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What time does AEW Grand Slam start?

What time does AEW Grand Slam start? AEW Grand Slam begins with Dynamite at 8 p.m. ET on Wednesday, and Rampage starts at 10 p.m. ET on Friday. Each card is expected to last around two hours. DAZN News USAEW Grand Slam: Date, time, matches, TV channel and live stream for editions of Dynamite and Rampage

Spoilers For AEW Dark: Elevation (9/27)

Wrestling Inc. 24 September, 2021 - 01:00am

AEW Grand Slam opened with Kenny Omega taking on Bryan Danielson inside New York City's Arthur Ashe Arena. The match was deemed an instant classic by those in attendance and watching along at home as "The American Dragon" and the AEW World Champion battered each other for 30 straight minutes before the time limit forced the referee to call for the bell. Danielson then nearly trapped Omega in the Lebell Lock, only for the SuperKliq to run down and make the save. And while the dream match didn't deliver a winner, it unquestionably sets up an eventual rematch between the two for AEW's top prize.

Fans were positively buzzing about the match after the fact, and you can see some of the best reactions below. AEW Grand Slam event will continue this Friday with a two-hour AEW Rampage special.

Madness. Absolute Madness. #AEWDynamite

Everyone after witnessing Kenny Omega and Bryan Danielson have a 30 Minute Classic on Dynamite: #AEWDynamite

Dude that match was so damn good. Bryan Danielson is the best pro wrestler on the planet. Fuck

Book that Kenny Omega vs Bryan Danielson rematch ASAP! #AEWGrandSlam

Danielson vs. Omega. The best 30 minutes of pure damn professional wrestling. #AEWGrandSlam #AEWDynamite

It’s pretty wild that Bryan Danielson’s last match in WWE was against the top champion and his first match in AEW is against the top champion.

Legendary stuff.

In what will undoubtedly go down as one of the greatest matches in #AEW and #AEWDynamite history, Bryan Danielson and Kenny Omega fight to a time-limit draw. It was a spectacle, and a TV match we will be talking about for a long time.

Me the entire time during Kenny Omega vs Bryan Danielson #AEW #AEWDynamite #AEWGrandSlam

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Kenny Omega quotes Apollo Creed in reacting to Bryan Danielson draw

Cageside Seats 24 September, 2021 - 01:00am

Their show-opening draw on the “Grand Slam” edition of AEW Dynamite from Arthur Ashe Stadium in Queens was a great sampler for a longer match with bigger spots and a definitive winner somewhere down the line... probably on pay-per-view.

But we still need a story to build to that rematch (possibly after Hangman Page returns to take the World title from Omega). To start that, Kenny is quoting Apollo Creed after his split decision win over Rocky Balboa in the 1976 classic Rocky.

Ain’t gonna be no rematch. #AEW #AEWDynamite #AEWGrandSlam

Something tells me Bryan isn’t going to tell Kenny “Don’t want one” like Balboa did though. I definitely would have popped if he’d screamed “YO BRIE” into the stands after tonight’s match though.

Since I didn’t get that, I’ll do this. YO CAGESIDERS! Let us know how you think AEW gets to the next Omega vs. Danielson match.

5 Things AEW subtly told us on Dynamite: Grand Slam - Big mistake made with Omega vs Bryan, Main event disappoints

Sportskeeda 24 September, 2021 - 01:00am

Welcome to this week's edition of things AEW subtly told us on Dynamite: Grand Slam. It was a good episode, but the hype of the Arthur Ashe show didn't live up to the expectations that had been set. Perhaps this could have been avoided with a single mistake, but it happens.

The show wasn't bad in itself. It just went downhill after a certain point, and there was a reason for that. Coming next is the Rampage special on the AEW Grand Slam week. Ahead of CM Punk's first TV match in over seven years, here's what went down on Dynamite:

Bryan Danielson and Kenny Omega opened the show on AEW Dynamite instead of main eventing the night. While we understand the decision to have the match open the show at the Arthur Ashe stadium, this may have ultimately backfired.

Was it a mistake to open the show with the Bryan Danielson-Kenny Omega match? There are two sides to the argument. On one side, it was the perfect match to kick start the show, with the crowd reaction being proof of that.

On the other hand, it essentially meant that no other match on AEW Dynamite could follow up on the quality. After the bout, the entire episode itself seemed to take quite a dip.

With that said, we shouldn't take anything away from the Bryan-Omega match on AEW Dynamite. There is also the possibility that because of the planned finish, AEW couldn't risk going overtime.

Kenny Omega and Bryan Danielson had an instant classic. There was no title on the line, but it didn't feel like there needed to be either. The entire idea of this feud is to establish Bryan Danielson in AEW and insert him into the World Title picture.

Given that the match ended in a time limit draw, it's clear that a rematch will be in the works. For all we know, the Bryan-Omega feud could end up being a series of matches.

At this point, it's possible to see Bryan eventually becoming the AEW World Champion or being just another challenger to Kenny Omega.

AEW Sends Clear Message With Sold-Out NYC Show

Sports Illustrated 23 September, 2021 - 03:19pm

It was a message delivered in words—“New York is now AEW’s town,” Yonkers native Eddie Kingston told the crowd in a show-closing promo—and even louder actions.

More than 20,000 people packed into the U.S. Open’s signature venue in Queens for the company’s first-ever show in the five boroughs. They tailgated in the parking lots for hours; the line for vaccine verification already stretched all the way back to the 7 train an hour before the gates were opened. They cheered loudly inside the arena for a prerecorded video package featuring C.M. Punk. They erupted during the undercard matches taped early in the night for Dark: Elevation, one of AEW’s two YouTube series. When Bryan Danielson’s “Flight of the Valkyries” theme hit and the fans realized that the biggest match of the night—his dream match with Kenny Omega—would be kicking off the live broadcast of Dynamite, the place came unglued.

Not only would Vince McMahon’s company never put a match of that quality on free TV, it would never have it end in a time-limit draw. That’s partly for technical reasons— WWE’s rules do not include time limits—but also because of WWE’s approach to storytelling. The Danielson–Omega match should not have had a decisive winner. It was Danielson’s first match in AEW and it would have been detrimental to his character to have him lose. But having Omega, the world champion, lose to a guy who had never wrestled for the company, would have cheapened his title reign. In WWE, a non-finish would have featured outside interference, a double count-out or some other kind of chicanery that makes for an unsatisfying conclusion. But in AEW, the story Danielson and Omega told made both men look stronger.

While none of the other matches on the card could equal Danielson and Omega’s display, each one did its part to help the event live up to the lofty expectations. From the moment Dynamite went on the air at 8 p.m. local time, to midnight, when taping for Friday’s episode of Rampage wrapped up, the crowd’s energy barely wavered. Hardly anyone headed for the exits early. It looked like all but a few of the fans remained in their seats all the way through to the end of the five-hour show.

Grand Slam was an anomaly for AEW. Beginning with next week’s Dynamite in Rochester, the company is going back to performing in arenas with about 10,000 seats, mostly on college campuses. It won’t fill an arena the size of Arthur Ashe again for a long time, but just showing that it can sell out the largest indoor venue in New York City is a remarkable feat for a company that is less than three years old. Before AEW was formed, it would have been ludicrous to suggest that any wrestling company in the world other than WWE could sell 20,000 tickets in the United States. If Wednesday’s show proved anything, it’s that AEW will have no trouble doing it again. 

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