AEW WrestleDream 2023 kicked off at the Climate Pledge Arena with a tribute show in honor of the late NJPW founder, Antonio Inoki.
The “Zero Hour” pre-show had four matches, and you can check out the results below:
* Satoshi Kojima, Keith Lee, Athena, and Billie Starkz defeated Shane Taylor Promotions (Shane Taylor and Lee Moriarty), Diamante, and Mercedes Martinez by pinfall.
* Claudio Castagnoli (with Jon Moxley) defeated Josh Barnett by pinfall.
* AEW World Trios Championship: The Acclaimed (Anthony Bowens and Max Caster) and Billy Gunn (c) vs. TMDK (Shane Haste, Mikey Nicholls, and Bad Dude Tito).
* Luchasaurus vs. Nick Wayne.
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AEW WrestleDream 2023 Tribute Show: Highlights and Results
The AEW WrestleDream 2023 event commenced with a heartfelt tribute to the late Antonio Inoki, the founder of NJPW (New Japan Pro-Wrestling). Held at the Climate Pledge Arena, the show featured an exciting lineup of matches that left fans on the edge of their seats. Here are the highlights and results from the “Zero Hour” pre-show:
1. Satoshi Kojima, Keith Lee, Athena, and Billie Starkz vs. Shane Taylor Promotions (Shane Taylor and Lee Moriarty), Diamante, and Mercedes Martinez:
In an action-packed match, Kojima, Lee, Athena, and Starkz emerged victorious by pinfall. The combination of their skills and teamwork proved to be too much for their opponents.
2. Claudio Castagnoli (with Jon Moxley) vs. Josh Barnett:
Castagnoli, accompanied by Jon Moxley, showcased his prowess in the ring as he defeated Barnett by pinfall. The match was a display of technical wrestling and athleticism, leaving the audience in awe.
3. AEW World Trios Championship: The Acclaimed (Anthony Bowens and Max Caster) and Billy Gunn (c) vs. TMDK (Shane Haste, Mikey Nicholls, and Bad Dude Tito):
The highly anticipated championship match between The Acclaimed and TMDK did not disappoint. The Acclaimed, alongside Billy Gunn, defended their title against the formidable TMDK trio. However, the result of this match was not disclosed in the provided information.
4. Luchasaurus vs. Nick Wayne:
Luchasaurus faced off against Nick Wayne in a thrilling encounter. Both competitors showcased their high-flying abilities and technical skills. Unfortunately, the outcome of this match was not mentioned.
AEW WrestleDream 2023 proved to be an event full of excitement and memorable moments. Fans were treated to a tribute show that honored the legacy of Antonio Inoki, followed by intense matches that showcased the talent and athleticism of the wrestlers.
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Overall, AEW WrestleDream 2023 was a fitting tribute to Antonio Inoki and a testament to the incredible talent within the AEW roster. Wrestling fans were undoubtedly left eagerly anticipating future events and matches from this promotion.