AEW has been on such a hot streak as of late. Between three amazing summer pay-per-views, great storylines, and wonderful matches. As we come towards the end of 2023 AEW for the first time is putting on WrestleDream, a tribute to Antonio Inoki on the one-year anniversary of his death. 10 matches, dream scenarios, and possibly some debuts, let’s try to get some perfect predictions.
“The American Dragon” Bryan Danielson vs Zack Sabre Jr: Now this is the match that was supposed to take place at the original Forbidden Door before Danielson got hurt. As Danielson’s full-time in-ring career is coming to an end he is trying to hit all of his dream matches before he finally calls it an end to an amazing career. Since this show is in home town I see him getting a huge win in front of his friends and family. Also as the person who reviews the ROH show weekly I would like to add that Sabre called out Danielson on the first ROH TV Episode this year. Consider this one a match-of-the-year candidate.
Winner: Bryan Danielson
Swerve Strickland vs “Hangman” Adam Page: Our editor-in-chief is not going to be happy about this pick. To me, this match coincides with my theory of the outcome of the TNT Tile match. Swerve has been putting out his best work this year and I can see him before the end of the year becoming the TNT Championship. To do that he needs to win this matchup, they are also in his hometown, Washington deserve a lot of feel-good moments on Sunday. Sorry Bill.
Winner: Swerve Strickland
Editor’s Note: It’s my pick as well.
“The Ocho” Chris Jericho, “The Cleaner” Kenny Omega, and “The Golden Star” Kota Ibushi vs “The Spanish God” Sammy Guevara, “The Aerial Assassin” Will Ospreay, and “The Alpha” Konosuke Takeshita: Incomes “The Dragon Slayer” because Daniel Garcia will be getting involved in this matchup. Now, I am not biased here, don’t worry we are actually building a story. A couple of weeks ago Callis tried to convince Garcia to join the Callis Family, but he refused and instead, Guevera joined. Guevera and Garcia had a standoff backstage two weeks ago where Callis convinced Guevera that Garcia was money and not to hurt him. Unfortunately, Garcia is done waiting around. Garcia is going to go after Guvera in this match to help the faces win. If this does not happen, I will be a very upset Daniel Garcia fan.
Winners: Chris Jericho, Kenny Omega, and Kota Ibushi
ROH World Heavyweight and New Japan Strong World Heavyweight Championship Match: Eddie Kingston vs Katsuyori Shibata: This match makes my ROH brain explode. Why are both ROH Champions facing each other? This could have easily been Josh Woods vs Shibata and then an open challenge for the ROH World Heavyweight Championship, with someone from New Japan Pro Wrestling answering the challenge. Also, why are Eddie’s titles the only ones on the line?
Winner: “And Still” Eddie Kingston
AEW World Tag Team Championship: FTR (Dax Harwood and Cash Wheeler) vs Aussie Open (Kyle Fletcher and Mark Davis): Almost a year to the day of these teams’ first match together many people considered that their Match of the Year. I do like that FTR keeps doing Open Challenges to build up the other tag teams within the AEW/ROH tag team division. Unfortunately for Aussie Open fans not only will Osprey’s team lose the six-man tag, but the Aussie Open will also lose this match.
Winners: “And Still” FTR (Dax Harwood and Cash Wheeler)
Two out of Three Falls: TNT Championship: Christian Cage vs Darby Allin: Here we go, my crazy theory to this match. In Nick Wayne’s debut match, he wrestled Swerve Strickland. When Wayne was first offered his contract, Allin was the one who presented him with the contract. This all leads toward an eventual Strickland vs Wayne match. For this to take place the right way, Allin wins the title here, Strickland takes it at Full Gear, and Wayne wins his first AEW title at Revolution.
Winner: “And New” Darby Allin
ROH World Tag Team Championships: Better Than You Bay Bay (MJF and Adam Cole) vs The Righteous (Vincent and Dutch): My poor friend. Originally I had Better Than You Bay Bay and The Kingdom take the titles from that at Full Gear. Now that unfortunately can not happen. To me, MJF focuses more on his Triple B for the rest of the year while his Brochacho recovers from ankle surgery. All hail The Righteous
Winners: “And New” The Righteous
TBS Women’s Championship: Kris Statlander vs Julia Hart: Remember when AEW defended both of their women’s championships on a pay-per-view. Regardless, I am happy Hart gets a pay-per-view match, but I would rather see someone who has been competing on AEW TV every week instead of a build we only had for two weeks. By the way, Stat isn’t losing the title here.
Winner: “And Still” Kris Statlander
Four Way Tag Match Winner Gets A Shot at the AEW World Tag Team Titles at Any Time: The Young Bucks (Matt and Nick Jackson) vs The Gunn Club (Austin and Colton Gunn) vs Orange Cassidy and Hook vs The Lucha Brothers (Rey Fenix and Penta El Zero Miedo): This match is going to be awesome. All the tag teams in this match are incredibly talented. To me, the AEW World Tag Team Match will take place on the 4-year Dynamite anniversary show coming up. Since Orange Cassidy and Hook are the only team not in a storyline or holding another title it makes the most sense for this to go to them.
Winners: Orange Cassidy and Hook
Ricky Starks vs Wheeler Yuta: Ricky Starks has been carrying Collision on his back since the inception of the show. Unfortunately, he can never get the big win but has put on some prolific matches over the summer. For that reason alone and because there are rumors of his contract coming up soon he gets an Absolute deserving win on this card.
Winner: Ricky Starks