AEW's singles competition, promising a thrilling future for wrestling enthusiasts around the world.