AEW is set to expand broaden its pay-per-view lineup this year with the introduction of WrestleDream, a collaboration with New Japan Pro Wrestling which will take place at Seattle’s Climate Pledge Arena on Sunday, October 1st.
WrestleDream promises to be a noteworthy addition to the AEW PPV lineup. The event is an honor to one of the most iconic figures in pro wrestling history, Antonio Inoki. AEW President Tony Khan called Inoki “wrestling’s greatest dreamer” when announcing this show at the All Out 2023 press conference.
One of the initial matches announced features two of the best technical wrestlers on the planet: Bryan Danielson and Zack Sabre Jr. This match was initially scheduled for Forbidden Door 2022, but it got postponed due to an injury suffered by Danielson.
What adds an extra layer of excitement to this matchup is that it marks the first time these two talents will lock horns since 2008. Back then, a young and up-and-coming Sabre Jr. crossed paths with an already established Danielson in the ring. So, this impending clash is not just about their incredible skills; it’s also a bit of a reunion with some history behind it.
When Danielson retired in 2013, he managed to grab The Wrestling Observer’s Best Technical Wrestler award a whopping nine times. During his hiatus from the wrestling scene, Sabre Jr. stepped into the spotlight and clinched the award an impressive seven times. However, upon Danielson’s comeback to the wrestling world, he not only resumed his winning streak, but the award has also now been named after him, and he has claimed it for the past two consecutive years.
When is AEW WrestleDream?
WrestleDream begins at 8 p.m. ET on October 1. The Pre-Show begins around 7 p.m. ET.
How to watch AEW WrestleDream 2023
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AEW WrestleDream Match Card
- Bryan Danielson vs. Zack Sabre Jr.
- “Hangman” Adam Page vs. Swerve Strickland
- FTR (Cash Wheeler and Dax Harwood) (c) vs. Aussie Open (Kyle Fletcher and Mark Davis) for the AEW World Tag Team titles
- Adam Cole and MJF (c) vs. The Righteous (Vincent and Dutch) for the ROH World Tag Team Titles
- Christian Cage (c) vs. Darby Allin in a two of of three falls match for the AEW TNT Title
- Eddie Kingston (c) vs. Katsuyori Shibata for the ROH World and Strong Openweight Titles
- Kris Statlander (c) vs. Julia Hart for the AEW TBS Title
- Chris Jericho and The Golden Lovers (Kenny Omega and Kota Ibushi) vs. The Don Callis Family (Konosuke Takeshita, Sammy Guevara, and Will Ospreay)
- The Young Bucks (Matt Jackson and Nick Jackson) vs. The Gunns (Austin Gunn and Colten Gunn) vs. The Lucha Brothers (Rey Fenix and Penta El Zero Miedo) vs. Orange Cassidy and Hook in a match for a future AEW World Tag Team Title opportunity