In a momentous clash of professional wrestling titans, this Saturday will mark the highly anticipated debut of "AEW Collision" at the iconic United Center in Chicago, Illinois. However, while the wrestling world eagerly awaits this historic event, WWE will also hold a non-televised extravaganza at the Heritage Bank Center in Cincinnati, Ohio.
The highlight of the evening will feature none other than Roman Reigns, the formidable holder of the Undisputed WWE Universal Championship, defending his illustrious title against the revered Rey Mysterio. This electrifying showdown will be Reigns' first championship defense since his awe-inspiring triumph over Cody Rhodes, who emerged victorious in the 2023 men's Royal Rumble during the second night of WrestleMania 39.
Notably, it will also be rare for Reigns to defend his championship on a house show, with the last instance in February at the Coca-Cola Coliseum in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. On that momentous evening, the mighty leader of The Bloodline, Reigns, conquered the tenacious Sami Zayn, leaving the audience astounded by his dominance.
Reigns' Limited Schedule Heightens Anticipation
It is essential to highlight that Reigns' reduced schedule with WWE, as part of his new contract signed last year, has limited his appearances in house shows. Thus, the anticipation surrounding his defense at the Heritage Bank Center has reached a fever pitch.
Meanwhile, as Reigns aims to maintain his stranglehold on the Universal Championship, another explosive development is set to captivate the Chicago audience.
The highly anticipated return of CM Punk to Tony Khan's AEW promotion on the inaugural episode of "Collision" promises an adrenaline-fueled spectacle.
Punk, a beloved hometown hero, will step into the AEW ring for the first time since the All Out pay-per-view last September. In a captivating twist, he will join forces with the reigning AEW World Tag Team Champions, Dax Harwood and Cash Wheeler, to face off against the formidable team of Samoa Joe, the current ROH World Television Champion, and the dynamic duo of Jay White and Juice Robinson from Bullet Club Gold.
With the likes of reigning AEW World Champion MJF, AEW International Champion Orange Cassidy, and the formidable trio of Malakai Black, Buddy Matthews, and Brody King potentially gracing the inaugural "Collision" episode, the event promises to be an impressive showcase of wrestling brilliance.
These notable names, featured prominently on the official "Collision" poster, add an extra layer of excitement, leaving fans eagerly awaiting the forthcoming collision between two of the wrestling industry's most prominent promotions.