The Saturday edition of AEW Collision, hosted in Toronto, was a thrilling precursor to the highly-anticipated Forbidden Door event. The evening's main spectacle saw Bullet Club Gold, comprised of Jay White and Juice Robinson, along with The Gunns (Colten Gunn and Austin Gunn), triumph over the unlikely team of CM Punk, Ricky Starks, and reigning AEW World Tag Team Champions, FTR (Cash Wheeler and Dax Harwood) and the pivotal moment of the contest arrived when White struck Starks with his signature move, the Blade Runner, to secure the victory.
In a memorable scene after the event's broadcast concluded, Punk, Starks, and FTR, undeterred by their loss, returned to the ring, successfully intimidating their rivals, Bullet Club Gold and The Gunns, into retreating. Harwood took this moment of solidarity to express gratitude towards their fans, referring cryptically to a game-changing 2 of 3 Falls match with American Alpha, which took place in the same Toronto venue.
His thoughtful commentary purposefully omitted explicit references to WWE's NXT Brand or the team American Alpha.
FTR Teases Amid Fan Reactions
Injecting fun into the atmosphere, Harwood promised to wrap up his speech quickly so fans could direct their boos toward Punk.
He also took a playful jab at wrestling history by declaring, "Bret's better than Shawn." Wheeler chimed in with his humorous commentary about the fluctuating crowd reactions to Punk, while Starks took the opportunity to thank his band of supporters.
As Starks concluded his address, the boos for Punk filled the air. Unfazed, Punk accepted responsibility as team captain for their defeat at Collision. In a heartfelt monologue, he assured fans that, much like the Toronto Maple Leafs, he would persevere in the face of failure, evoking an appreciative response from the audience.
The eventful evening ended with Punk, Starks, and Wheeler leaving the ring as Harwood retook the center stage. He encouraged fans to stick around for the upcoming Forbidden Door event, adding a note of sincere appreciation from all the wrestlers, Punk included. The show concluded on a high note, with Punk's theme music echoing through the arena.