The past week was historic for All Elite Wrestling with the launch of their second flagship show, Collision, and the return of one of their biggest stars, CM Punk. Along with those big moves for the young promotion came some great action, along with interesting storytelling building towards Forbidden Door 2 this Sunday. This past Wednesday night’s Dynamite saw a mix of both as fans were treated to, among other things, Matt and Jeff Hardy in action, along with a show-closing angle involving Bryan Danielson and Kazuchika Okada.
Fightful is reporting that this might be the last time fans see Jeff Hardy on AEW TV for a while because due to his arrest record, he will not be allowed into Canada for the company’s upcoming shows. On Dynamite, The Hardys lost to The Gunns and were subsequently beaten down by the duo, and Bullet Club Gold, after the match, effectively writing them off TV for the time being.
AEW’s run of shows in Canada begins tomorrow night when they present the second episode of Collision from the Scotiabank Arena in Toronto. They will continue touring in Canada until July 15 when they present the fifth episode of Collision from the Calgary Stampede Saddledome. It is possible The Hardys appear in pre-taped vignettes in the coming weeks but that is just speculation.
Fightful is also reporting that Danielson will be going into his big match against Okada this weekend “banged up.” Apparently, The American Dragon’s spots were limited in the Anarchy In The Arena match at Double or Nothing because of it. Since then, he has been working commentary for Blackpool Combat Club matches, and has largely tried to avoid contact during BCC brawls. The former WWE World Champion is also said to be “heavily” involved in creative for the next several weeks of AEW: Collision.
The last match that Danielson competed in before Anarchy In The Arena at Double or Nothing was his brutal 60-minute Iron Man Match against MJF at AEW Revolution in March. The match saw both men’s chests turned to ground beef from stiff shots, and Friedman, while successful in retaining, suffered a hematoma on his forehead.