After an amazing show in Newark, NJ the previous week, All Elite Wrestling headed to New York City and Arthur Ashe Stadium for AEW Dynamite Grand Slam headlined by Kenny Omega vs Bryan Danielson. This was a dream match for many fans that began a reality on Wednesday night September 22nd. Entering the match nobody knew what the outcome was going to be. However, in my mind, there was only one possible outcome a time limit draw. And that is exactly what Tony Kahn did in the first act between these talented wrestlers.
The fans did not agree with the decision when Justin Roberts announced a draw as boos could be echoed throughout Arthur Ashe Stadium, this was the only possible outcome. AEW in its short history has not used a time limit draw often, but when they do it is perfect. The last time the company used one was in Darby Allin’s first match against Cody Rhodes. It makes sense considering wins and losses matter in AEW
Kenny Omega vs Bryan Danielson Ends In A Draw
Ever since Bryan Danielson debuted at All Out in September, he has been a thorn in the side of Kenny Omega and the Elite. Danielson interrupted Omega’s victory speech to close the PPV. Things carried over in the next couple of weeks of Dynamite as once again Danielson interrupted Omega and even put him in LeBell Lock before the Elite made the save. So these two had been a collision course for weeks. And last week Danielson and Omega set the stage on Dynamite for the class we saw on the September 22nd edition of AEW Dynamite.
Bryan Danielson called out Kenny Omega for hiding behind Don Callis and how he wanted the best bout machine in the ring. Considering he has heard Kenny was the best wrestler in the world and in the company until Danielson showed up. Danielson wanted to see who truly is the best wrestler in the world. Omega accepted to have this one-on-one dream match. Once that happened Tony Kahn made it official for AEW Dynamite the question was going to be what the outcome of the result was going to be.
The Only Result Was A Draw
There was a lot of speculation heading into this match between Omega and Danielson. Who was going to get the victory if at all? Having Danielson losing his first match would not be ideal for someone starting in the company especially someone at his level. Having Omega lose another non-title match only hurts him as champion and that is just a WWE move by making him look weak. AEW wants a strong champion. So the only outcome had to be a time limit draw. Considering the most likely outcome is we will get a series of matches between Danielson and Omega.
So when Kenny Omega and Bryan Danielson opened Dynamite in Arthur Ashe Stadium, you knew something big was going to go down. These two professional wrestlers put on absolutely clinic in the ring. It was a perfect way to open AEW Dynamite Grand Slam. The crowd was electric and into from the start. From bell to bell Danielson and Omega had the fans out of their seats. From the ‘Fight Forever’ to the “This is Awesome Chants” the 20,000 people inside Arthur Ashe Stadium did not want this match to end. And to be honest like them I wanted more.
But if you know AEW, they like to plant the seeds and using a time-limit draw is the perfect way to have this feud between Danielson and Omega last longer. Remember Danielson stated one day it will be about the title but last night was finding out who was better. Though we did not find out who is better, we might have found out who Omega’s equal is. Though Omega did say after the match “There is not going to be no rematch,” you got to believe that will happen down the road.
The perfect way to start the feud was having a time-limit draw because it was the right and only outcome these two men could have.